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Worried about your financial security? Here’s how to cope with a job loss spurred by COVID-19
More than half of workers say the recession last year made them realize they weren’t financially secure to begin with. In general, American workers report their job security, financial security and stress have gotten worse or stayed the same in the last year. Nearly 70% of workers say the pandemic has intensified their concerns about their financial security. The concern is even higher among workers without access to employee benefits, with more than 7 in 10 workers without benefits worried about their financial security. Be sure to connect with recruiters to stay in the loop about job prospects, experts say.
Sick kids in class, teachers punished for speaking out: Over 780 COVID-19 complaints reveal schools ignoring safety
A KHN analysis of federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration data found more than 780 COVID-19-related complaints covering more than 2,000 public and private K-12 schools. KHN also found that practices contradicting safety experts’ advice are codified into the patchwork of COVID-19 rules put out by states and districts. The American Federation of Teachers estimates COVID-19 has killed at least 325 school employees, though it’s unclear whether they caught it at school. Public health experts said making schools safer will require clear, consistent data and guidance – and political will. They said governments also need to give public schools enough resources to keep more than 50 million students and 3.2 million teachers safe.
Risky business: Donald Trump isn't alone in seeing his political fate tied to his impeachment trial
More:As Trump impeachment trial begins, he lacks star lawyers, full Republican backingMore:Feds track plans to attack members of Congress during Trump impeachmentThat attack triggered the Democratic-led House to impeach Trump on Jan. 13. The potency of Trump's political appeal could be affected by events at his impeachment trial. Some Senate Republicans said they would be vocal in defending Trump and opposing the very idea of trying an ex-office holder. They are pushing the impeachment trial at the same time members are negotiating with Republicans on Biden proposals to fight COVID-19 and stimulate the economy. If Trump wins an acquittal, Luntz said, he can claim vindication and campaign again as the "victim" of political chicanery.
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AP Top Stories January 27 AHere's the latest for Wednesday January 27th: Senate votes to hold Trump trial, over Republican objections; Biden says administration is buying more COVID vaccine; Chicago plans to reopen schools delayed; Alabama cleans up tornado damage.
Book now, pay later: The new trend that’s reshaping travel during the pandemic
Josh RobertsFamilyVacationist.comEven before the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on travel, “book now, pay later” deals and third-party services were gaining in popularity with travelers. From hotels and airlines to resorts and tour operators, FamilyVacationist.com takes a look at how flexible booking options are reshaping the way we pay for travel. The rise of book now, pay later services“Purchasing travel can be stressful, especially for big-ticket purchases paid all upfront,” says Brian Barth, CEO of Uplift, a buy now, pay later site focused exclusively on travel. Expanded book now, pay later options from travel providersThe rise of flexible booking options isn’t limited to third-party financiers. As for whether these kinds of flexible booking options will stick around after the pandemic, Intrepid Travel’s Matt Berna is optimistic.
NFL cheerleaders have their say on equal pay
NFL cheerleaders have their say on equal payAmerican football is like religion for many in the U.S. but there is one story the NFL isn't cheering about. A new documentary, "A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem," now available On Demand, follows the story of two former NFL team cheerleaders who sued the league over labor issues.
The filibuster may make it difficult for Joe Biden to pass his agenda - even in a Democratic Congress. Here's why
A raise in the federal minimum wage to $15. The Senate filibuster makes those much harder lifts. The filibuster is a long-standing tool used by senators in the minority to block a vote on a bill by endlessly debating the measure. "This body operates every day, every hour, by consent," Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Tuesday defending the filibuster. Even more iffy is Biden's proposal as part of COVID relief to nearly double the federal minimum wage, from $7.25 to $15.
D.C.-area forecast: A little nicer today, cold and blustery tomorrow; Sunday winter storm?
Express forecastToday: Becoming partly sunny, steady breeze. Forecast in detailWhen partly sunny and low-to-mid-40s conditions could make today the most comfortable day of the forecast period, you know you’ve got a solid winter air mass settling in. Temperatures struggle to reach 40 tomorrow and Friday with strong winds sending wind chills into the 20s, perhaps even the teens at times. Today (Wednesday): After some early-morning fog, partly sunny skies help temperatures rebound somewhat today, rising through the 30s this morning with afternoon highs in the low to mid-40s. That puts us smack in the middle of strong winds between the systems, from the northwest at 15-25 mph, with gusts 30-40 mph.
Library of Congress gets $15 million to diversify partners, collections
ADAD“The major goal of the grant is to expand the ways we are welcoming people to the library,” said Kate Zwaard, head of digital strategy. “With the clear aim of collecting and digitizing the work, it’s about the undertold stories and underserved communities,” Alexander said. The final projects will be collected by the library and shared with the communities. ADADA second area focused on digital projects is another critical component that will help the library think about its collection in new ways, Zwaard said. ADLibrary officials believe engaging with these new and diverse partners will reveal hidden gems within the collection and spark ongoing discovery.
The Covid Crisis Closed Their Schools. A Mental Health Crisis Reopened Them.
One of President Biden's goals since entering office is getting schools to reopen for in-person learning. Since the beginning of March, schools have been shut down and online learning has taken a toll on many families mentally. The rise of student suicides in Las Vegas, NV particularly has pushed Clark County, the nation's fifth largest school district to move forward with bringing back some of its students for in-person learning. The Coronavirus pandemic has now topped 100 million confirmed cases worldwide. Plus, commentary by FOX News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett.
Biden’s jab that foreign company contracts went up 30% under Trump
But more important, the share of foreign contracts went down during that period, from 3.3 percent to 3.1 percent. ADADIn fact, the reports showed that the percentage of Defense Department spending on foreign contracts had been steadily decreasing. So even though the raw numbers went up during the Trump administration, the share of foreign contracts continued on a downward trend. A substantial portion of the foreign contracts don’t qualify for inclusion under the Buy America rules because the services were used overseas. The percentage of Defense Department contracts receiving waivers, however, has jumped.
China rolls out anal swab coronavirus tests, saying it’s more accurate than throat method
Recovering patients, they say, have continued to test positive through samples from the lower digestive tract days after nasal and throat swabs came back negative. “If we add anal swab testing, it can raise our rate of identifying infected patients,” Li Tongzeng, an infectious-disease specialist at Beijing You’an Hospital, said on state-run broadcaster CCTV on Sunday. Now, with infections stubbornly continuing to emerge ahead of the holiday, the government has approved an expanded use of anal swab testing. “Intriguingly, SARS-CoV-2 detection was positive in the anal swab of two patients and negative in throat swab and sputum samples,” they wrote. In recent days, state-run tabloid Global Times noted that the procedure was controversial, with some doctors saying nasal and throat swabs were more effective because coronavirus is a respiratory infection.
Building A Strong Foundation With Bluemercury CEO Marla Beck
This week, Liz is joined by Co-Founder and CEO of Bluemercury Inc., Marla Beck to share what changed her perspective and allowed her to follow her entrepreneurial spirit. Marla explains how she was inspired after hearing Jeff Bezos speak on the value of e-commerce, the innovations that sprung from working in the first Bluemercury retail location, how she navigated the position of CEO after selling the company to Macy's and her advice for young entrepreneurs on achieving their dreams. Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizClaman
A Georgia GOP lawmaker refused covid-19 tests. He was kicked off the floor for ‘jeopardizing the health’ of colleagues.
ADThe confrontation was the latest flash point among Georgia GOP members since tensions arose after the state’s Republican governor and secretary of state certified the November election results for President Biden. Clark joined about 30 other Georgia state legislators in supporting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit to overturn election results in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. There have been almost 880,000 cases of the coronavirus in Georgia and more than 13,400 deaths, according to The Washington Post’s covid tracker. ADThe lawmaker also argued that it wasn’t fair for him to get two tests a week when his constituents don’t get the same advantage. “I appreciate Speaker Ralston for removing a member who has refused to take a COVID-19 test since session reconvened on 1/11,” tweeted state Rep. Scott Holcomb (D).
Philadelphia let ‘college kids’ distribute vaccines. The result was a ‘disaster,' volunteers say.
One volunteer alleged that the 22-year-old CEO had pocketed vaccine doses. ADNow, the city has cut ties with Philly Fighting COVID, and prosecutors are looking into the “concerning” allegations. The city announced on Monday that it would no longer work with Philly Fighting COVID for coronavirus testing or vaccine distribution, a day before the allegations of mishandled vaccine doses surfaced. For weeks, Philly Fighting COVID collected data from tens of thousands of Philadelphians seeking vaccine appointments without telling them how that information could be used. When a privacy policy finally appeared on the group’s website last week, it contained provisions that would allow Philly Fighting COVID to sell users’ personal data to a third party.
Alex Trebek's legacy remembered by 'Jeopardy!' guest host Mayim Bialik: 'A huge loss'
Mayim Bialik is one of the few celebrities asked to guest host "Jeopardy!" The "Call Me Kat" star spoke to Fox News about the honor and how the late Alex Trebek left a huge hole in everyone's hearts. "Obviously [it's] a huge loss to not have Alex Trebek as part of 'Jeopardy!' but I also think, especially as a woman, I'm really, really flattered to be even considered for a guest role." STAR KEN JENNINGS ON THE BEST ADVICE ALEX TREBEK EVER GAVE HIMBialik's science background will certainly come in handy on "Jeopardy!"
FOX Super 6 can win you $25,000 on the NBA’s Wednesday night
And the 76ers/Lakers matchup this time could be one of those that could win you $25,000 in FOX Bet’s Super 6 contest. Delon Wright had 28 points and nine assists for the Pistons in a 119-104 win over Philadelphia on Monday night. Jaylen Brown scored 26 points Monday night in a 119-103 win over Chicago. The Spurs had their Monday night game against the Pelicans cancelled because they didn’t have the required eight players due to COVID-19 contact tracing. The Jazz carried an eight game winning streak into Tuesday night’s game, averaging 113.2 points per game thanks to Donovan Mitchell’s team leading 24.3 point per game average.
Oregon state lawmaker 'likely' created 'hostile' work environment for former romantic partners: investigation
An Oregon state lawmaker "likely" tried to pressure former romantic partners -- over whom he had professional sway -- to become involved with him again, a nine-month-long independent investigation found, according to reports. State lawmakers in Salem could decide as early as next week if state Rep. Diego Hernandez, D-Portland, violated the congressional sexual harassment policy, Oregon Public Broadcasting first reported. The report added it found it "more likely than not that Subject Two’s uncomfortableness working around Rep. Hernandez was reasonable." The report also claimed Hernandez created an "intimidating, hostile, and offensive" work environment during and after his romantic relationship with another woman known as Subject Four, according to OPB. — Oregon state Rep. Diego Hernandez, D-PortlandHe said his relationships with the women were all prior to him becoming a legislator.
Rand Paul declares Trump impeachment 'dead on arrival' after Senate procedural vote
Here's what you need to know as you start your day ...Rand Paul declares Trump impeachment trial ‘dead on arrival’ after 45 GOP senators vote against itU.S. Sen. Rand Paul declared former President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial "dead on arrival" on Tuesday after 45 Senate Republicans voted against holding the proceeding, viewing it as unconstitutional. Rand, a Kentucky Republican, had called for a procedural vote regarding holding a trial, claiming the Senate shouldn’t address the article of impeachment against Trump filed by the House this month because Trump is now out of office. If a trial were to proceed, Trump would become the first former president to face an impeachment trial. The House charged Trump on Jan. 13 with "inciting an insurrection" in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol in Washington. "If you voted that it was unconstitutional, how in the world would you ever vote to convict somebody for this?"
NYPD officer shot in the Bronx
A plainclothes NYPD cop investigating a past shooting was shot while chasing a man in the Bronx on Tuesday night, police and sources said. HOUSTON DEPUTY SHOT IN BOTH HANDS, MANHUNT FOR SUSPECT INTENSIFIES"In the course of seconds, what we know is that our officer, we believe fired one round. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMayor Bill de Blasio, who visited the officer at the hospital, hailed him for his bravery. "Here is an officer, a young officer out there in the streets of the Bronx, getting guns off the streets to save lives. The kind of officer we depend on to be safe in the city," he said.
San Francisco school board votes to rename schools honoring Washington, Lincoln, Feinstein, others
Not even revered former presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson are safe from "cancel culture," it appears. The American icons were among a list of historical figures whose names will be removed from San Francisco’s public schools following a 6-1 vote by the school board Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Washington and Jefferson were both slave owners and Lincoln, who ended slavery, became controversial because critics claim he oppressed indigenous people. "It’s offensive to me as someone who went to our public schools, who loves our public schools, and who knows how those years in the classroom are what lifted me out of poverty and into college. While the board focused on renaming the schools in the Tuesday meeting, it did not discuss reopening schools from coronavirus shutdowns.
LIVE UPDATES: All but 5 Republican senators vote to dismiss Trump' impeachment trial
Senators were sworn in as jurors for former President Trump’s impeachment trial Tuesday as the Senate voted 55-45 to end debate on Sen. Rand Paul’s point of order arguing that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional now that Trump is out of office. Fast Facts Trump was impeached by the House earlier this month for "incitement of insurrection" after a mob made a deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 following a Trump rallyRepublican Sens. They voted with all 50 Democrat senators to table the point of order. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has indicated he has an open mind on whether Trump should be convicted, voted against ending debate. Follow below for updates on Trump's impeachment trial.
Harvard health expert makes case for everyone to wear N95 masks
A health expert from Harvard made his case Tuesday that everyone in the U.S. should wear N95 face masks in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. "The brutal truth is, it’s going to take months before we can the majority of Americans vaccinated – months," Biden said. "In the next few months, masks, not vaccines, are the best defense against COVID-19. Experts say that wearing masks from now just until April would save 50,000 lives that otherwise would pass away if we don’t wear these masks." Some asked why the country wasn’t told to wear double masks earlier on in the outbreak, and others asked-- with that logic-- wouldn’t three masks be more effective than two?
'Win-win' solution for Italy is possible, professor says
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via Email'Win-win' solution for Italy is possible, professor saysItaly plunges into fresh political turmoil, but Professor Mattia Diletti from Sapienza University of Rome is optimistic that the Italian political institution can survive this crisis.
SAP CEO says Qualtrics $1.5 billion IPO is 'massively oversubscribed'
SAP acquired Qualtrics in November 2018 for $8 billion and in July 2020, announced that it intended to take the company public. Qualtrics is aiming to raise as much as $1.46 billion through the IPO, which could take place imminently. SAP plans to use the Qualtrics IPO to help repay $1.76 billion of debt, according to the filing. "The acquisition is a massive success.," said Klein, who was appointed sole CEO last April, adding that SAP has doubled Qualtrics' revenue. Klein said SAP will remain the majority shareholder in Qualtrics after it goes public and that the company "will benefit fully from the success of Qualtrics after the IPO."
Euro nations want to shake up their debt rules — and it could spell trouble in bond markets
Yann Schreiber | Getty ImagesLONDON — The euro zone wants to update its fiscal rulebook, a necessary step to deal with highly indebted nations post-pandemic but one that could also spark nervousness among investors. Member states have often deviated from these thresholds and clashed with the European Commission, the institution in charge of enforcing the rules. European Commission forecasts point to an average of debt-to-GDP ratio of 100% in the euro zone at least until 2022. Weiser added that the 60% threshold "is the big thing that would have to change" when updating the fiscal rules. A spokesperson for the European Commission told CNBC Wednesday that "the calendar for relaunching the consultation process remains to be decided in light of economic developments."
Expect 'tough' quarters ahead as chipmakers look to catch up with auto sector demand, Credit Suisse says
SINGAPORE — It will take months for chipmakers to catch up with a shortfall in supply for the auto sector, predicts Credit Suisse's Randy Abrams. The current shortage comes as chipmakers scaled down production around the middle of last year as customers cut back orders, Abrams explained. He added that the shortfall in chips for the auto sector has created a bottleneck whereby vehicles cannot be built due to the lack of certain components. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world's leading foundry, is among the companies still trying to catch up with the increased demand. Reuters reported Monday that TSMC will prioritize production of auto chips if the firm is able to further increase capacity.
AstraZeneca defends slow supplies to the EU, but says it ordered 3 months later than the UK
But he also noted that the EU had ordered three months later than the U.K., however, and this meant it was behind in dealing with supply issues. The 27-member bloc was expecting around 80 million doses of the jab by the end of March, but now will reportedly receive only around 31 million doses. As member states struggle to access vaccine supplies and rollout jabs, the EU has said it could limit exports of Covid-19 vaccines made in the EU. However, he said AstraZeneca still planned on delivering a good bulk of the vaccines promised to the EU in February. And the target is to deliver 17 million doses by February."
SAP CEO: Pandemic a huge accelerator for digitalization
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSAP CEO: Pandemic a huge accelerator for digitalizationSAP CEO Christian Klein discusses the company's cloud strategy, its customer acquisition during the pandemic, and its sustainability tracking tool as part of the 2021 Davos Agenda.
Covid-19 home test vending machine unveiled in New York City
A vending machine that offers Covid-19 home test kits to the general public was unveiled at a Wellness 4 Humanity location in New York City on Jan. 26. The test costs $119 and provides a result in a day or two.
900 Holocaust survivors have died of Covid-19, Israel says
SEE NEW POSTS900 Holocaust survivors have died of Covid-19, Israel says Around 900 people who survived the Holocaust died from Covid-19 in Israel during the pandemic, according to the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Some 5,300 Holocaust survivors contracted the virus last year, Israel reported. All Holocaust survivors are over the age of 75 — World War II ended 75 years ago — and approximately 17 percent are over 90. There are around 179,600 survivors living in Israel. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters Share this -'Snake oil' salesman in Washington state administered untested Covid-19 vaccines, officials say A man in Washington state was arrested on federal charges for allegedly administering an unauthorized Covid-19 vaccine to patients.
Japan prepares for vaccine drive
SEE NEW POSTSJapan prepares for vaccine drive Participants take part in a mock inoculation exercise on Wednesday in Kawasaki, Japan as the country prepares for a Covid-19 vaccination drive. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters Share this -'Snake oil' salesman in Washington state administered untested Covid-19 vaccines, officials say A man in Washington state was arrested on federal charges for allegedly administering an unauthorized Covid-19 vaccine to patients. Stine, a self-described biotech executive, began peddling the illegal vaccine in March. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said the vaccine was "untested, untried and potentially unsafe." “According to the plea agreement, Brandenburg stated that he was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically,” the department said Tuesday.
LG Display reports stronger profit on iPhone demand, rising panel prices
“As the global work-from-home situation continued in the fourth quarter, demand for TV and IT products remained strong,” LG Display said in a statement. Analysts highlighted increased shipments of OLED panels for Apple Inc’s new iPhone 12 and higher prices for liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels. Apple’s iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter were likely up 21% on-year due to the strong performance of the iPhone 12, according to Counterpoint data. LCD panel prices should also remain high in the first quarter, he said. Revenue rose 16% to 7.5 trillion won, LG Display said in a regulatory filing.
AMD sees strong 2021 on data center, gaming chips demand
(Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday beat quarterly revenue estimates and forecast robust 2021 sales on strong demand for its chips used in PCs, data centers and gaming consoles from companies and customers adapting to remote working. The company also supplies chips for gaming consoles, which boosted its fourth-quarter sales as new devices from Microsoft and Sony debuted during the holiday season quarter. AMD forecast 2021 sales of $13.37 billion, above analysts’ estimates of $12.28 billion. AMD’s fourth-quarter revenue rose to $3.24 billion, beating analysts’ estimate of $3.03 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. In the company’s enterprise and semi-custom segment, which includes data center processor chips and gaming console chips, revenue was $1.28 billion, compared with analysts’ estimates of $1.24 billion.
Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips amid global shortage
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Major Taiwanese chipmakers are willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry, the island’s economics minister said after meeting with company executives. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 19, 2021. “Chipmakers are willing to follow the government’s request and try to support auto chips as much as they can to support production in the U.S., Europe and Japan,” Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua told reporters. “For example, if their capacity is at 100% now, they will try to raise it to 102% or 103%, with the extra capacity going to make auto chips,” she added. The chip firms told Wang that they were at working at full capacity.
Biden To Reopen 'Obamacare' Markets For COVID-19 Relief
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Joe Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity geared to people needing coverage in the coronavirus pandemic. Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with the plan, whose details were still being finalized. Coverage is available to people who don’t have job-based health insurance, with the Medicaid expansion geared to those with low incomes. Opening the insurance markets is also likely to result in higher Medicaid enrollment, since people who qualify for that program are automatically referred. “President Biden does not believe, as a principle, it should be difficult ... for people to gain access to health care,” she said.
Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips amid global shortage
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Major Taiwanese chipmakers are willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry, the island’s economics minister said after meeting with company executives. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 19, 2021. “Chipmakers are willing to follow the government’s request and try to support auto chips as much as they can to support production in the U.S., Europe and Japan,” Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua told reporters. “For example, if their capacity is at 100% now, they will try to raise it to 102% or 103%, with the extra capacity going to make auto chips,” she added. The shortage has affected Volkswagen, Ford Motor Co, Subaru Corp, Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and other car makers.
Goldman Sachs loses legal fight against EU cartel fine
Prysmian was fined 104.6 million euros ($127 million) by EU antitrust regulators in 2014 for taking part in a cartel with 10 other cable makers. Its penalty included a joint fine of 37.3 million euros with Goldman Sachs, which had acquired the Italian company via one of its private equity funds in 2005 but has since sold its holding. The European Commission in its 2014 decision said Goldman Sachs, as the parent company, had decisive influence over Prysmian. The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) agreed with the reasoning and rejected Goldman Sachs’ appeal. The case is C-595/18 P The Goldman Sachs Group v Commission.
Dollar edges before Fed meeting, euro slips
A trader shows U.S. dollar notes at a currency exchange booth in Peshawar, Pakistan December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Fayaz AzizThe dollar reversed declines against riskier currencies, even as pandemic recovery hopes got a boost from the International Monetary Fund’s upgrading its forecast for 2021 global growth. The dollar index ticked up 0.1% to 90.284 on Wednesday in Europe, following a 0.2% decline the previous session. He remained long the euro/dollar spot rate, Rochester said, with a target of $1.25 by the end of March. ECB President Christine Lagarde has repeatedly said the central bank is carefully monitoring the single currency’s exchange rate.
Hungary, Ukraine top diplomats aim to defuse dispute over minority rights
KYIV (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of Hungary and Ukraine were expected to meet in Kyiv on Wednesday for talks on repairing badly strained relations but Budapest said its diplomatic missions in the ex-Soviet republic had received threats of “bloodletting” violence. Overnight, Szijjarto added, Hungarian diplomatic missions in Ukraine received threats “from people claiming to be Ukrainian patriots promising all sorts of bloodletting in the event of our talks taking place”. Kuleba said the Ukrainian police were investigating the threats, which he said appeared to originate from outside Ukraine. Ukraine angered Hungary in 2017 with a law restricting the use of minority languages in schools. Ukraine has large Russian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Romanian and Polish minorities as well as Hungarian.
Philippines cancels $10 billion airport plan with Chinese-led group
Cavite’s governor Juanito Victor Remulla told Reuters on Wednesday the consortium’s documentation was “deficient in three or four items”. Remulla said the decision was not related to a U.S. sanctioning of CCCC and other Chinese state firms in August. Duterte, whose six-year term ends next year, has seen dozens of projects under his “build, build, build” programme delayed, cancelled or downsized. The Sangley airport was one of two multi-billion airport projects intended to take pressure off Manila airport. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian was not aware of the issue but said the government supported legal operations of Chinese firms in the Philippines.
Myanmar prioritises healthcare workers as it launches vaccination drive
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZeneca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. Last week, Myanmar received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, amid a diplomatic drive by New Delhi to supply neighbouring countries just as regional rival China has also pledged vaccine consignments. “This should create a situation to reduce the rate of infection, so it is such a relief for healthcare workers,” Tun Myint, a health ministry official at Yangon General Hospital, told reporters. Myanmar has an ambitious target to vaccinate the whole population of about 54 million people this year. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a visit this month promised Myanmar 300,000 doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine.
Oil up above $56 on lower U.S. stockpiles, drop in new Chinese COVID-19 cases
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is placed on dollar banknotes in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationLONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose above $56 a barrel on Wednesday after industry data showed U.S. crude inventories fell unexpectedly and as concerns eased about a resurgence in coronavirus cases in China, the world’s second-biggest oil user. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 41 cents, or 0.8%, to $53.02. “Oil prices are inching higher this morning amid data pointing to an unexpected drop in US crude stocks,” said Stephen Brennock of broker PVM. But official Chinese data showed 75 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the lowest daily rise since Jan. 11, easing concern of a sharp drop in travel over the Lunar New Year when hundreds of millions typically travel.
Israel-Sudan signing ceremony in Washington within months, minister says
FILE PHOTO: Israel's Eli Cohen, then Economy Minister, poses for a picture at his office in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File PhotoJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and Sudan will finalise a diplomatic deal to normalise relations at a signing ceremony in Washington in the next three months, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said on Wednesday. Sudan joined the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco last year in agreeing to move toward normal relations with Israel in U.S.-brokered deals. “The peace agreement’s draft is progressing and a signing ceremony for Israel and Sudan is expected in Washington in the next three months,” Cohen told Israel’s Ynet TV. He told Ynet TV that officials discussed three economic plans as well as border security.
Nepal kicks off coronavirus inoculations with Indian vaccine
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The Himalayan nation of Nepal launched its largest immunisation campaign on Wednesday with its first coronavirus vaccinations for medical workers, following a gift of one million doses from giant neighbour India. Tens of thousands of Nepal’s frontline health workers are set to receive India’s AstraZeneca vaccine, caretaker Prime Minister K.P. Authorities say China, which had promised to help Nepal deal with the pandemic, has yet to get clearance for its Sinopharm shots. In recent years the mainly Hindu nation wedged between China and India has become a playground for competition over diplomatic and strategic influence between the Asian giants. With a population of more than 30 million, Nepal’s tally of infections stands at 270,092, with 2,017 deaths.
European stocks flat as tech, miners drag ahead of U.S. Fed decision
(Reuters) - European stocks were largely flat on Wednesday due to losses in technology and mining sectors and as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 26, 2021. REUTERS/StaffThe pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.02% following losses in Asian markets and Wall Street. U.S. software company Microsoft’s bumper results overnight did little to help Europe’s tech sector, which dropped 0.9%. Danish medical device maker Ambu surged 14.3% after upbeat quarterly results, while German health technology company Siemens Healthineers gained 3% after it raised its 2021 outlook for sales and earnings.
GameStop up another 60%, amateur interest shows no sign of abating
FILE PHOTO: Outside a GameStop store people line up to purchase a Sony PS5 gaming console in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 12, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - GameStop shares surged another 60% on Wednesday in pre-market trading, boosted by increased interest among amateur investors who have lifted the share price by 700% over the past two weeks. But some hedge funds have refused to budge from their bearish bets, with FIS’ Analytics data showing investors had piled on $2.2 billion in bearish bets on the U.S. video game retailer -- a whopping 20% of its market capitalisation. In the meantime, Reddit’s Wallstreetbets stock trading discussion group were backing the company, buying shares and call options on the stock. Meanwhile in Europe, shares of Evotec and Varta jumped on a chatter that Melvin Capital Management was being forced to unwind its short positions to cover losses on its other bearish bets, including GameStop.
Biden won the fight over the filibuster without saying a word
WASHINGTON — When the dust settled from the first round of the Senate battle over the filibuster, one man had clearly won: President Joe Biden. Biden is now in the White House, but his Senate record shows support for a minority's being able to hold up business. Most of the Senate doesn't want this fight — even if that means all of the Republicans and only a handful of Democrats. McConnell lost on a firm commitment to entrench the filibuster, but it won't go anywhere without a major push from Biden. It could be that gridlock entices Biden to flip against the filibuster later.
Nasdaq Clearing fined $36 million in Sweden over 2018 trader default
OSLO (Reuters) - Nasdaq Clearing has been fined 300 million Swedish crowns ($36 million) by Sweden’s financial supervisory authority (FI) over the default of a power trader in 2018 that showed deficiencies in its operations, the FI said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A view of the exterior of the Nasdaq market site in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonThe default by private Norwegian trader Einar Aas left a 114 million euro ($139 million) hole in the clearing house’s resources, forcing other members of the market to cover the loss within two business days or face default themselves. Nasdaq Clearing, a Swedish unit of Nasdaq Inc, had also violated EU regulations by investing its own funds in derivative contracts for too long after the default, the regulator said. In 2018, Aas said his position in the market had been “too big in relation to the market’s liquidity” and that he risked personal bankruptcy.
Sanofi to bottle BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine
French pharmaceutical company Sanofi has signed a contract with Pfizer and BioNTech to bottle their coronavirus vaccine. In an interview with Le Figaro published Tuesday evening, CEO Paul Hudson announced that Sanofi would start bottling BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines in July. Sanofi has been unsuccessful in its own efforts to develop a vaccine. After failing to show sufficient effectiveness in trials, its vaccine developed jointly with GSK will not be produced before the fourth quarter of 2021. Trials will take place in several parts of the world, including places where vaccines are not yet available, he said.
German woman charged with plotting attack on Muslims, others
BERLIN (AP) — A German woman has been charged with preparing a far-right attack and other crimes on allegations she was in the process of building a bomb to target Muslims and local politicians in Bavaria, Munich prosecutors said Wednesday. Susanne G., whose last name wasn’t given in line with privacy laws, also faces charges of making threats and violations of weapons laws, among other things. Prosecutors allege that the woman started planning a firebombing attack no later than May 2020, motivated by her xenophobic and extreme-right views. ADVERTISEMENTShe is alleged to have downloaded information on bomb building online and have gathered materials for the construction, including gasoline, fireworks and fuses, by the time of her arrest in September. During the summer of 2020, she started focusing on local police officers and a different local politician than the one threatened by letter as other possible targets, and began scouting their homes and cars.
AP PHOTOS: Designer Julien Fournie’s showcase is a movie
Model Michaela Tomanova has her makeup retouched during the shoot for Julien Fournie's Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Model Michaela Tomanova has her makeup retouched during the shoot for Julien Fournie's Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS (AP) — The new face of Paris Fashion Week is digital. Fournie said the impact of the virus has led him to question “whether fashion shows were really necessary” in the first place. Other houses have adapted to the pandemic by streaming live or pre-recorded runway shows at a specific time online.
Both Biden and Putin put to the test after mass protests across Russia
Biden spoke to Putin on Tuesday for the first time as president and raised concerns about the Kremlin's treatment of Navalny, according to the White House, as well as other issues. "The swift reaction by the State Department was registered here as a sign that the Biden administration will actively interfere in Russian politics," Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said Monday. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in Moscow in March 2011. The Biden administration will have to come up with more than just statements of condemnation, Galeotti said, or "the Kremlin will rightly regard that as a mark of impotence rather than interest." While the Biden administration is likely to invoke new sanctions against Russia, they won't be enough, he said.
With ban lifted, transgender service members free to figure out what comes next
Now that the ban has been reversed, trans service members and civilians are figuring out what comes next. Cisgender service members could get access to hormone therapy for medical reasons if necessary, but transgender service members who came out after the ban couldn't. Overall, however, transgender service members — both those who have been serving openly and those who haven't — reported overwhelmingly positive experiences, despite the Trump administration's claims that the presence of trans service members negatively affected "cohesion" and "readiness." Until then, trans service members and hopeful enlistees say they will keep fighting for their right to serve. I joined to serve my country, and that's what the rest of transgender service members did, as well," she said.
Amid Grief, Rep. Jamie Raskin Leads Trump Impeachment Effort In Senate
Amid Grief, Rep. Jamie Raskin Leads Trump Impeachment Effort In SenateEnlarge this image toggle caption Senate Television /AP Senate Television /APMaryland Democrat Jamie Raskin is preparing to lead the second Senate trial of Donald Trump with two clear arguments in mind: Trump was responsible for the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, and the Constitution allows Congress to hold the former president accountable through impeachment. Raskin, a former constitutional law professor, is preparing to make that case to a Senate where 45 of 50 Republicans voted Tuesday to reject the second part of his argument. That decision doesn't surprise people who know Raskin well, said Stephen Wermiel, who taught constitutional law alongside Raskin at American University in Washington. Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., who served as an impeachment manager in Trump's previous Senate trial, says Raskin's focus on constitutional law is a fundamental part of the way he thinks. Indeed, the 45 Republican senators who voted Tuesday against holding an impeachment trial at all suggests this trial will be contentious, as well.
Wall Street Insider Turned Tough Market Cop: Biden's Pick To Head SEC
Wall Street Insider Turned Tough Market Cop: Biden's Pick To Head SECEnlarge this image toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP J. Scott Applewhite/APConsumer watchdog groups are applauding President Biden's pick of Gary Gensler to run the Securities and Exchange Commission. That's because, in some ways, Gensler is the ultimate Wall Street insider. "I speak to you today as someone who spent half my adult life on Wall Street," Gensler continued. "But to me, the worst financial crisis in 80 years demands the most comprehensive regulatory reform in generations." And he brought that kind of energy to his job as a Wall Street cop.
'Resident Alien': The Truth Is Way, Way Out There
'Resident Alien': The Truth Is Way, Way Out ThereEnlarge this image toggle caption James Dittinger/SYFY James Dittinger/SYFYThings Resident Alien has in common with previous television series like My Favorite Martian, Mork & Mindy, ALF and 3rd Rock from the Sun:1. Things That Set Resident Alien far, far apart from previous television series like My Favorite Martian, Mork & Mindy, ALF and 3rd Rock from the Sun:1. Format: SYFY's Resident Alien, based on a Dark Horse Comics series by writer Peter Hogan and artist Steve Parkhouse, is not a classic sitcom, but an hourlong comedy/drama. While all the above aspects help distinguish the show from the many similar series that have gone before, the thing that makes Resident Alien worth almost ten hours of your hard-earned time is ...6. And in Resident Alien, he's great.
He Saved 669 Children From Nazis — A New Book Tells His Story To Kids
He Saved 669 Children From Nazis — A New Book Tells His Story To KidsEnlarge this image toggle caption Courtesy family of Vera Gissing Courtesy family of Vera GissingHow old should kids be when they start learning about the Holocaust? Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued tells the true story of the Englishman, Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from the Nazis including Vera Gissing. Perhaps foreshadowing his good deeds, Sís draws young Nicky dressed in knight's armor, brandishing a sword atop an enormous pigeon. Developmental psychologist Dona Matthews says Nicky and Vera is the first book she's read that addresses the Holocaust for children so young. Many of the 669 children he saved went on to work in the arts, sciences, politics and human rights.
Justice Department Rescinds Trump's 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy
Justice Department Rescinds Trump's 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration PolicyEnlarge this image toggle caption Ross D. Franklin/AP Ross D. Franklin/APThe Justice Department has ended the Trump era "zero tolerance" policy for immigration offenses that allowed the U.S. government to separate thousands of children from their parents. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson rescinded the policy Tuesday in a memo sent to federal prosecutors. Wilkinson wrote that the policy "was inconsistent with the Department's longstanding principle that we exercise judgment and make individualized assessments in criminal cases. Zero tolerance failureZero tolerance was criticized as a humanitarian failure. The report said, Trump administration officials "significantly underestimated [the policy's] complexities and demonstrated a deficient understanding of the legal requirements related to the care and custody of separated children."
New VA Program Investigates Outdoor Therapy For Veterans
New VA Program Investigates Outdoor Therapy For Veteranstoggle caption Cam Fields/Front Country FoundationGetting into shape traditionally tops many people's lists when it comes to New Year's resolutions. More specifically, it requires the VA to establish a task force to investigate the benefits of outdoor recreation therapy for veterans. In the not-too-distant future, struggling veterans could be prescribed outdoor activities as treatments; a welcome alternative to pharmaceuticals or a more traditional approach to therapy. In 2019, Kisling and Jespersen founded the Veteran's Outdoor Advocacy Group, promoting outdoor therapy as a recognized and legitimate form of treatment for veterans. If the VA's task force finds promising results while exploring outdoor recreation therapy, costs for participation in programs such as Front Country Foundation could be covered.
Don't Call It A Comeback: School Districts That Never Opened Are Having Trouble Now
Don't Call It A Comeback: School Districts That Never Opened Are Having Trouble NowEnlarge this image toggle caption Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesDiana Muhammad, who teaches PE and dance in Chicago Public Schools, was "unsure," "uncertain" and "reluctant" about her district's plan for in-person classes starting Monday. At a Chicago Teachers Union press conference earlier this month, she said the plan felt "rushed." Noting this disparate impact, and the fact that Chicago Public School students are about 90% nonwhite, Muhammad said, "Now I am seriously concerned about us rushing back without having a well thought-out plan." Many districts opened up school buildings again after closures brought on by holiday-related spikes. In Chicago, the district said it planned to bring about 70,000 elementary school students back, out of about 280,000 total students enrolled.
2020 Was The Worst Year Ever For U.S. Hotels. Here's What's Next
2020 Was The Worst Year Ever For U.S. Hotels. Here's What's NextEnlarge this image toggle caption David Becker/Getty Images David Becker/Getty ImagesThe U.S. hotel industry suffered its worst year on record in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic severely crimped business travel and Americans gave up on vacations to stay at home. Hotels hit all-time lows in occupancy and in revenue per available room last year, according to data provider STR. And with revenue per available room down nearly 48%, the industry is expected to show close to zero profit for 2020, according to STR. Hotels in city centers with convention halls were among the hardest hit in 2020 as business conferences went virtual.
Why N95 Masks Are Still In Short Supply In The U.S.
Why N95 Masks Are Still In Short Supply In The U.S.Enlarge this image toggle caption Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images Mark Felix/AFP via Getty ImagesA year ago, hundreds of desperate consumers were emailing Mike Bowen's Texas medical supply factory every day, looking to buy N95 medical respirator masks that can filter viruses: "Scared Americans and moms and old people and people saying, 'Help me,' " Bowen recalls. Today, most consumers still aren't able to buy N95 masks, because the supply available to retailers remains very limited. But even with those measures, U.S. hospitals remain worried about their supply of these medical masks — more formally called respirators — despite efforts by factories to churn out billions more. The story of N95 production over the last year in many ways reflects shortages seen throughout the U.S. medical supply during the pandemic — from ventilators and exam gloves to syringes and vaccines. Everyone, from nurses, hospitals, manufacturers and distributors, says vetting fake suppliers or identifying copycat N95 masks has been a huge concern.
European stocks struggle and Nasdaq futures are higher with investors focused on Fed and big tech earnings
European stocks struggled for traction on Wednesday, with investors focused on company results and a Federal Reserve meeting for later. The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, -0.27% rose 0.1% to 408.17, after a 0.6% gain on Tuesday. Investors will get results from tech giants Apple AAPL, +0.17% and Facebook FB, +1.45% , along with electric-car maker Tesla TSLA, +0.26% after the close of trading on Wednesday. Sanofi and U.K. pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline GSK, +0.82% GSK, +0.10% announced in December a delay of their joint COVID-19 vaccine after the first trials showed an insufficient response in older patients. Shares of technology firm ASML ASML, -3.28% ASML, -2.24% were down 1.6%.
European stocks struggle and Nasdaq futures are higher with investors focused on Fed and big tech earnings
European stocks struggled for traction on Wednesday, with investors focused on company results and a Federal Reserve meeting for later. The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, -0.27% rose 0.1% to 408.17, after a 0.6% gain on Tuesday. Investors will get results from tech giants Apple AAPL, +0.17% and Facebook FB, +1.45% , along with electric-car maker Tesla TSLA, +0.26% after the close of trading on Wednesday. Sanofi and U.K. pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline GSK, +0.82% GSK, +0.06% announced in December a delay of their joint COVID-19 vaccine after the first trials showed an insufficient response in older patients. Shares of technology firm ASML ASML, -3.28% ASML, -2.29% were down 1.6%.
European stocks struggle and Nasdaq futures are higher with investors focused on Fed and big tech earnings
European stocks struggled for traction on Wednesday, with investors focused on company results and a Federal Reserve meeting for later. The Stoxx Europe 600 index SXXP, -0.27% rose 0.1% to 408.17, after a 0.6% gain on Tuesday. Investors will get results from tech giants Apple AAPL, +0.17% and Facebook FB, +1.45% , along with electric-car maker Tesla TSLA, +0.26% after the close of trading on Wednesday. Sanofi and U.K. pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline GSK, +0.82% GSK, +0.06% announced in December a delay of their joint COVID-19 vaccine after the first trials showed an insufficient response in older patients. Shares of technology firm ASML ASML, -3.28% ASML, -2.28% were down 1.6%.
Swiss Chemicals Giant Sika Has a Formula for Growth. That Could Make the Stock a Postpandemic Star.
Swiss chemicals giant Sika suffered from a slump in construction last year due to the pandemic, causing annual sales to fall 2.9%. Over the past 12 months, Sika ‘s stock (ticker: SIKA.Switzerland) has returned 36%, trading at about 247.60 Swiss francs (around $280). It enabled the Swiss railway company to electrify the important connection—which should not get wet—and was used around the world. Sika set up international subsidiaries and floated on the Swiss Stock Exchange in 1968. It looks like Sika’s stock has the foundations for a solid 2021.
Set it and forget it: Try this easy ‘subscription’ method of investing
Subscription services seem to be the sweet spot for attracting new users and building customer loyalty. After all, some of the same tenets that make subscription services so appealing to consumers can be mirrored by an automatic investment strategy. Barb Renner, vice chairman and U.S. consumer products leader at Deloitte, says that the most successful subscription services are those that meet a fundamental need, can be customized and are offered in the most convenient way possible. Visit: Invest simple with Lazy PortfoliosImagine viewing retirement savings in the same light: Customize the subscription now, set it and forget it. When you contribute a set amount on a fixed schedule, you’ll inevitably buy into the market at different prices.
Beyond Meat Stock Up 18%, and Two More Numbers to Know
Three numbers to start your day:It’s the largest year-over-year jump since 2014. It also gave a stronger forecast than expected for this year’s cash flow—and that is probably what had investors feeling optimistic. Beyond Meat Shares Up 18% on TuesdayThere could be a couple of different reasons for the rally. First is the partnership that Beyond Meat announced with PepsiCo on Tuesday: The two companies have created a joint venture to develop and market plant-protein-based snacks and drinks. Beyond Meat stock rallied after it announced a similar partnership with Yum Brands’ Taco Bell earlier this year.
4 questions to ask when buying homeowners insurance
Your homeowners insurance policy is a financial safety net in case of a disaster, so you’ll want to ask a few important questions to make sure you have the coverage you need at a price you can afford. To prevent this, don’t simply accept the initial dwelling coverage amount an insurance company recommends. With this coverage, your insurer will pay 10% to 50% more than your dwelling coverage amount to help you rebuild. Andrew suggests buying your car, homeowners and other insurance through the same company to take advantage of bundling discounts, which can save you 20% or more. Learn more: 9 ways to lower your homeowners insurance billIf you’re confused about coverage and discounts, reach out to an insurance agent to talk through your options.
Could you be at risk of health problems from some dental fillings?
FDA outlines groups at higher riskRecently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also weighed in on mercury fillings. In updated guidance issued last September, the FDA said that the silver fillings, also known as dental amalgam, may cause health problems for some people in high-risk groups. The World Health Organization recommends a ”phase-down” of the use of mercury, including its use in dental fillings. According to his organization, numerous symptoms are related to exposure to mercury fillings, including headaches, insomnia, mood swings and fatigue. He says people affected by symptoms due to the mercury fillings often don’t connect the two.
Britain says it will work with EU to avoid vaccine disruption
By Alistair SmoutLONDON (Reuters) - Britain will be able to work with the European Union to ensure there is no disruption to vaccine supplies, Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday, arguing protectionism was not right during a pandemic. "I'm very confident that Pfizer... will deliver for the EU and will deliver for the UK, as will AstraZeneca," Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Times Radio. AstraZeneca has a domestic British supply chain to make its vaccine, but Britain's supplies of the Pfizer vaccine come from a factory in Belgium. The total projected amount of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine supplied to Britain between January and March is unchanged by a planned upgrade at a production facility. Story continues"Supplies are tight... they continue to be," Zahawi told BBC TV.
A federal judge in Texas just temporarily blocked the Biden administration's deportation moratorium
Jose Luis Gonzalez/ReutersA federal judge in Texas halted the Biden administration's deportation moratorium for 14 days. The 100-day moratorium on deportations for certain immigrants was one of the immigration executive orders President Biden signed on day one of his presidency. The legal challenge in Texas is likely to be the first of many aimed at stopping the Biden administration's immigration reform goals. A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the Biden administration's 100-day deportation moratorium on Tuesday, stalling the administration's early immigration reform goals. Story continuesTipton's ruling stops the moratorium signed by acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske for 14 days.
The 2021 Kia Seltos—an urban warrior with an adventurous spirit
The new Kia Seltos is a 5-seat subcompact SUV that’s larger than the Soul but smaller than the Sportage. The Kia Seltos KIAIn many ways, the 2021 Seltos reminds us of a junior Telluride, the company’s popular big 3-row SUV. $21,990 to $27,890Fuel economyThe 2021 Kia Seltos is available with a choice of powertrains. The 2.0-liter Kona gets 27 mpg city/33 mpg hwy/30 mpg combined with FWD, and 26 mpg city/30 mpg hwy/28 mpg combined with AWD. We recommend skipping the entry-level Kia Seltos LX, the only model without automatic emergency braking, and opting for a Seltos S or above.
AstraZeneca defends vaccine distribution plan amid EU supply delays
A nurse prepares a does of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Pontcae Medical Practice in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK. Photo: PAAstraZeneca (AZN.L) chief executive Pascal Soriot has defended the firm’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine across the EU amid supply delay issues. READ MORE: UK economy hangs in balance amid EU vaccine rowSoriot said the EU's late decision to sign contracts had given limited time to sort out supply issues. Issues around “scaling up” vaccine production at two production sites, in the Netherlands and Belgium, are affecting supply he said. But the bloc signed a deal in August for 300 million doses, with an option for 100 million more.
Apple, Tesla, GameStop, Microsoft, Walgreens - 5 Things You Must Know Wednesday
Stock futures are mixed following earnings from Microsoft and ahead of reports from Tesla and Apple; Wall Street focuses on Fed meeting; Walgreens names Roz Brewer from Starbucks as CEO; Michael Burry calls GameStop surge 'insane.' Earnings at Microsoft were $2.03 a share, well ahead of the Wall Street forecast of $1.64. Revenue rose a more-than-expected 17% to $43.1 billion, topping analysts' estimates of $40.2 billion. Total revenue for the quarter was forecast at $40.35 billion to $41.25 billion, well ahead of expectations of $38.74 billion. Burry drew attention to GameStop back in mid-2019 when his firm unveiled a 3.3% stake in the video game retailer.
Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption
Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters down its slopes. Merapi’s biggest lava flow since authorities raised its danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. Authorities in November had evacuated nearly 2,000 people living on the mountain in Magelang and Sleman districts on Java Island, but most have since returned. AdvertisementThe 9,737-foot volcano is on the densely populated island of Java and near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted with lava and gas clouds recently.
GameStop up another 60%, amateur interest shows no sign of abating
GameStop shares surged another 60% on Wednesday in pre-market trading, boosted by increased interest among amateur investors who have lifted the share price by 700% over the past two weeks. Ticker Security Last Change Change % GME GAMESTOP CORP 147.98 +71.19 +92.71%In the meantime, Reddit's Wallstreetbets stock trading discussion group were backing the company, buying shares and call options on the stock. PLAYER ONE IN GAME STOP 'BATTLE ROYALE' STOCK GAME GETS JITTERY OVER MARKET MOVEA similar euphoria has boosted BlackBerry and Nokia. Meanwhile in Europe, shares of Evotec and Varta jumped on a chatter that Melvin Capital Management was being forced to unwind its short positions to cover losses on its other bearish bets, including GameStop. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS(Reporting by Thyagaraju Adinarayan; editing by Sujata Rao)
A ‘tsunami’ of grief as U.K.'s COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000, the most in Europe
“Grief is the price we pay for love.”Bonner, 86, is just one of many hundreds of thousands of Britons dealing with grief because of the coronavirus. On Tuesday, the U.K. became the least populous nation to pass the 100,000 mark, after the U.S., Brazil, India and Mexico, according to Johns Hopkins University. Grief here has been made even more acute by the social distancing measures in place to slow the coronavirus’ spread. The government is being urged to provide extra funding to bolster helplines, counseling services and other community support programs. Advertisement“We can’t normalize the fact that hundreds upon hundreds of people are dying everyday and knowing what their families are going through,” Goodman said.
Biden to reopen Obamacare markets to offer medical coverage during pandemic
Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Biden plans to reopen the HealthCare.gov insurance markets for a special sign-up opportunity aimed at people needing coverage in the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with the plan, whose details were still being finalized. Coverage is available to people who don’t have job-based health insurance, with the Medicaid expansion geared to those with low incomes. AdvertisementOpening the insurance markets is also likely to result in higher Medicaid enrollment, since people who qualify for that program are automatically referred. Biden has promised to build on President Obama’s healthcare law to push the U.S. toward coverage for all.
Right-wing extremists stage ‘meme war’ to compete for Trump supporters
Boogaloo Bois march around the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., on Jan. 18, 2021. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)Several right-wing Telegram channels have nearly tripled their followings since the Capitol riot, said Alexander Reid Ross, a professor at Portland State University who tracks right-wing groups. “They’re disillusioned, they’re frustrated and abandoning a political approach to an ideological problem,” Ross said of Trump supporters. Trump supporters outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. (Associated Press)This week, Republican Trump supporters registered their own MAGA Patriot Party in San Antonio.
Pack your mat: It’s National Yoga Month
September is National Yoga Month, and whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a total newbie, we’ve found stunning spots in New England — from yoga retreats to seaside resorts that offer yoga classes — where folks of all levels can get their downward dog on. Try Goat Island Yoga. At Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina on Goat Island in Newport, R.I., guests of the luxury resort enjoy complimentary weekend yoga overlooking Newport harbor. 1 Goat Island, Newport. 401-849-2600. www.gurneysresorts.comAt Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina on Goat Island in Newport, R.I., guests enjoy complimentary weekend yoga overlooking Newport harbor.
Snow totals: Here’s how much snow fell across Massachusetts
Here’s a look at how much snow accumulated in your Mass. city or town after Thursday’s nor’easter, according to the National Weather Service. The following numbers were last updated around 7:21 p.m., according to the weather service. Acton 12.5, 12:25 p.m.
At Devereux Behavioral Health, children were abused, red flags ignored
At the nation’s leading behavioral health nonprofit for youth, Devereux staff abused children in their care for years — while red flags were dismissed. At least 20 Devereux staff members have been charged with sexually assaulting children and related offenses. While some parents pay to send their children, Devereux receives about 95% of its revenue from government programs, including Medicaid. Emails exchanged after the love-letter meeting show that Devereux campus leaders were blind to the warning sign. Through the hazy blur of drugs, the girl thought the Devereux staffer had come to rescue her.
MIT origami masters at Fuller Craft Museum
“Mens et Manus: Folded Paper of MIT,’’ now up at the Fuller Craft Museum, takes a look at a selection of the remarkable origami pieces made by members of the MIT community. Paper folding is, after all, an exercise in engineering, and origami has practical applications in airbags, surgical stents, and more. Working with folded paper is also a means of exploring theoretical problems; there’s a branch of math called origami mathematics and a branch of computer science called computational origami. Etched on the rear face is Chan’s crease pattern, a map of all the folds he makes on his square sheet to create the piece. The largest piece in “Mens et Manus’’ tessellates: Jeannine Mosely’s “The Business Card Mengers Sponge,’’ from a tessellation first described by Karl Menger.
Devereux to conduct an independent safety audit of its children’s programs on the heels of Inquirer investigation
In an interview last month, Devereux executives vigorously denied that campuses currently have staffing or supervision issues. They said that since Clark took over in January 2018, the company has reduced opportunities for staff to be alone with children, trained employees to detect grooming and potential abuse, added video technology to better monitor employees, and increased pay to attract more qualified staffers, and will use a new psychological test to screen job applicants.
Miss Manners: She hates everything we do, but we can’t keep her away
Related Articles Miss Manners: I found this wedding invitation offensive and I’m surprised my mother defended itMiss Manners: What’s the new rule about makeup? Miss Manners: Is it appropriate for me to shun this former co-worker? Miss Manners: Congratulations! Miss Manners adds the caveat because not all reasons are equal. Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.missmanners.com; to her email, dearmissmanners@gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.
Harriette Cole: I need to get out of this horrible job but I’m scared to tell my boss
DEAR HARRIETTE: I just started a new job about two months ago, but I hate it. I feel like I need to get out now to get my life and sense of mind back. But I really don’t have a good enough reason to leave this job, and I am scared about what to say to my manager. When I have resigned in the past, it was because I had a better job, but right now I have nothing. Harriette Cole is a lifestylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an initiative to help people access and activate their dreams.
A string of child abuse at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Chester County campuses
ScrollTwenty Chester County Devereux staffers allegedly harmed children — or kept quiet about the abuse — since 2018. “If someone beats [him] or does anything… [he] could not tell anything — nothing.”Reports pile upDHS said it has received 254 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect on Devereux’s three Chester County campuses from Jan. 1, 2018, to Nov. 16, 2020, through ChildLine, the state’s 24-hour hotline to report child abuse. DHS officials say they do consider complaints of child abuse when deciding to renew a facility’s annual license. Scott pleaded guilty to child endangerment; Barbar pleaded guilty to failure to report child abuse. Coggin said a Devereux staffer told her that Ava had rolled around in gravel.
The images of Kamala Harris as Wonder Woman are great. But let’s be more realistic with our demands | Elizabeth Wellington
The job of the vice president is to work with the president to do what’s best for the country, not single-handedly save it. Yet every time we shoehorn Harris into a Wonder Woman costume — whether it’s Carter’s version or that of Gal Gadot — we are asking her to stand alone against the forces of evil. This has been the lot of Black women in America for centuries, from Harriet Tubman to Rosa Parks to Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Or look at Stacey Abrams, who mobilized voters and fought voter suppression in Georgia. Almost immediately, Abrams was otherized — given the superhuman mantle — as if being an ordinary Black woman who can do extraordinary things just wasn’t enough.
Lisa Gardner marks a sharply written return in ‘Before She Disappeared’
This book, the best-selling author’s first stand-alone novel in 20-years, is a sharply written, tension-filled yarn full of twists readers are unlikely to see coming. The most compelling element, however, is the character of Frankie, a recovering alcoholic whose obsession with the missing is a penance of sorts for the burden of guilt and grief she carries over a past trauma that took the life of a man she loves.
Is it wrong to compare Trump to Hitler? No. | Opinion
Now we have seen in our nation’s capital — indeed, in our Capitol — how Kristallnacht could have happened; and ultimately how men and women could devise what my father, George Preston, an engineer who survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald, called an “Industry of Death.” Now we have a way to understand the rise of a fascist dictator and the blind allegiance of murderous minions.
A Philly probation officer for 13 years, she turned over a new leaf and became a florist | We The People
He agreed to sell to her instead of the buyer who wanted to turn his shop into apartments. Lam-Mathis got a few friends to lend her the money and went in as co-owners with her brother, Thi Lam, who manages the business side.
Ways to detect, deter, and stop abuse at licensed childcare facilities
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services officials have talked to many of these seven experts about improving its oversight of residential facilities for children, an effort prompted in part by public outcry after a 2019 Inquirer investigation into the beating and silencing of boys at Glen Mills Schools and a 2017 investigation into Wordsworth, where a teen died while being restrained by staff, saying, “I can’t breathe.”
Why is ‘The Push’ so popular? Perhaps because it plays into a mother’s worst fears. | Book review
The new year’s first blockbuster novel is The Push, by Ashley Audrain, a psychological suspense tale about a mother’s fears that her preschool-age daughter may be a psycho killer. If this premise sounds familiar, you may be recalling The Mother of All Evil Spawn Stories, the 1956 film The Bad Seed. (When I was growing up in New York, occasional reruns of The Bad Seed would play on The Million Dollar Movie, which featured the same “classic” film every afternoon for a week, thus imprinting it on malleable viewers’ brains.) The Bad Seed, which was inspired by a 1954 novel of the same name by William March, also was a psychological suspense tale about a mother who suspects her young daughter is a budding Ted Bundy in pigtails. Don’t peek.
Pandemic drives business support for paid leave, study finds
Researchers found that 75% of U.S. companies and U.K.-based companies with U.S. operations said they support a government leave plan to help cope with future public health and economic crises. So far during the COVID-19 outbreak, 1-in-5 U.S. workers have taken a leave of some kind. More than 40 companies of various sizes were surveyed in the study conducted by the nonprofit groups Promundo and Paid Leave for the U.S., which promote gender equity and paid leave policies, respectively.
Legal observers sue Philly police, alleging brutality at Walter Wallace Jr. protests
Berg is one of two legal observers — the trained volunteers who take detailed notes and monitor public demonstrations for civil-rights violations — who filed a lawsuit against the city and the Police Department last week over allegations of brutality during the October protests. The other, Catherine Heite, said in the lawsuit that police “forced her to the ground causing her to strike her head, struck her with impact weapons, shields, feet, and other means.” Then, Heite was arrested, along with a social worker, Bridget Biddle, the third plaintiff in the lawsuit.
For Sarah and Ben Drake, everything’s in tune
The pregnancy was uneventful until the middle of her second trimester, when Sarah developed gestational diabetes. “All I wanted was pancakes with syrup,” but carbs and sugar were on the no list. When tempted to cheat on her diet, she thought about the baby’s health. “It was my first parental sacrifice — a preview of what parenthood is like,” she says.
‘The Rib King’: A meaty novel about ambition, race and revenge
The Rib King underscores the necessity of revisiting the violence that has been done to African Americans and the ways that language falls short of fully capturing its magnitude. Hubbard interweaves the macabre backstories that drive each of the Black characters up north, rendering the dark side of the Great Migration. Bart, an orphan who works in the Barclays’ kitchen, speaks poignantly of trying to leave his painful past behind: “I remember. The toes are gone and talking about them is not going to bring them back. You want me to show them to you, all the other places I been cut up, tell you about them too?”
4 shot Tuesday in Chicago
Four people were shot Tuesday in Chicago, including a man who shot Irving Park on the Northwest Side. The woman, 37, was shot in her head while the man, 56, was struck in his calf. The victim walked out of a business about 9 a.m. in the 1700 block of West 79th Street, Chicago police said in a statement. A gunman dressed in all black came up on the sidewalk and shot the 33-year-old man multiple times in his chest. Four people were shot, one fatally, Monday in Chicago.
Convenience store robbed on the Near West Side
A convenience store was robbed Wednesday morning on the Near West Side. About 1:30 a.m., two males walked into a convenience store in the 1500 block of West Taylor Street, one armed with a rifle, and demanded money from the register, Chicago police said. When the clerk told the men there was no money in the drawer, the males took several bottles of alcohol and fled, police said. Area Three detectives are investigating.
Man charged with first-degree murder in Little Village fatal shooting
A second man has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting in Sunday in Little Village on the Southwest Side. Xavier Encarnacion, 28 of Pilsen, was charged with a felony count of first-degree murder, according to Chicago police. About 4:50 a.m. Sunday, David Lopez found outside in the 2800 block of West 23rd Street, with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Encarnacion was arrested the following day in the 2000 block of West Cullerton Street, after being identified a person involved in the shooting, police said.
A Philly private school got COVID-19 vaccines for its teachers. Then its clinic was canceled.
The frustration stems from the ongoing scarcity of vaccine doses. Last week, Philadelphia, which is managing distribution in the city independently from the state, announced it was moving to the next category of vaccine eligibility, 1B, which includes educators. But the dearth of doses means a new hierarchy within that category, city officials said, and teachers are not at the top of the list. The city announced Tuesday it was negotiating a partnership with a local university to inoculate teachers, but it would still be weeks before they would be eligible.
Dear Abby: Drunken flirting puts close friend at greater distance
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been close friends with a woman named “Louise” for five years. Recently, we were all hanging out, and Louise got very drunk and tried to massage lotion into my husband’s hands. My husband has expressed to me that these situations made him very uncomfortable, and they do the same to me. — TAKEN ABACK IN NEW YORKDEAR TAKEN ABACK: If you “let it go,” it will probably happen again and the friendship will be over. DEAR ABBY: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years.
TightRope jigs are up: Ryan Whitacre and JayPee Hey have a breakthrough with Catch Co.
“We had the basics to make the jigs, but no way could we have made the amount that Catch Co. has produced,” JayPee Hey messaged. Catch Co. worked with Ryan Whitacre and Hey since last year on their TightRope jig. Wes Davis did a cool video, “Catch Co. Presents: Walking the TightRope.”“He is a madman behind the camera,” Whitacre messaged. “JayPee and I were familiar with Catch Co, and both big fans of what they were doing.” Whitacre messaged. “The other would be my first ever Chicago smallmouth,” Whitacre messaged.
Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era
The report by West Bank Jewish Population Stats shows the settler population growing by around 13% since the start of 2017 to reach 475,481. During the same period, Israel's population grew by around 8% to reach nearly 9.3 million, according to the government. Baruch Gordon, the director of West Bank Jewish Population Stats, downplayed the influence of U.S. policy, saying the annual growth rate actually declined in recent years even before the coronavirus pandemic. The West Bank settler population grew by 2.62% in 2020, according to his figures, compared to 1.7% in Israel as a whole. In 2016, the settler population grew 3.59%.
The First Bancshares: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
(AP) _ The First Bancshares Inc. (FBMS) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $15.3 million. The Hattiesburg, Mississippi-based bank said it had earnings of 72 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 65 cents per share. The bank holding company posted revenue of $56.5 million in the period. For the year, the company reported profit of $52.5 million, or $2.52 per share.
Carnival: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot
MIAMI (AP) _ Carnival Corp. (CCL) on Tuesday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $2.22 billion, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $1.92 per share. The cruise operator posted revenue of $34 million in the period, also falling short of Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $96.9 million.
German woman charged with plotting attack on Muslims, others
BERLIN (AP) — A German woman has been charged with preparing a far-right attack and other crimes on allegations she was in the process of building a bomb to target Muslims and local politicians in Bavaria, Munich prosecutors said Wednesday. Susanne G., whose last name wasn't given in line with privacy laws, also faces charges of making threats and violations of weapons laws, among other things. She has been in custody since her arrest. Prosecutors allege that the woman started planning a firebombing attack no later than May 2020, motivated by her xenophobic and extreme-right views. She is alleged to have downloaded information on bomb building online and have gathered materials for the construction, including gasoline, fireworks and fuses, by the time of her arrest in September.
Worldwide Wind Farms Database 2021 - ResearchAndMarkets.com
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 27, 2021--The "Worldwide Wind Farms Database" database has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. This product is a database of wind farms in the World. It includes 32129 entries (in 127 countries) and represents 536,2 GW onshore and 328,1 GW offshore.
Russian parliament OKs New START nuclear treaty extension
MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of Russian parliament on Wednesday approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear arms control pact days before it’s due to expire. The State Duma voted unanimously to extend the New START treaty for five years. The vote came a day after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which they voiced satisfaction with the exchange of diplomatic notes about extending the New START treaty. The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move. Top members of the Kremlin-controlled parliament said they would fast-track the issue and complete the necessary steps to extend the treaty this week.
In memoriam: Funeral notices, January 27, 2021
Her father, a carpenter, and mother instilled in Doris and her siblings a foundation of faith attending Miller Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia. People remember that as a young child Doris enjoyed music, socializing with friends and being with her older sister. After graduating from high school in Philadelphia, Doris attended Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) returning home to Philadelphia after the death of her father. She became a certified X-Ray technician, and later after her children grew older, Doris returned to college. She was preceded in death by her father, William; mother, Adele; sister, Lorraine; brother, William and husband, Joseph.
Glenn Youngkin, former Carlyle Group co-CEO, announces GOP run for governor
His net worth is estimated at more than $200 million according to published accounts, and in 2019, his compensation package at the Carlyle Group approached $17 million. The impact of the candidate’s wealth likely will be tempered by the GOP’s proposed nomination method: a convention. McAuliffe, who formally launched his campaign in December, raised nearly $6.2 million last year, far outpacing his Democratic and Republican rivals. Jennifer Carroll Foy, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, Lt. Gov. The other announced Republican candidates for governor are state Sen. Amanda Chase, former Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, former Pentagon official Sergio De La Peña and entrepreneur Pete Snyder.
45 Republican senators vote to dismiss impeachment of Donald Trump – video
Donald Trump’s hopes of avoiding conviction by the US Senate were strengthened on Tuesday when 45 Republicans tried to dismiss his impeachment trial before it even began. After they were sworn in and signed the oath book – each using a different pen owing to coronavirus precautions – Rand Paul of Kentucky challenged the legitimacy of the trial. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic majority leader, dismissed Paul’s theory as 'flat-out wrong'
Alberta leader says Biden's move to cancel Keystone pipeline a 'gut punch’
US president Joe Biden’s move to cancel a controversial pipeline project has hit Canada like “like a gut punch”, according to one political leader, and left the country to weigh the future prospects of its ailing oil and gas industry. In that policy context then, yes, there absolutely must be reprisals,” Alberta premier Jason Kenney told CBC News. In March, Alberta announced plans to invest nearly C$1.5bn ($US 1.18bn ) in Keystone XL, promising the project would generate C$30bn over the next two decades. In November, a group of five First Nations announced plans to invest up to C$1bn in the Keystone project. According a poll from the Angus Reid Institute released Tuesday, two thirds of Canadians felt the end of Keystone was “bad” for Alberta.
First migrants released from Saudi detention centres arrive home
The images of hundreds of emaciated young men, some of them with injuries from Saudi prison guards’ beatings, provoked global condemnation. The overwhelming weight of evidence eventually led to a vote of condemnation against Saudi Arabia in the EU Parliament. The 296 migrants who arrived home on Tuesday are from Al Shumaisi, which holds at least 16,000 Ethiopian migrants. There are multiple other centres in Saudi Arabia holding Ethiopian migrants from many other African countries such as Nigeria, Somalia and Kenya. “Overall, there are roughly 40,000 Ethiopian migrants ready to go back home,” Nebiyu Tedla, Ethiopia’s Deputy Consul General in Jeddah told The Telegraph.
