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The 12 clever and crazy items to pack for pandemic-friendly travel

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This backpack, emblazoned with the Girl With A Pearl Earring wearing a mask, is sure to raise a smile

This backpack, emblazoned with the Girl With A Pearl Earring wearing a mask, is sure to raise a smile

This backpack, emblazoned with the Girl With A Pearl Earring wearing a mask, is sure to raise a smile 

For some companies, the pandemic has been an opportunity to show how innovative they are.

Here we reveal 12 travel items essential for pandemic-friendly travel, including a small silicone tip for operating public touch screens like those at cash machines, stations and airports and a sterilising box that can disinfect phones, glasses, cash or pens when you are on the go.

Artistic licence

Girl With A Pearl Earring (and mask) backpack, £39.04

A perfectly useable backpack for any travels — but the facemask-wearing version of Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer’s painting Girl With A Pearl Earring will turn heads and raise a smile.

Breath of fresh air

AVICHE necklace wearable mini personal air purifier with USB, £29.99

The idea is you charge this little pendant (using the USB slot) and wear it around your neck. Makers claim the device creates a 3ft-wide bubble of ‘purified air’ to keep viruses at bay. 

One reviewer said they always wear one because ‘it’s reassuring’ and battery life is enough for any long-haul flight. The science of its anti-virus powers is sketchy but it definitely clears smelly and smoky air.

Stop the spread

The Tru Eco disposable wooden cutlery set contains 150 birch wood knives, forks and spoons

The Tru Eco disposable wooden cutlery set contains 150 birch wood knives, forks and spoons

The Tru Eco disposable wooden cutlery set contains 150 birch wood knives, forks and spoons

Tru Eco disposable wooden cutlery set, £6.99

For those who don’t trust that the hotel cutlery is virus-free, or don’t want inadvertently to pass any infection to restaurant staff, this lightweight, wooden cutlery set is designed to be used once and thrown away afterwards. The pack contains 150 birch wood knives, forks and spoons to take on your travels.

Packed full of humour

F.L.OPOPO cloth carrier bag, £11.18

It takes a certain type of traveller to appear with a bright red bag emblazoned with ‘2020 Covid-19 Survivor’ and a picture of a toilet roll. There’s nothing else virus-related about this foil-lined, zipped and pocketed cloth carrier. A sense of humour is required.

Back up

Sggual backpack, £18.99

Another backpack that has no particular attributes to make it hygienic or safe, but perhaps its tasteless design — images of coronavirus particles — will keep people socially distanced.

Throw in the towel

Babydo beach towel, £21.49

The Babydo beach towel, which comes in acid yellow, should create a social distance around you

The Babydo beach towel, which comes in acid yellow, should create a social distance around you

The Babydo beach towel, which comes in acid yellow, should create a social distance around you 

However crowded the beach, you wouldn’t lose this extra-large towel. If the acid yellow and What Virus? slogan weren’t enough, the picture of someone in a gas mask should create a social distance all around you. And who would dare move this from your poolside sun-lounger?  

Bottle it

Fast Pro bottles (ten-pack) for hand sanitiser, £8.99

A travel pack of ten squeezable bottles that travellers can fill with hand sanitiser, then attach upside down to key rings or belts. You can have instant disinfected hands wherever you go.

Mask protector

Wateralone mask case, £1.39

This lightweight case keeps your mask clean when not being worn. The pocket-sized box made of hygienic plastic clips tightly shut to form a waterproof, dust-proof seal. It comes in white or pastel blue, pink or green. 

Get a handle on it

Fredor door opener, £3.99

This small zinc device can be used to open doors and the silicone tip can operate public touch screens such as those at cash machines, stations and airports

This small zinc device can be used to open doors and the silicone tip can operate public touch screens such as those at cash machines, stations and airports

This small zinc device can be used to open doors and the silicone tip can operate public touch screens such as those at cash machines, stations and airports 

Attach this small zinc device to your key fob with the supplied ring and then wherever you go you can open doors, which are a high-touch area, without risking infection. There is also a small silicone tip for operating public touch screens such as those at cash machines, stations and airports.

Note that the ‘hygiene hook’ is excellent for doors with angular handles — but useless if they are round.

Light years ahead

Crown LED portable disinfection lamp, £43.95

A small light (it’s just five inches long) that claims to remove ‘up to 99.9 per cent’ of viruses. Simply shine it at any worrying surfaces for 30 seconds. It claims to work on everything from steering wheels to TV remote controls in hotels.

