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Sexual assault in the Peace Corps, over 70 dead in Kentucky tornadoes: 5 Things podcast
Today, sexual assault in the Peace Corps. Donovan Slack:Earlier this year, we published our larger investigation about sexual assault in the Peace Corps. We found that the Peace Corps wasn't doing enough to protect volunteers from being sexually assaulted in the first place. We really did a deep dive on the data and analyzed five years worth of data that the Peace Corps had given to us. They said, they're really not happy with the way that the Peace Corps has responded.
Lane Kiffin rants about transfer portal: 'They're going where they're going to get paid the most'
— Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin is done ignoring what the transfer portal has done to college football recruiting. There are plenty of players in the transfer portal because the coach who recruited them was fired or left for another job. There are no such windows for the transfer portal. Unless, of course, more Ole Miss players start putting their names in the portal. "There are just a lot of things happening from what was initially a really good idea to help the kids," Kiffin said.
Brian Boitano, Olympic skating champ nearly 34 years ago, discovers ways to dream, stay fit
The 1988 Olympic men’s figure skating champion created the food and drink menu in Boitano’s Lounge in the Kindler Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was kind of surreal.”Diversify your activity to 'stave off aging'When Boitano glided into a career as a cook, naturally his Food Network TV series was called “What would Brian Boitano Make?”He’s still exercising his creativity in the kitchen and the bar. So, when it comes to staying fit after 50, the obvious question is: What would Brian Boitano do? “I feel stretching is really, really important as you get older,” he said. He’ll also make appearances during the Beijing Olympics, including one at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Police shocked 17-year-old girl with a Taser during seizure
When she came to, 4 police officers were pinning her down. Scared and disoriented, she begged to be let go & fought to get free. In 2012, Tiara Helm, 17, was at a concert an hour outside of Birmingham, Alabama, when she collapsed, gripped by a seizure.
If Roe Is Reversed, by the Numbers
If Roe Is Reversed, by the Numbers Margot Sanger-Katz ?Reporting from Washington, D.C.For higher-income women, traveling to another state for an abortion would be more an inconvenience than a major barrier. But substantial evidence shows that’s not the case for low-income women, who are more likely to struggle with transportation, housing, child care or missed work. Studies show closing a nearby abortion clinic and making women travel 250 miles or more to go to another clinic decreases the chances of obtaining a legal abortion by more than 40 percent.
Fox News hosts Ingraham, Kilmeade, Hannity, as well as Trump Jr., urged Meadows to help stop Jan. 6 riot, committee says
During a hearing Monday to recommend Meadows be referred for contempt charges over his refusal to testify before the committee, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., read text messages Meadows provided. Ex-Trump chief of staff facing House contempt vote as more details of his Jan. 6 actions emergeFox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade and Sean Hannity were among those who sent Meadows messages during the riot. Members of Congress and Donald Trump Jr. also urged the White House to act in messages to Meadows. In a screenshot of his messages to Meadows, Sherman said the Capitol was under siege. He has to lead now,” Donald Trump Jr. said in his message to Meadows.
Latest child tax credit money arrives Dec. 15. But don't count on extra cash in 2022.
The changes involving the child tax credit are part of the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law March 11. Best bet: Don't plan to tap into child tax credit cash to cover next month's big bills. As for January, Bayn knows things are uncertain now when it comes to the expanded child tax credit. Remember the child tax credit at tax timeFamilies need to file the 2021 income tax return next year in order to claim the second half of the child tax credit that they're eligible to receive. We will likely hear more ahead about the child tax credit and the possibility that parents could receive advance payments money next year.
Visitors to Hawaii are enjoying an unexpected taste of Italy
She says, “The Italian food in Hawaii has improved over the past several years, as more chefs are traveling, expanding their horizons and learning about new techniques that Italian chefs use. He says, “There’s a small, close-knit Italian community here in Hawaii that makes some great Italian food of all kinds that are worth checking out. Executive chef Hiroyuki Mimura is originally from Japan and has extensive experience using Italian techniques in award-winning restaurants in Italy. A native from Bari, Italy, Pasquale arrived in Hawaii a few years ago as an importer of Italian foods. He describes his menu as “Capri meets Hawaii,” and it features elegant yet flavorful items from Southern Italy.
Shop & Other Stories’ clothing sale: Up to 50% off dresses, knits, more
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Kid’s KN95 masks are back in stock now, in time for the holiday season
The holiday busy season is here in full swing, so no one wants to get sick this winter — especially kids, who are the latest to be approved for the COVID-19 vaccine. Luckily, WellBefore has just restocked its line of kid’s KN95 masks and surgical masks, offering protection when we need it most. “Due to the uncertainty of when the surges occur, that means stock of popular items such as kids masks can fluctuate in availability. “WellBefore was the pioneer in affordable and quality kids KN95 and 3 layer masks,” Amin said. For the traditional surgical style, the Kid’s 3-Ply masks are a great option, and at only $0.23 per mask, they are super affordable and easy to stock up on.
Portland awards $11.5M energy contract to woke firm run by ex-convict
The city of Portland, Oregon, awarded a $11.5 million energy contract to a woke company run by a woman who has served prison time for defrauding companies and tax fraud, according to a report. She reportedly also fabricated key claims in her proposal, saying she’d “managed” a $30 million energy upgrade program in California — one that has never heard of her, the paper noted. Twitter / Shades of Green ForumRed-faced city officials insisted that they were oblivious to Woodley’s criminal history — announcing that the $11.5 million agreement with Diversifying Energy was being put on ice pending a review. Diversifying Energy was the recipient of a $12 million clean energy contract despite the creator’s checkered past. Diversifying EnergyWoodley told The Oregonian she “absolutely 100 percent” stood by her claim that she managed an energy company that has no record of her.
Eric Adams supports Hochul’s ‘non-invasive’ vaccine-or-mask mandate
Mayor-elect Eric Adams expressed unequivocal support Tuesday for Gov. Kathy Hochul’s vaccine-or-mask requirement for New York State businesses amid the spread of the Omicron variant. Kathy Hochul instituted a new mask mandate that force patrons dining inside to either wear a mask all the time or show proof of vaccination. Mayor-elect Eric Adams has said that he will personally look into Bill De Blasio’s mask mandate when he takes over in January. Meanwhile, Adams was non-committal on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s private-sector vaccine requirement — scheduled to take effect Dec. 27, five days before Adams takes office.
Straphanger slaps woman who confronts him for filming female passengers: video
A Brooklyn straphanger slapped a woman in the face when she confronted him for filming other female passengers, disturbing new video shows. She then took a photo of him with her own phone — prompting him to fly into a rage, police said. The video, released by police late Monday, shows the woman accusing the man of “filming every woman in this car.”“Can I say something? DCPIHe briefly looked around the car before he slapped the woman in the face, prompting her to scream, the footage shows. The man told the woman, “You’re gonna get yourself in trouble,” when she spoke up.
Olivia Rodrigo belts out hit song ‘Driver’s License’ at real-life DMV
Most Americans dread a trip to the DMV — but Olivia Rodrigo was willing to hang out at one of the offices after hours. The singing sensation, 18, spent time at the Glendale Department of Motor Vehicles in California earlier this month recording a show for NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. The unusual gig location was a reference to Rodrigo’s biggest hit “Driver’s License,” which she performed at the DMV along with three of her other hits. Some of that money went to staffers who worked overtime to help make sure the concert went off without a hitch, according to TMZ. Video of the Tiny Desk concert has been posted to YouTube, where it has already been viewed more than 2 million times.
Dale Moss attends ‘The King’s Man’ premiere with blogger Thania Peck
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)“Bachelorette” star Dale Moss was spotted out with blogger Thania Peck at “The King’s Man” premiere nearly four months after his breakup from fiancée Clare Crawley. “They walked in together and sat next to each other to watch the movie,” at the event hosted by The Cinema Society, a spy exclusively told Page Six. The source also added that Moss, 33, and Peck attended the afterparty together and were “mixing and mingling” side-by-side. Moss and Crawley, 40, met on the 16th season of “The Bachelorette” and got engaged just weeks into the ABC dating show. Things didn’t seem to have ended amicably with Crawley detailing their “painful” breakup and Moss claiming she had blocked his number.
Former wrestling star Jimmy Rave dead at 39 after amputations
Fromer pro wrestler Jimmy Rave Instagram/@thejimmyraveFormer professional wrestling champ Jimmy Rave, whose legs were amputated due to a MRSA infection, has died at 39, his agent said Monday. “He determined I had MRSA in both legs & they needed to be amputated immediately,” Rave tweeted. “Sorry I fell short of your expectations,” Rave tweeted. “This was the hardest thing I have ever had to type,” Rave tweeted. “The NWA is saddened to hear of the passing of former Jr. Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Rave,” the organization tweeted.
Caitlyn Jenner rips Beverly Hills Hotel for denying her service over dress code
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Caitlyn Jenner slammed the ritzy Beverly Hills Hotel, calling them “disgusting” after they refused to serve her for not complying with their dress code. The reality TV star and former olympian was wearing ripped jeans when she showed up to the hotel’s restaurant, Polo Lounge. “@bevhillshotel f–k your horrible service for not letting me have lunch with this tiny rip in my jeans. No longer.”Jenner ripped into the infamous hotel for her ripped jeans. InstagramThe jeans in question show a horizontal tear as part of the design, rather than an accidental tear.
What sommelier Lydia Richards does in a workday
My own passion for wine began after graduating from university in London and living in Paris for a few months to learn the language. Living with one of my closest friends, who was French and a real wine connoisseur, really opened my eyes to the different French wine regions, styles and the culture behind it. After moving to New York, I worked in marketing and PR in the fashion industry, but always kept coming back to wine. I took wine and food pairing classes after work, and slowly but surely, it started taking over my life. In 2015, I decided to fully commit, take sommelier and WSET lessons and make the official career change.
Layer chile relleno’s cheesy goodness into this homey casserole
NOTE: To use fresh rather than canned poblanos, position an oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the oven’s broiler element; preheat to broil. Transfer them to a heatproof bowl and cover with a plate or pan lid to let them steam and cool enough to be handled, at least 10 minutes. When the poblanos are cool enough to handle, use your fingers to carefully remove and discard their skins. Make a vertical slit from the stem end to the tip of each pepper. Gently remove the seeds and stems and open the peppers so the flesh lies flat.
At the Hirshhorn, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s ‘Countervailing Theory’ will leave you transformed
The society consists of a ruling lineage of Amazon-like women warriors called the Eshu and a class of “humanoid men” called the Koba, who exist only to serve the needs of the Eshu through mining and food production. All relationships between the classes — and thus also heterosexual relationships — are forbidden. But an Eshu named Akanke and a Koba named Aldo (each of whom already has a partner from their own social class) manage to transcend these strictures and form a bond, leading to the system’s eventual demise. (The story is explained very briefly in the wall text, but it’s useful to read the artist’s longer synopsis in the exhibit catalogue; it will also be made available on the museum’s website.)
Washington left RFK Stadium for FedEx Field, and its home-field edge disappeared
The result is this: Over the existence of FedEx Field, in both the regular season and the playoffs, Washington is 95-107-1 at home, a winning percentage of .470. Only the Raiders (in both Oakland and Las Vegas), Detroit and Cleveland have worse home records over that span. According to pro-football-reference.com, all 28 remaining NFL franchises — from New England at .786 to Cincinnati at .500 — have won at least half of their home games. (Over that time, Washington ranks 24th in winning percentage on the road at .379. So relative to the league, it plays better on the road than at home.)
At least 59 dead, dozens injured in fuel tanker explosion in northern Haiti
Patrick Almonor, one of Cap-Haïtien’s three mayors, said the fuel tanker capsized shortly after midnight, sending gas spilling into a ditch. As locals came to collect some of the gas, the truck exploded, he said. Firefighters arrived with 1,500 gallons of water, but could not extinguish the flames and had to call for aid from airport firefighters.
Facebook’s latest defense: Social media doesn’t hurt people. People hurt people.
Apple fired engineer Ashley Gjovik in September, accusing her of disclosing confidential information. Gjovik says she was fired after raising concerns about “chemical exposure” at her office in California, which she said is located on a Superfund site. The Labor Department told Gjovik in a letter dated Dec. 10 that it was investigating whether the company retaliated against her, the Financial Times’s Patrick McGee and Patrick Temple-West report. Regulators are looking into issues including whether the company retaliated against Gjovik over claims about occupational safety and hazardous waste.
Report on troubled D.C. forensics department chronicles systematic failures
“We are going to have to do some work in there to determine if we even want to bring those back as things that we do inside our lab, or if we outsource those to reputable firms that are doing it now,” Geldart said.
The filibuster debate is (maybe) coming to a head on voting rights. Here’s what could happen.
But senators need all 50 Democrats onboard for this, and Manchin may not be one of them. He’s said earlier this year that he “can’t imagine” changes like this to the filibuster out of concern — an accurate one, some parliamentary experts say — that it’s a slippery slope to ending the filibuster entirely. What’s to say that Republicans, when they get in power, won’t make carve outs for legislation whenever they please? (Manchin did support a carve out for filibustering the debt ceiling last week, but that was an elaborate and one-time compromise between Senate Democratic and Republican leaders to avoid a default that he had little to do with.)
Biden's FDA pick faces questions about his tobacco response
The power of music: Suicides dropped following the release of a song whose title is the number of the national suicide prevention hotline, a study published in the British Medical Journal reported. The release of the song “1-800-273-8255” by the artist Logic, as well as its performances at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2018 Grammy Awards, were correlated with an increase in calls to the helpline and a decrease in suicides, Stat’s Maddie Bender reports.
Opinion : When everyone urgently wanted to talk to me, Fred Hiatt just wanted to listen
And so in our very first conversation, I politely told Fred, the editorial page editor of The Post who wanted me to submit a piece for publication, that I didn’t want to see the lives of Afghan women and girls swept up into a news cycle that would, inevitably, spin away from us. I told him that I was deeply frustrated by these words that actively robbed Afghans of our dignity and our agency, and that I hoped The Post would allow me the freedom to tell SOLA’s story at a time when so many others wanted to tell it for us.
Opinion : A federal court has ruled that obstructing the electoral vote count is illegal. Trump should panic.
Too many people have let themselves be sidetracked into looking for a connection between Trump and the violence of Jan. 6. But that evidence is unnecessary because the crime here is the end result — the intended disruption of the House electoral vote-counting. And from every document, news report or tell-all book we have seen, that is precisely what Trump tried to do. Simply because he told the world about his corrupt intent does not make it any less illegal.
Opinion : After Ron Johnson’s Listerine push, no product is certain it won’t be billed as covid-19 treatment
“Maybe we’d better put out a preemptive statement of some kind,” observed the small-business owner of the firm A Box Of Crickets To Feed To Your Snake Or Do Something Else With, Once They’re Yours We Don’t Look Into It Too Closely, The Crickets Are Your Responsibility Now, But We Assume You’re Not Doing Anything Too Weird With Them. “I guess we could put it in the business name. It’s already very unwieldy, and adding ‘Also They Don’t Have Any Effect On COVID-19! In Case That Was Something You Thought Might Be The Case, It’s Not!’ wouldn’t change too much."
Opinion : Fox News hosts grew alarmed about Jan. 6 — after feeding the ‘big lie’ themselves
Or take Stephen K. Bannon. He regularly declares on his podcast that the current “regime” (which includes everyone from the left to rigidly centrist Democrats) is illegitimate. This justifies his own defiance of the lawful investigation into an effort to overturn U.S. democracy and acts as a rallying point for his far-right insurgency. Bannon is only offering a cruder, more explicit version of what that Fox trio serves up regularly.
Opinion : It’s time to entertain the possibility that the Build Back Better bill won’t pass
It would also run afoul of what the bulk of Democrats want from the bill. Progressives have clearly stated all year that they expect a transformational package. They have been willing to compromise thus far primarily on the overall cost, which is why the bill that passed the House has so many programmatic expirations. They have not been willing to admit that there isn’t a Senate majority for a transformational bill. Instead, they have been ramping up the pressure on Manchin to go along with the party majority.
Kristi Noem introducing women's sports bill limiting participation based on sex on birth certificate
Kristi Noem, R-S.D., plans to introduce legislation that would limit participation in female sports – both at the collegiate and K-12 levels -- based on the sex identified on an athlete's birth certificate, Fox News has learned. Expected Tuesday, the bill would make good on a promise Noem delivered when she controversially vetoed a similar bill from the state legislature. A draft bill obtained by Fox News showed Noem restricting athletic participation based on "biological sex," which it defines in reference to that which is identified on the student's birth certificate. In rejecting the legislature's bill, Noem had argued its language would create a "litigation hazard" for the state. That timeline is important, because their working relationship far pre-dates his work for Sanford Health.
Cuomo torched by mob boss Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano over nursing home scandal: 'I would never do that'
Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was torched by a former mob boss over the Democrat’s COVID nursing home scandal, saying that he "would never do that." CHRIS CUOMO SOUGHT TO DISCREDIT FOX NEWS’ JANICE DEAN FOR SPEAKING OUT ON BROTHER’S NURSING HOME SCANDAL"I hate to get into Governor Cuomo. "One, because he’s Italian and I’m embarrassed to have someone do what he did as an Italian," The Bull continued. The host also said that the mobsters were "no fans" of Cuomo "at all" as well as his younger brother, Chris Cuomo. The former governor resigned in disgrace earlier this year amid the nursing home scandal and multiple sexual harassment allegations.
Snowy weather forecast across West as above-average temperatures expected to move east
Heavy snow will continue over a widespread area across the West, with more than a foot on the way from the Sierra Nevada up into the Cascades and Rockies. AMAZON WAREHOUSE COLLAPSE IN ILLINOIS: ALL MISSING PEOPLE NOW 'ACCOUNTED FOR,' POLICE SAYMuch needed rain will also move into Southern California, but flooding will be a concern, with too much of it in a short period of time. Above-average temperatures are forecast once again from the central U.S. spreading in toward the East Coast. Daytime highs will be 20-30 degrees above average, with more potential records being broken over the next few days. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOn Wednesday and Thursday, a cold front moving through the warm, humid air will bring the risk of strong-to-severe storms for parts of the Midwest and mid-Mississippi Valley.
Atlanta boutique operators lose $100k in merchandise to burglars, slam crime crisis in US cities
Two Atlanta boutique operators slammed the ongoing crime crisis gripping U.S. cities Tuesday after being burglarized of more than $100,000 in merchandise from one of their shops. "Everything goes in your head like how is this merchandise going to be recovered? The community has been very supportive for us and we believe that we're going to fight back. We're going to fight back just by looking out for one another, being there for one another, and it's going to come to a stop. "And more importantly, get a pen, go into a location, ask for a job application, just fill it out.
Miss America Pageant turns 100 years old
As Miss America turns 100, a major question remains unanswered: Is she still relevant? Faithful Miss America organizers and enthusiasts contend the annual ritual is here to stay and will keep changing with the times. Miss America President and CEO Shantel Krebs, a former South Dakota secretary of state who does not take a salary, contends the Miss America organization is "committed to diversity, equity and inclusion." "I say in the book that it’s always been in dialogue with feminism, but behind feminism," Mifflin said of the Miss America competition. The change was made possible by a donation from Miss America 1996 Shawntel Smith Wuerch and her husband Ryan Wuerch.
Volcano spewing lava over Canary Island of La Palma goes quiet
A volcano that has been spewing lava in Spain’s Canary Islands for almost three months fell quiet Tuesday, though scientists warned the lull didn't necessarily mean the eruption is over. Scientists recorded no seismic activity from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island since late Monday, the Canary Islands’ volcanology institute, Involcan, said in a tweet. "That does not mean the eruption has finished, because in the past this has been followed by a new surge in activity," Involcan said. La Palma’s longest eruption on record has destroyed about 3,000 local buildings, entombed large areas of farmland in lava and forced several thousand people to abandon their homes. The volcanic Canary Islands are a popular European vacation destination off Africa’s northwest coast.
Bill Gates: ‘Conspiracy theories that unfortunately involve me’ are keeping many Americans from the Covid vaccines
Since the start of the pandemic, billionaire health philanthropist Bill Gates has been a target for bizarre Covid conspiracy theories. Now, Gates says, those rumors and pieces of disinformation are keeping many Americans from getting vaccinated against Covid — and delaying the end of the pandemic by doing so. In a blog post last week, Gates wrote that "conspiracy theories that unfortunately involve me" have impacted Covid vaccine uptake in the United States, adding that he expected vaccination rates to be much higher by now. To date, 61% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against Covid, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both myths are false: Experts say the CDC may actually be undercounting Covid deaths, and there's no scientifically sound evidence that the country's Covid vaccines can cause any fertility issues.
Nike buys virtual sneaker maker RTFKT in metaverse push
Nike said on Monday it had bought virtual sneaker company RTFKT for an undisclosed sum, as the sportswear giant looks to quickly expand its footprint in the fast-growing "metaverse". Last month, Nike became one of the first big brands to enter the shared virtual world that gained prominence after Facebook Inc recently rebranded itself to Meta Platforms. In such blockchain-based environments, users can buy virtual land and other digital assets such as clothing for avatars in the form of a crypto asset called a non-fungible token (NFT). Formed in 2020 by Benoit Pagotto, Chris Le and Steven Vasilev, RTFKT also makes NFT collectibles and memes, according to its website. "This acquisition is another step that accelerates Nike's digital transformation and allows us to serve athletes and creators at the intersection of sport, creativity, gaming and culture," Nike Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe said in a statement.
Covid pill could come in time for a potential Christmas surge, says Dr. Kavita Patel
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCovid pill could come in time for a potential Christmas surge, says Dr. Kavita PatelDr. Kavita Patel, former White House health policy director and fellow at the Brookings Institution, joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss the latest data from Pfizer over its Covid-19 pill.
November producer price index rises 9.6%, sets new record
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailNovember producer price index rises 9.6%, sets new recordCNBC's Rick Santelli and Steve Liesman join 'Squawk Box' to break down the latest producer price index data.
Stay invested in the markets as recovery is continuing despite omicron, strategist says
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailStay invested in the markets as recovery is continuing despite omicron, strategist saysBen Emons, managing director of global macro strategy Medley Advisors, recommends staying invested in the markets despite inflationary pressures and omicron variant fears, adding that emerging market countries with higher interest rates may be good areas of opportunity.
Josh Duggar's siblings speak out about his conviction
(CNN) Some of Josh Duggar's sisters are speaking out in the wake of his recent conviction. "We are saddened for the victims of horrific child abuse. "This reality makes the existence of sex trafficking and child abuse one of the most horrific evils imaginable. Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation," it read. All of the sisters expressed support for Josh Duggar's wife, Anna, with whom he has seven children.
U.S. Covid shot distribution faces new challenges in year two, UPS vaccine logistics head says
The next phase of the U.S. Covid vaccination distribution effort will be challenging, the president of UPS Healthcare told CNBC, as Tuesday marks one year since the initial shipments. UPS and FedEx are the U.S. government partners in Covid vaccine distribution, which began under what was originally called "Operation Warp Speed" in the Trump administration. "The key is flow, it's all about flow," now-retired U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna told CNBC, referring to how to sustain the vaccine rollout. Perna was chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed and continued to serve under the Biden administration before retiring in July. So, you want flow," Perna said.
People are still struggling to replace the social part of office life — use these 4 tips to feel less lonely
The Covid-19 pandemic is still lingering, and workers across the world are feeling lonelier because of it. According to new research, 72% of global workers say they feel lonely at least monthly, while 55% say they feel it at least weekly. One of their biggest takeaways: Many people are still struggling to replace the social element of the in-person office. "A lot of employees see work as kind of a pseudo-lifeline to be able to have meaningful relationships that they want in life," Van Cohen tells CNBC Make It. That's partially due to Covid — and partially due to employer shortcomings, Van Cohen says, noting that many companies aren't devoting enough time and energy to encouraging quality peer-to-peer and manager-employee relationships.
I'm a millennial therapist. These are the 5 best books I'm giving to young people this holiday season
If you're looking for a life-changing book for the younger folks on your holiday gift list, here are my top five recommendations:1. 'The Comfort Book'By Matt Haig "The Comfort Book" is a fun, simple read that can be kept on a desk or bedside table for hard days. Therapist and relationship expert Nedra Tawwab combines the latest research in cognitive behavioral therapy with her personal savvy to create this guide to communicating your needs. His latest book, "Think Again," teaches readers how to embrace being wrong and approach life with greater empathy for outside perspectives. 'Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed'
United Airlines plans to purchase up to 100 hydrogen-electric engines
United Airlines has taken an equity stake in ZeroAvia, a firm focused on powering electric motors by utilizing hydrogen fuel cells. Under the deal, United said it expects to purchase up to 100 of ZeroAvia's ZA2000-RJ — an engine it described as zero-emission and 100% hydrogen-electric. United said it plans to pursue a conditional purchase agreement for 50 of the engines, with an option for 50 more. In a statement issued Monday, United CEO Scott Kirby said hydrogen-electric engines were "one of the most promising paths to zero-emission air travel for smaller aircraft." Alongside United, others taking part in the funding round include Alaska Air Group, whose investment was previously announced.
Opinion: What Elon Musk as 'Person of the Year' says about us
Musk, of course, is the chief executive of SpaceX and Tesla, two businesses at the forefront of innovation. Time's announcement of Musk as its pick for the title began by describing him as "the richest man in the world." What's even worse, Musk has discouraged other people with resources from helping their fellow human beings in need. It's also abundantly clear that Musk is not a man in need of further attention. Join us on Twitter and FacebookWe can all be interested in futuristic advances without venerating boy-men like Musk whose personal behavior is anything but exemplary.
A key inflation measure just hit its highest level on record
New York (CNN Business) A key inflation gauge showed that US prices continued to climb in November as pandemic-era supply chain chaos and a labor shortage continues. Stripping out prices received for food, energy and trade services, the index still climbed 6.9% over the same period, the biggest increase since August 2014. In services, prices for financial products, including portfolio management and investment advice rose. Prices received for goods actually rose at a slightly slower pace in November compared with the prior month. Yet, prices for iron and steel scrap jumped 10.7%, while prices for gasoline, fresh fruit and vegetables also rose.
Rigatoni with a Quick Cherry Tomato Ragu Recipe
This recipe is perfect for when you want to avoid spending too much time in front of the stove. This quick and hearty pasta uses sweet cherry tomatoes to add a burst of fresh flavor to the savory ragu. Pour in the white wine, scraping up any brown bits at the bottom of the pot, then stir in the cherry tomatoes and balsamic. Stir to break up the tomatoes and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Drain and add pasta to the sauce with the parsley and basil.
Chipotle-Lime Steak Tacos with Quick Pickled Onions Recipe
Canned chipotles in adobo sauce add smoke and spice to these quick steak tacos. The quick pickled onions add a bright and tangy finishing touch. Add the chopped chipotle, adobo sauce, oil, lime juice and zest from 3 limes, grated garlic, salt and black pepper. In a small bowl, combine the thinly sliced onions, remaining lime juice and zest, cloves and toss to coat. Spread with the cumin-lime mayo, then top with sliced steak, pickled onions, queso fresco and fresh cilantro.
British PM Johnson faces rebellion in parliament over COVID measures
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson records an address to the nation, to provide an update on the booster vaccine COVID-19 programme at Downing Street, London, Britain December 12, 2021. It's yet another blow to a prime minister already under pressure over reported parties in his Downing Street office last year when such gatherings were banned, a pricey refurbishment of his apartment and the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. "Boris on a bad day is better than any of the other wannabes on a good day," said one veteran Conservative. Conservative former minister, David Johnson, described the move to introduce COVID passes as "quite wrong". "People should certainly be encouraged to have the vaccine ... but ultimately people have to take responsibility for their own health," he told Reuters.
Russia vetoes U.N. resolution linking climate change and security
NEW YORK — Russia on Monday vetoed a first-of-its-kind U.N. Security Council resolution casting climate change as a threat to international peace and security, a vote that sank a years-long effort to make global warming a more central consideration for the U.N.’s most powerful body. The council has occasionally discussed the security implications of climate change since 2007, and the wider General Assembly pronounced itself “deeply concerned” about the issue in 2009. Their envoys said the issue should remain with broader U.N. groups, such as the Framework Convention on Climate Change. Adding climate change to the Security Council’s purview would only deepen global divisions that were pointed up by last month’s climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, the opponents said. “What the Security Council needs to do is not a political show,” Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said.
Starbucks workers at 2 Boston cafes file for union election after win in Buffalo
Starbucks baristas at two Boston cafes filed for union elections on Monday, becoming the coffee giant’s third U.S. market this year to organize. It comes after a historic win for Starbucks workers last week, when employees at one Buffalo cafe voted to form the first union for baristas who work at a company-owned location under Workers United New York, a branch of the Service Employees International Union. Another Buffalo cafe is waiting to hear the results of its union election due to challenged ballots, while a third voted against unionizing. Related: Starbucks workers form 1st union in Buffalo, NYThe union push has faced strong opposition from Starbucks management. In Buffalo and Mesa, the company has sent executives to locations that are seeking to unionize, a move that Starbucks Workers United has called “union busting.” The company has denied allegations that it was trying to intimidate workers.
Crispy Cereal-Crusted Fish Sticks Recipe
If your kids love fish sticks, definitely make them this perfectly crispy baked fish sticks recipe! I love making this recipe with cod, but most white fish and even salmon will work well with this recipe. In a shallow bowl, whisk together corn flakes, panko crumbs, paprika, lemon pepper, salt and cayenne until combined. In a third shallow bowl, whisk eggs and set aside. Once done coating all fish sticks, liberally spray tops of fish with additional cooking spray.
6 Workplace Lessons from 2021 to Carry Into Next Year
Check out Charter’s Reset Work package of tools, resources, and services to help your team navigate this next phase. Look no further than your employer’s return-to-office timeline (versions one, two, 12…) to understand just how much remains out of our control. What 2022 will demand of workers is not just the acceptance of uncertainty, but an ability to pivot. The Chief Diversity Officer can’t fix everything. Chief diversity officers often have remarkably short tenures, driven out by a lack of resources and lackluster support.
BioNTech/Pfizer protects against hospitalization in South African Omicron wave
While the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine only showed protection of 33 percent against infection, people still had 70 percent protection against hospitalization. That compares to data indicating 93 percent protection during an earlier wave largely caused by the Delta variant. Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council, said the analysis was very encouraging. Worryingly, the data indicated that children have a 20 percent higher risk of admission for complications when infected with Omicron. However, Shirley Collie, chief health analytics actuary at Discovery Health, said children were still 51 percent less likely to test positive during the Omicron wave and the risk still remains low.
Olivia Rodrigo: Entertainer of the Year 2021
The air is musty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is playing on an ancient TV by the door, and Olivia Rodrigo is flipping through racks of slip dresses and flared pants. Halsey sent Rodrigo a cake, Cardi B shouted her out on Twitter, and Taylor Swift offered her props on Instagram. Any questions about whether Rodrigo could repeat the success of “Drivers License” were put to rest when she released Sour on May 21. With moody, confessional lyrics that added chapters to the story told in “Drivers License,” Sour offered something we needed after more than a year of unending distress: an outlet for anger and permission to cry. Together, Nigro and Rodrigo had already made “Drivers License.”Nigro and Rodrigo bonded over shared references: he and her mother are just a few years apart, which meant that his nostalgic favorites were the songs Rodrigo heard at home.
Paul Gosar becomes latest GOP hypocrite to take credit for Covid relief he opposed
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona became the latest shameless Republican lawmaker to take credit for a federal Covid-19 relief package he vehemently opposed. He’s effectively declared war on progressive politics of any kind — except when he can use their benefits to earn kudos. Gosar is just a two-faced politician whose self-serving hypocrisy explains, in part, why his own siblings revile him. But Gosar voted against the relief plan — twice. It's clear Gosar is just a two-faced politician whose self-serving hypocrisy explains, in part, why his own siblings revile him.
Joe: Mark Meadows is playing to an audience of one
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., discussed texts from Fox News hosts, Donald Trump Jr., urging then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to press then-President Donald Trump to call off his mob of supporters clashing with police at the Capitol.Dec.
Leonardo DiCaprio 'Had A Problem' With Meryl Streep Character's Nudity In 'Don't Look Up'
“Don’t Look Up” director Adam McKay said “fearless” Meryl Streep “didn’t even blink” at the idea of her character appearing naked in the new Netflix disaster comedy movie. AdvertisementDiCaprio “just views Meryl as film royalty … although maybe royalty is not a compliment … but as such a special figure in the history of film,” McKay explained. Streep “didn’t even blink” or “even bring it up,” he added. AdvertisementIn the movie, Streep, 72, plays a Donald Trump-esque president who downplays an imminent comet strike on Earth. DiCaprio, 47, and Jennifer Lawrence, 31, portray scientists desperately trying to warn the world of the looming threat.
Review: Ragan captivates with new thriller ‘Count to Three’
This cover image released by Thomas & Mercer shows "Count to Three" by T.R. (Thomas & Mercer via AP) This cover image released by Thomas & Mercer shows "Count to Three" by T.R. (Thomas & Mercer via AP)“Count to Three” by T.R. Ragan (Thomas & Mercer)T.R. Ragan’s alluring new thriller, “Count to Three,” centers around private investigator Dani Callahan after her daughter, Tinsley, went missing five years ago.
