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Lindsey Graham to corporate America: 'Have you lost your mind?'
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tells "Hannity" Georgia has seen a major loss in corporate campaign donations following passage of new voting law. GRAHAM: They are trying to intimidate corporate America to abandon the Republican Party. Here’s my message to corporate America, corporate Georgia: have you lost your mind? Only one corporation in Georgia helped the Republican Party, Georgia Power. So I’m going to give $75,000 from my campaign to the Georgia Republican Party who we're going to need to take the Senate seat back in Georgia.
Man fatally shot in Brooklyn apartment building
A 33-year-old man was fatally shot inside a Brooklyn apartment building on Thursday night, police said. The victim was shot in his torso inside the building on East 94th Street near Church Avenue at about 6 p.m., according to cops. EMS took the man to SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. Police said no arrests were made in the shooting as of early Friday morning.
Tucker Carlson: Could New York City have a gun-wielding mayor?
Have you been to New York City recently? At this point, the only real difference between Andrew Yang and the next unhappy lady browsing the aisles at Whole Foods in a mask, is that Andrew Yang is slightly more articulate. NEW YORK CITY SAW SHOOTINGS SKYROCKET 182% LAST WEEK COMPARED TO 2020, STATISTICS SHOW"You were here before Starbucks. For years, there’s been a rigid code among those smug, fussy liberals in New York City that you’re not allowed to notice as things fall apart. You’d think that’d be the top priority of every New York City politician.
Outlook for China-Australia relationship appears bleak, says political expert
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailOutlook for China-Australia relationship appears bleak, says political expertRelations between China and Australia are unlikely to get back on track anytime soon after Beijing moved to "indefinitely" suspend high-level economic meetings with Canberra, says James Laurenceson, from the University of Technology Sydney.
UBS sees the Chinese yuan strengthening to 6.35 against the U.S. dollar
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailUBS sees the Chinese yuan strengthening to 6.35 against the U.S. dollarDominic Schnider from UBS explains the three key pillars driving the Chinese yuan's strength.
China's underlying inflation is not a big worry: Analyst
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailChina's underlying inflation is not a big worry: AnalystSteven Sun from HSBC Qian Hai explains why China's inflation is still well contained even as the economy rebounds from the pandemic.
Siemens' CEO says there is 'good momentum' going into the second half of 2021
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSiemens' CEO says there is 'good momentum' going into the second half of 2021Siemens CEO Roland Busch discusses the German industrial company's fiscal second-quarter earnings, the outlook for 2021, and the coronavirus pandemic recovery. He speaks with CNBC's Annette Weisbach.
Adidas upgrades outlook for 2021 with sales expected to grow almost 20%
LONDON — Adidas is more confident about sales this year as it notes stronger-than-expected demand for its products and a "healthy brand momentum." The German sportswear retailer expects currency-neutral sales to rise at a "high-teens" rate this year, with a "significant" acceleration already in the second quarter, the company said on Friday. "This acceleration will be fueled by an array of innovative product releases," Adidas said in a statement. The company reported net income of 502 million euros ($605 millio) for the first quarter of this year, up from 26 million euros in 2020. Currency-neutral sales at the company rose 27% over the period.
'No prospects' for China-Australia relations to get back on track soon, political analyst says
China-Australia ties won't be getting back on track anytime soon — after Beijing's decision to to indefinitely suspend high-level economic talks with Canberra, according to one political expert. James Laurenceson, director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney, described the strained relations between Canberra and Beijing as "complicated." "I see no prospects on the horizon for this relationship to get back on track," he told CNBC on Friday, adding both sides are blaming each other for the breakdown in dialogue. The National Development and Reform Commission, China's economic planning agency, announced Thursday that it will "indefinitely suspend all activities under the framework of the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue." The move comes after some officials in Australia launched unspecified measures "out of a Cold War mindset" to disrupt cooperation with China, the NDRC statement said.
Dollar under pressure as U.S. payrolls data could spur more risk-taking
As the dollar is softer against most currencies, the euro outshone many others, having gained 0.5% on Thursday and last stood at $1.2067. Against the yen, the dollar dipped to 109.05 yen, almost flat so far on the week as its rebound since late April has lost steam. But if they stoke inflation worries and lead to expectations of reduction in the Federal Reserve's stimulus, it may boost U.S. bond yields and the dollar. I think it should be difficult to keep talking about inflation worries without actual evidences," said Ayako Sera, market economist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. "Since then, we are stuck with this conundrum about whether a strong job data would lead to more risk-taking or more inflation worries," she added.
Gold heads for best week in 5 months on softer dollar, yields
Gold bullion bars are pictured after being inspected and polished at the ABC Refinery in Sydney on August 5, 2020. Gold prices on Friday hovered near a 2-1/2-month high and were on track for their best week in five months, aided by a weaker dollar and a pullback in Treasury yields as investors cautiously await U.S. non-farm payrolls report due later in the day. Spot gold was steady at $1,815.88 per ounce by 0246 GMT, after hitting its highest since Feb. 16 at $1,817.90 in the previous session. "The weaker dollar and U.S. Treasury yields dropping below 1.6% has helped gold prices to go above $1,800," Brian Lan, managing director at dealer GoldSilver Central said. The dollar index slipped to a one-week low against its rival, making gold less expensive for other currency holders, while benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields hovered close to a two-week low.
Adidas CEO: Ready to spend ahead of a summer of sport
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAdidas CEO: Ready to spend ahead of a summer of sportAdidas CEO Kasper Rørsted discusses first-quarter earnings, major upcoming international sporting events and the company's planned sale of its Reebok division.
Why Australian digital banking is on the rise: Analyst
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhy Australian digital banking is on the rise: AnalystNathan Zaia from Morningstar believes that the closure of physical bank branches in Australia is more than a cost saving measure.
Oil prices rise on buoyant China, U.S. economic data
Cranes at an oil industry support facility in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, U.S., on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Oil prices recovered after a 1% dip in the previous session, on buoyant economic data from China and the United States even as the surging pandemic in India capped prices. In China, export growth accelerated in April while the services sector expanded, bucking expectations of a slowdown at the world's second-largest economy, data released on Friday showed. In the United States, the world's largest oil consumer, jobless claims have dropped, signaling the labor market recovery had entered a new phase amid a booming economy. However, oil demand recovery has been uneven as surging COVID-19 cases in India has reduced fuel consumption at the world's third-largest oil importer and consumer.
Man who killed his mom in 2002 arrested in NYC attack on 65-year-old Asian woman
An arrest was made early Wednesday in a brutal attack on a 65-year-old Asian woman that drew widespread outrage after footage of the assault was released. Before the attack, Elliot allegedly "stated 'F--- you, you don’t belong here, you Asian,'" the DA's office said. The White House said President Joe Biden would reinstate and expand the scope of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. As part of his Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force, Biden will also establish a committee to address xenophobia against Asian Americans, the White House said. "An irrational blame on Asian Americans for the coronavirus.
Children found handcuffed in car lead Pennsylvania police to arrest two people
Police in Pennsylvania say they arrested and charged two people with multiple felonies after finding children handcuffed in the back seat of their car in Allegheny County. The statement said the children handcuffed in the car were ages 7 and 10. The two were charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of children, among other counts, police said. Police said the children described an extremely abusive home life for which they found corroborating evidence. The handcuffed children shared a mother; the 11-year-old outside the car was the sibling of the 10-year-old in the car through their father, Hayes, police said.
Activist investor Sherborne sells Barclays stake
A Barclays bank building is seen at Canary Wharf in London, Britain May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File PhotoSherborne Investors, the firm led by activist investor Edward Bramson, has sold its 6% stake in Barclays, it said on Friday, disbanding its efforts to overhaul the British bank. Sherbone took a position in Barclays in 2018, with Bramson calling on the lender to scale back its investment bank which he said weighed down returns. Sherbone first declared its stake in Barclays in March 2018, since when the share price has fallen, and is currently 15% lower than when the fund's position became public. However a strong showing by the investment bank helped it weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, bolstering Staley's strategy that the bank needs a diversified business model to generate recession-proof returns.
UK PM Johnson's party sweeps to victory in bellwether election
Jill Mortimer (C) of Conservative Party waits at Mill House Leisure Centre as ballots are being counted, in Hartlepool, Britain May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lee SmithBritain's ruling Conservative Party won a new seat in parliament on Friday, sweeping aside the incumbent Labour Party with a victory in the northern English town of Hartlepool that tightens its grip on traditional Labour-voting areas. "There's no hiding from the fact this is a shattering result for Labour, absolutely shattering," Labour lawmaker Steve Reed, a member of Starmer's top team, told the BBC. "It tells us that the pace of change in the Labour Party has not been fast enough. Election analysts said it was the biggest swing of votes to the governing party at a by-election since World War Two.
British Airways-owner IAG cautious on short term flying recovery
A British Airways plane taxis past tail fins of parked aircraft near Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Simon DawsonBritish Airways-owner IAG (ICAG.L)on Friday forecast only a minimal pick-up in capacity to 25% for the April to June quarter, remaining cautious despite hopes that European travel will start to recover from late May onwards. IAG chief executive Luis Gallego said in a statement the airline was "ready to fly but government action is needed". Minimal flying in the January to March quarter, resulted in IAG posting an operating loss before exceptional items of 1.14 billion euros, slightly better than the 1.17 billion euro loss forecast by analysts. The group also said it had strong liquidity of 10.5 billion euros at the end of the first quarter.
France delaying EU order for COVID-19 vaccine -Germany's Welt
A medical worker handles a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Korian Samarobriva Ehpad (care home centre for ederly people) in Amiens, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in France, January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal RossignolFrance is delaying a European Union order for 1.8 billion doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine planned for the next two years, Germany's Die Welt daily newspaper reported on Friday, citing EU diplomats. The paper reported that at recent meetings about vaccine orders, French representatives had held up decision-making by posing technical questions and requests for clarifications. Due to massive global demand for booster doses as well as vaccines for young people, EU governments fear that they may be too late and lose out on the order. "That would be a disaster for which France would be responsible," Die Welt quoted one diplomat as saying.
Unused COVID shots piling up in Japan amid slow rollout
Unused COVID-19 vaccines in Japan are set to reach tens of millions of doses, as the country is poised to approve two more shots in coming weeks and the pace of its inoculation campaign remains slow due to manpower and logistical bottlenecks. Japan imported 28 million doses of Pfizer Inc's (PFE.N) COVID-19 vaccine through late April, but has so far used only 15% of the stockpile, with the remaining 24 million doses sitting in freezers. The first batch of the Moderna vaccine had already arrived and an estimated 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca shot are being prepared by its local domestic partners. Pfizer shipments are also due to accelerate to more than 35 million doses this month and next. The government tasked the Defense Ministry to set up a mass inoculation site in Tokyo and Osaka by May 24.
Stocks rally into U.S. jobs report as commodity prices surge
REUTERS/Issei KatoGlobal stocks headed for their first weekly gain in three amid a surge in commodity prices, while traders braced for a key U.S. jobs report later on Friday that could provide clues on when the Federal Reserve will ease back on monetary stimulus. read moreFutures pointed to a 0.7% rise for Europe's benchmark stock index and a 0.6% gain for Britain's FTSE at the open. Commodity prices may peak soon, but will then consolidate at current high levels, he said. The focus now shifts to Friday's non-farm payrolls report, with estimates ranging widely between 700,000 and more than 2 million jobs having been created in April. "The commodity space is the talk," and financials are the "bull play" going into the payrolls report, he said.
UK Labour suffers historic defeat in Hartlepool
People observe as the count takes place for the Hartlepool parliamentary by-election at the Mill House Leisure Centre on May 07, 2021 in Hartlepool, England | Ian Forsyth/Getty ImagesPress play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyLONDON — The U.K. Labour Party has suffered a historic defeat in its first major test of strength since the 2019 general election, losing the northern seat of Hartlepool to Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. Hartlepool has consistently returned Labour MPs since the constituency’s creation 1974 and held out against the wave of “red wall” towns which turned blue in 2019. A fierce battle for its control was sparked when the previous MP stood down in March, prompting a by-election. Labour representatives admitted overnight they had lost the traditional stronghold, with confirmation early on Friday morning that the party had been beaten by 6940 votes. The Conservatives’ Jill Mortimer, a state-school educated farmer, won out over Labour’s Paul Williams, an NHS doctor and former MP.
Former Syracuse QB Eric Dungey not giving up on his dreams
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2018, file photo, Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey throws a pass against West Virginia during the first half of the Camping World Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2018, file photo, Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey throws a pass against West Virginia during the first half of the Camping World Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)Former Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey has been on an emotional ride that would test the mettle of most. ADVERTISEMENTEven though he fits the mold of today’s NFL quarterback, all of those attributes faded into the background at NFL draft time, likely because of the hit. “My former agent would tell me just basically that they had concerns about my past in college,” Dungey said.
China opens Everest’s north side to 38 virus-tested climbers
China has opened the spring Everest claiming season from the northern approach amid strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. China has opened the spring Everest claiming season from the northern approach amid strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Both Nepal and China closed the mountain to foreign climbers last year because of the pandemic. They must undergo temperature checks regularly, use bottled oxygen and stay 4 meters (13 feet) from other climbers at the summit. Slightly more climbed from Nepal, where the sale of mountaineering permits and trekking and mountaineering jobs are major drivers of the local economy.
LEADING OFF: Pujols seeks new home, Arenado vs Rockies
The 41-year-old superstar was cut Thursday by the Los Angeles Angels, abruptly ending a decade-long stint with his second major league club. Pujols, batting .198 this season, is determined to play first base regularly for another team after he clears waivers, Angels manager Joe Maddon said. The Rockies also agreed to pay St. Louis roughly $51 million of the $199 million remaining on Arenado’s contract at the time. It’s a deal that has many Rockies fans still seeing red heading into the three-game series in St. Louis. Arenado was a second-round pick by the Rockies in the 2009 amateur draft.
Wild thangs: Double-A team draws 13 walks in an inning
Now this was truly a wild inning. All nine hitters in the Biloxi lineup drew walks in the inning, leading the Milwaukee Brewers affiliate to a 14-6 win at Regions Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Jake Elliott, Birmingham’s fourth pitcher of the inning, came in and threw one pitch, getting a flyball for the final out. He went 22-7 in 1983 and boosted the White Sox into the AL Championship Series, albeit while leading the American League in walks. The major league record for walks in an inning is nine.
Thursday’s Sports In Brief
Pujols is fifth in major league history with 667 career homers and 13th with 3,253 hits. The three-time NL MVP for St. Louis was in the final season of a 10-year, $240 million contract with Los Angeles. After a decent start to the season, Pujols had been in a 7-for-43 slump since April 20, hitting three homers in that stretch. Crandall played for the Boston Braves (1949-50), Milwaukee Braves (1953-63), San Francisco Giants (1964), Pittsburgh Pirates (1965) and Cleveland Indians (1966). HOCKEYNEW YORK (AP) — The NHL fined the New York Rangers an extraordinary $250,000 for what Commissioner Gary Bettman called demeaning personal comments made publicly about head of player safety George Parros.
New York faces Boston, aims to stop road slide
New York Rangers (26-23-6, fifth in the East Division) vs. Boston Bruins (32-14-7, third in the East Division)Boston; Saturday, 3 p.m. EDTFANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Bruins -280, Rangers +222BOTTOM LINE: New York hits the road against Boston looking to end its three-game road losing streak. David Krejci has three goals and nine assists over the last 10 games for Boston. Mika Zibanejad has six goals and three assists over the last 10 games for New York. Rangers: 3-7-0, averaging 2.1 goals, 3.9 assists, 4.5 penalties and 15.1 penalty minutes while allowing 3.2 goals per game with a .900 save percentage. Rangers: Ryan Lindgren: day to day (upper body), Jack Johnson: out (sports hernia), Artemi Panarin: out (lower body), Chris Kreider: day to day (lower body), Brett Howden: out (foot), Julien Gauthier: day to day (lower body), Jacob Trouba: day to day (upper body).
New York faces New Jersey on 3-game slide
New York faces New Jersey on 3-game slideNew Jersey Devils (19-28-7, seventh in the East Division) vs. New York Islanders (31-17-6, fourth in the East Division)Uniondale, New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDTFANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Islanders -235, Devils +190BOTTOM LINE: New York aims to stop its three-game losing streak when the Islanders take on New Jersey. New York averages just 2.7 penalties per game, the fewest in the NHL. Anthony Beauvillier has seven goals and four assists over the last 10 games for New York. Pavel Zacha has six goals and three assists over the last 10 games for New Jersey. Devils: Jonas Siegenthaler: day to day (covid-19 protocol), Mikhail Maltsev: day to day (lower-body), Andreas Johnsson: day to day (undisclosed), Miles Wood: day to day (upper body).
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In posts on his official website and on social media yesterday, Neville says the idea of touring is no longer appealing to him. (AP) — G Herbo’s legal problems are getting more complicated, as prosecutors say he lied to federal investigators. In December, G Herbo was one of six people, including his promoter, Antonio Strong, indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. On Wednesday, G Herbo was charged with lying to federal investigators in 2018. Prosecutors say G Herbo told a federal agent he never worked with or had any direct relationship with Strong.
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HARVEY WEINSTEIN SUES OVER ATTORNEY’S FEESNEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein is trying to get back the money he paid to one of his attorneys. In a lawsuit, the disgraced Hollywood producer is demanding his ex-lawyer Jose Baez give back the $1 million he paid him. For his part, Baez bailed on Weinstein six months after joining the defense. Baez said Weinstein damaged their working relationship by communicating with him only through other lawyers — and by not abiding by their fee agreement. Marshals on Duggar’s case if he breaks any of rules under which he’s been released.
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Asian shares mostly rise on US rally; eyes on jobs data
Asian shares rose Friday on optimism about the rally on Wall Street and an economic rebound in the U.S., as investors awaited the release of jobs data. Asian shares rose Friday on optimism about the rally on Wall Street and an economic rebound in the U.S., as investors awaited the release of jobs data. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Friday on optimism about the rally on Wall Street and an economic rebound in the U.S., as investors awaited the release of jobs data. Trade data released Friday show global exports rose 32.3% over a year ago to $263.9 billion, in line with March but down from the explosive 60.6% rise in the first two months of 2021. Massive support from the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve, and increasingly positive economic data, have also encouraged investors to push stock prices to all-time highs.
India’s disaster hangs over countries facing COVID-19 surges
(AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)SOHAG, Egypt (AP) — Countries worldwide wrestling with new coronavirus surges are trying to ensure they aren’t hit by an India-style disaster. Doctors in Sohag province warn the health system there could collapse, even as the government rushes in new supplies. At the hospital, he was confirmed with COVID-19, and his family scrambled to find a bed in packed ICUs. In the crowded Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip, home to 2 million people, cases have risen swiftly. In South Africa, with by far the largest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Africa, officials warn of a new surge as the Southern Hemisphere’s winter approaches.
India cases hit new record as calls grow for strict lockdown
Infections in India hit another grim daily record on Thursday as demand for medical oxygen jumped seven-fold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing life-saving supplies from abroad. Infections in India hit another grim daily record on Thursday as demand for medical oxygen jumped seven-fold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing life-saving supplies from abroad. Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India, a public-private consultancy, acknowledged that different states were experiencing different intensities of the epidemic, but said a “coordinated countrywide strategy” was still needed. He said it appears there are at least two types of virus variants circulating in India. She said different states have different needs, and local particularities need to be taken into account for any policy to work.
EU leaders attend summit in person for 1st time this year
In a late addition to their agenda, EU leaders will also discuss Thursday’s U.S. proposal to share the technology behind COVID-19 vaccines to help speed the end of the pandemic. EU leaders appear keen to “try and convey a sense of normalcy, of slowly returning to normal,” says Antonio Barroso, a political analyst at Teneo, a global advisory firm. Pandemic fundamentals remain unchanged: those attending the summit must show negative PCR tests for COVID-19, while social distancing and mask-wearing are required. On Saturday, the leaders will hold an online summit with India’s Modi covering trade, climate change and help with India’s COVID-19 surge. India and the EU spent six years trying to negotiate a free trade deal before giving up in 2013.
Buffalo visits Pittsburgh after Caggiula’s 2-goal game
Buffalo Sabres (15-33-7, eighth in the East Division) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (36-16-3, first in the East Division)Pittsburgh; Saturday, 3 p.m. EDTFANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Penguins -313, Sabres +247BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Penguins host Buffalo after Drake Caggiula scored two goals in the Sabres’ 8-4 loss to the Penguins. Pittsburgh is third in the league averaging 6.0 assists per game, led by Sidney Crosby with 0.7. Buffalo serves 6.2 penalty minutes per game, the fewest in the NHL. LAST 10 GAMES: Penguins: 8-2-0, averaging 4.3 goals, 7.2 assists, 2.7 penalties and 6.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .909 save percentage. Sabres: 3-7-0, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.1 assists, 2.7 penalties and 5.7 penalty minutes while giving up 4.2 goals per game with an .892 save percentage.
Central Division leader Carolina and Nashville square off
Carolina Hurricanes (36-10-8, first in the Central Division) vs. Nashville Predators (29-23-2, fourth in the Central Division)Nashville, Tennessee; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDTFANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Predators +100, Hurricanes -120BOTTOM LINE: The Nashville Predators play the Central Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes. The Predators are 29-23-2 against Central Division opponents. Carolina ranks 10th in the NHL averaging 3.2 goals per game, led by Sebastian Aho with 24. Andrei Svechnikov has two goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Carolina. INJURIES: Predators: Dante Fabbro: day to day (upper body), Mathieu Olivier: out (lower body), Viktor Arvidsson: day to day (upper body), Colton Sissons: day to day (upper body).
BMW backs 2021 view after profit rises
BMW AG on Friday reported a jump in first-quarter profit, and said it plans to meet the higher end of its forecast for the auto-business margin this year. The German luxury car maker's quarterly net profit jumped to 2.81 billion euros ($3.39 billion) thanks to higher deliveries and better pricing, compared with EUR554 million the same period a year earlier. Revenue increased to EUR26.78 billion from EUR23.25 billion.
Keisha Lance Bottoms Won't Run For Reelection As Atlanta Mayor
Keisha Lance Bottoms Won't Run For Reelection As Atlanta MayorEnlarge this image toggle caption Megan Varner/Getty Images Megan Varner/Getty ImagesIn a move that shocked Georgia political circles, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she would not seek re-election later this year. The first term executive had been raising money, including holding a virtual fundraiser with President Joe Biden, for her reelection. On Thursday night, Bottoms published a lengthy open letter and slickly produced video on dearatl.com elaborating on her decision. "With the support of President Biden, I had the most successful single fundraiser of any Mayor in the history of Atlanta. Bottoms has been seen as a rising national star in the Democratic Party, making her decision not to seek reelection even more surprising.
Adidas guides for higher sales as profit rises
Adidas AG said Friday that profit rose in the first quarter as performance improved across all market segments, and updated its outlook for the full year, guiding for higher sales. The German sporting-goods company said quarterly net profit was 558 million euros ($673.2 million) from EUR31 million a year earlier.
German March industrial production beats forecasts
German industrial production rose in March, beating expectations, statistics office Destatis said Friday. Total industrial output--comprising production in manufacturing, energy and construction--increased 2.5% in March from February in calendar-adjusted terms. Destatis downwardly revised February's industrial production on-month decline to 1.9% from an earlier 1.6% drop. Within industry, the production of intermediate goods showed an on-month increase of 1.2% and the production of consumer goods of 2.9%. The industrial production data followed Thursday's publication of manufacturing orders data for March, which showed a 3.0% month-over-month increase on an adjusted basis.
Reckitt may have bidders for China unit: report
--Private equity company Carlyle Group Inc. is among bidders expected to put forward an offer for Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC's Chinese infant-nutrition arm, Sky reports. --The business, which was part of a review that started in February, is likely to fetch up to $2 billion, Sky says. --Chinese dairy company Yili is also expected to table a bid for the business, Sky reports.
German exports rise despite pandemic restrictions
German exports continued their recovery in March despite the continuation of lockdown restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic. The country's exports rose 1.2% in March from February in adjusted terms, statistics office Destatis said Friday. Economists had forecast a 0.5% increase in adjusted terms, according to a poll by The Wall Street Journal.
French industrial production falls short of hopes
French industrial production rose in March, but less than expected, data from statistics agency Insee showed Friday. Total industrial output --comprising output in manufacturing, energy and construction--increased 0.8% in March compared with February. Insee also downwardly revised the on-month industrial production figure for February to a 4.8% decline, from a 4.7% drop previously. Compared with February 2020--the last month before the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe-- total industrial output was down 5.9% in March 2021 in calendar-adjusted terms. Manufacturing output was up 0.4% in March compared with the previous month and energy production rose 2.9%, while construction output fell 7.3%.
InterContinental Hotels signals steady progress
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC said Friday that increasing demand amid a general easing of coronavirus restrictions helped the business improve in the first quarter, although results were still down over their 2020 and 2019 comparables. The hotel chain said first-quarter revenue per available room was down 34% year-on-year and 51% over 2019 levels. While the coronavirus pandemic clearly continued to take a toll on the business, quarterly results underpin a steady recovery and market outperformance as restrictions started to ease, it said.
IAG loss narrows, sees virus weighing on traffic
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA said on Friday that its operating loss for the first quarter narrowed. The airline group--which houses British Airways, Iberia, and Vueling among others--said passenger capacity continues to be adversely affected by the pandemic and the measures and restrictions stemming from it. Current passenger capacity plans for the second quarter are for around 25% of 2019's capacity, and these remain uncertain and subject to review, it added.
Packers rookies Josh Myers, Amari Rodgers were both college captains
Myers, the Packers’ second-round pick, was voted a 2020 team captain by Ohio State. The same goes for Rodgers, the Packers third-round pick, who was voted a permanent captain by Clemson. The Packers believe they received a mix of both in Myers and Rodgers, two players likely headed for impactful roles as rookies. It’s worth noting that both rookies played with first-round quarterbacks selected in the 2021 draft: Myers and Justin Fields, and Rodgers and Trevor Lawrence. Regardless of how the quarterback situation unfolds in Green Bay both Myers and Rodgers will be playing with another first-round passer.
AstraZeneca sees positive lung-cancer trial
AstraZeneca PLC said Friday that the combination of its Imfinzi drug and tremelimumab with chemotherapy showed an overall survival benefit in its metastatic non-small cell lung cancer Phase 3 Poseidon trial. The pharmaceutical company added that the use of Imfinzi with chemotherapy didn't achieve a trend in overall survival.
Pandora: 20% of stores remain temporarily closed
STOCKHOLM--Danish jeweler Pandora AS said Friday that revenue in April totaled 1.76 billion Danish kroner ($285.6 million), while an average of around 25% of physical stores were temporarily closed due to Covid-19 in April with around 20% of stores remaining closed today. The company said sell-out growth in the month rose 123% on the same month last year, driven by the U.S.
Numis's profit surges, revenue hits record
Numis Corp. reported Friday a significant rise in pretax profit for the first half of fiscal 2021, saying it delivered a record half-year revenue thanks to a strong performance across all of its business areas. The stock brokerage posted a pretax profit for the six months ended March 31 of 39.3 million pounds ($54.6 million) compared with GBP7.3 million a year earlier.
India’s Modi under pressure to lock down country as virus rages out of control
Modi, who held consultations with top elected leaders and officials of the worst-hit states on Thursday, has so far left the responsibility for fighting the virus to poorly equipped state governments. He said it appears there are at least two types of virus variants circulating in India. Experts say the decision helped contain the virus and bought time for the government. India’s economy contracted by 23% in April-June quarter last year and showed recovery as the restrictions were eased. She said different states have different needs, and local particularities need to be taken into account for any policy to work.
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Sixers to meet Pelicans working on top seedThe Associated PressThe surging Philadelphia 76ers will look to take one step closer to the top seed in the Eastern Conference as the playoffs approach. The first-place Sixers (45-21) hold a two-game lead over the second-place Brooklyn Nets and will be in search of their seventh consecutive victory when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday. Philadelphia completed a three-game road trip by routing the depleted Houston Rockets 135-115 on Wednesday thanks in large part to Joel Embiid's 34 points and 12 rebounds.
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Playoff scenarios abound when Suns face KnicksThe Associated PressAfter a grueling three-game road swing in four days, the Phoenix Suns return home Friday night to play the New York Knicks in a pivotal game for both teams. Phoenix (47-19) is one game behind the first-place Utah Jazz (48-18) in the Western Conference standings with only six games remaining. The Knicks have put themselves in a good position at No. 4 in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks heading into NBA play Thursday.
A Petition With Over 2 Million Signatures Calls for $2,000 Monthly Stimulus Checks for Every American
The actual cost could be far greater if it weakens London’s attractiveness as a global financial center. The European Commission in Brussels wants the bloc’s traders to move more of their euro-denominated business inside the EU and not rely so heavily on London. A ruling last year extended access to London through June 2022.Clearinghouses serve as a key hub in the global financial system, settling hundreds of trillions of dollars in deals between banks, hedge funds, pensions and a wide range of corporations. In more stressed markets, traders could face much higher costs from the split and difficulty using clearinghouses in both the U.K. and the EU, he said.“There is a trade-off here between the benefits of local control by regulators, and the additional costs that fragmented clearing imposes,” Menkveld said. “The benefit is hard to quantify but the costs are non-trivial.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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Red-hot Kings, looking for fifth straight win, host SpursThe Associated PressThree weeks ago, the Sacramento Kings were dead in the water, buried deep in the Western Conference standings with a chance at a playoff spot nothing but a dying ember. The Kings head home carrying a four-game winning streak, all on the road, that included a 104-93 victory over Indiana on Wednesday. It was Sacramento's first undefeated four-game road trip since April 2003.
U.S. among first foreign countries to join EU defence project, diplomats say
While NATO has spearheaded efforts to reduce conflicting regulations across 27 EU countries for transfers of U.S. troops, the EU has a budget to back the reconstruction of bridges too weak for tanks and has more power over changing bloc-wide rules. Military mobility aims at improving the exchange of information between EU countries and cutting red tape at borders, including harmonising customs rules to allow for swift deployments and easier transport of military equipment, diplomats said. Plans for an EU defence pact gained momentum as the former U.S. president, Donald Trump, lambasted European NATO allies for not spending enough on their own security. Story continuesU.S. and NATO security guarantees remain the cornerstone of national security for many EU countries, however, especially for those on the eastern flank of the bloc worried about Russia. While the EU's flagship defence pact aims to help the bloc fund, develop and deploy armed forces together, it would not amount to joint military force.
Asian American health workers fight virus, attacks
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Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks
NEW YORK (AP) — Medical student Natty Jumreornvong has a vaccine and protective gear to shield her from the coronavirus. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have faced a tide of harassment and attacks in many settings during the pandemic. But those in health care are feeling the particular, jarring anguish of being racially targeted because of the virus while toiling to keep people from dying of it. “People in my community have gone from being a health care hero to, somehow, a scapegoat,” said Dr. Michelle Lee, a radiology resident in New York. The statistics don't break out health care workers among the victims.
Pentagon chief says removal of all contractors from Afghanistan under way
The remarks are the clearest indication yet that Biden's April order to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 extended to U.S.-funded contractors. Asked whether the Pentagon had issued orders to withdraw not just American troops but also contractors, Austin said: "We're going to responsibly retrograde all of our capabilities that we are responsible for and the contractors fall in that realm as well." Speaking with reporters, Austin said the contractors could, however, renegotiate their contracts in the future. As of April, there were nearly 17,000 Pentagon contractors, including about 6,150 Americans, 4,300 Afghans and 6,400 from other countries. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said there had been sustained levels of violent attacks against Afghan security forces but none against U.S. and coalition forces since May 1.
US sends reinforcements for Afghan withdrawal
US President Joe Biden has set the withdrawal deadline for 11 September - the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that sparked the war. But the withdrawal comes amid escalating violence, with Afghan security forces on high alert for reprisal attacks. The withdrawal of US troops begins against a backdrop of fierce clashes between the Taliban and government forces, in the absence of a peace deal. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says government forces are fully capable of keeping insurgents at bay. But many do not share the optimism, believing the withdrawal could plunge the country back to the dark days of the Taliban era.
Angels are swept by the Rays as problems and frustrations grow
The first game of the Angels post-Albert Pujols era looked a lot like the ones that preceded it. Thursday night served up a reminder that there are many other issues for the Angels to address. “There’s baseball frustration going on,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “That one falls squarely on me.”AdvertisementIt wasn’t until after Mayers’ departure, however, that the Rays finally took the lead. Thursday was the 16th time in the past 20 games the Angels failed to score more than four runs.
Gulf states and Iran should agree on format for dialogue, says Qatari minister
He had not been convicted of the drug possession charge that brought him to jail: Carter was contesting the charge against him and had been awaiting trial in Seminole County. Dozens of them, including Channel and Carter, died after being approved for release by a parole board or while being held in jail without a conviction. New Jersey and California sent home thousands of prison inmates before the ends of their sentences to reduce overcrowding and try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Arrested on a low-level drug possession charge that prosecutors later dropped, Channel had been granted parole in October 2019 by the state’s parole board. But as the virus battered the state’s prisons, he was infected, and he died in a hospital on June 2.
India's virus surge pressures Modi to impose strict lockdown
Over the past month, nearly a dozen out of India’s 28 federal states have announced less stringent restrictions than the nationwide lockdown imposed for two months in March last year. He said it appears there are at least two types of virus variants circulating in India. Modi imposed a two-month stringent lockdown last year on four hours’ notice. India's economy contracted by 23% in April-June quarter last year and showed recovery as the restrictions were eased. She said different states have different needs, and local particularities need to be taken into account for any policy to work.
Sister of missing woman allegedly killed by husband reacts to murder charges
PHOTO: A mug shot of Barry Morphew, released by the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office on May 5, 2021. (Chaffee County Sheriff's Office)In the wake of his arrest, Suzanne Morphew's older sister, Melinda Moorman, told ABC News, "I forgave my brother-in-law early on." MORE: Husband of missing Colorado woman arrested, charged with murder year after disappearance"Bitterness destroys people," she said. (Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook)Barry Morphew appeared at a brief court hearing Thursday, saying "yes, sir" when advised of his rights. Sister of missing woman allegedly killed by husband reacts to murder charges originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
April to bring big job gains if employers found enough workers
America's employers will likely report another month of robust hiring in April, reflecting the economy's steady rebound from the coronavirus recession. The government will issue the monthly jobs report Friday morning. U.S. private-sector job growth climbed in April as the labor market's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic gains steam, according to the ADP National Employment Report released Wednesday morning. Still, one unusual factor might have kept a lid on job growth in April: Some employers would have hired more workers, if only they could find them. Still, some economists say employers will have to offer higher pay to draw more people back into the job market.
DeSantis has message for Florida's unemployed: Start looking for jobs again
Ron DeSantis this week said those residents receiving unemployment benefits will soon be required once again to show proof they’re looking for a job. "It was a disaster [at the beginning of the pandemic], so we suspended those job search requirements. "But we also just want to make sure, like, look, if you’re really unemployed, can’t get a job, that’s one thing. But making sure that you’re doing your due diligence to look for work, and making sure those incentives align better." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPUnemployed people would be required to apply for at least five jobs a week.
The radical hope of Black motherhood
One hauntingly beautiful example of a brave Black mother’s confrontation with terror unfolded in Charleston, S.C., in the 1850s reign of King Cotton. It is evidence of the staying power of Black mother love against the odds. AdvertisementWhile they did not always win contests with enslavers, Black mothers waged a guerrilla war against the diminishment of their children’s self-worth. The anthropologist Christen A. Smith has aptly described sorrow as an emotional artifact of “radical Black mothering in times of terror.” But physical artifacts like the sack Rose gave Ashley remind us that Black mothers have also bequeathed a legacy of hope. Their examples provide us with models for envisioning a radical defense of Black children, Black families, and humanity writ large.
Vaccine hesitancy, or obstinacy?
And many private companies expect to require employees to be vaccinated if they return to in-office work. But Massachusetts won’t be mandating vaccines for its executive branch employees. Massachusetts vaulted over another milestone this week, closing in early on its goal of getting 4.1 million people vaccinated against COVID-19 by July. And so we return to the familiar tension between personal freedom and public safety that underlies so much of the American divide. And we won’t have either until a critical mass of Americans roll up their sleeves for the vaccine.
In asking, ‘Is America racist,’ we’re not ready for an answer of ‘no’
Just because two prominent Black politicians and a sitting US president say that America is not a racist nation does not license white Americans, or Black Americans, for that matter, to conclude the same ( “Is America racist? America is a racist nation. As great as this country may be, it can become much better if more of its citizens, especially those in elected office and the news media, stop pronouncing that America is not a racist nation. AdvertisementJames L. SherleyBostonJust take a look around youAnyone who believes America is not racist lives in fantasyland. Eileen PaduaDorchesterThe real question is more complicated than thatIn keeping with the media’s long tradition of seeking short answers to our country’s pressing problems, Jeff Jacoby has determined that no, we are not a racist country.
Biden’s not ‘meh’ — he’s the anti-Trump
Re “At 100 days, Biden is competent on COVID-19, but otherwise ‘meh’ ” (Opinion, April 27): Words do matter. Joan Vennochi’s description of President Biden’s first 100 days left me with a resounding “meh” in my ears. Is she referring to Trump’s use of profanity to describe grabbing women’s private parts? Or his defiant refusal to wear a mask while deaths in the nation piled up, filling hospitals and crematoriums with non-mask-wearers? Have we reached a place in the 21st century where we read outspoken lies, denials, and insults as passionate, and sophisticated, careful phrasing and insight as “meh”?
Love and loss in ‘Grandad’s Island’
In his gorgeous 2014 heartbreaker, “The Storm Whale,” Davies tells the story of a fisherman’s son who, driven by love and loneliness, rescues a beached whale and cares for it in his bathtub. Ultimately the connection between father and son buoys the story, as the pair returns the whale to the sea. Similarly Davies’s new book, “Grandad’s Island” metaphorically and movingly re-imagines the experience of loss. However, “Just as he was about to leave, Syd heard Grandad calling.” Grandad is in the attic and he has something special to show his grandson. AdvertisementWhen it’s time to go, though, Grandad tells Syd that he has decided to stay.
'Monster' puts the system on trial. It almost wins, but the Netflix movie fights itself
This is a movie with something to say but it isn't quite sure how to say it. Based on Walter Dean Myers’ young-adult novel, the film follows the arrest and trial of Steve Harmon (Harrison) on a murder charge. He's a monster!” Petrocelli bellows at the jury while pointing to King and Steve. “Monster” is a good movie that could have been a better one. Give him points for trying, but he’s just trying too hard.
Jails should be equipped to prevent what happened to Marvin Scott
Scott is the man who died in custody at the Collin County jail March 14. This homicide happened in a secure area, under the control of law enforcement, to a person carrying no weapon and charged with no violent crime. Just as important: What are the rules in the Collin County jail that govern the use of those measures? This was surely not the first time a troubled person had been booked into the Collin County jail. We know now that Scott would not have died apart from the actions of law enforcement officers.
Sacramento spoils Las Vegas Aviators’ first game in 606 days
(Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoFans kiss on the kiss cam during a Triple-A baseball game between the Las Vegas Aviators and Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoLas Vegas Aviators outfielder Greg Deichmann (7) is announced before the start of a Triple-A baseball game with the Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoThe Las Vegas Aviators pitch to the Sacramento River Cats in the top of the third inning at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoSpruce the Goose fires up fans before the start of a Triple-A baseball game between the Las Vegas Aviators and Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoFans make their way to their seats before the start of a Triple-A baseball game between the Las Vegas Aviators and Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas.
Aviators, baseball return to Las Vegas, and so do half the fans
The national anthem is played before the start of a Triple-A baseball game between the Las Vegas Aviators and Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoFans make their way to their seats before the start of a Triple-A baseball game between the Las Vegas Aviators and Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoFans kiss on the kiss cam during a Triple-A baseball game between the Las Vegas Aviators and Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoThe Las Vegas Aviators pitch to the Sacramento River Cats in the top of the third inning at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoSpruce the Goose fires up fans before the start of a Triple-A baseball game between the Las Vegas Aviators and Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas.
What did last week’s elections tell us about the GOP’s hope for a comeback?
The other is a recall election in California where Republicans hope to unseat a Democratic governor for the second time in this century. Meanwhile, as elsewhere, the state’s Republicans are struggling to throw off the shadow of former President Donald Trump, never popular in the state. For the second time in 18 years, Republicans hope to benefit from the state’s century-old voter empowerment procedures to “recall” an elected Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom. Voters installed movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, as the state’s governor, and he subsequently won a second term in 2006. Much may depend on how Newsom and the national Democratic Party fare between now and then.
Letters to the Editor - Liz Cheney, Texas Legislature, Armenian genocide, hatred of Asian Americans, virtual learning, population growth
And second, our Stone Age GOP Legislature should not substitute its “judgment” for that of anyone with a pulse. labels mass killings of Armenians genocide — President overcomes longtime resistance to anger ally Turkey,” April 25 news story. What I can tell you is that online school was not good for my brother or me. That is more than the entire population of every state except California and Texas. That doesn’t fit my definition of slowing to a “crawl.”David Robinson, GrapevineClick here to submit a letter to the editor.
Teen boy, 17, charged with carjacking, robbery in South Deering
A 17-year-old boy is facing charges after allegedly carjacking a woman Wednesday in South Deering. The teen boy was arrested after he was identified as the person who carjacked and took personal items from a 32-year-old woman by force about 4 p.m. in the 10200 block of South Calhoun Avenue, Chicago police said. Officers arrested the boy in South Chicago, about an hour and a half after the carjacking happened, police said. The teen was charged with one felony count each of aggravated vehicular hijacking and aggravated robbery, according to police. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for theft and was cited for possession of a replica firearm.
From church to a local bar district, the COVID-19 vaccine is coming a place near you
Back then lines were long and people were scrambling to get a shot at a shot. In partnership with Dallas County, First Baptist Dallas will host a vaccination clinic at the church on May 16. Meanwhile, the Dallas mayor’s office and the city are separately helping organize vaccination clinics at historically Black churches — Friendship-West Baptist Church on Friday and Saturday and Bethel AME Church on Monday. The city gets its own vaccine allotment from the state, while Mayor Eric Johnson is working with other vaccine providers to distribute their doses. Greeters stood by the door to field questions, including those from people on the fence about whether to get the vaccine.
Review: Superhero code wears on Josh Duhamel in convoluted ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’
Does the world need another complicated, character-packed superhero series? Especially one that looks as derivative and humorless as “Jupiter’s Legacy”? What might make this one worth devoting eight hours to is how it tackles issues that come with great power. And sure, it foregrounds generational conflict like Amazon’s animated hit “Invincible” and boasts similar, if mercifully less, of that show’s graphic violence. L“Jupiter’s Legacy”: Superhero fantasy.
Ask Amy: Mom attempts to ignore 10 + years of estrangement from daughter
Dear Amy: I have a question about my daughter. I don’t know why this estrangement happened. You can try to open a conversation by asking her some open-ended questions about the estrangement. Dear Amy: My ex and I had been together for six years when he ended things. You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Police: 29 people recovered from semitruck in Texas
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — More than two dozen people were recovered from a big rig that was stopped near San Antonio, including one person who was taken to a hospital, a police official in Texas said. A passerby called police Thursday to report a suspicious semitruck along Interstate 10, east of San Antonio, Lt. Jesse Salame told reporters. A San Antonio Park police officer initiated a traffic stop. Authorities made contact with 29 of the people who had been in the semitruck. One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for dehydration, San Antonio Fire Department spokesperson Joe Arrington said.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online
The Lakers (37-29) losing Thursday left them tied with Portland (37-29) for sixth a full game behind Dallas (38-28), which won 113-109 over Brooklyn prior to the start of the Lakers-Clippers. TRAIL BLAZERS VS. LOS ANGELES LAKERSWhat: Trail Blazers (37-29) at Lakers (37-29), 7 p.m. Friday. Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM)How to watch live stream online: You can watch this game live with your cable provider login, or you can watch the game live for FREE with FuboTV (free trial). If you already have a cable package, you can watch the game live on NBC Sports NW with your cable provider login information. NEXT UP (Blazers schedule)The Blazers host San Antonio (31-34) on Saturday followed by a Monday home game against Houston (16-50).
Dear Abby: Recently found long-lost sister monopolizes husband’s time
DEAR ABBY: Six months ago, my husband, “Lee,” met his long-lost sister, his father’s daughter from a previous marriage. She expresses how “in love” she is with him and how happy she is to have met him. DEAR ABBY: I am attending my hubby’s 50th class reunion, where I will not know a soul. Keep things casual and get to know them both better, assuming you haven’t had a personal relationship with your co-worker. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.
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Review: 'Jupiter's Legacy' explores a superhero generation gap
Parenting superheroes is super hard. This is the central lesson of “Jupiter’s Legacy,” a new Netflix series that features a dizzying array of colorful super-types both good and bad. The show offers no clue, so just think of it as a cool-sounding superhero show name. As a result supervillains tend to kill the restrained young superheroes, of which there is also an inexplicable abundance. The proliferation of characters can be disorienting and super-Bibb is criminally underused, but “Jupiter’s Legacy” works for the most part if your idea of entertainment leans that way.
China trade surges as global demand recovers from pandemic
Chinese manufacturers of smartphones, cars, consumer electronics and other goods also are hampered by global shortages of processor chips as industries revive following the pandemic. Imports of American goods rose 23.5% to $13.9 billion despite Chinese tariff hikes. China’s global trade surplus narrowed by 5% to $42.8 billion, a sign Chinese demand is recovering faster than in the rest of the world. China's trade surplus with Europe narrowed by 3% to $13.1 billion. Imports rose $31.9 billion to $815.8 billion.
GOP seeks unity, even if that means embracing election lie
Banks pushed back on the idea that Cheney and others with different views were being purged from the party. In her leadership role, he said, Cheney is tasked with speaking on behalf of the conference. “But you're out of sync as the chief spokesperson of our party, that’s why a change is needed. “What happens in the leadership race I think is almost irrelevant to the rank-and-file members on the ground," he said. “Once the former president speaks on something like that, I would say most rank-and-file members agree with whatever he is saying.
China opens Everest's north side to 38 virus-tested climbers
BEIJING (AP) — China has opened Mount Everest's northern slope to a few dozen mountaineers who will be tested for the coronavirus and must keep their distance while ascending the world's highest peak. Both Nepal and China closed the mountain to foreign climbers last year because of the pandemic. Nepal has allowed in foreign climbers this season despite a surging COVID-19 outbreak, and at least one climber, a Norwegian, confirmed last month he had contracted the virus. Nepal mountaineering officials have denied any outbreak on the mountain, citing only altitude sickness and other ailments common in the cold, harsh, low-oxygen environment where climbers stay in close quarters. This week, the Himalayan nation halted all flights as part of a strict lockdown of its capital and major cities amid its recent surge.
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For the second time this week, the cryptocurrency Dogecoin has hit a milestone. And this time around, it may be thanks to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Metro Court works to get mentally ill help, not court date
Since 1949, our country has recognized the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year, the Mental Health America organization adopts a new theme in order to promote public awareness of mental health issues. Our program, the Forensic Navigation Program, a first-of-its-kind in our state, will work to transform how we respond to people with mental illness charged with crimes. However, due to problems with such things as housing, transportation and addiction, mental illness symptoms become exacerbated, leading to criminal activity. In following the Mental Health Awareness month theme, we will try to make sure they do not feel alone and offer to help where we can.
‘Life in the Trenches’: Documentary tracks ‘entire career, personal life’ of war correspondent Ernie Pyle
ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................His film, “Ernie Pyle: Life in the Trenches,” will be broadcast on New Mexico PBS at 10 p.m. Sunday, May 9, on Channel 5.1. “Ernie Pyle: Life in the Trenches” examines the external and internal battles of Pyle’s life, from his coverage of soldiers fighting on the European and Pacific fronts of World War II to his struggles with alcoholism, depression and a troubled marriage. At the height of his popularity during World War II, 40 million people read Pyle’s dispatches from the front lines of the war, often told from the perspective of the common U.S. soldier. “As I got to know more about his personal life, I found his personal demons, and he was trying to negotiate that as well as he could. “These nominations are the cherry on top of what has been an amazing project.”ON TV“Ernie Pyle: Life in the Trenches” will air at 10 p.m. Sunday, May 9, on New Mexico PBS, channel 5.1.
A tale of vengeance: Michael B. Jordan leads cast in action-filled ‘Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse’
That’s exactly the kind of cliché, er, character, Jordan portrays here. One assumes the intention was to replicate the true chaos inherent in such situations, but that doesn’t necessarily make for clearly defined cinema. Nevertheless, the mission is a qualified success, with John and his colleagues gunning down numerous anonymous henchmen. Even this Easter egg is overwrought, as two characters stand side-by-side in the night, gazing at the Washington Monument and setting up the sequel. ‘TOM CLANCY’S WITHOUT REMORSE’3 starsRATED: R (for violence)WHEN: Now streamingWHERE: Amazon Prime Video
Cuba during the pandemic – photo essay
The photographer Leysis Quesada Vera describes Los Sitios – her neighbourhood – as home to “people who work with tourists but not in the hotels. They sell cigars, probably illegally, clean the houses where tourists stay, sell souvenirs.”The pandemic has pauperised these people. There was an outbreak in Los Sitios and the authorities blocked the roads in and out. Customers queue for cotton candyOn 15 November last year Cuba – for reasons both sentimental and economic – reopened its airports. Entry is barred to quarantined blocks in Los Sitios neighbourhood“But she is very happy.
'My neighbour claims I'm responsible for a leak. How do I find out for sure before I pay up?'
Send your questions to propertydoctors@telegraph.co.ukQ My neighbour in the next terraced house claims that my shower has a leak which is causing damp in his wall. I would recommend contacting a leak detection specialist who is equipped with a range of detection methods. These tests are used in different situations, depending on where the evidence from previous tests points. There’s no single test that could be used to locate a leak wherever it is in a property. Finally, you should speak with your neighbour, so the tradesperson has access to both properties.
Hear me out: why Deep Rising isn’t a bad movie
Deep Rising, Stephen Sommers’ second-best film, opened a year prior to The Mummy, his best film, and met dismissive poo-pooing from critics: “Alien meets Titanic”, read the negative notices. This may be the best example of how well Deep Rising balances each genre component Sommers feeds into it in his screenplay. It’s a great moment in a movie filled with them, built on them, really, right up to the final shot, when Deep Rising pivots from one style of monster movie to another that’s closer to Merian C Cooper than Peter Benchley. But Deep Rising’s bottomless influences add to a movie possessed of its own character. Sommers’ cache rose with The Mummy thanks to its strong box office, but Deep Rising deserves credit as the movie that helped him shape his voice as a genre-blending genius.
Mozambique insurgency: 20,000 still trapped near gas plant six weeks after attack
More than 20,000 Mozambicans have been trapped near a huge natural gas project in the country’s Cabo Delgado province, more than a month since it was abandoned after a militant attack. There are fears militants will launch a large scale attack again after Ramadan finishes next week. Mozambican forces control Quitunda village, just north of Palma, built to relocate communities displaced by Total’s multibillion-dollar liquified natural gas (LNG) project, but have not let civilians leave the area. An image taken from a video released by militants on 29 March 2021, purporting to show fighters near the town of Palma. The $20bn (£15bn) LNG project, due to be completed by 2024, was about to restart when the Palma attack happened.
From fidget rings to moob tubes: this week’s fashion trends
Going upFidget rings A late lockdown winner, these are rings designed to be fiddled with in video calls – and searches are up 500%, Etsy says. Photograph: GettySports bras One great pandemic casualty? Photograph: thepoolguy.co.ukGoing downMoob tube From Bad Bunny to the Gucci x Balenciaga show, who said getting dressed again would be easy? High fashion does have a sense of humour. Vaxinista Someone who’s got both jabs, and lets you know via pub trips and garden parties on social media.
British Airways owner IAG flies to £1bn loss
British Airways-owner IAG reported a €1.2bn (£1bn) pre-tax loss for the three months to the end of March as the pandemic restricted travel, and forecast only a small rise in capacity to 25pc for the April-June quarter. Flying at just 20pc capacity in the three months to the end of March resulted in the group posting the operating loss before exceptional items of €1.14bn, slightly better than the City had forecast. IAG, which also owns Iberia and Vueling in Spain and Aer Lingus in Ireland, said it reduced weekly cash burn to €175m, a better performance than had been previously guided. The group also said it had strong liquidity of €10.5bn at the end of the first quarter. IAG chief executive Luis Gallego said sales of seats in the three months between April and the end of June remained at 25pc of levels in 2019 and that governments must step up to provide support for reopening.
Coach accused of weight shaming Amy Tinkler remains a Team GB selector
A gymnastics coach under investigation for allegedly weight shaming Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler remains a selector for this summer's GB Olympic team, Telegraph Sport understands. National coach Colin Still was last September embroiled in Tinkler’s ongoing allegations against British Gymnastics, in which she accused the governing body of failing to promptly investigate her complaints about the sport’s toxic culture. Tinkler published emails from 2017 which appeared to show Still referring to her as a “fat dwarf” and “a little heavy” to a team nutritionist. British Gymnastics launched an investigation at the time, and a statement from the governing body said: “This is extremely worrying. Still, along with performance director James Thomas and fellow coach David Kenwright, will hold the ultimate decision over who qualifies according to the criteria outlined by British Gymnastics.
The Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez story: How the little boy who sold ice cream became boxing's biggest star
A fight is not a popularity contest but if it were, then no boxer in the world could lay a glove on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Were Canelo, the youngest of seven brothers from Jalisco, Guadalajara, British, he would have the public profile of Wayne Rooney and the adoration held by Princess Diana. From those humble beginnings, the cinnamon-haired boy (‘Canelo’ is the Spanish word for the spice) is now one of the richest sportsmen in the world. It helped, explains Canelo, that he was the youngest of seven brothers. Three lost but famously we are still in the Guinness Book of Records as the most brothers to fight on the same night.
Inside Line: What Sam Simmonds will bring to the British and Irish Lions in South Africa
Warren Gatland has seen something that Eddie Jones hasn't, it turns out, because despite not having been capped since 2018 by England, Sam Simmonds is going to be a British and Irish Lion this summer. So, here are some of the many ways Simmonds can help the Lions in South Africa this summer. Finishing, pace and elusivenessLet's start with the strongest reason for Simmonds' selection, but don't take my word for it, here's Warren Gatland on why against the direct approach of the Springboks, footwork will be key. Comparing Simmonds' domestic form to the other prominent No 8s from the Six Nations going back to the start of the 2019-20 season certainly backs that up. Simmonds, as you can see, comfortably beats more defenders per 80 minutes than his rivals.
Tie at the top: meet the weekly prize winners with identical funds
Both players turned £96,803 into £104,617 last week, the highest return in the game over those five days, using identical five-stock portfolios. Mr Feltham and Mr Allerton also shared the same aim: to claim one of our £1,000 weekly prizes. They both started the game at the beginning of April with 20pc of their funds in five oil stocks: Tullow Oil, Diversified Gas & Oil, Energean, Cairn Energy and Wood Group. Mr Feltham said the thinking behind his fund, villagegreenpreservationsociety, was “very simple”. Both are willing to share the spoils again should oil stocks enjoy another strong week before the end of the competition on May 28.
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Businesses are also keen to hire engineers, accountants and financial specialists, and hotel and catering staff. The only industry which has not seen an uptick in vacancies is retail, despite the reopening of the high street. However shops are still bringing back workers from furlough which may be dampening demand for new employees. “A year ago we thought we’d have an unemployment problem, a job-creation problem. Almost one-third of the retail and wholesale workforce is expected to return from furlough in the coming weeks.
Steph Houghton interview: How dynamic data can help take women's game to the next level
Steph Houghton wants to close the gender gap on data analysis in the women’s game to improve elite players’ performance. Such details are frequently highlighted in television coverage of men’s Premier League games but have only recently started being used in the Women’s Super League and Houghton believes it can help drive growth. You see in the men’s game, who’s hit top speed or who’s run the most. At Manchester City, the extra data around training sessions is already boosting competitiveness, as Houghton said: “You can’t really hide. We’re trying to push each other to be the best and that’s what this level of data helps you do because you can analyse it straight away.”
A Lions coach must trust every player – Kyle Sinckler may have lost that in 2017
Similarly Ellis Genge, who some had tipped to be a bolter. Genge can be a devastating presence on the field. Marler made another admission earlier this week, conceding that he did not react brilliantly to playing in the midweek games rather than the Tests in New Zealand four years ago. I spoke about this aspect of touring in my column at the weekend. You absolutely cannot have that attitude, it can jeopardise team spirit.
Wayne Rooney has one game to save his managerial career – and Derby – from ignominy
Wayne Rooney has appeared in three Champions League finals, lifted five league titles and an FA Cup, but it is no exaggeration to claim that Saturday’s Championship game between Derby and Sheffield Wednesday is one of the biggest of his life. As a player Rooney’s achievements left an indelible mark on Premier League history and indeed English football, as he became the record goalscorer for Manchester United and his country. With Derby also gripped by off-field problems, which have persisted over the last 14 months, it was never going to be an easy gig. It is understood that Morris fears severe financial problems, including possible insolvency, if the sale to Alonso is not completed. Derby will lose at least £10 million in TV and commercial revenue if they drop into League One.
'An embarrassment for France' - Telegraph Readers on this week's biggest stories
Manchester United supporters’ protests against the club’s owners led to the game against Liverpool at Old Trafford being postponed. Telegraph readers agreed with Charlotte Runcie's view that the Today programme is starting to feel like a Monty Python sketch. The BBC however, especially the Today programme, give me their opinions and try to tell me what I should be thinking. 'I got fed up with biased questioning'@Margaret Robinson:"The Today programme used to be the wake up call for my husband and me, but we haven't listened to it for a few years now. Find out what stories are getting our readers talking by visiting the Telegraph Community Hub.
10 ways to help kids avoid tooth decay according to dentists
The most recent Public Health England figures show nearly a quarter (23.4%) of five-year-olds have had tooth decay, along with 10.7% of three-year-olds. Use the right toothpasteThe OHF says the first ingredient you should look for in children’s toothpaste is fluoride, which helps protect teeth from decay and erosion. By not rinsing it keeps the fluoride on your teeth for longer and therefore grants your teeth protection for longer.”Lloyd adds: “Try to avoid using a whitening toothpaste on children’s teeth. “Acid erosion and tooth brushing abrasion significantly speed up the amount of tooth surface loss,” she warns. And it’s best not to brush immediately after eating or drinking something highly acidic, she explains, as acid softens tooth enamel, so scrubbing away immediately causes more abrasion and loss of enamel, as soft enamel is more easily removed.
After Hartlepool, Keir Starmer must ask himself some difficult questions
Observers have the right to maintain as sceptical a stance as that adopted by the citizens of Hartlepool. Parties have little choice in such circumstances except to feign humility and to promise that “something will be done”. Following Hartlepool, however, Starmer need not start perusing the “situations vacant” column. His job is made secure as a consequence of the Wilson Rule – specifically, that the incumbent is safe while there’s no obvious successor. The last thing the party wants is to be defined by a 30 feet inflatable Boris Johnson outside the Hartlepool counting venue.
The return of the red lip: how to find your perfect shade
Red lipstick is back. “I find the blue-based reds tend to make your teeth look a lot whiter,” Jackson says. Lip glossary: 5 red shades to suit all skin tonesMAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo1. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £17.50An absolute cult classic, Ruby Woo is a blue-toned red with a matte finish. All Tigers Natural & Vegan Matte Lipstick 886 Orange Red, £21.80, SuperdrugA rich orange-red, this matte liquid lipstick suits warmer undertones best.
Hollywood embraces new era of virtual actors and holodeck shoots
It was Paul Walker's younger brothers who made it possible to reanimate him. Partly funded by the US military, her lab has drawn Hollywood stars from Will Smith through Hugh Jackman to Angelina Jolie to mint their digital doubles. USC's digital facsimiles are just one example of the novel technologies and methods boosted by coronavirus that could transform the next few decades of film and television. Hollywood moved mountains to keep the show going under lockdown; it may never go back. "But Hollywood hadn't really been incentivised to fully commit to them yet – until the pandemic hit, and they had really no other choice."
Tories take Hartlepool in historic Red Wall by-election victory
The Conservative Party has won the Hartlepool by-election, turning the constituency blue for the first time since it was created and punching another hole in the Red Wall. In an historic defeat for Labour, Hartlepool voted for the Tory candidate, Jill Mortimer, by 15,529 votes to Labour’s 8,589. Sir Keir’s critics point to the voting history of Dr Paul Williams, Labour’s candidate in Hartlepool, who voted to Remain in the EU referendum. Hartlepool is one of the UK’s strongest Brexit-supporting constituencies, with 70 per cent voting to leave in 2016. But polling released earlier this week suggested Boris Johnson’s party had as much as a 17-point lead, raising doubts about Hartlepool's continued loyalty to the Labour Party.
Keir Starmer running out of time to prove Labour has any point at all
“We are not going to win the next general election,” said one veteran Labour MP, chuckling at the very idea. “We haven’t even got across to voters what it is that we oppose, never mind what we stand for. The world has moved on'“He is fighting the wrong battles” said one left-wing Labour MP. The world has moved on.”It was a sentiment echoed in Hartlepool as voters went to the polls in the first by-election of the Johnson era. “I don’t know what would have happened with Covid if Labour had been in, I honestly don’t.
MI5 spies bugged UB40 phones and houses fearing a socialist revolution, claims band’s drummer
The drummer of UB40 has claimed that MI5 spies bugged the band’s phones amid fears they were plotting a socialist revolution. Jimmy Brown – the drummer of the reggae group best known for their 1983 hit “Red Red Wine” – alleged that the British security service were watching UB40 members’ homes and tapping their phones in the Eighties. Brown told The Guardian: “MI5 were tapping our phones, watching our houses. UB40 singer Ali Campbell had previously said the band intended to sue MI5 in order to retrieve recordings of their phone tappings. They decided against taking legal measures in case he and his bandmates ended up “with poisoned umbrellas sticking out of our a***holes”.
Testosterone-driven action meets dreamy interludes: How The Outsiders launched the careers of the Brat Pack
His company Zoetrope was close to bankruptcy and he was said to have racked up a personal debt of $20m. “I used to be a great camp counsellor, and the idea of being with half a dozen kids in the country and making a movie seemed like being a camp counsellor again. The story of how Hinton’s book first reached Coppola could have inspired a movie itself. They now wanted someone to make a movie of it – and thought he was the right man for the job. By sheer luck, the letter reached Coppola, who thought it was “cute” and passed it on to his producer, Fred Roos, who saw something in it.
Jimmy Rich death: Avengers stars lead tributes to Robert Downey Jr’s ‘right-hand man’, who has died at 52
Stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have paid tribute to Robert Downey Jr’s long-time “right-hand man” Jimmy Rich, who has died at the age of 52. On his Instagram, Downey Jr said that Rich was killed in “a fatal car accident” on Wednesday (5 May), and credited him with supporting his sobriety. Jimmy Rich was unlike anyone else. Another sad day.”A selfie of Jimmy Rich and Robert Downey Jr, from the late personal assistant’s Instagram page (Instagram/Jimmy Rich)Gwyneth Paltrow commented “Please no oh my god”, while Chris Hemsworth wrote that he was “heartbroken”. Such a tragedy.”Rich had worked with Downey Jr since the actor became sober in 2003 following years of drug addiction.
Manchester United: David de Gea heroics don’t guarantee Europa League final start amid ‘two No 1s’ policy
It wasn’t about whether De Gea or Henderson was first-choice, he insisted, because to his mind he already had “two No 1s”. Henderson has since emerged as United’s bonafide No 1, reducing De Gea to cup appearances and leaving his future uncertain. And once a place in the final was secured, the obvious question was whether or not De Gea will start it. When asked whether De Gea would keep his place for the final after the final whistle had sounded in Rome, Solskjaer offered no promises. Yet there was enough of a hint from the United manager to suggest De Gea will get the start he deserves.
Canelo vs Saunders ring walks: What time will super middleweight fight start in UK?
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders clash in an intriguing super middleweight bout in Texas on Saturday. Saunders, meanwhile, comes into this fight unbeaten (30-0, 14 KOs). The ring walks are expected to get under way at approximately 4am BST on Sunday morning. OddsAlvarez: 1/7Saunders: 9/2PredictionIt will be intriguing to see whether southpaw Saunders has the ability to frustrate Canelo, who is incredibly slick and technical. UndercardElwin Soto vs Katsunari Takayama – WBO light flyweight titleKieron Conway vs Souleymane Cissokho – WBA inter-continental super welterweight titleFrank Sanchez vs Nagy AguileraKeyshawn Davis vs Jose Antonio MezaChristian Alan Gomez Duran vs Xavier WilsonKelvin Davis vs Jan Marsalek
Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders: Supreme Mexican aims to show why he’s boxing’s king
The stage is set for Canelo Alvarez to truly seize boxing’s throne when he meets Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday. The Mexican superstar, widely considered the pound-for-pound king of the sport, has been simmering throughout fight week. A mild nuisance aside, Canelo may actually thank Saunders for bringing additional intrigue and emotional investment from sport fans around the world, who cannot ignore this colossal event. Saunders will be Canelo’s third fight in under five months, a gift to fight fans accustomed to one or two fights per year from the very best around. Boxing’s king is back and Canelo is primed to show why he is just that and much more besides.
Warren Gatland springs surprises as Lions brace for ‘brutal’ tour of South Africa
Over four hours and from more than 70 names, Warren Gatland and his coaches whittled it down. The squad Gatland and his team of coaches have settled upon is typically full of surprises, the names not among the 37 as eye-catching as those included. The learnings from the 2009 tour, when Gatland, then an assistant to Sir Ian McGeechan, felt the squad were under-prepared physically for the first test, have been taken. “In all my time in coaching this is the most challenging squad I’ve ever been involved in picking,” Gatland explained. “I think South Africa have gone back to their DNA – it is about winning the physical battle.