Bailiffs 'move in' on HS2 protesters planning to occupy 100ft tunnel network under Euston station park
Project Calvin: Tunnellers working around the clock to build 100ft networkTunnellers have worked "around the clock" using pickaxes, shovels and buckets to create the network, code-named Calvin, HS2 Rebellion said. Tunnels are supported by wooden joists and thick boards to prevent collapse and inside there are stashes of food and water, protesters said. HS2 Rebellion said an "illegal eviction" of the camp began shortly before 5am on Wednesday. It said bailiffs from HS2's private contractor, the National Eviction Team, "entered the camp under cover of darkness" and that tree protectors had entered the tunnels and were "prepared for a lengthy siege". Construction work started in September on Phase 1 of HS2 from London to Birmingham.
January's Wolf Moon, and other full moon dates for 2021
Colonial Americans adopted some of the moon names and applied them to their own calendar system which is why they're still in existence today, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. It's also known as the Old Moon, Ice Moon and Snow Moon, although the latter is usually associated with February's full moon. It also has multiple other names including the Sap Moon, Crow Moon and Crust Moon, while its Anglo Saxon name is the Lenten Moon. March 28April: Pink MoonApril's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don't be fooled into thinking it will turn pink. The Pink Moon appears during the same month as the Lyrid meteor shower and in 2021, it will also be the first super full moon of the year.
Watch: I stayed in a quarantine hotel for 15 days - this is what it’s really like
Britons in up to 30 countries will have to pay for hotel quarantine if they return to the UK to prevent new Covid-19 variants reaching this country from South Africa and South America. But the concept is not new and Ben McKechnie, a photographer and journalist, recalls his experience of being locked inside a hotel room for 15 days in Taiwan. “There was this lull, this feeling that I just really wanted to speak to people face-to-face,” he said. Days 10, 11 and 12 - they were the tough times.”Watch the video above to hear more about his experience - and his tips for anyone heading into a similar situation. For more videos from The Telegraph, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
From Nomadland to Avatar 2: Every delayed film and their new release date – updated
When MGM delayed new James Bond film No Time to Die from April 2020 to November of that same year, it was groundbreaking news. At the time, a studio making the decision to cancel its biggest film’s theatrical release due to a pandemic was simply a huge surprise. With cinemas across the world either closed or open with health and safety restrictions because of Covid-19, distributors are having to rethink film release strategies in a big way. NB: This list does not include the films that were originally scheduled to be released on VOD or streaming services. Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contactedRead our full mailing list consent terms here Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contactedRead our full mailing list consent terms hereDelayed filmsA Quiet Place Part IIOriginal release date: 19 March, 2020Second release date: 23 April, 2021Current release date: 17 SSeptember, 2021Peter Rabbit 2: The RunawayOriginal release date: 27 March, 2020Second release date: 15 January, 2021Third release date: 2 April, 2021Current release date: 11 June, 2021No Time to DieOriginal release date: 1 April, 2020Second release date: 12 November, 2020Third release date: 2 April, 2021Current release date: 8 October, 2021AntlersOriginal release date: 17 April, 2020Second release date: 19 February, 2021Current release date: 29 October, 202
Comedian Lucia Keskin imagines what British sitcoms would look like set in the pandemic
Comedian Lucia Keskin has shared a hilarious video imagining what classic British sitcoms would look like during the pandemic. Keskin, who creates videos under the username Chi with a C, is known for writing sketches inspired by popular TV shows in which she plays every single character and films against a green screen. Previous videos have seen her parody everything from Sex Education and Selling Sunset to all the shows on daytime ITV. David Brent, meanwhile, is pushing his own government-esque slogan of “don’t give a s***” in an attempt to combat the virus. You’ve got more range than Daniel Day Lewis,” comedy writer Laura Claxton commented, while comedian Sophie Duker said: “You’re incredible!!
Goldman Sachs cuts David Solomon’s pay by $10m over 1MDB scandal
Goldman Sachs has slashed chief executive David Soloman’s pay by $10m (£7.3m) as a penalty for the 1MDB corruption scandal. The bank’s board reduced his pay packet to $17.5m for 2020, compared to $27.5m a year earlier. The investment bank was fined by regulators around the world following a massive fraud at the Malaysian fund. The board also called Mr Soloman’s performance last year “outstanding” after the bank generated its highest revenues in more than a decade on the back of virus-induced market volatility. Goldman added that five former top bankers including former chief executive Lloyd Blankfein will forfeit a chunk of their performance-related share awards worth $67m.
Best Valentine's Day flowers for 2021, from red roses to letterbox bouquets
It's tested us, challenged us, and made us realise what is truly important. That's why, this year more than ever, the people in your support bubble (and more) not only want a bunch of flowers, they need one. From beautiful red roses and dried blooms to romantic wildflowers, there is something for everyone. You can show support for British growers with help from the Great British Florist, while Waitrose and Marks & Spencer offer interesting and affordable bouquets for loved ones in your life. See 15 of our favourites below:Best for...trend settersWild Thing flowers (£45, Great British Florist)
Avoid emotional spending and have a ‘money MOT’: how to stay financially fit in 2021
But there’s one piece of the puzzle that is often neglected in those conversations around stress and mental health: money. Even before the pandemic, the impact of money worries on mental health was well-documented. According to a survey by The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, 86 per cent of people said that their financial situation had made their mental health worse. One of the best ways to overcome this, in my experience, is to make a ritual out of it. Get a grip on emotional spendingIt’s almost impossible to live with a budget if you don’t have a grip on your spending.
iOS update: iPhone users urged to update their devices right away as Apple reveals dangerous flaw
iPhone and iPad users have been urged to update their devices as soon as possible amid a major security issue. The new update fixes exploits that could allow hackers to get into the most sensitive parts of the devices. Such a technique, known as privilege escalation, is a key way for hackers to attack devices using ostensibly small weaknesses. “For our customers' protection, Apple doesn't disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available," a note on its security update page reads. If it is not done manually, it is likely that all active devices will update themselves soon.
When is the Super Bowl 2021? Here’s everything you need to know
Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates against the Buffalo Bills (Getty)They play the hosts of the Super Bowl in the Buccaneers, led by Tom Brady in his first year in Florida since ending a 20-year association with the Patriots. Super Bowl 2021 takes place on Sunday, 7 February in Tampa Bay at the Buccaneers’ own Raymond James Stadium, which holds 65,000, though due to the pandemic, there will be around 20,000 in attendance. You can also watch the game live on Sky Sports Main Event and NFL. The two payment options are “Pro”, which is £14.99 and gives you all of the above content until 31 July, or “Super Bowl Pass”, which gives you access for 31 days at £7.99, both include the Super Bowl. The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, will headline as the half-time show at Super Bowl 55, with the Canadian artist, 30, succeeding Jennifer Lopez and Shakira from last year.
WandaVision creator says show was forbidden from using certain Marvel characters: ‘It’s not free rein’
The creator of WandaVision has revealed that she was forbidden from including certain Marvel characters in the Disney+ spin-off series. Released weekly on the streaming service, Wandavision focuses on Avengers characters Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) as they live out a series of 20th-century sitcom parodies. So, there were characters that were suggested to me – a larger list of characters." She added: “I've worked on other Marvel properties before, and it's always like, ‘Here are some ideas. “With Randall Clark and Kat Dennings, I was like: that's an excuse to work with two people I admire so, so, so much.
Chelsea vs Wolves prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out tonight?
Chelsea welcome Wolves to Stamford Bridge tonight in the hosts’ first game under Thomas Tuchel. Here’s everything you need to know about the Premier League meeting. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Wolves could hand an immediate debut to loan signing Willian Jose, while coach Nuno Espirito Santo will be without Jonny Otto, Daniel Podence and Marcal.
Chelsea vs Wolves predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight
Chelsea host Wolves this evening in the Blues’ first match with Thomas Tuchel in charge. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Wolves could hand an immediate debut to loan signing Willian Jose, while coach Nuno Espirito Santo will be without Jonny Otto, Daniel Podence and Marcal. Predicted line-upsChelsea: Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kovacic, Mount, Havertz; Ziyech, Abraham, Hudson-OdoiWolves: Patricio; Semedo, Coady, Boly, Saiss; Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker; Traore, Jose, NetoOddsChelsea: 3/5Draw: 16/5Wolves: 17/4Prediction
Anne Hathaway says being subject to internet hatred after her Oscar win was ‘empowering’
Anne Hathaway has said that the online backlash to her winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Les Misérables was “empowering”. The star also won Best Supporting Actress prizes at the Baftas, SAG Awards and Golden Globes in 2013 for her performance as Fantine. Now, eight years later, Hathaway told The Sun: “I really don’t want to dredge up the past but I did have my monster out there, I did have the internet turn on me and hate me and it was like a whole big thing. And it was a really good thing for me personally.”She continued: “You can be incredibly empowered because of those things. So I guess what I’d say is when the bad s*** happens, don’t fear it – just go with it, flow with it.”Hathaway has forthcoming roles in the Warner Bros Sesame Street movie and the Eighties Robert De Niro drama Armageddon Time.
Chelsea vs Wolves live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Chelsea are at home to Wolves this evening in the west London club’s first fixture since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival. The Blues’ recent form has them in a mid-table position, while Wolves enter the match 10 points clear of the relegation zone, having failed to win a top-flight game in their last six efforts. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Wolves could hand an immediate debut to loan signing Willian Jose, while coach Nuno Espirito Santo will be without Jonny Otto, Daniel Podence and Marcal.
Poet Amanda Gorman signs with IMG models after Biden inauguration
She was the youngest inaugural poet in history, and now Amanda Gorman’s career is going from strength to strength after signing with IMG Models. Gorman, 22, from Los Angeles became the breakaway star of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration after reciting her original work “The Hill We Climb” last week, adding another accolade to the poet’s long list of achievements. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. As announced via a press email, under the guidance of the leading modeling agency Gorman will now work to expand her personal brand through endorsements and editorial opportunities. “[The] yellow coat [was] my own nod to Dr Jill Biden, who was the one who recommended me in the first place, and I’m so honoured by that.”
Is Chelsea vs Wolves on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Chelsea will play their first game since Thomas Tuchel was named head coach as they host Wolves in the Premier League tonight. Here’s everything you need to know about the Premier League meeting. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Wolves could hand an immediate debut to loan signing Willian Jose, while coach Nuno Espirito Santo will be without Jonny Otto, Daniel Podence and Marcal.
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal close on Odegaard, Liverpool eye Gordon, Man Utd track Baumgartner
United are also in a race against time to get rid of many of their fringe players, and hope to offload Jesse Lingard to another Premier League club before the deadline. Elsewhere Tottenham have made contact with Angel di Maria about a possible move to the north London club, according to L’Equipe, as the 32-year-old’s contract runs out this summer. First, PSG want to bring Spurs midfielder Dele Alli the other way on loan until the rest of the season. Frank Lampard’s sacking has meanwhile had the knock-on effect of leaving West Ham more confident than ever of keeping hold of Declan Rice. Follow all the latest news below.
Holocaust memorial day: thousands of names being projected onto the French Embassy in Berlin
A new memorial project in Berlin, supported by Germany's culture commission and the French Embassy hopes to pave the way for remembrance culture in the digital age. Thousands of names are currently being projected onto the Embassy's facade, a symbol itself of the post-war Franco-German friendship after so many decades of enmity. And that’s why it’s, of course, particularly important to remember where hatred and incitement, anti-Semitism, and resentment led: to the Holocaust'. Anne-Marie Descôtes is the French Ambassador to Germany:"Yesterday I was able to record the name and data of a woman, a French woman, who lived in the same town where I was born. So that every name, every person, every victim is more than just a number.
What’s working in COVID-19 treatments and what isn’t
The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines has put the focus of the pandemic fight on inoculating as many people as quickly as possible. Now, as we learn more about COVID-19, more treatments — including some that at first drew skepticism from physicians and scientists — are proving effective in certain circumstances. This difficulty was compounded in bam-bam’s case with a confusing efficacy story and lukewarm comments about it in the COVID-19 treatment guidelines from the National Institutes of Health, resulting in doses piling up on hospital shelves. In a way, the negative outcome is still a step forward in sharpening treatments of COVID-19. Fortunately, the more we learn, the better we know which treatments are helpful and how to use them.
Biden’s inauguration was third most-viewed in TV history
President Joe Biden’s swearing-in as the 46th president of the US, with 34 million viewers, is the third most-watched in the history of American television. According to TV audience research company, Nielsen, Mr Biden’s popularity is only surpassed by the swearing-in ceremonies of presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama in the past 40 years. Almost 33.8 million people watched Mr Biden’s six-hour-long inauguration ceremony over 17 television networks on 20 January, said Nielsen. While Barack Obama’s first inaugural in 2009 drew 37.8 million viewers, Ronald Reagan’s popularity peaked to 41.8 million in 1981. Nearly 30.6 million people watched Mr Trump take the oath of office in 2017, according to Nielsen.
Cricket Australia confirms Indian players were racially abused during test
A Cricket Australia probe Wednesday concluded Indian players were racially abused during the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but cleared six people who were kicked out of the stadium. “CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse,” the governing body’s integrity chief Sean Carroll said in a statement. “It’s definitely not acceptable in this day and age… we must make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. Cricket Australia issued an apology to India at the time and said anyone found guilty of abuse would face consequences, including bans, other sanctions and referral to police. The findings have been forwarded to the International Cricket Council, while NSW Police’s investigation is continuing.
Fake news becoming real issue for foreign sumo fans
The upshot for sumo is that among foreign fans there are now numerous theories that have become widely accepted but which have no basis in reality. The misinformation in sumo is magnified by the fact that the source material is in a language that the vast majority of newer foreign fans cannot read or speak. That lack of dedicated journalists shows when Japan-based correspondents for foreign media organizations file stories on sumo. There is merit to that argument and the Sumo Association and its press club becoming more open to foreign media is something that absolutely should happen. If they don’t, there will continue to be errors and Fake Sumo News will become an even bigger problem.
Free vaccines and India’s humanitarian diplomacy
And millions of more free vaccines are on their way this week. Supplying free vaccines to combat a raging pandemic also seems a better choice for New Delhi than providing direct aid in another form. Now, it is leveraging that manufacturing heft by embarking on what has been billed as humanitarian diplomacy — the supply of free vaccines to countries in its extended neighborhood. Against this background, will India’s vaccine diplomacy tangibly aid its foreign-policy interests? The issue whether such vaccines will be free for all of India’s own citizens has yet to be settled.
German start-up company makes 120,000 FFP2 masks a day
From this week, new rules in Germany means that medical masks – such as FFP2 masks or surgical masks – are now required on public transport and in supermarkets. ‘Your Mask’ was founded in April last year and only started production in November. By April they hope to have a 24-hour production running, with the goal of producing 250,000 masks per day. Mataty Erdinc, is the CEO of ‘Your Mask’:"It won’t be enough for all of Germany. Of course, we want to be able to say that we are producing as much as possible to make sure as many people as possible can get the masks and be protected.
Hong Kong’s slum landlords put everyone at risk
The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged Hong Kong’s economy. Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial landlords never saw a need they couldn’t meet, at a price. A blaze that ripped through makeshift shacks on the hillside of Shek Kip Mei on Christmas Day in 1953 sowed the seeds of Hong Kong’s first major public housing programs. In all, 42 died, more than 10% of Hong Kong’s SARS fatalities. Dealing with the issue will mean reshaping Hong Kong’s political economy, which entwines the government and property developers in an unhealthy symbiotic embrace.
Osaka Castle wall unearthed after 400 years
The stone wall of a castle in Osaka that was built by feudal warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi has been revealed after being hidden underground for some 400 years. The stone wall of the former Osaka Castle was discovered in an excavation project led by the Osaka Municipal Government that began in 2013 and was completed recently. The castle wall has been shown to media. The former Osaka Castle, built by Hideyoshi in 1583, was burnt down in the Summer Siege of Osaka in 1615. The Tokugawa shogunate then buried the castle in dirt piled up to more than 10 meters and constructed a new Osaka Castle.
Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election set for July 4
The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, viewed as a litmus test for the course of national politics, will be held on July 4, the capital’s election board said Wednesday. The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election was decided to be held on July 4, with attention focused on whether the ruling Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First) launched by Gov. | KYODOAttention is focused on whether the ruling Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First), a regional party launched by Gov. Komeito is the ruling coalition partner of the LDP at the national level but decided to join hands with Koike’s local party in the Tokyo assembly ahead of the previous election. Koike secured her second term in the gubernatorial election in July last year ahead of the Tokyo Olympics’ original schedule.
Mima Ito aiming for gold with or without fans at Tokyo Games
Table tennis star Mima Ito said she’s ready to play without fans at the Tokyo Olympics, as long as it means the games can go ahead. Organizers of the postponed 2020 Games have denied cancellation is in the cards and have floated the possibility of holding the games behind closed doors. “I want fans to be there, but the most important thing for a player is for the event to go ahead and be able to play,” Ito, the world No. Chinese women have won every singles gold since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988 — but Ito believes she’s capable of springing a surprise on home turf. Ito is not letting reports the Olympics could be canceled distract her from the job at hand.
A week into Biden's term, signs point to continued U.S.-China friction
But signals from both Beijing and Washington are already pointing to a continued fraught relationship. On Saturday, the Chinese military sent a fleet of 13 warplanes, including nuclear-capable bombers, into the southwest corner of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. More notably, the Trump administration sent some of the highest-level officials in decades to the island for heavily publicized meetings that came amid the administration’s faltering ties with Beijing. Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers assemble during military training in Kashgar in China’s northwestern China’s Xinjiang region earlier this month. | AFP-JIJIHis comments came after press secretary Psaki said Monday that Xi’s remarks “don’t change anything” in terms of how the Biden administration is approaching its relations with China.
Thurgood Marshall’s visit to Japan 70 years on
January 1951 was a busy time for Japan, or more specifically, a busy time for the office of the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The visitor was Thurgood Marshall, one of the leading civil rights activists and lawyers in the United States and someone destined to become the first African-American Supreme Court justice. Marshall learned to debate from his father, who took him to watch court cases and discuss what they had seen. His father did not specifically tell him to become a lawyer, but according to Marshall, he “turned me into one. The case that brought him to Japan involved the personification of decades of legal unfairness and centuries of prejudices against Blacks, this time within the U.S. military.
North Korea’s new economic plan looks a lot like the old one
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presented a new five-year economic plan and conceded that the country’s economy is struggling at a Workers’ Party Congress earlier this month. On close examination, North Korea’s economy is showing deeply troubling signs, including a dysfunctional foreign exchange market, a steep drop-off in trade and increasing food costs. Far from addressing contradictions between the state’s ambitious economic goals and the constraints of a parasitic political system, this plan aggravates them. We saw hints earlier this year that North Korea may have abandoned its previous five-year plan, the economic blueprint laid out in 2016. The real victims of this plan are the North Korean people, who will find it even harder to make a living.
ROSS CLARK: What are we to make of Brussels' hypocritical stunt to distract from its vaccine fiasco?
Ross Clark: When Britain opted out to pursue its own course, siren voices warned of the dire consequences. Yet delivery delays of the Oxford vaccine are not targeted at the EU. Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson leads a virtual press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic, Downing Street, on January 26Up until Monday, the UK had administered 10.5 vaccine doses per 100 population. The Pfizer vaccine got approval here on December 2 and the Oxford jab on December 30. This week the German newspapers Handelsblatt and Bild reported that data showed the Oxford vaccine to have an efficacy rate of only 8 per cent in the over-65s.
Italy marks Holocaust Remembrance Day - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 27 - Italy marked Holocaust Remembrance Day with initiatives all over the nation on Wednesday. President Sergio Mattarella is presiding over a ceremony at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, with Giuseppe Conte, who resigned as premier on Tuesday but remains acting head of government, among those present. During the ceremony schools that distinguished themselves in the 19th 'I Giovani Ricordano la Shoah' (Young People Remember the Shoah) competition will be awarded prizes. January 27 is the anniversary of the day the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in 1945.
Video: Shocking clip shows moment man hurls cat out of a skylight
Video: Disturbing moment man picks up cat and hurls it out of skylight windowThis clip shows the shocking moment a man picks up a cat and promptly hurls the creature out of a skylight window. The footage is understood to have been filmed on the top floor of a home in Hull, and is currently...
Govt crisis consultations set to start - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 27 - President Sergio Mattarella is set to start a round of formal consultations on Wednesday after Giuseppe Conte quit as premier on Tuesday, marking the collapse of his second government. The government no longer had an absolute majority in the Senate after ex-premier Matteo Renzi's Italia Viva (IV) party triggered a crisis in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic by withdrawing its support. However, while this new group has around 10 Senators, this is not enough to replace IV in the Upper House. The consultations will start in the afternoon with Mattarella holding talks with Casellati and House Speaker Roberto Fico. After the consultations, Mattarella will decide whether he wants to hand a mandate to someone to try and form a new government.
Bill Gates says Tokyo Olympics' fate depends on vaccine roll-out: Kyodo
Bill Gates' foundation is a major donor to the fight against the coronavirusAdvertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said the Tokyo Olympics are "still possible" this year depending on the roll-out of coronavirus vaccinations, Japan's Kyodo News reported on Wednesday. Gates, whose foundation has donated $1.75 billion towards efforts to fight Covid-19, told Kyodo that the next few months would be crucial for the postponed 2020 Games. "In the next few months, we have to look at the progress we make," Gates told Kyodo, referring to vaccine distribution. "But you know, I think it's still possible if things go well." The IOC is due to hold an executive board meeting on Wednesday, with Tokyo 2020 on the agenda.
Australia ordered to pay migrants for privacy breach
Lawyers believe this is the first time in Australian history that compensation has been ordered for a mass privacy breach. "This breach meant that any person searching the internet could access the personal information surrounding thousands of people applying for protection in Australia," said lawyer Sarah Dale of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service. Australia's information commissioner said the Department of Home Affairs had "interfered with the privacy of 9,251 detainees in immigration detention by mistakenly releasing their personal information." The published report "contained embedded personal information that could identify all persons in immigration detention on 31 January 2014". Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was immigration minister when the incident happened, called the breach "unacceptable" at the time.
High-flying Hammers yet to realise potential says Moyes
"We are getting better and we are an improved team, but I think we are not scratching the surface yet," said Moyes. "Part of a manager's job is to raise expectations at your football club but I will not try and be stupid because West Ham have done it too often and maybe got it wrong. The 57-year-old Scot wants the Hammers to maintain their challenge on a regular basis and that this run is not just a fleeting experience. Tomas Soucek has been pivotal to West Ham's run with the 25-year-old Czech scoring a double in the win over Palace. "When you think this time last year we signed him and to come in and hit the ground running in the Premier League is really difficult at any time," said Moyes.
Worsening slump hits Korea’s magazine industry
Amid the drop in demand for print media, the local magazine industry has seen a huge loss in both sales and number of workers over the past two years.According to the “2020 Magazine Industry Status Survey,” published by the Korea Press Foundation on Wednesday, the total magazine sales profit was 777.5 billion won ($703 million) in 2019, a 24.9 percent drop from 2017.A total of 1,264 publishers were surveyed, and the average annual sales for a single company was estimated to be 438 million won ($396,380), which is a 15 percent decrease from 2017, and one-third the number in 2012.In terms of sales composition, magazine profits based on subscription fees accounted for 39.6 percent, followed by advertising revenue 34.2 percent, and the rest were from other profit-making sources related to contents.The number of workers in the magazine industry fell below 10,000 nationwide, as many employees left the field due to an apparent recession in the overall magazine industry. The total number of employees in 2019 was 9,104, a 25.1 percent drop from 2017. The number of workers in the magazine industry in 2012 was 17,748, nearly double the 2019 figure.A total of 45.2 percent of companies said they were “in progress” when asked if they operated online services, while 20.7 percent said they have not implemented online services yet, but have plans to in the near future.The main reasons for having online-based plans were as follows: in response to digital media environment (71.8 percent), in response to a heavy loss in offline magazine readers (11.8 percent), to create new sources of income (6.1 percent) and to reduce offline production costs (5.3%).“Our customers commonly seek already well-known magazines specializing in business and economy, such as the Dong-A Business Review, and Harvard Business Review, which usually occupies the top shelves in the magazines section,” Sun Young-ah, the manager of Seosa, Your Library, a bookstore located in Hapjeong, western Seoul, said in a phone
Korean kids eat too much sugar: Food Ministry
Young people in South Korea eat too much sugar from processed food, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Wednesday, citing the World Health Organization’s recommendations.Using data from a health and nutrition survey conducted by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the Food Ministry looked into the daily sugar consumption patterns of some 7,000 Koreans in 2018.The daily sugar intake from processed food accounted for 10.1 percent of total calories for children aged 3 to 5, while the figure for teenagers between ages 12 and 18 recorded 10.3 percent, according to the Food Ministry.The WHO recommends limiting daily sugar intake from processed food to 10 percent of all calories consumed throughout the day.“It is important to choose food products with balanced nutrition and low levels of sugar to cut down on the amount of sugar intake that can cause obesity and nutritional imbalance,” the Food Ministry said. “As children aged 3 to 5 develop eating habits, parents’ special attention and efforts are needed.”The average daily sugar intake from processed food for the entire population, however, made up 7.4 percent of calories, falling within the WHO recommendations, according to the Food Ministry.The Food Ministry said sugar consumption by Koreans showed a steady decrease, having fallen about 20 percent from 2016 to 2018.Beverages were the largest source of sugar, accounting for 32.7 percent of sugar from processed food, followed by snacks, bread and rice cakes.People aged 6 to 49 got most of their sugar from carbonated beverages, while coffee was the major source of sugar intake for those over 50.The Food Ministry recommended cutting down on carbonated beverage consumption and turning to water or carbonated water instead. It also advised people to refrain from putting sugar or syrup in coffee.“It is important to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and choose snacks with low amounts of sugar for a balanced diet,” said Health Minister Kim Gang-lip. “We a
Determination, execution, collaboration needed to tackle climate change: LG Chem chief
LG Chem Vice Chairman and CEO Shin Hak-cheol speaks at the “Mobilizing Action on Climate Change” session at the World Economic Forum. (LG Chem)LG Chem Vice Chairman and CEO Shin Hak-cheol shared the company’s strategies on tackling climate change at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. During the “Mobilizing Action on Climate Change” session, which was held online, Shin suggested three keywords to business and industry leaders to address climate change -- determination, execution and collaboration. “In 2019, LG Chem emitted 10.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. “Our 2050 goal calls for a reduction of 30 million tons of carbon dioxide on an annual basis by 2050.
YouTube suspends Trump indefinitely, stops Giuliani monetizing clips
Advertising Read moreSan Francisco (AFP)YouTube has suspended Donald Trump indefinitely from the platform and said it will also prevent the former president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani from being able to monetize his clips, US media reported. It comes a week after the social media giant confirmed it would extend a ban on Trump's channel -- which has just under three million subscribers -- joining other social media platforms in banning his accounts following the deadly January 6 Capitol riot. "In light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, the Donald J Trump channel will remain suspended," a YouTube spokesperson told Politico. The ban on making money off his clips comes as the former New York mayor faces a $1.3 billion lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems after alleging on social media that the firm had engaged in election fraud. According to YouTube, Giuliani will be able to appeal the decision in 30 days -- providing the underlying issues have been fixed.
Top-ranked Tai edges PV Sindhu at badminton tour finals
Advertising Read moreBangkok (AFP)World number one Tai Tzu-ying fought back from behind to beat Indian star PV Sindhu in three games at badminton's World Tour Finals in Bangkok Wednesday. The 26-year-old Taiwanese lost the first game 19-21 against Sindhu, the Rio Olympics silver-medallist, before regrouping to win it 19-21, 21-12, 21-17 in 59 minutes. "Sometimes for your mindset, it's tough to be ready again for a new week, a new match and a new tournament." The delayed 2020 season finale, starting Wednesday, is the third behind-closed-doors tournament in three weeks in Bangkok as badminton resumes after months of coronavirus cancellations. The top eight players in each discipline are contesting this week's tournament, although China and Japan had to pull out because of coronavirus problems.
Napoleon's account of legendary Battle of Austerlitz goes on sale
Napoleon does not refer to himself in the first person, instead prefacing his remarks with "the emperor says". The sale comes at the start of a year marking the bicentenary of Napoleon's death. His daughter Alizee, who studied the manuscript in detail, said it was an "embellished account of the battle". His exalted account trumpets the heroism of the French, from trooper to officer, and claims even wounded soldiers hailed the emperor. Collectors can arrange to view the manuscript in person or over the internet.
Russia’s FSB Says Protects ‘Putin’s Palace’ From NATO Intelligence
Russia’s security forces only established a no-fly zone around President Vladimir Putin’s alleged palace due to increased intelligence collection activity by NATO members, the security services told the RBC news website Wednesday. The FSB told RBC it had established a no-fly zone over the area last July because of “increased intelligence activity by a number of neighboring states, including those belonging to NATO” targeting an FSB border outpost that was put into operation in October 2020. The FSB also denied that a no-sail order is in effect in the waters surrounding Putin’s alleged palace as reported in Navalny’s investigation, which has gained over 91 million YouTube views in one week. Meanwhile, the Open Media investigative news website noticed that the no-fly zone over the alleged Putin palace had been in place as far back as January 2015. It also reported that at least two companies involved in providing services for the property had named it as “Putin’s palace” on their websites.
GOP Signals Unwillingness to Part With Trump After Riot
“The political winds within the Republican Party have blown in the opposite direction,” said Ralph Reed, chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and a Trump ally. After Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer backed impeachment, Republican Tom Norton announced a primary challenge. Now that President Trump has been impeached for the second time, all eyes turn to the Senate where Republicans will need to decide whether to vote for conviction. And that his political activism or whatever role he would play going forward would be with the Republican Party, not as a third party,” Cramer said. Just three weeks after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, Trump’s political standing among Republican leaders in Washington remains low.
China’s moves to curb market speculation are not ‘abrupt’ exit from coronavirus stimulus
Recent statements by its top officials underlined the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) remains committed to supporting the real economy, analysts added. Photo: Reuters
No duty visit, but Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam meets Chinese President Xi Jinping ... via ‘video call’. On the agenda: Covid-19 pandemic, oath-taking
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam held a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Keqiang (second from left) on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua
Adam Schiff Gives 'Confused' Republicans A Blunt Lesson In What Unity Means
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is fed up with Republicans demanding “unity” without actually offering it themselves. In recent weeks, GOP lawmakers have thrown the word around at every opportunity, but often decry any move or proposal made by Democrats, especially President Joe Biden. Schiff tweeted:
Americans' Concern Grows About Government, National Discord
Also, a record-high 12% cited national discord, up from 5% last month. The 12% of Americans citing national division and lack of unity as the top problem is the highest in Gallup's seven decades of asking this question, dating back to 1939. Democrats also offer general complaints about "political discourse" and the divide between Republicans and Democrats but are more focused on specific criticism of the Republican Party, Trump, "right-wing extremism," "fascism" and threats to democracy. Monthly trend from January 2020 to January 2021 in Americans' mentions of lack of unity as the nation's top problem, by party. Thus, one might also look at these figures as an indication of public resilience and a sign that Americans are weathering the political storms.
Remarks by President Biden on the Fight to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic
And you all know — if I may note, parenthetically — you all know — know that the vaccines are distributed to states based on population. The second thing: We’re increasing the transparency with states, cities, and tribes, and local partners when it comes to the vaccine supply. But I also want to be clear: 100 million shots in 100 days is not the endpoint; it’s just the start. That’s 100 million more doses of Pfizer and 100 million more doses of Moderna — 200 million more doses than the federal government had previously secured. We expect these additional 200 million doses to be delivered this summer.
Trump impeachment trial vote sees too many GOP senators dooming the party
What were Senate Republicans voting on Tuesday when they opposed the impeachment trial of Donald Trump? As they know better than anyone else, the kinds of politicians who populate the Senate don’t have a place in the party they’ve helped create. Just five GOP senators joined Democrats to vote down Republican Sen. Rand Paul's motion that the impeachment proceedings were unconstitutional because Trump's term has finished. By giving in to him at every turn, Republicans helped create the epidemic of conspiracy theories and alternative facts rampant in the Republican Party. Yet 45 Republican senators voted against taking up the impeachment trial Tuesday.
Should deficits matter any more?
Although the former and current president agree on little, both support large scale COVID relief packages irrespective of their implications for federal debt and deficits. Unfortunately, Democrats have migrated far from the fiscal conservatism of the late Paul Tsongas and Bill Clinton William (Bill) Jefferson ClintonShould deficits matter any more? They have embraced a variety of justifications for large deficits, some of which have a factual foundation. Lofty stock valuations have produced the centibillionaires of today such as Elon Musk Elon Reeve MuskShould deficits matter any more? SpaceX, Amazon spar over plans for satellites: report WhatsApp delays controversial privacy update MORE and Jeff Bezos Jeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosShould deficits matter any more?
Australia holds off on New Zealand travel decision after new positive COVID-19 tests
Australia is seeking more information from New Zealand health authorities before restarting quarantine-free travel after two new positive coronavirus tests. The travel bubble was frozen after a New Zealand woman tested positive for the highly contagious South African strain of coronavirus. Meanwhile, a new advertising campaign is being rolled out to encourage Australians to get coronavirus vaccines. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.
The GOP’s answer to its post-Trump blues: More Trump
If the Republican Party seemed to be at a crossroads about its post-Trump future, it now appears to have concluded in which direction to travel. In Washington state, several Republican Party county chairs called Monday for the resignation of Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse, who voted for impeachment. Doug Ducey, while reelecting a Trump loyalist, Kelli Ward, as state party chair. In Hawaii, a Republican Party official resigned recently after posting tweets sympathetic to subscribers to the QAnon conspiracy theory. While the state party ruled it out of order, the mere challenge to his authority raised eyebrows.
Joe Biden's Sign Language Interpreter Has Ties to Far Right
But it turns out the first ASL interpreter chosen was not such a change from the previous Administration after all. Heather Mewshaw, who Psaki introduced on Monday as “today’s interpreter, Heather,” also manages a conservative group of ASL interpreters who provide sign language accompaniments to right-wing videos. Heather Mewshaw, an American Sign Language interpreter, in a video of Trump dancing posted by Hands of Liberty, a conservative interpreter group. “Providing appropriately qualified American Sign Language interpreting access requires more than just randomly hiring an interpreter who knows sign language. Regardless of a specific violation, Henner says the incident shows the importance of hiring the right ASL interpreter for the situation.
Explosion Rocks Amsterdam As Netherlands Erupts In Protests Again
EXPLOSION Rocks Amsterdam As Netherlands Erupts In Protests Again for the fourth night running-- Advertisement --Violent scenes broke out again in The Netherlands, for the fourth night in a row, with unverified footage being uploaded onto social media showing a large explosion in Osdorp, a suburb of Amsterdam. No casualties were reported as a result of the explosion, and nobody is seen in the close vicinity of the vehicle at the time it explodes. Speaking on Dutch radio, a resident of Den Bosch, who witnessed the rioting said, “I saw windows smashed and fireworks going off. _______________________________________________________Thank you for taking the time to read this news article “Explosion Rocks Amsterdam As Netherlands Erupts In Protests Again”. For more UK daily news, Spanish daily news and, Global news stories, visit the Euro Weekly News home page.
Hacktivist group Anonymous Malaysia resurfaces, vows cyber-attack against govt over data breaches
The hacker group Anonymous Malaysia has resurfaced after a long absence. — Facebook screenshotKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — Anonymous Malaysia, a group of hacker activists or hacktivists, has resurfaced after more than five years to pledge a concerted cyber-attack against government websites and online assets called #OpsWakeUp21. This can cause unwanted hacker selling all information,” it said in the video addressed to the Malaysian government uploaded at 7pm. We are legion, We do not Forgive, We do not Forget, Expect US!#OpsWakeUp21https://t.co/QfhQfZ7pSQ — Anonymous Malaysia (@anonymalaysia) January 25, 2021In its speech, Anonymous Malaysia pointed to the 2017 telecommunications company data hack that affected 46 million mobile users, spam and cyber-scam text messages, and the cyber-attack against the Malaysian Armed Forces’ network last month. Anonymous Malaysia had in the same year threatened to blow up the car of then inspector-general of police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, but did not follow through with its threat.
Song Yoo-jung, South Korean TV star, Passes Away at Age of 26
South Korean actress Song Yoo-jung has died at the age of 26, her agency confirmed Monday. "Actress Song Yoo-jung has left us," Sublime Artist Agency wrote in an Instagram post. Song died on January 23 and her funeral took place quietly, in line with her family's wishes, the agency said. In December 2017, K-pop superstar Kim Jong-hyun, better known as Jonghyun, took his own life at the age of 27. In October 2019, singer Sulli, formerly of the band f(x), was found dead at her home at the age of 25.
Global COVID-19 cases top 100 million as countries struggle with vaccine shortfalls
Global coronavirus cases have surpassed 100 million as countries around the world struggle with new virus variants and vaccine shortfalls. Around 668,250 cases have been reported each day over the same period, with the global fatality rate at 2.15 per cent. It took the world 11 months to record the first 50 million cases of the pandemic, compared to just three months for cases to double to 100 million. AAPWith more than 25 million cases, the United States has 25 per cent of all reported COVID cases although it accounts for just four per cent of the world's population. Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.
Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption
Hot lava runs down from the crater of Mount Merapi, partially seen behind a mosque in Sleman, Indonesia, late Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The country's most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. The country's most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,600 meters (5,250 feet) down its slopes. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted with lava and gas clouds recently.
China Begins Using Anal Swabs To Test Covid As Cases Surge
Anal swabs method "can increase the detection rate of infected people", a doctor said. (Representational)China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers at high risk of contracting Covid-19, state TV reported, with social media users and travellers squirming over the invasive procedure which doctors say can be more effective in detecting the virus. Officials took anal swabs from residents of neighbourhoods with confirmed Covid-19 cases in Beijing last week, broadcaster CCTV said, while those in designated quarantine facilities have also undergone the test. "I've done two anal swabs, every time I did one I had to do a throat swab afterwards -- I was so scared the nurse would forget to use a new swab," one Weibo user joked. CCTV said on Sunday anal swabs would not be used as widely as other methods, as the technique was "not convenient."
Caste-based labour custom banned as slavery in southern India
Under the abolition of bonded labour law, the offence is punishable with imprisonment for up to three years and a fine. In bitti chakri, there is not normally a debt to repay - rather a customary obligation to fulfil. Payment is usually in kind, and the expectation of free labour often passes through generations - resulting in decades of slavery, Prasad said. "In today's age, we're recognising it as a form of bonded labour," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "Implementation of the law has always been a challenge, particularly in cases of free labour, where the usual parameters of bonded labour like confinement and abuse don't always exist," Pattanaik said.
16-year-old Singaporean detained under ISA for planning terrorist attacks on two mosques
SINGAPORE - A 16-year-old Singaporean student has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for planning to attack two mosques and kill worshippers in Singapore on March 15 this year - the second anniversary of the Christchurch terror attacks. Influenced by the Christchurch attacker Brenton Tarrant, the youth had mapped out his route and bought a flak jacket. First, he planned to carry out his attacks on the anniversary of the Christchurch attacks. It borrowed heavily from Tarrant's manifesto and referred to him as a "saint" and to the Christchurch attacks as a "justifiable killing of Muslims". "The detailed planning and preparation attests to the youth's determination to follow through with his attack plan," said the ISD.
Deadly tornado leaves path of destruction in Alabama
Fultondale, Alabama — A tornado that teared through the city overnight ripped roofs off homes, pulverized walls and scattered debris so high it showed up on radar. The tornado hit an area that was heavily damaged by a tornado a decade ago. That tornado ripped through Alabama from Tuscaloosa to northern Jefferson County on April 27, 2011, killing 65 people and injuring 1,500. The people of Fultondale took a hard hit last night — I’m grieved over the loss of life, injuries, homes & damaged businesses. #alwx #alpolitics — Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) January 26, 2021The same storm that spawned the tornado that tore through Alabama rolled through the Midwest.
‘Bigger than World Cup’: Nepal climber on first K2 winter ascent
Team that made the first winter summit of the world’s second tallest peak returns home to a heroes’ welcome. A team of Nepali climbers that made the first winter summit of K2, the world’s second tallest peak, has returned to a heroes’ welcome from crowds of well-wishers. The 10 men, who climbed the 8,611-metre (28,251-foot) K2 peak on January 16, attributed their success to team spirit and a resolve to raise their country’s pride. He said the K2 ascent was a huge achievement for all climbers to celebrate. Fans and families placed colourful Buddhist prayer scarves on the climbers’ shoulders on their arrival at Nepal’s international airport in Kathmandu.
Israel military revising operational plans against Iran: General
Israeli military chief of staff’s remarks are rare and a clear warning to the Biden administration on its relations with Iran. Israel’s top general warned attack plans against Iran were being revised and said any US return to the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran would be “wrong”. “A return to the 2015 nuclear agreement, or even if it is a similar accord with several improvements, is bad and wrong from an operational and strategic point of view,” said Kochavi. Targeting IranAfter Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018, tensions in the Middle East quickly escalated after a series of attacks and military incidents. Netanyahu had threatened possible Israeli strikes against Iran in the run-up to the landmark nuclear accord with world powers.
Republicans Against Impeachment Propose “Three Coup Attempts, You’re Out” Law
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Senate Republicans who opposed impeachment are proposing an alternative: a piece of legislation called “Three Coup Attempts, You’re Out.”The bill’s sponsor, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, said that the law would send a clear signal to future Presidents that “we will have zero tolerance for coup attempts if they try to do it three times.”“After the first coup attempt, a President would receive a warning, just as you would if you made an illegal left turn or had a broken tail light,” Paul explained. “After the second coup attempt, the United States Senate will draft a resolution telling you that you’d better not try it a third time.”Paul was vague when asked what the punishment would be for a third coup attempt, saying, “As in most legislation, the devil is in the details. But the gist of it is, insurrect me once, shame on you; insurrect me twice, shame on me; insurrect me three times, it’s time to have a serious talk about this.”Read More Satire from the Borowitz Report
Pixar’s Troubled “Soul”
Pixar’s new film, “Soul,” is shaped by these currents. This is where the other meaning of the film’s title comes in: soul as in black, soul as in soul sister, soul brother, soul music—terms that originated in the jazz slang of the forties. Twenty-two’s soul lands in Joe’s body; Joe lands in the body of the therapy cat snoozing in his hospital bed. It’s telling that, in most race-transformation tales, the ideal is presented as a white soul in a black body. How are you gonna spend your life?” Joe has seen the light; work isn’t everything.
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Portland Man Arrested in Connection with Hit-and-Runs That Killed 1 Pedestrian, Injured 5 Others
The suspect's identity has not yet been publicly released by policePortland Man Arrested in Connection with Hit-and-Runs That Killed 1 Pedestrian, Injured 5 OthersA Portland man was arrested on Monday after a vehicle he was driving struck at least six people, including one who eventually died from their injuries. The Portland Police Bureau said in an online statement that they began receiving reports of a hit-and-run incident on Monday afternoon. Police spokesman Derrick Carmon said during a news conference that the incidents happened over a 15-block stretch, creating "a very large crime scene," according to USA Today. The suspected vehicle, a silver Honda Element, crashed in the area of Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 18th Avenue, police said. The driver fled the vehicle on foot, but was later arrested after community members "corralled the suspect" until officers arrived and took him into custody.
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What Jeffrey Epstein Did to Earn $158 Million From Leon BlackMr. Epstein specialized in pitching ways to minimize taxes. And not just to Mr. Black, the C.E.O. of the private equity firm Apollo who will resign this year.
Christie Brinkley Flashes Her Abs in a Crop Top and Leggings Ahead of Her 67th Birthday
Just a week before the supermodel celebrates her 67th birthday — or as she describes it, "turning 50 for the 17th time!" — Brinkley showed off her hard-earned abs and toned legs in a mirror selfie wearing a matching teal workout crop top and leggings set. RELATED VIDEO: Christie Brinkley Shares Body-Positive Message with 1977 Bikini Pic That 'Caused a Stir'Earlier this month, Brinkley opened up about taking time in 2020 to get a hip replacement. Image zoom Christie Brinkley | Credit: christie brinkley/instagramThe coronavirus pandemic made her rethink things and she decided to take care of the pain. Brinkley wrote, sharing photos of a snorkeling adventure.
Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff Receive Their Second COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
"It really was painless," the vice president saidVice President Kamala Harris received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday afternoon at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Harris, 56, is now fully vaccinated along with President Joe Biden, who received his second and final dose of the vaccine earlier this month. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, 56, also received his second dose of the vaccination on Tuesday, the White House said. Biden, 78, and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden had received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while Harris and Emhoff received the Moderna vaccine. Image zoom Vice President Kamala Harris (sitting)Image zoom Vice President Kamala Harris (sitting)Harris told reporters on Tuesday that the vaccine "will save your life."
Ellen DeGeneres Endorses Amanda Gorman for President 1 Week After Inauguration Speech
In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the inaugural poet recalled receiving the "biggest, warmest" hug from former First Lady Michelle ObamaAmanda Gorman has dreams of becoming president one day – and Ellen DeGeneres is already endorsing her for 2036! During a virtual appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, the talk show host told Gorman, "I want to be one of the first to give you my official endorsement." DeGeneres, 63, then pulled out some presidential campaign merchandise for Gorman that included T-shirts, pins, and mugs. Image zoom Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden | Credit: Rob Carr/Getty"We're behind you 100 percent," DeGeneres said. I just want a clean slate and do it right this time," she told DeGeneres.
Kate Middleton and Prince William Have a Sweet Reminder of Their Kids in New Work-from-Home Space
Queen Elizabeth has given William and Kate space to use at her Sandringham homeKate Middleton and Prince William Have a Sweet Reminder of Their Kids in New Work-from-Home SpaceKate Middleton and Prince William are showing off some of their favorite photos of their three children. Behind them were photos on display featuring Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2. She and big brother Prince George pose in their Thomas's Battersea uniforms on the steps of their Kensington Palace home. Prince William also made an appearance in a photo of him smiling while hanging in a car window. It's extra special for Kate and Prince William to have photos of their children close by.
Zac Clark On Navigating His Sobriety in Relationship with Tayshia Adams
"She didn't have any direct experience with it, but she definitely had an open mind," Zac Clark saidThe Bachelorette's Zac Clark is opening up about how his sobriety affects his relationship with Tayshia Adams. Image zoom Zac Clark, Tayshia Adams | Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC"That was one of the things that I was most attracted to in her is that, not only with me but with a lot of guys there, she was able to take on a lot of s---, hold space for us," he later added. RELATED VIDEO: Bachelorette Tayshia Adams Opens Up About Finding Her 'Person' in Zac Clark: 'He's What I've Always Wanted'Last month, Clark recalled how he knew Adams, 30, liked him when the former Bachelorette opted to have apple cider rather than champagne after one rose ceremony. "The guy came out with the tray of champagne and there was four champagnes and one apple cider and she looks at him and she goes, 'No, I'm drinking apple cider with him tonight,'" he said. She made the guy go back, get an apple cider while all these people are waiting."
Spy Kids Reboot in the Works with Original Director Robert Rodriguez
The 2001 movie grossed $147 million at the global box office and paved the way for three sequelsSpy Kids is back! Robert Rodriguez, who directed the original 2001 film, is set to write and direct a reboot of the film for Spyglass Media, PEOPLE confirms. The success led to three sequels, 2002's Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, 2003's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and 2011's Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. Rodriguez, who has directed Sin City, Alita: Battle Angel, We Can Be Heroes and From Dusk till Dawn among others, opened up in July 2020 about the challenges he faced while filming Spy Kids. Image zoom Credit: Rico Torres/Dimension/Kobal/Shutterstock"For me it was a big victory … to have the kids in Spy Kids be a Latin family.
Matt Mauser Says He's Still 'Trying to Find Joy' 1 Year After Losing Wife Christina in Tragic Crash
Matt Mauser is marking the 1-year anniversary of the tragedy with Concert for Christina: A Musical Tribute and Fundraiser Benefiting The Christina Mauser Foundation on Jan. 26Matt Mauser Says He's Still 'Trying to Find Joy' 1 Year After Losing Wife Christina in Tragic CrashOne year after their lives were forever changed by tragedy, Matt Mauser and his three children are slowly "finding happiness in each other." With Concert for Christina: A Musical Tribute and Fundraiser Benefiting The Christina Mauser Foundation, a private fundraising concert benefiting the Christina Mauser Foundation, Mauser hopes to raise spirits and funds for the foundation, which provides scholarships and financial aid to female athletes. RELATED: Matt Mauser Speaks About Grief One Year After Death of His Wife Christina in Helicopter CrashImage zoom From left: Penny, Matt, Ivy and Thomas Mauser | Credit: Jonny Marlow"I don't know if you ever watched the old Jerry Lewis telethons. Image zoom Matt Mauser | Credit: Jonny MarlowMauser says that his family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support they've received over the last year, but the notoriety can be a double-edged sword. Image zoom From left: Penny, Matt, Ivy, Thomas, Christina | Credit: courtesy Matt MauserMauser says he spends as much quality time with his children as he can.
FKA Twigs Recalls 'Massive Wake-Up Call' in Allegedly Abusive Relationship with Shia LaBeouf
The singer, born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, alleged that LaBeouf, 34, sexually and physically assaulted and battered her, and knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease. That was a really low moment for me because I felt like I would never be believed," she said. "But to have people see me being treated in that way and not do anything — I felt really disheartened," added Barnett. And that's when I started messaging, I messaged my best friend and I said, 'I'm in a really abusive relationship, and it's really bad.' Barnett said a few months after she began that "process," she was "able to leave, and leave for good."
CDC Says Schools Safe to Open with Precautions, According to Evidence
CDC Says Schools Safe to Open with Precautions, According to EvidenceEvidence shows that K-12 schools can safely resume in-person instruction in the U.S., as long as steps are taken to continue reducing the spread of COVID-19, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. According to the report, a study of COVID-19 transmission among people ages 0 to 18 in Mississippi found that attending gatherings and social functions outside one's home, as well as having visitors inside the home, was associated with increased risk of infection. However, in-person school attendance was not. While the CDC says the move was right in the short-term, researchers acknowledged the long-term impacts of limited in-person instruction on students' well-being. "Closing schools could adversely affect students' academic progress, mental health, and access to essential services..." researchers wrote.
Modern Family: All 11 Seasons Heading to Hulu and Peacock
"I don't think it would be fair for me to decide what the legacy of the show is," Lloyd previously told EW about the end of Modern Family. I can certainly say, I'm very proud that we maybe even inadvertently have done a nice thing for the LGBTQ community. But when we moved to a gay wedding episode and it kind of helped to normalize things, it was a lovely thing to hear from people. All the time we would hear fans say, 'You made it easier for me to discuss my sexual orientation with my family.' Mostly we were just trying to be funny or give people something to watch together on a Wednesday night."
Rise in Violence Against Women Prompts Puerto Rican Government to Declare State of Emergency
Activists in San Juan rally in September 2020 to demand action to address violence against women in Puerto Rico. "Gender violence is a social evil, based on ignorance and attitudes that cannot have space or tolerance in the Puerto Rico that we aspire to," Gov. "It is my duty and my commitment as governor to establish a STOP to gender violence and for these purposes I have declared a state of emergency." A watchdog group, the Observatory for Gender Equality, counted 60 femicides in Puerto Rico last year -- a 62 percent increase from the previous year. "The number of women killed by their intimate partners jumped significantly in 2011, to 30 women killed.
Amazon Customers Say This Powerful Palm-Sized Vacuum Is ‘Something You Never Knew You Needed’
This compact vacuum cleaner is certainly small at just 2.5 inches high and 3 inches wide, but reviewers are quick to note that the small tool has "unbelievably good suction"; in fact, they are "blown away" by how well it works. It uses a 3-volt high-speed suction fan to effectively scoop up unwanted particles from previously unattainable locations. With its quiet, easy-to-maneuver design, you can clean up your desk space while your partner is on a video call in the same room without disturbing them.
Summer House: Lindsay Hubbard and Stephen Traversie Split
The former couple began dating during the summer of 2019It's over for Lindsay Hubbard and Stephen Traversie. The Summer House star and Traversie have called it quits after nearly a year and a half of dating, a source tells PEOPLE. Traversie, the Senior Director of Marketing at Tao Group Hospitality, made an appearance in the Summer House season 5 trailer, where the two appeared to start off the summer going strong. While it's unclear if he stayed for the duration of the summer, Hubbard last shared a photo with Traversie in September. The split comes just months after Hubbard's Summer House costar Paige DeSorbo announced her own breakup from boyfriend Perry Rahbar.
Meet the Real Olivia Pope, Who Was Also the First Black Woman to Hold a White House Press Briefing
"And I remember asking Marlin [Fitzwater, then the White House press secretary], 'Is there an official White House uniform or something?' The White House did not have an official — or unofficial — uniform, though the lack of diversity was startling to Smith, she says. A 1991 press briefing by Smith marked the first-ever delivered by a Black woman. Still, Smith says that the modern-day political landscape is lightyears different from when she was at the White House. Her advice to those joining the White House press team (or any forward-facing role, she adds)?
Jordyn Woods Takes on TikTok ‘Buss It’ Challenge, Boyfriend Karl-Anthony Towns Says 'God Is Good'
The model assured fans that the video is “worth the wait” despite being late to the challengeJordyn Woods fans asked for her to do the "Buss It" challenge on TikTok, and she delivered. The viral challenge features people looking dressed down, then glammed up as they twerk to "Buss It" by Erica Banks. On Tuesday, the model posted herself doing the challenge much to her boyfriend Karl-Anthony Towns' delight. Towns, 25, reacted to the TikTok video on Twitter, writing, "God is Good." RELATED VIDEO: Jordyn Woods Asks Fans to 'Pray' for Boyfriend Karl-Anthony Towns After He Tests Positive for COVID
Behind the Scenes at the Inauguration: The Gaga-Garth Rehearsal, a Alex Rodriguez 'Love Fest' & More
"One of Lady Gaga's rituals is that she wants to make sure she's rehearsing exactly one hour in advance of taking the stage," an inauguration official tells PEOPLE. The celebs were cognizant of their role in the historic moment but also a bit "jittery," given everything, according to the inauguration official. "Image zoom Garth Brooks | Credit: Drew Angerer/GettyImage zoom Credit: Greg Nash/POOL/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockThe occasion wasn't a somber one, though, with the stars on site working together to ensure the event moved seamlessly. "She talked about what a big fan she is and she thanked him," the inauguration official says. Though the inauguration official concurs that Hanks was — as many viewers watching at home wondered — "freezing" during his hosting duties ("We would have been fine with him wearing a wool coat!
Wells Adams Shuts Down Rumor He's Next Bachelor Host: Chris Harrison 'Isn't Going Anywhere'
PLUS: Wells Adams says he is “excited to mix drinks” for Victoria in Paradise this yearWells Adams has no plans to take over Chris Harrison's role as host of The Bachelor. He continued, "First of all, Chris isn't going anywhere. "He's not going anywhere nor do I want him to go anywhere," Adams continued of Harrison's role. Image zoom Chris Harrison | Credit: John Fleenor via Getty ImagesAlthough Adams isn't gunning for Harrison's job, he's always available to act as a co-host, he said. "Her shtick is she's outspoken and she's going to let you know how she feels.
Amy Schumer Reveals Why She Deleted Her Hilaria Baldwin Posts: 'People Were Really Upset'
Amy Schumer previously made light of a photo of Hilaria Baldwin showing off her post-baby body while holding her newborn son Eduardo "Edu" Pao LucasAmy Schumer is speaking out after sharing — and subsequently deleting — several social media posts about Hilaria Baldwin, who was recently accused of fabricating her heritage. The Mom Brain podcast co-host — who welcomed her fifth child with husband Alec Baldwin, son Eduardo "Edu" Pao Lucas, in September — joked in the caption that she "can't stop smelling this baby." Image zoom Hilaria Baldwin and son Edu | Credit: Hilaria Baldwin/Instagram"I just thought that was a little funny, and then I saw that she made a video and she seemed a little bit upset," Schumer told ET. But then it became this whole big thing and people were really upset so I just took it down [too]," Schumer said. The Inside Amy Schumer creator went on to say that she meant no harm in her posts about the mother of five.
FKA Twigs Releases 'Don't Judge Me' amid Shia LaBeouf Abuse Lawsuit: This Is 'Special to Me'
FKA Twigs is releasing new music amid her ongoing lawsuit against ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf, in which she alleges he sexually and physically assaulted and battered her throughout their relationship and knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease. In December, FKA twigs filed the lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court. " With the help of a therapist, FKA twigs ended the year-long toxic relationship last spring. FKA twigs' attorney Bryan Freedman told PEOPLE at the time, "Shia LaBeouf has abused Ms. Barnett and others. Image zoom FKA Twigs | Credit: Dave Benett/GettyLaBeouf's lawyer, Shawn Holley, told Variety in December that the actor was seeking help.
The Cast of The Wedding Planner: Where Are They Now?
Lopez played dedicated but unlucky in love wedding planner Mary Fiore, marking her second major film role following her breakout in 1997's Selena. In his tough review of the film, critic Robert Ebert wrote, "A plot like this is so hopeless that only acting can redeem it. Lopez pulls her share of the load, looking genuinely smitten." Since the movie hit theaters, Lopez has pretty much been everywhere. Shortly after The Wedding Planner came Enough and Maid in Manhattan and a handful of more films; she continued to release hit music including, shortly after the film, "Jenny from the Block"; she wrapped a successful Las Vegas residency; she joined the judges' panel on American Idol; she had twins with now-ex-husband Marc Anthony; she got engaged to Alex Rodriguez; and most recently performed at both the Super Bowl LIV halftime show and the 2021 presidential inauguration.
Shaq Finally Sells His California Home for $1.9M After Price Cut — See Inside!
The contemporary home has an open floor layout with five bedrooms and five bathsShaq Finally Sells His California Home for $1.9M After Price Cut — See Inside! Image zoom Credit: NeufocusImage zoom Credit: NeufocusImage zoom Credit: NeufocusA second living room can be found off the home's kitchen, which comes complete with marble countertops, custom cabinetry, and stainless-steel appliances. Image zoom Credit: NeufocusImage zoom Credit: NeufocusThe first floor also includes a dining room, a media room with a full DJ set-up, and a home office Shaq decorated with a portrait of himself smoking a cigar overlooking the desk. Image zoom Credit: NeufocusImage zoom Credit: NeufocusImage zoom Credit: NeufocusA second bedroom also has it's own ensuite bathroom, while the third and fourth bedrooms share a bath and second jacuzzi tub. The basketball star first listed that house — complete with an indoor basketball court — for sale in March 2018 with a price tag of $28 million.
Teen Mom OG: Amber Portwood Splits from Boyfriend Dimitri After
"He's possessive from a distance, he needs to know what I'm doing all day every day," she alleged. "Nothing, I'm outside, wondering why I'm getting a million messages," she said. "There's times where I feel like it's getting a little much," Amber told him, disclosing her feelings regarding their constant communication. "He started getting to the point where he was calling and texting multiple, multiple, multiple times, all day long." She and Dimitri met for the first time in person in an episode of Teen Mom OG, which aired in May 2020.
Joe Biden Speaks Out on George Floyd's Death, Issues Executive Orders to Address Racial Inequity
Biden said the killing of George Floyd "opened the eyes of millions of Americans and millions of people all over the world" to the need for justicePresident Joe Biden on Tuesday issued a series of executive orders aimed at addressing racial inequity in federal policy. The president referenced the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer and the subsequent protests against police brutality that rippled across the world as "a turning point in this country's attitude toward racial justice." Image zoom Credit: Getty"Those 8 minutes and 46 seconds that took George Floyd's life opened the eyes of millions of Americans and millions of people all over the world," Biden said. Biden recalled meeting Floyd's family and speaking with his 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, who he said told him, "Daddy changed the world." "Black and Latino Americans are dying of COVID-19 at rates nearly three times that of white Americans."
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Apologizes for Department Response to Riots: 'We Will Do Better'
"I am here to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of the Department," Pittman said in a speech during a closed-door congressional hearing with the House Appropriations Committee, according to a transcript obtained by the New York Times. Pittman, who joined the department in 2001 and previously served as an assistant chief, is the first woman and first Black person to head the USCP. Image zoom Rioters at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021 | Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty"By Jan. 4, the Department knew that the Jan. 6 event would not be like any of the previous protests held in 2020. Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. Pittman also alluded to concerns raised over allegations that some Capitol police may have been allowing rioters into the building.
RHOD: Kary Brittingham Opens Up About Daughter Olivia's Struggle with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
On Tuesday's Real Housewives of Dallas, the reality star, 50, had a raw and vulnerable conversation with her 20-year-old daughter, Olivia, who has been battling depression and suicidal thoughts for "a few years." Affirming her daughter, Kary said, "you're very empathetic," and told her: "you take everybody's problems as your own." Olivia told her mom that for "a lot of people, it's really hard to tell" that they struggle. Kary told Olivia. I pray every night for her to be okay," Kary told cameras.
For the First Time in 8 Years, No New Players Were Voted Into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021
For the First Time in 8 Years, No New Players Were Voted Into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021The Baseball Writers' Association of America will elect no players into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021 — marking the organization's first shutout since 2013. A record number of 14 ballots were blank, the Hall of Fame revealed in a press release. I don't think I'm a hall of famer as I've often stated but if former players think I am then I'll accept that with honor." The last year the BBWAA didn't elect anyone to be inducted into the Hall of Fame was 2013. It's the ninth time in BBWAA voting history that the rare outcome has occurred, according to the Hall of Fame.
The Bachelor's Victoria Larson Responds to Body Shaming
Matt James asks in the video after his friend makes the comments about Victoria LarsonThe Bachelor's Victoria Larson Speaks Out After Matt James' Friend Body Shames Her in Golf VideoThe Bachelor's Victoria Larson is speaking out after one of Matt James' friends was caught on camera commenting on her body. As James prepares to putt, a friend named Jerry attempts to distract him by saying of one of his contestants, "Now how was Victoria's body? Image zoom Victoria Larson (L); Matt James | Credit: Victoria Larson/Instagram; Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty ImagesNever miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. I love my body :)" with a pink heart emoji, Larson also appeared to clap back on her own Instagram feed. Larson then shared a shot of herself in a black bikini, captioning the post, "Y'all r too much ??? body by @naturalpilates & @carriespilatesplus."
Mariska Hargitay Poses with Christopher Meloni on Law & Order Spinoff Set: 'It's All Happening'
Law & Order: Organized Crime is slated to begin airing sometime in spring 2021Mariska Hargitay Poses with Christopher Meloni on Law & Order Spinoff Set: 'It's All Happening'Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler are back in action! In one black-and-white picture, Hargitay, 57, poses next to Meloni, 59, while filming on-location at a cemetery. Other shots show two director's chairs bearing the name their characters made famous on Law & Order: SVU, with the back reading: Law & Order: Organized Crime. Earlier this month, Hargitay and Meloni shared a few selfies on the set of SVU. "Now even closer..." Hargitay captioned another shot, which showed her standing by Meloni as a face mask dangles from his face.
Total Tally of Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Surpasses 100 Million
As of Tuesday, there have been at least 100,091,831 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe, with more than 2.1 million deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins UniversityMore than 100 million people worldwide have been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As of Tuesday, there have been at least 100,091,831 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe, with more than 2.1 million deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The United States accounts for more than a quarter of global cases reported, with over 25.4 million infections and 424,164 coronavirus-related deaths in the country. According to The New York Times' COVID-19 database, the U.S. reported 155,677 new cases and 1,796 deaths on Monday alone. For now, the CDC continues to recommend social distancing, hand-washing and protective face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Dax Shepard Skips Formal Suit for Sweat Set on Jimmy Kimmel Live: ‘I Risked My Life to Come See You’
"I didn't own anything mustard until this," the actor said of his new outfitDax Shepard Skips Formal Suit for Sweat Set on Jimmy Kimmel Live: ‘I Risked My Life to Come See You’Forget the formal wear — Dax Shepard is all about comfort these days. The actor, 46, opted to forego his usual formal suit for an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, instead opting for a mustard-colored sweatsuit and sneakers. "Generally I wear a suit here, always to demonstrate to you I respect you and I love you," Shepard told Kimmel, 53. Image zoom Credit: jimmy kimmel liveAccepting a compliment from Kimmel on the outfit, Shepard admitted he was trying the color out for the first time. The Parenthood star told Kimmel that he's been spending lots of time during coronavirus-related lockdowns searching for the perfect motorhome to take his family on adventures — and he finally found it.
Paris Hilton Reveals She's Started IVF Process with Boyfriend Carter Reum, Says It Was 'Tough' but 'Worth It'
"We have been doing the IVF, so I can pick twins if I like," the heiress said on The Trend Reporter with Mara podcastParis Hilton Reveals She's Started IVF Process with Boyfriend Carter Reum, Says It Was 'Tough' but 'Worth It'Paris Hilton is opening up about her plans to start a family. The DJ and heiress, 39, revealed on Tuesday's episode of The Trend Reporter with Mara podcast that she's started in vitro fertilization (IVF) with boyfriend Carter Reum, praising the 39-year-old businessman for being "so supportive" throughout the process. Image zoom Paris Hilton | Credit: Getty ImagesThe "Stars Are Blind" singer added that she's already completed the egg retrieval procedure. Image zoom Paris Hilton and Carter Reum | Credit: Broadimage/ShutterstockHilton and Reum, who have known each other for more than a decade, started dating in 2019 after reconnecting at a Thanksgiving lunch with their families. RELATED VIDEO: Paris Hilton Says Boyfriend Carter Reum 'Transformed Her Life' as She Wishes Him a Happy Anniversary"Happy 1 year Anniversary my love!? I love that we celebrate our love every month!
Dwayne Johnson Talks ‘Complicated’ Relationship with His Late Dad
"I thought, well, let's not take the easy route," Johnson said at NBC's TCA press tour on Tuesday of his creative process with executive producer Nahnatchka Khan and writer Jeff Chiang. The actor admitted, "But it was incredibly complicated and it was incredibly tough." Johnson also discussed the portrayal of his father in Young Rock by actor Joseph Lee Anderson. "My dad died one year ago this month last year, he died suddenly, and he's obviously featured throughout the show and Joseph, he did a tremendous job playing my dad," the actor said. "We didn't want to take the traditional route or the typical route of what you might think this could be.
Rutgers Scientist Who Developed COVID Spit Test Dies Unexpectedly at 51: He 'Undoubtedly Saved Lives'
The COVID-19 saliva test was granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration in April. "It means we no longer have to put health care professionals at risk for infection by performing nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal collections. "Saliva testing will also be important for people who are in quarantine because they don't know how long it will be until they are no longer infectious. This will allow health care workers to release themselves from quarantine and safely come back to work." RELATED VIDEO: Resident Doctor Dies of Coronavirus at 28 After Treating COVID-19 Positive Patients in the ERIn addition to his work on the COVID-19 saliva test, Brooks co-authored more than 70 scientific publications, according to Rutgers.
