How U.S. Soccer turned jerseys into masks for frontline workers

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Deep in the bowels of the 19th century Chicago mansion that serves as the headquarters for the United States Soccer Federation, several hundred decades-old U.S. national team jerseys hung on storage racks, gathering dust.

Some of them had been worn in games by the biggest stars in modern men’s and women’s national team history. But even after a December 2019 purge during which the USSF sent many to the former players whose last names were emblazoned on the shirts, much of the inventory remained. Three months later, the coronavirus pandemic hit, and with it a shortage of personal protective equipment for frontline workers. An idea was born: maybe the old jerseys could be turned into functional, virus-mitigating face masks.

Led by its chief medical officer Dr. George Chiampas, U.S. Soccer had already started working on a number of COVID-19-related initiatives. Now, federation staffers found themselves lurking on Etsy, an online

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Meet Robert Mercer, the conservative billionaire who was a megadonor for Trump during the 2016 campaign but is notably absent in 2020

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Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah.
Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah.

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  • Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, were amongst the most prominent conservative megadonors in 2016, extending unwavering support to President Trump.

  • So far, Mercer has only made one six-figure donation to Trump’s reelection campaign.

  • An influential figure in the hedge-fund industry and a computer scientist, Mercer made principal investments in both Breitbart News and Cambridge Analytica in the past.

  • The Mercer Family Foundation and Trump Campaign did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

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A billionaire donor who bankrolled President Trump’s 2016 campaign has been notably absent during his reelection efforts.

Robert Mercer, a hedge fund manager, donated upwards of $25 million dollars in the previous election cycle across multiple conservative efforts. So far, Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, have made a single $355,200 donation to Trump’s reelection effort. 

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Death of young actor fuels debate on nepotism in Bollywood

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NEW DELHI (AP) — The entertainment capital of India may be reeling under the coronavirus onslaught, but its celebrity inhabitants are being roiled by troubles of another kind.

The suicide last month of a young and popular movie actor in Mumbai has fueled a reckoning over the privileges of the Bollywood elite, laying bare the simmering fault lines between the haves and have-nots of the Hindi-language movie industry.

“Dil Bechara,” or “Helpless Heart,” Sushant Singh Rajput’s final movie, was released Friday on the Disney+ Hotstar streaming platform, six weeks after the 34-year-old was found dead in his apartment.

Directed by Mukesh Chhabra, the film is a Hindi-language remake of the teen romance “The Fault in Our Stars,” based on John Green’s bestseller that was adapted into a 2014 Hollywood movie.

“We are going to love and celebrate you my friend. I can visualise you with your beautiful smile blessing us

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This Netflix Film Eerily Predicted a Real-Life Political Assassination

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“Truth is the most important thing,” says Tomasz (Maciej Musiałowski) midway through The Hater, and of all the falsehoods this habitual liar spews, none is more shameless. Still, while deception is Tomasz’s stock-in-trade, there’s plenty of authenticity to be found in writer/director Jan Komasa’s Netflix feature (premiering July 29), whose release was temporarily delayed because its fictional story wound up echoing a real-life tragedy that shook Komasa’s native Poland.

Three weeks after filming wrapped on The Hater, liberal Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz was assassinated on stage at a Christmas charity event by a right-wing hatemonger—a shocking crime that eerily echoes the plot of Komasa’s latest, which builds to a similar massacre involving a left-leaning homosexual politician who, by total coincidence, is also named Paweł. That campaigning candidate is not, however, the material’s protagonist; instead, the focus is squarely on Tomasz, a twentysomething student introduced being kicked out

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Moms and dads rally behind Portland protesters

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Portland (AFP) – Bev Barnum never imagined what she was setting in motion when she posted a message online last week after coming across a video of federal officers in Portland, Oregon, pulling a protester into an unmarked car.

“It said something to the effect of, ‘I don’t know if you’ve ever protested before, but I haven’t,” the 35-year-old mother of two told AFP.

“‘I really think we need to do something… what if you knew 100 moms were behind you and they could make a difference?'” the message said.

Within hours, her inbox was overflowing with messages from mothers rallying behind the idea that led to the so-called Wall of Moms in the western US city rocked by protests for social justice.