GOP files ‘decorum and civility’ complaint against Democrat who compiled their social media posts
A Republican filed a House complaint after his Democratic colleague compiled the social media posts of GOP members "who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election". Georgia’s Earl “Buddy” Carter said in the complaint released on Thursday that California’s Zoe Lofgren violated the rules "of decorum and civility", according to The Washington Post. In March, Ms Logren released a 1,900-page review of social media posts from representatives she said opposed certifying Electoral College votes to certify Joe Biden as president. It argues that Ms Lofgren abused official House communications to personalise and politicise attacks on more than 100 members of Congress. In a reply obtained by the Chronicle, Ms Lofgren defended the report as part of Congress’ duty to investigate any officeholder’s potential role in an insurrection.
Leicester vs Newcastle live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Leicester City will look to bounce back from dropping points against 10-man Southampton when they welcome Newcastle United to the King Power Stadium in the Premier League tonight. Newcastle’s Premier League status is all but safe for another season, but Steve Bruce will be looking for an improvement following a dismal display in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. Leicester City will aim to move one step closer to securing a top four finish in the Premier League when they host Newcastle at the King Power Stadium this evening. Steve Bruce’s side would be an ideal opponent in that regard, although Newcastle are yet to mathematically secure their Premier League safety. It will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting from 7:30pm.
Is Leicester vs Newcastle on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Leicester City will aim to move one step closer to securing a top four finish in the Premier League when they host Newcastle at the King Power Stadium this evening. Steve Bruce’s side would be an ideal opponent in that regard, although Newcastle are yet to mathematically secure their Premier League safety. It will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting from 7:30pm. Rodgers said he expected defender Johnny Evans to be fit enough to start against Newcastle after recovering from a minor injury this week. James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira are set to start as they return to full fitness.
Two women killed on highway after smoke from fire causes pile-up
Two women were killed and four other people were injured on a Montana highway after dense smoke from a fire billowed across it. The women, aged 17 and 20, were killed when their Pontiac Grand Prix was one of four vehicles in solved in the accident on Interstate 15. Officials say that a tractor-trailer slowed because of the smoke from a controlled burn near the road, causing the fatal pile-up. Investigators say it is unclear if the women were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident near Conrad, Montana. The road is surrounded on both sides by agricultural land and it is likely that the fire was part of a controlled agricultural or debris burning, according to wildfiretoday.com.
COVID news live - latest updates: Green list holiday destinations to be announced - as Indian COVID strain likely to be declared 'variant of concern'
BreakingCOVID news live - latest updates: Green list holiday destinations to be announced - as Indian COVID strain likely to be declared 'variant of concern'Coronavirus latest: Quarantine-free travel countries to be announced; almost 35 million people jabbed; COVID rates fall for all age groups except children five to nine.
UK PM Johnson's party win election for parliament seat
LONDON (Reuters) -Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won an election for a new member of parliament in the northern English town of Hartlepool, breaking Labour’s decades-long hold and tightening the prime minister’s grip on traditional opposition-supporting areas. “This is a historic result,” said Conservative Party Co-Chairman Amanda Milling after the ballot count on Friday. The results of the other contests will come out over several days because COVID-19 restrictions have complicated the counts. An election watchdog is investigating the financing of the refurbishment, which Johnson says he paid for and in doing so, followed all the rules. The Hartlepool result continues a trend set by Johnson in the 2019 general election when he struck directly at Labour’s heartlands, the so-called Red Wall areas of northern and central England, to win a commanding majority in parliament.
Boxer indicted for murder of pregnant girlfriend in case that has shocked Puerto Rico
Mr Verdejo’s girlfriend Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, 27, who was pregnant with his baby, was found dead in the San Jose Lagoon on Saturday, two days after her family reported her missing. According to the complaint, Mr Verdejo, who is married, punched his girlfriend in the face and injected her with a syringe filled with an unidentified substance. Mr Verdejo is accused of then shooting at her standing from a bridge. (EPA)The Rodríguez’s had known Mr Verdejo since the couple were teenagers and had stayed in touch over the years. Miss Rodríguez’s murder marks the 21st femicide on the island since the beginning of 2021, according to civil rights coalition Observatorio de Equidad de Género.
Tokyo confirms 907 new COVID-19 cases Friday
Tokyo confirmed 907 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday as the government prepared to extend the state of emergency in the capital beyond its scheduled end on Tuesday. Of Friday’s total in Tokyo, people age 65 or over, who are at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms, accounted for 89. On Thursday, Japan confirmed 4,380 new COVID-19 cases nationwide. The number of severely ill patients stood at 1,098, down by 16 from Wednesday, when the country had a record number of such patients. Okayama Prefecture tied its record of 114 new cases confirmed in a day.
The best bar in Asia right now is Coa in Hong Kong
The best bar in Asia is Coa in Hong Kong, with Singapore’s Jigger & Pony the number two, according to Asia’s 50 Best Bars. “Coa sets itself apart with its passion and focus on great hospitality and the way it introduces agave spirits to its guests,” said Mark Sansom, content editor at 50 Best. Last year’s number two pick was the Hemingway-inspired The Old Man, in Hong Kong. William Reed Business Media, which owns and operates Asia’s 50 Best Bars and the World’s 50 Best Bars and Restaurants lists, have created the 50 Best for Recovery program, in partnership with Perrier. All of the places included have gotten votes from the 50 Best academy, and it’s meant to help people find places to go.
UK Navy warships stand down as tensions with French fishing fleet ease in Jersey
Britain's Royal Navy warships have been stood down after a de-escalation of tensions with a French fishing fleet at Jersey's St. Helier port. Around 60 French fishing boats had amassed off-shore early in the day, with some firing flares and threatening a blockade. The stand-off escalated mid-morning after it emerged the French maritime gendarmerie vessel Athos, armed with a cannon, would also be arriving in the area “imminently” on a “patrol mission”. In a statement, the Prime Minister's office said: "We are pleased French fishing boats have now left the vicinity of Jersey. "Given the situation is resolved for now, the Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessels will prepare to return to port in the UK.
A frequent flyer tax could be the aviation industry’s only solution
A frequent flyer tax is being tallied as one of the air travel industry’s only solutions for meeting Europe's climate targets. Greenpeace has long-supported the implementation of a “frequent flyer levy” - a tax that seeks to weed out unnecessary travel undertaken by those that can afford it. A frequent flyer tax would not target individual travellers and families that book foreign occasional trips. The problem with loyalty programmesThe aviation industry has created many pathways that incentivise, rather than discourage, frequent use of air travel. Frequent flyer programmes allow people to “clock up” air miles in exchange for rewards and discounted trips.
Elizabeth Lail MARRIES dentist Nieku Manshadi at scaled down pandemic ceremony of just 22 guests
You actress Elizabeth Lail married her pediatric dentist boyfriend Nieku Manshadi in upstate New York last month. She told Brides magazine that she and Nieku opted for a scaled down ceremony of just 22 guests drawn from their families amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nieku popped the question last August when he and Elizabeth enjoyed a getaway to Montauk over a 'much-needed long weekend.' Her heavyweight sandwashed Marrocaine silk wedding dress was a piece by London designer Andrea Hawkes. Something old was also taken care of when Elizabeth got the florists to put some lace from her mother's wedding dress around the bridal bouquet.
The world turns to China for vaccines after India and U.S. stumble
On Wednesday, the U.S. threw its weight behind a movement to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines to allow other countries to manufacture them. The WHO is weighing data on Chinese vaccines before a decision on clearance, which is expected in days or weeks. WHO authorization of Chinese vaccines could make an immediate difference for governments waiting for that stamp of approval before giving them to citizens. Countries from Uruguay to Senegal to Indonesia have had few places to turn to for COVID-19 vaccines apart from Beijing. In some areas of Africa, which is using shots from the U.S., India, Russia and China, skepticism on vaccines mirrors that in parts of the developed world.
Japan's largest energy producer bets on ammonia and hydrogen for net zero
“Overall, we think it would likely require far less cost to build the overall supply chain for ammonia,” Onoda said. If all coal plants in Japan start mixing ammonia, the required supplies would become far larger. “I would say the chances of success of generating power using carbon dioxide-free hydrogen and ammonia as feedstock and still being profitable by 2050 would likely be less than 10%,” he said. “It’s not possible to purchase carbon dioxide-free ammonia and carbon dioxide-free hydrogen at the moment, and there’s no supply chain. “Petronas already produces ammonia for fertilizer, so we will jointly look at opportunities to create ammonia using carbon dioxide-free electricity from hydro plants, among various options,” Onoda said.
Brittany Cartwright 'cried a lot' over pregnancy bodyshaming and costar comparisons
Brittany Cartwright says it has been 'hard' to feel comfortable in her postpartum body, while being compared to the other new moms on Vanderpump Rules. The Vanderpump Rules cast - past and present - experienced quite the baby boom last year, with Cartwright, Kent, Scheana Say, and Stassie Schroeder all falling pregnant. 'So it was just hard to see all those comments about my weight stuff when I was healthy and the baby was healthy.' The pressure from social media often proved too intense for the reality star, with Brittany admitting that she 'cried a lot' over the bodyshaming comments. I'm going to enjoy my pregnancy no matter what the trolls say,' wrote Brittany in the caption of a mirror selfie.
The Nanny's Lauren Lane claims Wallace Shawn made an unwelcome 'sexual advance' on the hit '90s show
The Nanny's Lauren Lane claimed Wallace Shawn made an unwelcome 'sexual advance' when he guest starred on the hit '90s show. Special guests routinely played characters on the show to boost ratings, and Lauren recalled a 'horrible' encounter to VICE where Wallace Shawn put his 'tongue' in her ear after his appearance in season two. The Nanny's Lauren Lane claimed Wallace Shawn made an unwelcome 'sexual advance' when he guest starred on the hit '90s show; seen in 1997Lauren remembered being enamored with Wallace prior to his guest stint as she was a fan of his theatrical work and stage career. Between filming scenes, Lauren and Wallace discussed 'literature and writing and what it's like to be a playwright' — until on startling incident. In an email correspondence regarding the allegations, Shawn said, 'In all my seventy-seven years I've never put my tongue in anyone's ear.
Christine Quinn displays growing baby bump while exiting LA yoga class
And Christine Quinn was spotted exiting a yoga class in Los Angeles, California on Thursday afternoon, where she was filming a scene for the popular reality series. The 32-year-old, who is currently expecting her first child, put her growing baby bump on full display in a black leopard print sports bra. She was seen exiting her bright yellow Lamborghini with a smile on her face before heading into her yoga class. Though she was still wearing her skintight yoga outfit, she layered up er look with a chic Louis Vuitton bomber jacket. Quinn also attached a lengthy faux ponytail to her head and tossed on a silver necklace with a cross pendant.
Video: Shaun Bailey casts his votes in the London Assembly election
Video: Sadiq Khan's London mayoral poll lead shrinks to 12 points as rivals Shaun Bailey and Laurence Fox (complete with Churchill salute and his dog Mrs Thatcher) cast their votesConservative candidate for Mayor of London, Shaun Bailey, has cast his votes in the London Assembly election at a Romford polling station.
LeAnn Rimes dresses down in brown seats to run errands after celebrating 10th wedding anniversary
And after enjoying a Mexican beach getaway with hubby Eddie Cibrian, LeAnn Rimes is back in LA. On Thursday, the singer, 38, was seen running errands in a brown sweatshirt and matching drawstring pants. LeAnn wore a Louis Vuitton purse slung across her body and she carried her phone in one hand as she walked. But their union has stood the test of time and they are clearly still very much smitten with each other. LeAnn went on: 'Without you, my journey of expansion and self-discovery, my homecoming back to my own wholeness may have never happened.
Summer House's Hannah Berner issues apology for flippant past remarks about mental health
Hannah Berner has apologized for her remarks she made about ex's Luke Gulbranson's mental health on the Puddles with Andrew Collin podcast in February of 2020. She said that she considers herself 'to be a very fierce advocate for mental health awareness, and I understand that I crossed the line. Details: Berner on Wednesday took to the site with a detailed message alongside a tweet that read, 'Depression and anxiety. 'Being candid about my own mental health and hearing from all of you has taught me the importance of acknowledging pain, shame, and struggles,' she said. As result of the resurfaced words, the counseling service Better Help said on Twitter that they 'have ended our partnership with Hannah and no longer sponsor her podcast.'
Labour suffers crushing defeats in early results from local council wards
Won 11 seats, including 7 from Labour as well as defeating the Harlow Labour Council leader,' he tweeted. 'Harlow Council now under @HarlowTories @Conservatives control for only the second time in the history of our town.' Nuneaton's Conservative MP Marcus Jones expressed his joy after the Conservatives gained control of Nuneaton and Bedworth Council from Labour. Keir has said he will take responsibility for these results - and he will take responsibility for fixing it and changing the Labour Party for the better.' 'I think that's a lesson for the Labour Party that we're going to have to take into account.'
FitWaffle Kitchen baker Eloise Head shares recipe for three-ingredient Oreo sponge cake
'Instagram famous' baker Eloise Head has shared her three-ingredient recipe for Oreo sponge cake, which fans say is her easiest dessert yet. Ms Head tops the cake with a layer of chocolate ganache, which she makes from a block of white chocolate and cream - but this step is optional. Scroll down for video'Instagram famous' baker Eloise Head has shared her three-ingredient recipe for Oreo sponge cake (pictured), which fans say is her easiest dessert yetMs Head starts by separating the two-sided biscuits and crushing the pieces into fine crumbs. She adds one teaspoon of baking powder, 250ml of milk and the Oreo filling, then mixes until all the ingredients are fully combined. Ms Head greases a 7cm cake tin with butter and pours the mixture in, then microwaves the container for seven minutes.
'We'll be good… ish': Elon Musk promotes upcoming SNL appearance with Miley Cyrus
Elon Musk on Thursday appeared in a commercial promoting his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live alongside musical guest Miley Cyrus and the show's Cecily Strong. Musk, 49, indirectly addressed the controversy surrounding his appearance in the clip: 'Hi, I’m Elon Musk, and I’m hosting SNL this week with musical guest Miley Cyrus. Cyrus wore a red boa with a black face mask, while Strong wore a black silk outfit with a bow. Front and center: Musk indirectly addressed the controversy surrounding his appearance in the clip, 'Hi, I’m Elon Musk, and I’m hosting SNL this week with musical guest Miley Cyrus. She's hosted the show in 2011, 2013 and 2015, also being the musical guest in the latter two.
Tories secure historic Hartlepool by-election win over Labour
AdvertisementBoris Johnson delivered a devastating hammer blow to Sir Keir Starmer today as the Tories romped to an historic victory in the Hartlepool by-election. 'If he doesn't change direction, not only will he be out of a job – but the Labour Party may be out of government forever.' 'I take full responsibility for everything the Labour Party does, including the elections whatever they are tomorrow,' he said. Asked whether Sir Keir would be to blame for a defeat in the Hartlepool by-election, Mr Norris told Sky News: 'No, not in the slightest. Sir Keir voted at a polling station inside a community support centre in north London today, accompanied by his wife Victoria.
'We'll be good… ish': Elon Musk promotes upcoming SNL appearance with Miley Cyrus
Elon Musk on Thursday appeared in a commercial promoting his upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live alongside musical guest Miley Cyrus and the show's Cecily Strong. Musk, 49, indirectly addressed the controversy surrounding his appearance in the clip: 'Hi, I’m Elon Musk, and I’m hosting SNL this week with musical guest Miley Cyrus. Cyrus wore a red boa with a black face mask, while Strong wore a black silk outfit with a bow. Front and center: Musk indirectly addressed the controversy surrounding his appearance in the clip, 'Hi, I’m Elon Musk, and I’m hosting SNL this week with musical guest Miley Cyrus. She's hosted the show in 2011, 2013 and 2015, also being the musical guest in the latter two.
Biden's proclamation declaring National Day of Prayer omits the word God
President Joe Biden's proclamation of the annual National Day of Prayer failed to include the word 'God', an omission that is drawing criticism from some religious leaders. Biden, a devout Catholic, typically ends his public remarks with the phrase 'May God bless you all, and God protect our troops' - but his proclamation for Thursday's Day of Prayer contained no such acknowledgement of a higher power. President Joe Biden's proclamation of the annual National Day of Prayer failed to include the word 'God', an omission that is drawing criticism from some religious leadersThe omission of God drew critical headlines in the Christian press, and Franklin Graham, the evangelical Christian preacher, spoke out to express disappointment. 'This is the National Day of Prayer. All of Obama's proclamations mentioned God at least once, and some as many as three times.
Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead in Austin
Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found dead near campus Thursday, Austin police said. Jake Ehlinger did not play the last two seasons after arriving as a walk-on from Austin's Westlake High School. 'Our hearts are truly broken and we are just devastated today to learn of the passing of our Longhorn family member Jake Ehlinger. When Sam Ehlinger was drafted, Jake's face was accidentally shown on the NFL Network instead of Sam. Jake Ehlinger is pictured with his mom, sister and brother in a Facebook photo aboveJake's death is the second tragedy to hit the Ehlinger family.
Family of Chris Cornell settles with doctor who 'prescribed 940 doses of lorazepam' to rocker
The family of Chris Cornell and a doctor who they alleged over-prescribed him drugs before he died have agreed to settle a lawsuit. Court documents filed by attorneys for the rock singer's widow, Vicky Cornell, and their children, Toni and Christopher Nicholas Cornell, said a confidential settlement had been reached. According to TMZ, the lawsuit alleged that Koblin prescribed 940 doses of lorazepam in the 20 months leading up to Cornell's death. The lawsuit also claimed that Koblin didn't warn Cornell about the dangers of the drug in terms of suicide or other side effects. In court documents responding to the lawsuit, Koblin and his attorney denied any wrongdoing or responsibility for Cornell's death.
Utah man accused of assaulting cops during Capitol riots tells judge to 'come f*** with me'
A Utah man charged with assaulting cops during the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6 told a judge to 'come f*** with me' during his Zoom court hearing on Thursday. Before his hearing even began, Copeland was seen shouting and interrupting while other accused rioters appeared before the judge, Daily Beast reported. Cops then used pepper spray against the crowd, including Copeland, who allegedly retaliated by throwing the fence at cops. NBC News noted that the investigation into the Capitol rioters is one of the largest criminal investigations in American history and continues to grow. 'So that everyone knows I go to see the FBI and a judge tomorrow,' Copeland wrote, according to Daily Beast.
Golfer Dan Bowling arrested for 'trying to meet with undercover cop posing as 15-year-old girl'
Professional golfer Dan bowling has been arrested for sexting and attempting to meet up with an undercover cop he allegedly thought was a 15-year-old girlProfessional golfer Dan Bowling has been arrested for sexting with an undercover police officer he allegedly believed was a 15-year-old girl. The Canadian sportsman, 26, was taken into custody in Orlando on Thursday after he tried to meet up with the 'teen' in person. He was placed in handcuffs when he realized that the minor did not exist and that he had actually been conversing with an undercover detective. Bowling is now facing charges of obscene communication, traveling to meet with a minor and attempted lewd and lascivious molestation, according to People. Bowling was arrested without incident and it is currently unclear whether he has obtained a lawyer
Australians stranded in India feel abandoned by government
The 49-year-old is among at least 9,000 Australians stuck in India -- where a record-breaking coronavirus surge has overwhelmed the healthcare system -- after his country made flying home a crime. And in some cases, whole families are infected," Joura told AFP in New Delhi, where he is holed up in a house with his 72-year-old mother. While many countries have imposed travel restrictions on India, their citizens are still allowed to return home. After a widespread backlash, the government said Friday it would resume repatriation flights after mid-May to bring home hundreds of "vulnerable" Australians. - Positive and stranded -Australia's severe measures shocked many people, including top cricketers playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League.
Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic face off in battle for Champions League spot
Advertising Read moreMilan (AFP)Dethroned Juventus host AC Milan on Sunday in a clash of former Serie A title hopefuls now fighting to qualify for the Champions League. Juventus' bid for a 10th consecutive title collapsed as Inter Milan sealed their first league crown since 2010 with four games to spare last weekend. Behind Inter, five teams battle for the other three Champions League spots. Ronaldo, 36, has one more year left on his contract, and amid speculation over his future failure to qualify for the Champions League could herald his exit. However coach Stefano Pioli insisted the priority was always a return to the Champions League for the first time in eight years.
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
April 13— Drug Controller General of India has authorized Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab's developer confirmed late on Monday. — Russia has accused the United States of targeting its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine by pressuring Brazil to reject it, the jab's developer said Monday. Feb. 25— Guatemala became the latest country to authorize Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab's developers announced Thursday. Feb. 19— San Marino became the latest country to authorize Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the shot's developers announced Friday. — Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has been certified and approved for mass use in Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan's state coronavirus commission announced Wednesday.
Mayweather looking to entertain
Floyd Mayweather says the lure of a lucrative payday drew him into next month's exhibition fight with Youtube personality Logan PaulAdvertising Read moreMiami (AFP)Floyd Mayweather has untold riches, private jets, yachts and mansions yet the desire to entertain remains. As yet it is not known how many rounds the contest will feature, or what gloves the Paul and Mayweather will use. "I'm retired from boxing," Mayweather told AFP. - That's entertainment -"I think people think retirement is just being at home, with your feet kicked up, gaining weight. Logan Paul was bullish at the media event to promote the fight, telling AFP that a monumental upset is on the cards.
US calls on Hong Kong to release Tiananmen vigil activists
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for the release Friday of four Hong Kong democracy activists who were jailed for taking part in the vigilAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for the release Friday of four Hong Kong democracy activists who were jailed for taking part in a vigil for victims of Beijing's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. "The United States stands with the people of Hong Kong and rejects the sentencing of activists for attending a Tiananmen commemoration," Blinken wrote on Twitter. For the past three decades, Hong Kong has marked the anniversary of Beijing's deadly 1989 repression of protests in Tiananmen Square with massive candlelight vigils. Since then, prosecutors have brought charges against more than two dozen prominent democracy activists who showed up at the vigil, the latest in a string of criminal cases that have ensnared the city's beleaguered democracy movement. Joshua Wong -- one of the city's most recognisable democracy activists, is currently serving 17.5 months in jail for two convictions linked to the 2019 demonstrations.
Clippers at full strength in dominating win over struggling Lakers
Los Angeles Clippers Patrick Beverley, left, and Paul George were all smiles as the Clippers beat the Los Angeles LakersAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Paul George scored a team high 24 points as the Los Angeles Clippers clobbered the Los Angeles Lakers 118-94 on Thursday to sweep the season series between the two California rivals. While the Clippers are getting healthy at just the right time, the Lakers season is slipping away with their two biggest stars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis nursing ongoing injuries. The Lakers got more bad news Thursday when Davis left the game in the first quarter and did not return because of back spasms. Leonard had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Clippers swept the Lakers during the regular season for the first time since 2016. Kyle Kuzma scored 25 points to become just one of two Lakers in double figures scoring.
Blue Jays' Ryu Hyun-jin picks up ho-hum win in return from injured list
(AP-Yonhap)Ryu Hyun-jin wasn't at his best for the Toronto Blue Jays in his return from the injured list (IL), though he didn't need to be for his second win of the season. Though the Blue Jays said then it was a minor issue, they still placed the 34-year-old on the IL three days later, retroactive to April 26. The Blue Jays handed Ryu a 3-1 advantage with one swing of the bat in the third, thanks to Randal Grichuk's three-run home run. Hernandez atoned for his earlier miscue with a two-run single, and Grichuk followed up with a two-run double to cap off his five-RBI performance. The Blue Jays earned a split in the four-game series against the A's after dropping the first two.
Israeli police, Palestinians clash for second night in east Jerusalem amid land rights case
Israeli police and Palestinians clashed for a second night Thursday in annexed east Jerusalem, amid a controversial land rights case over the fate of Palestinian families threatened with eviction. "This land is Palestinian land... and we, the inhabitants of the neighbourhood, we cannot accept that this land is theirs, this land is ours," said 77-year-old Nabeel al-Kurd, one of those facing eviction. The Palestinian families implicated in the case have provided evidence that their homes were acquired from Jordanian authorities, who controlled east Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967. Israel seized east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it, in a move not recognised by most of the international community. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their future capital, while Israel regards the entire city as its "undivided capital".
Spotlight on Xinjiang
International pressure against China over its Xinjiang policies has gained traction in recent months, with China criticised over the treatment of Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. China has denied allegations of forced labour and detention. We look at the issues in this series.
As universities remain online amid pandemic, rebellion against high tuition continues
A student association holds a press conference in front of the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday, demanding tuition rebates. (Yonhap)More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, the country's university students are fighting not only against the virus but also with their schools over tuition refunds. According to the ministry, university students pay an average of 6.73 million won ($5,980) for six-month tuition, with 7.49 million won for private universities and 4.18 million won for public ones. Among private schools, Yonsei University topped the list, with 9.15 million won. "I am paying 4.8 million won, even though I am still unable to use a laboratory, machinery or a computer," another said.
NK leader holds photo session with families of army after attending performance
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a photo session with families of the army, a day after attending their art performance, state media reported Friday.Earlier on Wednesday, Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, attended the performance of the art groups of servicemen's families from large combined units of the Korean People's Army (KPA), according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).Kim highly appreciated the performers' devoted efforts for being "reliable assistants to their husbands" and "true servants for soldiers" at the photo session Thursday, the KCNA said.Photos released by state media show leader Kim standing with the participants dressed in the Korean traditional attire "hanbok." Party officials and military officers did not take photos with the participants.Top officials had attended Wednesday's performance, including Jo Yong-won, secretary for Organizational Affairs of the party's Central Committee; Ri Pyong-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party; and Pak Jong-chon, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army.
KFCC clinches license for permanent establishment in Uganda
The Korean Federation of Community Credit Cooperatives said Friday that one of its subsidiaries had been granted a license to establish its business permanently in Uganda.The financial cooperative received the permission from the Uganda government after entering the market in October 2018. The microfinancing-centered business, which started out with only two employees at the time, now has more than 150 employees working in 15 subsidiaries, providing services to over 5,000 members in the African nation.The KFCC, due to its nature as a cooperative, operates only subsidiaries, whereas commercial institutions hold a mix of subsidiaries, branches and offices in their business network.The KFCC’s presence in Uganda has been “playing an active part in poverty reduction and community development” with the Ugandan government recognizing its business model as “sustainable,” the firm said.According to the KFCC, the subsidiary that has been granted the license has a healthy operational self-sufficiency -- a yardstick for microfinancing institutions to measure its ability in generating incomes -- of 100 percent. Some of the other subsidiaries there hold an OSS ratio of 900 percent, the firm added.Uganda’s gross domestic product per capita stood at $794 in 2019, according to the World Bank, making it one of the world’s poorest economies.The KFCC said that its growth in Uganda was achieved through the support of Korea’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety, the Korea International Cooperation Agency also known as KOICA and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Uganda.The KFCC posted an annual net profit of 780.1 billion won ($6.9 million) last year, slightly gaining on-year, with its total assets standing at 209 trillion won in the same period.“We are helping people in rural areas realize their dreams with the seeds of hope sown by (the KFCC) in Uganda,” Park Cha-hoon, chairman of the KFCC said in a statement.By Jung Min-kyung ( mkjung@heraldcorp.com
BlackRock's invention in Asian firms' ESG issues heats up
Japan was counted separately from the Asian region for the report.Among the three global institutions, the US investment firm also showed the greatest interest in Korean companies. It exercised its voting rights in 12 local firms during July 2018-June 2019 but the firm’s participation jumped to 23 the following year.In the released report, FKI suggested keeping a watchful eye on the institutional investors’ growing power in exercising their rights on ESG-related issues. In line with the shifting trend, the business lobby group further warned local firms to take preemptive responses.Regarding the matter, BlackRock’s participation on shareholder voting globally soared 14.1 percent on-year to 1,087 between 2019 and 2020. At the same time, its voting participation in the Asian region was 32 percent, higher than the average on combined regions.While Vanguard’s exercising on shareholder voting regarding Asia’s environmental and social issues climbed 14 percent on-year, SSGA’s voting exercise on climate change also surged 150.8 percent on-year, over the cited period.“Since former BlackRock workers have occupied key positions in the Biden administration, the institutional investors are expected to drive a hard bargain on ESG drive. We foresee their increasing interest in Korean firms and more intervention on ESG issues,” Kim Bong-man, head of international affairs division at FKI wrote in the report.By Jie Ye-eun ( yeeun@heraldcorp.com
Biden Wants Strict Rules For Gun Owners, But Not Illegal Immigrants
President Biden has made no secret that he believes there should be universal, extended background checks for every single gun sale in the United States. Unfortunately, this behavior fits into the Biden Administration’s trend of holding illegal immigrants to a lower standard than American citizens. Many law enforcement officers fear the Biden administration will further restrict where they can do their jobs. There are common-sense steps we can take to turn back the tide of illegal immigration and enforce our laws. President Biden said he wanted a “more humane” border policy, but his words and actions have created a humanitarian crisis on our southern border.
S.C. governor orders end to federal COVID-related unemployment benefits
Henry McMaster (R) on Thursday ordered the termination of the state's participation in all federal, pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs. Driving the news: McMaster cited labor shortages, but some experts say it's the job climate and not unemployment benefits that is determining the pace at which people are returning to work. What he's saying: "South Carolina’s businesses have borne the brunt of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," McMaster wrote in a letter to Ellzey. "What was intended to be a short-term financial assistance for the vulnerable and displaced during the height of the pandemic has turned into a dangerous federal entitlement." The big picture: As economic recovery continues, states have moved to return their labor force to pre-pandemic levels.
Pipe dream: Biden's call for Republican bipartisanship is fervent, but futile
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Major Swedish Hospital Stops Prescribing Puberty Blockers, Hormone Treatments For Children
Sweden’s Karolinska Hospital announced it will no longer prescribe puberty-blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors under the age of 16. “The hormonal treatment of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria may consist of puberty-blocking treatment initiated at the onset of puberty, and cross-sex hormones initiated at the age of 16,” the hospital said in a statement. The decision makes Sweden the first country with a major hospital to abandon the Dutch protocol of administering puberty blockers for minors as young as eight years old. The Senate in Alabama voted in April to pass a bill to ban puberty-blockers and hormones to minors and it now heads to the House. As for children in Sweden who are already undergoing treatment with puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones, the hospital said they will be individually assessed by the treating provider to “determine whether treatment should be stopped or continued.”
IRGC chief: Israel could be blown up in single operation
"Israel could be blown up in a single operation," said the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami. The Iranian commander enumerated Israel's "vulnerabilities" in "domino-style" attacks, for which he suggested the Islamic Republic's responsibility. Earlier this month, Iranian media reported that an attack targeted a center operated by Israel's external intelligence agency, Mossad. Salami's list of Israeli vulnerabilities also covered the Israeli air defense system's failure to detect a missile that fell near the Dimona nuclear facility April 22. As a fundamental tenet of the 1979 Revolution, hostility with Israel has played central to the ideology of the Islamic Republic.
COVID-19 has caused 6.9 million deaths globally, more than double what official reports show
IHME found that COVID-19 deaths are significantly underreported in almost every country. The updated analysis shows that the United States has had more COVID-19 deaths to-date than any other country, a total of more than 905,000. By region, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia were hardest hit in terms of total deaths. “As terrible as the COVID-19 pandemic appears, this analysis shows that the actual toll is significantly worse,” said Dr. Chris Murray, IHME’s director. IHME estimated total COVID-19 deaths by comparing anticipated deaths from all causes based on pre-pandemic trends with the actual number of all-cause deaths during the pandemic.
Democrats renew calls to end the filibuster after McConnell said he's '100%' focused on stopping Biden
McConnell said Wednesday "one-hundred percent of our focus is on stopping this new administration." His remarks cast doubt on hopes for bipartisanship and prompted renewed calls to end the filibuster. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders were among the lawmakers to renews calls for an end to the rule. After Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his entire focus is on stopping President Joe Biden's administration, Democratic lawmakers renewed calls to end the filibuster. "It's time to get rid of the filibuster so Mitch McConnell doesn't get a veto over the will of the people."
Syrian Kurdish leader says US should stay in Syria regardless of who is president
A Syrian Kurdish official said today she hopes the United States will keep its forces in the region in the future no matter who is president. “What we have seen is that each president comes from a party that has its own strategy and policy regarding Syria,” Ahmed said in response to Al-Monitor’s question. Ahmed referenced former President Donald Trump’s repositioning of troops in Syria during her remarks. “We hope that Syrian Kurdish fighters do not see the same decision of withdrawal and that the US protects its allies who helped fight [IS] for years,” she said. She also said the administration fully expects Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to win upcoming elections in the country.
Duterte says PH arbitral win vs. China 'just' a piece of paper, trash to be thrown away
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 6) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called the country's arbitral victory against China's claims in the West Philippine Sea a piece of paper that he can throw away in a trash bin. Actually, if you give that to me, I will tell you 'Son of a ***** that is only a paper.' However, Duterte appeared at the United Nations General Assembly last September to affirm the Philippines' win against China in the Hague in 2016. Filipino fishermen are also urged to continue their livelihood despite China's announcement it will implement a "unilateral" fishing ban in some areas of the South China Sea from May 1 to August 16. "President Duterte should now resign immediately to keep his word of honor," Carpio said.
[Newsmaker] DP presidential hopefuls talk of throwing out taxpayer money
[Newsmaker] DP presidential hopefuls talk of throwing out taxpayer moneyFormer Democratic Party leader Lee Nak-yon (Yonhap)The ruling party’s presidential hopefuls have begun talking about giving money to young people who completed their military duties, young people who do not own homes and even newborns.The opposition has decried them as populist pledges.Former Democratic Party leader Lee Nak-yon proposed on Thursday, “let’s spend the comprehensive real estate holding tax revenue collected from owners of multiple homes for residential stability of young people without homes and one-person households.”This came a day after he said the government should give 30 million won to people who have completed their mandatory military service, in order to help start their careers.Another presidential hopeful, Gyeonggi Gov. Lee Jae-myung, suggested giving people who chose not to go to college 10 million won to travel around the world.Former Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said last month he was designing a policy to support every newborn’s life with a bank account of 100 million won in installments.Opposition politicians slammed the proposals, calling them shallow populist ideas.Yoo Seong-min of the People Power Party, a former lawmaker and economist who said he will run for president next year, voiced a need for war with “malignant populism.”Gov. Lee, Chung and Lee Nak-yon are competing to spend the most money, Yoo said.“We should stick to standard tactics to grow the economy,” he added.Rep. Hong Joon-pyo, previously People Power Party and currently independent, wrote on Facebook that they are “scrambling to seduce the youth with petty cash,” and that “the people and the youth will no longer buy it.”Rep. Yoon Hee-sook of the People Power Party also criticized Gov.
If real "????????? " had a face. The sold me, my fellow Nepali, and this nation halting the procurement needed for vaccine for the price of $3 million roughly .
If real "????????? " had a face. The sold me, my fellow Nepali, and this nation halting the procurement needed for vaccine for the price of $3 million roughly .
Under-40s in Britain to be offered alternative to AstraZeneca vaccine -newspapers
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that people instead be offered a Pfizer (PFE.N) or Moderna (MRNA.O) vaccine out of "an abundance of caution", The Telegraph said. In April, the JCVI advised alternatives to AstraZeneca's vaccine for those under-30. Pregnant women in the UK were told to have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. read moreThe JCVI drafted recommendations earlier this week and an announcement from the government is expected on Friday, The Independent said. The regulator on Thursday said there was some evidence that uncommon blood clots linked to AstraZeneca's vaccine occurred more in women than in men, adding that the difference in incidence was small.
2,000-year-old marble head of Rome's first emperor discovered
Written by Livia Borghese Eoin McSweeney, CNN Rome, ItalyA 2,000-year-old marble head of Augustus, Rome's first emperor , has been discovered in Isernia, an Italian town in the south central region of Molise. Giancola was following the works on behalf of the municipality of Isernia, but told CNN Thursday he didn't expect such a major find. "It was an important statue, but we do not know why it was here," she told CNN. "Isernia has a very ancient history... there are archaeological remains underneath the whole city," the town's mayor Giacomo D'Apollonio told CNN. Augustus built an empire that would eventually stretch from the UK to Egypt, and boasted on his death bed that he "found Rome built of bricks and left it marble."
Facebook threatens to make iOS users pay. Please do it, Mr. Zuckerberg
Facebook is unhappy about this because it makes money by tracking you all over the web until the end of time. So, as noticed by former Obama White House senior adviser Ashkan Soltani, Facebook is attempting to frighten its users -- both on the iOS Facebook app and the iOS Instagram app. Facebook appears willing to try any ruse it can to get more iOS users to let tracking continue. It's not that he's worried about making money, it's that he's worried about making enough money to suit his egotistical designs. Yes, he's worried about people not only caring about privacy but being offered simple ways to do something about it.
US rolls out carrots and expands access in push to get holdouts vaccinated against Covid-19
The ultimate carrots, though, remain the Covid-19 vaccines themselves: safe for all types of people and effective at preventing infections, hospitalizations and deaths . Republicans and teenagers next up for vaccinationsConfidence in the Covid-19 vaccines has been sharply split along partisan lines, but polling published Thursday suggests Republicans are becoming less reluctant to get vaccinated. That number roughly coincides with a fall in the number of Republicans who say they definitely won't get vaccinated. Moving from mass vaccination to local pharmaciesAn important part of the plan to vaccinate adolescents rests on using local resources like pediatrician offices, Slavitt said. The plan also aligns with the larger strategy to make vaccinations more accessible by moving away from mass vaccination sites to walk-in appointments at local pharmacies.
South Carolina and Montana to end all pandemic unemployment benefits for jobless residents
(CNN) South Carolina is joining Montana in ending federal pandemic unemployment benefits for its residents next month. "Incentives matter, and the vast expansion of federal unemployment benefits is now doing more harm than good," Gianforte said. The state will also end payments to those in the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs on that date. Some 37,300 residents participated in the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program and another 56,300 were in the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, though 9,300 would be eligible to transfer to regular state benefits. This story and headline have been updated to add that South Carolina will end its pandemic unemployment benefits.
Rome debuts hot pizza vending machine
Buyers using the flaming red "Mr. Go Pizza" machine can choose from four different kinds of pizzas costing from 4.50 to 6 euros ($5.20--$7.20). The machine kneads and tops the dough and customers can watch the pizza cook behind a small glass window. A plaque is affixed to a wall in Naples saying "Pizza Margherita was born here." In fact, for many Italians, the classic pizza experience includes watching a "pizzaiolo," (pizzamaker) knead the dough and cooking it in a wood-burning brick oven within sight of your table. "I wouldn't even think of eating a pizza made by a machine," said Giovanni Campana, biting into one.
Suspect accused of stabbing two Asian women in San Francisco charged with attempted murder
Associated PressAssociated PressSAN FRANCISCO – A man who allegedly stabbed two Asian women without warning at a San Francisco bus stop was charged with attempted murder in an attack that follows a number of others against Asian Americans nationwide, authorities announced Thursday. A message left for the San Francisco public defender's office seeking comment about the case wasn't immediately returned after hours Thursday. “The knife punctured one victim’s lungs, requiring extensive surgery,” the district attorney’s office said. But the District Attorney's office said prosecutors were working with police to determine whether there was evidence to support hate crime allegations. On Thursday, the FBI’s San Francisco office launched a publicity campaign to encourage the victims of hate crimes to come forward.
Asian American health workers fight virus, attacks
Asian American health workers fight virus, attacksAsian Americans and Pacific Islanders have faced a tide of harassment and attacks during the pandemic. But those in health care are being racially targeted because of the virus while working round the clock to keep people from dying of it.
Biden omits the word ‘God’ from national prayer declaration
President Biden left the word “God” out of his proclamation of the annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday. President Joe Biden prays as he meets religious leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware. AFP via Getty ImagesBy contrast, President Trump’s National Day of Prayer proclamation last year mentioned God eight times, with three more mentions taken from quotations. Barack Obama found space to mention God twice in his last National Day of Prayer declaration as president in 2016, while George W. Bush mentioned God four times in his 2008 proclamation. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden bow their heads during a virtual presidential inaugural prayer service at the White House.
Zack Wheeler rewards Joe Girardi’s faith in shutout gem
PHILADELPHIA — Zack Wheeler was one out away from his first shutout in seven years when Phillies manager Joe Girardi made a trip to the mound for a quick question. Wheeler struck out eight in throwing his second career shutout and complete game in 144 starts, and first since 2014 when he played for the New York Mets. Zack Wheeler APAlex Bohm homered for the Phillies and Rhys Hoskins added an RBI double in the eighth. Wheeler matched him pitch-for-pitch, giving up just Billy McKinney’s leadoff double in the third until Lorenzo Cain’s one-out single in the ninth. He was on his game and he was tough today.”In a year of vanishing offense, Woodruff and Wheeler added to MLB hitters’ woes.
Nets looking to get back on track before playoffs
When the Nets set out on an 11-day, five-game swing, they likely didn’t set hard and fast benchmarks of success and failure. “You never want to lose four games in a row,” Joe Harris said after the Nets’ 113-109 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday night. I think for us, hopefully, it will tighten up the group, bring us a little bit closer together. But now just a half-game ahead of third-seeded Milwaukee for third — and with the Bucks holding the tiebreaker — the Nets are saying No. Assistant Mike D’Antoni had been on Indiana’s radar before coming to Brooklyn to help his former protégé Nash.
Man who spray-painted 100 penises on road threatened with legal action
A New Zealand activist, who specializes in drawing large penises around the streets of Auckland, has finally been threatened with legal action. Auckland Transport confronted Upson over the stunt last week, and filed a complaint with the police, who followed up with the doodling activist, the article said. Facebook“If they come out and fix the road then 100 per cent of my drawing will be removed,” Upson told the newspaper. “I’m about sick of calling Auckland transport,” he said, as the camera pans to two large green and pink neon penises on the road. The Auckland activist isn’t the first to use phalluses to flag potholes.
As France grapples with Napoleon’s legacy, the emperor’s shadow lingers over the present
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, the German philosopher who popularized the idea of the “zeitgeist,” saw Napoleon as its embodiment, as “history on horseback.” He reinvented military tactics through his campaigning and battles, broke Europe’s old feudal order with his conquests of swaths of the continent and, depending on one’s 19th-century convictions, died a romantic world hero or as a doomed tyrant, consumed by insatiable hubris and self-regard. To this day, myriad nations can trace their legal codes to Napoleonic edicts, myriad academics can locate the origins of their disciplines in Napoleon’s ambitious study of Egypt, and myriad people who are short of stature can get accused of harboring his fiery temper.
Greg Gutfeld: The Left doesn't care about free speech, it cares about control
The Facebook oversight board, extended the Trump ban from Facebook for six months. Facebook should permanently ban Trump they say. Interesting how that phrase keeps being repeated, as if they think saying it over and over will make it stick. Sorry kids - these a-holes are the same creeps who put America through the biggest scam ever: that Russians threw the 2016 election for Trump. This article is adapted from Greg Gutfeld's opening monologue on the May 6, 2021 edition of "Gutfeld!"
California earthquake rattles Lake Tahoe area
A magnitude-4.7 earthquake rattled Northern California near Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada, Thursday evening, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey. The quake's epicenter was said to be northwest of Truckee, and the temblor was felt as far away as Sacramento, according to FOX 40 in Sacramento. It hit around 9:35 p.m., preceded by a magnitude 3.2 temblor and followed by a 3.1 aftershock a few miles away near Sierraville. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThere were no immediate reports of major damage, according to FOX 40. Thousands of people were reportedly without power in Nevada County, California, because of the quake, according to local news source YubaNet.
Ingraham: Left's revolution of 'systematic radicalism' can only be accomplished by changing how we teach kids
Fox News host Laura Ingraham opened Thursday's "Ingraham Angle" warning about the Left's "systemic radicalism" and the push to teach "Anti-Racist Curriculum" in schools around the nation. INGRAHAM: The killing of George Floyd last May gave them the moral cover to shame quivering white liberals into giving into their demands. Activists guilted suburban women, nervous kids, and goofy millennials to support supportive hashtags. And the only way to really accomplish that is by changing how and what we teach our kids. Enter the twisted notion of what the "Anti-Racist Curriculum" really is.
The key factor to watch for inflation is where the jobs are created: JJ Kinahan
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe key factor to watch for inflation is where the jobs are created: JJ KinahanJJ Kinahan of TD Ameritrade shares what to watch out for in this month's job report to better understand the inflation pressure in the U.S. economy.
Hennessy Japan Fund picks three stocks
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailPortfolio manager picks three Japanese stocks, one could be a 'dominant force' in the EV spaceHennessy Japan Fund's Portfolio Manager Masa Takeda lays out his top three stock picks in Japan.
France's debt pile is surprisingly high — but experts aren't worried
China News Service | China News Service | Getty ImagesLONDON — Unlike other euro nations, France doesn't have any plans to significantly reduce its public debt in the near future. The second largest euro area economy predicts that its public debt ratio is likely to stand at 117.8% in 2021, and to fall only slightly to 116.3% in 2022. Estimates from Goldman Sachs suggest the French debt pile will remain at the same levels until at least 2024. France has long struggled with high levels of debt and the pandemic has naturally made the situation worse. But the persistent primary budget deficit (government borrowing) has meant that despite this the debt ratio has not fallen, it has merely stabilised at a high level," she said.
European markets head for slightly higher open ahead of U.S. jobs report, as commodity prices surge
European markets are set for a higher open Friday as global stocks eye a positive week amid surging commodity prices, while investors await a key jobs report out of the U.S.Britain's FTSE 100 is seen around 29 points higher at 7,105, Germany's DAX is expected to climb around 68 points to 15,265 and France's CAC 40 is set to open around 20 points higher at 6,377, according to IG data. Shares in Asia-Pacific broadly advanced during Friday's trade as commodities surged to multi-year highs on optimism over the global recovery. Stateside, stock futures are indicating a flat open on Wall Street after the reflation trade drove the Dow to another record high during Thursday's trading hours. The U.S. Labor Department is set to publish April's jobs report at 1:30 p.m. London time on Friday. The report carries extra significance as the Federal Reserve assesses the strength of the labor market recovery in charting its course for monetary policy.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won't run for reelection
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ahead of the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. Jim Watson | AFP | Getty ImagesAtlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Thursday that she will not seek re-election this fall. Bottoms said she and her husband "have given thoughtful prayer and consideration" to their next chapter and had decided not to seek another term. Brian Kemp's decision to reopen Georgia, going toe to toe with him in court over her decision to enforce a mask mandate in Atlanta. A few other people have decided to run, and Bottoms' announcement could widen the field.
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Siemens ups profit and sales guidance again as earnings beat forecasts
Siemens raised its full-year profit and sales guidance on Friday for the second time this year, after the German conglomerate beat earnings forecasts for the second quarter. Siemens reported adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) for its industrial businesses of 2.1 billion euros ($2.53 billion), a 31% increase on the same period last year, as the company recovered sharply from its pandemic-induced downturn. Net income hit 2.4 billion euros and earnings per share rose to 2.82 euros, while orders climbed 8% on a nominal basis to 15.9 billion euros on the back of sharp growth in healthcare unit Siemens Healthineers. "Besides the gratifying margin developments at our Industrial Businesses, our successful portfolio management also paid off." In light of the results, Siemens raised its net income outlook for fiscal 2021 to between 5.7 billion and 6.2 billion euros, up from its previous projection of between 5 billion and 5.5 billion euros.
Luka Doncic on League-high 15 Technical Fouls: 'I'm Complaining Way Too Much'
Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesLuka Doncic understands he's been a bit more prone to losing his temper this season. With 15 technical fouls in 59 games, the Dallas Mavericks star is tied with Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard for the most in NBA. Doncic also understands one more tech will earn him an automatic one-game suspension. "With officials, I wasn't myself this season," Doncic said. "I'm complaining way too much and I've got to work on that.
Texas LB Jake Ehlinger, Brother of Former Longhorns QB Sam, Found Dead
Tim Warner/Getty ImagesUniversity of Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the younger brother of former Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger, was found dead Thursday. Austin police did not specify a cause of death but do not consider his death suspicious, per Brian Davis of Hookem.com. News of Ehlinger's death led to an outpouring of support:A promising student who had offers to play Ivy League football, Ehlinger instead chose to follow his older brother to Texas as a walk-on. The linebacker did not play in either of his first two seasons, redshirting in 2019 before serving as a backup last season. Sam Ehlinger was recently drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft.
Analysis: U.S. move to loosen vaccine patents will draw drug companies to bargain -lawyers
President Joe Biden on Wednesday supported a proposal to waive World Trade Organization intellectual property (IP) rules, which would allow poorer countries to produce vaccine for themselves. So far COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed primarily to the wealthy countries that developed them, while the pandemic sweeps through poorer ones, like India. Vaccine makers like Moderna (MRNA.O), Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTEch have argued that patents have not been a limiting factor in supply. New technology and global limits on supplies are frequently cited as challenges, and both Moderna and Pfizer nevertheless have steadily boosted supply forecasts. "There is no mRNA in manufacturing capacity in the world," Moderna Chief Executive Stephane Bancel said on a conference call with investors on Thursday, referring to the messenger RNA technology behind both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine.
New Zealand wants a mature relationship with China, foreign minister says
New Zealand's Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta speaks during an interview in Wellington, New Zealand December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathon MolloyNew Zealand wants a more mature relationship with China that goes beyond trade ties and gives room for disagreement, particularly on issues of human rights, the Pacific nation's foreign minister said on Friday. New Zealand has major trade ties to China and has long been touted by Beijing as a model of its relations with Western countries. "It (Five Eyes) doesn't have to be the first port of call all the time on every issue in the human rights space," Mahuta said. Mahuta, the first indigenous Maori woman to hold the post, was a surprise pick last year as foreign minister.
Japan to extend state of emergency by three weeks to May 31
Extending the state of emergency to May 31 from May 11 will leave a margin of less than two months before the July 23 start of the Games, which were postponed a year due to the pandemic. The northern island of Hokkaido and two other areas will be added to regions under a "quasi state of emergency," he said. Upcoming test events for the Olympics, including an athletics event at the weekend, will not be affected by the extension of the state of emergency. The diving World Cup, which featured more than 200 athletes from 50 countries, was held in Tokyo this past week under the current state of emergency. read moreStill, in Fukuoka, the prefectural governor said it could be "difficult" to host the Olympic torch relay under a state of emergency, Jiji news agency reported on Thursday.
India records 1.5 mln new COVID-19 cases in a week
People receive oxygen support for free at a Gurudwara (Sikh temple), amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ghaziabad, India, May 6, 2021. The country reported a record daily 414,188 new cases on Friday, while deaths from COVID-19 swelled by 3,915, bringing total deaths to 234,083. Medical experts say the real extent of COVID-19 in India is five to 10 times the official tallies. His government has also been criticised for delays in the country's vaccination programme, which medical experts say is India's only hope of controlling the second COVID-19 wave. Although the country has administered at least 157 million vaccine doses, its rate of inoculation has fallen sharply in recent days.
Live blog: Scotland, Wales and England election results
U.K. voters have given their verdict in the largest electoral test since Boris Johnson’s thumping win in the 2019 general election. Early results suggest a set of dire results for the Labour party with the Tories on course for a stunning win in the Hartlepool by-election. The opposition party has also suffered losses in council seats acrossThe vote for Scotland’s parliament will help to determine whether the cause of independence is given new life or has its momentum stalled. Likewise, the contests for the Welsh Senedd and local government seats across England will be a crucial political barometer of perceptions of the U.K. government. POLITICO will be following all the results as they unfold on Friday and Saturday — including rapid reaction and analysis of what they mean for the U.K.’s political landscape and the fortunes of the party leaders.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Wife, Molly McNearney, Reveals What Moms Want On Mother’s Day
Writer and producer Molly McNearney, wife of Jimmy Kimmel , joined her husband’s show on Thursday night to reveal what mothers really want for Mother’s Day. “If it were Coal Miner Appreciation Day, you wouldn’t climb down into a mine, hand your favorite coal miner a mimosa and a frame made of noodles and say, ’Thanks for everything you do. Now get back to doing it!’” she said.
Signaling to base not to trust elections is key to GOP voter suppression strategy
Marc Elias, Democratic voting rights attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about why the Republican effort to make voting more difficult seems to recklessly risk discouraging some of their own voters.
Rays score 7 runs in 8th to complete 4-game sweep of Angels
Brett Phillips continued the momentum with two hits during a seven-run eighth as the Rays completed a four-game sweep with an 8-3 victory. The Angels capped one of the most stunning days in franchise history by blowing a late three-run lead and dropping their fifth straight. The Rays then broke it open in the eighth, sending 12 batters to the plate and getting six hits off three Angels pitchers. Josh Fleming (2-3) got the win for the Rays, who swept a four-game road series for only the third time since 2012. The left-hander allowed three runs in five innings after Collin McHugh opened with two shutout innings and five strikeouts.
Stephen Curry scores 34 points, leads Warriors past Thunder
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate next to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate next to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry had 34 points and seven assists and the Golden State Warriors raced past the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-97 on Thursday night. “I just liked that we took care of business,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Warriors: Kelly Oubre Jr. missed his fifth straight game with a left wrist injury.
California agency weighs warehouse rule for air quality
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California air quality regulators are considering a rule that would curb diesel emissions from thousands of trucks that ferry goods from the growing number of massive warehouses in the region run by Amazon and other companies. The so-called warehouse rule that will be voted on Friday by the South Coast Air Quality Management District would institute a points-based system requiring some 3,000 distribution centers to choose from a menu of options to reduce or offset emissions. The fees would go toward funding similar air quality improvements in surrounding neighborhoods. So it’s part of our ongoing commitment to address the environmental justice inequity, as well as addressing the overall regional air quality pollution,” Wayne Nastri, the South Coast district’s executive officer, said Thursday. The agency’s 13-member board is expected to vote on the rule following a public hearing Friday.
With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test
More than three months into his administration, Biden has put forward just 11 ambassador nominations and has more than 80 such slots to fill around the globe. Biden hopes to keep political appointments to about 30% of ambassador picks, according to an administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk about internal discussions. His other nine nominees are all longtime career foreign service officers, picked to head up diplomatic missions in Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Cameroon, Lesotho, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Somalia and Vietnam. Abercrombie-Winstanley will be the point person in a department-wide effort to bolster recruitment, retention and promotion of minority foreign service officers. As a candidate, Biden declined to rule out appointing political donors to ambassadorships or other posts if he was elected.
Some Republicans worry voting limits will hurt the GOP, too
Until last year, it was Republicans who were more likely to cast mail ballots than Democrats were. Critics of the idea argue that could lower voter turnout in off-year elections, when already far fewer voters cast ballots. The pandemic also drove core Democratic constituencies to mail voting to avoid crowded polling places. In Florida, Republicans have long held an advantage in mail voting. But last November, Florida Democrats outvoted Republicans by about 680,000 mail ballots amid a record 4.8 million total mail ballots cast.
Clippers rout Lakers 118-94, move into No. 3 spot in West
Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers' Alex Caruso (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Los Angeles. Chiu)Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers' Alex Caruso (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Los Angeles. Chiu)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George led seven players in double figures with 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers routed a Lakers team minus LeBron James 118-94 on Thursday night, moving into the No. Kuzma played part of fourth with the Lakers’ second unit, which scored all of the team’s 23 points in the period. We can live with that.”UP NEXTLakers: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday in the second game of a back-to-back.
Personal ties: Harris’ family in India grapples with COVID
FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2020, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris' maternal uncle, Balachandran Gopalan, talks to media outside his house, in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2020, file photo, Vice President Kamala Harris' maternal uncle, Balachandran Gopalan, talks to media outside his house, in New Delhi, India. Including one from his rather famous niece: Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris’ uncle says he spoke with the vice president and her husband, Doug Emhoff, for quite a while. And G. Balachandran, Harris’ uncle, doesn’t fault his niece for how the U.S. response has played out.
Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks
(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Medical student Natty Jumreornvong has a vaccine and protective gear to shield her from the coronavirus. And as she walked there in scrubs Feb. 15, a man came up to her, snarled “Chinese virus,” took her cellphone and dragged her on a sidewalk, said Jumreornvong, who reported the attack to police. ADVERTISEMENTAsian Americans and Pacific Islanders have faced a tide of harassment and attacks in many settings during the pandemic. “We’re not bringing you the virus,” said Lee, who recalls strangers on the street spitting on her twice in the last year. Writing in the health news site Stat, he and medical students Jesper Ke and Kate E. Lee implored health institutions to include Asian Americans’ and Pacific Islanders’ experiences in anti-racism training.
Rays score 7 runs in 8th to complete 4-game sweep of Angels
Los Angeles began the day with a surprising move when they cut Albert Pujols, ab ruptly ending the 41-year-old superstar slugger’s decade-long tenure with the team. The Rays then broke it open in the eighth, sending 12 batters to the plate and getting six hits off three Angels pitchers. The left-hander allowed three runs in five innings after Collin McHugh opened with two shutout innings and five strikeouts. Shohei Ohtani hit his 10th home run of the season for the Angels, who have dropped a season-high five in a row. Los Angeles scored all its runs in the third.
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Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over virus steps
(Yuta Omori/Kyodo News via AP)Commuters wearing face masks walk through a station passageway in Tokyo Friday, May 7, 2021. (Yuta Omori/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO (AP) — Trains packed with commuters returning to work after a weeklong national holiday. ADVERTISEMENTThe current state of emergency in Tokyo and Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures in the west is scheduled to end Tuesday. Officials want to extend it in those areas and to expand to Aichi in central Japan and Fukuoka in the south. Past emergency measures authorized only non-mandatory requests.
Red meat politics: GOP turns culture war into a food fight
In statements, tweets and fundraising emails, prominent GOP governors and senators have accused climate-minded Democrats of trying to push Americans to eat less red meat. In statements, tweets and fundraising emails, prominent GOP governors and senators have accused climate-minded Democrats of trying to push Americans to eat less red meat. Scott Applewhite, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservatives last week gobbled up a false news story claiming President Joe Biden planned to ration red meat. Jared Polis, for suggesting Coloradans lay off the red meat one day as a way of cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions. “When you think about American food, beef is what is in the center of that plate,” Hart said.
Steph Curry joins Michael Jordan, Kobe with 35th 30-point game
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Curry joined Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in elite company Thursday after he dropped 34 points in three quarters during a 118-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
India’s virus surge pressures Modi to impose strict lockdown
Over the past month, nearly a dozen out of India’s 28 federal states have announced less stringent restrictions than the nationwide lockdown imposed for two months in March last year. He said it appears there are at least two types of virus variants circulating in India. Modi imposed a two-month stringent lockdown last year on four hours’ notice. India’s economy contracted by 23% in April-June quarter last year and showed recovery as the restrictions were eased. She said different states have different needs, and local particularities need to be taken into account for any policy to work.
Yankees' Gleyber Torres scores wild run from 1st on ball that never leaves the infield
It wasn't long ago that New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had a chat with Gleyber Torres about hustling on the base paths. On Thursday, Torres scored one of the more remarkable runs of the baseball season — or any season for that matter — on a 100% hustle play. By the time Correa gathered the ball, Torres was rounding second to a third base left open with the Astros employing a shift. Correa casually tossed the ball to third baseman Alex Bregman, who was standing next to second base. Torres' hustle on Thursday ultimately didn't make a difference in the game's outcome.
Credit Agricole profits soar as revenue rises
Credit Agricole SA on Friday posted a sharp increase in net profit for the first quarter, as revenue rose and provisions for potential credit losses fell. France's second-largest listed bank by assets reported a 64% increase in quarterly net profit to 1.05 billion euros ($1.27 billion). Revenue rose 5.6% to EUR5.49 billion, while loan-loss provisions fell 38% to EUR384 million.
UPDATE 1-India records 1.5 mln new COVID-19 cases in a week
The country reported a record daily 414,188 new cases on Friday, while deaths from COVID-19 swelled by 3,915, bringing total deaths to 234,083. Medical experts say the real extent of COVID-19 in India is five to 10 times the official tallies. His government has also been criticised for delays in the country's vaccination programme, which medical experts say is India's only hope of controlling the second COVID-19 wave. Although the country has administered at least 157 million vaccine doses, its rate of inoculation has fallen sharply https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/INDIA/jbyprwkawve/chart.png in recent days. India's healthcare system is crumbling under the weight of COVID-19 patients, with hospitals running out of beds and medical oxygen.
Siemens lifts guidance as profit soars
Siemens AG said Friday that net profit for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 soared thanks to the performance of its industrial businesses and the sale of its mechanical-drives business Flender. The German engineering conglomerate said net profit for the quarter ended March 31 climbed to 2.27 billion euros ($2.74 billion) from EUR652 million a year earlier.
Toshiba launches a new lineup of Fire TV Edition televisions
And with case counts soaring across Bangalore and much of India, work-from-home arrangements that have sustained Wall Street’s back-office operations for months are coming under intense strain. The Swiss bank’s workers in India handle trade settlement, transaction reporting, investment banking support and wealth management. “In any case, we think we are very well provided for.”Barclays Plc CEO Jes Staley said some functions were shifted to the U.K. from India. Call volumes have increased and people are distressed, he said, adding that signs of pressure was something to watch for. Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co. detailed relief efforts they are undertaking, but didn’t elaborate on the impact on their operations.
Fears over spread of Indian Covid variants in UK
People take part in coronavirus surge testing on Clapham Common, south London. The strain - B1617.2 - is one of three related variants first seen in India which have been detected in the UK and designated "under investigation" by PHE. The first report on the B1617.2 variant shows 202 cases, and the first report on the B1617.3 variant shows just five cases. It comes as seven confirmed cases of the B1617.2 variant were detected in Northern Ireland - the first discovered in the region. Health experts have said they "haven't seen any hint" of a current Covid variant that can fully evade the effectiveness of vaccines.
In booting Cheney, 'My Kevin' leads GOP back to Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Kevin McCarthy is leading his party to an inflection point, preparing to dump Rep. Liz Cheney from the No. 3 House leadership position and transform what's left of the party of Lincoln more decisively into the party of Trump. As conference chair responsible for communicating a unified party message, Cheney has lost the confidence of rank-and-file lawmakers, he said this week. McCarthy stood by Cheney when she faced a February challenge for leading 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump for his role in the insurrection. McCarthy argued that the House GOP needed to stay united against newly empowered Democrats, and she easily survived.
Coronavirus latest news: Concern over spread of Indian Covid variants in the UK
The broadcaster said it is "highly likely" it will be declared a "variant of concern" on Friday, though cases remain relatively low. India today reported a record daily rise in coronavirus cases of 414,188, while deaths increased by 3,915, according to health ministry data. India on Friday reported a record daily rise in coronavirus cases of 414,188, while deaths increased by 3,915, according to health ministry data. New York City wants to begin offering coronavirus inoculations to tourists by stationing vaccination vans at Times Square and other attractions. The only coronavirus vaccine to have received Japanese approval so far is that developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
UK regulator says some evidence AstraZeneca clots occur more in women than men
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's medicine regulator on Thursday said there was some evidence that uncommon blood clots linked to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine occurred more in women than in men, adding that the difference in incidence was small. British officials have previously only said that the incidence of the clots was linked to age, and that a link with sex had not been established, noting that more women had been vaccinated then men. There has been scrutiny of the AstraZeneca vaccine on the issue of the very rare clots, with a higher incidence in younger people. There were 242 cases of the clots, with 6 occurring after second doses. Up to April 28 there had been 22.6 million first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine given in Britain, with 5.9 million second doses.
Denmark criticised after becoming first EU country to formally strike migration agreement with Rwanda
At this particular moment, the Chinese Communist Party’s bid to reshape the U.N. dovetails with its increasingly blunt assertions of power on the world stage. The Security Council presidency is a mostly ceremonial role, which mainly entails setting the council’s agenda and planning extraneous events. Zhang Jun, China’s U.N. envoy, started the month with a roundtable event at which a Uyghur activist challenged him on the Chinese Communist Party’s mass-detention facilities. This is why Zhang, during his press conference at the start of this week, described Beijing as a protector of human rights, and it’s why that lie has been somewhat effective. That Chinese diplomats at the U.N. and other fora position Beijing as a champion of multilateralism and human rights is, if not necessarily a lie, a farce.
‘A slap in the face’: Alarm in Ireland over plan to ban prosecutions of Troubles veterans
Irish ministers were said to be furious that Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, did not mention the plan during engagements in Dublin on Wednesday. Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, pictured during a visit to Dublin on Wednesday - Brian Lawless/ PAVictims of republican, loyalist and state violence also expressed anger at what would amount to blanket protection from prosecution for ex-security force members and former paramilitaries. New legislation to deal with Northern Ireland legacy issues is set to be announced in the Queen's Speech next Tuesday, although only brief details may be disclosed at that stage. Louise Haigh, Labour's shadow Northern Ireland secretary, said the proposals would amount to an "inexcusable" betrayal of victims and hit out at the lack of consultation by the Government. "We want to deal with the past in a way that helps society in Northern Ireland to look forward rather than back.
Ireland urges Britain against prosecution ban for N.Ireland army veterans
By Padraic HalpinDUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish government has urged Britain not to seek to shield former soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the sectarian conflict from prosecution, describing reports of such plans as deeply alarming. Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said ministers were "deeply alarmed" by the reports and would not support such a move. It would also breach a 2014 agreement between Dublin, London and the parties in Northern Ireland that sought to deal with legacy issues by establishing an independent investigation unit to re-examine all unsolved killings, he added. A murder trial of two ex-British soldiers accused of shooting dead an Irish Republican Army commander collapsed this week. (Reporting by Padraic Halpin, additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper in London; editing by John Stonestreet, Alexandra Hudson)
Rio Tinto shareholders reject executives' pay in caves blast backlash
By Sonali PaulMELBOURNE (Reuters) -A majority of Rio Tinto's shareholders rejected the global miner's executive pay packages on Thursday, in a backlash over its destruction last year of ancient rock shelters in Western Australia. Rio Tinto blasted 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge last May to expand an iron ore mine, sparking condemnation from investors, politicians, its own staff and the wider community. Following the company's Australian annual meeting, Rio Tinto said more than 60% of votes cast by investors in the Anglo-Australian dual-listed company were against its remuneration report. In Australia, if a company's executive pay package is rejected two years in a row, the board could face a vote to be removed. Jacques kept 5.7 million pounds of his long-term incentive award, losing only 1 million pounds as a result of the cave blasts.