Christina Anstead Reverts to Her Maiden Name on Instagram amid Divorce from Ant Anstead
The HGTV star recently changed the name on her Instagram profile to read "Christina Haack"Christina Anstead Reverts to Her Maiden Name on Instagram amid Divorce from Ant AnsteadChristina Anstead has reverted to her maiden name amid her divorce from husband Ant Anstead. Image zoom Credit: Christina Anstead/instagramChristina and Ant began dating in the fall of 2017 and were wed in a surprise backyard ceremony in December 2018. A source told PEOPLE at the time that Christina and Ant had been struggling with their relationship since the birth of Hudson. And that says a lot about this world and where we are headed," Christina wrote. RELATED VIDEO: Christina Anstead Felt 'Very Lonely and Frustrated' in Marriage With AntIn December, Ant opened up to PEOPLE about the couple's shocking split, sharing that it "really hit me hard."
Nikki Bella Shares 1 Reason She and Artem Chigvintsev Are in Therapy
Nikki Bella confirmed that she and fiancé Artem Chigvintsev are going to therapy to strengthen their relationship. “When he gets really stressed, he doesn’t realize his tone,” Bella said. The former wrestler, who shares 5-month-old son Matteo with Chigvintsev, recalled butting heads with the DWTS pro based on his “super strict” approach to practicing. “He kind of made a comment about my jive and got really mad at me,” Bella recalled, noting the jive was her least favorite dance. “Artem and I have great communication, but it’s been lacking, but that’s something that we’ve been so strong about in our relationship [in the past].”
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Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey Have ‘Wedding Planner’ Reunion
Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey reunited virtually on Tuesday, January 26, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their film, The Wedding Planner. The former costars played wedding planner Mary Fiore and Dr. Steve “Eddie” Edison, respectively, who fall in love after meeting in the streets of San Francisco when Mary is almost hit by a dumpster. “You said, ‘Miss Lopez, I’m going to kiss you now,’” she recalled. It feels a little like Saturday while you’re watching.”Before signing off, Lopez promised McConaughey that “we’re going to do something again, baby,” adding, “I miss your energy. The Wedding Planner also starred Judy Greer, Justin Chambers and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras.
Phoebe Dynevor Details Bridgerton's 'Difficult' Masturbation Scene
Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor has nothing but praise for the way the series depicted its sex scenes. However, there was one scene where the Younger alum was tasked with masturbating, a moment she calls “the hardest scene” she shot. “That’s saying something because there were a lot of difficult scenes to shoot. You just do it.”The former Waterloo Road actress continued, “I always get back to the fact that [our intimacy coach] Lizzy [Talbot] was on set for that scene. I think it would have been a very difficult experience if Lizzy hadn’t been on set protecting me and looking after me.
Sarah Trott Slams Claim That She Had a Boyfriend While Filming The Bachelor
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Lana Condor Shares the Neutrogena Products She'll Love Always and Forever
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Vanderpump Rules’ Lala Kent Feels Like She’s Been Pregnant ‘Forever’
Pregnant Lala Kent showed off her growing belly on Tuesday, January 26, as her countdown to baby continues. “To those of you saying, ‘I feel like you’ve been pregnant forever’… imagine how I feel ?,” Kent, 30, wrote via Instagram alongside a video of her pregnant stomach. The Vanderpump Rules star is about six-and-a-half-months pregnant with her first child and fiancé Randall Emmett’s third. !” former Bravo castmate Brittany Cartwright commented on the sexy snap of Kent, who was wearing just her bra and underwear. Earlier this month, Kent revealed that she is already planning to have another child with the Midnight in the Switchgrass producer.
Mossimo Giannulli Denied Early Release From Prison
Mossimo Giannulli was denied an early release from prison as he continues to serve time for his involvement in the college admissions scandal. After spending 56 days at the facility, Us confirmed that Giannulli requested to complete the remainder of his sentence in home confinement. Us exclusively revealed last month that Giannulli is “having a rough time” while in prison. They were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to ensure their daughters Bella Giannulli, 22, and Olivia Jade Giannulli, 21, were admitted into the University of Southern California. “There was a COVID outbreak in the prison, so it was a precaution and not a punishment.”
Miranda Lambert, Brendan McLoughlin Mark 2nd Wedding Anniversary
Miranda Lambert and husband Brendan McLoughlin couldn’t be more in love as they celebrated their second wedding anniversary on Tuesday, January 26. McLoughlin, 30, replied with a winking emoji and a big red heart before sharing a tribute of his own. As she continues to plan for her future with McLoughlin, Lambert has babies on the brain. “Miranda has been telling friends that she wants a baby and to be with Brendan forever,” the source added. “Brendan wants to expand their family.
Paris Hilton’s ‘Excited’ to Do IVF With Boyfriend Carter Reum
Paris Hilton confirmed that she is undergoing in vitro fertilization with boyfriend Carter Reum — and they have Kim Kardashian to thank. “So, I’m really excited to just move on for the next step of my life and finally just have, like, a real life. I didn’t even know anything about it.”In January 2020, Us Weekly confirmed that Hilton was dating the 39-year-old M13 Ventures founder. “I have baby London, which is the girl, and I’m trying to figure out a name for the boy,” she explained at the time, noting that she doesn’t “want a theme of cities” for her babies’ monikers. She was also engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis in 2005 and model Jason Shaw from 2002 to 2003.
Vanessa Bryant Honors Kobe and Gianna as "The Best" on First Anniversary of Their Deaths
It's a day Vanessa Bryant never imagined she would commemorate. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the 38-year-old star took a moment to honor Kobe Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna...
Serious Strength: Inside Vanessa Bryant's World Since the Deaths of Kobe and Gianna
Vanessa Bryant is in the fight of her life. Not because of her ongoing legal battles, a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that operated the helicopter that went down on Jan. 26,...
Bachelor Nation's Andi Dorfman Weighs In on Clare Crawley and Dale Moss' Breakup Drama
Having previously shared the screen with Clare Crawley, Bachelor Nation's Andi Dorfman is uniquely qualified to offer her take on whether she is "OK" about how things played out...
Revenge Reunion Organizer Says Christa B. Allen Will "Absolutely" Be Invited After Apparent Snub
Here's hoping that Christa B. Allen will view her Revenge reunion invite from the standpoint of "better late than never." After the actress shared via Instagram on Monday,...
Widower of Kobe Bryant Crash Victim Reveals Their Daughter Almost Boarded the Helicopter
Matt Mauser is thankful for all he has, a year after his wife Christina Mauser perished in a helicopter crash with Gianna and Kobe Bryant on Jan. 26, 2020. On the one-year anniversary of...
A Spy Kids Reboot Is Reportedly in the Works With Original Director Robert Rodriguez
Is Spy Kids coming back?! Robert Rodriguez, who was the writer, director and producer for the Spy Kids films and TV show, is preparing to relaunch the Spy Kids franchise, according to...
In first call with Putin, Biden pressed Russian president on several issues, White House says
In first call with Putin, Biden pressed Russian president on several issues, White House saysAdded: 27.01.2021 3:14 | 16 views | 0 commentsThe president also signed more executive actions Tuesday, including orders on housing and prisons, as he outlined what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”
S.C. lawyer says he doesn’t hesitate to represent Trump: ‘It’s what I do.’
S.C. lawyer says he doesn’t hesitate to represent Trump: ‘It’s what I do.’Added: 27.01.2021 0:49 | 20 views | 0 commentsButch Bowers declined to say whether he voted for Trump. ‘The vote is sacrosanct, so I’m not going to talk about that,’ he said.
Acting Capitol Police chief apologizes to lawmakers for ‘failings’ that allowed Jan. 6 breach
Acting Capitol Police chief apologizes to lawmakers for ‘failings’ that allowed Jan. 6 breachAdded: 27.01.2021 0:05 | 21 views | 0 commentsActing U.S. Capitol police chief Yogananda Pittman told House members that a lack of officers and appropriate weaponry, plus poor communication and organization, contributed to the attack.
D.C. police sent 850 officers to the Capitol during insurrection, spent $8.8 million during week of Jan. 6
D.C. police sent 850 officers to the Capitol during insurrection, spent $8.8 million during week of Jan. 6Added: 26.01.2021 23:56 | 23 views | 0 commentsPolice chief for the first time says a D.C. officer took his own life in aftermath of Capitol riot.
Ghosts of our unsettled past
Added: 26.01.2021 23:55 | 25 views | 0 commentsThe nation wants to move on, but we can’t until we’ve dealt with the mess that lies behind us, in front of us and all around us.
YouTube suspends Rudy Giuliani from its ad revenue sharing program
YouTube suspends Rudy Giuliani from its ad revenue sharing programAdded: 26.01.2021 23:46 | 22 views | 0 commentsThe video streaming service said Giuliani repeatedly violated rules against posting false information about the recent election.
Susan Sarandon Says She Turned Down "Big Check" for This Baffling Thelma & Louise Sequel Idea
Susan Sarandon was close to telling Hollywood execs to take a flying leap after she was pitched a wild idea for a Thelma & Louise sequel. The Oscar-winning actress appeared on The...
Iran commander warns Biden Tehran has power to ’destroy' US ships in terrifying warning
Iran commander warns Biden Tehran has power to ’destroy' US ships in terrifying warningAdded: 27.01.2021 2:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsAN IRANIAN commander has declared his country now has the ability to "destroy" US ships in a terrifying warning new US President Joe Biden.
Nuclear Treaty extended: What is the nuclear treaty?
Added: 27.01.2021 2:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsTHE NUCLEAR TREATY between Russia and America has been extended following a conversation between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But what is the nuclear treaty?
ECB crisis: ‘Bill WILL come’ for EU as debt to spark chaos
Added: 27.01.2021 2:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsA SENIOR economist has warned the EU will face an inflation crisis as "at some point the bill will come" from the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.
Macron faces ‘national humiliation’ as French firm abandons coronavirus jab development
Added: 27.01.2021 2:16 | 18 views | 0 commentsEMMANUEL MACRON has been dealt a massive blow after the nation's prestigious Pasteur Institute in Paris announced it had abandoned its development of a Covid jab.
Joe Biden delivers scathing 'slap down' to reporter over Putin question – ‘So outraged!’
Added: 27.01.2021 0:34 | 17 views | 0 commentsJOE BIDEN clapped back at a reporter asking about his first phone call with Vladimir Putin in a press conference, after the White House released details of the call ahead of the briefing.
No WAY Putin! Biden warns Russia against US election meddling in first call as President
No WAY Putin! Biden warns Russia against US election meddling in first call as PresidentAdded: 27.01.2021 0:30 | 19 views | 0 commentsJOE BIDEN issued a firm warning to President Vladimir Putin about his concerns over Russia during the leaders' first phone call, the White House has confirmed.
China RESPONDS to US threat in South China Sea and set to conduct urgent military drills
China RESPONDS to US threat in South China Sea and set to conduct urgent military drillsAdded: 26.01.2021 23:17 | 22 views | 0 commentsSource: www.wallpapers13.comCHINA is set to conduct military drills in the South China Sea in response to a US aircraft carrier group currently sailing through the waters. More in feedproxy.google.com »
Biden’s jab that foreign company contracts went up 30% under Trump
Biden’s jab that foreign company contracts went up 30% under TrumpAdded: 27.01.2021 8:00 | 11 views | 0 commentsPresident Biden is using a number that is not easily verified — and conflicts with progress shown on Defense Department contracts.
Take a 'walk' with Dolly Parton on your Apple Watch
Added: 26.01.2021 23:18 | 17 views | 0 commentsIt's 27 degrees where I live just north of New York City, but I'm taking a walk up a mountain with pop star Shawn Mendes in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Unlike me, hands in pockets, mask giving me a little extra warmth, Mendes says hello to the people he walks by, in between reflections about his life in the spotlight.
Robert Peston DEMOLISHES EU attempt to blame Britain for AstraZeneca vaccine shortage
Added: 27.01.2021 6:14 | 14 views | 0 commentsAN ATTEMPT by senior EU figures to blame Britain for AstraZeneca cutting the number of coronavirus vaccines it provides the bloc in the coming months has been demolished by ITV's Robert Peston.
Dublin stabbing: One teen dead and two injured in horror ‘incident with delivery driver’
Dublin stabbing: One teen dead and two injured in horror ‘incident with delivery driver’Added: 27.01.2021 5:26 | 9 views | 0 commentsA TEENAGE BOY has died after a stabbing at the East Wall in Dublin, with two other young men in hospital with serious injuries.
Melania Trump to stick by ex-POTUS without the 'lovey dovey stuff'
Melania Trump to stick by ex-POTUS without the 'lovey dovey stuff' - 'She wants stability'Added: 27.01.2021 5:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsMELANIA TRUMP will stay with her husband Donald Trump despite speculation the couple will divorce after leaving the White House, sources claim.
Iran accused of deadly military attack as Saudi drone explosion sparks world war 3 fears
Added: 27.01.2021 5:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsIRAN backed militias in Iraq are feared to have opened a new front against Saudi Arabia, sparking fears of open war in the middle east, according to reports.
Europe in chaos: Explosion rocks Amsterdam as Netherlands erupts in protests again
Europe in chaos: Explosion rocks Amsterdam as Netherlands erupts in protests againAdded: 27.01.2021 5:16 | 16 views | 0 commentsVIOLENCE broke out for a fourth night running in the Netherlands with unverified footage on social media showing a large explosion in the Amsterdam suburb of Osdorp.
EU chaos as Dutch anti-lockdown riots cause HAVOC amid coronavirus curfew
Added: 27.01.2021 2:43 | 17 views | 0 commentsDUTCH citizens have blasted the anti-lockdown uproar across the Netherlands, as officials station riot police in cities and towns to enforce the coronavirus curfew.
Brexit: Amazon prepares to stop selling some products to NI
Brexit: Amazon prepares to stop selling some products to NIAdded: 27.01.2021 9:17 | 11 views | 0 commentsIt would take effect on 1 April when the "grace period" for GB-NI parcels expires.
Insurers defend covering ransomware payments
Added: 27.01.2021 0:38 | 26 views | 0 commentsInsurers reject claims that by covering ransomware bills they are funding organised crime.
Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warns
Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warnsAdded: 27.01.2021 1:18 | 24 views | 0 commentsSource: www.eppingforestdc.gov.ukThe NHS says any invitation which asks for vaccine payment or bank account details is a scam. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Florida led the world again in shark attacks in 2020
Florida led the world again in shark attacks in 2020Added: 27.01.2021 3:18 | 4 views | 0 commentsThe US is once again the shark attack capital of the world in 2020. Thanks, Florida!
At least 150 people have been charged by Justice Department in Capitol riot
Added: 27.01.2021 3:18 | 4 views | 0 commentsAt least 150 people have now been charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, according to a CNN review of court records and Justice Department announcements, as a top prosecutor said charges of sedition are not out of the question.
Former Army secretary says DC National Guard had no plan ahead of Capitol riot beyond local traffic control
Added: 27.01.2021 3:18 | 17 views | 0 commentsFormer Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told a House panel on Tuesday that the National Guard only planned to deal with traffic in Washington, DC, the day the deadly US Capitol insurrection occurred, with "no contingency" in place if things escalated in the city, according to a copy of his prepared testimony obtained by CNN.
Blinken becomes Biden's top diplomat after a friendship forged over decades
Added: 26.01.2021 23:18 | 5 views | 0 commentsIt was February 2008 when a snowstorm suddenly overwhelmed the flight path of two American helicopters, forcing them to make an unexpected landing on a mountaintop in Afghanistan.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been banned from Twitter
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been banned from TwitterAdded: 26.01.2021 23:18 | 5 views | 0 commentsMike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, was banned from Twitter Monday night, according to a Twitter spokesperson.
Here's the best Bluetooth wireless speaker to blast for 2021
Here's the best Bluetooth wireless speaker to blast for 2021Added: 27.01.2021 3:45 | 15 views | 0 commentsPortable speakers continue to improve, with better sound and battery life. These are the best ones you can buy right now.
Best portable jump starter for your car in 2021
Best portable jump starter for your car in 2021 - RoadshowAdded: 27.01.2021 3:35 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: www.autoguide.comHaving a reliable portable car battery charger is important for bad weather, vehicles with older batteries and unforeseen circumstances that might require a jump start. More in www.cnet.com »
Incredible new deepfake recasts Luke Skywalker in Star Wars
Incredible new deepfake recasts Luke Skywalker in Star WarsAdded: 27.01.2021 3:02 | 17 views | 0 commentsThis fan-made Star Wars deepfake video makes it easy to think of Marvel's Avengers character Bucky Barnes as a Jedi Master.
3 great AirPods Pro alternatives that cost less
Added: 27.01.2021 3:00 | 14 views | 0 commentsApple's noise-canceling earbuds are sweet, but there are cheaper options if you're not able to swing the $249 price tag.
The best external hard drive and SSD for 2021: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox
The best external hard drive and SSD for 2021: Mac, PC, PS4 and XboxAdded: 27.01.2021 2:30 | 19 views | 0 commentsNeed a backup option -- or just more space? Here are our top picks for external storage options.
Plex goes retro with subscription game-streaming service Arcade
Plex goes retro with subscription game-streaming service ArcadeAdded: 27.01.2021 2:20 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: www.comingsoon.netGet ready to revisit such Atari classics as Centipede and Missile Command. More in www.cnet.com »
I just got my second COVID-19 vaccine shot. Now what?
I just got my second COVID-19 vaccine shot. Added: 27.01.2021 2:17 | 16 views | 0 commentsThe Pfizer shot offers protection from the worst of the virus, but it doesn't offer a return to normal life. Not yet, at least.
Missing a stimulus check? You may need to request an IRS payment trace. Here's how
Missing a stimulus check? You may need to request an IRS payment trace. Here's howAdded: 27.01.2021 2:10 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: www.businessinsider.comIf your second stimulus check never arrived, you may need to work with the IRS to track it down. This is how and when to do it. More in www.cnet.com »
Best resume writing service for 2021
Best resume writing service for 2021Added: 27.01.2021 5:00 | 4 views | 0 commentsSource: www.resume4dummies.comWhether you're looking for a template or professional help, these resume tools have you covered. More in www.cnet.com »
The best air mattress for 2021: SoundAsleep, REI and more compared
The best air mattress for 2021: SoundAsleep, REI and more comparedAdded: 27.01.2021 5:00 | 12 views | 0 commentsWe inflated and slept on some of the most popular air mattress models, from Intex, Coleman, King Koil and more. Here’s what we learned.
Kids have terrible taste in video games
Kids have terrible taste in video gamesAdded: 27.01.2021 4:44 | 14 views | 0 commentsCommentary: Can't they just like what I like?
Best cheap true-wireless earbuds in 2021: Top AirPods alternatives for $100 or less
Best cheap true-wireless earbuds in 2021: Top AirPods alternatives for $100 or lessAdded: 27.01.2021 4:40 | 15 views | 0 commentsLooking for AirPods alternatives that cost a lot less? Here are some truly wireless budget models worth considering.
The best DIY home security systems of 2021
The best DIY home security systems of 2021Added: 27.01.2021 4:23 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: www.architecturendesign.netKeep an eye on your house with one of these do-it-yourself systems. More in www.cnet.com »
The best iPhone 12 chargers starting at just $10
The best iPhone 12 chargers starting at just $10Added: 27.01.2021 4:11 | 15 views | 0 commentsWith Apple not including a power adapter with all the new iPhone 12 models, here's a look at several chargers that will juice up any iPhone extra-fast.
Stimulus check qualifications today, plus 3 possible changes in the next payment
Stimulus check qualifications today, plus 3 possible changes in the next paymentAdded: 27.01.2021 4:00 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: acrossthecounter.netThis is where eligibility requirements currently stand and how they could expand with the third stimulus check. More in www.cnet.com »
CDC officials say schools can re-open during pandemic — but precautions are crucial
CDC officials say schools can re-open during pandemic — but precautions are crucialAdded: 27.01.2021 1:13 | 23 views | 0 commentsBut opening schools safely also requires controlling the virus's spread within communities, the scientists said
70-year-old Tennessee man wanted for 2 murders is armed and dangerous
Added: 27.01.2021 0:54 | 24 views | 0 commentsThe Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said that warrants have been issued for David Vowell, who faces two counts of first degree murder.
Baseball Hall of Fame will have no new members after no player gets enough votes
Baseball Hall of Fame will have no new members after no player gets enough votesAdded: 27.01.2021 0:33 | 23 views | 0 commentsCurt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were the closest in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, but all fell short.
Italy's biggest trial in decades takes aim at 'the most powerful, hard, violent mafia there is'
Italy's biggest trial in decades takes aim at 'the most powerful, hard, violent mafia there is'Added: 27.01.2021 0:18 | 27 views | 0 commentsFor one prosecutor with 30 years fighting the mob behind him, it's personal.
The teenage twins pushing each other to pro golf success
The teenage twins pushing each other to pro golf successAdded: 27.01.2021 10:18 | 1 views | 0 commentsSibling rivalry at a young age can often be a professional athletes beginning in their sport.
The US has accused China of carrying out genocide. Will it now boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics?
The US has accused China of carrying out genocide. Will it now boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics? Added: 27.01.2021 8:18 | 12 views | 0 commentsThe United States' determination that China is committing genocide in Xinjiang presents a rare moral predicament for athletes and countries preparing to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Why, when and how you might have to return your stimulus money to the IRS
Why, when and how you might have to return your stimulus money to the IRSAdded: 27.01.2021 6:00 | 13 views | 0 commentsIf any of these situations apply to you, it's possible you'll need to send back all or part of your second stimulus payment. Here's how.
SpaceX Starship SN9 could take flight as soon as Thursday
SpaceX Starship SN9 could take flight as soon as ThursdayAdded: 27.01.2021 5:35 | 13 views | 0 commentsSN9 is on deck to boldly follow in the footsteps of SN8, which bravely sacrificed itself in the name of iteration.
Facebook, Reddit receive low marks for Holocaust denial content
Added: 27.01.2021 5:07 | 11 views | 0 commentsThe two companies, along with Discord and Steam, get a D in a report card prepared by the Anti-Defamation League. Facebook disagrees with the grade.
Joe Biden: The team he hopes can fix the US economy
Joe Biden: The team he hopes can fix the US economyAdded: 27.01.2021 0:28 | 23 views | 0 commentsThe new US president has called on a team of Ivy League-trained economists and lawyers to "heal" the economy.
Victims lose average of £45,000 in investment scams
Victims lose average of £45,000 in investment scamsAdded: 27.01.2021 0:27 | 22 views | 0 commentsLockdown led to a surge in reports of fraudsters imitating genuine investment firms, regulator says.
Xbox sales boom as virus maintains grip on economy
Xbox sales boom as virus maintains grip on economyAdded: 26.01.2021 23:04 | 29 views | 0 commentsDemand for the video game and cloud computing services helped push Microsoft sales to a new quarterly record.
Brexit: Amazon prepares to remove some products for sale to NI
Brexit: Amazon prepares to remove some products for sale to NIAdded: 26.01.2021 22:55 | 28 views | 0 commentsIt would take effect on 1 April when the "grace period" for GB-NI parcels expires.
Biden won the fight over the filibuster without saying a word
Biden won the fight over the filibuster without saying a wordAdded: 27.01.2021 9:30 | 1 views | 0 commentsAnalysis: Biden had nothing to gain and everything to lose from fighting a quixotic war over the filibuster just days into his presidency.
Elliot Page files for divorce from wife Emma Portner
Added: 27.01.2021 2:54 | 22 views | 0 comments"We have the utmost respect for each other and remain close friends," the pair said in a statement.
Tornado that hit Alabama town, killing 1, was an EF-3 with 150 mph winds
Tornado that hit Alabama town, killing 1, was an EF-3 with 150 mph windsAdded: 27.01.2021 2:18 | 21 views | 0 commentsThe tornado swept through Fultondale, a Birmingham suburb, and had winds that peaked at 150 mph. A 14-year-old boy was killed.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, who will preside over Trump impeachment trial, back home after hospital trip
Sen. Patrick Leahy, who will preside over Trump impeachment trial, back home after hospital tripAdded: 27.01.2021 2:28 | 20 views | 0 commentsLeahy, 80, the president pro tempore of the Senate, was under observation after not feeling well.
Why HBO needs to scrap plans for a new 'Harry Potter' series — immediately
Why HBO needs to scrap plans for a new 'Harry Potter' series — immediatelyAdded: 27.01.2021 2:03 | 22 views | 0 commentsHBO Max's 2021 strategy has focused heavily on making the old new again. But 'Harry Potter' needs to stay on the shelf.
Contiki launches domestic short break for young travellers
Added: 27.01.2021 9:36 | 1 views | 0 commentsFollowing the sell-out success of two wellness weekends launched in summer 2020, the brand has introduced nine new short domestic trips, from city breaks to countryside escapes.
Travel Industry Alliance launches in UK
Added: 27.01.2021 9:31 | 1 views | 0 commentsThe new alliance brings together nine existing associations representing the travel, tourism and aviation sectors, both inbound and outbound, leisure and business.
Climate change seen as global emergency by 64 per cent of people
Climate change seen as global emergency by 64 per cent of peopleAdded: 27.01.2021 5:01 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe biggest ever poll of climate change views, canvassing 1.4 million people in 50 countries, has found that 64 per cent of people think the issue is a global emergency
Sparrows are healthier living in groups with diverse personalities
Sparrows are healthier living in groups with diverse personalitiesAdded: 27.01.2021 0:01 | 14 views | 0 commentsIndividual house sparrows show distinct personality types, and they are healthier when they live in groups that reflect a diversity of sparrow personalities
Embryos from the last two northern white rhinos set to be implanted
Embryos from the last two northern white rhinos set to be implantedAdded: 26.01.2021 20:17 | 15 views | 0 commentsFertilised eggs from northern white rhinos are set to be implanted in surrogates this year, with the hope of producing offspring
'My husband's death meant I didn't get financial support'
Added: 27.01.2021 7:14 | 13 views | 0 commentsThere is 'unfairness in some of the millions excluded from government help, research for the BBC finds.
China opens door to Ant Group's stock market debut
Added: 27.01.2021 4:18 | 19 views | 0 commentsRegulators suspended the tech giant's planned listing before ordering a shake-up at the company.
Goldman Sachs boss gets $10m pay cut for 1MDB scandal
Goldman Sachs boss gets $10m pay cut for 1MDB scandalAdded: 27.01.2021 3:18 | 25 views | 0 commentsDavid Solomon is being punished for the bank's involvement in the fraudulent Malaysian investment fund.
Covid crisis: 'I've been excluded from any help'
Covid crisis: 'I've been excluded from any help'Added: 27.01.2021 0:50 | 25 views | 0 commentsMillions of people have been shut out of government schemes designed to help, a new study suggests.
Biden shifts on vaccine under pressure from ... the media
Biden shifts on vaccine under pressure from ... the mediaAdded: 27.01.2021 8:12 | 7 views | 0 commentsSource: qz.comThe press is now openly challenging Biden to do a better job of getting these potentially life-saving shots into the arms of more Americans. More in www.foxnews.com »
Jennifer Lopez dishes on kissing Matthew McConaughey during 'Wedding Planner' reunion
Added: 27.01.2021 4:04 | 11 views | 0 comments"Miss Lopez, I'm going to kiss you now." Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey reunited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "The Wedding Planner."
Amanda Gorman's books don't come out for months, but they're already Amazon bestsellers
Amanda Gorman's books don't come out for months, but they're already Amazon bestsellersAdded: 27.01.2021 1:32 | 15 views | 0 commentsAmanda Gorman — National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history — can already add bestselling author to her resume.
Elliot Page, Emma Portner divorcing after 3 years of marriage, plan to 'remain close friends'
Elliot Page, Emma Portner divorcing after 3 years of marriage, plan to 'remain close friends'Added: 26.01.2021 21:48 | 13 views | 0 commentsElliot Page and Emma Portner have announced their decision to divorce after three years of marriage. Read the couple's joint statement here.
Gabby Barrett, Stassi Schroeder, more celebrities who welcomed babies in 2021
Added: 26.01.2021 17:55 | 15 views | 0 commentsIt's a new year and there's a whole new batch of celebrity babies being born. Let's look at some of the stars who welcomed a new addition.
Rolls-Royce issues dire forecast for year ahead
Added: 27.01.2021 9:48 | 1 views | 0 commentsRolls-Royce has said it expects to burn through more cash than anticipated in 2021 as planes powered by its engines fly less amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Oregon state lawmaker 'likely' created 'hostile' work environment for former romantic partners: investigation
Added: 27.01.2021 9:31 | 1 views | 0 commentsAn Oregon state lawmaker "likely" tried to pressure former romantic partners -- over whom he had professional sway -- to become involved with him again, a nine-month-long independent investigation found, according to reports.
FOX Super 6 can win you $25,000 on the NBA’s Wednesday night
FOX Super 6 can win you $25,000 on the NBA’s Wednesday nightAdded: 27.01.2021 9:34 | 1 views | 0 commentsPossible Finals preview looms as the Lakers head to Philadelphia to face East-leading 76ers
NYPD officer shot in the Bronx
Added: 27.01.2021 9:47 | 1 views | 0 commentsA plainclothes NYPD cop investigating a past shooting was shot while chasing a man in the Bronx on Tuesday night, police and sources said.
San Francisco school board votes to rename schools honoring Washington, Lincoln, Feinstein, others
Added: 27.01.2021 9:16 | 1 views | 0 commentsNot even revered former presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson are safe from "cancel culture," it appears.
Most major airlines won't force employees to COVID vaccine, but will 'strongly encourage' it
Most major airlines won't force employees to COVID vaccine, but will 'strongly encourage' itAdded: 27.01.2021 9:00 | 8 views | 0 commentsDue to the nature of their work, many consumer-facing industries — and especially the travel industry — are currently determining their own processes for vaccinating their workforces.
Sekou Smith, beloved NBA analyst and reporter, dead at 48
Sekou Smith, beloved NBA analyst and reporter, dead at 48Added: 27.01.2021 8:32 | 8 views | 0 commentsBeloved NBA reporter and television analyst Sekou Smith died Tuesday, the league announced.
Oregon hammer-attack defendant to walk because court rejects witness’ coronavirus concerns: report
Oregon hammer-attack defendant to walk because court rejects witness’ coronavirus concerns: reportAdded: 27.01.2021 8:21 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe scheduled retrial of an Oregon defendant who was accused of committing a brutal hammer attack on a woman has been scrapped – with the defendant to walk free – because the key witness in the case said she won’t testify without wearing a face mask, according to a report. More in www.foxnews.com » Tags: Women
Racial Equity, Equality and the Bureaucrats' Charter
Added: 27.01.2021 3:38 | 9 views | 0 commentsCommentary Reading one of the first new presidential executive orders-titled Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support ...
The Moneyist: My father inherited money from his parents — he now tells people he earned it due to his (nonexistent) investment prowess
The Moneyist: My father inherited money from his parents — he now tells people he earned it due to his (nonexistent) investment prowess
Demi Stokes: My life in six pictures
Demi Stokes: My life in six pictures - by Man City and England defenderAdded: 27.01.2021 6:34 | 10 views | 0 commentsManchester City and England defender Demi Stokes takes us through her life in six pictures.
FA Cup: Vote for your favourite goal of the fourth round
Added: 27.01.2021 5:59 | 9 views | 0 commentsWe have picked our favourite goals from the FA Cup fourth round - but which do you think is the best one?
FA Cup: Bruno Fernandes & Mo Salah feature in best goals
FA Cup: Bruno Fernandes & Mo Salah feature in best goalsAdded: 27.01.2021 5:57 | 9 views | 0 commentsWatch the best goals of the FA Cup fourth round, including Bruno Fernandes' superb free-kick in Manchester United's 3-2 win over Liverpool.
NBA: Collin Sexton shines in best plays of the week
NBA: Collin Sexton shines in best plays of the weekAdded: 27.01.2021 0:16 | 15 views | 0 commentsWatch the best plays from last week's NBA action featuring Collin Sexton's three-pointer for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Brooklyn Nets to extend the game's overtime.
Dear Kobe: A tribute to Kobe Bryant one year after his tragic death
Added: 27.01.2021 0:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsA year on from the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, BBC Sport’s Liam Loftus dedicates a poem to the NBA legend as he reflects on the career and moments that made him an icon.
Alex Trebek's legacy remembered by 'Jeopardy!' guest host Mayim Bialik: 'A huge loss'
Added: 27.01.2021 10:00 | 1 views | 0 commentsThe "Big Bang Theory" alum, who is also a scientist, joked she is looking forward to repping all the "geeks" out there.
Biden Aims To Tackle Another American Crisis: Race
Added: 27.01.2021 3:38 | 13 views | 0 commentsIf there was any doubt about the urgency of President Joe Biden's mission to tackle racial inequality, it was erased in the searing moment an insurrectionist rioter brazenly paraded the Confederate flag through the US Capitol.
Manchin of the Moment
Manchin of the MomentAdded: 27.01.2021 3:38 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: saraacarter.comJoe Manchin will be able to decide the fate of legislation. He may even be able to determine the course of the Biden administration More in www.realclearpolitics.com »
Biden's Vaccine Challenge
Biden's Vaccine ChallengeAdded: 27.01.2021 3:38 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.eastidahonews.comIn confronting the COVID-19 crisis, US President Joe Biden will avoid many of his predecessor's mistakes, not least by heeding the advice of scientific experts. But, unless Biden also enlists adequate management, operations, and logistics expertise, even his best-laid plans may go awry. More in www.realclearpolitics.com » President Tags: ISIS
Ignore McConnell and Nuke the Filibuster
Added: 27.01.2021 3:38 | 10 views | 0 commentsThere is nothing unifying about telling the majority who backed Biden that they'll get nothing for all their effort
The Senate's Impeachment Trial Is Illegal and a Sham
Added: 27.01.2021 3:38 | 12 views | 0 commentsDemocrats claim to want to unify the country but impeaching a former president, a private citizen, is the antithesis of unity. This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to further divide the country.
Portman's Exit Underscores Republican Identity Crisis
Added: 27.01.2021 3:38 | 11 views | 0 commentsThe surprise retirement of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a high-profile moderate who is close to the Bush family and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), is the latest sign of turmoil in the Republican Party as it wrestles with its identity in the post-Trump era.
Fettering Biden's Administrative State
Fettering Biden's Administrative StateAdded: 27.01.2021 3:38 | 10 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comThe administrative state will get a new lease on life under President Joe Biden, but America's administrative state is far more constrained than that of many other countries. Britain, for exampl More in www.realclearpolitics.com » Tags: President
Thousands of houses decorated for Mardi Gras
Added: 27.01.2021 6:07 | 10 views | 0 commentsMardi Gras parades are canceled due to COVID, so thousands of New Orleans houses are being decorated as floats.
California man sent threatening texts to families of congressman, journalist on day of US Capitol riot, feds say
California man sent threatening texts to families of congressman, journalist on day of US Capitol riot, feds sayAdded: 27.01.2021 5:15 | 11 views | 0 commentsRobert Lemke, 35, was arrested in California after federal officials say he sent threatening texts to the families of a congressman and a journalist.
Today in History for January 27th
Today in History for January 27thAdded: 27.01.2021 3:49 | 9 views | 0 commentsHighlights of Today in History: , Soviet troops liberate concentration camps; Paris peace accords are signed; Astonauts die on Apollo one;Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born;Composer Jerome Kern born
Former Army secretary says DC National Guard had no plan ahead of Capitol riot beyond local traffic control
Added: 27.01.2021 3:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsFormer Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told a House panel on Tuesday that the National Guard only planned to deal with traffic in Washington, DC, the day the deadly US Capitol insurrection occurred, with "no contingency" in place if things escalated in the city, according to a copy of his prepared testimony obtained by CNN.
At least 150 people have been charged by Justice Department in Capitol riot
Added: 27.01.2021 3:16 | 16 views | 0 commentsAt least 150 people have now been charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, according to a CNN review of court records and Justice Department announcements, as a top prosecutor said charges of sedition are not out of the question.
Florida led the world again in shark attacks in 2020
Florida led the world again in shark attacks in 2020Added: 27.01.2021 3:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsThe US is once again the shark attack capital of the world in 2020. Thanks, Florida!
Rapper D Smoke takes patient walk to Grammy recognition
Added: 27.01.2021 2:36 | 17 views | 0 commentsD Smoke talks about the pressure of finding success outside "Rhythm + Flow," how being a teacher matured his lyrics and his thoughts on why Grammy voters nominated him and other 35-and-up rappers in the best rap album category.
Climate change: Biggest global poll supports 'global emergency'
Added: 27.01.2021 6:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsMore than a million people in 50 countries take part in the biggest poll to date on climate change.
US actress Jane Fonda to get Golden Globes' lifetime achievement award
US actress Jane Fonda to get Golden Globes' lifetime achievement awardAdded: 27.01.2021 5:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe 83-year-old Hollywood royalty is also known as an active climate change campaigner.
Shyamala Gopalan: The woman who inspired Kamala Harris
Added: 27.01.2021 5:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsThe tale of her rise is rooted in an audacious journey Shyamala Gopalan made more than 60 years ago.
Rescued Chinese miners 'feel reborn' after harrowing ordeal
Added: 27.01.2021 5:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsTwo Chinese miners have described how they survived while trapped underground for two weeks.
Covid vaccines: Why some countries will have to wait until 2022
Covid vaccines: Why some countries will have to wait until 2022Added: 27.01.2021 4:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsSource: zindabad.comHow are Covid-19 vaccines being distributed across the world? As some countries start vaccinating their populations, others are being left behind. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Coronavirus updates: CDC researchers say schools can reopen safely; UK variant has now spread to 25 states; 425K US deaths
Coronavirus updates: CDC researchers say schools can reopen safely; UK variant has now spread to 25 states; 425K US deaths
Indonesia volcano unleashes river of lava
Added: 27.01.2021 8:42 | 7 views | 0 commentsIndonesia's most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters down its slopes.
At least 2 dead after SWAT standoff in Austin, Texas, authorities say
At least 2 dead after SWAT standoff in Austin, Texas, authorities sayAdded: 27.01.2021 6:54 | 8 views | 0 commentsAt least two people were found dead after an hours-long SWAT team standoff in central Austin, Texas, on Tuesday night, authorities say.
Holocaust Memorial Day: 'British citizenship saved my mother'
Added: 27.01.2021 8:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsOn Holocaust Memorial Day, Lill Saether reflects on how being born in Newry saved her mother's life.
Holocaust Memorial Day: 'British citizenship saved my mother'
Added: 27.01.2021 8:16 | 5 views | 0 commentsOn Holocaust Memorial Day, Lill Saether reflects on how being born in Newry saved her mother's life.
Coronavirus in Zimbabwe: 'We need vaccines now'
Coronavirus in Zimbabwe: 'We need vaccines now'Added: 27.01.2021 7:16 | 6 views | 0 commentsZimbabwean doctor Dixon Chibanda explains why it's so vital that Zimbabwe gets vaccines urgently.
China mine rescue: Miners saved after knocking on pipe
Added: 27.01.2021 7:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsTwo of the surviving miners have described how they made contact with rescuers while underground.
Joe Biden: The team he hopes can fix the US economy
Joe Biden: The team he hopes can fix the US economyAdded: 27.01.2021 6:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsThe new US president has called on a team of Ivy League-trained economists and lawyers to "heal" the economy.
Covid: US pharmacist in vaccine tampering guilty plea
Covid: US pharmacist in vaccine tampering guilty pleaAdded: 27.01.2021 6:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsSteven Brandenburg admits he believed inoculation could harm people, prosecutors in Wisconsin say.
Papu Gomez: Sevilla signs Atalanta captain
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla signed Argentine attacking midfielder Alejandro “Papu” Gómez from Atalanta on Tuesday. Sevilla said the former Atalanta captain agreed a contract to June 2024. Gómez played more than 250 games with Atalanta, scoring 59 goals and picking up 71 assists. Sevilla is fourth in the Spanish league. It hosts Valencia on Thursday in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.
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Leafs Tinker with Lineup Ahead of Rematch Against Flames
The Maple Leafs could see Joey Anderson and Travis Boyd make their debuts as head coach Sheldon Keefe looks to get players in the lineup. CALGARY — After categorizing his team’s win against the Calgary Flames on Sunday as “ugly,” Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe has tinkered with his lineup ahead of a rematch between both clubs. The Maple Leafs moved forwards Jason Spezza and Alexander Barabanov to the extras group. On defense, the Maple Leafs changed things up between the third and fourth pairs. Mikko Lehtonen (left) skating with Zach Bogosian (partially cut off).
Manchester City routs West Brom, into 1st in Premier League table
Fueled by a sparkling attacking display, Manchester City’s players powered to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season — and even the opposition are stopping to admire their work. Make it seven straight wins in the league — and 11 in all competitions — for City in an ominous run of results. City became the ninth side to finish a day in first place this season. Even if Manchester United reclaims the lead on Wednesday by beating Sheffield United, City looks to be the team to beat. Arsenal avenged a defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup at the weekend by beating the Saints 3-1 in the league.
Sources: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are Currently Negative for COVID-19
Kawhi and PG are currently negative for COVID-19, with the hope that they can join the road trip. Sources have told AllClippers that the All-Stars are currently testing negative for COVID-19. If they continue to test negative, they could potentially join the team by Friday against the Orlando Magic. Lue's tone makes it sound like Kawhi and George may be sick, but we can confirm that the two of them have currently tested negative for COVID-19. The Clippers' next game is Thursday against the Miami Heat, who may be without Jimmy Butler as he is dealing with his own COVID-19 situation.
Leafs' Marner Helps Propel Team to Sweep of Flames
When they needed their stars most, Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews delivered to help the Maple Leafs grab another win against the Flames. "I've really been working on that shot with Matts (Matthews)," Marner said. The Maple Leafs made changes to their lineup in an effort to kickstart their offense. Power Play continues to shineThe Toronto Maple Leafs have scored at least one power-play goal in all but one game this season. Mikheyev experimentThe Maple Leafs placed Ilya Mikhevey on the second line with John Tavares and William Nylander.
Baseball Hall of Fame ballot from Tom Verducci: No Bonds or Clemens
Alexander Cleland was a Scottish immigrant who knew very little about baseball, but he essentially came up with the idea of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1934. Then last year the writers elected Larry Walker—with only 8,030 PA. Only four times did Walker play 140 games in a season. The writers elected only eight players in my first seven years of voting. His 903 innings would lower the Hall of Fame bar by 13% from the current low (1,042 by Bruce Sutter). Wagner Career Ranks, Min.
No. 24 Oklahoma Escapes With Road Win Over No. 5 Texas
Oklahoma took advantage of a depleted Texas squad, beating the Longhorns 80-79 Tuesday night. As Oklahoma maintained a 48-41 lead with 16:48 to play in the second half, foul troubles continued for Texas. Three Longhorn players (Matt Coleman, Royce Hamm and Kamaka Hepa) each had four fouls less than four minutes into the second half. Almost midway through the second half, Oklahoma went on a run and lead 54-47. The Sooners went on to take a 10 point lead before Texas connected on some big buckets in response to Oklahoma to narrow the lead.
Sekou Smith: NBA reporter dies at 48 after battle with COVID-19
Longtime NBA Reporter and Analyst Sekou Smith Dies at 48 After Battle With COVID-19The NBA community lost another prominent voice. Sekou Smith, an award-winning basketball writer and NBA TV analyst, passed away at 48 years old after a battle with COVID-19. Smith ended up joining Turner Sports in 2009 and worked as a reporter and an analyst for NBA.com and NBA TV. "I just heard the news about Sekou Smith," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. Sekou has been part of the NBA family for a long time...Just another awful day and we're all so saddened."
Marcus Semien contract: Blue Jays signing infielder to one-year, $18M deal
Free-agent shortstop and third baseman Marcus Semien has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan and Jon Heyman. Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY SportsThe Blue Jays had been looking at Semien at second base, and per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, that is expected to be Semien's primary position. Semien also had a two-year stint with the Chicago White Sox. His .679 OPS was his lowest since 2014 when he was still a utility man with the White Sox. In 2019, Semien also led all major leagues in games played and plate appearances with the Oakland.
Curt Schilling requests to be removed from 2022 Hall of Fame ballot
After no one was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time since 2013, former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling posted a letter on social media, requesting to be removed from the 2022 ballot. "I can say at this point I am mentally done," Schilling wrote. "I’ve certainly been exposed to racism and sexism and homophobia as it’s part of who human beings are," Schilling wrote in his letter. "You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for Air Jordan’s and big screens," Schilling tweeted. A legacy," Schilling wrote.
No One Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame for First Time Since 2013
No One Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame for First Time Since 2013For the first time since 2013, no players were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This rare occurrence has only happened nine times in 77 years of balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Players have to receive at least 75% of the vote to be elected into Cooperstown. He was 20 votes shy in the 2020 election when Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker were elected. After the voting results were announced, Schilling requested in a letter on Facebook to be removed from the Hall of Fame ballot next year.
How to Back Up Your Most Important Emails
We're all used to having all our emails available in the cloud all the time, easily searchable and on all of our devices. It helps to have at least some of your emails backed up in another location so that you can always get at them, offline or otherwise. Forward Emails to a Backup AccountForwarding emails is one way of backing them up. Gmail actually lets you create a filter for forwarded emails (messages from a specific contact, for example), so you don't get everything forwarded—click the create a filter link next to Forwarding to do this. Finally, for the Outlook web client, click the cog icon (top right), then View all Outlook settings, Email, and Forwarding.
The Best Phones With an Actual Headphone Jack
Ever since Apple removed the 3.5-mm headphone jack from the iPhone in 2016, we've continued to see smartphone manufacturers ax the venerable port. Two—not one, but two—companies brought back the headphone jack to their respective flagship phones. The joy of the 3.5-mm headphone connector is that it’s one of the few truly universal standards left. If a headphone jack is what you need, or even just what you think you might want at some point, give one of these holdouts a try. Many of these picks are in our Best Android Phones and Best Cheap Phones guides, and make sure to check out our Best Cheap Headphones guide, which includes several picks that make use of the 3.5-mm headphone jack.
Nancy Drew casts Tian Richards as Tom Swift for potential spin-off series
Nancy Drew (2019 TV series) Close Streaming OptionsNancy Drew has found her Tom Swift. EW has learned that Tian Richards has landed the starring role for the Nancy Drew potential spin-off Tom Swift, based on the classic book series of the same name. Hsu Taylor reveals that Tom is going to be facing a lot of "fish out of water" experiences both on Nancy Drew and his own series. Like Nancy Drew, Tom Swift comes from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire and is produced through CBS Studios in an effort to create an expanded "Drew-niverse" on the CW. Nancy Drew airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
North Korea Targets—and Dupes—a Slew of Cybersecurity Pros
One early January morning, security researcher Zuk Avraham got a nondescript direct message out of the blue on Twitter: “Hi.” It was from someone named Zhang Guo. Avraham responded with a simple hello later that night, and Zhang wrote back immediately: “Thanks for your reply. I have some questions?” He went on to express interest in Windows and Chrome vulnerabilities and to ask Avraham if he was himself a vulnerability researcher. They had found a flaw in Microsoft Windows, they'd say, or Chrome, depending on the expertise of their target. “I suspected once I saw the shellcode,” he says of the malware payload the attacker deployed in an attempted compromise.
Young Rock casts Rosario Dawson, Randall Park to help Dwayne Johnson become President Rock
Dwayne Johnson is running for president — and he's got some famous help. Okay, technically the 2032 version of the Rock on Young Rock is the one making a bid for the White House, and EW can exclusively reveal that he'll be aided by Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian) and Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), who are joining the upcoming NBC comedy. Young Rock tells the story of Johnson's upbringing, spotlighting him at ages 10, 15, and 20 (played by Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, and Uli Latukefu). But in addition to narrating, the real Johnson will be playing himself in 2032, as the wrestler-turned-movie-star aims to add president to his multihyphenate title. Park, reuniting with his Fresh Off the Boat boss and Always Be My Maybe director, Nahnatchka Khan, who co-created Young Rock, stars as… Randall Park.
The Resident star Malcolm-Jamal Warner spills Minator tea, dynamic shift with Morris Chestnut's Cain
the Raptor didn't have his hands full with his lady love, the dynamic between him and Dr. Barrett Cain (Morris Chestnut) continues to shift. This, of course, means that Cain will live on at least a few more episodes, a fact that Chapman begrudgingly confirms. And I just love the relationship between Cain and the Raptor, especially now that A.J. Anyone expecting Cain to wake up humbled by his experience may not know him, but Warner has some insight. Since we came back to work so late because of the pandemic, we're shooting two episodes at a time.
Paula Abdul says she's still 'terrified' of Sacha Baron Cohen after being punked in Bruno
"I'm terrified of the man," the Masked Dancer panelist jokes in EW's exclusive clip, after it was suggested the Borat star might be under one of the masks. Paula Abdul says she's still 'terrified' of Sacha Baron Cohen after being punked in BrunoThe Masked Dancer (TV Show) Close Streaming OptionsForget about the clue packages, Paula Abdul is using firsthand experience with Sacha Baron Cohen to guide her guess on The Masked Dancer. "I'm terrified of the man." She said she didn't even know Bruno was really Cohen until nearly a year later when she finally Googled him. Tune into The Masked Dancer on Wednesday to find out if the energetic dancer is unveiled.
Robert Rodriguez is rebooting the Spy Kids franchise
Robert Rodriguez is rebooting his beloved family action adventure franchise, Spy Kids. EW has learned that Skydance Media has optioned the rights to reimagine the franchise alongside original producers Spyglass Media Group and Spy Kids creator Robert Rodriguez. Spyglass owns the franchise, but Skydance will act as the lead studio, overseeing development and production. The original franchise launched in 2001 with Spy Kids, starring Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino as parents and retired spies. The series evolved to include the entire family, all of them spies, in a series of adventures, including 2002's Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, 2003's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, and 2011's Spy Kids: All the Time in the World.
Ioan Gruffudd told wife Alice Evans he's leaving family: report
"We haven't been given a reason except that he 'no longer loves me,'" Alice Evans wrote about the Titanic actor in a since-deleted tweet. Alice Evans tweets husband Ioan Gruffudd 'has announced he is to leave his family': We are 'confused and sad'Alice Evans says her husband, Fantastic Four (2005) star Ioan Gruffudd, has allegedly decided to leave her after 13 years of marriage. "My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week," Evans, 49, tweeted. Both Alice and I are doing it ourselves," he told PEOPLE at the time. Image zoom Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans in 2011 | Credit: Matt Baron/BEI/ShutterstockAhead of their older daughter's birth, Gruffudd told PEOPLE he had "basically been the best husband in the world" during Evans' pregnancy ("or trying to be," he noted).
Big Sky writer on that winter premiere twist: 'No one is safe'
Big Sky Close Streaming OptionsWarning: This article contains spoilers about Tuesday's episode of Big Sky, "The Wolves Are Always Out for Blood." Image zoom Credit: Darko Sikman/ABCHow much might this reveal complicate things for Cassie and Jenny, especially Cassie? I think it's safe to assume that on Big Sky you should be concerned for everybody's safety at all times. And is she likely to be a help or hindrance to Cassie and Jenny going forward? Things went really, really wrong.
Harvey Guillén breaks down George's empowering exit on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist type TV Show network NBC genre MusicalDramedyWarning: the following story contains spoilers about Wednesday's episode of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, "Zoey's Extraordinary Employee." But if there's anyone who can turn all that around into something positive, it's George (Harvey Guillén) on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. And now that George has been fired from SPRQ Point (twice), Guillén reveals that this was his final episode... for now, at least. That doesn't mean Guillén won't return to Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist at some point in the future. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist 2 airs Tuesdays on NBC.
Nora Roberts defends Alyssa Milano's casting in adaptation of Brazen Virtue
The comments got so out of hand that Roberts was compelled to respond to the backlash personally. "I'm delighted Ms. Milano's been cast in the adaptation of Brazen Virtue for Netflix," Roberts said in an exclusive statement to EW. I spoke my piece, posted it publicly, and stand by it and Ms. Milano. I believe Ms. Milano and I will survive it." "I'm simply and sincerely appalled," Roberts first wrote on Facebook in response to the backlash surrounding Milano.
How Scott Disick feels about Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker
There is a certain group of Keeping Up With The Kardashians fans who will always want Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian together. But what with his relationship with Amelia Hamlin and rumours about Kourt dating Blink-182's drummer Travis Barker, it's probably not going to happen right now. A new report from Entertainment Tonight claims Scott has no problem with Kourtney and Travis, it's just that he has to settle in to there being a new person in his ex's life. “Scott hasn't been reacting much to Kourtney and Travis dating," the insider said. However, at the time Barker spoke out to clarify that he and Kourtney were just friends, while an E!
32 Best Valentine's Day Gifts to Give Yourself 2021 — Self-Love Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
I freaking love Valentine’s Day. No, I love Valentine’s Day because I use it as an excuse to buy myself a really freaking good makeup gift or new trendy pair of shoes—ya know, stuff that I wouldn't normally buy myself on a random Sunday. And if you've never used V-Day as an excuse indulge in a little retail therapy, then I highly recommend you try it this year. Below, I've rounded up 32 of the best Valentine's Day gifts for yourself—from a luxury candle that'll sit gorgeously on your coffee table to a fancy blow dryer that's well worth the money. Spoiling yourself this V-Day is all about wants rather than needs—but trust me when I say you prob also need these in your life.
Charli and Dixie D’Amelio Are Both Experts in All Things Fancy—but Who Has the Bougier Taste?
They’ve danced all the dances, nailed all the skits, and gained millions and millions of followers in a *very* short period of time. Charli and Dixie played our fancy(ish) game where we gave them two of the same products. Megan Uy Editorial Assistant Megan is the Editorial Fellow at Cosmo where she covers fashion, beauty, and pop culture. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
Everything You Need to Start Streaming, According to Twitch Streamers
Photo: TwitchIf you’re starting to feel as though everyone is streaming during the pandemic, that’s because they are. According to The Verge, 2020 was the “year of the Twitch streamer,” with millions of people spending 1.6 billion hours on Twitch. Alexander “Alexotos” Medeot, whose channel focuses on building and designing mechanical keyboards, advises beginners to start small — and be brief. In terms of content, Medeot says, “Make sure you enjoy the content you’re streaming. Best premium microphone for streamingBest budget USB microphone for streamingBlue Yeti USB Microphone $127 $127 The benefit of a USB microphone is that it’s compatible with almost all computers; just plug it into a USB jack.
The Best E-Greeting-Card Services (for When Snail Mail Isn’t an Option)
Photo-Illustration: retailersEven before the pandemic, the process of going to the drugstore to find an actually great greeting card, procuring a stamp, and dropping the card in the mailbox was laborious. Electronic greeting cards make the process so much easier. Some e-card services will even physically send out your “handwritten” card, without you ever having to touch it. Buy at Punchbowl BuyPaperless Post From $10 Photo: retailer Paperless Post is another electronic service known for its invitations, but it also offers really beautiful greeting cards. $4 at Culture Greetings BuyDaySpring If you’re in search of a religious greeting card, Christian company DaySpring has you covered.
Adaptation on the Floor: Sarah Snook Will Lead Jane Austen’s Persuasion
Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/ShutterstockDon’t you even think about telling this casting news to fuck off. Succession star and backless-sweater icon Sarah Snook will be starring in a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, a period drama filled with romantic trials and tribulations that served as Austen’s final novel. “As Anne ponders missed opportunities,” the adaptation teases, “she must consider her own regrets and unwavering, possibly unrequited love.” It’s almost too easy to cast Austen-adaptation legend and Waystar Royco executive Matthew Macfadyen as Snook’s love interest, but will that stop us anyway? Update, January 27, 2021: Persuasion has found its Wentworth in Joel Fry (Yesterday, Game of Thrones) and we look forward to watching him and Snook’s Anne trade longing glances and witty repartee in period costume. Jessica Swale is writing the adapted screenplay and Mahalia Belo has signed on to direct.
Judge Blocks Biden From Implementing 100-Day Deportation Ban
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Biden’s ambitious plan to reset the domestic agenda by executive order has hit its first legal snag: On Tuesday, a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary restraining order blocking the new administration from enforcing its 100-day ban on most deportations. Tipton’s order is in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, who sued two days into the new administration to stop the deportation ban. Contesting the policy, Paxton cited an eleventh-hour state agreement with the Department of Homeland Security designed to frustrate efforts to rescind the former president’s policies. Under Obama, he led challenges against DACA, the Clean Power Plan, and the use of Title IX to enforce transgender rights in public schools. While Judge Tipton’s restraining order blocks the partial deportation ban Biden promised during the campaign, it does not affect other aspects of the president’s immigration policy, including the end to the Trump travel ban and a plan to provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants currently in the U.S.
The My Pillow Guy Has Been Banned From Twitter
And this week, he has been booted off of Twitter for his repeated dissemination of lies about the 2020 election. Twitter told Politico on Monday that it “suspended [Lindell] for repeated violations of our civic integrity policy,” and subsequently confirmed that the suspension would be permanent. As the Washington Post points out, it remains unclear which of Lindell’s tweets lost him Twitter access. A number of retailers have dropped My Pillow since the Capitol riot, although Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s cited low demand. Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us.
Ginny & Georgia Trailer: Gilmore Girls Breaks Bad
It seems like Ginny & Georgia is aware that its log-line — teen mother and her daughter move to a picturesque New England town — might sound a tad familiar to viewers, because its trailer, which dropped today, addresses the parallels right off the bat. “We’re like the Gilmore Girls, but with bigger boobs,” Georgia (Brianne Howey) tells her daughter, Ginny (Antonia Gentry), a mere ten seconds into the trailer, but that isn’t the only difference Ginny & Georgia seems to offer. The trailer hints that Georgia has had to turn to a life of crime to provide for Ginny, with Georgia intoning ominously, “I’ve done things I’m not proud of, but I’d do ‘em again,” over a shot of what looks like her committing arson. Perhaps we were all so distracted by the similarities to Gilmore Girls that we overlooked the other show Ginny & Georgia may have been borrowing from all along. Ginny & Georgia arrives on Netflix on February 24.
The 30 Best Movies for Kids on Hulu
Here are 30 worthy films to distract the little ones or schedule an entire family movie night around (if you have the energy after homeschooling). Still, kids love to see new stuff, and this was very recently in theaters, so will likely be a major draw on Hulu. ), this is actually the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, a title it’s held for almost 20 years now. It became something of a punch line, but this family film was huge when it was first in theaters. Disney+ has stolen almost all the superhero movies but Sam Raimi’s original version of the webslinger is still on Hulu.
A Baby and a Dragon Save the Day in New Raya and the Last Dragon Trailer
Update January 26, 2021: The official trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon just dropped, giving us a closer look at the movie’s magical mythology beyond its similarities to a certain other cartoon fantasy. “I’m not, like, the best dragon,” the last dragon admits. Raya and the Last Dragon hits theaters and Disney+ on March 5. October 21, 2020Hurry up and finish that Legend of Korra rewatch before Disney introduces you to a new heroine, Raya. “My name is Raya.” Joining her on the quest to find the last dragon, which is voiced by Awkwafina, is her adorable armadillo sidekick, Tuk Tuk.
Barge Full of Gowanus Sludge Sinks Into Gowanus Sludge
The blighted banks of the Gowanus Canal. Photo: Max TouheyIt’s been two steps forward and one step back for the Gowanus Canal cleanup this week — or one barge, rather. The EPA says the barge contained debris laced with noxious chemicals, like coal tar, scooped up from the canal bed as part of its multi-million dollar Superfund cleanup. Dredging the so-called black mayonnaise from the canal has been temporarily halted so crews can concentrate on securing the downed barge. If not, there might need to be a smaller Gowanus Bay cleanup too.
CDC Study: Students Can Return to In-Person School With Proper Precautions
Photo: Denver Post via Getty ImagesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has weighed in on one of the pandemic’s most heated public-health policy debates. On Monday, CDC researchers published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association determining that the schools with in-person classes considered in the review showed very little COVID-19 transmission when students and staff wore masks and practiced proper social distancing. Another CDC study published on Tuesday analyzing 17 rural K-12 schools in Wisconsin with high rates of mask wearing found that just seven in 191 COVID-19 cases recorded could be traced back to at-school transmission. And a third CDC report published on Tuesday considered high-school wrestling tournaments in Florida where almost a third of those participating and officiating tested positive for COVID after the events. “The conclusion here is with proper prevention efforts … we can keep transmission in schools and educational settings quite low,” Honein added.
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If you’re looking for the most comfortable face mask, now’s a great time to stock up on Everlane’s 100% Human Face Masks, which are up to 50% off right now, for a serious discount. It’s worth noting that these masks are 100 percent cotton, so it’s best to wash them on the cold cycle. If you’re shopping for fewer face masks to add to your collection and want a more trendy option, go for one of the three-packs, below. Everlane says that when you buy the 100% Human Face Mask, it will make a 10 percent donation from each sale to the ACLU. You can shop more of Everlane’s on-sale face masks below, and see its full mask selection here.
Netflix Boards Venice, Toronto Winner ‘The Disciple,’ Executive Produced by Alfonso Cuaron
Netflix has acquired Indian director Chaitanya Tamhane’s Venice and Toronto winner “The Disciple,” executive produced by Alfonso Cuaron, and will release it exclusively on the platform. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI prize and the best screenplay award at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival. It also played at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Amplify Voices Award. Earlier this week, the film was nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards in the best international feature category. I was honored to get the opportunity to work with a creative genius (and my mentor) like Alfonso Cuaron.
Read These ‘Bridgerton’ Books While Waiting for Season 2 to Stream on Netflix
While Netflix has announced that they will renew Bridgerton for a second season, it may be a while before another swoon-worthy batch of episodes is available. Quinn’s original Bridgerton series has eight novels that follow the trials and tribulations, and of course, the romantic lives of the other Bridgerton siblings. While you eagerly await Season 2, here’s our guide to catching up on the eight Bridgerton novels, and how to read them in order. During the high-society courting season, eldest Bridgerton daughter Daphne agrees to fake a courtship with the mysterious Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Here are some books about the real Regency era, if you want the historical glimpse behind your favorite Bridgerton novels.
Dwayne Johnson Runs for President in New ‘Young Rock’ Trailer
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reflects on his formative years while being interviewed as a presidential candidate during the year 2032 in the new trailer for NBC’s Young Rock. Co-created by Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat, Always Be My Maybe) and Johnson, the comedy series based on the wrestler-actor’s life premieres on February 16th. “To understand me,” Johnson tells the interviewer, “you gotta understand where I came from.” Actor Randall Park, who portrays himself as a journalist in 2032, covers Johnson’s campaign journey in the series, as Entertainment Weekly reports. Rosario Dawson, who makes a brief appearance in the trailer, will play General Monica Jackson, and will serve as “a very integral key to Dwayne Johnson’s presidential campaign,” according to EW. In addition to Johnson portraying himself as he runs for president, he also serves as narrator.
Vijay Blockbuster ‘Master’ to Bow on Amazon Prime Video
“Master,” starring South Indian box office darling Vijay, will make its streaming debut on Amazon Prime Video worldwide on Jan. 29. The film released Jan. 13 in India in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi language versions, over the Pongal holiday frame. “ ‘Master’ film has brought two very strong actors face to face. “However, with the film’s global digital release on Amazon Prime Video, we are hoping to reach a wider audience that’s been at home, and to reach regions that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. Vijay’s co-star in “Master,” Vijay Sethupathi, referred to as “Makkal Selvan” (people’s treasure) by his fans, also has a massive fan following.
The North Face Nuptse Jacket Is the Hottest Item Online, Says Lyst
The North Face’s 1996 Nuptse jacket was the most-searched product during that period, and it was the first time the same item has topped both the Lyst Index’s hottest women’s and men’s products rankings. Birkenstock’s shearling-lined Boston clogs were the second hottest women’s product with searches for the style jumping 367 percent, compared to the same period in 2019. The unlined version of the Boston appears on the men’s hottest products list in seventh place. Having climbed 10 places into third place, it was the highest the brand has ever placed in the Lyst Index’s hottest brands ranking. It generated big online buzz with its online fashion and film festival #GucciFest and dressing Harry Styles for American Vogue.
‘Vikings: Valhalla’: Netflix Unveils Cast for Upcoming Spin-Off Series
Sam Corlett, Frida Gustavsson, Leo Suter, Bradley Freegard, and a slew of other actors will star in Netflix's upcoming historical action series. Netflix has unveiled the cast for “Vikings: Valhalla,” the streaming service’s upcoming historical action-drama series. Corlett will portray Leif Eriksson. Leif comes from a tightly-knit family steeped in the old pagan beliefs. “Vikings: Valhalla,” which has yet to announce a release date, is produced by MGM Television and is written and created by Jeb Stuart.
Journey Frontman Arnel Pineda on the Band’s New Record, Dreams of a Steve Perry Reunion
In early 2020, Journey frontman Arnel Pineda flew back to his native Manila after playing a corporate gig in Texas. We checked in with Pineda via Zoom to talk about his lockdown life in Manila, the in-progress Journey record, the upcoming biopic about his life, and why he still dreams about a Journey reunion with Steve Perry. I’m delivering on the legacy that the Voice [Steve Perry] has left behind. I think I’m going to use my voice. I think I’m going to do that too.
No Class of 2021: Bonds, Schilling, Clemens Fall Short in Hall of Fame Vote
There will not be a Class of 2021 in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the museum’s president Tim Mead announced Tuesday. Schilling, whose post-career antics and political views put him under the microscope, fell just 16 votes in arrears of the requisite 75% for election. In a letter to the Hall of Fame published after the vote, he asked to be removed from consideration next year, his final year of eligibility on the writers’ ballot. Bonds and Clemens, who were suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs during otherwise stellar careers, remained at about the same levels they were last year. I know math and I know trends and I know I will not attain the 75% threshold for induction.
‘Solidarity Is Failing’: E.U. and U.K. Fight Over Scarce Vaccines
LONDON — The vaccine wars have come to Europe. For months now, wealthy countries have been clearing the world’s shelves of coronavirus vaccines, leaving poorer nations with little hope of exiting the pandemic in 2021. The European Union, stung by its slow progress on vaccinations, threatened this week to tighten rules on the shipment of Belgian-made shots to Britain. British lawmakers, in turn, have accused their European counterparts of a blackmail campaign that could embitter relations for a generation. And poorer countries, already at the back of the line for vaccines, could face even longer waits if the intense squabbling among rich countries drives up prices for everyone else.
