Coronavirus: Experts Offer Warning For Contact Lens Wearers

It really feels like the entire world is on lockdown right now because the Coronavirus. Governments throughout the world are trying to curb the spread the disease while making sure that people still have enough money to pay their rent and afford groceries. It’s a tough time for a lot people and there remains some misinformation out there about how the disease can be spread. Thankfully, there are numerous experts out there who have been able to comfort us with some useful tips and tricks.

Dr. Thomas Steinemann, a spokesperson for the American Academy Ophthalmology, says people who wear contact lenses should immediately switch to glasses as it could save them from getting the disease. There is a theory that you can spread COVID-19 through your eyes and people who wear contacts are more prone to touching that area. Glasses would theoretically protect you from this.

Coronavirus: Experts Offer Warning For Contact Lens Wearers

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“You touch your eye and then you touch another part your body,” Steinemann said. “You rub your eyes, then rub your face, scratch your face, put your fingers in your mouth, put your fingers in your nose. Some people are not very hygienic and may have forgotten to first wash their hands.”

These are some great tips for those who need a reminder about being hygienic. So far, 1 in 3 people with the Coronavirus have pink eye which just goes to show how big a factor your eyes play in the transmission this awful virus.

Kim Kardashian & Sister Kourtney Throw Hands In Reality TV Fight

Keeping Up With the Kardashians producers have been teasing this spat between Kim Kardashian West and her sister Kourtney Kardashian for weeks. A brief clip surfaced in late February that showed the siblings turning their verbal altercation into a brawl, but the full extent the fight wasn’t aired until Thursday’s (March 26) premiere the reality show’s latest season. 

Kim Kardashian & Sister Kourtney Throw Hands In Reality TV Fight
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Kourtney has ten been at odds with her sisters for a variety reasons, but this time, Kim called out her sister’s work ethic. According to Mrs. West, Kourtney just doesn’t work hard enough, an accusation that Kourtney refuted. “But also, if I didn’t want to work my ass f and I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, that’s f*cking fine you f*cking literal ****,” Kourtney said before she stood up, threw something at Kim, and began assaulting her.

Kim didn’t take the attack lying down and hopped to her feet to not only throw a punch, but she kneed her sister in the gut, as well. Khloé was mildly amused by the exchange, but she still separated her sisters. Kim threatened to punch Kourtney in the face while Kourtney told her if she’s gonna talk about it, be about it. Then, Kim wasn’t quite finished as storms over to Kourtney near tears and asks her sister, “How f*cking old are you?” Kourtney just continues to cuss her out. Check out the clip Kim Kardashian West and sister Kourtney Kardashian throwing blows below.

Bacardi Rum Is Producing Hand Sanitizer Line Combat COVID-19

Bacardi Rum is a staple in the party environment but the rum company is doing its part to combat Coronavirus as people practice social distancing. Miami Herald reports that Bacardi Rum’s plant in Puerto Rico has turned its production line into an ethanol producer to make hand sanitizer. At this point, they’re committed to using Bacardi alcohol in order to produce 1.7M 10 oz. bottles to provide to essential workers out there such as police, nurses, and others who are working the frontline the Coronavirus battle.

Bacardi Rum Is Producing Hand Sanitizer Line Combat COVID-19
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The company was founded in 1936. The vice president manufacturing in Latin America and the Caribbean, Jose Class, said this is possibly the first time Bacardi has changed their line production since its Puerto Rican branch launch. Class revealed that they probably didn’t even have anything like this during WWII. This new line production began on March 17th and they’ve reassured fans their alcoholic products that this won’t affect the production rum. 

“We have ways to fight this. Just the simple act washing your hands and being careful about your social interactions helps,” he said. ”We need to overcome this as soon as possible so we can start celebrating again.”

Bacardi Bottling Corporation in Jacksonville, FL has also committed to using itsim resources to mass-producing bottles hand sanitizer. This week, they’ll produce 120K units hand sanitizer.

GameStop Surrenders To Public Pressure & Closes For Coronavirus

Last week, GameStop made the surprising decision to stay open in states that require all non-essential businesses to close their doors. Following public backlash and mocking, the company has reversed that decision, according to GameSpot

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“We have been steadfast in our adherence to CDC-guided safety and local government orders for retailers in each our communities. As millions Americans look to GameStop to adjust to their new normal increased time at home, for work, learning and play, we have implemented practices to help ensure the safety and health our employees, customers and partners,” George Sherman, chief executive ficer GameStop said in the press release.

“We believe it is prudent to institute further safety protocols while meeting this increased demand through curbside pick-up. As such, stores that remain in operation will provide only pick-up at the door or delivery to home activities to further protect our employees and customers.”

GameStop’s fight to stay open lines up with one the biggest release days in months with both Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal dropping on March 20. The store moved up the release date for Doom Eternal by one day to separate the Animal Crossing and Doom crowds.