Florida company offers 2 free homes as worker incentive
Mechanical One, which provides air conditioning and plumbing for new developments, is planning to hold the drawing next December, president and CEO Jason James told the Orlando Sentinel . But then he decided he wanted his employees to be able to enjoy their own homes. To qualify for the drawing, employees must be with the company for a full year and take a financial literacy class, paid for by the company. The privately held company of nearly 100 people began operations in July, so no employees qualify yet, the newspaper reported. He had been working in HVAC and plumbing for about six years before starting his own company.
Fleeing the Gilded Cage
Fleeing the Gilded Cage The COVID shutdown stalled careers. In March 2020, opera singers, like all performing arts professionals, suddenly found themselves facing weeks, then months, then whole seasons without any income at all. "All these events, it wouldn't have happened any other way," Liverman says. In the United States, opera singers are freelancers: Regardless of how famous you are, you don't have the luxury of a regular salary or job security. Opera singers face a lot of other constraints, as well.
UN weather agency affirms 2020 Arctic heat record in Siberia
The U.N. weather agency has certified a 38-degree Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) reading in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk last year as the highest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic. The World Meteorological Organization said the temperature "more befitting the Mediterranean than the Arctic" was recorded in June 2020 during a heat wave that swept across Siberia and stretched north of the Arctic Circle. Average temperatures were up to 10 degrees Celsius more than usual in Arctic Siberia. The U.N. weather agency has certified a 38-degree Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) reading in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk last year as the highest temperature ever recorded in the Arctic. Average temperatures were up to 10 degrees Celsius more than usual in Arctic Siberia.
Belarus hands opposition leader’s husband 18 years in prison
A court in Belarus on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 sentenced the husband of the country's opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial began behind closed doors. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been widely seen as politically motivated. A court in Belarus on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 sentenced the husband of the country's opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial began behind closed doors. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been widely seen as politically motivated. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been widely seen as politically motivated.
Toyota Stock Rises Near Buy Point As GM, Ford Rival Doubles EV Target
Toyota stock rose toward a buy point. Toyota Stock Rises Near Buy PointShares of Toyota Motors rose 2.6% to 180.64 early on the stock market today. Toyota stock broke out of a cup with a 187.55 buy point in November but has fallen back below that entry. Also on Tuesday morning, GM stock dropped 0.9% and Ford stock backed off 1.8%, while China-based BYD stock added 1%. Toyota makes its EV push as legacy rivals tout early signs of success in their shift to electric vehicles.
COVID toll nears 800,000 to close out year filled with death
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Carolyn Burnett is bracing for her first Christmas without her son Chris, a beloved high school football coach whose outdoor memorial service drew a crowd of hundreds. School administrators tweeted heartfelt condolences, praising his passion in coaching running backs at Olathe East High School. And he was honored with an inspiration award at a ceremony that recognizes the region’s best high school athletes. “Here’s what I’m going to say to COVID: ‘Up yours.’ I’m getting a Zoom call going, and there you have it. You’re going to do what you’re going to do and you’re going to kill this person.
The U.N. says it has verified a new record high temperature for the Arctic
The U.N. says it has verified a new record high temperature for the ArcticEnlarge this image toggle caption Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty ImagesThe United Nations has officially recognized a new record high temperature for the Arctic, confirming a reading of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) taken in June 2020. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued a statement on Tuesday calling the temperature reading "more befitting the Mediterranean than the Arctic." "This new Arctic record is one of a series of observations reported to the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes that sound the alarm bells about our changing climate," WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas said in a statement. "In 2020, there was also a new temperature record (18.3°C) for the Antarctic continent," he added. The WMO said the new Arctic record high was just one of many record high temperatures in 2020 and 2021 that it was working to verify — including a reading of 54.4 C (129.9 F) in Death Valley, Calif., the world's hottest place, and a new record in Europe of 48.8 C (119.8 F) on the island of Sicily.
Cidara Therapeutics Shares Drop 22% After Results for Rezafungin
By Chris WackCidara Therapeutics Inc. shares were down 22% to $1.27 Tuesday after the company and Mundipharma reported topline data from a Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of its once-weekly antifungal candidate rezafungin as a potential first-line treatment for candidemia and invasive candidiasis. The company said rezafungin met the primary endpoint for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new drug application submission of all-cause mortality at day 30, and also met the primary endpoint for the European Medicines Agency Marketing authorization application submission of global cure at day 14. Cidara said both results demonstrated statistical non-inferiority of rezafungin dosed once-weekly, versus caspofungin dosed once-daily, the current standard of care. Rezafungin was generally well tolerated and had a similar safety profile to caspofungin. Cidara has partnered with Mundipharma, who has commercial rights to rezafungin outside the U.S. and Japan.
Stocks open lower after hotter-than-expected PPI jump
U.S. stocks opened lower Tuesday, under pressure after a hotter-than-expected reading for the November Producer Price Index as investors awaited the kickoff of a two-day meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.27% fell 82 points, or 0.2%, to 35,569, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.41% was down 30 points, or 0.6%, at 4,639. The PPI climbed 0.8% last month, the government said. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a 0.5% advance. The increase in wholesale prices in the past 12 months rose to 9.6% from 8.8%, marking the biggest advance since a major change in the index in 2009.
YouTube TV Could Lose Disney Channels by Friday Amid Streaming Dispute
Google’s streaming platform, YouTube TV, might lose access to more than a dozen of Disney ‘s channels if the companies are unable to renew their agreement by this Friday, YouTube said in a blog post. The channels that would be removed include ABC News, Disney Channel, Freeform, National Geographic and ESPN. “Our ask of Disney, as with all of our partners, is to treat YouTube TV like any other TV provider — by offering us the same rates that services of a similar size pay, across Disney’s channels for as long as we carry them,” YouTube said. This is the latest high-profile spat between YouTube TV and other streaming platforms. Earlier this month, YouTube finalized months of negotiations with Roku ( ROKU ), reaching a multi-year extension agreement that allows Roku users to continue streaming YouTube TV on the platform.
Caterpillar, BNSF, Chevron to Pursue Hydrogen Locomotive Demonstration
By Colin KellaherA trio of U.S. industrial titans on Tuesday said they are teaming up in an effort to advance the use of hydrogen fuel as a lower-carbon option for the railroad industry. Heavy machinery maker Caterpillar Inc., energy giant Chevron Corp. and BNSF Railway Co., the freight railroad owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said they inked a memorandum of understanding to advance the demonstration of a locomotive powered by hydrogen fuel cells in a bid to confirm the feasibility and performance of hydrogen fuel for use in line-haul rail. The companies said hydrogen has the potential to play a significant role as a lower-carbon alternative to diesel fuel for transportation, with hydrogen fuel cells becoming a means to reduce emissions. As part of the plan, Caterpillar's Progress Rail unit will design and build a prototype hydrogen-fuel-cell locomotive while Chevron will develop the fueling concept and infrastructure to support the use of the locomotive, which would be demonstrated on BNSF's lines. Chevron and Caterpillar in September announced plans to collaborate on hydrogen demonstration projects in transportation and stationary power applications, including prime power.
Chanel Taps Unilever HR Chief as New CEO -- Update
By Joshua KirbyChanel SA said Tuesday that it has appointed Unilever PLC's Leena Nair as chief executive, with incumbent Alain Wertheimer taking on a new role at the privately-held French fashion house. Ms. Nair is currently chief human resources officer at the Anglo-Dutch consumer-goods group, Chanel said. She will become global CEO at the end of January, and will be based in London.
Curaleaf raises $425 million in debt
Alliance Global Securities analyst Aaron Grey said Tuesday a $425 million debt deal by Curaleaf Holdings Inc. CURLF, -1.10% CURA, -0.85% will result in cost savings of about $20 million from lower interest payments. Grey reiterated a buy rating on Curaleaf and said larger cannabis companies such as Curaleaf hold an advantage in the current environment. Curaleaf Holdings said late Monday it received commitments for a $425 million private placement of 8.0% senior secured notes due 2026. Curaleaf CEO Joseph Bayern said the offering ranks as the largest debt financing of any publicly-traded multi-state operator in the cannabis business. The credit facility will be used to refinance debt at a lower interest rate, he said.
Himalaya Shipping to List on Euronext Growth in December
By Kyle MorrisHimalaya Shipping Ltd. said Tuesday that it has filed an application with the Oslo Stock Exchange for listing on the Euronext Growth, with the first day of trading expected around Dec. 22. Himalaya Shipping, a bulk carrier company incorporated in Bermuda, didn't provide details of the listing price or market capitalization upon entry to trading.
Unisys Buys Cloud Solutions Provider CompuGain for $87.3 Mln
By Michael DabaieUnisys Corp. said it acquired cloud solutions provider CompuGain for $87.3 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis. IT solutions company Unisys said it funded the transaction with cash on hand. CompuGain generated revenue of $58 million for the 12-months ending Sept. 30, up 12% year-over-year, Unisys said. Unisys said it expects the transaction to immediately boost adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization and free cash flow. The company said it expects the deal to deepen its cloud offerings.
Inpixon Gets Expression of Interest; To Review Strategic Options >INPX
By Colin KellaherInpixon on Tuesday said its board authorized the company to review strategic alternatives in a bid to maximize shareholder value after it received a preliminary expression of interest from an unnamed party. The Palo Alto, Calif., provider of indoor positioning and data analytics services said its options include a possible asset sale, a merger with another company, or the spinoff of one or more of its business units.
Stocks open lower after hotter-than-expected PPI jump
U.S. stocks opened lower Tuesday, under pressure after a hotter-than-expected reading for the November Producer Price Index as investors awaited the kickoff of a two-day meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.27% fell 82 points, or 0.2%, to 35,569, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.41% was down 30 points, or 0.6%, at 4,639. The PPI climbed 0.8% last month, the government said. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a 0.5% advance. The increase in wholesale prices in the past 12 months rose to 9.6% from 8.8%, marking the biggest advance since a major change in the index in 2009.
Centene says CEO to retire, names five new board members; board to find new CEO
An earlier version of the headline incorrectly said that the new board members will be tasked with finding the new CEO. Michael Neidorff will retire in 2022 from his role as chairman and CEO. Centene also announced several changes to its board, which is now tasked with securing a successor. Its new members are: Ken Burdick, Christopher Coughlin, Wayne DeVeydt, and Theodore Samuels, and a yet-to-be-determined fifth director decided on by both Centene and Politan. Robert Ditmore, John Roberts and Tommy Thompson are the board members who are now set to step down in 2022.
Stocks open lower after hotter-than-expected PPI jump
U.S. stocks opened lower Tuesday, under pressure after a hotter-than-expected reading for the November Producer Price Index as investors awaited the kickoff of a two-day meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.27% fell 82 points, or 0.2%, to 35,569, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.40% was down 30 points, or 0.6%, at 4,639. The PPI climbed 0.8% last month, the government said. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a 0.5% advance. The increase in wholesale prices in the past 12 months rose to 9.6% from 8.8%, marking the biggest advance since a major change in the index in 2009.
A tax break for charitable donations is slated to end soon — Here's how to use it before it disappears
As tornado victims in the south and Midwest dig out from the wreckage of the violent weekend storm, tax authorities and nonprofit industry experts highlighted a valuable charitable deduction for small-dollar donors that’s slated to expire in weeks. In some instances, a $600 deduction could trim a household’s tax liability by approximately $150, one expert previously told MarketWatch. But in the pandemic’s early days, lawmakers enacted an “above-the-line” deduction to offer more tax rewards for charitable donations — and hopefully more donations. “Right now, front line nonprofits need donations of all sizes,” Thompson said. The IRS has more tips on using the charitable deduction here.
Lexus RZ 450e EV revealed, with sports car concept and more
Naturally, Lexus is a significant part of that, and it had its own group of vehicles to show including the production RZ 450e. Leading the lineup of future electric cars is the production RZ 450e. The other two vehicles shown were a sedan and an SUV, simply called the Electrified Sedan and Electrified SUV. The Electrified SUV looks like a boxier, larger version of the RZ. Proportionally, it looks like it may have three rows of seats, and it seems like it could be the next electric Lexus after the RZ.
Dow's nearly 100-point climb led by gains in shares of Walgreens Boots, Dow Inc.
Shares of Walgreens Boots and Dow Inc. are trading higher Tuesday morning, propelling the Dow Jones Industrial Average into positive territory. The Dow DJIA, +0.27% is trading 98 points higher (0.3%), as shares of Walgreens Boots WBA, +2.55% and Dow Inc. DOW, +2.08% are contributing to the blue-chip gauge's intraday rally. Walgreens Boots's shares have gained $1.15, or 2.3%, while those of Dow Inc. have climbed $1.01 (1.9%), combining for an approximately 14-point boost for the Dow. Also contributing significantly to the gain are Travelers TRV, +2.36% , IBM IBM, +1.71% , and Amgen Inc. AMGN, +1.30% . Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights, an automation technology provider, using data from Dow Jones and FactSet.
Fed has to start hiking rates steadily early next year to combat inflation, former official says
The Federal Reserve must act quickly and aggressively to address rising inflation, said former Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota on Tuesday. Specifically, the Fed should launch “meeting-by-meeting” interest rate increases in January-June and “keep going until inflation comes back down near 2%,” Kocherlakota said in a Bloomberg opinion piece. The steep monetary policy tightening could take short-term rates well above the 2.5% level that Fed officials consider to be neutral, he noted. Analysts think the Fed is planning to raise interest rates at a much more gradual pace – only getting short-term rates up to 2.5% by the end of 2024. Read: Americans expect higher inflation“For years, the Fed failed to respond aggressively enough to this self-reinforcing upward spiral,” he said.
U.S. Producer Prices Rise at Record Pace As Key Fed Meeting Gets Going
The Federal Reserve will meet today and tomorrow for the final time in 2021. Photograph by Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesWholesale prices rose at a faster-than-expected pace in November as investors got another hot inflation reading ahead of the Federal Reserve’s final meeting of the year. The U.S. producer-price index (PPI) rose 9.6% year-over-year, up from 8.8% the previous month, and ahead of estimates for a 9.2% rise. That is the largest jump since 12-month data began being calculated in November 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
Capitol rioter claims she's being silenced after getting backlash for tweet that said she wouldn't be jailed because she's white and blond
Ryan told Insider the backlash had made her afraid to speak her mind. In March, Jenna Ryan posted a tweet boasting that she was blond, white, and "definitely not going to jail." I'm sorry.'" I'm sorry I'm happy. She also told Insider she was preparing for her time behind bars by learning prison slang and speaking to prison consultants.
What is parosmia? COVID long-haulers speak out about the strange symptom making everything they eat taste and smell like ‘garbage’
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a change in taste and smell is on the list of potential long haul COVID symptoms. Cano says she forces herself to eat two Cliff Bars a day — not because they don't taste terrible, but because they're quick to scarf down. "Things taste like garbage. While her taste and smell symptoms subsided eight or nine months after her experience with COVID, they came on full force when she became pregnant. "For me, right now, I'm worried that I won't be able to enjoy my baby when she comes — her newborn baby smell, things like that.
Mary Trump Taunts Cousin Don Jr. Over Jan. 6 Texts To Meadows Instead Of His Dad
The Capitol Police tweet is not enough,” Trump Jr. wrote to Meadows. He has to lead now,” Trump Jr. continued. “It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell asked Mary Trump why Trump Jr. texted Meadows and not his own father. “I wish that the answer you had given was the right one ? caller ID,” she cracked in response. But his inner circle has “become so small” there may not be anyone left for him to fire, she noted.
A-10 pilot reveals what it was like trying to land an attack aircraft that was literally falling apart around her
Taylor Bye's A-10 attack aircraft started falling apart on a training flight. The last thing any pilot wants to see is their plane falling apart while they are trying to fly it, but that was the nightmare scenario US Air Force A-10 attack aircraft pilot Capt. Bye commissioned into the Air Force in 2015 straight out of the United States Air Force Academy, where she first flew. Her first ever solo flight was in a DA20 in Colorado during Air Force pilot training, and the experience, she said, "was so much fun." 995, for the first time since the Air Force maintenance and repair teams finished putting it back together.
China responds to Blinken's 'aggressive actions' remarks
ReutersDid Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch influence Fox News’ coverage of claims about two voting technology companies — knowing that those claims were false? That has become a significant question in defamation lawsuits filed by Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems Corp against Fox News and its parent company Fox Corp. The plaintiffs are asking for more than $4 billion in damages from the media giant, on-air talent such as Maria Bartiromo and guests including Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, lawyers aligned with former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Old Man Trump Is Looking Weaker and Weaker—Sad!
First, Trump’s endorsed candidate, Sean Parnell, was forced to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. Second, Trump’s endorsed U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks, is losing ground to a younger candidate named Katie Britt. And fourth, Trump’s endorsed candidate in a Texas special election, Susan Wright, was defeated in a race to replace her late husband. Trump’s lack of coattails isn’t new, and defeating a Trump-endorsed Republican isn’t the same thing as electing a “Never Trump” Republican. Remember, in 2020, Trump’s endorsed candidate was thumped by Madison Cawthorn in a North Carolina runoff.
Advantage Advisers Xanthus Fund, L.L.C. Buys Gartner Inc, Peloton Interactive Inc, UiPath Inc, ...
(Current Portfolio) buys Gartner Inc, Peloton Interactive Inc, UiPath Inc, SAP SE, KE Holdings Inc, sells Apple Inc, Pinterest Inc, Texas Instruments Inc, NXP Semiconductors NV, Bank of America Corp during the 3-months ended 2021Q3, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Advantage Advisers Xanthus Fund, L.L.C.. As of 2021Q3, Advantage Advisers Xanthus Fund, L.L.C. 's stock buys and sells,go to https://www.gurufocus.com/guru/advantage+advisers+xanthus+fund%2C+l.l.c./current-portfolio/portfolioThese are the top 5 holdings of Advantage Advisers Xanthus Fund, L.L.C. Advantage Advisers Xanthus Fund, L.L.C. Advantage Advisers Xanthus Fund, L.L.C. Advantage Advisers Xanthus Fund, L.L.C.
Kimmel Dings Donald Trump Jr. With Brutal 1-Liner About His Dad's Tour With Bill O'Reilly
Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at a reportedly less than well-attended Florida leg of ex-President Donald Trump’s tour with disgraced former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly. “If the place was any emptier, it would be Don Jr.’s head,” the comedian joked Monday night. “At first they’re considered to be valuable, then everyone realizes they are garbage. We’ve seen this with his ties, his steaks, his university, his children,” he cracked. Watch the video here:This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average (YM) Futures Technical Analysis – Momentum Shifts to Down Under 35488
At 20:49 GMT, March E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average futures are trading 35651, down 224 or -0.62%. Daily March E-mini Dow Jones Industrial AverageDaily Swing Chart Technical AnalysisThe main trend is down according to the daily swing chart, however, momentum is trending higher. The E-mini Dow is currently trading on the weak side of its pivot at 35759, making it new resistance. If the minor trend changes to down then its retracement zone at 34945 to 34689 will become the primary downside target. Daily Swing Chart Technical ForecastThe direction of the March E-mini Dow Jones Industrial Average into the close on Monday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to 35875.
Some federal lawmakers and their staffers are all in on cryptocurrency speculation as Congress mulls how (or how not) to regulate the coins
Conflicted Congress banner with the the Capitol Building showing in the backgroundRebecca Zisser/InsiderSen. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming has invested in cryptocurrency. A staff director for the Senate Republican Communications Center under Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell invests in crypto. Another crypto investor was Scott Sloofman, the staff director for the Senate Republican Communications Center under Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The idea of lawmakers and congressional staffers investing in cryptocurrency is exciting, Hammond said. A few days later, House lawmakers quizzed the CEOs of a half-dozen crypto-focused companies about their business practices.
GME, AMC are 'meme stocks, but they're really story stocks,' strategist says
NextSharkCraig Wright, an Australian computer scientist who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin, has been cleared of six out of seven civil charges during a trial in a Miami court on Dec. 7 that put him up against the estate of his deceased business partner. Trial and claims: The plaintiff of the civil court case declared that Wright and David Kleiman, a computer forensics expert and Wright’s friend, pre-mined 1.1 million bitcoin together (worth $54 billion), fueling an argument over whether Wright owed half of his assets to Kleiman’s family. The jury ruled that Wright and Kleiman did not have a partnership, and Wright will not pay the estate half of the $54 billion, according to CNN. The jury also declared that Kleiman and Wright did not have a partnership in writing the Bitcoin white paper as Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, Coingeek reported.
Virgin Australia switches U.S. partner to United from Delta
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Virgin Australia said on Tuesday it would enter a new codeshare and loyalty partnership with United Airlines from April 2022, replacing a longstanding partnership with Delta Air Lines on U.S. routes. Virgin last year stopped flying from Australia to Los Angeles but had maintained a relationship with Delta in competition with a rival partnership between Qantas Airways and American Airlines. United has a much larger market share than Delta on routes between Australia and the United States and Virgin said the new partnership would triple its reach into the Americas, including on flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. United customers will also gain access to Virgin's extensive domestic network in Australia under the arrangement. Delta said in a separate statement that its operations to Australia would not be affected by Virgin's decision and it would continue to operate flights between Sydney and Los Angeles after their partnership ends in June 2022.
AMC, GameStop short sellers make a comeback as meme stocks buckle
AMC, GameStop short sellers make a comeback as meme stocks buckle FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at a GameStop in Manhattan, New YorkBy Medha Singh(Reuters) - Shares of AMC Entertainment and GameStop dropped further in early trading on Tuesday, extending declines that have helped short sellers recover more than $1 billion in losses in December. Both companies were at the heart of the meme stocks phenomenon earlier this year, when individual investors coordinated on online message boards to fuel stunning rallies that cost short sellers billions of dollars. GameStop short interest has shot up to 14% from 11% in the same period. Insider selling at AMC last week added to worries over the Omicron coronavirus variant denting a recovery in theater attendance. Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research, said AMC investors are worried about the reopening trade, with comments from the UK that Omicron infections could become a tidal wave weighing on the sentiment.
Best Tax Relief Companies of 2021
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Leuthold Funds Inc Buys Costco Wholesale Corp, Walmart Inc, PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1, Sells ...
New Purchase: Costco Wholesale Corp (COST)Story continuesLeuthold Funds Inc initiated holding in Costco Wholesale Corp. The purchase prices were between $394.53 and $467.75, with an estimated average price of $439.33. The purchase prices were between $139.32 and $151.45, with an estimated average price of $144.54. The purchase prices were between $46.08 and $59.18, with an estimated average price of $53.37. Reduced: PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 (QQQ)Leuthold Funds Inc reduced to a holding in PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 by 9999%.
Market check: Tesla shares fall, travel stocks under pressure
Video TranscriptBRIAN SOZZI: All right, let's head over to Yahoo Finance's Ines Ferre now for a deeper look into the markets. INES FERRE: And, Brian, take a look at the sectors right now that are lagging. I want to take a look at the travel stocks because these are under pressure right now. Apple up 8/10 of a percent at around just above $180 a share, inching towards that $3 trillion market cap. I also want to mention what's happening with some of the meme stocks because I'm watching again AMC under pressure again.
UPDATE 1-Higher risk of heart complications from COVID-19 than vaccines -study
(Adds details on study, expert comment, background)Dec 14 (Reuters) - COVID-19 infections are more likely to trigger rare cardiovascular complications such as heart inflammation and irregular heartbeat than vaccines, a British study showed on Tuesday, after scientists parsed data of about 38 million vaccinated people. The study, published in the Nature Medicine journal https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01630-0), compared the risks of myocarditis, pericarditis and cardiac arrhythmia following a first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccines – from AstraZeneca-Oxford, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna - with coronavirus infections. The study, led by Oxford University researchers, found an increased risk of myocarditis with first doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines and both doses of Moderna's shot, but the risk was much higher after a COVID-19 infection. An analysis by age also showed that higher risk of myocarditis associated with mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna was present only in those younger than 40 years of age, researchers said. But this solid, scientifically robust paper supports and confirms this," said Dr Peter English, a retired consultant in communicable disease control.
Latest child tax credit money arrives Dec. 15. But don't count on extra cash in 2022.
The changes involving the child tax credit are part of the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law March 11. Best bet: Don't plan to tap into child tax credit cash to cover next month's big bills. As for January, Bayn knows things are uncertain now when it comes to the expanded child tax credit. Remember the child tax credit at tax timeFamilies need to file the 2021 income tax return next year in order to claim the second half of the child tax credit that they're eligible to receive. This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Child tax credit arrives Dec. 15.
UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate readies vote on debt-limit hike, averting default risk
Both Democratic and Republican aides said the Senate was expected to vote on passage later on Tuesday, following a months-long standoff. The chamber has allowed for up to 10 hours of debate, which could push the vote into the evening. Democrats, who narrowly control the Senate and the House, have yet to disclose the size of the increase. The debt ceiling fight and another self-created crisis, passing a bill to continue to fund the government through February, occupied much of Congress' time this month, and members in both chambers are now eager to begin lengthy holiday breaks. Votes to lift the country's debt ceiling have taken place on a regular basis since World War One.
US inflation jumps 6.8% in November — fastest rate in 39 years
U.S. consumer prices rose at the fastest clip in nearly four decades last month, underscoring the persistently elevated inflationary pressures in the recovering economy. The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index (CPI) climbed by 6.8% in November compared to last year, marking the fastest annual increase since June 1982. Even excluding more volatile food and energy prices, the so-called core CPI rose by 4.9% over last year for the fastest increase in about three decades. On a month-over-month basis, the CPI rose 0.8% in November, coming in ahead of the 0.7% rise anticipated. Over the past 12 months, this index gained 6.4%, marking the fastest increase since Dec. 2008.
India's Nov WPI inflation hits a record of 14.23% y/y
Annual wholesale price-based inflation rose to 14.23% in November, its highest since April 2005, according to data from Refinitiv, against 12.54% the previous month, government data showed on Tuesday. The gap between retail and wholesale price-based inflation has widened in recent months as many companies and retailers are struggle to absorb galloping input costs that threaten their bottom lines. Wholesale inflation has remained in double-digits for the eighth month in a row while headline retail inflation is hovering near 5%, or within the central bank's target of 2% to 6%. Wholesale fuel and power prices rose 39.81% on the year versus 37.18% in October, while manufactured product prices rose 11.92%, against 12.04% in the prior month. Wholesale prices of food accelerated at a 6.70% pace in November from a year earlier, versus 3.06% the previous month.
Simplify Exchange Traded Funds Buys Twitter Inc, Amazon. ...
Investment company Simplify Exchange Traded Funds (Current Portfolio) buys Twitter Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Tencent Holdings, Tesla Inc, Alphabet Inc, sells PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 during the 3-months ended 2021Q3, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Simplify Exchange Traded Funds. As of 2021Q3, Simplify Exchange Traded Funds owns 16 stocks with a total value of $1 million. New PositionNew Purchase: Twitter Inc (TWTR)Simplify Exchange Traded Funds initiated holding in Twitter Inc. Added: The Walt Disney Co (DIS)Simplify Exchange Traded Funds added to a holding in The Walt Disney Co by 25.00%. Sold Out: PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 (QQQ)Simplify Exchange Traded Funds sold out a holding in PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1.
Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Downside Convexity ETF Buys PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1
Investment company Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Downside Convexity ETF (Current Portfolio) buys PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 during the 3-months ended 2021Q3, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Downside Convexity ETF. As of 2021Q3, Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Downside Convexity ETF owns 2 stocks with a total value of $7 million. Added Positions: QQQ,For the details of Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Downside Convexity ETF's stock buys and sells,go to https://www.gurufocus.com/guru/simplify+nasdaq+100+plus+downside+convexity+etf/current-portfolio/portfolioThese are the top 5 holdings of Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Downside Convexity ETFPowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 (QQQ) - 20,149 shares, 99.31% of the total portfolio. Added: PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 (QQQ)Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Downside Convexity ETF added to a holding in PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 by 148.48%. Stocks that Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Downside Convexity ETF keeps buyingThis article first appeared on GuruFocus.
Towercrest Capital Management Buys Aptevo Therapeutics Inc, PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1, ...
Newtown, PA, based Investment company Towercrest Capital Management (Current Portfolio) buys Aptevo Therapeutics Inc, PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1, Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF, Impel NeuroPharma Inc, Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc, sells Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF, International Business Machines Corp during the 3-months ended 2021Q3, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Towercrest Capital Management. As of 2021Q3, Towercrest Capital Management owns 94 stocks with a total value of $528 million. Shares added by 4.68%New Purchase: Aptevo Therapeutics Inc (APVO)Towercrest Capital Management initiated holding in Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. Added: PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 (QQQ)Towercrest Capital Management added to a holding in PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 by 223.89%. Stocks that Towercrest Capital Management keeps buyingThis article first appeared on GuruFocus.
Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Convexity ETF Buys PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1
Investment company Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Convexity ETF (Current Portfolio) buys PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 during the 3-months ended 2021Q3, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Convexity ETF. As of 2021Q3, Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Convexity ETF owns 2 stocks with a total value of $7 million. Added Positions: QQQ,For the details of Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Convexity ETF's stock buys and sells,go to https://www.gurufocus.com/guru/simplify+nasdaq+100+plus+convexity+etf/current-portfolio/portfolioThese are the top 5 holdings of Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Convexity ETFPowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 (QQQ) - 20,241 shares, 98.85% of the total portfolio. Added: PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 (QQQ)Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Convexity ETF added to a holding in PowerShares QQQ Trust Ser 1 by 147.78%. Stocks that Simplify Nasdaq 100 PLUS Convexity ETF keeps buyingThis article first appeared on GuruFocus.
Stock market news live updates: Stocks close at a record as investors look beyond hot inflation
Stocks ended Friday at a record level as investors shrugged off a key inflation report ahead of the Federal Reserve's final policy-setting meeting of the year next week. The S&P 500 jumped nearly 1% to log a record closing high. The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed yet another multi-decade high rate of inflation for November. ET: Ford shares jump to the highest in two decades after founder's grandson spends $20 million in share purchasesShares of automaker Ford (F) jumped Friday afternoon to reach their highest level since 2001. ET: CPI inflation posts biggest year-over-year increase since 1982The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index showed the largest annual increase in inflation since 1982, signaling persistently elevated price pressures in the U.S. economy.
Stocks start lower after jump in wholesale prices last month
Stocks are opening lower again on Wall Street Tuesday as traders took in the latest sign that inflation is still running high. The S&P 500 index gave up 0.5% in the early going. Treasury yields rose after the latest report on inflation, which showed that wholesale prices jumped a record 9.6% in November from a year earlier, more than expected. That shows how inflation is impacting costs for businesses and is important given the Fed meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. China Evergrande Group's shares gave up 7%.
US STOCKS-Wall Street edges lower on Omicron worries; Fed meeting awaited
Seven of the 11 major S&P 500 sector indexes fell in early trading, with only defensive plays including consumer staples , utilities and real estate gaining. Travel-related stocks also fell after at least one patient died in the United Kingdom after contracting the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Shares of Carnival Corp fell nearly 6% to lead declines among cruise operators, while the S&P 1500 airlines index shed 3.4%. Apple Inc shares rose 0.8% after J.P. Morgan raised its price target on the iPhone maker's shares to the highest on Wall Street. The S&P index recorded 34 new 52-week highs and one new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 24 new highs and 110 new lows.
Instagram sorry for blocking artist named metaverse
A stock illustration of meta and instagram logosInstagram has apologised for wrongly disabling the account of an artist with the handle @metaverse, for a month. Virtual 'glam'Ms Baumann had opened her Instagram account in 2012, the paper reported. She used the name @metaverse in her creative work and an augmented-reality business, Metaverse Makeovers, it said. "This account is a decade of my life and work," Ms Baumann told the NYT. Instagram said the account had been wrongly removed for "impersonation", telling the NYT: "We're sorry this error occurred."
Ford pilot uses self-driving shuttles to deliver food to Detroit seniors
The automaker is launching a six-month pilot project that will have self-driving shuttles bring fresh food to residents of a Detroit senior living center, the Rio Vista Detroit Co-Op Apartments, that might otherwise have challenges fetching groceries. The two have modified the shuttle to help with packing and unloading food, but it's otherwise a stock machine (as far as autonomous shuttles go, at least). There's certainly a degree of publicity grabbing involved — Ford is conducting a pilot that doubles as a goodwill campaign. This will help Ford study slower self-driving technology and remote control, though. It also hints at a future where driverless vehicles help seniors maintain their quality of life when travel is impractical.
Honda is piloting a road-monitoring system to spot faded lane markers
Staying in your lane is a lot easier when you know how much of the road is yours to use. Unfortunately, America’s decades-long love affair with performing the absolute bare minimum of basic infrastructure maintenance has left many stretches of the nation’s highway lane markers faded, damaged and obscured. The Honda Road Condition Monitoring System leverages the cameras and GPS navigation systems already found in many of today’s automobiles to monitor the real-time conditions of roads and detect potential hazards. The onboard system will evaluate each stretch of lane marker as green, yellow, grey and red. Green and yellow denote ideal or good quality lane markers, while red indicates markers in need of repair and grey means that there are no markers present at all (like on city streets or rural roads).
US futures fall ahead of the Fed policy decision, while Omicron feeds investor jitters
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 18, 202 Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesUS futures fell Tuesday, as the Fed commenced a two-day monetary policy meeting. The spread of the Omicron variant is forcing restrictions on activity in a number of countries, unsettling investors. The Fed kicks off a two-day meeting Tuesday. Asian stocks were mostly down overnight, as Omicron variant concerns ramped up and after China reported its first case of the variant. Cryptocurrencies slid again, driven by the Fed meeting concerns.