Coronavirus live updates: Biden promises vaccine supply boost of 50 percent by the summer
Though the vaccine rollout began in late December, states have complained that the promised numbers of doses did not arrive. It is unclear, however, if the boost in U.S. vaccine numbers will help with Biden’s other priority, returning schools to in-person learning. Data from the United States and abroad reviewed by the CDC team found that schools had nowhere near the transmission rates of sites like nursing homes or high density workplaces. Many European countries originally kept schools open much longer than in the United States, but are now bowing under the pressure of a second wave. With one of the most rapid vaccine rollouts in the West, Britain is hoping to blunt the latest wave of infections.
Coronavirus updates: CDC researchers say schools can reopen safely; UK variant has now spread to 25 states; 425K US deaths
? The global total of coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. has more than 25.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 425,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 100.2 million cases and 2.15 million deaths. The Oklahoma Health Department on Tuesday sued Bradford and PPE Supplies LLC in Oklahoma County District Court. The Health Department is seeking the rest of its money back — $1.825 million, plus interest.
Coronavirus pandemic, winter weather, Hank Aaron: 5 things you need to know Wednesday
In all, new cases are averaging about 170,000 a day in the U.S. after peaking at almost 250,000 on Jan. 11. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has fallen to about 110,000 from a high of 132,000 on Jan. 7. The new briefings are meant as an explicit rejection of President Donald Trump's approach to the outbreak. The briefings also are part of Biden's attempt to rebuild public confidence in institutions, particularly the federal government. MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron to be buried in AtlantaBaseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who battled racial prejudice and hatred on his way to breaking the major leagues' career home run record, will be remembered at a private funeral service on Wednesday.
Indonesia volcano unleashes river of lava
Indonesia volcano unleashes river of lavaIndonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters down its slopes.
In 2020, Black trans people 'confronted trauma in real time.' Here's how nonprofits helped
Some, like The Okra Project, created funds to pay for therapy sessions for Black trans people. Bridging the gap and offering supportLiving as a Black trans person can induce anxiety on a regular day, one Black trans person said. “This work is so important for [Black trans people] to be out on the street, to remain active and activated,” Stewart said. There are resources available for Black trans people, but it's not enough, said according to Francisco, the youth services coordinator. Black Trans Travel Fund is a mutual aid-based organization that helps Black trans women in New York and New Jersey access safe transportation.
Most major airlines won't force employees to COVID vaccine, but will 'strongly encourage' it
But while at least one major airline has said vaccines could be required for workers, others have taken a different approach. Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines, recently remarked that he's considering making the vaccine mandatory for all employees. American is reportedly planning to distribute the vaccine to employees at certain hub airports, but not currently making the vaccine a requirement, Reuters reports. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWSAlaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines both say employees will be strongly "encouraged" to get the vaccines, though neighther is making it a requirement. Hawaiian Air, too, went on record that the carrier is "strongly encouraging" all employees to get the vaccine.
Green roofs, solar panels and digital monitoring: How the world's buildings are changing
From older structures modernized using connected devices, to more recent developments which integrate sustainable and technologically-advanced design features, the buildings people live and work in are changing. According to the latest Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, emissions stemming from building operations hit their highest-ever level in 2019. Below, CNBC takes a look at some key features of three buildings that made the shortlist for the upcoming BREEAM Awards 2021. BREEAM is a sustainability assessment method from the Building Research Establishment which covers infrastructure, masterplanning projects and buildings. According to its organizers, the awards — which will take place in March, virtually — recognize organizations, individuals and projects deemed to be "leading the way with significant achievements in sustainable building design, development and management."
Sekou Smith, beloved NBA analyst and reporter, dead at 48
Beloved NBA reporter and television analyst Sekou Smith died Tuesday, the league announced. He joined Turner Sports in 2009, working as a reporter and an analyst for NBA.com and NBA TV. SPORTS WORLD REMEMBERS KOBE BRYANT ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH"We are all heartbroken over Sekou’s tragic passing," Turner Sports said in a statement. "The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Sekou has been part of the NBA family for a long time...Just another awful day and we're all so saddened."
Biden shifts on vaccine under pressure from ... the media
The vaccine rollout is a freakin’ mess, and President Biden owns it now. But as the president continued to proclaim his goal of 100 million shots in his first 100 days, the media weren’t buying it. That was the question that prompted Biden to snap "give me a break" at an AP reporter who asked about it last week. BIDEN NEEDS A QUICK WIN ON COVID, WITH OR WITHOUT REPUBLICANSEveryone knows why Biden set the goal at 100 million. No one would suggest that Biden and his top spokeswoman are being grilled by the press the way that Trump and his press secretaries were.
Oregon hammer-attack defendant to walk because court rejects witness’ coronavirus concerns: report
The scheduled retrial of an Oregon defendant who was accused of committing a brutal hammer attack on a woman has been scrapped – with the defendant to walk free – because the key witness in the case said she won’t testify without wearing a face mask, according to a report. "It’s the second time I’m going through this trial," Fawcett told the news outlet. Crime victims’ rights advocate Rosemary Brewer said it appeared to be another instance in which the rights of defendants were placed ahead of those of crime victims. "The courts are not granting victims their rights with the same priority that they are for defendants due to COVID-19." Many trials in Oregon have been postponed because of the coronavirus and many others have included virtual testimony, the report said.
TikTok cuts jobs in India, not clear if it can make a comeback after prolonged ban
Since then, the apps have remained blocked, leading TikTok parent ByteDance to announce job cuts on Wednesday. Given the lack of feedback from the government about how to resolve this issue in the subsequent seven months, it is with deep sadness that we have decided to reduce our workforce in India," TikTok said in a statement. "However, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while our apps remain un-operational." In September, India banned another 118 Chinese apps. All the apps remain blocked and the the Times of India reported on Tuesday that several, possibly including TikTok, will be permanently banned.
Treasury yields flat ahead of speech from Fed Chair Powell
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose slightly to 1.043% at 4 a.m. ET, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond climbed to 1.803%. U.S. Treasury yields wavered on Wednesday morning, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell later in the day. U.S. government bond yields were steady early in the trading session, with Powell expected to give an update on the central bank's economic outlook and monetary policy amid the pandemic. ET, with Powell expected to speak to reporters at 2:30 p.m.
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon gets $10 million pay cut over bank's role in 1MDB scandal
Goldman Sachs CEO David Michael Solomon attends a discussion on "Women Entrepreneurs Through Finance and Markets" at the World Bank on October 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon saw his pay slashed by just over a third for 2020 as part of a punishment for the bank's role in the 1MDB scandal. The pay cut for Solomon, which at $10 million constitutes roughly 36% of his yearly salary, reflects prior penalties imposed on the bank and not Solomon's own conduct. Solomon has been CEO of the bank since 2018. Solomon's pay package is comprised of $2 million in base salary, a $4.65 million cash bonus, and $10.85 million compensation in stock form, which is based on the bank's performance.
European stocks head lower, LVMH shines after earnings
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Staff(Reuters) - European stocks slid on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about a slow economic recovery, while most investors kept to the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision. The pan-European STOXX 600 index dropped 0.4% in early trading, following losses in Asian markets and Wall Street. Precious metal miner Fresnillo Plc slid 3.1% after it forecast lower gold output for the current year. French luxury group LVMH rose 1.4% as booming sales at fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, particularly in China, helped to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
European stocks fall; focus on Fed and U.S. tech earnings
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe’s share indexes opened lower on Wednesday, while investors focused on the U.S Federal Reserve meeting and U.S. tech giants’ earnings. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. The dollar rose against a basket of currencies as European markets opened, and was at 90.275 at 0846 GMT, up 0.1% on the day. Quarterly earnings from U.S. tech giants including Facebook and Apple, due later in the session, were also in focus. To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to ease the coronavirus crisis.
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No Brexit bonfire for City of London, but it won't be a 'rule taker'London has no desire for a bonfire of regulations to retain its position as a top international finance centre after Brexit but it is ready to act if the European Union blocks access, the City of London's political leader said.
Carlyle to put hospital group Ameos up for sale: sources
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Swiss-headquartered clinic chain Ameos is being prepared for a sale or refinancing as its private equity owner Carlyle seeks to cash out after almost a decade of ownership, people close to the matter said. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Carlyle Group is displayed at the company's office in Tokyo, Japan October 17, 2018. If sold at a similar multiple, Ameos could be valued at up to 1.3 billion euros, including debt, in a deal. They could also opt for a dividend payment and refinancing of Ameos’ debt if price indications do not meet expectations, the sources added. Carlyle invested in Ameos in 2011, with peer investor Quadriga Capital and founder and CEO Axel Paeger retaining stakes.
Bill Gates sees 6-8 month lag for poor countries to get COVID-19 shots
LONDON (Reuters) - Poorer countries face a best-case scenario of a 6-8 month lag behind richer nations in getting access to COVID-19 vaccines to protect their populations against the pandemic disease, the philanthropist Bill Gates said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Bill Gates, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gestures as he speaks during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018. “Every politician is under pressure to go bid for their country to get further up in line,” Gates said. COVAX, co-led by the GAVI vaccines alliance, says it aims to deliver 2.3. billion COVID-19 doses by year-end, including 1.8 billion doses to poorer countries at no cost to their governments. “ZERO-SUM”Gates said such pressure was unhelpful, noting that pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, BionTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna all developed COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year.
Wisconsin pharmacist to plead guilty to trying to spoil COVID-19 vaccine doses
REUTERS/Mike Blake(Reuters) - A Wisconsin pharmacist has agreed to plead guilty to purposely trying to spoil hundreds of doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to render them ineffective, the U.S. Justice Department said. It said bit.ly/3qUNXVI he believed in various "conspiracy theories" and was skeptical of vaccines in general and specifically the vaccine by Moderna. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deemed Moderna’s vaccine safe and effective. Brandenburg has signed a plea agreement to plead guilty to the charges, which each carry a maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, the statement added. Moderna’s vaccine has to be stored and shipped frozen but does not require ultra-cold temperatures and can be stored for 30 days in standard-temperature refrigerators.
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'Crazy and evil': Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiraciesMicrosoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of "crazy" and "evil" conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, but said on Wednesday he would like to explore what is behind them.
ByteDance cuts India workforce, unsure of comeback after app ban: internal memo
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - China’s ByteDance is cutting the size of its 2,000-plus India team and is unsure when it will make a comeback, the company told employees in an internal memo on Wednesday, months after its popular TikTok video app was banned. The ban dates from last year when political tension between the neighbours rose over their disputed border. “We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived...we find that has not been the case,” ByteDance wrote in the memo which was seen by Reuters. Before the ban, India had been one of TikTok’s largest markets and ByteDance in 2019 had laid out plans to invest $1 billion in India. At the time of last year’s ban, the Indian government described the apps as prejudicial to the “sovereignty and integrity of India”.
China says Indian ban on apps violates WTO rules
The TikTok app's logo seen on a mobile phone screen in this picture illustration taken February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration/File PhotoNEW DELHI (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday that the Indian government’s decision to keep a ban on 59 Chinese apps was a violation of the World Trade Organization’s fair rules of business and would hurt Chinese firms. The ban dates from last year when political tension between the neighbours rose over their disputed border. This month the Indian government decided to keep the ban on TikTok and other apps. “We urge the Indian side to immediately correct its discriminatory measures and avoid causing further damage to bilateral cooperation,” Chinese embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said in a statement.
Amazon stops alcohol sales in Northern Ireland due to Brexit rules: ITV
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal RossignolLONDON (Reuters) - Amazon has halted sales of wines, beers and spirits in Northern Ireland and is preparing to de-list more products due to new Brexit customs rules, broadcaster ITV reported on Tuesday. The online retailer is concerned that excise duty will now have to be paid twice on shipments of alcohol which are sent from the British mainland across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland, ITV reported. In order to keep the border open between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland, a separate agreement was struck that requires a regulatory border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. The British government said the overwhelming majority of parcels continued to move smoothly, and there was no reason for businesses not to send goods to Northern Ireland.
Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips amid global shortage
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Four major Taiwanese chip makers met the island’s economics minister on Wednesday and told her they were willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry, the minister said. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 19, 2021. Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua said she had met executives from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corp (UMC), Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. “Chipmakers are willing to follow the government’s request and try to support auto chips as much as they can to support their production in the U.S., Europe and Japan,” Wang told reporters. “They did raise related warnings: if you are to cut orders, it will be very difficult to resume orders,” Wang told reporters.
Pandemic 'on the decline' in Moscow as mayor lifts some curbs
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic is on the decline in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Wednesday as he abolished some COVID-19 restrictions, allowing bars, restaurants and nightclubs to open overnight. FILE PHOTO: Customers sit at tables in Parka Bar in Moscow, Russia November 12, 2020. “The pandemic is on the decline and under the circumstances our duty is to create conditions for the quickest possible recovery of the economy,” said Sobyanin. “My warmest congratulations to you, friends, on our joint victory and one more step to a return to normal life in the beautiful city of Moscow. Measures requiring state-run universities to operate remotely, with distanced learning for students, would be reviewed on Feb. 6, Sobyanin said.
Hannity Accused Of ‘Dabbling In Anti-Vaxx’ Territory With COVID-19 Vaccine Comments
Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been criticized for sowing doubt about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine during Tuesday’s episode of his widely watched show. “I don’t know when my number gets called, I’m actually beginning to have doubts,” the conservative network’s prime time personality said of taking the coronavirus shot. “I’ve been telling my friends I’m gonna get the vaccine,” Hannity continued. They wouldn’t take it in a million years.”“I don’t know who to listen to,” he added. HuffPost has debunked misinformation surrounding the vaccine here and answered questions about its development and safety here.
Security tight at India's historic Red Fort as farmers vow to continue protests
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Hundreds of police guarded the historic Red Fort in the heart of the Indian capital on Wednesday following violent clashes between farmers and authorities in which one person was killed and at least 80 injured. FILE PHOTO: Farmers gather in front of the historic Red Fort during a protest against farm laws introduced by the government, in Delhi, India, January 26, 2021. Some farmers carrying ceremonial swords reached as far as the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives an annual speech, where they scaled outer walls and hoisted flags. By Tuesday evening police had removed protesters from the fort complex but a heavy security presence remained on Wednesday. Farm leaders from the eastern state of Odisha to the western state of Gujarat said on Wednesday they would continue to support protesters in Delhi.
'Crazy and evil': Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiracies
LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, but said on Wednesday he would like to explore what is behind them. “Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in these really evil theories,” Gates said. Since the pandemic began a year ago, millions of conspiracies have spread over the Internet, fuelling misinformation about the coronavirus, its origins and the motives of those working to fight it. “But do people really believe that stuff?,” Gates asked. During former President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, Gates said, it had “sometimes felt like they were the only sane people in the U.S. government.”“I’m excited about the team that Biden has picked” to tackle the health crisis, Gates said.
Polish locker company InPost worth 9.5 billion euros after buoyant Amsterdam debut
WARSAW (Reuters) - Shares in Polish parcel locker firm InPost jumped 19% on their Euronext debut on Wednesday, valuing the company which benefited from online shopping during the pandemic lockdowns at 9.5 billion euros ($11.55 billion). Elsewhere, Dutch tech firm WeTransfer is eyeing a stock market listing in Amsterdam in April or May, sources said earlier this week. InPost, which owns over 12,000 parcel lockers, also operates in Britain and plans to expand in Italy, France and Spain, in response to increased competition in Poland. It said it picked Amsterdam for its listing to reflect its international expansion plans. Amsterdam is emerging as a popular post-Brexit European listing venue.
LVMH shares rise after fashion group reports solid fourth-quarter results
FILE PHOTO: A Louis Vuitton logo is seen outside a store on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauPARIS (Reuters) - LVMH’s shares rose on Wednesday after the French luxury goods group reported resilient fourth-quarter results. LVMH shares were up 1.3% in early session trading, among the top performers on France’s benchmark CAC-40 equity index, and also lifting the stock price of its French rival Kering, whose shares rose 1%. LVMH’s fashion and leather goods business, home to Vuitton handbags and other brands such as Christian Dior, performed better than analysts expected in the fourth quarter, with sales rising 18% year-on-year on a comparable basis. “As expected, the group focused on the best options possible and managed to overdeliver significantly,” wrote brokerage Jefferies, which kept a “buy” rating on LVMH shares.
Evotec shares rise amid speculation Melvin Capital closing short positions
MILAN (Reuters) - Evotec rose sharply on Tuesday amid market speculation that Melvin Capital Management was unwinding its positions in the German drugmaker after some of its investments turned sour. Evotec’s shares jumped 10% at one point on Tuesday with three traders saying the move was likely linked to Melvin Capital closing out its shorts following losses on GameStop and other investments. Battery maker Varta surged for a similar reason, a German-based trader said, while shares in Polish videogame firm CD Projekt also saw strong demand. Over the last two sessions Varta and CD Projekt shares have both risen nearly 20%. Melvin Capital, founded in 2014 by Gabriel Plotkin, said it does not comment on positions and trading.
European stocks fall; focus on Fed and U.S. tech earnings
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe’s share indexes opened lower on Wednesday, while investors focused on the U.S Federal Reserve meeting and U.S. tech giants’ earnings. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. The dollar rose against a basket of currencies as European markets opened, and was at 90.275 at 0846 GMT, up 0.1% on the day. Quarterly earnings from U.S. tech giants including Facebook and Apple, due later in the session, were also in focus. To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to ease the coronavirus crisis.
No Brexit bonfire for City of London, but it won't be a 'rule taker'
FILE PHOTO: An almost empty walkway is seen in Leadenhall market during lunchtime, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the City of London financial district, Britain September 4, 2020. “It’s disappointing to lose business but it’s not at all catastrophic,” Catherine McGuinness, who leads the ancient financial district’s ruling body, the City of London Corporation, told Reuters. The City, McGuinness said, neither wanted nor expected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to light “a bonfire of regulations”. Still, a financial capital the size of London could not be a “rule taker”, she said. Some elements of the bond, derivatives and capital markets had moved after Brexit, McGuinness said, though London retained by far the deepest capital markets in its time zone.
Timeline: How the UK responded to the coronavirus
POLITICO has looked at the key moments in the U.K. government’s — and its scientific advisers’ — handling of the coronavirus pandemic. March 26: Harries said testing and contact tracing was no longer an “appropriate mechanism as we go forward,” arguing that the World Health Organization’s call to “test, test, test” was aimed at less-developed nations. December 16: Johnson insisted Christmas wouldn’t be canceled and that restrictions would be relaxed for five days over the festive period. Hancock announced a new coronavirus variant had been identified in the U.K.December 19: Johnson canceled Christmas and scrapped the relaxation plan. January 4, 2021: 13 days later, Johnson announced a third national lockdown.
UK to launch hotel quarantine for arrivals
An Iberia Airbus A330 is seen flying over a hotel at Heathrow Airport in west London on January 26, 2021 | Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty ImagesTravelers from coronavirus hot spots will be forced into mandatory hotel quarantine upon arriving in the U.K., British Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to announce today, but the opposition Labour Party has called for tougher measures. According to the BBC, the U.K. would force British residents arriving in England from 30 countries, including Portugal and most of South America and southern Africa, to quarantine in hotels at their own expense for up to 10 days. 10 does “want to go further,” but that “there is no textbook as to how to respond to this.”Want more analysis from POLITICO? POLITICO Pro is our premium intelligence service for professionals. From financial services to trade, technology, cybersecurity and more, Pro delivers real time intelligence, deep insight and breaking scoops you need to keep one step ahead.
European stocks head lower, LVMH shines after earnings
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Staff(Reuters) - European stocks slid on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about a slow economic recovery, while most investors kept to the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision. The pan-European STOXX 600 index dropped 0.4% in early trading, following losses in Asian markets and Wall Street. Precious metal miner Fresnillo Plc slid 3.1% after it forecast lower gold output for the current year. French luxury group LVMH rose 1.4% as booming sales at fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, particularly in China, helped to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Belarus opposition leader calls on West for tougher response on Lukashenko
FILE PHOTO: Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks to the media at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, October 7, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal HanschkeBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States must be “braver and stronger” in their response to helping end the disputed rule of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Wednesday. Speaking at an online event with several EU foreign ministers, Tsikhanouskaya called on the EU to speed up approval of its fourth package of sanctions on supporters of Lukashenko, called for an international investigation into human rights abuses and to designate as terrorists those responsible. “The international response is still too modest,” Tsikhanouskaya said from Lithuania.
Shoah survivors to get vaccine on Auschwitz liberation day
Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus exactly 76 years after the liberation of the Nazi's Auschwitz death camp. Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus exactly 76 years after the liberation of the Nazi's Auschwitz death camp. More than 400 Austrian survivors were invited to get the vaccine at Vienna's biggest mass vaccination center on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021. With the end of World War II now more than seven decades ago, the world’s approximately 240,000 Holocaust survivors are all elderly. Still, about 900 Holocaust survivors died of COVID-19 in Israel last year before vaccines were available and about 5,300 survivors were infected, according to Israel’s national statistics office.
The Latest: France’s Sanofi to help make rival vaccine
French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)PARIS — French drug maker Sanofi says it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENTSanofi and British partner GlaxoSmithKline will start a new phase-2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine next month, Sanofi said.
In Phone Call, Biden Presses Putin Over Cyber Breach, Navalny
In Phone Call, Biden Presses Putin Over Cyber Breach, NavalnyEnlarge this image toggle caption Alexei Nikolsky/Alexei Nikolsky/TASS Alexei Nikolsky/Alexei Nikolsky/TASSIn his first phone call with Vladimir Putin since taking office, President Biden pressed his Russian counterpart on the detention of a leading Kremlin-critic, the mass arrest of protesters, and Russia's suspected involvement in a massive cyber breach in the United States. Biden and Putin will have their teams work to complete an extension for the deal by Feb. 5. Navalny arrestThe White House said the phone call with Putin included a discussion over the near-fatal poisoning and the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The White House didn't provide details on what exactly Biden said about Navalny, and the Kremlin's summary of the phone call didn't mention it at all. Navalny has blamed the Kremlin for the poisoning, which Putin has denied.
Number of guns found in Tennessee airports drops in 2020
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Security officers at Tennessee’s five largest airports found 162 guns in carry-on luggage in 2020, a decrease of only 19 incidents from the year before despite a significant drop-off of airline passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. Nashville International Airport, McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville and Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville saw decreases in the number of guns found in carry-on baggage, while Memphis International Airport and Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport saw increases, the Transportation Security Administration said in a news release. ADVERTISEMENTTSA screened nearly 5.7 million departing travelers at the five commercial airports, about 44% of the total screened in 2019, the federal agency said. Travelers face criminal and civil penalties for bringing firearms to a security checkpoint. Guns can be transported on a commercial aircraft only if they are unloaded, packed in a locked, hard-sided case and placed in checked baggage, the TSA said.
Former Navy SEAL who oversaw bin Laden raid says people 'don't have to look at a president' to find American values
"When the locals see that, they believe in America," McRaven said of public service, in a podcast. "They don't have to look at a president, they don't have to look at Congress, they don't have to look at a Secretary of Defense — they've got to look at the people that are on the ground, meeting with them everyday. They don't have to look at a president, they don't have to look at Congress, they don't have to look at a Secretary of Defense - they've got to look at the people that are on the ground, meeting with them everyday. Emmitt Hawks/USNavy/Getty ImagesMcRaven's comments come as President Joe Biden prepares to usher in a new era of American foreign policy. In a past New York Times opinion column, titled "Our Republic Is Under Attack From the President," McRaven wrote that Trump's policies endangered the trust from America's allies.
US senator who is third in line to the presidency has been in five Batman movies
Leahy and Ledger in The Dark Knight (Credit: Warner Bros)The man who would be third in line to take over the US presidency is a comic book nut who has been in five Batman movies. Read more: Snyder says Justice League re-cut will be R-ratedBut far more interesting than that is Leahy's stature in the world of comic books. Leahy with Holly Hunter in Batman v Superman (Warner Bros)His first was in an uncredited cameo in 1995's Batman Forever, directed by Joel Schumacher and Val Kilmer's only movie as Batman. Leahy went on to appear again in The Dark Knight Rises in 2008, and in the small role of Senator Purrington in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Watch: Affleck said he suffered while filming Justice League
DOJ watchdog opens investigation into whether department officials 'engaged in an improper attempt' to overturn the 2020 election
REUTERS / Jonathan ErnstThe DOJ inspector general is investigating if any department officials tried to interfere with the 2020 election results. The New York Times reported earlier that Trump wanted to install a loyalist atop the DOJ to throw out Georgia's election results. The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has launched an investigation into whether any current or former department officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 general election. According to The Times, Trump was incensed after Rosen refused to support his effort to cast doubt on then-President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Georgia. Trump forced out Attorney General William Barr after he publicly confirmed that the DOJ did not uncover evidence of widespread voter or election fraud.
Texas Hostage Standoff Leaves 2 Dead
Texas Hostage Standoff Leaves 2 DeadTwo people were found dead at a medical building following an apparent hostage situation late Tuesday in Austin, Texas, according to police and local news reports. Police would not detail how many people were taken hostage and whether anyone was released earlier. Two total victims were found deceased, "one that was not originally inside the building and one that was not," the spokesman said. Negotiators were heard hours earlier communicating with the hostage taker. The SWAT team's communications indicated that the hostage taker may have been a doctor.
Woman charged in Capitol riot may be released pending trial
“They just want to work in a safe environment, and as safe as we can rationally make it, and we can do that,” Biden said. First Lady Jill Biden along with Weingarten and National Education Association President Becky Pringle held a virtual event with 11,000 teachers last week. Around 10,000 elementary school teachers and staff were expected to report to work on Monday to prepare for the reopening. Eighty-six percent of all CTU members cast ballots with 71 percent opting to continue to work from home. Union members said they were encouraged to hear Biden’s comments on the situation, according to the Sun-Times.
Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologize for 'failings' in Jan. 6 attack
By Makini Brice and Richard CowanWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologized on Tuesday for "failings" during the deadly attack on the building by followers of then-President Donald Trump in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory. About one dozen officials from agencies including the FBI, National Guard, Justice Department and U.S. Capitol Police briefed House appropriators who are looking into the events of Jan. 6. She and Timothy Blodgett, the acting U.S. House of Representatives' sergeant at arms, said security officials were working to do more to boost protection of the U.S. Capitol, the seat of government. In the weeks since the attack, security has been heightened around the Capitol and in Washington in general, with eight-foot-high fencing surrounding the Capitol's perimeter and National Guard troops brought in for Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. Some 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington through mid-March.
Capitol security officials apologize for Jan. 6 riot
Top U.S. Capitol security officials formally apologized on Tuesday for what they called "failings" during the deadly attack on the Capitol building by supporters of then-President Donald Trump in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory. The Washington Post reported that the second officer died by suicide and had been on duty at the Capitol during the siege. The acting House sergeant at arms, Timothy Blodgett, said security officials were working to do more to boost protection of the U.S. Capitol. The Washington Post reported that the second officer died by suicide and had been on duty at the Capitol during the siege. The acting house sergeant at arms, Timothy Blodgett, said security officials were working to do more to boost protection of the US Capitol.
Capitol Police chief apologizes for failures in Jan. 6 siege
Yogananda Pittman, in prepared testimony before Congress, said that the Capitol Police “failed to meet its own high standards as well as yours." A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that authorities have detected ominous chatter about killing legislators or attacking them outside the Capitol. Five people died, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. The Defense Department has said it asked the Capitol Police if it needed the Guard, but the request was denied. A member of the Capitol Police Board denied Pittman's claim hours after her testimony was released.
Key Republicans went from blaming Trump for the deadly Capitol attack to fighting his impeachment in just 3 weeks
But just a few weeks later, they're already singing a different tune as the Senate prepares for Trump's impeachment trial. Eight days after McCarthy said Trump "bears responsibility," he told reporters that Trump did not provoke the attack. On January 17, the South Carolina Republican called on President Joe Biden to oppose Trump's impeachment. "If you do not stand up against the impeachment of President Trump after he leaves office, you are an incredibly weak figure in American history. "President Trump has not always chosen the right words," Haley reportedly said.
HNA's Key Decision-making Body Leaves Out Chen Feng's Name, Signalling Founder's Exit From China's Biggest Asset Buyer
HNA Group's spokespeople declined to comment. Chen has been barred from luxury spending since September last year under a court order, after a subsidiary of HNA Group failed to pay an investor in a lawsuit. HNA Group should improve its communication with creditors, in light of its failure to repay its bondholders, which scared away investors. More from South China Morning Post:Read the original article on South China Morning Post. For the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app.
Hong Kong Property Market Narrowly Avoids First Annual Decline In Home Prices In 12 Years As Demand Defies Coronavirus
Other analysts believe the correction in the property market will continue as Hong Kong struggles through the biggest recession in its history, though prices are unlikely to swing wildly from month to month. But the performance of property prices in 2021 will ultimately depend on the local economy and when the border with mainland China can be reopened, said Lam. If that happens in the second half of this year, a large amount of mainland capital will flood the Hong Kong property market, he said. More from South China Morning Post:Read the original article on South China Morning Post. For the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app.
Stock futures mixed as investors focus on Fed policy meeting
U.S. equity futures are pointing to a mixed open when the Wednesday trading session begins. Continue Reading BelowDow futures suggest a decline of 0.4%, while the Nasdaq indicates a gain of 0.4%. The Fed is expected to keep its extremely supportive policy stance unchanged given the slow progress in vanquishing the pandemic, analysts said. In Asian markets, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 0.3%, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong slipped 0.3% and China's Shanghai Composite index gained 0.1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite also slid 0.1%, to 13,626.06.
Department store chain Belk filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Belk, the North Carolina-based department store chain which has catered to generations of shoppers for nearly 190 years, announced Tuesday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A group of the department store’s creditors, led by the private equity firms KKR and Blackstone, will get a minority stake. The 133-year-old chain grew from the opening of a store in Monroe, North Carolina, by William Henry Belk in 1888. Three generations of the Belk family led the company to become the biggest family-owned department store chain in the country by 2015, when the family sold it for $3 billion. The department store has struggled during the coronavirus pandemic as customers flocked to online shopping and avoided in-person shopping.
Veteran Harvard administrator will lead the Boston Athenaeum
A unanimous board of trustees selected Rosovsky at an April 30 meeting after conducting a nearly year-long nationwide search. “I’m thrilled because the Athenaeum is just a terrific Boston institution," Rosovsky said in a phone interview from her Cambridge home this week. “It’s really a privilege to be associated with it.”The Boston Athenaeum has appointed veteran academic administrator Leah Rosovsky as its new director. Diggins said Rosovsky’s administrative skills are transferable to the new role. She plans to begin her work by speaking with the members, proprietors, and trustees at the center of the Athenaeum community.
Counter-protesters join kimono fray at MFA
The furor reached new heights on Wednesday as about two dozen protesters and half as many counterprotesters filled the MFA’s Impressionist gallery. Stepping into the dispute this week were several counterprotesters wearing kimonos, including some older Japanese women, who advocated for the museum to return to its initial “Kimono Wednesdays” programming. AdvertisementThough museum security reminded visitors repeatedly to keep their voices down, conversations between protesters and counterprotesters became emotional at times. “Whenever.”Standing with her fellow protesters, Shaina Lu, 25, of Jamaica Plain, said she sensed a misunderstanding between the opposing sides. Those with concerns about the event would also like to see the kimono celebrated, she said, but in a “culturally affirming” way.
Brexit and COVID have slammed the not-so-United Kingdom. Its survival may be in danger
The new badge was meant to showcase his dedication to strengthening the bonds among England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which together make up the United Kingdom. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted against leaving the EU in 2016 but were powerless to stop it. Sturrock’s shifting views are music to the ears of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has hung much of her political career on the fight for Scottish independence. The half-in, half-out status angers those who see it as a wedge being driven between the people of Northern Ireland and the rest of their compatriots in Britain. (Peter Morrison / Associated Press)AdvertisementWhether Johnson can stanch the upwelling of dissent and disillusionment in Scotland and Northern Ireland is an open question.
One person suffers ‘potentially fatal injury’ in I-93 crash near Woburn-Reading line
One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after an incident involving two vehicles at the Exit 37A off-ramp near the Woburn-Reading town line, according to Massachusetts State Police. Troopers responded to the scene about 10 p.m. at the off-ramp that connects I-93 south to I-95 north, State Police said in a statement late Tuesday night. They first found a car with heavy rear-end damage, and then a second vehicle that had gone off the road into the cloverleaf area off the inside shoulder of the ramp.
Clinic to offer 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccine starting Feb. 2
The appointment-only site will offer COVID-19 vaccine to those who received their first shot at Western High School, Cashman Center or the Southern Nevada Health District’s main office. People wait in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine was the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoSecond doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered beginning next week at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Health officials recommend that the second dose of vaccine be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. More information about new COVID-19 vaccine is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html.
Biden’s education secretary nominee is the right choice to lead on school reopenings
President Biden’s nominee for secretary of education, Miguel Cardona, inherits a thankless but necessary task: using the power of the federal government to push schools to reopen as quickly as possible. Kids are owed a quality education, even in the face of adversity, and too many American school districts still aren’t providing it. His nomination as secretary of education was praised by national teachers unions and pro education reform groups alike. Cardona provided school districts with safety guidelines to reopen but ultimately let them decide individually when to do so. AdvertisementEven though Connecticut’s teachers unions have pushed back on reopenings, they praised Cardona.
A hotel toiletries thief comes clean about his dirty habit
Is it against the law to call the front desk and ask for more shampoo and towels, when all you really want is extra shampoo to take home? They’ll feel like they’re at a hotel!” But I don’t have 300 house guests a year. The Boston Harbor hotel developed its own signature fragrance with Florentine perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi. “We use Molton Brown toiletries at Ames Boston Hotel,” said Trish Berry, general manager of the Ames. AdvertisementOn a recent Sunday afternoon, I took a final rummage through three years of soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bar soap, mending kits, shaving kits, and dental kits from around the world.
Bob Huggins on WVU Mountaineers' celebratory photo: 'These are MY kind of guys!'
Huggins - in his 14th season as WVU's head coach - ranks eighth in wins among coaches at Div. The Bearcats reached the Elite Eight three times under Huggins in the 1990s and the Final Four once (1991-92). Huggins' WVU roster includes three players from Greater Cincinnati: McBride, Silver Grove's Spencer Macke, and Cooper's Sean McNeil. Huggins said in October that McBride has drawn "calls and interest from people at the next level." In November, Huggins thanked former Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman for visiting Morgantown to address Huggins' basketball team.
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton embraces teammates pushing him to play better
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton embraces teammates pushing him to play betterSuns center Deandre Ayton talks about how teammates push him to improve as Phoenix faces Oklahoma City in the first of a back-to-back Wednesday.
Dear Abby: My bestie and I have sex, and that intimidates my boyfriends
DEAR ABBY: I have a male best friend I adore. Related Articles Dear Abby: He’s the only man for me, and I’m thinking of leaving himDear Abby: We can’t stand his new wife. DEAR ABBY: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
Somerville at crossroads of new Tufts study
The university last month launched the three-year effort, which it is carrying out in collaboration with the city. Somerville will be the focal community in a new study by Tufts University on how to improve indoor air quality for residents living in multifamily complexes near busy roads. Tufts, which has a Medford/Somerville campus, chose Somerville for the study because the city has seen “a significant increase in the amount of affordable, multifamily housing near busy roadways where high levels of air pollution are observed,” Durant said. Somerville worked with Tufts in a previous study that found a link between residing close to highways and developing cardiovascular disease. “We are really glad to be continuing our partnership with Tufts,” said Mike Feloney, the city’s director of housing, noting that as the densest city in New England, Somerville is a good fit for researching air pollution impacts.
Wings' Vladislav Namestnikov: "Stepped up big time"
Wings' Vladislav Namestnikov: "Stepped up big time"Red Wings forward Vlad Namestnikov scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 OT loss in Dallas.
Flames visit the Canadiens after Gaudreau's 2-goal game
Calgary Flames (2-2-1, sixth in the North Division) vs. Montreal Canadiens (4-0-2, second in the North Division)Montreal; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Calgary visits the Montreal Canadiens after Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals in the Flames' 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. Montreal finished 9-13-2 in division play and 14-17-6 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Canadiens scored 208 total goals last season, 33 on power plays and six shorthanded.
Vegas hosts St. Louis after Pacioretty's 3-goal game
St. Louis Blues (4-2-1, second in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (5-1-1, first in the West Division)Paradise, Nevada; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Vegas hosts the St. Louis Blues after Max Pacioretty scored three goals in the Golden Knights' 5-4 shootout loss to the Blues. Vegas went 15-6-2 in division action and 22-11-4 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Golden Knights averaged 3.2 goals on 34.5 shots per game last season.
Red Wings take on the Stars on 3-game skid
Red Wings take on the Stars on 3-game skidDetroit Red Wings (2-4-1, seventh in the Central Division) vs. Dallas Stars (3-0-0, second in the Central Division)Dallas; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Detroit heads into the matchup with Dallas after losing three in a row. Dallas went 37-24-8 overall and 12-9-3 in division action in the 2019-20 season. The Stars averaged 2.6 goals on 30.6 shots per game last season.
Carolina plays Tampa Bay in division battle
Carolina went 38-25-5 overall and 8-12-1 in division play during the 2019-20 season. The Hurricanes scored 217 total goals last season while collecting 380 assists. BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay visits Carolina in a matchup of Central Division teams. Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-0, fourth in the Central Division) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (2-1-0, eighth in the Central Division)Tampa Bay finished 18-5-1 in division action and 21-11-4 on the road a season ago. The Lightning recorded 414 assists on 243 total goals last season.
Philadelphia visits New Jersey after van Riemsdyk's 2-goal game
Philadelphia Flyers (4-2-1, third in the East Division) vs. New Jersey Devils (3-2-1, fifth in the East Division)Newark, New Jersey; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: The New Jersey Devils host Philadelphia after James van Riemsdyk scored two goals in the Flyers' 5-3 victory over the Devils. New Jersey finished 9-10-2 in division games and 13-11-10 at home during the 2019-20 season. The Devils averaged 2.7 goals on 30.7 shots per game last season.
New York takes on Buffalo on 4-game skid
New York takes on Buffalo on 4-game skidNew York Rangers (1-4-1, eighth in the East Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (3-3-1, sixth in the East Division)Buffalo, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: New York aims to stop its four-game skid when the Rangers take on Buffalo. Buffalo finished 30-31-8 overall and 10-12-2 in division action a season ago. Goalies for the Sabres allowed 2.9 goals on 30.9 shots per game last season.
Colorado hosts San Jose after Saad's 2-goal game
San Jose Sharks (3-4-0, seventh in the West Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (4-3-0, third in the West Division)Denver; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Colorado hosts the San Jose Sharks after Brandon Saad scored two goals in the Avalanche's 7-3 victory over the Sharks. Colorado finished 42-20-8 overall and 10-8-2 in division play during the 2019-20 season. The Avalanche scored 236 total goals last season while collecting 399 assists.
The Latest: France's Sanofi to help make rival vaccine
PARIS — French drug maker Sanofi says it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement Wednesday. The French government has been pressing Sanofi to use its facilities to help make rival vaccines, given high demand and problems with supplies of the few vaccines that are already available. Sanofi and British partner GlaxoSmithKline will start a new phase-2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine next month, Sanofi said. The two companies said last month that their vaccine won’t be ready until late 2021 because the shot’s effectiveness in older people needed to be improved.
Myanmar health workers receive first COVID-19 vaccinations
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Health workers in Myanmar on Wednesday became the first people in the Southeast Asian country to be vaccinated against COVID-19, five days after the first vaccines were delivered from India. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, announced last week that front-line health workers would get priority for inoculations with the vaccine developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. India, which manufactures the vaccine under license, donated 1.5 million doses to Myanmar, enough to inoculate 750,000 people. On Wednesday, Suu Kyi observed vaccinations at a hospital in the capital, Naypyitaw, and told reporters that the inoculation campaign must proceed carefully because the government does not have all the supplies it needs. Suu Kyi, 75, is expected to be vaccinated Thursday.
Toronto puts road win streak on the line against Edmonton
Toronto puts road win streak on the line against EdmontonToronto Maple Leafs (6-2-0, first in the North Division) vs. Edmonton Oilers (3-5-0, fourth in the North Division)Edmonton, Alberta; Thursday, 10 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Toronto visits Edmonton trying to extend its three-game road winning streak. Edmonton went 37-25-9 overall and 11-9-4 in division play a season ago. The Oilers were called for 238 penalties last season averaging 3.4 penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes per game.
Shoah survivors to get vaccine on Auschwitz liberation day
VIENNA (AP) — Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia were poised to get their first coronavirus vaccination Wednesday, acknowledging their past suffering with a special tribute 76 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where the Nazis killed more than 1 million Jews and others. “We owe this to them,” said Erika Jakubovits, the Jewish Community of Vienna organizer of the vaccination drive. Some were being brought by shuttle or by ambulance, while others were being brought in by their children. Jakubovits organized the vaccination drive with the support from the Austrian Health Ministry and Vienna city officials. Twelve doctors, all members of the Viennese Jewish community, volunteered to vaccinate the survivors.
Boston faces Pittsburgh on 3-game win streak
Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1, fourth in the East Division) vs. Boston Bruins (4-1-1, second in the East Division)Boston; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Boston heads into a matchup with Pittsburgh as winners of three games in a row. Boston finished 14-6-3 in division play and 22-4-9 at home in the 2019-20 season. Goalies for the Bruins compiled a .921 save percentage while allowing 2.3 goals on 29.9 shots per game last season.
Minnesota hosts Los Angeles in division battle
Minnesota went 35-27-7 overall and 8-10-1 in division play in the 2019-20 season. The Wild scored 218 total goals last season, 46 on power plays and three shorthanded. Los Angeles Kings (3-2-2, fourth in the West Division) vs. Minnesota Wild (4-3-0, sixth in the West Division)Los Angeles finished 29-35-6 overall and 10-13-1 in division games during the 2019-20 season. The Kings were called for 215 penalties last season averaging 3.1 penalties and 6.8 penalty minutes per game. INJURIES: Wild: Alex Stalock: out (health protocols), Cam Talbot: day to day (lower body).
Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. It was Mount Merapi’s biggest lava flow since authorities raised its danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. Authorities in November had evacuated nearly 2,000 people living on the mountain in Magelang and Sleman districts on Java Island but most have since returned. There has been no new evacuation. The alert was being maintained at the second-highest level and authorities told people to stay out of the existing 5-kilometer (3-mile) danger zone around the crater as the local administrations in Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces closely monitor the situation.
UK care home residents send message of hope on vaccine day
A reason to celebrate at England's Rose Lodge Care Home — today is vaccine day. After a Covid-19 outbreak left half the residents sick and four dead, this first dose has brought new hope for a way out of the deadly pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 in the UK. As featured on Covid-19 has killed 100,000 people in the UK. Experts say the government is still getting it wrong In March last year, the UK government said it was hopeful the country could cap its coronavirus deaths at 20,000. It was a bleak target to set, but one the nation came to begrudgingly accept.
Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. It was Mount Merapi’s biggest lava flow since authorities raised its danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. Authorities in November had evacuated nearly 2,000 people living on the mountain in Magelang and Sleman districts on Java Island but most have since returned. The 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) volcano is on the densely populated island of Java and near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted with lava and gas clouds recently.
'I refused to let them intimidate me': the untold stories of LGBT+ seniors
When Pearl Bennett, now 69, came out as a transgender woman at a family dinner when she was 50, she wasn’t warmly embraced. Each video interview details how they fought the conventions of their time, stood up for their rights and paved the path for today’s generation of LGBT+ activists. As Ronnie explains in the video, he came out when he was in his 50s. “I refused to let people intimidate me.”The video details the struggles around gay marriage, which was legalized in the US in 2015, and the fight for gay troops to serve in the military. Bennett, for one, recalls the 1960s being a time when “queer” wasn’t a popular term, neither was being “gay”.
From the archive, 1939: Jean Renoir talks about films
La Grande Illusion was the last of his films to be seen here, and La Bête Humaine is coming soon. So with films they are best with little capital and a small group of technicians. He has always been glad to use German, Austrian, or other refugee technicians, and he cannot see much hope for British films unless they, too, confine the international influence to technical staff. The British films which he enjoys are that of Hitchcock or any that carry a “whiff of England” – not those permeated with Americans and American ideas. What a reflection that was on the doldrums of the British industry that he should be able to maintain that French films had been saved, not broken, by a national slump!
'I want to go home': Filipina domestic workers face exploitative conditions
Instead, he would provide her and the three other migrant domestic workers he employed with 10 Bahraini dinar (or £20) for food every fortnight, to be split between four. Rowena and her housemates are not alone: the pandemic has left domestic workers like them further exposed to exploitative working conditions and abuse. The Guardian has interviewed more than a dozen Filipina women across Asia, Europe and the Middle East since April. According to the International Labor Organisation, there are 11.5 million migrant domestic workers worldwide. At the start of the outbreak, she received calls late into the night from Filipina domestic workers trying to leave their abusive employers.
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
Sloppy could be a synonym for undisciplined, and referees are getting plenty of practice blowing their whistles and putting an arm in the air. Games are averaging more than seven penalties apiece so far, which contributes to New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz's theory that special teams “seem to be the difference-makers every night now.”Some goaltenders are proving to be difference-makers, like the Islanders' Semyon Varlamov, who stopped 81 of the first 82 shots he faced. All divisional play figured to help skaters who only needed to study the 12 to 15 goalies they'd face, but he's benefiting from years of experience in the NHL. “Every time you play the game, the forwards always try to surprise you with a different movement and everybody’s going to try to do different things on the ice,” Varlamov said. San Jose coach Bob Boughner has already noticed a difference
White House recommits to putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a change of administrations, it looks like Harriet Tubman is once again headed to the front of the $20 bill. Biden press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put the 19th century abolitionist leader on the $20 bill. Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had selected Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, on the $20 bill. Instead, Mnuchin in 2019 announced a delay in redesigning the $20 bill in order to redesign the $10 and $50 bills first to improve security features to thwart counterfeiters. The unveiling of the redesigned $20 bill featuring Tubman, famous for her efforts spiriting slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad, had been timed by the Obama administration to coincide with the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Forget the fancy stuff: How Eddie Jones' advice helped Ben Earl to knuckle down on the basics
The problem for Earl is that Eddie Jones, currently self isolating, is automatically suspicious of anything that goes viral in this day and age. This was the message that Jones bluntly conveyed to Earl in their first meeting before the 2018 tour to South Africa. That’s the way the game is, but at professional level every job is as important as the rest. “Even though it was a long time ago, it is still very vivid in my mind,” Earl said. He didn’t see enough of me doing the hard basics which is required of a Premiership back row never mind an international back row.
Goldman Sachs cuts David Solomon's pay by $10m over 1MDB scandal
Goldman Sachs has slashed chief executive David Soloman's pay by $10m (£7.3m) as a penalty for the 1MDB corruption scandal. The bank's board reduced his pay packet to $17.5m for 2020, compared to $27.5m a year earlier. The investment bank was fined by regulators around the world following a massive fraud at the Malaysian fund. The board also called Mr Soloman's performance last year "outstanding" after the bank generated its highest revenues in more than a decade on the back of virus-induced market volatility. Goldman added that five former top bankers including former chief executive Lloyd Blankfein will forfeit a chunk of their performance-related share awards worth $67m.
Alistair Brownlee aims to go 'Sub-7' in 'Ironman' triathlon
“You’re never going to swim much faster than 45mins whatever you do unless you hold it down a torrent of a river. And then if you do, say, three and a half hours on a bike, that’s basically averaging 51.5kph… Not many grand tour TTTs are that fast. To maintain that pace you are going to need pretty much world class time triallists to do it. Instead he says he is looking for places which are “really really flat” and have the right climate. It’s a fantastic way to talk about triathlon and try to be inspirational and to encourage activity and all those educational bits I mentioned.
Travel news latest: 'No scientific evidence' for quarantine hotels
?The bosses of British Airways, Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic have criticised the Government's plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from 'high risk' destinations. In an open letter to the Prime Minister, executives from the three airlines said they had 'seen no compelling scientific evidence' to support the idea of hotel quarantine, and called on Boris Johnson to discuss financial support for the industry. “Policy should be based on evidence,' they wrote; 'and we have seen no compelling scientific evidence that introducing a policy potentially of blanket quarantine in hotels, is necessary in addition to measures only recently introduced. The plans, based on Australia's hotel quarantine system, would cost travellers up to £1,500 for 10 days self-isolating – with meals served in their rooms and round-the-clock supervision by private security guards. Scroll down for more on this story, and other breaking travel news.
Politics latest news: Boris Johnson to publish lockdown exit plan next month
The Prime Minister is poised to set out the criteria for lifting lockdown next month, sources have told the Telegraph. Boris Johnson has come under pressure from his backbenchers to explain what must be achieved before restrictions can be eased, with he and fellow ministers so far only stressing the need to get cases, hospitalisations and daily deaths down, while maintaining the vaccine rollout. However sources stressed that the plan would not be coming imminently, however, suggesting it could be revealed close to the mid-February review point. Robert Jenrick confirmed that the Prime Minister would set out a "road map" out of the lockdown, with reopening schools a priority. Follow the latest updates below.
David Morris launches new one-of-a-kind pieces via Farfetch: is click-to-buy the future of high jewellery?
By and large, selling high jewellery remains a private affair, conducted behind closed doors between a house and its VIP clients. British jeweller David Morris is bucking that trend this year, by launching part of its latest high jewellery collection via luxury e-tailer Farfetch.com. Four out of 13 one-of-a-kind pieces from its new Renaissance collection, with price tags of up to £500,000, are available to buy in a few clicks online at Farfetch.com from today. It’s an unusual move in high jewellery, which is usually only presented to selected clients by invitation only. The rest of the collection (prices: on application) is available for Farfetch clients to view and purchase via digital appointments, while David Morris is also presenting it to its VIP clients via private one-to-one consultations.
Paris Hilton discusses undergoing ‘tough’ IVF to have twins
Paris Hilton has revealed that she’s started IVF with her boyfriend Carter Reum, admitting the process has been “tough”. According to the heiress, 39, she began looking into IVF because it was “the only way” she could ensure that she can have “twins that are a boy and a girl”. Sex selection during IVF is permitted in the US but is not allowed in the UK and other countries. Speaking on The Trend Reporter with Mara podcast, Hilton - who has been dating venture capitalist Reum since 2019 - said she’s already completed the egg retrieval process. The millionaire heiress shared that her longtime friend Kim Kardashian West - who has two children via surrogate - was the person who first suggested IVF, even introducing Hilton to her doctor.
How a podcast is bringing depth to binary conversations about pornography
At the show’s helm is comedian Jacob Hawley, who previously hosted the podcast On Drugs and comedy special Welcome to Britain on Radio 4. Pornography is an emotional and contentious topic for many people, with conversations often descending into cries of “porn bad” or “porn good”. Rather than viewing it as some floating moral concept, Hawley explores how pornography actually operates today and how it affects creators and consumers alike. The discussions feel vital because pornography is a topic that carries a taboo and divides people who would normally agree on other matters. Should we discuss porn when talking about love, Hawley asks at the top of the show.
Harvey Price given chance to make station announcements after Network Rail see teenager’s love of trains
Network Rail has offered Katie Price’s son, Harvey, the chance to make an announcement at one of their stations after seeing his love of trains in the documentary Katie Price: Harvey and Me. The BBC One documentary aired on Monday evening and included two scenes of Harvey at train station. In the two scenes, Harvey is seen mimicking the station announcements. While spending time with a friend at Waterloo Station in London, he says: “May I have your attention please? Platform four for the 11.34 South Western Railway service to Guildford.”Now, Network Rail has revealed it would love to offer Harvey the chance to make an official railway announcement.
Promising Young Woman: Carey Mulligan responds to apology for controversial film review
Carey Mulligan has responded after US publication Variety apologised for its controversial review of her new film Promising Young Woman. The review, published in January 2020, suggested that Margot Robbie would have been a better choice for the lead character in the revenge comedy-thriller. “Mulligan, a fine actress, seems a bit of an odd choice as this admittedly many-layered apparent femme fatale,” stated critic Dennis Harvey. Or we want to edit the way that they work, the way they move, and the way that they think and behave. In Promising Young Woman, for which she is receiving Oscar buzz, Mulligan portrays Cassie, a survivor of trauma who uses her sexuality in a series of revenge schemes.
Is Burnley vs Aston Villa on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Burnley welcome Aston Villa to Turf Moor in the Premier League this evening as the Clarets look to continue their remarkable uplift in form. The game will come too early for Morgan Sanson, who joins Villa for £15.5m from Marseille. The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and the BT Sport App, with coverage beginning from 5.30pm. Charlie Taylor picked up an injury against Liverpool and is expected to miss out for Burnley. John McGinn is available for Villa after returning from suspension, although Kortney Hause is a doubt.
Borderlands: Kevin Hart chosen for lead role as fans question video game adaptation’s ‘strange’ casting
Kevin Hart has been cast in the forthcoming film adaptation of the hit video game Borderlands. The actor and comedian will play Roland, a playable character in the original Borderlands who is a highly skilled soldier. “As much as I love Kevin Hart... he’s not Roland,” wrote one Twitter user. Kevin Hart is a comedic relief actor, Roland is too serious of a character for that.”“Kevin Hart has a place in Borderlands but as Roland?! But Kevin Hart as Roland is so weird.”“I can't see him as Roland,” wrote another Twitter user.
Elizabeth Hurley hits back at critics of topless photo: ‘These pics were taken by my 80 year old mother’
Elizabeth Hurley has responded to critics of a photo she released on social media this week in which she is topless while wearing a fur coat. Piers Morgan called the picture, taken in the snow, “creepy” and “thirsty” and speculated that Hurley’s teenage son may have taken the photograph. He also criticised Hurley for posing topless at the age of 55. Actor and model Hurley has an 18-year-old son, Damian, with the late producer Steve Bing who died in June last year. Hurley recently made headlines for a very different sort of social media post, in which she told fans she had made 47 jars of marmalade in lockdown.
Britain’s Got Talent could be cancelled this year due to pandemic, says Amanda Holden
Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has confirmed that this year’s edition of the show could be cancelled due to the pandemic. ITV had previously announced that its hit reality competition was being postponed for an indefinite amount of time. Filming for Britain’s Got Talent’s 15th series would ordinarily have started this month, though the current national lockdown has made production untenable. Speaking on her Heart Radio Breakfast show, Holden was asked by co-presenter Ashley Roberts about the status of the series. “Well, I personally think that we shouldn’t do [Britain’s Got Talent] without the fifth judge, which is you guys,” Holden responded.
Is Everton vs Leicester on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Leicester City are looking to cement their position among the Premier League title favourites when they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton this evening. Here is everything you need to know:When is it and what time is kick-off? The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and the BT Sport App, with coverage beginning at 8pm. Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi are in contention to return from injury although Allan, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain absent. Predicted line-upsEverton: Pickford; Holgate, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Doucoure, Gomes; Iwobi, Rodriguez, Richarlison; Calvert-LewinLeicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes; PerezOddsEverton - 9/5Draw - 23/10
Everton vs Leicester live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Everton welcome Leicester City to Goodison Park in the Premier League this evening. Meanwhile, Leicester certainly are in contention for another title, with three wins in succession making them one of the favourites. The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and the BT Sport App, with coverage beginning at 8pm. Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi are in contention to return from injury although Allan, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain absent. Predicted line-upsEverton: Pickford; Holgate, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Doucoure, Gomes; Iwobi, Rodriguez, Richarlison; Calvert-LewinLeicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes; PerezOddsEverton - 9/5Draw - 23/10
Burnley vs Aston Villa live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Burnley host Aston Villa in the Premier League this evening as Dean Smith’s side look to maintain their hopes of a European place this season. The game will come too early for Morgan Sanson, who joins Villa for £15.5m from Marseille. Meanwhile, Burnley have enjoyed a brilliant revival of their own, with Sean Dyche once again working wonders despite a limited budget. The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and the BT Sport App, with coverage beginning from 5.30pm. John McGinn is available for Villa after returning from suspension, although Kortney Hause is a doubt.
Manchester United vs Sheffield Utd live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Manchester United welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford this evening as the hosts look to regain top spot in the Premier League. Man United enter the fixture with four victories and one draw in their last five outings in the league and buoyed by a fourth-round FA Cup win against rivals Liverpool in their most recent game. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock to his knee against Liverpool last weekend but has been cleared to feature this evening. Predicted line-upsMan United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial; CavaniSheffield United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, SharpOddsMan United: 1/4Draw: 5/1Sheffield United: 10/1Prediction
Is Manchester United vs Sheffield Utd on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Manchester United host Sheffield United this evening as the 20-time English champions set out to go top of the Premier League once again. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock to his knee against Liverpool last weekend but has been cleared to feature this evening. Predicted line-upsMan United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial; CavaniSheffield United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, SharpOddsMan United: 1/4Draw: 5/1Sheffield United: 10/1Prediction
Manchester United vs Sheffield Utd prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out tonight?
Manchester United host Sheffield United tonight as the Red Devils seek to go top of the Premier League once again. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock to his knee against Liverpool last weekend but has been cleared to feature this evening. Predicted line-upsMan United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial; CavaniSheffield United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, SharpOddsMan United: 1/4Draw: 5/1Sheffield United: 10/1Prediction
Manchester United vs Sheffield Utd predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight
Manchester United host Sheffield United tonight as the home side look to reclaim top spot in the Premier League. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock to his knee against Liverpool last weekend but has been cleared to feature this evening. Predicted line-upsMan United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial; CavaniSheffield United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, SharpOddsMan United: 1/4Draw: 5/1Sheffield United: 10/1Prediction
The homeless drug addict who became a professor
It was New Year's Eve, 1999. Jesse, by now 23, had been out partying all night. The following day he went over to a friend's house. There were some people there he vaguely knew, who asked if he wanted to share a joint and if he could help them find a lift to travel out west. They said they'd buy him a pizza if he could order one for them and they'd give him a new jersey in return for his efforts.
Brighton record loss of £67m as coronavirus pandemic hits finances
Brighton have reported a loss of £67.2m for the 2019-20 season, which chairman Tony Bloom described as "one of the most challenging in the club's history". The figure compares to a loss of £21.2m during the previous campaign, while turnover was down to £132.9m from £148m. In a statement, the club said the coronavirus pandemic had affected every aspect of their financial operations. "The budgeted losses were significantly increased by the unexpected drop in turnover, due to the coronavirus pandemic." Bloom paid tribute to the work of club staff in mitigating the impact of the pandemic, and acknowledged it put the financial results into perspective.
Manchester United’s fringe players could depart before January transfer window deadline
Asked about the situation with Williams and Lingard, Solskjaer said: "They're still part of the club, part of the squad, training well. No deal has been struck for any of the players yet going out - still a little period left, of course. "There's been many clubs interested in our players, so let's see what happens. He's just come in, he's going through a good training regime and training programme and he's doing well. It won't be too long, I feel, before I can bring him into the squad."
COVID-19: Breakthrough treatment claims to stop 100% of symptomatic infections
The makers of an experimental drug, now being trialled by the NHS, say it is 100 per cent effective in protecting against symptomatic cases of the virus. US-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals says its two-antibody cocktail called REGEN-COV also reduces overall coronavirus infection rates by about 50 per cent. Regeneron analysed 400 participants in its trial, all of whom had a household member with COVID-19. REGEN-COV works by combining two antibodies which bind to a protein on the surface of the virus and blocks infections of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Oxford University's Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) study - the world's largest clinical trial of hospitalised COBID-19 patients - is testing REGEN-COV.
IOC urges athletes to get vaccinated before Tokyo Games
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday recommended athletes and officials receive coronavirus vaccinations before traveling for the postponed Tokyo Games, emphasizing the need to protect the health and safety of people in Japan. In a teleconference with national Olympic committees, IOC President Thomas Bach reiterated that vaccinations are part of a “toolbox” of coronavirus countermeasures being devised by the IOC and organizers of both the Tokyo Games and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. While priority should be given to “vulnerable groups, nurses, medical doctors and everyone who is keeping our societies safe,” Olympic participants should seek vaccination once it becomes available to the general public, Bach said. But it also pointed to a recent U.N. resolution stating the importance of Olympic and Paralympic teams in promoting sport as a contributor to health and wellbeing in communities around the world. The IOC has asked all 206 NOCs to determine the vaccination situation in their respective countries and regions, in consultation with local authorities, and report back in early February.
Giants to set up coronavirus testing center in Okinawa
The Yomiuri Giants will set up a coronavirus testing clinic for pro baseball and J. League soccer teams holding preseason camps in Okinawa Prefecture, the Central League club said Wednesday. The Giants are scheduled to open their camp in Okinawa on Monday. Harumi Hoshi, a senior club official, outlined the operations of the clinic in a press conference at the Okinawa prefectural government office. “We will screen athletes and staff for infection and carry out the camp safely,” Hoshi said.
Biden’s dream team on China: But what if the game is changing?
Biden’s China-related appointments represent a Democratic Party dream team of consummate insiders with a Beltway accent, fluent in the business of politics and the politics of business. The new team includes many Obama administration retreads and Hillary Clinton loyalists who know how to play the game -— but what if the game is changing? Most of Biden’s China team, though competent, comprises partisan professionals who work in the orbit of Pentagon-friendly think tanks and lucrative consulting firms. U.S. China policy going forward will be more muscular than that of the timid Obama era, but it will also be miles away from the tantrum-a-day style of Trump’s leadership. Incoming Secretary of State Blinken has set the tone for Biden’s China policy by acknowledging that Trump’s decision to get tough on China was correct.
Biden news live: Latest updates as president confronts Putin
? Close Related video: Biden orders 200m extra Covid vaccine doses in bid to vaccinate 300m Americans by end of summerJoe Biden has held his first call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, pressing his fellow president on the poisoning and arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s apparent involvement in a cyberattack last year that compromised the files of multiple US federal agencies and the Russian military’s alleged bounty scheme against US troops in Afghanistan. The new US president is eager to set a new tone in relations with Russia, its Cold War adversary throughout the second half of the 20th century, after his predecessor, Donald Trump, routinely gave Mr Putin the benefit of the doubt. Republican senators lost a vote in the upper chamber on Tuesday seeking to block Mr Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial as “unconstitutional”, given that he is no longer in office, but the vote appeared to confirm Rand Paul’s contention that the matter is “dead on arrival”, with insufficient GOP support to convict the 45th president for inciting insurrection at the US Capitol earlier this month. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contactedRead our full mailing list consent terms here The Independent would like to keep you informed about offers, events and updates by email, please tick the box if you would like to be contactedRead our full mailing list consent terms here
Ilkay Gundogan finds form of his life to turn into Man City’s unlikely talisman
But after half an hour at the Hawthorns, Gundogan was City’s leading marksman in the Premier League. Gundogan has starred in City’s recent run (EPA)He has always had the technical ability and the ball-striking prowess. A player who has suffered from injuries has rediscovered a sharpness, an unselfish team man has revealed a ruthlessness. Gundogan has developed into a talismanic figure, a catalyst in a way he has not been before. Gundogan was in fine form in the second half of the 2018-19 season, but in a team with an aura of invincibility.
NYPD officer is shot in the back while on plainclothes patrol in the Bronx
A New York Police Department officer was shot in the back late Tuesday as he patrolled the Bronx as part of an anti-gun violence unit. The shooting, which occurred around 10.30pm in the Soundview section of the Bronx, marks the third shooting of a New York police officer in the last three months. Police investigated into the early morning hours of Wednesday, looking for evidence after an 31-year-old NYPD officer was shot while pursuing a suspectFellow officers transported the shot officer to a nearby hospital in the Bronx. Officers showed up in force to investigate the shooting of their fellow NYPD officer, an incident that marked the third shooting of an NYPD officer in as many monthsThe shooting is the third of NYPD officers in just three months. On Christmas Eve, another officer in Brooklyn was shot when responding to a call about domestic violence, and he survived thanks to his bulletproof vest.
Third time’s a charm? Japan gets another high-level U.S. commitment to defending Senkakus
Tokyo has received yet another commitment from the Biden administration on defending the Japanese-controlled, Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands as Beijing continues its ramped-up activity near the islets. The move took place as the Japan Coast Guard spotted two Chinese ships near the Senkakus for the 10th straight day on Monday. The remarks appeared to again endorse Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy,” which Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, had also advocated. Motegi had high praise for the speed of Blinken’s call to Japan after his formal swearing-in ceremony. In his remarks Wednesday, he “highlighted the importance of continued U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea cooperation,” the State Department said.
Venture investment hits record high in 2020
FINANCEThe Ministry of SMEs and Startup (Unit: 100 million won)South Korea’s venture investment set records in 2020 both in the number of deals and their value, despite the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of SMEs and Startups announced Wednesday.The country’s investment in startups reached 4.30 trillion won ($3.89 billion) in 2020, adding 26.8 billion won, or 0.6 percent, from the previous year.The number of investment deals also hit a record high of 4,231 while the number of invested companies logged an all-time high of 2,130. Among the 2,130 companies that secured funds last year, a record 75 companies received more than 10 billion won.“While the COVID-19 pandemic renewed investors’ interest in bio and health as well as the ICT sector, bullish stock markets also raised expectations for an investment exit,” Vice Minister of SMEs and Startups Kang Sung-cheon said Wednesday. “The government’s efforts to foster an innovative ecosystem for startups and ventures also had a positive impact.” The venture investment boom in 2020 was led by bio, health, ICT, materials, parts and equipment. This year, startups and venture companies will continue to play a key role in the recovery of our economy,” Kang said. ( gypark@heraldcorp.com
‘L.U.C.A.: The Beginning’ offers action-packed chase
ENTERTAINMENT(From left) Actors Kim Sung-oh and Lee Da-hee, director Kim Hong-sun and actor Kim Rae-won pose before an online press conference Wednesday. (CJ ENM)Kim Hong-sun, the director of multiple hit OCN dramas, is back Monday with a tvN action drama titled “L.U.C.A. : The Beginning” centers on an experimental cell, Ji-O, that was created through the L.U.C.A. But I saw that it was written by screenwriter Chun and I had enjoyed watching ‘The Guest’ by director Kim. : The Beginning” is set to air on tvN every Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. starting next week.By Lim Jang-won ( ljw@heraldcorp.com
Dozens injured in lockdown protests in Lebanon's Tripoli: Red Cross
A protester runs past a burning vehicle during clashes with the army in Lebanon's impoverished second city TripoliAdvertising Read moreBeirut (AFP)Overnight clashes in northern Lebanon between security forces and demonstrators angered by a coronavirus lockdown injured at least 45 people, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Wednesday. At least nine of the injured were treated in hospital following rolling scuffles in the main northern city of Tripoli, the Red Cross said. At least 30 people were injured in similar clashes in Tripoli on Monday night as frustration with tight coronavirus restrictions boiled over. Tripoli was already one of Lebanon's poorest areas even before the pandemic piled on new misery to a chronic economic crisis. But caretaker social affairs minister Ramzi Musharrafieh acknowledged Tuesday that three-quarters of the population of more than six million need financial assistance.