Picture perfect

The Cities Of Silence book, which includes powerful images of London and New York

The Cities Of Silence book, which includes powerful images of London and New York

The Cities Of Silence book, which includes powerful images of London and New York 

Cities Of Silence book, £12

A glossy hardback of extraordinary photos telling the story of travel in 2020. 

Among the powerful images you will see the London Eye at a standstill and New York’s Brooklyn Bridge looking abandoned.

Germ killer

Cahot portable UV light steriliser box, £34.99

Disinfect phones, glasses, cash or pens when you are on the go by putting them in this steriliser box. Close the magnetic lid and eight internal ultraviolet lights destroy germs in three minutes.

The USB-powered device does not specifically claim to protect against Covid but against ‘illness-causing hazards’.

Oddly, it can also wirelessly charge phones.

  • All products available on Amazon.

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Disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes led company ‘f*** you chants’

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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes led profane chants during company meetings that poked fun at her competitors and a Wall Street Journal reporter which her attorneys have classified as ‘normal behavior’. 

The disgraced founder is currently awaiting trial on fraud charges for lying about the capabilities of her blood-testing product. 

She and the company’s former president, Sunny Balwani, are due to go on trial in San Jose, California in March. She is denying the charges but faces 20 years in prison if convicted. 

In a pre-trial court filing on Wednesday, prosecutors said that she would often berate competitors by chanting about them during company meetings. 

They want to ask witnesses about the chants, specifically one against competing company Sonora Quest. 

Elizabeth Holmes pictured in July in court in San Jose, California

Elizabeth Holmes pictured in July in court in San Jose, California

WSJ reporter John Carreyrou, who wrote a series of articles criticizing Holmes

WSJ reporter John Carreyrou, who wrote a series of articles criticizing Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes pictured in July in court in San Jose, California (left). She is said to have led company chants against competitors and WSJ reporter John Carreyrou, who wrote a series of articles criticizing Holmes 

‘Ms. Holmes and Mr. Balwani allegedly led employees in a chant of “F— you, Sonora Quest,”‘ the filing says.  

Another target of the chants was John Carreyrou, a Wall Street Journal reporter who had written a series of articles criticizing Holmes.  

Prosecutors claim that vilifying competitors adds to proof of the pair’s guilt.

Holmes’ attorneys are fighting it. They said it was ‘normal behavior’, and wrote in a response to the filing: ‘ 

‘There would be nothing remarkable about Ms. Holmes expressing frustration to her colleagues about critical news coverage of her and their company.  

‘That normal human reaction to adversity and negative publicity would not be evidence of consciousness of guilt. 

‘If vilifying competitors, and chanting curse words about them, were a sign of a guilty conscience, every sports team in America would be guilty of something. 

Holmes claimed the Theranos technology could perform an array of complex blood tests in just minutes

Holmes claimed the Theranos technology could perform an array of complex blood tests in just minutes

Holmes claimed the Theranos technology could perform an array of complex blood tests in just minutes 

‘Companies and corporate officials routinely vilify competitors to motivate employees. The conclusion the government draws from this normal (even if lamentable) behavior … is completely speculative,’ her attorneys said. 

Holmes quickly made a name for herself in Silicon Valley by promising that her machines could perform an array of complicated blood tests using a sample of just a few drops of blood. 

She drew in investors and won an evaluation of around $10billion before holes started to appear in her business plan. 

The machines were nowhere near as capable as she claimed they were, according to prosecutors, and she knew it. 

She and Balwani were charged with fraud in June 2018.  

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‘Gay conversion therapy’ to be banned in Victoria with $10,000 fine

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Therapy that attempts to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is set to become illegal in Victoria.

Proposed legislation outlawing gay conversion therapy was introduced for the first time in state parliament on Wednesday.

The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill denounces the practice as deceptive and harmful.

If the new legislation is passed, anyone who gives out sexuality suppression therapy will face up to ten years in jail if it is deemed to cause injury to the participant. 

Anyone caught advertising the practices would also face criminal sanctions and fines of up to $10,000.