Stock market news live updates: Stocks extend losses ahead of key Fed policy meeting
The Labor Department's Consumer Price Index (CPI) soared 6.8% in November compared to last year, according to figures published last week. An updated Summary of Economic Projections outlining individual members' outlooks for economic conditions and interest rates is set to accompany the statement. "Households are downbeat, according to sentiment surveys, and the so-called 'misery index' that adds together inflation and unemployment hovers around recession levels." ET: Markets open lower ahead of Fed decisionHere were the main moves in markets as of 9:30 a.m. ET: Stock futures tick downHere were the main moves in futures trading Tuesday morning:S&P 500 futures (ES=F): -28.50 points (-0.64%), to 4,640.25Dow futures (YM=F): -100 points (-0.28%), to 35,545Nasdaq futures (NQ=F): -170 points (-1.06%) to 15,9128:48 a.m.
Transactions in connection with share buyback programme
On 14 September 2021, Pandora announced an increased share buyback programme, cf. The share buyback programme is executed in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on market abuse (market abuse regulation). Under the programme Pandora will repurchase shares for an aggregate maximum amount of DKK 3.5 billion. In accordance with Regulation (EU) No 596/2014, all transactions related to the share buyback programme are presented in detailed form in the spread sheet attached to this Company Announcement. Pandora jewellery is sold in more than 100 countries through 6,700 points of sale, including more than 2,600 concept stores.
Share buy-back Program
COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT NO 66/2021 – 13 DECEMBER 2021On 23 August 2021, Royal Unibrew initiated a share buy-back program, cf. company announcement no. The program is carried out under Art. The share buy-back program is expected to be realized in the period from 24 August 2021 to 30 December 2021. The total share buy-back in the period will not exceed a market price of DKK 250 million.
Designated person notification
14 December 2021, 12:00 CETWith reference to Article 19(3) of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on market abuse (Market Abuse Regulations), ArcelorMittal announces that a notification of a share transaction by a Designated Person (i.e. Directors or Executive Officers) is available in the Luxembourg Stock Exchange’s electronic database OAM on https://www.bourse.lu/home and on ArcelorMittal’s web site https://corporate.arcelormittal.com under Investors > Corporate Governance > Share Transactions by Management. This transaction is directly connected to ArcelorMittal’s share buyback program announced on 17 November 2021. ArcelorMittal’s Significant Shareholder has entered into a share repurchase agreement with ArcelorMittal to sell shares so that its voting rights in ArcelorMittal’s share capital (net of treasury shares) is maintained at the current level of 36.34%. Further details on the share buyback program are available on https://corporate.arcelormittal.com under Investors > Equity investors > Share Buyback Program.
Fluor's nuclear energy unit NuScale to go public via $1.9 bln SPAC deal
Dec 14 (Reuters) - Fluor Corporation said on Tuesday its nuclear energy unit NuScale Power plans to go public by merging with a blank-check firm in a deal that values the combined entity at $1.9 billion, including debt. Fluor said the deal with Spring Valley Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company, would provide NuScale with $413 million in gross proceeds. Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, are publicly-traded shell companies that merge with an unlisted company to take it public. NuScale intends to use the funds from the deal to scale up its commercial products, including small modular nuclear reactor technology. After the deal closes, the new company named NuScale Power Corporation will list on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "SMR".
Fluor-Backed NuScale Power Signs Agreement to Accelerate Small Modular Reactor Commercialization
Fluor has invested more than $600 million in NuScale Power since 2011 to help bring its technology to market. NuScale Power is the developer of the only SMR technology that has received Standard Design Approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). After merging with Spring Valley, the combined company will become the first and only publicly-traded company focused on development of advanced SMR technology. Fluor, together with NuScale Power, continues to advance the first SMR cost-reimbursable services contract with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS). Due to known and unknown risks, Fluor’s results may differ materially from its expectations and projections.
NEOGEN to Combine 3M's Food Safety Business With its Existing Operations, Creating a Global Industry Leader
The transaction implies an enterprise value for 3M's Food Safety business of approximately $5.3 billion, including $1 billion in new debt to be incurred by 3M's Food Safety business. 3M's Food Safety business will fund to 3M consideration valued at approximately $1 billion, subject to closing and other adjustments. By combining our Food Safety business with NEOGEN, we will create an organization well positioned to capture long-term profitable growth. Expanding food safety product offerings to better serve customers: The company will have a significantly expanded product offering in food safety, particularly in indicator testing and pathogen detection areas, which complement NEOGEN's existing microbiology lines. NEOGEN will also be able to offer 3M food safety customers its genomics services, which deliver innovative DNA testing – a new offering to 3M food safety customers.
Luminar, CEO, Board Members, and Management Announce Plan to Purchase a Total of $250 Million of LAZR Stock
The company plans to use a portion of the proceeds from a proposed private financing transaction for the share repurchase. Today, we’re putting our money where our mouth is by executing this significant purchase of shares as we accelerate our industry leadership." In addition to the Company, certain Luminar board members and management, led by Founder and CEO Austin Russell, intend to purchase LAZR shares in the open market or as part of pre-arranged stock trading plans. The timing and number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors, including stock price, trading volume, and general business and market conditions. Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements included in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
3M to combine food-safety business with Neogen
(Reuters) -3M Co said on Tuesday it would merge its food-safety business with food testing and animal healthcare products maker Neogen Corp in a tax-free transaction, as the industrial giant sharpens its healthcare focus. The deal gives the unit, which makes products for pathogen testing and allergen detection, an enterprise value of about $5.3 billion, including $1 billion in new debt. "This transaction further evolves our strategy, focuses our health care business and benefits our stakeholders," 3M Chief Executive Officer Mike Roman said in a statement. Shares of Neogen climbed 6% premarket, while those of 3M rose 1.29%. Goldman Sachs is the financial adviser and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz the legal counsel to 3M.
3M Merging Food-Safety Unit With Neogen in $9.3 Billion Deal
(Bloomberg) -- 3M Co. agreed to separate its food-safety business and combine it with Neogen Corp. in a deal that would value the combined company at about $9.3 billion. The company had been exploring a potential sale of its food-safety business since at least September 2020. The transaction implies an enterprise value for the 3M unit of $5.3 billion, including $1 billion of new debt. 3M is slated to receive about $1 billion, subject to closing and other adjustments. (Updates with analyst’s comment in sixth paragraph)Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Rentokil slumps after £5.1bn deal makes it world's biggest rat catcher - live updates
Rentokil Terminix takeover £5.1bn pest control - Jonathan Brady/PA WireShares in Rentokil have dropped as shareholders reacted to a takeover deal that will make it the world’s largest pest control company. The FTSE 100 firm has agreed to buy US rival Terminix in a cash-and-share deal worth $6.7bn (£5.1bn). The drug maker also said the treatment appears to be effective against the Omicron variant. 10:32 AMPfizer jab gives 70pc protection against omicron hospitalisationTwo doses of Pfizer's Covid vaccine gives 70pc protection against hospitalisation with the omicron variant, according to a major new real-world study. They've risen to a record high of 1.22m, suggesting the UK market is still grappling with a chronic shortage of workers.
Rentokil to Buy Terminix in $6.7 Billion Pest-Control Deal
(Bloomberg) -- Rentokil Initial Plc agreed to buy Terminix Global Holdings Inc. to expand in the U.S., the world’s largest pest-control market. Most Read from BloombergThe stock-and-cash transaction values the company at $6.7 billion with an implied price of $55 per share, according to a statement. Rentokil shares rose as much as 6% in London trading, before paring those gains. Overseas DealsThe transaction marks a rare overseas deal for a U.K. company at a time when investors have been discouraging London-listed firms from making bold acquisitions. (Updates with M&A comparisons)Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill's results, potency versus omicron
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental pill to treat COVID-19 appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Analysis-Murdoch emails loom large in billion-dollar election lawsuits against Fox News
That has become a significant question in defamation lawsuits filed by Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems Corp against Fox News and its parent company Fox Corp. That is the standard of “actual malice,” which public figures must prove in order to prevail in defamation cases. A representative for Fox Corp and lawyers representing Giuliani and Bartiromo did not respond to requests for comment. Other Fox News coverage after the election refuted those claims, as did two Murdoch-controlled newspapers — the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. In legal filings and court hearings, Fox News has asserted that actual malice hinges on the state of mind of the individuals who made the claims about the election.
Apple stock turns negative, Bitcoin falls below $48,000, AMC and GME plunging
Video TranscriptKARINA MITCHELL: But here watching more of what's going on in the markets is our Yahoo Finance's Ines Ferre. INES FERRE: And, Karina, if we just take a look at the NASDAQ 100, we've been watching shares of Tesla trading at their lowest level since October. We've been watching Bitcoin declining, entering its fifth straight week of losses. We've been watching AMC shares and also GameStop shares just plunging. GME down 12% today, and AMC adding to its losses from last week, down 15% today.
Elon Musk says Tesla will start accepting dogecoin for some merchandise — sending the token soaring as much as 30%
Maja Hitij/Getty ImagesTesla will start to let people buy some of its merchandise with dogecoin, Elon Musk said Tuesday. Musk tweeted: "Tesla will make some merch buyable with Doge & see how it goes." The meme cryptocurrency skyrocketed after Musk's tweet, soaring as much as 30% early Tuesday. Elon Musk has said Tesla will let people purchase some of its merchandise with the meme cryptocurrency dogecoin. In May, he asked his Twitter followers whether Tesla should start accepting dogecoin, to which the overwhelming response was "yes."
GameStop, AMC Drag Meme Stock Group to 7-Month Low
The volatility for meme stocks is nothing new as massive rallies and rapid selloffs for the group is the status quo. AMC Entertainment is up almost 1,000% this year and GameStop shares have rallied 620% -- outperforming the group’s 44% rise. Dip-BuyingGameStop Corp. and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., the two best-known meme stocks, have been the biggest drags on the group since mid-November. AMC Entertainment has been caught in a selloff alongside reopening-trade stocks and as key executives sold shares. Retail traders on Fidelity’s platform rushed to buy shares of AMC Entertainment after the 18% dip and GameStop’s 14% drop on Monday.
Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern Close Into Voting Trust
KANSAS CITY, Mo., December 14, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) ("KCS") today announced the completion of its sale to Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP, NYSE: CP) ("CP"). The STB’s approval of CP’s control of KCS would create Canadian Pacific Kansas City Limited ("CPKC"), the only single-line railroad linking the United States, Mexico and Canada. ?BofA Securities and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC are serving as financial advisors to Kansas City Southern. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Baker & Miller PLLC, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, WilmerHale, and White & Case, S.C. are serving as legal counsel to Kansas City Southern. CP-IRABOUT KCSHeadquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.
Apple stock nears $3 trillion market cap, JPMorgan raises price target
Yahoo Finance's Brian Sozzi and Julie Hyman discuss Apple's market cap closing in on $3 trillion and JPMorgan's price target for Apple shares. And, Julie, we remain on Apple $3 trillion market cap, watching Apple shares up about 2/10 of a percent, really knocking on the door of that major milestone. It's from JPMorgan, which has now a-- the highest price target on the street on Apple shares. So interesting there because I think of, again, sort of anecdotally of Android users being pretty entrenched, and iPhone users paying pretty entrenched. How much long can it stay past that $3 trillion market cap into the company's earnings in a couple of weeks?
Apple and Google’s ‘vice-like grip’ on smartphone market harms consumers, warns watchdog
Apple's App Store appApple and Google's “vice-like grip” over the smartphone market is in the sights of the competition watchdog, which warned that the tech giants are harming innovation and consumer choice. The CMA also said it wanted to make it easier for consumers to find and install apps outside the Apple and Google app stores. This could be through alternative app stores from rival firms, or through “sideloading”, where consumers download apps online. While Google’s Android does allow alternative ways of downloading apps, the watchdog accused Apple of having a “total monopoly” over how users put apps on their devices. The watchdog stopped short of demanding “structural separation” of Apple and Google’s app stores or app development teams.
US STOCKS-Futures fall after PPI data as Fed meet looms
The fast-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant also tamped down the mood after the S&P 500 index hit an all-time closing high late last week. Market participants are expecting a hawkish tone from the Fed at the end of its two-day meeting on Wednesday. The U.S. central bank will likely signal a faster wind-down of asset purchases, and thus, a quicker start to interest rate hikes in order to contain the rapid rise in prices. A Reuters poll of economists sees the central bank hiking interest rates from near zero to 0.25%-0.50% in the third quarter of next year, followed by another in the fourth quarter. Software tech firms Datadog, Akamai Tech, and Cloudflare dropped between 3.0% and 6.0% after J.P.Morgan downgraded the stocks.
Green new era dawns for crypto with global mining shift
Many crypto-native organizations are also joining the Crypto Climate Accord, committing to achieve net-zero emissions from electricity consumption associated with crypto-related operations by 2030. Previously the global stronghold for crypto mining activity, with 44% of the global share of Bitcoin mining hashrate, the decision prompted an exodus of miners to other jurisdictions. With the addition of a 9.5% mining hashrate in Canada, North America now dominates the global mining hashrate with close to 50% of the global supply. While energy production in the U.S. is diverse across states, the shift has been a significant boon to the sustainability of Bitcoin mining. By acting as a means of monetizing the production of renewable energy, mining can thus further accelerate the building out of renewable energy capabilities.
Cryptocurrencies show net inflows last week despite price declines
Bitcoin recovered a bit last week, posting a slim 1.3% gain for the period after a steep 14% selloff the previous week. CoinShares data showed that bitcoin managed to show inflows of $51 million, its 13th straight week of inflows that puts its year-to-date net total to $6.5 billion. Ethereum saw minor outflows totalling $17 million last week, the first time following six weeks of inflows, although it reflects only 0.09% of assets under management. Other digital assets such as Solana and Tron, meanwhile, showed inflows of $19 million and $17 million, respectively. Data also showed that trading volumes across investment products fell 13% to $3 billion for the week.
Apple has even more room to ‘build on this incredible ecosystem,' analyst explains
If Apple reaches that number, it would become the first company to hit that $3 trillion market cap. And it adds to the repertoire of things they can have and use, and that Apple can build applications and services for. And then like I said, I think really interesting in '22 is as we move beyond the phones to something different. Of course, Facebook's really, really leaned into that space. And I think that's where people think Apple could potentially do something dramatically different.
Billionaire who blasted into space defended spending tens of millions of dollars on the trip, saying his critics 'perhaps have never been to space'
Yusaku Maezawa during a space-suit check before his launch to the International Space Station. He said the reports he spent $80 million on his trip were "pretty much" accurate. He defended the cost, saying "those who criticize are perhaps those who have never been to space." A Japanese billionaire who is currently in space has responded to people who criticized him for spending millions of dollars on the trip. In a Monday interview with the Associated Press from the International Space Station, Yusaku Maezawa said: "Once you are in space, you realize how much it is worth it by having this amazing experience.
Lane Kiffin rants about transfer portal: 'They're going where they're going to get paid the most'
— Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin is done ignoring what the transfer portal has done to college football recruiting. There are plenty of players in the transfer portal because the coach who recruited them was fired or left for another job. Unless, of course, more Ole Miss players start putting their names in the portal. "There are just a lot of things happening from what was initially a really good idea to help the kids," Kiffin said. This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Lane Kiffin rants about recruiting issues created by transfer portal
NFL Power Rankings: Aaron Rodgers is Packers' star, but don't ignore coach Matt LaFleur
Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have contributed to a lot of wins together. Atlanta Falcons (6-7, LW: 26)Cordarrelle Patterson started out this season as a gadget player doing a little bit of everything. Miami Dolphins (6-7, LW: 21)DeVante Parker could have a nice impact down the stretch. Washington Football Team (6-7, LW: 17)Not only did Washington lose, Taylor Heinicke was banged up and Terry McLaurin suffered a concussion. If he has to miss the game that's a big loss for the Chargers offense, which is already monitoring the health of Austin Ekeler's ankle.
Human remains found in Texas search for missing girlfriend of ex-NFL player Kevin Ware
Human remains have been discovered in the nearly eight-month search for Taylor Pomaski, the missing girlfriend of former NFL player Kevin Ware. Pomaski, 29, was last seen on April 25 at a party in Spring, Texas, about 25 miles from Houston, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. Ware, a former tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, has not been charged in Pomaski’s case. Ultimately, he was ordered to be held without bail for violating conditions of the previous bond case. Anyone with information on Pomaski’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (713) 274-9100.
Jenna Dewan Shares Topless Photo From Steamy Birthday Getaway With Fiancé Steve Kazee
Jenna Dewan stripped all the way down to her birthday suit during her birthday getaway with fiancé Steve Kazee. "Couldn't have dreamed up a better birthday getaway if I tried," she captioned a series of photos from their stay, adding, "Thank you, baby." In the first pic, Jenna and Steve strike a pose for the camera while soaking in the water without their garments. The other photos in the birthday post included a scenic look at their tropical destination and even more photos of the two hanging out in paradise. Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee: Romance Rewind"In the middle of September 2012 my whole life would change forever," he captioned an Instagram photo of the actress on her big day, Dec. 3.
Investors hoard cash as market braces for potentially hawkish Fed meeting
ReutersLONDON (Reuters) -European shares clung to gains on Tuesday while Wall Street looked set to fall, as investors nervously eyed the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and sat on the sidelines before numerous central bank decisions due this week. Despite fears that Omicron is spurring another round of government restrictions that will slow economic growth, stock markets have held up well and rebounded fast - the S&P 500 last week enjoyed its strongest week since early February. There is plenty for investors to be nervous about as policymakers at the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England weigh the pace of interest rate rises needed to curb higher inflation. "Everyone has their hands in their pockets at the moment, first because of the major (central bank) events that are coming up and also because most people had a fairly successful year and don't want to blow it at the end of the year," said Colin Asher, Senior Economist at Japanese bank Mizuho.
Pfizer finds COVID pill 89% effective, some hospitals drop vaccine mandates amid labor shortage
The HillPfizer announced Tuesday that a study found that its oral, antiviral COVID-19 pill Paxlovid reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 89 percent in high-risk patients.Pfizer said that the 2,246 patients in the study were given the pill within three days of symptom onset, adding that they had mild to moderate symptoms as well as an underlying medical condition or an increased risk of becoming severely infected by COVID-19. The company said...
'Off the Rails' director shares stories from Kelly Preston's last film: 'She was such a cool woman'
When Kelly Preston passed away from breast cancer in July 2020, she had completed one last film that was still awaiting release. And director Jules Williamson hopes that audiences now view the film in the same way she does: as a posthumous toast to Preston's talent. "She really, really wanted to do it." Kelly Preston in a scene from her final film, Off the Rails. According to Williamson, Preston never showed any signs of discomfort or illness during those intense three-and-a-half weeks.
Today's 10-year mortgage refinance rates sink to 6-day low | Dec. 14, 2021
Based on data compiled by Credible, current mortgage refinance rates remained largely unchanged compared to yesterday’s, except for 10-year rates, which fell. — If your interest rate on those types of credit is high, and you can get a really low mortgage refinance rate, you may think "Why not?" Changing economic conditions, central bank policy decisions, investor sentiment and other factors influence the movement of mortgage refinance rates. Credible average mortgage refinance rates are calculated based on information provided by partner lenders who pay compensation to Credible. Credible mortgage refinance rates will only give you an idea of current average rates.
Sign at Alaska IHOP blames Biden 'free money' for staffing woes: 'Nobody wants to work anymore'
A sign at an IHOP in Alaska said the franchised restaurant was reducing hours because of staff shortages and blamed President Biden's COVID-19 relief programs. "Due to the fact that Biden gave out way too much free money and nobody wants to work anymore, we are forced to reduce our hours during this week," the typed sign posted to the counter at an IHOP in Wasilla, Alaska, reads. "I know we’re just one small family, and we don’t matter, but we can’t eat at a place that condones this," the user wrote. When I see a sign posted by a restaurant door, I am always prepared to turn around and walk away if it’s this kind of entitled, anti-worker non-sense. People are rethinking their priorities and working for min wage minus taxes during a pandemic w no benefits ain’t the lure you might think it is," another user wrote.
Today's mortgage rates stay steady and low — but for how much longer? | Dec. 14, 2021
30-year fixed mortgage rates: 3.125%, unchanged3.125%, unchanged 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.875%, unchanged2.875%, unchanged 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.375%, unchanged2.375%, unchanged 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.375%, up from 2.250%, +0.125Rates last updated on Dec. 14, 2021. If you’re considering refinancing an existing home, check out what refinance rates look like:30-year fixed-rate refinance: 3.125%, unchanged3.125%, unchanged 20-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.875%, unchanged2.875%, unchanged 15-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.375%, unchanged2.375%, unchanged 10-year fixed-rate refinance: 2.250%, down from 2.375%, -0.125Rates last updated on Dec. 14, 2021. How Credible mortgage rates are calculatedChanging economic conditions, central bank policy decisions, investor sentiment and other factors influence the movement of mortgage rates. How mortgage rates have changedToday, mortgage rates are mixed compared to this time last week. 30-year fixed mortgage rates: 3.125%, down from 3.190% last week, -0.0653.125%, down from 3.190% last week, -0.065 20-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.875%, up from 2.750% last week, +0.1252.875%, up from 2.750% last week, +0.125 15-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.375%, the same as last week2.375%, the same as last week 10-year fixed mortgage rates: 2.375%, up from 2.250% last week, +0.125Rates last updated on Dec. 14, 2021.
How to retire with $1M on a $50,000 salary
A big chunk of that should be allocated to an employer-sponsored plan. If you contributed 6% of your annual salary to the plan, that comes out to about $3,000 per year, or $250 per month. I found one where I input a 6% contribution based on a $50,000 annual salary, with a 50% employer match up to 4%. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSAs this hypothetical shows, it is definitely possible to amass more than $1 million for retirement on a salary of $50,000 per year. The key is starting early, investing in your employer-sponsored plan, and developing a budget that prioritizes saving and investing.
Going Long Lennar Ahead of Earnings
Prices are trading above the rising 50-day moving average line as well as the rising 200-day line. A price target in the $158 area is now being projected. In this weekly Point and Figure chart of LEN, below, we can see the same upside price target of $158. Bottom line strategy: I do not see a lot of risk of staying long LEN or going long LEN ahead of earnings Wednesday. The $158 area is our first quarter price target.
Kohl's Appears Worth Snatching Up From the 'Sale' Rack
In 2021, Kohl's Corp. (KSS) will have its best earnings year on record by far, and activists have been circling the company for months. Last week, another activist fund, Engine Capital, pushed for Kohl's to sell the company outright or split off its e-commerce division. Kohl's business is in the midst of a record performance as the stock trades at a historically low price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of around 6.5. Kohl's market cap is a modest $6.7 billion compared to the $1.2 billion share buyback expected to be completed this year. Analysts are optimistic about the move; Jefferies remarked in its assessment, "The store experience was far more grand than the renderings portended; this is a proper Sephora experience in Kohl's."
Column: Don’t try to reach this robocaller. It doesn’t pick up the phone
Nearly all American adults — 97% — own a cellphone, according to the wireless industry. And yet we still can’t get our hands around the chronic problem of spam calls from telemarketers. Advertisement“I get other spam calls, but I’ve never had anyone come after me like this,” the Cheviot Hills resident said. Unfortunately, he said the filter fails to stop most Quantum calls from getting through, probably because they keep coming from different numbers. Solutions are out there — if the wireless industry is willing to invest in protecting customers from harassment.
Column: Trump’s SPAC deal could mark a peak for a very scammy corner of Wall Street
Trump Media claims to be a business that aims to challenge what it calls the “tech monopoly” in media, which it asserts aims to silence conservative voices, like Trump’s. The Trump SPAC deal has attracted the attention of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. As for Trump Media & Technology Group, it’s not what you would call a solidly established business enterprise. There isn’t much more to say about this SPAC deal, at least until Trump and his new CEO actually do something media-like. That’s particularly true in light of the fact that Trump Media has yet to demonstrate that it is a genuine company.
Disney Stock: Jim Cramer Says It's Time to Buy. Is It?
Disney (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report was founded in 1923, so it’s no stranger to volatility. Those worries have led to new volatility in Disney’s stock. Figure 1: Disney stock price throughout 2021. data from Yahoo FinanceBut even though Disney looks to be on the decline, there are still investors who believe right now is a great time to buy its shares. CNBC(Read more from MavenFlix: Roku Stock: Why It Spiked This Week)Where Jim Cramer Thinks Disney Is HeadedThe CNBC host recently told viewers he believes Disney is a buy, even after losing one-third of its share price since March. Cramer emphasized to his viewers that it’s Disney’s stock that’s “broken,” not the company.
Apple Stock: How Much Will The Metaverse Move The Needle?
The largest stock by market capitalization, Apple stock AAPL may only see modest gains going forward, due to its large size. We’ve talked previously here at The Apple Maven about this company’s metaverse exposure. (Read more from Apple Maven: Bulls Pile In, But Apple Stock Falls Short Of $3 Trillion)AAPL Stock and its Metaverse ExposureOver the past few weeks, after the Facebook/Meta Platforms news, the sell-side community has taken a closer look at other major tech names, to handicap their potential as metaverse plays. But to what extent will high demand for these mixed reality devices boost the price of AAPL stock? (Read more from Apple Maven: Apple Stock: It Could Make Sense To Trim The Position)(Disclaimers: this is not investment advice.
Does Cathie Wood Play in Europe? Ark ETFs Now Available There.
Leverage Shares, a London-based, exchange-traded products company, is offering them. On Tuesday they were listed through Leverage Shares ETPs on the London Stock Exchange, and on Thursday they will be listed on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Paris, Leverage Shares said. The flagship ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) - Get ARK Innovation ETF Report has returned 33% annualized over the past three years but has lost 22% over the past year, according to Morningstar. Other Ark funds include ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW) - Get ARK Next Generation Internet ETF Report and ARK Genomic Revolution ETF (ARKG) - Get ARK Genomic Revolution ETF Report. Ark ETFs are available inside Leverage Shares’ ETPs.
It’s an L.A. Advent calendar! Here are 31 festive things to do in December
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Premarket Movers Tuesday as Meme Stocks Extend Slide
Stock futures dropped Tuesday as investors await the Federal Reserve's meeting to discuss the pace of the stimulus taper. GameStop GME | Down 4.3%Shares of GameStop (GME) - Get GameStop Corp. Class A Report slipped early Tuesday after they fell nearly 14% on Monday. Beyond Meat BYND | Up 3.4%Shares of Beyond Meat (BYND) - Get Beyond Meat, Inc. Report jumped. Ralph Lauren RL | Down 4.7%Shares of Ralph Lauren (RL) - Get Ralph Lauren Corporation Class A Report slipped ahead of the bell after analysts at Goldman Sachs downgraded the retailer to sell from buy. AMC Entertainment AMC | Down 9.3%Shares of AMC Entertainment (AMC) - Get AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Class A Report fell after dropping 15% on Monday.
Meme ETF: Diversified Exposure Beyond GME and AMC Stocks
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In Malibu, a $40-million home rises from Suzanne Somers’ empty land
In 2007, a fire destroyed four homes in Malibu, including the oceanfront cottage of “Three’s Company” star Suzanne Somers. (Marcelo Lagos and Simon Berlyn) 2 / 15 The open floor plan. (Marcelo Lagos and Simon Berlyn) 3 / 15 The kitchen. (Marcelo Lagos and Simon Berlyn) 15 / 15 Aerial view of the home. (Marcelo Lagos and Simon Berlyn)Wood accents the exterior and continues inside, lining floors and ceilings in the vast, open-concept living spaces.
Amazon Stock: It Could Skyrocket in 2022
Could Amazon stock have a great year ahead, after disappointing in 2021? Amazon stock (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report continues to be a disappointing underperformer in 2021. The StreetBest to buy AMZN on the dipThe first argument for buying Amazon stock now and holding through the end of 2022, at least, is very simple: the share price is down. Amazon stock is not quite there yet now, but I still think that the opportunity for outsized gains exists today. Investors who are in for the long haul should not care much about whether Amazon stock price will be a bit higher or lower, say, in a couple of weeks.
Soccer newsletter: Parity helping Liga MX, but is it hurting homegrown talent?
The 20 berths in the Cup final over that time have been shared among 11 of the league’s 27 teams. “In results and performance, it is the worst year of my tenure,” national team coach Tata Martino said last week. But Flores, who made his national team debut with Mexico last year, isn’t a normal Mexican player, having been born in Canada to a father who managed the women’s national team in the Cayman Islands. More typical is the experience of veteran forward Raúl Jiménez, whose 28 goals is tied for most among active players on the national team. “It feels unbelievable to be able to call ourselves champions,” said Johnson, a 12-year MLS veteran who was playing in his first Cup final.
Adam McKay’s ‘Don’t Look Up’ is uncomfortably close to reality
It’s Mark Olsen, film writer for The Times and “The Envelope” podcast co-host. On this week’s episode, director Adam McKay joins me to discuss the real-life events that inspired his latest film, “Don’t Look Up,” including a near-death experience that shaped his perspective on this apocalyptic comedy. He also details the challenges of making an absurdist satire in absurd times. You can listen to the full conversation now wherever you get your podcasts or on latimes.com , where you can also read the full transcript. Happy listening!
Tom Bissell learned to let go of literary ambition. It made his fiction better
On the Shelf Creative Types: And Other Stories By Tom BissellPantheon: 224 pages, $27If you buy books linked on our site, The Times may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookstores. When a writer writes a short story about a writer, there’s always a temptation to read it as autobiographical. For many years Bissell subsidized his literary fiction by writing long travel pieces for magazines, but after the recession in 2008, those assignments vanished virtually overnight. After publishing the book “Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter,” Bissell received opportunities to work in the industry he’d written about. He revisits this period in “Love Story, with Cocaine,” a piece in the new collection about a former video game writer.
‘Bye Bye Bye’: How R-rated ‘Red Rocket’ found its anti-scammer anthem in an ‘NSync classic
This time, the award-winning writer-director of “Tangerine” and “The Florida Project” wanted to use “Bye Bye Bye” in his next movie — and all five ’NSyncers had to agree to approve it. In another, Lexi quotes the line “It ain’t no lie, bye bye bye” as she comes to see that life would be much better with him gone. Strawberry, in “Red Rocket.” (A24 Films)“He sent me an MP3 the night before and said, ‘Can you learn this? She filmed it on her first day of shooting with costar Rex in a sex scene that gives way to Strawberry playing “Bye Bye Bye” on her keyboard for Mikey. You can feel the weather, you can smell everything around.”As for “Bye Bye Bye,” “I really loved how they use this in the film,” he says.
Survivors of errant U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 are upset it will go unpunished
The survivors of an errant U.S. drone strike that killed 10 members of their family in Kabul, Afghanistan, said Tuesday they were frustrated and saddened that troops involved in the strike will not face disciplinary action. The strike that killed him and nine others took place amid the chaotic last days of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in mid-August. AdvertisementIt also came just days after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 13 U.S. troops and 169 Afghans at a Kabul airport gate. U.S. forces believed that the car they were monitoring was an imminent threat and decided to strike. But the generals made no recommendations for disciplining those involved in the strike on Zemerai Ahmadi, according to John Kirby, chief Pentagon spokesman.
‘Toxic atmosphere of hatred.’ USC faculty outraged over response to student’s tweets
But the administration’s response hasn’t satisfied many of the faculty members who signed the letter, or Mashayekh and her supporters. In addition to losing her paid mentoring position, she said, her name was recently removed from the Viterbi Graduate Student Assn. website, where her role as a diversity, equity and inclusion senator involves planning events such as dinners and movie nights. Mashayekh said she worries that she won’t be able to find a job in the future or pay off her loans. Faculty members, student groups, alumni, outside activists and others have entered the fray and taken sides in the tangle of controversies.
Why do we get side effects from vaccines? Experts say that means it’s working
All three of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. effectively work in the same way, said Dr. David Pride, an infectious disease specialist at UC San Diego. But your body will detect them and think an infection is underway, prompting the immune system to swing into action, Pride said. In other words, having no side effects doesn’t mean the vaccine is not working, and having more side effects doesn’t mean it’s working better. California How to handle another COVID holiday season The 2021 holidays will be much different from 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccinations are almost always given in a series, and the COVID-19 vaccine is turning out to be no different.
‘Spencer’ costumes evoke Princess Diana without duplicating her look
“Icon” is a term so overused it rarely feels accurate, except perhaps in discussing Diana Spencer. Kristen Stewart sports a plaid jacket as Princess Diana in “Spencer.” (Neon / Topic Studios)Tell us about Chanel’s involvement with the film. We mixed the Chanel red coat with a look Diana wore at Sandringham at Christmas once and came up with this look. Kristen Stewart wears a low V-back silk gown with pearls as Princess Diana in “Spencer” with Sally Hawkins as Maggie. Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in “Spencer”.
Webb telescope: What to know about launch date, how it works
Seeing through space and timeThe key to Webb’s deep-space vision is its ability to sense infrared light. Past telescopes have been able to capture infrared light, but only in a more limited range of wavelengths. The key is Webb’s large mirror, whose 18 hexagonal pieces will help it absorb as much infrared light as possible. Because infrared light has a wavelength 10 times as wide as visible light, the Webb needed a significantly larger mirror than the Hubble. Telescope mirrors by diameter 4.3 ft Spitzer 3 ft Hubble 7.9 ft Herschel 11.5 ft Webb 21.3 ft Telescope mirrors by diameter Spitzer 3 ft Hubble 7.9 ft Herschel 11.5 ft 4.3 ft Webb 21.3 ftThough older telescopes such as Herschel and Spitzer have used infrared sensors, they weren’t able to deliver the same quality of images with their smaller mirrors.
