Trump signs new Paycheck Protection Program bill into law but warns proxy voting by House may make it ‘unconstitutional’ – The Sun

DONALD Trump signed off on the new Paycheck Protection Program bill – but he warned he warned that proxy voting by the House may make it "unconstitutional."

The updated PPP Act gives flexibility to restaurants, hotels, and other small businesses to use loans to pay for payroll, employee benefits, and other expenses during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Friday, the President highlighted the legislation had "uncertain constitutionality" because members voted on behalf of others who weren't actually present, however.

His statement read: "Because the Act is essential to protecting jobs as the Nation begins to reopen the economy, I have signed the Act into law without delay.

"I urge the Congress to pass the Act anew through traditional in-person voting at the earliest available opportunity."

Trump cited the "unprecedented proxy voting system used by the House of Representatives that permitted Members to cast votes on behalf of, and record the presence of, other Members who were not actually present."

The bill restructures how entrepreneurs can use loans via a new federal relief program for small businesses after many owners struggled to meet the terms of the current program.

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 was passed in the Senate on Wednesday and the House passed it last week.

If owners meet certain conditions, PPP loans convert into a federal grant – but owners must spend their money within eight weeks, directing 75 percent of funding to payroll costs.

The deadline has been to 24 weeks from eight weeks in the updated legislation, reducing the funding direct towards payroll costs to 60p percent.

The June 30 deadline to rehire laid-off workers has also been extended as a result of the new PPP bill.

The Small Business Administration had approved over 4.5 million PPP loans worth $510.8 billion by Thursday evening.

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FedEx tacks on new coronavirus surcharge

Mailing some packages is getting more expensive; one Oklahoma city is enticing people to make the move

Morning Business Outlook: The U.S. Postal Service is raising prices in 2020 for flat rate priority packages; Tulsa, Oklahoma is offering qualifying new residents 10,000 to make the move.

Shipping through FedEx is about to get a bit more expensive.

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The delivery company will add additional fees to U.S. shipments to offset rising costs and help manage the influx of packages as the coronavirus pandemic keeps many Americans at home.

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Starting June 8, FedEx will charge an additional 30 cents to all packages heading to U.S. households, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. That applies to customers who ship more than 40,000 packages a week if their weekly shipping volume is more than 120 percent of its average volume in February, a source close to the matter said in the report.

The company will also charge $30 more for all oversize deliveries and a 40 cents surcharge on packages shipped via SmartPost, in which FedEx deposits packages to the U.S. Postal Service.


The fees are meant to hit large and commercial shippers, forcing them to absorb the costs as their own expenses rise or pass them on to consumers in the form of higher prices for goods.

"As the impact of COVID-19 continues to generate a surge in residential deliveries and oversized items, the peak surcharges will help us manage the demand while maintaining strong levels of service for our customers," a FedEx spokesperson told the Journal.


The move comes after rival UPS, which announced last week it planned to increase its own shipping costs by 30 cents per package on some lower-priced services under certain restrictions.


Shares of FedEx closed up 2.93 percent Wednesday but have dropped nearly 13 percent on the year. As for UPS, shares were up 2.45 percent Wednesday and up about 5 percent on the year.


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Curfew WILL be imposed on New York City after days of violent George Floyd protests, Gov Cuomo says – The Sun

NEW York City will have a curfew imposed on Monday night, as protests continued for a fourth day in response to the death of George Floyd.

The citywide curfew will take effect from 11pm until 5am, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a joint statement.

Asked how long the curfew will last, Cuomo said "We will see where we are tomorrow."

The statement also said the number of police on the streets on Monday night would double from 4,000 to 8,000.

Those officers will be deployed to lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn, areas where they say "violence and property damage occurred during last night's protests."

It's not clear if the curfew will apply to essential workers who need to travel to and from work during the night.

"I support and protect peaceful protest in this city," Mayor de Blasio, whose daughter Chiara was arrested on Saturday night, said.

"The demonstrations we've seen have been generally peaceful. We can’t let violence undermine the message of this moment. It is too important and the message must be heard."

Governor Cuomo previously said he's "with the protesters" but denounced violence and looting.

“That’s not righteous indignation,” he said. “That’s criminality. And it plays into the hands of the people and the forces that don’t want to make the changes in the first place. Because then they get to dismiss the entire effort.

“They’re going to try to paint this whole protest movement that they’re all criminals, they’re all looters," he said.

The curfew was imposed as the nation’s biggest city tried to head off another night of destruction erupting amid protests over George Floyd’s death in custody in Minneapolis.