Gay conversion therapy is set to become illegal in Victoria after proposed legislation was introduced in parliament (pictured, rainbow flag-bearing participants at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in February)

Gay conversion therapy is set to become illegal in Victoria after proposed legislation was introduced in parliament (pictured, rainbow flag-bearing participants at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in February)

Gay conversion therapy is set to become illegal in Victoria after proposed legislation was introduced in parliament (pictured, rainbow flag-bearing participants at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in February)

Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy says some of the horror stories she’s heard about the practice are forms of criminal assault.

‘Our government is very firmly of the view that gay, lesbian and trans people, they don’t need to be fixed, they are perfect the way they are,’ she told reporters.

‘What we won’t stand by is to have services, whether they’re therapeutic health services or pretending to be, or religious techniques, imposing on people something I think is the height of cruelty.’

Premier Victorian Daniel Andrews described the controversial practice as ‘bigoted quackery’ in a powerful statement.

Victorian commissioner for LGBTIQ+ communities Ro Allen (right) says the proposed legislation will save lives

Victorian commissioner for LGBTIQ+ communities Ro Allen (right) says the proposed legislation will save lives

Victorian commissioner for LGBTIQ+ communities Ro Allen (right) says the proposed legislation will save lives 

‘Let’s be clear: there is absolutely nothing wrong with being who you are,’ Mr Andrews wrote.

‘And there’s everything wrong with dangerous conversion practices that tell gay, bi and trans people they need to be “cured”.

‘This bigoted quackery destroys lives and perpetuates shame and stigma.’

Victorian commissioner for LGBTIQ+ communities Ro Allen says the legislation will save lives.

‘LGBTIQ+ Victorians are to be celebrated and valued – just as we are. We’re not broken and we don’t need fixing,’ she said.

Victoria is set to become the third state or territory to outlaw therapy that attempts to change or suppress a person's sexual orientation or gender identity (pictured, parade participants at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras)

Victoria is set to become the third state or territory to outlaw therapy that attempts to change or suppress a person's sexual orientation or gender identity (pictured, parade participants at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras)

Victoria is set to become the third state or territory to outlaw therapy that attempts to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity (pictured, parade participants at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras)

The bill will also empower the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to investigate reports of conversion practices.

A civil response scheme will also be established within VEOHRC to support survivors and address the harm they have endured. 

Queensland became the first state to criminalise gay conversion therapy in August, followed by ACT.

It’s unlikely the legislation in Victoria will pass until 2021 due to the limited sitting days left this year. 

Israel took a step toward implementing an outright ban earlier this year while Malta, Brazil and Germany have partially or fully outlawed gay conversion therapy. 

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US Election 2020: Pennsylvania judge HALTS certification of results

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A Pennsylvania appeals court judge has ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results.

The ruling on Wednesday comes a day after Governor Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state’s winner of the presidential election. 

It wasn’t immediately clear if the order from Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough could hold up the certification of state and local contests on the ballot or interrupt the scheduled December 14 meeting of the state’s 20 electors.

‘To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so,’ pending an evidentiary hearing, according to the judge’s order.

Governor Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state's winner of the presidential election

Governor Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state's winner of the presidential election

Governor Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state’s winner of the presidential election

A Pennsylvania appeals court judge has ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results

A Pennsylvania appeals court judge has ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results

A Pennsylvania appeals court judge has ordered state officials to halt any further steps toward certifying election results

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President Donald Trump reacted to the ruling with a tweet declaring ‘Big news!’ 

Wolf’s administration quickly asked the state Supreme Court to block the ruling from taking effect, saying there was no ‘conceivable justification’ for it.

The evidentiary hearing, which was originally scheduled for Friday morning, was continued due to the administration’s appeal.

Republican Rep. Mike Kelly and others are challenging approximately 2.5 million mail-in ballots that were predominantly cast by Democrats. 

The people challenging the ballots filed a supplemental application for emergency relief shortly before midnight Tuesday.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a Twitter post the judge’s order does not impact Tuesday’s appointment of electors.

The state’s 20 electoral college votes are key to Trump’s longshot attempts to overturn the election results, and it would be virtually impossible for him to achieve his dream without somehow securing them. 

The Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state's winner of the presidential election on Tuesday

The Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state's winner of the presidential election on Tuesday

The Pennsylvania Department of State had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the state’s winner of the presidential election on Tuesday

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Biden is projected to secure 306 electoral college votes to Trump’s 232, making the Democrat the clear winner of the election. 

Trump has yet to present proof of the widespread voter fraud that he claims cost him the election to Biden. 