Flash mobs in Myanmar's biggest city avoid deadly response
Kurt Campbell says ‘I believe there is a general worry of miscalculation, and of incidents and accidents’ with China’s current strategy. In the past, the hotlines that have been set up have just rung, kind of endlessly in empty rooms. In an annex to that agreement the following year, the two countries said they would establish a “military crisis notification mechanism” for audio and video defence links “in order to reduce risk, foster mutual trust, and increase openness”. China has different calculations on the proper conduct of civil military relations,” he said in a telephone interview. “I think there are opportunities for Taiwan to enjoy greater international space under appropriate guidelines,” he said.
Mystery Australian COVID case spurs return of masks, travel bans
By Renju JoseSYDNEY (Reuters) -Australian officials reinstated social distancing measures in Sydney as New Zealand partially suspended the pair's "travel bubble" on Thursday, amid fears an Indian variant case of COVID-19 could spur a significant outbreak. "We can't find any direct link between our case, so what we're concerned about is there is another person that is as yet unidentified that infected our case," Chant said. New Zealand's minister for COVID-19 response, Chris Hipkins, said his country was halting quarantine-free travel to and from New South Wales while authorities investigated. "With several outstanding unknowns in the situation in Sydney it is safest to pause the QFT (quarantine-free travel agreement)," Hipkins said in a statement. Tests on the infected man had showed a higher viral load than typically seen in infected people, potentially increasing the chance that the man has spread the disease, officials said.
Broward School Board agrees to $226,000-plus severance deal with its indicted top lawyer
Broward County School Board Superintendent Robert Runcie looks on during a School Board meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center. Both offered to step down last week at a School Board meeting. The Broward County School Board unanimously approved Miami-Dade County School Board Attorney Walter J. Harvey Tuesday, May 4, 2021, to help in the separation agreement negotiations between the board and its superintendent, Robert Runcie. She then went to law school, and the School Board appointed her general counsel in 2016. Runcie’s attorney, Sherry Culves, detailed Wednesday at the School Board meeting how Runcie’s contract with the board calls for 90 days’ notice of termination.
France delaying EU order for COVID-19 vaccine: Germany's Welt
BERLIN (Reuters) - France is delaying a European Union order for 1.8 billion doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine planned for the next two years, Germany's Die Welt daily newspaper reported on Friday, citing EU diplomats. The paper said it was unclear what the reason was for hesitation from Paris, but diplomats had speculated that it might want French companies to play a bigger part in the vaccine production. The paper reported that at recent meetings about vaccine orders, French representatives had held up decision-making by posing technical questions and requests for clarifications. Due to massive global demand for booster doses as well as vaccines for young people, EU governments fear that they may be too late and lose out on the order. "That would be a disaster for which France would be responsible," Die Welt quoted one diplomat as saying.
Biden discusses how the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will help restaurants
Delivering remarks at the White House on Wednesday, President Biden explained how the Restaurant Revitalization Fund will help an industry struggling from COVID-19 restrictions. In 2020, more than 2,300-- excuse me, 2.3 million restaurants jobs disappeared-- 2.3 million restaurant jobs disappeared. For nearly one in three Americans-- this is hard to believe-- for one in three Americans, a restaurant provided their first job. The Restaurant and Revitalization Fund-- that's what it's called, Revitalization Fund-- will provide direct relief to restaurants and to hard-hit food establishments-- bars, bakeries, food stands, food trucks, and caterers. Right now, it looks like we'll be able to provide help to about 100,000 restaurants and other eligible businesses.
Australia to resume India repatriation flights after backlash
About 9,000 Australians are stranded in IndiaAustralia will resume repatriation flights for some citizens in India after a controversial ban on arrivals from the country ends on 15 May. The India restrictions, which began on 27 April, led to the cancellation of two official evacuation flights that week. Mr Morrison said the government was planning three repatriation flights in the second half of May, which would bring back Australians who have registered as "vulnerable". "[We] will be at a level by 15 May to ensure, that as planned, we will be able to return to having those repatriation flights from India." While Australians have been largely supportive of the government's strict border policies over the past year, the India travel ban sparked significant outcry.
Biden touts plan to help restaurants hurt during pandemic
And he wanted his critics to know he was “just asking questions.” Oh, and it’s also Biden’s fault.“We looked up the numbers the Biden administration has gathered on vaccine safety. Then last night, we boldly read those numbers on television—the Biden numbers,” Carlson began with a mocking tone.“As we did that, we noted the administration’s reporting system for injuries—it’s called VAERS—has been credibly accused of being inaccurate,” he added. We still don’t know. If you ever find yourself arguing that, you will know for certain you have lost the thread. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Rio's deadly police shootout prompts claims of abuse
It was just after sunrise Thursday when dozens of officers from Rio de Janeiro state’s civil police stormed Jacarezinho, a working-class favela in the city’s northern zone. They were targeting drug traffickers from one of Brazil’s most notorious criminal organizations, Comando Vermelho, and the bodies piled up quickly. But even here, Thursday’s clash was a jarring anomaly that analysts declared one of the city's deadliest police operations ever. He drew support from much of society with his calls to diminish legal constraints on officers’ use of lethal force against criminals. ___Associated Press writer Mauricio Savarese in Sao Paulo and AP producer Diarlei Rodrigues in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report.
At least 25 dead during Brazilian police raid in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police targeting drug traffickers raided a slum in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday and at least one officer and 24 suspects died after being shot, authorities said. A police helicopter flew low over the Jacarezinho favela as heavily armed men fled police by leaping from roof to roof, according to images shown on local television. Thursday’s operation was aimed at investigating the recruitment of teenagers to hijack trains and commit other crimes, police said in a statement. Observatory director Silvio Ramos said Thursday's raid was among the deadliest in the city's recent history. The Supreme Court declined to comment when asked by The Associated Press if Thursday’s operation would qualify.
4.7 quake near Truckee triggers earthquake early warning alert
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake was reported Thursday night one mile from Truckee, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. AdvertisementLight or weak shaking was felt in Truckee, according to people who filled out the USGS’ Did You Feel It? Seismologist Lucy Jones on Twitter said the epicenter of the quake is near the location of a magnitude 6 quake in 1966. The earthquake occurred 13 miles from Carson City, Nev., 16 miles from Reno and 25 miles from South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Find out what to do before, and during, an earthquake near you by reading our five-step earthquake preparedness guide.
Roundup: Birmingham settles for soccer tie with El Camino Real en route to winning league title
There’s not too many times to celebrate a tie in soccer, but Lake Balboa Birmingham’s 2-2 tie with Woodland Hills El Camino Real on Thursday clinched the Patriots the West Valley League championship and a No. Taft 4, El Camino Real 3: The Toreadors broke a long losing streak to their neighborhood rivals from Woodland Hills. Granada Hills 4, Reseda Cleveland 1: The Highlanders improved to 4-0 in the West Valley League with an eight-inning victory. SoftballEl Camino Real 8, Birmingham 2: Jillian Kelly struck out nine and Nahnny Sobetzko hit a three-run home run. @breezepreps @latsondheimer @SBLiveCA @DamianCalhoun pic.twitter.com/z1d8KyTs3k — Jamaal Street (@JamaalStreet) May 7, 2021San Pedro 9, Carson 8: Jo Jo Krause’s two-run home run gave San Pedro the dramatic walk-off victory.
Paul George leads Clippers to rout over depleted Lakers
With their Playa Vista practice facility undergoing renovations, the Clippers hosted workouts at an El Segundo high school less than a half mile from the Lakers’ facility. Paul George scored 24 points, and the Clippers outscored the Lakers by 26 points in his 31 minutes. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes off in-between Lakers center Andre Drummond (2), forward Kyle Kuzma (0) and forward Anthony Davis (3) in the first half at Staples Center on Thursday. Most striking about the rout was its ease on a night when the Clippers were hardly perfect thanks to season-high 22 turnovers, while still tinkering with lineups. At a Clippers home game such as Thursday’s, owner Steve Ballmer is typically the most animated spectator.
In Rico Gatson’s paintings, abstraction and history meet
Rico Gatson’s commanding paintings at Samson pulse with geometric abstraction, but they’re not all exclusively abstract. Gatson achieves a similar effect in “Untitled (Target, Ripples, and Zig Zags),” a rhythmic grid alternating black-and-white patterns with colorful ones. The black, block-lettered words “Wonder and Light” are so organic to the pattern in one of the panel paintings that you might miss them. With the brash pattern around them, the grainy images read like distant history. All of Gatson’s abstractions echo with history.
Vaccinated, but still feeling stuck in pandemic purgatory
The scuff of a bare foot on sand, the rustle of a paper, a single word said in a whisper? A few months into the pandemic, I tried to watch this movie again. In Florida, our hotel felt safe — breakfast was bagged, hotel staff didn’t make up the room every day, and sanitizer and plexiglass were in all the usual places. Being vaccinated has given me the freedom to see this, not through someone else’s lens but with my own eyes. Register by visiting tinyurl.com/5a4r7v2s, and a link to the Zoom presentation will be sent two days before the program.
San Francisco loses biggest convention of 2021 due to COVID-19
San Francisco continues to suffer business setbacks with the coronavirus pandemic. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREThe American College of Rheumatology canceled its convention that was scheduled to take place in November. CUOMO THROWS COLD WATER ON DE BLASIO'S NYC REOPENING TIMELINEThe conference would have had at least a $30 million impact on the city, according to Joe D'Allesandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. But there was some good news for San Francisco: State health officials announced that the city will be the first community in the Bay Area to reach the "yellow tier," the least-stringent tier of coronavirus restrictions. The move will set in motion a list of new business reopenings, including of indoor bars and entertainment venues, SFGate.com reported.
Where to find cherry blossoms in the city
In addition to three pale pink Yoshino Cherry — two of which are cuttings from the 3,020 cherry trees Japan gave to Washington, D.C., in 1912 as a gesture of friendship — you’ll see lipstick pink Sargent Cherry. Back BayAlong Beacon and Marlborough streets, the small garden plots in front of many brownstones house large and small cherry trees awash in candy-pink blossoms. In addition to weeping cherry trees, the hot-pink double blossom Kwanzan, you’ll find Black Cherry trees, which have drooping racemes of tiny white-pink flowers. You can see the cherry trees near a path by the Littauer Building that leads to the law school on Massachusetts Avenue. Finally, here is a virtual source for viewing cherry blossoms around the world, courtesy of Google Earth.
Magnitude-4.7 quake strikes California-Nevada border area
SODA SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A series of earthquakes — the largest with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 — struck the California-Nevada border area Thursday night but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The largest temblor struck at about 9:35 p.m. and was centered about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Soda Springs, Calif. and about 27 miles (43.4 kilometers) west of Reno, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was preceded by a magnitude-3.2 quake about nine minutes earlier and followed by a magnitude-3.1 quake that struck about 2 1/2 minutes later, seismologists reported. The quakes were in Sierra County, north of Lake Tahoe.
It’s Elton John’s birthday, and he’s got rare music for fans
NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John is celebrating his 74th birthday on Thursday — and he’s sending fans a very rare present. Six deep cuts have been made available on streaming and digital formats for the first time, including the tune “Scarecrow,” which began John's legendary songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin in 1967. The other songs are: “Holiday Inn,” “Keep It a Mystery,” “Smokestack Children,” “Two of a Kind” and “Conquer the Sun.”
Spurs survive in overtime
The San Antonio Spurs blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead but righted the ship in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead, 93-89 the final in overtime. Tim Duncan and Lionel Hollins discuss. The San Antonio Spurs blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead but righted the ship in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead, 93-89 the final in overtime. Tim Duncan and Lionel Hollins discuss.
Prep pitcher spotlight: Wauwatosa East's Tommy Meyer throws six shutout innings
Prep pitcher spotlight: Wauwatosa East's Tommy Meyer throws six shutout inningsTake a look at what it's like to face the senior and Nothern Illinois recruit.
Reno area rattled by evening earthquake
(USGS)A 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Reno area Thursday night, according to the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at UNR. The quake was felt in Reno, Carson City and the surrounding area, according to early reports on social media. So that was definitely an earthquake in Reno, yeah? — Colton Lochhead (@ColtonLochhead) May 7, 2021Recent Nevada quakes— No reports of damage were reported following a 4.5 earthquake near Carson City in March 2020. — In June 2019, several small earthquakes struck the Carson City area.
Depth at guard position gives CU Buffs plenty of options
As we look forward to (2022) we know we’re going to lose Eli Parquet and Mason Faulkner. Then you throw him in as a junior and he’s a first team all-league defensive guy and major contributor. That’s kind of our MO a little bit.”Inevitable boosAt some point, Simpson is going to step out on the court at the McKale Center at Arizona. Chances are, the faithful and fervent Wildcats fans will let Simpson know what they think of his decision to spurn a UA program in upheaval for the Buffs. Simpson quickly fell back on CU, his runner-up choice during his original recruitment, but eventually he will have to face the UA crowd.
Horoscope for Friday, May 7, 2021
You’re not being antisocial; you just want some peace and quiet and a chance to enjoy your own solitude. It’s been a social time for you with the sun and Venus in your sign, and now you need a breather. In fact, you might want to share your hopes and dreams for the future with this person because their feedback can help you. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)Today you will be happy to cocoon at home and enjoy your privacy among familiar surroundings. This is why you might be bold talking to a friend today, especially with your pointed questions.
Ask Amy: Mother-daughter estrangement remains a mystery
The only time he seemed to contact me was to show off and tell me that he’d bought a new car and had plastic surgery. Other than that, anytime I texted or called him he would tell me he didn’t want to hear from me; then he would say he misses me, but then would get angry.
Stephen Curry scores 34 points, leads Warriors past Thunder
SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) -- Stephen Curry had 34 points and seven assists and the Golden State Warriors raced past the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-97 on Thursday night. "I just liked that we took care of business," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Andrew Wiggins had 18 points and seven rebounds. “We did a lot of good things,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. Warriors: Kelly Oubre Jr. missed his fifth straight game with a left wrist injury.
Sheriff: Girl shoots 3 at Idaho school; teacher disarms her
By REBECCA BOONEBOISE, Idaho (AP) — A sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho middle school, shot and wounded two students and a custodian and then was disarmed by a teacher Thursday, authorities said. A female teacher disarmed the girl and held her until law enforcement arrived and took her into custody, authorities said, without giving other details. “We’re following all leads.”The girl is from the nearby city of Idaho Falls, Anderson said. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, and students were evacuated to a nearby high school to be reunited with their parents. “Our teacher went to check it out, and he found blood.”Yandel’s mom, Adela Rodriguez, said they were OK but “still a little shaky” from the shooting as they left the campus.
Some Republicans worry voting limits will hurt the GOP, too
Until last year, it was Republicans who were more likely to cast mail ballots than Democrats were. Critics of the idea argue that could lower voter turnout in off-year elections, when already far fewer voters cast ballots. The pandemic also drove core Democratic constituencies to mail voting to avoid crowded polling places. In Florida, Republicans have long held an advantage in mail voting. But last November, Florida Democrats outvoted Republicans by about 680,000 mail ballots amid a record 4.8 million total mail ballots cast.
Clippers rout Lakers 118-94, move into No. 3 spot in West
LOS ANGELES - (AP) -- Paul George led seven players in double figures with 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers routed a Lakers team minus LeBron James 118-94 on Thursday night, moving into the No. He had it worked on and expects to play Friday in what he called the Lakers' biggest game left in the regular season. The Lakers outscored the Clippers 29-27 in the third, but couldn't make a serious dent in the deficit. Kuzma played part of fourth with the Lakers' second unit, which scored all of the team's 23 points in the period. We can live with that.”UP NEXTLakers: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday in the second game of a back-to-back.
Maldives leader: Blast that hurt Nasheed attacked democracy
Mohammed SharuhaanAssociated PressMale, Maldives — The Maldives president said Friday an explosion that wounded former leader Mohamed Nasheed was an attack on the country’s democracy and economy and said Australian police would assist the investigation. Nasheed, 53, was injured in the blast Thursday night outside his home and was being treated in a hospital in the capital, Male, police said. He is the current Parliament speaker and was the Maldives’ first democratically elected president, serving from 2008 to 2012. Neighboring India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar in a tweet described the blast as an attack on Nasheed. Nasheed remained an influential political figure and was elected Parliament speaker in 2019.
Alabama Legislature drops resistance, OKs medical marijuana
The approval came eight years after a medical marijuana bill in 2013 won that year’s so-called “Shroud Award” for the “deadest” bill of the year in the House of Representatives. Ball, a former state trooper and state investigator, said he also switched his stance on medical marijuana, becoming emotional at times. She had first introduced a medical marijuana bill over a decade ago after her son Wesley ‘Ato’ Hall had died of AIDS. “This can change the quality of life for the people that we love,” said Republican Rep. Allen Farley, a former police officer. A medical marijuana bill in 2013 won the Shroud Award for the “deadest bill” in the House.
China trade surges as global demand recovers from pandemic
BEIJING (AP) — China’s exports surged 32.3% over a year ago in April as global consumer demand strengthened, while imports rose 43.1%. Exports to the United States rose 30.8% over a year ago to $42 billion despite a lingering tariff war with Washington, the General Administration of Customs of China reported. China’s global trade surplus narrowed by 5% to $42.8 billion, an indication demand is recovering faster in China than in the rest of the world. Its political volatile surplus with the United States widened by 33.4% to $28.1 billion. Traders are watching for signs of what President Joe Biden might do about reviving tariff war talks with Beijing.
Packed trains, drinking: Japanese impatient over virus steps
TOKYO (AP) — Trains packed with commuters returning to work after a weeklong national holiday. Frustrated young people drinking in the streets because bars are closed. As the coronavirus spreads in Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics starting in 11 weeks, one of the world’s least vaccinated nations is showing signs of strain, both societal and political. For Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, the emergency declaration is both a health measure and a political tightrope walk as domestic criticism rises of Japan's seeming determination to hold the Olympics, at any cost. These measures will be stronger, but they come as citizens show increased impatience and less desire to cooperate, making it possible that the emergency declaration will be less effective.
California agency weighs warehouse rule for air quality
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California air quality regulators are considering a rule that would curb diesel emissions from thousands of trucks that ferry goods from the growing number of massive warehouses in the region run by Amazon and other companies. The so-called warehouse rule that will be voted on Friday by the South Coast Air Quality Management District would institute a points-based system requiring some 3,000 distribution centers to choose from a menu of options to reduce or offset emissions. It could include choices like replacing diesel trucks and other equipment with electric models, putting in rooftop solar panels or installing air filters at nearby schools or day cares. "Alternatively, warehouse operators could prepare and implement a custom plan specific to their site, or they could pay a mitigation fee," according to the proposal before the board. The fees would go toward funding similar air quality improvements in surrounding neighborhoods.
Dodgers lose season opener to Round Rock, 6-0
ROUND ROCK, Texas — Five pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout, and Charles Leblanc and John Hicks each hit two-run homers on Thursday night as Round Rock whipped Oklahoma City 6-0 in Triple-A baseball's return to action for the first time since September 2019. With last season being canceled due to COVID-19, 7,051 baseball hungry fans attended Thursday night's game at Dell Diamond. They watched the Express hand OKC its first opening night shutout since 2015. Josiah Gray had an impressive night on the mound for the Dodgers, collecting a career-best 10 strikeouts over five innings. The Dodgers were 0-for-12 with runners on base, including 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
'Tonight was good for him:' Lu Dort finally faces Steph Curry in Thunder's loss at Warriors
Stephen Curry had a look at a 3-pointer, but instead he slithered past Luguentz Dort for a layup to beat the third-quarter buzzer. Curry had the Thunder guessing all night as he dropped 34 points in the Warriors’ 118-97 win against the Thunder on Thursday in San Francisco. Dort had never played against Curry. “You develop a feel for really good players,” Daigneault said. “It’s good learning for him, it’s good development,” Daigneault said of Dort.
Red meat politics: GOP turns culture war into a food fight
There are signs that Americans may be adjusting their diets out of concern for climate change. About a quarter of Americans reported eating less meat than they had a year earlier, according to a 2019 Gallup poll, chiefly for health reasons but also out of environmental concerns. About 30% of Democrats polled said they were eating less meat, compared to 12% of Republicans. “When you think about American food, beef is what is in the center of that plate,” Hart said. “And that’s likely to remain a national identity when it comes to what an American food plate looks like.”To be sure, food isn't new to culture war politics.
Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks
The statistics don't break out health care workers among the victims. The escalation “makes racism seem a lot scarier than the virus” to Dr. Amy Zhang, an anesthesiology resident at the University of Washington’s hospitals. You never know when you’re going to get targeted," she says. Early in the pandemic, she came face-to-face with the risk of COVID-19 while intubating patients. For a time, she hid the roots of her dark brown hair under a hat so only the dyed blonde ends would show.
With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test
His other nine nominees are all longtime career foreign service officers, picked to head up diplomatic missions in Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Cameroon, Lesotho, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Somalia and Vietnam. Jockeying for ambassadorial positions started soon after Biden was elected and has only heated up as administration officials have signaled that the president is looking to begin filling vacancies ahead of his first overseas travel next month. Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Sen. John McCain and a longtime friend of the president and first lady Jill Biden, is under consideration for an ambassadorial position, including leading the U.N. World Food Program. Rahm Emanuel, the former Chicago mayor, Illinois congressman and Obama chief of staff, is in contention to serve as ambassador to Japan after being passed up for the role of transportation secretary, according to people familiar with the ongoing deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.
Creating 3-D butterflies
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........LAS VEGAS, N.M. – The New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts and Technology Department recently received an award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt museum for an interactive web app that will generate 3-D butterflies for mobile phones or computers. The 3-D web app model created by a team of Highlands media arts faculty is called ButtARfly because it uses augmented reality. Jonathan Lee, a Software System Design professor in media arts, developed the project with Rianne Trujillo, also an SSD faculty member; Miriam Langer, Media Arts and Technology Department chair; and Lauren Addario, another media arts faculty member. When tested, the 3-D ButtARfly prototype was feasible and aesthetically pleasing,” he said. Users will be able to access the ButtARfly app on their mobile phones or computers in late July.
India’s virus surge pressures Modi to impose strict lockdown
He said it appears there are at least two types of virus variants circulating in India. Modi imposed a two-month stringent lockdown last year on four hours’ notice. Experts say the decision helped contain the virus and bought time for the government. India’s economy contracted by 23% in April-June quarter last year and showed recovery as the restrictions were eased. She said different states have different needs, and local particularities need to be taken into account for any policy to work.
Peer-driven teams to respond to mental health, drug abuse calls
The money will provide for three community engagement teams, each with two peers, a prescribing medical or mental health provider, an independently licensed social worker, and a clinical counselor who will have responsibility for oversight of the peers, according to Margarita Chavez-Sanchez, director of the county’s Department of Behavioral Health. The CETs are expected to serve about 1,200 people over a 12 month period, Chavez-Sanchez said. The contract with YDI is for two years at $523,542 each year. Anyone needing assistance from a community engagement team should call 505-910-6357. The line is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
CD1 race offers first chance to register, vote through Election Day
That’s because for the first time, qualified residents will be able to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day through Election Day. The arrival of Election Day voter registration is due to a 2019 law that, per its terms, has been gradually phased in to give county clerks more time to prepare. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................For the first two years after the law was enacted, voters could register to vote or change their registration up through the Saturday before Election Day. “We already struggle on Election Day to get everything counted and turned in,” Baldonado told the Journal. Election Day for the special election is June 1.
New Mexico Environment Department proposes new ozone rules
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalNew Mexico’s lower-emitting oil and natural gas sites would no longer be exempt from proposed ozone regulations under the final proposed rules unveiled by the state Environment Department on Thursday. NMED Cabinet Secretary James Kenney said public input and emissions modeling drove the major change from the agency’s draft rules introduced last summer. The proposed rules target industry equipment that emits volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides. Control devices, enhanced leak detection technology and shorter repair deadlines could be mandatory for those operators under the proposed rules. An NMED board will consider the proposed rules some time this fall.
Former Sandia Labs contractor pleads guilty to fraud
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalA former federal contractor pleaded guilty this week to fraudulently using a Sandia National Laboratories purchase card to buy thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, furniture and other personal items. Cordova admitted using false reporting in his monthly accounting to Sandia in an attempt to disguise the purchases as work-related. For example, he described the purchase of the anniversary ring as that of a high-quality camera tripod, the plea agreement said. Other items Cordova admitted to buying with his Sandia purchase card include watches, clothing, exercise equipment, home appliances, furniture, building materials, a $1,200 set of golf clubs and other goods, the plea said. He was issued a government-funded purchasing card in 2012 for the purpose of buying equipment and materials needed for his job, it said.
Isotopes’ return ‘feels like a dream’
But Thursday night – 616 days since the Albuquerque Isotopes last played a home game in what is now called Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park – Duran and her family got her hot dog and she got to watch baseball. “We never miss an opening day. A pregame tribute to longtime Isotopes Vice President Nick LoBue, a Day 1 Isotopes employee from 2003 who died in November due to complications from COVID-19, had many in the ballpark choked up. “You know, this is really a point of pride on two fronts,” Tim Keller said. It feels like a dream, actually.”FridaySugar Land vs. Albuquerque, 6:35 p.m., 610 AM/95.9 FM(Fireworks after the game)
Olivia Rodrigo: ‘I’m a teenage girl. I feel heartbreak and longing really intensely’
“I’m a teenage girl, I write about stuff that I feel really intensely – and I feel heartbreak and longing really intensely – and I think that’s authentic and natural. I don’t really understand what people want me to write about; do you want me to write a song about income taxes? “Something I’m really proud of is that this record talks about emotions that are hard to talk about or aren’t really socially acceptable especially for girls: anger, jealousy, spite, sadness, they’re frowned-upon as bitchy and moaning and complaining or whatever. “I always wanted to grow up because I feel you get better with age and figure out who you are. I feel like I get happier as I get older.” She cannot wait to write it into albums, too.
Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend
A fixture that could see Manchester City seal the Premier League title and is vital to Chelsea’s pushfor the top four has taken on the status of dress rehearsal. In a seven-day period, Leicester will play league games against Manchester United and Chelsea either side of the FA Cup final. DHArsenal v West Brom, Sunday 7pm8) Weary Wolves tackle bogey team BrightonStrange but true: Wolves have never beaten Brighton in the top flight. PDSheffield United v Crystal Palace, Saturday 3pm10) Lessons for sinking Fulham to learn – againFulham’s yo-yo back down to the Championship would be all but guaranteed by losing to Burnley. Regrouping at that juncture and not panicking was the making of Burnley, now part of the Premier League furniture despite a season of relative struggle.
Monster review – Kelvin Harrison Jr anchors wrenching Netflix drama
Steve is accused of being the lookout but he maintains his innocence, even if those within the system are quick to label him guilty. Just how terrifying would every stage of this process be for a teen? Aside from the harrowing practicalities of life in prison, how would an already fractured time mentally as an adolescent then shatter under this new lens? Perhaps, depressingly, that same trick is true for first-time director Anthony Mandler, working against members of the audience who might arrive to the film, and the situation, with similar baggage. Harrison Jr’s heartbreaking journey from honors student to suspected accomplice is told in jagged bits and pieces, jumping back and forth to the time before and after the fateful incident.
US deploys extra warplanes to protect its troops withdrawing from Afghanistan
“There continue to be sustained levels of violent attacks” by the Taliban against Afghan security forces, Milley said, speaking alongside the defence secretary, Lloyd Austin, at a Pentagon news conference. “We’re hopeful that the Afghan security forces will play a major role in stopping the Taliban,” Austin said. “What we’re seeing unfold is what we expected to unfold – increased pressure” on the Afghan forces. US president Joe Biden announced last month that all American troops would withdraw from Afghanistan by 11 September. Military commanders have said that additional forces would flow in temporarily to help with security and logistics for the drawdown.
Online platforms exposing users to 'avalanche of scams'
Online platforms like Facebook and Google are exposing users to an “avalanche of scams”, a consumer coalition has warned as it urged the Government to hold them to account. The group, led by consumer group Which?, said that the platforms play a “pivotal role” in allowing fraudsters to target their victims by hosting and promoting fraudulent content online. The coalition, which also includes the police, figures from the banking and insurance industry and charities, is calling on the Government to include fraud in its upcoming Online Harms bill. The bill aims to provide oversight and accountability of tech companies, but campaigners say it is an opportunity to deal with the rapidly growing problem of fraud. Last year £479 million was lost to bank transfer scams, while Action Fraud, the police reporting service, estimates that 85 per cent of all scams in the first half of 2020 involved the internet.
How the Bank of England plans to wind down support without scuppering the recovery
Most of us have had a vaccine, shops are open and the economy is set for an enormous rebound. GDP is expected to surge by 7.25pc this year, the Bank of England predicts - the biggest growth spurt since 1941, when wartime production to battle the Axis powers sent output through the roof. Canada got there first, slowing the pace of its quantitative easing (QE) programme in late April. In the US, Janet Yellen, Treasury Secretary and former chair of the Federal Reserve, this week said the Fed might have to raise rates if the economy overheats. Now the Bank of England has stepped in to put the brakes on its QE programme, cutting the number of bonds it buys each week.
Two sugary drinks a day can double young women’s risk of bowel cancer
Drinking two or more sugary drinks a day more than doubles younger women’s risk of bowel cancer, researchers have warned. But it found that replacing sugar-sweetened beverages with artificially sweetened drinks, coffee or milk led to a lower risk of disease. Scientists are not sure why, but suspect there could be a link to increased consumption of sugary drinks. However, it is known that sugar-sweetened drinks suppress feelings of satiety, so risk excess energy intake and associated weight gain. "Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption may contribute to the rising incidence of early onset colorectal cancer," the team wrote.
Fears over spread of Indian Covid variants in UK
A coronavirus strain first detected in India is likely to be elevated to a "variant of concern" after clusters were found in several areas of England, according to reports. The broadcaster said it is "highly likely" it will be declared a "variant of concern" on Friday, though cases remain relatively low. Such a change can mean an escalation in response from Public Health England (PHE), including ordering surge testing. The strain - B1617.2 - is one of three related variants first seen in India which have been detected in the UK and designated "under investigation" by PHE. According to Channel 4 News, there have been at least 48 clusters of B1617.2, although overall numbers remain small.
Coronavirus latest news: Concern over spread of Indian Covid variants in the UK
A coronavirus strain first detected in India is likely to be elevated to a "variant of concern" after clusters were reportedly found in several areas of England. The broadcaster said it is "highly likely" it will be declared a "variant of concern" on Friday, though cases remain relatively low. Such a change can mean an escalation in response from Public Health England, including ordering surge testing. India today reported a record daily rise in coronavirus cases of 414,188, while deaths increased by 3,915, according to health ministry data. India's total infections now stand at 21.49 million, while its total fatalities have reached 234,083.
UK’s rarest cars: 1982 Toyota Crown, one of only 13 left on British roads
Some executive cars of the early 1980s were discreet, while others veered towards ostentation. The S110-series Toyota Crown definitely belongs in the latter category, for no rival could boast a miniature refrigerator in the rear parcel shelf. And today Ben Jackson’s 1982 model is one of only 13 remaining on the road in Britain. Exports to the US commenced in 1958, and by 1962 Toyota marketed the larger S20 version in Europe. The sixth-generation S110 debuted in 1979, and while Japanese drivers were offered 70 variants, Toyota GB imported only the Super Saloon.
Father of four mounts legal bid to enforce age ban to protect children from porn
A father of four is mounting a high court legal challenge over the Government’s failure to protect under-aged children from watching porn. Age verification for legal pornography sites was introduced under part 3 of the Digital Economy Act in 2017 but the government never enforced it. Ministers have said the planned online harms bill will instead protect children by placing a burden on internet providers to protect users from “harms” including viewing pornography while under age. “The second point is the obligation under the human rights act to protect children from online harms. “Young people’s visits to porn sites we found to be surprisingly frequent, with the majority having viewed pornography on the day of the survey.
Report: China emissions exceed all developed nations combined
The Asian giant has the world's largest population, so its per person emissions are still far behind the US, but the research said those emissions have increased too, tripling over the course of two decades.
Channel crisis shows we need a minister for resilience
The creation of the Covid Recovery Commission, led by Tesco chairman John Allan, is a step in the right direction. But pulling together a set of disparate issues into a coherent strategy against the backdrop of a more uncertain world will be far from easy. The conundrum will be to build resilience into the supply chain while remaining true to the UK’s free market principles. But as Allan has said, whether you believe in globalisation or not it’s clear that these issues are rising and they need to be high on the political agenda. As countries emerge from lockdown, demand for precious rare earth materials and microchips has already vastly outstripped stocks, creating a supply shock that threatens a dangerous new inflationary era.
Douglas Ross: Rebuilding of Scotland must start now, regardless of election result
Douglas Ross is arguing “the hard graft of rebuilding Scotland” must start now regardless of the Holyrood election result after it emerged that hundreds of thousands of Scottish workers are still on furlough. The Scottish Tory leader appealed to Nicola Sturgeon, Anas Sarwar and the other party leaders to set their “divisions aside and focus on Scotland’s recovery” when Holyrood returns next week. Although Covid deaths and cases have dropped dramatically thanks to the UK’s vaccination programme, he warned them “the economic crisis will only get worse” and it would “require an intensity of focus and all our shoulders to the wheel to tackle it.”The counting of the votes cast on Thursday will start this morning but the final result will not be known until tomorrow afternoon or evening thanks to Covid safety restrictions. Ms Sturgeon is hoping to win a majority, which she plans to use to put pressure on Boris Johnson to drop his opposition to a second independence referendum.
Chernobyl spirit drinks seized by Ukraine security teams
Dr Gennady Laptev, one of the company's co-owners and a Chernobyl "liquidator" who worked there in the first weeks after the accident, said: "We hope this issue can be resolved so that we can continue our work trying to help people affected by the devastating social and economic impacts Chernobyl had on communities".
Chinese rocket debris expected to crash onto Earth this weekend
"Small US and European upper stages also re-enter uncontrolled (and burn up entirely) but the big US or European rockets are specially designed not to leave big stages in orbit; they are always safely disposed of on the first orbit of the flight," he told the BBC.
Coldplay's new single is out of this world (quite literally)
Coldplay has unveiled the first single from its upcoming album, with the premiere of Higher Power taking place on board the International Space Station. Image: Coldplay performs Higher Power. In the music video, the band members play in colourful outfits in front of shipping containers, while alien hologram dancers perform around them. Coldplay will perform in American Idol on Sunday, at the Brit Awards on Tuesday, and during Glastonbury's Live At Worthy Farm livestream on 22 May. The Band is the most nominated group at the Brits, with 28 nominations in total and nine award wins.
Election results: Labour at risk of losing Hartlepool as ballots counted following votes across Britain
UK election results live: Early blow for Sir Keir Starmer as 'Super Thursday' votes countedThe future of the Labour Party and the state of the union are two of the main issues at play. The Tories have held Redditch; Labour have held Rochdale, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Southend-on-Sea has remained under no overall control. He told Sky News: "It would be distasteful if Keir Starmer didn't just win, but win with a majority. The Hartlepool by-election will be counted overnight, with a result expected in the early hours of Friday. It could be Sunday night before England's local election results are declared and the police and crime commissioners votes may not be declared until Monday night.
Friday's national newspaper front pages
Friday's national newspaper front pagesSky News takes a look at the stories making a splash in Friday's national newspapers.
Election results in Scotland: Five things to look out for in this year's high-profile counts
AdvertisementHere are five things to look for as the counts commence:Image: Nicola Sturgeon is pushing for another independence referendum1. Under Scotland's proportional electoral system of constituency MSPs and regional MSPs, the easiest path to an SNP majority is by gaining more constituency seats. Mr Salmond argued this would mean more pro-independence MSPs elected, and a "super-majority" for Scotland leaving the UK. Some polls suggest Alba may get two or three MSPs at best, and Mr Salmond may not be one of them. Whatever the results - and especially if the SNP win a majority - the tone of Mr Johnson's response will be important and fascinating.
COVID-19: Face mask rule for high school students may be lifted within weeks
Secondary school students could soon find themselves no longer required to wear face coverings. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said the government plans to lift the requirement for pupils in England as part of the third step of its roadmap out of lockdown. Mr Williamson told the Telegraph: "As infection rates continue to decline and our vaccination programme rolls out successfully, we plan to remove the requirement for face coverings in the classroom at step three of the roadmap. "Removing face masks will hugely improve interactions between teachers and students, while all other school safety measures will remain in place to help keep the virus out of classrooms." "Virus transmission in schools continues to drop, with the latest data showing a significant decrease in students and staff testing positive and cases isolated quickly thanks to our twice-weekly rapid testing programme."
Election results: When will they be declared and what are the key races?
Votes cast by millions of people across England, Scotland and Wales will now determine who controls the key levers of political power outside of Westminster. Results of the parliamentary elections in Scotland and Wales will decide the new makeup of the Holyrood parliament and the Senedd. In England there will be a bumper set of results for the council elections, with 4,725 councillors being selected across 143 councils. Also, 39 new police and crime commissioners will be declared across England and Wales. The full set of local council results in England is unlikely to be declared until Sunday night, while the final results for police and crime commissioners may take until Monday.
Big Chinese rocket segment set to fall to Earth
The zone of potential fall in this case is restricted still further by the trajectory of the rocket stage. It's moving on an inclination to the equator of about 41.5 degrees. This means it's possible already to exclude that any debris could fall further north than approximately 41.5 degrees North latitude and further south than 41.5 degrees South latitude.
Olympics: Females told to 'be quiet' on transgender issue - ex-weightlifter
(Reuters) – Former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs says females are being told to “be quiet” when they complain about the fairness of transgender New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard competing in women’s competitions. Hubbard is on track to become the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics after the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) modified qualifying requirements for the Tokyo Games on Wednesday. “I’m quite disappointed, quite disappointed for the female athlete who will lose out on that spot,” Lambrechs, who won a bronze medal for New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, told TVNZ. The NZOC does not expect nomination and selection for its weightlifting team to happen until June but New Zealand’s Olympic weightlifting coach Simon Kent told TVNZ that Hubbard met the current IWF criteria. Lambrechs finished fifth in that event after winning bronze in the 75+kg division at the Glasgow Games four years earlier.
Japan government set to extend state of emergency to May 31
The northern island of Hokkaido and two other areas will be added to regions under a “quasi state of emergency,” he said. Upcoming test events for the Olympics, including an athletics event at the weekend, will not be affected by the extension of the state of emergency. The diving World Cup, which featured more than 200 athletes from 50 countries, was held in Tokyo this past week under the current state of emergency. The governor of Fukuoka prefecture said it could be “difficult” to host the Olympic torch relay under a state of emergency, Jiji news agency reported on Thursday. The relay is set to take place in the prefecture on May 11 and 12.
Election results live - latest updates: Early blow for Sir Keir Starmer as 'Super Thursday' votes counted
BreakingElection results live - latest updates: Early blow for Sir Keir Starmer as 'Super Thursday' votes countedElection results live: Labour facing historic Hartlepool defeat and concedes party "not close to winning this" as 'Super Thursday' votes counted.
New Zealand wants a mature relationship with China, foreign minister says
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand wants a more mature relationship with China that goes beyond trade ties and gives room for disagreement, particularly on issues of human rights, the Pacific nation’s foreign minister said on Friday. New Zealand has major trade ties to China and has long been touted by Beijing as a model of its relations with Western countries. Mahuta’s comments were questioned by New Zealand’s Western allies who asked if the Pacific nation feared criticising Beijing on its human rights records. “It (Five Eyes) doesn’t have to be the first port of call all the time on every issue in the human rights space,” Mahuta said. In her first six months in office, the 50-year-old has talked about a values based approach and bringing New Zealand’s bi-culturalism to the centre of foreign policy.
Naomi Osaka becomes first Japanese athlete to win Laureus' top world sports honor
It really means a lot to me.”Fellow tennis star Rafael Nadal was named the 2021 Sportsman of the Year. In this past year, the 23-year-old Osaka won both the U.S. and Australian Open titles for the second time, while using her platform to speak out for the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality in the United States. Nadal picked up his fourth Laureus honor, having previously won the top award in addition to wins in the breakthrough and comeback categories. “It means a lot to equal my great rival, but at the same time, my great friend. Kento Momota, the world’s top-ranked men’s badminton player, was nominated for the World Comeback of the Year Award but did not win.
Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker, held under security law, gets bail for father's funeral: report
HONGKONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong court on Friday granted emergency bail to former Democratic Party leader Wu Chi-Wai, detained on charges of breaking the city’s national security law, so he can attend his father’s funeral, the South China Morning Post reported. Authorities said the vote was a “vicious plot” to “overthrow the government”, which falls under a national security law that Beijing imposed on the former British colony in July 2020. Most of the 47 have been denied bail. The department said funeral arrangements had been posted online and it feared members of the public would heed online calls to attend to show support for Wu. “They find it intolerable (for authorities) to show such disrespect to his late father,” the party said.
India's daily COVID-19 cases rise by record 414,188
(Corrects media slug and typographical error in first paragraph)BENGALURU (Reuters) – India on Friday reported a record daily rise in coronavirus cases of 414,188, while deaths from COVID-19 swelled by 3,915, according to health ministry data. India’s total coronavirus infections now stand at 21.49 million, while its total fatalities have reached 234,083. The South Asian nation has added 1.57 million cases and nearly 500 deaths this week alone. (Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
Jesse Williams to exit Grey's Anatomy in the May 20th episode after 12 seasons on ABC medical drama
After 12 seasons on Grey's Anatomy, ABC announced Thursday that Jesse Williams will make his final appearance as Dr. Jackson Avery in the May 20th episode - titled 'Tradition.' The Chicago-born 40-year-old originally joined the hit medical drama in the sixth season as Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital's chief of plastic surgery. Williams was trending on Twitter after Thursday's episode, which saw the return of Jackson's ex-wife April Kepner (Sarah Drew) and estranged father Robert (Eric Roberts). Williams' exit from Grey's Anatomy came a month after a judge ordered he and ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee attend a 'high conflict' parenting course amid their bitter custody battle. Williams got to keep the $936,810 he earned on Grey's Anatomy since their separation while Drake-Lee got to keep their houses in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Brooklyn.
Lily Collins wears a black coat as she gets made-up before filming Netflix hit Emily In Paris
She helped alleviate pandemic boredom when her popular Netflix show Emily In Paris was released back in October. And Lily Collins was hard at work on season two on Thursday night when she was spotted on set in the popular tourist destination Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the South of France. The 32-year-old British–American actress was bundled up against the chilly sea air in a black down coat while getting her makeup touched up before filming a scene. She sported fierce cat-eye makeup and showed off her famously full dark eyebrows, which have become a calling card for the rising star. Back in October, around the premiere of Emily In Paris, Lily revealed to Glamour that she used to severely pluck her eyebrows up through high school, before her mother Jill Tavelman told her to lay off.
Brazil: Rio's deadly police shootout prompts claims of abuse
It was just after sunrise Thursday when dozens of officers from Rio de Janeiro state’s civil police stormed Jacarezinho, a working-class favela in the city’s northern zone. They were targeting drug traffickers from one of Brazil’s most notorious criminal organizations, Comando Vermelho, and the bodies piled up quickly. But even here, Thursday’s clash was a jarring anomaly that analysts declared one of the city's deadliest police operations ever. He drew support from much of society with his calls to diminish legal constraints on officers’ use of lethal force against criminals. The teen’s death sparked a Brazilian iteration of Black Lives Matter protests held across the city’s metropolitan area for weeks.
From Singapore to Rio, the smart money is on greener buildings
A review of 70 studies by researchers at Finland’s Aalto University showed that green building cuts operating expenses, raises rental income and increases the capital value of properties. Singapore, just 1 degree north of the equator, has seen a plethora of green buildings since the government launched its voluntary Green Mark Certification Scheme in 2005. “While we are seeing more Asian developers building energy-efficient buildings, with Singapore leading the way in sustainable development, progress remains slow.”Instead, many firms have resorted to upgrading older buildings. “There’s a clear environmental benefit to building green, but investing in green building also means significant operating cost savings, shorter payback periods and an overall increase in the value of these assets,” said Melissa Baker, senior vice president of LEED technical development at the U.S. Green Building Council. “Developers that are not building green may find themselves at a disadvantage.”
Ashlee Simpson makes a frozen yogurt run with mini-me daughter Jagger in LA
Ashlee Simpson cut a stylish figure on Thursday afternoon as she grabbed frozen yogurt with her daughter Jagger in Los Angeles. Ashlee tenderly held onto her five-year-old daughter's hand after spending time inside the yogurt shop. Stylish: Ashlee Simpson cut a stylish figure on Thursday afternoon as she grabbed frozen yogurt with her daughter Jagger in Los AngelesSimpson styled her chic blazer with some high-waisted distressed denim jeans and a pair of designer slide sandals. The sister of Jessica Simpson opted to go without a purse, but carried her cellphone in a stylish crossbody case. Jagger, who is Simpson's second child with husband Evan Ross, looked sweet in a floral dress and a pair of black leggings.
Japan now largest importer of COVID-19 vaccines from EU
Japan is now the largest importer of COVID-19 vaccines from the European Union, depending heavily on the bloc for vaccine supplies, it has been learned. The EU had approved exports totaling around 178 million vaccine doses to 45 countries and regions as of Monday, an EU spokesperson said at a news conference. Of the total, 72 million doses, or about 40%, were destined for Japan, followed by 18.5 million doses for the U.K. and 18.4 million doses for Canada. Initially, EU vaccine exports to Japan had been far fewer than those to the U.K. and Canada. In late January, the EU introduced a temporary system requiring prior approval for vaccine shipments outside the region, in the face of a drop in vaccine supplies from British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC.
Panel OKs extension of Japan's virus emergency in four prefectures until May 31
A government advisory panel on Friday approved the government’s plan to extend its coronavirus state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures until May 31. The panel on the coronavirus response also approved the government’s plan to add Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures to the state of emergency list, effective Wednesday. The country’s third coronavirus state of emergency was originally set to expire Tuesday. At a meeting of the panel, economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who leads the government’s coronavirus response, explained the countermeasures that will be taken. The pre-emergency designation, also currently covering Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Ehime and Okinawa prefectures, will be extended until May 31.
Keeping Up With the Kardashians: Tears are shed as the family announces their show is ending
Kim Kardashian wept uncontrollably as she and her family announced the end of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on Thursday's episode. On 'The End of an Era,' the 40-year-old reality star could barely make it through her speech to the crew, whom she'd earlier called 'extended family.' Kim then called her friend Jonathan Cheban, 47, and told him they were ending the show. With the decision made, the family had to tell the crew the show was ending. Kim, Kris and Kourtney echoed her words, telling the crew how much they appreciated them.
Clean-cut Christian couple are seen preparing to welcome Josh Duggar after he's released on bail
Josh checked into the treatment center in August of 2015 after a leak of user information for the cheating website Ashley Madison was found to include Josh's name. Confession: Josh publicly admitted to 'a secret pornography addiction' in 2015 and was flown to the Reformers Unanimous residential treatment center in Rockford, IllinoisDays later, his parents released a statement saying that Josh had 'checked himself into a long-term treatment center.' In addition to the inpatient treatment program, Reformers also goes to prisons to help convicts. When Josh sought treatment, though, a sermon by Schaap remained on a list recommended 'heartily' by Reformers Unanimous to its students. The source added: 'When Josh returned from his "porn rehab" he was brought before the church.
Father kills himself and two young sons inside a burning luxury vacation home in Florida
Brody Reinhart, 11, and Rex Reinhart, 14, were killed by their father on Tuesday in Florida. Nobody was present at the home, which is when the deputies contacted Dixie County, which arrived at a vacation home already ablaze, with Reinhart's van outside. 'Upon extinguishing the fire, Dixie County deputies discovered three deceased individuals in the residence,' a joint statement from the Dixie County Sheriff's Office and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said. The Rex and Brody Reinhart Memorial Fund has been administered by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida. 'It's probably one of the most tragic events that any community can ever encounter,' Dixie County Sheriff Darby Butler said, according to WCJB.
Melinda Gates warned Bill about his association with Jeffrey Epstein
Melinda Gates warned her husband Bill against any further contact with Jeffrey Epstein after the couple had an uncomfortable meeting with the convicted sex offender, according to a new report. The New York Times reported in 2019 that Gates befriended Epstein in 2011, visiting Epstein at least three times at Epstein's New York City townhouse. Bridgitt Arnold, a spokesperson for Gates, told the Times that Gates was not aware that the plane belonged to Epstein. Logs for the 'Lolita Express' list Bill Gates on a flight from Teterboro in New Jersey to Abilene Regional Airport in Texas in March 2013. 'Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so,' Arnold said.
Border divides, and unites, Swedish twins separated by Covid
So come rain or shine, two 73-year-old Swedish twins have met every Saturday, each on their side of the border, on a bridge that links Norway and Sweden. At his feet, painted on the road, is a simple white line, the words "Norge" and "Sverige" on either side. The pandemic has put a halt to the identical twins' weekly visits to each other's homes. Ola lives in Halden, in southeastern Norway, where he moved almost 40 years ago for love, while Pontus lives a half-hour drive away in the southwestern Swedish town of Stromstad. While the local restrictions have changed over the months as the virus situation has evolved, the border has remained closed.
In US, children return to school -- but so do the guns
Back in South Carolina, a high school student was arrested for bringing a firearm to school. Only a deadly shooting spree, like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida in February 2018 (17 dead), sparks a shockwave. In 2018, 25 school shootings were counted, and 23 more came in 2019. Nine school shootings were recorded in 2020, and two in the first quarter of 2021. On April 26, a middle school student in Minnesota opened fire in a hallway before being arrested.
After shift on vaccine patents, US backs freer flow of components
Germany's Curevac said it could not secure supplies of certain materials from the United States. There is no actual embargo on exporting vaccine components. US officials have previously played down the possible effect of the law on global vaccine production. Companies were "beginning to report spot shortages of critical materials, raw materials, critical consumables, even equipment that is necessary for vaccine manufacturing," he said. Already the consensus was that the free circulation of vaccine components was critical, given that a large number of countries are involved in their production.
‘Glory of arms and art’: Napoleonic plunder and the birth of national museums
The rise and fall of the Napoleonic Louvre fundamentally altered the way Europeans perceived art and heritage, inspiring a race to create national museums and presaging the colonial plunder of the rest of the world. “The glory of art and that of the army under your orders are inseparable,” the orders read. Civilising Europeans – and despoiling the ‘uncivilised’Denon’s encyclopaedic appetite for art helped transform the nature and purpose of art galleries. Critics of the Napoleonic Louvre, however, had no such qualms when it came to looting art from lands then regarded as “uncivilised”. No country can afford to do without one.”Frieze sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens, part of the so-called "Elgin Marbles" on display at the British Museum.
K-pop agency SM teams up with MGM to launch new boy band
This photo, provided by SM Entertainment, shows members of the agency's K-pop boy band brand NCT. (SM Entertainment)SM Entertainment, the K-pop powerhouse behind acts like SuperM and EXO, on Friday unveiled a plan to launch a new K-pop band in the United States through a televised audition program. SM and MGM Worldwide Television will introduce a competition series to pick members of a new boy band named NCT-Hollywood, one of the subunits for SM's NCT boy band brand, the company said in a statement. The final winners will go through a "K-pop bootcamp" in Seoul and receive mentoring from current NCT members, it added. SM founder and producer Lee Soo-man voiced his anticipation for the collaboration.
Ruling party chief Lee Nak-yon steps down in bid for presidency
This photo shows Democratic Party Chairman Rep. Lee Nak-yon (L) attending a meeting of the top party council last Friday. (Yonhap)Rep. Lee Nak-yon, chief of the ruling Democratic Party (DP), stepped down from his post in the party Tuesday, in his bid to run for presidency next year. The resignation is in compliance with the DP's internal constitution that requires a party chief or a member of the top party council planning to run for presidency to give up their party positions at least one year before the presidential election. The regulation is aimed at ensuring checks and balances between the presidency and the party leadership. In the absence of a party leader, DP floor leader Rep. Kim Tae-nyeon will be doubling as acting party chairman until a new leader is elected in a party congress in May.
NK tightens antivirus efforts in border area within range of anti-Pyongyang leaflets
In this file photo, police officers collect a balloon containing anti-Pyongyang leaflets at a mountain in Hongcheon, a town in South Korea's northeastern province of Gangwon, on June 23, 2020. Fighters for a Free North Korea, a Seoul-based organization of North Korean defectors advocating for North Korean human rights, claimed it sent such balloons toward North Korea in the South Korean border town of Paju, north of Seoul, the previous day. (Yonhap)North Korea has tightened antivirus efforts in an eastern inter-Korean border region, the country's main newspaper said Friday, a day after the paper issued a warning about coronavirus infections through anti-Pyongyang leaflets sent from South Korea. The paper was pointing to "things such as dead animals," but observers say it could also be referring to leaflets. North Korea has claimed to be coronavirus-free but has taken relatively swift and tough measures against the pandemic, such as imposing strict border controls since early last year.
N. Korea unlikely to carry out provocations ahead of S. Korea-US summit: minister
(Pool photo) (Yonhap)Unification Minister Lee In-young said Friday that North Korea is not likely to carry out major provocations ahead of summit talks between the United States and South Korea slated for later this month. "We cannot rule out all possibilities of North Korea raising tensions but many experts say that the chances of the North heightening military tensions ahead of the South Korea-US summit remain relatively low," Lee told a local radio show. "I think it is because North Korea must already know well that things went awry significantly during the Obama administration and it won't make such a mistake again," he added. On Sunday, North Korea strongly blasted President Joe Biden for making the "big blunder" of calling its nuclear program a serious threat, warning the US will face a "worse and worse crisis beyond control." The harsh words came after the US said that its monthslong policy review on North Korea had been completed, providing a broad contour of the results by saying that Washington's goal remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Ryu Hyun-jin reports no pain following return from glute injury
Ryu had missed one turn in the rotation after hitting the 10-day IL with a right glute strain. It wasn't considered serious then, and Ryu said after his win that he wasn't overly concerned about his condition. Ryu wasn't in such a good spot in the first inning, though, as leadoff man Mark Canha drilled a second-pitch fastball from Ryu for a solo home run. This was only the second time that Ryu managed to win a game after giving up at least four runs. "I don't honestly know how that happened, but I pitched better in the fourth and fifth innings than in earlier innings," Ryu said.
Return of Chung Sye-kyun to set off race to win DP's ticket for presidential election
Former Prime Minister Chung sye-kyun (Yonhap)The imminent return of Chung Sye-kyun to the political realm, following his resignation as prime minister earlier this week, is expected to set off in earnest a high-stakes race to win the ruling Democratic Party's (DP) ticket to run in next year's presidential election. Chung stepped down from the public office Friday after serving a 15-month stint, mainly preoccupied with the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Chung's side has reportedly finished all necessary preparations for him to activate his presidential campaign as soon as he makes his presidential bid official. Inside the DP, the imminent return of Chung is likely to send the starting signal for the competition to win the party's ticket for the presidential poll. The DP is scheduled to officially launch its primary race in late June to elect its final standard bearer by September.
[Newsmaker] DP presidential hopefuls talk of throwing out taxpayer money
The ruling party’s presidential hopefuls have begun talking about giving money to young people who completed their military duties, young people who do not own homes and even newborns.The opposition has decried them as populist pledges.Former Democratic Party leader Lee Nak-yon proposed on Thursday, “let’s spend the comprehensive real estate holding tax revenue collected from owners of multiple homes for residential stability of young people without homes and one-person households.”This came a day after he said the government should give 30 million won to people who have completed their mandatory military service, in order to help start their careers.Another presidential hopeful, Gyeonggi Gov. Lee Jae-myung, suggested giving people who chose not to go to college 10 million won to travel around the world.Former Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said last month he was designing a policy to support every newborn’s life with a bank account of 100 million won in installments.Opposition politicians slammed the proposals, calling them shallow populist ideas.Yoo Seong-min of the People Power Party, a former lawmaker and economist who said he will run for president next year, voiced a need for war with “malignant populism.”Gov. Lee, Chung and Lee Nak-yon are competing to spend the most money, Yoo said.“We should stick to standard tactics to grow the economy,” he added.Rep. Hong Joon-pyo, previously People Power Party and currently independent, wrote on Facebook that they are “scrambling to seduce the youth with petty cash,” and that “the people and the youth will no longer buy it.”Rep. Yoon Hee-sook of the People Power Party also criticized Gov.
Housing biz sentiment hits 47-month high in May
(Yonhap)South Korea's housing market sentiment slightly exceeded par for the first time in 47 months in May on rising hopes of business improvements, a poll showed Friday. The Korea Housing Institute said that its housing business sentiment index (HBSI), based on a survey of about 500 construction companies, amounted to 101.2 for this month. A reading above 100 means the number of companies forecasting better business is larger than the number expecting worse times. The institute attributed the improved sentiment to government moves to renovate small houses and expectations for softer regulations of redevelopment and reconstruction in the capital Seoul. The HBSI for Seoul soared to 116.6 for May from 101.6 in April, exceeding the 110 mark for the first time in 32 months.
Ex-prosecutor gets three years in prison for taking bribes over Lime fraud scandal
This Dec. 10, 2020, file photo shows former high-ranking prosecutor Yun Gap-geun arriving at the Seoul Southern District Court to attend a hearing about his arrest warrant in connection with the Lime fund fraud case. (Yonhap)A former senior prosecutor was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for taking bribes in connection with a financial fraud scandal involving Lime Asset Management. The Seoul Southern District Court convicted Yun Gap-geun, former chief of the Daegu High Prosecutors Office, of accepting bribes through good offices. Lime was investigated over its alleged cover-up of massive losses and subsequent suspension of fund redemption worth an estimated 1.6 trillion won. The case has developed into a high-profile lobbying scandal, in which former and incumbent government officials and politicians are embroiled.
Seoul Mayor hires ultra-right YouTuber as ‘message secretary’
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon hired a conservative YouTuber in his 20s as his new secretary for press affairs, a move concerning to some as a sign that the mayoral office could be swayed into certain political stance under Oh’s rule.The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Thursday that the YouTuber was hired as a “message secretary” under the mayor’s office. The new hire is in charge of drafting speeches and other press materials to be released from Oh’s office until his term ends next year.The YouTuber who has now deleted all of his uploaded videos and effectively closed the channel, which used to have around 23,000 subscribers when active. The person has no prior work experience and is known to have looked for employment outside of being a YouTuber.The person, who participated in Oh’s Seoul mayoral campaign as an official, has maintained a politically conservative stance. He has openly voiced opposition to policies and initiatives under the Moon Jae-in administration.As the Seoul mayor, Oh has power to hire more civil servants while in office regardless of qualifications or prior experience. But some have criticized his move as a move that could potentially turn his office’s political stance as “overly conservative.”As the news of hire spread, the YouTuber deleted all of its videos and left the channel blank.
Delivery workers vote to strike over ‘gapjil’ from apartment residents
Unionized parcel delivery workers in South Korea have voted to launch a strike later this month as they ask logistics firms to step in and resolve an ongoing conflict with an apartment complex and its residents over a ban on ground-floor parking.The delivery workers’ union under the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions said Friday that 77 percent of 6,000 workers voted to approve the walkout. The strike will consist of some 2,000 workers from the union, details of which will be announced later from the union leader.The union had announced in a statement earlier that the walkout will start May 11 unless logistics firms step in before then to resolve the “gapjil” issue from an apartment complex in Gangdong-gu, eastern Seoul, and its residents that has lasted for more than a month now.Gapjil refers to bullying and sometimes violence by a powerful person or entity against someone in a weaker position. The word derives from a contract term to describe a leading party in a deal.Since April 1, the apartment complex of 5,000 households and the delivery workers have been wrestling over a decision from the complex’s resident representatives to ban parcel delivery trucks from driving on ground-floor roads within the complex’s area.The ban called on the workers to park their trucks at the complex entrance or in the underground parking lot, requiring workers to use handcarts when making door-to-door delivery services.Delivery workers strongly opposed the move, saying the vast majority of delivery trucks used in Korea would not fit in the underground parking lots, designed with a 2.3-meter height limit.The workers would have to spend money out of their own pockets to fit the limit, as they are under special temporary contracts with logistics firms, and not employed as full-time workers.The conflict remains unsolved, and delivery workers have been piling up parcels by the entrance to the apartment complex. Residents have had to physically come to the entrance to pick up their deli
Top envoys of S. Korea, UK agree to tackle climate change, COVID-19 vaccines
South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong held talks with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, and the two sides agreed to tackle climate change and cooperate on the fair distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.The two envoys held a strategic dialogue Thursday at Chevening House near London, a day after the Group of Seven ministerial meeting ended in the British capital.Both sides agreed that the strengthening of international cooperation beyond bilateral relations, including at the G-7 level, is crucial to tackle pending global issues, including climate change and responses to COVID-19, the ministry here said in a press release.The two ministers also committed to work together to ensure equitable access to vaccines and strengthen international solidarity and cooperation to overcome COVID-19.They also agreed to collaborate in order for Seoul and London to successfully host their respective forums on climate change this year. South Korea is hosting the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals Summit on May 30-31, and the UN Climate Change Conference is slated to take place in November in Glasgow.The two decided to strengthen their countries’ cooperation in the post-Brexit era by faithfully implementing the free trade agreement signed in August 2019 between the two countries.Chung also asked for the UK’s continued interest and cooperation in Seoul’s efforts for the complete denuclearization of and the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. Raab, in turn, threw his support in this regard and toward Seoul’s efforts to improve inter-Korean relations.During his trip to the British capital, Chung has called on the G-7 members and participating countries for their interest and support in the Korean peace process. South Korea was invited as a guest -- along with Australia, India, South African and Brunei -- to this year’s session of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies.He held separate bilateral sessions on th
Naver to expand its R&D network in North America
Naver plans to expand its research and development network in the North American region, particularly focusing on Silicon Valley, as part of its globalization efforts, according to officials.The research team is seeking talent from across the globe who will be allowed to work in either Korea or the US, the South Korean internet giant said at 2021 Naver Search Colloquium which took place online on Friday.Kim Jin-young, the newly appointed Head of Data Science and Director of US R&D at Naver Search CIC, said he plans to improve Naver’s search and recommendation services by applying the latest research cases in data science.Making his first public appearance, Kim previously worked at Microsoft and Snap where he was in charging of assessing search and recommendation systems and user modeling.“As Naver seeks to solidify itself as a global service, we hope to work with talented people at home and abroad,” Kim said at the event.Kang In-ho, an executive officer at Naver Search CIC, said the use of AI search tools increased 24 percent last month compared to January thanks to “constant improvements on usability.”“After improving the meaning-based understanding of other languages apart from Korean and experiencing a performance improvement, we believe that Naver’s technology and know-how will be appealing enough to the global market,” Kang said.Naver also said its global artificial intelligence research belt, which was launched in 2019, has continued cooperation with researchers around the world, with plans to expand its four-way technology research network between South Korea, Japan, France and Vietnam.A total of 24 AI technology-related presentations took place during the event in the six categories including Vision, Language AI, Learning to Rank, User Modeling, E-commerce and Platform.Naver Search Colloquium is an annual academic event launched to share the works of Naver’s research team. Though it took place under the name AI Colloquium for the last three years, this year’
Australia will maintain its Taiwan policy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country had always “stood for freedom in our part of the world”.
Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor
Brian Kemp in the nascent Republican gubernatorial primary ahead of next year's elections, according to polling obtained by The Hill. Presented with a hypothetical endorsement from Trump, the poll shows Jones pulling ahead of Kemp, at 38 percent to 36 percent. Jones remains an unknown quantity to many GOP voters in Georgia. The poll, fielded from May 1-3, is based on responses from 1,040 likely 2022 Republican primary voters in Georgia. It's unclear who else may enter the GOP primary for Georgia governor.
‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden’s moving story about conductor called into question
“When I became vice president, one of the Capitol Hill newspapers estimated that I had taken more than 7,000 round trips on Amtrak over my career. “There was an article, I guess my fourth or fifth year as vice president, saying Biden travels 1,300,000 miles on Air Force One [Two]. The outlet also pointed out that Biden’s office celebrated him reaching 1 million miles on Air Force Two in 2015. Joe Biden spoke extensively about traveling on Amtrak while he was vice president. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais“A few months ago, Vice President Joe Biden crossed the million-mile mark aboard Air Force Two — the official plane of the Vice President.
In booting Cheney, ‘My Kevin’ leads GOP back to Trump
House Republicans are preparing to dump Rep. Liz Cheney from the No. If so, McCarthy will have transformed what’s left of the party of Lincoln more decisively into the party of Trump. House Republicans are preparing to dump Rep. Liz Cheney from the No. If so, McCarthy will have transformed what’s left of the party of Lincoln more decisively into the party of Trump. McCarthy argued that the House GOP needed to stay united against newly empowered Democrats, and she easily survived.
After a year of protests, Portland residents have waning patience for antifa
Rose City Antifa is one of the nation's oldest active antifa groups. Rose City Antifa members "Milo" and "Ace" use pseudonyms and they asked that their faces and voices be obscured for this report. "The city of Portland will not tolerate criminal destruction for violence ... for those who are involved in it let's make them hurt them a little bit." Amid the back and forth, Portland residents are left drained from the conflict and are increasingly decrying the property destruction thought to be perpetuated by antifa. "There's been a growing animosity towards some of the protests among, you know, the population of Portland," he said.