Wuhan next-of-kin say China silencing them as WHO visits
The effort has thus far been thwarted by official obstruction, monitoring of social media groups and intimidation, say next-of-kin. The WHO experts arrived in Wuhan on January 14 and are due to emerge from a 14-day quarantine on Thursday. According to official Chinese figures, it killed nearly 3,900 in Wuhan, accounting for the vast majority of the 4,636 dead China has reported. A team of WHO virus experts were finally allowed into Wuhan a fortnight ago. Several Wuhan relatives have tried to file lawsuits seeking compensation and punishment of officials, but say courts have refused to accept them.
French firm Sanofi to help produce 100 million doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
This photo taken Monday Nov.30, 2020, shows the logo of French drugmaker Sanofi at the company's headquarters, in Paris. Sanofi will fill and pack millions of doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from July in an effort to help meet the huge demand for the U.S. drugmaker's shots. Last month, Sanofi and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline said a COVID-19 vaccine they are jointly developing had shown an insufficient immune response in older people, delaying its launch to late this year. >> 'Humiliation': French see Covid-19 vaccine flops as sign of decline"Since our main vaccine is a few months late, we asked ourselves how we could be of assistance now," Hudson was quoted as saying. Sanofi is also working on another COVID-19 vaccine candidate with U.S. firm Translate Bio which uses mRNA technology, similar to the approach of Pfizer/BioNTech.
Fears a third lockdown may be imminent as France's Covid-19 cases surge
Macron will head the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday and a government COVID-19 press conference is scheduled for Thursday. A drop below 3,000 led the government to relax the second lockdown on Dec. 15. France's cumulative total of infections now stands at 3,079,943, the sixth highest in the world. The seven-day moving average of new fatalities stands at 395. After France's Pasteur Institute said on Monday it had decided to halt one of its potential COVID-19 vaccine projects, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said it would aim to supply more than 100 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from July.
Russian TikTokers Detained for Attacking FSB Car at Navalny Protests
A popular TikToker and his friends have been detained for allegedly vandalizing a Russian security services car during mass rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, media reported Wednesday. Konstantin Lakeyev, 18, is suspected of attacking the car appearing to belong to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in a widely shared video from Saturday’s unauthorized protests demanding Navalny’s release. State media reported that the car’s driver was hospitalized with a gouged eye. news Protests for Jailed Kremlin Critic Navalny Sweep Russia Read moreThe OVD-Info police-monitoring website reported that friends lost contact with Lakeyev after his detention Tuesday evening. The news agency added that several of his fellow influencers have also been detained for questioning at a TikTok house they share outside Moscow on suspicion of vandalizing the state car.
Farm agitation: Bring in chief ministers as mediators
The team comprises senior journalists with wide-ranging interests who debate and opine on the news and issues of the day. LESS ... MOREThat the farm agitation has gone on far too long was evident in the manner that the farmers clashed with police on Republic Day and the protest turned violent. Perhaps, the government can rope in chief ministers of the north Indian states affected by the farm agitation to get the farmers to back down. This would be a bipartisan mix of Congress and BJP chief ministers like Amarinder Singh, ML Khattar, Yogi Adityanath and Ashok Gehlot. Chief ministers as negotiators carry the added heft of enjoying the popular mandate of their respective states, and it would also signal respect for federalism.
Youn Yuh-jung bags 20th trophy in US for her role in ‘Minari’
Youn Yuh-jung bags 20th trophy in US for her role in ‘Minari’Veteran actor Youn Yuh-jung took home her 20th best supporting actress trophy in the US for her performance in “Minari,” an American film written and directed by Korean American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung.She was recognized by the National Board of Review on Wednesday for the realistic portrayal of a Korean grandmother who comes to a farm in rural Arkansas to babysit her two grandchildren, while her daughter (Han Ye-ri) and son-in-law (Steven Yeun) are out working to pursue their American dream.Director Chung won the best original screenplay award at the ceremony.Youn has been proving herself a strong contender to be nominated for this year’s Oscars by winning 19 best supporting actress awards from US film critics circles and festivals, including the San Diego Film Critics Society, Music City Film Critics Association and the DiscussingFilm Critic Awards.Youn was also announced as a nominee for the best supporting actress prize at the 36th annual Spirit Awards in the US, a prestigious indie film award ceremony, where “Minari” received six nominations, including best feature film, best director, best screenplay, best male lead for Steven Yeun and supporting actress for Han Ye-ri.If Youn is nominated for the 93rd Academy Awards in April, she will be the first Korean actor to get an Oscar nod for acting.The 2021 Academy Awards are scheduled to be held on April 25, and its nominees will be announced on March 15.Meanwhile, “Minari” and the film‘s other actors are also doing well in the US award festival circuit, winning jury and audience prizes at the Sundance festival, among others.By Song Seung-hyun ( ssh@heraldcorp.com
Joseon era folding screen bought at US auction on display at palace museum
LIFE&STYLEYojiyeondo, a folding screen from the Joseon era (National Palace Museum of Korea)Three traditional folding screens, including one which was brought back from the United States last year, are on display at the National Palace Museum of Korea.The most famous of the three -- Yojiyeondo, or banquet at Yoji in Korean -- depicts an extravagant feast hosted by Seowangmo, a goddess in Chinese mythology. The banquet takes place by Yoji, a huge pond in the Kunlun Mountains which is believed to be the dwelling place of gods. King Mu of China’s Zhou dynasty was said to have attended it.Paintings of the banquet were popular during the late Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) as it symbolized a long and prosperous country.The large folding screen on display at the National Palace Museum of Korea measures some 5 meters in width and reflects the majestic heritage from the late Joseon Dynasty, according to the museum.Yojiyeondo paintings normally feature Seowangmo and King Mu sitting in front of the banquet table. The folding screen at the museum is unique because it does not have a banquet table in front of the two protagonists. Instead, maidens play musical instruments in front of the pair, highlighting the banquet’s festive atmosphere.The former owner’s father bought the folding screen around 50 years ago when he was serving at a US military base in Korea.
Washington could revive four-party, six-party talks with NK under Blinken
“Washington has realized the limitations of dealing with North Korea unilaterally, and would want to work together with other countries for future talks.”Noting that the North’s nuclear arsenals are now more advanced and sophisticated than the Obama and Trump era, Cheong stressed that both denuclearizing the North and bringing the regime back to the table would be very difficult without China.“Washington is well aware of this. The North withdrew from the talks in 2009, and though there have been attempts to revive the negotiations since, it has never happened.Many believe the four-party talks that took place in the late 1990s -- involving the two Koreas, the US and China -- is more feasible and preferred by Beijing than getting all six to the table.But such talks, or any other working-level dialogue, would not happen so soon, experts agreed. In the meantime, Washington will likely continue to mete out sanctions and take a hardline stance to gain leverage over Pyongyang.“The US will likely continue to toughen sanctions, as ways to manage the North Korea situation,” said Park Won-gon, professor of international politics at Handong Global University. “If the allies conduct exercises, there’s a high chance the North could retaliate, and that could change the whole scope of Washington’s approach to Pyongyang.”As it could take up to six months for Washington’s North Korea policy review to be completed, Seoul needs to consult closely with Washington to have some input into the new administration policies, others say.“South Korea can take the opportunity of Biden’s ‘alliances first’ approach to shore up Seoul’s relations with both Washington and Tokyo and have early input into the new administration’s policies,” said Easley. “It can seek sanctions exemptions for rebuilding the Mount Kumgang resort for humanitarian and environmental exchanges and suggest North Korea and climate change as areas for US-China cooperation.”At the same time, Seoul needs to mend ties with Tokyo, w
Venture investment hits record high in 2020
South Korea’s venture investment set records in 2020 both in the number of deals and their value, despite the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of SMEs and Startups announced Wednesday. The country’s investment in startups reached 4.30 trillion won ($3.89 billion) in 2020, adding 26.8 billion won, or 0.6 percent, from the previous year. The number of investment deals also hit a record high of 4,231 while the number of invested companies logged an all-time high of 2,130. Among the 2,130 companies that secured funds last year, a record 75 companies received more than 10 billion won. The Ministry of SMEs and Startup (Unit: 100 million won)
Moon briefs global leaders on S. Korea's inclusive policy amid pandemic
South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a special speech during a virtual session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap)President Moon Jae-in introduced global political and business leaders Wednesday to South Korea's policy measures designed to promote inclusive growth in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was delivering a special speech at an online meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) as part of its Davos Agenda Week event. "We have yet to pool more wisdom on concrete ways, but if implemented, they would be able to serve as an inclusive policy model to overcome infectious disease disasters, like the coronavirus, together," the president said. He also mentioned the Korean-version New Deal project aimed at expanding employment and social safety nets and achieving an inclusive recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
Youn Yuh-jung bags 20th trophy in US for her role in ‘Minari’
ENTERTAINMENTYoun Yuh-jung stars in “Minari” (Pancinema)Youn Yuh-jung bags 20th trophy in US for her role in ‘Minari’Veteran actor Youn Yuh-jung took home her 20th best supporting actress trophy in the US for her performance in “Minari,” an American film written and directed by Korean American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung.She was recognized by the National Board of Review on Wednesday for the realistic portrayal of a Korean grandmother who comes to a farm in rural Arkansas to babysit her two grandchildren, while her daughter (Han Ye-ri) and son-in-law (Steven Yeun) are out working to pursue their American dream.Director Chung won the best original screenplay award at the ceremony.Youn has been proving herself a strong contender to be nominated for this year’s Oscars by winning 19 best supporting actress awards from US film critics circles and festivals, including the San Diego Film Critics Society, Music City Film Critics Association and the DiscussingFilm Critic Awards.Youn was also announced as a nominee for the best supporting actress prize at the 36th annual Spirit Awards in the US, a prestigious indie film award ceremony, where “Minari” received six nominations, including best feature film, best director, best screenplay, best male lead for Steven Yeun and supporting actress for Han Ye-ri.If Youn is nominated for the 93rd Academy Awards in April, she will be the first Korean actor to get an Oscar nod for acting.The 2021 Academy Awards are scheduled to be held on April 25, and its nominees will be announced on March 15.Meanwhile, “Minari” and the film‘s other actors are also doing well in the US award festival circuit, winning jury and audience prizes at the Sundance festival, among others.By Song Seung-hyun ( ssh@heraldcorp.com
Republican senators rally against Donald Trump's impeachment, making conviction unlikely
All but five US Senate Republicans have voted in favour of an effort to dismiss Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial, making clear a conviction of the former president for "incitement of insurrection" is unlikely. The impeachment trial surrounds Mr Trump's role in the deadly siege at the US Capitol on January 6. The vote means the trial on Mr Trump's impeachment will begin as scheduled the week of February 8. The shift is said to be in keeping with protocol because Mr Trump is no longer in office. Instead, Senator Leahy, who serves in the largely ceremonial role of Senate president pro tempore, was sworn in on Tuesday.
Joseon era folding screen bought at US auction on display at palace museum
Three traditional folding screens, including one which was brought back from the United States last year, are on display at the National Palace Museum of Korea.The most famous of the three -- Yojiyeondo, or banquet at Yoji in Korean -- depicts an extravagant feast hosted by Seowangmo, a goddess in Chinese mythology. The banquet takes place by Yoji, a huge pond in the Kunlun Mountains which is believed to be the dwelling place of gods. King Mu of China’s Zhou dynasty was said to have attended it.Paintings of the banquet were popular during the late Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) as it symbolized a long and prosperous country.The large folding screen on display at the National Palace Museum of Korea measures some 5 meters in width and reflects the majestic heritage from the late Joseon Dynasty, according to the museum.Yojiyeondo paintings normally feature Seowangmo and King Mu sitting in front of the banquet table. The folding screen at the museum is unique because it does not have a banquet table in front of the two protagonists. Instead, maidens play musical instruments in front of the pair, highlighting the banquet’s festive atmosphere.The former owner’s father bought the folding screen around 50 years ago when he was serving at a US military base in Korea.
Trump Administration Accomplishments – The White House
More than 6 million American workers received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to the tax cuts. There are now 6 LNG export facilities operating in the United States, with 2 additional export projects under construction. Cross-trained United States Border Patrol agents to conduct credible fear screenings alongside USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) adjudication personnel to reduce massive backlogs. Issued directives requiring Federal agencies to hire United States workers first and prioritizing the hiring of United States workers wherever possible. Removed the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to the group’s blatant anti-Israel bias.
Japan key to US plan to rally allies against China in Indo-Pacific, observers say
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has used the first conversation with his Japanese counterpart to reaffirm Tokyo’s importance to Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Photo: Getty Images
Singapore protesters detained at tiny LGBT rights demo
Three LGBT rights protesters have been arrested in Singapore after taking part in a tiny, rare demonstration triggered by the government’s alleged mistreatment of a transgender student, police said Wednesday. Five people demonstrated outside the education ministry Tuesday over the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, waving placards that read “trans students will not be erased” and “#Fix schools not students”. The trigger for the demonstration was claims the ministry had blocked a transgender student from receiving hormone therapy, an allegation officials have denied. “LGBTQ students in school aren’t treated well,” Averyn Thng, a 23-year-old activist who took part in the protest but was not arrested, told AFP. The city-state is frequently criticised over its record on gay rights, and sex between men remains illegal under a colonial-era law.
Premiers tell Trudeau they ‘want to go to war’ with U.S. over Keystone XL: sources
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced anger from some of Canada’s premiers Thursday over U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project — including heated calls for punishment that could fracture ties between the two allies. “Some premiers want to go to war” with the United States over the cancellation, aides of those who participated in the meeting said. The characterization surprised some of the other premiers on the call, aides said, given the behaviour of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney blasts President Biden on revoked Keystone XL permitTrudeau told the premiers he will plead the case for the Keystone XL pipeline when he speaks to Biden by phone Friday. White House defends revoking Keystone XL permit, says Biden committed to clean energy jobsBiden’s revoking of the Keystone XL permit, one of several executive orders signed within hours of his inauguration, drew sharp condemnation from the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, whose energy sectors were depending on the US$8 billion project.
Estonia to become the only country in the world with a female president and female prime minister — Invest in Estonia
The other three countries with a female head of state and head of government are New Zealand, Denmark, and Barbados, all with a queen and a female prime minister. Kersti Kaljulaid is the first female President of Estonia since 2016. An analysis published by the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the World Economic Forum suggests it’s not a coincidence. COVID-outcomes are systematically better in countries led by women. Coalition negotiations in Estonia were led by Kaja Kallas and the Center Party’s deputy chairwoman Mailis Reps.
Mount Merapi eruption: Volcano shoots out river of lava and gas clouds
The volcano, which sits in Yogyakarta near to Magelang and Sleman districts on the island of Java, is the most active in Indonesia. (Image: AFP via Getty Images)Locals have been warned to stay 5km away from the crater. At this stage, it is unclear if anyone has been injured in Merapi’s latest eruption, but prayers have flooded in across social media for those living near to the active volcano. (Image: AFP via Getty Images) (Image: AFP via Getty Images)It comes after the volcano twice on Sunday lasting around seven minutes with residents warned to remain outside a 3km no-go zone. Mount Merapi is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes with its last major eruption in 2010 killing 347 people.
16-year-old Singaporean detained under ISA after planning to attack Muslims at 2 mosques
SINGAPORE: A 16-year-old Singaporean boy was detained in December under Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA) after planning to use a machete to attack Muslims at two mosques in the Woodlands area in March. ISD stated that the teen was influenced by the 2019 terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. AdvertisementFirst, he planned to carry out his attacks on Mar 15 this year, the anniversary of the Christchurch attacks, ISD said. He had intended to save up for the purchase and was confident of doing so in time for the intended attacks, ISD said. “His immediate family and others in his social circles were not aware of his attack plans and the depth of his hatred for Islam,” ISD said.
Vegan ‘dairy’ products face EU ban from using milk cartons and yoghurt pots – and UK could be next
They would also be unable to use packaging designs that call to mind dairy products, such as yoghurt pots or milk cartons. So how did it come to this – and does the vegan industry have any chance of preventing these new rules from going ahead? Needless to say, vegan dairy producers take the opposite view. Or will they be persuaded by the “consumer confusion” argument pushed by the dairy industry? Yet Amendment 171 would still apply to UK producers who want to export to the EU.
China Is Using Anal Swabs to Detect COVID-19 Infections
Authorities in Beijing are ordering anal swabs for some people who may have contacted COVID-19 patients, in its latest effort to contain local outbreaks. But since it’s not convenient to do anal swabs for large numbers of people, the test is now only required for the “key population,” such as those under quarantine, he said. Researchers have been studying if anal swabs could help doctors screen potential infections or identify severe cases at an early stage. A study in Weihai found the coronavirus was positive in anal swabs but negative in other sample types of several cured patients. Another study in the southern city of Guangzhou showed the detection of the virus in anal swabs was a potential warning indicator of severe disease.
Israel military revising operational plans against Iran: General
Israeli military chief of staff’s remarks are rare and a clear warning to the Biden administration on its relations with Iran. Israel’s top general warned attack plans against Iran were being revised and said any US return to the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran would be “wrong”. “A return to the 2015 nuclear agreement, or even if it is a similar accord with several improvements, is bad and wrong from an operational and strategic point of view,” Kohavi said. Targeting IranAfter Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018, tensions in the Middle East quickly escalated after a series of attacks and military incidents. Netanyahu had threatened possible Israeli strikes against Iran in the run-up to the landmark nuclear accord with world powers.
Osceola Sheriff investigating video showing deputy slam Liberty High School student to ground
“We know that they’re there for safety reasons, but they need to be trained on working with kids, because kids are going to give you problems,” she says. “They give us problems as parents, but we’re not going to just beat on our kids and knock them unconscious.”
San Jose hospital chief reportedly gets ax over COVID-19 vaccine scandal
Sources familiar with the hospital say Chief Operating Officer Gary Purushotham has been fired, the Mercury News reported. Good Samaritan Hospital spokesperson Sarah Sherwood did not respond immediately to requests for comment from San José Spotlight but told the Mercury News that “disciplinary action has been taken” and Purushotham was still at the hospital as of Jan. 26. On Jan. 25, the office of the Santa Clara County District Attorney confirmed it was looking into the matter. In a letter on Jan. 22, COVID-19 Testing Officer Marty Fenstersheib said the county would restrict future vaccine doses at the hospital until there was proof distribution could be done equitably. The public health department said as of Jan. 26, Good Samaritan had not yet submitted a plan as per Fenstersheib’s request.
Taiwanese man fined $35K for breaking home quarantine 7 times
(CNN) — A Taiwanese man has been fined $1 million New Taiwan Dollars ($35,000) for repeatedly breaking his home quarantine. According to TTV News, the man left his apartment building seven times in just three days to go shopping, get his car fixed and more. Related content Man fined $3,500 for breaking Taiwan coronavirus quarantine for 8 secondsThe Taichung local government confirmed that the man returned from the mainland on January 21. In December 2020, a migrant worker from the Philippines was fined $3,500 for violating his quarantine for a grand total of eight seconds. The man, who was quarantining in a government-sanctioned hotel, briefly stepped into the hallway outside his room and was captured on CCTV.
Pakistani pilots spot UFO in the skies of Karachi
PIA Pilots Spot UFO in KarachiPilots from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) confirmed seeing a 'foo fighter' in Karachi on Sunday, generally referred to as a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object). The PIA pilots found a white circular object above the plane that was flying at 35,00 feet. Upon landing, the flight crew was told of certain unexplained artifacts that people around the world have often reported in the past. PIA pilots, also in Karachi, also registered this incident in January 2019. The flight crew was observed by a UFO flying 105 feet above the aircraft as the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 4300 feet.
Lawmakers to grill Biden pick for ambassador to UN: 35-year veteran Linda Thomas-Greenfield
With a 35-year career in foreign service, Thomas-Greenfield would bring a different tone to the international body than her recent predecessors. Diplomacy is back,” Thomas-Greenfield said after Biden introduced her and other members of his foreign policy team in November. Nikki Haley, cut a high profile at the international body in championing Trump's "America First" foreign policy. Lawmakers are likely to grill Thomas-Greenfield on Biden's most contentious foreign policy priorities, including his push to revive the Iran nuclear agreement and his promise to confront an increasingly aggressive China. If confirmed, Thomas-Greenfield may face lingering skepticism and resentment on the job after the Trump administration's abrasive approach to the institution and its treatment of America's allies.
End America's Guantanamo Bay chapter for detainees and for 9/11 families like mine
Bill TammeusOpinion contributorThis new year brings more frustration over the prisoners — euphemistically called detainees — still housed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and more pain for 9/11 families, including mine, as we prepare to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Forty prisoners remain there, among them five men accused of planning and supporting the 9/11 attacks. The rules of the proceedings generally have reflected basic American values about innocence and guilt, but the delays have become enormously frustrating, especially for 9/11 families monitoring all this. Routine grief and special pain of 9/11The whole Gitmo process has been torturous not only for many of the prisoners but also for 9/11 families. It’s thousands, not even counting families shattered by other terrorist attacks and mass murders since 9/11.
What Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo thinks about this Super Bowl
Many in the sports world — media and fans alike — are looking forward to the Super Bowl 2021 matchup between the Buccaneers and the Chiefs which takes place on Feb, 7 in Tampa Bay. “I did not want a Tampa Bay-Kansas City Super Bowl,” Chris “Mad Dog” Russo said on his Sirius XM radio program in a clip taken by @backaftathis. It’s not a knock on Brady because I know how great he is. I know all the great things about him as a performer, as a player, as a competitor. He’s wonderful, he’s great.
Jefferies: We like Microsoft stock, the key question is "how much better can it get?"
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJefferies: We like Microsoft stock, the key question is "how much better can it get?" Brent Thill from Jefferies says there is low risk for Microsoft stocks to hit their price target as the company is well-positioned not only during, but also post the pandemic.
Significant amount of AMD's graphics chips demand is from cryptocurrency mining: Analyst
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSignificant amount of AMD's graphics chips demand is from cryptocurrency mining: AnalystChristopher Rolland at Susquehanna Financial Group discusses the surge in demand for Advanced Micro Devices' graphics chips and his firm's "neutral" position on the U.S. semiconductor chips industry.
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Security tight at India's historic Red Fort after clashes with farmersHundreds of police guarded the historic Red Fort in the heart of the Indian capital on Wednesday following violent clashes between farmers and authorities in which one person was killed and at least 80 injured.
Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua said on Wednesday she had met with senior executives of four major Taiwanese chipmakers who told her they were willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry. Wang told reporters that the chipmakers said they were willing to increase capacity to supply auto chips as much as they could and negotiate with other clients to put supplies for auto chips first. But she said the chip shortage issue will take time to resolve.
London's financial powerhouse says: we'll thrive without EU access but can't be rule takers
LONDON (Reuters) - London’s loss of some financial business due to Brexit has not been catastrophic and the world’s premier international financial capital will thrive even if the European Union “irrationally” blocks access, the City of London said. “We are very confident in London’s basic strengths and that we will make up business elsewhere,” McGuinness said. Still, a global financial capital the size of London could not be a “rule taker”, she said. New York retained the top spot in a survey of global financial centres published in September by Global Financial Centres Index, with London strengthening its position in second. “We’re not looking for a bonfire of regulation, we’re not looking for a move away from international standards,” McGuinness said.
Outbreaks in South Korea's Christian schools drive surge in COVID-19 cases
FILE PHOTO: Women wearing a mask as a measure to prevent contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk under an umbrella as it snows in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiAt least 323 COVID-19 cases had been traced to churches and mission schools run by a Christian organisation in two cities, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) data. More than 100 cases were confirmed overnight among people linked to churches and its mission schools in Gwangju, about 270 kms (168 miles) south of Seoul, officials said. Another 176 cases had been linked to an affiliated school in the city of Daejeon since Jan. 17. The Christian organisation responsible for the facilities, International Mission, was ordered to test everyone linked to 32 of its 40 schools and churches around the country.
UK passes 100,000 COVID deaths, with many more to come
Many more deaths would follow before a vaccination programme began to take effect, England’s chief medical officer said. Britain has the world’s fifth highest toll from COVID-19 and reported a further 1,631 deaths and 20,089 cases on Tuesday. The 100,162 deaths are more than Britain’s civilian toll in World War Two and twice the number killed in the 1940-41 Blitz bombing campaign. In December, Britain became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. New variants have also alarmed scientists, and Johnson has warned the prospect of a “vaccine-busting” variant could mean that lockdown measures are needed for longer.
Supercut Exposing Fox News' Hypocrisy Ends With Damning Self-Own By Jeanine Pirro
A supercut released by “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” exposes the hypocrisy of Fox News’ attacks on rival news organizations’ coverage of Joe Biden’s presidency. The montage shows how personalities at the conservative network heaped praise and fawned over former President Donald Trump throughout his time in office, often to his face. But now Joe Biden is president, the same hosts claim other media is giving him a free pass. Fox host Jeanine Pirro sums up her network’s hypocrisy at the end of the video: “Wow. Double standard much?”Watch the video here:
‘Sloppy’ hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
San Jose's Erik Karlsson (65) handles the puck against Minnesota Wild's Nick Bjugstad (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. San Jose won 5-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)San Jose's Erik Karlsson (65) handles the puck against Minnesota Wild's Nick Bjugstad (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. San Jose won 5-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)With an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. The San Jose Sharks have been the NHL’s nomads since they opened training camp in Arizona because of a ban on contact sports by Santa Clara County, California. “We’re staying in 5-star hotels, get to play hockey, so I can’t complain,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said.
Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic
(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tova Friedman hid among corpses at Auschwitz amid the chaos of the extermination camp’s final days. Many Holocaust survivors in the United States, Israel and elsewhere find themselves in a state of previously unimaginable isolation due to the pandemic. In 2005, the United Nations designated Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an acknowledgement of Auschwitz’s iconic status. Israel, which today counts 197,000 Holocaust survivors, officially marks its Holocaust remembrance day in the spring. Some insurrectionists wore clothes with anti-Semitic messages like “Camp Auschwitz” and ““6MWE,” which stands for “6 million wasn’t enough.”“It was utterly shocking and I couldn’t believe it.
France’s Sanofi to make vaccines from rival Pfizer-BioNTech
FILE - In this photo Nov.30, 2020 file photo the logo of French drug maker Sanofi is picture at the company's headquarters, in Paris. French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)FILE - In this photo Nov.30, 2020 file photo the logo of French drug maker Sanofi is picture at the company's headquarters, in Paris. The Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement. Sanofi and British partner GlaxoSmithKline will start a new phase-2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine next month, Sanofi said.
Super matchup between QBs Mahomes, Brady for NFL title
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)There has never been a Super Bowl matchup of accomplished quarterbacks quite like the one coming up next week between Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. This will be the sixth Super Bowl matchup between former AP NFL MVPs, the second between former Super Bowl MVP winning quarterbacks and the first between players who had previously won both awards. Brady has won a record six Super Bowl titles, four Super MVPs and three league MVP awards since becoming starter in New England in 2001.
Could more Hall of Fame shutouts be on the horizon?
The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year's ballot. The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year's ballot. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)It could be a while before the Baseball Writers’ Association of America votes anyone new into the Hall of Fame. Schilling wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from next year’s ballot. LAST CHANCEBonds and Clemens have one more year on the writers’ ballot, and Schilling does, too, unless the Hall abides by his request for removal.
Google says North Korea-backed hackers sought cyber research
Google didn’t specify how successful the hackers were or what kind of information could have been compromised. Experts say the attacks reflect North Korean efforts to improve its cyber skills and be able to breach widely used computer products, such as Google’s Chrome internet browser and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Simon Choi, a senior analyst at NSHC, a South Korean computer security firm, said cyberattacks linked to North Korea over the past few years have demonstrated an improving ability in identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in computer security systems. Before 2016, the North Koreans had mainly relied on methods used by Chinese or Russian hackers, he said. Park Jin Hyok, who is believed to be in North Korea, conspired to conduct attacks that also stole $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank, according to the charges.
Mike Pence is homeless after leaving office and ‘couch-surfing’ with Indiana politicians, report says
File Image: Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, after the inauguration of President Joe Biden on 20 January 2021 in Washington, DC. Mr Pence, who grew up in Columbus, hasn't owned an Indiana home for at least the past eight years, reported Associated Press. In fact, the rioters, some of whom chanted "Where's Mike Pence?" and "Hang Mike Pence", came as close as a 100 feet from him during the Capitol siege. Story continuesRead MoreRioters got just 100ft from Mike Pence during Capitol invasionPence says he’s leaving DC in emotional farewell speechThis is the official home of the Vice President
EDF sees delay, higher costs for Hinkley project
Electricite de France SA released on Wednesday an updated schedule and cost estimates for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station that takes into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic so far. Hinkley Point C should start generating electricity from its unit 1 in June 2026, compared with an initial announcement of the end of 2025, the French utility company said.
Tullow Oil warns of lower output in 2021
Tullow Oil PLC said Wednesday that it expects a 2020 gross profit of around $400 million as its oil production was in line with guidance but warned of lower output in 2021. The London-listed energy company said that 2020 revenue is expected to be around $1.4 billion, as production averaged 74,900 barrels of oil per day with a realized price of $50.8 per barrel.
Air Force's top officer says he was compelled to tackle racial injustice, even though his promotion was on the line
"Dad, what are you going to say,'" Brown recalled of a conversation he had with his son. "He asked me, 'Dad, what is [Pacific Air Forces] going to say,'" Brown said in an interview with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. "What he was really asking me was, 'Dad, what are you going to say,'" Brown added, his voice breaking with emotion. Earlier in May, Brown had testified before the US Senate to be confirmed as the next Air Force chief of staff. Brown released a recorded statement in which he explained his personal experience with racial injustice in the Air Force.
Historic 'Lord of the Rings' pub in Oxford to close after 450 years
Watch: Oxford’s famous Lamb and Flag to closeThe Lamb and Flag, the famous Oxford pub frequented by J.R.R. Lewis and Thomas Hardy, will close its doors after 450 years. Oxford University's St John's College, which owns the site, confirmed the news, stating that the closure is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though the pub briefly re-opened in August, it failed to break even, and will now officially cease trading on 31 January. Read more: Lenny Henry joins Lord of the Rings series castThomas Hardy was said to have written much of his novel Jude The Obscure, set in a fictionalised version of Oxford, on the premises.
After 450 years, Oxford pub succumbs to COVID
But now, Oxford's Lamb and Flag pub has become another casualty of the pandemic. But now, Oxford's Lamb and Flag pub has become another casualty of the pandemic. DAVE RICHARDSON: It's a place where people come to talk to each other and to enjoy the traditional historic surroundings. But in a statement, deputy bursar Steve Elston announced the pub would close on January 31 as the pub is not currently financially viable. And we cannot afford to see any pub close, much less so one as historic and as ingrained into the fabric of a city as this one.
'Atmospheric river' to blast California with heavy rain, feet of snow
This morning is the time to act and prepare if you`re near a burn area,” the National Weather Service office for the San Francisco Bay Area wrote. While coastal areas prepared for rain, snow will be the big story in the mountains. Bottom line: Be where you need to be by sundown today – you might be there for a couple of days," the weather service said Tuesday. One well-known nickname for an atmospheric river is the "Pineapple Express," which occurs when the source of the moisture is near Hawaii. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Atmospheric river' to blast California with heavy rain, snow
Trae Young honors Kobe Bryant in win vs. Clippers on anniversary of his death
Plenty around the sports world paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant on Tuesday, exactly one year after they were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles. Trae Young, even though he had a game to focus on, made sure to honor the former Lakers great, too. Young, late in their 108-99 win against the Los Angeles Clippers, threw up Bryant’s number near half court after sealing the win. Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles that killed Kobe, Gianna and seven others — something that sent shockwaves through the sports world. Trae Young joined countless others in the sports world who honored Kobe and Gianna Bryant on Tuesday.
Report: Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell both expected to play in Super Bowl after missing championship games
Either Le’Veon Bell or Antonio Brown will secure a Super Bowl ring next Sunday. It marks a height neither managed to reach as members of one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses in Pittsburgh. Le'Veon Bell got his payday and is playing in the Super Bowl -- even if his star is diminished. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)How they got hereThey’ve each taken circuitous paths to reach this point after forcing their Pittsburgh exits. He’s since played a limited role in Kansas City’s loaded offense, tallying 353 yards from scrimmage in nine regular-season games.
Loved by students, scholars and writers for 450 years, Oxford pub succumbs to COVID
By Gerhard Mey and Eddie KeoghOXFORD, England (Reuters) - A historic pub in the centre of Oxford that has served students, scholars and literary greats for over 450 years is to shut down, a cultural casualty of the COVID pandemic. The Lamb and Flag, once frequented by the likes of "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. It is owned by St John's College, one of 45 colleges and private halls that make up the University of Oxford. Since 1997, St John's College has used profits generated by the pub to fund scholarships for graduate students. (Reporting by Gerhard Mey and Eddie Keogh in Oxford, Estelle Shirbon in London; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
Polls find Biden's approval rating higher than Trump's ever was
President Biden’s approval rating in his first days in office is higher than Donald Trump ever achieved during his four years as president, two new polls have found. Trump, by contrast, reached an approval rating high of 52 percent in an April 2020 survey by the same pollster. As a result, their impact on a president’s approval rating can be short-lived. When Trump began his term as president in January 2017, Gallup measured his approval rating at 45 percent. But the week before he left office, his approval had fallen to just 34 percent, and Gallup noted that “his 41% average approval rating throughout his presidency is four points lower than for any of his predecessors.”Gallup has yet to release its first poll tracking Biden’s approval rating.
Report: New Orleans Pelicans receiving calls on Lonzo Ball, open to trade
After a slow start to the season, the New Orleans Pelicans have been receiving trade calls on Lonzo Ball and appear open to a trade, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports. Along with Ball, JJ Redick appears to also be a possible trade candidate. A team that is expected to be prominent in the trade market picture, rival teams expect: The New Orleans Pelicans. Prior to the season, the Pelicans and Ball did not come to an agreement on an extension, leaving Ball set for restricted free agency in the upcoming off-season. Any team trading for Ball would be set to offer Ball a likely pay raise in the coming months.
Five trades the New Orleans Pelicans can make with Lonzo Ball
On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly listening to offers on guard Lonzo Ball. Set for restricted free agency this off-season after not agreeing to an extension before this season, Ball has struggled early on in the year. Here’s a look at five trades the Pelicans could make with Ball before the trade deadline. Nailing down what is considered fair value for Ball is going to be difficult because it depends on how both the Pelicans and the other team in the trade value Ball. If the Pelicans believe that is real, he could provide actual value to a Pelicans team lacking consistent outside shooting.
The challenges of ocean exploration
“Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea” (Belknap, 2005) made me realize how far we’ve come. Haul, look, preserve, theorize; that was the extent of ocean exploration. The Palumbis plumb, but Susan Casey breaks the surface with “The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean” (Anchor, 2011). (But did you know we now map the ocean floor, not with wire, but by acoustics?) Then Earle gave me my comeuppance; less than five percent of the ocean has been seen, she reveals, let alone explored.
There’s no new frontier in AMC’s ‘The Son’
“The Son,” a new AMC western series, fits into that new norm, as its major characters aren’t generally only good or bad. There’s something naggingly familiar about “The Son,” as it unfolds in two time periods in Texas — 1849 and 1915. Like AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” the show inspires all kinds of middling adjectives — decent, average, fair, and all right. Phineas (David Wilson Barnes), who is older and a lawyer, is more willing to cheat alongside his father. While AMC is known for some of TV’s best dramas, and while the cinematography in “The Son” is grand, this western doesn’t promise to become more than “Dallas” on the frontier.
Miss Universe winner: We should be teaching young girls to ‘take up space’
Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa capped off her win at the annual Miss Universe competition with a passionate defense of women and girls, who should be taught that their leadership is valuable, she said. The pageant, hosted by Steve Harvey, ended with a final word from the top-3 finalists. He asked the women what the world should teach and say to girls. The finalists from Mexico and Puerto Rico gave answers about the danger of social media, and the value women and girls should place on their individuality, prompting vigorous applause from the audience at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
Access Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson working with second team
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has worked with the second team during training camp, though coach Mike Zimmer has noticed improvement from the 2013 first-round pick. Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has worked with the second team during training camp, though coach Mike Zimmer has noticed improvement from the 2013 first-round pick.
Review: A bird inspires Naomi Watts in family drama ‘Penguin Bloom’
“Penguin Bloom” is the second true-life trauma drama to drop within the week. In 2013, Samantha “Sam” Bloom (Naomi Watts), while vacationing in Thailand with her husband, Cameron (Andrew Lincoln), and three young sons, accidentally plunged off a rooftop when a rotted wooden guard rail gave way. There’s no shortage of metaphorical parallels between the wild black-and-white bird, which Noah named Penguin, and the disabled Sam. Another result is that, encouraged by Cameron, Sam tentatively embarks on a series of kayaking lessons under the tutelage of the tough-love (emphasis on love) Gaye (Rachel House). 'Penguin Bloom' Not ratedRunning time: 1 hour, 35 minutesPlaying: Available Jan. 27 on Netflix
Even a voting rights organization can see need for fewer elections in Boston mayoral race
We fully agree with your take in the Jan. 15 editorial, “One red hot mayoral race is enough.”It’s not often that MassVOTE — a voting rights organization — calls for fewer elections, but in one specific case, we must. If Mayor Walsh resigns his post before March 5 to join the Biden administration, then the city is required to hold a set of special elections to fill his seat, on top of this fall’s regularly scheduled elections. If no action is taken to address this, Boston residents would probably have to vote four times in a matter of months: twice in preliminary elections and twice in generals.
Non-Muslim teacher brings insights to job
Muslims pray five times a day, for example, and the rituals are part and parcel of the school day. On the days when it is his turn to accompany the students upstairs, Booth makes sure they walk in an orderly line. “He showed all respect.”Advertisement“He doesn’t know everything [about our culture], but he’s learning,” said Firas Al-Shaar, a sophomore. There are 70 students and eight teachers; one other teacher, who teaches social studies and Spanish, is non-Muslim. “We’re learning from him as a teacher, but he’s also learning about us as a people,” Abdelal said.
Billionaire Trump doesn’t need a government pension
They don’t have a choice: Under the Former President Act , Trump is entitled to immediately begin collecting an annual pension — currently $221,400, increased yearly — plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual staff and travel allowances. If Trump locates his office in midtown Manhattan, taxpayers may be on the hook for millions. As you may have heard, things haven’t been going well for Donald Trump. AdvertisementBy a wide margin, Trump was the wealthiest president in US history. Does it make sense to lavish taxpayer money on retired presidents when they have so much of their own already?
Mass. takes heat for its vaccine rollout
Massachusetts is finally taking critical steps to hasten the pace of our COVID-19 vaccine rollout ( “Governor quickens vaccine rollout, adds sites,” Page A1, Jan. 26). In Massachusetts, we are told that those age 75 and older will be getting their vaccine in February. Linda HuempfnerFranklinMultiple missteps, rigid top-down approach set state backKudos to Robert Weisman and Kay Lazar for their superb Jan. 24 article on the multiple missteps and misplaced rigidity of our state government regarding vaccine distribution (”Misfires bedevil rollout of vaccines,” Page A1). It is disgraceful that hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses are sitting unused inside hospital refrigerators. Massachusetts is in the bottom half of the states in terms of vaccine distribution per capita.
Let’s cut red vaccine tape so we can replicate success of Oak Cliff registration hubs
Council members Chad West, Adam Bazaldua, Paula Blackmon, Omar Narvaez, Adam Medrano and Jaime Resendez wrote City Manager T.C. Broadnax to request equipment for vaccine registration hubs in their districts. Council members also called county officials and talked to community leaders. Such local leadership successes should be celebrated and then scaled up, and we have high hopes for the city’s future registration hubs. We urge the council to focus on streamlining processes as the city rolls out its own allotment of 5,000 vaccine doses.
If evangelical Christians are called to live in truth, why do so many believe political conspiracies?
In the middle of the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, I received a text message from a close friend in Colorado who’s been skeptical of my evangelical faith for years. But evangelical Christians are people who are called to live as though the truth is true, no matter the cost. As a religion reporter in the 1980s and ’90s, I tracked the rise of evangelical political engagement, interviewing leaders like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland and Ralph Reed. Trump found a power base among many marginalized and frightened evangelicals that most political leaders could only dream of owning. When Trump became president, a rapidly growing faith movement began stirring political uprising in the evangelical church.
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
With an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. “It was entertaining hockey, but it was a little sloppy,” Bowness said. Teams are shuffling their lineups more, losing the kind of chemistry that usually builds up through training camp and into the season. “We're staying in 5-star hotels, get to play hockey, so I can't complain,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. ___Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Super matchup between QBs Mahomes, Brady for NFL title
There has never been a Super Bowl matchup of accomplished quarterbacks quite like the one coming up next week between Tampa Bay's Tom Brady and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes. This will be the sixth Super Bowl matchup between former AP NFL MVPs, the second between former Super Bowl MVP winning quarterbacks and the first between players who had previously won both awards. Brady has won a record six Super Bowl titles, four Super MVPs and three league MVP awards since becoming starter in New England in 2001. The first Super Bowl matchup of former league MVPs came in the 1976 season when Oakland's Ken Stabler (1974 winner) beat Minnesota's Fran Tarkenton (1975 winner). Every title since then was clinched on the road or in a neutral site at the Super Bowl or in a coronavirus bubble.
Zendaya takes on a mature role and an ownership stake in her new movie ‘Malcolm & Marie’
They batted around off-the-wall ideas, like a warped Disney horror film shot in Zendaya’s house, before landing on something small in scale yet rich in possibility for two top-of-their-game actors. Like a mesmerizing two-hander play, the film, shot at night in gorgeous high-contrast black-and-white, concentrates its energy on the performances and turbulent chemistry between the two leads. Zendaya and Washington play complex, unpredictable and utterly codependent lovers who deliver torrents of dialogue in what is essentially one drawn-out fight. He described working with Zendaya and Levinson as “like the creative Olympics, and the best idea wins. In the Q&A for press with Washington, Zendaya acknowledged the unique quality of the film — from start to finish.
School districts need help to reverse learning losses from the pandemic
At most grade levels, students slipped backward and school districts are struggling to reverse this slide. Some districts, like Dallas ISD, are considering extra classroom days so students don’t continue to fall behind. This has to change because districts face both financial and strategic impediments that they can’t resolve on their own. School districts must get their fair share of state revenue for the second semester based on enrollment numbers before the COVID-19 outbreak. School districts need to know that they won’t be stuck with the financial burden as they begin budgeting for next school year.
Reactions: Free-agent shortstops Marcus Semien, Andrelton Simmons sign Tuesday
Will the Cincinnati Reds sign one of the top free-agent shortstops of this offseason? Marcus Semien and Andrelton Simmons are no longer available after Semien signed Tuesday with the Toronto Blue Jays and Simmons signed with the Minnesota Twins. Didi Gregorius, who made his big-league debut with the Reds in 2012, remains unsigned. Gregorius, who turns 31 next month, hit .284 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs with an OPS of .827 last season for the Phillies after spending the previous five seasons with the New York Yankees. Social media reactions to Tuesday's free-agent shortstop activity:Freddy Galvis, who hit .220 with seven homers and 16 RBIs with an OPS of .712 in 2020 for the Reds, signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Dear Abby: Couple’s drunk friend steps way over the line
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been close friends with a woman named “Louise” for five years. Recently, we were all hanging out, and Louise got very drunk and tried to massage lotion into my husband’s hands. My husband has expressed to me that these situations made him very uncomfortable, and they do the same to me. DEAR ABBY: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.
Police accuse 64-year-old man of murder in deadly Southeast Portland hit-and-run rampage
A 64-year-old man accused of plowing into pedestrians, cyclists and killing a 77-year-old Portland woman in a 15-block wild, erratic ride through Southeast Portland Monday afternoon is facing murder and multiple assault allegations. Paul Rivas is accused of second-degree murder , six counts of second-degree assault and seven counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver in Monday's deadly hit-and-run rampage in Southeast Portland, police said. Witnesses described Rivas’ behavior after he crashed his car and fled from the scene Monday following a mile-long rampage through Southeast Portland streets and sidewalks. An hour later, a caller reported a motorist driving recklessly in the area of Southeast 36th Avenue and Southeast Oak Street. Detectives said the crime scene stretched from Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Blvd to Southeast 15th Avenue, and from East Burnside Street to Belmont Street.
Ask Amy: Type A sibling wonders if she can ‘fix’ her sister’s weight problem
We have a family dynamic that avoids acknowledgment of the obvious, yet this obese sister is quick to point out her two sisters’ faults. I’m a “Type A” big sister. No, do NOT contact your sister’s “slim” husband in order to discuss your sister’s weight with him. If she brings up her weight you can ask, “Has your doctor suggested seeing a nutritionist?” And that’s it. You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Owners counter with deli move after shuttering Aunt Pittypat's
The just reopened the dining area has a few socially distanced tables available, and take-out business remains brisk. Howell and Dowd were busy stocking shelves on the market side and pushing out fresh deli when I visited. Finally got a chance to drop by Mediterranean Deli , 5620 N May Ave., where new owners Howell and Dowd have taken the baton from founder Atif and Afaf Asal. It's a fantastic rebound for the couple whose only sin before the pandemic was to be in the catering business. In the meantime, Mediterranean Deli is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Melba's Swap Shop: How to turn a treat into a pie
Melba's Swap Shop: How to turn a treat into a pie shares emailIT BEGINS AS CEREAL AND ENDS AS PIE DEAR MELBA: My kids are Rice Krispie Treat fanatics. RICE KRISPIE TREAT PIE Crust • 1/3 cup butter • 1 package (10 ounces) miniature marshmallows• 6 cups Rice Krispies In saucepan, melt butter and marshmallows and pour over cereal and stir together. Filling • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened • 1/2 cup sugar• 1 teaspoon vanilla • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow cream • 1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and marshmallow cream together and fold in whipped topping. Garnish with whipped topping or grate chocolate candy bar over the top and refrigerate until ready to serve. In saucepan, combine: • 2 cups ketchup • 2 cups brown sugar, packed • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/2 cup chopped onions Mix well and bring to a boil.
Oregon State at USC tops the week in Pac-12 hoops
Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball:GAME OF THE WEEK: Oregon State at Southern California, Thursday. What would have been the marquee game of the week, Oregon at No. The Trojans, coming off an eight-point win over Stanford, are 1.5 games behind UCLA for the Pac-12 lead at 6-2. LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona State, one of the preseason favorites to win the Pac-12, is looking to get back on track this week against Stanford and Cal. ... Washington and Washington State have struggled in conference play, but the Apple Cup rivalry usually has some fun games.
Could more Hall of Fame shutouts be on the horizon?
Could more Hall of Fame shutouts be on the horizon? It could be a while before the Baseball Writers' Association of America votes anyone new into the Hall of Fame. Curt Schilling received the most support, but the former pitcher was selected on 71.1% of the ballots, falling 16 votes short of the 75% needed for induction. But there are signs that the 2021 shutout could be repeated next year — and perhaps the year after that as well. He's turned off voters with his behavior in recent years, including social media posts about Muslim extremists, transgender people and journalists.
Brady charting new course with Indianapolis offense in flux
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marcus Brady takes over an Indianapolis Colts offense in flux. Quarterback Philip Rivers and longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo have retired. Instead of fretting, Brady is digging deep, working hard and adapting to the new reality. “Obviously, quarterback is a very important position, left tackle is a very important position so we have to address those issues. (Coach) Frank (Reich) and I will put our heads together as an entire group and staff and put the best roster out there.”
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL seasonWith an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. “It was entertaining hockey, but it was a little sloppy,” Bowness said. “And that’s to be expected.”Sloppy is the term being used all over the league to describe play in the first two weeks of the season. After no exhibition games — and no action at all for seven teams in the past 10 months — there have been plenty of odd-man rushes and mistakes, with six goals a game being scored on average. Only strong goaltending has kept it from looking like the high-scoring, wide-open 1980s.
Morning roundup: Phillies, Realmuto agree on new deal
The former Carl Albert High School star gets $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027. He gets $23,875,000 in each of the final four years. His average annual salary of $23.1 million will become the highest for a catcher, topping the $23 million Joe Mauer averaged in a $184 million, eight-year deal with the Minnesota Twins that covered 2011-18. Realmuto made his second NL All-Star team with the Phillies in 2019 and earned a Gold Glove. He had career-highs in homers (25), RBIs (83) and slugging percentage (.493) that season.
Angry farmers storm India’s Red Fort in challenge to Modi
NEW DELHI — Tens of thousands of farmers marched, rode horses and drove tractors into India’s capital on Tuesday, breaking through police barricades to storm the historic Red Fort — a deeply symbolic act that revealed the scale of their challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. As the country celebrated Republic Day, the long-running protest turned violent, with farmers waving farm union and religious flags from the ramparts of the fort, where prime ministers annually hoist the national flag on the country’s August independence holiday. People watched in shock as the takeover of the fort, which was built in the 17th century and served as the palace of Mughal emperors, was shown live on hundreds of news channels. Protesters, some carrying ceremonial swords, ropes and sticks, overwhelmed police. The farmers have been staging largely peaceful protests for nearly two months, demanding the withdrawal of new laws that they say will favor large corporate farms and devastate the earnings of smaller scale farmers.
Biden’s Commerce pick, Raimondo, voices tough line on China
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee the Commerce Department took a tough line on China in her confirmation hearing Tuesday, though she stopped short of singling out which Chinese companies should remain on a list that limits their access to advanced U.S. technology. Gina Raimondo, a former venture capitalist, would be responsible for promoting opportunities for economic growth domestically and overseas. Raimondo focused her testimony before a Senate panel Tuesday on the need to help those sectors of the economy and the workers hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. “COVID has shined a light on the inequities in our economy,” Raimondo said. “The president has been very clear, we’re going to build back better and more equitably, and I strongly support that.”
Google says North Korea-backed hackers sought cyber research
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Google says it believes hackers backed by the North Korean government have been posing as computer security bloggers and using fake accounts on social media while attempting to steal information from researchers in the field. Google didn’t specify how successful the hackers were or what kind of information could have been compromised. Experts say the attacks reflect North Korean efforts to improve its cyber skills and be able to breach widely used computer products, such as Google’s Chrome internet browser and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. While the country has denied involvement, North Korea has been linked to major cyberattacks, including a 2013 campaign that paralyzed the servers of South Korean financial institutions, the 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures, and the WannaCry malware attack of 2017. The U.N. Security Council in 2019 estimated North Korea earned as much as $2 billion over several years through illicit cyber operations targeting cryptocurrency exchanges and other financial transactions, generating income that is harder to trace and offsets capital lost to U.S.-led economic sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.
China faces renewed trade pressure
BEIJING — The U.S.-Chinese trade war isn’t going away under President Joe Biden. Biden won’t confront Beijing right away, economists say, because he wants to focus on the coronavirus and the economy. But he looks set to renew pressure over trade and technology grievances that prompted President Donald Trump to hike tariffs on Chinese imports in 2017. Negotiators might tone down Trump’s focus on narrowing China’s multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States and push harder to open its state-dominated economy, which matters more in the long run, economists say. “I think Biden will focus more on trying to extract structural reforms,” said Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics.
NBA notebook: LeVert undergoes surgery to treat cancerous growth on kidney
Pacers' LeVert undergoes surgery to treat cancerous growth on kidneyIndiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to treat a cancerous growth on his left kidney. Team officials made the announcement Tuesday and said the 26-year-old LeVert is expected to make a full recovery. The Pacers said no additional treatment is needed. Doctors found the small mass during a routine, post-trade physical and immediately conducted additional tests. LeVert was part of the blockbuster deal that sent James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn then was dealt by the Rockets to Indiana for Victor Oladipo.
Health workers become 1st to get COVID-19 vaccine in Nepal
Health workers become 1st to get COVID-19 vaccine in NepalKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of health workers lined up across Nepal to get the coronavirus vaccine Wednesday as the Himalayan nation began a three-month vaccination campaign. At the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, doctors were encouraging hesitant colleagues to get the vaccine. If we will not take, then who will take this vaccine? We can’t say we will not take this as we are doctors,” said Dr. Poonam Sharma. Hospital director Dr. Dinesh Kafle said 300 staffers were set to get the vaccine on Wednesday and the remaining 2,000 within a week.
Class-action lawsuit: French police discriminate in checks
PARIS (AP) — In a first for France, six nongovernmental organizations launched a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the French government for alleged systemic discrimination by police officers carrying out identity checks. The organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, contend that French police use racial profiling in ID checks, targeting Black people and people of Arab descent. They were serving Prime Minister Jean Castex and France’s interior and justice ministers with formal legal notice of demands for concrete steps and deep law enforcement reforms to ensure that racial profiling does not determine who gets stopped by police. The organizations, which also include the Open Society Justice Initiative and three French grassroots groups, plan to spell out the legal initiative at a news conference in Paris.
Super matchup between QBs Mahomes, Brady for NFL title
There has never been a Super Bowl matchup of accomplished quarterbacks quite like the one coming up next week between Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. This will be the sixth Super Bowl matchup between former AP NFL MVPs, the second between former Super Bowl MVP winning quarterbacks and the first between players who had previously won both awards. Brady has won a record six Super Bowl titles, four Super MVPs and three league MVP awards since becoming starter in New England in 2001. Mahomes is just getting started in his career and already has one league MVP and one Super Bowl MVP to his credit and is back in the title game for the second time.
Biden to pause drilling on public lands
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address climate change. They asked not to be identified because the plan has not been made been public; some details remain in flux. The move follows a 60-day suspension of new drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters announced last week and follows Biden’s campaign pledge to halt new drilling on federal lands and end the leasing of publicly owned energy reserves as part of his plan to address climate change. The moratorium is intended to allow time for officials to review the impact of oil and gas drilling on the environment and climate. Environmental groups hailed the expected moratorium as the kind of bold, urgent action needed to slow climate change.
France's Sanofi to make vaccines from rival Pfizer-BioNTech
PARIS (AP) — French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. The Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement. The company did not reveal financial details of the agreement. The French government has been pressing Sanofi to use its facilities to help make vaccines from its rivals, given high demand and problems with supplies of the few vaccines that are already available. “We are very conscious that the earlier vaccine doses are available, the more lives can potentially be saved,” Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson said in the statement.
Iran's president criticizes summon of telecom minister
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday criticized the country's hard-liner dominated judiciary over last week's prosecution of the country's telecommunications minister. Judiciary officials cited his refusal to block Instagram and impose limitations on the bandwidth of other foreign social media and messaging systems. Speaking in a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Rouhani said improving the bandwidth of the Internet was done on his orders. “If you want to try someone, try me. Under pressure from hard-liners, the Iranian government has long blocked access to many websites and social media platforms, from YouTube and Facebook to Twitter and Telegram.
Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tova Friedman hid among corpses at Auschwitz amid the chaos of the extermination camp's final days. As German forces preparing to flee the scene of their genocide went from bed to bed shooting anyone still alive, Friedman barely breathed under a blanket and went unnoticed. Days later, on Jan. 27, 1945, she was among the thousands of prisoners who survived to greet the Soviet troops who liberated the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Now 82, Friedman had hoped to mark Wednesday's anniversary by taking her eight grandchildren to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site, which is under the custodianship of the Polish state. The coronavirus pandemic prevented the trip.
Your Views Wednesday, Jan. 27
Nixon understood the gravity of the situation and complied with the request. Trump understood this message and decided to make false claims of election fraud during and after the 2020 election. This included a deliberate attempt to overturn the certified election results in some states he lost in 2020. Regardless of the public explanations they give for their votes, they should understand by now that Donald Trump will only hear what he wants to hear. In a few weeks, we will see what message our Republican senators send.
Opinion: More turns of the crank from McGirt ruling
Kevin Stitt wants to be part of discussions regarding state-tribal relations as they relate to a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer. Stitt said the potential fallout from the decision, known as the McGirt decision, merits his office’s involvement. In that decision, the Supreme Court said the federal government must handle major crimes involving Indians on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s historical lands because the tribe’s reservation was never disestablished. State courts have extended that decision to other members of the Five Tribes — the Chickasaws, Cherokees, Seminoles and Choctaws — and the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is expected to uphold those courts’ rulings. If that happens, much of eastern Oklahoma will be considered Indian Country for the purpose of criminal jurisdiction.
Point of View: Spreading the word about Earned Income Tax Credit
Supporting Oklahoma families and working to grow small businesses have been two of my focal points while in political office. It’s essential that every eligible family know about the federal Earned Income Tax Credit for households earning $56,000 or less a year. This month, a campaign known as OKC Tax Help has launched a 2020 tax season initiative to increase the number of claimants of the EITC. The average credit received by an Oklahoma tax filer in 2019 was $2,577. In addition, I am resubmitting legislation this session to once again allow Oklahoma families to also file for the EITC on their state tax return.
Opinion: With COVID, don't let your guard down!
In 1952, its worst year, 3,145 people in the United States died from polio. Then promptly came the polio vaccine, which essentially eradicated this infection. It is now the third-most common cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. Reservations about the COVID vaccine are abound, motivated by rumors, deliberate anti-vaxxing sentiment, political disposition, "extra caution," ignorance and fear. All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through rigorous studies to ensure they are as safe as possible.
Point of View: Developing tomorrow's leaders through mentorship today
If you have ever had a mentor, you know how positive and impactful one can be. One way experienced leaders can make a difference in the new year is to offer their expertise and knowledge through mentorship to Oklahoma's emerging leaders. Providing support and mentorship in the workforce is a positive and impactful way to give back to an industry while shepherding the professional development of rising stars. Programs like this are vital to the diversity and development of tomorrow's professional leaders. Mentorship is an ideal way to connect with emerging individuals seeking advancement while providing a key ingredient for future success for individuals and industries.
OCCC removes Land Run monument
Oklahoma City Community College has removed a controversial monument depicting the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 from its campus. Formerly visible outside the campus’ main building, the concrete monument features settlers on horseback, in wagons and on bicycles racing to stake their land claims in the April 22, 1889, land run. The carved words on it read, “May the spirit of the pioneers always be with us.”OCCC Executive Vice President Danita Rose, whose maternal grandfather was of Cherokee descent, said Tuesday that the recent decision to remove the monument was a top priority for the school’s executive leadership team. “It was a no-brainer,” Rose said in a statement. “If our goal is to create a community that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone, a monument that depicts cruelty and oppression can’t be on display here.”
Deaths
Sholer, Wilma L.: 93, registered nurse, died Jan. 21. Smith, Christian Antwain: 34, died Jan. 24. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Subiaco, Ark. Wellborn, Michael J.: 53, tax preparer, died Jan. 25. Graveside services 10 a.m. Friday, Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens (Chapel Hill, Oklahoma City).
Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for Jan. 27, 2021
Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for Jan. 27, 2021Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday:Natural Gas (Henry Hub) as of 4 p.m. EST Tuesday:COMPLETIONBlaine: Continental Resources Inc.; Angus Trust No. 3-33-4XHM Well; SW1/4 SE1/4 SE1/4 SW1/4 (BHL) of 04-14N-12W; 558 barrels oil per day, 5,264,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 22,500. Continental Resources Inc.; Angus Trust No. 5-33-4XHW Well; SE1/4 SSE1/4 SW1/4 SE1/4 (BHL) of 04-14N-12W; 2,652,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 23,205. 1-35-2XHM Well; SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 SW1/4 (SL) of 26-14N-14W; 16,179,000 cu-ft gas per day; TD 24,983.
Maple syrup: It’s not just for pancakes
Many people, if not most, do not think to use maple syrup for cooking savory dishes. The sweet maple flavor adds a boost to any number of foods. Bourbon and chicken is a classic combination; and maple is one of the primary tasting notes of many kinds of good bourbon. I tested the versatility of maple syrup with four dishes. Actually, two were, but the less said about Baked Maple Egg Custard, the better.
Coca-Cola launching Coke with Coffee in US after international acclaim
Coke with Coffee was piloted in Japan in 2018. Since then, it has become available in over 30 markets throughout the world, including Australia, Italy and Vietnam. The company spent about two years testing the latest product in the United States ahead of the launch, said Brandan Strickland, brand director of trademark at Coca-Cola in North America. The formula for Coke with Coffee differs from region to region to cater to local tastes. Coke with Coffee is designed to appeal to customers looking for an afternoon caffeine pickup that's an alternative to regular coffee, or a regular Coke.
Politics latest news: Boris Johnson to publish lockdown exit plan next month
The Prime Minister is poised to set out the criteria for lifting lockdown next month, sources have told the Telegraph. Boris Johnson has come under pressure from his backbenchers to explain what must be achieved before restrictions can be eased, with he and fellow ministers so far only stressing the need to get cases, hospitalisations and daily deaths down, while maintaining the vaccine rollout. Speaking last night as he confirmed the UK's death toll had passed 100,000, the Prime Minister said: "What I will be doing in the course of the next few days and weeks is setting out in more detail as soon as we can, when and how we want to reopen things again". However sources stressed that the plan would not be coming imminently, however, suggesting it could be revealed close to the mid-February review point. Follow the latest updates below.
How many coronavirus cases have there been in your area? Use our tool to find out
How are cases spreading in the UK, and how are we trying to slow the spread? South-west England has recorded a smaller week-on-week drop, from 401.3 to 343.2 - the lowest since Jan 1. However, Sir Patrick Vallance said on Jan 22 that there is "increasing confidence" that the UK variant will be susceptible to the vaccine. Although Boris Johnson also announced on Jan 22 that the UK variant of coronavirus could be up to 30 per cent more deadly than the original. "It is a realistic possibility that the new UK variant increases the risk of death, but there is considerable remaining uncertainty," Prof Ferguson told ITV.
The making of Thomas Tuchel: How injury, study and unorthodox methods forged Chelsea's new coach
It is a memory that still provokes a smile from Thomas Tuchel’s teacher at the Simpert-Kraemer high school in his home town of Krumbach. Tuchel was studying for the German equivalent of his A-Level in physical education but the rest of the class had decided to head for the pub. It was Tuchel and he wanted to know if Komm could instead get some footballs out for him to practice with. “Every other student was drinking a beer at the pub – and he was running around the pitch with a ball,” says Komm. He wanted to go down his own path.”Such drive made him an invaluable part of the school football, handball and volleyball teams.
Mesut Ozil: Good but never an Arsenal great and the wrong man at a career-defining moment for Wenger
Yet after almost a decade without a trophy, and the traumatic departures of Cesc Fabregas and then Robin van Persie, what Arsenal actually most needed was as much psychological as technical. You could sense all this even from the distance of a media mixed zone. Yes, Arsenal had some impressive characters in the squad - people like Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott were model pros - but who was really guiding the dressing-room? The team needed a new engine who could galvanise and inspire what were some decent exterior parts. And so, yes, Ozil leaves some wonderful moments and a decent highlights reel but also the memory of that ludicrously bumper £350,000 weekly contract that would peter out so embarrassingly.
Number of child homicides rises during lockdown amid mental health fears
The number of domestic homicides involving children has almost doubled during the pandemic, with senior Scotland Yard officers warning of the impact that lockdown has had on mental health. But the number of children killed by a parent or carer over the same period increased from 7 in 2019 to 12 last year. All of the cases investigated will now be subject to a multi-agency review, but there are fears that the strain of lockdown has fuelled mental health related homicides. Earlier this week Olga Freeman pleaded guilty to killing her 10-year-old son, Dylan, after suffering mental health breakdown as she tried to look after him during lockdown. "Sadly, the increase in child victims of domestic homicides in 2020 reinforces this statistic.
Trump-appointed judges could slow down the Biden revolution
Donald Trump may be out of office, but his legacy is likely to throw a spanner in the works for the Biden revolution. The Democrats control the White House, the House of Representatives and, with the aid of Kamala Harris’s casting vote, the Senate. But it took less than a week for a Trump-appointed judge to slam the brakes on a Biden immigration initiative. While Donald Trump was in power, the Democrats repeatedly – and often successfully - went to court to block immigration restrictions. It is hardly surprising that the Republicans will use the courts to delay – and if possible block - the Biden administration where it can.
Microsoft reveals record profits of $15.5bn as work from home booms
Microsoft last night kicked off what is expected to be a blowout results season for Silicon Valley’s giants by revealing record profits if $15.5bn, as lockdowns and home working drive households to online services. The software giant reported a 33pc increase in quarterly profits, as well as a 17pc increase in revenues that smashed Wall Street forecasts and saw shares climb to a record high in late trading. It reported revenues of $43.1bn, up from $36.9bn a year earlier, and profits of $15.5bn, up from $11.6bn. Meanwhile, the prolonged work from home trend saw sales of online software increase. Its Office 365 software suite, which includes the growing workplace software tool Teams, grew by 11pc.
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in turf war over satellites
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have taken their feud into space as their duelling plans to fill the sky with satellite "megaconstellations" threaten to encroach on each other's orbits. The two billionaires, who are roughly neck and neck to be Earth's first and second richest people, are pushing US regulators to favour their satellite networks, which will beam down internet signal to some of the planet's most remote areas. SpaceX, Mr Musk's company, already has more than a thousand of its Starlink "microsatellites" in order out of a planned 12,000, and now wants to lower the orbit of around 2,800 of them in order to improve broadband speeds and lower the danger of future space debris. Elsewhere, Microsoft unveiled record profits on Tuesday as it was helped by a boom in remote working as a result of the pandemic.
China opens door to Ant Group's stock market debut
“That benefit is obvious, but at the same time we can see also some risks to consumer information and protection and also some monopoly potential and also some misuse of the monopoly power,” he added.