The ruling in Pennsylvania came as Trump continued to contest the election results in Georgia, which holds 16 electoral votes. 

Georgia certified Biden’s victory there on Friday after a recount, but will undertake another machine review of the ballots at the Trump campaign’s request. Few expect a different result. 

On Wednesday, Trump campaign attorney Lin Wood said on Twitter that the 11th Circuit had granted his emergency motion for expedited review of a lawsuit challenging validity of Georgia’s election procedure.   

‘We The People delivered a historic landslide win for @realDonaldTrump in GA & nationally,’ Wood claimed it a tweet flagged as disputed by Twitter, and retweeted by Trump. ‘We The People will not allow it be stolen.’

Separately, controversial attorney Sidney Powell has promised to ‘release the Kraken’ before midnight on Wednesday by filing a lawsuit alleging massive voter fraud in Georgia. 

She was released from Trump’s campaign legal team last week but is continuing the fight independently. 

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On Wednesday, Trump campaign attorney Lin Wood said on Twitter that the 11th Circuit had granted his emergency motion for expedited review of a lawsuit challenging validity of Georgia's election procedure

On Wednesday, Trump campaign attorney Lin Wood said on Twitter that the 11th Circuit had granted his emergency motion for expedited review of a lawsuit challenging validity of Georgia's election procedure

On Wednesday, Trump campaign attorney Lin Wood said on Twitter that the 11th Circuit had granted his emergency motion for expedited review of a lawsuit challenging validity of Georgia’s election procedure

Separately, controversial attorney Sidney Powell has promised to 'release the Kraken' before midnight on Wednesday by filing a lawsuit alleging massive voter fraud in Georgia

Separately, controversial attorney Sidney Powell has promised to 'release the Kraken' before midnight on Wednesday by filing a lawsuit alleging massive voter fraud in Georgia

Separately, controversial attorney Sidney Powell has promised to ‘release the Kraken’ before midnight on Wednesday by filing a lawsuit alleging massive voter fraud in Georgia

Trump phoned in to lawyer Rudy Giuliani during a Pennsylvania hearing-style event Wednesday in order to claim ‘we won this election’ and that the election ‘has to be turned around.’

‘This election as rigged and we can’t let that happen,’ Trump said, even after Michigan and Pennsylvania certified the vote and his own administration issued a letter allowing the transition to President-elect Joe Biden to begin.

‘This was an election that we won easily. We won it by a lot,’ Trump claimed, while trailing Biden by about 6 million votes.

‘Why wouldn’t they overturn an election? Certainly overturn it in your state,’ he said in his call, which was played for an audience in Pennsylvania and carried on livestreams and on some cable channels.

He made a surprise phone call to a hearing underway in Gettysburg. His lawyer Jenna Ellis patched him through by holding her own iPhone up to a microphone next to Giuliani.

Just like his call-ins to cable news, Trump mused about what he saw on TV and vented.

President Donald Trump called into a hearing-style event in Pennsylvania where lawyer Rudy Giuliani leveled charges of voter fraud

President Donald Trump called into a hearing-style event in Pennsylvania where lawyer Rudy Giuliani leveled charges of voter fraud

President Donald Trump called into a hearing-style event in Pennsylvania where lawyer Rudy Giuliani leveled charges of voter fraud

He said a ‘big energy official was on this morning on an important show’ who ‘said there’s no way trump didn’t win Pennsylvania because the energy industry was all for him. 

‘This election as rigged and we can’t let that happen,’ he claimed, despite a top homeland official saying it was among the most secure he had witnessed before being pushed out of his job.

‘This election has to be turned around. We won pa by a lot and we won all of these swing states by a lot,’ Trump said, while attendees and his counsel listened.  

‘We got 11 million votes more than we had four years ago in 2016 And we got many more votes than Ronald Reagan had when he won 49 states,’ Trump said, pointing to an election forty years ago when the population was considerably smaller.

‘It would be easy for me to say oh, let’s worry about four years from now,’ he said, referencing talk he may run again. 

After a push for state legislators to try to overturn the result in Michigan and Pennsylvania, Trump appeared to put his faith in the courts.

‘All we need is to have some judge listen to it properly,’ he said. 

The call came hours after Trump pulled the plug on a plan to travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Wednesday to hear lawyer Rudy Giuliani stitch together claims of voter fraud at a Republican hearing. 

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