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This huge recreation of the Colosseum is Lego’s biggest set eve

(Pocket-lint) – Lego has revealed its biggest set ever at 9,036 pieces – this faithful recreation of the Colosseum. 

OK, so it’s not the most exciting of large lego sets for expert builders, but it will be a big challenge – just like when we built the previous largest set – the Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon which clocked in at 7,541 pieces. Both of those sets have something in common in that they largely consist of pieces of the same or simlilar colour, meaning that the time is not necessarily in the building but in locating the right pieces. 

Naturally, the 18+-rated set is also rather expensive – not as much as the collectible Millennium Falcon but pretty much the same as a PlayStation 5 at $550/£450. 

The set features many true-to-life details and recreates the three distinct levels from the Colosseum each adorned with the columns of the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders.

The details even include having 80 ‘ribs’ in the spectator stands (the exact same number as the original) and three different shades of brick. You can also see into the centre of the Colosseum from the outside, just like its real-life counterpart.

The order of building matches the same as the original, with the ‘wooden’  arena being the last build to be placed inside. Like the recent Lego Old Trafford, the building can be viewed from any angle meaning you can display it in any orientation. It measures over 27cm high, 52cm wide and 59cm deep.

The set was designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe: “One of the biggest challenges and one of the most important things was to convey the Colosseum’s monumentality in the Lego form. I felt that the model should display a special architectural feature of the original – the rows of columns flanking the arches in different styles.

“To achieve that, the model is constructed using an effect of vertical exaggeration. The cross-section is therefore far steeper than on the real structure. Hopefully, people will be inspired to learn more about the original through the experience of building the Lego model.”

Writing by Dan Grabham.

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It’s getting bleak for out-of-work hotel workers: ‘My biggest worry is securing shelter’

Payne, along with her 27-year-old daughter Kipati and 28-year-old son Atrayu, gather in their North Philadelphia living room, with the household bills in hand. She reviews the mortgage payments and her retirement and savings accounts with her children.

“We’re going into our fourth month of not paying our mortgage,” Payne tells them. “I was hoping to pass on my retirement savings to you, but it looks like we’re not going to have that. That’s gone — because we’re using it to get by.”

Payne, 51, a single parent, recently received a letter from Marriott, which she reads out loud to her children: “We’re extending your layoff until December 31, 2020.”

The US leisure and hospitality industry lost 7.5 million jobs in April, accounting for half of all jobs in that sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Recovery has been slow, with only about half of those jobs lost early on in the pandemic added back.

In a new survey by the American Hotel Lodging Association, 74% of US hotels say more layoffs are coming if the industry doesn’t get additional federal assistance.

For months, Congress has been negotiating a new stimulus bill, but Democrats and Republicans have yet to reach a deal. House Democrats could potentially vote on a pared down version of their coronavirus stimulus legislation this week, hoping to break the stalemate that has kept relief from reaching many out-of-work Americans and struggling businesses. The hotel industry is looking for assistance through a new version of the Paycheck Protection Program, which would likely be included in the relief bill and would aim to help businesses to pay staff.

“It’s scary because I’m waiting, but there’s no guarantee I’m going to come back,” said Payne.

Payne has lost not one, but two jobs. Her part-time job as a bartender is also on hold, she says. Before the pandemic, she was working seven days a week to pay for her new home and feed her children. Her son Atrayu is autistic and her daughter is his home health aide.

Payne, who has arthritis and a heart condition, is also nervous about getting sick from Covid-19 and fears the worst.

“I’m trying to prepare my daughter — how to pay the mortgage, how we pay the bills — so that she can be the head of the household because my son cannot. I’m preparing for a death sentence financially, as well as physically,” she said.

‘We live and die’ by conventions

Hotel occupancy is at 50% nationwide, but just 27% in Philadelphia, according to STR, a global analytics firm that tracks the hospitality industry.

And that could get worse. Every winter hotels in Philadelphia expect occupancy to dip, but their saving grace has been conventions. Several hotels, including the Marriott, are attached to the Philadelphia Convention Center, which is often booked a decade in advance, according to the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association. But with gatherings of more than 25 people prohibited in the city, the conventions have come to

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NJ’s COVID Quarantine List Biggest Yet; NY, PA Travel Discouraged

NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy has expanded the quarantine travel advisory list to its largest ever, now demanding travelers from 39 states and territories to quarantine for two weeks after returning – even if their travel route started in New Jersey.

Travel to neighboring and nearby states, such as New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania, is being “discouraged” but people won’t be subject to the quarantine advisory.

Murphy added two states this week to the quarantine list – Arizona and Maryland – raising the total of states and territories included in the advisory to 39, marking the largest number of states on New Jersey’s quarantine list to date.

Last week, the number was 38. July 28 previously held the record for the most states included on the list at 36.

Anybody traveling south will still have to find a circuitous route since Maryland is on the quarantine list. In fact, traveling to many parts of the southern U.S. will be difficult without having to isolate upon return (see full list of states on the quarantine list below).

Delaware, however, was taken off the list. Instead, Gov. Phil Murphy is “discouraging” travel to neighboring states that would meet the quarantine travel advisory list requirements.

The travel advisory is issued for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Besides Delaware, neighboring states such as Connecticut and Pennsylvania now meet the criteria for New Jersey’s travel advisory. Due to the interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between New Jersey and the three states, a 14-day quarantine is “not reasonable,” Murphy said.

Nonessential travel to and from these states, however, is “highly discouraged,” Murphy said.

New York and Connecticut are also discouraging non-essential travel to and from New Jersey, but they’re not mandating that travel quarantine. Read more: NJ Discourages Travel From NY As Coronavirus Infections Rise

Anyone returning from the designated states on the advisory list should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging, Murphy said, and only leave for medical care or essential items.

“As cases continue to rise in our state, we must stay vigilant and take all the necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Murphy. “It remains our top priority to ensure the safety of New Jersey residents, and we ask individuals arriving from these 39 states to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Here is the latest list:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • Colorado

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Guam

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Mexico

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Puerto Rico

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek

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