FTSE dips as pound hits new three-year high – live updates
The FTSE 100 is set to fall as investors shrugged off Microsoft's bumper results to focus on the impact of Covid on the global economy. 5) Daily commute must evolve to lure ‘Covid aristocracy’: Lockdown has derailed plans for home workers to return to the office. MSCI's gauge of Asian ex-Japan shares slipped 0.3pc, dragged lower by profit-taking in resource shares as some investors have grown wary of stretched valuations. The results boosted optimism for other U.S. tech giants, including Apple and Facebook, which announce quarterly results later in the day. Coming up todayCorporate: Brewin Dolphin, Fresnillo, SCS, Tullow (Trading statements)Economics: Industrial profits (China); consumer confidence (France); durable goods orders, Federal Reserve decision (US)
How Leicester turned the Premier League's 'big six' into a 'big seven'
As a result of such high-quality signings, Leicester’s recruitment, and the analysis and preparation behind it, is the envy of clubs across Europe. Ben Chilwell was pursued over two seasons by Chelsea and Manchester City, so Leicester acted by bringing in Justin and Castagne. There was also a pivotal moment in Leicester’s future on Christmas Eve, when the club moved into their stunning £100m training ground near Seagrave. Leicester are a club making 100 per cent use of their resources, and there is excitement over what the future holds. It may never become the ‘big seven’, but as we all discovered five years ago, it is always foolish to write Leicester off.
Outdoor chess and fewer trips home: Inside England's Six Nations bubble
Blankets, firepits and an outdoor chessboard may not be the first things that come to mind for an England squad preparing for the Guinness Six Nations Championship, but then these are extraordinary times. The biosecure bubble awaiting the England players when they meet up at St George’s Park on Wednesday will be an even stricter regime than they faced during the Autumn Nations Cup. While the safety of the players and families are paramount, the Six Nations Championship is also on the line. The implications for the 28 players who are arriving in camp at midday on Wednesday will become immediately apparent. This might not be such an issue in early autumn, but the current freezing conditions are throwing up unique challenges.
Photos of the Holocaust: What Nazi family albums and propaganda images tell us today
"It's most striking to look into those images that come from the Nazi family photo albums, as they reveal particularly well the attitude of those people had towards Jewish victims," he says. 1942 AFPJewish women and children get off a train at Auschwitz - the Nazi concentration camp in Poland - during World War II. The precise date of the photograph is unknown STF/AFPAn elderly woman with two children at Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp in Poland. April 1943 ARCHIVE/AFPA Nazi officer inspects a group of Jewish workers in the Warsaw Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland. July 1944 AFPMiloserdov says that photographic collections of Holocaust photographs are extremely valuable as photographs have an enormous capacity of influencing our emotions.
Wednesday morning news briefing: PM's sorrow at Covid death toll
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. PM's sorrow as UK's Covid death toll passes 100,000He told the nation he was "deeply sorry". Lee Jones examines how Britain's hollowed-out state not only broke down, but failed to plan to stop a pandemic. Telegraph readers have been paying tribute to loved-ones lost to Covid in Never Forgotten, an online memorial. Read Samaan Lateef's report and see more of today's striking world pictures.
HSBC chiefs accused of 'appeasing' China over Hong Kong crackdown
Tory MP Andrew Rosindell told Mr Quinn that HSBC was guilty of "double standards, hypocrisy and appeasement." "What you seem to be saying that it doesn't matter how bad things get in Hong Kong, that is none of your business. Mr Quinn replied: "We are not in Hong Kong just because of profits, we were formed in Hong Kong and we will continue to be there and help the people of Hong Kong recover from the challenges they face... Tory MP Bob Seely claimed that Mr Quinn's answers showed that HSBC had not "adequately engaged" with the problems Hong Kong was facing. "HSBC are happy to virtue-signal in the West, yet desperate even to avoid any ethical debate in Hong Kong," he said.
French and Malian troops kill 100 jihadis in offensive in the Sahel
One hundred jihadists were killed in a joint major operation with French forces in January in central Mali, the Malian army confirmed on Tuesday. France currently has 5,100 men deployed in the Sahel region, fighting jihadis alongside the armies of the G5 Sahel - Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger - since 2013. However, the sector remains dangerous for the Malian and French forces. A summit of French and Sahel leaders is due to take place in Chad in February, one year after a similar summit in Pau where French and Sahel leaders decided to intensify their struggle in the area of the "three borders". To lighten its burden, France is relying heavily on the new Takuba force, a group of European special forces tasked with accompanying the Malian army in combat.
No one elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in U.S.
Curt Schilling was shut out on Tuesday, falling 16 votes shy of induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in balloting conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Schilling fell 20 votes shy of induction in 2020, when he received 70% of the vote. Schilling wasn’t alone, as no players earned induction for first time since 2013 and the ninth time overall. Schilling was a six-time All-Star who was 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA, 3,116 strikeouts, 83 complete games and 20 shutouts in 20 seasons. Schilling won over 20 games in each of those three seasons, including a career-best 23 for the Diamondbacks in 2002.
The Wedding Planner director Adam Shankman says it almost starred Minnie Driver and Brendan Fraser
Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved romantic comedy The Wedding Planner, with director Adam Shankman revealing the other actors who were attached before Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. While Lopez earned a rare dual win - with her second album JLo debuting atop the Billboard 200 album charts and The Wedding Planner opening atop the box office in the same weekend - Shankman revealed the romcom almost starred Minnie Driver and Brendan Fraser. The plot was essentially the same, but it was going to be a very low-budget indie movie,' Shankman said. I have never seen two people who, on the surface, are more different than Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, but they were absolutely adorable together. Work: Thankfully, once Lopez and McConaughey met, Shankman knew the movie would work
South Korea now seeks ways to live with low birth rate
After years of failed efforts to boost the birth rate, South Korea’s government now says it will focus some of its energy on learning to live with population decline, rather than simply trying to halt it. South Korea’s fertility rate of 0.92 was the world’s lowest in 2019, and likely fell further last year as the uncertainty of the pandemic discouraged young people from marrying and having children. The population fell for the first time ever last year, while more people opting to live alone pushed the number of households to a record. The government will develop a new visa to attract researchers and other professionals from overseas, while also providing ways to help retired people open their own businesses. South Korea will also strengthen “legal and institutional support” for nontraditional types of families such as those based on common-law marriage or nonmarried couples with babies.
'Wages must be paid': In southern India, age-old custom banned as slavery
Under the abolition of bonded labor law, the offense is punishable with imprisonment for up to three years and a fine. In bitti chakri, there is not normally a debt to repay — rather a customary obligation to fulfill. Payment is usually in kind, and the expectation of free labor often passes through generations — resulting in decades of slavery, Prasad said. “This form of slavery is not like debt bondage, where people are forced to work to pay off loans. “Implementation of the law has always been a challenge, particularly in cases of free labor, where the usual parameters of bonded labor like confinement and abuse don’t always exist,” Pattanaik said.
Men enlisted to fight 'tradition' of gender violence in Cambodia
“I’ve seen so much rape and senseless violence against women,” Ran said during a workshop in Phnom Penh, where about a dozen men from the countryside were learning about gender equality. Gender-based violence “comes from a mindset, an idea that is so deeply ingrained that it is almost impossible to retrain,” said Ran. Campaigners have noted improvements in gender equality in Cambodia, which ranked 89th on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index in 2020 compared to 112th in 2016. “Policing women’s bodies is not about culture or dignity,” said Ros Sopheap, director of Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC). He added that criticism can be attributed to poor interpretations of the code, while deflecting questions about whether it contributed to violence against women.
Two-thirds of world see 'climate emergency,' U.N. survey finds
Nearly two-thirds of 1.2 million people polled worldwide say humanity faces a climate emergency, according to a U.N. survey, the largest of its kind ever undertaken. The findings suggest the grassroots global climate movement that surged onto the world stage in 2019 — led, in part, by a then 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden — is still gaining momentum, even if a raging pandemic has obscured its scope. “Concern about the climate emergency is far more widespread than we knew before,” Stephen Fisher, a sociologist at Oxford who helped design the survey and process the data, said in an interview. Nearly 75 percent of residents in small island states — some facing the prospect of losing their homelands to rising seas — perceived the climate threat as an emergency. Surprisingly, 11 and 12 percent more women than men expressed high alarm about global warming in the United States and Canada, respectively.
Eating out in Japan: If you must do it, turn down the volume
Struggling restaurants’ efforts to urge customers to refrain from talking while eating have been attracting public support in Japan amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. A number of social networking users showed sympathy toward the design of a poster promoting quiet eating provided for free by the owner. Kidoairaku, a pub in Tokyo city of Machida, displays a flyer for mokushoku, while also calling for tanshoku, which means eating in a short time. Still, we hope customers will concentrate on eating during the pandemic,” Fujisaki said, adding that efforts by restaurants alone would not be enough. “I hope the government will not only urge restaurants to operate with shorter hours and customers to refrain from going to restaurants, but also warn customers about their attitudes.”PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Indonesia boosts steps to curb climate risks as disasters hit growth
Indonesia is expanding programs to mitigate the impact from climate change following a recent spate of natural disasters that has added pressure to economic recovery. A program to make villages environmentally friendly will be modified to increase involvement with local residents, she said. “We need to adapt to a new normal global health landscape and a more extreme climate simultaneously,” Nurbaya said. The government is looking to see if deforestation, which led to other factors such as poor drainage and decreased land coverage, may have worsened the devastating impact from flooding in South Kalimantan, as claimed by activists. Repeated hydro-meteorological disasters such as floods and landslides proved that the government isn’t doing enough, Indonesian environmental group Walhi said in a statement on Monday.
Ioan Gruffudd and wife Alice Evans release joint statement about their 'difficult' split
Ioan Gruffudd and his wife Alice Evans have vowed to 'remain committed to their children' amid their explosive split drama. The original statement was later deleted, with Alice alleging that it was her husband who had taken to her account and removed the message. Another one: In a twist in the tale however, the statement was later deleted before Alice sent another tweet reading: 'Hi there. In the original shock statement, Alice penned: 'Sad news. My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week.
New Tokyo COVID-19 cases dip below 1,000, but severe infections surge
Tokyo confirmed 973 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the figure dipped below 1,000 for the first time in two days, and for the first time on a Wednesday this year. But while overall cases appear to be trending downward, the number of severely ill patients in Tokyo on Wednesday surged by 11 to 159, the metropolitan government said in a statement, a day after the country reported a record number of such cases. In Tokyo, people in their 20s made up the largest group of new cases by age, at 193, followed by 160 in their 30s and 146 in their 50s. On Tuesday, Japan reported 3,853 new cases of the deadly virus, topping the 3,000 threshold for the first time in two days. The country also confirmed 104 new deaths linked to the virus, including 14 in Osaka Prefecture and 13 each in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.
Ireland Baldwin shows off the results of her cleanse as she flashes a glimpse of her toned stomach
Ireland Baldwin is in the midst of a 21 day cleanse, but she admitted on Tuesday that the lifestyle overhaul has been tough during the pandemic. The model, 25, took to Instagram to show the progress of her 21 day cleanse, flashing her toned stomach for her 655k followers. 'Skinny legend': Ireland Baldwin is in the midst of a 21 day cleanse, but she admitted on Tuesday that the lifestyle overhaul has been tough during the pandemicIreland displayed her toned figure for the snaps, dressing in black cycling shorts and a loose t-shirt. It's @cleanprogram 21 day reset 4th time doing it. Ireland showed off the fresh inking and tagged her tattoo artist in the caption of the shot, telling him: 'I miss you'.
Former NRL bad boy Todd Carney shows off his ripped physique as he prepares for his boxing match
He's scheduled to go up against Scott Prince in the boxing ring next month, and Todd Carney has been putting in the hard work ahead of the fight. The 34-year-old former rugby league player showed off his fit physique in a series of training videos posted to Instagram Stories on Wednesday. Facing off against a series of opponents, Todd showed off her bulging biceps and ripped abs as he prepared for the upcoming fight on February 12. Todd first announced his participation in the fight last month, sharing a poster for the upcoming match on Instagram. The couple are expecting their first baby together, a boy, with Todd popping the question after their gender reveal.
Joey Fatone discusses 'being friend-zoned by Pink' after saying he 'asked her out a few times'
Joey Fatone participated in People Magazine‘s latest episode of Defend Yourself, and during the chat he opened up about the object of one of his previous romantic pursuits: none other than fellow pop star Pink. The *NSYNC star, 43, was put on the spot about having been put in the 'friend zone' with the Raise Your Glass songstress. Joey Fatone recently opened up about the object of one of his previous romantic pursuits: None other than fellow pop star Pink'I’m cool with being in the friend zone with Pink. 'I actually asked her out a few times and we went out,' Joey later added. Spoken for: The My Big Fat Greek Wedding star went on to marry his wife Kelly Baldwin in 2004, and have two children with her
John Legend shares a glimpse of his new video for love ballad Minefields with Faouzia
John Legend is treating his fans to an early glimpse at his newest music video Minefields. The 42-year-old EGOT crooner has teamed up with Canadian-Moroccan singer Faouzia, 20, for the emotional love ballad, with the video set for release on Thursday, January 28. Minefields: John Legend, 42, is teasing a glimpse at his latest music video for new love ballad Minefield as he collaborates with Faouzia, 20, in the mystical videoAnother banger for the All Of Me singer who has become synonymous with emotive melodies, the video harnesses that energy. The song also features Charlie Puth on piano though he is not seen in the music video. Both Legend and Faouzia have been overjoyed with the song's reception and it already boasts over 10M streams on Spotify.
Christa B. Allen will 'absolutely' be invited to a virtual Revenge reunion after being left out
She revealed on Monday that she had been excluded from an upcoming virtual reunion with the stars of the ABC drama Revenge. But now Christa B. Allen seems to have an invitation to the February 6 reunion — if she stills wants — after Winklepicker Entertainment founder Mark Wright expanded how many cast members could be included. News on Tuesday that Allen was originally missing from the event because technical logistics would only allow four actors to be involved at once, but now she was 'absolutely' invited. New offer: After Revenge star Christa B. Allen, 29, said she wasn't invited to a February 6 cast reunion on Monday, Winklepicker Entertainment founder Mark Wright told E! Now, we're looking to include the other cast members, if they're available.
Cardi B asks Twitter for help with blackheads on her cheek and chin: 'S*** is uncomfortable!'
Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B took to Twitter on Monday for help with acne breaking out on her cheek and chin. S*** really is uncomfortable,' the Bronx-born 28-year-old - who boasts 146.6M social media followers - lamented. Spot of bother: Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B took to Twitter on Monday for help with acne breaking out on her cheek and chinThe Bronx-born 28-year-old - who boasts 146.6M social media followers - lamented: 'It's been happening for like 3 months now. 'Ok @Kehlani recommended me somebody for my face,' Cardi tweeted hours later. Catch more of Cardi's outsized personality in the reality show Cardi Tries ___, which streams Thursdays through February 4 on Facebook Messenger Watch.
Ex CPS chief Nazir Afzal instructs lawyers to consider Boris Johnson prosecution
The former CPS chief prosecutor of the north west who brought down a Rochdale child abuse gang has suggested Boris Johnson could face prosecution for misconduct in public office over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Johnson, in his Downing Street address this evening expressed his regret that more than 100,000 had died of Covid-19. Nazir Afzal, the former CPS chief prosecutor in the north west said he believes the PM could face prosecution. He wrote: '100,000 Covid dead and Boris Johnson has still not met with the family of any of bereaved, he hasn't called for a day of remembrance or even a moment's silence. Mr Afzal earlier wrote to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick about Dominic Cummings' controversial trip to Barnard Castle during the first Covid-19 lockdown.
Google revives plans to launch its own Australian news website as early as next month
Google is reviving plans to launch its own news website in Australia within weeks, according to a local media outlet contracted to provide articles for the venture, as the search giant fights world-first proposed laws on content payments. Misha Ketchell, editor of the academic-penned newsite The Conversation, said on Wednesday he was approached by Google 'to resume discussions about launching the News Showcase product as soon as possible, potentially in February. A spokesman for Alphabet Inc owned Google in Australia declined to comment on Wednesday. Two other local publishers confirmed they had content details in place for the new site, without discussing recent talks. Google had announced plans to launch News Showcase in Australia last June, signing deals with six small local outlets, including The Conversation, for content.
UAE could be added to Britain's list of up to 30 'high risk' quarantine countries
AdvertisementBoris Johnson will today publish a list of up to 30 'high risk' Covid countries where returning travellers will be forced to quarantine in hotels for 10 days. Last summer an outbreak of coronavirus in Melbourne was blamed on security guards having sex with guests at one of the quarantine hotels. The travel industry is ending its worst January on record in terms of forward bookings. It is not yet clear if these exemptions would be carried over should ministers press ahead with hotel quarantine. The travel industry has warned that the added cost would destroy holiday plans.
Newt Gingrich calls Nancy Pelosi 'the most destructive speaker in history'
The Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich has lashed out against against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling her the 'most destructive Speaker' in history. Ingraham asked Gingrich to explain his position on Pelosi, 'You said Nancy Pelosi is the most destructive speaker ever. Newt Gingrich slammed Nancy Pelosi as 'the most dangerous speaker of the House we've had probably in American history.' Gingrich made similar claims during another interview on Fox at the weekend where he further elaborated his views on Pelosi. Gingrich who was Speaker of the House between 1995 and 1999 described Pelosi as being 'dangerous' for 'using power ruthlessly''She lives in an enclave that is guarded in San Francisco,' Gingrich said.
Joe Biden set to unveil a 'historic' climate change plan
Two sources told the paper that the president will sign an executive order establishing a White House interagency council on environmental justice. Biden on Wednesday will also announce a block on any new federal oil and gas leasing. Biden's move to emphasize how climate change affects different communities in different ways was praised by academics in the field. 'The executive order will help to lay out a clear path to implementing President Biden's climate and justice commitments,' Kelly said. The top three House Republicans, joined by 17 others, sent a letter to Biden on Tuesday warning him against suspending federal oil and gas auctions.
California restaurant and salon workers say customers are ready to come back in droves
Newsom drafted the stay-at-home order in December as virus cases spiked and in anticipation of surges from holiday gatherings. The lifting of the stay-at-home order allows restaurants to serve diners outdoors and places of worship to offer services outside. Mayor London Breed said outdoor restaurant dining can resume Thursday. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city of Los Angeles will align with county rules allowing outdoor dining at restaurants starting Friday. Health experts had mixed views on the state lifting the order.
Researchers see little evidence in-person school drives COVID-19 cases
Studies in the United States and abroad found little evidence schools were spreading COVID-19 infections, showing a 'path forward' to in-person classes, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. Studies in the United States and abroad found little evidence schools were spreading COVID-19 infections, showing a 'path forward' to in-person classes, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on TuesdayThe CDC said that 'there has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission'. The authors pointed in part to a new CDC study of rural Wisconsin schools, where student mask wearing was high. Researchers pointed in part to a CDC study of Wisconsin schools, where student mask wearing was high. COVID-19 incidence among students and staff members in the study translated into 3,453 cases per 100,000 in schools versus 5,466 per 100,000 in the wider community.
Two people are dead in hostage situation at children's medical center in Austin
Two people have died following a six-hour hostage situation at a children's doctor's office in downtown Austin, police say. Police were seen entering a building as they respond to hostage situation at doctor's office in Austin, Texas, where, authorities said two people were found deadA man and a woman embrace as Austin police officers and members of SWAT work the scene late TuesdayThe incident took place at Children's Medical Group in downtown Austin. The SWAT team found one victim 'that was originally inside the building and one that was not,' dead, police said. We are going on almost 6 hours at this hostage situation on W. 35th Street in Downtown Austin. A witness on scene tells me she was working in the office when a man with a gun came in and took everyone inside hostage.
NYPD officer is shot in the back while on plainclothes patrol in the Bronx
A New York Police Department officer was shot in the back late Tuesday as he patrolled the Bronx as part of an anti-gun violence unit. Police investigated into the early morning hours of Wednesday, looking for evidence after an 31-year-old NYPD officer was shot while pursuing a suspectFellow officers transported the shot officer to a nearby hospital in the Bronx. He was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but was shot below the vest and is in 'significant pain', Shea said. Officers showed up in force to investigate the shooting of their fellow NYPD officer, an incident that marked the third shooting of an NYPD officer in as many monthsNew York City Mayor Bill deBlasio visited the hospital, the Times reported. Fellow officers took the officer, who has been on the force for more than six years, to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.
Pharmacist accused of intentionally ruining COVID-19 vaccine to plead guilty, say prosecutors
A Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine is facing 20 years in prison after he agreed Tuesday to plead guilty in federal court, prosecutors said. He had originally been charged with attempted misdemeanor property damage but prosecutors warned more serious charges could follow if tests showed the doses were ruined. Pharmacist Steven Brandenburg is accused of intentionally spoiling hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine. Detectives wrote in court documents that Brandenburg is an admitted conspiracy theorist who believed the vaccine would mutate recipients´ DNA. This time he left them out for nine hours, thinking the vaccine would be rendered ineffective if it wasn´t refrigerated for 12 hours.
UN rights chief seeks sanctions against Sri Lanka generals
The government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reversed some advances made under previous administrations in protecting human rights, the report said. Sri Lanka has not signed up to the ICC, and so it is outside its jurisdiction. "Member states can actively pursue investigation and prosecution of international crimes committed by all parties in Sri Lanka before their own national courts," she said. Silva, who was a field commander at the height of the separatist war, already faces a US travel ban. However, ahead of next month's UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, President Rajapaksa last week did a U-turn and said Sri Lanka would investigate some allegations.
Biden poised to halt fossil fuel leasing on federal land
The administration has drafted an order imposing a moratorium on oil and gas auctions on federal land and water, the Washington Post and other US media reported. The US would also pledge to conserve 30 percent of all federal land and water by 2030, part of an international push to stem biodiversity loss and confront climate change, according to reports. "By permanently protecting our coasts from dirty offshore drilling and advancing clean energy sources like offshore wind, we can simultaneously combat climate change and safeguard our clean coast economy," said Oceana campaign director Diane Hoskins. But Goodman, now a senior fellow at the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, said she saw opportunities for bipartisanship. "Remember that states like Texas and Wyoming also have huge wind potential," she said, adding that there was increased recognition of the realities of climate change.
Moscow Lifts Restrictions as Coronavirus Cases Recede
Mayor Sobyanin, who lifted these restrictions as of Wednesday, noted on his website that companies were free to keep their own work-from-home rules and restaurants were still required to follow health guidelines. The Moscow administration will decide by Feb. 6 whether to allow in-person attendance at city universities. Sobyanin said the Russian capital’s daily coronavirus infections have not topped 3,000 for the past week and hospitalizations have also dramatically gone down since June 2020. Russia has confirmed the world’s fourth-highest number of coronavirus infections at more than 3.7 million cases and the third-highest death toll of more than 186,000. Daily tallies published by the national coronavirus information center place Russia’s death toll at 70,500.
UK Covid-19 death toll surpasses 100,000
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson closes his eyes as he leads a virtual press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic, from inside 10 Downing Street on January 26, 2021. Britain on Tuesday became the first European country to pass 100,000 Covid-19 deaths, in a grim milestone nearly one year since its first case of the disease. The US has recorded more than 400,000 Covid-19 deaths, the world’s highest total, but its population of about 330 million is about five times more than that of the UK. Impact of new strainThe emergence of the more infectious UK variant of Covid-19 in the southeast of England in the autumn is another factor in the country’s high death toll. High vaccination rateBut despite suffering a high death toll, the UK has so far been a success when it comes to vaccinations.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art publishes English-language book on its collection
It introduces terminology and major developments in Korean art history such as the Korean Avant-Garde Association, and how the “art informel” movement developed in Korea. "MMCA Collection 300” offers 300 selected artworks by 300 artists from the modern and contemporary eras, spanning from 1910 to 2019. Some of the works can be seen in person at two exhibitions -- “MMCA Collection Highlights 2020+,” the permanent exhibition at MMCA Seoul, and “Artists in Their Times: Korean Modern and Contemporary Art” at MMCA Gwacheon.“The English version of MMCA Collection 300 will quench the thirst of foreign readers who want to know more about Korean art. We will accelerate the globalization of Korean modern and contemporary art through English publications of the museum collection,” said Youn Bum-mo, the MMCA’s director.The book can be purchased online at the museum’s online store, mmcashop.co.kr. The Deoksugung venue will open Feb. 4 with “The Intersection of Art and Literature in Modern Korean History,” an exhibition that looks into how Korean literature and art influenced one another in the modern era.By Park Yuna (yunapark@heraldcorp.com)
Putin Submits Bill to Extend New START by 5 Years
It said that the two sides had "agreed in principle" to extend New START by five years. The New START treaty, signed in 2010, caps to 1,550 the number of nuclear warheads that can be deployed by Moscow and Washington, who control the world's largest nuclear arsenals. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday submitted a bill to parliament that would extend by five years a key nuclear pact with the United States that was set to expire next week. The legislation was published after Putin and new U.S. President Joe Biden held their first phone call Tuesday evening. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who brokered the INF treaty with U.S. president Ronald Reagan in 1987, urged both countries to extend New START and work together to agree further cuts to nuclear stockpiles.
Nexon founder Kim donates W10b to child hospital
BUSINESSFrom left: Nexon Foundation Chairman Kim Jung-wook, Neople CEO Noh Jung-hwan, NXC CEO Kim Jung-ju and Nexon Korea CEO Lee Jung-hun pose for a photo with officials from Seoul National University Hospital at a donation ceremony held on Thursday. (Nexon)Nexon founder Kim Jung-ju has pledged to donate 10 billion won ($9 million) for the construction of children’s hospitals, making good on his promise to give back to society.The 52-year-old chief of NXC, the holding company of South Korean gaming giant Nexon, has delivered half of the money -- 2.5 billon each -- to Daejeon Chungnam Public Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital and Nexon Children’s Palliative Care Center at Seoul National University Hospital, according to local media reports. He plans to donate an additional 2.5 billion won each to the two hospitals by next year.The funding will come from his own pocket, a Nexon official said, confirming the reports. Nexon Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, in 2019 pledged donations totaling 200 billion won for the two institutions. It was not unveiled at the time how much Kim would chip in himself.“Kim pledged in 2018 that he will return 100 billion won to the society and he is living up to his promise,” an NXC official said.Daejeon Chungnam Public Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, which broke ground late last year, is to be the first public children’s hospital to be built in the western part of Daejeon, Chungnam Province.The Nexon Children’s Palliative Care Center, which will be the nation’s first independent child palliative care facility, is slated for completion next year.By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
[Eye on Business] The story behind Korea’s ‘screen golf’
BUSINESSUsers play the latest version of Golfzon’s indoor golf simulator. (Golfzon)Golfzon Newdin Group Chairman Kim Young-chan (Golfzon)Once considered an exclusive hobby for rich elites, golf has now become much more affordable and accessible, thanks to “screen golf,” or golf simulator rooms.Virtual reality allowed golf aficionados to be rid of the inconvenience of having to travel far out to countryside golf courses, letting them tee off after work in their neighborhood “screen golf lounges” for the cost of about $20 for an 18-hole game.Pioneering this indoor golf culture was Golfzon, which introduced an advanced golf simulator in the early 2000s.Golfzon’s device recreates the terrains, the uphill and downhill holes of existing golf courses in the world on the screen. 1 in the indoor golf industry, with a 70 percent market share and 130,000 daily users. Two years later, Kim’s team succeeded in developing their first golf simulator, entirely made in Korea.With the release of their very first product, the company began raking in money. The golf giant has been holding Gtour, the world’s first simulation-based professional golf tours, annually since 2012.
Wireless earphone boom gives boost to LG, Samsung’s micro battery biz
A micro battery for each of the two earbuds and one pouch-type polymer battery for the charging case. As the name suggests, micro batteries mounted on earbuds must be extremely small and light, but have to be powerful enough to enable long hours of play time and noise-cancelling functions. Above all, they must be safe and not explode.For such technological requirements, LG Energy Solution and Samsung SDI, with their decades of experience in battery development and production, have been making progress in the micro battery market.Apple, which signaled the new era of wireless earphones by launching AirPods in 2016, reportedly used LG Energy Solution’s cylindrical micro batteries. However, due to their long shape, cylindrical micro batteries limited the structural freedom of wireless earphones, which is why Apple moved on to coin cell batteries for its AirPods Pro series beginning last year. The rest belonged to pouch-type polymer batteries, according to Counterpoint Research.By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
KB Securities wraps up sale of UK logistics facility
FINANCELogo of KB Financial Group (KB)South Korean brokerage firm KB Securities said Wednesday that it had completed the sale of a UK logistics facility, in which it jointly invested with LB Asset Management in 2017.The two Korean companies bought the facility through funds designed to invest in UK property assets in 2017. The exact investment amount for the acquisition was not unveiled at the time. KB Securities and LB Asset Investment sealed the sale deal of the facility in January. The facility is leased to UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s until 2038.Without disclosing the value of the deal, the securities firm said the rate of return before taxes and fees came in at some 36 percent. Investors for the funds have been given an annual dividend of 7 percent on average.The sale deal came amid growing concerns over foreign alternative investments during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.“The recent bull stock market requires the company to offer promising alternative investments for investors via an in-depth analysis and thorough on-site inspections,” said a KB Securities official, adding “We will continue to make all-out efforts to provide trustworthy investment products.”By Kim Young-won ( wone0102@heraldcorp.com
KB Securities wraps up sale of UK logistics facility
South Korean brokerage firm KB Securities said Wednesday that it had completed the sale of a UK logistics facility, in which it jointly invested with LB Asset Management in 2017.The two Korean companies bought the facility through funds designed to invest in UK property assets in 2017. The exact investment amount for the acquisition was not unveiled at the time. KB Securities and LB Asset Investment sealed the sale deal of the facility in January. The facility is leased to UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s until 2038.Without disclosing the value of the deal, the securities firm said the rate of return before taxes and fees came in at some 36 percent. Investors for the funds have been given an annual dividend of 7 percent on average.The sale deal came amid growing concerns over foreign alternative investments during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.“The recent bull stock market requires the company to offer promising alternative investments for investors via an in-depth analysis and thorough on-site inspections,” said a KB Securities official, adding “We will continue to make all-out efforts to provide trustworthy investment products.”By Kim Young-won ( wone0102@heraldcorp.com
Pets and COVID-19: What owners should know
Owners who are home-isolating after coming into contact with a patient should be taking the same precautions as if they were contagious so as not to sicken their pets,” he said.“If there is a chance you might be sick, avoid patting, hugging or kissing your pets. Wear face masks if you can’t keep a safe distance,” he added.When pets come down with COVID-19, they can show cold-like symptoms and possibly loss of appetite, diarrhea or other digestive symptoms, according to veterinary medicine professor Dr. Woo Hee-jong of Seoul National University.“Fortunately, most of the pets known to have had COVID-19 had only mild illness. Both are capable of developing symptoms.The organization said the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to have emerged from an animal source, likely a bat, and then spilled over to people. Shin Hyoung-shik, the president of the Korean Society for Zoonoses, said, “Based on the limited information available, the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is deemed to be low.
Delivery workers announce strike in protest of unchanged conditions
Unionized deliverymen declare a strike in front of the headquarters of Hanjin Transportation Co. in Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap)Delivery workers said Wednesday they will launch a strike later this week, accusing logistics firms of violating the terms of their recent agreement to improve working conditions. "The social agreement we announced ended up being nothing more than the chaebol delivery firms deceiving and making fools of the nation and the delivery workers," he said. The union had scrapped plans to strike after reaching the deal on Thursday, the product of monthslong negotiations sparked by the deaths of 19 delivery workers last year, apparently from overwork. "We are left in a hopeless situation where no one imposes any controls even when logistics firms repeatedly violate the agreement."
Selective support to pandemic-hit sectors is desirable: IMF
(Ministry of Economy and Finance)The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday that it would be desirable for South Korea to selectively provide assistance to sectors and people hit hard by the pandemic as economic recovery is uneven. During a conference call with Finance Minister Hong Nam-Ki, Andreas Bauer, Korea mission chief at the IMF, said South Korea needs to maintain policy support to tackle economic slumps caused by the new coronavirus outbreak. Every year, IMF delegations visit South Korea for consultations. The COVID-19 pandemic has been deepening inequality in South Korea as the pace of recovery is different between sectors and businesses, known as a "K-shaped recovery." Hong noted that close attention should be paid to the pace at which the government's debt is fast rising, according to the finance ministry.
Nonghyup Hongsam reveals Lunar New Year ginseng gift sets
In time for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, Nonghyup Hongsam is holding a buy-one-get-one-free event for its flagship ginseng products, officials said Wednesday.The promotion, which runs until Feb. 17, is for gift sets comprising ginseng extract products and wild ginseng.The company also offers 15 percent discounts on standalone items, including Hansamin Red Ginseng Extract Prime, Red Ginseng Extract stick, and Pure Liquid of Red Ginseng Gold. Hansamin is the company’s ginseng brand.Customers purchasing in bulk will be given free gifts, the company said.During this period, customers who sign up for membership on Nonghyup Hongsam’s online store will get a free voucher worth 35,000 won, Nonghyup added.“As times are still difficult, we wish for everyone to be healthy. With our promotion, gift your loved ones some healthy products,” a Nonghyup Hongsam official said in a press release.The promotional event is available at all Hansamin outlets across the country, on the brand’s online store, and other retail outlets, including Nonghyup Hanaro Mart and Lotte Mart, Nonghyup said.By Jo He-rim ( herim@heraldcorp.com
LG Electronics collaborating with Qualcomm to develop 5G automotive platforms: exec
This photo taken on Jan. 6, 2020, shows reporters looking at LG Electronics Inc.'s connected car concept at the company's exhibition booth at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Yonhap)LG Electronics Inc. is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. for the development of 5G automotive platforms, its senior executive has said, as the South Korean tech giant tries to expand its presence in the automotive business for future growth. "Building on our long engagement with Qualcomm Technologies in the connected car segment, we believe 5G is vital to the deployment of a fully connected car platform." In 2004, it joined hands with Qualcomm to develop telematics technology, and in 2017, the two sides signed a partnership to collaborate on connected car solutions. LG has been trying to beef up its presence in the automotive solutions market in recent years.
TXT tops Japan's Oricon weekly albums charts with 1st Japanese
This photo, provided by Big Hit Entertainment, shows the member of K-pop boy band Tomorrow X Together. (Big Hit Entertainment)K-pop boy band Tomorrow X Together (TXT) has topped the latest Oricon weekly music chart with its first full-length Japanese album, its management agency said Wednesday. The album has also stayed in the top spot on the daily albums chart for seven consecutive days since its release. 3 on the Oricon weekly albums chart with its debut album "The Dream Chapter: Star," released in March 2019, and No. TXT plans to host its second fan meeting, titled "2021 TXT FANLIVE SHINE X TOGETHER," at Blue Square Mastercard Hall in central Seoul on March 6.
[Eye on Business] The story behind Korea’s ‘screen golf’
(Golfzon)Once considered an exclusive hobby for rich elites, golf has now become much more affordable and accessible, thanks to “screen golf,” or golf simulator rooms. Virtual reality allowed golf aficionados to be rid of the inconvenience of having to travel far out to countryside golf courses, letting them tee off after work in their neighborhood “screen golf lounges” for the cost of about $20 for an 18-hole game. Pioneering this indoor golf culture was Golfzon, which introduced an advanced golf simulator in the early 2000s. Golfzon’s device recreates the terrains, the uphill and downhill holes of existing golf courses in the world on the screen. While about 37 million rounds of golf games occur on outdoor golf courses annually, more than 57 million rounds are played at Golfzon’s screen golf lounges, the company said.
‘L.U.C.A.: The Beginning’ offers action-packed chase
Kim Hong-sun, the director of multiple hit OCN dramas, is back Monday with a tvN action drama titled “L.U.C.A. : The Beginning” centers on an experimental cell, Ji-O, that was created through the L.U.C.A. But I saw that it was written by screenwriter Chun and I had enjoyed watching ‘The Guest’ by director Kim. He hides his incredible powers and discovers his origins and powers throughout the drama,” he said. : The Beginning” is set to air on tvN every Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. starting next week.By Lim Jang-won ( ljw@heraldcorp.com
‘It’s a time bomb’: Philippine analysts say Beijing’s coastguard law sets stage for armed conflict in South China Sea
The new law allows the Chinese coastguard to use “all necessary means” to stop or prevent threats from foreign vessels. Photo: Weibo
China’s frozen food import delays over coronavirus fears add fresh pressures to global supply chains
The shortage of plug points and dwindling space at the port have prompted shipping liners to cancel new reefer bookings into Dalian, and the congestion is now spreading to other refrigerated items like fruit and dumplings. Photo: Xinhua
Ramaphosa launches fund for black-owned businesses in tourism sector crippled by lockdown
The UIF said that the fund paid 1,787,268 beneficiaries more than R10 billion between 26 March 2020 and 19 January 2021. The Tourism Equity Fund will be used in particular to help black entrepreneurs start businesses and projects in the sector, said tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Tourism, the president pointed out, directly accounts for 2.9% of South Africa’s GDP and 8.6% indirectly. If the tourism sector is to play its role in aiding the economic recovery in the wake of Covid-19, it must grow and transform, he said. Job losses in the travel and tourism sector in the meantime, have continued into 2021, including countless B&Bs, restaurants, and related institutions.
GOP Signals Little Appetite for Trump Conviction in Vote on Legality of Impeachment Trial
Tuesday's vote signaled early, but firm, GOP resistance to pursuing impeachment, though Republicans can still change their minds on the final vote. If they remain unified, Democrats will need to win over 17 Republicans since a two-thirds majority is required to convict in an impeachment trial. Only three presidents, including Trump, have faced an impeachment trial though none was ultimately convicted. Typically, the chief justice of the United States presides over an impeachment trial of a sitting president, but John Roberts, who oversaw Trump's last trial in early 2020, declined to do so again. Trump's first impeachment trial lasted for 21 days, though others have spanned a few months.
UN calls on Israel to provide Palestinians with coronavirus vaccines
The United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to help ensure Palestinians will receive COVID-19 vaccinations amid the coronavirus pandemic. "It is important that the same level of engagement and cooperation be sustained with regard to the delivery of vaccines," Wennesland added. Israel has injected more than 2.5 million people in the occupied territories with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Tel Aviv had declined to provide any vaccines to the Palestinians. So far, over 156,000 Palestinians have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 1,800 have lost their lives. Over 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Liked Posts Calling For Killing Democratic Politicians: Reports
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) repeatedly supported disturbing conspiracy theories and liked social media posts that suggested executing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and FBI agents, among others, according to several media reports published Tuesday. CNN’s KFile later found other troubling activity on Greene’s personal Facebook page after reviewing hundreds of her posts and comments. “Many posts have been liked. Some did not represent my views.”“They want to take me out because I represent you,” she said. Prepare for the smears.”She did not address the specific posts CNN pointed out.
The Fake Argument that School Choice Is Racist
"Without our own collective governance of our children's intellectual development, how can we win? Without Black self-determination in who teaches them, what they learn, where they learn, and how lessons are taught to them, what is the future of our freedom?" He also has no patience for critics of school choice who claim it's a stalking horse for segregation. The Duke historian Nancy Maclean advanced this argument in her controversial book, Democracy in Chains, as has the progressive education historian Diane Ravitch, who asserts that "the 'school choice' movement was created by white Southern governors who were fighting the Brown decision." Calling such statements "factually inaccurate and historically inaccurate," Stewart notes that minority voters overwhelmingly support charter schools, vouchers, and other choice programs, usually at higher rates than white voters do.
House Republican introduces anti-trans legislation that could lead to genital exams for school girls
A Congressional Republican has introduced a federal bill that would ban transgender girls and women from participating in school sports. Steube introduced the same legislation in the U.S. House early last year, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced a similar bill later in the year. The bill contains no language banning states or schools from using forced genital or DNA exams on girls and women who want to participate in school sports. Transgender equality advocates argue that the entire point of this legislation is to deny that transgender women are women. A woman who is trans is a woman,” wrote ACLU attorney Chase Strangio in a Medium article about the GOP attempts to force transgender girls and women out of school sports.
Mainstream media’s whiteness enabled Trump and white supremacy.
She’s reported from 49 states, covered white supremacy and white nationalism since the 1990s. But she says, even though individuals like her saw Trump coming, the news organizations they worked for had more trouble. There is what I call the call to whiteness, which is white nationalist, white supremacist mobilization. And then there’s what I call establishment whiteness, which is the idea that whiteness is neutral, the idea that whiteness is meritocratic and essentially invisible because it is the standard. And so when I interview a white supremacist, as I have for the past 25 years, I won’t be like, Oh, I’m objective about white supremacy.
Three people arrested for protesting outside Ministry of Education headquarters
SINGAPORE - Three people were arrested for taking part in a public assembly without a permit outside the Ministry of Education (MOE) headquarters in Buona Vista on Tuesday (Jan 26), police said in a statement. "The group was then issued with a 'Move-on' direction under Section 36 of the Public Order Act and were told that they would be arrested if they failed to adhere to the direction," said the police. "The three refused to comply despite the police's repeated warnings, and were arrested under the Public Order Act at around 5.35pm," police added. They said that five placards, two multi-coloured flags and a blue bag were seized in relation to the case. In their statement, the police said that organising or participating in a public assembly without a police permit is illegal and constitutes an offence under the Public Order Act.
Security tight at India's historic Red Fort after clashes with farmers
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Hundreds of police guarded the historic Red Fort in the heart of the Indian capital on Wednesday following violent clashes between farmers and authorities in which one person was killed and at least 80 injured. FILE PHOTO: Farmers gather in front of the historic Red Fort during a protest against farm laws introduced by the government, in Delhi, India, January 26, 2021. Some farmers carrying ceremonial swords reached as far as the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives an annual speech, where they scaled outer walls and hoisted flags. By Tuesday evening police, had removed protesters from the fort complex but a heavy security presence remained on Wednesday. Roads across the New Delhi remained closed while extra police, including paramilitary were at protest sites on the outskirts.
Class-action lawsuit: French police discriminate in checks
PARIS (AP) — In a first for France, six nongovernmental organizations launched a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the French government for alleged systemic discrimination by police officers carrying out identity checks. The organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, contend that French police use racial profiling in ID checks, targeting Black people and people of Arab descent. The NGO’s are employing a little-used 2016 French law that allows associations to take such a legal move. The lawsuit features some 50 witnesses, both police officers and people subjected to abusive checks, whose accounts are excerpted in the letters of notice. —-Follow all AP stories about racial profiling at https://apnews.com/Racialinjustice.
Myanmar launches vaccination drive, prioritises frontline healthcare workers
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZenca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. “This should create a situation to reduce the rate of infection, so it is such a relief for healthcare workers,” Tun Myint, a health ministry official overseeing vaccinations at the Yangon General Hospital, told reporters. The next group of people due to be inoculated will be members of parliament on Friday and Saturday, the health ministry has said. Myanmar has an ambitious target to vaccinate the whole population, of about 54 million people, this year. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a visit this month promised Myanmar 300,000 doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine.
NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith dies at 48 due to COVID-19
Sekou Smith, a longtime NBA reporter and television analyst, died Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19. "The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family," Silver said in a statement. "I just heard the news about Sekou Smith, and I am just devastated," Kerr said. Man today just got a little heavier... my condolences to Sekou's wife, family, friends, and extended NBA family. ??? — Chris Paul (@CP3) January 27, 2021I've never had anything but positive interactions and conversations with Sekou Smith.
India’s Republic Day Marked With Massive Protests by Farmers
NEW DELHI — Tens of thousands of farmers drove a convoy of tractors into the Indian capital as the nation celebrated Republic Day on Tuesday in the backdrop of agricultural protests that have grown into a rebellion and rattled the government. Authorities also parked large trucks to barricade multiple routes so that farmers don’t march to the interiors of the capital. Modi’s government insists the laws will benefit farmers and boost production through private investment, but farmers fear cartelization and commercialization of agriculture will devastate their earnings. Farmers first tried to march to New Delhi in November but were stopped by police. Once accounting for a third of India’s gross domestic product, farmers now account for only 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy.
Carra Is a New Platform For Curls and Coils That Pairs Your Unique Hair Type With an Expert Guide
Carra has arrived to answer all your questions about curls, coils, and kinks. The new personalised hair-care app, launched by Antidote Street founder Winnie Awa, is a subscription service that pairs your unique hair type with a multitexture hair expert who offers styling advice, product recommendations, and a hair-care routine that's tailored to your specific needs. From there, Carra gets a sense of what your current hair routine is and the products you love to use before pairing you with a hair coach that explains everything you need to know about achieving the best hair of your life. "We are re-envisioning today's noisy and overwhelming textured hair experience to build a truly borderless personalisation platform targeting multicultural women all across the globe," said Awa in a press statement. To access the platform's expertise, you can choose between two subscription packages — the Carra Starter Ludus for £40 that includes one session or the Carra Bundle Philia £100 that includes three sessions — at Carra.co.
Amy Schumer Shares a Hilarious Analogy That'll Make You Think Twice About Wasting Food
Are you aware that a whopping 40 percent — yep, nearly half — of all food in the US goes to waste? These eye-opening statistics are the driving force behind Hellmann's new food-waste reduction initiative, which has Amy Schumer on board to spread awareness for the topic. Of course — because this is Amy Schumer we're talking about here — she shared a funny and very on-point analogy for why everyone should be cognizant of how much food they're wasting. "If you can't [cook], just marry a chef like I did, and he will teach you," she said in a Hellmann's press release. Welp, it sounds like any know-how she's picked up from Chris on their Food Network series, Amy Schumer Learns to Cook, hasn't quite stuck yet, but hey — we can hardly blame her.
30 Top-Rated Home Items Your Life Might Be Missing — All From Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond is one of those stores that we could get lost in for hours. The retailer truly has it all, and its website has even more to offer. To help you find the best and most popular items worth buying on its site, we scoured its top products to see exactly what customers are loving. Ahead, you can shop the 30 hottest things worth every penny. Keep reading to check them all out and see which ones are missing from your life.
The Fate: The Winx Saga Cast Might Not Be Real Fairies, but Their Friendship Sure Is Magical
One of the best and biggest components of Fate: The Winx Saga, besides magic, has to be the bond the Winx Suite girls forge by the end of season one. From how the actors — Abigail Cowen, Precious Mustapha, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Elisha Applebaum, and Eliot Salt — interact on screen, it's no wonder that their friendship continues once the cameras stop rolling. The cast, including those outside of the core group of five, can be seen doing everything together from partying and behind-the-scenes shenanigans to late-night hangs and ridiculous dance sessions. We're glad that even Beatrix (Sadie Soverall), Riven (Freddie Thorp), and Dane (Theo Graham) get in on the fun; although who knows what their characters might be up to if the show gets picked up for a second season. Below are just a few of the cast's most magical offscreen moments.
Go-To Launches New Clarifying Clay Mask Called 'The Removalist'
Just a few months after launching Skin Party — an aptly named body lotion — and re-launching its brother brand Bro-To, Go-To has announced the release of a new clay mask called 'The Removalist'. It's the brand's first foray into a masking product and this one is all about clarifying, replenishing and detoxifying the skin. Unlike other clay masks which can leave your skin feeling tight and dry, this one promises to leave skin clear, radiant and bouncy. Go-To founder Zoe Foster Blake celebrated the launch on Instagram, writing: "Introducing THE REMOVALIST, our brand new clay mask! You can grab a tube of The Removalist from Go-To or MECCA for $48.
Watch Jimmy Fallon Attempt to Clean Steve Kornacki's Tie-Littered Black Hole of an Office
Jimmy Fallon has documented his brave journey to the heart of "khaki country." The Tonight Show host recently attempted to tidy up the office of MSNBC map whiz Steve Kornacki in a show of gratitude for his tireless work covering the presidential election. Jimmy quickly discovered, however, that the state of Steve's office is as distressing as waiting for all those Fulton County votes to get counted. "Look at all these ties," Jimmy said, asking, "Has he been living in here?" In a note left for Steve on his newly cleared desk, Jimmy wrote, "I thought 2020 was a dumpster fire, but then I saw your office."
Say "Yoda One For Me" With These 14 Adorable Valentine's Day Gifts
Celebrate love with our one and only adorable Jedi Master, Baby Yoda. If you're stuck trying to find the perfect Valentine's Day gift or your loved one is obsessed with Baby Yoda like the rest of us, we've got you covered! You can't go wrong with some chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of Champagne, and a few Baby Yoda-themed gifts, from mugs to punny Valentine's Day cards. Show your love and appreciation for your significant other, friends, and family on Valentine's Day with these 14 Baby Yoda gifts.
How to Get Beth Harmon's Covetable Style From The Queen's Gambit
With 62 million households binging The Queen's Gambit in its first 28 days on Netflix, I know more than a few of us were watching for character Beth Harmon's style. As Beth proves more proficient on the international chess stage, she also increases her wardrobe budget with covetable looks from the '50s and '60s. Like all of the outfits we've been saving up, someday when we travel again, we'll start looking for stylish and comfortable looks embodying Beth Harmon. One look that caught my eye in particular is when Beth travels to Russia in the final episode. The fitness and lifestyle brand has a great selection of looks in comfortable, stain-resistant fabrics.
Instead of Saying "Go to Time Out!" Try Saying, "Go to Your Safe Space"
A safe space is a place that allows the child to express themselves in a healthy manner, while also providing them with coping strategies. Within this safe space, a parent may want to provide the child with a variety of sensory tools to help them calm down. One important part of the safe space is having the child choose what they think will help them calm down. The ultimate goal of the safe space is to provide an outlet for children. The hope is that they begin to sense their uprising feelings of (insert emotion here), be able to name their feelings, and then retreat to this safe space when they feel they may lose control.
A Guide on Cutting Fruits, Veggies, and More For Toddlers
If you're wondering the best ways to cut all the foods your toddler loves, you've come to the right place. Growing toddlers are curious (or maybe even a bit picky) about new foods, from celery to pineapple and even tiny sandwiches, so knowing how to cut them up for safety is crucial. Cutting foods properly will allow toddlers to eat new countless snacks, and will give you peace of mind when it comes down to serving them on the daily. By knowing exactly how to dice up sweet strawberries or crunchy celery for your kiddos, you'll minimize the risk of choking, while also making it easier for them to pick up and grab their own food. Ahead, find the best ways to cut your toddler's fruit, veggies, and other snacks.
Are Claw Caps the Answer For Scratchy Cats? 2 Vets Weigh In on the Pros and Cons
Still, if you're tired of coming home to find your couch cushion ripped to shreds but youmdon't want to cause long-term damage to your cat, claw caps might be your answer. What Are Claw Caps? Dr. Garner agreed claw caps should be changed monthly. Dr. Garner advised those eager to try claw caps to make sure there are no obvious signs of injury to the nails or nail beds. If you're unsure, veterinary clinics or grooming facilities can often apply claw caps for a minor fee.
I Can't Get This Nathy Peluso Song Out of My Head, and I Blame Cardi B
I'm trapped in a "Delito"-watching spiral, and I know I'm not alone in this. The Argentinian singer Nathy Peluso's new song and fourth single off of her debut album, Calambre, is more addictive than caffeine. The ubercatchy and sexy chorus "en la disco quiero tu mordiscom," her signature dance moves, and the handsome and mysterious-looking bad boy object of desire have kept me glued to the screen since I first heard the song on Cardi B's Instagram. Last week, the rapper did a sexy dance on a chair to "Delito" for her 81.6 million followers on Instagram, just like I do when no one's watching! Watch Nathy's "Delito" video and Cardi B's sultry dance.
21 Trendy American Eagle Pieces You'll Feel Happy You Bought Every Time You Wear Them
Ask anyone what they've been wearing lately, and I bet the answer will be a combination of easygoing sweatshirts, matching sets, and loose house dresses. Retailers have tapped into the comfortable trend in the last few months, creating an array of slouchy and polished clothes that are multipurpose, meaning your coworkers won't know you slept in the exercise dress you wore to the Zoom meeting. When it comes to pieces that are on trend, affordable, and extremely versatile, stop by American Eagle. The site includes an assortment of practical items that are playful and designed to become closet staples. Scroll on to find out.
This WandaVision Theory Leads to Directly to Doctor Strange's Multiverse of Madness
In episode three of WandaVision we are finally introduced to fan-favorite characters of the Young Avengers comics, albeit in baby form. Tommy and Billy, aka Speed and Wiccan, make their debut in the MCU as the children of Vision and Wanda. Many of us are wondering what will happen to the twin boys, as it's been established that the reality Wanda is living in doesn't actually exist. There's another theory entirely that Mephisto has something to do with Wanda's current state of reality in WandaVision, anyway. Once the reality surrounding Wanda is gone, will Tommy and Billy be born somewhere else?
For Black Women, Rest Is an Act of Resistance and Radical Self-Love
2020 illuminated the undeniable fact that Black women are the leaders of activism and justice globally. As racial fatigue and trauma continue to reverberate within our bodies, Black women are forging new paths to freedom that is rooted in self-love, where rest is the resistance required to continue our fight for justice and healing. Black women are turning inward, intently focused on the necessity of rest as a form of radical self-love. Rest in the form of resistance can include naps because our bodies benefit from sleep and relaxation. Black women, it's time you go get your rest.
This 1-Dish, Sugar-Free Baked Oatmeal Fills Me Up For Hours and Takes 30 Minutes to Bake
I skip the neon-colored sugary Fruit Loops and opt for oatmeal or granola because it seems like the healthier, more satiating breakfast option. But with the high amounts of added sugar found in instant oatmeal packets and bags of granola, I might as well eat a piece of cake! Well, with this recipe you kind of can, since this baked oatmeal is cut into cake-sized pieces — but it's much healthier since it's made without any added sugars. With a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, this baked oatmeal takes minutes to prepare — just mix it in the dish and bake for 30 minutes (I actually cooked this in my toaster oven). Add fresh fruit, nut butter, nuts or seeds, sugar-free jam, dairy-free yogurt, or some shredded coconut and a few chocolate chips.
Lori Harvey's Naked Wardrobe Collab Is Available at Nordstrom and Selling Fast!
Lori Harvey dropped a collaboration with Naked Wardrobe, and it's filled with two of our 2021 staples: sweatpants and T-shirts. The T-shirts in question are all cropped with cutouts, open backs, and sexy side ruching. You can shop the size-inclusive collection at Nordstrom right now, but you'd better hurry! The pieces come in a bunch of neutral colors that go with everything, like black, white, gray, and two shades of brown. Plus, everything's under $60, so hurry up and shop while you still can!
Abigail Cowen's Been Blond Before, but Do You Know Her Natural Hair Color?
Abigail Cowen isn't exactly a hair chameleon, but she's switched up her hair color a handful of times over the years. The Fate: The Winx Saga actress has appeared in some projects with dirty blond hair, but she's mostly known for wearing her hair in its natural color: red. Cowen frequently posts her natural hair color on Instagram and talks proudly about being a "ginger," though she mentioned in a post from early last year that she made the decision to switch to blond for a project she was working on at the time. "Many of you are asking and YES I did sacrifice my red hair to the acting gods," she captioned a series of photos before and after bleaching her hair. Since wrapping production on the movie, she's continued to switch back and forth between red and blond, and while she looks great with both colors, it sounds that she prefers to keep it natural.
We Found 101 Genius Organizers Under $100, So It's Time to Declutter
Getting organized is one thing, but making sure things stay that way is another story. The best way to keep your home in order was by investing in handy organizing products. There are thousands of amazing choices to shop online and getting started is the hard part, so we're here to help. Ahead, you'll find 101 tools that will likely change the way you organize your home forever. From entryway storage solutions to smart drawer dividers, no doubt you'll find at least a few your life is missing.
Celebrate Your Booty Gains With Leggings That Highlight Your Assets . . . Er, Hard Work
Today more than ever, women are owning their space in the gym and celebrating all the curves on their bodies (and not just with leggings). Booty gains are the name of the game as of late, and we couldn't be prouder of the shift in mindset. No matter what's going on with the weather, we're never abandoning the trusted piece of workout gear. Think seamless pairs, strategic colorblocking, and compression fabric you're actually going to want to wear. Whether you are an indoor cycling queen or prefer to flow it out, there's a pair made to move with you.
Everything to Know About the Changelings in Fate: The Winx Saga
If you're watching Netflix's latest mystical drama series Fate: The Winx Saga and are totally obsessed with Bloom's coming-of-age story, you're not alone. If you're feeling a bit confused about this whole changeling business, not to worry — you're not alone. This idea is introduced from the beginning of the series, and it's even a bit jarring for Bloom, too. Changelings are believed to be switched without the baby or human parents knowing, and the fairies secretly keep the human child. That also means her parents' real daughter is wandering around somewhere, even though there seems to be a surefire connection between the changelings and the Burned Ones — we're betting season two continues that exploration.
Don't Get Other Vaccines Around the Same Time You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine, Experts Say
Dr. Parikh, who is also a co-investigator on COVID-19 vaccine trials at NYU, told POPSUGAR that there are still unknowns when it comes to following COVID-19 vaccines with other shots or vice versa, following other shots with the COVID-19 vaccine. In COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, she said that people were told to separate any other vaccines by four weeks. "Let's say you got the pneumonia shot or the shingles shot today, then we would say wait two weeks to get the COVID-19 shot," Dr. Parikh noted. "But it's just that this [COVID-19] vaccine is brand new, so we don't know." "Just because you reacted to another vaccine, doesn't mean you'll have a problem with the COVID-19 vaccine," she added.
After Waking Up to Facial Hair at 17, Everything Changed For This Makeup Founder With PCOS
Too often, the best beauty stories go Untold, solely based on a person's skin color, religion, gender expression, disability, or socioeconomic status. Up next: True + Luscious founder Mehir Sethi. There's also a lot of hormone disruptors that go into color cosmetics that you don't really see in skin care. The EU has the gold standard for what can and cannot go into color cosmetics, but the US needs to pass legislation nationwide. When I moved to LA, I launched True + Luscious with a real understanding of what goes into color cosmetics.
Stars Remember Kobe Bryant: "We Will Forever Speak Your Name"
Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's death, and stars came together to pay their respects on social media. Kobe's wife, Vanessa, also shared a heartfelt note that she received from one of Gianna's friends. "Thank you so much for beautifully sharing some of your memories of my Gigi with me and allowing me to share them here on my ig," Vanessa wrote alongside a screenshot of the letter on Instagram. "My Gigi is INCREDIBLE and I truly appreciate your thoughtful letter. Kobe and Gianna were among the nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA, on Jan. 26, 2020.
FKA Twigs Faced Racial Abuse From Robert Pattinson Fans: "He Was Their White Prince Charming"
FKA Twigs is speaking out about the horrific treatment she received from Robert Pattinson's fans during her three-year relationship with the actor from 2014 to 2017. On the Jan. 25 episode of Grounded, Twigs discussed with host Louis Theroux how she's faced racism since the age of 4 before talking about her time with Robert. "He was their white Prince Charming, and they considered he should be with someone white and blond." "He was their white Prince Charming, and they considered he should be with someone white and blond." "It was really deeply horrific, and I think it was at a time where I felt like I couldn't really talk about it.
Zendaya's Makeup Artist Sheika Daley on Her Career in Beauty
makeup artist Sheika Daley shares how she went from doing makeup at the top gentleman's club in Miami to being a makeup artist for some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Zendaya and Beyoncé. "I was fascinated with how she held the brush, how she painted on the colors," Daley said. Still, "as much as I was trying to excel in that world, my mind was still on makeup," she said. Learning the Tricks of the (Makeup) TradeOnce there, she was like a beauty sponge, soaking up as much information about the world of pro makeup as she could. Beyond that, working 20 hours a week at a beauty counter also wasn't bringing in much money, and Daley knew she needed to branch out in order to turn this profession into a career.
J Lo and Matthew McConaughey Take Us Back to the '00s With Their Wedding Planner Reunion
The Wedding Planner costars Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey reunited on Jan. 26 to celebrate the film's momentous anniversary and reminisce about their favorite scenes on Instagram Live. "It still feels like just yesterday we were in the middle of that field with the movie theater," Lopez said, waxing nostalgic. I'm such a romantic too that working on those types of movies have a real feel to me." Both Lopez and McConaughey have accomplished quite a lot since the early '00s, but this film will always have a special place in their hearts. "We're going to do something again, baby," Lopez told McConaughey during their call.
This Harry Styles Lotería Game Features Some of His Most Iconic (and Hilarious) Moments
From the dining table straight to my heart, this Harry Styles-inspired Lotería game has officially made it onto my birthday wish list (along with a few other gifts). The Style-ized version of Lotería, made by MattaMX on Etsy, is a modern take on the traditional Mexican card game, which is similar to bingo, and is definitely a game best played with friends who have a healthy appreciation for the "Adore You" singer. Each game comes with 10 large card sheets and a deck of 52 small cards that feature photos of Harry from his 2010 X Factor days and his best Fine Line style moments, as well as a little bit of everything in between. The photos put a unique twist on the traditional Lotería cards and even add a few completely new options to the deck. Invite the mini iterations of Harry into your home and relive some of his most iconic style moments in card form ahead.
Violent anti-lockdown protests sweep the Netherlands
Violent protests have erupted in the Netherlands for the third night in a row, with rioters setting fires and clashing with police in defiance of strict coronavirus lockdown measures. Nearly 500 people have been arrested since the protests began over the weekend, including more than 180 who were arrested Monday night. In Urk, in the central part of the country, rioters burned down a Covid-19 testing center. Rutte called it “criminal violence,” and dismissed the idea that these protests were about freedom. Cases flared up again in the fall, and the Netherlands became one of the hardest-hit countries during Europe’s second wave.
India’s Republic Day farmer protests turn violent
Farmer’s unions had devised a plan for a peaceful march into the capital on Republic Day, which commemorates the signing of India’s constitution. The Indian government had approved a plan for the farmers — who have been protesting for months — to enter the city at noon. The Joint Farmers’ Front, which represents a number of Indian farmers unions, issued a statement Tuesday condemning the clashes and separating themselves from protesters who engaged in violence. However, the farmers unions have refused to end their protest until there is a full retraction of the laws. After an 11th round of talks ended without a resolution on January 22, the farmers decided to increase agitation of Modi’s government by riding tractors into the capital city during the Republic Day celebrations.
A stunt from Rand Paul reveals limited Republican support for impeachment
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) used a vote on Tuesday to highlight Republican dissent on impeachment, and to argue that there isn’t sufficient GOP support to convict former President Trump in his upcoming Senate trial. As Vox’s Ian Millhiser has explained, a majority of legal scholars have concluded that holding an impeachment trial for a former president would be constitutional. Paul wanted to hold this vote to demonstrate how many Republicans opposed the trial, and to make a point about how Trump’s conviction would be unlikely without their support. “I think there will be enough support on it to show there’s no chance they can impeach the president,” Paul has previously said. “I think it’s pretty obvious from the vote today that it is extraordinarily unlikely that the president will be convicted.
Biden is ordering 200 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses
President Joe Biden on Tuesday will announce new efforts to boost Covid-19 vaccine supply and distribution — addressing what’s likely the biggest challenge his administration faces in its first few weeks. First, the administration will increase vaccine supply to states to at least 10 million a week, up from 8.6 million, starting next week. And the feds will purchase 100 million doses of each of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, boosting the federal government’s total order from 400 million to 600 million — enough for 300 million Americans. As part of his Covid-19 and vaccine plans, Biden has promised to do everything within the federal government’s power to boost vaccine supply and distribution. But they also help states coordinate their efforts: By providing more guidance on how many vaccine doses states can expect to get weeks earlier, state officials can actually plan with those numbers of doses in mind.
A pro-democracy activist on Hong Kong’s year of turmoil: “The city itself is dying”
This fall, she made the decision to come to the United States and continue fighting for Hong Kong from America. So getting involved in international advocacy for Hong Kong, I felt like that might be the thing that I could do the best for Hong Kong. However, I would say that I’m pretty optimistic when it comes to the Hong Kong people, because Hong Kong people are trying to sustain the movement in so many creative ways. Most of the people in Hong Kong right now do not believe anything the Chinese Communist Party government says anymore. Joey SiuA lot of Hong Kong people have been relying or giving very high hopes on the United States to take action to defend Hong Kong or to stand up to China.
Dr. Fauci's Journey To Bobblehead Fame
He's been turned into a bobblehead by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his miniature likenesses are record-breaking bestsellers. The Fauci frenzyThe first Fauci bobblehead, which featured a blue tie, had a limited production of 42,020 figurines, Sklar explained. And then somebody from the organization where we're donating to suggested a Fauci bobblehead Christmas ornament, so we did that," Sklar said. Recently the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released a seventh Fauci bobblehead that features him wearing his lab coat. "Today we've raised over just over $300,000," Sklar said, noting the bulk of the donated money came from Fauci bobbleheads.
Thalapathy Vijay's 'Master' To Release On Amazon Prime Video On January 29, Fans Are Ecstatic
That said, I don't have to wait anymore because it is arriving on Amazon Prime Video sooner than I thought. Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India, said,"We are delighted to announce the digital premiere of Master on Amazon Prime Video. I am glad that the fans can enjoy the film on Amazon Prime Video in India and across the world." However, with the film's global digital release on Amazon Prime Video, we are hoping to reach a wider audience that’s been at home, and reach regions that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. Since it hasn't managed to hit that mark, I think they're opting for a digital release so soon.
Apple Just Released A Security Update For Your iPhone. Download It Now.
In other words, hackers — whether they be criminal or government-affiliated — might be using these security holes for their own purposes. All you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 14.4 or iPadOS 14.4, respectively, and you're good to go. That is, assuming you have an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, or an iPod touch (7th generation). Hackers love phones and computers lacking the latest security patches. To avoid a similar fate, all you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad.
'Raya And The Last Dragon': Disney's Vibrant Southeast Asian Action Adventure Draws Mixed Reactions
It is a Southeast Asian-centered movie and features a Southeast Asian actress in the lead, Kelly Marie Tran. Imagine how big it would be they actually casted Southeast Asian actors. SE Asian actors are sorely lacking in Hollywood — diego luna oscar campaign manager (@jyndjarin) January 26, 2021Each country under South-East Asia is very unique. I am liking the fact that it doesn't look like every other Disney movie in existence. I do agree that if the makers wanted to truly represent Southeast Asia, they should've gotten more Southeast Asian voice actors.
NASA Just Shared A Beautiful Image Of A Frosty Leo Nebula That’s 3,000 Light Years Away!
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently shared an image of a “Frosty Leo Nebula” on its Instagram page that looks absolutely stunning. The image has been shared by NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory official Instagram page and states that “the Frosty Leo Nebula is a protoplanetary nebula — an early stage in the development of a planetary nebula where the nebula is mostly illuminated by light being reflected from its central star. Rich in water in the form of ice grains, the Frosty Leo Nebula is located about 3,000 light-years from Earth”. Also, as per NASA, protoplanetary nebulae (also known as “the Frosty Leo Nebula” have nothing to do with planets and are formed from material shed from their ageing central star. If you’re wondering about the reason behind this curious name ‘Frosty Leo Nebula’, it’s that the nebula has been found to be rich in water in the form of ice grains, and it lies in the constellation of Leo.