Recipe: Eggs in Purgatory is a blessing for home cooks
Eggs in Purgatory is a meatless lunch or dinner concoction made with eggs broken into a perky tomato-rich base. The eggs cook enough for the whites to congeal, leaving the creamy yolks loose enough to meld just-right with the rich tomato sauce when the tines of a diner’s fork intrude. Arrange bread slices on baking sheet in a single layer and drizzle first sides with 2 tablespoons oil; flip slices and drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in oven-safe 12-inch skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Repeat with remaining eggs, evenly spacing eggs around perimeter with one egg in center.
DMV and the elderly: Roadshow answers about renewals, ID cards, giving up the keys
Inappropriate speeds and poor lane control are two of the warning signs that it’s time to give up driving. It is so important to discuss how stopping someone from driving will be handled before it becomes a safety issue. I have checked the DMV website and can find nothing to confirm this change in renewal for 70-year-old-plus drivers. I have even written a letter using the information on the DMV contact web page and still no response. Q: We received a renewal notice for my father-in-law’s ID card.
Hundreds of homes near Scottsdale could have no running water. It's a warning to us all
You can picture the headline now, and it’s not a good one:Hundreds of homes lack running water near one of Arizona’s wealthiest cities. Homes with no wells or connections to a formal water system have been allowed to proliferate in Rio Verde Foothills, a 20 square-mile strip of county land northeast of Scottsdale. The city has decided to stop water-hauling services to non-residents in 2023, leaving potentially hundreds in Rio Verde high and dry if they cannot secure another water source before then. Rio Verde residents are fighting about what to doRio Verde residents estimate that about 700 of the 2,100 who live there rely solely on hauled water. That may prove easier said than done – partly because residents are fighting over how to secure water, and partly because there aren’t many available supplies to secure.
Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic reacts to fourth-quarter ejection vs. Wizards: “To be honest, I think I didn’t deserve it”
Nikola Jokic got fed up after multiple no-calls with six minutes left against the Wizards. “To be honest, I think I didn’t deserve it, especially an ejection,” Jokic told reporters after a 113-107 victory. “On top of that, Nikola is our best player. He’s the best player in the league. “This is the best league in the world — with probably the best players in the world and probably the best referees in the world.
The best albums of 2021, ranked. Music from St. Vincent, Genesis Owusu, Sault and more
You'll find a mix of all those types of records in this unabashedly subjective countdown of the year's best albums. "In the final scene, there's a final girl and you know that she should be screaming." Idehen returns for the final track, a cacophonous free-jazz explosion that finds the poet signing off with "You already have the world! That's gotta be one of the 20 best lines to be found on the opening track of an album that's loaded with lyrics that leap off the record. By the second track, he's rapping with abandon to a funky synth-pop groove before seemingly running his voice through a vocoder backward to brilliant robotic effect on the dreamy future-soul of "Centrefold."
Las Vegas police investigating homicide
Las Vegas police were investigating a homicide in the downtown corridor of the city early Tuesday. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)Las Vegas police were investigating a homicide in the downtown corridor of the city early Tuesday. Police confirmed that homicide detectives were responding to an area in the 1100 block of the Las Vegas Boulevard South, near Charleston Boulevard. Traffic in the area was being impacted. Police were expected to provide more information later in the morning.
Winter storm prepares to strike Las Vegas Valley with rain, snow
Winter’s first major storm will bring strong winds, rain and mountain snow to the region Tuesday, says the National Weather Service. Wind gusts to 50 mph are forecast for the Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, according to the National Weather Service. Mountain areas will receive up to a foot of snow at the highest elevations as the first major winter storm pushes through the region. The snow should start in the late morning with rain beginning in the early afternoon, weather service meteorologist Todd Lericos said. About a quarter inch of rain is expected across much of the Las Vegas Valley.
Former Pinnacle QB Spencer Rattler will take his game to South Carolina
Former Phoenix Pinnacle quarterback Spencer Rattler announced on social media Monday night that his next college chapter is taking him to the University of South Carolina. Rattler simply wrote, "Excited for the next chapter!" Rattler came out of Pinnacle in 2019 as the top-rated quarterback in the nation. They play North Carolina Dec. 30 on ESPN in the Duke's Mayo Bowl. This is a big coup for South Carolina, where he is expected to be the starter from day one.
NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals lose game to Los Angeles Rams, respect in rankings
6 in its rankings of NFL teams after NFL Week 14. NFL Week 15 picks, predictions:Davis is not alone in dropping the Cardinals after their less-than-impressive Monday Night Football showing. More:NFL Week 15 schedule, television information: Several must-see games in Week 15 of seasonNew York Post: Cardinals go from No. More:NFL Week 15 odds: Money lines, point spreads, over/unders for Week 15 NFL gamesSporting News: Cardinals fall to No. More:NFL Week 15 picks, predictions: Who wins Week 15 NFL games?
Packers seize control of the No. 1 seed in NFC after Cardinals loss; check out the tiebreakers to know
With the Los Angeles Rams' win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night, the Green Bay Packers have possession of the No. It's pretty simple: If the Packers win their last four games, they'll get the first-round bye awarded to the NFC's top team. The Packers, Cardinals and Bucs are all 10-3, so why does Green Bay have the No. Any Packers win or Vikings loss will seal it up. 4 seed but have lost only one NFC game and could easily slide past the Packers if Green Bay loses.
Gasoline truck explodes in northern Haiti; dozens killed
Haiti is still trying to recover from the July 7 presidential assassination and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck in mid-August, killing more than 2,200 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes. The country of more than 11 million people also has been hit by a spike in gang-related kidnappings, including 17 missionaries with a U.S. religious organization who were abducted in mid-October. Five of them have been released but another 12 are still being held.
Without Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, Heat paying the price for lack of free throws
While the free throws are down, the 3-pointers are up, with at least 40 attempts in each of the last three games. As a matter of perspective, only three teams are averaging that many attempts for the season, with the rosters of those three teams — the Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves — designed to do just that.
Dear Doctor: How long should I wait after contracting COVID to get the vaccine?
-- P.M.ANSWER: In general, people can expect to have symptoms of acute COVID-19 infection for up to four weeks after the onset of symptoms. Roughly a third of people with symptomatic COVID-19 symptoms will have persistent symptoms. I do recommend vaccination after COVID-19 infection, with or without persistent symptoms. The risk of being infected again within three months of COVID-19 infection is very low. -- L.A.ANSWER: Uterine bleeding in a woman after menopause always raises the concern for endometrial (uterine) cancer, although only about 10% of cases turn out to be cancer.
As expanded child tax credit expires, Dems push for extension
The parents and guardians of more than 3.5 million children in New York have qualified for monthly payments of up to $300 a month under the expanded child tax credit, which was included in the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress in March. The plan approved by House Democrats also seeks to lower the income criteria to qualify for the advance monthly payments. Currently most households earning $440,000 or less qualified for some level of the expanded credit and could opt into the monthly payments. The federal government has issued $77 billion in total monthly payments from July to November this year, according to the Treasury Department. The child tax credit has helped families — especially those that have really struggled — to be able to meet the basic needs of their families and the prospect of losing this credit is anxious-making for many."
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron
By MATTHEW PERRONEWASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental pill to treat COVID-19 appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations. She said the Pfizer pill, if authorized by the FDA, “will be another great tool, but we need to diagnose people early.”
Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines
The data were gathered from Nov. 15 to Dec. 7, during which time omicron was first spotted by scientists in South Africa and Botswana, and may change as time passes. Experts now say that omicron accounts for more than 90% of all new infections in South Africa, according to Discovery Health chief executive Dr. Ryan Noach. Researchers around the world are rushing to figure out what omicron will mean for the coronavirus pandemic now well into its second year. In the weeks since omicron was detected, South Africa has experienced rapid spread of the virus — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng. The U.K. Health Security Agency said Friday that new data from the U.K. confirm that omicron is more easily transmissible than other variants.
Tuesday's Rangers-Avalanche game exclusive to ESPN+
The Rangers’ game on Tuesday night against the Avalanche – a rematch of Colorado’s 7-3 rout of the Rangers last week – will be unavailable to watch for fans who do not subscribe to ESPN+ or Hulu. This is the first of three ESPN+ /Hulu exclusives for the Rangers this season, meaning the game will not be shown on traditional television as part of the NHL’s new rights deal with ESPN. The Islanders’ first was on Nov. 16 against the Panthers and their next will be a Jan. 4 visit to expansion Seattle. Bob Wischusen will call Tuesday night’s game, with Brian Boucher and A.J, Mleczko as the analysts, the same team that worked the Islanders-Panthers game last month. Wischusen, the Jets’ radio play-by-play man, tweeted that this will be his first Rangers game call in 15 years.
Portland Tuesday weather: Overnight snow dusts Washington County; who’s next?
Drivers in several Washington and Clark county areas could see some slick roads early Tuesday as overnight snow fell and accumulated causing icy conditions. #pdxtraffic Travelers to or from the coast this a.m. will likely see slick roads and snow on U.S. 26 and OR 6. Also, showers will begin to taper off by late morning ending any rain/snow mix. #WAwx #ORwx pic.twitter.com/tJBGWtnUT1 — NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) December 14, 2021Until then, be ready for some slick roads, bridges and overpasses as there may be icy spots. Once the system drops south, skies should begin to clear, and we’ll see a break in any rain/snow mix through the evening.
Readers respond: It’s time for better public policy
Oregonians have been nothing short of relentless when it comes to voting for real and progressive change. Oregonians have been forced to accept mediocre public policymaking for so long that I’m not sure if they know what change looks like. That legislation has no doubt resulted in people getting re-elected, but the program still awaits implementation and tens of thousands of Oregonians will miss out. We have a real opportunity for transformative state policy. I hope we don’t miss it.
Everett Silvertips at Portland Winterhawks: Preview, updates, chat, how to listen and watch the stream
What: The Portland Winterhawks (11-10-3-1) take on the Everett Silvertips (19-5-1-1) in Western Hockey League action. Watch: You can stream the game via the CHL TV pay per view (CDN$6.99 for one game). They’ve played 7 more home games than road games, and they will have to start making that up pretty soon. They could use some more out of McCleary, who was so highly rated at the start of the season but may still be recovering from whatever he missed games with earlier. Goalies 19 31-Dante Giannuzzi (51) 18 70-Lochlan Gordon (9)Giannuzzi hasn’t started four games in a row all season.
Hook and Ladder restaurant opens in New Britain, serving comfort food and discounts for first responders
Butler said pizza will be added to the menu when that part of the kitchen is done. He also said a grab-and-go counter will be added to accommodate the boom in residential development in the downtown area. A downstairs function room also is being built.
Passenger dies after rollover crash on I-84 in Farmington on her birthday
Anyone who saw the crash or was driving through the area with a dashboard camera is asked to call the investigator, Trooper John Wilson, at 860-534-1098 or email him at john.wilson@ct.gov
Data from South Africa indicate omicron is milder, but better at evading vaccines
In the weeks since omicron was detected, South Africa has experienced rapid spread of the virus — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in the country rose over the past two weeks from 8.07 new cases per 100,000 people on Nov. 29 to 34.37 new cases per 100,000 people on Dec. 13, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death rate hasn’t increased during that same period.
Readers respond: BLM’s brazen violation of wild horse act
On Dec. 15, 1971, the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Oregon’s wild herds have also been targeted with the brutal helicopter operations this year, with herds being reduced to just a fraction of their existing size. The federal government is commemorating the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act by repeatedly and brazenly violating its mandates, removing wild horses and burros, animals beloved and cherished as symbols of our nation’s heritage, from western public lands to benefit wealthy and powerful livestock companies. The anti-wild horse rot runs so deep in the bureau’s Wild Horse and Burro Program that the logical way to reform the program is to fire its staff from top to bottom, and start over from scratch. That would certainly elicit a celebration worthy of the act.
Portland-based NuScale expects to raise $413 million by going public through SPAC deal
Portland nuclear power company NuScale said Tuesday it expects to go public in the first half of next year by merging with a publicly traded investment fund. The deal is set to raise as much as $413 million and would give NuScale a total value of $1.9 billion, including debt. NuScale will be the latest in a string of companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington to go public. Fluor says it has provided NuScale with $600 million in funding and plans to retain 60% ownership after the Portland company goes public. Two other Oregon companies went public with SPACs this fall: Wilsonville battery maker ESS Tech and Portland-based vacation rental company Vacasa.
This common surgery lowered dementia risk substantially, NW research found
Of that group, 504 cases occurred before or without cataract surgery, while 320 occurred after surgery. “That gave us more reassurance that the result we found is not something we picked up because people were healthy enough to have eye surgery,” Lee said. Because the study was observational, questions still remain before scientists can pin down the mechanisms between cataract surgery and lessened dementia risk. It’s also unclear if cataract surgery could have an effect on someone who has already developed dementia or memory loss. “There’s a tremendous amount of information we can get with noninvasive evaluation of the eye,” Lee said.
There is a toy drive for tornado victims. Here are the NKY drop-off locations
The tornadoes that swept through parts of western Kentucky Friday and Saturday, left 74 dead so far and did untold damage and destruction. To help children affected by the storms, Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshear is organizing a western Kentucky toy drive, with drop-off locations available around the state. "For many of us, the holidays are a time for being at home surrounded by family and friends," Beshear wrote of the tornadoes and the toy drive. "But this year, many in Western Kentucky have suffered a tragedy. If you prefer to mail donations to the toy drive, those can be sent to 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40299.
Amazon, OSHA promise review after tornado wrecks warehouse
Amazon, meanwhile, said workers at the warehouse had little time to prepare when the National Weather Service declared a tornado warning on Friday night. The tornado arrived soon after, collapsing both sides of the warehouse and caving in its roof. Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said the warehouse received tornado warnings between 8:06 p.m. and 8:16 p.m. Friday, and site leaders directed workers to immediately take shelter. “It was basically a warehouse, with nothing particularly distinctive to Amazon,” said Wulfratt, president of MWPVL International, a consultancy in Montreal. “It seems really kind of ridiculous when you think about what the stakes are.”O'Brien reported from Providence, Rhode Island, and Phillis reported from Edwardsville, Illinois.
Wholesale inflation jumps record 9.6% over past 12 months
Martin CrutsingerAssociated PressWashington – Prices at the wholesale level surged by a record 9.6% in November from a year earlier, an indication of on-going inflation pressures. Energy prices rose 2.6% after a 5.3% percent rise October. The 12-month increase in wholesale inflation set a new record, surpassing the old records for 12-month increases of 8.6% set in both September and October. Core inflation at the wholesale level, which excludes volatile food and energy, rose 0.8% in November with core prices were up 9.5% over the past 12 months. The increase in wholesale prices was widespread, led by a 1.2% increase in the cost of goods and a 0.7% rise in the price of services.
Stocks start lower after jump in wholesale prices last month
Associated PressStocks are opening lower again on Wall Street Tuesday as traders took in the latest sign that inflation is still running high. The S&P 500 index gave up 0.5% in the early going. Treasury yields rose after the latest report on inflation, which showed that wholesale prices jumped a record 9.6% in November from a year earlier, more than expected. Federal Reserve policymakers began a two-day meeting Tuesday at which they’re expected to speed up the withdrawal of economic stimulus measures. That shows how inflation is impacting costs for businesses and is important given the Fed meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kroger ending some COVID-19 benefits for unvaccinated staff
Michelle ChapmanAssociated PressKroger, the country’s biggest traditional grocery chain, is ending some benefits for unvaccinated workers as big employers attempt to compel more of their workforce to become vaccinated with cases of COVID-19 again rising. Unvaccinated workers in that category will pay a monthly $50 surcharge for their company health plan. Delta Airlines announced it August that it would charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The airline also said at that time that it would stop extending pay protection to unvaccinated workers who contract COVID-19 on Sept. 30, and would require unvaccinated workers to be tested weekly beginning Sept. 12, although Delta will cover the cost. Unvaccinated employees also have to wear masks in all indoor company settings.
UN weather agency affirms 2020 Arctic heat record in Siberia
“This new Arctic record is one of a series of observations reported to the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes that sound the alarm bells about our changing climate," said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas in a statement. Verkhoyansk is about 115 kilometers (70 miles) north of the Arctic Circle and a meteorological station there has been observing temperatures since 1885, WMO said. Spokeswoman Clare Nullis said the record reading was the first of its kind in a new category of Arctic temperature monitoring, so there was no previous record to compare it with. Taalas said WMO has never had so many investigations of possible heat records going at the same time, and they take time to verify. The agency says the Arctic is among the fastest-warming regions of the world and is heating up at rates twice those of the global average.
Whitmer calls for May special elections to fill 3 Michigan House seats
Gretchen Whitmer is calling for May 3 special elections to fill three vacant state House seats, her office announced Tuesday morning. The governor called for the special elections in a letter sent to Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. "The Department of State stands ready to work with local and county election officials to implement the special elections this spring," Benson said. In November, Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth, R-Farwell, asked Whitmer to set special elections as soon as possible for four state House seats. Once that happens, Whitmer anticipates issuing a separate call for a special election with this same timeline as the three others to fill the vacancy, her office said.
Study: Winter tornadoes to get more powerful as world warms
Seth BorensteinAssociated PressNasty winter tornadoes — like the deadly ones last week that hit five states — are likely to be stronger and stay on the ground longer with a wider swath of destruction in a warming world, a new study shows. The study, which pre-dates the devastating Mayfield, Kentucky, tornado outbreak, looks at strength and not frequency of big tornadoes as climate change progresses. Not peer reviewed yet, it was presented in poster form as a peak at new research to be published later. Trapp said that’s because there are two key ingredients needed for tornadoes: unstable stormy weather and wind shear. But as the world warms there will be more opportunity for instability in the winter, he said.
Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine
The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. Each of the services set its own deadlines and procedures for the mandate, and the Air Force set the earliest deadline. According to the latest Air Force data, more than 1,000 airmen have refused the shot and more than 4,700 are seeking a religious exemption. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot.
Belarus hands opposition leader’s husband 18 years in prison
Yuras KarmanauAssociated PressKyiv, Ukraine – A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced the husband of the country’s opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial began behind closed doors. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been widely seen as politically motivated. Five other opposition activists were sentenced to lengthy prison terms of 14 to 16 years alongside Tsikhanouski. Tsikhanouski, 43, a popular video blogger and activist, planned to challenge authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in the August 2020 presidential election. Another popular blogger who also stood trial alongside Tsikhanouski, 29-year-old Ihar Losik, was handed a 15-year sentence.
'Return of Jedi,' 'Selena' added to National Film Registry
Lopez’s starring role in the 1997 biographical film “Selena” and Tyson’s “Sounder” in 1972 made the registry as well. The national library said this year’s selections date back nearly 120 years. The library has selected movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic and artist importance since the registry began in 1988. “Return of the Jedi” and “The Fellowship of the Ring” drew significant public support through online nominations. “It is a great honor to have ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ selected this year by the National Film Registry,” said Peter Jackson’s filmmaking team, which includes Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
Banks slowly reconsider overdraft fees, amid public pressure
Capital One, the nation's sixth-largest bank, announced last week that it would end all overdraft fees next year. After the financial crisis, Democrats put the CFPB and other regulators in charge of reining in overdraft fee revenues. Through the first nine months of this year, overdraft revenue totaled $6.13 billion, S&P Global's data show. Despite an outcry from some Democrats, regulators in Washington aren't necessarily looking to do away with overdraft fees. The bank told investors that getting rid of overdraft fees would have no material impact on its profits.
Actors thrilled to enter Del Toro’s ‘Nightmare’ world
Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” creates a dazzling, romantic lost yesteryear in its world of traveling carnivals. Based on a 1946 novel and the iconic 1947 noir movie version, “Nightmare Alley” centers on Stan (Bradley Cooper), a drifter who stumbles into a world of freaks, grifters, hustlers and dreamers. He’s always in danger,” Del Toro said. “For us it was about knowing Stan and loving him, not judging him.”Is Stan, Cooper was asked at a post-screening presentation, a match for Lilith? “The movie is constructed around the idea of people finding themselves and who they are at the moment of revelation,” Del Toro said.
Driver killed in Sunday crash on Route 33 identified
A 62-year-old man was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Route 33 near Route 104 on Sunday evening. The crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Route 33, on the city's Southeast Side. According to a crash report, a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, driven by Willie Wall Jr., of Milo-Grogan, was headed east on Route 33 when a gold-colored SUV changed lanes in front of the truck. Once in the westbound lanes of traffic, the truck collided with the rear a 2012 Hyundai Tucson and head-on with a 2018 Subaru Impreza. More:Three killed in wrong-way, head-on crash on Interstate 71 crash last month identifiedWall was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by paramedics.
Meet Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson: 'I see myself as a conversation facilitator'
About Amelia Robinson:New opinion editor seeks community conversationsWe wrote every article in pencil and drew photos and cartoons with crayons and scented magic markers for the first and only edition of the "Amelia Times." She was one of the biggest role models of my life and probably has no clue. Columbus Conversation series:'We have a housing crisis in Greater Columbus.' Amelia Robinson column:Public needs to know details of Ma'Khia Bryant's life and death while in our careWhat is your favorite Greater Columbus tradition? Your subscription supports work like thisAmelia's work and all the journalists at The Dispatch rely on the Greater Columbus community's support to put out essential news, commentary, analysis and more.
'There’s just no give on their position': COVID killing 2.3 times faster in Trump counties
A registered Republican from a conservative family, Bates and her husband have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 since April to protect their young son. “I realized pretty quickly that I was on a different side of the issue than my family,” Bates, 31, said. Also clustered in Appalachian counties near Portsmouth, the counties of Brown and Adams are each four COVID deaths away from surpassing the death toll of the first 15 months of the pandemic. Votes predict vaccination ratesPolitical ties to vaccination and death rates mirror national reports and holds true across Ohio. Even age, the single most common factor in deaths, has little influence on predicting community vaccination rates or deaths during the delta surge.
Florida company offers 2 free homes as worker incentive
“They get a financial education, which helps them get to the goal of owning their own home anyway, and it has an impact on the community,” James said. The privately held company of nearly 100 people began operations in July, so no employees qualify yet, the newspaper reported. James announced the drawing during a Dec. 4 employee gathering. The home giveaway is another in a series of steps companies have taken this year to fight against what some call the Great Resignation. He had been working in HVAC and plumbing for about six years before starting his own company.
Local artists have the best merch for holiday gifting – check it out
But maybe people on your list don’t have CD players or aren’t going to shows or love maple syrup a little more than music. Here’s all the best, weirdest, most awesome merch from local(ish) artists. And yes, there’s rock ’n’ roll maple syrup in this gift guide! Just pop this $11 cassette of Dante’s new album into your Sony Walkman or the tape deck of your Dodge Caravan. lylebrewermusic.comJittery Jack steam shave, beard trim or classic razor bald fadeShave and haircut, two big items on anybody’s holiday gift list, right?
Ascend.io Brings Autopilot to Snowflake with Data Automation Cloud
“Data is the bedrock of today's enterprises, and it is no surprise why Snowflake is an integral part of that foundation for so many organizations. We at Ascend—and our customers—love Snowflake for its remarkable performance and ability to support such a wide array of data workloads,” said Sean Knapp, Founder and CEO at Ascend.io. “Expanding the Ascend Platform to run natively on Snowflake was the clear next step for us to deliver industry-leading capabilities, and we are excited to take our partnership to the next level. In doing so, Ascend will enable more users than ever before to automate—and unify—their data and analytics workloads on Snowflake.”
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In 1965, Chicago’s Gale Sayers scores six touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 61-20 win. The six TDs give Sayers an NFL-record 21 for the season…
BostonGene and NEC Announce Global Partnership
“NEC has been committed to contributing to healthcare for more than half a century, which includes state-of-the-art hospital information systems in Japan. Cancer is now the country’s most common cause of death, and NEC has been working with the National Cancer Center Japan since 2016. Today, NEC remains as dedicated as ever to applying our rich experience in AI and analytics for improving patients’ outcomes,” said Takayuki Morita, President and CEO at NEC Corporation. “BostonGene’s offering of deep molecular and immune profiling, coupled with its computational power and analytics, have already improved the quality of care for cancer patients in both academic and community settings in the United States. Supporting BostonGene’s international expansion enables us to continue to rapidly drive innovation that improves the standard of care in Japan and abroad.”
Tucson man serving life in prison convicted of 2nd killing
A Tucson man serving a life prison term for fatally shooting his wife in 2016 has been convicted of killing his jail cellmate a year later. A Pima County Superior Court jury on Monday found King Nathaniel Raffa Yates guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Branden Roth. Roth was found beaten and strangled in the cell he shared with Yates in April 2017, authorities said. Roth was in jail for felony theft while Yates was awaiting trial for the November 2016 murder of his wife. Yates was convicted in February 2020 for the murder of his wife Cassandra and sentenced to life in prison.
XIFIN Expands Into Pharmacy Market with Acquisition of OmniSYS
Serving more than 30,000 pharmacies, including four of the top five national chains, OmniSYS helps retail pharmacies transition into their expanding role as providers of medical care for the communities they serve. OmniSYS technology digitizes and optimizes many facets of their business, including improving medical claims processing, clinical workflow and patient engagement. The company is the market leader in retail pharmacy revenue cycle management (RCM), offering the industry’s only cloud-based, clinically integrated revenue cycle platform. OmniSYS has been led by CEO John King, who will continue to lead the business as president of the OmniSYS Division. Through this deal, the company will become a subsidiary of XIFIN, maintaining its well-recognized name.
Teradata Advances Analytic Integration with Dataiku to Speed Data and AI Initiatives
View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211214005463/en/Teradata releases new integrations for Dataiku, empowering customers with the in-database analytic functions and performance of Teradata Vantage using Dataiku’s platform for Everyday AI. (Graphic: Business Wire)Many customers struggle with disconnected data and analytics platforms, leading to slower project execution that delays business value. Teradata is taking advantage of Dataiku’s unique architecture, which provides extensibility for building connections to any cloud data platform, as well as its own pushdown computation for scale and performance. In addition, joint customers gain new methods to accelerate analytic initiatives by simplifying the data preparation and analytics processing through the power of Teradata Vantage. With an easy-to-use interface, users can leverage these additional capabilities to bring the analytics to the data, increasing the synergy between Dataiku and Vantage environments.
Venomous snake found lurking in family's Christmas tree
The boomslang is known as a shy species, but it is one of the most venomous in Africa. Snake catcher Gerrie Heyns confirmed the animal's identity when he arrived at the family's property in Robertson, the Western Cape, soon afterwards. The snake was female and between 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) and 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) long, Heyns told CNN on Tuesday. He said he instructed the family to stay away from the tree, but to "keep their eyes on the snake" until his arrival. "The snake stayed in the tree for two hours until I got there," Heyns said.
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Martin Scorsese Institute to be established by NYU
As a student, he made his first short films there, including 1967's “The Big Shave, ” a six-minute Vietnam War allegory in which a young man shaves his face until it's a bloody mess. Scorsese earned his masters at NYU in 1968 and continued after teaching undergraduate filmmaking. The school also gave him an honorary degree in 1992, and Scorsese currently sits on Tisch's Dean's Council. While such effects are more closely associated with more spectacle-driven filmmakers, Scorsese used some of its tools in the de-aging process in “The Irishman." He says virtual production represents "a quantum leap forward.”
Two killed, one wounded in early morning domestic-related shooting at Chesterfield home
Two adults were killed and a third was wounded in an early morning shooting Tuesday that police said was domestic-related at a Chesterfield County home. Officers responded about 2:05 a.m. to a reported shooting in the 7400 block of Barksbridge Road in a neighborhood off Belmont Road. Two more victims, both deceased, were located after officers made entry into the residence, police said. Chesterfield police are withholding the names of the deceased until their relatives can be notified. Police declined to provide the circumstances of the shooting but indicated that all three shooting victims lived at the home and are related.
Chinese hackers are already exploiting 'fully weaponised' Log4shell software vulnerability
Chinese hackers are already exploiting a 'fully weaponised' software vulnerability which is causing mayhem on the web, with experts warning that it poses a threat to internet-connected devices across the globe. Chinese hackers are already exploiting a 'fully weaponised' software vulnerability which is causing mayhem on the web, with experts warning that it poses a threat to internet-connected devices across the globe. The flaw is considered so serious because the affected software is used in a wide range of devices that use Java software. 'Log4Shell' was uncovered in a utility that's ubiquitous in cloud servers and enterprise software used across industry and government. The vulnerability, located in open-source Apache software used to run websites and other web services, was reported to the foundation on Nov. 24 by the Chinese tech giant Alibaba, it said.
Prince Andrew’s Lawyer Argues Virginia Giuffre Was Old Enough to Consent Under New York Law
Prince Andrew is making another effort to throw out the civil case being brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was forced to have sex with the queen’s son. Giuffre alleges that she was 17 when she was forced to have sex with the prince multiple times and at various locations around the world in 2001. A notorious photograph of Andrew with his arm around a teenage Giuffre’s bare midriff has circulated in the media for several years, but the Duke of York claims to have never met Giuffre. The photograph, which shows Ghislaine Maxwell in the background, was reportedly taken at her London apartment by Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a jailhouse suicide in 2019. The Times said Kaplan “agreed a delay to January 14 last night.”
29 great gifts that give back to the community
To help you buy gifts that you feel good about (and that benefit more than just your giftee), we at Reviewed have rounded up 29 amazing presents from brands that give back. For the one with opinions about socks: Bombas socksNever underestimate the value of a good pair of socks. For the frequent bather: Hand in Hand soapEveryone can use a nice, fragrant bar of soap in their stocking. For every bar of soap purchased, Hand in Hand donates a soap bar, plus a month of clean water to a child in need. For the well-adorned one: Pura Vida braceletPura Vida has a whole collection of charity bracelets, each of which support a different cause.
The new normal? Only 42 percent of Americans feel optimistic about post-pandemic life
New survey shows that nearly 2 in 5 Americans rate their current mental health as ‘fair-to-poor,’ while more than half say the same about their sleep quality. In fact, just 42 percent feel optimistic about post-pandemic life, with most saying that the “new normal” of fearing viruses and overwhelming stress is impacting their well-being. Results show two in three American adults say the pandemic continues to affect at least one aspect of their health and well-being. Moreover, more women and millennials say living through COVID is increasing their levels of stress and anxiety compared to other adults. Four in 10 Americans say they feel “well-rested” after waking up less than half of the time.
Watch live: Gov. Andy Beshear to give updates on Kentucky tornadoes
Andy Beshear is planning to deliver an update Tuesday afternoon on damage across Kentucky after this past weekend's deadly tornadoes. During a Monday morning briefing in Frankfort, Beshear said over 1,000 properties were destroyed by the storms. As of Monday afternoon, 74 people have been confirmed dead in Kentucky by local and state officials. The National Weather Service survey of tornado damage is ongoing, but preliminary reviews suggest the main tornado may have been an EF3 with winds as strong as 206 mph. Live updates:Kentucky continues to dig out from tornadoes as death toll growsKentucky tornado:This Facebook group is helping victims find belongingsMayfield tornado:Was the tornado that hit Mayfield an EF5?
NFL Mandates Booster Shot for Coaches and Staff After Record Number of Players Test Positive for Covid
The NFL distributed a memo to all teams Monday night, announcing Tier 1 and 2 personnel are now mandated to receive a Covid booster shot by Dec. 27. The announcement comes after 37 players tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, a new record since the league implemented its testing protocols in 2020. The previous high occurred earlier this year, when 24 players tested positive on July 28. A Tier 3 staffer reportedly tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid this week. Tier 1 personnel include players, coaches, physicians, trainers and necessary personnel who require direct contact with players.
Pubs, shops and restaurants could be forced to shut in January as Omicron rips through Britain sparking staff shortages
PUBS, shops and restaurants could be forced to shut in January because so many workers will be off sick with Omicron. In a "bleak" update to Cabinet the PM and chief medical officer Chris Whitty warned the new variant is set to spark staff shortages. MPs and businesses are afraid that Plan B measures could escalate to a greater squeeze after Christmas if Omicron continues to rip. Tory MP Danny Kruger also revealed that the PM suggested there could be another lockdown if Plan B measures don't work. But Tories are worried that the Plan B measures would naturally lead to harsher curbs in the coming months.
Gasoline truck explodes in northern Haiti; dozens killed
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti, killing more than 50 people and injuring dozens of others in the latest disaster to hit a country whose troubles deepened greatly this year. The blast occurred late Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that he was devastated. He said he expects the number of deaths to keep rising because people who died in their homes have not yet been counted. Haiti’s prime minister said his administration was deploying field hospitals to the area to help those affected. Former Prime Minister Claude Joseph also mourned the victims, tweeting, “I share the pain and sorrow of all the people.”
What pandemic? Miami airport sets Thanksgiving travel record
About 3.9 million passengers passed through security last month, a 6% rise from 3.7 million ticketed passengers in November 2019, airport officials said Monday. Thanksgiving holiday travel, the full return of Miami Art Week and the end of U.S. travel restrictions for non-U.S. citizens coming from 33 countries helped boost November numbers. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the airport recorded its busiest day on record with 164,000 passengers. And during the entire 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, 1.7 million passengers passed through the airport, 14% more than the same period in 2019. And the airport recorded its second-busiest day on Sunday, with 163,000 passengers, officials said.