Hundreds of people were arrested in New York City over the weekend.

New York is joining other cities around the country in imposing curfews after days of violence spread to more than 140 cities.

At least 40 cities and Washington, DC, had curfews on Sunday night, including Minneapolis, Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and Detroit.

The limitation on 8.6 million people’s movements in NYC — on top of restrictions already imposed because of the coronavirus — came as the mayor and governor deplored the outbreaks of violence, but also criticized some police actions as fueling protesters’ rage about police brutality and racial injustice.

The announcement of the New York City curfew came as an independent autopsy found George Floyd died of 'homicide' from asphyxia due to neck and back compression.


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Royal Mint releases new range of special 50p coins featuring dinosaurs

Royal Mint releases a new range of special 50p coins picturing dinosaurs discovered in England that feature augmented reality

  • Three new coins feature dinosaurs whose fossils were discovered in England
  • The packaging can be scanned on the Royal Mint app to show information and pictures
  • The collection is the first time that dinosaurs have features on coins in the UK

The Royal Mint has launched a new range of 50p coins that celebrate the contribution Britain has made to the discovery of dinosaurs – and they communicate with your phone.

In partnership with the Natural History Museum, a brand-new line of coins have been produced which showcase the megalosaurus, iguanodon and hylaeosaurus.

The Dinosauria Collection’s Brilliant Uncirculated edition uses state-of-the-art colour printing to bring the dinosaurs to life.

The hylaeosaurus coin (pictured) is the third and final in the Dinosauria Collection produced by the Royal Mint and Natural History Museum

The three coins feature dinosaurs that led British anatomist Sir Richard Owen, the founder of the Natural History Museum, to coin the term dinosauria in a paper in 1842, such as the Megalosaurus (pictured)

What makes the coins special though is that their packaging can be scanned by mobile phones, using the Royal Mint app, to show information, pictures and videos of the dinosaurs

What makes the coins special though is the augmented reality technology featured alongside them.

Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint said: ‘As one of the nation’s most loved tourist attractions remains closed, we are pleased to partner with the Natural History Museum to bring dinosaurs to life from the comfort of your home.

‘It is the first time that The Royal Mint has combined augmented reality with a coin series as we continue to innovate and enrich the experience of coin collecting.

‘Simply by scanning the packaging our customers will be able to access exclusive content which celebrates Britain’s role in the discovery of dinosaurs, brings the animals to life through animation and explores the intricate details of each coin.’

The packaging the coins come with can be scanned on a mobile phone using the Royal Mint’s App.

This unlocks facts, video clips and pictures of the prehistoric creatures.

The hylaeosaurus coin is the third and final in the Dinosauria Collection and it was the three dinosaurs printed on these special coins that led British anatomist Sir Richard Owen, the founder of the Natural History Museum, to coin the term dinosauria in a paper in 1842.

What are the hylaeosaurus, megalosaurus and iguanodon?

Hylaeosaurus lived 150-135 millions years ago

Hylaeosaurus: A specimen of was one of the 3 fossils first identified as dinosaurs by Richard Owen in 1841. They were an armoured type of dinosaur found in England. 

Hylaeosaurus lived 150-135 million years ago and grew to be as long as five metres long. Their name means ‘woodland lizard’.

Megalosaurus was one of the first to ever be discovered

Megalosaurus: This species of dinosaur was one of the first to ever be discovered. It is a large theropod that could grow to measure nine metres in length.

These dinosaurs were found in England and were believed to have roamed the Earth around 170-155 million years ago. Their name means ‘big lizard’.

Iguanadon had a large thumb spike, probably to fend off predators

Iguanadon: This type of dinosaur is one of the most commonly found in the world. They could probably walk on all fours or on two legs. It had a large thumb spike, probably to fend off predators. Muscle attachment areas inside its head suggest that it may have had a long tongue.

The herbivores have been found in Belgium, England and the US and are believed to have lived 140-110 million years ago. 

Source: Natural History Museum 

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Why Crayola’s new crayon colors are so important

Crayola Crayons were first launched in 1903, bringing a new sense of joy to coloring. Over the past century, the company has launched a wide array of colors and different products, but their latest launch might be the most important. On the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Crayola announced their new product line, Colors of the World crayons, which includes 24 specifically-formulated colors to represent a diverse range of skin tones. The company announced in a press release that the idea came from wanting kids of various races, cultures, and ethnicities to be able to accurately color people to look like them.

