Anti-Lockdown Protesters Chant ‘Open L.A.’ Outside Health Chief’s Home Before New Covid Restrictions Begin

Crowds gathered outside the home of the Los Angeles County’s public health director on Sunday to protest against the latest round of Covid-19 restrictions taking effect this week.

a person holding a microphone: Los Angeles County Public Health director Barbara Ferrer speaks at a press conference on the novel COVID-19 (coronavirus), March 6, 2020. Protesters gathered outside her house on Sunday angry with the latest round of restrictions

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Los Angeles County Public Health director Barbara Ferrer speaks at a press conference on the novel COVID-19 (coronavirus), March 6, 2020. Protesters gathered outside her house on Sunday angry with the latest round of restrictions

Dr. Barbara Ferrer’s Echo Park home was surrounded by dozens of demonstrators, carrying placards, waving flags and chanting: “Open L.A.” and “No science. No data. No shutdown”.

Footage from the scene shows few people in the crowd were wearing face masks as they paced up and down the street.

LAPD officers could be seen over looking the scene with a police vehicle parked in what appears to be Ferrer’s driveway.

It comes after L.A. County officials outlined a new “Safer at

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Hotel Xcaret Mexico Offers Rich Experiences to Reconnect With Nature and Local Heritage Through Its Eco-Integrating Architecture – Press Release

RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico – November 30, 2020 – (

​As travel begins to make a gradual comeback, a common trend amongst those who have resumed travel is vacations that incorporate authentic experiences respective and reflective of the natural environment. Situated by the lush Riviera Maya jungle, Hotel Xcaret Mexico invites travelers to reconnect with nature through its unique, eco-integrating architecture, combining natural elements with an unparalleled aesthetic. 

Equal parts style and substance, the eco-driven property features 900 spacious suites, multiple swimming pools, world-class spa, and 12 distinct dining destinations, including Ha’ Restaurant led by Michelin star Chef Carlos Gaytán, an adults-only restaurant with its own surcharge. Additionally, thanks to its All-Fun Inclusive® concept, guests to Hotel Xcaret Mexico have access to Grupo Xcaret’s nature parks and tours and are privy to airport transfers, concierge services, unlimited Wi-Fi, among other perks.

Additionally, the AAA Five-diamond resort features carefully curated architecture and

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Business School Briefing: not-working-from-home jobs and executive courses

Welcome to Business School Briefing. We offer you insights from Andrew Hill and Jonathan Moules, and the pick of top stories being read in business schools. Edited by Wai Kwen Chan and Andrew Jack.


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Andrew Hill’s management challenge

For all the words spent on the pros and cons of working from home (WFH) by homeworking pundits like me, the majority of workers are still, to a greater or lesser extent, NWFH: not working from home. As I’ve written this week, once vaccines bring the pandemic under control, employers and employees should have greater choice to rethink the design of jobs

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The Available City: A Vision For Chicago’s Vacant Land

Imagine if we envisioned thousands of parcels of vacant land on Chicago’s South and West Sides as one large space — as large as the city’s downtown. And imagine if we used that space collectively … for things that benefit entire communities instead of individual property owners.

That’s exactly how David Brown, a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture, views the city’s vast inventory of vacant land. He is also artistic director of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Brown sat down with WBEZ to explain the project he calls The Available City.

On what The Available City is

It’s project that I’ve been working on for about 10 years, and it’s really an urban design proposal that looks at all of the city-owned vacant land and, if you look at that in a map, that is about just over 10,000 lots and they’re principally in

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Cyber Monday furniture deals 2020: Best offers from Made, Wayfair and Habitat

Cyber Monday is here, and the biggest shopping event of the year has reached new heights for 2020. Although it’s the final day of the sale, it’s still primetime to bag a bargain on the bigger items you’ve been lusting after all year.

Perhaps you’re after a new velvet sofa, or need new white goods, as no one wants to spend a large amount of money on a washing machine. Whatever it is that you’re after, today’s the day to make use of the discounts and low prices.