Risk of DUAL infection from Omicron and Delta in the near future, top vaccine boss warns
THERE is a very real risk of getting a "duel infection" from both Omicron and Delta, a top vaccine boss has warned today. Dr Paul Burton, chief medical officer for Moderna, said: "In the near future these two viruses are going to coexists." 2 There is now a risk of dual infection with both Omicron and Delta, an expert has warnedHe made the warning as he spoke to the Science and Technology Committee this morning. He added: "Omicron is going to infect people with a very strong background of Delta. "We expect to see Omicron displace Delta there but they are going to co exist together in other places for longer."
Five new Omicron symptoms including night sweats and how it differs from original Covid
Symptoms of the Omicron variant of coronavirus appear to be different from previous strains, doctors and epidemiologists believe. Growing concerns over the Omicron variant have led to speculation over fresh restrictions to stop the new strand overwhelming the NHS. The NHS website is asking that anyone with the three traditional symptoms of coronavirus get a free PCR test as soon as possible, Mirror Online reports. She said her patients presented symptoms of extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, scratchy throat and dry cough. At a briefing convened by South Africa's Department of Health, GP Unben Pillay listed the symptoms that Omicron patients were reporting.
Bugs across globe are evolving to eat plastic, study finds
Microbes in oceans and soils across the globe are evolving to eat plastic, according to a study. The research scanned more than 200m genes found in DNA samples taken from the environment and found 30,000 different enzymes that could degrade 10 different types of plastic. The researchers found that the number and type of enzymes they discovered matched the amount and type of plastic pollution in different locations. The results “provide evidence of a measurable effect of plastic pollution on the global microbial ecology”, the scientists said. The results showed consistently higher levels of degrading enzymes at deeper levels, matching the higher levels of plastic pollution known to exist at lower depths.
Tech bros have been feeding the trolls – and women are paying the price
Some days, however, the volume of online abuse will be quite overwhelming, unbearable even, and I’ll have to temporarily deactivate my Twitter account. More than a third of women, and almost half of younger women worldwide, have experienced abuse online, according to a 2021 study from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Online abuse has become shockingly normalised. And that, of course, is the point of the online abuse – trolls don’t want to hurt your feelings, they want to shut you up. Tech bros have spent years feeding the trolls and that toxicity has seeped into every part of society.
The semi-lucid dream trick: how to unlock your creative genius – without really trying
It’s when you deliberately wake yourself up before you fall into a state of deep sleep. Hopefully the hypnagogia will have given you a new and creative way of thinking. Will it also give me a new and creative way of cleaning all this broken glass off the floor? Dr Peter Lovatt mentions in his book The Dance Cure that spontaneous dance can enhance creative thinking and problem-solving. Sometimes you need to shake yourself out of set ways of thinking, and that’s what all of these methods have in common.
What impressive meal can I make in the run-up to Christmas?
What’s a good celebratory meal to make for friends that isn’t a Christmas dinner? Ben, ManchesterWhile Christmas dinner doesn’t necessarily mean a bird, roasties and a vat of gravy, Ben is wise not to overdo things before the big day. “Christmas can be meat-heavy, so I’d suggest a whole baked fish in a salt crust,” says Dan Smith, chef-patron of the Fordwich Arms in Kent. “Sage and onion would be perfect.” Lay a second fillet on top, drizzle with olive oil and roast at 180C. “Or buy a loaf, warm it in the oven and pretend you made it.” Mum’s the word.
Beach debris and the Liver birds: Tuesday’s best photos
Moscow, Russia A supporter of Memorial, the International Historical Educational Charitable and Human Rights Society, holds a candle outside the supreme court during a hearing on the motion by the Russian prosecutor’s General Office to liquidate the society, which the Russian authorities consider a foreign agentPhotograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA
Why Cornwall's coolest staycation spot has still got it
No matter who tells me otherwise, check-out time at a hotel is midday. “That’s when the cleaner comes,” I was told by way of a fait accompli. For my second night in Cornwall, I moved to Coombeshead Farm, which several local foodie friends have been trying to get me to visit for years. It’s part of a growing trend that is no longer new – an old property and an attached farm, with what was previously agricultural architecture converted into a restaurant with fancy rooms. Most of what you eat is harvested or slaughtered a few feet from the kitchen where it is prepared.
‘Colossal waste’: Nobel laureates call for 2% cut to military spending worldwide
More than 50 Nobel laureates have signed an open letter calling for all countries to cut their military spending by 2% a year for the next five years, and put half the saved money in a UN fund to combat pandemics, the climate crisis, and extreme poverty. “Individual governments are under pressure to increase military spending because others do so,” the signatories say in support of the newly launched Peace Dividend campaign. Total military spending amounted to $1,981bn (£1,496bn) last year, an increase of 2.6% according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The five biggest spenders were the US ($778bn), China ($252bn), India ($72.9bn), Russia ($61.7bn) and the UK ($59.2bn) – all of whom increased their budgets in 2020. Such a fund, they claim, could amount to $1tn by 2030.
Premier League clubs to discuss growing Covid crisis amid fears over fixture congestion
Premier League clubs will discuss the growing Covid crisis at a meeting on Tuesday. The Premier League last week brought in emergency Covid measures and are hopeful that they will have an effect. What are the Premier League and English Football League doing to contain their Covid crisis? How do the Premier League decide if a game should be postponed? Premier League fixtures can, in exceptional circumstances, also be rescheduled on Uefa dates during Champions League weeks.
Fancy a city break? Five trips that take advantage of the testing loophole
What if you test positive overseas, and have to isolate abroad for up to a fortnight? If you test positive, you can isolate at home. If you test negative, you’re free to travel – with no need to take a test while you’re away. You’re travelling from city centre to city centre, and the security checks are a lot swifter. I just got back from a three-day train trip to Cologne, and despite the extra rules and regulations it all went swimmingly.
Steve Bronski, keyboardist in Bronski Beat, the trio who created landmark songs of 1980s popular culture including Smalltown Boy – obituary
Steve Bronski, who has died aged 61, played keyboards in the eponymously named Eighties synthpop trio Bronski Beat, whose best-known hit, Smalltown Boy, has since become a classic of the era and a gay anthem. The group was formed when Bronski was sharing a flat in Brixton, south London, with his fellow Glaswegian, Jimmy Somerville, and with Larry Steinbachek (who came from Essex). Bronski was then in a relationship with Steinbachek, who worked as a British Telecom engineer and had an interest in electronics which soon encompassed the new generation of synthesisers. Neither knew, however, that Somerville could sing, and they only heard his distinctive falsetto when he recorded music for a documentary about young gay people, Framed Youth, which was subsequently shown on Channel 4. Bronski had reputedly taken his own surname from a character in Gunter Grass’s novel The Tin Drum, and the band chose theirs as a kind of spin on Roxy Music.
Apple and Google’s ‘vice-like grip’ on smartphone market harms consumers, warns watchdog
Apple and Google's “vice-like grip” over the smartphone market is in the sights of the competition watchdog, which warned that the tech giants are harming innovation and consumer choice. The CMA also said it wanted to make it easier for consumers to find and install apps outside the Apple and Google app stores. This could be through alternative app stores from rival firms, or through “sideloading”, where consumers download apps online. While Google’s Android does allow alternative ways of downloading apps, the watchdog accused Apple of having a “total monopoly” over how users put apps on their devices. The watchdog stopped short of demanding “structural separation” of Apple and Google’s app stores or app development teams.
How to cook a Christmas turkey, how long to cook the crown and the perfect festive recipe for 2021
Let the turkey restIt’s a crucial part of the cooking time, so never, ever, carve a turkey straight out of the oven. The turkey will continue to cook and the internal temperature will go on rising, by a good 10C. Remove the turkey from the fridge an hour before cooking, to bring it to room temperature. Take the giblets out if you haven't already (they're usually in a plastic bag) and start stuffing the turkey. Turkey cooking timesPreheat the oven to 200C/220C fan/gas mark 6.
Belarus: Opposition leader's jailing called revenge
The sentencing of Belarusian opposition leader Sergei Tikhanovsky to 18 years in prison is "personal revenge" by the authorities, his wife, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has said. She told BBC World News's Lucy Hockings her husband was a leader for millions of Belarusians and the government of disputed leader Alexander Lukashenko feared him. Tikhanovsky had rallied mass protests against Mr Lukashenko and planned to challenge him in the 2020 presidential election but was detained before the vote. Ms Tikhanovskaya then stood against Mr Lukashenko, who claimed victory in the widely discredited poll. She claimed victory herself but the next day went into exile with her children, fearing for her safety.
Nicola Sturgeon announcement: Limit mixing to three households in run-up to Christmas to fight omicron
Nicola Sturgeon has urged people across Scotland to limit their socialising to three households before and after Christmas to help combat the omicron coronavirus variant. In a statement at the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish First Minister warned that omicron cases were "increasing exponentially - faster than any variant that has gone before it". She stressed she was "not asking anyone to cancel Christmas", but advised people to limit their socialising either side of the holiday. She added: "My key request today is this: before and immediately after Christmas, please minimise your social mixing with other households as much as you can. "Getting fully vaccinated is the best thing any of us can do to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the country.
Britain's Tesco agrees pay offer to avert depot strike
LONDON – Tesco has averted strike action by workers at nine distribution centres in the run-up to Christmas by agreeing a new pay deal with trade union Usdaw, Britain’s biggest retailer said on Tuesday. “We’re pleased to have agreed a pay deal with Usdaw that it recommends to its members,” a Tesco spokesperson said. We look forward to delivering a fantastic Christmas for customers.”Usdaw said the planned industrial action in the week before Christmas Eve has been suspended, pending the result of a ballot on Tesco’s “much improved” pay offer. Last week Tesco also agreed an improved pay offer for distribution worker members of the Unite union at four other UK sites. Unite also suspended strike action.
Belarusia: Siarhei Tsikhanouski, anti-Lukashenko activist and husband of opposition leader, jailed for 18 years after 'political' trial
The husband of a Belarusian opposition leader has been jailed for 18 years by a court in the country. Siarhei Tsikhanouski was charged with organising mass unrest and inciting hatred, among other offences, in a case widely seen as politically motivated. AdvertisementHis wife, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, ran in his place, drawing tens of thousands of people to rally in her support during the campaign. Image: Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya demonstration in Copenhagen in 2020. Mr Lukashenko, who has led the former Soviet state since 1994, is a close ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Kentucky tornadoes: Two-month-old girl is youngest victim
"We all went flying and ended up way on the other end of our neighbour's house," they said.Doctors said they believed that Oaklynn had some bleeding around the brain and may have suffered a stroke.
UK to remove all countries from COVID travel red list from Wednesday
LONDON -Britain will remove all 11 countries from its COVID-19 travel red list from Wednesday because there is now community transmission of Omicron, Health Secretary Sajid Javid told parliament. “Now that there is community transmission of Omicron in the UK and Omicron has spread so widely across the world, the travel red list is now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad,” Javid said. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said these testing measures would be reviewed in the first week of January. “As always, we keep all our travel measures under review and we may impose new restrictions should there be a need to do so to protect public health,” he said on Twitter. The 11 countries which will be removed from the list are Angola, Botswana, Eswantini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
VIDEO: Sunfish checks out paddleboarders in Laguna Beach
This is the moment a giant sunfish greeted two paddleboarders off the coast of Laguna Beach in California. Rich German and his friend Matthew Wheaton were on their boards when the sunfish, also known as a mola mola, approached. During the short video, German says to Wheaton: 'That might be the biggest sunfish that I’ve ever seen. Holy mola mola!' Julianne Steers of the Beach Ecology Coalition said the fish spotted by German and Wharton was larger than the normal size fish seen off Laguna Beach.
TV star transforms into '80s rock legend Billy Idol - but do YOU recognise him?
And on Monday, this actor chose to appear as British punk rock legend Billy Idol in a photo shared to his Instagram. The 41-year-old star imitated Idol's blond, spiked hair and donned his signature black attire, including his trademark leather jacket and fingerless gloves. This TV star donned a leather jacket and transformed into '80s rock legend Billy Idol on Monday - but do YOU recognise him? The actor, of course, is Luke Hemsworth, star of TV series Westworld. One post from earlier this year sees Luke in disguise as the King of Rock n' Roll, Elvis Presley.
Serbia a step closer to EU membership but Kosovo relations remain key
Serbia has moved a step closer to joining the European Union after opening talks on a series of environmental policies. But the EU has warned progress on its path to EU membership still depends on Serbia normalising relations with Kosovo. Serbia has now opened 22 negotiating policy areas since its membership talks began in 2014. “Serbia is taking another very important step forward in joining the European Union," said EU Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi. But he added that relations with Kosovo -- Serbia's former territory -- and the rule of law "remain essential to the overall pace of accession talks".
Dozens killed in petrol truck explosion in northern Haiti
A truck carrying petrol exploded in northern Haiti, killing more than 50 people and injuring dozens of others, officials said on Tuesday. The blast occurred late on Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that he was devastated. Dozens of bodies lay on the street hours after the explosion as a small crowd stood around them. The explosion occurred as Haiti struggles with a severe shortage of fuel and spiralling gas prices. Former Prime Minister Claude Joseph also mourned the victims, tweeting, “I share the pain and sorrow of all the people."
Cristiano Ronaldo's pregnant girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez takes children to see Santa in Lapland
And Georgina Rodriguez was every inch the doting mother as she took their daughter Alana, four, and Ronaldo's son Cristiano Jnr, 11, and twins Eva and Mateo, four, to Lapland. The WAG, 27, wasn't joined by the footballer, 36, in the sweet family shots which she uploaded to Instagram on Tuesday. In another snap, Georgina shared captured the twins and Alana exploring a miniature wooden cabin. Ronaldo's oldest son Cristiano Jnr was born in the United States in 2010 but immediately taken back to Madrid to be raised in Spain. Ronaldo, who will welcome his second and third child with Georgina wrote: 'Delighted to announce we are expecting twins.
Madonna proudly shares snaps of son Rocco Ritchie, 21, channelling his inner James Dean
Madonna was every inch the proud mother as she took to Instagram on Tuesday to share some arty black and white images of her son Rocco in California. The 21-year-old channelled his inner James Dean in the shots as he showed off his biceps in a crisp white T-shirt and dark coloured jeans. For the retro shoot, Rocco sported the iconic actor's distinctive hairstyle as he posed nonchalantly outside a house. Rocco is Madonna's son from her previous relationship with film producer Guy Ritchie, 53. Sharing the images with her 17.3M followers on her Instagram stories, the singer captioned the shots 'California son', followed by a series of sun and red heart emojis.
The chilling footage that shows how little Star never stood a chance
June 23, 2020 - Social services were again contacted by Rachel Whiteley, a close friend of Smith's mother Yvonne Spendley. September 2, 2020 - Frank Smith – Star's paternal great-grandfather – alerted social services to a video of Star with bruises on her face. Anita Smith added that she rarely saw the child following the referral and had very little contact with social services. Social services were again contacted on June 23 by Rachel Whiteley, a close friend of Smith's mother Yvonne Spendley. On September 2 Frank Smith – Star's paternal great-grandfather – alerted social services to a video of Star with bruises on her face.
Covid UK: Government ministers to remove all countries from travel red list as Omicron runs rampant
Sajid Javid today confirmed all countries will be removed from the Government's international travel red list from 4am tomorrow because Omicron is already running rampant in the UK. As a result he said the red list is 'now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad'. The 11 countries on the list are: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The red list was reintroduced last month following the emergence of the new Omicron coronavirus variant as ministers tried to prevent importing cases into the UK. Despite the change on the red list, tougher travel testing rules introduced in response to Omicron will remain in place.
Son of retired NFL viral for complaining about high gas prices wearing a $1,295 Givenchy hoodie
'While Joe takes his afternoon naps and vacations at his beach house, GAS PRICES AND INFLATION ARE SOARING. People took to Twitter to react to Christian Walker's Instagram post which saw him complain about gas prices wearing a $1,295 hoodie. According to online reports, his father, Herschel Walker, 59, has a net worth of approximately $12million. One tweet said: 'Does Herschel Walker’s son Christian Walker, realize that everyone is laughing at him, not with him? Noting that Walker blamed President Biden for the cost of gas prices, one person asked: 'You know the President doesn’t have a magic lever to raise or drop gas prices right?'
'Mentally disciplined' Queen 'compartmentalises' to cope, royal expert claims
The 'mentally disciplined' Queen 'compartmentalises' to cope with heartbreak of losing Prince Philip and Megxit scandal, a royal expert has claimed. She is mentally disciplined and that has helped her through these 70 years. The 'mentally disciplined' Queen, 95, 'compartmentalises' to cope with heartbreak of losing Prince Philip and Megxit scandal, a royal expert has claimed'It has enabled her to deal with all the things and not allow things to overwhelm her. Meanwhile a source also revealed the royal has been able to 'keeps things separate between family and official issues.' The Queen was last seen in public at a Windsor Castle reception on October 19.
NFL sets single-day record with 37 new COVID cases among players as one staffer contracts Omicron
The 37 new cases of COVID-19 are the most infections the NFL has recorded in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The league's requirement extends to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals who have previously received the vaccine. A person who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot more than two months earlier should receive a booster shot. An individual who is in the 90-day test holiday after a confirmed positive COVID-19 test under the league protocols. The league has been conducting genetic sequencing tests on positive cases to determine exact strains of the virus.
Herschel Walker says he held himself 'accountable' for his ex-wife's domestic violence allegations
Herschel Walker said he's been 'held accountable' for past violence toward his ex-wife and has confronted his mental health issues as concerns emerge over his Republican candidacy for Senate in Georgia. When asked about his past marriage to Cindy Grossman and violent behavior, Walker said: 'I'm always accountable to whatever I've ever done. In a 2008 interview with CNN, Grossman said Walker held a razor to her throat. The woman told law enforcement Walker made 'threats to her' and had 'her house watched.' 'People can't just make up and add on and say other things that's not the truth,' Walker told Axios.
January 6 organizers SUE Verizon to stop them handing cell phone records
Four organizers of the January 6 'Save America' rally are suing Verizon in an attempt to prevent the phone giant from handing over cell phone data to the House select committee on January 6. Politico reported Monday that organizers Justin Caporale, Tim Unes, Megan Powers and Maggie Mulvaney filed a lawsuit arguing the committee doesn't have the proper authority to obtain the data. Mulvaney is the niece of former President Donald Trump's acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. The lawsuit revealed that the plaintiffs sat for 'lengthy' interviews and provided 'thousands of documents to Congressional investigators.' Afterward, a crowd of his supporters rampaged the Capitol Building, holding up the certification process of President Joe Biden's win for several hours.
Man who killed his girlfriend then drove around with her body sentenced to 20 years to life
He surrendered to the police on July 1 and confessed to killing Meisenheimer. After his initial confession, Paepke had a change of heart and pleaded not guilty to killing his girlfriend. Paepke had a history of domestic violence targeting Meisenheimer and had spent more than three weeks in jail in June. 'If it was up to me, he’d be locked up for the rest of his life,' father Tim Meisenheimer said. Just three days before the killing, Paepke was released from jail after pleading no contest to a December 2019 felony assault great bodily injury involving his girlfriend.
Grabbing gran behind San Francisco's looting spree that saw $1 million in goods ripped from stores
Now they are accused of making off with thousands of dollars worth of high end goods from San Francisco's Louis Vuitton storeEven her Covid mask is Louis Vuitton. The spate of lootings has been blamed on ‘woke’ San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin and a 2014 California law that made theft under $950 a misdemeanor. Despite the rules, DailyMail.com has been able to piece together the looting gang’s extensive rap sheet using information obtained from neighboring counties, old news reports and an overview published online on San Francisco Superior Court’s own website. While out on bail, he was collared again – accused of being part of a crime gang that also included his cousin Tameko Miller that was behind a spate of car thefts in San Francisco. In a statement released to DailyMail.com, San Francisco PD said they are continuing to investigate the looting spree and are ‘confident’ there will be further arrests.
Coroner to release CTE results of ex-NFL pro Phillip Adams who killed six then himself in April
A South Carolina coroner will today reveal whether ex-NFL pro Phillip Adams was suffering from CTE when he murdered six people and killed himself in a shooting rampage in April this year. Adams' family agreed to have his brain tested for CTE, the degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma that has been found in other late NFL players and members of the military. CTE was usually associated with boxing before former NFL players began revealing their conditions. AdvertisementOne recent study found signs of the debilitating disease in 110 of 111 NFL players whose brains were inspected. The NFL announced a $1billion fund for the families of players who died after developing CTE in 2018.
Catania airport closes as Etna belches column of ash - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Catania airport was closed Tuesday as Etna belched a kilometre-high column of ash into the sky above Europe's tallest active volcano. The ash was spread southwest towards Catania by a strong wind. It is the latest 'paroxysm' of Strombolian activity by the volcano, vulcanologists said.
Di Maio presents Rome's bid for Expo 2030 - Lifestyle
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday presented Rome's bid to host Expo 2030 at the general assembly of the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions). If the bid is successful, it will bring the World Fair back to Italy just 15 years after Expo Milano 2015. "The Italian government, in partnership with the City of Rome, its citizens, the local authorities and the whole country, today presents its bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Rome, the Eternal City, from 25 April to 25 October 2030 under the theme 'People and Territories: Urban Regeneration, Inclusion and Innovation," Di Maio said. Rome Mayor Roberto Gualtieri also took part in the presentation and gave five reasons to back Rome's bid, saying it is the "ideal place for Expo 2030". Moscow, Busan in South Korea, Odesa in Ukraine and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia are also bidding for Expo 2030.
'Father Xmas bandit' arrested in Rome - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - A man who carried out five robberies in Rome dressed as Father Christmas over the last week was arrested in the Italian capital after robbing a tobacconist's on Monday night. The 45-year-old from Novi Ligure, who has a record for drug offences, was found with a fairly large quantity of hashish and rap lyrics celebrating robberies on him.
Was the 'pipe-weed' in Lord of the Rings cannabis?
Consider that Hobbits are peaceful, big on gardening and possess what could only be described as voracious appetites. It may be a bit of a stretch, but a recent article on the Comic Book Resources (CBR) website suggests those smoke-loving Hobbits familiar to all fans of The Lord of the Rings may be opting for a bit of green in their regularly lit pipes. Article contentWhile Nicotiana includes tobacco, according to Gardening Know How, CBR suggests the use of “probably” opens the door to pipe-weed being something other than tobacco. The pipe-weed often went by names such as Longbottom Leaf, Old Toby and Southern Star. “The Hobbits are a mellow bunch who don’t like to go too far from their houses.
French soldiers to leave Timbuktu, last of three bases in Northern Mali
French soldiers to leave Timbuktu, last of three bases in Northern MaliAfter nine years deployed in Mali, France is organising a drawdown, with troops preparing to leave the last of three bases in the far north of the insurgency-hit and poverty-wracked country. French troops were sent to Mali in 2013 by then-president Francois Hollande to tackle the rebels affiliated to Al-Qaeda or Islamic State in the arid north.
Russian top court to consider closure of most prominent rights group Memorial
Russian top court to consider closure of most prominent rights group MemorialRussia's Supreme Court reconvened on Tuesday to hear a request to shut down Memorial, the country's most prominent rights group and a pillar of its civil society. FRANCE 24's Chief Foreign Editor Rob Parsons tells us more.
Women, interrupted: The right way to be rude at work
Try refreshing your browser, or Women, interrupted: The right way to be rude at work Back to video Rebecca Reid: I was appearing on a television show alongside a comedian. Article content Photo by Supplied FP Work: I think a lot of women want to say this a lot. FP Work: Your book is divided into chapters titled by so-called rude women such as Princess Margaret, Tallulah Bankhead and Meghan Markle. RR: Women in particular spend a lot of time and energy trying not to be “rude” all the time. Here's how to cultivate it at work FP Work: I confess I’m guilty of a whole lot of “sorries” and “justs” in my emails.
Norway introduces booze ban to slow oncoming Omicron wave
Article contentA recent wave of infections of the delta variant is filling up hospitals, and an out-of-control spread of the omicron strain threatens to overwhelm the health system, prompting the government to unveil a swathe of containment measures. Try refreshing your browser, or Norway introduces booze ban to slow oncoming Omicron wave Back to videoNorway will stop the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars, bring back limits on schools and require people to work from home, the government said late on Monday. It will mandate face masks at indoor events, close amusement parks and expand quarantine rules to all suspected virus variants. Adults are advised to cancel sport and leisure activities, and limit social interaction to ease pressure on the health system. “For many, this will be experienced as a lock down — if not of society, then of their lives and livelihoods.”
Liberals ready to release update on federal finances, outlook for Canadian economy
Liberals ready to release update on federal finances, outlook for Canadian economyFreeland is facing calls for more benefit spending from labour groups, and requests from business groups for a plan to deal with supply-chain issues, 'Buy American' provisions the White House is pushing and domestic labour shortagesFinance Minister Chrystia Freeland plans to release an updated accounting of federal finances today and provide the government’s economic outlook for the coming months. Article contentThe government predicted the deficit for last fiscal year would be $354.2 billion, and nearly $155 billion this year. Try refreshing your browser, or Liberals ready to release update on federal finances, outlook for Canadian economy Back to videoBut federal books could have billions more in extra fiscal space helped by higher oil prices, which have also helped push up inflation rates. Freeland didn’t directly answer a question Monday about how that will be reflected in today’s update, saying she would have more to say once the document is released. While the Liberals promised billions in new spending on the election campaign, the Finance Department has sent signals that the update won’t have a long list of new spending measures.
Toyota surprise-reveals room full of 15 EV concepts
We now have visual confirmation of an electric Toyota pickup, an LFA EV supercar, and over a dozen more new modelsToyota wants to help you keep your options open when it comes to battery electric vehicles. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article contentThis was the message Toyota president Akio Toyoda kept returning to during a media presentation on the company’s BEV strategy today. Try refreshing your browser, or Toyota surprise-reveals room full of 15 EV concepts Back to videoAlright, we see you, Akio. The Subaru-collab bZ4X is prepared to launch in 2022, the first of seven promised bZ-brand vehicles.
Watch: Police to give update on killings of billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman
Watch: Police to give update on killings of billionaires Barry and Honey ShermanLate last year, investigators said a person of interest had been identified in the case, but so far, no arrests have been announcedWatch: Police to give update on killings of billionaires Barry and Honey ShermanTry refreshing your browser, orWe apologize, but this video has failed to load. The founder of the generic pharmaceutical company Apotex and his wife were killed inside their Toronto home four years ago. Toronto police are set to give an update this morning in the high-profile murders of billionaire philanthropists Barry and Honey Sherman. Late last year, investigators said a person of interest had been identified in the case, but so far, no arrests have been announced. It also hired its own team of private investigators to look into the homicides.
Omicron a threat in British Columbia for ‘more cases than we’ve ever seen’: COVID models
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Posthaste: Canada set to smash oil production record in 2022 — and that's a little bearish for oil
Canadian oil production is set to hit a record 5.87 million barrels per day on average in 2022, its highest level ever, according to the International Energy Agency. The Paris-based watchdog says while COVID-19 remains a credible threat to global growth, oil demand is expected to remain resilient next year. Global oil demand is forecast to grow by 5.4 million bpd in 2021 and a further 3.3 million bpd next year, and rebound to 99.53 million bpd — just shy of the 99.5 million bpd level clocked in 2019. OPEC production is set to reach 45.6 million bpd on average in 2022, compared to 41.4 million bpd in 2021. Already in November, supply was closing the gap with demand after the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Iraq led world oil production.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei unveils vast range of works in Seoul for first time
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei connected the life vests of adults and children collected on the island to create “Life Vest Snake,” which is a stark reminder of the ongoing refugee issue. The artist’s first such solo exhibition, “Ai Weiwei: Defend the Future,” showcases representative art spanning his career. “Many people in South Korea had been curious about Ai Weiwei hearing news about the artist but it was mostly from national and political news. The quote comes from “Weiwei-sim: Ai Weiwei,” published in 2012. “Colored Vases” and “Dropping a Han Dynasty Um” by Ai Weiwei (Park Yuna/The Korea Herald)By Park Yuna (yunapark@heraldcorp.com)
Putin Wants ‘Immediate’ Talks With NATO on Russia’s Security
It said Russia's demands included stopping NATO from expanding east and the deployment of weapons in neighboring states, including Ukraine. Putin "reiterated the need to immediately launch negotiations with the United States and NATO in order to develop international legal guarantees for the security of our country," the Kremlin said in a readout of the call. Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto on Tuesday that he wants "immediate" talks with the United States and NATO over security guarantees, the Kremlin said, as tensions mount over Ukraine. Putin has denied the plans, blaming NATO for heightened tensions in the region and seeking promises from the West that the alliance won't expand eastwards. In a video call last week, U.S. President Joe Biden warned Putin of "sanctions like he's never seen" should Russian troops launch an attack.
2 in 5 Russians Believe War With Ukraine Likely – Poll
Two in five Russians believe war is likely to break out with Ukraine and blame the United States for heightened tensions, according to a new independent survey published Tuesday. According to the Levada Center, 39% of Russian respondents believe that war with Ukraine is either highly likely or unavoidable. Another 38% said that Russian-Ukrainian war is unlikely. Only 15% rule out the possibility of a Russian-Ukrainian war. Younger Russians, however, were more likely to say that no one is to blame for the Russian-Ukrainian tensions or not answer the question than their older counterparts.
New Arctic Temperature Record Sounds Climate Alarm – UN
A record high temperature recorded in a Russian Arctic town last summer is setting off “alarm bells” over climate change, The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday. The UN agency confirmed after more than a year of calculations that a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius in Verkhoyansk, which is 115 kilometers inside the Arctic Circle, on June 20, 2020, was the highest ever recorded in the region. “This new Arctic record is one of a series of observations reported to the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes that sound the alarm bells about our changing climate,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a statement. “In 2020, there was also a new temperature record (18.3 C) for the Antarctic continent,” he added.
Alibaba to test gaming potential of metaverse as Big Tech firms stampede into virtual world
Establishing the new unit, Yuanjing Shengsheng, underlines Alibaba’s interest in the metaverse, a shared, immersive 3D virtual space. Photo: Shutterstock
China puts forex markets under microscope as yuan rallies and capital outflow poses ‘major risks’
Beijing remains on high alert for problems in its forex markets that could spark financial and economic volatility.
Medicare Privatization Scheme Faced Legal Questions About Profiteering
The direct contracting model was announced publicly in April 2019 and began its implementation phase in October 2020. In May 2019, a calendar alert went out to staff reading “discussion with Landmark on the direct contracting model.” Career staff were appalled. Smith expressed hope for direct contracting as a fix, though the project’s critics note it has the same elements. Smith, able to spot a good business opportunity, launched a health care company, Russell Street Ventures, in June. The latest privatization scheme echoes the Medicare Advantage system, the private-insurer-run version of Medicare currently used by over 40 percent of enrollees.
Liz Cheney hints at criminal charges for Trump over Capitol riot during Meadows vote
Multiple legal analysts noted how Rep Liz Cheney used incredibly particular legal language that might open the door to a criminal referral for former president Donald Trump for his actions during the Capitol riot on 6 January. “Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress’s proceedings,” Ms Cheney said. The select committee voted unanimously to approve a report saying Mr Meadows be held in contempt of Congress. This came after Mr Meadows defied a congressional subpoena from the committee after initially working with the committee. Ms Cheney revealed text exchanges Mr Meadows had between Mr Trump’s eldest son and Fox News hosts Brian Kilmeade, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity.
Andrew Yang says the two-party system fuels extremism: "The people are losing"
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is harshly criticizing America's two-party political system and closed-party primaries, arguing that they help fuel extremist views on both sides. "We can all just look around and see the duopoly is not working," Yang told CBSN "Red & Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano in an interview that aired Monday. "The political incentives are not around getting anything done, it's around blaming the other side, and just playing 'you lose, I lose' back and forth — while the people are losing." Yang also argued against closed-party primaries, in which a voter must be registered as a Democrat or Republican to cast a ballot in that party's respective primary. Yang said the shift to open primaries and ranked-choice voting would "realign" incentives to serve the majority instead of a partisan minority.
US and China maritime defence talks to resume after blame game stalled 2020 session
Both sides have sent more military aircraft and vessels across the East and South China seas and the Taiwan Strait in recent months. Photo: Handout
Proud Boys Regroup Locally to Add to Ranks Before 2022 Midterms
That was when the Proud Boys began concentrating on local issues, Mr. Holt said. Many Proud Boys’ local chapters have now taken on causes tied to the coronavirus pandemic, with members showing up at protests over mask mandates and mandatory vaccination policies, according to researchers who study extremism. Ms. Hiller said the Proud Boys have shown consistently high levels of activity this year, unlike last year when there was a spike only around the election. “Tell me where I need to be and I am there,” one member of a Proud Boys group in Wisconsin wrote last month about protests of mask mandates. At some local meetings where the Proud Boys have shown up, they have spoken and threatened community leaders, according to news reports.
Fox News hosts, Donald Trump Jr., asked Meadows to get Trump to call off rioters, House panel reveals
"Indeed, according to the records, multiple Fox News hosts knew the president needed to act immediately" on Jan. 6, Cheney said. Other committee members read from texts they said were sent to Meadows from lawmakers, who were not named Monday evening. The nine-member bipartisan committee voted unanimously Monday to advance a contempt referral for Meadows to the full House. A majority vote would result in the Justice Department's being asked to prosecute Meadows, a former House member. The Justice Department acted on a similar House recommendation for former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who faces two criminal charges.