Biden's gov't aims to protect lands, waters in 'America the Beautiful' report
The 22-page "America the Beautiful" report from the Commerce, Interior and Agriculture departments gives a broad overview of how the administration intends to reach its goals. It says voluntary conservation efforts by farmers and ranchers will be key to meeting Biden's goal of conserving 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. The report also says that "maintaining ranching in the West -- on both public lands and private lands -- is essential to maintaining the health of wildlife, the prosperity of local economies, and an important and proud way of life." "Efforts to conserve and restore America's lands and waters must respect the rights of private property owners. Such efforts must also build trust among all communities and stakeholders, including by recognizing and rewarding the voluntary conservation efforts of private landowners and the science-based approaches of fishery managers."
Swiss Neo-Nazi Fined for ‘Outrageous’ Antisemitic Speech Accusing Jews of Starting Two World Wars
Under Swiss law, “spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories that accuse the Jews of having instigated and financed the Second World War” is a criminal offense. Steiger was also sentenced to a suspended fine of nearly $13,000, which he will have to pay if he breaks the law again. According to Hans Stutz — an expert on the far-right in Switzerland — Steiger delivered “the most antisemitic speech in decades” to be heard by a Swiss audience. He has argued that “Zionists” deliberately settled “Africans and Muslims” in Europe, and claimed that the coronavirus is a “Zionist virus” designed to weaken the Swiss economy. First classified by the Swiss federal police as an “extremist” group by the Swiss federal police in 2001, the PNOS publishes a magazine called “Harus!” — the Swiss Nazi equivalent of the German “Sieg Heil.”
COVID is leaving hundreds of Indian children orphaned. Now there are concerns of child trafficking
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 4, 2021There are concerns the devastating toll from India’s COVID crisis is leading to a generation of pandemic orphans. Their parents are dying in hospitals or homes across the country, and newly-orphaned children wait, alone, for help. And that is when they reached out.”Save the Children arranged for an ambulance to take the child to get medical help, before notifying local child welfare authorities. Working remotely, she verifies the cases, checks to see if the children are in need of immediate medical help, jots down details and flags the cases to child welfare authorities and police. “That's extremely scary, and it has a huge scarring effect on the child.”Ms Srivastava alerted child welfare authorities who took the child into their care.
Twenty-five killed in deadliest Rio police raid since 2005
By Rodrigo Viga GaierRIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - At least 25 people were killed in a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and police in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, one of the state's deadliest police raids ever, police said. People targeted in the raid in the Jacarezinho slum neighborhood tried to escape across rooftops as police arrived in armored vehicles and helicopters flew overhead, television images showed. It was the deadliest single police operation in 16 years for Rio state which has suffered for decades from drug-related violence in poor neighborhoods known as favelas. A 2005 raid in the Baixada Fluminense in Rio's violent northern outskirts killed 29 people. (Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Brad Haynes and Cynthia Osterman)
EU countries agree to open up to Israeli tourists
But it is the result of a perfect storm of British, French and European politics and, inevitably, Brexit. The technicalities of fishing licences in the 12 miles around Jersey’s coasts are vitally important for French fishermen. But such disputes rarely lead to Royal Navy and French navy ships eyeing each other across the waves unless it suits politicians on both sides. The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which came into force on December 31 last year, sets out the new post-Brexit fishing rules. Access is granted by the issuing of fishing licences but France is angry about how the new rules are being implemented and has accused Britain of dragging its feet.
Minnesota bank hostage standoff ends with arrest, no injuries
More than eight hours after it began, a hostage situation at a bank in St. The last hostage was seen on video appearing to run and then stumble out of the Wells Fargo branch bank around 10:20 p.m. local time (11:20 p.m. There were no injuries to anyone in the ordeal, which began around 1:50 p.m. when police responded to a report of a possible robbery, police Lt. Lori Ellering said. When police got arrived, five bank employees were being held hostage, and McNeary asked police to call the FBI, he said. Wells Fargo in a statement earlier confirmed the hostage situation and said it was fully cooperating with authorities.
At least 17 Everest climbers have tested positive for the coronavirus, but Nepal refuses to say there's an outbreak
17 Everest climbers were evacuated off the mountain and tested positive, the BBC reported. Last year's climbing season was canceled due to the pandemic, which was a blow to Nepal's economy. The Everest climbing season is under threat from a coronavirus outbreak among climbers, but officials in the cash-strapped country refuse to admit anything is wrong. A potential blow to the economyA coronavirus outbreak on Everest would be bad news for Nepal, whose economy relies heavily on tourism and the climbing season. PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images'People coughing everywhere'COVID-19 presents a tricky situation for Everest climbers in that it shares symptoms with other medical issues that Everest climbers get every year, including HAPE and the so-called "Khumbu cough," a cough named after the valley that climbers trek through to get to Everest.
Texas Court of Appeals tell Houston Mayor 'NO' in legal dispute with firefighters
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Judges with the Texas Court of Appeals sided with Houston firefighters in a decision that could cost city taxpayers millions.In a long running battle over Houston firefighters' salaries, the city of Houston tried to have their collective bargaining rights declared unconstitutional. Texas law permits that when unions and cities can't agree on a contract. A union expert suggested Houston firefighters could be as much as 50% underpaid which would be $162.5 million for one year alone. It should be a signal for the mayor to end the vindictive, taxpayer-funded legal campaign against Houston firefighters and our families. "A ruling on Prop B, the ballot measure that would raise firefighter salaries in line with police salaries, is still pending in front of the same court.
El Trafico LA showdown, Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders Cascadia Derby highlight weekend in MLS
That is followed by the storied rivalry between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders (3 p.m. Here is what you need to know for the fourth weekend of the 2021 MLS season:MLS game of the weekPortland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders (Sunday, 3 p.m. The Union's advance was followed up by Toronto FC (vs. Cruz Azul), Columbus Crew (vs. Monterrey) and Portland Timbers (vs. Club America) all getting eliminated from the competition. The mere link of Luiz to MLS made him arguably the juiciest transfer rumor of the first month of the MLS season. New York City FC - After a humbling opening-weekend loss to DC United, NYCFC has now outscored its opponents 7-0.
Removing military commanders from sexual assault cases won't yield meaningful solutions
For Our View, read Defend U.S. troops against sexual assault and harassment in the military – finally. Any changes to the military justice system in response to this problem must actually contribute to meaningful solutions. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and which would remove military commanders from the court-martial charging process for these cases, is unlikely to provide meaningful solutions to this serious and important problem. Under the current system, commanders cannot make court-martial charging decisions without first consulting with and obtaining detailed legal advice from their lawyers. Commanders are key to eliminating sexual assault and harassment in the ranks.
Colombia protests: Maluma, J Balvín, Viola Davis, more stars react
Celebrities are taking to social media to express their outrage and support of the demonstrations in Colombia that have left many people dead. Colombian singer Maluma took to Instagram earlier this week to address his “beloved” home country, sharing a picture of the Colombian flag. Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" actress Diane Guerrero shared resources on Instagram for her followers, writing, "Colombia I'm with you. Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis shared resources on Instagram and expressed her solidarity with the Colombian people. Although Duque has withdrawn the proposal, mass protests have continued against economic inequality, rising poverty, and government repression.
Don't pay student loans with your stimulus check. Cash it toward credit card debt: Here's why.
A family of four, for example, could be looking at up to $5,600 in stimulus cash as part of the latest round of payments. Should you try to pay down student loans with stimulus cash? Joy said you also want to evaluate whether any of your student loan debt can be forgiven — think public service loan forgiveness — and consider what loans might never be forgiven, including private student loans. Unlike federal student loans, private student loans don't qualify for federal student loan forgiveness programs. After the details of student loan forgiveness are announced, he said, borrowers can use the banked money to pay down student loan debt as appropriate.
Leo Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
You may not be much in the mood for socializing today but don’t be so unresponsive that you choose to ignore someone who clearly needs to talk to you. If you get the chance to help them, and you take it, your own mood will improve considerably.
Aries Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
People at work will rub you up the wrong way today but if you are smart – and in control of yourself – you won’t lose your cool. Act as if you find their words and actions a bit of a joke – then they’ll be the ones who get angry. Yesterday's HoroscopeThe planets warn you may not be as rich as you think you are, so resist the urge to spend, spend, spend. There could also be an invoice, or two, you have forgotten to pay, so don’t waste your money on things you know you don’t need.
Sagittarius Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
You don’t have to oppose the majority view, but you probably will. You don’t have to play devil’s advocate, but you do enjoy annoying those whose opinions and beliefs are set in stone. You’ll have a lot of fun arguing with just about everyone today. Yesterday's HoroscopeThere is no point getting worked up about the state of the world. No matter how messed up things may appear to be, if you act as if everything is wonderful and going according to a cosmic plan your positive thoughts will help make it a fact.
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There is no point worrying yourself sick about things over which you have no control. That applies to all areas but especially to matters to do with your career. What will be will be, and once it’s been and gone you’ll realize it wasn’t such a big deal. Yesterday's HoroscopeIf you want to get away from all the fussing and fighting that is taking place around you then just get up and go. Once you are clear of people who vex your spirit you’ll find new friendships that delight you.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced late Thursday that she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive. Bottoms, 51, announced she would not run for reelection during a private call, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Bottoms, the second Black woman ever elected mayor in the city, had previously announced she would be running for a second term, holding a fundraising event with President Joe Biden. The city of Atlanta has had its challenges, Bottoms wrote in her letter. A year into her term, Atlanta had more than a third of its systems paralyzed by a March 2018 ransomware attack.
Libra Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
You like a good debate about the issues of the day but the planets warn if a conversation starts to get heated you can and you must walk away. Why risk spoiling a long-term friendship over something you have no way of changing? It’s not worth it.
'West Side Story': Rita Moreno declined audition to play Maria in OG Broadway production
Rita Moreno delivered a legendary performance as Anita in the 1961 film "West Side Story," earning the Oscar for best supporting actress. The source of her fear, Moreno said, was the prospect of working for legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins, who offered her the audition. Robbins conceived, choreographed and directed the stage musical and met Moreno while working on the 1956 film "The King and I." After mounting the Broadway production of "West Side Story," Robbins co-directed the film version alongside Robert Wise, but was fired mid-production. Though Moreno declined Robbins' audition offer, the choreographer kept her in mind for the film, suggesting to Wise that they let her try out for Anita.
Defend U.S. troops against sexual assault in the military – finally
Reporting sexual abuse to bossesThis is a fundamental change that could help ensure that allegations of sexual assault and abuse are taken seriously, that the guilty are punished and that victims can find accountability. Civilians aren't required to report sexual abuse to their bosses, and the same should be true for service members. The militaries of such U.S. allies as Australia, Canada, Great Britain and Israel have long since removed sexual assault cases from the chain of command. ?Or humiliations in 2013 and 2014, when a sexual abuse prevention officer was reprimanded for committing sexual abuse and another was convicted of running a prostitution ring. But at least it represents a fundamental change in military justice that could finally turn the tide on this epidemic of sexual assault.
Bernie Sanders is not in favor of requiring students to get vaccinated
Sen. Bernie Sanders said students should not be forced to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s not my job to tell parents or kids to get vaccinated,” the Vermont progressive told WCAX3 on Wednesday while touring a school in his home state. Sen. Bernie Sanders backed the Biden administration’s move to waive intellectual property protections so other nations can create vaccines. Sen. Bernie Sanders did not say if he supports incentives for teenagers to get the vaccine. “I applaud the President for backing the waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID vaccines.
Alaska teacher on leave after ‘racially insensitive’ George Floyd comments
An Alaska high school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after telling students that George Floyd would still be alive if he had complied with Minneapolis police. In a 15-minute video posted on YouTube last week, a masked teacher at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks is seen leading a discussion of high-profile police shootings of African-Americans. Gardner.” Lathrop’s website lists a Connie Gardner as a special education teacher. An email to Gardner’s work address by The Post requesting comment was not immediately returned. “It is a class, it is a class, and this is where it should stop.
One injured in massive Long Island house fire
One person was injured in a roaring fire at a Long Island home on Thursday night, police said. The blaze broke out in an East Meadow house on 7th Street at about 8:30 p.m., according to police. Dramatic video of the inferno posted to Twitter by @LIFireBuff captured the moment one of two propane tanks exploded from the heat. The neighboring home suffered some damage from the explosions, police said. One resident, who suffered minor burns to their hand, was hospitalized, according to cops.
Pisces Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
The situation you are now faced with may be challenging but it’s also the kind of situation you have dealt with a dozen or more times in the past. You came through all those other times unscathed, sometimes even with a smile on your face, so why worry? Yesterday's HoroscopeSomeone you have feelings for – a friend or family member – is playing with fire and you just know it is going to end in tears. It’s unlikely they will listen to your warnings, so all you can do is be ready to help them when the inevitable occurs.
Cancer Horoscope Today: Free Daily Horoscope
A friend or family member will tell you a hugely entertaining story today – and you must not believe a word of it. Either they are having fun at your expense or they have been led to believe it is true by someone who’s been having fun at their expense!
Hundreds of COVID victims’ bodies still in refrigerated trucks on NYC waterfront
The bodies of hundreds of New Yorkers are still sitting in a refrigerated morgue on the Brooklyn waterfront more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Big Apple. Refrigerated trucks holding the remains of NYC COVID victims are seen on the Brooklyn waterfront. The refrigerated trucks were used after city morgues, hospitals and funeral homes were overwhelmed in the early days of the pandemic. The families of others have fallen out of contact with the city, Maniotis said. The city estimates that 750 bodies remain in the city’s refrigerated morgues.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won’t seek reelection
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced late Thursday that she would not seek a second term after what she described as “thoughtful prayer and consideration.”The Democrat did not give a specific reason for her decision not to run. Her announcement made a point of claiming that “[m]ultiple credible polls have shown that if the race for Mayor were held today, I would be re-elected.”Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took office in 2018. Getty ImagesShe also referenced a March fundraiser headlined by President Biden which reportedly raised more than $500,000 for her potential reelection bid. Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms did not specify why she was not running for a second term. The mayor also faced backlash from local police over her response to the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks by Officer Garrett Rolfe.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection
“My ancestors, direct descendants of the once enslaved, traveled by horse and buggy from the cotton fields of east Georgia in search of a better life for themselves and their children in Atlanta,” she wrote. “I have carried their belief for a better tomorrow in my heart, their earnest work ethic in my being, and their hopes for generations not yet born on my mind, each day that I have been privileged to serve as the 60th Mayor of Atlanta.”
An Australian mom was convicted of killing her 4 babies. Scientists say she’s innocent.
Folbigg described her life as made up of a series of “never-ending battles and things that I have to get over and conquer.” When she was 18 months old, her father stabbed her mother to death after an argument — a detail that would one day feature prominently in coverage of her murder case. He spent 15 years in prison, according to details in the 2019 inquiry, and Folbigg lived with relatives before being put in foster care.
‘A terrible idea’: Multitasking state senator drives while videoconferencing
Dingus said the risk of crashing while texting or dialing someone on the phone is about five times greater than driving while not doing those things. The odds of crashing while talking on a hands-free phone is about 50 percent higher, a little more than talking to a passenger in the car, he said. “If you’re looking double-digit numbers of times away form the roadway, your crash risk is increasing,” said Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
Carolyn Hax: Can you ever get out of the friend zone?
Good decisions use what we have. Even when we’re projecting and trying to make a decision about what’s possible in the future, even when we all understand change of some kind is a certainty, we’re more successful when we use what we have. The habits we have, for example, not the better habits we want. The savings we have, not the windfall we want. The strengths we have, not the ones everyone else seemed to get.
Ask Amy: Mother-daughter estrangement remains a mystery
The only time he seemed to contact me was to show off and tell me that he'd bought a new car and had plastic surgery. Other than that, anytime I texted or called him he would tell me he didn't want to hear from me; then he would say he misses me but would get angry.
Wizards finally turn back Raptors in OT, strengthen bid for NBA’s play-in tourney
“Soon as I walked out the locker room they had a guy on me, so to speak,” said Beal, who told teammates not even to look for him. I haven’t seen a box-and-one since probably the last time we played them and in high school before that. It kind of kept me out of the game. Kept me from touching the ball. I kind of had to be a decoy and continue to move around without the ball.
Miss Manners: It’s more than okay to ask about safety protocols
Miss Manners suggests that when you make these appointments, you ask the staff what their safety protocol is — even if it is already listed on their website. Most businesses are eager to assure you that they are doing everything possible to safeguard their practice. Procuring these assurances is reasonable — and doing so in advance will spare you the awkwardness of having the conversation while someone’s (gloved) hands are in your mouth.
Portland driver confronted by armed group in broad daylight, shocking video shows
A shocking video from Portland, Oregon, posted on social media shows armed people clashing in broad daylight on Wednesday. The 28-second video, posted by Durham Operations, shows a group – with most members dressed in black and several wielding rifles – yelling at the driver of a red vehicle. WARNING: PROFANITY AND GRAPHIC CONTENTLater, the video shows the driver in the street, confronting the group, and being tackled after he pulls an object from his rear pants pocket and points it at others. By then, the armed group had moved away from the immediate area – though still openly carrying weapons, police said. Later, police received calls from motorists who claimed they were delayed by the group blocking the street during the incident.
Chicago Sun-Times editorial board celebrates Facebook's decision to uphold Trump ban: 'Let's keep it that way'
The editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times celebrated Facebook's decision to uphold its ban of former President Trump. "Good news for America: Trump still relegated to scrawling on bathroom walls," the Sun-Times' editorial headline read on Wednesday. BRIAN STELTER DEFENDS FACEBOOK'S DECISION TO UPHOLD TRUMP BAN: HIS ‘MISCONDUCT,' ‘AUTOCRATIC STREAK’ CAUSED ITIn the meantime, however, the Sun-Times editorial board sees the ongoing ban as a victory. The Chicago newspaper insisted that Trump is "incapable" of not "telling lies" and that it's a "relief" that his Facebook ban will be upheld. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Sun-Times isn't the only media outlet that celebrated the ongoing ban.
This Day in History: May 7
On this day, May 7 ...1975: President Gerald R. Ford formally declares an end to the "Vietnam era." 1915: A German U-boat torpedoes and sinks the British liner RMS Lusitania off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans, out of the nearly 2,000 on board. A German U-boat torpedoes and sinks the British liner RMS Lusitania off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans, out of the nearly 2,000 on board. 1984: A $180 million out-of-court settlement is announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who say they were injured by exposure to the defoliant. A $180 million out-of-court settlement is announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who say they were injured by exposure to the defoliant.
LA County DA Gascón won't seek death penalty for pair charged with torturing, killing boy, 10
"This is not based upon new evidence," Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said, according to the City News Service. I stand by the special-circumstances committee decision that I announced to the court on the record two years ago." In 2019, then-District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office announced it would seek the death penalty for defendants Heather Maxine Barron, 31, and Kareem Ernesto Leiva, 35. The decision was announced Thursday and means the maximum Barron and Leiva could face is life without parole. The district attorney’s office had announced in 2018 it would seek the death penalty for Mejia.
Retail investment interest among young people has been strong in 2021, says Seedly CEO
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailRetail investment interest among young people has been strong in 2021, says Seedly CEOKenneth Lou, CEO of Singaporean personal finance community Seedly, says interest in retail investments remains strong among young people in 2021, despite regulatory headwinds.
China's exports surge 32.3% in April, surpassing expectations
Containers sit at the Yangshan Port in Shanghai, China, Aug. 6, 2019. BEIJING — China's exports surged more than expected in April as global demand for Chinese goods remained elevated amid countries' varying stages of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. dollar-denominated exports rose 32.3% in April from a year ago, China's customs agency said Friday. That beat an estimate of 24.1% growth from analysts polled by Reuters. Imports rose 43.1% in U.S. dollar terms, also topping expectations of 42.5% growth, based on a Reuters poll.
Korean payments app KakaoPay to offer fractional investing services
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailKorean payments app KakaoPay to offer fractional investing servicesSeung Hyo Lee, chief product officer at South Korean payments platform KakaoPay, discusses the company's in-app investment offering as it targets "synergies" between traditional payments and financial services.
U.S. economy likely created nearly a million jobs in April
REUTERS/Carlo AllegriU.S. employers likely hired nearly a million workers in April as they rushed to meet a surge in demand, unleashed by the reopening of the economy amid rapidly improving public health and massive financial help from the government. According to a Reuters survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls likely increased by 978,000 jobs last month after rising by 916,000 in March. That would leave employment about 7.5 million jobs below its peak in February 2020. Twelve months ago, the economy purged a record 20.679 million jobs as it reeled from mandatory closures of nonessential businesses to slow the first wave of COVID-19 infections. April's payrolls estimates range from as low as 656,000 to as high as 2.1 million jobs.
China's export growth unexpectedly speeds up in April
Exports in dollar terms surged 32.3% from a year earlier to $263.92 billion, China's General Administration of Customs said on Friday, beating analysts' forecast of 24.1% and the 30.6% growth reported in March. "China's export growth again surprised on the upside," said Zhiwei Zhang, chief economist at Pinpoint Asset Management, adding that two factors - the booming U.S. economy and the COVID-19 crisis in India, causing some orders to shift to China - likely contributed to the strong export growth. "We expect China's export growth will stay strong into the second half of this year, as the two factors above will likely continue to favour Chinese manufacturers. China ran a trade surplus of $42.85 billion for the month, customs said, wider than a $28.1 billion surplus tipped in the Reuters poll. China's official manufacturing purchasing managers' index last week showed factory activity growth slowed in April from a month earlier.
India's daily COVID-19 cases rise by record 414,188
A man reacts before the cremation of his relative, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on the banks of the river Ganges at Garhmukteshwar in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiIndia on Friday reported a record daily rise in coronavirus cases of 414,188, while deaths from COVID-19 swelled by 3,915, according to health ministry data. India's total coronavirus infections now stand at 21.49 million, while its total fatalities have reached 234,083. The South Asian nation has added 1.57 million cases and just over 15,100 deaths this week alone. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Indian shares firm as metal stocks jump on strong commodity prices
A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, India, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/FilesIndian shares rose to a one-week high on Friday and were set for solid weekly gains as metal stocks climbed further on strong commodity prices, with Tata Steel surging to a record peak. Shares of Tata Steel (TISC.NS) rose 4.1% to a record high, riding on strong quarterly results and metal prices. The Nifty metal index (.NIFTYMET) was the best performer, climbing 2.5% to an all-time peak. Broader equity markets were firm amid strong commodity prices and after a strong close on Wall Street following an upbeat U.S. jobless claims report.
Tesla tells regulator that full self-driving cars may not be achieved by year-end
REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File PhotoTesla Inc (TSLA.O) told a California regulator that it may not achieve full self-driving technology by the end of this year, a memo by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) showed. Tesla is at Level 2 currently," the California DMV said in a memo about its March 9 conference call with Tesla representatives, including autopilot engineer CJ Moore. The California DMV, Tesla and Moore were not immediately available for comment. "Tesla indicated that they are still firmly in L2," California DMV said in the memo. The California Highway Patrol is investigating why a Tesla vehicle crashed into an overturned truck on a highway near Fontana, California, on Wednesday, killing the Tesla’s driver.
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Military coup puts Telenor’s future in Myanmar on the line Media & Telecom · 3:07 AM UTCSince Myanmar's military ordered telecoms operators to shut their networks in an effort to end protests against its February coup, Telenor's business there has been in limbo.
Biden finds one Republican who backs infrastructure plan
The president took his pitch to sell his infrastructure plan on the road to Louisiana where he held a joint event with the Republican mayor of Lake Charles, LA. We discuss with Jonathan Lemire of The Associated Press.
Jen Psaki Says She Will Likely Serve Just 1 Year As Press Secretary
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in an interview she plans to serve in her administration role for about a year before moving on to spend more time with her family. It’s not uncommon for the press secretary role to experience a high level of turnover: Former President Donald Trump had four, Obama had three and former President George W. Bush had four as well. “And I think there have been mistakes made in the past of trying to do that.”Psaki — who has earned praise in recent months from the White House press corps — told Axelrod her experience in government gave her some foresight before she accepted the job. “It’s a decision, having worked here before, that you kind of make as a family,” she said. “You’re agreeing to committing to … really be a part of a wild crazy roller coaster for a period of time.”
Maddow: Republicans running against democracy not Democrats
Rachel Maddow looks at how Virginia Republicans have made registering to vote so annoying that they are already ignoring their own new rules for their primary election, and points out that in a natural offshoot of Donald Trump's election fantasies, the Trumpiest Republican candidate is already sowing seeds of doubt about her own party's primary election's outcome.
Republicans who voted against popular Biden Covid relief bill tout its benefits
Rachel Maddow points out that Republicans are associating themselves with the popular features of the Covid relief plan they voted against, and notes that with Mitch McConnell essentially admitting he intends to follow the same obstructionist playbook he used against President Obama, Democrats should feel free to continue to advance popular legislation without bothering to wrangle Republicans along the way.
Fmr. IRS Commissioner: ‘If you give the IRS money, it will give you more money back’
Former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss President Biden’s plan to increase funding for the IRS to crack down on tax avoidance, which costs the United States as much as $1 trillion annually.
Used Chinese rocket debris could hit Earth this weekend
Debris from a used Chinese rocket could be falling back to Earth over the weekend, and it's unclear just how big the risk to humans really is. MSNBC's Brian Williams has details.
Federal and state officials sound alarm about ‘sham’ AZ audit
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sent a letter to the Arizona senate raising concerns over counting errors and ballot security issues observers witnessed as the Justice Department warned the audit might be violating federal law. Hobbs tells Lawrence O’Donnell that “this whole audit is a sham” and voters “across the political spectrum” are flooding her office with concerned calls.
Built on nonsense, Trump makes election fantasy the core of Republican doctrine
Rachel Maddow reports on more of the kooky beliefs behind the pro-Trump Arizona ballot spectacle and points out that Donald Trump reportedly believes this will put him immediately back in the White House, and because fealty to Trump is a Republican requirement, Republicans will now have to also support Trump's nonsense to their increasingly confused followers.
Xcel Energy offers solar option for New Mexico customers
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Xcel Energy says customers in New Mexico now have the option to purchase electricity generated from a solar power plant near Clovis that came online just weeks ago. A typical residential customer would pay about $10.80 a month more to participate in the utility’s solar program. Utility officials said companies and organizations that have sustainability goals also can participate and claim renewable energy certificates that result from the solar facility’s energy production. It has close to 2,500 megawatts of wind energy capacity that it either owns or purchases for customers in the region. Those wind resources made up about 30% of the utility’s energy mix last year.
Today in Entertainment History
On May 7, 1941, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded “Chattanooga Choo Choo” for RCA Victor. Wilson’s cousin Stan Love was going to announce that he wanted to become a legal overseer of Wilson’s life and estate. In 1991, singer Wilson Pickett was arrested in Englewood, New Jersey, after driving over the lawn of Mayor Donald Aronson, who was his neighbor. In 1996, actor Martin Lawrence was hospitalized after he was found screaming in a busy intersection in Los Angeles. Actor Robin Strasser (“One Life To Live,” “Passions”) is 76.
Big US job gain expected, if employers found enough workers
Even if economists’ estimate for April hiring proves accurate, the economy would remain about 7 million jobs short of its pre-pandemic level. Some economists say they think last month’s hiring gain may turn out even stronger than forecasts suggest. ADVERTISEMENTStill, one unusual factor might have kept a lid on job growth in April: Some employers would have hired more workers, if only they could find them. By contrast, job cuts have fallen heavily on low-wage workers, racial minorities and people without college educations. Still, some economists say employers will have to offer higher pay to draw more people back into the job market.
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Londoners voted overwhelmingly to elect their own mayor for the first time in history. Rock musician Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is 75. Rock musician Prairie Prince is 71. Rock musician Phil Campbell (Motorhead) is 60. Rock musician Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 35.
Texas GOP’s voting restriction bill heads toward House vote
Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Houston, center, stands with co-sponsors as he answers questions and speaks in favor of HB 6, an election bill, in the House Chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican lawmakers marched late Thursday toward advancing a sweeping elections bill that would put America’s biggest red state closer to imposing a raft of new voting restrictions in the face of growing warning from corporations. Cain, who chairs the House Elections Committee and who authored the House version of the voting bill, echoed those sentiments. “We don’t need to wait for bad things to happen to protect the security of the election,” Cain said. One Republican in the Texas House, Rep. Lyle Larson, spoke out this week against his party’s proposals in an opinion column in his hometown newspaper.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection
FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday, May 6, 2021 she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive who months ago was among those President Joe Biden considered for his running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday, May 6, 2021 she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive who months ago was among those President Joe Biden considered for his running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive who months ago was among those President Joe Biden considered for his running mate.
Indonesia’s Sinabung spews column of volcanic ash into sky
Mount Sinabung releases volcanic materials during an eruption in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, May 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Sastrawan Ginting)Mount Sinabung releases volcanic materials during an eruption in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, May 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Sastrawan Ginting)MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s rumbling Mount Sinabung erupted Friday, spewing a thick column of volcanic ash 2.8 kilometers (1.7 miles) into the sky. Sinabung is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, and some 30,000 people have been forced to leave nearby homes in the past few years. Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is located on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean.
Canucks stop 6-game skid with 6-3 victory over Oilers
Vancouver Canucks' Travis Hamonic (27), J.T. Miller (9) and Nils Hoglander (36) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, May, 6, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta. Miller (9) and Nils Hoglander (36) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, May, 6, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Travis Hamonic, Nils Hoglander and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks snap a six-game losing skid with a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Rathbone made it 2-0 4:43 into the first period with his first NHL goal in his second game.
Rio’s deadly police shootout prompts claims of abuse
At least 25 people died including one police officer and 24 suspects, according to the press office of Rio's civil police. At least 25 people died including one police officer and 24 suspects, according to the press office of Rio's civil police. They were targeting drug traffickers from one of Brazil’s most notorious criminal organizations, Comando Vermelho, and the bodies piled up quickly. The Rio state prosecutors’ office said in a statement to the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo that it would investigate accusations of violence, adding that the case required a probe that is independent from police. ___Associated Press writer Mauricio Savarese in Sao Paulo and AP producer Diarlei Rodrigues in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report.
Argentine clinics struggle despite COVID-19 crisis
While the pandemic has swelled the need for hospital beds, many private clinics say they’re struggling to survive. It’s a problem that private hospitals have had in many parts of the world, including the United States, due to forced cancellation of more profitable elective treatments to focus on COVID-19 emergencies. ADVERTISEMENTAbout 10 private clinics in the greater Buenos Aires area have closed over the past year due to financial problems, eliminating capacity for 700 patients, according to an association of private clinics. And prices for drugs needed for COVID-19 patients, being in short supply, soared by more than 1,000% in at least one case. Jorge Cherro, president of Argentina’s Association of Clinics, Sanatoriums and Private Hospitals, said it can also take months to get paid by the insurers, even as prices continue to rise.
Canada beats Russia 5-3 in world under-18 hockey title game
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Brennan Othmann broke a tie with a sharp-angle shot early in the second period and Canada won the world under-18 hockey championship Thursday night, beating Russia 5-3 for its fourth title and first since 2013. Captain Shane Wright scored twice, 15-year-old Connor Bedard — the youngest champion in tournament history — and Logan Stankoven also scored and Benjamin Gaudreau made 31 saves for Canada. Matvei Michkov, Dmitri Buchelnikov and Vladimir Grudinin scored for Russia. Canada won all seven of its games in the round-robin tournament, outscoring opponents 51-12..“I’m proud of the way my team played tonight,” Russian coach Albert Leshyov. Isak Rosen scored twice for Sweden and Carl Lindbom made 35 saves.
China trade surges as global demand recovers from pandemic
China reported that its April imports and exports surged over the same month in 2020 as global demand strengthens. China reported that its April imports and exports surged over the same month in 2020 as global demand strengthens. (Chinatopix via AP, File)BEIJING (AP) — China’s exports surged 32.3% over a year ago in April as global consumer demand strengthened, while imports rose 43.1%. Exports rose to $263.9 billion, in line with the previous month’s growth but down from the explosive 60.6% rise in the first two months of 2021, customs data showed Friday. China’s global trade surplus narrowed by 5% to $42.8 billion, an indication demand is recovering faster in China than in the rest of the world.
Asian markets rise on optimism over U.S. rebound
TOKYO — Asian shares rose Friday on optimism about the rally on Wall Street and an economic rebound in the U.S., as investors awaited the release of jobs data. A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended with stocks broadly higher and another all-time high for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.93% . Investors continued to weigh the latest corporate earnings reports while looking ahead to a key jobs report due out Friday. Economists expect the April jobs data to show employers hired 975,000 workers last month as the economy accelerated out of the pandemic and vaccines rolled out nationwide. In energy trading, benchmark U.S. crude CLM21, +0.68% added 18 cents to $64.89 a barrel.
John Kuhn says Aaron Rodgers trying to take destiny into his own hands
Former Packers fullback John Kuhn spent nine years as a teammate of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. He knows Rodgers well and those inside the Packers front office whom Rodgers is current beefing with. “I have talked to Aaron Rodgers,” Kuhn said. This man loves to be a Green Bay Packer and this man truly sees careers. It’s going to take two men that are dug in right now trying to meet in the middle somewhere where they’re both happy.”John Kuhn says Aaron Rodgers trying to take destiny into his own hands originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Adam Schefter seems to change his tune about when he obtained the Aaron Rodgers news
A week ago, Aaron Rodgers hijacked the 2021 draft. Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that he made the affirmative decision to break the news of Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay on draft day. “I said, ‘How long until it gets out that Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay? '” Schefter told Dan. Adam Schefter seems to change his tune about when he obtained the Aaron Rodgers news originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
‘Everything seems to go smoother when we’re together’: Companies offer spa weekends and free meals to lure workers back to the office
He’s offering to pay up to $1,500 for a weekend getaway to a wellness spa for the employees who are working voluntarily from the office. He’s letting up to 13 of the 20 employees come into the office if they’d like to each day. Thus far, only 3 to 5 workers per week go into the office. Thomas Jepsen, pictured, wants employees to come back to the office and is willing to pay for a weekend spa retreat if they come back. “ Some 63% of companies favor a hybrid home/office model versus 6% of companies that plan to be fully remote.
U.S. economy likely created nearly a million jobs in April
"With cash in people's pockets, economic activity is looking good and that should lead to more and more hiring right across the economy." According to a Reuters survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls likely increased by 978,000 jobs last month after rising by 916,000 in March. That would leave employment about 7.5 million jobs below its peak in February 2020. Twelve months ago, the economy purged a record 20.679 million jobs as it reeled from mandatory closures of nonessential businesses to slow the first wave of COVID-19 infections. April's payrolls estimates range from as low as 656,000 to as high as 2.1 million jobs.
Americans who see COVID-19 as a threat are still most likely to engage in these activities
Dining out, traveling abroad and shopping at the mall — your views on COVID-19 likely inform your willingness to do these activities in the near future. But what activities Americans choose to engage in will come down to their perspective on how much of a risk COVID-19 represents. Unsurprisingly, Americans who view COVID as a low threat say they are far more likely to engage in certain behaviors this summer than people who think the opposite about the disease. “Americans who are least likely to see COVID as a threat to themselves are most likely to say they plan to do these activities, suggesting that broader concerns about the virus are still making some Americans hesitant about fully reengaging,” Feldman and Morris wrote. People who viewed COVID as a high threat were actually more inclined to do some activities than people who are less worried about the pandemic.
FOREX-Dollar under pressure as U.S. payrolls data could spur more risk-taking
The dollar's index against six other major currencies stood near its lowest level this week, at 90.867, having lost about 0.4% overnight. Against the yen, the dollar dipped to 109.05 yen, almost flat so far on the week as its rebound since late April has lost steam. Signs of strong job recovery are something of a double-edged sword for markets. "Since then, we are stuck with this conundrum about whether a strong job data would lead to more risk-taking or more inflation worries," she added. The currency has been bolstered by oil price gains and the Bank of Canada's recent shift to more hawkish guidance.
China's exports, imports grew faster in April
BEIJING--China's exports and imports grew faster than expected in April, official data showed Friday, as global demand stayed strong while commodity prices remained high. Outbound shipments in April rose 32.3% from a year earlier, up from a 30.6% increase in March, the General Administration of Customs said. The result was much higher than the 21.0% growth expected by economists polled by The Wall Street Journal.
Ex-Packers fullback John Kuhn: Aaron Rodgers 'conflicted' about future in Green Bay
While most revelations in the reported rift between the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have pointed toward an inevitable split, former Packers running back John Kuhn offered a more optimistic take on the Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio. But until I hear that the Green Bay Packers are listening to what the value is of Aaron Rodgers on the trade market, I do not see him going anywhere." "I will say he's conflicted because this man loves to play the game of football, this man loves to be a Green Bay Packer," Kuhn said. Aaron Rodgers has an opportunity to take a little bit of that power back." This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Aaron Rodgers 'conflicted' about future with Packers, John Kuhn says
John Kuhn provides some clarity on Aaron Rodgers-Packers conflict
Former Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn provided some clarity on the current conflict between the organization and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “I’ve talked with Aaron Rodgers,” Kuhn told CBS Sports Radio. He’s trying to take his own destiny into his own hands.”Has Rodgers ruled out a return to Green Bay? Kuhn believes Rodgers is using the leverage of his NFL MVP season in 2020 to get what he wants from the Packers. “Right now is his best chance, at the age of 37, to try and ensure his career in Green Bay does get to 40,” Kuhn said.
George Parros and the NHL got exactly what they wanted
No matter what you thought about Wednesday night's slugfest at Madison Square Garden, it's hard to believe that George Parros, and the league for that matter, didn't get exactly what they wanted. Head of NHL Player Safety George Parros knew exactly what would go down if he chose not to suspend Tom Wilson for a clearly suspendable offense, and he let it happen anyway. That simple move would've mitigated a plethora of potential player safety risks heading into Wednesday's contest, and they just chose to do nothing anyway. With all that in mind, it really appears as though Parros and the league wanted this to play out this way, but why? Remember those old, slow-motion explainer videos the Department of Player Safety used to release whenever they made disciplinary decisions?
Analysis: Wilson forcing NHL rethink over fighting
What has the hockey world in a lather is Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson, a tank of man with a Grim Reaper reputation, tossing around New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin, an NHL most valuable player candidate, like a rag doll. Just prior to taking down Panarin, Wilson had punched Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head while he lay prone on the ice. Wilson, a repeat offender who has been suspended five times for violent acts, was fined $5,000 (he earns $4.1 million per season). New York Post columnist Larry Brooks wrote: “NHL must ban agitator for nearly killing Rangers star." For all the angst Wilson has generated, it has put a spotlight on Wednesday's rematch, which could well be the NHL's most watched game this season.
Anthony Davis leaves blowout loss to Clippers early with back spasms
Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis left their blowout 118-94 loss to the Clippers on Thursday early after appearing to injure his ankle in the opening minutes at the Staples Center. Davis left the contest just minutes into the game after falling over onto a video board along the sidelines/ The team later said that Davis was dealing with back spasms, however, not an ankle injury. Davis stayed in the game for a few minutes before he was replaced by Markieff Morris, and did not return. While it looked like a clear ankle injury, the Lakers announced early in the third quarter that Davis was in fact dealing with a back injury instead. Paul George led the Clippers with 24 points and seven rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard dropped 15 points with eight rebounds.
If Aaron Rodgers is hellbent on forcing his way out of Green Bay, Jordan Love can help him
It's also because the circumstances that ultimately freed Palmer actually speak to most standoffs between elite quarterbacks and their teams. Story continuesThis is why elite quarterbacks are arguably the only players in the NFL who can consistently wield meaningful leverage simply by refusing to show up. Elite quarterbacks matter more than anyone. It's a development that would put Green Bay into a far more interesting quandary than where it finds itself now. If Rodgers stays away for the next few months, Love will become the focal point of this franchise on the field.
Denon, Marantz and Yamaha address 4K, 8K and 120Hz gaming issues
Last year we started to see the first receivers roll out with HDMI 2.1 ports that could support 120Hz refresh rates and up to 8K resolution. However the early devices have had compatibility issues with other hardware — namely the Xbox Series X — and it looks like the fix will be pretty complicated. As Forbes and HD Guru point out, Yamaha, Denon and Marantz all sell receivers that have had these compatibility problems that gamers noticed once the new consoles started rolling out last fall. Denon and Marantz are both brands owned by Sound United, and they're going to fix it by providing an extra hardware adapter to sit between the Xbox and their receivers. Owners of affected receivers can order the box starting on May 15th by checking with Denon or Marantz.
Most New Zealand IPL players to return home Friday
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Most New Zealand players, coaches and support staff who were involved in the suspended Indian Premier League will return home on a charter flight Friday. Heath Mills, head of the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association, said the New Zealand players were eager to leave India as soon as possible. But they, along with other overseas players, have had difficulty finding flights home or to other destinations. IPL officials and the Board of Control for Cricket in India have worked to find places for overseas players on charter flights or scheduled commercial flights. “Were also very grateful to the England and Wales Cricket Board for accommodating the early arrival of the four members of the test squad currently in India.”Story continuesWhite said the New Zealand players would have COVID-19 tests prior to departure.
Body-positivity model Tess Holliday opens up about struggle with anorexia
ABC NewsSecretary of State Antony Blinken spent less than 24 hours on the ground in Ukraine's capital, but his day of meetings was meant to send a strong, important signal amid the "twin" threats of Russian aggression and corruption, he said. Ukraine is only the sixth country the top U.S. diplomat has visited -- before other key allies or even whole regions, and just over 100 days into the Biden administration. As Blinken put it before his meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, "I thought it was important as early as possible to come and say so in person" that President Joe Biden is committed to Ukraine.
Tess Holliday Revealed She's Recovering from Anorexia — Twitter's Response Highlights a Ma
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Ilhan Omar says Democrats need to grow ‘backbone’ and abolish filibuster to overcome Republican opposition
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 11, 2021. Scott Applewhite))Joe Biden may have run for president as something of a unity candidate, but Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar says Democrats need to “grow a backbone” and stop worrying so much about bipartisanship and abolish the filibuster if they are ever to pass their agenda in the face of strong Republican opposition. “Democrats can’t repeat the mistake of 2009, we must abolish the filibuster & move legislation that helps us deliver progress for the American people,” she tweeted on Wednesday. “100 percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration,” Mr McConnell said. Story continuesStill, Democrats, who hold only slim majorities in the Senate and House, will need to find some way to get their agenda through Congress.
Malawi orders integrated refugees into overcrowded camp
Dzaleka refugee camp already suffers from severe overcrowdingThe government of Malawi has ordered thousands of refugees who have integrated into society to move to the country's only refugee camp. Some of the refugees have lived in Malawi for years, setting up businesses and marrying Malawians. Some refugees have said they will resist the order to move to the overcrowded Dzaleka camp. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Malawi estimates that about 2,000 refugees are affected by the order. Kanamula John, who represents Rwandan refugees in Dzaleka, said the overcrowding was a big concern, adding: "Some of us have married Malawian women and some Malawian men have married refugees.
Letters: KC readers discuss Trump’s lackeys, pricey Royals games, vaccine passports
Was the recent presidential election stolen as Donald Trump and cult members claim with the Big Lie? She is speaking out against Donald Trump’s 2020 election Big Lie. And because she refuses to lie on behalf of the party, she will soon be out of power and out of a job. My goodness, Rep. Kelly, I’m afraid that the something I am missing is yours to find — compassion, humility and respect. (And, yes, I know some cannot get the vaccine because of allergic reactions.)
‘Fuck All of You!’: Capitol Rioter Raises Hell During Off-the-Rails Court Hearing
Criminal ComplaintA Utah man accused of assaulting police officers during the Capitol riots invited several of his MAGA friends to his Thursday court appearance—then wreaked havoc during the hearing, screaming at the judge and court officials to “come fuck with me.”“You people fucked this up,” Landon Kenneth Copeland ranted during the Zoom hearing on Thursday. During his Thursday hearing, Copeland came ready for another fight, this time with several lawyers and court officials after he boldly invited some of his friends—and his mother—to join the Zoom. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather ended up kicking out one of his friends after they chose an “expletive” as their username. Copeland caused chaos even before his own hearing began, shouting while other accused rioters made their appearances before the judge and forcing court officials to put him on mute. “In response, Copeland pushed or threw the fence toward multiple law enforcement officers,” the complaint states.
Charlotte area colleges should require returning students to get the COVID vaccine
Colleges, vaccinesI just read that most colleges in the Charlotte area won’t require the COVID-19 vaccine. A mentally unstable man had access to a “fairly large cache of weapons.” Our country’s ill and sane have the same dangerous access. Terri Matthews, CharlotteLeaf bagsKudos to all involved in eliminating the use of plastic bags for collecting yard waste. If we have accomplished anything of value in the 20 years in Afghanistan, it is the advancement of women’s rights. Lest we think that all of those billions spent and all of the tragic lives lost were for nothing, we can look at the progress of women’s rights as a worthy accomplishment.
Lakers’ Anthony Davis won’t return against Clippers due to back spasms
Lakers forward Anthony Davis didn’t return to Thursday’s game with the Clippers because of back spasms, the team said. Davis appeared to get injured in the first quarter on a bizarre play, with Davis accidentally backing into an extended section of the scorer’s table near the Lakers’ bench. It’s the latest injury for the Lakers, who were again even more short-handed than expected Thursday against the Clippers. Already without LeBron James and Dennis Schroder, the Lakers announced that Talen Horton-Tucker would be out with a calf strain. Davis’ status for the critical game against the Trail Blazers hasn’t been determined.
Apple's app store chief fends off attacks in antitrust trial
Apple’s top app store executive on Thursday faced an avalanche of documents unleashed Thursday by an Epic Games lawyer aiming to prove allegations that the iPhone maker has been gouging app makers as part of a scheme hatched by Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs. Not long after the app store opened, Jobs speculated that it at most might become a $1 billion business. Apple has never revealed how much money it makes from the app store but estimates have pegged its annual profit at $15 billion to $18 billion. Epic also tried to cast doubt on one of Apple's justifications for forbidding other app stores on the iPhone. Under questioning by an Apple lawyer, Fischer said he wasn't responsible for the store's privacy, security and fraud controls.
GOP seeks unity, even if that means embracing election lie
The House GOP, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is moving toward stripping Rep. Liz Cheney of her leadership post for her frequent criticism of former President Donald Trump. Those backing Cheney's ouster argue she has become a distraction by continuing to criticize Trump, who remains the dominating force in the party. Trump remains deeply popular among GOP voters, and many continue to believe the lies he continues to spread about what happened in November. “She’s focused on her animosity toward President Trump. “What happens in the leadership race I think is almost irrelevant to the rank-and-file members on the ground," he said.
Some people are upset about ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ Here’s why
WASHINGTON — As is tradition when Christmastime nears, the 1964 classic ‘‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’’ returned to American television screens. But was the red-nosed reindeer marginalized? That is the premise of a HuffPost video posted Wednesday to Twitter that has been viewed more than 5 million times. The holiday TV classic "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" is seriously problematic. It’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!’’ she exclaimed.
Newton North girls have the ultimate season
“I definitely think ultimate is a new take on competitive sports,” said Gigi Downey, senior captain of the girls’ ultimate Frisbee team at Newton North High School. Since the team’s inception, the Tigers have gone from 13th to third at the State Ultimate Championships. Many on the Newton North team started without much knowledge of the sport, but have progressed by leaps and bounds. to show that power and strength.”As a club sport, ultimate is funded by the participating athletes, who fund-raise for travel and other expenses. “And I think our team is really strong and we love what we do.”Alex Bensley can be reached at alex.bensley@globe.com.
Bail set at $1 million for Harvard scientist charged in China case
Lieber was arrested earlier this week at his Harvard office, and charged with lying about his links to a Chinese university. The world-renowned Harvard nanoscientist charged with lying about his ties to China appeared in court in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit Thursday as a judge set his bail at $1 million, confiscated his passport, and ordered him to remain in Massachusetts as the case against him continues. According the federal investigators, a professor at a Chinese university approached Lieber, who is a prolific inventor, in 2011. When the terms were finalized, he would be paid $50,000 a month, $158,000 in living expenses, and $1.5 million to establish a research lab at the Chinese university. Lieber has led the Lieber Research Group at Harvard since 2008 has collected more than $15 million in federal funding from the NIH and defense department, prosecutors said.
In ‘Monster,’ on Netflix: when matters of innocence and guilt get complicated
“Boy, man, human, monster: what do you see when you look at me?” The final lines of Walter Dean Myers’s 1999 novel “Monster” — and of the new Netflix movie made from it — echo through the story before you even hear them. Jeffrey Wright and Jennifer Hudson in "Monster." “Monster” gets most of its energy from the cast milling about the hero. John David Washington in "Monster." Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Ehle, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Tim Blake Nelson, John David Washington.
Andrew Middleton’s first varsity start for Canton baseball: Perfection
Beverly 7, Masconomet 1 — Eric DePiero and Cooper Gavin combined to fan 10 batters for the Panthers in the season-opening Northeastern Conference win. Kyle Espinola was 4 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs in the Merrimack Valley Conference win. Juniors Andrew Thomas and Ryan Hickey won, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at first doubles. Winchester 4, Reading 1 — Caroline Fredey (6-2, 6-0) and Clair Lupien (6-0, 6-0) won at second and third singles for Winchester. Boys’ volleyballBC High 3, Catholic Memorial 0 — Erik Russell (8 kills) and Kyrell Depina (5 kills) paced the Eagles to the Catholic Conference win.
Steph Curry scores 34 and the Warriors take care of business in win over Thunder
With the regular season winding down and an advantageous spot in the play-in tournament at stake, the Warriors must take care of business against the sub-.500 teams left on their schedule. The Warriors (34-33) should have beaten the Thunder (21-45) and should beat them again Saturday. But unlike in those bad losses, the Warriors did not stagger in response to the lesser team’s best punch. After the Grizzlies lost to the Detroit Pistons Thursday, the Warriors have a half-game lead for eighth place. The motivation to stay in the top eight is clear: Two opportunities to win one game and advance to the playoffs.
Mayoral hopefuls face off on racial justice before NAACP
State Representative Jon Santiago told of a relative orphaned to AIDS who inspired him to his work in emergency medicine and public service. Advertisement“For me, racial justice, racial equity is much more than a buzzword,” said Acting Mayor Kim Janey, who said her ancestors escaped slavery via the underground railroad and said her upbringing amid the activism of the 1960s and 1970s motivated her to become a community organizer. With the focus on racial justice, they were asked to describe what they had already accomplished in the promoting of equity. She also pointed to advocacy in public transportation that she said helped change the conversation around racial justice. They pointed to the lack of enforcement of the Boston Residents Jobs Policy ordinance that calls for developers and contractors to hire Boston residents and people of color.
Police ask for public’s help after racist and anti-Semitic graffiti appears in Marblehead
The first incident was reported to police at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday after someone used white spray paint to place anti-Semitic and racist graffiti on a boardwalk on Warren Road near Ware Pond, police said in a press release. Marblehead police are investigating after racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was found in multiple locations in the town last weekend, the department said Thursday. On Sunday, officers responded to Crocker Park on Front Street at 6:50 a.m. and found vulgar graffiti scrawled in large block letters with black spray paint on a pathway, police said. “This type of behavior is disgusting and has no place in our community,” The chief also condemned the graffiti. Anyone with information about these incidents or anyone who has noticed suspicious activity in these areas should call Marblehead Police Department at 781-631-1212.
EDITORIAL: Green roadblocks ahead for coming EV revolution
Nagging issues of battery range and lengthy charging times remain, so consumers have yet to warm up to EVs. Of greater concern, however, is whether the supply chain can handle the supposed coming boom in EV demand over the next decade. “I think there’s a fear amongst car companies and battery companies that they won’t be able to get sufficient raw materials,” Keith Phillips, the CEO of Piedmont Lithium, told NPR last month. Some progressives fret that ensuring we have the raw materials and minerals necessary to fuel an EV revolution may compromise regulations already in place. In other words, expect litigation from activists designed to cripple the domestic mining needed to produce the materials necessary to make the transition to EVs.
NHL fines Rangers $250K for criticizing player safety call
The New York Rangers were fined an extraordinary $250,000 by the NHL on Thursday for “demeaning” public comments about head of player safety George Parros. The Rangers were fined 50 times more than the $5,000 fine against Wilson for roughing Pavel Buchnevich. It’s believed to be the largest publicly announced fine of an NHL team by the league office for making critical comments. “While we don’t expect our clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the department of player safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable. Buchnevich was thrown out of the game for cross-checking Capitals forward Anthony Mantha in the second period and has his own hearing with the department of player safety Thursday.
Against all odds, Mavericks gain momentum with logic-defying win over Nets
The Mavericks pulled out this 113-109 victory despite playing without Kristaps Porzingis, while Brooklyn had two of its Big Three, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Looking on and seated together were Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki, wife Jessica, former President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. After taking a 37-27 lead late in the first quarter, the Mavericks endured 1-for-10 shooting to start the second quarter. For the game, Dallas outscored Brooklyn by 23 points when Finney-Smith was on the court. We’ve got to keep it going.”Find more Mavericks coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
LETTER: Senate Democrats won’t condemn colleges that discriminate against Asian Americans
Victor Joecks’ April 28 commentary on this ongoing problem against Asian-American students was eye-opening for me. If this continues, what will the opportunities for the Asian-American community look like in the future? Victor Joecks’ April 28 commentary on this ongoing problem against Asian-American students was eye-opening for me. If this continues, what will the opportunities for the Asian-American community look like in the future? The admission process should be based on merit, not skin color.
VICTOR JOECKS: What ‘stolen election’ claims and ‘defund the police’ have in common
In other states he lost, Trump has failed to produce sufficient evidence of election fraud either. But a mistake by one police officer doesn’t mean police should be defunded. Trump doesn’t think it possible that Biden could have beaten him in a fair contest. At the same time, many “defund” backers believe policing is systematically racist. The GOP likely lost the runoffs for two Georgia Senate seats after Trump’s election fraud claims persuaded some Republicans not to show up.
Car thefts reported in Englewood
Police are warning residents of a string of car thefts reported last month in Englewood on the South Side. In each incident, someone parked their vehicle then discovered it missing on the same day or the next day, Chicago police said. The incidents happened:Between 5 p.m. April 7 and noon April 8 in the 7200 Block of South Halsted Street;About 3:30 p.m. April 8 in the 7200 Block of South Peoria Street;Between 4 p.m. April 23 and 3 p.m. April 24 in the 7300 Block of South Sangamon Street; andBetween 10 p.m. April 24 and 7 a.m. April 25 in the 7300 Block of South Halsted Street. Police did not have a description of the alleged thieves. Anyone with information is asked to call Area One detectives at 312-747-8382.
JONAH GOLDBERG: Biden’s spending spree isn’t a new New Deal
The New Deal, particularly in the beginning, was very popular — and so were the Democrats. In 1930, Herbert Hoover was so unpopular that Democrats picked up 52 seats in the House and eight in the Senate. Two years later, Franklin D. Roosevelt won in a landslide, carrying 42 states and 57.4 percent of the popular vote. That year, Republicans lost a staggering 101 House seats and 11 Senate seats. The Democrats won back the Senate, but only after Trump cost Republicans two winnable races in the Georgia runoff.
RUBEN NAVARRETTE JR.: All talk, no action
In this March 14, 2019, file photo, families who crossed the nearby U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas are placed in a Border Patrol vehicle. From where I’m sitting — 2,685 miles away in the Southwest, an hour’s drive from the U.S.-Mexico border — immigration isn’t a problem. Immigrants are a vaccine that infuses the American spirit with optimism, ingenuity and a killer work ethic. The American household is the largest employer of illegal immigrants, hiring everything from gardeners to housekeepers to elderly care providers. And nowhere is there more talk and less action than in Washington.
LETTER: Democrats just want to spend, spend, spend …
Your April 27 editorial rightly suggests that Gov. Steve Sisolak pass more control of COVID restrictions to Clark County, as has since been done. This, however, does not mean the pandemic is over.
LETTER: Nevada and the death penalty
(Nevada Department of Corrections)Drew Johnson’s Sunday commentary about abolishing the death penalty was interesting. Mr. Johnson mostly railed about the cost of carrying out the death penalty and the money we waste in doing so. According to Google, the average cost to house a Nevada inmate is $17,851 per year. If a prisoner sits on death row for 20 years, that will cost the state $1.8 million. But in clear-cut cases where there is no doubt about the perpetrator, the death penalty should be applied as soon as possible.
Aviators, baseball return to Las Vegas, and so do half the fans
At 6:59 on a sultry 88-degree night, Aviators manager Fran Riordan exchanged lineup cards at home plate with Sacramento counterpart Dave Brundage. At long last, baseball was back in Las Vegas. It had been 606 days between ballgames at Las Vegas Ballpark, Don Logan was more stoked than usual to finally be driving back to the minor league baseball palace in Downtown Summerlin for the Aviators’ long-awaited return Thursday. But this one, coming on the heels of a deadly pandemic and a dramatic reorganization of minor league baseball, seemed different. A total of 40 minor league franchises have been eliminated, or have become members of independent leagues or summer circuits for college players.
Mexico City subway crash survivor reflects on choice to change cars
Erik Bravo, 34, a survivor of Monday's subway collapse, poses for a photo in Mexico City, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)Erik Bravo, 34, a survivor of Monday's subway collapse, speaks during an interview in Mexico City, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)Mexico City's subway cars lay at an angle after a section of Line 12 of the subway collapsed in Mexico City, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The section passing over a road in southern Mexico City collapsed Monday night, dropping a subway train, trapping cars, and causing at least 50 injuries and several dead, authorities said. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)Mexico City fire fighters and rescue personnel work to recover victims from a subway accident after a section of Line 12 of the subway collapsed in Mexico City, Monday, May 3, 2021.
COMMENTARY: Car dealers embracing electric vehicle sales
Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesAs the owner of a local car dealership, I’ve heard every myth there is about car buying. The one that bothers me, though, is a new one: that local dealerships don’t want to sell electric vehicles. Today’s dealerships sell in person, and almost all have an option to sell online with home delivery. But at this moment in history, most don’t know how to repair or maintain an electric car. Don Hamrick is president of the board of the Nevada Franchised Auto Dealers Association and the Nevada dealer principal with the Chapman Automotive Group.
Chicago Bulls defeat Charlotte Hornets 120-99 as Zach LaVine and Nikola Vu?evi? return to the lineup — but fail to gain ground in the play-in tournament race
The Bulls, who were as sharp as they have been in months, were on the Hornets from the beginning of the game. Maybe it was the extra rest, the fact that both of their All-Stars were together in the lineup for the first time in weeks or the Bulls just playing their best basketball against the Hornets — who they swept 3-0 in the season series — but it was an inspired effort for a team with its back against the wall.
Canucks stop 6-game skid with 6-3 victory over Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta - (AP) -- Travis Hamonic, Nils Hoglander and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks snap a six-game losing skid with a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Jack Rathbone, Tyler Graovac and Brock Boeser also scored for the Canucks. Thatcher Demko made 39 saves, including a stop on a penalty shot by Connor McDavid. Leon Draisaitl had two goals, Jesse Puljujarvi also scored and McDavid had three assists for the Oilers, who had a three-game winning streak stopped. The Oilers captain weaved his way in and flipped a shot on net from in tight, but Demko stretched out to make the pad stop.
Dear Abby: Half-sister obsesses over newfound brother
Dear AbbyJeanne PhilipsDear Abby: Six months ago, my husband, “Lee,” met his long-lost sister, his father’s daughter from a previous marriage. Since he and his four siblings met their half-sister, she has become obsessive over him. She expresses how “in love” she is with him and how happy she is to have met him. Dear Abby: I am attending my hubby’s 50th class reunion, where I will not know a soul. Keep things casual and get to know them both better, assuming you haven’t had a personal relationship with your co-worker.
Dr. Roach: Are two vaccines better than one when it comes to COVID-19?
Keith RoachTo Your HealthDear Dr. Roach: My wife and I are grateful to have recently received our second Moderna vaccine. : The Moderna vaccine appears to be nearly 95% effective in preventing COVID-19, and probably even more effective in preventing severe COVID-19 resulting in hospitalization or death. Dear Dr. Roach: My husband thought his second shingles shot was in January, but it was in February, and he took his COVID-19 vaccine only one week apart from the shingles vaccine. : There is no data on administering other vaccines along with the COVID-19 vaccine, so it is recommended to leave a buffer of two weeks between vaccines. : It is not uncommon for a small amount of the vaccine to leak out of the arm after injection.
China trade surges as global demand recovers from pandemic
Associated PressBeijing — China’s exports surged 32.3% over a year earlier in April as global consumer demand strengthened, while imports rose 43.1%. Exports rose to $263.9 billion, in line with the previous month’s growth but down from the explosive 60.6% rise in the first two months of 2021, customs data showed Friday. Imports increased to 43.1%, accelerating from March’s 38.1% expansion. Exporters have benefited from the relatively early reopening of China’s economy and demand for Chinese-produced masks and other medical supplies while some governments are re-imposing anti-virus curbs that limit business and trade. Traders are watching for signs of what President Joe Biden might do about reviving tariff war talks with Beijing.
Big US job gain expected, if employers found enough workers
Even if economists’ estimate for April hiring proves accurate, the economy would remain about 7 million jobs short of its pre-pandemic level. Some economists say they think last month’s hiring gain may turn out even stronger than forecasts suggest. Still, one unusual factor might have kept a lid on job growth in April: Some employers would have hired more workers, if only they could find them. By contrast, job cuts have fallen heavily on low-wage workers, racial minorities and people without college educations. Still, some economists say employers will have to offer higher pay to draw more people back into the job market.
Review: Courtroom drama 'Monster' never finds its momentum
Adam GrahamDetroit News Film CriticIn "Monster," the talented Kelvin Harrison Jr. ("Luce," "Waves") plays a young man on trial for murder. The matter of that "maybe" and what it means hangs over the film, but it's not enough to hang the film on. "Monster" has an unclear message, a foggy narrative and a dramatic structure that continually works against its better impulses. Director Anthony Mandler, a music video vet who has helmed videos for Rihanna, Drake, Eminem and others, primarily stages "Monster" as a courtroom drama, inside a courtroom that looks like an art gallery, no less. Add in Harrison's droll voiceover and "Monster" has a lot working against it.
Local music venue owners weigh in on Gov. Cuomo's new guidelines
After the most recent reopening guidelines by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, music venues like Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall, in Wantagh, are hopeful that things will be getting back to normal soon. Mulcahy's director of promotions, Tim Murray, feels the venue is on "on track to reopen" by mid-summer. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa Loarca
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection
She was among Biden's earliest endorsers, taking a risk early in a crowded Democratic primary campaign. Bottoms nonetheless watched her profile rise during the coronavirus pandemic and with the renewed attention on policing in the United States after George Floyd’s killing by a white Minneapolis officer last spring. Yet Bottoms met criticism herself just weeks later when an Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks. The officer, Garrett Rolfe, was fired last June, a day after he shot the Black man in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. Rolfe was later charged with murder.
Main stage of Chinese rocket likely to plunge to Earth soon
Last May, another Chinese rocket fell uncontrolled into the Atlantic Ocean off West Africa. Basic details about the rocket stage and its trajectory are unknown because the Chinese government has yet to comment publicly on the reentry. The U.S. Defense Department expects the rocket stage to fall to Earth on Saturday. The roughly 30-meter (100-foot) -long stage would be among the biggest space debris to fall to Earth. China's first space station, Tiangong-1, crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 2016 after Beijing confirmed it had lost control.
Pistons' Isaiah Stewart on Cory Joseph's 18 points: 'He knows where everyone is supposed to be'
Pistons' Isaiah Stewart on Cory Joseph's 18 points: 'He knows where everyone is supposed to be'Pistons center Isaiah Stewart on Cory Joseph's 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in the 111-97 win over the Grizzlies.
Thunder vs. Warriors: Five takeaways from OKC's loss at Golden State
Curry had the Thunder guessing all night as he dropped 34 points in the Warriors’ 118-97 win against the Thunder on Thursday in San Francisco. Dort missed OKC’s first game against Golden State last month, when Curry went off for 42 points against the Thunder. Dort was a game-time decision Thursday night with a right hip strain, but he was in the Thunder’s starting lineup. Here are four other takeaways from the game:Ty Jerome’s scoring punchThe second quarter belonged to Ty Jerome. The Thunder’s backup guard tallied 12 points, two assists and two rebounds in the second quarter alone.
#ThrowbackThursday: Students become 'polio pioneers'
We run a #Throwback image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TheOklahoman_ and “Like” us at Facebook.com/TheOklahoman for more historical photos. Linda Lynn, News Research Editor
Texas GOP's voting restriction bill heads toward House vote
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican lawmakers marched late Thursday toward advancing a sweeping elections bill that would put America's biggest red state closer to imposing a raft of new voting restrictions in the face of growing warning from corporations. A key vote in the Texas House got off to a late and slow start as Democrats, who have little means of stopping the bill in the GOP-controlled state Capitol, deployed technical challenges— including an initial 130 proposed amendments— and hours of questioning that the bill's author, Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain, appeared unprepared at times to answer. Meanwhile, dozens of protestors lined the doors of the Texas House with signs that read like their echoing chants — “suppress the virus not the vote.”Thursday's bill was combined with a similar bill, which already passed the Senate, and both chambers would still need to negotiate a final version before it goes to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has broadly defended the measures. Proposed restrictions include new regulations for who can help disabled voters or those who need language help and how and adds new criminal penalties to the state's election code, among other crackdowns in a state where voting laws are already among the strictest in the U.S.