Crayola CEO, Rich Wuethele said, “With the world growing more diverse than ever before, Crayola hopes our new Colors of the World crayons will increase representation and foster a greater sense of belonging and acceptance. We want the new Colors of the World crayons to advance inclusion within creativity and impact how kids express themselves.”

The box features a side panel with the color names, which are realistic skin tones such as Light Golden, Deepest Almond, and Very Light Rose, in English, Spanish and French.

Crayola teamed up with a makeup CEO to generate accurate skin tones

In order to create realistic colors that represent a variety of crayon users, Crayola collaborated with the former chief chemist at MAC Cosmetics and the current CEO of MOB Beauty, Victor Casale, to create the shades. The development of the colors took over eight months.

“I have spent my life trying to create truly global shade palettes because I know what it’s like to be with a person who has finally found their exact match. They feel included and recognized, and I am hoping every child who uses these crayons and finds their shade will have that feeling,” Casale said. “Growing up, I remember mixing the pink and dark brown crayons to try and make my shade, so I was thrilled when Crayola asked for my help to create the Colors of the World crayons.”

The 24-count box will hit the shelves in July. Additionally, Crayola is releasing an exclusive 32-count box of The Colors of the World crayons at Walmart stores and online. The additional crayons include four hair colors and four eye color options.

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This New, Feminist Term Should Replace ‘Masturbation’

Jerking off. Spanking it. Whacking off. Choking the chicken. There are a lot of phrases out there to describe masturbating with a penis. But when it comes to masturbating with a vulva and vagina? Not so much. The only term that’s regularly used is masturbation, which is inherently clinical. When you compare that to the florid, engorged, erect language used to describe people with penises masturbating, it becomes very clear that society thinks and feels differently about male and female masturbation. And that’s implicit in the way people talk about it.

"In our phallocentric culture, it is unsurprising that we have far more well-known, mainstream slang terms referencing penis masturbation (jerk off, jack off, beat off, choke the chicken, jerk the johnson, beat the meat, painting the ceiling, etc.) than we do for vulvas," Amanda Montell, writer, linguist, and author of Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, tells Bustle. "Google ‘masturbation slang,’ and you will find hundreds of chuckle-worthy phrases people have come up with, most of which I’ve never heard of (from spanking the money to nerking your throbber), but the most recognizable ones primarily allude to dicks."

I started masturbating when I was really young, but I never talked about it with my friends. (Minus that one time during my freshman year of high school when my mom offered to buy me and my best friend vibrators. But I’m pretty sure I blacked out from embarrassment, so that doesn’t count.) Even when my best friend and I went to buy vibrators together when we were old enough to do it ourselves, we didn’t talk about what they would be used for. When asked why she thought that might be, my BFF told me, "It was just less of a topic of open discussion 20 years ago."

On the flip side, I grew up in a house with five brothers — and all of their friends. As a result, teenage me knew way more about the particulars of how, why, where, and when boys masturbate. I knew the terms, the preferred tools, even what they thought about when they were doing it. Kind of gross? Sure. But also educational and informative in ways that I never experienced with my female friends.

Even though I’m sure most of my friends were experimenting with masturbating, the fact that we never talked about it amongst ourselves meant that we never developed the colloquial terminology. And the fact that we didn’t have a good term for it meant that we didn’t talk about it. See the chicken and egg problem here? Without a casual, fun, feminist term for masturbating with a vulva and vagina, it’s impossible to start a discourse about masturbating in a fun, casual, feminist way.

So, here’s what I’m proposing: Let’s pick one phrase to use from here on out. And that phrase is actually one that’s already in use: Rub one out. In fact, Montell says that it was "originally a penis-referencing term," that may have been "derived from the terms ‘rubbing a nut’ or ‘rubbing the rod."

"You can see evidence of that in this Wordreference forum from 2009, where someone wrote that they had come across the phrase in an article, didn’t know what it meant and wanted the internet’s help," Montell says. "Commenters answered that ‘rub one out’ was a new slang term for masturbation but that they were ‘unaware if it can also refer to women.’"

Honestly, it’s hard to imagine why this isn’t already part of the common nomenclature. The only reason I can think of is that when people think about masturbating with a vagina, they often think it involves penetration. Dr. Carol Queen, Ph.D., staff sexologist at Good Vibrations and sex-positive activist, tells Bustle that one reason for this is that "sex is commonly represented as intercourse."