Biden Mocked For Bragging U.S. Pays Bills On Time By Increasing Debt: ‘An Oxymoron Without The Oxy’
President Joe Biden, a Democrat, was widely mocked over the weekend after he posted a tweet in which he bragged about how the United States pays its bills on time by taking on more debt. “The United States pays its debts when they are due,” Biden wrote in a tweet that also featured a video. “And that’s what this is all about.”The United States pays its debts when they are due. Totally unsustainable.”, professor: “The US pays off its existing credit card bills by using new credit cards with higher spending limits. Totally unsustainable.” Nick Searcy , actor: “This is like paying off credit card debt by transferring your balance to another card with a higher interest rate and a higher limit.
A rash of newly released messages show that, on Jan. 6, Trump’s allies understood that he was the catalyst
Trump was still speaking at his rally on the Ellipse south of the White House when the first barricade was breached on the west front of the Capitol. Even as he was telling his audience that “when you catch somebody in a fraud, you’re allowed to go by very different rules” and that “we must stop this deal and then we must ensure that such outrageous election fraud never happens again, can never be allowed to happen again,” protesters were already approaching the building from within the perimeter that had already been established. Less than 10 minutes after he told the audience that “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” Capitol Police were reporting injuries.
Chinese mum pays over US$150,000 to have ‘perfect’ seven kids, bucking country’s declining childbirth trend
Zhang Rongrong (top right) with her five boys and two girls, aged from one to 14. Photo: Zhang Rongrong
China avoids Olympic protests by banning foreign spectators
The ban does not apply to world leaders, who are invited by the host country, nor to accredited foreign media, of whom there will be plenty. But in effect the Beijing games will be a domestic—and domesticated—affair. Under the contract the host country agrees with the International Olympics Committee IOC , the environment of the games is meant to be free and open. Foreign media will focus some attention on human rights, but China is unlikely to give visas to Western reporters, other than those in the bubble covering the sports. Gady Epstein: China affairs editor, The Economist?This article appeared in the China section of the print edition of The World Ahead 2022 under the headline “Frozen”
WikiLeak’s Assange suffered ‘mini-stroke’ in prison: Fiancee
The revelation from Stella Moris comes days after a British court cleared the way for the WikiLeaks co-founder to be extradited to the US. The jailed founder and publisher of WikiLeaks Julian Assange had a mini-stroke during his battle to avoid extradition from Britain to the United States, his fiancee Stella Moris said late on Saturday. “Julian Assange suffered a stroke on the first day of the High Court appeal hearing on October 27th,” she tweeted. Now.”BREAKING: Julian #Assange suffered a stroke on the first day of the High Court appeal hearing on October 27th. However, on Friday, the US government won the appeal, meaning Assange may now be closer to being sent from London’s high-security Belmarsh prison to the US.
UK removes all 11 countries from red list
It took days to rearrange a flight home on the same date that a quarantine hotel room was available. They had to stay longer in their AirBnB and re-book their car hire while they waited - on top of extending their car parking and kennels bookings in the UK.
Anti-LGBTQ group’s unhinged tribute to “Wonder Woman” Marjorie Taylor Greene is nuttier than she is
While Public Advocate USA is one of the most vicious anti-LGBTQ hate groups in the nation, their sense of camp is spot on. They’ve made a video – complete with singing, dancing, and whirling umbrellas that spell out “LMNOP” – that celebrates Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) as a modern-day Wonder Woman. Other signs read “Make the family great again!”The faux Wonder Woman does battle with a woman draped in a Pride flag wearing boxing gloves. Her foe’s gloves have a rainbow stripe on one and a Black Lives Matter sticker on the other. But from the folks standing behind Wonder Marge, there are several who are true believers.
A member of Congress apologized to Mark Meadows for not overturning the election on January 6: 'I'm sorry nothing worked'
A member of Congress texted Mark Meadows apologizing for not overturning the election on January 6. In the Monday evening hearing, the panel unanimously voted to hold Meadows in contempt of Congress after Meadows stopped cooperating with the committee and failed to show up for a scheduled deposition. Schiff then read aloud the January 7 message from an unnamed member of Congress that said: "Yesterday was a terrible day. "The day after a failed attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power through violence, an elected lawmaker tells the White House chief of staff 'I'm sorry nothing worked.' Even though Meadows stopped cooperating, the panel is already in possession of valuable records, including text messages and emails that Meadows and his attorney voluntarily turned over to the committee.
China marks 84th anniversary of Nanjing Massacre
China marks 84th anniversary of Nanjing MassacreAP, BEIJINGChina yesterday marked the 84th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre, in which hundreds of thousands of civilians and disarmed soldiers were killed by Japanese troops in and around the former Chinese capital. Troops, students and 3,000 attendees then stood at rigid attention to observe a minute of silence. Addressing the gathering, Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan (???) said they had came together to “learn from history and open up a new chapter of our future.”Students hold flowers while commemorating the victims of the Nanjing Massacre at a mass burial site in Nanjing, China, yesterday. Photo: APThe ceremony aimed to “showcase our lofty commitment to a peaceful development path,” said Sun, the only woman on the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo. In 2014, China’s top legislature designated Dec. 13 a national day of remembrance for massacre victims.
UK Has At Least 250 People In Hospital With Omicron, Says Deputy PM
British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab had said 250 Omicron patients were in hospital. UK has at least 250 people in the hospital with the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, the British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday. Sky news has said that the Deputy Prime Minister had misspoken when he made this statement. When asked for a comment, a spokesman for the justice ministry told Reuters to call the health ministry and suggested Reuters use different figures. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday that 10 people were in hospital with Omicron.
Nearly 90,000 Hong Kongers apply for new British resettlement visa
Britain rolled out the visa scheme in January for more than five million Hong Kongers in response to Beijing’s imposition of a sweeping national security law last year. Britain previously predicted about 154,000 Hong Kongers would arrive in the first year, and as many as 322,000 over five years. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced pressure to extend the visa scheme to cover younger Hong Kongers who do not qualify for a BN(O) passport. A poll earlier this year by the University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory found one-third of Hong Kongers with a BN(O) passport were considering moving to Britain. Read more:UK foreign secretary says China's new security law violates Hong Kong agreementUK PM Johnson welcomes families who immigrated from Hong Kong under new visa schemeUK opens special visa route for Hong Kong residents to become British citizens
U.S. Supreme Court rejects religious challenge to New York vaccine mandate
The Supreme Court previously rejected other challenges to vaccine mandates including one focusing upon Maine's lack of a religious exemption for healthcare workers. It said longstanding healthcare worker vaccine mandates for measles and rubella also have no religious exemptions. The group opposes vaccine mandates and advocates for various causes including what it called "medical freedom." In a video on the group's website, co-founder Brian Festa said, "We were fighting against vaccine mandates. According to government data, about 84% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 72% are fully vaccinated.
Tesla to accept dogecoin as payment for merchandise, says Musk
A representation of cryptocurrency Dogecoin is seen in this illustration taken August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationDec 14 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) chief Elon Musk said on Tuesday the electric carmaker will accept dogecoin as payment for merchandise on a test basis, sending the meme-based cryptocurrency up 24%. "Tesla will make some merch buyable with Doge & see how it goes," Musk said in a tweet. Musk had asked users in May if they wanted Tesla to accept dogecoin in a Twitter poll. The EV maker stopped accepting bitcoin for car purchases, less than two months after the company began to accept the world's biggest digital currency for payment.
Belarus: Opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over protests
Tikhanovsky is now one of hundreds of political prisoners thought to be held in Belarusian jails. Among them is protest organiser Maria Kolesnikova, who was found guilty of crimes including plotting to seize power and jailed for 11 years in September.
After backlash, organizers of South Dakota Dash for Cash event apologize to teachers
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The organizers of the now-viral Dash for Cash event have apologized and are donating additional money to area teachers. The first Dash for Cash was organized to give 10 teachers a chance to compete for $5,000 that would fund their classrooms. The teachers received more than $5,000 and each educator walked away with a minimum of $500, according to Jim Olander, the president of the Sioux Falls Stampede Hockey Club. In their apology, the Sioux Falls Stampede along with CU Mortgage Direct said they would be providing an additional $15,500 to area teachers.
It's the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 vaccine, here's what to watch in the future
It's the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 vaccine, here's what to watch in the futureIt's the one year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccine, so what's next for researchers? Here are some things to watch for the vaccine's future.
AP: Voter fraud rare in states Trump disputed
AP: Voter fraud rare in states Trump disputedA review by The Associated Press in the six battleground states disputed by former President Donald Trump has found fewer than 475 cases of potential voter fraud, a number that would have made no difference in the 2020 presidential election.
Small Virginia high school football powerhouse has longest active U.S. winning streak
SALEM, VIRGINIA — A state championship victory Saturday was the 50th consecutive win for a tiny, rural Virginia high school, an unlikely program to take the national mantle of most wins in a row of any high school football team in America right now. Riverheads is the smallest high school of the five in Augusta County, Virginia, and has fewer than 450 students. Riverheads High School hasn't experienced a loss since Oct. 13, 2018, and hasn't failed in a playoff game since 2015. The school is three wins away from breaking the all-time record in Virginia of 52 held by Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia. Could he one day become the best active high school football coach in America?
Opinion: Cardinals have lost their mojo, and time is running out to regain it
Yet, the Cardinals have morphed from great to good and seem to have lost their way. “That defensive line is tremendous, and I was proud of the way he battled.”Murray’s first interception came on the Cardinals' second possession. “It’s a touchdown,” Murray said. He’s one of the best football players in the league.”Murray’s second interception came on the Cardinals' second play of the second half. “I thought Stafford played a great game,” Kingsbury said.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan on Urban Meyer, losses and drama: 'You don't want to be impulsive'
Jaguars owner Shad Khan spent more than an hour on his yacht Monday fielding questions from reporters about his franchise and his head coach Urban Meyer. At no point did Khan say Meyer would definitely be returning next season, reiterating instead, he wants to do the right thing for the team and city. OPINION:Urban Meyer debacle is a lesson in accountability for JaguarsUnder Meyer, the Jaguars continue to be the talk of the league for all the wrong reasons. ''I think you know, we have a history of really looking at the facts and generally doing the right thing,'' Khan said. During their Week 13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Jaguars running back James Robinson was held out for 20 plays after a fumble.
TikTok thinks I’m gay. How could it know before I knew?
Sarah Kelly was getting a divorce from her husband – a "COVID divorce," as it were – and resigned herself to the idea of a spinsterly existence. But a year later, tired of that, she began mulling over her future. She simultaneously downloaded TikTok. What (rather, who) started to crowd her feed? Did that mean ... could it be ... was Kelly actually a lesbian too?
How thrift stores can save your Christmas and help save the planet
These are just a few of the challenges facing holiday shoppers this season. But those who eagerly support secondhand shopping are happy to explain its many benefits. In addition, some thrift stores share profits to support a chosen charity, which makes shoppers feel good about their spending. ?If you’re shopping for a child, head to the office supplies aisle and search the bins for unopened drawing pads, paints, crayons and stickers. If you’re a last-minute shopper and Dec. 25 is creeping up on you all too quickly, remember it’s not too late to find a worthwhile gift at your nearby thrift stores.
Disney, ESPN, ABC could leave YouTube TV as two sides work toward new deal
YouTube TV warned subscribers Monday it might lose channels such as ABC, ESPN and FX as parent company Google works toward a renewed deal with Disney. In an email sent to subscribers and shared online, YouTube TV said it is in negotiations with Disney on a new contract to continue carrying Disney-owned channels including National Geographic, ABC and ESPN. The two haven't reached an "equitable" deal yet, YouTube TV said. Disney told USA TODAY in a statement that it is "optimistic" a deal could be reached. Last week, Google reached a deal with streaming platform Roku to continue distributing the YouTube and YouTube TV apps on streaming devices.
Elon Musk is Time's Person of the Year: Talking Tech podcast
He's also the richest person in the world. The magazine announced on Monday that Elon Musk is their Person of the Year. As of Sunday, Musk is hands-down the world's richest person. For some perspective on Musk as the world's richest person, second in line is Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, whose net worth is valued at $198 billion. He actually took a jab at Bezos for falling into second place among the world's richest people.
Thousands still left without water, power after Kentucky tornado kills 74: What we know
'We can expect more':Did climate change play a role in the deadly weekend tornadoes? More than 10,000 homes and businesses had no water Monday, Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett told reporters. How to help Kentucky tornado victims:Donate to relief funds, Red Cross and food distributionJenny Bruce, 65, a former administrator and member of the Dawson Springs Independent School board, was among the dead in Hopkins County, according to the coroner. Before the twister touched down in Mayfield, Stewart said staffers recently moved eight residents out of one of the four wings so construction could take place. – Natalie Neysa Alund, Louisville Courier JournalDid climate change play a role in the deadly weekend tornadoes?
The 38 hottest holiday toys of 2021: Squeakee, Squishmallows, Crayola, Hot Wheels and more!
Amazon recently released its annual Toys We Love list, Macy's shared their Hot Toy list and Walmart revealed their Most-Wanted Toys list. “A lot of the Lego experience has become model-building, but these Mario sets are really fun to play and interact with. “It’s just a really fun toy and the design is great,” says Stephanie Oppenheim, co-founder of ToyPortfolio.com. Motorized bumper carsRecommended ages: 1.5 to 6“Ride-ons are always really, really popular,” says Byrne. “It’s a toy that’s all about family time and it’s a great little toy for kids to express themselves with,” says Byrne.
Teens Are Advocating for Mental Health Days Off School
If your child needs time off because they are suffering from crippling anxiety or experiencing a behavioral health crisis, for example, it might not be appropriate for schools or families to label that as a “mental health day” — in fact, doing so might inadvertently minimize mental health disorders, Dr. Koplewicz said. “Everyone has mental health, everyone,” she said. Mott Children’s Hospital said that their teenagers had shown signs of either a new or worsening mental health condition during the pandemic. report found that the proportion of 12- to 17-year-olds visiting emergency rooms for mental health reasons rose 31 percent for most of 2020 compared with 2019. In New York, California and Florida — homes to some of the nation’s largest school districts — there are no state laws specifying that children can take a mental health day.
ECT Can Be a Good Treatment Option for Serious Depression
Half of them had received ECT, while the other half were treated with drugs and psychotherapy. ECT did not seem to increase the risk of serious medical problems, including circulatory, respiratory or genitourinary issues that require a hospital stay, or deaths that were not a result of suicide. In the 30 days after discharge, 105 of the ECT patients had a serious medical problem, compared with 135 among the controls, a statistically insignificant difference. Suicides were rare in both groups, but were significantly lower in those treated with ECT. It contributes a really important element to the discussion about the risk of doing ECT compared to the risk of not doing it in people with severe depression.”
Celebrity legal battles of 2021
Celebrity legal battles of 2021There were court victories and career-altering legal lows for celebrities in 2021. Here are some of the biggest legal stories of the year.
Save $150 on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 smartphone and get free Galaxy Buds2 with this exclusive holiday offer
One of the newest and most striking pieces of tech this year is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 smartphone, and you can get for a hefty price cut if you've got something to trade in during Samsung's exclusive holiday offer right now. The price cut only applies to those who trade in their Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 smartphone. Trading in the Galaxy S21+ smartphone gets you $700 off the Fold3, while the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet has a trade-in value of $350. Once you receive the new phone, you have 15 days to send in your promised trade-in device to Samsung. If you've been waiting on a deal on the Galaxy Z Fold3, head over to the Samsung website and save.
25 Gifts for People Who Have Everything
These merino wool coasters from Graf Lantz look cozy under wine glasses and coffee mugs, and they appear modern when stacked on a coffee table. The felt pads are absorbent so they’re perfect for sweaty glasses. Our gifts editor Hannah Morrill, who has used hers for six years, says their vibrant tones haven’t faded and that coffee spills and smoothie drips wipe readily away. (These coasters do collect dust however, but that’s easily remedied with a swift pass of a lint roller.) We like the rounded-square shape, but they also come in a circular version, as well as a variety of single-color or prismatic options.
The 3 decisions you really need to make well before you retire
It's best to make this decision early, as this can help you estimate the account balance you'll need. You'll need to know this when making retirement plans so you can base your financial goals on the costs you'll incur in your preferred destination. What you'll do with your timeHow you'll spend your days is going to affect the amount of money you'll need. But a handful of little-known "Social Security secrets" could help ensure a boost in your retirement income. Once you learn how to maximize your Social Security benefits, we think you could retire confidently with the peace of mind we're all after.
Heavy Rain and Snow Are Expected Over Much of California
A sprawling weather system was forecast to bring torrential rain and heavy snow across California on Tuesday, a day after wreaking havoc on the northern part of the state, meteorologists said. The National Weather Service said there was a slight risk of excessive rainfall over parts of Southern California through Wednesday morning, leading to the possibility of flash floods. In addition, heavy snow, which could reduce visibility and create hazardous driving conditions, was expected over the Pacific Northwest before ending Tuesday night, the Weather Service said.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Holiday Social Anxiety
We both knew that, even in the best of times, holiday social gatherings can be overwhelming. I’m definitely feeling some social anxiety.”That’s a refrain that Paula Zimbrean, a psychiatrist and associate professor at Yale School of Medicine, has heard a lot. “Honestly, if a patient tells me that he or she has no anxiety about resuming life as usual, I start worrying,” she said. “This is to only commit to events where your response is, ‘Hell, yes, I want to do that!’” he said. “If I’m not that excited about it, I will likely pass.” He tells clients that while it may be tempting to dive headlong into the holiday season, it’s important to seek middle ground.
How to Build Resilience in Midlife
In expressive writing studies, college students taught to reframe their college struggles as a growth opportunity got better grades and were less likely to drop out. A Harvard study found that people who viewed stress as a way to fuel better performance did better on tests and managed their stress better physiologically than those taught to ignore stress. We have a tendency to blame ourselves for life’s setbacks and to ruminate about what we should have done differently. “Telling yourself that a situation is not personal, pervasive or permanent can be extremely useful,” Dr. Grant said. While that may be true, you will get a bigger resilience boost by reminding yourself of the challenges you personally have overcome.
The Brain Fog of Menopause
But while these common menopausal symptoms can add to the severity of memory problems, they are not the primary cause of cognitive issues in these women, she said. A six-year study of 1,903 women who were at midlife found that menopause-related symptoms like depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and hot flashes did not account for declines in memory, learning and how fast the brain processes information during the menopause transition. In fact, symptoms similar to those in menopausal women affect many women premenstrually, when there is a short-lived drop in circulating estrogen. But unlike a normal menstrual cycle, the transition through menopause is gradual and typically takes months and sometimes years, making it harder to recognize its link to cognitive problems. The postmenopausal brain, it seems, adjusts to having little or no estrogen on board.
Fuel Tanker Explodes in Haiti, Killing Dozens
Dozens of people were killed and scores more were wounded before dawn on Tuesday when a tanker truck exploded in northern Haiti, according to government officials. Prime Minister Ariel Henry, writing on Twitter, said around 40 people were killed in the city of Cap-Haïtien and many more were injured when a truck transporting gasoline exploded. No further details were immediately available. The Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported that hospitals were overwhelmed as dozens of people sought treatment. Basic services, long in a state of disrepair, have been battered even more as Haiti has been rocked by cascading tragedies.
Oil supply is expected to catch up to demand, offering relief on prices.
Rising production in the United States, Substantial surpluses of oil could accumulate next year, the International Energy Agency said. Credit... Patrick T. Fallon/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesOil production is on the verge of exceeding demand this month, potentially easing pressure on prices, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. “Much needed relief for tight markets is on the way,” the Paris-based forecasting group said in its Monthly Oil Report. Oil prices have roughly doubled over the past year, leading to higher prices at the pump for refined products like gasoline, which have been large contributors to soaring inflation in the United States and other countries. The group said that the key factor in its improved outlook was rising oil production in the United States, Canada and Brazil.
Belarus Opposition Leader Is Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison
MOSCOW — A court in Belarus on Tuesday convicted an opposition leader on charges of organizing mass unrest and inciting social hatred over his attempt to challenge the country’s authoritarian leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, in a presidential election last year. It also sentenced him to 18 years in prison. The activist, Sergei Tikhanovsky, 43, ran a popular YouTube channel in Belarus before announcing his candidacy ahead of the 2020 vote. He was on trial along with five other defendants, including Nikolai Statkevich, 65, who ran against Mr. Lukashenko in the 2010 presidential election. The five other defendants were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 14 to 16 years.
The 6 best career sites to post jobs online in 2022
NY Post may receive revenue from affiliate and advertising partnerships for sharing this content and/or when you make a purchase. Read on for a list of some of the best career sites and online job boards to help you build the strongest team to take on 2022, from ZipRecruiter to LinkedIn and everything in between. Then after posting your job it immediately gets sent out to over 100 job sites at the click of a button. This job site is known and loved by many applicants, so why not give it a try on the employer side of thins? To sign up for an employer account, head to the site and choose from three plans, starting at $297 for a single job posting.
Quentin Grimes added to COVID protocols after breakout Knicks game
The Knicks now have three players in COVID-19 protocols as rookie shooting guard Quentin Grimes has been ruled out Tuesday vs. the Warriors. Grimes is coming off a breakout 27-point performance Sunday vs. Milwaukee when he hit a rookie record seven 3-pointers. Knicks power forward Obi Toppin, who previously had the hot hand, was put into protocols Saturday night and missed the game against the Bucks. The players need two negative tests in a 24-hour span to return before the ten-day maximum. The Knicks are 1-6 in that span and are 12-15 overall.
Extra practice? A line shuffle? A draft pick callup? Why a Rangers reset won’t be so simple this time
Sign up here to get Inside the Rangers delivered to your inbox each Tuesday morning. The last time things went wayward, the Rangers went through three days of remedial work on the ice and in the classroom in which they were able to reset their game and their attitude. But now the Blueshirts are going to have to find a different way out of it. Let’s return to the week of Nov. 8. The Rangers had stumbled home from a trip in which they had blown a two-goal lead in Vancouver and a three-goal lead in Edmonton to lose both games in overtime before getting blown out in Calgary.
Spencer Rattler transfers to South Carolina in surprising decision
Spencer Rattler, the former starting quarterback at Oklahoma, announced on social media Monday that he is transferring to South Carolina. For the season, Williams completed 62.5 percent of his passes with 1,670 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Rattler finished at 74.9 percent for 1,483 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Some speculation mounted that Rattler might end up at USC, where his former head coach, Lincoln Riley, went in a surprising move earlier this month. Oklahoma tight end Austin Stogner also announced Monday that he is transferring to South Carolina.
More than 40 dead after gasoline truck explodes in Haiti
More than 40 people were killed and dozens injured after a truck carrying gasoline exploded in Haiti, officials said Tuesday. Crowds panic after the blast, which killed 40 and injured dozens more. Hospitals are reportedly overwhelmed and seeking supplies. TwitterHe said some people were using buckets to scoop up spilled gasoline from the street to take back to their house. The explosion occurred as Haiti struggles with a severe shortage of fuel and spiraling gas prices.
Morgan Stanley boss says he was wrong to order staff back to the office
Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman on Monday admitted he “was wrong” about previously pushing staffers to return to the office while threatening to cut their pay if they didn’t. It’s continuing to be an issue.”Despite his softer tone, Gorman said that most Morgan Stanley employees have been back at the firm’s New York headquarters. “Sorry, that doesn’t work.”As recently as last month, other Morgan Stanley executives have urged staffers to get back to the office. The corporate logo of financial firm Morgan Stanley is pictured on the company’s world headquarters in New York. That means that office workers need to mask up even while sitting at their desks.
Record-high 5,674 guns seized at TSA checkpoints in 2021
A record-breaking 5,674 guns were seized at airport security checkpoints across the US this year, Transportation Security Agency data shows. That’s the best answer I can give you.”The previous record high was in 2019 when 4,400 firearms were confiscated at airport security checkpoints. The most gun seizures this year have taken place in Atlanta, Georgia. David Goldman/APPeople caught carrying firearms face fines between $3,000 and $10,000. Kenny Wells fired his gun in Atlanta after he was told not to touch his bag during a TSA screening.
NFL Week 15 power rankings: Bucs surge into the top spot
It’s difficult to take the Vikings seriously as a contender for anything, even just a playoff spot, when even a 29-0 lead late in the third quarter at home isn’t particularly safe. They did hold Thursday night to beat the Steelers, but only by breaking up a pass in the end zone as time expired with an eight-point advantage. RB Dalvin Cook was unstoppable. Justin Jefferson remained productive even with the Steelers able to focus on him thanks to fellow WR Adam Thielen’s injury. But even the Vikings seem to realize they can’t keep being so inconsistent and unreliable.
Urban Meyer, Matt Nagy among NFL coaches on the hot seat
What saves him, to a degree, is that he reportedly has a huge contract, meaning it could be an expensive proposition for owner Shad Khan to move on after one season. But look at the problems ahead if he stays. What assistants will want to coach for him if the team parts ways with much of this year’s staff? What players will want to sign with the Jaguars in free agency? How can they address their lagging ticket sales if they don’t start winning?
Google Maps’ most insane, vivid and awe-inducing photos you won’t believe exist
Mysterious ‘pyramids’This image from Google Earth shows an image some have suggested could be an unexcavated pyramid in Egypt. Google MapsThis image shows the place where planes go to die. Google MapsThis image shows an odd assembly of polka-dots near the cinder cone volcano in Arizona known as Vulcan’s Throne. Google MapsThis mysterious “phantom island” off the coast of Australia lives as a ghost on Google Maps. Google MapsThis image shows 1000 scarecrows in a field in Finland.
Rapper Logic wrote the song ‘1-800-273-8255’ to save lives. He may have saved hundreds, study finds.
The song, featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, begins from the perspective of someone calling the hotline and saying they want to end their life, Logic told Genius. “I don’t wanna be alive,” the first chorus begins. The second chorus channels the voice of someone on the other end of the phone, saying: “I want you to be alive … now let me tell you why.”
For years, a cemetery worker helped bury murder victims. Then her son was killed, too.
Hemphill had saved these cards, along with dozens of programs from the funerals of various family members: his brother who had been stabbed on the block they’d grown up on in 2006; a 15-year-old nephew who had been stabbed in the neck at the Deanwood Metro Station in 2010; his 80-year-old uncle who had been walking down the street last year when he was attacked and beaten by a man high on PCP.
How three D.C. buildings became one — with 16 condos
“The big projects get all the press but we also have a portfolio of smaller properties as well,” said Drew Turner, development and project manager at Douglas Development. “This was one of those buildings where the principals saw it, and said: ‘This is a great building. We don’t know exactly what we’re going to do with it, but we really like this corner. Let’s go after it.’ We maintained … much of the original historic structure, so all the load-bearing walls are still there. We cut large openings in between the buildings to make connections between them.”
Jail worker killed in candle factory tried to keep inmates safe ‘at his own peril’
“It was obvious during the interview process Robert was someone concerned about helping others and doing the right thing for his community,” Workman said. The work-release program that had been stalled by the pandemic — much to the disappointment of an eager Daniel — finally started with its first day on Tuesday, Workman said.
Kim Potter trial: Daunte Wright not first shooting connected to ex-cop: ‘100%’ deserves murder charge
Though they never knew each other, Heisler and Wright were both from Brooklyn Center and around the same age when they were killed by police. "I 100% believe she deserves murder charges," Heisler’s mother, Amity Dimock, told Fox News Digital. KIM POTTER TRIAL: BLM PROTESTER ACCUSED OF INTIMIDATING JUDGE HELD WITHOUT BOND AS DAUNTE WRIGHT CASE STARTSPotter, a 26-year veteran of the force, is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter for shooting Wright during an April 11 traffic stop. "I very rarely look at these murder videos," Dimock, who has since moved out of Brooklyn Center, said. "The four Brooklyn Center police officers who initially responded to the scene used de-escalation tactics and seemed to have calmed down Mr. Dimock-Heisler.
Sign at Alaska IHOP blames Biden 'free money' for staffing woes: 'Nobody wants to work anymore'
A sign at an IHOP in Alaska said the franchised restaurant was reducing hours because of staff shortages and blamed President Biden's COVID-19 relief programs. "Due to the fact that Biden gave out way too much free money and nobody wants to work anymore, we are forced to reduce our hours during this week," the typed sign posted to the counter at an IHOP in Wasilla, Alaska, reads. "I know we’re just one small family, and we don’t matter, but we can’t eat at a place that condones this," the user wrote. When I see a sign posted by a restaurant door, I am always prepared to turn around and walk away if it’s this kind of entitled, anti-worker non-sense. People are rethinking their priorities and working for min wage minus taxes during a pandemic w no benefits ain’t the lure you might think it is," another user wrote.
Bond market is showing warning signs over Fed's policy decisions: WSJ's Banerji
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBond market is showing warning signs over Fed's policy decisions: WSJ's BanerjiGunjan Banerji, Wall Street Journal markets and investing reporter, and Anastasia Amoroso, chief investment strategist at iCapital Network, join 'Squawk Box' to discuss markets ahead of the open.
Katz: Cautiously optimistic but still expect a lot of volatility
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailKatz: Cautiously optimistic but still expect a lot of volatilityDavid Katz of Matrix Asset Advisors says while there are many overhangs, there are still reasons to be optimistic about the markets in 2022, and highlights a few names in the media and financial sectors that could be ripe for more gains.
Mexico truck crash: 53 dead, as many as 200 migrants on board
The migrants inside the cargo trailer were tossed and crushed in a pile of both the living and the dead. It was one of the worst single-day death tolls for migrants in Mexico since the 2010 massacre of 72 migrants by the Zetas drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas. About 200 migrants may have been packed into the truck, said Guatemala’s top human rights official, Jordán Rodas. Luis Manuel Moreno, head of the Chiapas state civil defense office, said about 21 of the injured had serious wounds and were taken to local hospitals. The federal Attorney General’s Office said three were critically injured in the crash on a highway leading from the Guatemalan border toward the Chiapas state capital.
Missouri girl, pictured 15 minutes before tornado hit, found dead in field dozens of yards away
A young girl, pictured in a photo taking during Saturday's severe weather in Missouri, died during the storm, a family member confirmed. Trey and Meghan Rackley and their three daughters sought shelter in a windowless bathroom in their southeast Missouri home as storms raged across the middle of the country. Seven-year-old Avalinn told doctors she flew around "in the tornado," Hooker said. She said she talked to the girl's mother, Meghan Rackley, on Friday afternoon about the possibility of bad storms. Hooker said Meghan Rackley's injuries included broken bones, a brain injury and a large cut, and she's asking people to pray for the 32-year-old mother.
Cuomo torched by mob boss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano over nursing home scandal: 'I would never do that'
Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was torched by a former mob boss over the Democrat’s COVID nursing home scandal, saying that he "would never do that." CHRIS CUOMO SOUGHT TO DISCREDIT FOX NEWS’ JANICE DEAN FOR SPEAKING OUT ON BROTHER’S NURSING HOME SCANDAL"I hate to get into Governor Cuomo. "One, because he’s Italian and I’m embarrassed to have someone do what he did as an Italian," The Bull continued. The host also said that the mobsters were "no fans" of Cuomo "at all" as well as his younger brother, Chris Cuomo. The former governor resigned in disgrace earlier this year amid the nursing home scandal and multiple sexual harassment allegations.
California homeowner shot during residential robbery in Los Angeles, authorities say
A homeowner in a Los Angeles neighborhood was shot Monday night during a home invasion robbery that involved multiple suspects, authorities said. The shooting happened around 7:45 p.m. in the 14100 block of W. Monroe Place in Van Nuys, KABC-TV reported, citing the Los Angeles Police Department. Investigators were reportedly working to determine whether this was another instance of a follow-home robbery, which have been a growing trend around the Los Angeles area and elsewhere in California. Last week in South Los Angeles, a man fought back against three armed men in their 20s who were attempting to rob him and fatally shot one of them with their own gun. Meanwhile, police were investigating surveillance video that shows alleged thieves clad in "police-type" gear attacking a group of victims outside a home in Los Angeles' Fairfax neighborhood in an apparent follow-home robbery.
Matthew McConaughey shares rare pic with kids from 'Sing 2' premiere: 'Family affair'
Matthew McConaughey was joined by his wife and kids at the premiere for his upcoming movie, "Sing 2." "Family affair at #Sing2 premiere @singmovie," McConaughey, 52, captioned the pic. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY MAKES DECISION ON WHETHER HE WILL RUN FOR TEXAS GOVERNORThe father of three rarely shows off his children on his social media account. MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY SAYS HE WANTS TO ‘FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION’ BEFORE MANDATING VACCINES FOR HIS CHILDRENIn fact, McConaughey said he's already put his kids to work in relation to the spotlight. Last month, McConaughey announced his decision to not run for Texas governor amid speculation that the actor might enter the race.
UPS warns of looming Covid vaccine delivery challenges
In this videoShare Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailUPS warns of looming Covid vaccine delivery challengesCNBC's Frank Holland joins 'Squawk Box' to report on why UPS and FedEx Covid-19 vaccine deliveries may lag in 2022.
Apple shares have 'substantial upside' over next 12 to 24 months: Neuberger Berman analyst
In this videoShare Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailApple shares have 'substantial upside' over next 12 to 24 months: Neuberger Berman analystDaniel Flax, senior research analyst at Neuberger Berman, joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss shares of Apple, which is nearing a $3 trillion market capitalization.