Oklahoma-made thriller 'Asking for It' to premiere with Tribeca fest and more film news
Oklahoma-made thriller 'Asking for It' to premiere with Tribeca Film FestivalThe Oklahoma-made revenge thriller "Asking for It," which features Vanessa Hudgens, Ezra Miller, Luke Hemsworth and more, will make its online world premiere as part of New York's 20th anniversary Tribeca Film Festival, set for June 9-20. The production, which used the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, employed more than 75 local cast and crew as well as about 100 local extras, according to the Oklahoma Film + Music Office. Prolific Oklahoma City filmmaker Mickey Reece's latest homegrown film, the horror movie "Agnes," also will make its online world premiere via Tribeca at Home. Oklahoma movie 'Birdie' soars onto streaming service PureFlix.comThe Oklahoma film "Birdie," winner of the deadCenter Film Festival's 2020 AMPEX Audience Award for Best Feature, is available for streaming on PureFlix.com. Using the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by Oklahoma Film + Music Office, "Birdie" filmed in Oklahoma in 2019.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection
She helped renegotiate the long-term redevelopment of “The Gulch,” part of the city's old railroad footprint downtown. She joined Shirley Franklin, who served two terms from 2002-2010. Bottoms noted her family’s deep ties to the city and surrounding region whose history traces Black America’s arc from slavery and Jim Crow segregation to the ongoing legacy of institutional racism. “My ancestors, direct descendants of the once enslaved, traveled by horse and buggy from the cotton fields of east Georgia in search of a better life for themselves and their children in Atlanta,” she wrote. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Ducey signs legislation to impose new limits on forfeitures
Doug Ducey has signed legislation to tighten Arizona laws on civil forfeitures of private property. Under the legislation, forfeiture would generally occur only if a property owner has been convicted of an offense related to the forfeiture and if the state shows that the property is subject to forfeiture by clear and convincing evidence. “This legislation protects Arizonans’ rights while maintaining law enforcement’s ability to hold criminals accountable." The legislation signed Wednesday by Ducey will take effect 90 days after the end of the legislative session. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Today in History
Five years ago: A Tesla Model S sedan that was in self-driving mode crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer in Williston, Florida, killing its occupant, Joshua D. Brown. The White House said a member of the military serving as one of Trump’s valets tested positive for the coronavirus. A Texas hair salon owner, Shelley Luther, sentenced to a week behind bars for keeping her business open despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency orders, was freed after less than 48 hours; Abbott had removed jail as a punishment for defying virus safeguards. Neiman Marcus said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the first department store chain to be toppled by the pandemic.
Big US job gain expected, if employers found enough workers
“We do believe that the jobs recovery will remain robust throughout the rest of this year,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist for payroll provider ADP. Some economists say they think last month's hiring gain may turn out even stronger than forecasts suggest. And a survey of executives in services firms, such as health care, financial services and restaurants, found that hiring picked up last month from March's already-strong level. The economy expanded at a vigorous 6.4% annual rate in the first three months of the year. That pace could accelerate to as high as 13% in the April-June quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Asian indexes rise after US rally; investors await jobs data
Some healthcare stocks fell after news late Wednesday that the White House supports waiving intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines to help immunize poorer countries faster. Moderna lost 1.4% after the company reported its first-ever quarterly profit, helped by the company’s coronavirus vaccine. The drop was largely tied to the news from the White House, as shares of other drug companies fell, including Pfizer, which dropped 1%. Shares of Johnson & Johnson were not hurt by the news, partly because J&J has other businesses like Band-Aids, the pain reliever Tylenol and its baby products franchise. The stock picked up 0.4%Stocks have mostly pushed higher on expectations of an economic recovery and strong profits this year.
Dewey resident accused of trying to kill man at golf course
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in an attack at a golf course in Dewey, according to authorities. Prescott Valley police said officers responded to a report of a man down at the Quailwood Greens Golf Course at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said there was an argument between 51-year-old Clint Hughes and the 47-year-old victim from Prescott Valley. Hughes reportedly drove his pickup truck into the man and stabbed him in the face with a knife, according to authorities. Police said Hughes was booked into the Yavapai County jail on suspicion of attempted murder, aggravated assault and endangerment charges.
China reports April exports surge 32.3% over year ago as global demand strengthens; imports rise 43.1%
MEXICO CITY (AP) — An elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent a subway car plunging toward a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at least 23 people and injuring about 70, city officials said. Rescuers searched a car left dangling from the overpass for hours for anyone who might be trapped.
Family of Chris Cornell settles with doctor over his death
The lawsuit said the doctor did this knowing Cornell had a serious history of substance abuse. In court documents responding to the lawsuit, Koblin and his attorney denied any wrongdoing or responsibility for Cornell's death. “After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, Plaintiffs and Defendants ... have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims,” the Cornell family attorneys said in the April 2 court filing. The case has “received significant media coverage and attention from fans of Mr. Cornell and allies of Plaintiffs," the court filing says. ”Unfortunately, as with many celebrity cases, this action has also attracted the attention of troubled individuals who have harassed Plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of Plaintiffs Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell."
Alabama Legislature drops resistance, OKs medical marijuana
But Republican Rep. Mike Ball, who shepherded the bill through the House, said “hearts and minds” were slowly changed on the issue. Ball, a former state trooper and state investigator, said he also switched his stance on medical marijuana, becoming emotional at times. The bill would allow the marijuana in forms such as pills, skin patches and creams but not in smoking or vaping products. Representatives voted to name the bill after the son of a state Democratic representative, Laura Hall. She had first introduced a medical marijuana bill over a decade ago after her son Wesley ‘Ato' Hall had died of AIDS.
Former Maldives president recovering from shrapnel wounds after bomb attack
Mohamed Nasheed, who was the first democratically elected president of the Maldives and current parliamentary speaker, was recovering in hospital on Friday after an assassination attempt left him with shrapnel wounds. “He is injured, but his condition is stable.”Images on social media showed a destroyed motorbike at the scene of the attack. “Strongly condemn the attack on Speaker of Parliament, President Mohamed Nasheed this evening. “My thoughts and prayers are with President Nasheed and others injured in this attack, as well as their families.”A family member said Nasheed had sustained several wounds. This is not merely an issue for the Maldives but for the world,” he said at the time.
Japan to extend Covid emergency in Tokyo as Olympics loom
Japan is to extend a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until at least the end of the month in an attempt to arrest a surge in cases less than 80 days before the start of the Olympics. Japan has reported 620,000 infections since the start of the pandemic, and 10,600 deaths – the highest in east Asia. “Based on the analyses from various angles, my thinking is that we need an extension of the state of emergency,” Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, said. “We strongly call for the prevention of spread of coronavirus and protection of lives and livelihoods by using available resources to stop the Olympics,” said Kenji Utsunomiya, a prominent lawyer and former candidate for Tokyo governor who organised the petition. On Thursday, the governor of Fukuoka prefecture said it would be difficult to host the event over two days next week while the area was subject to emergency measures.
Tucker Carlson for president?: Politics Weekly Extra
Depending which side of the political divide you are on in the US, you will find millions on the right adore him, or millions on the left loathe him. So what would happen if Carlson announced he was going to run for presidency in 2024? Would he simply be the second incarnation of Donald Trump? Jonathan and Tara discuss this rumoured prospect, delving into the history of this divisive figure and how he came to be the ratings powerhouse he is today. Read David Smith’s piece on 200 years of Guardian US coverageRead analysis of Facebook’s decision to extend Donald Trump’s ‘indefinite suspension’ from the platformSend us your questions and feedback to podcasts@theguardian.comHelp support the Guardian by going to gu.com/supportpodcasts
Coronavirus latest news: Expert warns that humans have created a 'perfect storm' for pandemics
The world's vast population of people, pets and livestock, and the pressure put on wildlife have created the "perfect storm" for pandemics, a researcher has warned. In an editorial published in the journal Virulence, Prof Van Oosterhout warned of the need to halt the loss of natural habitats in wildlife-rich areas, to reduce human-wildlife conflict and prevent diseases spilling over into people and livestock. Prof Van Oosterhout, professor of evolutionary genetics, said people need to cut back on meat and dairy to reduce livestock numbers, pointing to how methane from cattle and sheep contributes to global warming and to the dangers of antibiotic resistance, as well as the risk of pandemics. He also backed the use of vaccine passports - and said compulsory vaccination may need to be considered - to break transmission chains and stop variants evolving. ??Follow the latest updates below.
Bob Dylan at 80: From Elton John to Bono, stars reveal the man behind the ‘unknowable’ genius
In 2014, T Bone Burnett put together a group with Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford to record an entire album of discarded Dylan lyrics, Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes. Dylan’s manager supplied a suitcase of over 60 abandoned handwritten lyrics, all apparently composed whilst Dylan was recovering from his motorcycle crash in 1967. All songwriters have all sorts of mechanisms, some of them conscious, many of them unconscious that they employ in songwriting. And obviously Bob Dylan's done it on a much larger scale just because he's written a lot more songs than most people. “We’d sit down together and write lyrics.
The truth about workwear: 'Apprentice' dressing for women has been out of fashion for awhile
After more than a year of predominantly working from home, the very concept of workwear seems foreign. But workwear as we once knew it – power suits, power dresses and power heels – feels as relevant to the current day as the clothes worn by the Mad Men secretarial pool. Bright, tight, high-stretch-content dresses worn with black blazers and heels looked more Apprentice-y than aspirational. Returning to the office, especially on a hybrid basis, doesn’t have to mean ignoring the changes of the past year. Including changes in the way we think about dressing for work.
Why do video-games keep being made into terrible films?
Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the Mario video-game franchise, had produced three whimsical animated shorts in the programme, and had made himself available to talk to the Telegraph at a towering, Lost in Translation-like hotel in the city’s Marunouchi district. Miyamoto’s standing in video-game culture is hard to overstate: in cinematic terms, think George Méliès, John Ford, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg rolled into one. Among the subjects we covered was the common ground between films and video games, which in Miyamoto’s view was all but non-existent. He’d never regarded games as vehicles for storytelling, and saw the convergence of the two mediums as a cause for concern. From Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to the Resident Evil series and the latest adaptation of Mortal Kombat, Hollywood’s love affair with video games has spawned many horrible monsters over the years.
How female artists are being given space in central London - with a little help from Chanel
You probably haven’t heard of Hannah Woolley, but if Flavia Frigeri has her way, that will soon change. “Elizabeth David meets Marie Kondo - the 17th-century version.”And yes, you did read Frigeri’s job title correctly. Her role is sponsored by Chanel, which has agreed to fund this new position at the Gallery for the next three years. Her project is called Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture, and aims to adjust the balance of female artists and sitters in the Gallery’s collection. “I’m looking at women from many different fields of endeavour - scientists, dancers, spies - and revealing more about women we’re already familiar with.
Forget Tel Aviv – and head to its hip hidden sister instead
An ancient port city that makes up the southern portion of Tel Aviv, Jaffa (also known as Yafo) is the hip, artsy – and often overlooked – little sister to Tel Aviv’s thumping modern metropolis. It is one of the few places in Israel where locals of all colours and creeds actively work together to promote an all-embracing philosophy of wellbeing and harmony. Suffice to say, it’s an ideal first stop if you are after a whirlwind introduction to the hidden heartbeat of modern Israel, with the country set to reopen its borders on May 23 (and murmurings of it being including on our green list, to be announced later today). Here's our pick of what to do, see, eat and where to stay. OnzaFamed as much for its Turkish-meets-Mediterranean menu as its vibrant atmosphere, tables brimming with mezze and models spill out on to the pedestrianised street into the late hours.
The real reason James Bond wears an Omega watch - the link goes further than you'd expect
If James Bond ever was a real agent on Her Majesty's secret service, it's fair to say, his cover's been blown. And, like clockwork, with every new Bond film, watch aficionados squint at his wrist to see which horological creation Agent 007 is sporting now. The forthcoming No Time To Die follows suit, with a new burly diving watch, the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition, keeping time. In the books and in the early films, Bond wore a range of watch brands. Sure, there's a long-standing marketing agreement between Omega and Eon Productions, the UK-based production company that makes the 007 films, but the connection goes deeper than that.
A dressing for common or garden new potatoes that’s a real winner
This way of dressing common or garden new potatoes is a real winner. Half the soft, sweet confit garlic cloves get crushed into a bowl of sour cream, flaky salt, lemon juice and spring onions. The hot, slightly smashed potatoes soak up the dressing. I could eat a whole bowl of these potatoes on their own, but they’re great alongside fish or perhaps a roast chicken and some perfect, in season British asparagus. You could even serve this as a kind of nibble if you held the dressing back, popped it in a bowl and let everyone dunk warm potatoes into the garlicky sour cream.
Friday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Friday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. Tories poised for stunning by-election victory in HartlepoolShadow transport secretary Jim McMahon has conceded Labour has not "got over the line" in Hartlepool, signalling a stunning victory for the Tories in the the "red wall" seat. But a decision to change England’s Three Lions crest to promote diversity in football has failed to rouse roars of approval from fans. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
Has Peloton's lockdown cult lost its stride?
Enter the Peloton – a bike or treadmill priced from £1,750 to £2,745 (plus a monthly fee of £12.99 to £39 for its optional pre-recorded or live classes with instructors). Is Peloton about to go from must have to must hate? For those of us with a £79.99 exercise bike from Argos collecting dust in the spare room, the idea of forking out such sums on a piece of exercise equipment might seem like madness. The original product it designed – a smart exercise bike with a screen attached that beamed a live-streamed exercise class to your front room – was listed on crowdfunding website Kickstarter in 2013. Just shy of 300 people pledged $307,332 to make the concept a reality, with the first bikes installed in living rooms in 2014.
Christine Keeler's son: 'My mother was raped at knifepoint - so was she the one who went to prison?'
Soon after she left prison Keeler married James Levermore and in 1966 they had a son, James. The boy was raised by Keeler’s mother, and mother and son were estranged. By then, his mother no longer considered herself ‘Christine Keeler’ but ‘Christine Sloane’, a name selected at random when she was standing in Chelsea’s Sloane Square. She would refer to ‘Christine Keeler’ as if she were a third person. ‘She’d be very dismissive of Christine Keeler,’ says Platt.
‘I'm a size 26 - where are the well-made, classic dresses for women like me?’
It’s been the year style has been put on ice in favour of track suit pants and slippers. This spring I have seen some lovely long dresses and it fills me with hope. Each time I find something that might be possible, the maximum size is 14 or 16 – I am a 26 or 28 and it seems well-made, classic dresses are not available. There is a store on Albemarle Street in London, or visit Beige on New Cavendish Street, a plus-size boutique with a great selection. On the high street, viscose and lyocell are more widely used than cotton and can feel nice.
£1.2bn investor: ‘I’m bullish on Britain but won’t touch its shares’
Fund managers that can invest anywhere, from global stocks to bonds and commodities, have a unique perspective on what is a good or bad investment. David Coombs is one such manager, overseeing more than £1.2bn in his Rathbone Strategic Growth fund, which aims to return three percentage points more than inflation every year. She’s 50, an accountant and quite risk averse, but she wants her money to work hard for her. It’s made about 5 percentage points more than inflation every year for more than a decade. We only buy a stock if we are confident it can survive an economic downturn.
Questor: how to buy gold and Bitcoin for your wealth preservation portfolio
Buy gold and Bitcoin, we advised in our last Wealth Preserver column. GoldGold has been around for longer so this is the more straightforward asset to buy. There are a number of possible ways and to some extent it is a matter of personal preference. This is of course possible – just be sure to buy from a reputable dealer and have appropriate security and insurance in place. But our portfolio exists to guard against inflation – it is not the kind of “Armageddon portfolio” that might require you to be able to put your hands on assets such as gold bars at a moment’s notice.
Covid: Concern increases over India variant in UK
Viruses mutate all the time, producing different versions of themselves. Most of these mutations are insignificant - and some may even make the virus less dangerous - but others can make it more contagious and harder to vaccinate against.
U.S. says 'possible' to revive nuclear deal with Tehran before Iran vote
A deal to salvage the Iran nuclear accord is possible in the coming weeks before the Islamic republic holds elections in June, a senior State Department official said Thursday, a day before talks were due to resume in Vienna. Indirect negotiations began at the start of April in Vienna between Washington and Tehran, with the other signatories to the 2015 deal — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union — acting as intermediaries. Once Trump walked away, the Islamic republic started to abandon the constraints on its production of nuclear material. “It’s doable because this is not rocket science — it’s not inventing a new deal, it’s reviving one that has been undermined,” the official said. “We don’t know if Iran has made that decision,” the official said.
Florida governor signs voting restriction law
His hands-off approach appeared to be vindicated when his state emerged from the worst of the pandemic with better per capita figures than the US as a whole.
Elections results 2021: Britain awaits results of bumper election day
A modern browser with JavaScript and a stable internet connection is required to view this interactive. More information about these electionsWho won in my area? Enter your postcode, or the name of your English council or Scottish or Welsh constituency to find out. Eg 'W1A 1AA' or 'Westminster' A really simple guide to the 2021 elections
Australia’s battered Scott Morrison bets on budget to repair image
For Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Tuesday’s annual budget can’t come soon enough as he tries to put a torrid opening to the year behind him and focus voter attention on the strength of the economic recovery. After having his political judgment questioned, Morrison will attempt to reset the narrative by highlighting his economic stewardship through the pandemic. Morrison will be able to showcase his conservative government’s success in stemming business failures and job losses through stimulus programs such as the JobKeeper wage subsidy. “The best way to repair the budget is to repair the economy.”Australia’s limited vaccination numbers are potentially a major risk for Morrison’s electoral fortunes. Still, historically in Australian politics, economic strength tends to trump political mishaps like those that have engulfed his government.
Tomin First and LDP vie to become top party in Tokyo assembly
Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First) and the Liberal Democratic Party are expected to go head-to-head to become the top party in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election on July 4. In the previous poll in 2017, the LDP suffered a historic rout as Tomin First, a regional party launched by Tokyo Gov. At present, Tomin First has 46 seats, the LDP 25, Komeito 23, the JCP 18 and the CDP seven. Another concern of Tomin First is that many in the party are first-time assembly members with little election experience. Komeito aims to have all of its candidates win seats for the eighth consecutive Tokyo assembly election.
The Office Ladies reveal tennis player Andy Roddick was originally scripted to be Jan's sperm donor
Star Angela Kinsey shared the secret on this week's episode of their podcast Office Ladies telling Jenna Fischer, who played Pam on the show, that the script originally had Jan reveal how she paid a pretty penny for tennis player Andy Roddick's seed. I got Andy Roddick's sperm,"' Angela, who played the uptight Angela Martin in the series, shared with Fischer, who had no idea before recording. I got Andy Roddick's sperm,"' Kinsey recalled. 'Jenna in the script — and it didn't make it to the deleted scenes — Jan reveals whose sperm she bought,' Angela explained, before making the Roddick reveal. 'I have to imagine that the reason they wrote it as being Andy Roddick's sperm was a little bit of a nod to Andy, who has an amazing sense of humor,' she said.
Japan and Poland sign action plan to boost security cooperation
The foreign ministers of Japan and Poland on Friday signed a five-year action plan aimed at enhancing security and economic ties. The action plan through 2025, inked in Warsaw by Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau, calls for the two nations to maintain regular high-level political contacts and aim for a bilateral agreement to boost defense cooperation. It is a follow-up to a previous five-year plan adopted after the relationship between Japan and Poland was upgraded to a “strategic partnership” in 2015. Japan and Poland said they will work closely toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific and oppose any “coercive or unilateral actions” in the East and South China seas, where China is stepping up its territorial claims. The plan also commits Japan and Poland, which has diplomatic ties with North Korea, to continue to urge Pyongyang to take concrete actions toward abandoning all its nuclear weapons and respect human rights.
Anti-Olympics campaign gains traction online in Japan
An online petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled has garnered almost 200,000 signatures in the past few days, as public concerns mount over holding the games during the pandemic. In two days since its launch, an online campaign called Stop Tokyo Olympics had gathered more than 194,000 signatures at the time of writing, nearing its 200,000 goal and underscoring public concerns over holding the massive sporting event in Japan’s capital. Opinion polls in Japan have found a majority of the public is opposed to the games, which are due to open on July 23. “We strongly call for the prevention of spread of coronavirus and protection of lives and livelihood by using available resources to stop the Olympics,” Kenji Utsunomiya, the online petition organizer, wrote on his website. But organizers have repeatedly said the games will go ahead, unveiling detailed COVID-19 protocols for athletes and officials.
Biden's vaccine-patent gambit turns up the heat on drugmakers
The WTO talks won’t be quick — under the organization’s rules, any decision must be unanimously agreed upon by its members. Biden, meanwhile, was under considerable pressure from liberal allies in Congress to back a patent waiver. Companies need more than just intellectual property to make vaccines — supplies, machinery and expertise that’s already in short supply globally. Manufacturing focusBiden’s staff have signaled that his goal is simply more vaccine production, however it can be achieved. "This was more about leverage and putting pressure on the pharmaceutical companies.”
Kelly Osbourne drank three bottles of champagne and 24 cans of alcopops a day amid relapse
Kelly Osbourne opened up on details about her sobriety relapse, illustrating the extent of how rapidly she fell back into bad old habits. 'I went away with my friend and people were by a pool, drinking champagne,' Osbourne, 36, said in an interview, according to The Sun newspaper. She continued, 'But it went from having one drink here, one drink there to literally three bottles of champagne and 24 White Claws a day.' In an interview on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast Monday, Osbourne said she 'did embarrassing s**t' and 'blacked out' amid the relapse. Osbourne opened up in an Instagram clip April 20 about the sobriety slip, as she had been sober since 2017.
Eiza Gonzalez keeps it classic but casual in white blouse and blue skinny jeans on outing in LA
But it seems the new look was just a wig as Eiza Gonzalez was her natural brunette self as she left a lunch meeting on Thursday. The Mexican actress, 31, wore her long brunette locks loose and styled with a center parting after a visit to the ultra-exclusive San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood. Casual: Eiza Gonzalez showcased her slim physique in a white blouse tucked into blue skinny jeans as she left the ultra-exclusive San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood on ThursdayThe rising star showcased her slim physique in a white blouse tucked into blue skinny jeans. She stepped out in a pair of white heels and carried a metallic blue purse on a long silver chain. Natural beauty: The Mexican actress, 31, wore white heels and carried a metallic blue purse on a long silver chain.
Kendall Jenner cuts a casual figure as she swings by the famous Bel Air Hotel
Kendall Jenner has been opening up about her struggle with anxiety in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month on her four-part Vogue series Open Minded. Jenner cut a casual figure as she swung by the famous Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Outing: Kendall Jenner was spotted out on Tuesday afternoon, following the premiere of her four-part Vogue series Open MindedKendall kept her enviably tiny waist concealed beneath an oversized white zip-up top. Jenner's outing came just hours after her highly anticipated series Open Minded premiered on Vogue.com. Kendall noted that the 'cool part' about her Vogue series is that it's 'highlighting different versions of anxiety' for people.
Dogecoin is now worth $78 BILLION - almost double Ford and Twitter - ahead of Elon Musk's SNL gig
Dogecoin is now valued at a whooping $78 billion, making the one-time comedy cryptocurrency worth almost double that of Ford and Twitter. That's ahead of chief backer and self appointed 'Dogefather' Elon Musk's controversial Saturday Night Live hosting gig. Dogecoin is now valued at a whooping $78 billion, making the once-comedy cryptocurrency worth more than Ford and Twitter. It's price since it was founded is picturedA market capitalization of $78 billion puts Dogecoin, founded in 2013, ahead of other more well established brands and companies including Sherwin-Williams which is valued at $75.8 billion; Dell Technologies, value $75 billion; Moderna, value $63.1 billion; Ford Motor Company, valued $45.2 billion; and Twitter, value $42.1 billion. Dogecoins are now cumulatively worth $78 billion, compared to bitcoin's $1 trillion and ethereum's $411 billion.
Personal trainer Rachael Attard reveals how you can get rid of your back fat for good
She said it's caused by eating too much sugar and salt, high cortisol levels, not moving enough and the natural ageing process. 'The most common include not moving or exercising enough, eating too much, consuming too much sugar and salt, high cortisol levels and the natural ageing process.' Consult with a medical professional as to whether you have any hormonal imbalances or problems, such as insulin resistance, high cortisol, high testosterone, and PCOS. Things that work well here include upper body and core work with dumbells, Pilates moves such as overhead rows and resistance work. Back fat is associated with some hormonal problems, such as insulin resistance, high cortisol, high testosterone, and PCOS, Rachael said.
The most popular dog breeds on TikTok revealed
The most popular dog breeds on TikTok have been revealed with golden retrievers coming out in front of the pack with over 9.2billion subscribers checking in on the pooches on a regular basis. Pomeranians were the sixth most popular breed according to the research. The top 20 TikTok dog breeds have been revealed with golden retrievers heading the pack (pictured)The most popular dog breed on TikTok was golden retrievers, but the single most popular dog as a solo user on the platform is a Pomeranian called Jiffpom (pictured)The top-rating golden retriever on the platform appears on the Tuckerbudzyn profile - while the most popular Samoyed was MayaBut the single most popular dog on the platform as a solo user is Jiffpom, who reportedly earns up to $12,000 per post. The very popular Pomeranian is a tiny dog, who has 20million followers on TikTok and another 10million on Instagram. Golden retriever 13 votesGerman shepherd 1 votesChihuahua 1 votesPug 1 votesRottweiler 1 votes Now share your opinionOther popular breeds include the French bulldog, Labrador, poodle, and Great Danes, who round out the top ten.
TOM UTLEY: If the boss of Zoom is fed up with video calls, it's time we got back to the office
This week, we gained powerful support for our campaign against the horrors of video conferencing and the drawbacks of working from home (WFH). Now it has 'clarified', saying it expects most of its staff to spend at least some time in the office. It's the same at Google, where the HR boss Fiona Cicconi has written to employees bringing forward the company's timetable for summoning them back to the office. Our new way of working will empower them and enable them to design their own working week.' The sooner we get back to the office, if you ask me, the happier and healthier we'll be.
TLC faces backlash in the wake of Josh Duggar's arrest, as critics demand they pull family's show
Social media users are calling on TLC to cancel Counting On and pull all Duggar family programming from its website and streaming servicesPull 'em! 'Jim Bob Duggar allowed this predator access to children. 'Josh Duggar is literal garbage and TLC needs to cancel/prevent any future shows involving him or his parents. This is why a continued platform for Jim Bob Duggar is dangerous — TLC must cancel counting on,' she added. 'Josh Duggar molested his sisters and as of April 29, 2021 he has been arrested (by federal authorities) for child pornography.
Idaho deputy placed on administrative leave for mocking LeBron James is heading back to work
An Idaho police officer who was placed on administrative leave for mocking basketball star LeBron James returned to work on Thursday after landing a book deal, it has been revealed. Silvester's video, posted on April 24, mocks LeBron James for a tweet he made after the shooting death of Ma'Khia Bryant in Ohio. After the video went viral, the Bellevue Marshall's Office blasted Silvester in a post made to Facebook. 'The Bellevue Marshal's Office is aware of the extreme controversy regarding Deputy Marshal Silvester's viral TikTok. 'The Bellevue Marshal's Office always demands that our Deputies engage with our citizens in a friendly and professional manner.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signs '1776 pledge' to ban critical race theory in schools
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has boasted of signing the '1776 pledge' that opposes the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) in public schools, as the debate over the ideology deepens across the nation. The Republican added: 'I'm proud to be the 1st candidate in America to sign 'The 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools.'' The 1776 Pledge was launched as an attempt to counter the 1619 Project, which posits the true founding of America in 1619, when the first African slaves arrived, rather than 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Noem argued that the 1776 Pledge asserts the 'truth' about America's history, 'that we are fighting for freedom, not based on slavery.' Teachers' organizations oppose the bills, which they say are too vague and would muzzle teachers from discussing critical race theory.
Biden's chief of staff leads White House employees with ties to progressive dark money groups
At least 60 people within Joe Biden's White House have ties to a liberal Washington DC think tank which does not disclose its funding, according to reports - leading to questions about the power of progressive 'dark money'. Another 'dark money' group with influence in the Biden White House is Media Matters for America, a left-wing media watchdog. Critics point to the power of Arabella Advisors, a D.C.-based consulting firm, which manages the four 'dark money funds' that have poured billions into left-wing groups. The issue of 'dark money' is a feature of American political life, and something which Biden has vowed to combat. Politico reported that last month Trump's supporters hosted a meeting to strategize how to make better use of 'dark money' to further their own campaigns.
Peloton expects to lose $165 million in revenue after it agreed to recall 125,000 of its treadmills
The recall of Peloton's $4,000 treadmills will shrink the company's revenue by $165 million in the current quarter, the company said on Thursday. John Foley, Peleton's CEO, again apologized for not working with the safety commission sooner in a call with Wall Street analysts. Despite the safety concerns, Peloton fought the federal safety recall for weeks and allegedly delayed an investigation into the potential safety problems. The CPSC then released a terrifying video of a child being dragged under a Peloton treadmill as they warned consumers to stop using the equipment. The official said regulators were concerned that the Peloton treadmill seemingly has a 'different hazard pattern than is typically seen.'
General: China's Africa outreach poses threat from...
The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific but from the Atlantic as well. Now they´re casting their gaze to the Atlantic coast and wanting to get such a base there.' China's first overseas naval base was built years ago in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and it is steadily increasing its capacity. 'I want it to be in Tanzania instead of on the Atlantic coast. The Atlantic coast concerns me greatly,' he said, pointing to the relatively shorter distance from Africa's west coast to the U.S.
Covid threatens Everest climbing comeback plans
My result was positive for Covid," he told AFP, becoming the first climber with an Everest permit to confirm his infection. Fellow climber Gina Marie Han-Lee decided to abandon her expedition last week over fears the disease was spreading around base camp. "I have taken a helicopter out of EBC (Everest base camp) back to Kathmandu after 1 day. At least two have tested positive after returning to the capital Kathmandu. They did not test at the base camp, so we cannot be sure where they got infected," said Nepal's tourism department chief Rudra Singh Tamang.
La Liga fever pitch, Bayern on brink and French derby
AFP Sport selects some of the standout action in Europe this weekend:Win or bust in La Liga? Madrid eye response after tame European exitReal Madrid v Sevilla, Sunday 1900 GMTMadrid's shortcomings were laid bare in a subdued Champions League semi-final defeat at Chelsea, signalling the end for an ageing team clearly in need of rejuvenation. Before then, however, Bayern will look to seal a ninth successive German title with victory at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach. Regional rivals eager to derail LilleLens v Lille, Friday 1900 GMTLille are three wins from a first French title since 2011, and fourth overall. Lens are out for revenge after a 4-0 humbling in the reverse fixture as they try to stay ahead of the contenders for the final European place.
Cheer mom who 'plotted to pay hitman to kill her mother-in-law' sent chilling text to her daughter
Leigh Ann Bauman, 44, was arrested back in March after a former friend allegedly provided police with secret recordings of the blonde discussing her sinister plot. On her Facebook page, Bauman describes herself as a realtor, an artist, an entrepreneur, and a 'pistol packing cheer mom'. Bauman's supporters say CK manipulated the Missouri realtor by recording her in an attempt to 'gain leverage' in her own pending criminal case'. CK replied asking Bauman if she was asking where to get marijuana but Bauman allegedly replied, 'No, I want a hitman, somebody to get rid of her [her mother-in-law]'. Court documents say she 'gasped and blamed everything on CK claiming she was a 'hustler' who was trying to get money from her.
Aussie basketball star threatens Olympic boycott over 'whitewashed' photo shoots
Advertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Australian basketball star Liz Cambage Friday hit out at what she claimed was a lack of racial diversity in Australian Olympic team promotional shoots, threatening to boycott the Tokyo Games in protest. One released this week showed athletes from Australia's Olympic and Paralympic teams in apparel supplied by sponsor Jockey, but there was no person of colour. The Australian Olympic Committee conceded Cambage had a point. "From Indigenous reconciliation, people of colour, gender equality and all forms of diversity, the AOC is rightly proud of its record." It added that there would be further photo shoots "that reflect our broad diversity of athletes".
Australia borders could be shut until late 2022: minister
Advertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Australia is likely to remain shut to visitors until late 2022, the country's trade and tourism minister said Friday, as another global coronavirus surge smashed hopes of a quick reopening. Minister Dan Tehan said a wave of cases on the Indian sub-continent showed Australia's near blanket ban on arrivals was still essential to keep the country Covid-free. Before the pandemic, around one million short-term visitors entered the country each month. Vaccination rollout has been slow, with just 2.5 million vaccines administered in a country of 25 million people, each needing two doses. "It's going to very much depend on how we are able to deal with the global pandemic."
Alabama lawmakers adopt permanent daylight saving time in 93-1 vote
The Alabama Legislature has endorsed legislation that makes daylight saving time permanent if Congress enacts federal law ending biannual time shifts. But making daylight saving time year-round in Alabama will only be possible through the approval of Congress. Daylight savings tie does not do them well and, at the end of the day, it affects their health.”Some health officials have advocated for permanent standard time, not daylight savings. Daylight saving time was first enacted in 1918, as a way to conserve coal. Daylight savings time was expanded to its current form in 2007.
Ohio Becomes The Latest State To Introduce A Major Voter Suppression Bill
Republicans’ latest attack on the right to vote comes from Ohio, where state lawmakers introduced their first major voter suppression legislation on Thursday. Ohio “is a breeding ground for voter suppression and this just further cements that tradition,” said Katy Shanahan, Ohio state director of All On the Line, a grassroots organization that fights against gerrymandering and for fair elections. Democrats and voting rights groups are pressuring Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation that would override many of the restrictions being implemented at the state level. Vice President Kamala Harris met Thursday with voting rights and civil rights leaders and heard about the work they’re doing to mobilize their networks and fight voter suppression. Harris reaffirmed to the leaders that the White House supports the For the People Act ? which would expand Americans’ access to the ballot box ? and for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act ? which would restore the full protections of the earlier Voting Rights Act.
Daily horoscope for Friday, May 7, 2021
Try refreshing your browser, or Daily horoscope for Friday, May 7, 2021 Back to videoTaurus (April 20-May 20) Today you will feel more comfortable working alone or behind the scenes. You’re not being antisocial; you just want some peace and quiet and a chance to enjoy your own solitude. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today personal details about your private life are public for some reason. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today you might have a reaction to issues related to shared property, inheritances, taxes, debt and anything to do with the wealth of someone else. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today the Moon is in the sign that is opposite yours.
Alabama Legislature votes to legalize medical marijuana
(CNN) Alabama's State Legislature voted to legalize medical marijuana late Thursday, becoming the most recent state to possibly approve its use amid ongoing talks over revamping cannabis laws. The measure would create a medical cannabis commission to regulate, license and oversee distribution of medical marijuana. Doctors could prescribe medical marijuana for several conditions including cancer, a terminal illness, epilepsy and chronic pain. Patients would receive medical cannabis cards, and vaping or smoking of medical marijuana would be prohibited while products including gummies, oils or creams are allowed. "We appreciate the debate from the Legislature on the topic," Maiola continued.
Why Republicans won't walk away from the 'Big Lie'
(CNN) There was an exchange Thursday between Fox News' John Roberts and Texas Rep. Kevin Brady that is remarkably telling about just how lost the Republican Party is at the moment. Here it is:Roberts: "President Donald Trump says the 'Big Lie' was the results of the 2020 election. Liz Cheney says, no, the 'Big Lie' was suggesting that the 2020 election was stolen. Between the two of them, who is right?" Brady: "I'll leave that dispute to them."
After US Reversal, EU 'Ready to Discuss' Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver
Von der Leyen first touted the bloc's exports of Covid-19 vaccines, then said that "the European Union is also ready to discuss any proposal that addresses the crisis in an effective and pragmatic manner. That is why we are ready to discuss how the U.S. proposal for a waiver on intellectual property protection for Covid-19 vaccines could help achieve that objective." Will she be forced to reverse her position after Biden administration backing of WTO patent waiver proposal? But a government spokeswoman said in a statement that 'the protection of intellectual property is a source of innovation and must remain so in the future.'" Others were more open to the possibility, according to Reuters:French President Emmanuel Macron said he was "very much in favor" of opening up intellectual property.
'I'm horrified': Community reacts to Gaetz speaking tour
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) plans to launch a speaking tour alongside Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), beginning at a retirement community in Florida. Residents of the community, The Villages, tell CNN's Randi Kaye what they think of Gaetz.
Current and former Modi advisors are calling his new ‘liberalised’ vaccine policy a mistake
Many aspects of the new policy were baffling, with little explanation on offer from the Centre for why it was changing tack. India’s vaccination rate in the first week of the new “liberalised, accelerated” policy, as Modi’s government titled it, has been anything but. What’s more the criticism has even come from those who have directly worked with Modi on economics and policy matters in the past. His recommendations are similar to many of the criticisms of the new policy: Vaccines should be free and they should be procured by the Centre. 300) from both the vaccine manufacturers and distribute to States with the latter responsible for preparing the infrastructure for quick administration.
CNN the ‘biggest loser’ in post-Trump era, viewership halved
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, Fox News leads the way, with 41% of likely voters saying that they tune in. But liberal-leaning CNN and MSNBC are far behind. For CNN, 25% of likely voters said that they “generally watch” the cable channel. “Those numbers are a sharp reversal from four years ago, when Trump’s presidency proved to be a ratings gold mine for CNN. In a June 2017 survey, 47% of regular cable news viewers said they generally watched CNN, compared to 33% for Fox News and 16% for MSNBC,” added Rasmussen.
Dubai luxury home market soars as world's rich flee pandemic
This spring, he sold his luxury townhouse and jetted off to the desert sheikhdom of Dubai to start a new life with his family. The French business magnate’s super wealthy foreign friends were doing the same, driving an unprecedented surge in sales of Dubai's most-exclusive properties. They're snapping up record numbers of luxury villas and penthouses, sending prices rocketing in this boom-and-bust market. Home prices are still falling in the middle tiers of the city’s saturated property market, which has seen values drop sharply since peaks reached seven years ago due to overbuilding. To get a jab, all one needs is a residence visa — which the city already extends to high-end property buyers and investors.
Canada beats Russia to capture gold at U18 World Championship
FRISCO, Texas — Canada is golden at the under-18 men's hockey championship after another strong performance from two of the youngest players at the tournament. Led by 17-year-old captain Shane Wright and 15-year-old Connor Bedard, the Canadians beat Russia 5-3 on Thursday in the championship game, going undefeated along the way. Wright had two goals and an assist while Bedard added a goal and a helper. Bedard wrapped up the event with seven goals and 14 points in seven games. Michkov paced Russia with a goal and two helpers to finish with 12 goals and 16 points in seven games.
UK jobs market hits full throttle as lockdown eases: KPMG/REC
A woman exercises with a dog near the City of London financial district, in London, Britain, April 30, 2021. REUTERS/John SibleyDemand for workers from British employers soared this month at the fastest rate since the late 1990s as much of the economy reopened following the latest coronavirus lockdown, a survey of recruitment consultants showed on Friday. The monthly index of demand for staff from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and accountants KPMG rose this month to its highest level in just over 23 years. Permanent staff placements grew at the fastest rate since October 1997. While the labour market remains a long way from its pre-pandemic state, the REC survey adds to signs that a swift recovery is underway, helped by Britain's swift roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.
Tigray crisis: Many people in rural areas are cut off from aid
Health centers and health posts in rural areas covered people’s basic needs and were connected to the main hospitals through a fleet of ambulances that transported patients in need of specialist treatment. One such rural health center was in the town of Sebeya, near the Eritrean border. Insufficient aid beyond towns and cities“We try to prioritize the areas where we should continue responding,” said Santo. There are still rural areas in Tigray that neither MSF nor any other organization has been able to reach. “Rural areas are often left without any kind of assistance, and in recent weeks access for humanitarian organizations to various parts of Tigray has been further constrained,” said Santo.
China’s Emissions Now Exceed All the Developed World’s Combined
Still, China also has the world’s largest population, so its per capita emissions remain far less than those of the U.S. And on a historical basis, OECD members are still the world’s biggest warming culprits, having pumped four times more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than China since 1750.
Australia’s Covid-19 travel ban on citizens returning home from India challenged in court
(File)Australia’s controversial temporary ban on citizens returning home from coronavirus-hit India was challenged in the federal court in Sydney on Thursday by a 73-year-old Australian, who has been stranded in Bengaluru since March last year. The Australian government, for the first time in history, recently imposed a ban on its citizens from returning home, if they have spent time in India up to 14 days before flying back. Federal Court Chief Justice James Allsop on Thursday set the hearing of the case on Monday and it will be heard by Justice Thomas Thawley. Read | Australia says chance of jail remote for India travel ban offendersThe application was filed by Gary Newman from Melbourne, who has been stranded in Bengaluru since March last year. The move has left over 9,000 return travellers stranded in India, and according to a peak business body, the Australia India Business Council (AIBC), it could damage the business relations.
Shin Bet: Palestinian terror group stole millions from European aid donors
Spanish woman among suspects to be indicted, agency saysThe Shin Bet security service on Thursday accused the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine of pilfering millions of euros from European aid organizations and governments to fund terrorist activities. The Shin Bet in recent weeks arrested a number of those suspected of involvement and said that indictments against them would be filed shortly, including against a woman with Spanish citizenship, Juani Rishmawi. According to the security service, the PFLP used its health organization, the Health Work Committee, to defraud various Europe organizations and countries of millions of euros over the course of several years. According to the security service, that money was used to pay the families of slain members of the terror group, to recruit new operatives, and to spread the group’s messaging throughout the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The Shin Bet said the investigation was carried out in cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police.
French woman shot and burned by her partner, officials say, as anger builds over femicides
(CNN) A 31-year-old French woman was shot and burned alive by her estranged husband in broad daylight, authorities said on Thursday, in a brutal killing that has stunned the country and reignited anger over femicides. Prosecutor Frédérique Porterie said in a news conference that witnesses heard screams and gunshots, then saw a woman fall to the ground with wounds in her thighs, shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday on a street in Mérignac, near Bordeaux. While she was on the ground, the male suspect "doused the woman with a liquid and set her on fire," Porterie said. "As it stands, we can assume that the perpetrator shot the victim and that the victim was still alive when he immolated her," Porterie said. The prosecutor named the victim as Chahinez B., and her vicious killing has sparked fury in France.
Minnesota bank hostage standoff ends with arrest, no injuries
More than eight hours after it began, a hostage situation at a bank in St. Cloud, Minnesota ended Thursday night without any injuries, police said. The last hostage was seen on video appearing to run and then stumble out of the Wells Fargo branch bank around 10:20 p.m. local time (11:20 p.m. Wells Fargo in a statement earlier confirmed the hostage situation and said it was fully cooperating with authorities. "We recognize this is a traumatic moment for the community and our colleagues," Wells Fargo said.
'Great burden has been lifted': Alabama medical marijuana bill headed to Gov. Kay Ivey after historic votes, resistance
Melson's bill would authorize the use of medical cannabis for roughly a dozen conditions, including cancer, chronic pain, depression; sickle-cell anemia; terminal illnesses and HIV/AIDS. Patients would need doctor approval to use medical marijuana, which could only be obtained from special dispensaries, and would have to purchase a medical cannabis card, costing no more than $65 a year. Former Alabama Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, introduced a medical marijuana bill in 2013, which won that year's "Shroud Award," given to the "deadest bill" introduced in the House that session. Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, put the bill on Tuesday's House agenda. (Federal budget amendments prevent the U.S. Department of Justice from prosecuting state medical marijuana programs.)
Mavericks hand Nets season-high fourth straight loss despite Kyrie Irving's 45 points
Associated PressDALLAS — Luka Doncic scored 24 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-109 on Thursday night to finish a season sweep. Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 45 points for the Nets. They lost a season-high fourth straight game and dropped two games behind Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia. Jalen Brunson scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for Dallas, and Powell had 12 points and nine rebounds. TIP-INS: Nets — Brooklyn missed a chance to build a cushion when Dallas misfired on its first nine shots and first two free throws of the second half.
Sacha Baron Cohen will receive Comedic Genius Award at MTV Movie and TV Awards 2021; Leslie Jones joins as host
The MTV Movie & TV Awards are back – and the nominees are in. Marvel's "WandaVision" leads the pack with five nominations, while Netflix's "Emily In Paris" and Amazon Studios' "The Boys" are tied at four a piece. Netflix's steamy romance series "Bridgerton," "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" and "The Mandalorian" all scored three nominations. Sacha Baron Cohen will become the fourth person to receive the comedic genius award during the May 16 show, according to a press release. The standard ceremony will air May 16 from Los Angeles, followed by the inaugural Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted, a "first-of-its-kind celebration of all things reality television," according to a statement from MTV.
Today in History for May 7
Today in History for May 7Highlights of this day in history: The Lusitania sunk in World War I; Nazi Germany signs surrender in World War II; Vietnam's Battle of Dien Bien Phu; Composer Peter Illych Tchaikovsky born; Glenn Miller records 'Chattanooga Choo-Choo.'
Colorado Rockies minor leaguer Colton Welker gets 80-game drug suspension
APNEW YORK (AP) — Highly touted Colorado Rockies minor league third baseman Colton Welker was suspended 80 games by the commissioner's office Thursday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The 23-year-old Welker, drafted in 2016 out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is currently on the roster for Triple-A Albuquerque. The substance he tested positive for was Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), which is in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. As a shortstop growing up, Welker helped lead Marjory Stoneman Douglas High to the state title in 2016. Welker routinely works out with Stoneman Douglas players in the offseason.
Survivor of Mexico City subway crash reflects on decision to change cars
MEXICO CITY — A decision to change cars to get closer to a station exit may have saved Erik Bravo, a 34-year-old financial adviser who survived the collapse of an elevated line in Mexico City’s subway system that killed 25 people and injured around 80. Mexico City fire fighters and rescue personnel work to recover victims from a subway accident after a section of Line 12 of the subway collapsed in Mexico City on May 3, 2021. The subway seen after the collapsed in Mexico City on May 4, 2021. The collapse has temporarily closed the subway line, leaving thousands of residents on the south side dependent on bus service. Three days after one of the worst accidents of the Mexico City subway system, Erik Bravo says he still cannot process everything that has happened, but repeats that he was one of the lucky ones.
Russell Westbrook gets 180th triple-double, Wizards hold off Raptors to maintain play-in position
Westbrook had 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists before fouling out with 15.3 seconds left in overtime. It was the sixth triple-double in seven games for Westbrook, who came up one assist short in the other game. Westbrook did not seal his triple-double until a driving layup with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter that left the Wizards one point behind. TIP-INS: Wizards — Chandler Hutchison, who left Wednesday night’s game early with a bruised left knee, was not cleared to play until just before tip-off. Raptors — Gary Trent Jr. scored 25 points, playing for the first time after missing six games with a left leg contusion.
Phil Mickelson grabs first-round lead at Wells Fargo Championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Phil Mickelson has gone nine months since he finished among the top 20, and it looks as though that streak is about to end at the Wells Fargo Championship. The 50-year-old Mickelson kept his focus Thursday at Quail Hollow and blistered the course for a 7-under 64 to build a two-shot lead after the opening round. That wasn’t an issue at Quail Hollow, a course he loves for its mixture of birdie holes and tough par holes. “The biggest thing for me was I was able to say in the present and focus on each shot,” Mickelson said. I was trying not to get my butt kicked too bad.”Mostly, though, this was Phil looking like the old Phil.
Why Adam Schefter waited to report Aaron Rodgers-Packers tumult
Schefter went on “The Dan Patrick Show” to explain why he sat on the news of Rodgers’ spat with the Packers until hours before last week’s NFL Draft. “I said, ‘How long until it gets out now that Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay?’” Schefter said. “The funny part about it is I’ve heard people say that Aaron Rodgers wanted that out before the Draft and I can assure you that Aaron Rodgers did not want that out before the Draft,” Schefter said. “I’ve had people say the Green Bay Packers planted that. I can assure you the Green Bay Packers didn’t plant that.
Reeling Nets struggle late again in loss to Mavericks
After yet another fourth-quarter failure on the defensive end, the Nets fell to the Mavericks, 113-109, before a sellout crowd of 4,602 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Luca Doncic puts up a jumper during the Nets’ 113-109 loss to the Mavericks. A 27-footer left Brooklyn down 53-51, and the deficit was a point going into the locker room. The Nets were hardly explosive themselves, but Blake Griffin found Joe Harris for a 3-pointer that made it 68-63. The 13-2 run blew it open and the Nets never got closer than 112-109 with 6.7 seconds left.
NYPD arrests man accused of gunpoint robberies in Central Park
A man suspected of two recent gunpoint robberies in Central Park was arrested by an eagle-eyed police officer on Thursday morning, authorities said. After police took Thorton into custody, they found a loaded 9mm Hi-Point semi-automatic pistol nearby, cops said. Suspect Andrew Thornton possessed a loaded 9mm Hi-Point semi-automatic pistol, cops said. He allegedly first robbed a 55-year-old man at gunpoint of $1,000 last Friday morning near the park’s exit at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, according to police. At the briefing, Gallagher said Central Park is “tremendously safer today, because this guy with a gun, who was again, going around in the daytime doing this is now in jail where he belongs.”
Nuggets rookie praises Knicks’ Luca Vildoza addition
PHOENIX — The Knicks officially announced the signing of Argentinian combo guard Luca Vildoza Thursday, and one of his countrymen said he believes they’ve made a smart addition. That’s very important to him.’’According to Campazzo, Vildoza still is in Spain, dealing with immigration work issues. In his three seasons in the Spanish league, Vildoza shot a decent enough 35.9 percent from 3. “How the NBA plays defense compared to Europe. The time in Spain is midnight [when the NBA plays on the East Coast], but he knows every player for sure.’’
Gleyber Torres scores from first on ‘incredibly heads up’ play
Every time Gleyber Torres gets to first base, he talks to first base coach Reggie Willits about what to look for. Gleyber Torres scored from first base on an infield single. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post“I knew nobody was at home plate,” Torres said. It’s a scenario Torres said the Yankees practice often and they frequently remind pitchers to cover third base. Charles Wenzelberg/New York PostAfter the homer, Stanton struck out twice and hit into a game-ending double play.
‘Summer House’ star Carl Radke opens up about sobriety and brother’s death
Carl Radke reflected on his journey to sobriety during the “Summer House” reunion. “I feel really good,” the reality star, 36, told his co-stars in Thursday’s episode, noting that he has sought therapy. “I reflect a lot on what happened last summer, but it’s put a lot in perspective for me personally. “This was a path my brother went down, and clearly the path I’ve been choosing can sometimes lead me down that way. He came over to my apartment and he told me he loved me,” Radke said through tears.
After another leak, EPA probes whether St. Croix refinery poses ‘an imminent risk to people’s health’
John Walke, clean-air director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in an email that it was significant that the agency said it was looking into whether the plant posed “an imminent risk to people’s health,” because it alluded to the EPA’s enforcement authority under the Clean Air Act, “which allows the agency to swoop in with special powers when it concludes there is an immediate health threat.”
Pro golfer Dan Bowling tried to meet 15-year-old for sex: cops
Professional golfer Dan Bowling was arrested for sexting a person posing as a 15-year-old girl. The “dangerous online predator” was arrested Thursday in Orlando “as he arrived to meet up with the decoy,” police reportedly said. The Canadian linksman was charged with obscene communication, traveling to meet with a minor and attempted lewd and lascivious molestation, according to People Magazine. Bowling online,” Jennifer Wing of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force reportedly said. “I hope news of today’s arrest encourages parents to be more proactive in monitoring their children’s lives online.”
Luke Gulbranson says 'Summer House' producers meddled in Hannah Berner plot
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Not even the “Summer House” is real, according to one of its cast members. As a result, Gulbranson said Berner developed deeper feelings for him than she should have. I should have said no.”Andy Cohen and the rest of the “Summer House” cast immediately denied producers had done such a thing as Berner, 29, looked on, stunned. Gulbranson insisted he just wanted to apologize for his actions before he also walked off the set to speak to producers. The two ended up making up with a hug — but drama is sure to ensue if they both return to “Summer House” for another season.
Firefighter sues Montgomery County over no-knock warrant he says ‘terrorized’ his family
The lawsuit alleges that after an officer pointed his rifle at Hernan Palma’s chest, he grabbed the barrel and pushed it away. Several officers then tackled him, according to the litigation, and when he tried to sit up, he was punched in the face. The litigation also asserts that there were limited police body camera recordings of the incident. The lawsuit specifically cited the video of one officer that began after police had entered the Palmas’ home and detained the family. The video ended abruptly, less than 10 minutes later, according to the lawsuit.
Rapper ‘Chad Focus’ sentenced to prison for stealing $4M to boost career
Chad Arrington said he felt remorseful for the crimes. Instagram Chad Arrington poses in front of a NYC billboard he purchased using his work credit card. InstagramBetween January 2015 and August 2018, Arrington used the card to bankroll his aspiring hip-hop career and promote his own business, Focus Music Entertainment LLC. In using the credit card, Chad Arrington was trying to jump-start his Focus Music Entertainment LLC. Instagram Another of the billboards Chad Arrington used to promote himself.
Biden keeps promising his spending plans won't increase the deficit
PoliticsBiden keeps promising his spending plans won't increase the deficitPresident Biden has repeatedly promised that his proposed spending plans would not increase the federal budget deficit. The math is a bit more complicated.
Bar owner charged with selling fake coronavirus vaccine cards in one of the first cases of its kind
A former administration official involved with the vaccine effort told The Washington Post last month that plans for a digital system were underway, but that technical setbacks and time pressure forced them to rely instead on paper cards, which the CDC had reserved as a “fail-safe” option. Officials have also had to battle the increasingly politicized environment around so-called vaccine passports, which would be available through smartphone applications and allow users to prove they have been vaccinated.
Obama Energy Dept. scientist: No evidence humans contribute to hurricanes, climate alarmists are 'misinformed'
Former undersecretary for the Department of Energy under President Obama, Steven Koonin defended his dissent from the Biden administration’s stance on the global "climate crisis" on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Thursday, where he dismissed climate alarmists as "misinformed." STEVEN KOONIN: When you read the official reports from the U.N. And U.S. Government, you find some surprises. We have been able to find no detectable influence on hurricanes from humans. And the models that we used to predict future climates have become more uncertain, even as they become more sophisticated. --You've got to go to page 780 something in the last national climate assessment to say that we've not been able to show that humans have an influence on hurricanes.
Hannity blasts White House after Psaki admits strategically 'hiding Biden' from unscripted press questions
‘Hannity’ host Sean Hannity Thursday declared the White House confirmed suspicions that President Joe Biden's handlers are trying to hide him from press scrutiny after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted he is discouraged from taking questions from the media. That's why "Circle Back Jen" Psaki just admitted that the administration constantly recommends that Biden not take questions from reporters. ‘Joe be a good president and we will reward you with cookies and warm milk-y before bedtime’ -- usually 7 pm Eastern sharp. If this admission is not clear confirmation that the administration is strategically hiding the president from the media... what else is? In fact... sometimes even when you tell the truth... you risk getting canceled.
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ask for donations to fund vaccine drive on son Archie’s second birthday
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are taking the opportunity on Archie’s second birthday to push a vaccine drive across the globe. "Too many families are still struggling with the impact of this pandemic," the royal pair explain in their memorandum. "While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer," Markle and Harry described. Every single dollar counts—not only will it help save lives but it will help save families and communities," the pair state in their scribe. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Sussexes are currently expecting their second child, a daughter, due into the world this summer.
At least 25 dead during Brazilian police raid in Rio
The civil police's press office confirmed the death of the cop and 24 alleged "criminals" in a message to the Associated Press. One woman told The Associated Press she saw police kill a badly wounded man she described as helpless and unarmed who they found after he had fled into her house. Police had to struggle to enter the favela because of concrete barriers built by the criminals, according to the detective. Thursday's operation was aimed at investigating the recruitment of teenagers to hijack trains and commit other crimes, police said in a statement. The Supreme Court declined to comment when asked by The Associated Press if Thursday's operation would qualify.
Paulina Porizkova’s ‘frontal nude’ Vogue cover was unretouched: ‘Figured we’d have a page or two in the back’
Paulina Porizkova wasn’t sure how the world would react to the photos that were emitted from her Vogue CS shoot. "It’s unretouched," Porizkova told Page Six Style on Thursday. "You know, we were all just hanging out, speaking Czech, having a good time taking some pictures … I figured we’d have a page or two in the back of Vogue," Porizkova recalled. "My very first Vogue cover was in May 1981, and it was an extreme close-up on my face," she recalled. "Look, when you’re full-frontal nude on the cover of Vogue at 56, I hope it would have some attention," she quipped.
Sara Carter exclusive: Biden border policies fueling sprawling cartel-linked pot-growing operations far inland
Pointing to a warehouse surrounded by acres of scrub, Garcia told Carter it held 20,000 or more marijuana plants, and pointed to another area outside the warehouse where more plants had been freshly harvested. I just don’t think they would even think twice about it," she said. This was literally the Wild West. Fast-forward 171 years, it’s becoming the Wild West again," he said. Villanueva pledged to crack down on the operations as much as he can, saying "The difference that tamed the Wild West was the sheriff: The sheriff’s department, law and order, structure, a civil society.
Biden Cabinet members banned from delivering in-person commencement addresses: report
Members of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet have been told not to give in-person commencement addresses at universities this year, according to a report Thursday. The administration enacted the ban on in-person speaking engagements due to ongoing guidance to avoid large gatherings, Axios reported. Cabinet members are still permitted to give virtual commencement addresses. "The White House and administration remain vigilant to the public health challenges posed by the pandemic, and we’re taking every step necessary to prevent the spread of the virus and model leadership for the country," a White House official said in a statement. Despite the ban, Biden is slated to speak at the US Coast Guard Academy’s graduation ceremony later this month.
Rob Smith blasts left for ‘woke’ influence on US military: Will destroy it ‘from the inside out’
"Stuff like this will destroy the military from the inside out if a light is not shone upon it," he said. Senior adviser to the secretary of defense Bishop Garrison has recently asserted his dominance by pushing to purge patriot extremism, which specifically targets military personnel who support conservative thinking. Smith argued that there is no such thing as extremism coming from the right. This is what they’re using to, sort of, purge political enemies," he said. The former SEAL pegged it as an "erosion of trust" in the military by the left.
I got a hideous tattoo while on holiday. 20 years later, I've covered it up
In the end, I opted to see what the artists of Bangkok's All Day Tattoo could do for me. All Day Tattoo artist Bird works to coverup a bad tattoo the writer acquired while on holiday two decades ago. All Day Tattoo studio owner Tonello says that prior to the pandemic, about 70% of their clients were international visitors. "Tourists are often rightly concerned over their ability to properly communicate with a tattoo studio and ensure they are understood." Karla Cripps/CNNOk, so you've found a studio you're comfortable with and are ready to make that appointment.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says 'no' to reelection bid
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told her supporters Thursday night that she would not seek reelection this year. The Atlanta mayor made the announcement in a private call with friends and staffers, first reported AJC. Fox News could not immediately reach the mayor’s office to confirm Bottom’s decision. ATLANTA MAYOR SUGGESTS OFFICER FIRED TO PREVENT RIOTS, DEFENDS DECISION AS HE IS REINSTATEDThe mayor is set to hold a press conference Friday morning. The Atlanta mayor was favored to win the mayor's race this year, despite backlash she has received regarding the city’s spike in crime.
Anti-Olympics campaign gains traction online in Japan
The Olympic rings are illuminated in front of the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan January 22, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File PhotoAn online petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled has garnered almost 200,000 signatures in the past few days, as public concerns mount over holding the Games in a pandemic. In two days since its launch, an online campaign called "Stop Tokyo Olympics" has gathered more than 187,000 signatures, nearing its 200,000 goal and underscoring public concerns over holding the massive sporting event in Japan's capital. Opinion polls in Japan have found a majority of the public is opposed to the Games, which are due to open on July 23. "We strongly call for the prevention of spread of coronavirus and protection of lives and livelihood by using available resources to stop the Olympics," Kenji Utsunomiya, the online petition organizer, wrote on his website.
Texas lawmakers open House floor debate on Republican-backed voting limits
An election official points towards a mail in ballot while scanning votes for the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Marfa, Texas, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees LatifThe Texas House of Representatives opened floor debate on Thursday on a Republican-backed bill barring election officials from sending voters unsolicited mail-in ballot applications and giving partisan poll watchers more access to voting sites. If adopted, Republican lawmakers will most likely seek to reconcile the House bill with companion Senate-passed legislation that imposes limits on the early casting of election ballots, and abolishes drive-through voting and round-the-clock voting, among other provisions. Both houses of the Texas legislature are controlled by Republicans, and Republican Governor Greg Abbott has expressed support for the effort. "This bill is about protecting voters, making sure the voter rules are clean," Republican Representative Briscoe Cain said during House floor debate.
Former Maldives president treated for wounds after blast outside home
REUTERS/Dinuka LiyanawatteThe speaker of parliament in Maldives, former President Mohamed Nasheed, was being treated for shrapnel wounds and in stable condition after a blast outside his family home on Thursday, a spokesman for his governing Maldivian Democratic Party said. "Strongly condemn the attack on Speaker of Parliament, President Mohamed Nasheed this evening," Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said in a tweet. My thoughts and prayers are with President Nasheed and others injured in this attack, as well as their families." Nasheed, who became Maldives' first democratically-elected president in 2008, has remained an influential figure since leaving office in 2012. He is president of the governing party and, after returning from a period in exile, has served as parliament speaker since 2019.
The German exception (or how I got vaccinated before you did)
How it happened: Last week, a friend revealed on a workplace forum that he and his boyfriend had gotten vaccinated without an appointment, by stopping by a doctor’s office and asking. Some German states, including Berlin, have made it to the 60-plus group for Pfizer, as well as Moderna. But Christian Miele, the president of the German Startups Association, says he hasn’t heard of anyone working on a platform to do that. The seeming randomness of the system isn’t limited to the doctor’s office grapevine. German flexibilityThat was before I stumbled onto the next-day appointment for my Pfizer shot.
Europe’s social scorecard
The true social cost of the pandemic can’t yet be calculated. Here’s where the EU stands on three key measures of social progress outlined in a plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, proclaimed at a summit in Gothenburg in 2017. The International Labour Organization estimates the number of working hours lost in 2020 due to unemployment, inactivity and reduced time at work translates into 255 million full-time jobs lost worldwide. EU officials insist social rights will play a key role, as they seek to ensure the transition doesn’t leave workers behind. Both the recovery fund and this patchwork of measures will have a big impact on whether the EU can meet its targets to become a more social union by 2030.
France goes to war with Belgium and Jersey
I plowed the main field, fed the animals and started a war with France.”Yes, a farmer almost caused a major diplomatic incident when he moved a stone marking the border between Belgium and France so his tractor could pass by. Either that or the farmer was actually a Belgian spy tasked with gradually taking territory from the southern neighbor, meter by meter. “He made Belgium bigger and France smaller,” David Lavaux, mayor of the Belgian village of Erquelinnes, told French TV channel TF1. “I was happy, my town was bigger,” the Belgian mayor added. Perhaps M. Bothorel should be less concerned about sucking up to his boss with a ridiculously outsized photo and more concerned with the impending war with Jersey.
As pandemic eases, EU leaders get social in Porto
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyThe pandemic that made social distancing a way of life now stands to transform the way EU political leaders think about social-welfare policy. EU leaders will be grappling with these changes and more as they gather Friday for a long-planned summit of EU heads of state and government in the Portuguese city of Porto. Yet advocates of a stronger integration of EU social welfare policy are already feeling strong pushback from capitals that do not want Brussels encroaching on their turf. And it’s clear that the 27 EU national leaders are being asked to help protect their citizens as never before, and not only through vaccinations. Against this backdrop, proponents of more cohesive EU social policy are now forced to make their case.
French ecologists eye rise of Germany’s Greens with envy
Meanwhile, French green party the Europe Ecologie Les Verts has repeatedly failed to build on past successes. In 2020, the French greens landed several cities in the local elections, starring as the new up-and-coming force. Disunited green frontBut the troubles of the French greens go beyond communication blunders as the party readies itself for the presidential election. According to Bruno Jeanbart, pollster at OpinionWay, the French green party struggles to gather momentum in France because there is a disconnect between green voters and the party. “Green voters are center-left voters, very progressive on social issues but also quite open to [a] free-market economy, and could support Macron,” he said.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won't run for re-election
Atlanta Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Thursday that she will not seek re-election this fall. Bottoms said she and her husband “have given thoughtful prayer and consideration” to their next chapter and decided not to seek another term. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen Georgia, going toe-to-toe with him in court over her decision to enforce a mask mandate in the city of Atlanta. A few others have decided to run, but Bottoms' announcement could widen the field. Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore, a Democrat, has already announced plans to seek the post in the Nov. 2 election.
Texas Democrats waging all-night fight against restrictive election bill
Texas Democrats are waging an all-night fight against a restrictive election bill, vowing to file more than 100 amendments in an effort to derail or limit the impact of legislation that would create criminal penalties in the election process and empower partisan poll watchers. The floor fight comes after Democrats and activists spent the day rallying against the bill they argue will suppress voters and disenfranchise voters of color. Republicans led by state Rep. Briscoe Cain, the chair of the Elections Committee, say the House bill will ensure ballot integrity and protect Texas voters from coercion and fraud. The bill was originally proposed as House Bill 6, but Republican lawmakers used a legislative maneuver to ensure that the legislation will advance quickly. Last week, Republicans replaced the text of a different bill, Senate elections bill, SB 7, with HB 6.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection
She noted a re-election fundraiser she held with Biden and said polls showed her in a strong position. Bottoms’ tenure has been a mix of rough-and-tumble City Hall politics and an ever-brightening national spotlight for her beyond the city. Bottoms became the focus of criticism herself weeks later when an Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks. Bottoms said then that Rolfe would remain on administrative leave while criminal charges against him are resolved. The mayor did not mention Floyd or Brooks in her announcement letter, alluding only “social justice movement (that) took over our streets ... and we persisted.”