Musicians Local 47 Opens Coronavirus Relief Fund Here's How to Apply

Los Angeles musician’s union AFM Local 47 is establishing a coronavirus relief fund.

The emergency relief fund will be available to members who have lost work due to the outbreak. The fund will also extend a limited number of grants to members who work under union contracts. Members who need assistance can submit an application for up to two service sets loss – for $75 per service set. The two service sets can be from the same employer or different employers.

AFM Local 47 says the coronavirus relief fund is vital for members who are facing hardships ‘right now.’

“While it is the Local’s wish to help all of our members who are in immediate need as a result of job cancellations from signatory employers, we must emphasize that the funds set aside for this purpose are limited,” union leaders said. “We, therefore, urge only musicians who are suffering hardship at this time to apply. If a grant will help you, please contact us.”

The global coronavirus pandemic has resulted in hundreds of concert and gig cancellations. On the larger side of things, both and were canceled this year. Artists like Mariah Carey, the Foo Fighters, and Elton John are postponing appearances and dates to later this year.

States like California, Washington, and Oregon have shut down restaurants and bars – impacting local musicians everywhere. These facilities can only be open for drive-thru service or takeout, meaning the local live music scene suffers.

Some artists are live streaming concerts for free as a way to engage fans during the outbreak. Several online virtual music festivals have sprung up to fill the void.

One example is The Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival that is happening online on Friday, March 20. Colorado musicians will take to their individual stages to play one-hour sets from 10 am to 10 pm. Grassroots concerts like this are happening all across the United States.

 

Dana White Promises Khabib vs Tony Ferguson Will Happen In April

UFC President Dana White has done everything in his power to keep the fights alive as the coronavirus pandemic escalates, but he was finally forced to cancel a string upcoming events on Monday night. 

In an interview with ESPN, White announced that Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 29 card, as well as the fights planned for March 28th and April 11th have all been postponed. However, White promised fans that the highly anticipated Lightweight title fight between undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will still take place on April 18th – it ‘s just remains to be seen where.

Dana White Promises Khabib vs Tony Ferguson Will Happen In April

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UFC 249 was originally scheduled to take place a the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and there’s just no way that venue will be open for operation within the next four weeks. Still, White insists that the fight will go on, without a crowd, at some yet to be determined location. 

Says White (H/T MMA Fighting):

“We’re postponing the next three events, but Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov], April 18 is still on and that will still happen,” White said on Monday. “We’re going to follow these guidelines to not have more than 10 people in a room and we’re hoping this all clears up by April.”

“This fight’s going to happen,” he said. “No crowd. Whatever it takes. Probably not even going to be in the United States, but this fight’s going to happen.”

“This is what we do,” White said. “We put fights on every weekend. The fighters want to fight. The fans want to see it. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the fans and the fighters. These guys all want to continue. So we will.”

The Tony-Khabib showdown has been scheduled four different times in the past, none which came to fruition for a variety reasons. It looks like the UFC will do everything in their power to make sure it finally happens next month, even if the world is literally ending. Check out Dana White’s comments in the video embedded below.

PornHub Sees Spike In Viewership Following Coronavirus Outbreak

The Coronavirus pandemic is having a deeper impact than just the healths human beings across the planet. The stock markets dipped heavily, festivals are being canceled, television shows are stopping production temporarily, and many employers are encouraging their staff to work from home. However, there are some other businesses out there that are doing exceptionally well. 

PornHub Sees Spike In Viewership Following Coronavirus Outbreak
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PornHub released a new report revealing that they’ve seen a spike in views on their site. “As the Coronavirus spread around the world, Pornhub’s traffic did grow, but perhaps more interesting, we found that people were choosing to visit Pornhub at different times. On March 11th, Pornhub’s worldwide traffic 5.7% higher than usual for a Wednesday,” a report on their site reads. Citing Italy as one the country that shut down their borders and went into national quarantine, they revealed, “Italy’s traffic changed over the last few weeks, growing by 9% on March 9th, 11% on March 10th and 13.8% on March 11th.”

In fact, Italy’s inclination to use PornHub makes complete sense. Just yesterday, PornHub announced that they would be giving out free subscriptions to the people Italy to combat Coronavirus. In addition, PornHub announced that a percentage earnings would go towards helping the country fight Coronavirus. 

Label Group BPI Has Submitted 500 Million URLS to Google for Removal

British label group BPI has submitted its 500 millionth URL to Google for removal. It is reaching one billion removals from all search engines combined.

While music streaming is growing globally, piracy is still a problem. Industry groups take action against copyright infringing sites by working with search engines to remove links to the content. These groups send millions of Digital Millenial Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices to search engines and ISPs every month.