Hit your retirement savings goal? It may be wise to unload some stocks
JGI/Jamie Grill | Tetra images | Getty ImagesHave you hit your retirement savings goal ahead of schedule? The idea is to reduce investment risk and preserve savings. Stocks are an important building block in a retirement portfolio: They yield higher returns, on average, than "safer" types of investments. This framework begs two questions: How do I know if I've hit my retirement goal? Retirement goalJose Luis Pelaez Inc | Getty ImagesFiguring out how much you might need for retirement can be tough.
Cryptocurrency companies take multi-million dollar step into sports
Ira L. Black - Corbis | Getty Images Sport | Getty ImagesCryptocurrency companies, eager to reach new audiences and push further into the mainstream, are quickly becoming some of the biggest advertisers and sponsors in sports. The National Women's Soccer League is the latest sports property to step into crypto, signing a multi-year deal that is described as one of the most significant partnerships the league has ever done with crypto platform Voyager Digital. "We see this as an opportunity to really engage with the NWSL player, fan and that community in a way that nobody has before," Voyager CEO Steve Ehrlich said. Twice as many men as women invest in cryptocurrency, according to CNBC and Acorn's Invest in You: Next Gen Investor survey. Players will also receive financial education on crypto from Voyager.
Op-ed: Here are some energy companies that could be a good option for investors
In recent years, many financial advisors have been cautious talking to clients about energy companies. Government-led decarbonization efforts around the globe and the move to produce alternative energy sources have also been major factors in dimming the perception of traditional oil and gas assets. For one, demand will likely remain high. Fourth, oil and energy companies have long been a hedge against inflation, making them more likely to advance should the cost of goods and services continue to escalate. While the Federal Reserve for months maintained that price spikes were transitory, it is beginning to change its tune.
Rocket scientists and brain surgeons are not necessarily smarter than the rest of us, study finds
Rocket scientists and brain surgeons aren't necessarily any smarter than the general population, a new U.K. study has found, challenging long-held assumptions about these professions. However, a study published Monday in the BMJ sought to finally put to rest the argument as to whether rocket scientists or brain engineers are smarter. The study used the results from 329 aerospace engineers and 72 neurosurgeons internationally, comparing them against the scores of more than 18,000 Britons who had previously completed the test. The authors of the study said there was "no significant difference" in how aerospace engineers scored across any of the areas versus the general U.K. population. The authors of the study said that it was possible that both neurosurgeons and aerospace engineers are "unnecessarily put on a pedestal," based on the findings.
Weibo fined $470,000 by Beijing for publishing 'illegal' information
In this videoShare Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWeibo fined $470,000 by Beijing for publishing 'illegal' informationCNBC's Eunice Yoon joins 'Squawk Box' to report on Weibo shares, which are tumbling after its operator was slapped with fines from Beijing.
IMF warns Bank of England against inflation inaction ahead of key vote
A passageway near the Bank of England (BOE) in the City of London, U.K., on Thursday, March 18, 2021. LONDON — The International Monetary Fund has urged the Bank of England to avoid "inaction bias" as it gears up for a key vote Thursday on when to hike interest rates in the face of high inflation. The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee surprised markets in November by voting 7-2 to keep its benchmark interest rate at its historic low of 0.1%. Governor Andrew Bailey acknowledged that the "warning signs are there" on inflation, but said policymakers would need to see more data from the labor market to assess the effects of the country's furlough scheme before tightening policy. "It would be important to avoid inaction bias, in view of costs associated with containing second-round impacts."
Goldman double-downgrades Ralph Lauren, says sell the stock as brand momentum slows
Goldman double-downgrades Ralph Lauren, says sell the stock as brand momentum slowsPublished Tue, Dec 14 2021 8:19 AM EST
5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)U.S. stock futures extended Tuesday's decline after another hot inflation report. Following last week's stellar performance, tech stocks were under pressure in the premarket after leading the Nasdaq lower by 1.4% on Monday. The S&P 500, which closed at a record Friday, lost nearly 1% to start the new week. The study has been conducted in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has signaled he's still not ready to back his party's Build Back Better plan.
Bored Ape NFT reportedly sells for $3,000 instead of $300,000 due to 'fat-finger' mistake
A non-fungible token trader reportedly sold a highly sought-after NFT for $3,000 rather than $300,000 due to a "fat-finger" error. The trader, identified only as Max or "maxnaut" online, told tech news website CNET that he meant to list his NFT for 75 ether, or about $300,000. A fat-finger error is where a trader places the wrong bet on a stock or other financial asset because of a typing mistake. In 2014, for example, a fat-finger mistake was blamed for a sudden spike in the share price of British lender HSBC. Celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, DJ Khaled and Post Malone have bought Bored Ape NFTs for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' finds the sweet spot in Marvel's multiverse
(CNN) After the lengthy buildup, array of teases and alleged leaks, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" impressively lives up to the hype, delivering the kind of unabashed big-screen fun for which theaters have been hungering. Briskly balancing a dizzying assortment of parts, Marvel's latest (by way of Sony) looks destined to do what only a spider can -- namely, lure vast numbers of fans into its web. The extent to which viewers come armed with that knowledge will surely enhance their enjoyment, but the movie has been structured carefully enough that two decades of Spider-Man viewing isn't necessarily a prerequisite. That includes being hounded by the Daily Bugle's J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), whose crusading shtick has received an identifiable upgrade for the digital age. Strange can't hide his irritation, but as he notes, for all that Peter has weathered, "You're just a kid."
'Return of the Jedi' and 'Selena' part of National Film Registry's eclectic additions this year
(CNN) From a biopic about a beloved singer which made Jennifer Lopez a star to a film set in a galaxy far, far away with tree dwelling Ewoks, the annual selection of 25 influential motions pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress is wide ranging. Among the selections are "Return of the Jedi," "Selena," "Lord of the Rings," "Sounder," "Cooley High" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street." "Films help reflect our cultural history and creativity — and show us new ways of looking at ourselves — though movies haven't always been deemed worthy of preservation. The National Film Registry will preserve our cinematic heritage, and we are proud to add 25 more films this year," Library of Congress librarian Carla Hayden said in a statement. "Ringling Brothers Parade Film" (1902)Read More
Wholesale prices measure rises 9.6% in November from a year ago, the fastest pace on record
Wholesale prices increased at their quickest pace on record in November in the latest sign that the inflation pressures bedeviling the economy are still present, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The producer price index for final demand products increased 9.6% over the previous 12 months after rising another 0.8% in November. Excluding food and energy, prices rose 0.7% for the month, putting core PPI at 6.9%, also the largest gain on record. Those numbers come with headline consumer prices running at their fastest pace in nearly 40 years and core inflation the hottest in about 30 years. Final demand energy prices jumped another 2.6% in November despite sliding crude prices, while food was up 1.2%.
Starbucks workers at two Boston cafes file for union election after win in Buffalo
Starbucks baristas at two Boston cafes filed for union elections on Monday, becoming the coffee giant's third U.S. market this year to organize. It comes after a historic win for Starbucks workers last week, when employees at one Buffalo cafe voted to form the first union for baristas who work at a company-owned location under Workers United New York, a branch of the Service Employees International Union. Another Buffalo cafe is waiting to hear the results of its union election due to challenged ballots, while a third voted against unionizing. In Buffalo and Mesa, the company has sent executives to locations that are seeking to unionize, a move that Starbucks Workers United has called "union busting." The stock has risen 7% this year, giving the company a market value of $135 billion.
Here are Tuesday's biggest analyst calls of the day: Chevron, Disney, Apple, Tesla, Nike & more
Here are Tuesday's biggest analyst calls of the day: Chevron, Disney, Apple, Tesla, Nike & morePublished Tue, Dec 14 2021 8:32 AM EST Updated 1 Min Ago
Toyota is spending $35 billion on electric cars to close gap on rivals
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Toyota is pumping more than $35 billion into electric vehicles as it tries to catch up with other global automakers in the race to cleaner cars. Tesla TSLA GM GM Volkswagen VLKAF The world's biggest carmaker announced Tuesday that it would invest 4 trillion yen ($35.2 billion) in developing battery-powered electric vehicles between 2022 and 2030 in a bid to mount a more serious challenge to rivals such asandA large chunk of that money will go toward the batteries themselves, with the Japanese company committing another half trillion yen ($4.4 billion) to the technology on top of 1.5 trillion yen ($13.2 billion) previously announced. The automaker currently sells just a few thousand battery electric vehicles each year. But it now plans to roll out as many as 30 new models by 2030, with the aim of selling 3.5 million such vehicles per year by 2030, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said at a press briefing in Tokyo. That would be over a third of the company's sales last fiscal year, which totaled roughly 9 million vehicles worldwide.
Nike buys virtual sneaker maker to sell digital shoes in the metaverse
Nike said on Monday it had bought virtual sneaker company RTFKT for an undisclosed sum, as the sportswear giant looks to quickly expand its footprint in the fast-growing "metaverse." Nike NKE Meta Platforms FB Last month,became one of the first big brands to enter the shared virtual world that gained prominence after Facebook recently rebranded itself toIn such blockchain-based environments, users can buy virtual land and other digital assets such as clothing for avatars in the form of a crypto asset called a non-fungible token (NFT). Formed in 2020 by Benoit Pagotto, Chris Le and Steven Vasilev, RTFKT also makes NFT collectibles and memes, according to its website. "This acquisition is another step that accelerates Nike's digital transformation and allows us to serve athletes and creators at the intersection of sport, creativity, gaming and culture," Nike Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe said in a statement.
'Diet' soda is disappearing from store shelves
Canada Dry and Schweppes ginger ales, 7Up, A&W and Sunkist, made by Keurig Dr Pepper, now label their diet drinks "zero sugar." The reason for the overhaul: The word "diet" has fallen out of fashion — especially for Millennials and Gen Z-ers. The diet soda segment, which includes diet and zero-calorie branded drinks, has ballooned since it first hit the mainstream in the 1960s. Diet soda sales are up about 19.5% from 2018, compared to just 8.4% for regular soda in the same period, making it an attractive segment for soda makers seeking growth. But the arrival of zero-sugar drinks wasn't just about gender: It marked a turning point for the overall popularity of diet drinks.
The travel industry is getting hit again. Can it take it?
But even as scientists urge patience while they assess the severity of the strain and its impact on the efficacy of vaccines, the travel industry is feeling the pain. But industry leaders are making clear that tighter government rules around travel, as well as customer anxieties, are having an impact. Ryanair RYAAY In a letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the chief executives of British Airways, Virgin Atlantic,and easyJet said "haphazard and disproportionate" travel restrictions risk "permanent scarring" of the industry. Energy stocks among the year's biggest winnersUS oil prices began 2021 just under $50 a barrel. It should come as no surprise, then, that American energy stocks are among the market's biggest winners this year, my CNN Business colleague Paul R. La Monica reports.
Europe's biggest economy is on the brink of a winter recession
London (CNN Business) Germany is teetering on the brink of recession this winter as supply bottlenecks and a wave of new coronavirus cases hobble the economy. An economy is in recession when it contracts for two consecutive quarters. "Ongoing supply bottlenecks and the fourth wave of the coronavirus are noticeably slowing down the German economy," Timo Wollmershäuser, head of forecasts at Ifo, said in a statement. "The strong post-pandemic recovery that was originally expected for 2022 still hasn't materialized." Consumer prices are not expected to return to normal until 2023, according to Ifo.
'Boost everybody.' CEOs should mandate boosters before returning office workers, Andy Slavitt says
That's why Slavitt, who in June stepped down from Biden's Covid-19 response team , said CEOs should rethink their office reopening plans. In light of the Omicron variant, Slavitt said there's "no question" CEOs should require employees to get boosters. Asked to rank from 1 to 10 how concerned he is about Omicron, Slavitt said he's only a 2 or 3 worried about people who are boosted and in communities where lots of people have boosters. "We're going to be living in most communities with Delta plus Omicron, instead of one superseding the other," Slavitt said. Asked if JPMorgan is right to say 2022 will be the year the pandemic ends, Slavitt said no.
CNN rolls the tape on Fox News hosts' public spin vs. private pleas
As Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Brian Kilmeade were frantically texting Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, CNN's John Berman shows how the Fox News anchors were reporting the event publicly.
Coca-Cola CEO on why he's getting rid of beloved beverages
In October of 2020, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey announced he was killing off half the company's portfolio. Find out why he didn't feel the decision was particularly difficult. Source: CNN
Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium expected to host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024, per reports
(CNN) Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium is expected to be announced as the of host Super Bowl LVIII in February 2024, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal and ESPN. According to the reports, an official announcement is expected on Wednesday at the National Football League (NFL) owners meeting in Dallas, Texas. SB LVIII was originally scheduled to be hosted by New Orleans, but was relocated out of the city due to game conflicting with Mardi Gras. CNN has reached out to the Las Vegas Raiders for comment. The Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020 after its relocation from Oakland, California.
Manchester United vs Brentford postponed as Premier League announces record-high positive Covid tests
(CNN) Tuesday's Premier League fixture between Brentford and Manchester United has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the United squad as the league grapples with a surge in cases. statement from United said that those who tested positive were isolating and that the club were in discussions with the Premier League over the continuation of the Brentford fixture. Gerrard on signing vaccinated playersThough not to the same extent as Conte, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is another Premier League boss wrestling with selection issues caused by Covid. Speaking yesterday to reporters ahead of his side's trip to Norwich tonight, Gerrard confirmed "a couple" of positive cases among players. "I am not concerned because they might cancel the Premier League, I am concerned because the virus is here and people suffer.
Ex-footballer Mohamed Aboutrika calls homosexuality a 'dangerous ideology' against the backdrop of the Premier League's Rainbow Laces campaign
(CNN) Former Egypt international Mohamed Aboutrika has described homosexuality as a "dangerous ideology" amid an English Premier League initiative championing LGBTQ+ inclusion. The Premier League's Rainbow Laces campaign is supported by all clubs in the league and sees rainbow-themed branding, armbands, laces and badges displayed at matches taking place between November 27 and December 2. Speaking about the campaign as a pundit on beIN Sports at the weekend, Aboutrika -- widely considered one of Egypt's greatest footballers -- said homosexuality "is not compatible with Islam." BeIN Sports, which has a large viewership across the Middle East, has a TV rights deal with the Premier League to broadcast matches. "Our role is to stand up to this phenomenon, homosexuality, because it's a dangerous ideology and it's becoming nasty and people are not ashamed of it anymore," added Aboutrika.
This artist uses a frozen Finland lake as his massive canvas
In previous years, he used a shovel to sketch a bear and an owl, always using the same lake as his canvas. Pasi Widgren drew a fox that measures about 295 feet on Lake Pitkajarvi using a shovel. Pasi Widgren / via APWhen he reached Lake Pitkajarvi this month, he tested the thickness of the nice to make sure it was dense enough to walk and work on. A shovel, the tool used to create the fox likeness, is seen by the drawing at Lake Pitkajarvi in Helsinki, Finland. “It’s very important to me also that making this kind of art doesn’t leave any (marks) to nature,” he said.
Human remains found in Texas search for missing girlfriend of ex-NFL player Kevin Ware
Human remains have been discovered in the nearly eight-month search for Taylor Pomaski, the missing girlfriend of former NFL player Kevin Ware. Pomaski, 29, was last seen on April 25 at a party in Spring, Texas, about 25 miles from Houston, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. Ware, a former tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, has not been charged in Pomaski’s case. Ultimately, he was ordered to be held without bail for violating conditions of the previous bond case. Anyone with information on Pomaski’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (713) 274-9100.
Gasoline truck explosion in Haiti kills more than 40 people
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti, killing more than 40 people and injuring dozens of others, officials and news reports said Tuesday. The blast occurred late Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that he was devastated. He said he observed how some people were using buckets to scoop up gasoline from the truck and the street to take back to their house. The explosion occurred as Haiti struggles with a severe shortage of fuel and spiraling gas prices. Former Prime Minister Claude Joseph also mourned the victims, tweeting, “I share the pain and sorrow of all the people.”
Woman meets 911 operator who helped her deliver baby at roadside
When Charlotte Fatoma suddenly went into the final stages of labor while driving to the hospital, 911 operator Elyce Rivera calmly coached her through delivering her own baby in her car by the side of the highway. TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones reports and, as TODAY’s Season of Giving continues, the two women meet for the very first time live on air. Elyce meets the baby she helped deliver, and says yes when Charlotte asks her to be the child’s godmother.Dec.
CDC director shares update on spread of omicron variant, now in 33 states
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared new data on TODAY Tuesday about the rate of spread of the omicron variant, which has already been detected in 33 states across the country and 77 nations around the world. "It is more transmissible, and we’re seeing that in other countries as well, that it’s rapidly becoming the more predominant strain, but I want to emphasize that we have the tools now," she said about the omicron variant. "We’re starting to see some early data that is demonstrating some decreased severity," Walensky said. The study also found that two dozes of the Pfizer vaccine gave 70% protection against hospitalization from the omicron variant, compared to 90% against the delta variant. As far as whether being fully vaccinated against the omicron variant means two initial doses of the vaccine or two doses plus a booster, Walensky said "the science is still evolving."
Belarus jails opposition leader’s husband for 18 years
A Belarusian court on Tuesday jailed Sergei Tikhanovsky, the husband of opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, for 18 years for inciting hatred and social unrest. Five of his supporters were also given prison terms ranging from 14 to 16 years, according Belarusian state news agency Belta. They’re repressed for the wish to live in free Belarus,” Tikhanovskaya tweeted after the verdict. Tikhanovsky, a video blogger, was detained in May 2020 as he was preparing to run for president against Alexander Lukashenko. Tikhanovskaya has since been leading opposition to Lukashenko from Lithuania.
Bulgaria must issue identity papers to same-sex couple’s child, EU court rules
Bulgaria must issue identity papers to the child of a same-sex couple without requiring a Bulgarian birth certificate, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled Tuesday. Authorities in Sofia had refused to issue a birth certificate for the child, named Sara, because the country doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages. The court said member countries “are free to decide whether or not to allow marriage and parenthood for persons of the same sex under their national law,” according to a statement to the press. But the court did rule that Bulgaria had to recognize the Spanish birth certificate, basing its decision on the right of free movement for Sara and her mothers. “Member States must recognise that parent-child relationship in order to enable [the child] to exercise, with each of her parents, her right of free movement,” the statement reads.
Revelations jolt debate over Trump White House, Jan. 6 culpability
NBC News reported overnight:The nine-member bipartisan committee voted unanimously Monday to advance a contempt referral for Meadows to the full House. A majority vote would result in the Justice Department's being asked to prosecute Meadows, a former House member. The Justice Department acted on a similar House recommendation for former Trump aide Steve Bannon, who faces two criminal charges. The White House knew what was happening during the attack: Cheney read specific messages, written by unidentified Republican members of Congress, who pleaded with Meadows to get Trump to intervene immediately. But during the attack, it was GOP lawmakers who not only recognized the seriousness of the assault on the Capitol, they also all but begged the White House to help save them.
Paul Gosar seeks credit for relief funds he fought to defeat
President Joe Biden signed the Democrats' Covid relief package on March 11, but it was on March 10 when Republican Sen. Roger Wicker celebrated the American Rescue Plan's beneficial "targeted relief" for restaurants. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, one of Congress' most right-wing members, issued a press release yesterday, touting federal investment in a local airport thanks to the American Rescue Plan. What the press statement neglected to mention is the inconvenient detail: Gosar opposed the American Rescue Plan. Gosar said the relief package was a "Trojan horse for socialism." Or to borrow Gosar's competing assertions, either it's a "Trojan horse for socialism," or it's a relief package that's providing "critical" and "essential" funding to local communities.
Sidney Powell's election lie cash grab must be treated as fraud
Despite his claims to the contrary, then-President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election — but his campaign lawyer Sidney Powell apparently did very well for herself. Since the 2020 election, I have received dozens of email solicitations from Trump or someone writing on his behalf asking for money. Telling someone that Trump won the 2020 election, or that there was enough “election fraud” to flip the results, were false statements, and Powell almost certainly knew as much. Raising money for the purpose of changing the election result was fraud. Lying about nonexistent election fraud to a turbulent crowd ahead of their storming the Capitol and threatening to kill the vice president is incitement of insurrection, which can be criminal.
Pfizer's Covid-19 pill cut risk of hospitalization and death by 89 percent, final results show
“This news provides further corroboration that our oral antiviral candidate, if authorized or approved, could have a meaningful impact on the lives of many," Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. Pfizer said results showed its treatment appears to work against the Omicron by targeting a protein associated with the strain called 3CL and inhibiting viral replication. Pfizer's treatment consists of three pills taken twice a day over five days. Two of the pills are Paxlovid while the third pill is an HIV drug called ritonavir. The Merck-Ridgeback pill is aimed at adults who have been experiencing Covid-19 symptoms for five days or less.
Caitlyn Jenner Swears Off Beverly Hills Hotel For Denying Her Lunch Over Ripped Jeans
Caitlyn Jenner on Monday blasted the historic Beverly Hills Hotel for denying her a restaurant table because of what she called a “tiny rip” in her jeans. “Fuck your horrible service for not letting me have lunch with this tiny rip in my jeans,” the reality star wrote on an Instagram story with a photo of the tear. No longer.”AdvertisementCaitlyn Jenner Instagram story InstagramJenner shared snippets of TMZ’s account of her dress code dustup, which reportedly occurred at the hotel’s Polo Lounge, an old haunt for Hollywood types. ROBYN BECK via Getty ImagesThe hotel stuck by its decision, referring TMZ to its dress code. AdvertisementCaitlyn Jenner Instagram story Instagram
Martin Scorsese Institute to be established by NYU
NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Scorsese’s alma mater, New York University, is establishing a film institute in his name after a gift from George Lucas and Mellody Hobson. The formation of the Martin Scorsese Institute of Global Cinematic Arts was to be announced Tuesday by NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts . They would have been so proud.”ADVERTISEMENTScorsese has a long history with NYU’s film program. Virtual production is a fast-evolving mode of moviemaking that endeavors to immerse filmmakers in a real-time digital sandbox by using technologies like game-engine software, motion capture and augmented or virtual reality. The Scorsese institute is expected to launch next year, with the production center to follow at a later date.
Resale is making gains in December holiday gift shopping
Grey market selling of new and used items are now reaching new heights. A good three-quarters of her gifts will be resale items. Sadie Cherney, a franchise owner with three resale Clothes Mentor boutiques in South Carolina, said resale is a buyer-beware market. Kahlil Spurlock, 32, in Jersey City, New Jersey, turned to resale for holiday gifts this year in an effort to reduce his carbon footprint. “I was buying for my 20-year-old brother, who does buy resale,” he said.
Women say they do most chores, child care: AP-NORC poll
Still, she says she and her husband divide child care equally — including attending to night wakings. The poll found that 57% of mothers said they provide “all or most” emotional support to their children. Early in the pandemic, by contrast, the study’s authors said, just one in four women had considered leaving. Women are more likely than men to say flexibility at work is important when thinking about whether or not to have a child, 74% versus 66%, according to the poll. According to the poll, 47% of women say having a child is an obstacle for job security at their current or most recent job, compared with 36% of men.
Six Investors Get Head Start Owning The Nasdaq's New Jewels
Joining the Nasdaq 100 index and QQQ is a big deal — it's an important coming of age similar to joining the S&P 500. The Nasdaq 100 is a collection of the 100 most valuable nonfinancial stocks trading on the Nasdaq. Collectively, these new stocks joining the Nasdaq 100 added roughly $174 billion to the market value of the index. Several founders continue to be giant holders in some of the new Nasdaq 100 members. But joining the Nasdaq 100 is certainly a solid first step and will draw new owners.
Canaccord Genuity to Acquire Punter Southall Wealth in U.K.
By Adriano MarcheseCanaccord Genuity Group Inc. said Tuesday that it agreed to acquire financial planning and wealth management company Punter Southall Wealth Ltd. in the U.K. for 164 million pounds, the equivalent of US$216.7 million, in cash and new shares in its wealth management business in the U.K. and Crown Dependencies . The Canadian investment banking and financial services company said the share purchase agreement was made through its wealth management business. The acquisition includes intermediary-facing brand Psigma, from Punter Southall Group. "This acquisition represents an opportunity for CGWM UK to build upon its exceptional growth to date and advance its priority of becoming an integrated wealth manager of scale," the company said. Canaccord said that the core client proposition of Punter Southall Wealth will remain largely unchanged, and the existing direct relationships between portfolio managers, financial planners and their clients won't be affected.
Dow Jones Futures Fall On Hot Inflation Data Ahead Of Fed Meeting; Elon Musk Sells More Shares
Dow Jones futures dropped 100 points Tuesday on hot inflation data ahead of the start of the Fed's two-day meeting. XAmong the Dow Jones leaders, Apple (AAPL) reversed from early gains Tuesday, while Microsoft (MSFT) dropped 1% in today's stock market. Dow Jones Today: Fed Meeting, Inflation DataAhead of the stock market open Tuesday, Dow Jones futures dropped 0.3%, while S&P 500 futures traded down 0.6% vs. fair value. ANET stock shows a strong 97 out of a perfect 99 IBD Composite Rating, according to the IBD Stock Checkup. Dow Jones Leaders: Apple, MicrosoftAmong Dow Jones stocks, Apple stock reversed from record highs Monday, closing lower after trading as high as 182.13 during the sessions 2.1% slide.
Start your day here: Mark Meadows referred for contempt; Pfizer COVID pill protects against severe disease; the search for survivors in Kentucky
Pfizer said it has submitted the results to the Food and Drug Administration. Searching in Kentucky: Crews are combing through the debris after dozens of tornadoes whipped through the South and Midwest over the weekend. An NPR reporter joined recovery efforts in Kentucky, where at least 74 people were killed and more than 100 remain missing. ? Also on Up First, our daily podcast, abuse survivors reach a settlement with USA Gymnastics and the Olympic committee. — The Morning Edition live blog team(Carol Ritchie, Rachel Treisman, Nell Clark and Chris Hopkins)
The best and worst places to live if you only care about money
The best and worst places to live if you only care about moneyEnlarge this image toggle caption Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Michael Ciaglo/Getty ImagesNatchez, Mississippi, is a town of about 15,000 people nestled on the Mississippi River. "The differences in standard of living across places are very large for high school dropouts in particular," Moretti says. So why aren't we seeing a massive exodus from extremely expensive cities? Over the last few decades, college-educated workers have flowed into expensive cities and non-college-educated workers have flowed out. "It wasn't even clear to us before we started this project which places offer the best deals for different kinds of workers," Moretti says.
U.S. and China Take Steps to Reduce Financial Ties. That Spells Trouble for Chinese ADRs.
But the push toward delistings means retail investors who have relied on U.S.-listed Chinese stocks should start considering other ways to invest in China. As Barron’s warned in July, the nearly 250 Chinese companies that Congress said were listed in the U.S. as of this summer are at the epicenter of changing geopolitical priorities. Regulators in both countries are scrutinizing the variable interest entity, or VIE, corporate structure that many Chinese companies used to list in the U.S. and skirt China’s foreign ownership restrictions. Chinese companies could go private and buy out existing shareholders, opt for dual listings and eventually delist from the U.S. For retail investors, finding funds that can more easily navigate the delisting logistics may be an easier way to capitalize on the opportunities.
GameStop and AMC Are Tumbling. Meme Stocks Are Back Under Pressure.
A ticket booth at an AMC in California. Shares of the movie-theater chain fell 15% on Monday. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesShares of meme stock favorites AMC Entertainment and GameStop both tumbled on Monday, a possible blow to retail investors who plowed a net $32.5 million and $4.2 million into the stocks last week, according to Vanda Research. AMC shares (ticker: AMC) fell 15% to their lowest close since May, while GameStop (GME) shares fell 14% to their lowest close since March. In premarket trading Tuesday, AMC and GameStop fell 6.2% and 3%, respectively.
Gold drifts lower in rangebound trade ahead of Fed, producer inflation report
Gold futures were trading lower Tuesday morning, pulling back from a three-week high, as investors braced for central bank meetings this week, headlined by the gathering of the Federal Reserve which could catalyze moves in precious metals. February gold GCF22, -0.86% GC00, -0.86% fell $4.30, or 0.2%, to reach $1,784.30 an ounce on Comex, following a 0.2% gain for the yellow metal, which marked the highest settlement for a most-active contract since Nov. 22, FactSet data show.
NuScale to go public via merger with SPAC Spring Valley Acquisition in deal valued at about $1.9 billion
NuScale Power LLC, a provider of small modular nuclear reactor technology, is going public via a merger with special-purpose acquisition corporation Spring Valley Acquisition Corp. SV, -0.20% , in a deal with a pro forma enterprise value of about $1.9 billion, the companies said in a joint statement Tuesday. The combined company will be renamed NuScale Power Corp., and will list under the ticker "SMR." "NuScale's SMR technology is safe, reliable and scalable and the first and only to receive Standard Design Approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission," said the statement. Fluor FLR, -2.33% , NuScale's majority shareholder, will own about 60% of the combined company and remain a partner to NuScale. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2022.
Highest U.S. inflation in nearly 40 years will force Federal Reserve's hand
The highest U.S inflation rate in nearly 40 years seen in Friday’s November CPI data, will prompt the Federal Reserve to begin raising its benchmark short-term interest rate sooner and higher than previously appeared to be the plan, economists said Friday. If labor costs accelerate given the recent spike in inflation, the Fed will be facing “a very uncomfortable situation,” he said. In face of these new risks, the Fed will begin a journey next week toward a more neutral policy stance. The unspoken message is that the Fed will be prepared to start raising interest rates sooner too, Shapiro said. In September, the Fed’s dot-plot forecast of interest rates penciled in only one rate hike next year.
Bitcoin company Nydig draws $7 billion valuation in funding round
New York Digital Investment Group LLC (Nydig] said Tuesday that WestCap Management led a $1 billion growth equity investment in the bitcoin specialist at a total valuation of more than $7 billion for the company. Prior lead investors Bessemer Venture Partners and FinTech Collective also made additional investments, along with strategic partners and existing investors Affirm, FIS, Fiserv FISV, +1.07% , MassMutual, Morgan Stanley MS, -1.28% , and New York Life. "Our roster of partnerships and strategic investors lays the foundation for Nydig to become the leading provider of bitcoin solutions for businesses in any industry, and this new equity capital will further accelerate progress towards making this exciting network accessible -- and useful -- to all," said Nydig co-founder and CEO Robert Gutmann.
U.S. stock futures edge lower after PPI data, with Fed meeting set to kick off
U.S. stock futures pointed to a decline for Wall Street on Tuesday, as investors digested a hotter-than-expected reading on wholesale inflation, looked toward the start of a two-day Federal Reserve meeting, and kept an eye on omicron updates. Monday marked the biggest one-day point and percentage falls since Dec. 1 for the S&P 500 and Dow, as investors fretted over the fast spreading omicron variant of COVID and looked ahead to the kickoff of the last Fed meeting of the year. Stock futures modestly extended declines after the U.S. November producer price index rose 0.8%. Read: Fund managers dash for cash ahead of Fed decisionInvestors may also want to see the Fed’s view on the fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID. “The question this week is whether central banks perceive inflation or omicron to be the greater risk.
U.S. wholesale inflation shoots up again and shows little relief in sight
The numbers: Wholesale prices rose rapidly in November and signaled that U.S. inflation is likely to remain high well into 2022. The producer price index climbed 0.8% last month, the government said Tuesday, easily exceeding Wall Street expectations. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a 0.5% advance. A separate measure of wholesale inflation that strips out the most volatile goods and services rose a bit less in November. Worried about rising prices, the Federal Reserve plans to phase out stimulus for the economy much sooner than it had planned.
IMF warns Bank of England against 'inaction' on interest rates
Two days ahead of a Bank of England meeting, the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday called on the central bank to withdraw its exceptional support for the economy, though it left open the question as to timing. The IMF call came as part of the preliminary findings of its staff at the end of a periodic official visit. The so-called Article IV mission said economic growth will remain strong in the near term, but so will price pressures. It’s estimating 5% growth next year, and inflation peaking at 5.5% in the spring.
The most small businesses since 1978 raised prices in November due to high inflation
The National Federation of Independent Business said a net 59% of small-business owners increased prices of good and services last month. That was the highest figure since 1978. Small and large businesses alike are coping with major shortages of labor and business supplies that emerged during the pandemic. They are paying higher wages and material costs and passing them along to their customers.
What Will Stop Omicron? Vaccines, Masks, and Paid Sick Leave
In just a few short weeks after its detection, the newly emergent Omicron variant of Covid-19 has already spread to every continent save Antarctica. Early studies from South Africa suggest the variant is more infectious than the highly contagious Delta variant, perhaps twice as infectious. What then, are the policy responses and options governments, public health authorities, and communities might take to mitigate the spread of Omicron? Countries like New Zealand and Taiwan, which had led the way on zero Covid measures, were soon forced by Delta spread to give up on this approach. Vaccine coverage, and now boosting with these vaccines, has had significant impacts on reducing severe Covid-19 disease, hospitalization, and death.