Keira Knightley Has No Interest In Doing Sex Scenes Directed By Men, Points Out Problematic ‘Male Gaze’
As an actress, the Hollywood diva is as familiar with the world of filmmaking as anyone can get and she knows about it – the male gaze! Not just that, the Pirates of the Caribbean is even acknowledging and calling out the same. In fact, hear this, she has ‘no interest’ in doing botched-up ‘horrible sex scenes’ and definitely not for any male director out there! She told the Chanel Connects podcast, “It's partly vanity and also it's the male gaze." She just doesn’t “want it to be those horrible sex scenes where you're all greased up and everybody is grunting.
Farmer Unions To Take Protest Forward Despite Setbacks Caused By Police And Extremists
They are not being led by farmers' unions anymore." Your opinion doesn't matter here. My opinion doesn't matter here. The Government's opinion doesn't matter here. The protests are going to go on until and unless the Government doesn't agree with the farmers.
Pictures From Varun Dhawan And Natasha Dalal’s Private Yet Elegant Roka Ceremony Surface Online
Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Natasha Dalal in an intimate ceremony on January 24. SEE ALSO: In Pics: Varun Dhawan Ties The Knot With Long-Term Girlfriend Natasha Dalal In Private Ceremony At AlibaugThe Coolie No. Now, stills from their roka ceremony have surfaced online and the now-married couple canhardly stop blushing. While Dhawan kept it formal and classy in a powder blue shirt, Dalal looked every bit the bride in a sequined saree. Reportedly, the roka took place in February last year unlike what the actor had clarified after headlines on the same.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone to get new, low-power OLED display
But the company didn't widely share one interesting tidbit about its new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra phone — until now. Samsung's latest flagship was the first phone (via Engadget) to feature Samsung Display's new, low-power OLED display for smartphones, which reduces power consumption up to 16 percent. Samsung's new Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone to feature Samsung Display's new, low-power OLED display. But Samsung is producing OLED smartphone displays for other manufacturers, meaning we'll soon see other smartphones featuring this new display. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can be pre-ordered now, with units shipping on January 29.
These are the tech terms to know in 2021
In layman's terms, ray tracing is a way for the console or PC hardware itself to make lights, shadows, and reflections look more realistic than ever. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, in particular, makes great use of ray tracing, with some of the best-looking reflections in video game history. Expect ray tracing to be a big selling point for next-gen games in 2021. Bluetooth LE (or low energy) Audio is a new Bluetooth standard that was outlined last year and should get wider support in 2021. If you're digging a tune and want to share it with someone nearby, Bluetooth LE should let you blast it into their earbuds, too.
Dr. Fauci's journey to bobblehead fame
He's been turned into a bobblehead by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his miniature likenesses are record-breaking bestsellers. The Fauci frenzyThe first Fauci bobblehead, which featured a blue tie, had a limited production of 42,020 figurines, Sklar explained. And then somebody from the organization where we're donating to suggested a Fauci bobblehead Christmas ornament, so we did that," Sklar said. Recently the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released a seventh Fauci bobblehead that features him wearing his lab coat. "Today we've raised over just over $300,000," Sklar said, noting the bulk of the donated money came from Fauci bobbleheads.
'Harry Potter' Live-Action Series In The Works At HBO Max? Accio Potterheads!
A live-action Harry Potter series is reportedly in the works at HBO Max because obviously! As per reports on The Hollywood Reporter, a Harry Potter live-action series is in early stages of development. That being said, the news is still a scoop from a source and Warner Bros. and HBO Max did not confirm the news. #HarryPotter pic.twitter.com/Lx5N1Xn11L — Charlie Schneider (@AwesomEmergency) January 25, 2021SEE ALSO: It's Been 10 Years Since 'Deathly Hallows - Part 1,' The Best Harry Potter Movie Ever! The idea of a new Harry Potter saga is bound to spark a mixed bag of reactions.
Sony's new Xperia Pro is a $2,500 phone that doubles as an external camera monitor
Sony has officially taken the wraps off its latest smartphone: the Sony Xperia Pro. On the surface, the Xperia Pro doesn't look all that different from your standard flagships on the market. Additionally, the Xperia Pro can also be used as an external screen when shooting video, to help make sure everything is correctly in frame when using your DSLR. The Xperia Pro has a 6.4-inch display on the front and a triple camera setup on the back. As for video, the Xperia Pro can shoot 4K HDR in 24, 30, 60, and 120fps (with slow-motion capabilities included).
What you need to know about Telegram, the WhatsApp alternative
Are you looking to leave the Facebook-owned private messaging app WhatsApp? Telegram is often grouped with Signal, another messaging app popular among those looking for a secure messaging solution. In 2014, Facebook announced that it was buying the popular messaging app WhatsApp. If you’re looking for a truly secure messaging alternative to WhatsApp, go with Signal instead of Telegram. Just remember, those Telegram group chats aren't end-to-end encryptedWhere to download Telegram
Apple just released a security update for your iPhone. Download it now.
Keeping all your gadgets up to date is a never-ending pain, but a Tuesday announcement from Apple reminds us exactly why it's so important. In other words, hackers — whether they be criminal or government-affiliated — might be using these security holes for their own purposes. All you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 14.4 or iPadOS 14.4, respectively, and you're good to go. That is, assuming you have an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, or an iPod touch (7th generation). To avoid a similar fate, all you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad.
Freakish ice cube shows the scale of Earth's vanishing ice
Since the 1990s, the rate of annual ice loss has increased by 57 percent. To visualize the magnitude of ice loss over the past few decades, ice sheet researchers collaborated with the graphics company Planetary Visions to produce (to scale) an image of a massive ice cube plopped down next to New York City. That 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) block represents the average ice loss each year since the 1990s. Image: Planetary VisionsEarth's dramatic ice loss has largely been revealed by modern satellites. Today, Arctic sea ice is a shell of its former self: It's been in sharp decline for 40 years.
Apple warns iPhone 12, MagSafe users with medical implants to keep a safe distance
Earlier in January, a medical study done by the Heart Rhythm Society (first spotted by MacMagazine) suggested the iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories can interfere with medical devices — such as defibrillators and pacemakers. In case you're unfamiliar, Apple first announced that its MagSafe technology was included in the iPhone 12 at an October 2020 hardware event. As 9to5Mac noted, Apple never denied claims that the iPhone 12 line poses a risk of interfering with medical devices (such as pacemakers). The document also mentions both the MagSafe Charger and the MagSafe Duo specifically, confirming that while all MagSafe accessories contain magnets, the "MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger contain radios. The company also makes it clear that anyone with a medical device, and iPhone 12 or MagSafe accessory, should consult their physician or medical device manufacturer as well.
Fresh covid surge triggers 200% rise in enrolment for online school iCademy in Middle East
Fresh covid surge triggers 200% rise in enrolment for online school iCademy in Middle EastDigital services which were alternatives before the pandemic have replaced traditional ways of doing things, thanks to rampant tech adoption during lockdown. Months after UAE and the gulf started relaxing lockdown norms, renewed covid-induced restrictions have once again brought the spotlight on virtual schooling, triggering a 200% rise for the only online school recognised by Dubai's education regulator KHDA. The platform called iCademy witnessed a rise across the Middle East, but a significant surge of 30% new enrolments came from Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. Despite students in more tech-savvy environments in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain flocking to online classes, their peers in other parts of the Middle East struggled. As per UNICEF, almost 40% children in the Middle East don't have the required gadgets and online access to step into virtual schools.
Students are now messaging Shafqat Mehmood’s daughter, Tara Mehmood regarding online exams
TV actress Tara Mehmood, who is the daughter of the popular Education Minister, Shafqat Mehmood, is now getting messages from the people, mostly students, to persuade her father to allow education institutions to hold exams online. The messages started appearing under her pictures on Instagram soon after several media outlets reported that Tara is the daughter of Shafqat Mehmood. He tweeted, “Some university students are demanding that their exams should be online as they have been studying online. Some university students are demanding that their exams should be online as they have been studying online. 1/2 — Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) January 25, 2021Meanwhile, several students have taken to the streets in Lahore and other cities to demand online exams, due to the coronavirus situation in the country.
Pakistan to contribute $25,000 in UN Secretary General's Peace-building fund
Pakistan will be contributing $25,000 to the United Nation Secretary General’s Peace building Fund, to reaffirm its commitment and multilateral cooperation for preserving peace, preventing conflict and realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), announced Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi,The minister made the announcement while speaking during a virtual High Level Replenishment Conference for UN Secretary General's Peace-building Fund. He said "The pledge underscores Pakistan's longstanding political, human and financial commitment to UN's endeavors in peacekeeping and peace-building”. "Yet despite our ongoing financial difficulties, I am pleased to announce a token contribution of 25,000 dollars to the Secretary General's Peace-building Fund," he added. He also welcomed the UN Secretary General's Peace-building Fund Strategy 2020-2024, focusing on the imperative of conflict prevention. Shah said, “Together with a quantum leap in support for the Fund, an effective strategy was required to optimize its scope and impact”.
ICC introduces new 'Player of the Month' awards to recognise best performances all year
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced the ICC Player of the Month awards, to recognize best performances of cricket players, both male and female, across all forms of international cricket throughout the year. Both these entities will vote for the ICC Men's Player of the Month and ICC Women's Player of the Month. ICC announces ‘Player of the Month’ awards ?Fans can have their say, alongside an expert panel! ICC said that three players will be selected for each of the categories by the ICC Awards Nominations Committee based on their on-field performances and overall achievements during the period of that month. These players will then receive voting from the independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world.
Freakish ice cube shows the scale of Earth's vanishing ice
Since the 1990s, the rate of annual ice loss has increased by 57 percent. To visualize the magnitude of ice loss over the past few decades, ice sheet researchers collaborated with the graphics company Planetary Visions to produce (to scale) an image of a massive ice cube plopped down next to New York City. That 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) block represents the average ice loss each year since the 1990s. Image: Planetary VisionsEarth's dramatic ice loss has largely been revealed by modern satellites. Today, Arctic sea ice is a shell of its former self: It's been in sharp decline for 40 years.
Harnessing the power of social media to help young people quit vaping
Quitting vaping can seem like a titanic task, but it can be much easier when you’re not doing it alone, according to those surveyed. Over 40% of young e-cigarette users say a support system on social media and watching influencers on their own quitting journeys would help them ditch the vapes. Image: TRUTHA year of resources to help quit vapingQuit Together’s influencers began posting their videos to TikTok on January 8th, announcing their intentions to quit vaping e-cigarettes. There’s never been a better — or more important — time to help young people stop vaping. That’s why I’m joining truth and using This is Quitting to quit e-cigarettes.
These are the tech terms to know in 2021
In layman's terms, ray tracing is a way for the console or PC hardware itself to make lights, shadows, and reflections look more realistic than ever. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, in particular, makes great use of ray tracing, with some of the best-looking reflections in video game history. Expect ray tracing to be a big selling point for next-gen games in 2021. Bluetooth LE (or low energy) Audio is a new Bluetooth standard that was outlined last year and should get wider support in 2021. If you're digging a tune and want to share it with someone nearby, Bluetooth LE should let you blast it into their earbuds, too.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone to get new, low-power OLED display
But the company didn't widely share one interesting tidbit about its new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra phone — until now. Samsung's latest flagship was the first phone (via Engadget) to feature Samsung Display's new, low-power OLED display for smartphones, which reduces power consumption up to 16 percent. Samsung says the new OLED smartphone display uses a new organic material with "dramatically improved" luminous efficiency compared to the company's previous smartphone panels. Samsung's new Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone to feature Samsung Display's new, low-power OLED display. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can be pre-ordered now, with units shipping on January 29.
Dr. Fauci's journey to bobblehead fame
He's been turned into a bobblehead by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his miniature likenesses are record-breaking bestsellers. The Fauci frenzyThe first Fauci bobblehead, which featured a blue tie, had a limited production of 42,020 figurines, Sklar explained. And then somebody from the organization where we're donating to suggested a Fauci bobblehead Christmas ornament, so we did that," Sklar said. Recently the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum released a seventh Fauci bobblehead that features him wearing his lab coat. "Today we've raised over just over US$300,000," Sklar said, noting the bulk of the donated money came from Fauci bobbleheads.
Fiona the hippo celebrates her fourth birthday with all of Twitter
Happy birthday, Fiona! ???? https://t.co/55XJftjzdq pic.twitter.com/yDJUleA0wE — Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) January 24, 2021Fiona always celebrates in style! #TeamFiona pic.twitter.com/Fq2i5QRBLS — Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) January 24, 2021Happy 4th birthday Fiona! #TeamFiona pic.twitter.com/D2hjG8JQxs — Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) January 24, 2021Listen to episode one of Cincinnati Zoo Tales podcast to learn more about baby Fiona! And we heaved sighs of relief when, just shy of her third birthday, Fiona finally tipped the scales at 1,000 pounds.
Makers of 'Counter-Strike' and 'Half-Life' think we can 'edit' our feelings in the future
Well, according to Gabe Newell, the head of video games giant Valve Corporation, the future of gaming brings with it an extinction-level transformation – the ability to 'edit' feelings using Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI). Newell believes that BCI technology has the power to redefine the very meaning of gaming, beyond what we can see, hear, and touch. Valve Corporation, the people that brought us cult-classics like Counter-Strike and Half-life, believe that BCI has immense future potential to elevate gaming. More specifically, Valve is working with OpenBCI headsets, which unveiled a headset design called Galea back in November 2020. But Newell hopes that BCI will help 'edit' feelings digitally.
Sony's new Xperia Pro is a US$2,500 phone that doubles as an external camera monitor
Sony has officially taken the wraps off its latest smartphone: the Sony Xperia Pro. On the surface, the Xperia Pro doesn't look all that different from your standard flagships on the market. Additionally, the Xperia Pro can also be used as an external screen when shooting video, to help make sure everything is correctly in frame when using your DSLR. The Xperia Pro has a 6.4-inch display on the front and a triple camera setup on the back. As for video, the Xperia Pro can shoot 4K HDR in 24, 30, 60, and 120fps (with slow-motion capabilities included).
South Koreans may have found a way to power smartphones using sunlight
Diagrams from the journal detailing the use of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and nickel oxide (NiO) in transparent solar cells. Combining both yielded positive results even in low-light settings, and had a 2.1 percent power conversion efficiency, enabling the solar panels to power a small motor during testing. But now, with transparent solar panels proving viable, we could be seeing more applications in the real world. Hypothetically speaking, such transparent solar panels could double as smartphone screens, or be used in the windows of buildings or everyday vehicles, offering new opportunities for businesses to go green. Carvey Ehren Maigue won the James Dyson Award for Global Sustainability in 2020 for creating solar panels that don't require sunlight to work.
South Korean man reuniting with his late wife through VR is painful to watch
A South Korean TV documentary uses VR to reunite people with their deceased loved ones, allowing them to enjoy their presence one last time. A recent episode of the documentary, I Met You ( ?? ???), a 51-year-old man Kim Jung-soo got given the opportunity to meet his late wife through VR. The South Korean network, MBC, spent 6 months preparing the immersive VR experience to make it as convincing as possible. Kim's late wife with all their 5 kids. You can watch the clip of Kim reuniting with his late wife here:Read more about relationships:This Singaporean dying mum's last wish was to watch her son get married.
What you need to know about Telegram, the WhatsApp alternative
Are you looking to leave the Facebook-owned private messaging app WhatsApp? Telegram is often grouped with Signal, another messaging app popular among those looking for a secure messaging solution. In 2014, Facebook announced that it was buying the popular messaging app WhatsApp. If you’re looking for a truly secure messaging alternative to WhatsApp, go with Signal instead of Telegram. The mobile versions of the Telegram app can be found on Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android.
China is making it illegal to spank your kids when you discipline them
Unbeknownst to many, however, China actually outlawed corporal punishment all the way back in 1986. Talk of these renewed efforts to combat corporal punishment has people severely divided. In the camp that's pro-corporal punishment, parents argue that some kids are almost impossible to discipline without at least some form of violence à la spanking or caning. But in the current era, teachers at schools are not allowed to carry out any corporal punishment. It takes time to change people’s minds.”Are you for or against corporal punishment?
Apple just released a security update for your iPhone. Download it now.
In other words, hackers — whether they be criminal or government-affiliated — might be using these security holes for their own purposes. All you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 14.4 or iPadOS 14.4, respectively, and you're good to go. That is, assuming you have an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, or an iPod touch (7th generation). Hackers love phones and computers lacking the latest security patches. To avoid a similar fate, all you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad.
Florida Paramedic Charged Over COVID Vaccine Theft
Colon, who had been tasked with giving the vaccine to firefighters in a Davenport station, told investigators Capt. Colon allegedly told investigators his supervisor had at one point threatened to accuse him of selling vaccine doses on the street. According to Judd, Damiano also "joked" with the friend, texting her, "Maybe you want to wipe the fingerprints off the bag." "We recovered two doses," Judd said. In addition to charges connected to the theft of the vaccines, Judd said, Damiano is also expected to be charged with abuse of authority.
Casino CEO Allegedly Lied To Get COVID Vaccine
Up until Sunday, Rodney was the president and CEO of Great Canadian Gaming, where he had earned millions in compensation. The @yukon_news has decided to name the two individuals who have been charged with breaking self-isolation to get the Moderna vaccine in Beaver Creek. Local outlets reported that the couple first traveled to the city of Whitehorse before taking a chartered plane to Beaver Creek, more than 200 miles away. According to the Yukon government's vaccination plan, appointments are currently open to all Beaver Creek residents aged 18 and older. Demit added that Beaver Creek was selected to receive priority for vaccines because of its remoteness, older and high-risk population, and limited access to healthcare facilities.
A Federal Judge In Texas Has Blocked Biden's 100-Day Pause On Deportations
A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the Biden administration from moving forward with a 100-day pause on many deportations across the US, saying Tuesday that it was not adequately reasoned or explained to the public. The temporary restraining order represents an initial setback for the Biden administration, which has vowed to reform agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by restricting who is arrested and deported. Judge Drew Tipton, who was appointed by former president Donald Trump, ordered the Biden administration to immediately stop enforcing its moratorium on many deportations, which had gone into effect on Friday before Texas sued. On Jan. 20, the Biden administration issued a pause on deportations for many undocumented immigrants who have final orders of removal. Kate Huddleston, an attorney for the ACLU of Texas, slammed the lawsuit on Tuesday, saying Paxton "is attempting to force the Biden administration to follow Trump's xenophobic policies."
Hospitalizations Are Down
Today marks two weeks of declining COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S., 14 straight days without a blip upward, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. Case numbers, too, are declining, and today the seven-day case average is down a third since its peak, on January 12. That day, the count of current hospitalizations was 131,326; it’s now down to 108,957. It’s the first significant decline since September 21, when the climb down from the summer surge stopped just under 29,000. During the winter surge, hospitalization numbers bumped over a number of small, false summits, in which hospitalizations declined for a day or two before continuing their rise.
The Trash We've Left on the Moon
But the trash, in this case, is strategic—the cost of returning to Earth being high, it is the price we pay for discovery. The items we've left on the moon are also members of an enormous ecosystem of space debris: At the moment, more than 21,000 pieces of space junk—abandoned satellites, spent rocket stages, fragments of disintegrated spacecraft—are orbiting the planet, shrouding Earth in a man-made mantle. The location of NASA's most recently crashed lunar probes was selected specifically so as to be far away from Tranquility Base and other "lunar heritage sites." Not only did Ride dedicate her final years to the GRAIL mission; the lunar landscape is also a frontier that represents, to us frail humans, both proximity and eternity. The container, composed of polycarbonate, is 1.75 inches long and 0.7 inches in diameter, and carried in a vacuum-sealed, aluminum sleeve.
Corporate Buzzwords Are How Workers Pretend to Be Adults
Like everyone’s loud tipsy uncle, the buzzwords people know best tend to be the ones that irritate them most. From a more cynical perspective, buzzwords are useful when office workers need to dress up their otherwise pointless tasks with fancier phrases—you know, for the optics. The reason buzzwords are so annoying, McCulloch says, is that language is inherently a reflection of the people who speak it and the circumstances in which it’s used. Terms such as circling back and touching base are inseparable from that one annoying work task you’re just trying to get someone to respond to. “If you find corporate buzzwords annoying, it’s probably because you find work annoying,” McCulloch says.
She Went From Running A Bar In A Small Town To Being Charged With Conspiracy In An Attempted Coup
Watkins, Siniff said, began 2020 hopeful about the bar she’d rechristened the Jolly Roger, but COVID put her business in a perilous state. Last summer, the small paramilitary group Watkins formed, the Ohio State Regular Militia, was patrolling Louisville amid protests over the police killing of Breonna Taylor. By the fall, she was answering a call from the Oath Keepers to travel to Washington, DC, in support of Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election. It was there that she saw an interview with Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, who has been a regular guest on Infowars for years. Rhodes, a former paratrooper who later went to Yale Law School, founded the Oath Keepers in 2009.
An Anti-Vax Pharmacist Pleaded Guilty To Trying To Destroy Hundreds Of COVID Vaccines
A Wisconsin pharmacist has admitted to trying to destroy hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccines because he falsely believed they were dangerous. On Dec. 26, some 57 people received doses of those specific vaccines. Prosecutors said they are still trying to determine if those people received ineffective or harmful vaccines as a result of Brandenburg's actions. The Grafton Police Department previously said the pharmacist falsely believed the vaccine could alter people's DNA — which it cannot. More than 23.5 million vaccine doses have been given in the US as of Tuesday.
The Woman Accused Of Stealing Pelosi’s Laptop Says She Doesn’t Have It
Kramer, argued that Williams’ house and her car had been searched, and she did not have the laptop. The Justice Department declined to comment on this suggestion. Justice Department lawyer Kelly Smith made it clear that the government was still investigating Williams and that it was possible she could face other charges in the future. A spokesperson for the Department of Justice declined to comment on whether anyone else had been charged in connection with the theft of Pelosi’s laptop, or whether they had retrieved it. Williams encouraged others to delete messages related to the insurrection as well, the Justice Department said.
“They Just Left Him There”: A Man Died Of COVID-19 At Home Despite Calling 911
Then in December, as California’s case numbers and hospitalizations began to spike, Gerry, his brother Oscar Rangel, and their parents got COVID-19. On Christmas night, Gerry, who had diabetes, was feeling dizzy and short of breath, so he called 911. “He was Mr. Long Beach,” his brother Danny Rangel said. Courtesy Danny Rangel Gerry, top right in the white shirt, with family in 2019“I don’t think he owned any other shirts besides Long Beach shirts,” Alexis, Danny’s 17-year-old daughter, added. “[As] a Long Beach native and Mexican American man, he could relate to students in ways that I could not as a white woman, where they really identified with him,” Robinson said.
Claudia Oshry Has Little To Say About Her Mom But A Lot To Say About "Cancel Culture" In Her New Book
"If you picked up this book hoping to read a scathing chapter on my mom, you’re going to be disappointed," she writes. However, Oshry writes about how living in the public eye comes with a price, one she is clearly struggling with. In her new memoir, released on Tuesday, Instagram personality Claudia Oshry — aka Girl With No Job — has a lot to say on "cancel culture," her racist tweets, body image, celebrities, privilege, relationships, and weight loss. Oshry does seem to express genuine remorse for her racist tweets, saying she felt mortified by "the person [she] used to be" when they came to light. “The last few years have seen the rise of one of the most alarming (and annoying) cultural phenomena: cancel culture," she writes.
The Justice Department Has Rescinded Trump's "Zero Tolerance" Border Policy That Led To Families Being Separated
The Justice Department on Tuesday rescinded the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that led to the systematic separation of immigrant families at the border. “While policies may change, our mission always remains the same: to seek justice under the law,” Wilkinson said. In a statement, the Justice Department said the zero tolerance policy went against the long-standing principle that federal prosecutors exercise judgment and make individual assessments in criminal cases. The Trump administration's 2018 zero tolerance policy called for prosecuting everyone who was caught crossing the border illegally. Immigrants caught at the border are quickly sent back to Mexico — and in some cases their home countries via plane — without so much as a court hearing.
Kellyanne Conway's Twitter Account Posted A Nude Photo Of Her Underage Daughter Claudia. Twitter Won't Say If It's Banning Her.
Twitter has not taken action against Kellyanne Conway, one of former president Donald Trump’s top campaign and White House aides, after her account posted a nude photo of her underage daughter Claudia. Kellyanne Conway had 3.3 million Twitter followers at the time this story was published. In a second TikTok, Claudia responds to a comment alleging that Kellyanne posted a photo of Claudia without her shirt on. The fleet posted on Kellyanne’s account appeared to be a photo taken of another phone’s screen displaying the image of Claudia. Claudia Conway has accused Kellyanne Conway of abusive parenting on TikTok over the past several months.
An “Angry Mob” On Reddit Is Pushing Up GameStop's Stock Price And Pissing Off A Bunch Of Wall Street Firms
Its biggest obsession in recent weeks has been raising the stock price of GameStop, the old-school video game mall retailer. Trading of GameStop has halted multiple times over the last week because the stock price has jumped so quickly it’s triggered market protections. But instead, the GME stock price rose even higher as redditors called on investors to put as much money into the company as they could. For months, there has been chatter encouraging WSB day traders — or “degenerates,” as they call themselves — to buy up GameStop (GME) stock. !”Lindzon said he expects hedge funds to get smarter at handling these moments.
Here's What President Biden's COVID-19 Travel Bans Mean For You
In his first week in office, President Joe Biden has reimposed a host of COVID-19 travel restrictions, while also repealing Donald Trump's discriminatory Muslim ban. Starting on Jan. 30, Biden's presidential proclamation bans entry for most non-US citizens who have recently been to South Africa, where a new COVID-19 variant has been identified. Those exempt from the COVID-19 travel ban include lawful permanent residents of the US, noncitizen nationals of the US, and noncitizens who are married to a US citizen or a permanent resident, among others. In the US, the CDC has identified nearly 300 cases of the UK variant in more than 20 states. However, those subject to Biden's COVID-19 travel ban cannot enter the US even if they present a negative test result, the CDC noted.
Substance found in Antarctic ice may solve a martian mystery
Substance found in Antarctic ice may solve a martian mysteryResearchers have discovered a common martian mineral deep within an ice core from Antarctica. The find suggests the mineral—a brittle, yellow-brown substance known as jarosite—was forged the same way on both Earth and Mars: from dust trapped within ancient ice deposits. Another idea was that the jarosite was born within massive ice deposits that might have blanketed the planet billions of years ago. Baccolo wants to use Antarctic cores to investigate whether ancient martian ice deposits were cauldrons for the formation of other minerals. “This is just the first step in linking deep Antarctic ice with the martian environment.”
Senate Republicans Overwhelmingly Signaled They Will Acquit Trump And Not Block Him From Running Again
Paul forced a vote arguing that Trump’s second impeachment trial is unconstitutional because he is no longer in office. The 55–45 vote means Trump’s impeachment trial will go ahead. Though Paul’s attempt failed, he succeeded in showing that there are more than enough Republicans loyal to Trump to acquit him in the trial. Before the vote, Paul correctly predicted that north of 40 Republicans would object to the trial. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson went even further than Paul, urging senators to declare Trump’s impeachment unconstitutional whether or not that is true.
Biden Plans To Purchase 200 Million More Vaccine Doses To Be Delivered Over The Summer
The president also announced a plan to give states at least 10 million doses of vaccines a week, up from 8.6 million, for the next three weeks. Purchase of the additional doses — 100 million from Pfizer and 100 million from Moderna — will bring total assured purchases of authorized doses to 600 million. If authorized by the FDA in February, its one-dose vaccine would also significantly increase the supply in the US, with the company projecting 100 million doses available by June. "100 million shots in 100 days is not the end point — it’s just the start," Biden said on Tuesday. The way we do that is to get more people vaccinated, which means we have to be ready after we hit the goal of 100 million shots in 100 days."
Monoclonal antibodies protect against COVID-19 in a second study
Monoclonal antibodies protect against COVID-19 in a second studyScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. A second company has provided preliminary evidence that proactively infusing healthy people with monoclonal antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 prevents them from developing noticeable symptoms of COVID-19 if they are exposed to the coronavirus. In a press release today, Regeneron revealed that when it gave a cocktail of two of those antibodies to 186 people living in a house with someone who had COVID-19, none developed symptomatic disease. Eli Lilly 5 days ago issued its own press release about a COVID-19 study in nursing home residents that found 80% protection from symptomatic disease when its single monoclonal antibody against SARS-CoV-2 was used as a preventive. Given that several vaccines already protect against symptomatic COVID-19, many questions remain about how to apply this prevention strategy, especially because monoclonals are expensive and must be infused.
Vaccine 2.0: Moderna and other companies plan tweaks that would protect against new coronavirus mutations
Vaccine 2.0: Moderna and other companies plan tweaks that would protect against new coronavirus mutationsScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. News from U.S. manufacturer Moderna that its COVID-19 vaccine is still “expected to be protective” against a virus variant first detected in South Africa came as a relief to scientists and the public. “These are exactly the steps that I hoped to see,” says virologist Trevor Bedford of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Krammer is “quite optimistic” that both vaccines will still protect against B.1.351 and P.1. The team produced retroviruses with spike proteins incorporating each of B.1.351’s nine mutations separately, as well as all at once.
Coca-Cola Coffee Is Available In The U.S. In 3 Flavors
If you need to add any more caffeine to your daily routine — hey, some of us do — Coca-Cola with coffee is finally available in the United States. The classic bubbly drink is infused with Brazilian coffee, which amps up the usual 34 milligrams of caffeine to 69 milligrams in a standard 12-ounce Coke. Coca-Cola with Coffee will come in three flavors: dark blend, vanilla, and caramel, with zero-sugar options available in the vanilla and dark blends. The beverage company says that the new refreshments “sip like a Coke and finishes like a coffee,” which gives both soda and coffee lovers the best of both worlds. The ready-to-drink beverage can be found in your local coffee aisle and unlike other coffee drink alternatives, does not include dairy in its formula.
Health Issues Most Overlooked By Millennials
The eldest millennials are now 38 years old. TikTok is full of memes mocking the youngest of the generation staring down the barrel of their 30s, and they can serve as a humbling reminder that knee problems are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to changing health concerns. We caught up with Dr. Jake Deutsch to understand what the most commonly overlooked health concerns for millennials are and what advice he has for incorporating manageable changes that can help you lead a healthier life. Dr. Jake brakes down why hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, skin cancer, and mental health should be things you're monitoring more closely as you get older. In the video above, he offers up simple tips for how you can develop incremental habits that can lead to a healthier outcome.
Elizabeth Has Some Regrets About Her Below Deck Boatmance With James
Elizabeth Frankini and James Hough's "boatmance" hasn't exactly been smooth sailing on Below Deck. Case in point: after host Andy Cohen asked Elizabeth during a Jan. 18 Watch What Happens Live segment if she regrets becoming "romantically involved" with James, the stew simply responded, "Yes." Elizabeth also clarified the scene in which she told everyone that she and James were getting married. "You will always end up drunkenly considering getting married for a green card." Fans will likely have to wait to see why Elizabeth and James split, but they're hardly the first Below Deck couple to run their boatmance into the ground.
Netflix's Crime Scene Docuseries Is Like Night Stalker Meets Unsolved Mysteries
If you watched and became obsessed with Making A Murderer, Night Stalker, or Unsolved Mysteries, you'll definitely want to check out Netflix's latest true-crime docuseries, Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel. However, the inaugural season of Crime Scene mainly focuses on the death of 21-year-old Elisa Lim, who passed at the hotel on Feb. 19, 2013. A then-college student, Lim disappeared during a stay at the Cecil, igniting interest from mainstream media and internet true crime fans. Throughout its four episodes, Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel dives into Lim's story as well as many other mystifying tales from the infamous L.A. hotel. If you're already thirsty for more creepy details, Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel hits Netflix on Feb. 10.
Here’s How Long It Takes Capricorn To Fall In Love
If you're wondering where you may stand with them, knowing how long it takes Capricorn to fall in love may give you some peace of mind. Like everything in their life, Capricorns take love very seriously. According to Saya, it takes a long time for them to fall in love because they're naturally reserved. Capricorns do work really hard, but they would love someone to come home to after a long day. Sources:Arriana Fox, astrologer and Mysticalcraft Arriana at Keen.comMichelle Saya, astrologer and astro life coach for empaths
Zendaya Missed Euphoria So Much, She Played A New Character Every Day In Quarantine
Never doubt how dedicated Zendaya is to her craft, even in quarantine. In a new interview with Variety, Zendaya revealed that she played a new character every day at home during the coronavirus pandemic simply because she missed acting so much — or more specifically, filming Euphoria. To cope with the abrupt change, Zendaya got creative by using a variety of wigs and performing for an audience of one. she told Mulligan. As long as there are no additional delays, Zendaya will be able to let it all out again when Euphoria resumes shooting in March.
20 Signs You Should Give Your Partner Space & How To Effectively Do It
Despite what family or well-meaning friends might say, it's true that all couples need space and time apart. But that doesn't mean it's always easy to know when to give your partner space, or how to ask for space yourself. Here, a few signs your partner, in particular, could really use some alone time — including how to talk about it. It could be they don't even know they need space, but would benefit from it all the same. 18 They Hide Where They're Going If you ask where your partner they're going, and they don't give you a straight answer, take note.
FKA Twigs Recalls The "Massive" Mental Toll Of Being Targeted By Robert Pattinson Fans
According to the "Cellophane" singer, the vitriol took a major toll on her mental health. "It was at a time where I felt like I couldn't really talk about it," twigs admitted. The racist abuse had a "massive, dysmorphic effect" on her psychological well-being. In 2015, Pattinson lambasted the abuse in an interview with NME, offering a rare statement about his partner. Pattinson added, "I think it's because most normal people are not commenters — I've never met anyone who's left a comment on anything.
We Finally Know Legarski's Fate On Big Sky
Spoilers ahead for Big Sky Season 1, Episode 6. Such is the case with Big Sky's Rick Legarski, who was revealed to still be alive in the winter premiere. At the end of the episode, his fingers twitched and one eye shot open, suggesting that he's woken up from his coma. That could have a big impact on the show moving forward, depending on what state he's in. Lynch knows his character isn't a good guy, so what fate is appropriate for him?
Ruth Carter On 'Black Panther 2' & Her SCAD FASH Exhibit
The Academy Award-winning costume designer has created iconic costumes for more than 40 films including Black Panther, Selma, Malcom X, Do the Right Thing, B*A*P*S, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, just to name a few. “I was so impressed with them — their Savannah campus and SCAD FASH in Atlanta,” Carter tells Bustle. Some of those are from Black Panther, including the full-body, black-coated suit of armor that transformed Chadwick Boseman into the King of Wakanda and garnered Marvel Studios its first Oscar. “I don’t know about being Marvel Studios’ first Oscar-winner — that I would never have been able to dream of, that was like an added bonus. So, what’s Carter’s favorite Black Panther costume so far?
Experts Explain How To Protect Yourself Against The New COVID Variants
While doctors don't yet know everything about COVID variants, this turn of viral events isn't unexpected. "There is no evidence that our current vaccines and treatments do not work against the known strains," Dr. Sterling says. That's good news — but scientists still aren't sure whether the new COVID variants cause more severe illness. Will The Vaccine Protect Me From COVID Variants? How Can I Protect Myself From New COVID Variants?
How To Sext Someone You're Dating, But Have Never Met IRL
For example, how does one go about sexting someone you’re dating, but have never met in person? What To SextNow, let’s get down to it: What the heck do you even say when you’re sexting someone you’ve never met before? If you’re brand new to sexting or more apprehensive, Simpson-Baker recommends starting by describing what you like in the bedroom. How To Sext NudesOnce you decide that you’re comfortable taking nudes, practice is the name of the game. Apps like Snapchat can allow you to send photos that disappear after a short period, and you can see when someone screenshots or saves your message or picture.
2021 Is A Lucky Year For Finding Love, According To Astrology
There will be challenges too, but there's lots to look forward to when it comes to the love astrology of 2021. Sensual Venus is the planet of love, romance, and pleasure, while feisty Mars is the planet of sex, passion, and chasing what we want. Let's look at what the upcoming seasons bring when it comes to romance in 2021, according to astrology. That's because on March 26, love planet Venus cozies up to the glitzy sun to form a super special aspect known as the Venus Star Point. Even more major is the conjunction of relationship planets Venus and Mars that takes place on July 13 in fiery Leo.
Gingham & 11 Other Nail Designs You'll Be Obsessed With This Spring
2 Holographic For some luminescence on your tips, Lee also sees holographic nail designs as a must-try this spring. To get the look, you'll need a blue, white, yellow, and black nail polish. For this look, you'll need two to three neon polish colors of your choice and a neutral base. 11 Dots Another simple but cute nail art idea for spring? To get the look, James says to place the nail polish color you'd like to use on aluminum foil.
At least 2 dead after SWAT standoff in Austin, Texas, authorities say
AUSTIN, Texas — At least two people were found dead after an hours-long SWAT team standoff in central Austin, Texas, on Tuesday night, authorities say. The situation was reported around 4:30 p.m. and took place at a doctor's office in Central Austin, according to the Austin Police Department. The SWAT team then decided to enter the building and found two people dead inside, officials added. “Your life is very important to me,” a member of the SWAT team said over the loudspeaker. While the standoff took place, people could be seen standing in nearby corners listening to the communications over the bullhorn.
Can Biden save the Iran nuclear deal?
Biden and his allies say they want to undo the diplomatic harm caused by former president Donald Trump’s unilateral reimposition of sanctions on Iran, which happened over the objections of European partners. Along with rejoining the Paris climate accords, salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that Trump abrogated would demonstrate the Biden administration’s commitment to multilateral diplomacy with long-standing allies. While Biden is committed to re-engagement with Iran, his aides have yet to indicate clearly when and how, suggesting that the ball is in Iran’s court. ADADAs the Trump administration fired off a final salvo of punitive actions against Tehran, the regime responded by stepping up enrichment of uranium at five times the rate permitted under the nuclear deal. “We have weeks.”This standoff between Biden and Zarif’s boss, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, is made more fraught by domestic pressures within both countries.
Kelly Clarkson's estranged husband Brandon Blackstock denies singer's defrauding claim: reports
Kelly Clarkson's estranged husband Brandon Blackstock has hit back in their ongoing legal battle. Last year, the singer claimed Blackstock and his company had defrauded her out of a large sum of cash by charging her excessive fees. Now, amid their ongoing divorce and legal battle, Blackstock, 44, has denied such claims, according to court docs obtained by multiple outlets. Starstruck Management Group, which is run by Blackstock's father Narvel Blackstock, has reportedly denied all accusations. Reps for Clarkson and Blackstock did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
John Wall propels Rockets past Wizards, his former team
HOUSTON — On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston’s John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night’s game against his former team. Wall scored 24 points to help Houston to a 107-88 victory over Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards. John Wall goes up for a layup during the Rockets’ 107-88 victory over the Wizards. He added that he’s tired of talking about his former team and doesn’t want to discuss the Wizards again until that game on Feb. 15. Westbrook, who spent one season in Houston, had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
We’re about to learn a little more about these Knicks
The Knicks have already survived one slippery slope. Then the Knicks went into Boston and stunned the Celtics. In reality it is the inevitable rhythm of a season in which so little was expected, so little anticipated. We learn something new about the Knicks, it seems, with every game, with every homestand, with every road trip, with every winning streak, with every losing skid. In many ways, they represent something of a blueprint for the Knicks, a team that has steadily grown into a Western Conference power by utilizing a basketball plan as old as the pick-and-roll: smart drafting, smart dealing, smart signings, smart coaching.
Vaccine supply is the real issue weighing on markets: Standard Chartered
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailVaccine supply is the real issue weighing on markets: Standard CharteredClive McDonnell of Standard Chartered says if vaccine makers are able to overcome production issues, the uptick in supply will help boost growth sentiment.
Current Covid vaccine manufacture capacity won't bring global herd immunity until mid-2022: INSEAD
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCurrent Covid vaccine manufacture capacity won't bring global herd immunity until mid-2022: INSEADMany coronavirus vaccine manufacturers are currently attempting to figure out ways to expand their production capacities, says Prashant Yadav, an affiliate professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD.
California couple’s slaying in Mexico leads to arrest, authorities say
They often explored parts of Baja California, the peninsula south of the U.S. border, where Hirschsohn had leased a home, the report said. After they were reported missing Sept. 2, authorities found their bodies in the well, which was about four miles away from the leased home, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. "We believe they were stabbed in their sleep in the middle of the night," Ava Setzer, a daughter of Hirschsohn, told the newspaper. This week the head state prosecutor for Tijuana announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with the deaths. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFamily members said they were pleased to hear that an arrest had been made in the case.
Mexico's president took commercial flight hours before COVID-19 diagnosis: report
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took a commercial flight hours before announcing he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, raising concerns he potentially exposed others, according to multiple reports. MEXICO'S PRESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19Jesus Ortega, a former leader of the opposition Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), criticized the president for taking a commercial flight and putting others at risk. He wished Lopez Obrador a speedy recovery. Several top officials in the country said they took tests after Lopez Obrador announced he tested positive, while others said they would go into self-isolation. Lopez Obrador has resisted locking down the economy, noting the devastating effect it would have on many Mexicans, despite the country registering more than 150,000 coronavirus deaths and nearly 1.8 million infections.
Goldman Sachs picks 10 'high-growth' Chinese stocks with further to go
Goldman Sachs has named the Chinese stocks to buy in order to cash in on the country's "clean tech revolution." The bank's analysts described this year as an "inflection point" for clean energy in China, and estimated that the country's ambition to become carbon neutral by 2060 was a $16 trillion investment opportunity. Off the back of this, they identified a number stocks that are "high-growth leaders amid a rising tide." Of its 10 buy-rated stocks across the clean tech sectors, the analysts said five have an upside potential of more than 30%. Here's the full list:
Citi: the stock market hasn't reached its top yet
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCiti: the stock market hasn't reached its top yetSteven Wieting from Citi Private Bank says the U.S. is on "lasting economic recovery" and the market should keep climbing in 2021.
Georgia state lawmaker removed from House chamber after refusing Covid test
A Georgia state lawmaker said his refusal to take a Covid-19 test got him kicked out of the House chambers on Tuesday. But Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said the lawmaker, Rep. David Clark, has repeatedly refused to follow House policy which states that all members and staff be tested for the coronavirus twice a week. As such, under the authority granted to the Speaker by House Rules, the member was escorted out of the Chamber by a member of the Georgia Department of Public Safety." But "what I will not do is be forced to have a Covid test, or any unnecessary medical test, done without a basis for doing so," he said. Ralston said in his statement that Clark will be allowed to return to the chamber after he complies with the policy.
Garuda Indonesia CEO on recovery hopes from Covid and debt restructuring plans
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailGaruda Indonesia CEO on recovery hopes from Covid and debt restructuring plansGaruda Indonesia will have to find other sources of income to meet its revenue target, turning its focus on cargo and chartered flights, says Irfan Setiaputra, its president and CEO.
Bubble or no bubble, JPMorgan names the stocks to buy in the dips
Wall Street bank JPMorgan has named its top stock picks in a market that may — or may not — be heading for a bubble. Whether a bubble is forming in financial markets has been "hotly debated," JPMorgan analysts, led by Mislav Matejka, wrote in a note earlier this week. A bubble occurs when parts of the stock market are over-valued; it then pops as prices drop significantly. Recent signs of a bubble include a record number of public listings, a "demand frenzy" for special-purpose acquisition vehicles (SPACs) and "dramatic runs" in cryptocurrency stocks and disruptors such as electric vehicles, the analysts said. Any future market weakness "should be used as opportunities to add exposure," they stressed, and listed their favorite European stocks to buy.
ByteDance says cutting India workforce, unsure of comeback: memo
FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationNEW DELHI (Reuters) - China’s ByteDance is cutting the size of its India team and is unsure when it will make a comeback, the company told employees in an internal memo on Wednesday, months after its popular TikTok video app was banned. “We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived...we find that has not been the case,” ByteDance wrote in the memo to staff in India, seen by Reuters. At the time of last year’s ban, the Indian government described the apps as “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India”. Before the ban it had become one of the fastest-growing social media apps in India, once its largest market in terms of users.
Column: China fails to learn from Trump backfire in trade war, is losing against Australia - Russell
Coal is more than just a volume story, with prices moving in favour of Australia and against China. China imposed an 80.5% tariff on imports of Australian barley in May last, collapsing the trade between the two nations. China also has an unofficial ban on imports of copper ores and concentrates from Australia, which had been its fifth biggest supplier. It has imposed costs on itself and no penalty on Australian copper miners, who can sell easily to other buyers. Since China started its trade actions against Australia, the numbers seem to be tilting heavily in favour of Canberra.
Myanmar launches vaccination drive, prioritises frontline healthcare workers
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZenca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. A medical worker receives the AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Yangon, Myanmar, after the country received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, January 27, 2021. Last week, Myanmar received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, amid a diplomatic drive by New Dehli to supply neighbouring countries just as regional rival China has also pledged vaccine consignments. Myanmar has an ambitious target to vaccinate the whole population, of about 54 million people, this year. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a visit this month promised Myanmar 300,000 doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine.
LG Chem reports profitable fourth-quarter on strong demand for electric car batteries
FILE PHOTO: The logo of LG Chem is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd said on Wednesday it swung to a profit in the fourth quarter of 2020 on strong demand for its electric car batteries. The result is lower than the 777 billion won Refinitiv SmartEstimate derived from 19 analyst estimates. Revenue rose 20% to 8.9 trillion won, LG Chem said in a regulatory filing. Those include the recall of Hyundai Motor Co’s Kona Electric, which uses batteries produced by LG Energy Solution, as well as a recall of LG Energy Solution’s residential energy storage batteries in the United States.
BOJ's ETF buying not distorting markets, Kuroda says
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonKuroda also said the BOJ’s ETF holdings were likely reaping unrealised profits of around 12-13 trillion yen ($116 billion-125 billion) due to recent rises in Tokyo stock prices. “I don’t think our ETF buying is distorting the Tokyo stock market,” Kuroda told parliament, when asked by an opposition lawmaker about the potential side-effects of its asset buying. We have no plans now to end the framework or our ETF purchases,” he said. Its holdings now total around 35 trillion yen, accounting for roughly 80% of Japan’s ETF market. “The frequency of our ETF buying has fallen sharply recently, as well as the size of each purchase,” Kuroda said.
Exclusive: Sinopharm-led consortium plans $3.3 billion take-private of HK-listed China TCM - sources
It plans to offer at least HK$5.10 ($0.66) per share for China TCM, the people said, a premium of about 33% to the average share price over the past month of HK$3.83. China TCM shares were trading up nearly 8% at HK$4.35 on Wednesday afternoon. Shares in China TCM, however, rose just 2% last year. The Sinopharm-led consortium aims to eventually list China TCM on the mainland bourse to take advantage of higher valuations there, one of the sources said. Representatives of Sinopharm, China TCM and Wang did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Asian shares step back, Microsoft's brisk earnings boost tech optimism
TOKYO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asian equities slipped on Wednesday as investors looked to the Federal Reserve’s guidance on its monetary policy while futures for U.S. tech shares jumped after strong earnings from Microsoft. REUTERS/Aly SongEuropean stocks are expected to slip a tad, with EuroStoxx 50 futures down 0.3% and FTSE futures shedding 0.4%. MSCI’s gauge of Asian ex-Japan shares slipped 0.2%, dragged lower by profit-taking in resource shares as some investors have grown wary of stretched valuations. But the tech sector remained a bright spot after Microsoft’s earnings lifted Nasdaq futures 0.5% while Japan’s Nikkei also rose 0.3%. Oil prices were supported by economic optimism, with U.S. crude futures trading up 0.6% at $52.95 per barrel.
Bars, restaurants to open overnight as Moscow relaxes COVID-19 curbs
FILE PHOTO: Customers sit at tables in Parka Bar in Moscow, Russia November 12, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia NovozheninaMOSCOW (Reuters) - The city of Moscow eased some COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday, including the overnight closure of bars, restaurants and night clubs, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. Businesses would no longer have to restrict the number of employees working from the office, Sobyanin wrote on his personal blog. The changes were effective from Wednesday, he said.
Tunisia's parliament approves Cabinet reshuffle amid protests
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a Cabinet reshuffle that deepened the conflict between the prime minister and the president, as hundreds protested outside the heavily barricaded parliament over social inequality and police abuses. Riot police turned water cannon on protesters outside the parliament earlier on Tuesday, trying to quell the largest rally since demonstrations began this month. ?”?Young people protesting outside parliament reminds us of our priorities. But President Kais Saied indicated on Monday he would reject the Cabinet reshuffle, condemned the absence of women among the new ministers and said some likely new Cabinet members may have conflicts of interest. As parliamentary debate on the reshuffle paused, some opposition lawmakers left parliament to join the protest outside.
ByteDance says cutting India workforce, unsure of comeback - memo
The ByteDance logo is seen in this illustration taken, Nov. 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoNEW DELHI (Reuters) - China’s ByteDance is cutting the size of its India team and is unsure when it will make a comeback, the company told employees in an internal memo on Wednesday, months after its popular TikTok video app was banned. “We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived...we find that has not been the case,” ByteDance wrote in the memo to staff in India, seen by Reuters. At the time of last year’s ban, the Indian government described the apps as “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India”. Before the ban it had become one of the fastest-growing social media apps in India, once its largest market in terms of users.
US says Eritrean forces should leave Tigray immediately
ADVERTISEMENTThe AP this week cited witnesses who fled the Tigray region as saying Eritrean soldiers were looting, going house-to-house killing young men and even acting as local authorities. The Eritreans have been fighting on the side of Ethiopian forces as they pursue the fugitive leaders of the Tigray region, though Ethiopia’s government has denied their presence. “It remains unclear how many Eritrean soldiers are in Tigray, or precisely where,” it says. It was not immediately clear whether the U.S. has addressed its demand directly to Eritrean officials. Witnesses have estimated that the Eritrean soldiers number in the thousands.
China short-term rate hits near 6-year high on holiday demand, policy tightening worries
FILE PHOTO: Headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, is pictured in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason LeeUnlike the past few years, the central bank has not been making net liquidity injections into the banking system to meet strong demand for cash heading into the long Lunar New Year holiday. “It’s the precursor that China’s central bank is starting to normalise its monetary policy,” said Marco Sun, chief financial market analyst at MUFG Bank. Other economists also warned that the central bank would gradually shift its policy stance this year after massive emergency measures to cushion the shock from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Signs of liquidity stress onshore led a spillover effect to the offshore market, lifting yuan borrowing costs in Hong Kong.
SoftBank ties up with Iris Ohyama to recharge robotics ambitions
Slideshow ( 2 images )TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp’s robotics unit announced on Wednesday a joint venture with Japanese electronics maker Iris Ohyama, as the conglomerate looks to juice up its robotics business. SoftBank Robotics, whose Pepper robot is a symbol of the company and Chief Executive Masayoshi Son’s grand technological ambitions, is an outlier, as the group eschews operating businesses in favour of investing. The joint venture, Iris Robotics, offered an ambitious forecast of 100 billion yen ($965 million) in sales by 2025, but provided little detail on future products at a press conference. Household goods maker Iris Ohyama, which has a 51% stake in the venture, is becoming an increasingly potent force in Japan’s electronics sector as it moves steadily up the value chain. Last month, SoftBank announced the sale of robotics firm Boston Dynamics to Hyundai Motor Group and its chairman.
Japan's COVID crisis reawakens deflation fears as cash hoarding returns
“We don’t expect Japan to return to deflation. That was mostly due to a 10% slump in services spending, which contrasted with an 8% gain in durable goods consumption. The pain continued in December with consumption falling 11.5% from a year ago, mainly due to a 20% drop in services spending, according to research firm Nowcast and credit card company JCB. A BOJ survey showed more than 70% of households don’t plan to change the amount spent to enjoy time at home. Instead, they are hoarding cash in banks, as they have done through every crisis including the two decades of debilitating deflation that haunted Japan until 2013.
Amid crisis, Hezbollah ‘bank’ a lifeline for some Lebanese
As more Lebanese fall into poverty in the country's economic crisis, increasing numbers are turning to the financial arm of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group for help. As more Lebanese fall into poverty in the country's economic crisis, increasing numbers are turning to the financial arm of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group for help. He could still pull out the dollars in his account at the al-Qard al-Hasan Association, the financial arm of the militant Hezbollah group. Stepping in where the state and financial institutions have failed, Hezbollah is providing a vital lifeline for some Lebanese. That has proven a boon for the al-Qard al-Hasan association, as some turned to it as an alternative to store their cash.
Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption
Hot cloud of volcanic materials run down the slope of Mount Merapi during an eruption in Sleman, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Indonesia's most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. Indonesia's most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted with lava and gas clouds recently.
Asian shares mixed as focus turns to Federal Reserve meeting
A woman cycles past by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)A woman cycles past by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Wednesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)Stocks are mixed in Asia as investors focus on the Federal Reserve policy meeting that ends Wednesday. Shares rose in Hong Kong and Tokyo but fell in Seoul and Sydney.
Nissan says new models in key markets to be electrified by early 2030s
FILE PHOTO: The brand logo of Nissan Motor Corp. is displayed during a press preview at Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Issei KatoTOKYO (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co said on Wednesday all its “new vehicle offerings” in key markets would be electrified by the early 2030s, as part of the Japanese automaker’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. “We’re determined to help create a carbon-neutral society and accelerate the global effort against climate change,” said Nissan Chief Executive Officer Makoto Uchida. The country laid out a “green growth strategy” last year that includes a goal to replace new gasoline-powered vehicles with EVs by mid-2030s to help achieve 2050 carbon-neutral goal. Japan, where renewable energy accounted for 18% in the country’s power mix in the year ended March 2020, is in the process to review its energy policy.
Siemens Healthineers boost outlook after results
Siemens Healthineers AG said late Tuesday that earnings and revenue rose for the first quarter and that it has raised its outlook for financial year 2021. The German medical-equipment maker posted adjusted earnings before interest and taxes of 738 million euros ($897.5 million) for the period, up from EUR487 million a year earlier. Margin on adjusted EBIT was 19.1% for the quarter, compared with a 13.6% margin a year earlier it said.
Allied Universal extends offer for G4S
G4S PLC said late Tuesday that Allied Universal Topco LLC has extended its offer for the U.K. security company until Feb. 9 after receiving acceptances from less than 1% of the target's shareholders. G4S on Dec. 8 said that it had reached an agreement to sell itself to U.S. rival Allied Universal in a deal worth 3.8 billion pounds ($5.22 billion). Canada's Garda World Security Corp. has also made an offer for G4S.
My father inherited money from his parents — he now tells people he earned it due to his (nonexistent) investment prowess
It is very likely that my sister and I will never see a penny of our grandparents’ money. Dear Daughter,Separate your relationship with your father from your financial needs and wants. Mixing up your emotional needs and wants with your financial needs and wants will quickly rust the wheels of this relationship. Inadvertently or not, it sounds like your grandparents used money to ensure that you would remain engaged with them throughout your life. Check out the Moneyist private Facebook FB, +1.45% group where we look for answers to life’s thorniest money issues.
Software AG issues outlook as profit, sales fall
Software AG said Wednesday that operating profit and revenue fell in the fourth quarter of 2020, and issued guidance for the new year. The German software company said non-IFRS operating profit slipped to 62.5 million euros ($76 million) from EUR84.2 million a year earlier, with its non-IFRS operating margin falling to 26.3% from 33.0%. Non-IFRS figures are based on calculations that contain some adjustments.
Sanofi to help manufacture Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Sanofi SA said Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with BioNTech SE to support the manufacture and supply of the coronavirus vaccine that it is co-developing with Pfizer Inc. The French pharmaceutical major said it will provide BioNTech with access to its production infrastructure to supply more than 125 million vaccine doses to the European Union. Initial supplies will come from Sanofi's sites in Frankfurt from the summer 2021, it said.
Opinion: Why you should never short-sell stocks
But shorting is much riskier than buying stocks, or what’s known as taking a long position. But if you have a short position, there’s no limit to how much money you can lose if the shares rise. But an investor named Joe Campbell was not so lucky when he placed a $37,000 short position on KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc. When a well-known investor announces a short position, it does not mean you should necessarily follow suit. The professional short investor also may have access to technical and financial analysis that you do not.
Royal KPN lifts cash flow guidance as profit soars
Royal KPN NV said Wednesday that fourth-quarter net profit more than doubled, boosted by one-off items, and that it has raised its cash-flow guidance for 2021. Net profit for the quarter was 174 million euros ($211.6 million) compared with EUR84 million for the same period a year earlier, the Dutch telecommunications company said. The company said net profit was supported by a one-off positive revaluation of deferred tax assets, while last year's result was hit by provisions in its wholesale operations.
German consumer confidence set to drop sharply
"Consumer sentiment is facing difficult challenges in the first quarter of this year," Rolf Burkl, consumer expert at GfK, said. GfK's forward-looking consumer sentiment index is set to drop to minus 15.6 points in February from a revised minus 7.5 points in January. The decline is much larger than that predicted by economists polled by The Wall Street Journal, who expected consumer sentiment to fall to minus 7.8 points. "The recent decision to extend the strict lockdown measures has dashed hopes of a speedy recovery for consumer sentiment," GfK said. For consumer sentiment to recover sustainably, infection rates will need to decrease more than they have to date so that the measures can be relaxed significantly, Mr. Burkl said.
Mike Pence's homeland advisor was asked to 'spy' on Dr. Birx: 'I was to watch her'
On Monday, Mike Pence’s former homeland security advisor and lead staffer on the White House coronavirus task force, Olivia Troye, appeared on All In With Chris Hayes. Troye revealed that she was asked to spy on Dr. Deborah Birx, who was the coronavirus task force coordinator. “I'm the person that actually was brought into a room at some point when she first started,” said Troye. “I remember that day because Dr. Birx was really angry and she actually confronted me and said, ‘Do you know who created those graphs? Watch as Former deputy press secretary recalls Trump’s farewell ceremony was ‘like a funeral’:Read more from Yahoo Entertainment:Tell us what you think!
Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing Democrats before her election, report says
Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing Democrats before her election, report says (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated her support for the execution of leading Democrats in 2018 and 2019 Facebook posts before winning election to Congress, it has been reported. pic.twitter.com/K3JuvqrDGS — Marjorie Taylor Greene ?? (@mtgreenee) January 26, 2021“They are coming after me because, like President Trump, I will always defend our values." Story continuesMs Taylor Greene last week, as a stunt, filed an article of impeachment against Joe Biden the day after his inauguration. Ms Taylor Greene has also been accused of posting false flag conspiracy theories about the Parkland high school shooting. Mr Trump campaigned on her behalf and called her a “future Republican star.”Read MoreMarjorie Taylor Greene files articles of impeachment against Joe BidenMarjorie Taylor Greene faces calls to resign over ‘false flag’ commentMarjorie Taylor Greene suspended from TwitterMarjorie Taylor Greene says she will reject Biden electors
Does wearing two masks help prevent COVID-19 transmission? Dr. Fauci has an answer
“ ‘It just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective.’ ”Dr. Anthony Fauci says two masks are better than one. It did not advocate wearing face coverings until April 3 last year to help prevent the wearer from spreading coronavirus, but since then health professionals say it also helps prevent the wearer from being infected. Fauci recently said that he expects more people will be able to get vaccines by April to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “I would expect by the time we get to April, it will be what we call open season on vaccines,” Fauci told NPR. BioNTech and Pfizer said an in vitro study found that their COVID-19 vaccine neutralizes the two new highly infectious variants that have emerged in the U.K. and South Africa.
Mike Pence adviser claims she was told to spy on Deborah Birx because she ‘was not to be trusted’
A former adviser to Mike Pence says she was told to "spy" on Dr Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus taskforce coordinator during the Trump administration. In response to Ms Birx speaking out publically this week, Ms Troye said she saw first hand the "very challenging situations" the administration placed on its health expert. Mr Pottinger was Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser who resigned following the riot at the US Capitol. Ms Birx was also heavily criticized for not publicly speaking out against, or pushing back harder on Mr Trump, during her time on the coronavirus taskforce. And I said, well, you know that there has been an effort to manipulate the data to downplay this virus," Ms Troye said.
A Tacoma cop who drove police SUV into crowd is on paid leave. One injured victim said he is 'forever scarred'
The officer, fearing for his safety, tried to back up, but was unable to do so because of the crowd," Tacoma police said in a statement on Saturday. The Seattle Times reported that protests erupted in downtown Tacoma on Sunday, calling for the officer involved to be held responsible. "We want to see the officer actually fired and charged," a Tacoma protester told the Seattle Times. On Monday, the department announced the officer involved is Khanh Phan, a veteran officer who had nearly 30 years on the job and was placed on paid leave the evening of the incident. Tavon Williams, who says he was injured during the incident, told CNN it left him "forever scarred."
Protests in Tacoma after officer drove into crowd
The video showed the vehicle ramming into a crowd of approximately 20 to 30 people that surrounded it. Some set fires near where the incident occurred and one video showed protesters burning an American flag. Video Transcript- Protests erupted in Tacoma, Washington, overnight--- Oh my god! The video showed the vehicle ramming into a crowd of approximately 20 to 30 people that surrounded it. And one video showed protesters burning an American flag.
Protest erupts over police car driving through crowd
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Protesters set a large fire, damaged buildings and marched with signs late Sunday in response to a police car driving through a crowd in Washington state the day before, leaving at least two people injured. The demonstrators gathered near the intersection in Tacoma where the police car plowed through a crowd of pedestrians while responding to a reported street race Saturday evening. Several items were set up to create a barricade in the street where a large trash can was set ablaze. There were no known injuries from the demonstration, police said in a tweet, adding that the protest was cleared around 11 p.m. The officer drove forward through the crowd, and then stopped and called for medical aid, police said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the federal government's top-paid employee, and was paid $18,000 more than Trump in 2019
Fauci earned $417,608 in 2019, according to OpenTheBooks – a rise of $18,000 from the year before. A spokeswoman for the National Institutes of Health told Insider in December his current salary was $434,312 per year. Dr. Anthony Fauci has the highest salary of all federal government employees in the US. According to the data from OpenTheBooks, three federal employees, including Fauci, earned higher salaries than President Donald Trump in 2019. A spokeswoman for the National Institutes of Health told Insider in December his salary was $434,312 per year.
Teen Killed 6 Family Members After Dad Scolded Him for Leaving the House: Reports
“I’m still tryna wrap my mind around this whole thing,” Nikki Smith, a childhood friend of victim Kezzie Childs, told The Daily Beast. I can't even imagine who would do such a horrible thing.”Authorities have identified those killed as Kezzie Childs, 42; Raymond Childs, 42; Elijah Childs, 18; Rita Childs, 13; and Kiara Hawkins, 19. According to a police report obtained by Fox59, the teen’s younger brother is the wounded boy authorities first found. “He shot them,” his sister screamed out before several more gunshots rang out, according to the wounded boy. “My heart is saddened to hear about the loss of Kezzie Childs and her family.
Fauci feared Americans may ‘start doing dangerous and foolish things’ after Trump suggested ‘injecting’ bleach
“I just said, 'Oh my goodness gracious,’” he recalled in a CNN interview about that day in April, when Mr Trump suggested bleach could act as a therapeutic to the novel virus from behind the White House podium. “I could just see what’s going to happen,” Dr Fauci added. "Sending me an envelope with powder that explodes in my face to scare me and my family, boy that tells you the depth of the divisiveness,” says Dr. Fauci of death threats he received during the Trump administration. Even leading disinfectant companies like Lysol and Clorox released urgent warnings to customers against using their products as potential therapeutics for the novel virus. Read MoreDr Fauci urges Americans to not ‘get complacent’ as cases declineTrump reportedly furious he can't lash out at Dr Fauci on TwitterFauci opens up on what working for Trump was really like
Fauci feared people would do 'dangerous and foolish things' after Trump's injecting disinfectant remark
GettyDr. Anthony Fauci said he was worried that people would do "dangerous and foolish things" after former President Donald Trump suggested injecting disinfectants could be a treatment for COVID-19. I could just see what's going to happen," Fauci said when asked during a CNN interview on Monday. Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was that people would do "dangerous and foolish things" after former President Donald Trump suggested injecting disinfectant could treat coronavirus infections. In April of last year, the former president made a comment during a press briefing suggesting scientists should research the effects of possibly injecting disinfectant to treat or cure COVID-19. In an interview on Monday with CNN's Erin Burnett, Fauci reflected on his thoughts during that moment, saying he was worried that the remark would make people do "dangerous and stupid things."
The Trump Plaza near Mar-a-Lago in Florida will be renamed following riots at the US Capitol
Mar-a-Lago is 10 minutes away from Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach, which voted to remove the ex-president’s name. The board of Trump Plaza in Florida has voted to remove the ex-president's branding from its twin-buildings following the riots at the US Capitol. Trump Plaza’s condo board voted on 19 January to rename the complex after two attempts in 2020. But the US Capitol riots were the "last straw" for residents, according to The Palm Beach Post. “It’s been a long time in coming," one Trump Plaza resident told the Post.
Feds Arrest Man Who Wore His High School Varsity Jacket To The Capitol Siege
Brian Gundersen, a former football player, faces charges in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: FBI)Brian Gundersen, a former varsity football player for Byram Hills High School in North Castle Township, New York, is facing charges after the FBI received tips about a man seen storming the Capitol while wearing a letterman’s jacket. The jacket included the name of his high school and his former jersey number. Gundersen is reportedly 26 years old and reportedly graduated high school nearly nine years ago, in 2012. Brian Gundersen wore his high school varsity jacket to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Who Gets a Stimulus Check? Biden’s Willing to Negotiate
White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese told CNBC Tuesday that Biden is willing to negotiate the value of the direct relief payments included in the bill, among other things. “When it comes to the checks, we put forward a proposal that ... passed the House with 275 votes — 44 Republicans voted for it,” Deese said. “Certainly, if there are ways to make that provision, and other provisions, more effective, that’s something that we’re open to, that we’ll have conversations about. At the same time, he said he wanted to move quickly, and that he could not be sure that Republicans would support a bill in the end. The resolution would allow lawmakers to write a bill based on Biden’s relief proposal, and for it to pass with a simple majority.