"For most people, that’s what ‘having sex’ means," Dr. Queen says. "And people often think of masturbation as having sex, but alone (or with yourself). Because the primary definition of ‘sex’ for a person with a clitoris is generally not ‘stimulate the clitoris,’ the term masturbation doesn’t evoke it."

And while masturbation certainly can involve penetration — some people like a combination of penetration and direct clitoral stimulation, some like vaginal penetration alone, and still others get their butts involved — many people with vaginas don’t actually penetrate themselves when masturbating. Dr. Queen says that’s because some people just don’t know about the potential of their clitoris.

"Many beginning masturbators will assume that they should be using a dildo or insertable vibrator during masturbation," Dr. Queen says. "I can tell I have one of this type of person visiting Good Vibrations because they look so surprised when they see the Magic Wand. Like, ‘Where is that supposed to go?’ Answer: ‘On or around the clitoris.’"

So, people are getting off in lots of different ways. But the majority of the time? Most of us are rubbing one out.

I’m not the first person to suggest that we come up with some new, better terminology for masturbation with a vulva and a vagina. In fact, Dr. Queen started Masturbation May 25 years ago but putting a call out for masturbation euphemisms! But while we in the sex-positive feminist space have been talking about this for a while, it hasn’t broken through to mainstream vernacular. Dr. Queen suggests that this could be because "masturbation isn’t the sole province of feminists," which means it’s important that a term can appeal to people who "don’t have identical values."

And that’s why I think "rub one out" could be a winner. (Doesn’t “I just rubbed one out” or “I was so turned on after watching Normal People that I had to rub one out” sound more fun than “I just masturbated”?) It’s quippy, casual, fun — and gender-neutral! Even though it’s a term that was originally used by and for people with penises, we can expand it to include all bodies, genders, and sexualities.

So, pass it on. Make some memes. Get crafty and create a poster and give one to all of your friends. Get your favorite influencer involved and shout it from the rooftops. It’s the 21st Century. It’s way past time for all of us to be (talking about) rubbing one out.


Amanda Montell, linguist and author, Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

Dr. Carol Queen, PhD, Good Vibrations staff sexologist

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A Brand New e.l.f. x JKissa Collaboration Just Dropped, & It’s More Colorful Than Ever

e.l.f. just finished dropping a collab with Chipotle and launching a range of CBD skincare products, but the beauty brand isn’t slowing down. In fact, it’s returning with another popular pairing: A second e.l.f. x JKissa collection is on the way, and it’s bold and colorful as usual.

The new collection features an 18-pan eyeshadow palette in rainbow shades, a glitter topper duo, and six custom brushes. The new e.l.f. x JKissa collaboration launches May 27 on e.l.f.’s website, and items will retail between $12 and $25.

The vibrant products are inspired by the looks JKissa posts to her YouTube channel, which has nearly 350,000 subscribers. The beauty guru has been open about her love of color as a way to express herself after being bullied when she was younger.

"I hope this collection helps those who are looking for somewhere to belong to — that was me — and colorful eyeshadow is my home," she tells Bustle. "Losing myself in color has always been a way for me to express myself and get through hardships. I hope that this collection does that for someone else, and they too fall in love with color and all of the doors it can open into self-expression, as I have."

Although the YouTuber says she hopes the collection can help people express themselves, the collab also has a charitable aspect. For every photo of fans and their furry friends posted with the hashtag #eyeslipsfacepaws, e.l.f. will donate $1 to Angel City Pit Bulls, an animal rescue organization from which JKissa adopted her dog, Zuma.

"They lead with love and work diligently to find each dog the perfect home," she tells Bustle of the organization. "They show all of the dogs in their true beautiful light with their giant smiles and needs for belly rubs!"

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Navy instructor saves new recruit from grenade after he doesn’t throw it far enough – The Sun

A NAVY instructor saved a bungling trainee soldier with milliseconds to spare after he accidentally threw a grenade too close to the group. 

The drama, which was caught on camera, unfolded during a training session at China's Naval Aviation University. 

The footage shows the would-be marine standing with his back to a short boundary wall when his instructor nearby gives him the order to throw the hand grenade.

The recruit turns and lobs the explosive, but he fails to launch it over the parapet and instead throws it at the ground by his feet.

Before the blundering navy recruit can react, his instructor has pulled him away. 

The terrified recruit collapses on his hands and knees.

But his quick-reacting instructor rolls him into a nearby trench before disaster strikes, as the footage shows.

The grenade explodes just as the pair disappear down the foxhole.

The pair were not harmed and social media users were full of praise for the instructor, who saved the trainee's life.