Julián Castro fights voter suppression 50 years after his mother fought for voting rights
Longtime political activist Rosie Castro joins her son Julián Castro to discuss Republicans’ voter suppression efforts in Texas, why people still have to fight for the right to vote decades after the Voting Rights Act, and the important role education has played in her family.
Biden now faces a GOP totally defined by Trump's 'Big Lie'
With Florida becoming the latest state to enact a law restricting voter access, Republicans are rallying around Trump's baseless lie that he really won the 2020 election against Joe Biden. Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Lerer, and Neal Katyal join MSNBC's Brian Williams.
Why does anyone care about Westminster by-elections?
LONDON — There is something quintessentially British about the parliamentary by-election — and it’s not just the typically dire weather that accompanies them. It’s the heart-warming sight of the oddball fringe candidates all lined up on the stage on election night. Cameron was desperate to show he could beat Labour at the ballot box — and the by-election gave him the perfect opportunity. Timpson, who a few weeks before had been working as a barrister at a local court, found himself catapulted into parliament. I managed to hold myself together … But I did sleep for about three days afterwards, I do remember that.”
Japan set to extend virus emergency in Tokyo through May 31
Japan is set to expand and extend a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas through May 31 as the coronavirus continues spreading and uncertainty grows about safely holding the Olympics just 11 weeks away. Japan is set to expand and extend a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas through May 31 as the coronavirus continues spreading and uncertainty grows about safely holding the Olympics just 11 weeks away. (Yuta Omori/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to expand and extend a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas through May 31 as the coronavirus continues spreading and uncertainty grows about safely holding the Olympics just 11 weeks away. The current emergency in Tokyo and Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures in the west is scheduled to end Tuesday. Past emergency measures, issued a year ago and then in January, were toothless and authorized only non-mandatory requests.
GOP drops ‘choice’ plan in Kansas school funding debate
They had yet to strike a deal Thursday night, but Republicans said GOP leaders and the governor were close. Conservative wanted to tie an increase in aid to the state’s 286 local public school districts to “school choice” initiatives but were unable to pass a bill with that combination. “There are definitely pieces in it that I don’t love, but at the end of the day, we’re fully funding schools,” said Senate Minority Leader Dinah Sykes, a Lenexa Democrat and one of the measure’s drafters. ADVERTISEMENT“The full funding of education is really the top priority,” said Mark Tallman, a lobbyist for the Kansas Association of School Boards. The debates over K-12 funding and the rest of the budget were complicated by questions about higher education funding.
Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over
Westbrook had 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists before fouling out with 15.3 seconds left in overtime. It was the sixth triple-double in seven games for Westbrook, who came up one assist short in the other game. ADVERTISEMENTWestbrook did not seal his triple-double until a driving layup with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter that left the Wizards one point behind. Beal scored eight of the next 10 points for Washington, but Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left sent the game into overtime. Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. scored 25 points, playing for the first time after missing six games with a left leg contusion.
LeVert’s late burst helps Pacers beat Hawks 133-126
Indiana Pacers' Caris LeVert (22) looks for a shot between Atlanta Hawks' Bogdan Bogdanovic (13), Clint Capela (15) and Kevin Huerter during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Caris LeVert showed up motivated for work, determined to shake free from a recent funk that included one of Indiana’s ugliest losses just 24 hours earlier. LeVert scored 31 points, including nine in the final 2:17, and the Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 133-126 on Thursday night. The Hawks missed a pair of 3-pointers that could have tied the game before the Pacers pulled away. Hawks coach Nate McMillan lamented his team being outscored 70-58 inside and trailing by as many as 18 in the third quarter.
Family of Chris Cornell settles with doctor over his death
FILE - This Sept. 23, 2011 file photo shows musician Chris Cornell in New York. The family of Chris Cornell and a doctor who they alleged over-prescribed him drugs before he died have agreed to a settle a lawsuit. (AP Photo/John Carucci, File)FILE - This Sept. 23, 2011 file photo shows musician Chris Cornell in New York. The family of Chris Cornell and a doctor who they alleged over-prescribed him drugs before he died have agreed to a settle a lawsuit. (AP Photo/John Carucci, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of Chris Cornell and a doctor who they alleged over-prescribed him drugs before he died have agreed to a settle a lawsuit.
Pistons snap skid with 111-97 win over Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) drives as Detroit Pistons guard Frank Jackson (5) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) drives as Detroit Pistons guard Frank Jackson (5) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) — Wayne Ellington and Cory Joseph scored 18 points apiece to help the Detroit Pistons snap a four-game losing streak with a 111-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night. We were teetering, our guys kind of hanging our head, losing confidence,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Second night of a back-to-back, but that’s no excuse,” said Jaren Jackson Jr., who scored 17 points for the Grizzlies.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking re-election
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive who months ago was among those President Joe Biden considered for his running mate. “It is with deep emotions that I hold my head high and choose not to seek another term as mayor,” Bottoms wrote, saying she’d prayed over the decision with her husband, Derek, an executive at The Home Depot. Bottoms’ tenure has been a mix of rough-and-tumble City Hall politics and an ever-brightening national spotlight for her beyond the city. Bottoms became the focus of criticism herself weeks later when an Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks. Bottoms said then that Rolfe would remain on administrative leave while criminal charges against him are resolved.
Doncic, Mavs hold on to beat Irving, Nets 113-109 for sweep
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic celebrates after sinking a three-point basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Dallas, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 24 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-109 on Thursday night to finish a season sweep. Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 45 points for the Nets. Nets: Brooklyn missed a chance to build a cushion when Dallas misfired on its first nine shots and first two free throws of the second half. The Nets missed six consecutive shots after Irving opened the second half with a 3, and an early third-quarter lead didn’t last long.
Australian sports body apologizes over gymnastics report
Jenkins said gymnasts shared experiences of abuse, misconduct and bullying and a review released Monday, May 3, 2021, found "significant cultural challenges." (David Moir/AAP Image via AP)Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins speaks in Sydney, Australia on Aug. 1, 2017. Jenkins said gymnasts shared experiences of abuse, misconduct and bullying and a review released Monday, May 3, 2021, found "significant cultural challenges." Multiple athletes detailed their negative experiences at the AIS in the report, including the organization’s heavy focus on the ideal body. Kate Jenkins, the Australian HRC’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, said gymnasts shared experiences of abuse, misconduct and bullying and the review found “significant cultural challenges .
Top U.S., China and Russia diplomats to speak on cooperation
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A Security Council meeting aimed at strengthening global cooperation and the role of the United Nations is expected to hear from the top American, Chinese and Russian diplomats as well as other ministers on Friday. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will be chairing the meeting and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are among the confirmed participants. It will be the first event that all three take part in, though virtually. Last week, Biden stressed to Congress the critical importance of the United States keeping up with China, which his administration sees as a strategic challenger, and proving that American democracy can still work and maintain primacy in the world. It was the first face-to-face U.S.-China meeting of the Biden administration.
What Goes Up Must Come Down — Including A Giant Chinese Rocket Plunging Toward Earth
What Goes Up Must Come Down — Including A Giant Chinese Rocket Plunging Toward EarthEnlarge this image toggle caption Guo Wenbin/AP Guo Wenbin/APThere's a giant Chinese rocket booster hurtling toward the planet, and no one seems to know exactly when or where it's going to land. "I don't want to hypothesize or speculate about possible actions the department might or might not take here," Kirby added. The White House on Wednesday addressed the falling Chinese space junk, which is not the first to come plummeting out of the sky. "The United States is committed to addressing the risks of growing congestion due to space debris and growing activity in space," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. In the meantime, the 18th Space Control Squadron will be offering daily updates to the rocket body's location on Space-track.org.
China private services-sector gauge rises in April
A private gauge of China's services sector rose to its highest level since December, thanks to stronger consumer demand after Beijing's success in containing the coronavirus. The Caixin China services purchasing managers index was at 56.3 in April, up from 54.3 in March, Caixin Media Co. and research firm IHS Markit said Friday.
Is it time to start easing indoor mask mandates? Ex-FDA chief Scott Gottlieb thinks so
As more and more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19, former FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb says it’s time for the CDC to start thinking about easing indoor mask mandates. In an interview Thursday night with CNBC’s Shepard Smith, Gottlieb, who led the Food and Drug Administration from 2017-’19, said easing rules now will strengthen the CDC’s credibility later. “ “I think we should start lifting these restrictions as aggressively as we put them in. We need to preserve the credibility of public health officials to perhaps reimplement some of these provisions as we get into next winter, if we do start seeing outbreaks again.” ” — Dr. Scott Gottlieb“The only way to earn public credibility is to demonstrate that you’re willing to relax these provisions as the situation improves,” he added. Public health experts say the risks for transmission of COVID-19 are much higher indoors, so masking up is still a good precaution.
May Is a Lucky Month for the U.S. Dollar. This Year Could Be an Exception.
(Bloomberg) -- The month of May has traditionally favored the dollar. But, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index’s weekly slow stochastics remain bearish and a relatively fast descent in the 200-day moving average is likely to add to the downward pressure. Additionally, technicals suggest the euro, pound, Australian dollar and some Asian currencies are likely to hold up well against any advance in the greenback this month. There is also trend line support off the November low, after which the troughs in April and March will provide a base. If spot tops its April 20 high of 1.4009, this would represent a clear breach of the descending trend line resistance formed off the February high.
Police: Texas LB Jake Ehlinger, brother of former QB Sam Ehlinger, found dead
(Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)Police in Austin, Texas, announced on Thursday that Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger is dead. Austin police say they received a call Thursday afternoon before finding his body near the University of Texas campus, the Austin American-Statesman reports. "Our hearts are truly broken, and we are just devastated today to learn of the passing of our Longhorn family member Jake Ehlinger," Del Conte's statement reads. Ehlinger's brother was Texas QB, Colts draft pickEhlinger is the younger brother of ex-Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in last week's NFL draft. With Sam, our thoughts and prayers are with him and his mother and his sister as they mourn the tragic death of Sam's brother, Jake."
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard on verge of becoming first transgender Olympian
Laurel Hubbard could make history in Tokyo. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)A revision in Olympic qualification standards has set the stage for New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, a transgender woman, to qualify for the Tokyo Games, the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced Thursday. Hubbard would be the first transgender person to compete in the Olympics if she makes it. Per Reuters, the NZOC said the International Weightlifting Federation had revised its qualifications due to the impact of COVID-19, opening the door for Hubbard to head to Tokyo. The 43-year-old Hubbard had previously competed in men's weightlifting competitions before transitioning in 2013, per Reuters.
China's Waterdrop raises $360 mln in New York IPO -sources
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- Discover what’s driving the global economy and what it means for policy makers, businesses, investors and you with The New Economy Daily. If it makes good on its promise, the bank will have raised borrowing costs by 225 basis points to 4.25% by June.“This more hawkish statement should bring short-term strength to the BRL,” Rabobank economists Mauricio Une and Gabriel Santos wrote in a note. Food and fuel costs have jumped in recent months, and the government recently restarted emergency aid that will firm up demand. Traders held onto their bets that the central bank will raise rates by another 275 basis points by the end of the year, which would take the benchmark to 6.25%. )For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won’t seek re-election
ATLANTA — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive who months ago was among those President Joe Biden considered for his running mate. “It is with deep emotions that I hold my head high and choose not to seek another term as mayor,” Bottoms wrote, saying she’d prayed over the decision with her husband, Derek, an executive at The Home Depot. Bottoms’ tenure has been a mix of rough-and-tumble City Hall politics and an ever-brightening national spotlight for her beyond the city. Bottoms became the focus of criticism herself weeks later when an Atlanta police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks. Bottoms said then that Rolfe would remain on administrative leave while criminal charges against him are resolved.
Japan set to extend COVID emergency in Tokyo through May 31
TOKYO — Japan is set to expand and extend a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas through May 31 as the coronavirus continues spreading and uncertainty grows about safely holding the Olympics just 11 weeks away. The current emergency in Tokyo and Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures in the west is scheduled to end Tuesday. The ongoing emergency is Japan’s third and came only a month after an earlier measure ended in the Tokyo area. The country has managed so far without any enforced lockdowns, but people are becoming impatient and less cooperative to virus measures, making them less effective. Past emergency measures, issued a year ago and then in January, were toothless and authorized only non-mandatory requests.
Asian American father randomly punched to ground while walking toddler in San Francisco
Team Great Britain races in the San Francisco Bay during a practice day for the SailGP races on May 03, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)An Asian American man was attacked outside a grocery store in San Francisco while walking his 1-year-old child. Mr Hammond continued to punch the father before patrolling police officers intervened. Bruce told KGO he wants his attacker to “be somewhere where he can’t harm anyone else or if he needs help he can get the help he needs”. Nani Tsegaye, a San Francisco business owner who has experienced break-ins and robberies, called the crimes “heartbreaking”.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis signs controversial election bill as ‘reitreRon’ trends on Twitter
Education-Florida (Miami Herald Staff)Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, proudly signed a new voting rights bill that will likely make it harder for people of colour to cast a ballot. Despite the fact that Mr DeSantis lauded the state's election security in 2020, he apparently felt it was necessary to make voting more difficult. "I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country," Mr DeSantis told Fox News. "Ballot harvesting" has become one of the latest boogeymen Republican election reformers have used to justify legislation that restricts voting rights. Drop boxes will now keep the same hours as the state's election offices, and a monitor will be required to watch over the locations.
Florida gov signs GOP voting law critics call 'un-American'
Ron DeSantis signed a major rewrite of Florida's elections law on Thursday, tightening rules around drop boxes and mail-in voting in the presidential battleground. “The legislation has a deliberate and disproportionate impact on elderly voters, voters with disabilities, students and communities of color. It’s undemocratic, unconstitutional, and un-American,” said Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, a former Florida governor who announced his challenge of DeSantis this week, tweeted, “This is the difference between @GovRonDeSantis and me. And when I’m Governor again, this will be a Florida for all.”Democrats acknowledge that the Florida law doesn't appear to be as draconian as one one recently approved in Georgia, a flashpoint in this national debate.
Fox News Anchor Wonders ‘Who’s Right’ on the ‘Big Lie’—Cheney or Trump?
Fox NewsWhat is the “Big Lie”? Is it a former president and his allies claiming widespread voter fraud and a “stolen” election? Or is it a Republican congresswoman calling those lies the “Big Lie”? “Trump says the ‘Big Lie’ was the result of the 2020 election. Liz Cheney says, no, the ‘Big Lie’ was suggesting the 2020 election was stolen.
NC reaches milestone as more than 50% of adults have received COVID vaccine
Over half of the adults in North Carolina age 18 or older have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday. The state reported Thursday that 50.1% of people 18 and older have received at least one dose and 43.1% of NC adults are fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. That means people have received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. But he would only lift the indoor mask mandate if at least two-thirds of NC adults are at least partially vaccinated. Over 1 million additional adults would need to need to receive their first dose of the vaccine to get to the two-thirds figure by June.
Spain says vaccine patent waiver is the way forward but not enough for poor countries
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government said on Thursday a U.S. proposal to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines signals the "way forward" but will not be enough to guarantee supplies to developing countries. Such a suspension of intellectual property rights will take time to be approved and, in the meantime, pharmaceutical companies should be flexible in granting voluntary licences, it said in a statement. (Reporting by Nathan Allen; Editing by Chris Reese)
Go fish: Britain and France dispatch patrol boats as tensions mount over fishing rights
French fishing vessels block the port of St. Helier in Jersey on Thursday amid a post-Brexit dispute over fishing rights. Under the new rules, French vessels must document their fishing history in the area if they want to obtain a license to continue netting catches there. The swell of discord appeared to crest Thursday when about 60 French fishing vessels gathered off St. Helier, Jersey’s main port, with some setting off flares and flashing lights in a show of discontent over the new rules. The boats arrived a day after Britain sent the Royal Navy's HMS Severn and HMS Tamar to the waters off Jersey. Hoping to calm the waters, Jersey officials held talks Thursday with representatives for French fisheries.
India Covid aid: Is emergency relief reaching those in need?
Emergency aid began arriving in Delhi last weekAs India's devastating Covid-19 crisis mounted last month, countries around the world began sending emergency medical supplies to help stem the surge. But - as cases continue to reach record levels across the country - concerns are mounting about delays in supplying the aid to those most in need. Opposition politicians in India have also called for the government to release more information about how its relief effort is going. 'Oxygen is essential'Despite these efforts, India's hospitals are still in dire need of fresh medical supplies - and above all of oxygen. But for many of those on the frontline of India's healthcare emergency, the wait for desperately needed support continues.
Melinda Gates Warned Bill About Jeffrey Epstein
As The New York Times reported, starting in 2011, Gates met with Epstein on numerous occasions. A person close to Walker told The Daily Beast she did not attend nor help set up any meetings between Gates and Epstein. Indeed, the Times reported Gates visited Epstein multiple times from 2011 to 2013, and that Epstein had tried pitching a new charitable fund to JPMorgan honchos and to the Gates foundation. “He liked rich people and scientists and there were a lot of them at [Edge] dinners.”Read more at The Daily Beast. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
$2.3 million on travel in 8 months: Trump Navy secretary flew around the world, despite COVID-19
Braithwaite was Navy secretary, the service's most senior civilian, from May 29 until Biden took office on Jan. 21. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy took 17 trips, and Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett recorded 19 trips. Story continuesFormer President Donald Trump nominated Braithwaite for Navy secretary after acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned. Wake Island: 'Where America's Day Really Begins'Among Braithwaite's travels, his trip to Hawaii and Wake Island in the South Pacific stands out. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite spent $2.3 million on travel
New Jersey infectious disease expert dies in India of COVID-19
The virus was kind of stable for 10 months, and then it started getting into this accelerated evolution. That's the superspreader strain," Topol says.Schiffer agrees partial herd immunity is causing the level of new infections in the U.S. to drop despite the highly infectious B.1.1.7's prevalence. "In the absence of vaccination, it's very likely that many places in the United States would look exactly like India right now with the new variants. Even with partial protection you can achieve higher degrees of herd immunity," Schiffer says. "When I think of herd immunity, I don't think of it as an all-or-none phenomenon.
Three more whales wash up dead near San Francisco — eight total in five weeks
In 2019, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was going to investigate an unusually high number of gray whales found dead along the North American west coast. In 2019, 214 washed up on the beaches and coasts of Mexico, the United States and Canada — 34 in California, 13 in San Francisco Bay. While the death of these whales is tragic, Milstein said, it offers an opportunity to “better understand what’s affecting the other 20,000 remaining gray whales out there.”Most California gray whales migrate from summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas near Alaska to winter calving areas along Mexico’s Baja peninsula. The whales appearing in San Francisco Bay are migrating north. For now, boaters in the San Francisco Bay should go slow and be cautious, George said.
Donated sewing machines serve a need
With dual commitments to customer and community service, the Bernina sewing machine dealer is collecting all makes and models of sewing machines for tune up, repair, and donation to Household Goods, an Acton nonprofit serving local people in need. Just over two years ago, the fashionista joined her father, Thomas, and brother, Michael, in establishing a sewing shop, Daley By The Yard, in Acton. The first year, we raffled off a new sewing machine and donated the money to breast cancer research at Dana-Farber. Then we participated in the Give and Get Back campaign through Bernina, where people got a discount by trading in their old sewing machine for donation globally. Household Goods is a half mile from our shop, so I’ll be able to give the people who receive a sewing machine the personal attention they deserve.
Boston police warn of increased activity by off-road vehicles
Riders of these dirt bikes, ATVs, and motor scooters typically travel in large groups. Police have observed them disregarding motor vehicle laws and public safety, the department said in a statement. Boston police are asking the public to help crack down on illegal dirt bikes, scooters and other off-road vehicles that have been wreaking havoc in some city neighborhoods. The day before, city officials hosted a virtual community meeting to address disturbance calls about hundreds of dirt bikes and ATVs in the park. AdvertisementThe department asked anyone with information about off-road vehicles that are being illegally operated or stored to call 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).
He loves Yosemite Valley, redcurrants, and memories of his high school drama teacher
The actor, 24, plays the role of Lazar Wolf, the richest man in the village, in the national tour. He is excited for his friends and family from the area to come to the show. He is especially eager for his grandparents (flying in from Germany) and his high school drama teacher, Richard Weingartner (who in 2017 retired from Wayland High School after three decades as drama director), to attend a performance. “We didn’t just learn about acting, but we grew so much as people learning from him,” von Mering ­— who went on to study acting at the University of Southern California — said of Weingartner. We caught up with von Mering, who now lives in Los Angeles, to talk about all things travel.
‘Tell Me Your Secrets’ stars Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater are strangers on the set, partners off of it
Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe have acted together a few times over the course of their eight-year relationship without too many issues. AdvertisementViewers won’t know if they’ll ever see Rabe and Linklater meet, but the idea of it is terrifyingly exciting — both actors say they transformed into someone unidentifiable, even to each other. “I think with something as violent and scary as this show can be, having that familiarity makes it also feel really safe,” said Linklater. His extensive acting credits include the TV series “Legion,” “The Crazy Ones,” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”Amy Brenneman and Hamish Linklater in "Tell Me Your Secrets." We hope this is your new binge.”AdvertisementTELL ME YOUR SECRETSStarring: Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Amy Brenneman, Marque Richardson, Enrique Murciano.
The driver just had to sleep in the bike lane? Please.
He freely admits to parking and taking a nap in the bike lane. A bike lane is a travel lane. The solution should be if you are tired don’t get out on the road without your nap. Or find a legitimate parking space and don’t park in a traffic lane. When will I, as a non-HOV driver, be able to pay to use this lane?
Warriors’ Damion Lee tested positive for COVID-19 despite receiving vaccine
Warriors guard Damion Lee tested positive for COVID-19 despite receiving a vaccine, he said before Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lee tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in early March. None of the other dozen Warriors players or staffers who received the vaccine have tested positive. After games in Oklahoma City, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., Lee tested positive upon his return to the Bay Area and quarantined at his home for about 10 days. With Lee sidelined, guard Mychal Mulder has played a key role off the bench in Golden State’s shortened eight-man rotation.
Man charged with stabbing two Asian women in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who allegedly stabbed two elderly women without warning at a San Francisco bus stop was charged with attempted murder in an attack that follows a number of others against Asian Americans nationwide, authorities announced Thursday. A message left for the San Francisco public defender’s office seeking comment about the case wasn’t immediately returned after hours Thursday. “The knife punctured one victim’s lungs, requiring extensive surgery,” the district attorney’s office said. But the District Attorney’s office said prosecutors were working with police to determine whether there was evidence to support hate crime allegations. The effort comes amid a wave of attacks against Asian Americans — many of them elderly — in San Francisco and across the country.
Keisha Lance Bottoms won’t seek second term as Atlanta mayor
ATLANTA — Keisha Lance Bottoms, the first-term Atlanta mayor who rose to national prominence this past year with her stern yet empathetic televised message to protesters but has struggled to rein in her city’s spike in violent crime, will not seek a second term in office, according to two people who were on a Zoom call with the mayor Thursday night. AdvertisementIt is unclear why Bottoms, a Democrat, is not seeking another term, but 2020 took a toll on mayors nationwide. In November, St. Louis’ mayor at the time, Lyda Krewson, announced she would not pursue a second term. A month later, Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle announced she would not run for reelection. Bottoms was mentioned briefly as a potential vice-presidential running mate and said that she later turned down a Cabinet-level position in the Biden administration.
Ubsioft outlines future of ‘The Division’ franchise with ‘Heartland’ and mobile game
“Tom Clancy’s The Division” has become one of the biggest franchises for Ubisoft. (The developer already has “Hyper Scape.”) It could be a mix of both and be something comparable to “The Cycle.”In addition, Ubisoft also said it’s producing a “Division” game for mobile. For fans of “The Division 2,” the game is still alive and kicking for the foreseeable future. Ubisoft announced that Ubisoft Massive and Ubisoft Bucharest are working on another new content package for the entry. The movie will focus on the events of the original game set in New York.
Super Thursday: Britons vote in a bumper crop of elections
LONDON — Millions of British voters were casting ballots Thursday in local and regional elections, and the choices of Scottish voters in particular could have huge repercussions for the future of the United Kingdom. The vote there could show whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is still making inroads into parts of the country that the Labour Party has dominated for decades. AdvertisementScotland has been part of the UK since 1707, and the issue of Scottish independence appeared settled when Scottish voters rejected secession by 55 percent-45 percent in a 2014 referendum. “I hope the SNP win because we’re looking for a second independence referendum, especially since we’ve now left the EU," 18-year-old student Emily Blair said while lining up to vote in Edinburgh. As UK prime minister, Johnson has the ultimate authority to permit another referendum on Scottish independence.
Family of Chris Cornell settles with doctor over his death
By Andrew Dalton | Associated PressLOS ANGELES — The family of Chris Cornell and a doctor who they alleged over-prescribed him drugs before he died have agreed to a settle a lawsuit. Court documents filed by attorneys for the rock singer’s widow, Vicky Cornell, and their children, Toni and Christopher Nicholas Cornell, said a confidential settlement had been reached. In court documents responding to the lawsuit, Koblin and his attorney denied any wrongdoing or responsibility for Cornell’s death. “After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, Plaintiffs and Defendants … have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims,” the Cornell family attorneys said in the April 2 court filing. The case has “received significant media coverage and attention from fans of Mr. Cornell and allies of Plaintiffs,” the court filing says.
Baseball/softball roundup: Frisco Wakeland duo pitches one-hitter; Rockwall’s Roxy Thompson makes a clutch play
Wakeland got its winning run on a solo homer to right by Blake Morrow in the third inning. Wakeland also got a clutch, diving catch by center fielder Addison Brown in the sixth inning that likely prevented a run from scoring. 3-ranked team in The News’ Class 5A/Others area poll, scored two runs in the third, including an RBI single by Matt Mainord. Thompson broke the game open with a two-run single in the sixth, another Rockwall uprising that started with two out. Natalee Gray took the loss despite allowing just two hits, striking out six with three walks.
Music to My Ears — Hearing Adolphus Hailstork
The art songs of Black composers, too long relegated to the sidelines in our concert life, will come to the fore in a new streaming performance series from the Marsh. Soprano Candace Johnson and pianist Marc Shapiro collaborate on the recital series, which is part of the digital MarshStream platform from the venerable San Francisco theater. For the first installment, Johnson and Shapiro perform “Ventriloquist Acts of God” by Adolphus Hailstork. At 80, Hailstork stands as one of the deans of contemporary African American composers, and this cycle — which focuses on a discussion among a university professor and her music students — seems like an aptly scholarly offering.
What you need to know about coronavirus
Health authorities are closely watching an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19. Scientists have found evidence that some treatments can help patients with coronavirus symptoms. Health authorities originally said that healthy people generally shouldn’t need to wear masks as protection against the coronavirus. If someone in your home has the coronavirus, you should stay home to prevent spreading the disease, health officials say. For more information about how Johns Hopkins University tracks coronavirus cases, visit the university’s blog post.
Arlington woman gets 6 years in prison for mailing meth that her son sold on the ‘dark web’
An Arlington woman who shipped packages containing methamphetamine for her son, who sold the drugs online, has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Mary Jane McIntyre, 61, pleaded guilty in December to one count of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute. In all, officials said they identified more than 8,000 packages containing more than 75 pounds of meth during their investigation into the scheme. Harris pleaded guilty in November to one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute. “Suspects mistakenly believe they can remain hidden in the shadows of the dark web,” Thomas Noyes, inspector in charge of the U.S.
How Twins CF Byron Buxton’s MLB journey offers Rangers insight into Leody Taveras’ development
ROUND ROCK – Over the last four days in Minneapolis, the Rangers observed the Earthling leader in WAR pummel pitches, rob extra bases and steal others. While the Rangers were making all these observations, Taveras was preparing to start his season anew at Triple-A Round Rock. He was in Round Rock because the first month of the season was an abject failure on offense. “I hope he doesn’t have to get sent out four times,” Round Rock hitting instructor Chase Lambin said Thursday. Lambin said Taveras has a “wonderful spirit.”He also said Taveras is in good space after the demotion, which is significant.
Source: Free agent QB Jeff Driskel to visit with Cowboys Friday
In last week’s defense-heavy draft, Cowboys were unable to add competition to their backup quarterback battle. That box likely will be checked soonFree agent quarterback Jeff Driskel flew into town on Thursday for a Friday visit with the team, a source said. Driskel, 28, has made nine career NFL starts for the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos over the past three years. The three reserve quarterbacks currently on the Cowboys’ depth chart — Garrett Gilbert, Ben DiNucci and Cooper Rush — have combined for two. One of Driskel’s nine NFL starts came against Dallas in 2019.
Todd McShay has Cowboys selecting Texas A&M TE Jalen Wydermyer in 2022 mock draft
For all the sugar plums Jerry Jones was seeing the Dallas Cowboys were not in position to draft Florida tight end Kyle Pitts in the 2021 draft. Whether or not the future of the position in Dallas belongs to Blake Jarwin or Dalton Schultz remains to be seen. As does whether or not the Cowboys addressed enough of their defensive shortcomings in this year’s draft to afford Dallas the luxury of prioritizing offensive skill positions in 2022. Still, ESPN’s Todd McShay has Dallas selecting Texas A&M TE Jalen Wydermyer in his 2022 mock draft (and for what it’s worth, so does Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski). Find more Cowboys coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Thursday’s best high school baseball, softball performances
Check out the top performances from Thursday’s high school baseball and softball action and look forward to Friday’s schedule. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttThursday’s bestThursday’s top high school baseball and softball performances. BaseballBrandon Molnar, Spring Valley: The junior was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored in a 11-1 win over Foothill. Gunnar Myro, Bishop Gorman: The sophomore was 2-for-3 with two home runs, five RBIs and two runs scored in an 11-0 win over Las Vegas. Justyn Ybarra, Pahrump Valley: The freshman was 2-for-3 with a double, five RBIs and two runs scored in an 11-1 win over Western.
Young arms getting it done for the Cubs as trust grows
Cubs manager David Ross often talks about having guys he can trust in his bullpen. Steele, 25, has turned heads in his first real stint in the big leagues and is winning over Ross in the process. Throwing in high-leverage situations at the major-league level can sometimes be a difficult adjustment, but Steele is showing he’s up for the challenge. “It’s been something that has been a focus here of trying to be better,” Ross said. “That’s the way good organizations are able to develop homegrown talent, whether it’s position players or pitching.
Here's just a sample of performers you'll find at Summerfest 2021
Here's just a sample of performers you'll find at Summerfest 2021Here's just a small sample of performers you'll find this year at Summerfest
Gas station employee shot by group trying to leave store without paying in Burnside: police
A gas station employee was shot Thursday night in Burnside while trying to stop a group of males from leaving the store without paying for an item. About 8:40 p.m., the employee came from behind the counter to stop a group of three males from leaving the store in the 400 block of East 95th Street without paying when one pointed a gun at him, Chicago police said. The employee, a 37-year-old man, grabbed the gun and pushed it toward the ground as the person fired shots, striking him three times in the leg, police said. The group fled the scene and the employee was transported to the University of Chicago Medical center in fair condition, police said. No one is in custody as Area Two detectives investigate.
Bulls beat Charlotte as All-Stars return, but was it really worth it?
With Washington beating Toronto in overtime, the Bulls stayed within four games of the Wizards for that final play-in spot in the Eastern Conference, leaving the remaining six games meaningful to a certain extent. The problem, however, is the most meaningful game could be one the Bulls want LaVine and Vucevic nowhere near. Next Thursday, the Bulls host Toronto in what could be two disappointing teams wrapping up the regular season. Now try selling that to the current Bulls players, especially LaVine, after he missed 11 games in the NBA health and safety protocol. “Obviously we’re a much different team with Zach out there, obviously a much better team with him in the lineup.’’
Record cash flow boosts Golden Entertainment’s 1Q earnings
(Las Vegas Review-Journal)Executives with Golden Entertainment Inc. figure its Strat resort is in a good spot. Golden reported a 15.7 percent increase in revenue for the quarter that ended March 31 to reach the highest adjusted cash flow numbers in company history. “Our first quarter operating results reflect significantly improved revenue and net income, and record quarterly adjusted cash flow,” said Golden Chairman and CEO Blake Sartini. Golden reported net income of $10.6 million, 35 cents a share, on revenue of $239.7 million for the quarter. A year ago, the company reported a net loss of $32.6 million, $1.17, on revenue of $207.2 million.
IHSA bass fishing: Challenging weather doesn’t diminish return of sectionals
Good to see the subs at the Braidwood Lake sectional lining the south riprap and casting in the rain. Taft Boat 2 took third (5-10), led by junior Joe Williams’ big bass (2-12), caught on a Senko. Huntley set the record for the Chain O’Lakes (South) sectional winning weight and had the heaviest bag in the Chicago area at 13-8. Minooka won the Heidecke Lake sectional with 13.7 and also weighed big bass (3.2). R-C had the big bass (3-6).
Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead in Austin
“I know how close they were and we’re just really stunned, but we are prayerful and we know God has a plan,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “We are doing everything we can to console the family and do what we can to make things as easy as possible at this difficult time.”
Blackhawks rally late to stun Hurricanes, end losing streak
For the first time in more than two weeks, the Blackhawks went to sleep Thursday feeling good. Riley Stillman’s first NHL goal, Alex DeBrincat’s overtime winner and Collin Delia’s 36 saves led the Hawks to a surprising 2-1 win over the Hurricanes, ending their six-game losing streak. Delia, who earned his first win since February 2019, finished with a .939 save percentage in the three-game series. You’re able to read the situations coming at you, and the lag time in your decision-making grows less and less.”“You can’t ask for more from him in these 2½ games,” Colliton added. “It was important for him to come back and play,” Colliton said.
Doncic, Mavs hold on to beat Irving, Nets 113-109 for sweep
DALLAS - (AP) -- Luka Doncic scored 24 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 23 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-109 on Thursday night to finish a season sweep. Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 45 points for the Nets. In the Mavericks' 115-98 win at Brooklyn in February, Harden played while Durant and Irving were out. Irving finished 17 of 30 from the field after repeatedly getting to the rim in a 25-point first half. The Nets missed six consecutive shots after Irving opened the second half with a 3, and an early third-quarter lead didn't last long.
Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over
Westbrook had 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists before fouling out with 15.3 seconds left in overtime. It was the sixth triple-double in seven games for Westbrook, who came up one assist short in the other game. Westbrook did not seal his triple-double until a driving layup with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter that left the Wizards one point behind. Beal scored eight of the next 10 points for Washington, but Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left sent the game into overtime. Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. scored 25 points, playing for the first time after missing six games with a left leg contusion.
LeVert's late burst helps Pacers beat Hawks 133-126
LeVert scored 31 points, including nine in the final 2:17, and the Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 133-126 on Thursday night. I wanted to be at my best.”LeVert twice hit jumpers with his team ahead by only one point late. The Hawks missed a pair of 3-pointers that could have tied the game before the Pacers pulled away. “It's just a part of me.”LeVert also had 12 assists for his first double-double since being acquired by the Pacers in January. Hawks coach Nate McMillan lamented his team being outscored 70-58 inside and trailing by as many as 18 in the third quarter.
Covington Catholic grabs top district baseball seed with tight victory at Beechwood
Sam France led off the game with a home run and that would be enough to get starter Tyler Hutson through the early innings. Right fielder Ethan Reardon had the key knock of the game with a two-run dinger to left-center (300 at Beechwood) giving Hutson a 4-0 lead. "We're finding a lot of different ways to win," Krumpelbeck said. More importantly, the victory gave CovCath the top local seed in the tournament, though both Krumpelbeck and Beechwood coach Kevin Gray suspect they'll see one another again. Beechwood has also defeated Colerain and Bethel-Tate on the Ohio side and has an Indiana win over Lawrenceburg.
Oregon reports 611 vaccinated people infected with COVID-19, 8 died
But some of the 611 cases in Oregon could be an overcount because the definition of these so-called “breakthrough cases” is problematic, said Dr. Melissa Sutton, who oversees COVID-19 testing for the Oregon Health Authority. Sutton said the Oregon Health Authority continues to report these as breakthrough cases because it is obligated to follow the CDC definition. Of the total number of breakthrough cases in Oregon, about 50% showed no symptoms. Officials expect a small number of breakthrough cases because no vaccine is 100% effective. In the U.S. the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be 94% and 95% effective in preventing symptomatic disease, and Johnson & Johnson 72%.
Portland Trail Blazers ‘playing together,’ eyeing 5th in West as they enter season’s final stretch
The Portland Trail Blazers have been through their share of difficult times this season. Yet, with six games remaining on their schedule, the Blazers could still finish as high as fifth in the Western Conference standings. The Blazers have clearly played better basketball as of late, and the reasons can be traced back to the team’s growth and approach. We’ve beaten some good teams on the road and we’re playing some good teams coming up. “Our communication, our presence on the ball, the activity, we’ve been rebounding better,” Lillard said.
Kyrie Irving drops 45, but Kevin Durant struggles as Nets suffer fourth straight loss with defeat to Mavericks
The Nets held Luka Doncic to a mere five second half points, but it didn’t matter because Kevin Durant shot just 1-of-10 in the second half. As a result, the Nets suffered their season-high fourth straight loss by a 113-109 margin Thursday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas. They put together a 13-2 run, ending with a three by Finney-Smith for a 99-92 lead with 5:57 left to play. Irving already had 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting for the Nets, and Doncic had 19 for the Mavs. But the Nets finished the quarter on a 9-4 run to take an 83-82 lead to the fourth quarter.
Pistons snap skid with 111-97 win over Grizzlies
DETROIT - (AP) -- Wayne Ellington and Cory Joseph scored 18 points apiece to help the Detroit Pistons snap a four-game losing streak with a 111-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night. We were teetering, our guys kind of hanging our head, losing confidence," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Second night of a back-to-back, but that's no excuse,” said Jaren Jackson Jr., who scored 17 points for the Grizzlies. ... Grayson Allen (left abdominal soreness), Sean McDermott (left foot soreness) and Xavier Tillman (illness) were out. The Pistons shot 53% from the field and finished with 62 points in the paint.
Senate passes bill requiring LIPA/PSEG disclose lobbying activities
The State Senate this week passed a measure that would require LIPA and its main contractor, PSEG Long Island, to file detailed public reports of their lobbying and advertising activities. The bill, introduced by Sen. Jim Gaughran (D-Northport), would require LIPA and PSEG to file a twice-yearly "expenditure and lobbying report" to be submitted to the leaders of the state Senate, Assembly and the governor. The Senate bill would require specific information about the type of advertising PSEG and LIPA are doing, including its intended purpose. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state Public Service Commission, according to the filing. The work included "both grassroots and direct" lobbying, at the State Legislature and the governor's office, according to the filing.
4 people freed from ongoing Minnesota bank robbery standoff
CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A standoff between Minnesota police and an alleged hostage-taker continued into the evening Thursday despite the release of four bank employees. Three women and a man were released from a Wells Fargo Bank branch in St. Cloud resident Abdi Kadir told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune he was in the bank drive-through when the teller hurriedly told him to leave. She said bank officials are cooperating with local law enforcement and will do whatever they can to assist the authorities. Police moved onlookers away from the bank, but a crowd gathered across the street to watch the drama unfold.
4 people freed from ongoing Minnesota bank robbery standoff
CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A standoff between Minnesota police and an alleged hostage-taker continued into the evening Thursday despite the release of four bank employees. Three women and a man were released from a Wells Fargo Bank branch in St. The first woman ran from the bank toward members of a SWAT team with her hands up. Two women and a man later emerged from the bank and were led to safety. Cloud resident Abdi Kadir told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune he was in the bank drive-through when the teller hurriedly told him to leave.
Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s campaign hired signature collectors
Acting Mayor Kim Janey has hired people to collect signatures to get her on the ballot, an unusual move in the Boston mayoral race. The stipends are being paid by the campaign — not the city. There’s nothing illegal about paying collectors, according to the state Office of Campaign and Political Financing, and neither is it unheard of, a couple of political consultants said. But it is somewhat unusual to hire people specifically for that purpose, though pretty much every campaign will have its existing paid staffers help collect signatures. Each of the mayoral candidates needs 3,000 signatures to get on the ballot in the city of 700,000.
669 new coronavirus cases reported in Massachusetts schools in the past week
A total of 669 staff and students in Massachusetts schools have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week, a decrease of 143 cases from the week prior, according to data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This week’s count represents a decrease of 143 cases from a tally of 812 cases the week prior. Just under 1% of students and staff reported a positive coronavirus test during pool testing this past week, according to DESE. Since the beginning of the school year, which kicked off 29 weeks ago, a total of 19,641 cases have been reported in Massachusetts schools, according to DESE. Reported positive staff cases include those who have been in a district building within the seven days prior to the report of the positive case.
Oklahoma-made thriller 'Asking for It' to premiere with Tribeca fest and more film news
Oklahoma-made thriller 'Asking for It' to premiere with Tribeca Film FestivalThe Oklahoma-made revenge thriller "Asking for It," which features Vanessa Hudgens, Ezra Miller, Luke Hemsworth and more, will make its online world premiere as part of New York's 20th anniversary Tribeca Film Festival, set for June 9-20. The production, which used the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, employed more than 75 local cast and crew as well as about 100 local extras, according to the Oklahoma Film + Music Office. Prolific Oklahoma City filmmaker Mickey Reece's latest homegrown film, the horror movie "Agnes," also will make its online world premiere via Tribeca at Home. Oklahoma movie 'Birdie' soars onto streaming service PureFlix.comThe Oklahoma film "Birdie," winner of the deadCenter Film Festival's 2020 AMPEX Audience Award for Best Feature, is available for streaming on PureFlix.com. Using the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by Oklahoma Film + Music Office, "Birdie" filmed in Oklahoma in 2019.
'We needed it': Veteran presence helps Pistons stop skid in 111-97 win over Grizzlies
Ellington finished with 18 points, going 6 of 10 on 3-pointers, and Joseph added 18 points and 11 assists. The Pistons led, 78-70, entering the fourth quarter but Jaren Jackson Jr. kept the Grizzlies close with a 3-pointer. Casey said the Pistons also needed the vets because Killian Hayes (non-COVID illness) and Hamidou Diallo (personal) were out of the lineup. Memphis was sluggish and made too many mistakes (15 turnovers for 20 Pistons points) to overcome. The Pistons took advantage and added a win that could give them a final boost heading into the final five games of the season.
ACLU calls for independent investigation into 16-year-old Mikayla Miller’s death
The ACLU of Massachusetts is calling for an “independent investigation” into 16-year-old Mikayla Miller’s death as about 1,000 people held a vigil in the Hopkinton girl’s memory. “Mikayla Miller’s family should be planning college visits for their daughter; instead, they’re planning her funeral,” Carol Rose, the ACLU’s executive director, said Thursday. “The ACLU of Massachusetts joins her family and community in support of a full, transparent and independent investigation into her death.”Rose’s comment came two days after Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan denied allegations that her office was engaged in a cover-up in its investigation but said that she understands the Hopkinton girl’s family’s need for answers. About 1,000 people filled Hopkinton Common on Thursday in memory of Mikayla, who was found dead last month off a walking path near her home.
GOP drops 'choice' plan in Kansas school funding debate
Lawmakers didn't yet have a promise from Kelly that she'd sign the measure they drafted. But House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., an Olathe Republican, said she and GOP leaders had moved closer to full funding for schools with “an expansion of options for parental choice." Funding for public schools would account for $5.2 billion in spending. Kelly proposed an increase in education funding of $263 million, or 5.3%, in line with a law enacted in 2019 to resolve a 2010 lawsuit against the state brought by four school districts. That lawsuit remains before the Kansas Supreme Court, and Democrats believe failing to provide as money as Kelly has recommended will prompt the justices to intervene.
Man charged with stabbing two Asian women in San Francisco
He was arrested in 2017 and sent to a state mental hospital after being found incompetent to stand trial, the district attorney's office said. In 2018, Thompson was sent into a state Mental Health Diversion program that provides “intensive, court-monitored treatment and services," the District Attorney's office said. We also need to work hard to stop the next crime from happening, and that involves prevention and treatment," the District Attorney’s office statement said. Thompson needed intensive supervision and services — which he received during Mental Health Diversion and which prevented new criminal behavior." “We also must implement stronger responses to addressing the mental health crisis in our streets in order to keep our community safe," the statement said.
Japan set to extend virus emergency in Tokyo through May 31
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to expand and extend a state of emergency in Tokyo and other areas through May 31 as the coronavirus continues spreading and uncertainty grows about safely holding the Olympics just 11 weeks away. The current emergency in Tokyo and Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures in the west is scheduled to end Tuesday. Instead, officials are seeking an extension in those areas and to expand the virus-control measure to Aichi in central Japan and Fukuoka in the south. Officials in charge of Japan's COVID-19 response are seeking experts' endorsement of the plan, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will announce the measures later Friday. Tokyo logged 591 new cases of coronavirus infection Thursday, a slight dip from when the state of emergency began in the capital last month, but far above a target of 100 that some experts recommend.
Moderna, Pfizer stocks keep dropping after Biden backs sharing coronavirus vaccine patent
Bancel said, “We saw the news last night and I didn’t lose a wink of sleep over it.”Shares of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson — huge companies with many lucrative products — fell less than 1% on the news. But Moderna, whose only product is the vaccine, fell 6.2% in late-afternoon trading before gaining back two-thirds of a percent in after-hours trading. On Thursday, Moderna stock closed at $160.50, down 1.44%, and Pfizer closed at $39.19, down just under 1%. Johnson & Johnson stock, however, closed at $167.74, up 0.4%. They insist that the production of coronavirus vaccines is complex and can’t be ramped up by easing intellectual property.
SC senators pass bill allowing open gun carry with a permit
The bill heads back to the House which passed it in March. If the members approve the Senate changes, it heads to the governor. Thursday's debate began with Sen. Marlon Kimpson reminding senators he has been pushing his own gun bill for five years without success. The person doing the background check called the wrong police agency looking for details on the charge and because they didn't respond in three days, the gun was sold. Kimpson's proposals were all ruled not relevant to the bill and tossed out.
5-year prison term for Hawaii psychiatric hospital escape
HONOLULU (AP) — A man who spent decades in a Hawaii psychiatric hospital for killing a woman was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for escaping from the facility in 2017 and flying to California before he was captured. In November 2017, authorities said Randall Saito walked out of Hawaii State Hospital, where he was sent in 1981 after he was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity in the 1979 killing of Sandra Yamashiro. After leaving the hospital, Saito called a taxi that took him to the airport, where boarded a chartered flight to Maui. He used an alias to arrange the flight and paid $1,445 cash for it, prosecutors said. Then he took a commercial flight to the Northern California city of San Jose, prosecutors said.
Isotopes roster player hit with suspension
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ABQ’s Waterson, 35, has life goals, and title remains one of them
Before she’s done, she wants a shot at the UFC strawweight title belt. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................“I do think it’s important to evaluate the trajectory of your career,” Waterson, 35, said in a phone interview. She stands sixth, three spots above Waterson (18-8) in the UFC strawweight rankings. On Saturday, he’ll tie Jim Miller for the most UFC fights at 37. SaturdayUFC Fight Night: Michelle Waterson vs. Marina Rodriguez, several other fights, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Democrats in Virginia governor's race face off in 2nd debate
McAuliffe, who was in the governor’s mansion from 2014 to 2018, is a well-connected longtime party insider and fundraiser. Like all Virginia governors, he was barred from seeking a consecutive term and contemplated, but ultimately decided against, a run for president in 2020. He has been leading in public polling, has a commanding fundraising advantage, and has an unmatched number of endorsements, including that of Gov. Jennifer Carroll Foy, a former state delegate and public defender who has cast herself as McAuliffe's most serious challenger, went after the former governor assertively. She said “politicians of the past” have left much of Virginia behind.
United looks to improve on ‘disjointed’ Game 1
Such was the vibe for New Mexico United on Thursday morning as it prepared to visit rival El Paso Locomotive FC on Saturday night. United’s players and coaches were hardly satisfied after opening the season with a 1-0 loss at Rio Grande Valley FC last week. “We need to play well against El Paso. We need a good response.”Saturday’s match will be the season opener for El Paso Locomotive FC. SaturdayNM United at El Paso Locomotive FC, 7:30 p.m., ESPN+ (streaming)
LEADING OFF: Pujols seeks new home, Arenado vs Rockies,
“Him being on the bench would not do him any good, and would not do the team any good. This seems almost poetic: St. Louis slugger Nolan Arenado will face his former team for the first time and go against the pitcher who was involved in the trade for him. The Rockies also agreed to pay St. Louis roughly $51 million of the $199 million remaining on Arenado’s contract at the time. It’s a deal that has many Rockies fans still seeing red heading into the three-game series in St. Louis. Gone is Jeff Bridich, the general manager with whom Arenado had a falling out over the team’s direction.
Wizards beat Raptors in OT, Toronto playoff bid nearly over
Westbrook had 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists before fouling out with 15.3 seconds left in overtime. The triple-double was the 180th of his career, leaving him one behind Oscar Robertson. It was the sixth triple-double in seven games for Westbrook, who came up one assist short in the other game. Raul Neto scored a career-high 25 points, and Robin Lopez had six of his season-high 24 points and two big blocks in overtime for the Wizards, who had lost their previous nine games against the Raptors. Westbrook did not seal his triple-double until a driving layup with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter that left the Wizards one point behind.
UPDATE: Police reform, Amazon deal, Petersburg among key topics as Democratic candidates for governor debate in Bristol
Carter said job growth should come from growing Virginia businesses. The McAuliffe administration started the process at the end of his administration. We’re talking 25,000 jobs with an average salary of $150,000,” McAuliffe responded. “That is a very good deal,” McAuliffe said. Petersburg faced a high-profile financial crisis that began in 2008 that by 2011 had left the city with no reserves.
UPDATE: Man arrested in Henrico shooting that left woman killed and man critically injured
UPDATE: Henrico County police said late Thursday that Kevin K. Mitchell had been arrested in the 6900 block of Forest Avenue. Police said Mitchell is facing charges of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. ORIGINAL: Henrico County police said they were seeking the person responsible for a shooting that left a woman dead and a man critically injured at an extended-stay motel. A man with gunshot wounds also was found in the stairwell, police said. Police said that detectives were seeking a suspect, Kevin K. Mitchell, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 170 pounds, and has a tattoo on his neck that says "Nyasia."
López escapes jam to help Marlins beat Arizona 3-1 for sweep
López allowed only an unearned run in five innings. Miami came into the game fifth in the majors in ERA. “And the bullpen in the last 10 days has come together where everybody is throwing good.”Bumgarner allowed one run in six innings. He has an ERA of 1.17 in his past four starts, including a seven-inning complete game when he held the Atlanta Braves hitless, and his season ERA is now 4.91. Rojas' error at shortstop in the second led to an unearned run, which scored on Pavin Smith's two-out double.
Instagram model is slammed for her 'weird' claim she looks pregnant
Australian model Belle Lucia, who is known for her impeccably trim figure, has been blasted on Instagram for claiming she looks pregnant. The 25-year-old made the bizarre claim in the comments section of a photo posted by her friend Skye Wheatley, who is 23 weeks pregnant and has a prominent bump. Australian model Belle Lucia, who is known for her impeccably trim figure, has been blasted on Instagram for claiming she looks pregnantOne follower was annoyed by the suggestion Belle somehow 'looks pregnant' when her glossy Instagram photos prove very much otherwise. Comment: The 25-year-old made the bizarre claim in the comments section of this photo posted by her friend Skye Wheatley, who is 23 weeks pregnant and has a prominent bumpReally? Upon reading the hundreds of negative comments, Belle apologised on Instagram Stories and admitted she was 'not very intelligent'.
Covid and pregnancy - should you get the vaccine?
As the Covid vaccine is rolled out to younger age groups, what should you do if you're expecting a baby? The guidance for pregnant people in the UK was changed last month following new data from the USA involving the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. BBC News Health Reporter Laura Foster looks at what the science says. Video by Laura Foster
New Zealand man threatened with prosecution over penis pothole drawings
A New Zealand man who began drawing very large penises around the potholes in his home city of Auckland in 2018 in the hopes of attracting the attention of his local council has been threatened with police action. Upson helpfully identified the address where the newly eye-catching potholes occur, and their dimensions. “The stretch of road from here to the end of that other penis is 48 metres. In 2019, Middlesbrough council in the UK repaired potholes within a week of their being graphically branded, the BBC reported. When a Manchester man used penises to achieve the same result in 2015, the council reacted furiously, calling the drawings “obscene”, “stupid”, “insulting” and “a waste of valuable time and resources”.
North Korea says propaganda leaflets sent from South could carry coronavirus
North Korea has warned its citizens against reading propaganda leaflets sent via balloon over the border with the South, saying they could be carrying coronavirus. But in a statement on Sunday, Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said defectors in South Korea recently “scattered leaflets against” the North. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/ReutersHer statement caused concern that North Korea might launch some sort of provocation against South Korea. Last year, North Korea blew up an empty inter-Korean liaison office on its territory after Kim Yo-jong reacted furiously to similar propaganda leaflets sent over the border. Officials say the law is designed to avoid unnecessarily provoking North Korea and promote the safety of South Korean residents in border areas.
London mayoral election results 2021: the charts and maps that show how the capital voted
Behind the volume of elections this year is the coronavirus pandemic, which pushed back several races, including the London mayoral contest, from 2020 to 2021. Londoners have indicated both a first and second preference for mayor on their ballots, with counting set to begin on 7am on Friday. If no candidate gets at least 50 per cent of first preference votes, all but the top two candidates are eliminated, and counting of second preference votes begins. This year's London mayoral race has also seen a large number of outside candidates campaign, including Laurence Fox, the prominent anti-lockdown campaigner and Inspector Lewis actor. Aside from their next mayor, residents of the capital cast their vote in London Assembly elections.
Sixth-grade girl injures three people after opening fire with handgun
Three people have been shot after a young girl brought a gun to her school and opened fire. The girl was in a school hallway on Thursday morning when she pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds at Rigby Middle School in Idaho. The student - who in sixth-grade and aged 11 or 12 - was disarmed by a teacher who held her until police arrived. Our teacher went to check it out, and he found blood." The school shooting appears to be only the second in Idaho: in 1999 a high school student in Notus fired a gun several times, with one student injured by ricocheting debris.
For French fishermen it's not just livelihoods at stake, but culture and history too
Granville in northern France is one of the closest French fishing towns to the Channel Islands. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Jersey blockaded in French fishing disputeMany chose to forgo the day's catch to protest. "If the Jersey government doesn't change this position, it would kill part of the French fleet". It's not just livelihoods at stake but a culture and history too: French vessels have fished off the coast of the Channel Islands for centuries and the relationship has always been cordial. It is deeply emotive on both sides of the Channel, so it's hardly a surprise that both sides are digging in.
Belle Lucia turns up the heat in new Hustler lingerie campaign
As a seasoned lingerie model, Belle Lucia is in her element in a new campaign for Hustler underwear. The 25-year-old turns up the heat as she shows off her ample cleavage in a very racy PVC bra, panties and suspenders set. Model Belle Lucia turns up the heat as she models a PVC bra and suspender in a VERY racy campaign for Hustler lingerieIn a final image, the brunette beauty lounges around in a sheer beige body suit with kinky strap detail. The hospital said if it went any longer than 12 hours I would have to come in for antibiotics,' she said. While things were progressing Belle was still only 6cm dilated and needed to get to 10 before she could push.
Scottish election results 2021: count to begin in critical vote for the Union
The SNP is the only party to have secured a majority in the 22-year history of the Scottish Parliament and - given polling over the past year - is hoping to repeat the feat. In doing so, it would hope to reinvigorate the campaign for a second referendum on Scottish independence, having pledged to launch an 11-point roadmap if a majority was secured. Over the coming days, Mr Salmond will learn if his gamble to elect even more pro-independence MSPs has paid off, or if it has cost the separatist movement by splitting votes. Meanwhile both the Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labour - the next largest parties in the Scottish Parliament - have argued against another independence referendum. The Greens, who have five MSPs, have pledged to support the SNP if this is the case.
Donald Trump: Twitter suspends several accounts sharing posts from ex-president's website
Twitter has suspended several accounts that have been set up to share posts from Donald Trump's website. The micro-blogging site said the accounts broke the rules by helping the former president to circumvent a ban from the social network. AdvertisementBut also this week, Mr Trump added a page to his personal website which he called "From The Desk Of Donald J Trump". The accounts suspended by Twitter included @DJTDesk, @DJTrumpDesk, @DeskofDJT and @DeskOfTrump1. A Trump representative said they had nothing to do with the suspended accounts, and an adviser added that the former president wants to launch his own social media platform.
Liam Hemsworth's engagement to Gabriella Brooks could be 'right around the corner'
But according to a new report, Liam Hemsworth is 'ready to be a husband again' after falling head over heels for new girlfriend Gabriella Brooks. A source told US Weekly: 'Liam and Gabriella have been getting serious.' The source added that while Liam 'went through a lot' with his high-profile split from pop star Miley, 28, he still believes in the institution of marriage. 'He just wants to be super confident in his relationship with Gabriella before he gets down on one knee!' 'Liam and Gabriella have been getting serious,' a source told US Weekly.
Japan considering tighter border controls for travelers from India
The government is considering strengthening its border control on travelers from India, which is seeing explosive growth in coronavirus infections, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday. Travelers arriving in Japan from India are currently obliged to stay at designated facilities for three days upon their arrival as part of a requested 14-day self-quarantine, as Tokyo has designated India as a country where a coronavirus variant is spreading. A similar step is being considered for travelers from Pakistan and Nepal, which border India, the sources said. As of October last year, some 10,000 Japanese nationals were living in India. According to the latest government data, 443 Japanese and foreign nationals who arrived in Japan from India underwent coronavirus tests over the week from March 28.
Anti-Olympics campaign gains traction online in Japan
TOKYO (Reuters) – An online petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled has garnered almost 200,000 signatures in the past few days, as public concerns mount over holding the Games in a pandemic. In two days since its launch, an online campaign https://www.change.org/p/cancel-the-tokyo-olympics-to-protect-our-lives-stoptokyoolympic called “Stop Tokyo Olympics” has gathered more than 187,000 signatures, nearing its 200,000 goal and underscoring public concerns over holding the massive sporting event in Japan’s capital. Opinion polls in Japan have found a majority of the public is opposed to the Games, which are due to open on July 23. “We strongly call for the prevention of spread of coronavirus and protection of lives and livelihood by using available resources to stop the Olympics,” Kenji Utsunomiya, the online petition organizer, wrote on his website. But, organizers have repeatedly said the Games will go ahead, unveiling detailed Covid-19 protocols for athletes and officials.
Rudy Giuliani cuts down size of entourage amid mounting legal troubles and hires a part-time driver
Rudy Giuliani is making cuts to his team as he continues to battle legal woes in the face of rising costs. Politico reports that Giuliani does have a part-time driver now in Eric Ryan, who is the son of Giuliani's rumored girlfriend Maria Ryan. Giuliani stepped out on Saturday in Manhattan with Ryan - his rumored 56-year-old girlfriend and former alleged mistress. Ryan was named as Giuliani's alleged mistress in court documents filed back in 2018 amid his divorce from Judy. The Times reported that while Giuliani spearheaded Trump's effort to overturn election results in swing states, he was never paid for his work.
Texas Democrat says Biden is making migrant facilities look empty by moving children into tents
'All they’re doing is, they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying: "Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody). A government handout photo shows the temporary processing facilities for migrants in Donna, Texas, U.S., April 30, 2021. U.S. officials have reduced the number of unaccompanied children held in border stations in recent weeks as children have been moved to emergency shelters. 'All they’re doing is, they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying: "Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody). The Biden administration on Wednesday cited a 90 per cent drop in people held in Border Patrol custody – 600 at the end of April compared to 5,000 in March.
Mosques full despite Pakistan's Covid third wave
Anxious over the virus's deadly rampage through neighbouring India, officials have steadily tightened restrictions and banned travel during the upcoming Eid holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. But even as the government pleads with the public to follow "standard operating procedures", as the virus guidelines are popularly known nationally, mosques are almost another country. Health experts in India say religious gatherings there have been a major contributor to what has become one of the world's worst outbreaks. Despite the evidence, Pakistani officials insist guidelines are being followed. Despite the warnings -- and mounting death toll -- the faithful continue to flock to prayer.
Reds on revenge mission, Crusaders on a roll for Super Rugby finals
Advertising Read moreSydney (AFP)The Queensland Reds are seeking revenge while across the Tasman, the Canterbury Crusaders will look to extend their dominance when Australia and New Zealand's domestic Super Rugby competitions play their finals this weekend. The Reds narrowly lost last year's Super Rugby AU decider 28-23 to the ACT Brumbies and admit the defeat still smarts, setting up an epic rematch in front of 50,000 fans in Brisbane on Saturday. Reds half-back Tate McDermott said footage of the Brumbies celebrating after last year's win provided ample motivation for Saturday's clash. Over in New Zealand, the Crusaders are red-hot favourites to defend the Super Rugby Aotearoa title, adding a second domestic championship to the record 10 international Super Rugby titles already in the trophy cabinet. Victory against Waikato Chiefs in Christchurch on Saturday would make it five straight years the Crusaders have won Super Rugby or Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Twitter lets people leave tips for some tweeters
A limited number of users around the world who tweet in English can add a "Tip Jar" feature to their profiles, according to Twitter senior product manager Esther Crawford. "This is a first step in our work to create new ways for people to receive and show support on Twitter - with money." Twitter does not take any cut of tips, she said. "Soon, more people will be able to add Tip Jar to their profile and we'll expand to more languages," Crawford said. Twitter has faced challenges in tackling misinformation and abusive content even as it strives to become a platform for political discourse.
Pfizer hits out at Biden administration over vaccine patent waivers
Shares for vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna tumbled on Thursday, following the Biden administrations announcement that it supports waiving the protections during the pandemic. Biden's patent waiver support has triggered the first major clash between the U.S. and Germany since Biden took office, the Guardian reported. Advocates say that letting poorer nations make their own cheaper generics as soon as possible could be a critical boon to global vaccine supply. Pfizer has spent the past year securing supply lines and ramping up production for the vaccine. Waiving intellectual property protections could cut into profits for vaccine makers like Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, for whom business has boomed amid the pandemic.
Japan to extend emergency virus measures as Olympics approach
Japan's government is expected to extend the emergency virus measures until the end of MayAdvertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)Japan will prolong a virus state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions and impose restrictions in more areas on Friday as cases surge less than three months before the Olympics. The emergency measures, less strict than the blanket lockdowns seen in other countries, focus on limiting commercial activity with malls closed and bars and restaurants told to shut or stop serving alcohol. But the government is expected to extend the restrictions until the end of May and also impose them in Fukuoka and Aichi prefectures, where infections are spiking. Osaka governor Hirofumi Yoshimura warned Thursday that "the situation of infections is very tough" and "the medical system is reaching breaking point", saying he had requested an extension of the emergency measures. Olympics organisers are yet to decide how many fans -- if any -- will be allowed at the Games, with overseas spectators already barred from attending.
The Simple Care Routine That Worked For My Body Acne
As soon as the mercury rises, there is an unwelcome guest we see – body acne. Even if you are spending most of your time indoors, there is a chance that some of you will experience body acne, just like I did. Luckily, after lots of trials and errors, I finally found a skincare routine that worked in reducing my body acne. First you have to identify the reason you are experiencing body acne. Body acne caused by these factors can be reversed by correcting your care routine and taking a new approach towards your skin.
When you need more beer and get a cop instead
Remember that time you ran out of beer and drove to buy more while you were nearly four times over the legal blood alcohol limit? The guy in Sudbury who actually did do that probably doesn’t remember either. Last August, employees at a Sudbury Beer Store refused to serve a customer they deemed intoxicated. Because this was the driver’s third conviction for impaired (previously convicted in 1996 and 2015), he earned himself a 90-day jail sentence. Three strikes should be a driver’s licence gone for good, no matter how easy there are to get along with.
How To Deal With Insecurity In A Relationship?
One such phase that can shake the foundation of any relationship is insecurity. Underlying insecurity issues can affect the SO in ways that cannot be put on paper. Past is past for a reason and focusing on something that is not in your control could drain you completely. Assure yourself a healthy relationship by using moments to confide and clarify anything that is bothering you.Image: ShutterstockEverything starts with self first. If you can't have a healthy relationship with yourself, it is difficult to expect it from someone else.
Manitoba 12-year-old caught on high-speed midnight joyride
Manitoba RCMP stopped a child who had stolen their parents car to take it on a high-speed midnight joyride. The vehicle was spotted at 3:38am near Portage, travelling at 107 km/h in an 80 km/h construction zone. When officers pulled the vehicle over, they found a lone 12-year-old driver in the vehicle. The pre-teen was charged with driving a vehicle without consent, speeding, and driving without a licence. We’re sure they’ve also been grounded for at least a million years.
Rio drug raid leaves at least 25 dead, drawing international condemnation
Residentes protest after a deadly police operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Jacarezinho favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 6, 2021. A massive police operation against drug traffickers in a Brazilian favela Thursday left 25 people dead, turning the impoverished Rio de Janeiro neighborhood into a battlefield and drawing condemnation from rights groups. “Is this the public security policy we want? Last year, at least 1,245 people were killed by police in the state, according to ISP, Rio’s public security institute. “It is unacceptable that Rio de Janeiro’s public security policy continues to bet on killing as a strategy,” said the Igarape Institute, a think tank.
Colombian govt invites protest leaders to talks as mass demonstrations continue
Colombia’s government on Thursday invited protest leaders to a dialogue in an attempt to calm tensions following more than a week of deadly demonstrations against President Ivan Duque. “That includes those marching but also those not marching.”Ceballos said the government would meet protest leaders, including the National Strike Committee, on Monday. “The government first wanted to invite those that organize the National Strike Committee although understanding that the mobilizations are not exclusive to this group,” said Ceballos. The National Strike Committee represents various groups including indigenous people, unions, environmentalists and students. Protest leaders have said they would be prepared to have talks directly with Duque, but not with intermediaries.