Report: Pelicans and Warriors have discussed potential trade involving Kelly Oubre Jr.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans have discussed a potential deal that involves Kelly Oubre Jr. In November, Oubre Jr. was traded to the Warriors from the Oklahoma City Thunder for a pair of 2021 draft picks. Prior to landing in the Bay Area, Oubre Jr. spent the 2019-20 season with the Phoenix Suns. Oubre Jr. was included in a trade package to the Thunder for veteran point guard Chris Paul. Via @anthonyVslater on Twitter:"The Warriors and Pelicans discussed a potential deal involving Kelly Oubre Jr., sources said.
Man charged after allegedly wearing varsity jacket during Capitol riot
A New York man was charged on Monday for his alleged role in the Capitol riot, and the FBI has his high school varsity jacket to thank. Photos and videos from the riot show a man wearing a varsity jacket from Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, with a number on the left sleeve, according to a statement of facts accompanying the criminal complaint. The chief allegedly later identified Gundersen as the man wearing the jacket. When he was interviewed by the FBI, Gundersen initially denied going into the Capitol building but admitted that he was the person wearing the Byram Hills varsity jacket, the statement said. On January 13, Gundersen allegedly messaged someone a photo of himself wearing the Byram Hills varsity jacket shown on CNN and said, "They might have found me."
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have one more chance after falling short of Hall of Fame again
The most interesting question on the Hall of Fame the past nine years has been the same: Will Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens get in? Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens now have one more chance to get voted into Cooperstown. (Getty Images)What’s next for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens? They were the toughest cases yet as Hall of Fame voters tried to figure out what to do about the steroid era. In a way, the stars of the steroid era need Bonds and Clemens to break through for their Hall of Fame hopes to ever be realized.
If Michael Porter Jr. keeps playing like this, the NBA is in trouble
The Denver Nuggets made it to the 2020 Western Conference Finals, yet the emergence of Michael Porter Jr. raises their ceiling even more. Even though it is still a limited sample size, Porter has averaged 1.32 points per possession so far this season. Story continuesMichael Porter Jr. drills a dagger corner 3. He connected on 0.7 corner three-pointers per 36 minutes last season, shooting 43.6 percent from that area of the floor. Michael Porter Jr. is back.
Rep. Tom Malinowski on stimulus package: Something similar to Biden’s proposal will be supported by U.S. Senate
Let's bring in Congressman Tom Malinowski, Democratic Congressman Tom Malinowski from New Jersey. And I think something similar to what President Biden proposed will be put on the floor of the United States Senate. TOM MALINOWSKI: Yeah, It's not either or. TOM MALINOWSKI: Yeah, well, look, I think that there's broad consensus that the Chinese Communist Party poses a threat to democracies around the world. But Congressman Tom Malinowski from the state of New Jersey, appreciate you coming on here to chat with us today.
Congressman: Pass Biden's $1.9T stimulus plan with or without Republicans
Rep. Ro Khanna (D., Calif.) says if Republicans don’t get on board with President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, the Senate should use reconciliation— a process that would allow the legislation to pass through Congress without any Republican support. This is not a far-left plan,” said Khanna in an interview with Yahoo Finance Live. ), have raised concerns about stimulus checks going to people who don’t need them. The process allows the Senate to pass certain legislation with only a simple majority. In 2017, Republicans used the process to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Watchdog to probe if Justice Dept officials improperly tried to alter 2020 election
By Sarah N. Lynch and David ShepardsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog on Monday said his office was launching an investigation on whether current or former department officials made an "improper attempt" to seek to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election. “Throughout the past four years, I worked with Assistant Attorney General Clark on various legislative matters. In a meeting at the White House later that evening, senior Justice Department officials met with Trump and other White House lawyers and convinced Trump not to appoint Clark. Clark has since left the Justice Department and has not responded to multiple requests for comment. His office, he added, does not have jurisdiction to investigate other government officials outside of the Justice Department.
Democrats in Congress are preparing to go around Republicans to pass Biden's stimulus package
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesSchumer said Democrats were gearing up to pass a relief package without GOP votes if necessary. But GOP resistance to the plan is intensifying, and many Republicans say the level of spending Biden is seeking isn't necessary to address the crisis. Story continuesSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a floor speech on Monday that the Biden plan "misses the mark." Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Democrats should spend a "very limited amount of time" trying to draw Republican votes. That's been a major factor pushing Democrats to immediately set the wheels in motion for passing Biden's rescue package.
Ohio lawmaker who asked racist question to head health panel
An Ohio lawmaker who caused an uproar last year when he asked whether the “colored population” was more susceptible to the coronavirus because they “do not wash their hands as well as other groups” has been chosen to lead the state Senate’s health panel. Tony Bishop, director of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, said the caucus wasn't happy with the appointment but were willing to give Huffman a chance. Angela Dawson, who is Black and heads the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, was on the receiving end of Huffman’s question. Could it just be that African Americans or the colored population do not wash their hands as well as other groups? "That is not the opinion of leading medical experts in this country," Dawson said, adding later: "Do all populations need to wash their hands?
Bond market watching for ongoing Fed reassurance on purchases
The U.S. bond market will be watching for ongoing reassurance from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it will maintain its bond purchases for the foreseeable future - or risk a disorderly rise in yields. Fed Chair Jerome Powell said on Jan. 14 it is too early for the central bank to discuss changing its monthly bond purchases. “Powell was full throttle on the message,” said Lou Brien, a market strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago. His ability to stop the market from front-running potential Fed moves will be key for whether future yield increases become disruptive, analysts said. One possible beneficiary of rising bond yields could also be bank stocks, Berezin said.
Biden Extends US Commitment To Nato, With Both To Work On Security Concerns For Stronger Western Alliance
Biden spoke by phone on Tuesday with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to convey that Washington intended to work with Nato allies on shared security concerns such as in Afghanistan, Iraq and Russia. Biden said the United States was committed to collective defence under the North Atlantic Treaty and "underscored his commitment to strengthening transatlantic security", the White House said in a statement. During his presidency, Trump repeatedly accused Nato allies, including Germany, of not "paying their fair share", and threatened to withdraw the US from the alliance. More from South China Morning Post:Read the original article on South China Morning Post. For the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app.
Climate Change: Hong Kong's Government Raises US$2.5 Billion As It Prices Asia's First Ever 30-year Sovereign Green Bond
The offering was more than double the size of the government's first US$1 billion green bond in 2019. "The success of the offering demonstrates investor confidence in Hong Kong's credit strengths and economic fundamentals in the long term," Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po said in a news release. The green bond offering comprised a US$1 billion five-year tranche, a US$1 billion 10-year tranche and a US$500 million 30-year tranche. The bonds are expected to be settled on February 2 and be listed on the Hong Kong and London stock exchanges. Financial Secretary Paul Chan said the city's latest green bond issuance will help catalyse further grow Hong Kong's green financing market.
Rams assistant Shane Waldron leaving to join Seahawks as offensive coordinator
Shane Waldron, a Rams assistant for the last four seasons, will leave to join the Seattle Seahawks as offensive coordinator, people with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Waldron was the Rams’ pass game coordinator the last three seasons. Inside linebackers coach Joe Barry joined Staley’s staff as linebackers coach and defensive pass game coordinator. Cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant joined the Detroit Lions staff as defensive backs coach and defensive pass game coordinator. Liam Coen, assistant quarterbacks coach, was hired by the University of Kentucky as offensive coordinator.
Walmart plans to fill online orders with help from robots at some US stores
Walmart Inc will add small robot-staffed warehouses to dozens of its stores to help fill orders for pickup and delivery, the company said on Wednesday, as Americans shift their spending online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. WALMART EXPECTS TO DELIVER UP TO 13M DOSES PER MONTHContactless services like curbside pickup and home delivery have boomed as virus wary shoppers have opted to stay home and make purchases online. The trend has fueled record digital sales at major retailers such as Target Corp and Best Buy, and Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart has been no exception. In Q1, at the start of the pandemic, pick-up and delivery services at Walmart surged 300%, while the number of new customers jumped four-fold, the company said. Walmart began testing similar automated technology in late 2019 at a store in Salem, New Hampshire and found that orders can be filled in "just a few minutes," Ward said.
Oakland: Injury shooting near Lake Merritt under investigation
OAKLAND — Police were at the scene of an injury shooting in a business corridor near Lake Merritt Tuesday night, authorities said. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of ShotSpotter activity in the 400 block of Cheney Avenue in the city’s Grand Lake neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found a person near Lake Park and Grand avenues suffering from a gunshot wound to a leg. After providing medical care, officers responded to canvass the area for evidence. For information leading to the arrest of a suspect, police are offering up to $5,000 in each shooting.
Propaganda back in the USSR
The 53 posters in “Darker Shades of Red: Official Soviet Propaganda From the Cold War” are from the four decades following World War II. AdvertisementThere are things in “Darker Shades of Red” one might expect — cosmonauts, attacks on alcohol abuse, an indomitable-looking Fidel Castro, a no-less-indomitable-looking Lenin. It shares those qualities with pornography — and, as with pornography, inertness is death to propaganda. Both propaganda and pornography flirt with the ridiculous: Excess is the path to success. It’s true that capitalist propaganda — it’s called advertising — has always been done with much more skill and verve.
Letters to the Editor - Sen. John Cornyn’s fundraising letter, corporate political donors, Holocaust Remembrance Day, vaccines, Hank Aaron
Please abandon this rhetoricI opened my email today to see another fundraising request from Sen. John Cornyn. It is a pitiful sight to see these senators finding ways not to hold Trump accountable for high crimes and misdemeanors. Tony Torres, GarlandHolocaust Remembrance DayOn Jan. 27, 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz. To that extent, on Jan. 27, 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Many are working 12- to 14-hour days six days a week to make this happen.
Man stabbed on Red Line train between Berwyn, Argyle stops
A man was stabbed Tuesday on a CTA Red Line train between the Berwyn and Argyle stops on the North Side. The man, 45, was riding a southbound train about 10:30 p.m. when a male holding a box cutter approached and asked him for the time, Chicago police said. The male then “became aggressive” and began stabbing the man, cutting him on the throat, hand and thigh, police said. The suspect took the man’s wallet and fled once the train reached the Argyle stop, 1118 W. Argyle Ave., police said. The man was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
Defenseman Mark Pysyk shows off hybrid skill set, shifts to forward in Stars’ win over Red Wings
Defenseman Mark Pysyk moved to forward against the Red Wings when Roope Hintz was ruled out with a lower-body injury. “He did the job that we needed him to do.”Pysyk played right wing on a line with left wing Nick Caamano and center Rhett Gardner and earned 8:33 of ice time. Pysyk said he found out when he arrived at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night that he would be playing forward instead of defense. “They’ve been playing forward,” Pysyk laughed, “for a lot longer than me. So Hanley entered the lineup instead of Harley, and Pysyk shifted to forward instead of another forward.
Jason Dickinson’s game-winner set up by John Klingberg’s nasty toe drag was a thing of beauty for the Stars
The Stars’ overtime game-winner was a beauty from Jason Dickinson and John Klingberg. Klingberg executed a nasty toe drag before losing possession momentarily, and then finding Dickinson open in the slot. I’m lucky I have guys out there that are protecting my back.”It was Dickinson’s third overtime goal of his career. Dallas has 12 goals: nine on the power play, one shorthanded, one in overtime and one at 5 on 5. — Only Joe Pavelski (20:20) played more among Stars forwards than Ty Dellandrea’s 18:53 on Tuesday, yet another sign of the trust he’s gained among Stars coaches.
Kelly McCrimmon gets different view of game with Golden Knights
Kelly McCrimmon traded in his general manager’s hat for the Golden Knights and assumed head coaching duties in a 5-4 shootout loss to St. Louis on Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoSilver Knights head coach Manny Viveiros, center left, and Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon look on from the Golden Knights bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Kelly McCrimmon traded in his general manager’s hat and assumed head coaching duties in a game the Knights would drop 5-4 in a shootout. I can’t be certain, but I wouldn’t put it past much of anything that few Golden Knights players knew much about them before Tuesday. Different views“It’s different watching from the bench,” McCrimmon said.
Food delivery driver carjacked in West Town
A food delivery driver was carjacked Tuesday in West Town on the Near West Side. About 10:05 p.m., the driver was delivering food to a home in the 900 block of West Washington Boulevard when he was pushed to the ground and someone stole his 2003 silver SUV, Chicago police said. The driver was not injured, police said. The food delivery driver was at least the third person to be carjacked Tuesday evening in Chicago. A 29-year-old man was carjacked at gunpoint about an hour and a half earlier in Edgewater, and about an hour after that, a 38-year-old woman was carjacked by gunmen in Kenwood.
Knicks find fatigue at end of long road trip
The Knicks made the last stop on their seven-day, four-city trip Tuesday with a 108-94 loss in Utah and before they even took the court, Austin Rivers acknowledged that they were tired. "Oh, we’re definitely tired," said Rivers, who shot 10-for-10 in the first half Tuesday but was scoreless (0-for-4) in the second half, when the Knicks were outscored 62-35. I don’t know how a schedule could be tougher than what we’ve played. "Just got to go out and compete and figure out how to win games every night. We’ve lost two in a row but at the same time, we won our first game on this road trip."
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Ask Amy: Wanting to weigh in about sister’s obesity
You can ask her about her health. You can ask her about her stress. But then you must listen to what she says without leaping in with solutions. If she brings up her weight you can ask, “Has your doctor suggested seeing a nutritionist?” And that’s it.
Red Wings lose 2-1 in overtime to Stars in Dallas
After two ugly losses in Chicago over the weekend this felt much better for the Red Wings. Dallas forward Jason Dickinson scored 1 minute 32 seconds into overtime, giving the Stars a hard-fought, grinding 2-1 victory over the Red Wings. The Red Wings were significantly better defensively, limiting Dallas to 22 shots (the Wings only had 21 in the grinding game) and not giving the Stars much space to skate. Klingberg tied the game 1-1 in the second period with Dallas’ mind-boggling ninth power play goal in three games (in 16 power play chances). "We knew their power play was hot and we took a few too many penalties and it cost us," Glendening said.
Christopher Oats, Kentucky Wildcats linebacker, shows progress in recovery
The Kentucky Wildcats played the 2020 football season in honor of Oats. UK announced a different player each week would wear Oats' No. 22, and showed support for Oats' family as well as a GoFundMe page to assist with medical bills. In addition, the Wildcats wore #22OATSSTRONG wristbands, and concluded each team practice with "22!" In May, UK announced that Oats was hospitalized with an undisclosed medical issue not related to COVID-19.
Musk’s Finance Chief Quietly Tallies Profit Surge at Tesla
That follows a remarkable year when Tesla’s stock split and skyrocketed, the company joined the S&P 500 Index and it sold almost half a million cars. Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer, informed employees in a January 2019 open letter that the company had to reduce headcount by 7% and boost Model 3 production rates to survive. As the earnings call drew to a close, Musk dropped a bombshell: Deepak Ahuja, the longtime finance chief who previously worked at Ford Motor Co., was retiring again. A then-unknown protege from the finance team, Zachary Kirkhorn, would replace him after a short transition period. They describe him as being very close to Tesla’s products, mindful of engineering and manufacturing as well as finance.
Patrick, Farabee score in third, Flyers beat Devils 5-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nolan Patrick, Joel Farabee and Ivan Provorov scored third-period goals, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 Tuesday night for their first road win. James van Riemsdyk scored two power-play goals and Brian Elliott made 23 saves as the Flyers came back to win after blowing an early two-goal lead. Provorov, who had an empty-net goal, and Claude Giroux each had two assists as the Flyers bounced back from two losses (0-1-1) in Boston. Scott Wedgewood, filling in with Mackenzie Blackwood in the COVID-19 protocol, made 26 saves for New Jersey. Pavel Zacha closed out the scoring with 1:08 to play.
Killer winter tornado stuns storm-savvy Alabama town
FULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — James Scott has never lived anywhere other than a two-story house on hilly Darlene Drive north of Birmingham. Home will never be the same after a tornado smashed the structure into pieces, killed another teen and left the community devastated in the middle of the night. Standing in the middle of the destruction Tuesday, the 19-year-old stared blankly at the rubble for a few moments, seemingly unsure what to do next. “It's time to regroup and start clean,” he said. “It's the best I can hope for.”The terrifying nighttime tornado that blasted through suburban Birmingham late Monday, trapping entire families in the remnants of shattered homes and injuring 30, left a trail of destruction that stunned even longtime residents used to Alabama’s violent weather.
Tuesday's college basketball: No. 24 Oklahoma edges short-handed No. 5 Texas
The Detroit NewsAustin, Texas — Austin Reaves scored 23 points and made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left that proved to be the difference as No. Reaves’ free throws gave the Sooners a three-point lead before Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later to get Texas within one. Hill missed his first free throw, then intentionally missed his second but failed to hit the rim, giving Texas the ball. The Sooners (10-4, 6-3) then intercepted a long pass to end the game, sending Texas (11-3, 5-2) to its second Big 12 home loss. Saint Louis was playing its first game since Dec. 23 as the program suspended team activities due to a COVID-19 outbreak just before the team’s first scheduled conference game Dec. 30.
US says Eritrean forces should leave Tigray immediately
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States said all soldiers from Eritrea should leave Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “immediately.”A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press cited “credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in refugee camps and other human rights abuses." "There is also evidence of Eritrean soldiers forcibly returning Eritrean refugees from Tigray to Eritrea,” the spokesperson said. The statement reflects new pressure by the Biden administration on the government of Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country and the anchor of the Horn of Africa, and other combatants as the deadly fighting in Tigray nears the three-month mark.
IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic
TOKYO (AP) — Remember the word: Playbook. This is the rule book that the IOC and Tokyo organizers are set to roll out next week to explain how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and tens of thousands of others will try to safely enter Japan when the Olympics open in just under six months. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee are finally going public with their planning, hoping to push back against reports the Olympics will be canceled with Tokyo and much of Japan still under a state of emergency with COVID-19 cases rising. The rollout at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland is planned for Feb. 4, with Tokyo likely to present on Feb. 5.
Asian shares mixed as focus turns to Federal Reserve meeting
Stocks are mixed in Asia as investors focus on the Federal Reserve policy meeting that ends Wednesday. Shares rose in Hong Kong and Tokyo but fell in Seoul and Sydney. Shanghai was little changed. The Fed is expected to keep its extremely supportive policy stance unchanged given the slow progress in vanquishing the pandemic, analysts said. Markets have meandered since last week as investors weighed solid corporate earnings results against renewed worries that troubles with COVID-19 vaccine rollouts and the spread of new variants of coronavirus might delay a recovery from the pandemic.
China: Military flights warn against interference in Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government said Wednesday that actions like its warplanes flying near Taiwan last weekend are a warning against both foreign interference in Taiwan and any independence moves by the island. Asked about the flights, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said China's military drills are to show the nation's resolution to protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity. "They are a stern warning against external interference and provocation from separatist forces advocating for Taiwan independence,” she said at a regular briefing, giving the Chinese government's first official comment on the recent flights. China sent eight bombers and four fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Saturday, according to Taiwan's Defense Ministry. Taiwan scrambled fighters to monitor the activity.
Opinion: With elections, ballot security must remain paramount
The COVID-19 pandemic led to new voting procedures last year in Oklahoma and in many states across the country. Going forward, ensuring election security should be every states’ goal. In Oklahoma, a change approved by the Legislature allowed those using an absentee ballot to remit a photocopy of a valid identification card. The Legislature also made it easier for residents in long-term care facilities to vote absentee. These changes expired Dec. 31, which has at least one Democratic lawmaker concerned voters will get confused as they seek to vote absentee in local elections this year.
Sent to Coventry: the city of culture's brutalist architecture - in pictures
A statue called The Phoenix – commissioned to mark the regeneration of the city centre – stands by the Bull Yard shopping centre After Coventry’s city centre was flattened by bombing in the second world war, much of it was rebuilt using concrete. Over 10 years Coventry was reshaped, with new shopping centres, blocks of flats and flyovers, and planners from across Europe visited to study the transformation. All photographs: Andrew Fox
APS decides not to offer alternative calendar for 2021-22 school year
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Public Schools will not offer the alternative calendar next school year. Juniors Veronica Bearup of Del Norte High School and nex+Gen Academy High School, and Luke Vaughn of Volcano Vista High School were among 230 students worldwide to receive the honor, according to APS. MORE ACCOUNTED FOR: The New Mexico Public Education Department and other agencies have found 7,547 of the more than 12,000 students who were off the public school books. The state has been trying to keep tabs on kids who enrolled in public schools last spring, but weren’t there in the fall. Turns out some students were enrolled at other schools, such as private schools, or were being home-schooled.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl, shifting money to vaccine awareness
These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. "I think the advertisers are correctly picking up on this being a riskier year for the Super Bowl," said Charles Taylor, marketing professor at Villanova University. ... At the same time, there's risk associated with doing anything too somber." The pandemic has cut sharply into sales for many Super Bowl advertisers.
Editorial: NM capital outlay sunshine is peeking through the clouds
A bill that would finally require lawmakers to show their hands on capital outlay projects “Zoomed” through a House committee meeting Monday and is headed for the House floor. House Bill 55 would require the Legislature to publish a list of capital projects approved each year with details on which legislators sponsored what projects, and how much funding they allocated to each one. The new House rules allow members to participate and vote online from their homes to protect members, staff and families from the coronavirus. Let’s hope the House quickly passes the capital outlay transparency bill, and that this time it moves smoothly through the Senate. Because reforming the capital outlay process would allow a permanent ray of sunshine into what has been a traditionally shrouded process.
HB101 calls for massive gambling expansion at tracks
HB 101 insists that the massive gambling expansion would not interfere with the state/tribal gambling compacts. All this is secondary to the social trauma that would be caused by a massive gambling expansion. The main damage would be done by legalizing online gambling in the form of sports betting. Online gambling at home or on the move via mobile devices, tablets, laptop and desktop computers has been shown to be the most addictive form of gambling by several university and governmental studies. This gambling expansion would result in more broken homes, more homelessness, more child and spouse abuse, more teen gambling, more bankruptcy, more drug and alcohol addiction, more criminal activity and more suicide.
Make good on NM lotto scholarships
For that reason, I have introduced HB 101, which would create a new revenue stream so the Lottery Scholarship can cover the full cost of tuition. HB 101 would allow the New Mexico Lottery to operate live table games and sports betting at the five New Mexico race tracks. HB 101 would permit the race tracks to rent space to the state-sponsored lottery to operate these new games. It is estimated HB 101 will generate $15 million that will go directly to the Lottery Scholarship Fund. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to pass HB 101.
CIA file on Russian ESP experiments released – but you knew that, didn't you?
In a recently declassified memo, CIA agents in 1991 described two Russian scientists who were conducting experiments on extrasensory perception, known as ESP, which is the ability to gain information, or influence physical objects, using only the mind. It is unclear what purpose the declassified document served, but it details the bizarre research of two Soviet scientists who performed ESP experiments in the 1980s. In 1987 and 1988, about 3,000 patients underwent “nontraditional medical treatment” at the institute, including “the use of psychic methods”. Greenewald on his website said the document was released to him in November 2020 after he filed a records request to the Defense Intelligence Agency for documents related to ESP. In a letter to Greenewald, the CIA said that one document on ESP must remain classified.
Assassins review – the 'prank show' killing of North Korea's pretender
The Malaysian government quickly and timidly allowed the North Koreans to go free when the regime effectively held Malaysian embassy staff hostage with their families in Pyongyang. So that left the two vulnerable young women facing a mandatory death penalty for murder, just so the Malaysian legal system could indict someone and save face. Aisyah and Huong were manipulated like young women being sex-trafficked and, in the strangest, unknowing way, like jihadis being schooled for a big attack. One question remains: who had the bizarre yet satanically clever idea of a fake prank show? And how is it that the North Koreans, supposedly marooned in their Soviet past, managed to dream up something dripping with contemporary media irony?
Fox hosts accuse media of ‘gushing’ over Biden – after four years of fawning over Trump
The mainstream media, they say, has been “gushing” over Joe Biden, offering “nauseating” coverage of the new president and “not hiding their excitement”. “You were very strong at the end of that press conference,” Hannity assured Trump during a Fox News interview in July 2018. “Well get ready, it’s gonna be four years of nauseating, gauzy coverage,” thundered Laura Ingraham on Fox News this week. Well, they’re just lapdogs.”Ingraham, host of the Ingraham Angle Fox News show, is something of an expert in this field. “Are you having fun in this job?” Ingraham asked Trump, later asking the president: “Look at the economy.
Jigsaw puzzles make you smarter – and I’m living proof
My latest adventures in confirmation bias are centred on jigsaw puzzles. At the beginning of the pandemic, everyone got obsessed with 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles; they were flying off the shelves like toilet paper. You know what comes next: I reached the stage of pandemic despair where I became addicted to puzzles. Depressingly, I also seem to have reached an age where it is possible to strain a neck muscle from overenthusiastic puzzling. And, according to one study, doing jigsaws “recruits multiple visuospatial cognitive abilities and is a protective factor for visuospatial cognitive ageing”.
Istanbul: a virtual tour through books, film, food and music
Felines are greatly loved in Istanbul – some neighbourhoods even have little cat houses on street corners, lovingly decorated by adoring humans. Istanbul is known as the “biggest village in the world”, where one may meet relatives, passing acquaintances and old lovers in the space of one morning. ReadAuthor Orhan Pamuk on the Galata Bridge while he takes pictures of empty ‘lockdown’ streets in Istanbul, 23 May 2020. Make no mistake, Istanbul is not an easy city, and this novel exposes many of its citizens’ daily struggles to survive. These locations remind me of one of the most popular Turkish TV series ever, Muhte?em Yüzy?l (Magnificent Century).
Cimate activist Luisa Neubauer: 'how can we turn this anxiety into something constructive?'
“Once we decide to do something about [the climate crisis] we can move mountains.” If the motivational quote sounds familiar, that’s because it is. A “sense of loss,” she says, led to her involvement in climate action. She is one of the many students who have become a powerful voice in the battle to tackle the climate crisis. Students can join the Fridays for Futures movement, for example, or a student society that focuses on tackling the climate crisis. “That is the thinking we desperately need in the climate crisis.”
Cut juries from 12 to seven to combat delays in justice, says Labour
Juries should be temporarily cut from 12 to seven to help reduce delays in court trials and cut the backlog in cases, says Labour. David Lammy, shadow Justice Secretary, said smaller juries would reduce the space required to hold trials in a socially-distanced manner. Mr Lammy also urged ministers to speed up the roll-out of Nightingale courts, in order to help clear the Crown Court backlog of more than 54,000 cases. It comes after four criminal justice inspectorates for England and Wales warned of their ‘grave concerns’ about the impact of the backlog on the justice system. “It is important to reiterate at this crucial period that we must retain faith in the processes that have made our criminal justice system one of the fairest in the world.
Thomas Tuchel: Meet the high-maintenance 'mad genius' Chelsea have turned to
When Paris Saint-Germain sacked Thomas Tuchel on Christmas Eve he intended to take the rest of the season off. In fact there is an element of regret from Tuchel that he did not take the opportunity to become Chelsea’s head coach sooner. Before he joined PSG in 2018, and before Chelsea chose Maurizio Sarri, Tuchel was strongly under consideration and is understood to have even held talks with key director Marina Granovskaia who runs Chelsea on behalf of Roman Abramovich. The meeting went well and, clearly, Tuchel made a good impression on Granovskaia even if he eventually joined PSG and it was Sarri who got the job at Stamford Bridge. Sources are coy as to why Tuchel was not employed back then but he has jumped at the chance now.
Work rate, rollockings and a food obsession: What Edinson Cavani has brought to Manchester United
It was not Edinson Cavani’s error for Liverpool’s second goal on Sunday that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer focused on during his post-match analysis, but the Uruguayan’s reaction to it. “He makes a mistake but he was the one who was closest to winning it back inside our own 18-yard box,” the Manchester United manager said. How long have we got?” Solskjaer said ahead of the visit of Sheffield United to Old Trafford on Wednesday night. His work rate, his habits and his threat in the box - the humility of coming in every single day doing your best - we could go on and on. Cavani does not speak English like Ibrahimovic or have his playful wit - they are different players and characters - but he is just as demanding of team-mates and equally meticulous in his approach.
England have blundered by not picking strongest team against best side in the world
England will arrive in India to play the best team in the world with Rory Burns, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer having not played any cricket recently. This England team have learned to respect the demands of Test cricket and Chris Silverwood deserves a huge amount of credit because he has taught this team the way it should be played. Both coach and captain wake up in the morning thinking first about Test cricket. Silverwood is installing in this team the belief that they can win even when conceding first innings runs. I think 18 months ago if England had conceded a 41 run deficit, like they did in the second Test in Galle, they would have lost.
Five British stocks you can rely on for dividends this year
Companies paying reliable dividends are in short supply, with payouts across the stock market crashing last year and the outlook for 2021 bleak. Last year London-listed companies cut, suspended or cancelled 44pc of all dividend payments and Link Group’s UK Dividend Monitor warned another £400m could be wiped off in 2021. But Adrian Gosden and Chris Morrison, managers of the GAM UK Equity Income fund, believe the five stocks below can be relied on for income this year. Mr Gosden said: “We believe each of the examples below have attractive dividend yields and importantly have strong cash generation, which supports future dividend growth." VodafoneThe largest stock on the list, Vodafone is valued at £34bn and provides an attractive 6.4pc dividend yield, making it a good option for those in need of an income.
How many Covid vaccinations have been given in my local area? Use our postcode tool to find out
Just 49.8 per cent of over 80s in the capital had received their first dose by January 17. In terms of second jabs, the East of England has fully vaccinated the highest proportion of over 80s during the first month of vaccinations. The region has now given 12.4 per cent of over 80s their second dose of the jab, up from 11.9 per cent the previous week. The lowest is in the Midlands - at 8.8 per cent - up just half a percentage point from the week prior. How this compares globallyA fast rollout so far means the UK stands relatively strong in the international rankings of vaccinations.
England's lockdown rules - and when restrictions could end
The Prime Minister's spokesperson confirmed that England's lockdown restrictions are due to be reviewed on Feb 15. Mr Johnson has stated that lockdown measures could be in place until late March, following the vote in the Commons to make the restrictions law on Jan 6. When could we see the end of lockdown rules? Matt Hancock said that reaching a decision on when to lift lockdown restrictions was "difficult". Meanwhile, some councils around the country are being accused of implementing stricter lockdown measures, following the closure of beauty spot car parks and children’s playgrounds.
Wales lockdown rules: What are the latest level 4 restrictions?
First doses have been administered to 270,833 people in Wales, as of January 24, according to the Government. However, the First Minister told Sky News on Jan 18 that Wales will be "getting more supplies of vaccine this week, particularly the Oxford vaccine." Can I travel to Wales after lockdown? England is currently in a national lockdown, meaning incoming and outgoing travel to other countries is banned until mid-February. Mr Drakeford said: “Coronavirus doesn’t respect borders – we all have a part to play in keeping Wales and the UK safe.
The priority list for the Covid vaccines - and how you will be contacted
Prof Stephen Powis said that this was common for new vaccines and the staff have recovered well. The South African variant and the Brazilian variant have threatened to undermine the vaccine and testing gains of recent months. However, Sir Patrick Vallance said on Jan 22 that there is "increasing confidence" that the UK variant will be susceptible to the vaccine. "It is a realistic possibility that the new UK variant increases the risk of death, but there is considerable remaining uncertainty," Prof Ferguson told ITV. You never know what’s coming next.”Have you had the Covid vaccine or are you due to get one?
Top footballers back duty of care laws to combat online abuse on social media
Top footballers subjected to abuse on social media have backed duty of care laws to combat online harms. Mr Mings, Aston Villa and England, revealed how he was regularly called “n*****” on social media and was bombarded with abuse online after one on-field incident was criticised by commentator Gary Nevill. It’s far too easy to target people on social media,” he said. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “To hear players talk about the level of abuse they have faced was humbling. Their input today has strengthened my resolve to bring in new laws to ensure there is much greater accountability from the social media platforms for dealing with such problems.
Will schools reopen before Easter - latest updates on coronavirus lockdown
What are the rules for children of key workers and vulnerable children? A DfE spokesman said: "Schools are open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. The DfE also said that schools were expected to "strongly encourage" vulnerable children to attend class. The new lockdown measures mean the entire country will be subject to the same tougher measures, including the closure of all schools. Mr Johnson said on the announcement of closing schools: "I want to stress that the problem is not that schools are unsafe to children.
Player clashes, ruthless appraisals and contract details: The inside story of Frank Lampard's Chelsea sacking
That is not to say Lampard was never backed or supported because he was. Chelsea spent £220m on new players last summer, including £50m on left-back Ben Chilwell whose signing was very much pushed by the head coach. Instead, Abramovich and the Chelsea board were more worried by the fact the club had finished last season 33 points behind leaders Liverpool and 15 back of second-placed Manchester City. Lampard’s side were beating the teams below them, but not those they were meant to be fighting closer to the top of the table. Rudiger is understood to have clashed with Cesar Azpilicueta on more than one occasion, as Chelsea’s captain attempted to ease tensions between players at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.
UK quarantine hotels: how would they work and what do new rules mean for holidays?
Britons in up to 30 countries will have to pay for hotel quarantine if they return to the UK to prevent new Covid variants reaching this country from South Africa and South America. The Cabinet’s Covid operations committee was expected to back away from imposing the requirement for quarantine hotels on all returning Britons and instead limit it to the 30 “high risk” countries currently covered by a travel ban for foreigners. Quarantine hotels, or 'directed isolation' facilities, are already in use across Asia, New Zealand and Australia. What is a quarantine hotel? Travellers are confined to their rooms or apartments for the duration of their quarantine: usually 10-14 days, or until they have received two negative test results.
Time to write off this academic year and start again in September, says leading headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh
Ministers should consider writing off this academic year and ask school children to repeat the schooling from this coming September, a leading headteacher has said. Those kids, you've got reception, you've got year one, the kids in year one who never really did the reception here properly, they are also behind." She told the podcast: "For an online lesson, they probably manage about 20 percent of what they would normally have accessed. "And so you end up able to teach about 50 percent of what you would teach in a normal lesson. But of that 50 percent, they're really only remembering maybe a third or so of that 50 percent."
Javicia Leslie on being TV’s first Black Batwoman: ‘It should’ve happened a long time ago’
Leslie, who plays a lesbian Batwoman, didn’t come out as bisexual to her mum until she got the role. She was super excited, like, “I’m going to be Batmum!” It’s strange to say now that I’m Batwoman, but she was my Superwoman growing up. Does it frustrate you that it’s taken until 2021 to cast the first Black Batwoman? The first Black Batwoman is the beginning of change, but it should’ve happened a long time ago. When I was hired as the first Black Batwoman, they also had to hire a Black female stunt double and a Black female stunt driver.
The most decadent hotel experiences to rescue your Valentine’s Weekend at home
While luxury hotels usually do a booming trade over Valentine’s Day, especially when, like this year, it falls over a weekend, there is nothing ‘usual’ about 2021 and, as we all know, both hotel stays and dinner at your favourite restaurant will still be off limits. So it's exciting to hear that a handful of luxury establishments are stepping up to help bring a bit of romance to that weekend, in their own unique ways. Claridge’s and the Connaught in Mayfair are both offering Valentine's dinner deliveries within an eight mile radius from their award-winning restaurants, between February 12 – 14. At Claridge's, your bundle will include half a bottle of Laurent Perrier and a tin of King’s caviar, followed by three courses, with choices such as beef or lobster Wellington with truffle mash and heritage carrots. Dinner for two costs £200 and is deliverable through Slerp.
Covid vaccine ‘sceptic’ pharmacist faces jail for deliberately spoiling hundreds of doses
A pharmacist faces prison after he admitted deliberately spoiling hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine. Steven Brandenburg could serve up to 10 years behind bars after agreeing to plead guilty to damaging a batch of the Moderna vaccine being distributed in Wisconsin. The Moderna vaccine needs to be stored at very low temperatures in order to remain viable. Officials believe 57 people received doses of that vaccine before Brandenburg’s actions were discovered. In his plea agreement with the Justice Department, Brandenburg admitted to believing in “conspiracy theories” and that he was “sceptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically”.
Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing Democrats before her election, report says
Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated her support for the execution of leading Democrats in 2018 and 2019 Facebook posts before winning election to Congress, it has been reported. In one, from January 2019, Ms Taylor Greene liked a comment that said “a bullet to the head would be quicker” to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California. Ms Taylor Greene took to Twitter to defend herself. Ms Taylor Greene last week, as a stunt, filed an article of impeachment against Joe Biden the day after his inauguration. Ms Taylor Greene has also been accused of posting false flag conspiracy theories about the Parkland high school shooting.
Portugal's Socialist PM BANS private schools from teaching pupils remotely during classroom closure
Portugal's socialist Prime Minister has banned private schools from teaching pupils remotely during a two-week classroom closure. The Portuguese government ordered all schools closed for two weeks last Thursday to slow contagion rates as hospitals faced record numbers of Covid-19 patients. Portugal's ban on private schools teaching remotely also includes international schools, meaning British children living in the country doing GCSEs, A Levels or the International Baccalaureate cannot by law be taught for the next two weeks. The Association of Private Schools in Portugal said the measure preventing students from learning was unconstitutional. Across Portugal's health service, 830 intensive care beds have been allocated to COVID-19 patients out of a total of 1,200, the health ministry said.
Clare Crawley is seen with a ring on her left hand in Sacramento amid split from Dale Moss
The Bachelorette's Clare Crawley has been 'crushed' after publically finding out that fiance Dale Moss called off their engagement last week. Despite breaking her silence on the matter and asking for empowering song recommendations, Crawley was seen out in her native Sacramento on Monday still wearing a noticeable ring on her left hand. Beating the blues: The Bachelorette's Clare Crawley, 39, was spotted going for a stroll in Sacramento as she continues to wear a ring on her left finger amid split from Dale MossSeemingly trying to beat the breakup blues, Crawley was seen strolling with a friend as she gave a kid a piggyback ride. Crawley made no effort to hide the conspicuous-looking ring on that finger as she was seen waving to people and adjusting her hat. With Moss in New York and Clare based in Sacramento, Moss was seen out dining with women on multiple occasions, causing many to speculate that there was infidelity on his end.
Jared Leto recalls leaving silent meditation retreat and returning to raging coronavirus pandemic
Jared Leto said he felt like Rip Van Winkle as he recalled leaving a silent retreat and returning to Los Angeles under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jared told Jimmy, 46, that he was on a two-week silent retreat at the onset of the ongoing pandemic. Silent retreat: Jared Leto said he felt like Rip Van Winkle as he recalled leaving a silent retreat as the coronavirus pandemic was ramping up during a chat show visit'The idea is that you go away. It was like Rip Van Winkle,' Jared said. 'I don't think anything can quite prepare any of us to what we all went through in the beginning,' Jared said.
Thousands of Indian farmers return to protest after challenge to PM Narendra Modi over farming laws
The protests demanding the repeal of new agricultural laws have grown into a rebellion that is rattling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. In a profoundly symbolic challenge to Modi's Hindu-nationalist government, the protesters who stormed Red Fort hoisted a Sikh religious flag. "If the farmers are agitated overall India, you can’t dismiss the protests as some opposition inciting the farmers". The government insists the agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September will benefit farmers and boost production through private investment. The government has offered to suspend the laws for 18 months, but the farmers want nothing less than a full repeal.
Sekou Smith who covered the NBA for more than two decades dies at age 48 of COVID-19
Sports reporter Sekou Smith, who covered the NBA for more than two decades, died Tuesday of COVID-19 at age 48. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, 58, said in a statement: 'The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family. Basketball analyst: Sekou Smith, shown in 2014 on Instagram, died Tuesday of COVID-19 at age 48 after covering the NBA for more than two decadesThe father-of-three was a regular on NBA TV and NBA.com, and hosted The Hang Time PodcastTurner Sports, which operates NBA TV on behalf of the NBA, also mourned his passing on Twitter with a tweet from NBA TV. Our thoughts are with his family and friends,' the tweet read along with a photo of Smith smiling and a caption reading, 'SEKOU SMITH 1972-2021'. While I've known him since he was with the AJC but was lucky to work with him at NBA TV.
Cindy Crawford shares a selfie with her dog Widget after both enjoying pamper session
Cindy Crawford wants to make sure her pooches look just as pretty as she does. On Tuesday the 54-year-old supermodel shared a selfie with her dog Widget as she revealed they both were fresh from the salon. Feeling rejuvenated after topping up some hair maintenance she joked, 'We both got groomed today.' Despite being a big proponent of life in Malibu, Crawford and her husband of over 20 years Rande Gerber, recently closed on a $10M waterfront home in Miami. In a recent interview with W Magazine, she spoke about how the pandemic has affected her day to day life.
Christina Anstead switches back to her maiden name Haack on Instagram amid divorce from Ant Anstead
She announced her separation from the English television presenter Ant Anstead in September. And now Christina Anstead has updated her Instagram account to revert to her maiden name, Haack. Christina Anstead, 37, reverted to her maiden name 'Haack' on Instagram amid her ongoing divorce from Ant Anstead, 41; seen in December 2019Christina's relationship with Ant, 41, began in late 2017, and they surprised their fans with a secret backyard wedding at their Newport Beach home in December 2018. Less than a year into their marriage, Christina and Ant welcomed a son named Hudson, one. After announcing the separation but before filing for divorce, Christina opened up on Instagram about her shattered relationship.
Alicia Silverstone cuddles a cow in Instagram post after launching organic vegan vitamin line
She's a vocal animal rights activist and committed vegan. And on Tuesday, Alicia Silverstone shared a video to social media in which she's posing with a black and white Friesian cow. 'Just me and my new bff,' she wrote alongside the images of her stroking the cow's neck and cuddling up to her face. Connection: The actress and committed vegan smiled as she cuddled up to the cowAdvocate: In a new business venture, Silverstone, 44, recently launched mykind Organics, a food-based, certified organic, Non-GMO vegan vitamin line'When I made the choice [to give up eating animals] everything in my life changed..... Mom: Silversotone,, 44, is focused on a healthy lifestyle for herself and her son Bear, nine, whom she shares with ex-husband, musician Christopher Jarecki
Alec Baldwin breaks social media silence to share birthday tribute to the late 'prince' Paul Newman
Alec Baldwin broke his social media silence on Tuesday to share a tribute to the late great Paul Newman on what would've been his 96th birthday. He was Hollywood royalty and damn the cliche,' the 62-year-old Oscar nominee - who boasts 3M Instagram/Twitter followers - wrote. Newman - who also drove race cars - finished his career in blockbusters like The Color of Money, Road to Perdition, and Pixar's Cars. Paul and the 90-year-old Oscar winner went on to have three children and remained married until his death, at age 83, from lung cancer in 2008. Aside from promoting his weekly podcast Here's The Thing, Baldwin hasn't used Twitter since January 18 because of his second wife Hillary 'Hilaria' Thomas' Spanish scandal.
Glenn Close opens up about not yet winning an Oscar after being nominated a whopping SEVEN times
When it comes to powerhouse actresses, few women come to mind more than a Glenn Close. During their interview, Pete made the astute observation that it’s rather strange the acclaimed star has yet to win an Academy Award, in spite of being nominated a total of seven times so far over her long and storied tenure as a film star. Always the bridesmaid: Glenn Close recently appeared on Variety’s Actors On Actors series with Pete Davidson to talk about her career... and multiple Oscar snubs'What can we do to get you an Oscar?' After Fatal Attraction, Glenn was nominated again in 1989 for her role of the vain Marquise de Merteuil in the excellent Dangerous Liaisons. Just some of the legendary screen sirens never to have clinched an Academy Award include Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Lauren Bacall, along with living contemporaries Sigourney Weaver and Annette Benning.
Amy Poehler steps out in a tasty pair of cheeseburger sneakers as she goes grocery shopping in LA
Amy Poehler has been one of the funniest people on television since she debuted on Saturday Night Live in 2001. She stepped out in a tasty pair of Current Mood cheeseburger sneakers Tuesday, impeccably complementing a business casual look, as she went grocery shopping at Bristol Farms in Los Angeles. In Wine Country, I don't think anyone even read the script'She referenced her 2019 Netflix movie Wine Country, telling Meyers: 'I really had great experiences on both. I think with Wine Country, it was a little more sisterly. In Wine Country, I don't think anyone even read the script.'
Dwayne Johnson opens up about exploring the 'complicated' relationship with his father
Fans of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will now get an 'origin story,' so to speak, to his meteoric rise in the new NBC series Young Rock, with the actor opening up about his 'complicated' relationship with his father, wrestling legend Rocky Johnson. The elder Johnson passed away suddenly last year at age 75, with his famous son now opening up to People about his father. Those complications were born from his father's unconventional upbringing, with Rocky's father kicking him out of the house at 13. While the series will showcase Young Rock's childhood, with Johnson narrating, Johnson will also play himself as he prepares to run for President of the United States in the year 2032. Young Rock premieres on NBC February 16.
Marla Maples spotted in Miami days after her Tiffany announced her engagement to billionaire fiancé
The second wife of former President Donald Trump, Marla Maples, was seen out and about shopping and eating lunch with a group of friends in Miami on Tuesday. 'I think he's going to set up shop with Palm Beach as the headquarters of his post-presidency Maga movement,' Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach county, told The Guardian. Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer for the president in his final moments as POTUS. 'It's just the latest chapter in the ongoing saga between Donald Trump and the town of Palm Beach. Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer for the president in his final moments as POTUS.
Elon Musk's tweet helps fuel massive surge in GameStop shares
Along with that tweet, he shared a link to Reddit's Wallstreetbets stock trading discussion group, where supporters affectionately refer to the Tesla CEO as 'Papa Musk'. GameStop is up more than 680 per cent this year, a spike led by investors on the WallStreetBets subreddit. GameStop is now worth more than $10billion for the first time in its history due to the war between WallStreetBets investors and short sellersNow, GameStop could be headed or $15billion thanks to Musk's tweet. To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to ease the coronavirus crisis. Melvin previously held a 6.2 per cent short bet against Evotec, according to filings with the German regulator.
Dr Fauci says he wants to put his rocky relationship with Trump 'behind' him
AdvertisementDr Anthony Fauci says he's ready to put his rocky relationship with Donald Trump 'behind' him, despite giving several interviews this past week criticizing the former president after he left the White House. Speaking alongside Perino on Tuesday, co-host Bill Hemmer chimed in saying he had noticed an 'aggressiveness towards the Trump administration' in recent interviews with Fauci. Fauci confirmed the president's goal could be feasible once vaccine doses become available to the general population in April, which he referred to as 'open season.' Calling the push a 'wartime effort,' Biden said the administration was working to buy an additional 100 million doses each from drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna. Fauci told Perino on Tuesday that people requiring their second dose would also be prioritized when the next batch of vaccines come in.
Cricket Australia confirms Indian players racially abused
Advertising Read moreSydney (AFP)A Cricket Australia probe Wednesday concluded Indian players were racially abused during the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but cleared six people who were kicked out of the stadium. "CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse," the governing body's integrity chief Sean Carroll said in a statement. "It's definitely not acceptable in this day and age... we must make sure it doesn't happen again," he said. Cricket Australia issued an apology to India at the time and said anyone found guilty of abuse would face consequences, including bans, other sanctions and referral to police. The findings have been forwarded to the International Cricket Council, while NSW Police's investigation is continuing.
Florida offers to host Summer Olympics if Tokyo pulls out
SPORTSA woman in a face mask walks past a display showing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. When most states shut down their sporting events, the city of Jacksonville hosted the Ultimate Fighting Championship (the UFC) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) setup the ‘bubble’ to hold games in Orlando,” Patronis said.Patronis also posted an article from The Japan Times on his Twitter account, referring to a survey result that 70 percent of Japanese want Tokyo Games to be canceled or delayed.Tokyo, with a population of about 38 million, has seen some 95,000 confirmed cases, according the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s COVID-19 information website. Florida, which has a population of around 21 million, has registered over 1.6 million cases, according to the state government’s tally.White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked Tuesday if the idea of Florida hosting the Olympics this summer would be supported by the Biden administration.“I don’t know the entire process of the Olympics, but I would certainly send you to the US Olympic Committee and the International Olympics Committee first on what their assessment of that offer is and certainly, of course, what their assessment is of Japan’s preparedness for the Olympics,” she said.The IOC has not made an official comment on Florida’s proposal. Instead, the IOC said Tuesday that President Thomas Bach talked with the National Olympic Committees over the phone on Friday “as the Olympic Movement enters the final stretch in the preparations for the postponed Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”Mentioning that the IOC and its partners have been developing a toolbox of COVID-19 countermeasures, the Olympic body said it is continuing to consult with the World Health Organization to make every effort towards staging safe and secure Games.The Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled to take place during the summer of 2020, was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping e
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
— Ukraine won't be purchasing Russia's coronavirus vaccine due to its questionable efficacy, Ukraine's Health Minister Maksym Stepanov told Ukraine 24 TV channel Thursday. Sept. 7— Saudi King Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the possible joint production of a Russian coronavirus vaccine, the Kremlin said. — Russia plans to begin the first mass deliveries of its coronavirus vaccine in September, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said. June 13— Russia more than doubled its official coronavirus death toll for April to 2,712 after changing how it classifies fatalities. April 29— Russia confirmed 5,841 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 99,399.
Sweeping Covid-19 lockdown in Peru as virus cases soar
The country's lockdown will run from January 31 to February 14, interim president Francisco Sagasti said in a televised address, blaming the soaring Covid infections on end-of-year gatherings. The mandatory lockdown will affect 16.4 million people -- half of Peru's population -- and include the capital Lima. In areas not affected by the strict lockdown restrictions remain in place, such as curfews and bans on social gatherings. Sagasti also announced a halt on flights from Brazil -- the country with the world's second highest coronavirus death toll after the US. Peru's average daily caseload has risen from around 1,000 to more than 5,000, figures not seen since the height of the pandemic last year.
'He took a big risk': Mexicans say president pushed Covid luck
"He took a big risk by not wearing a face mask and going here and there," said Juan Rojo, a newspaper vendor in Mexico City. Unless Lopez Obrador takes the necessary measures "nobody's going to listen to what he's telling us. No one's going to take it seriously," said Priscila Blanco, a student from Baja California in northern Mexico. - 'Recovering very well' -Lopez Obrador, who has a history of heart problems and hypertension, announced Sunday that he was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 but said his symptoms were mild. As the human cost mounted, Lopez Obrador recognized the seriousness of the pandemic, which he has described as the biggest challenge he faces.
Two-thirds of world see 'climate emergency': UN survey
Some 80% of people polled in Britain, Italy and Japan said the world faces a "climate emergency", according to a UN surveyAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Nearly two-thirds of 1.2 million people polled worldwide say humanity faces a climate emergency, according to a UN survey, the largest of its kind ever undertaken. The findings suggest the grassroots global climate movement that surged onto the world stage in 2019 -- led, in part, by a then 16-year Greta Thunberg of Sweden -- is still gaining momentum, even if a raging pandemic has obscured its scope. "Concern about the climate emergency is far more widespread than we knew before," Stephen Fisher, a sociologist at Oxford who helped design the survey and process the data, told AFP in an interview. "And the large majority of those who do recognise a climate emergency want urgent and comprehensive action." France, Germany, South Africa and Canada were close behind, with more than three-quarters of those polled describing the threat as a "global emergency".
New Korean equity fund bets on ESG momentum
FINANCETruston Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Hwang Sung-taek (Truston Asset Management)South Korean investment firm Truston Asset Management said Wednesday that it is establishing a fund to invest in companies that have room for improvement in their environmental, social and governance standards, and to make changes through shareholder activism if necessary.The company, which managed assets worth 9.3 trillion won ($8.4 billion) as of end-2020, aims to raise some 500 billion won from public distribution channels in the nation, where unorthodox family business succession plans to avoid taxes are commonplace and where anti-competitive practices such as intragroup transactions have a long history.Weak governance of Korean companies is “entrenched and detrimental to shareholder value,” Hwang Sung-taek, chairman and chief investment officer of Truston, told reporters at a virtual press conference.“No matter how much tax burden they face, listed companies that cut corners in governance structure cannot justify itself to shareholders,” said Hwang in his first media appearance in 12 years.Truston’s new ESG equity fund, set to be launched Thursday, is targeting companies in which ESG improvements can lead to higher profits. Its investment decisions will be influenced by Truston’s in-house ESG evaluator unit.The open-ended fund is designed to turn away from companies with integrated ESG scores of “B” and above from external evaluators. Instead, the fund will invest in stocks or bonds issued by listed companies with scores lower than “B” but with the potential to improve.“We believe in the value that a momentum from a spontaneous corporate change can create,” Hwang said.“But to tackle a weak governance structure that harms shareholder value, an engagement as a minority shareholder is inevitable to ensure the company’s cash flow and enhance its social value.”Hwang added that Truston’s ESG equity fund would differentiate itself from other Korean ESG funds, which tend
France's Dalin holds slender lead in Vendée Globe sailing race as finish nears
French sailor Charlie Dalin retained a slim lead as exhausted skippers entered the final hours of the Vendée Globe, locked in the tightest battle in the solo round-the-world race's history. German skipper Boris Herrmann in Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco was just 82.02nm behind Dalin at 1700 GMT. While Dalin and Herrmann had taken a more easterly route, the next three boats were all further north and further west and moving faster. Dalin had travelled just under 42nm in that time while Bestaven, taking a longer route, had gone almost 80nm. I'm so used to being here on Apivia that I find it impossible to believe the finish is close," said Dalin.
Russian Education Panel Hosts Holocaust-Denying Webinar
Professor Vladimir Matveyev put forward debunked theories that no gas chambers had been found in Germany after World War II and that it would have been “impossible” to let 6 million Jews through concentration camps. A guest speaker at a St. Petersburg teachers’ webinar has been filmed giving a lecture on what he called the “Zionist lie” of the Holocaust, the Ekho Moskvy radio station reported Tuesday. “We as agents of education must bring truth to the masses,” he told local principals and vice principals on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Russian media also identified Matveyev as Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) professor. President Vladimir Putin spoke out against Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism at Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in 2018.
More people suffer from ‘unfair’ online subscription services
NATIONAL(123rf)A man in his 30s surnamed Kwak signed up for an online subscription service that provides movies.Kwak tried to download videos from the webpage, but it never worked, even after multiple tries. So he contacted the service provider and asked for a refund.The service provider turned him down, saying that the error in Kwak’s case could not be identified.Amid the increasing demand for online subscription services, especially video or music streaming content, Kwak’s case is an example of how more consumers are recently suffering from unfair treatment from online subscription service providers, the Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) said Wednesday.A total of 609 consumer complaints or damages related to digital content were submitted to the agency’s counseling center in the last three years, according to the KCA.Consumer reports related to video contents took up the biggest portion with 136 cases, followed by education and games.In regards to the types of complaints and damages, there were 218 reports about not being able to cancel the subscription contract and having to pay a penalty.After researching apps that offer digital content subscription services on Google Play Store and Apple App store in December, the KCA found that 18 of 25 apps limited consumers from withdrawing their subscriptions.Under the current law, consumers can cancel a subscription within seven days after signing up for the service. But they can only do so for the parts of the digital contents that have not been provided to them yet.Only four of the 25 surveyed apps gave partial refunds to consumers if they canceled the subscription service before the next month’s payment date, the KCA said.The other 21 apps allowed a cancellation to take effect on the day of next month’s payment date, so consumers could not be compensated for the period of not using the service.The KCA said it plans to ask the online subscription service providers to guarantee a consumer’s right to back out of their contract a
[Earnings roundup] COVID-19 impact felt in display, beauty, auto sales
LG Household & Health Care decided on dividends of 11,000 won per ordinary share and 11,050 won per preference share. These were the company’s best-ever fourth quarter results.But LG Household & Health Care’s beauty business fell 6.1 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, in revenue and operating profit compared with the previous year. The company made 4.4 trillion won in revenue and 822 billion won in operating profit in the beauty sector.The home care and beauty business, on the other hand, grew 25.9 percent in on-year revenue at 1.8 trillion won, and posted 63 percent growth in operating profit at 205 billion won.Kia’s debt ratio increased 11.3 percent through 2020. The fourth quarter net profit rose 182 percent to 977 billion won.Full-year-wise, Kia’s revenue rose 1.8 percent on-year to 59.1 trillion won, and its operating profit increased 2.8 percent on-year to 2.06 trillion won. “We have still managed to improve our performance through increased sales of high-profit-yielding vehicles.”Kia’s fourth quarter sales increased 85.6 percent on-year in India and rose 4 percent on-year in the US.Even so, sales fell in Korea, China and Western European countries.
Telecom firms unload assets to cope with market changes
BUSINESS(AFP-Yonhap)Major telecommunications firms in South Korea are speeding up asset sales as part of their strategies to seek new growth opportunities in the non-telecommunications market.SK Telecom, the industry’s largest in terms of mobile subscription, announced Tuesday its sale of professional baseball team SK Wyverns to Shinsegae Group’s supermarket chain E-Mart.The deal, estimated at 135 billion won, includes a 100 percent stake in the baseball team as well as the team’s property holdings worth about 35.3 billion won.SK Telecom in 2000 took over the cash-strapped professional baseball team, then named Ssangbangwool Raiders, as a marketing effort for its then-booming telecommunications business.The number of mobile subscribers in South Korea was 26 million at that time, which continued growing in the following decades. The figure reached 69 million as of end-2019, meaning an oversaturation, given the country’s total population of 51 million.While the company no longer needs a mass marketing tool like a professional sports team, it has been trying to direct resources to business-to-business opportunities in new areas, such as platform, artificial intelligence, robotics and 5G-based solutions.The company last year forged partnerships with global tech firms, including Microsoft, Amazon and Uber to strengthen its platform businesses.Industry sources predicted that SK Telecom could leverage the 130 billion won proceeds from the sale for future mergers and acquisitions.SK Telecom’s move comes as its rival KT Corp. last week approved the auction of its 44.85 percent stake in affiliate KT Powertel, valued at 40.6 billion won.KT has chosen IDIS, a local security solutions provider, as a preferred bidder for its shares in the radio systems subsidiary, the company announced Friday. KT expects to finish the deal by the end of March this year.With the equity sale, the KT too is expected to speed up corporate restructuring and increase investment in non-telecommunication
Mercedes-Benz Korea plans to launch 9 new models including 2 EVs
BUSINESSMercedes-Benz Korea CEO Thomas Klein (far right) and executives pose next to Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR in an online press conference on Wednesday. Klein began his term on Jan. 1.The German automaker retained its top position in the imported vehicle market here in terms of sales last year. Sales for SUVs grew 13.4 percent on-year, while its performance-oriented brand Mercedes-AMG reported a 60.3 percent jump. Mercedes-Maybach is the automaker’s high-end luxury brand.It will also be introducing its mobile membership program Mercedes me Car app in South Korea, for the first time in the world. The app would provide loyalty benefits to the customers on lifestyle-related booking services, the company explained.An online sales platform that enables customers to purchase cars online will also be newly established this year, the company said.By Jo He-rim ( herim@heraldcorp.com
Original musicals to light up stage in February
The musical will focus on the death of the fictional detective in the short story “The Adventure of the Final Problem,” published in 1893.Stage actors Kim Jong-gu, Hong Seung-an and Kim Chan-jong have been cast as Doyle. The supernatural mystery thriller featured two Roman Catholic priests, played by Kang and Kim, who try to help a young girl possessed by an evil spirit, played by Park. The horror-romance drama series is set in the eponymous hotel, which caters to ghost guests. It will feature some episodes from the original drama, along with some new details. The exact dates for the musical have yet to be set.By Im Eun-byel ( silverstar@heraldcorp.com
[News Focus] Bill to assist self-employed faces budgetary, political hurdles
NATIONALA clothing shop in Jung-gu, central Seoul, has closure signs up earlier this month as social distancing regulations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic diminished revenues and income for small merchants and self-employed population. (Yonhap)The South Korean government and the ruling Democratic Party are pushing for legislation to compensate self-employed businesspeople and small-business owners for losses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.But the move faces budgetary constraints and criticism from opposition parties, which say the ruling camp is using the plan to boost its ratings ahead of the April 7 mayoral by-elections.The Democratic Party is internally discussing a bill that it hopes will pass during the provisional session of the National Assembly, so the government can start distributing funds to sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.President Moon Jae-in lent his support to the move, calling on officials to “institutionalize loss compensation for small-business owners and the self-employed within a certain range that (the government) can afford.”“It is very important and urgent to protect the lives of the people from the economic and social blow caused by the coronavirus,” Moon said, emphasizing that a strong social safety net is needed to protect those who were affected by the virus and by the social distancing measures.But critics ask who should be entitled to support and how much. Furthermore, there are concerns that the government’s finances could be overextended. Some say the plan carries risks that may be too much for the government to bear.On the question of how much is needed, some estimates have put the figure at 100 trillion won ($90.54 billion) to cover four months’ worth of losses for businesses that were shuttered or forced to scale down their operations due to the social distancing rules.According to data from Rep. Min Byoung-dug of the Democratic Party, to compensate businesses for part of the revenue they lost as a result of so
New infections up over 500 on flare-up in religious community infections
NATIONALA medical worker collects a sample from a home schooler at a religious educational facility in Gwangju, 329 kilometers south of Seoul, in this photo provided by the Gwangju Buk Ward Office on Tuesday. Incheon, west of Seoul, reported 17 more cases. The three areas account for around half of the nation's population.The number of imported cases came to 43, up from 16 the previous day. They included 20 from the United States and two from Britain.South Korea added seven more deaths, raising the total to 1,378. The number of patients with serious symptoms across the country reached 270, flat from the previous day.The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 685 to 65,478.
Samsung pays out over W77.7b in incentives to chip partners in 2020
This photo taken on Monday, shows the corporate logo of Samsung Group at its office building in Seoul. The world's largest memory chipmaker said it gave incentives worth 41.19 billion won to some 23,000 workers at its 289 chip business partners in the second half of 2020. Including its first half incentives worth 36.53 billion won, the company's total incentive payments to partner firms stood at 77.72 billion won in 2020. Since 2010, Samsung Electronics has been running an incentive program for its chip partner firms to promote shared growth in the industry. The company has so far paid a total of 425.4 billion won since the program's initiation in 2010.
Moon’s tough job of striking balance between US, China
After completing calls with his American and European counterparts, he is expected to call leaders of his Asian allies, including South Korea and Japan, in the coming days.The phone call between Moon and Xi was the first in almost eight months, with the Chinese president’s trip to Seoul that was supposed to be made last year delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cheong Wa Dae declined to confirm news reports claiming Beijing was the first to reach out.The call fueled speculations that China may be seeking to ramp up pressure on South Korea as the US-China rivalry enters a new chapter with the US presidential transition.At the World Economic Forum on Monday, Xi called for leaders to cooperate more with China in his speech. The Chinese leader added that North Korea seems to have not ruled out diplomacy with the South and the US, citing its statement during a recent party congress.Ahead of celebrating the 30th anniversary of their bilateral ties next year, the two leaders also agreed to establish a future committee consisting of experts from both countries to work together on a blueprint for renewed partnership for the next 30 years.A statement from Beijing on the call also referred to the future committee and its expectations about partnership in trade. But it did not mention Xi’s comments on his Seoul trip or North Korea.When asked about the discrepancies, a Cheong Wa Dae official said, “The two leaders had a friendly conversation. We disclosed all of the details as much as possible.”In the meantime, some analysts predicted China could adjust their pressure against South Korea considering smooth bilateral ties are needed to pave the way for several major events this year, including the annual “two sessions” parliamentary meetings in March, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the China Communist Party and the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year.By Lee Ji-yoon ( jylee@heraldcorp.comRelated Stories
Mercedes-Benz Korea plans to launch 9 new models including 2 EVs
Klein began his term on Jan. 1.The German automaker retained its top position in the imported vehicle market here in terms of sales last year. Sales for SUVs grew 13.4 percent on-year, while its performance-oriented brand Mercedes-AMG reported a 60.3 percent jump. Electrified cars also rose by 63.1 percent in sales compared to the year before, the company said.The company plans to strengthen its SUV lineup in 2021, introducing Mercedes-Maybach’s first SUV, the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, and also Mercedes-Maybach S-Class this year. Mercedes-Maybach is the automaker’s high-end luxury brand.It will also be introducing its mobile membership program Mercedes me Car app in South Korea, for the first time in the world. The app would provide loyalty benefits to the customers on lifestyle-related booking services, the company explained.An online sales platform that enables customers to purchase cars online will also be newly established this year, the company said.By Jo He-rim ( herim@heraldcorp.com
NPS chalks up gains from stock investments in 2020
FINANCEThe National Pension Service headquarters building located in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province (Yonhap)South Korea’s state-run pension fund raked in over 58 trillion won ($52.6 billion) from stock investments last year amid a bullish run on the local stock market, data showed Wednesday.The total amount of shares that the National Pension Service holds in listed companies, of which it owns 5 percent or more, is worth nearly 181.3 trillion won as of Friday. The figure has soared over 57.68 billion won or 46.7 percent from the start of last year, according to corporate tracker CEO Score.The number of companies that the pension fund holds more than a 5 percent stake in dropped to 275 firms from 314 companies last year. But its equity value in the listed firms has ballooned drastically.The whopping gains were largely attributable to a spike in the share price of Samsung Group’s crown jewel Samsung Electronics which saw its stock jumping 55.6 percent from a year ago.As the NPS’ stake in the tech giant rose by a 0.08 percentage point over the cited period to 10.7 percent, it posted a valuation gain of 20.06 trillion won -- or a 55.7 percent increase -- to 56.98 trillion won from its investment.The value of its stakes in leading electric vehicle battery makers LG Chem and Samsung SDI also skyrocketed by 210 percent and 210.9 percent, or some 4.85 trillion won and 3.69 trillion won, respectively, from the start of the previous year.The NPS also logged lucrative gains worth over 3 trillion won from its investments in the nation’s second-largest chipmaker SK hynix and leading automaker Hyundai Motor, while garnering more than 2 trillion won from internet giants Naver and Kakao.The pension operator’s shares in Celltrion also shot up 1.96 trillion won or 104.8 percent. While the pharmaceutical giant’s stock surged 71.3 percent from last year, NPS increased its stake in the company by 1.1 percentage point.Meanwhile, the state pension fund suffered valuation losses in listed c
More people suffer from ‘unfair’ online subscription services
A man in his 30s surnamed Kwak signed up for an online subscription service that provides movies.Kwak tried to download videos from the webpage, but it never worked, even after multiple tries. So he contacted the service provider and asked for a refund.The service provider turned him down, saying that the error in Kwak’s case could not be identified.Amid the increasing demand for online subscription servic