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>Botched restoration of painting
An art collector in Spain was shocked after the face of the Virgin Mary in a copy of a 17th century painting he paid to have restored was left unrecognizable.
The private collector is said to have paid a furniture restorer 1,200 euros to carry out work on the copy of "The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables" by the baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
The restorer's first effort was a disaster, leaving Mary's face disfigured, and the subsequent attempt to correct it just made it worse.
The botched job has caused such outrage that art conservation experts in Spain have called on the government to enforce stricter laws for restoration work to preserve the country's history.

Research shows that male coronavirus survivors have higher antibody levels. [Photo/Agencies]

>Men produce more antibodies
Male coronavirus survivors are being urged to give blood because of evidence that men produce more antibodies, which could make their plasma a more valuable treatment.
The research, by NHS Blood and Transplant, suggests men may hold the key in the battle against the virus.
Their research shows that 43% of male donors had blood plasma rich enough in antibodies, compared with 29% of women.
Antibodies are produced when the body's immune system tries to fight off a virus.
Men with COVID-19 tend to produce more antibodies than women with the virus because men are more likely to become seriously ill.
If the trial is successful, being treated with convalescent plasma could become a widespread practice in hospitals.


The logo of Unilever is seen at the headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands August 21, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

>Unilever drops 'whitening' labels
Unilever says it is dropping terms like "whitening", "lightening" and "fair" from its marketing language to better promote racial inclusivity in the beauty industry. As part of the push, the consumer products giant will rename its Fair & Lovely product range.
消费品巨头联合利华称,为了在美容产业中增进种族包容性,集团将在营销语言中弃用"美白"、"亮肤"和"白皙"等字眼,并将重新命名美容产品系列Fair & Lovely(白皙&可爱)。
Calls to rebrand products and logos with problematic histories and racist connotations have swept the globe following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in police custody.
A representative (Note: We don’t use ‘spokesperson’) for Unilever told Fox News that the change applies to all beauty and personal care products designed for skin, including creams, moisturizers, soap, body wash and deodorants.


A Royal Mail delivery man looks at a "Closed" sign on a pub as he does his rounds, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Richmond, London, March 24, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Living with virus to be new normal
The chief of the World Health Organization said Monday that all countries living with COVID-19 will be the new normal in the coming months, as the pandemic had already infected more than 10 million people worldwide, including nearly 500,000 deaths.
"The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus. That is the new normal," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a daily press briefing.
He added that although many countries have made some progress against COVID-19, the pandemic is speeding up globally.
He urged all countries to prioritize five sets of measures to save lives, including empowering communities and individuals to protect themselves and others, suppressing virus transmission, saving lives with oxygen and dexamethasone for instance, accelerating research on COVID-19, and strengthening political leadership and solidarity.

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