Five First Steps To Take To Lead A Sustainable Lifestyle
A sustainable lifestyle is one in which you meet the needs of the present without affecting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. While sustainability has not become a law or a rule, it is the need of the hour, and people need to adopt a sustainable lifestyle to ensure the longevity of the world we know. If all of us come together and move towards a sustainable lifestyle, the road will be easy to traverse. She founded MyONEarth that provides sustainable products in different spectrums – fashion to travel, kitchen to wellness – at affordable prices. Keeping all this in mind, the safe and easy way is to use reusable menstrual products like the menstrual cup, biodegradable sanitary napkins, washable pads, etc.
Five more Navy sailors from same vessel test positive for COVID-19
NATIONALA member of the Marine Corps headquarters receives a COVID-19 vaccine on April 28, 2021, in this photo provided by the military. "We've been enforcing aggressive mitigation measures to protect our service members. "We are working in phases to begin the vaccination of troops in their 20s next month," the ministry said in a release. "We will wrap up the program at the earliest possible date. "Nationwide, South Korea reported 525 more COVID-19 cases, including 509 local infections, raising the total caseload to 126,044, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.
Korean culture center to offer free online screening of 'Minari'
WASHINGTON -- The award winning immigrant film "Minari" will be screened online for some moviegoers in the United States next week, the Korean Cultural Center in Washington said Thursday.The film will be made available online free of charge to 600 viewers on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the culture center. "The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. is pleased to present a special screening of Minari in celebration of the broad critical acclaim for this American film by director Lee Issac Chung, including at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Sundance Film Festival, and elsewhere," it said in a press release.The film will be made available online between 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (EST) on May 14-15.A co-star of the film, Youn Yuh-jung, recently won the Academy Award for best supporting actress. "A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family (Steven Yeun, Alan S. Kim, Han Ye-ri, Noel Cho) that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream," the culture center said of the film. "The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (Youn Yuh-jung). "Those who wish to view the film online must RSVP at the website of the Korean Cultural Center; http://washingtondc.korean-culture.org/ , upon which they will receive tickets via email.The special screening will be available for viewing only in the United States, the event organizers said.
Current account surplus slightly narrows in March
FINANCEThis file photo, taken March 2, 2021, shows ships carrying containers docking at a port in South Korea's southeastern port city of Busan. (Yonhap)South Korea's current account surplus slightly narrowed in March as higher oil prices increased the country's import bill, the central bank said Friday.The current account surplus reached $7.82 billion in March, narrowing from a surplus of $7.94 billion the previous month, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). The current account is the broadest measure of cross-border trade.Since the country logged a deficit of $3.33 billion in April last year, the largest in almost a decade, on faltering exports amid the pandemic, the current account has stayed in the black.The goods balance logged a surplus of $7.92 billion in March, larger than a surplus of $5.97 billion the previous month.Exports, which account for half of the South Korean economy, rose 16.6 percent on-year in March to extend their on-year gains for the fifth consecutive month on the back of brisk demand for chips and cars.Exports came to $53.8 billion in March, compared with $46.1 billion a year earlier.Imports gained 18.8 percent to $49.6 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of $4.17 billion. It marked the 11th consecutive month for the country to post a trade surplus.In March, the services account deficit stood at $900 million, compared with a surplus of $110 million the previous month.The income account racked up a $1.28 billion surplus in March, narrowing from a surplus of $2.12 billion a month earlier.For the first three months of this year, the country's current account surplus reached $22.82 billion, nearly doubling from a surplus of $12.93 billion during the same period of last year.A rise in surpluses is likely to cause the Korean currency to go up and could make Korean goods more expensive overseas.The country's overseas shipments have been battered by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the pace of the slump has eased since June last year as
Current account surplus slightly narrows in March
(Yonhap)South Korea's current account surplus slightly narrowed in March as higher oil prices increased the country's import bill, the central bank said Friday. The current account surplus reached $7.82 billion in March, narrowing from a surplus of $7.94 billion the previous month, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). The goods balance logged a surplus of $7.92 billion in March, larger than a surplus of $5.97 billion the previous month. The income account racked up a $1.28 billion surplus in March, narrowing from a surplus of $2.12 billion a month earlier. For the first three months of this year, the country's current account surplus reached $22.82 billion, nearly doubling from a surplus of $12.93 billion during the same period of last year.
S. Korea, US discuss joint responses to falling Chinese rocket debris
NATIONALMembers of the Korea Space Operations Center hold a videoconference with officials of the US-led Combined Space Operations Center on Friday, to discuss falling debris from a Chinese space rocket, in this photo provided by South Korea's Air Force. (South Korea's Air Force)South Korea and the United States on Friday discussed ways to jointly respond to remnants of a Chinese rocket expected to crash into Earth this weekend, the Air Force said.The Long March 5B rocket was launched last week carrying a module of China's first permanent space station into orbit. "We cannot completely rule out the possibility of rocket pieces falling onto the Korean Peninsula," Lt. Col. Choi Seong-hwan of the Korea Space Operations Center said. "We maintain a staunch readiness by maximizing our space surveillance capabilities and working closely with the CSpOC and other related agencies to be fully prepared for any scenarios," he added.The US command said that the rocket's exact point of descent cannot be pinpointed "until within hours of its reentry." Experts said debris would fall into the sea but they might reach populated areas.
S. Korea, US discuss joint responses to falling Chinese rocket debris
Members of the Korea Space Operations Center hold a videoconference with officials of the US-led Combined Space Operations Center on Friday, to discuss falling debris from a Chinese space rocket, in this photo provided by South Korea's Air Force. (South Korea's Air Force)South Korea and the United States on Friday discussed ways to jointly respond to remnants of a Chinese rocket expected to crash into Earth this weekend, the Air Force said. To explore ways to jointly deal with the case, South Korea's Air Force and the US-led Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) held a videoconference and shared their surveillance data and analysis. The conference was also attended by military members from Germany and Japan, according to the Air Force. "We cannot completely rule out the possibility of rocket pieces falling onto the Korean Peninsula," Lt. Col. Choi Seong-hwan of the Korea Space Operations Center said.
Five more Navy sailors from same vessel test positive for COVID-19
A member of the Marine Corps headquarters receives a COVID-19 vaccine on April 28, 2021, in this photo provided by the military. (Military)Five Navy sailors tested positive for the new coronavirus while on the same naval ship, bringing the total caseload from the vessel to 38, the defense ministry said Friday. Last month, the Navy reported 33 COVID-19 cases among members of the Gojunbong landing ship in the first mass infection on a military vessel. The military also reported five more COVID-19 cases Friday -- four soldiers and a civilian worker for the Army -- across the nation. Nationwide, South Korea reported 525 more COVID-19 cases, including 509 local infections, raising the total caseload to 126,044, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.
Top diplomats of S. Korea, Britain agree on cooperation on vaccine access, climate change
This photo, released on Thursday by AFP, shows Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong (R) and his British counterpart, Dominic Raab (2nd from L), holding talks in Kent near London. (AFP-Yonhap)The top diplomats of South Korea and Britain have agreed to reinforce cooperation on equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, climate change and the expansion of bilateral exchanges during their talks near London, the foreign ministry said Friday. "The two ministers shared the view that beyond bilateral cooperation, the strengthening of international cooperation, including at the G7 level, is crucial to address pending global issues, including climate change and responses to COVID-19," the ministry said in a press release. "They agreed to make joint efforts to strengthen international solidarity and cooperation for the equitable distribution of vaccines and to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic," it added. In addition, they agreed to continue strengthening their countries' cooperation in the post-Brexit era by faithfully implementing a bilateral free trade agreement signed in August 2019.
Military to improve soldier meal quality following criticism
This photo, provided by the Kookbang Ilbo newspaper, shows a meeting of top commanders under way at the defense ministry headquarters in Seoul on Friday. (Kookbang Ilbo)The military will try to raise the average daily meal cost for service members to 10,500 won ($9) next year, the defense ministry said Friday, after coming under criticism that soldiers are poorly fed. Defense Minister Suh Wook discussed the raise and other measures during a meeting with military commanders, according to the ministry. The current cost per meal for troops is 2,930 won, lower than the average for high school students at 3,625 won, it said. "I consider the recent series of incidents very seriously," Suh told commanders at the start of the meeting.
China trade: imports, exports continued rebound in April
China’s exports grew by 32.2 per cent in April compared to a year earlier, while imports grew by 43.1 per cent last month.
Jon Ossoff wants you to know that all vaccines are created equal
Image by Getty Senator Jon Ossoff, a man who will presumably be happy with whatever vaccine he gets. A startling number of people have inexplicably agreed that Pfizer is the best coronavirus vaccine. On social media, a consensus has formed that Pfizer is the cool one, Moderna is for dorks and Johnson & Johnson is not even to be mentioned. To highlight increased vaccine eligibility in Georgia, the Senator posted a TikTok framing the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as besties, not enemies. Jon Ossoff wants you to know that all vaccines are created equalJon Ossoff wants you to know that all vaccines are created equal
Exclusive: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Law School Textbook To Be Sold At Auction
Judicial icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a beacon of hope for women’s rights in America, passed away in September 2020, but her legacy will last forever. The book itself, The French Legal System – An Introduction to Civil Law Systems, is likely one of Ginsburg’s first textbooks ever brought to market. It contains notes in pencil and in ink, and has a bookplate which states that it came “From the Library of Ruth & Martin Ginsburg” on its interior front board. Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques.
Twitter Suspends Account That Tried To Circumvent Trump Ban
On Thursday morning, a Twitter account with the handle @DJTDesk appeared on the platform. Jason Miller, a spokesman for Trump, denied to NBC News that the suspended Twitter account was created by, or had the permission of, anyone affiliated with the former president. The newly suspended account was made a day after the former president launched his new platform “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” which mimics his old Twitter account. Trump’s website features many of his press releases in lieu of the Twitter account he used to actively post to prior to the deadly Capitol insurrection. On Wednesday, Facebook’s oversight board upheld the company’s decision to ban Trump.
Lawyer Says Capitol Defendant Had 'Foxmania' From Watching Too Much Fox News
A Capitol defendant who bought into former President Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen election came down with “Foxitus” and “Foxmania” after watching too much Fox News, his attorney told a court on Thursday. “For the next approximate six months, Fox television played constantly,” lawyer Joseph Hurley said. (Copeland continued interrupting the proceeding over the next several hours, and the judge eventually ordered a competency hearing). In an interview with federal authorities in February, Antonio said he locked eyes with Fanone, who begged for help. Trump’s allies were allowed to broadcast their baseless claims largely unchecked during repeated appearances on-air to Fox’s millions of viewers.
The great bamboo hunt: Arizona’s bizarre vote-examination effort gets more bizarre
The “audit” to which Stefanik refers is a remarkable exercise in trying to gin up doubt about the results in the state. Authorized by the Republican state Senate, it is being managed by a firm with no demonstrable track record in validating ballots and run by a man whose embrace of debunked conspiracy theories about fraud were elevated by former Trump attorney Sidney Powell. The effort to review every ballot cast in Maricopa County — which by itself gave President Biden his margin of victory in the state — has been undertaken using an opaque, often inscrutable process, outside of the close view of objective third parties and with the assistance of obviously motivated actors, such as a former legislator who was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Alabama medical marijuana plan has passed Legislature
The Alabama Legislature has given final approval tonight to a bill to legalize and regulate medical marijuana. We are sensitive to that and will give it the diligence it deserves.”Alabama would be the 37th state to legalize medical marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Doctors could recommend medical marijuana products for chronic pain, nausea and weight loss from cancer and HIV/AIDS, depression, Crohn’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, autism, panic disorder, PTSD, sickle cell anemia, spasticity caused by certain diseases or a spinal cord injury, Tourette’s Syndrome, and terminal illnesses. He said people in Alabama who have not found relief from traditional medicines should have a chance to try medical cannabis. Stutts, a longtime opponent of the legislation, said he believes the bill will lead to more illegal use of marijuana.
Taliban captures key Afghan dam as fighting rages
Dahla Dam provides irrigation to farmers via a network of canals as well as drinking water for Kandahar province. The Dahla Dam, which provides irrigation to farmers via a network of canals as well as drinking water for the provincial capital, was now under Taliban control, local officials told AFP news agency on Thursday. “We have seized the Dahla Dam in Arghandab,” Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP. Haji Gulbuddin, governor of an adjacent district, confirmed the dam “is now in the control of the Taliban”. Kandahar water department chief Tooryalay Mahboobi told AFP the Taliban recently warned Dahla employees not to go to work.
Climbing duo finds 'calmness and harmony' on Canada's 3rd-highest peak
Marceau, from Ottawa, and Capozzola, who's based in Golden, B.C., have just returned from a two-week climbing expedition to the summit of Mount Lucania, Canada's third-highest peak, in Yukon's St. Elias Range. Marceau traversing Mount Steele, en route to Mount Lucania. "I think that this expedition really was a tightrope walk between preparation and presence," she said. 'A gorgeous day' on the summitRelatively few people climb Lucania, compared to its more famous neighbour, Mount Logan — Canada's highest peak. A camp along the way on the duo's Mount Lucania climb.
Former Maldives president wounded in 'assassination attempt'
Armed police units and security forces cordoned off the area where the attack took placeAdvertising Read moreMalé (Maldives) (AFP)Former Maldives president and current parliamentary speaker Mohamed Nasheed was recovering in hospital Friday after an assassination attempt left him with shrapnel wounds. "Nasheed escaped an assassination attempt," a Maldivian government official told AFP. "Strongly condemn the attack on Speaker of Parliament, President Mohamed Nasheed this evening. "My thoughts and prayers are with President Nasheed and others injured in this attack, as well as their families," he tweeted. This is not merely an issue for the Maldives but for the world," he said at the time.
Four hostages released from Minnesota bank
Cloud, Minnesota, were at the scene of a hostage situation at a Wells Fargo bank that began Thursday afternoon, officials said. Police described the hostages as bank employees. It was not clear how many people were being held, but by 9 p.m., four people had been released, police Lt. Lori Ellering said. The hostages were released one at a time starting around 6:30 p.m., NBC affiliate KARE of Minneapolis reported. Cloud South branch," the bank said, adding that it was cooperating fully with authorities.
Student in custody after Idaho school shooting
Student in custody after Idaho school shootingA sixth-grade girl brought a gun to her Idaho school, shot and wounded two students and a custodian and then was disarmed by a teacher Thursday, authorities said. The three victims were shot in their limbs and expected to survive, officials said.
William "Bill" Tate named first Black president in LSU and SEC history
LSU made history Thursday by naming University of South Carolina Provost William "Bill" Tate as the first Black president in the school's history and the first Black to lead a school in the Southeastern Conference. "Quite frankly I didn't think this day would come that an African-American would become president in the SEC," Tate said. Tate said LSU will be a model for addressing sexual violence and Title IX complaints moving forward. "We worked very hard for a very long time to select a great leader for LSU," LSU Board Chairman Robert Dampf said. Ironically, Dampf met Tate last year at the Governor's Mansion while Tate was attending the LSU-South Carolina football game last year.
Astros' shift let Yankees' Gleyber Torres astonishingly score from first on a ball that never left the infield
But let's not forget that actual baseball was played because, well, this series was so much fun. It even included one of the most ridiculous and heads-up runs scored you'll see. Torres, seeing that third baseman Alex Bregman was around second base with third uncovered, continued running despite the ball staying in the infield. And when catcher Martin Maldonado tried to cover third, Torres saw that home was uncovered, so he channeled his inner Forrest Gump and just kept running (and outran Maldonado who tried to catch up to cover home). The Astros could only watch as Torres dove into home.
Will Smith celebrates twin siblings' 50th birthday: See the rare family photo
The "Gemini Man" star, 52, took to Instagram on Wednesday to wish a happy birthday to his twin siblings, Harry and Ellen. Smith wrote, captioning a group photo of himself with the twins. The photo also includes the phrase "Happy birthday, Jokas!" Smith's mother-in-law, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, wished the actor's siblings a happy birthday in the comments. Happy birthday to me!"
Giants banking offensive line will take next step forward
There has been little in the way of renovation to the offensive line. “I think they can,’’ Chris Snee, a four-time Pro Bowl guard for the Giants and most recently an offensive line scout for the Jaguars, told The Post. “I wouldn’t, at all.’’The Giants acknowledge, quietly, that the handling of their line in 2020 was not optimal. He did not return and was hired to coach the offensive line at Louisiana Tech. Rob Sale is the new offensive line coach, making his NFL debut.
Iraq TV cancels prank show with ISIS-style ambushes
A prank show in Iraq that faked ISIS-style ambushes was canceled after it outraged viewers in the war-torn country. Iraq’s media regulatory commission yanked the Tannab Raslan off the air after the show triggered anger from the Iraqi audience. The hidden camera show put local celebrity guests at the mercy of actors playing extremist militants – complete with fake guns and suicide vests. Iraqi security forces come to the rescue, but Tanneb eventually faints, according to the AP. The positive depiction of the security forces was a reason some viewers dissented and were disappointed with the cancellation.
Chris Drury could give Rangers shakeup needed to become Cup contenders
Chris Drury helped the Rangers behind the bench this season. AP“We have a lot of really good players, a lot of really good players at different ages and at different positions that we have acquired in different ways, whether it’s through free agency, trades, draft picks, lottery balls; you name it. “So I’m definitely going to lean on that experience and look at things and can speak the players’ language. “I think analytics are a big piece of the puzzle,” said Drury, who will add a number of support personnel. “I think having both roles, the way they are set up, I’m going to have that ability.”Drury, from Trumbull, is the Connecticut Yankee.
Scuffling Islanders upended by Devils
Michael McLeod scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 32 shots and the New Jersey Devils beat the playoff-bound New York Islanders 2-1 Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum for their fifth win in six games. Pavel Zacha also scored for the Devils, who beat the Islanders for just the second time in seven meetings this season. Michael McLeod celebrates with teammates after scoring the go-ahead goal in the Devils’ 2-1 win over the Islanders. Getty ImagesThe Islanders pulled Varlamov for an extra skater with about 1 1/2 minutes left, but couldn’t tie it. The Islanders outshot the Devils 6-1 over the first 8:14 of the game, but couldn’t take advantage.
Jose Altuve proved himself a worthy Yankees foil
The Yankee fans cursed Altuve’s team. They cursed Altuve’s name. They even cursed Altuve’s 31st birthday. If he were wearing an electronic device beneath his jersey, the fans would have cursed Altuve’s buzzer, too. “I’m just trying to do my best to play the game,” Altuve said.
Rangers walloped by Bruins after tumultuous week
BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored in his fourth straight game, Jeremy Swayman needed to stop only 15 shots for his second career shutout and the Boston Bruins beat the Rangers 4-0 on Thursday night. The Rangers, in the midst of a tumultuous week that included the firing of the club’s president and general manager, were listless from the start and lost their fifth straight. Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin had a much busier night, stopping 30 shots and preventing the New York from a larger rout. Jake Derusk (not pictured) scores a goal past Igor Shesterkin during the Rangers’ 4-0 loss to the Bruins. It was just the fifth goal of the season for DeBrusk, who hadn’t scored since April 10.
Jonathan Bush, brother of President George H.W. Bush, dies
Jonathan Bush, the younger brother of the late President George H.W. Bush and uncle of former President George W. Bush, has died. Jonathan Bush died Wednesday at his home in Jupiter, Florida, according to a spokesman for the Texas-based George & Barbara Bush Foundation. George H.W. Brother William Henry Trotter Bush, known as “Bucky,” died in 2018, and brother Prescott S. Bush Jr. died in 2010.
Tristan Thompson’s lawyer responds to Sydney Chase’s ‘liar’ comments
Tristan Thompson’s lawyer, Marty Singer, sent a letter to Thompson’s alleged fling, Sydney Chase, in response to her claims this week that she “won’t be called a liar” in the ongoing scandal. “You have stated to the media that ‘I will not be called a liar,'” Singer’s statement, obtained by Page Six, begins. You claim that those texts you allegedly received prove you had an affair with my client. Singer also claims that Chase’s public statements are contra the actual timeline of his involvement in the case. Then, after I sent you my legal demand on April 30, you made the inconsistent (and false) claim that you had not received my legal demand letter.
Trump leaving for New Jersey after Mar-a-Lago Mother’s Day brunch: report
Former President Donald Trump will be heading to his New Jersey golf club for the summer on Sunday — departing Mar-a-Lago after a Mother’s Day brunch, a report said. Since leaving office in January, Trump has been living at his Palm Beach club, which is also his primary residence. “It’s what he has done for 20 years – spend the winter in Florida and then go back north,” Florida Republican operative Larry Casey told the Daily Mail. Trump will continue his routine of heading north after spending winter in Florida. Getty ImagesIt’s unclear if former first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron will be moving north as well.
Shocking video shows random stabbing of two Asian women in San Francisco
Video published on Thursday shows the random stabbing of two elderly Asian women in San Francisco — including one who was attacked so brutally that the blade broke off in her body, according to a local report. “The assailant walked up to their victim stabbed them and very casually walked away in broad daylight,” witness Jenny Shao told local outlet KPIX. First responders at the scene where two Asian women were stabbed in San Francisco on May 4, 2021. A grandson of Fong’s, Drew, supported the station publishing the video and X-ray image. The violence comes as bias crimes against members of the Asian American community continues to soar across the country.
DNA links Ohio man to 1995 murder of bridesmaid in his wedding
Police arrested an Ohio man for the 1995 sexual assault and murder of a teacher they said was a bridesmaid in his wedding. His DNA was a match to DNA from semen found in Edwards’ home after her murder. Edwards was found dead in the bathroom of her Beaumont, Texas home on Jan. 14, 1995, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety website. School teacher Mary Catherine Edwards was a bridesmaid at Clayton Bernard Foreman’s wedding in 1982, according to reports. He and his wife divorced two years before Edward’s murder and his ex was said to have attended Edwards’ funeral.
Some SNL cast members aren’t happy about Elon Musk. He’s part of a long tradition of disliked hosts.
Several SNL mainstays were vocal about how much they hated working with Steven Seagal in 1991. “He just wasn’t funny, and he was very critical of the cast and writing staff,” Tim Meadows told Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller in their SNL tome “Live From New York.” “He didn’t realize that you can’t tell somebody they’re stupid on Wednesday and expect them to continue writing for you on Saturday.” David Spade confirmed this on Rob Lowe’s podcast last year, and said Seagal clashed with the writers on sketches. “He was too cool and he had his image. He couldn’t be relatable,” Spade said.
D.C.-to-Baltimore maglev would only benefit rich, Amtrak chief says
Transportation: Infrastructure and the pandemicUpdated May 6, 2021Infrastructure plansNational aspirations: In Biden’s infrastructure moonshot, a big question: Can the nation still achieve its highest ambitions? Buttigieg Q&A: Transportation secretary has Eisenhower, Lincoln and buses on his mindU.S. vs. the world: Here’s how U.S. infrastructure stacks up against other countriesHow we travelSecurity checkpoints: TSA warns of longer airport wait times as travel ramps upMask mandate: TSA extends requirement for planes, other public transportation until SeptemberReal ID deadline: Requirement for air travel delayed amid lag at motor vehicle branchesGetting around WashingtonMaryland toll roads: Out-of-state drivers owe more than $137 million to Maryland. The state wants to recoup the unpaid tolls. Purple Line: Maryland rejects request to single-track Purple Line in BethesdaShow More
A missed call and missed opportunities seal Braves’ three-game sweep of Nationals
But Mahrley still rang up Robles on Grant Dayton’s 3-2 curve, leaving Ryan Zimmerman in the on-deck circle instead of hitting with the bases loaded. Zimmerman then led off the ninth with a double and was replaced by pinch runner Andrew Stevenson. Stevenson then wheeled to third on Trea Turner’s flyout to right. But Hernández struck out (when just a flyball was needed) before Harrison lined out to right against Will Smith, sealing the defeat. It was on the shoulders of an offense that, through 27 games, is 28th in the major leagues in runs per game.
Police say Texas’s Jake Ehlinger, brother of former QB Sam Ehlinger, found dead in Austin
“Our hearts are truly broken and we are just devastated today to learn of the passing of our Longhorn family member Jake Ehlinger,” Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said in a statement. “Jake was an amazing young man from an extraordinary family with such a bright future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones and friends, especially the Ehlinger family and our entire football program. Jake’s family — Sam, Jena and Morgen — are such vital parts of our Longhorn family, and we will be here to support them in any and every way we can during this very difficult time. With that said, we sincerely hope that everyone will respect their privacy as we deal with this devastating news.”
Jen Psaki admits she tells Biden ‘don’t take questions’
We’re just asking …President Biden taking questions from reporters outside the formal setting of a White House press conference “is not something we recommend,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted Thursday. “He takes questions nearly every day he’s out [with] the press,” Psaki told former Obama campaign guru and CNN commentator David Axelrod on the latest episode of his “The Axe Files” podcast. “A lot of times, we say, ‘Don’t take questions,’” Psaki disclosed. President Joe Biden speaks about the American Rescue Plan at the White House on May 5, 2021. AP Photo/Evan Vucci“He was right, but it must have given you a lot of heartburn and [made you] ask yourself, ‘Why are we allowing him to roll around in the hallways doing impromptu interviews?’” Axelrod told Psaki.
What a run! Yanks' Torres scores from 1st on infield single
By the time Torres tumbled across home plate, he had amazingly scored from first base on an infield single, a daring dash by an infielder not known for speed. Torres saw the Astros shifted to the right side for Hicks, a switch-hitter batting left-handed. Third baseman Alex Bregman had put his foot on second base, waiting to receive a throw from Correa for a possible forceout. "I saw Bregman on the base, so I saw I got an opportunity to move to third," Torres said. Torres slowed slightly, saw where Maldonado was and sped home despite third base coach Phil Nevin's stop sign.
Blast from past as Mickelson opens with 64 at Quail Hollow
The 50-year-old Mickelson kept his focus Thursday at Quail Hollow and blistered the course for a 7-under 64 to build a two-shot lead after the opening round. That wasn't an issue at Quail Hollow, a course he loves for its mixture of birdie holes and tough par holes. "The biggest thing for me was I was able to say in the present and focus on each shot," Mickelson said. After a par save from right of the green on the par-3 17th, Mickelson hit into 3 feet on the 18th, 5 feet on the 507-yard first hole. Quail Hollow wasn't easy for some of the other stars.
Concerns over leaving US bases in Afghanistan on China’s ‘western flank’
Milley said the Pentagon is still figuring out how to support Afghanistan without the U.S. military there on the ground. "The intent is to keep an embassy open and to keep supporting the Afghan government, the Afghan security forces," Milley said. It's Afghanistan, the western flank of China, southern flank of Russia, eastern flank of Iran," said Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., who served multiple tours in Afghanistan as a Special Forces officer. "If we do have to go to some type of military confrontation over Taiwan, we need the ability to open a second front on China's western flank," Waltz added. "Frankly, I think the way we treated a lot of the interpreters that work in Afghanistan has been a disgrace."
Brett Favre on Aaron Rodgers drama with Packers: 'I just don’t see him coming back'
Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre knows a thing or two about dramatically leaving the Green Bay Packers, and now as the drama continues to unfold with current star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the franchise, Favre decided to contribute his thoughts on the situation. Favre believes Rodgers has played his last game for the Packers. AARON RODGERS REFERS TO PACKERS GM AS 'JERRY KRAUSE' IN TEXTS WITH TEAMMATES: REPORT"That’s just my gut," Favre said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPReports of Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay have attracted criticism, including from retired Pittsburgh Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw. Rodgers "should just retire," Bradshaw said during a recent radio appearance, adding that Rodgers allegedly being upset about team management decisions made him look "weak."
Slumping slugger Pujols cut by Angels, still wants to play
Albert Pujols was cut by the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, abruptly ending the 41-year-old superstar slugger's decade with his second major league team. After a decent start to the season, Pujols had been in a 7-for-43 slump since April 20, hitting three homers in that stretch. Maddon acknowledged early on that Pujols’ playing time could decline behind Ohtani and Walsh, two of Los Angeles’ top hitters alongside Trout, Anthony Rendon and Justin Upton. Pujols is second in major league history with 2,112 RBIs since they became an official statistic, trailing only Aaron. He is fifth in doubles (669), total bases (5,955) and extra-base hits (1,352) in major league annals.
Rev. Graham reacts to Biden leaving 'God' out of prayer proclamation: 'There is no one else to pray to'
Reverend Franklin Graham reacted on "Fox News Primetime" Thursday to President Biden being the first commander-in-chief to omit "God" from his address on the National Day of Prayer. Host Pete Hegseth noted that just prior to his interview, Graham separately opined on Facebook about the president leaving God out of his proclamation:"Why would President Biden omit God? … I was deeply saddened to read that President Biden is the first president to omit the word "God" in his proclamation. Graham later offered a prayer on the much-revered holiday:"Father, we pray for our country, pray for the president. Trump's 2017 proclamation mentioned God five times, his 2018 proclamation mentioned God five times, his 2019 proclamation mentioned God seven times and his 2020 proclamation mentioned God 11 times.
Pete Hegseth: Meet Bishop Garrison, the Pentagon’s 'newly minted MAGA purge man'
"FOX News Primetime" host Pete Hegseth explained Thursday how the Pentagon plans to "redefine extremism" with its appointment of Bishop Garrison as senior adviser to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. This is way worse. So who is the Pentagon's newly minted MAGA purge man? Well, meet Bishop Garrison, the new senior adviser to the Secretary of Defense. Bishop Garrison has been at the job at the Pentagon for four months now hired in the wake of the events of January 6th.
Chicago suburb set to pay reparations, but not all on board
Acknowledging past racist policies, Evanston is giving eligible Black residents $25,000 housing grants for down payments, repairs or existing mortgages this year. While Evanston’s program was a positive step, he co-wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece, calling it reparations "does more harm than good." Evanston’s Black population dropped to under 17% in 2017 from more than 22% in 2000. Some racist practices were informal: Real estate agents would steer Black families to certain areas and banks denied loans, making predatory financing pervasive. Other practices were law: A 1921 zoning ordinance converted areas where Black families lived to industrial, forcing them out.
San Francisco double stabbing suspect had been granted early release through diversion program: report
The man suspected of stabbing two Asian American women on a San Francisco sidewalk was reportedly released early from a 25-year prison sentence due to a left-wing criminal justice diversion program. A spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation deferred questions to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, noting the CDCR is not responsible for sentencing decisions. 2 ASIAN WOMEN STABBED ON SAN FRANCISCO STREET, SUSPECT ARRESTED, POLICE SAYBoudin’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. A national Asian American advocacy group, Asian Industry B2B, called on the Biden administration last month to take action to address the spike. Then in March, he drew backlash in another case involving an unprovoked attack on an Asian American.
Pro golfer arrested in Orlando for allegedly trying to meet with decoy posing as 15-year-old girl
Professional golfer Daniel Bowling was arrested by Orlando police on Wednesday after allegedly trying to meet up with a 15-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover officer. According to detectives, Bowling, who is Canadian-born, contacted a decoy on AdChat in early April, and his conversations with the decoy posing as a 15-year-old girl quickly turned sexual. On Thursday, detectives and officers from the Special Enforcement Division, arrested Bowling without incident, as he was arriving to meet up with the decoy. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMJennifer Wing is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which represents more than 4,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. Some of the charges were explicitly criminalized in a Florida law entitled the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.
Markets 'got ahead' of the corporate earnings beats: Citi Private Bank
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailMarkets 'got ahead' of the corporate earnings beats: Citi Private BankSteven Wieting of Citi Private Bank explains the market's generally-sanguine reaction to strong corporate results in the current reporting season. He also talks about the potential for a pullback in the event of higher taxes.
Pfizer CEO calls vaccine patent waiver push ‘so wrong’: Report
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla struck back at proponents of waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccine technology this week, which now includes the Biden administration. "It’s so wrong," Bourla told The Wall Street Journal earlier this week, indicating that technology sharing would not increase production. US SUPPORTS WAIVING IP PROTECTIONS FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINEShares of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson fell during Thursday’s trading session. Ticker Security Last Change Change % PFE PFIZER INC. 39.19 -0.39 -0.99% MRNA MODERNA, INC. 160.50 -2.34 -1.44% JNJ JOHNSON & JOHNSON 167.86 +0.85 +0.51%A spokesperson for Pfizer did not return FOX Business' request for comment. Further – in honor of their son’s birthday this week – the pair asked people to donate to a fund to promote vaccine equity.
CNN's Jake Tapper rips Elise Stefanik over Trump support: Either it's 'an act' or she 'got a lobotomy'
CNN anchor Jake Tapper tore into Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., over her support for former President Trump as the rising star in the Republican Party is expected to join House leadership. CNN'S JAKE TAPPER FLOATS BANNING REPUBLICANS FROM SHOW OVER ‘BIG LIE’: ‘WHY SHOULD I PUT ANY OF THEM ON TV?' "And they don't know if it's an act or if she, you know, got a lobotomy." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAccording to a tool on the FiveThirtyEight website on "Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump," Cheney voted with Trump 92.9% of the time compared to 77.7% for Stefanik. The conservative group Heritage Action , meanwhile, gave Cheney a 91% score compared to just 56% for Stefanik during the most recent Congress.
Chinese cinemas are showing old propaganda movies. Is Hollywood going to lose out?
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Beijing has ordered China's cinemas to use the box office this year to spread propaganda celebrating the Communist Party . Warner Bros., which did not respond to questions about why that happened, had been advertising their return to Chinese movie theaters for weeks. The China Film Administration, which released the directive to promote Party-approved movies, never put out any public statements calling for Hollywood movies to be removed from theater schedules. Building the world's biggest box officeChina has relied for decades on at least a few big Hollywood hits to bolster its box office ?each year. Still needing HollywoodThe overall performance of the Chinese box office, meanwhile, is waning this year.
Investment bank picks 3 stocks to buy ahead of Apple's next iPhone launch
Apple's launch promotional material of the new iPhone12 Pro seen displayed on a mobile phone screen with an Apple logo in the background. Apple is widely expected to launch the next generation of iPhones in the second half of 2021. Japanese investment bank Daiwa predicted there will be four new iPhone 13 models this year, similar to the line-up of the iPhone 12 series. Production of the new devices will boost shares of Apple's suppliers in the Greater China region, and the current quarter may be a good time to buy those stocks, the bank said. Here are Daiwa's top picks for Apple suppliers in the region — one of them has an upside of 65%.
Pentagon chief says removal of all contractors from Afghanistan under way
The remarks are the clearest indication yet that Biden's April order to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 extended to U.S.-funded contractors. Asked whether the Pentagon had issued orders to withdraw not just American troops but also contractors, Austin said: "We're going to responsibly retrograde all of our capabilities that we are responsible for and the contractors fall in that realm as well." As of April, there were nearly 17,000 Pentagon contractors, including about 6,150 Americans, 4,300 Afghans and 6,400 from other countries. The departure of thousands of contractors, especially those serving the Afghan security forces, has raised concerns among some U.S. officials about the ability of the Afghan government and military to sustain critical functions. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said there had been sustained levels of violent attacks against Afghan security forces but none against U.S. and coalition forces since May 1.
Mexican regulator rejects delaying deadline for Fox Sports sale in Disney-Fox deal
A screen shows the logo and a ticker symbol for The Walt Disney Company on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidMexico's telecoms regulator said on Thursday it has rejected a request to push back a deadline for the sale of Fox Sports in Mexico as part of the terms of Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N) acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc film and television assets. The Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) said the request was made by Disney and Fox and that the deadline for the sale is May 7. The deadline had been previously postponed for selling the Fox Sports channels because of the difficulty of completing the sale during the coronavirus pandemic. The IFT said that the "conditions prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which previously affected the sale process, today are different ... so extending the suspension period for the sale is not justified."
Global stocks rally into U.S. jobs report amid surging commodity prices
MSCI's benchmark for global equity markets (.MIWD00000PUS), which tracks stocks in 50 countries, edged up about 0.1%, on course for a 0.4% gain this week. The focus now shifts to Friday's non-farm payrolls report, with estimates ranging widely between 700,000 and more than 2 million jobs having been created in April. "The commodity space is the talk," and financials are the "bull play" going into the payrolls report, he said. The safe-haven dollar sank to its lowest level this week against a basket of major peers on Friday ahead of the jobs report, as firmness in global stock markets boosted risk appetite. The dollar index dipped to 90.837, and was on track for a 0.4% decline this week.
EXCLUSIVE India offers to lift regular Saudi oil volumes in June after May cuts -sources
The refiners - Indian Oil Corp (IOC.NS), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL.NS), Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL.NS) and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL.NS) - normally buy 14.8 million-15 million barrels of Saudi oil a month. Saudi Arabia has cut the June official selling prices (OSPs) of all crude grades it sells to Asia. read moreIndia urged refiners to diversify crude sources to cut reliance on the Middle East and directed them to reduce intake of Saudi oil. The refiners cut purchases by over a third in May. read moreAnother source said Indian refiners cannot continue with the cuts from Saudi Arabia on a sustained basis as the companies have to lift the volumes under annual contracts.
India seeks travel exemption for badminton team to compete in Tokyo qualifier
Indian badminton players' hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics hang in balance, with the country's sports ministry seeking exemption from the travel ban to compete in a qualifier in Malaysia. In the wake of an unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases in India, Malaysia has banned travel from India. India reported on Thursday a record 412,262 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours and a record 3,980 deaths. The postponement of the India Open, which was scheduled for Delhi between May 11-16, had already dealt a severe blow to Indian shuttlers hoping to secure Olympic berths. The Race to Tokyo period ends on June 15 and the final qualification event is the Singapore Open, scheduled for June 1.
Australia to reopen door to India, still probing Sydney COVID case
Morrison stood by his decision to impose a biosecurity order barring flights to and from India, a ban that was backed by potential prosecution and financial penalties. "National Security Committee of Cabinet has confirmed that it will have done its job by then, and as a result we see no need to extend it beyond that date," Morrison told reporters. New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian, meanwhile, said New Zealand's decision to partially suspend a travel bubble with Australia as a result of new infections in Sydney was an "overreaction." Every time there’s a positive case, we can match it to see if it’s part of the same strain." The so-called "travel bubble" between Australia and New Zealand opened less than a month ago.
Japan may approve AstraZeneca, Moderna vaccines as early as May 20 -Nikkei
A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Japan launches its inoculation campaign, at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan February 17, 2021. Behrouz Mehri/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoJapan's government may approve the use of coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca PLC (AZN.L) and Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) as early as May 20, the Nikkei reported on Friday. Health ministry officials plan to hold a meeting around that date to discuss approval, the financial daily reported. The only vaccine for the novel coronavirus to have received Japanese approval so far is that developed by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE). Approvals for other vaccines are widely expected to come later this month, though no specific dates have been announced.
Military coup puts Telenor's future in Myanmar on the line
While Norway was supportive of Telenor's Myanmar venture, the government also warned of the risks, Barth Eide, Norway's foreign minister at the time, said. The military has faced allegations of human rights abuses including persecuting minorities and violently suppressing protests going back decades. The report said firms in Myanmar should end all ties with the military due to human rights abuses. "Telenor Myanmar has been focused on having minimal exposure to the military and have no direct links to military-controlled entities," the spokesperson said. Since the coup, Telenor has cut ties with three suppliers after finding links to the military, the spokesperson added.
Girl in 6th grade detained after Idaho school shooting; 3 injured
A sixth-grade girl pulled a handgun from a backpack at her eastern Idaho school on Thursday and opened fire, hitting two fellow students and a member of school staff and inflicting non-life-threatening injuries on them, officials said. Students were sent home with their parents immediately after the shootings and classes will be canceled on Friday, Jefferson School District Superintendent Chad Martin said. Several law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation of the shooting, which happened shortly after 9 a.m. local time, Jefferson County Sheriff Anderson said. The school staff member was treated and released for his injury, while the two students were being kept overnight for observation, he said. "Thank you to our law enforcement agencies and school leaders for their efforts in responding to the incident," Little said on Twitter.
Hijack the Conference on the Future of Europe!
PARIS — The Conference on the Future of Europe, which opens with grand fanfare in Strasbourg on Sunday, Europe Day, has been painstakingly designed to go nowhere. As of this week, EU governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament were still arguing over how the conclusions will be reached and reported. If enough European citizens get involved and demand change, it will be hard for national leaders and the European authorities to ignore their voices. The conference provides an opportunity for citizens to put forward and debate ideas via online participation. “This conference does not replace representative democracy, it enhances it.”Some EU advances could be achieved without treaty change.
Heartbroken Massachusetts mom begs for justice in teen daughter's mysterious death
“What I want is for the criminal justice system to work,” said Calvina Strothers, mom of Mikayla Miller. Justice for Mikayla MillerStrothers spoke Thursday afternoon during a vigil in her hometown of Hopkinton where at least several hundred people remembered Mikayla. The teen's death has rattled Hopkinton, a town about 35 miles west of Boston and best known for hosting runners at the starting line of the Boston Marathon. Mikayla's death has resonated from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., with some of the state’s most influential politicians weighing in. Ryan said Mikayla was in a physical altercation April 17 with two other teens, a male and a female.
‘Bring in the pandas’: Election ‘audit’ continues to bamboo-zle onlookers
Will the Cyber Ninjas find the bamboo-laced ballots and secret Trump watermarks before the clock runs out and the high school graduates march in? Chris Hayes breaks down the latest on the ridiculous—and dangerous “audit” of the 2020 election results in Arizona.
Federal appeals court overturns conviction of former Rep. Corrine Brown
In this May 5, 2017 file photo, former Rep. Corrine Brown walks to the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. | Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP, File Federal appeals court overturns conviction of former Rep. Corrine BrownTALLAHASSEE — A divided federal appeals court late Thursday overturned the conviction of former Rep. Corrine Brown, ruling that a judge was wrong to remove a juror in her trial who said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty. “The decision to remove Juror No. 13 was a tough call, and one the district court did not take lightly. Brown challenged the new district in federal court, but after losing the battle, she ran for reelection. A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit upheld her conviction in January 2020, but the full court decided to take up the case.
Ohio Becomes The Latest State To Introduce A Major Voter Suppression Bill
Republicans’ latest attack on the right to vote comes from Ohio, where state lawmakers introduced their first major voter suppression legislation on Thursday. ?ALERT: Ohio Republicans introduce #HB294, their first major voter suppression bill of the session. What Bill Seitz dropped is an Ohio-style voter suppression bill. [These voter suppression laws are] really shocking and really terrifying,” Spread the Vote founder Kat Calvin told HuffPost. Democrats and voting rights groups are pressuring Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation that would override many of the restrictions being implemented at the state level.
‘It’s who we are as a country’: Sen. Brown on push to vaccinate rest of world
“It’s who we are as a country that we are the leader in combatting infectious disease,” says Sen. Sherrod Brown, discussing the Biden administration’s support of waiving of vaccine patent protections.
Jenner has hangar pains after Hannity interview
Caitlyn Jenner is interviewed by Fox News host Sean Hannity in Malibu, Calif. | Fox News Channel via AP Jenner has hangar pains after Hannity interviewOAKLAND — Move over French Laundry, there's a new social media obsession: Hangar Guy. “The guy right across, he was packing up his hangar,” Jenner said during the sitdown in her own Southern California plane hangar. Asked if she would eliminate sanctuary status of California, Jenner told Hannity, "I would do my absolute best to do that." At the very least, Jenner missed an opportunity in the Fox News interview to lay out what she would do to solve homelessness in California. But all she said to Hannity on homelessness was the hangar anecdote.
Duvall’s homer helps Marlins complete sweep of Arizona, 3-1
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — Adam Duvall hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and five pitchers combined on a five-hitter to help the Miami Marlins complete their first sweep of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night. The Diamondbacks came into the series second in the majors in runs but were outscored 20-4 in three games at Miami. He has an ERA of 1.17 in his past four starts, including a seven-inning complete game when he held the Atlanta Braves hitless, and his season ERA is now 4.91. Bumgarner was hit on the right wrist by a 92 mph pitch in the second inning but was unfazed.
Rockies minor leaguer Welker gets 80-game drug suspension
FILE - In this March 12, 2021, file photo, Colorado Rockies third baseman Colton Welker throws to first during the team's spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz. Colorado Rockies minor-league third baseman Welker was given an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension was announced Thursday, May 6, 2021, by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)FILE - In this March 12, 2021, file photo, Colorado Rockies third baseman Colton Welker throws to first during the team's spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz. Colorado Rockies minor-league third baseman Welker was given an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Highly touted Colorado Rockies minor league third baseman Colton Welker was suspended 80 games by the commissioner’s office Thursday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. A fourth-round draft pick, Welker is a .313 career hitter at four minor league levels with 34 homers and 204 RBIs.
Carter scores career-high 4 goals, Penguins blast Sabres 8-4
Pittsburgh Penguins center Jeff Carter (77) pust a shot past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Michael Houser (32) with Sabres' Colin Miller (33) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Pittsburgh Penguins center Jeff Carter (77) pust a shot past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Michael Houser (32) with Sabres' Colin Miller (33) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Carter scored a career-high four goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins moved back into first place in the crowded East Division with an 8-4 victory over Buffalo on Thursday night. He added his fourth with a pretty backhand — the 398th of his career — early in the third period that put the Sabres away. The Penguins have just one, their regular-season finale on Saturday against the Sabres.
Matthews scores NHL-leading 40th goal, Leafs beat Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his 40th goal of the season with teammates Joe Thornton (97) and Justin Holl (3), during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, May, 6, 2021, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 40th goal of the season to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Thursday night. The Maple Leafs improved to 6-2-1 against the Canadiens. Matthews has scored 40 times in 49 games, and has found the back of the net in five straight contests. ADVERTISEMENTOnly one player in Maple Leafs history has reached 40 goals in fewer games, with Frank Mahovlich hitting the mark in 48 games in 1960-61.
DeBrincat’s OT score lifts Blackhawks past Hurricanes 2-1
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) blocks the shot of Chicago Blackhawks' Alex DeBrincat (12) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Alex DeBrincat beat Petr Mrazek at 2:02 of overtime to help the Chicago Blackhawks rally past the NHL-leading Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Thursday night, salvaging the final game of a three-game set. Necas finished it off for the short-handed goal at 9:49 for the first, yet the Hurricanes didn’t beat Delia again. BANGED-UP BLACKHAWKSKeith didn’t return to the bench for the second period and was ruled out for the game, though the team didn’t specify the issue. Chicago also lost forward Brett Connolly late in the second period when he collided with Carolina’s Steven Lorentz and ended up face down on the ice.
Bruins beat Rangers 4-0 for 5th victory in 6 games
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored in his fourth straight game, Jeremy Swayman needed to stop only 15 shots for his second career shutout and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 4-0 on Thursday night. Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin had a much busier night, stopping 30 shots and preventing the New York from a larger rout. DeBrusk beat Shesterkin on a breakaway 14:01 into the second period to put the Bruins up 3-0. It was the Rangers’ first game since owner James Dolan fired team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton on Wednesday. ... Bruins F Charlie Coyle, who missed the third period Tuesday at New Jersey with an undisclosed injury, was out of the lineup.
McLeod, Blackwood lead Devils to 2-1 win over Islanders
Pavel Zacha also scored for the Devils, who beat the Islanders for just the second time in seven meetings this season. ADVERTISEMENTThe Islanders pulled Varlamov for an extra skater with about 1 1/2 minutes left, but couldn’t tie it. The Islanders outshot the Devils 6-1 over the first 8:14 of the game, but couldn’t take advantage. They played as the Utica Devils from 1987-93 before changing affiliations to the Albany River Rats until 2006. The Devils bought the team in Lowell and played as the Lowell Devils until moving to Albany in 2010.
Bulls complete sweep of Hornets in LaVine’s return, 120-99
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, left, drives against Charlotte Hornets forward Jalen McDaniels during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, left, drives against Charlotte Hornets forward Jalen McDaniels during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 14 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls breezed past the Charlotte Hornets 120-99 on Thursday night with Zach LaVine back on the floor. Washington, who missed Charlotte’s last game for the birth of his child, led the Hornets with 24 points on six 3-pointers. The Bulls beat the Hornets by 13 and 18 points earlier this season and jumped out to a 48-33 lead.
Survivor of subway crash reflects on decision to change cars
Erik Bravo, 34, a survivor of Monday's subway collapse, poses for a photo in Mexico City, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)Erik Bravo, 34, a survivor of Monday's subway collapse, poses for a photo in Mexico City, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Bravo walked toward the back not knowing the last two cars of the subway train had fallen into the rubble of the collapsed elevated rail bed. Even with the subway, Luna had to travel for hours to get to her job as a security guard. The collapse has temporarily closed the subway line, leaving thousands of residents on the south side dependent on bus service.
Maldives leader: Blast that hurt Nasheed attacked democracy
Maldives' first democratically elected president and current Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has been injured in a blast Thursday near his home and was being treated in a hospital in the capital, police said. Maldives' first democratically elected president and current Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has been injured in a blast Thursday near his home and was being treated in a hospital in the capital, police said. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives president said Friday an explosion that wounded former leader Mohamed Nasheed was an attack on the country’s democracy and economy and said Australian police would assist the investigation. He is the current Parliament speaker and was the Maldives’ first democratically elected president, serving from 2008 to 2012. Nasheed remained an influential political figure and was elected Parliament speaker in 2019.
Endangered condor egg hatches in Northern California’s wild
PAICINES, Calif. (AP) — A California condor egg has hatched in Northern California’s wild, the newest member of Pinnacles National Park’s recovery program for the endangered species. The egg hatched April 12 after two months of round-the-clock incubation by both parents who protected their fragile egg from the elements and potential predators, park rangers said in a social media post. 589 and 569 are clearly doing their part to help their species and maintain their status as a Pinnacles power couple!” park rangers wrote. California condors have been making a comeback in the wild and now occupy parts of California’s Central Coast, Arizona, Utah and Baja California, Mexico. California banned the use of lead ammunition near condor feeding grounds in 2008 and lead bullets in all hunting in 2019.
UN official reports undeclared Syrian chemical warfare agent
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. disarmament chief reported the discovery of an undeclared chemical warfare agent at a Syrian site to a Security Council meeting Thursday where the United States and its Western allies clashed with Russia over international findings that Syria has used chemical weapons. Izumi Nakamitsu didn’t name the agent detected in samples by the international chemical weapons watchdog, but said its presence “inside storage containers of large volume at a previously declared chemical weapons facility may imply undeclared production activities.”Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in September 2013, pressed by its close ally Russia after a deadly chemical weapons attack that the West blamed on Damascus. By August 2014, President Bashar Assad’s government declared that the destruction of its chemical weapons was completed. But Syria’s initial declaration of its chemical stockpiles and chemical weapons production sites to the Organization for the Protection of Chemical Weapons has remained in dispute. ADVERTISEMENTNakamitsu told the council that Syria also reiterated recently that a former chemical production facility was never used to produce or weaponize chemical weapons.
Democrats in Virginia governor’s race face off in 2nd debate
Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia Lt. Gov. Lee Carter speaks during a debate held in Bristol, Va., on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia Lt. Gov. Lee Carter speaks during a debate held in Bristol, Va., on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Democratic Gov.
Carter scores career-high 4 goals, Penguins beat Sabres 8-4
Pittsburgh Penguins' Jeff Carter (77) skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Pittsburgh Penguins' Jeff Carter (77) skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Carter scored a career-high four goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins moved back into first place in the crowded East Division with an 8-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. He added his fourth with a pretty backhander — the 398th of his career — early in the third period that put the Sabres away. MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 2TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 40th goal of the season to help Toronto beat Montreal.
The Chinese Government Needs to Become a Clean Energy Supermajor
(Bloomberg) -- China is turning to its state-owned coal power companies to helm the next stage of the country’s renewables push, as the sector becomes less attractive to other investors. Private firms have helped the top-polluting nation become the world’s largest generator of clean energy. Together, the major utilities control about half of China’s total coal power fleet. In addition to the Big Five's plans, smaller state companies including China Three Gorges Corp., China Resources Holdings Co. and China Power Construction Corp. have also pledged to add more renewables through 2025. It means the current pipeline is enough to meet China’s energy targets even without any new projects from the private sector.
PGIM Sees Twin Forces of Stimulus Upending Stock-Bond Link
(Bloomberg) -- The combined forces of central bank and government stimulus could shake up the relationship between stocks and bonds that’s helped make the 60/40 portfolio an investing stalwart, according to asset manager PGIM. That’s the view from a research paper by Junying Shen and Noah Weisberger at PGIM’s institutional advisory and solutions group. One key indicator for investors to watch is how interest rates are behaving relative to changes in economic growth, Weisberger said. Artificial suppression of interest rates to engineer growth and higher inflation could lead to higher interest-rate volatility, in his view. For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.
Grand Jury Indicts Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo In Death Of Pregnant Lover
Grand Jury Indicts Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo In Death Of Pregnant LoverEnlarge this image toggle caption Carlos Giusti/AP Carlos Giusti/APEditor's note: This story contains graphic descriptions of physical violence. Rodríguez's death marks the 18th femicide on the island since the start of 2021, according to NotiCentro, a local news outlet. The indictments on Thursday added to the charges Verdejo previously faced: carjacking resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death and killing an unborn child. According to the complaint, Verdejo forced the pregnant woman, whom he had known for about 11 or 12 years, into his car. Both men are charged with kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death, and intentionally killing an unborn child.
Pacers assistant Greg Foster suspended, C Goga Bitadze fined after heated exchange in Kings game
That was more than evident in the Pacers’ 104-93 loss to the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night after assistant coach Greg Foster erupted on center Goga Bitadze in the third quarter. The altercation led to the Pacers suspending Foster for a game and fining Bitadze. Foster will serve the suspension during Thursday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Bitadze finished the night with five points and six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. Goga Bitadze appeared to tell Greg Foster to "sit the f*** down," which prompted the heated exchange between the two on the court.
Source: Warriors 'considering' Jordan Bell contract, reunion
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Source: Warriors 'considering' reunion with Jordan Bell originally appeared on NBC Sports BayareaThe Warriors are "considering" former second-round draft pick Jordan Bell for a roster spot, NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole confirmed Thursday. Bell won an NBA championship with the Warriors in 2018 and played in a total of 43 postseason games with Golden State. The Warriors currently have just 13 players on the active roster after Gary Payton II's second 10-day contract expired last week. James Wiseman's season-ending injury has left the Warriors thin in the frontcourt, and Bell could fill that void.
Joel Embiid, Sixers discuss winning on the road after sweeping trip
However, the win was able to signify their improvements on the road. The team was a dreadful 10-24 on the road before the league got suspended in the 2019-20 season. With the win on Wednesday, the Sixers are now 20-14 on the road with two games left away from Wells Fargo Center in the regular season. “The structure, the way we play,” Embiid finished. “Last year, when you look at it, it was hard, and I missed a lot of road games.
Phil Mickelson takes early 2-shot lead at Wells Fargo Championship after slump
Phil Mickelson grabbed his first opening-round lead at a PGA Tour event for the first time in 840 days on Thursday. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR/Getty Images)Phil Mickelson’s golf game, despite wins on the PGA Tour Champions, has been on a steady decline since his last PGA Tour win in 2019. Mickelson, behind an impressive 7-under 64, took a two shot lead after the opening round at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. That marked Mickelson’s 30th career opening-round lead, the second most on Tour since 1992, but his first opening-round lead in 840 days. I'm just present on each shot," Mickelson said, via ESPN.
Joel Embiid accomplished something never seen before in Sixers history
It was another big effort by their team as a whole as they continue to prepare for the playoffs. It was also another big performance for their superstar big man, Joel Embiid. Houston turned to Kelly Olynyk to guard Embiid and that turned out to be futile for the Rockets. In the process, Embiid became the only player in Sixers history to go for 30+ points and 10+ rebounds in 25 minutes or less. On top of that, Embiid is the first player to have 30 and 10 in less than 25 minutes since Michael Beasley in 2017.
PFF makes the case for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins to be an MVP candidate
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been good since he’s arrived in Minnesota. By many accounts, he’s one of the better quarterbacks in the league and he’s at least above average. PFF’s Seth Galina makes the case for Cousins to get better. Galina writes that, under a revamped offensive line, it’s possible the Vikings quarterback could win MVP. The same Kirk Cousins is so much better with a stronger offensive line around him.
Former pro golfer Dan Bowling arrested allegedly trying to meet undercover officer posed as minor
Former pro golfer Dan Bowling arrested allegedly trying to meet undercover officer posed as minorIFormer professional golfer Dan Bowling was arrested on Thursday after he attempted to meet an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl, Orlando Police announced. Bowling, according to ClickOrlando.com, is facing obscene communication, traveling to meet with a minor and attempted lewd and lascivious molestation charges. He is not in the PGA Tour’s "top 100" list, as that list doesn’t exist, and he’s not in the Official World Golf Rankings. The Orlando Police Department later corrected the tweet, but still referenced the "PGA Tour's top 100." Bowling has just seven career starts on the Tour, and never competed on the PGA Tour.
EU considers COVID vaccine patent waiver but Germany, drugmakers push back
"That's why we are ready to discuss how the U.S. proposal for a waiver on intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines could help achieve that objective." While Wall Street's main indexes rose slightly on Thursday, vaccine makers' shares were down, albeit well off their early lows. South Africa and India made the initial waiver proposal at the WTO in October, gathering support from many developing countries, which say it will make vaccines more widely available. Morgan Stanley analysts noted that there was no mechanism to force companies to teach others how to make their vaccine. South Africa and India have said they will revise their waiver proposal ahead of the next WTO meetings on the topic later in May and on June 8-9.
South Carolina becomes the second state to cancel federal unemployment benefits
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NASCAR officially reveals the 2022 Cup Series car
The 2022 Cup Series car has officially been unveiled. The three versions of NASCAR's new Cup Series car became public on Wednesday as Chevy, Ford and Toyota showed off their car designs for the first time. A big theme of Wednesday's announcement was putting the "stock" back in stock car. The bodies of the new car will be made of a composite material like what's seen on the current Xfinity Series cars. The Cup Series has been at three manufacturers ever since 2013 — the year the present car was introduced — after Dodge left NASCAR.
First look at NASCAR’s Next Gen car: It’s the Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet of the sport’s future
Toyota Racing Development president David Wilson referenced a tongue-in-cheek joke among NASCAR industry insiders: Who would be foolish enough to buy into NASCAR with the current car that we’re racing? “The reason that Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan partnered up to start a racing team is because of one thing: Next Gen,” Wilson said. The sport’s three manufacturers, Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet, unveiled their new car bodies, specs and elements Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte. CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 22: The 2022 NASCAR Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro is previewed at NASCAR R&D Center on April 22, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. “The car has all the technology that we’ve poured into our current car plus some,” Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet driver Kurt Busch said Wednesday.
NASCAR’s Next Gen car will be revealed today. Here’s everything we know about it
The seventh generation of NASCAR’s Cup car model is so divergent from its past that the industry isn’t bothering to call it Gen-7. Here’s everything we know about the Next Gen car. Why go to a new car model now? “It’s almost like raw race car tubing comes in one end, race cars come out the other end. On the technical side, the car will also utilize a sequential gearbox instead of the H-pattern gearbox that drivers are used to in the current car.
Gupta closes in on £200m rescue for Liberty Steel
Liberty steel workerSanjeev Gupta is seeking a £200m lifeline that will allow his UK steelmaking operations to get back to full production. Liberty Steel is thrashing out details of a new working capital facility with US-based White Oak Global Advisors, a company specialising in funding struggling businesses. An agreement is subject to due diligence checks by White Oak and guarantees that the money would be ring-fenced for Liberty’s UK operations and not funnelled into parent company GFG. Any fresh funding from White Oak would be subject to approval from creditors such as Credit Suisse, which has a claim on Liberty. Liberty and White Oak declined to comment.
Police clear teacher caught on camera spanking a child with a paddle
Her pick for the worst dancer ever didn't embrace the show. And though she wasn't on the show at the same time as Master P, it seems that some of her fellow pros filled her in on how he approached the competition. "Master P was just not willing to do anything. ESPN anchor Kelly Mayne got that honor, while Master P was eliminated fourth. )For more on the show, here's A Dancing With the Stars Pro Says This Celebrity Was His Worst Partner.
NC teachers could stop paying $50 for a sub on personal days — if they give a reason
Currently, teachers who use personal leave on days when classes are in session are charged $50 to help schools cover the cost of finding a substitute teacher. Teachers don’t have to pay for a sub when they use sick leave or vacation days, called annual leave. Teachers use sick day to avoid $50 feeElmore, a public school teacher, has said some teachers have been using sick days to avoid paying the sub fee. Under state law, it’s up to the principal to approve personal leave time. They could be charged $103 for the fee paid to substitute teachers who have a license.
Woman charged with starting California’s Delta wildfire that destroyed 63,000 acres
An abandoned smoldering truck after the Delta Fire tore through the area north of Redding, California and jumped the interstate on 5 September 2018 (AFP via Getty Images)A California woman has been arrested and charged with starting a 2018 wildfire that destroyed 63,000 acres and 42 structures, including 20 homes. Cynthia Ann LeRoux of Mountain Gate, Shasta County, has been charged with 20 felony counts of arson relating to the Delta Fire, as well as two smaller fires. No motive is known at this time, but Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett told Fox News that Ms LeRoux had a history of arson. The Delta Fire was set on 5 September and burned until 7 October. DA Bridgett said at a press conference that the announcement was a timely reminder of the consequences of setting fires.
Liberty steel owner in talks over £200m lifeline
The BBC understands that Sanjeev Gupta's beleaguered UK steel business may yet secure a £200m lifeline. The owner of Liberty Steel is in talks about a loan facility from California-based investment firm White Oak Global Advisors. A further 2,000 people work at other GFG steel sites in the UK. The government has pledged to preserve Liberty Steel in some form and says it will consider "all options". Applications to compel the liquidation (winding up orders) of three Liberty Steel group companies have been filed and were originally due to be heard by a judge this week.
British and Australian foreign ministers meet at G7
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40 Durham residents evacuated, roads closed while gas leak is repaired near Duke
About 40 residents have been evacuated in Durham while the fire department responds to a gas leak a few blocks from Duke University’s East Campus. The fire department said the gas leak is near the intersection of Gregson and Demerius Streets. The following roads are closed: Gregson Street between West Knox and Green streets; Demerius Street between North Duke Street and Dollar Avenue. Officials say Gregson Street will be closed for several hours. The leak is about a mile from a 2019 deadly gas explosion on North Duke Street that killed two people and injured 25 others.
Egypt and Turkey seek to overhaul tense ties with frank talks on Libya
Turkey has been striving to mend fences with several U.S.-allied Arab states including Egypt. Relations between the regional powers have been tense since Egypt's army toppled a democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood president close to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in 2013. Both countries expelled ambassadors and Erdogan described Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as a tyrant. However, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Ankara is fully open to improve its ties with every country in the region, not just Egypt. "So Egypt and Turkey moving together will provide serious contributions to the region's peace and development.
China condemns G7 statement censuring Beijing, supporting Taiwan
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G7 scolds China and Russia over threats, bullying, rights abuses
G7 foreign ministers, in a 12,400-word communique, said Russia was trying to undermine democracies and threatening Ukraine while China was guilty of human rights abuses and of using its economic clout to bully others. XI AND PUTINThe West, which combined is much bigger than China and Russia economically and militarily, has struggled to come up with an effective response to either China or Russia. Story continues"We will work collectively to foster global economic resilience in the face of arbitrary, coercive economic policies and practices," the G7 ministers said on China. "We are deeply concerned that the negative pattern of Russia’s irresponsible and destabilising behaviour continues," G7 ministers said. "We commit to working with industry to facilitate expanded manufacturing at scale of affordable COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics and their component parts," the G7 foreign ministers said in a joint statement.
Sixth grade girl opens fire at middle school in Idaho, injuring 3
A female middle school student opened fire on classmates in Rigby, Idaho, on Thursday, officials said. PHOTO: A police officer walks out of Rigby Middle School following a shooting there earlier Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Rigby, Idaho. PHOTO: Students embrace after a school shooting at Rigby Middle School in Rigby, Idaho on Thursday, May 6, 2021. PHOTO: Two people walk together near the scene of a shooting at an eastern Idaho middle school Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Rigby, Idaho. Sixth grade girl opens fire at middle school in Idaho, injuring 3 originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Biden administration may bring whole families to U.S. to reunite with separated children, not just parents
Michelle Brané, the executive director of the Biden administration's task force to reunify the separated families, said her group is working on a process in which "immediate family members can also apply." "That includes siblings, another, you know, the partner or spouse, other parents if they're in the picture," she said. This week, the Biden administration is reuniting four families separated in 2017 and 2018. Brané said her group has identified parents and children who were separated but whose separations were unknown to the government because of poorly kept records. Story continues"We are finding evidence of separations," Brané said, speaking of an additional trove of documents that is being reviewed by the task force, which includes families separated in the early days of the Trump administration.
Sheriff: Army trainee arrested after hijacking school bus
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An Army trainee has been arrested after authorities say he boarded a South Carolina school bus with a gun Thursday and held the driver and elementary students hostage before letting them off the bus. The trainee then went to a nearby bus stop where children were waiting to be taken to Forest Lake Elementary School, Lott said, and boarded the bus himself, armed with the rifle. “He told the bus driver he didn't want to hurt anybody; he wanted him to drive him to the next town,” Lott said. A spokeswoman for the Richland Two School District said the bus was transporting elementary school children. This is at least the second high-profile incident in recent weeks involving a soldier based at Fort Jackson.