Since Google dominates the search market, most DMCA requests are sent there. BPI is the industry’s second-most active sender of takedown requests. Only Rivendell sends more than BPI. These BPI takedown requests sent to Google total 11% of all takedown requests received.

Google removes close to 97% of BPI-submitted links. Google rejects less than 1% of those URLs.

BPI says it has flagged copyright-infringing content on more than 30,000 domains. Many of the domains are no longer operational. The two biggest sites with the most reported links from BPI received millions of URL takedown requests.

BPI CEO Geoff Taylor says piracy is still a massive problem, despite the rise of music streaming.

“The fact that BPI has had to delist half a billion infringing music links from Google alone […] highlights the staggering scale of the problem of illegal sites,” Taylor said in a press release.

“BPI [has an] unwavering commitment to fighting for the rights of artists and their record labels,” the .

Label groups are always trying to get Google to take more responsibility for the links it returns. Major search engines respond swiftly to DMCA takedown requests – but BPI says it’s not enough. He believes the industry needs a more pro-active approach from its tech partners in preventing piracy.

“For too long, we have accepted a reactive approach that places all the burton on creators,” Taylor continues. “That approach cannot succeed.”

Dior x Air Jordan 1 High Rumored Stock Numbers Revealed

In April, Dior and Jordan Brand will be coming together for the release their Air Jordan 1 High collaboration. There will also be a low-top released but for the purposes this article, we will be focusing our attention on the high-top model. This sneaker is poised to be one the biggest releases the year and at a retail price $2000 USD, it’s going to cost an arm and a leg. Regardless, sneakerheads are excited about the release and are gearing up for the fight their lives when it comes to purchasing for retail.

According to @solebyjc Sole Collector, it appears as though these are going to be incredibly limited, which is something we knew already. The leaked image below shows how each pair is numbered. In fact, it seems like there will only be 8,500 pairs sold. This means copping will be incredibly difficult and resale prices could be upwards $10,000 USD when all is said and done.

There is no ficial release date for the shoe so stay tuned as we will be sure to bring you all the latest updates. Let us know in the comments below what you think these and whether or not you plan on copping, whether it be at retail or resale.

UFC 248: Fans Underwhelmed By Adesanya & Romero Main Event

Saturday night,  Israel Adesanya’s defended his title against Yoel Romero. The fight ultimately concluded with a fifth-round decision in favor Adesanya and left many fans unsatisfied with the uneventful turnout. Notably, Dana White expressed his regret for setting the fight up, citing fighter Paulo Costa as a much more formidable opponent.

“When I’m sitting here today talking about this, the matchmakers didn’t love that fight and didn’t want to make that fight,” White said post-fight. “They didn’t want to make Romero vs. Adesanya, but the goy fan in me said, ‘Are you sh*tting me? Come on, this will be a fun fight to do. And the fact that (Adesanya) wants to fight a guy that nobody else wants to fight.’ Now hindsight is 20/20, probably shouldn’t have done that fight and should’ve waited for (Paulo) Costa, but oh well, we did it.”

It was an injury that kept Costa, the rightful No. 1 contender, from taking on Adesanya. Per White, pitting the Brazilian against the Nigerian-born Adesanya will be his next move.

He adds: “Costa vs. Adesanya will be a ridiculous fight. I guarantee it, I absolutely guarantee it. He got what he wanted, he got him (Romero) on his resume, he beat him, and onto Costa.”

Johnny Boychuk Slashed In The Face By A Skate In Scary Incident

Hockey is a dangerous sport by virtue the fact that all the players are wearing blades on their feet. When you add in the crushing body checks and fights, you are given a sport that doles out a ton punishment to its players. With that being said, accidents tend to happen and when they do, they can be pretty scary. Last night, one those instances occurred as the Montreal Canadiens played the New York Islanders. At one point, Johnny Boychuk the Islanders was skating through his crease when Artturi Lehkonen the Habs, fell over and his skate when the air. The skate slashed Boychuk in the face who dropped to the ice in shock.

Immediately after, Boychuk rushed f the ice with his hand over his eye. Some were worried that the skate cut his eyeball but for now, no one knows for sure as the Islanders have yet to release an update. One reporter stated that Boychuk only got cut on his eyelid. 

Players for both teams were worried about Boychuk’s condition, especially Lehkonen who had no intention doing what he did. Hockey is a fast game and things can happen in an instant. Regardless which team you support, we can all agree that Boychuk deserves a full, speedy recovery.

"Rise of Skywalker" Novelization Reportedly Answers How Palpatine Was Revived

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker left many questions unanswered and wasn’t a satisfying ending to many fans the saga. Although it crushed the box fice, the finale was polarizing. No matter whether you loved the movie or you hated it, one thing bothered everyone: How did Emperor Palpatine come back from the dead? The villain died in Return Of The Jedi, and was resurrected for Rise for no apparent reason. He was not foreshadowed, so his second coming was unexpected. Although Rise runs for over two hours, fans didn’t get an answer to HOW the villain came back. Now, ScreenRant is reporting that fans will get that answer. 