One said: "He doesn't know how to throw a grenade and didn't properly cover either."

While another added: "I failed my grenade lobbing exam because I could only throw it 27 metres…"

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The New Moon in Gemini Asks You to Dream Big—Then Make Your Move

The Gemini New Moon on May 22 gives us a chance to dream big—if we don’t let our anxieties hold us back, that is. New Moons bring new beginnings, but this luminary is a time of introspection and reflection. Mars, planet of action, in Pisces is giving is the determination to move towards our goals, but Saturn Retrograde is reminding us that we have to build a foundation first. Neptune in Pisces adds confusion, while Mercury and Venus Retrograde in Gemini push us to make impossible-seeming choices. Before we fly away, we must face our fears and feel our feels—but then, it’s time to conquer the world.

Here’s what that means for you:


Putting extra energy into boring projects may make the day go by faster, but it won’t satisfy your passionate nature. After all, you put your whole self into your work and personal projects. Brainstorm new ideas and embrace what you really want.


You work hard, but now, it’s time to play hard. Treat yourself to a present or a self-care day at home. Your earth sign sensibilities need to be rewarded for all of the tasks you’ve done recently—so show yourself some love.


It’s time for you to level up, Gemini! Use some of your quicksilver wit to boost your social status. Soon, you’ll find success in everything you’re working on, even if the process is frustrating. But don’t give up. Flex your muscles, bb!


You’re letting go of all the BS that’s been orbiting you. Getting to the heart of the matter will be hard, but it’s necessary to move on. In its place, you’re focusing on your passions.


This is your opportunity to show the world how amazing you are, Leo. But first, you will need to connect with people who’ll be down to help you work for a good cause. With proper financial support, your humanitarian project will fly high.


All of the hours you’ve been putting into your career are finally paying off. But now you’re super exhausted. Log off, smell the roses, take a nap. Recharge your batteries and you’ll be thriving again soon.


You’re setting your sights high, which—sorry!!!—will probs create disappointments down the road. Try to be practical—world domination sounds exciting, but you may want to start small.


We’re all afraid to surrender our power, but sometimes it’s necessary in order to be vulnerable. Allow the walls you’ve built up around you to fall down. Let people get close to you instead of keeping them at a distance. It’ll be worth it, I promise.


Your optimistic attitude means you bet big when it comes to romance—but you may be in love with the idea of love. Take off your rose-colored glasses to see your boo clearly.


You’d like to give your colleagues a piece of your mind, but since you’re trying not to create drama, you may want to sit this round of arguments out. Let someone else handle the situation for now.


Setting boundaries is always hard, but stop and think twice before quadruple-texting your crush. Choose to embrace a calm, collected, and chill vibe like the Aquarius you are.


This has been a rollercoaster of emotion for us all, but especially for you. This luminary serves as a wake-up call to embrace all of yourself, even your flaws. Don’t be so harsh on yourself, Pisces! Try to give yourself more TLC and a big hug.

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Neighbours cast show off new social distancing rules on set

The Neighbours cast have given viewers a tour of the set to demonstrate how production has adapted under the new social-distancing measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Now that filming has resumed on the show, Takaya Honda, Matt Wilson, April Rose Pengilly and Tim Robards showed fans the changes that have been made to ensure the safety of the actors and staff.

The stars, who play David Tanaka, Aaron Brennan, Chloe Brennan and Pierce Greyson in the Australian soap, spared no detail and walked through a range of departments, including hair and make-up, the extras room and of course, the set.

Before even being allowed access onto the site, guests have to have the temperatures taken. Once they’ve got the all-clear, they’re good to go.

Wilson explained that the majority of the production has now gone digital, meaning that the soap’s scripts are all online.

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‘There’s absolutely minimal contact now,’ he said.

Honda added that the producers are working hard to rewrite scripts so that the cast can maintain their 1.5 metre distancing.

Meanwhile, Pengilly revealed that the producers have stepped in to serve as extras.

‘It makes me very nervous when it is the producers because they are the big bosses,’ she confessed.

The cast confirmed that while new rules mean there’s no kissing or touching on set, special camera techniques can be used to give off the illusion certain characters are closer than they are.

Speaking about the changes, Chris Oliver-Taylor — the chief executive of Freemantle Australia — said: ‘It’s going to look a bit odd.’

‘[But] Neighbours is a show that can get away with it.’ ‘We employ hundreds of staff who want to work and feel they can. It’s important we continue to produce a show that reaches millions of people in the UK and a significant audience in Australia.’

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