A trainee fled an Army base in South Carolina and hijacked a school bus full of kids armed with a rifle: police
A school bus sits parked in Columbus, N.M., on Sunday, April 11, 2021. By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty ImagesPolice say an Army trainee in South Carolina fled his base and hijacked a school bus on Thursday. The school bus was full of kids when the trainee boarded, police said. An Army trainee fled a training base and hijacked a school bus full of children while armed with a rifle, police in South Carolina said on Thursday. The trainee then drove the bus a few more miles before abandoning it - leaving the rifle inside, Lott told reporters.
Coronavirus Today: Rally the writers
AdvertisementInspired by a late-night epiphany and a Times column from David Kipen, the congressman drafted a bill to create a modern-day Federal Writers Project. The bill, titled the 21st Century Federal Writers’ Project, was introduced Thursday. “And one way we saved ourselves was with the Federal Writers Project.”His idea has been gaining support. The results suggest that COVID-19 vaccines have the potential to greatly reduce the threat posed by silent spreaders. AdvertisementYour questions answeredToday’s question comes from readers who want to know: Will the COVID-19 vaccines affect my period?
Biden wants to sell Louisiana a new bridge — and much more
President Biden pressed his case for taxing the rich to fund his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure proposal Thursday, pointing to an aging highway bridge and crumbling water facilities in Louisiana as proof that the federal government needs to step in with more money. And Biden’s trip to Louisiana underscores his pitch that red states would benefit from the plan as much as blue states. AdvertisementSo far, Republicans have lined up in opposition to Biden’s plan, saying that $2.25 trillion in spending over a decade is too expensive. Despite the lack of support from elected Republicans, Biden’s plans are broadly popular with the public. Administration officials estimate that fixing Louisiana’s water infrastructure would cost $7 billion over two decades.
Young Latino and Black people have the lowest rate of COVID-19 vaccination in L.A. County, new data show
Only 18% of Black men and 20% of Black women between the ages of 16 and 29 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, county officials said Thursday. Latino residents in the age group saw a relative increase of 160% during the same period. In total, 61% of Black residents and 63% of Latino residents 65 and older have received one dose, compared to 70% of Native American residents, 76% of Asian American residents and 78% of white residents. L.A. County officials on Thursday announced that a manual review of data added 919 new deaths to the county’s correctional facilities numbers, bringing the total to 9,630 cases. Inland counties have struggled, with 41% of Imperial County residents, 39% of Riverside County residents and 35% of San Bernardino County residents having received at least one shot.
Virgin Orbit plans first commercial launch for June, will put 6 satellites into orbit
Virgin Orbit, the sister company of Virgin Galactic, is gearing up for its next space launch in June when it will put six satellites in orbit. The mission, named "Tubular Bells, Part One" after the first album Virgin Records released in 1973, will launch satellites for the U.S. Department of Defense, Poland's SatRevolution and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. VIRGIN GALACTIC DELAYS SPACE TOURISM LIFTOFFThe first stage of LauncherOne's engine will run for three minutes and reach a max speed of 8,000 miles per hour. Next month's launch comes after Virgin Orbit reached space for the first time in January, carrying a cluster of small satellites for NASA. Before the successful January launch, Virgin Orbit had a failed launch in May 2020, as a problem caused the rocket to stop thrusting once it was released from the plane.
Report details police wounding of suspect in mass shooting at Colorado supermarket
“Officer Steidell's shots were the last ones fired by anyone inside the King Soopers on March 22," District Attorney Michael Dougherty said in the report. The details were contained in a district attorney's report that found Boulder officer Richard Steidell was justified in shooting Ahmad Alissa and said his shots stopped the attack. According to the new report, Steidell was part of the second wave of police officers who entered the store after Talley was killed near the cash registers. About 20 seconds later, shots were fired over their heads, with one bullet passing between the heads of two officers. When the gunman came back into view about 90 seconds later and raised his weapon, Steidell fired at him, the report states.
Phil Mickelson, leading Wells Fargo, has a blast from the past
Mickelson ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn. The 50-year-old Mickelson kept his focus Thursday at Quail Hollow and blistered the course for a 7-under-par 64 to build a two-shot lead after the opening round. That wasn’t an issue at Quail Hollow, a course he loves for its mixture of birdie holes and tough par holes. “The biggest thing for me was I was able to stay in the present and focus on each shot,” Mickelson said. I was trying not to get my butt kicked too bad.”Mostly, though, this was Phil looking like the old Phil.
Blue Jays’ George Springer not ready to return
Springer landed on the injured list Wednesday after aggravating his strained right quadriceps, with the move retroactive to May 3. Springer had been out of the lineup for two days before undergoing an MRI Wednesday morning. The Blue Jays activated left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu off the injured list to start an afternoon game against Oakland. Blue Jays outfielder George Springer is not expected to be ready to return to Toronto’s lineup when his latest stint on the 10-day injured list ends May 13, said general manager Ross Atkins . He was hurt applying a tag at the plate in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays and underwent ligament surgery Monday.
Man charged with stabbing two Asian women in San Francisco
A message left for the San Francisco public defender's office seeking comment about the case wasn't immediately returned after hours Thursday. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who allegedly stabbed two elderly women without warning at a San Francisco bus stop was charged with attempted murder in an attack that follows a number of others against Asian Americans nationwide, authorities announced Thursday. But the District Attorney's office said prosecutors were working with police to determine whether there was evidence to support hate crime allegations. On Thursday, the FBI’s San Francisco office launched a publicity campaign to encourage the victims of hate crimes to come forward. The effort comes amid a wave of attacks against Asian Americans — many of them elderly — in San Francisco and across the country.
Bruins do not miss a beat in shutout of punchless Rangers
That was a new season-low in SOG allowed for the Bruins (32-14-7), who pulled within two points of the second-place Penguins (73 to 71). Even with a penalty kill in the final 1:54, this was the second-fastest Bruins game this year (2 hours, 22 minutes). After a relatively quiet first trip through the order, the Bergeron line decided the Rangers were not allowed to touch the puck. Rangers defenseman Libor Hajek lost his stick and Kevin Rooney was out of the play after taking a puck to the face. AdvertisementThe main bright spot for the Rangers was blueliner Adam Fox, who stymied Marchand on one rush into the New York zone and played an impressive three-zone game despite the Bruins’ dominance.
Arizona Republicans push back against Justice Department concerns, setting up possible clash over audit
In an interview with The Washington Post, Hobbs said that she is not sure what actions the Justice Department will take. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment. GOP State Sen. Wendy Rogers, who took office in January, tweeted a warning that the Justice Department should stay out of the situation. "Do not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison," she wrote. On Thursday, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., backed the Arizona audit during an appearance on former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon's podcast.
Theranos founder Holmes fights to bar jurors from hearing lavish-lifestyle claims
Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is trying to prevent the jury in her upcoming criminal trial from hearing claims by federal prosecutors that her “luxurious lifestyle” provided a motive for fraud. Together, the claims about her lifestyle signal an intention to elicit an emotional response from jurors and appeal to “class prejudice,” the filing argued. Holmes, a Stanford University dropout, and former Theranos president Sunny Balwani, are charged with a dozen felony fraud counts. The two have denied the allegations, with lawyers for Holmes arguing in a court filing that the government’s case was “unconstitutionally vague” and lacked specific claims of misrepresentation. “She took a lower salary even than the salaries of other Theranos executives,” the filing argued.
Fact check: Yes, Trump really did lose the 2020 election
THE FACTS: Trump’s trash talk about his former vice president is fantasy. Pence had no path for avoiding his pro forma certification of Biden as the next president and Kamala Harris as vice president. Nor did state legislatures have recourse in changing the election result. TRUMP: “The 2020 Election … didn’t even have Legislative approvals from many States (which is required under the U.S. Constitution).” — statement Thursday. But there’s no indication in any of the lawsuits that those changes would have altered a state’s election results.
California officer accused of filing false police report
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento Police Department officer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of filing a false police report in a case connected to a traffic stop last year that prompted a wide-ranging internal investigation, officials said. The department announced the arrest of Alexa Palubicki, 26, in a brief statement that didn’t include many details about what prompted the probe, which is ongoing. Joshua Olander, an attorney for Palubicki, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Internal police investigation documents obtained by the Bee show the investigation led to the suspension of Palubicki’s partner and included numerous search warrants. The driver got out, and the officers approached him to “advise him that he parked illegally,” the documents say.
Warriors ‘looking into’ adding Jordan Bell or another big man
Not going out to dinner, Steve Kerr says. On Thursday, the Athletic reported the front office was considering signing former Warriors big man Jordan Bell to either a 10-day or rest of season contract. Since being released by the Warriors in 2019, Bell has played with the Timberwolves, Grizzlies and Wizards. Bell, a second-round pick who was acquired by the Warriors in the 2017 draft, averaged 3.9 points on 57% shooting, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in two seasons in Golden State. With less than two weeks left during the regular season, Bell would have the advantage of familiarity with the Warriors.
Theranos founder Holmes’ lawyers claim profane chants in company meetings are ‘normal’
Federal prosecutors plan to have witnesses tell jurors in the upcoming fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes that in company meetings she uttered profane chants about a competing business and a Wall Street Journal reporter, her lawyers noted in a court filing. Holmes, who was CEO of the defunct Palo Alto blood-testing startup, and former company president Sunny Balwani, are charged with a dozen felony fraud counts. “That normal human reaction to adversity and negative publicity would not be evidence of consciousness of guilt.”Related Articles Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to claim mental condition affecting ‘issue of guilt’Elizabeth Holmes’ financial jeopardy: Will court cases leave Theranos founder ruined? The two have denied the allegations, with lawyers for Holmes arguing in a court filing that the government’s case was “unconstitutionally vague” and lacked specific claims of misrepresentation. Holmes’ trial is scheduled to start in March.
Theranos: Judge skeptical that Holmes’ luxury lifestyle should go before jury
The judge overseeing the felony fraud case of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes expressed skepticism Thursday about prosecutors’ plans to introduce evidence about her posh lifestyle. “The government’s proffered evidence invites the jury to convict Ms. Holmes based on improper emotional appeals,” her lawyers said in a court filing. Judge Edward Davila appeared to be leaning toward the arguments of Holmes’ team against allowing lifestyle evidence. '”Davila asked Bostic why putting Holmes’ salary before the jury was not enough. That’s why it’s important for the jury to hear about Holmes’ lifestyle along with compensation and stock holdings, Bostic argued.
2021 UIL state track and field: Argyle’s Caleb Murdock wins pole vault state title; Kennedale girls capture 4A championship
AUSTIN –– Argyle senior pole vaulter Caleb Murdock did not take his third-place finish at the 2019 UIL 4A state track and field meet lightly. It nearly drove him mad when the 2020 state track and field meet was canceled due to COVID-19. Junior Argyle pole vaulter Mitchell Thompson didn’t come close to beating Murdock, his teammate, but his 14-0 performance has Murdock confident that he’ll be a medalist at the state meet next year. Relaying to victoryCarter and Kennedale’s highly-touted girls relay teams didn’t disappoint in their first state track meet since 2019. Two niceWinning one gold medal at the state meet was special for junior Midlothian Heritage sprinter Leah Anderson, but winning two was nothing short of incredible.
FBI looking for information on people who shot at FBI officer while driving in Phoenix
The FBI is offering a reward for information on whoever targeted an FBI Task Force officer in a drive-by shootinglast month. In the early hours of April 23, unknown subjects fired several shots at the Task Force Officer’s vehicle when he was driving near 20th Street and Wier Avenue,between Broadway and Roeser roads in south Phoenix,said a press release by FBI Phoenix on Thursday. Ten minutes before the shooting, three men were recorded entering the suspect vehicle, a white 2003 Hyundai Sonata. A reward up to $10,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Anyone with information on the shooting or those in the photos can contact the FBI Phoenix Field Office at 623-466-1999.
Diamondbacks waste strong Bumgarner outing, get swept in Miami
The Diamondbacks came into the series second in the majors in runs but were outscored 20-4 in three games at Miami. Miguel Rojas led off the first inning with his first home run for the Marlins, but Madison Bumgarner retired the next 17 batters. Duvall greeted J.B. Bukauskas (1-1) with his sixth homer for a 2-1 lead, raising his batting average to .200. He has an ERA of 1.17 in his past four starts, including a seven-inning complete game when he held the Atlanta Braves hitless, and his season ERA is now 4.91. Bumgarner was hit on the right wrist by a 92 mph pitch in the second inning but was unfazed.
Phoenix police seeking help after video shows woman possibly being kidnapped
Phoenix police are looking for help after someone reported a video of a woman possibly being kidnapped. The video was taken around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday near 21st Avenue and Van Buren Street. The video shows a woman being forced into a truck by a shirtless man for an unknown reason. She appears to resist getting into the car as the man pushes her against the passenger door, which slams shut repeatedly. Then, the two get into the car and it speeds out of the parking lot.
Hostages held inside Wells Fargo bank in St. Cloud, Minnesota; police and FBI negotiating for their release
CLOUD, Minn. — Several bank employees are being held hostage inside a Wells Fargo bank and police are trying to negotiate their release with the help of the FBI. Cloud police are negotiating with a suspect to release all employees, Lt. Lori Ellering said in a news release. The number of bank employees held hostage was unknown. Cloud South branch, located at 200 33rd Avenue South," said Staci Schiller, Wells Fargo spokesperson. Today's COVID-19 updates:Moderna says its vaccine is 96% effective in adolescentsThursday afternoon, police were sent to a report of a possible robbery in progress at Wells Fargo Bank at 200-33rd Ave. S in St.
21-year-old arrested after wrong-way crash in Arlington kills passenger in his vehicle
A 21-year-old man faces multiple charges after a wrong-way crash in Arlington that left one person dead and injured several others. The vehicle hit a light pole, then continued north until it struck another vehicle head-on. The woman, identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office as Jamayiah Sargent, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was arrested on one count of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault. Court records show that Kibler was arrested in October on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
PFF names one of Cowboys’ incoming rookies among biggest 2021 NFL draft steals
If you’ve been reading The Dallas Morning News’ draft coverage then this should come as no surprise: The Dallas Cowboys got a steal selecting LSU linebacker Jabril Cox with the No. In a film study earlier this week, SportsDay contributor John Owning wrote about three of the Cowboys’ best value picks in the draft class. “The fact that the Cowboys even drafted Cox should tell you how high they were on his services,” he writes. He saw only 41 targets this past season, but Cox still picked off three passes and broke up four more. He may not play right away, but don’t be surprised when he locks down a starting role in Dallas.”Find more Cowboys coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Nevada colleges planning COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students
In a course reversal, the Nevada System of Higher Education announced Thursday it is planning to mandate vaccination, with “some limited exceptions” and several contingencies. “I fully support the implementation of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students once it is legally viable,” NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose said in the release. As of mid-April, NSHE said it didn’t have plans to mandate vaccinations for returning to campus. The system is asking students and their families to be prepared for the possibility of mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, according to the release. More than 200 public and private colleges and universities nationwide have announced they’re mandating COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a list maintained by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Medina Spirit’s biggest threat in Preakness might be stablemate
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will be favored in the Preakness Stakes, but trainer Bob Baffert also is entering the highly regarded Concert Tour. That means I’m looking ahead to the $1 million Preakness Stakes, just over a week away, not dwelling on the rough start of Rock Your World in the Kentucky Derby. Of Medina Spirit’s 18 Derby rivals, only sixth-place finisher Midnight Bourbon and seventh-place finisher Keepmeinmind are being considered for a rematch in the Preakness. I’m not sure Medina Spirit scared the others off so much as their trainers are being cautious and looking to regroup after their hard-fought losses. Concert Tour appears to be the biggest threat to Medina Spirit.
Pro sports bettor Lem Banker’s colorful life fit for silver screen
Lem Banker’s 94th birthday was Tuesday, when his family hosted a celebration of his colorful life as a renowned pro sports bettor. Sports bettor and TV personality Lem Banker and his wife, Debbie, are shown on Oct. 19, 2008, at The Orleans. Lem Banker’s 94th birthday was Tuesday, when his family hosted a celebration of his colorful life as a renowned professional sports bettor. “I told Lefty, who was at the Stardust. Going out in styleOne of Banker’s claims to fame was that he never drew a regular paycheck in his life.
Wangechi Mutu’s Legion of Honor exhibition creates a new mythology
When curators talk about contemporary art existing “in dialogue” — with another artist’s work, with history or with broader political issues — the idea can sound like vague, abstract art world jargon. The stunning new exhibition “Wangechi Mutu: I Am Speaking, Are You Listening?” is the museum’s most powerfully realized example of how engaging these interventions can be. “I approached Wangechi three years ago to conceive an exhibition with me for the Legion,” Schmuckli told The Chronicle on a recent walking tour of the installation. The iconic male “Thinker” appears deep in contemplation, presiding over the Court of Honor as he has since the Legion opened in 1924. Inside the museum, Mutu’s work has been cleverly positioned throughout the first-floor galleries.
Kiszla: A championship culture born of bromance between Nikola Jokic and Michael Malone “that’s more than basketball.”
This never-say-die defiance is born of a rock-solid relationship between center Nikola Jokic and coach Michael Malone that’s a blend of New York City street smarts and stubborn Serbian loyalty. That’s why the essence of what makes Jokic great cannot be captured merely by the way he unselfishly packs the stat sheet with triple doubles. “It’s a great example and reinforcement of why Nikola Jokic is the MVP,” Malone said. It’s the basis of a beautiful basketball bromance formed by Jokic and Malone. One more thing: If Jokic is the MVP, doesn’t Malone merit strong consideration as coach of the year?
Texas House hunkers down for late-night debate on GOP-backed elections bill
Cain pushed back, stating, “I don’t believe this bill suppresses any votes.”Democrats had drafted more than 100 amendments to the bill. After three hours of debate, the House had voted on one, which failed along partisan lines. Thursday night’s debate marked the second time this session Republican leaders discussed divisive voting legislation late into the night. In March, the Texas Senate passed another bill after an hours-long overnight debate. Last week, Cain advanced that legislation through the Elections Committee after swapping it out in its entirety for the House bill.
Illinois Republicans blast Democrats for lack of transparency in redistricting
“I asked the chair of the House redistricting committee … if she had anything for me. That Democratic chair, state Rep. Lisa Hernandez, called the redistricting process “amazing” at a separate news conference Thursday. She noted that the House has held 30 public redistricting hearings, which was 13 more than were held when the maps were last redrawn a decade ago. The Illinois state constitution dictates state lawmakers must pass new legislative maps by June 30 of the year following the U.S. Census. When that panel inevitably deadlocks, a ninth member is randomly chosen by the Illinois secretary of state.
New film, performance theater rising in downtown Las Vegas
(John Katsilometes/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @JohnnyKatsA look at the site of what is temporarily named Rogers Entertainment Center near the corner of 6th Street and Bonneville Avenue in downtown Las Vegas on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoBeverly Rogers talks about The Lucy, a multipurpose creative residency created by Rogers that will also be the home to the Writers Block bookstore, in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto)Approved by elected officials and fully funded is a good place to be. So is downtown Las Vegas, if you’re a new theater to be open within a year. The project was folded into an announcement Thursday that longtime Las Vegas entertainment exec Kip Kelly had signed on as the venue’s creative director.
Applications for the FCC's low-income broadband internet program open May 12
As part of the $900 billion coronavirus aid package signed into law by President Donald Trump in December, eligible low-income households can receive a $50-per-month subsidy for broadband internet. Applications for the Emergency Broadband Benefit open May 12. Broadband, as defined by the Federal Communications Commission, is a minimum internet speed of 25 megabits per second for downloads and 3 megabits for uploads — adequate for streaming videos or taking an online class. To see which broadband providers are participating in the program, please visit here. Eligible households can apply for the program at GetEmergencyBroadband.org.
Nevada gaming regulators come to bar owner’s rescue
In one of those only-in-Nevada circumstances, regulators helped a small tavern owner grandfather his gaming license back to life after a pair of short hearings. Brin Gibson, chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, seen in April 2021. Nevada gaming regulators aided the owner of a small tavern in one of those only-in-Nevada licensing trevails that come up every once in awhile. The owner of Maddy’s On Twain had closed down the bar, which was going to be resurrected as Twain Tavern. Someday soon, the Twain Tavern will open for business and no one will remember just how close it came to losing its gaming license.
Duvall goes deep again as Marlins sweep Diamondbacks
Bumgarner allowed one run in six innings. He has an ERA of 1.17 in his past four starts, including a seven-inning complete game when he held the Atlanta Braves hitless, and his season ERA is now 4.91.
Boy, 12, critically injured in South Side shooting
The shooting took place in a high-rise building in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue, in the Ida B. Wells/Darrow Homes neighborhood, around 7 p.m., Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Curtis Hudson said.
West Islip vs. West Babylon
Scenes from the Suffolk girls lacrosse matchup between West Islip and West Babylon on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
Indicted Democratic operative Patrick Doherty hit with new charges in red-light camera shakedown scheme
Sandoval pleaded guilty in 2020 to bribery and tax charges. He admitted to taking at least $70,000 in government-supplied cash from Maani in return for acting as SafeSpeed’s “protector” in the state Senate, and was cooperating with prosecutors in hopes of leniency when he died in December of COVID-19 complications.
LI leaders seek more than $5 billion from American Jobs Plan to rebuild infrastructure
The list of $5.5 billion in projects will be submitted to the state's congressional delegation as they negotiate terms of President Joe Biden's proposed $2 trillion American Jobs Plan. Bellone said the projects will create 7,531 jobs and generate $6.3 billion in economic output. The pandemic has changed education on Long Island. "We are not asking for a handout," said Marc Herbst, executive director of the Long Island Contractors Association. "We want to ensure Long Island has no barriers and opportunities for everybody," Aracich said.
Carly Cenci's OT goal gives West Islip girls lacrosse victory over West Babylon
Carly Cenci scored the winning goal for West Islip. That goal delivered West Islip a 13-12 overtime victory over host West Babylon in Suffolk Division II girls lacrosse Thursday. Thursday was just the second game West Islip played since walking off the field after a Suffolk Class B semifinal loss to West Babylon in 2019. Cenci had two goals and four assists, Jaimey Hill had two goals and two assists and Doyle had two goals and an assist for West Islip. Maria Pellegrino had 15 saves, including a stop in the final seconds of regulation, for West Islip.
Islanders are struggling to the finish line, beaten by the lowly Devils
Zajac played 1,024 games with the Devils after they selected him 20th overall in 2004. In the third period, Trotz shifted Zajac to centering Palmieri and Ross Johnston while Barzal was between Jean-Gabriel Pageau and rookie Oliver Wahlstrom. But the Devils regained a 2-1 lead at 15:31 of the second period with Palmieri and Zajac on the ice. Palmieri had one of the Islanders’ three point-blank chances early in the first period before the Devils scored first. Zajac had his own, in-tight chance as he cut through the right circle at 12:16 of the second period, with Blackwood making a pad save.
Matthews scores NHL-leading 40th goal, Leafs beat Canadiens
TORONTO - (AP) -- Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 40th goal of the season to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Thursday night. Campbell improved to 16-2-2, giving him the most wins by Toronto goalie through 20 games in a season. The Maple Leafs improved to 6-2-1 against the Canadiens. Matthews has scored 40 times in 49 games, and has found the back of the net in five straight contests. Only one player in Maple Leafs history has reached 40 goals in fewer games, with Frank Mahovlich hitting the mark in 48 games in 1960-61.
DeBrincat's OT score lifts Blackhawks past Hurricanes 2-1
RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) -- Alex DeBrincat beat Petr Mrazek at 2:02 of overtime to help the Chicago Blackhawks rally past the NHL-leading Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Thursday night, salvaging the final game of a three-game set. This time, the Blackhawks erased a 1-0 deficit with Riley Stillman's redirect for his first NHL goal at 16:59 of the third. Martin Necas scored a short-handed goal for the Hurricanes, who are chasing the Presidents' Trophy. Necas finished it off for the short-handed goal at 9:49 for the first, yet the Hurricanes didn't beat Delia again. BANGED-UP BLACKHAWKSKeith didn't return to the bench for the second period and was ruled out for the game, though the team didn't specify the issue.
Bulls complete sweep of Hornets in LaVine's return, 120-99
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - (AP) -- Nikola Vucevic had 29 points and 14 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls breezed past the Charlotte Hornets 120-99 on Thursday night with Zach LaVine back on the floor. Chicago entered the night 3 1/2 games behind Washington for the final spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament. Washington, who missed Charlotte's last game for the birth of his child, led the Hornets with 24 points on six 3-pointers. Malik Monk added 20 points off the bench for the Hornets, who played without Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges and Devonte Graham. The Bulls beat the Hornets by 13 and 18 points earlier this season and jumped out to a 48-33 lead.
Man charged with stabbing two Asian women in San Francisco
“We were able to visit grandma today! It was so emotional walking in and seeing her,” Eng posted Thursday on a GoFundMe page that had raised more than $98,000 to cover medical expenses. “The staff have been providing exceptional care to her and extremely supportive to our family. She wants to thank everyone for their generosity and well wishes!”
Bridgeport police ask for help finding male suspect involved in Sunday stabbing
The stabbing occurred near East Main Street. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a male suspect who is between the ages of 30 to 35-years-old, 5?7? in height, and with black hair long enough to be put in a pony tail.
Coronavirus in Oregon: 763 cases, 5 deaths as governor eases restrictions for gyms, theaters
The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported five COVID-19 deaths and 763 coronavirus cases. Vaccines: Oregon reported 36,259 newly administered doses, which includes 23,539 Wednesday and the remainder from previous days. Oregon’s 2,512th death is a 50-year-old Klamath County man who tested positive April 20 and died May 4 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. The 2,513rd fatality is a 63-year-old Linn County man who tested positive April 15 and died May 3 at Salem Hospital. Oregon’s 2,514th death is a 68-year-old Marion County man who tested positive April 20 and died May 4 at Salem Hospital.
DA: Texas man arrested stalked East Islip woman he met online
A Texas man faces up to 15 years in prison for charges related to allegedly stalking an East Islip woman he met online, law enforcement officials said in a news release Thursday. When Khan was arrested law enforcement recovered a loaded 9 mm handgun, a loaded high-capacity magazine, and a box containing additional ammunition for the handgun in his vehicle. "The on-line relationship soured after repeated demands for payment were made by the woman to Adil," the email said. Law enforcement officials said he sent hundreds of messages a day to the woman using fictitious accounts on various social media apps. Khan then sent the victim a message on Instagram that said, "Did you get the card on your windshield wiper?"
University of Hartford votes to move from Division I to Division III in athletics
“The University of Hartford owes so much to the generations of student-athletes and athletics staff who have added immeasurably to our community and are a source of pride for the University,” Woodward said in a statement Thursday night. “As we transition to this new model for intercollegiate athletics in the coming years, I am energized by the opportunities we will have to support the success of all of our students, including our student-athletes.”
State reverses two local permits, dealing another blow to Jordan Cove Energy Project
The proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project in southwest Oregon was dealt another setback this week when a pair of local permits was overturned by the state land use board. Between them, the permits cleared the way for expanded dredging and other site preparation in the Coos Bay estuary. That work is required for the planned liquified natural gas export terminal proposed by the Canadian energy firm Pembina. The permits were challenged by conservation groups and tribes, who claimed the permits were illegally issued. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a permit to Jordan Cove in March of last year.
Allworth Advice: On Medicare and travelling abroad? Don’t get caught by surprise
(For the purposes of this answer, we’ll assume you’re enrolling in Original Medicare, which is Parts A & B only.) Because, generally speaking, if you’re traveling outside the U.S., original Medicare coverage will not cover you if you get sick. For instance, if you’re traveling around the U.S. but the closest hospital is in a foreign country (like Canada), your Medicare coverage will cover you. Here’s the Allworth Advice: In most cases, your Medicare coverage will not cover you while traveling abroad. So, if you decide it’s necessary to access your 401(k) money, do not roll it over to an IRA.
Today in History, May 7, 1915: German U-boat sank the Lusitania
1896H. H. Holmes, one of America’s first well-known serial killers, was executed by hanging in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1915A German U-boat torpedoed and sank the British liner RMS Lusitania off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans, out of the nearly 2,000 on board. Our History:Former Enquirer cartoonist Winsor McCay made animated film of sinking of Lusitania1945Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, ending its role in World War II. 1954The 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces. (England was later convicted of conspiracy, mistreating detainees and committing an indecent act, and sentenced to 36 months; she served half that term.)
‘What is motherhood? It’s just love.’ Moms of Cincinnati find joy amid COVID-19 pandemic
‘What is motherhood? It’s just love.’ Moms of Cincinnati find joy amid COVID-19 pandemicLove, beautiful- chaos and challenging are just some of the words these Cincinnati moms used to describe their experience with motherhood. Warning: Cute baby alert!
'This is my home.' Rev. Michael Graham reflects on 35 years at Xavier University
Michael Graham, S.J., was less than a year into his presidency at Xavier University when Timothy Thomas was killed by Cincinnati police. Graham says he's just had a longer stint in work than most during his time at Xavier. More: Xavier University's Colleen Hanycz makes first appearance on campus as president-to-beGraham will stay on as president through the end of June, when Hanycz takes over. There's a question Graham says he’s been asking himself, though he’s not sure what the answer is yet: Who is Mike Graham, that he wasn’t 20 years ago? “Because that’s been what Xavier University has given to me,” he said.
'People want to return to normal.' Kings Island courts visitors looking to forget COVID-19
Kings Island is set to open to season pass holders this weekend and to the general public on May 15. One of North America’s busiest parks, Kings Island attracted more than 3 million visitors in 2019. Kings Island is also a right of passage for many local kids who sign up to become seasonal workers. One of Cedar Fair's busiest parks, Kings Island also draws fans from outside the region. Kings Island, for example, had only 65 operating days in 2020, compared to the normal 160.
'I have to be able to take care of myself in order to take care of them.' Moms share joy, anxiety in a pandemic
Meg Vogel and Amanda Rossmann/ The EnquirerChildren with Down syndrome are at a higher risk of having certain health issues. Meg Vogel and Amanda Rossmann/ The EnquirerZylon Abernathy looks up at his mom, Infinity, as she holds him tight. Meg Vogel and Amanda Rossmann/ The Enquirer"When I had him, I was like, oh, I actually like this. Meg Vogel and Amanda Rossmann/ The EnquirerEmily Erdman was all set to adopt her two foster children on April 7, 2020. Meg Vogel and Amanda Rossmann/ The EnquirerEarly in the pandemic, Kayla Brooks was laid off from her job at a mental health facility.
Get Out the Vax campaign enters third weekend with 49% vaccinated
As of Wednesday, 49% were vaccinated, according to the Health Collaborative, the region's consortium of health systems. This weekend includes Mother's Day, which campaign officials hope will be incentive enough for many people in the region. TriHealth Bethesda North Outpatient Imaging Center, 10494 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Moderna vaccine. TriHealth Bethesda North Outpatient Imaging Center, 10494 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Moderna vaccine. Sunday clinicsTriHealth Bethesda North Outpatient Imaging Center, 10494 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: Moderna vaccine.
He's from Northern Kentucky, won two Grammys. What's next? There's an app for that
It’s not an album, it’s the Melody App. The app also has an added bonus, it makes it easy to give credit where credit is due in the “wild wild west” of loop making. The answer was the Melody App. The core team of the Melody App is Corbett, who acts as CEO; COO and producer Armand Auclerc; app designer and chief experience officer Jordan Crone, and their attorney Karl Fowlkes. “We’re trying to shift the conversation in the wild wild west of loop making,” Corbett said.
'We don't know how to step back': Frontline caregivers get respite from COVID-19 roles
The study, published in December 2020 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, called frontline COVID-19 caregivers a "highly vulnerable group." We don't know how to step back and say that, you know, 'this morning is about me.' At Christ Hospital, for example, "We’d hand-write little sticky notes …and stick them on windshields," said Regina Shupe, Christ Hospital experience officer. Christ Hospital checked on its staff with surveys designed to indicate stressors and compassion fatigue. Frontline workers were also reminded that professional help was available for them.
Ginther unveils slate of youth summer programs aimed at reducing violence in Columbus
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said Thursday he's determined to prevent that from happening for a second year in a row. Speaking at a news conference outside the Driving Park Community Recreation Center, Ginther unveiled a slate of youth summer programming in the city made possible by public/private partnerships. “All of the youth activities help keep our young people engaged and keep them from being a victim in crime," Ginther said. Children and teens will also have plenty of employment opportunities this summer, Ginther announced. For more information about city of Columbus summer programming, go to: columbus.gov/schoolsout.
Tigers' AJ Hinch on allowing 7 unearned runs: 'We just didn't complete the plays'
Tigers' AJ Hinch on allowing 7 unearned runs: 'We just didn't complete the plays'Chris McCosky talks to Tigers manager AJ Hinch about the 12-9 loss in Boston: 'We had a lot of miscues today'
Allen announces run for secretary of state
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican Rep. Wes Allen, a state legislator and former probate judge, announced Thursday that he will run for secretary of state in 2022. Current Secretary of State John Merrill is vacating the position after next year because state law only allows him to serve two consecutive terms. Allen, a Republican from Troy, served as the probate judge of Pike County for nearly 10 years before being elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2018. As probate judge, Allen was responsible for managing the county’s elections, a responsibility he said prepares him for the office that serves as Alabama chief election official. As a probate judge, I ran 18 elections without a single error or problem,” Allen said in a statement.
'The stars kind of aligned for us': Classen SAS tennis duo aiming for singles state title
Sofia Acuna and Aimee Pham are on opposite sides of their high school tennis careers. Acuna, a freshman at Classen SAS, is the team’s No. As Acuna and Pham gear up for the Class 4A state tournament, they both have an unblemished record of 14-0. For Classen SAS coach Anthony Pham – Aimee’s father – everything has seemed to fall perfectly in place this season. Classen SAS doesn’t have any tennis courts, so the players have to go elsewhere to practice, such as OKC Tennis Center and Goodholm Park.
Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks to resume bus operations
(AP) — Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have resumed large group tours with safety measures intended to limit the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and being tested with 72 hours before the trip or showing proof of vaccination. American Bus Association President Pete Pantuso called it a “reasonable” approach, citing increased demand and interest from people to visit, The Billings Gazette reported. However, he said he doesn't expect charter and bus operations to see a lot of traffic until later in the summer and fall. Officials at Yellowstone National Park stopped all bus traffic in the park last year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to delaying park openings, reducing park staff and and enhancing cleaning measures at public facilities. The American Bus Association said the tour side of the bus business took a hit last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Bruins cruise past hapless Rangers
The Bruins iced what they hope will be their six-pack of defensemen for the playoffs for the first time on Thursday at the Garden. The Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the first period while outshooting the Rangers 9-4. And on their second try, the B’s made the Rangers pay for the infraction. The dominance continued in the second period, as the B’s outshot the Rangers 19-3 and pushed the lead to 3-0, tapping a welcome source of scoring power. With all the time in the world, DeBrusk went with one of his shootout moves, flipping a soft wrister over Shesterkin and snapping a 12-game goal-less streak.
Tavares stands tall as D-R wins South Coast Conference title
REHOBOTH — There was a lot at stake as Cole Tavares stood in net for Dighton-Rehoboth Thursday evening, and that’s putting it mildly. The goalkeeper was looking to deliver the Falcons as big a prize as they could hope for in the spring of 2021 — a South Coast Conference championship. “We’re really happy about it, but we wish there was more,” Tavares said afterward. The South Coast Conference title game would need penalty kicks to decide. With Tavares staring him down in net, the kick went just wide to the left, and the Falcons were South Coast Conference champions.
Arizona regulators reverse course, reject new state clean-energy rules
Tovar countered that amendments supported by Peterson had drastically changed the draft rules, and she and Kennedy said they could no longer support them. Time lost, a look aheadKennedy cited the more than three years of workshops, hearings and meetings among stakeholders to come up with the new rules. “Today we have taken all the hard work that was put into the draft and gutted it,” Kennedy said. “Standards drive technology; technology doesn’t drive standards. The lowest rates aren’t always just and reasonable if you look at the big picture.”Tovar said the commission’s retrenchment from the originally proposed rules sends the wrong message at a time when companies are looking to move to the state.
Political Notebook: At utility hearing, Marquez Peterson faces accusation of aspirations
A long meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission came to an awkward pause Wednesday night when commissioner Anna Tovar asked a loaded question. They were discussing when the commission would be considering clean-energy rules later this year, and Tovar said, “With that I would like to ask ... who will be on the commission at that time?”Tovar, a Democrat, went on, “I would just like to ask commissioners, is there a commitment to stay on the commission and vote on the rules then, or is there an aspiration to run for an office, and you won’t be around then to vote on what was changed today?”Commission Chair Lea Marquez Peterson, who is from Tucson, seemed taken aback. “I’m contemplating the appropriateness of the question, because we’re all still elected commissioners through the end of this year,” she said. “Having to determine political aspirations here in this vote doesn’t seem like it’s appropriate.”Tovar’s pointed inquiry appeared to be directed at Marquez Peterson and fellow Republican Justin Olson. Her implication: Either of them might be leaving to run for another office, and that might influence how the commission ends up acting on clean-energy rules.
2 women freed from ongoing Minnesota bank robbery standoff
Cloud, Minnesota and an alleged hostage-taker continued into the evening Thursday despite the release of two employees. The women were released from a Wells Fargo Bank branch, according to authorities. The first woman ran from the bank toward members of a SWAT team with her hands up. Earlier, law enforcement officials said an unspecified number of hostages were being held by a male suspect. She said bank officials are cooperating with local law enforcement and will do whatever they can to assist the authorities.
New Arizona law will require convictions before assets can be seized
Ducey, however, pointed out that the measure does allow police to hang on to property even before a conviction if it is evidence of a crime. They just can’t sell it unless and until there’s a conviction. The law was used to seize close to $27 million in cash and property in 2019, according to Rep. Travis Grantham, R-Gilbert, who sponsored the legislation. And he said police and prosecutors love the law because they use the proceeds to supplement their own budgets. But he said that of the nearly $27 million seized in 2019, more than half of that was made up of items worth less than $1,000.
Arizona regulators reverse course, reject new state clean-energy rules
Tovar countered that amendments supported by Peterson had drastically changed the draft rules, and she and Kennedy said they could no longer support them. Time lost,a look aheadKennedy cited the more than three years of workshops, hearings and meetings among stakeholders to come up with the new rules. "Today we have taken all the hard work that was put into the draft and gutted it,” Kennedy said. “Standards drive technology; technology doesn’t drive standards. Tovar said the commission's retrenchment from the originally proposed rules sends the wrong message at a time when companies are looking to move to the state.
Appeals court: Ex-US Rep Brown should get new trial
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court ordered a new trial on Thursday for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, once a powerful Florida Democrat. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the judge in Brown's case violated her Sixth Amendment right to a unanimous jury verdict. The panel voted 7-4 to vacate Brown’s 2017 convictions and sentence. The appeals court decided that the judge in Brown’s case abused his discretion by removing a juror who expressed, after deliberations had begun, that the Holy Spirit told him that Brown was not guilty on all charges. The juror repeatedly assured the judge that he was following the jury instructions and basing his decision on the evidence, but the judge concluded that the juror’s statements about receiving divine guidance were categorically disqualifying, court records said.
May 6 recap: Tucson news you may have missed today
The family of David Scott Anderson, 30, is asking the public to be on the lookout for a car seen near him when he was shot and killed May 1.
Watch: Tucson restaurant owners make savory empanadas
Savory empanadas in Latin American countries are often ordered as appetizers or as street food that people can snack on. Here are five places you can find savory empanadas and unique sweet ones around Tucson.
Political Notebook: At utility hearing, Marquez Peterson faces accusation of aspirations
A long meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission came to an awkward pause Wednesday night when commissioner Anna Tovar asked a loaded question. Commission Chair Lea Marquez Peterson, who is from Tucson, seemed taken aback. "Having to determine political aspirations here in this vote doesn’t seem like it’s appropriate." Tovar's pointed inquiry appeared to be directed at Marquez Peterson and fellow Republican Justin Olson. Her implication: Either of them might be leaving to run for another office, and that might influence how the commission ends up acting on clean-energy rules.
NHCC Torreón tours to begin May 21, director search continues
ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................On Thursday, the NHCC Board of Directors approved a move to begin a daily tour of the Torreón beginning May 21. “With the welcome center, it’s a better way for people to access the Torreón,” said Nick Schiavo, interim NHCC director. Also at the board meeting, Matt Martinez, NHCC Board of Directors president, announced the five members that will head the Executive Director Search Committee. State law requires the executive search committee to provide at least three names to New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego for review. The executive director job is an exempt position responsible for supervising a staff of up to 30.
Peloton recalls treadmills after child death, multiple injuries
NEW YORK (AP) — Peloton is recalling its treadmills, less than a month after denying that they were to blame for the death of a child and the injuries of 29 others. The company said Wednesday that it will offer full refunds for the treadmills, which cost more than $4,200, and will stop selling them. It also posted a video on YouTube, showing a child being pulled under the equipment. At the time, Peloton pushed back against the safety commission saying the warning was "inaccurate and misleading." CEO John Foley also said he had "no intention" of recalling the treadmills.
'A distraction from all the sadness': Community pulls together for residents stunned by violence in S. Richmond
Horrified by the scale and senselessness of the violence and the fact that several young children witnessed it, an army of volunteers, community members, faith leaders, business representatives and many others have united to help the Belt Atlantic residents through their grief and trauma. A big family dinner is being held on Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m., in the field where the shooting unfolded to honor the victims and do something nice for residents. About 50 businesses have donated food and other items for the event, which is expected to draw about 300 people. The event will follow funeral services for Hill and her daughter at 11 a.m. at United Nations Church, 214 Cowardin Ave.Several of Shy-Shy Hill’s friends at The Belt Atlantic said the big dinner event, on the day before Mother’s Day, will be a fitting holiday tribute to Hill, who had wanted nothing more than to be a mother and had been one for only three months before she and her child were killed. It would have been her first Mother’s Day as a parent.
Duvall's homer helps Marlins complete sweep of Arizona, 3-1
MIAMI (AP) — Adam Duvall hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and five pitchers combined on a five-hitter to help the Miami Marlins complete their first sweep of the season with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night. The Diamondbacks came into the series second in the majors in runs but were outscored 20-4 in three games at Miami. Miguel Rojas led off the first inning with his first home run for the Marlins, but Madison Bumgarner retired the next 17 batters. Duvall greeted J.B. Bukauskas (1-1) with his sixth homer for a 2-1 lead, raising his batting average to .200. He has an ERA of 1.17 in his past four starts, including a seven-inning complete game when he held the Atlanta Braves hitless, and his season ERA is now 4.91.
Police reform, Amazon deal among key topics as Democratic candidates for governor debate in Bristol
All five Democrats vying to become Virginia’s next governor took the debate stage in Southwest Virginia Thursday, just shy of a month until voting closes in the June 8 Democratic primary. Terry McAuliffe - whom polls show is far ahead of the other candidates - fielded the most attacks throughout the night. Jennifer Carroll Foy took the most forceful swings at McAuliffe, calling him “Virginia’s past.”Sen. Jennifer McClellan of Richmond, touted a long list of legislative victories; Del. Justin Fairfax, who last month made headlines for comparing himself to Emmett Till, largely focused Thursday night on the policy questions at hand. The candidates met in far Southwest, an area where job growth has stalled.
After deaths of mother and infant, Richmond City Council earmarks money for gun violence prevention
Last week’s shooting in South Side that left a new mother and her 3-month-old daughter dead and three others injured has spurred the Richmond City Council to earmark money for gun violence prevention in its upcoming budget. Council members met Thursday for their final work session ahead of a vote next week on the 2021-22 spending plan, and they set aside $133,000 for two staff positions for coordinating a community-based response after gun violence. Council members drafted more than 100 amendments to Mayor Levar Stoney’s proposed $770.3 million budget for fiscal 2022, which begins July 1. A gun violence prevention program wasn’t among them until after last week’s shooting, which necessitated a response and commitment from the city, Lynch said. “We have trauma-impacted communities that are hurting, and our heart breaks for them,” Lynch said at Thursday’s meeting.
Chris Ruddy and Newsmax went all-in on Trump. Now they might pay a price for it.
© Carolyn Kaster/AP Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, speaking at a dinner meeting at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., in 2018, where then-president Donald Trump was present. One night last month at Mar-a-Lago, Chris Ruddy positioned himself in a familiar spot: right next to Donald Trump. In interviews shortly after the election, Ruddy denied that Newsmax believed election fraud had happened; rather, he argued that viewers could decide for themselves after hearing arguments from all sides. Through Newsmax, Ruddy has already made a mark on the media and democracy. But whatever happens to Newsmax, Ruddy continues to create new products to market to his audience.
'A distraction from all the sadness': Community pulls together for residents stunned by violence in S. Richmond
Horrified by the scale and senselessness of the violence and the fact that several young children witnessed it, an army of volunteers, community members, faith leaders, business representatives and many others have united to help the Belt Atlantic residents through their grief and trauma. A big family dinner is being held on Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m., in the field where the shooting unfolded to honor the victims and do something nice for residents. About 50 businesses have donated food and other items for the event, which is expected to draw about 300 people. The event will follow funeral services for Hill and her daughter at 11 a.m. at United Nations Church, 214 Cowardin Ave.Several of Shy-Shy Hill's friends at The Belt Atlantic said the big dinner event, on the day before Mother's Day, will be a fitting holiday tribute to Hill, who had wanted nothing more than to be a mother and had been one for only three months before she and her child were killed. It would have been her first Mother's Day as a parent.
'American Idol' contestant from Kentucky performs at Richmond COVID-19 vaccine clinic
Former American Idol contestant Alex Miller brought his country music stylings and songwriting skills to Richmond, Kentucky, this week with a performance at the city's COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Miller, who calls himself "The Kentucky Kowboy," sang a song at Baptist Health Richmond's vaccine clinic on Eastern Kentucky University's campus Wednesday morning, when he received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. "I had me some concerns and even some fears, but my grandparents are really old, so that's why I'm here," Miller sang while strumming his guitar. Previously:Three Kentucky singers get golden tickets from 'American Idol' judges, head to HollywoodThe Richmond hospital shared a video of his performance on its Facebook page, saying "We loved the surprise." Also:Two Kentucky singers wow judges, move onto 'American Idol' Showstoppers RoundReach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
Traffic returns to NYC streets as pandemic recovery continues
After months of staying home, New Yorkers are on the move and it’s showing up on city streets. Traffic is backing up across all 5 boroughs and as the weather improves, more cars and SUV’s are filling the roads. Numbers show the traffic trend creeping up over the past few weeks. AAA says traffic will only get worse as we approach Memorial Day and the summer travel season. So if you're headed back to work or just out for a drive, make sure to pack your patience.
Family food radiates joy and memories far beyond the making of each meal
With an extra flourish, he pureed the mashed potato in a food processor to make it extra smooth. When I was about 20 I applied to run a ski chalet in the Portes du Soleil, a vast ski region which straddles the French-Swiss border. I never remember her making the same meal twice in a week when I was a child. A group who stayed in the ski chalet enjoyed a fondue diner with the ‘secret’ ingredient – Kirsch. In hindsight I should have dished up her famous Chicken Cacciatore or a Fishie Pie to the guests – comfort food of the greatest kind.
Noel Clarke and the allegations that have shaken the film and television industry – podcast
But 13 days before presenting Clarke with his award, Bafta was informed about the existence of several allegations of verbal abuse, bullying and sexual harassment against Clarke. Bafta does not dispute it received anonymous emails and reports of allegations via intermediaries, but said it was provided with no evidence that would allow it to investigate. They spoke to 20 women, all of whom knew Clarke in a professional capacity. Through his lawyers, Clarke categorically denied the allegations that the Guardian put to him. He said that he “vehemently” denied “any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing” and intended to defend himself against what he called “these false allegations”.
Portrait of happiness: long lockdown ends for the artist Philip Sutton
Clutching a quill and pots of ink, Philip Sutton ended his 421-day care home lockdown this week by heading out to do what has been impossible since the Covid pandemic began: observe something new and capture it on paper. And the rules have denied Sutton fresh landscapes, his regular long beach walks and the joy of unexpected encounters. After the threat of legal action by residents’ rights campaigners, Boris Johnson announced last Friday that care residents would no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days after going out. Despite the new guidance, many relatives are also still trying to negotiate access, said Helen Wildbore, director of the Relatives & Residents Association. He paced the care home garden path but imagined he was strolling through a Japanese zen garden.
Japan's premier art collective teamLab celebrates 20 years with a spot of tea and a Miami bash
According to Toshiyuki Inoko, teamLab’s co-founder and frequent spokesman, both shows share similar themes. In fact, teamLab’s work rarely made it out of its commercial offices in Tokyo before artist Takashi Murakami first visited in 2011. | JASON JENKINSThis gets to the heart of why teamLab’s work is so popular: The act of creative collaboration feels good. As for the next 20 years of teamLab, Inoko seems as mystified about the future as anyone. Revitilization through art and cultureThe venue for teamLab’s “Tea Time” is a 150-year-old storehouse near Okayama’s famous Koraku-en garden.
Mohamed Nasheed: Maldives ex-president injured in blast
This Indian Ocean archipelago is an Islamic country where its residents follow Islamic traditions and beliefs. In some of the distant islands and atolls, some are conservative or even radicalised. The authorities blame the foreign hard-line preachers for the radicalisation.
May 2021 election results: the maps, charts and data of how your area voted across the UK
As it stands, Labour has 29 seats, whilst the Conservatives and Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru each have 10 seats. Hartlepool by-election resultsOne seat in the UK Parliament is also up for grabs on Super Thursday: the north east constituency of Hartlepool. Optimists will point out that in the 2017 election – without these parties in play – Labour had its best performance since 2004. Changes are calculated against a council's or parliament's composition at the time of the election, rather than against the composition resulting from the previous election. The Press Association only collates results for elections already scheduled to take place for May 6, 2021, so some council by-elections may not feature in our data.
US military has ‘no plan’ to shoot down debris from Chinese rocket
The US military has no plan to shoot down the remnants of a large Chinese rocket expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend, the defense secretary said on Thursday. “We have the capability to do a lot of things, but we don’t have a plan to shoot it down as we speak,” Austin said. The Long March 5B rocket blasted off from China’s Hainan island on 29 April and carried the Tianhe module, which contains what will become living quarters for three crew members on a permanent Chinese space station. The Aerospace Corp has said it expects the debris from the rocket to hit the Pacific near the equator after passing over eastern US cities. The Global Times, a Chinese tabloid published by the official People’s Daily, characterized reports that the rocket is “out of control” and could cause damage as “Western hype”.
Local elections 2021: Labour admits Hartlepool defeat as Tory majority could be in thousands
Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon has conceded Labour has not "got over the line" in Hartlepool. Asked whether Labour would be claiming victory in the by-election, Mr McMahon told Sky News: "It would be difficult to do that given how we see the numbers beginning to pan out." Pressed on whether he was conceding defeat, he added: "It is pretty clear in the way the ballots are landing that we are not close to winning this despite our best endeavours. "We haven't got over the line, that's quite clear from the ballots." A Tory source in Hartlepool predicted to PA that the Conservative Party's majority would be in the thousands.
Trump social media: Twitter suspends account sharing ex-president's posts
Mr Trump's new platform was announced the day before Facebook's independent Oversight Board ruled in favour of the social media company's decision to suspend him - but also ruled Facebook should reconsider the length of the suspension within six months.
Molly Sims cools down with a drink as she arrives in St. Barts for first time without kids in a year
Molly Sims was ready to for some time away from her children while enjoying the sun and sand of Saint Barthélemy. Glowing: Molly Sims, 47, shared on Thursday on Instagram that she had arrived in St. Barts for a children-free trip. Molly included a sweet selfie featuring her husband Scott Stuber, 52, who is the head of original movies at Netflix. Molly and Scott, who were married in 2011, were likely itching for a vacation after a year together with family during the pandemic. Gorgeous: Once she was back to business, Molly changed into a vibrant pleated floral-print maxi dress that perfectly fit the tropical vibe
Australia to resume India repatriation flights after backlash
"[We] will be at a level by 15 May to ensure, that as planned, we will be able to return to having those repatriation flights from India."
Idaho school shooting: Girl in Boise wounds three, police say
"Me and my classmate were just in class with our teacher - we were doing work - and then all of a sudden, here was a loud noise and then there were two more loud noises. Then there was screaming," 12-year-old Yandel Rodriguez told the Associated Press.
Ed Sheeran fans predict TWO albums this year after spotting 'clues' online
Loyal Ed Sheeran fans are convinced the star will release two new albums this year after decoding 'clues' in his recent Ipswich Town FC sponsorship announcement. : Loyal Ed Sheeran fans are convinced the star will release two new albums this year after decoding 'clues' in his recent Ipswich Town FC sponsorship announcementThe characters '÷x+' featured separately as the titles of his three previous albums. This led fans to believe the two remaining symbols could be the titles of his upcoming albums. However, some hopeful fans pondered whether this could be an additional 'hint' that Ed is planning a music tour following an 18 month break. The musician's supporters flooded Ipswich Town FC's Instagram account to question the meaning of the proposed jersey logo.
Can Fuji Rock's all-Japan lineup give J-pop a post-pandemic push?
In the throes of a pandemic, that means a Fuji Rock Festival lineup featuring … zero international acts. Seeing if Smash can pull off Fuji Rock during a pandemic in a country where general vaccinations will still be nascent come the summer (maybe convert some beer stalls into Pfizer booths?) For music fans, however, the most significant change comes from the all-domestic lineup, spurred by the inability of foreign acts to enter Japan this summer. Going down the bill sees Fuji Rock living up to its name, with guitar-heavy bands Man With A Mission, Chai, Okamoto’s and envy all set to perform. Additionally, strong English coverage could boost Japan’s musical reputation for when the world is ready to embark on a post-pandemic party.
Video: Woman turns down a third Location, Location, Location property
Video: 'Unrelatable' single mother with £1.25 million budget is slammed for turning down all THREE properties on Location, Location, Location which viewers say most people could 'only dream of setting foot in'Single mother, Digi turns down a third property shown to her by Location, Location, Location presenter, Kirstie Mary Allsopp. Unfortunately, due to the house being listed, Digi wasn't keen on the restrictions that...
Sarah Paulson hides 'weight gain' for Linda Tripp role beneath sweats as Ryan Murphy defends casting
Amid backlash over her casting as Linda Tripp in American Crime Story: Impeachment, Emmy winner Sarah Paulson took a stroll with a female friend in LA on Thursday. Sarah hid the so-called 'weight' she 'gained' for the role of the former Defense Department whistleblower beneath a baggy pink sweatshirt and black sweatpants. 'And then, you know, you put the wig on her and it's sort of an amazing thing she's doing physically. It reminds me a lot of what Christian Bale did a couple years ago [in Vice] - that sort of dedication. The Run actress also shaved her eyebrows to more authentically portray Tripp beneath prosthetic make-up in the third season of the critically-acclaimed FX anthology.
Katy Perry's new Las Vegas residency home Resorts World to accept cryptocurrency via Gemini exchange
Las Vegas' Resorts Worlds is already in a league of its own, boasting Sin City's largest pool collection, a sprawling 88-acre property and A-list residencies from Katy Perry and Celine Dion. And now the luxury hotel/casino/concert complex will blaze trails as The Strip's first establishment to accept cryptocurrency as payment, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Viva Las Vegas! Katy Perry's new residency spot, Resorts World, will accept cryptocurrency as paymentGemini, the cryptocurrency app founded by billionaire entrepreneurs Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, is a place to buy, sell, and store a range of cryptocurrencies simply, releasably, and securely. 'We are incredibly excited to work with Resorts World Las Vegas, the first casino on the Las Vegas Strip to partner with a crypto platform and explore integrating crypto into their guest experience,' Tyler Winklevoss said in the statement.
Michael B. Jordan says that he had a bad audition for a part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Michael B. Jordan recalled that he had a less-than-stellar audition for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The 34-year-old actor recently appeared on an episode of the Just For Variety podcast, where host Marc Malkin asked him to describe his worst tryout to date. Missed opportunity: Michael B. Jordan recently discussed his less-than-stellar audition for Star Wars: The Force Awakens; he is pictured at the 51st NAACP Image Awards in 2020Jordan noted that he was uncomfortable while he was trying to get into character, as he did not have much reference material on which to build a performance. The Chronicle actor recalled, 'I'm pretty sure I ran out of there.. it was like "alright guys, see you later, I'm out of here."' He also expressed that, after viewing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he felt as if the film's development team did an excellent job without him.
Britney Spears' beau Sam Asghari shows off his muscles during a relaxing solo beach stroll in Maui
He's been attached to pop superstar Britney Spears since early 2017. Beach body: Britney Spears' boyfriend Sam Asghari, 27, showed off his abs and thick biceps during a solo beach stroll on Hawaii's island of Maui on WednesdaySam also had on a pair of gray-and-white trainer, which were coated in a layer of wet sand. Although he was seen out enjoying some time at the beach, it's not clear if Britney had joined him for the Hawaiian trip. Sam appeared to have filmed the video for Britney based on the reflection in the glass behind her. Late last month, Britney's lawyer Samuel Ingham III asked the judge overseeing the singer's conservatorship for a hearing in which she could address the court directly.
Gerard Butler and Morgan Brown have romantic kissing exchange after brunch in LA
Gerard Butler and Morgan Brown were seen kissing after brunch in Los Angeles on Thursday at the Kings Road Café. The latest: Gerard Butler, 51, and Morgan Brown, 50, were seen kissing after brunch in Los Angeles on Thursday at the Kings Road CafeThe 300 star donned a grey polo shirt with blue jeans, a maroon and black mesh cap and sunglasses on the outing, sporting a beard. Brown, a model-turned-interior designer, was clad in a brown sleeveless outfit. She had her brown locks pulled back and accessorized with large earrings and rings on the spring day. The London Has Fallen star's relationship with Brown, who's the daughter of late real estate developer Harry J.
Miley Cyrus grabs attention in tartan mini skirt and fishnets with garter after SNL rehearsals in NY
The hitmaker, 28, didn't disappoint either, returning to her hotel Thursday in a crowd-pleasing ensemble of tartan mini skirt and fishnet tights with a white garter around one thigh. She had on a black 'Let it rock' tank top and wore her short bleach blonde hair in pigtails. On Thursday she posted a bunch of snaps to Instagram in which she posed in a bathroom in a white tank top and sheer sequin tights pants. On Thursday, before heading out to rehearsals, she'd shared a bathroom selfie following her fashion and makeup session. The singer goofed around for the camera in the tiny airline bathroomQuite a look: Leaving the SNL studio, Miley had carried a colorful eye-catching purse
Thirsty Thursday! Kim Kardashian posts VERY revealing snapshot of herself working out in a bodysuit
Kim Kardashian left little to the imagination on Thursday when she shared a stunning thirst trap photo to her Instagram account. She appeared to be working out her arms on a piece of gym equipment while pulling down on weights. Earlier on Wednesday, Kim shared a photo highlighting her tanned legs while wearing a fuzzy gray sweater and again sporting a makeup-free look. Kim posted a fun photo of herself and her sister Khloé Kardashian with a partially obscured Vanessa and her eldest daughter Natalia Bryant. Kim also shared a photo of her Cinco de Mayo meal, which included two tacos made with vegan Beyond Meat
New York City's luxury rental market is booming while London's sags
The luxury rental market in New York City is quickly bouncing back from pandemic doldrums, while prices in London continue to tumble, new data shows. While New York City has been buoyed by the improving U.S. economic outlook and vaccine rollout, London's market continues to suffer under international travel restrictions. Luxury rental prices in Manhattan (blue) are rebounding while they drop in London (grey)International travel restrictions have put a damper on the London rental market. In London, luxury rental supply has spiked due to the closure of the short-term rental market, but demand has been curtailed by international travel restrictions. In New York, median rental prices have begun to rebound in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, according to data from Douglas Elliman.
Youth detention worker is charged with holding child down during rape 'rehired after abuse firing'
But the attack occurred a few years after Asbury and two other supervisors were fired for abusing children at a another youth center in Concord in 1994. One of Asbury's former co-workers at the youth center told the AP that she reported him after he and several other male staffers performed a violent 'takedown' of a teen during which the boy´s head hit the concrete floor. They weren´t de-escalating him, they were escalating him,' the woman, who is withholding her identity out of fear of Asbury, told AP. In 2000, when the state investigated 25 complaints of physical abuse and neglect at the center, Asbury was quoted as saying the allegations were offensive. 'We take them personally,' Asbury told a local newspaper.
De Blasio wants to offer J&J's one-dose vaccine to TOURISTS
Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed giving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to tourists visiting New York City even though less than half of residents have had a first COVID-19 shot. Right now, non-residents who can prove they work or attend school in New York City can receive vaccines but the mayor said he wants 'to go the extra mile and make it easy for tourists.' It makes sense to put mobile vaccination sites where the tourists are,' de Blasio said at a press briefing Thursday. De Blasio also said during the press briefing that the city does not yet have a plan to track the vaccine status of tourists as they arrive. New York City is lifting many of its remaining capacity restrictions on May 19 but will allow businesses to decide what coronavirus measures they want to take, Gothamist reported.
Trump's adult children are STILL costing taxpayers $4,700 a day in Secret Service protection
Taxpayers in the United States are spending $140,000 a month on Secret Service protection for Donald Trump's adult children - despite them not being entitled, by convention, to protection. The Secret Service is normally tasked with protecting serving officials. Malia and Sasha Obama lost their Secret Service detail shortly after their parents left the White House, The Washington Post reported. The Secret Service 'did not provide records of spending at Trump businesses, which is the most controversial aspect of the extended protection,' CREW added. 'Thanks to Trump's unusual extension of their protection, they've got a few more months to continue the grift.'
Big Pharma says vaccine patent waiver sets dangerous precedent
With soaring Covid-19 rates in poorer countries like India, pressure is on for Big Pharma to waive vaccine patent protectionsAdvertising Read moreNew York (AFP)Waiving patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines is fiercely opposed by Big Pharma because they say it would set a precedent that could threaten future innovations, and insist the move would not speed up production. Here are some of the consequences waiving the patent protection on novel coronavirus vaccines could have. - No immediate impact -The vaccine makers say patents are not the key factor impeding faster production. Moderna in October promised not to defend Covid-19 vaccine patents it holds, while Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca have pledged to sell the vaccine at cost. How long the vaccine patent waivers will be in place, or whether Covid-19 treatments will be covered by the waiver are among the "wrinkles (that) have to be ironed out."
US braces for billions of cicadas to emerge after 17 years underground
Billions of cicadas are about to emerge in parts of the eastern, central and southern United StatesAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)Some are waiting for their arrival with trepidation, others are curious what they might taste like: Americans are swapping tips on how best to weather the storm when billions of cicadas soon emerge after 17 years underground. Hard to say, as it depends to some extent on weather conditions, and in particular the temperature of the soil. He told AFP he was "more anxious than excited" and admitted that cicadas "are kind of gross as nymphs." Another user had the following advice for cyclists: "Pedal slow and use wide tires, those squished cicadas on the bike trail are mighty slick." Ranging from cicadas with mushrooms or with chocolate, there is something for everyone's palate.
UK ruling party targets shock win in opposition stronghold
The "Super Thursday" regional and local elections could reshape the UK as pro-independence forces in Scotland bid to break away. First up, after 0400 GMT Friday, is expected to be the result from the UK parliamentary seat of Hartlepool, a rust-belt port deep in the opposition Labour party's heartland of northeast England. The by-election was called alongside the local polls after its Labour incumbent quit over allegations of sexual harassment. One of the last opinion surveys before Thursday gave Johnson's ruling party a double-digit lead in the seat, which if confirmed would represent a serious blow to Labour leader Keir Starmer ahead of the next general election due in 2024. "It really is on a knife edge," SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted Thursday, appealing for turnout as she campaigns to hold a second plebiscite once the pandemic subsides.
Veggie satay: Singapore lab cooks up Asian favourites, minus the meat
Flavour specialists and food scientists in white coats work with plant extracts at the newly opened facility to create vegetarian versions of traditionally meaty dishes that taste like the real thing. "That's really the key -- so we can create the local taste." The ADM lab has cooked veggie versions of satay (grilled meat skewers served with a peanut sauce) and rendang (a beef curry slow-cooked in coconut milk and spices). The scientists use cutting-edge technology to fuse nutrition, texture, aroma and flavour to create protein-rich, vegetarian meat alternatives, mainly using soy and pea beans. While demand for meat alternatives is growing in Asia, companies like ADM still face challenges, ranging from persuading consumers to change age-old eating habits to stiff competition.
New cases stay in 500s for 2nd day amid woes over variants
NATIONALA worker at a call center in Seoul on Thursday, accepts reservations from people aged 70-74 who want to be inoculated with AstraZeneca's vaccine. (Yonhap)South Korea's daily new virus cases remained in the 500s for the second day Friday as the country remained guarded against a potential upsurge in variant cases.The country reported 525 more COVID-19 cases, including 509 local infections, raising the total caseload to 126,044, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.The daily caseload reached 488 on Monday on fewer tests over the weekend but rose to the mid-500s on Tuesday and to over 600 on Wednesday.The country added nine more deaths, raising the death toll to 1,860, the KDCA said.Acting Prime Minister Hong Nam-ki said health authorities will make all-out efforts to pull down the daily new cases below 500 per day on average. The reproduction rate is under 1 this week, indicating that a virus patient infects less than one person.In an enhanced measure against rising mutated cases in the southeastern city of Ulsan, the health authorities increased the number of temporary screening centers to 10 from three in the city and advised citizens to take virus tests.More than 300 cases reported in the city since early March are believed to be the mutant virus from Britain.As of Tuesday, variant cases from Britain, South Africa and Brazil reached 632.Hong also said the government will make efforts to curb the spread of the mutated virus from India.The second group of more than 200 South Koreans returned home Friday from virus-hit India via a special flight and more people are scheduled to arrive here this month. The number of patients with serious symptoms across the country reached 162, down 10 compared with the previous day.The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries was 116,022, up 531 from a day earlier. (Yonhap)Related Stories
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