The site reports that the novelization the film will contain the answers. The novel was revealed at the C2E2 convention in Chicago this weekend, and goes further into detail explaining a scene on Exegol. The moment comes early in the movie, when Kylo Ren arrives on Exegol and finds Palpatine. A passage from the novel was included in the report:

“All the ls were empty liquid save one, which was nearly depleted. Kylo peered closer. He’d seen this apparatus before, too, when he’d studied the Clone Wars as a boy. The liquid flowing into the living nightmare before him was fighting a losing battle to sustain the Emperor’s putrid flesh.

“What could you give me?” Kylo asked. Emperor Palpatine lived, after a fashion, and Kylo could feel in his very bones that this clone body sheltered the Emperor’s actual spirit. It was an imperfect vessel, though, unable to contain his immense power. It couldn’t last much longer.”

Now that it appears cloning was behind the resurrection, does it make the film any better?

Juicy J Retracts Beef With Columbia Records: "We Are All Good!"

Early Saturday, Juicy J initiated a heated moment between himself and his home label Columbia Records, launching his “Fuk Columbia Records” track. 

“I gave @ColumbiaRecords 20+ years my life & they treat me like back wash,” Juicy J tweeted. “Fuk @ColumbiaRecords I’m gonna leak my whole album stay tuned.”

Now, the Three 6 Mafia emcee is singing a different tune as he has since pulled the entire track while taking to Instagram to declare that he and Columbia are back on good terms.

“Spoke to Columbia Records,” he penned on Instagram. “We are all good!”

The diss track notably sampled Prince’s 2000 Soul Train Awards speech while using an image the late singer with the word “slave” across his cheek as the cut’s artwork. It’s a clear reference to Prince’s very famous dispute with Warner, to whom he was signed for 19 years. The act writing slave across his cheek became a routine a sign protest for the Purple One as he took on one the more memorable and earlier fights against the major label system. 

Outside the lamenting on the track, Juicy J fered up no other details on his dispute with Columbia save for the disagreement over his forthcoming album.

Steph Curry’s Return To Warriors’ Line-Up Delayed

Stephen Curry’s return to the Golden State Warriors has been pushed back from this weekend until “sometime in March,” according to ESPN.

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Head coach Steve Kerr explained the decision to reporters: “He put up a little bit a fight but also understood why we wanted to take extra precaution.” He went on to say that the choice was not out fear for reinjury, but to fit in extra conditioning.

“That allows for a more natural, stepping-stone to playing in an NBA game,” Kerr continued. “So I think our training staff was more comfortable with that, coaching staff was more comfortable with that. Steph wanted to play, but we’re just going to take the precautionary step and give him a little more prep.”

The all-star point guard broke his hand against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 30. In addition to Klay Thompson missing the entire 2019-20 season with a torn ACL, Curry’s injury has derailed the Warriors season who now sit at last in the Western Conference with a 12-47 record.

The team recently traded their newly signed guard D’Angelo Russell for the Timberwolves’ forward Andrew Wiggins before the trade deadline.

Curry plans to practice with the G League affiliate, Santa Cruz Warriors, on Monday.

Joe Rogan Explains How Tyson Fury Was Able To Dominate Wilder

Tyson Fury made it look too easy when he handed Deontay Wilder his first loss this past weekend in Las Vegas. Fury beat the brakes f Wilder from the opening bell up until Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round, as the Gypsy King emphatically staked his claim as boxing’s heavyweight champion.

It was a completely different fight from their epic 12-round battle in December 2018, and a true testament to how Fury masterfully adjusted his game over the last 14 months. During a recent episode the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan shed some light on exactly what Fury learned during their first clash, and how he expertly applied that knowledge in the lead up to, and during, the rematch.

Joe Rogan Explains How Tyson Fury Was Able To Dominate Wilder

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Says Rogan:

“He Fury] said he figured out in the first fight — in the 12th round, he started backing Deontay up — Deontay can’t fight backing up. Because Deontay is a guy who pushes forward, and he’s got this ridiculous power. Everybody’s scared his power, so everybody’s moving all the time. Fury realized in the 12th round after Deontay knocked him down, almost knocked him out, he got up and started chasing Deontay, and Deontay fought sloppy. He said he looked awkward. His footwork didn’t look so good.”

In discussing Fury’s typical herky-jerky style fighting, Rogan noted how Fury had to tweak his game plan, which included a switch to a more knockout-hungry trainer, in order to floor Wilder. Says Rogan, “He realized for this fight he had to fight a different way. To shock Deontay, he had to come at Deontay full blast, get in his face from the jump and that’s exactly what he did.”

Check out his full thoughts about Wilder-Fury in the video embedded below.