Waving sunflowers and standing arm-in-arm to form a human barrier between police and protesters, the movement offered a way for middle-aged white women eager to show solidarity

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Why ‘cyberloafing’ isn’t so bad in the workplace

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Cyberloafing: 60% of workers can't get through their work day without checking social media, according to a study. Photo: Getty
Cyberloafing: 60% of workers can’t get through their work day without checking social media, according to a study. Photo: Getty

It’s mid-afternoon and you’re in a post-lunch slump. You’ve got dozens of emails to reply to, a Google document containing a dull project in front of you and a meeting coming up. You know you should be getting on with your work, but you’re finding it hard to focus. Without thinking about it, you open up Facebook and start scrolling.

Lots of us find ourselves drifting away from our work to check social media, browse ASOS and carry out other personal tasks online. More than a quarter of UK workers are spending three months a year looking at non-work related content online, according to one survey. 

Another found 60% of workers can’t get through the day without checking their social media, with 86% of respondents agreeing that Facebook is the

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Raiders’ Nevin Lawson excited about new teammates

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Raiders cornerback Nevin Lawson is entering his seventh season in the NFL, his second with the team and his first in Las Vegas.

The number he cares about most? Wins, like now.

“I want to be a part of something special,” Lawson said of the franchise, in a new home for 2020 with a revamped roster and trying to end its streak of consecutive losing seasons at three. “At the end of the day, whatever my role is, I’ll always accept that role and be the best that role (allows).

“I really feel good about our new additions, not just the draft picks but also the other veteran guys we added to our defense and offense.”

The Raiders signed a host of free agents including linebacker Cory Littleton, cornerback Prince Amukamara, quarterback Marcus Mariota, tight end Jason Witten, wide receiver Nelson Agholor, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, safety Jeff Heath, defensive end

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How Netflix Rescued Animated Indie ‘Animal Crackers’

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“Animal Crackers” has led a charmed life. In fact, too charmed to be believed. The animated indie, about a family that rescues a rundown circus with magical animal cookies, endured distribution hell after premiering at the Annecy festival in 2017 (thanks to a series of setbacks that began with Harvey Weinstein), before Netflix came to the rescue (streaming begins Friday).

“It’s the little engine that could that was definitely easier to make than to distribute,” said director Tony Bancroft (“Mulan”), who was charmed by its premise, along with everyone else involved, including John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, who paired up to voice the feature before embarking on their horror blockbuster, “A Quiet Place.” They voiced the married couple Owen and Zoe, who are determined to save the circus from Owen’s maniacal uncle, Horatio P. Huntington (Ian McKellen, the first actor to commit to

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The best meditation apps for 2020

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Meditation has several benefits, including reducing your stress levels, making you more productive at work, and improving the quality of your sleep. While it can take some time to become an expert, getting started with meditation is easier than ever before thanks to the huge range of tools you can find online, including guided meditation videos and meditation apps.

Choosing a meditation app to get started can be difficult due to the huge number of options available. We’ve put together a few recommendations to help you narrow down your options.

Screenshot of Meditation app showing option to download meditations and practise anywhere

Screenshot of Meditation app showing courses available

Screenshot of Meditation app showing options to customize your practice

Meditation Studio features more than 200 guided meditations to choose from, whether you’re looking for meditations to help you sleep, banish anxiety, or feel more confident. Collections group

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Jim Gaffigan Is the Hero Dork Dads Deserve

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In his latest comedy special, premiering Friday on Amazon, Jim Gaffigan recalls the one time he tried his hand at being cool by staying up past his bedtime to see Drake perform in Sin City. It goes without saying that Gaffigan, of the dad-bod, the comb-over, the gently self-effacing stand-up, isn’t your typical pre-dawn Vegas reveler. Drake’s inebriated fans noticed. “They all looked at me like, ‘Oh my gosh, there’s Drake’s accountant,’” says Gaffigan.

The thing is, Gaffigan doesn’t care. He’s the quintessential dork dad, and he owns it, corny weather jokes, fish stick dinners, and all. He’s not here to dazzle you with his worldliness or edginess or caustic commentary. Instead, he’s the master of subtle observational comedy, put to solid use in the two-part The Pale Tourist, which has him riffing on Canada and Spain, seen through the eyes of someone discovering both places without an agenda.

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