To help you navigate the swathes of offers currently available, we’ll be searching high and low for the hottest discounts, regularly updating our main Cyber Monday guide with the best offers in the sale.  

Our IndyBest team hand-picks every deal we feature. We may earn some commission from the links in this article, but our selections have been made independently and without

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Everyone who met family over Thanksgiving should assume they have COVID-19, get tested, and wear a mask at home, White House advisor Dr. Deborah Birx said

Deborah Birx wearing a suit and tie: Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

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  • Americans who met with family they don’t live with over Thanksgiving should assume they have COVID-19 and get tested, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force has said.
  • Thanksgiving gatherings could cause a fourth surge of the virus, or a wave within a wave, Dr. Deborah Birx told CBS on Sunday.
  • Families should also wear masks indoors “if they chose to gather during Thanksgiving and others went across the country or even into the next state,” Birx said.
  • Millions of families across the US gathered to celebrate the holiday. The day before Thanksgiving was the busiest day for air travel since March 16.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Everyone who traveled over Thanksgiving to meet with family should assume they have COVID-19 and get tested in

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Experience Barcelona From Home With This Virtual Art and Architecture Tour

As with most European countries, Spain — once among the hardest hit by coronavirus — remains closed to tourists from the U.S., as well as several other countries. With the streets of Barcelona less crowded than usual, two virtual tour companies have teamed up to give viewers a glimpse at the finished and famously unfinished architectural works of Antoni Gaudí that can be found in the city.

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On Jan. 6, 2021, A Virtual Tour Live and World TV Streming Tours will host a free public event on Facebook, allowing people to discover the beauty of this Mediterranean capital city, including its famous buildings and parks. Throughout the virtual presentation, which will focus on the art and architecture of Barcelona, viewers will see and learn about the most emblematic works of Antoni Gaudí: Park Güell,

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Salesforce’s Talks to Buy Slack May Herald More Work-From-Home Deals

Salesforce has approached Slack about a deal, DealBook hears, confirming a report in The Wall Street Journal. A takeover could be announced as soon as this week. The potential deal is a bet on remote working, an area that bankers tell us will be a hot spot for consolidation in the months ahead, as highly valued software companies look to roll up the fragmented market for collaboration tools.

Work practices may never return to pre-pandemic norms. Or at least that’s the premise behind moves like the one Salesforce is making, with companies hoping to cash in on the shift by assembling a suite of services to make remote working easier. Slack had a market capitalization of about $17 billion before news of the potential deal broke, and it’s now worth around $23 billion. Until the recent pop, it had recorded relatively muted growth

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Always striving to achieve the best at Ryder Architecture

As part of our ongoing series, ‘Inspiring Growth’, in conjunction with Ward Hadaway, we’re talking to some of the region’s fastest-growing businesses and shining a light on their incredible successes.

Here, Ryder managing partner Mark Thompson reveals how a never-ending desire for improvement has fuelled growth.

“‘That’ll do’ just isn’t good enough,” says Mark Thompson, managing partner at Ryder and North East Local Enterprise Partnership board member, reflecting on the relentless attention to detail that the award-winning practice places on everything they do, from design to client service.

It’s an approach that serves them well. Established in 1953 and headquartered in Newcastle, Ryder now has offices around the world, and continues to grow, employing over 250 people globally and working with many more through the international Ryder Alliance, a group of like-minded specialists.

Mark continues: “We can always do better. It’s about continually looking to improve, not resting on your

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Can Good Architecture Exist Without Modulation?

Can Good Architecture Exist Without Modulation?

In the Genesis flood narrative, Noah built an ark after a call from God, who decided to flood and destroy all life on Earth due to the misbehavior of humanity. Only Noah’s family and a couple representatives of each species of animals could enter the huge vessel and save themselves. In the bible, the ark is described in the exact measurements of 300 cubits in length by 50 cubits in width by 30 cubits in height. This was a unit used at the time based on the length of the forearm, measured from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow. A Dutchman who has devoted himself to building a replica of Noah’s Ark, without success in finding a correspondingly accurate value in the

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