Toyota to Plow $35 Billion Into Accelerating Electric Car Shift
(Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. wants the world to know it’s serious about competing in the market for battery-based electric vehicles. Toyota will roll out 30 electric models by 2030, a step up from a prior plan to introduce 15 EVs globally by 2025. Toyota will also pour another 4 trillion yen into hybrid and fuel-cell car investments, bringing the total amount dedicated to electrification efforts to 8 trillion yen. For its Lexus brand of luxury cars, Toyota plans to make the lineup fully electric across the globe by 2035, Toyoda said. That’s out of the roughly 10 million vehicles it currently sells each year.
Capitol rioter claims she's being silenced after getting backlash for tweet that said she won't be jailed because she's white and blonde
Ryan told Insider the backlash has made her afraid to speak her mind. Now, nine months later, the Capitol rioter claims the backlash she got for that tweet is making her feel silenced. I'm sorry.'" I'm sorry I'm happy. She also told Insider she's preparing for her time behind bars by learning prison slang and speaking to prison consultants.
Storm victims include Missouri girl, aunt's 'special angel'
Trey and Meghan Rackley and their three daughters sought shelter in a windowless bathroom in their southeast Missouri home as storms raged across the country’s midsection. Seven-year-old Avalinn told doctors she flew around “in the tornado,” Hooker said. Hooker called Annistyn Rackley a “special angel,” recalling the girl as outgoing and energetic despite a rare liver condition that required regular doctor’s visits. She said she talked to the girl's mother, Meghan Rackley, on Friday afternoon about the possibility of bad storms. Hooker said Meghan Rackley's injuries included broken bones, a brain injury and a large cut, and she's asking people to pray for the 32-year-old mother.
U.S. Producer Prices Post the Biggest Annual Gain Since 2010, Fanning Inflation
(Bloomberg) -- Prices paid to U.S. producers rose in November by more than expected, underscoring how climbing input costs are fanning already overheated consumer inflation. Data out last week showed the consumer price index rose 6.8% last month from a year ago, the fastest annual pace in nearly 40 years. Goods prices increased 1.2% in November from a month earlier, reflecting broad advances that included iron and steel scrap, gasoline, and fruits and vegetables. Services costs rose 0.7%, in part reflecting a jump in prices for investment portfolio management. Costs of processed goods for intermediate demand, which reflect prices earlier in the production pipeline, rose 1.5% from a month earlier.
Toyota Tacoma-like truck, sports car, fleet of future EVs revealed
Toyota has outlined its plans for electric cars through 2030 in a big way: It showed a whole bunch of full-size concept cars for both Toyota and Lexus. They aren't outlandish concepts either, and the company says they are previewing future models, of which there will be many. Toyota said it will launch 30 electric models between now and 2030, with a goal of reaching 3.5 million global EV sales by that time. We're covering Lexus in a separate post and focusing on the Toyota cars, here, and there were two sets of Toyota concepts shown. It absolutely looks like a next-generation Toyota Tacoma.
Japan's Toyota promises more electric models, investment
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Toyota is beefing up its electric vehicle lineup, offering 30 new fully electric models by 2030, its president, Akio Toyoda, said Tuesday. Toyota Motor Corp. plans to sell 3.5 million electric vehicles globally in 2030, he said, up from its earlier plan to sell 2 million zero emission hydrogen and battery electric vehicles a year worldwide by 2030. His comments underscore the company's determination to reverse its reputation as a laggard in the industry’s shift toward electric vehicles. Also Tuesday, the company raised to 2 trillion yen ($17.6 billion) its investment in battery research and development from the 1.5 trillion yen ($13.2 billion) announced earlier this year. When including other green technologies, like hybrids, Toyota is investing 8 trillion yen ($70 billion) by 2030, the company said.
Regulator Shrunk Redress Plan After Bank, Treasury Meetings
(Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s financial regulator failed to document a decision to bar thousands of small companies from a compensation program, a conclusion it reached after meetings with top British banks and the Treasury, according to an independent review of the process. Britain’s biggest banks had lobbied the regulators for changes to the program’s scope in 2012 and 2013, according to a review by lawyer John Swift. Treasury officials also flagged concerns about the potential cost of compensation to the FSA in 2013, said the report, which was published Tuesday after more than two years of work. A spokesperson for the Treasury said that mis-selling financial products was “completely unacceptable” and it supported the redress program, although the FCA was ultimately responsible for it. Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Today’s Mortgage Rates Move Higher | December 14, 2021
30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates todayThe 30-year rate is 3.626%. View Rates for December 14, 202115-year fixed-rate mortgage rates todayThe 15-year rate is 2.591%. View Rates for December 14, 2021Where are mortgage rates heading this year? Tips for getting the lowest mortgage rate possibleThere is no universal mortgage rate that all borrowers receive. Our mortgage rate methodologyMoney’s daily mortgage rates show the average rate offered by over 8,000 lenders across the United States the most recent business day rates are available for.
Kim Kardashian Says There's "No Possibility" of Saving Marriage to Kanye "Ye" West
In new court documents obtained by E! "Irreconcilable differences have led to the irremediable breakdown of the marriage, and there is no possibility of saving the marriage through counseling or other means," the documents read. The petition states that Kim will agree to "any conditions" that the court wishes to impose in order to divorce Ye. News previously reported on Dec. 10, Kim wants a judge to declare her legally single. Kim and their four kids appeared at his Donda concerts, while Ye supported Kim as she prepared to host Saturday Night Live.
Week 14 games with NFC playoff implications
The Arizona Cardinals do not play in Week 14 until Monday night but there are plenty of games on the schedule that matter in the NFC playoff race. Their own game against the Los Angeles Rams has playoff implications, but which Sunday games should be of interest for Cardinals fans, either because the games impact the playoff race or because they affect the Cardinals? Cowboys at WashingtonKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsThe Cowboys lead Washington by two games in the NFC East and Washington currently is the No. San Francisco is virtually eliminated from NFC West contention, as one Cardinals win or 49ers loss will eliminate them. This is basically a playoff game for Arizona.
Anker wireless chargers are up to 36 percent off in Amazon's one-day sale
If you're still struggling to come up with gift ideas for the holidays, you can't go wrong with mobile accessories. Anker makes some of our favorite mobile accessories and Amazon has a one-day-only sale going on that knocks up to 36 percent off some of the company's latest devices. If you know someone who could stand to clean up their nightstand a bit, Anker's MagGo desktop charging station could do the trick. It looks similar to Amazon's now-discontinued Echo Spot, but with a powerful magnetic pad instead of a smart display. While the sale mostly includes magnetic accessories, there are a few standard charging gadgets included, too.
Kim Kardashian Files to Become Legally Single: ‘Marriage has Irremediably Broken Down’
US-ENTERTAINMENT-FILM-OSCARS-VANITYFAIR-ARRIVALS - Credit: AFP via Getty ImagesDespite Kanye West making a very public plea for reconciliation, Kim Kardashian filed documents on Monday to be declared legally single. “The parties’ marriage has irremediably broken down. More from Rolling Stone“There is no question that the marriage of the parties is no longer viable. Petitioner has no desire to reconcile with Respondent and wants their marriage terminated. Despite his efforts, Kardashian is now just a signature away from being single again.
Billionaire who blasted into space defended spending tens of millions of dollars on the trip, saying his critics 'perhaps have never been to space'
Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire, is currently on the ISS. He said the reports he spent $80 million on his trip were "pretty much" accurate. He defended the cost, saying "those who criticize are perhaps those who have never been to space." In a Monday interview with the Associated Press from the International Space Station, Yusaku Maezawa said: "Once you are in space, you realize how much it is worth it by having this amazing experience. Maezawa blasted into space last week for a 12-day trip.
Kim Kardashian Just Filed Docs Detailing Exactly Why She Doesn't Want to Get Back with Kanye
Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty ImagesKim Kardashian just made it very clear that she is not willing to reconcile with Kanye West amid his multiple public appeals to win her back. According to People, Kim filed documents requesting to be "legally single" and move forward with her divorce from Kanye. "There is no question that the marriage of the parties is no longer viable," the filing continues. "[Kardashian] has no desire to reconcile with [West] and wants their marriage terminated. Therefore, I am asking that my request to bifurcate and terminate our marital status be granted."
Wholesale inflation jumps record 9.6% over past 12 months
It was the highest monthly reading in four months. Energy prices rose 2.6% after a 5.3% percent rise October. The 12-month increase in wholesale inflation set a new record, surpassing the old records for 12-month increases of 8.6% set in both September and October. The records on wholesale prices go back to 2010. The surge in wholesale prices followed news Friday that consumer prices shot up 6.8% for the 12 months ending in November, the biggest increase in 39 years, as the price of energy, food and many other items shot up.
Packers take over No. 1 seed, Cardinals drop to No. 3 in NFC
The Arizona Cardinals lost control of the NFC with their loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night in Week 14. With their loss, there are now three teams in the NFC with a 10-3 record but the Green Bay Packers are now at the top. The Packers are 8-2 in the conference while the Bucs and Cardinals are 6-3 in NFC games. What happened in Week 14The Packers beat the Bears 45-30The Buccaneers needed overtime to beat the Bills 33-27The Cardinals lost at home on Monday night to the Rams 30-23. The Cardinals face the one-win Lions on the road.
Restaurant disputes customer's and fired server's story after receiving $4,400 tip
An Arkansas restaurant is disputing a fired server’s and customer’s story that the waitress was terminated for receiving a generous $4,400 tip from a large party. Waitress Ryan Brandt and another server waited on a party of more than 30 people on Dec. 3. The diners each chipped in $100 that day, leaving a tip totaling $4,400 for the two servers to split. Wise also said that before the tip was made, he called the restaurant to make sure the tip would go to the servers. "The server who was terminated several days after the group dined with us was not let go because she chose to keep the tip money," the restaurant added in a statement .
Flash-mob thieves used social media to plan crimes
Snapchat was among the social-media apps and messaging services used by thieves in the Bay Area, one of the law-enforcement officials said. All the incidents were organized on social media, according to local law enforcement. Similar crimes also occurred at stores in Los Angeles, Chicago and other parts of the Bay Area. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSThe officials said they don’t know whether those incidents were organized on social media. Police agencies around the Bay Area banded together, and promised to share information on such crimes after the election-night robberies.
Today’s Headlines: California orders a statewide mask requirement
Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Sign up for our California Politics newsletter to get the best of The Times’ state politics reporting and the latest action in Sacramento. Although Northern California saw multiple huge fires, including the 960,000-acre Dixie fire, the state’s second-largest on record, Southern California did not. The Los Angeles Review of Books was conceived more than a decade ago during a dark period for the print literary ecosystem. (Los Angeles Times)In honor of today’s unofficial international Monkey Day, here’s a shot of a monkey caught looting a lunch basket in 1936.
Let's Take Another Look at MongoDB's Charts
For his second "Executive Decision" segment of Monday's Mad Money program, Jim Cramer spoke with Dev Ittycheria, president and CEO of MongoDB (MDB) , the database provider. Let's see how the charts and indicators look today. In this updated daily bar chart of MDB, below, we can see that prices have held onto gains from the upside price gap earlier this month. MDB is trading around the 50-day moving average line but still well above the rising 200-day line. In this weekly Point and Figure chart of MDB, below, we used close only price data and a traditional even dollar scaling.
I Have Good News and Bad News as 2022 Approaches
Stocks quotes in this article: GMEThe good news: Large-cap stocks are going higher from hereLet's look at the chart of the most important large-cap stock index, the S&P 500. During the recent selloff related to the Omicron variant, the S&P 500 found support (green arrow) on its 50-day moving average (blue line). That moving average has come into play on numerous occasions this yea...
Elon Musk says Tesla will accept dogecoin for some products
Elon Musk said Tuesday that Tesla will begin accepting dogecoin as payment for some products. "Tesla will make some merch buyable with Doge & see how it goes," the electric-car maker’s chief executive wrote in a tweet. The cryptocurrency soared more than 23% on Musk’s tweet. When software developers Jackson Palmer and Billy Markus started Dogecoin in 2013, it was created as a joke. Tesla shares were down more than 2% in premarket trading.
Senators urge Biden administration to simplify military student loan forgiveness program
About 200,000 military members owe more than $2.9 billion in student loan debt, the letter stated. Keep reading to learn more about student loan forgiveness for military service members and consider the alternative debt repayment options like refinancing. However, specific details regarding updates to military student loan forgiveness have been scant. If you don't meet the eligibility requirements for the student loan interest waiver or the PSLF program, consider alternative student loan repayment plans such as refinancing. BIDEN CANCELS $5.8B IN STUDENT LOAN DEBT FOR BORROWERS WITH A TOTAL AND PERMANENT DISABILITYHave a finance-related question, but don't know who to ask?
Editorial: Don’t take self-determination from the mentally ill
County governments inherited much of the state’s responsibility for mental healthcare several decades ago but have seldom been up to the task. Opinion Editorial: Improve mental health care before forcing it on people It’s time for critics of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act to reconsider their approach to the state’s dire mental health crisis. The state and counties have to find a way to provide ongoing mental health care. They argue that it’s time to swing the pendulum in the other direction — away from self-determination and toward health, care and human dignity. Changing laws to enhance human health (including mental health) and dignity should certainly be on the table.
144 Dividend ETFs Ranked For 2022
Top Dividend ETF Rankings For 2022As is usually the case in these rankings, the ultra-cheap ETFs tend to have the advantage and that's no clearer than looking at the dividend ETFs. VYM along with the SPDR Portfolio S&P High Dividend ETF (SPYD) and the iShares Core High Dividend ETF (HDV), obviously, focus on the high yield end of the space. Top Dividend ETF RankingsThere are also a lot of international ETFs in this range, which tend to rank a little lower on size and expense ratio compared to U.S. dividend ETFs. You may remember the Siren DIVCON Leaders Dividend ETF (LEAD) from the top monthly dividend ETF performers lists over the past couple of months. And the rest of the dividend ETF rankings:Top Dividend ETF RankingsTop Dividend ETF RankingsNote: Interested in getting periodic e-mail notifications when articles are published here?
Dozens killed in gasoline truck explosion in northern Haiti
A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti, killing more than 40 people and injuring dozens of others, officials and news reports said Tuesday. The blast occurred late Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that he was devastated by the disaster. AdvertisementDozens of bodies lay in the street hours after the explosion as a small crowd stood around them. The explosion occurred as Haiti struggles with a severe shortage of fuel and spiraling gas prices. Former Prime Minister Claude Joseph also mourned the victims, tweeting, “I share the pain and sorrow of all the people.”
The 13 best TV shows of 2021
Television will not be kept down. Given the ongoing emergency — not the destruction of American democracy, the other one — the medium produced an impressive number of first-rate programs in 2021, bearing no mark of the straitened circumstances under which they were produced. Nearly all also treat the pandemic as a thing of the past or some other reality entirely. Whether this is good social policy is hard to say, but it’s surprisingly easy to get used to this unrestricted other world, where people go about their business in unmasked, relaxed close quarters. As always my list includes only programs that debuted in the past year.
The 11 best TV shows of 2021
“Allen v. Farrow” may change your own perspective on Allen and his work. This is the story of the girl who spoke out against her dad, was silenced, lived in shame for decades and decided it was time to speak truth to power. What’s more powerful than that? Certainly not a Woody Allen movie. (Read our full review)
Editorial: L.A. Unified shouldn’t be the loser in a game of vaccine-mandate chicken
In the game of chicken with vaccine-hesitant parents, L.A. schools are the losers. We don’t want to isolate tens of thousands of kids again unless it’s absolutely necessary for public health and safety. Hundreds of L.A. Unified staff lost their jobs by refusing to get vaccinated. AdvertisementOpinion Editorial: Now’s the time to mandate vaccination for public school students Teachers and other school staff have to be vaccinated. But L.A. Unified should be better prepared in the coming months to enforce a vaccine mandate to keep students, staff and their families safe.
USC coach Lincoln Riley expected to land elite recruiting class despite quiet start
During the hectic few hours that followed his unexpected hire at USC, Lincoln Riley paused to make an important call. A few days later, the Santa Ana Mater Dei all-purpose back officially flipped from Oklahoma and followed Riley to USC. The extra time can’t hurt Riley, who has had to first build his coaching staff and rebuild USC’s recruiting class on the fly ahead of the early signing period. With some prospects, like four-star Mater Dei receiver CJ Williams, he’s had to start from scratch in the final stages of their recruitment. He’s one of a few top-100 prospects, along with Branch, who could help Riley deliver a statement to start the early signing period.
‘The most significant storm of the season’: The harsh weather coming to California on Tuesday
Let me walk you through it:Southern California“The most significant storm of the season” is expected to blow into Southern California early Tuesday morning, weather officials said. Emergency officials in Los Angeles County released mud and debris flow forecasts for roads and neighborhoods near the mountain burn areas. On Monday, KTVU meteorologist Steve Paulson said on Twitter that San Francisco already had surpassed the total rainfall last season, which amounted to 8.96 inches. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)Support our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times. CALIFORNIA ALMANACLos Angeles: Rainy, 58 San Diego: Rainy, 59 San Francisco: What is your favorite rainy day tune?
Entering the sacred realm of the bees with honey bee therapy
Marvin Jordana, 49, leads a “Honey Bee Therapy” workshop, inviting participants to “enter the sacred realm of the bees.” Jordana, a beekeeper for 10 years, does not extract honey from the dozens of hives he maintains in Los Angeles. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)Jordana exudes calm, but now he slowed his movements even more. He calls the session “Honey Bee Therapy” because everyone enters a trance-like state, transfixed by the beauty of something they once feared. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)Cautiously, the visitors stepped forward to look at the busy, bustling world vibrating inside. “What was honey called even before it was called honey?” Jordana asked.
Take a trip through the magnificent department stores of old L.A.
Dry goods stores, the forerunner of department stores, flourished too. The City of Paris department store, begun in the rough-and-ready 1850s as S. Lazard and Company, for Solomon Lazard. On an undated and unsent vintage postcard of the store, someone wrote in fine script, “This is our largest Department Store. In the 1970s, big discount stores began to siphon away some part of the department store trade too. In 1988, Macy’s took over Bullock’s, Bullocks Wilshire and I. Magnin, and Bullocks Wilshire was quickly rebranded to no apparent effect or purpose as I. Magnin.
Senate to hold hearing weighing Garcetti’s nomination to be ambassador to India
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will be questioned on Tuesday by lawmakers weighing his nomination to become the U.S. ambassador to India. Garcetti will appear with two other nominees for diplomatic posts at a morning hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Garcetti’s nomination has dragged on amid a broader effort by Republican senators that has slowed the confirmation process of dozens of would-be diplomats. California 5 things to know about Mayor Eric Garcetti’s confirmation hearing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will have a confirmation hearing for his nomination to be ambassador to India before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. The mayor said last week that he was “honored to have been nominated by President Biden to serve as the next U.S.
Mattresses and mold removal: Medi-Cal to offer unconventional treatments to asthma patients
Medi-Cal will offer recipients like Ruby unconventional in-home “treatments” not traditionally considered healthcare: removing mold, installing air purifiers and even replacing carpeting, blinds and mattresses. But state health officials acknowledge the new asthma benefits may not actually save taxpayer money. Of the 25 participating insurance companies, 11 will offer in-home asthma services starting in January in 36 of the state’s 58 counties. Jacey Cooper, California’s Medicaid director, argued earlier this year that health plans will start small but add capacity over the five years of the initiative. But as in the Inland Empire, only a small share of Central Valley asthma patients will receive the new services initially.
Column: My can’t-miss predictions for L.A. and California in 2022
Around this time last year, I offered y’all gentle readers a list of predictions I, well, predicted would come true and change California forever. Part of my job as a columnist is to touch not just on what’s happening now, but what’s up ahead. Everyone in California gets fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — I mean, fully vaccinated. Newsom and Elder spend the rest of 2022 investing in cryptocurrency — a far more stable bet than democracy nowadays. The Chargers continue to pick up more football fans, for a grand total of 37 in L.A. by the end of 2022.
Inside the hunt for a killer who shadowed a homeless camp
*Walker was born in 1964 in Mississippi, according to a probation report reviewed by The Times. “He went from a highly structured environment in prison to no structure.”Walker became homeless soon after he was released from prison, according to the probation report. Carrillo and Machuca reached out to a team of deputies at the sheriff’s station in Carson who patrol homeless encampments. He told Walker detectives had searched his storage unit. He told detectives, for example, where he had buried the gun he said he had wrestled from Mazariegos.
Podcast: Hope, in a time of disasters
2021 has been a bad year for disasters: Drought. Our Masters of Disasters reflect on the year and offer a bit of hope on apocalyptic issues such as the coronavirus, the environment and wildfires. AdvertisementHost: Gustavo ArellanoGuests: L.A. Times earthquake and COVID-19 reporter Ron Lin, wildfire reporter Alex Wigglesworth and coastal reporter Rosanna XiaMore reading:The American West went through climate hell in 2021. But there’s still hopeMore than 400 toxic sites in California are at risk of flooding from sea level riseNewsletter: We write about environmental calamity. Here’s what gives us hope
Federal rules protecting whales put lobstermen's jobs at risk
Related Coverage As their population plummets, right whales are on verge of extinctionMaine lobstermen say they almost never see the whales and aren’t to blame. Scientists say the whales are there, even if Maine fishermen don’t see them, and could die elsewhere after being entangled in Maine lobster gear. But after the government lightened some restrictions in response to pressure from fishermen, whales began dying again, and many of the stricter rules were reinstated. Since then, no right whales have been found dead in Canadian waters. A handful of Vinalhaven fishermen are experimenting with growing kelp, one of several saltwater crops seen as hopeful avenues for Maine’s future.
Climate change threatens the livelihoods of Maine's lobstermen
Change in lobster caught by state Change in thousands of pounds of American lobster commercially caught by state. *Values for 1980 and 2020 represent a five-year rolling average Vinalhaven, Maine Vinalhaven is one of the busiest fishing ports along the coast. The wealth inhibits talk of climate change and of the dimming prospects for Maine’s lobster population. She insists that their family parade float be more than just a picturesque ode to lobster fishing. She hangs the signs on the miniature plywood lobster boat that McCarthy built for his young son Jack as a Christmas present.
Editorial: San Jose redistricting process is failing Asian Americans
In 1971, San Jose took pride in electing Norm Mineta as the first Asian-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Fifty years later, Asian Americans are the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in San Jose, but they have no representation on the City Council. So you would think San Jose officials would prioritize ensuring fair representation for Asian Americans during the redistricting process. For starters, it’s appalling that no Asian Americans were named to the 11-member San Jose Redistricting Commission tasked with drawing maps for City Council consideration. Asian Americans make up roughly 380,000 of San Jose’s 1 million population.
Editorial: Newsom, abortion and guns: Two wrongs don’t make a right
Two wrongs don’t make a right, governor. Three months ago, Gavin Newsom understandably railed against a new Texas law that undermines abortion rights and allows any private citizen to enforce it in court. Yet, on Saturday, Newsom said he would work to create a modified assault weapons law premised on the same despicable legal tactic. The Texas law was specifically drafted to evade federal court review. There’s work to be done reducing the deadly impact of assault weapons in California.
49ers mailbag: How must final four games go for best playoff route?
Facing Aaron Rodgers (with more than 37 seconds left) is hazardous, even if he is 0-3 against the 49ers in the playoffs. Renewing the 49ers-Cowboys playoff rivalry is the best option, which might require the 49ers overtaking the Rams in Week 18 for the No. The 49ers certainly are positioned well ahead of all winnable games: vs. the Falcons, at the Titans, vs. the Texans, at the Rams. Related Articles 49ers on Monday: Injury situation heading into Atlanta gameMcDonald: Kittle put 49ers on his back to avoid collapse in Cincinnati. I’ve never been to a 49ers game in my life.
Opinion: Here’s why in California labor unions are winning again
Nearly two-thirds of us believe that children growing up today will be worse off financially than their parents. We are seeing that on an ad hoc basis in a phenomenon some are calling the “great resignation.” A record number of workers quit their jobs in 2021, spawning a worker-driven labor shortage. Also this year, more than 20,000 janitors across the state in my union fought for and ratified a new contract. The Gallup organization, which has since 1936 periodically polled Americans on how they rate labor unions, found in September that support for unions is now at its highest point since 1965. David Huerta is president of Service Employees International Union, United Service Workers West.
Woman charged with stealing $328,000 from California retailers
COSTA MESA – A woman has been charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 in merchandise from retail stores in California. Ekaterina Zharkova, 38, was arrested last month after an investigator with the California Highway Patrol’s Organized Retail Theft task force saw her stealing from a Nordstrom Rack in Costa Mesa. Investigators believe she attempted to sell stolen merchandise through a luxury online consignment store. Zharkova was charged with four felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of receiving stolen property, and seven misdemeanor counts of petty theft. She also pleaded not guilty in a felony grand theft case in Los Angeles filed in August, the Orange County Register reported.
After $14 million in damage, how a redwood park is rebounding from last year’s devastating wildfires in the Santa Cruz Mountains
It’s not as famous as Big Basin Redwoods State Park, its hallowed neighbor to the south. It removed downed fuels,” said Chris Spohrer, Santa Cruz district state parks superintendent. At one point, backers brought former President Herbert Hoover into the Butano Forest, and he became an advocate to save it. Goodwin Knight vetoed a bill to purchase Butano Forest as a state park. “It’s likely to be on the discovery list for a lot of people,” Barth said, “because they’ll be able to go there before Big Basin reopens.”
Steph Curry’s mindset on the cusp of making history in basketball mecca
“Because I get the record.”Curry’s pursuit of the NBA all-time 3-point record has drawn on longer than many expected. Could there be a better setting than basketball mecca, Madison Square Garden? In a career dotted with achievements and accolades, the career record from distance stands above the rest. (At 40.1% for the season, Curry is also on pace for his worst shooting percentage from beyond the arc of his career.) “It’ll be a relief for him, I think, and for our team when he does break it,” Kerr said.
For Sharks, NHL expansion draft has become more about who the Seattle Kraken didn’t select
But for the Sharks, the expansion draft later became more about who the Kraken didn’t select. But San Jose was able to fill its fourth-line center role with Jasper Weatherby, who turned pro in August. But all in all, much like the 2017 expansion draft when the Vegas Golden Knights took defenseman David Schlemko, the Sharks came out of the process relatively unscathed. Related Articles San Jose Sharks winger remains out with upper body injuryAfter busy stretch, San Jose Sharks are feeling good about their gameSharks winger injured on first shift in game vs. Dallas StarsEvander Kane plays first AHL game as Barracuda loses to AbbotsfordSorry, Sharks fans. The Sharks entered Monday one point back of a playoff spot, partly because of the guys they were able to keep in the expansion draft this summer.
I was one of Katie Hobbs' loudest, earliest critics. Why I choose to forgive her now
Garrick McFaddenopinion contributorI had the opportunity to hear secretary of state and candidate for governor Katie Hobbs give a speech that many Arizonans have been waiting for. Last month, a jury found, for the second time in three years, that Adams was discriminated against in the way she was terminated by – among others – Katie Hobbs. After that first verdict, many Black Democrats, including me, were shocked and angry to learn about Secretary Hobbs’ role in this matter. I’ve seen Hobbs work to convince our Republican governor to remove the Confederate monuments from our Capitol grounds (even when removal was unpopular). Garrick McFadden is an attorney and former vice chair of the Arizona Democratic Party and co-chair of the Maricopa County Democratic Party’s Black Engagement Committee.
Webb: David won the battle over a Park Hill conservation easement, but will Goliath win the war?
Denver experienced this in the Nov. 2 election, when voters passed Initiative 301 and defeated Initiative 302. The proponents of Initiative 302 manufactured a message that the voices of Park Hill were being suppressed by voters across the city. As one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, Park Hill is naturally integrated with a proven record of fighting for equity and equality. Yet, if you saw the campaign material from the proponents of Initiative 302 you might believe that Park Hill is inhabited by racist bullies. He failed to understand that Black people live in Park Hill and like any other race or culture, are not monolithic in their viewpoints.
8 winter-ready craft beers from Colorado that are perfect for the holidays
The malt-forward strong ale (7.1% ABV) features rich flavors of caramel and chocolate with spicy notes from the hops. Now available on draft, in six-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles, and in mini-kegs. Now available on draft at New Terrain Brewing Co. (16401 Table Mountain Pkwy., Golden) and to-go in four-pack of 16-ounce cans. Now on draft at Finkel & Garf Brewing Co. (5455 Spine Road, Boulder) and to-go in four-packs of 12-ounce cans. Now available on draft at New Image Brewing Co. (5622 Yukon St, Arvada) and to-go four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
Colorado author’s new mystery series follows a female Chicago murder detective
Now she’s started a second series, this one about a Chicago police detective. Local fans may have second thoughts about Nickless leaving Parnell and Colorado behind. Nonetheless, they won’t be disappointed with her new sleuth in “At First Light,” tough Chicago detective Adrianne “Addie” Bisset. Still, they hint that both Bisset and the Sparrow are two of five persons the killer means to murder. Christina, a professor of Germanic studies called in to help solve the mystery of the runes, finds Wilding intriguing enough to flirt with him.
Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines
The data were gathered from Nov. 15 to Dec. 7, during which time omicron was first spotted by scientists in South Africa and Botswana, and may change as time passes. Experts now say that omicron accounts for more than 90% of all new infections in South Africa, according to Discovery Health chief executive Dr. Ryan Noach. In the weeks since omicron was detected, South Africa has experienced rapid spread of the virus — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng. The U.K. Health Security Agency said Friday that new data from the U.K. confirm that omicron is more easily transmissible than other variants. For individuals who have previously had COVID-19, the risk of reinfection with omicron is significantly higher than that of earlier variants.
Prepare for more fees, reservations to continue at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2022
Anyone planning a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park next summer will likely need a reservation, as the officials continue to manage the amount of daily traffic that comes through one of the country’s busiest national parks. According to spokesperson Kyle Patterson, officials have proposed a timed entry system similar to the one used in 2021. Reservations would be required when visiting May 27 through October 10, typically the high season for hiking and tourism. Rocky Mountain National Park began requiring reservations in 2020 to limit the number of people attending daily during the pandemic. Related Articles Rocky Mountain National Park entrance closed after ranger, driver exchange gunfireThe coziest cabins and chalets for your winter escape in ColoradoRocky Mountain National Park considers increasing daily entry, camping feesRocky Mountain’s representatives are currently discussing the proposal with officials regionally and in Washington and will announce its 2022 plan as soon as possible, Patterson added.
Colorado weather: Hurricane-force winds expected with incoming storm
Colorado’s next winter storm is currently burying the Sierra Nevada mountains in California under 50 to 80 inches of snow with 60 mph to 70 mph winds. Energy from that storm is going to eject itself from the flow and zoom across the country — and Colorado is in its path. Snow showers are expected across the San Juan mountains from Tuesday to Wednesday with the heaviest of snow expected overnight into Wednesday. SnowAll mountains in Colorado are expecting snow from this quick-moving system, but the San Juans should benefit the most in regards to total snow. In the San Juan mountains, as this storm blows through, 75 mph to 80 mph winds are possible.
Colorado’s COVID cases and hospitalizations keep falling, but danger to unvaccinated still high
Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are continuing to fall, but facilities are still strapped and the virus remains a widespread danger for people who aren’t vaccinated. Hospitalizations for confirmed COVID-19 across the state dropped to 1,294 on Monday — their lowest level since early November, but still slightly higher than in spring 2020. The number of cases probably will rise somewhat as delayed reports come in, though. The delta variant still is dominant in Colorado, with only two cases of the new omicron variant confirmed so far. “What’s happened in the U.K. has happened here, with uncanny levels of similarity,” Carlton said.
Denver Scholarship Foundation has helped get students to and through college for 15 years. Where are they now?
It was uncharted territory.”Nguyen was among the more than 8,270 Denver Public School students awarded scholarship money from the Denver Scholarship Foundation since the fall of 2007. Nguyen discovered DSF through her Abraham Lincoln High School counselor who encouraged her to get involved with the foundation. Donors, grants and the Prosperity Denver Fund — a .08% sales tax increase Denver voters approved in 2018 to boost college enrollment and degree completion — keep the foundation operating. She worked as a DSF adviser at John F. Kennedy High School — her alma mater — mentoring students. He works with students at the Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center Early College, North High School and West Campus.
Remove extra barriers to ex-offenders seeking work | Opinion
Fortunately, Jaime got help from the Institute for Justice, where we provide free legal assistance to people who are trying to pursue an honest living. Submitting a second application was a time-consuming and complex effort spanning months. It required compiling nearly 100 pages of documents: records of court proceedings and probation from 15 years ago, a state background check and supportive letters indicating the model citizen he’s become. Even then, the department demanded additional records — some so old neither Jaime nor any government agency possessed them anymore. Finally, nearly two full years after submitting his first application, Jaime received his EMT certification.
Michael Gableman's sham investigation is a threat to democracy. A Republican leader just called him out.
Finally, a Republican leader in Wisconsin stood for democracy. Bernier, of Lake Hallie, eviscerated the partisan review of the 2020 election that Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos launched to appease former President Donald Trump. She called Michael Gableman's inquisition exactly what it is — "a charade." The investigation by Gableman, a former state Supreme Court justice, is damaging faith in democracy, she said. She knows far more than Gableman does about the subject — Bernier oversaw elections for 12 years as Chippewa County clerk.
Column: Hi, I’m Donald Trump’s failed coup. Thanks to Democrats and the media, nobody’s afraid of me!
If you’d like to know a little about me, check out the PowerPoint the eager-but-not-too-bright people who came up with me put together. Yep, that’s right. They pretty much spelled me out in a gosh darn PowerPoint presentation titled “Election fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN.” Given the intellect of my creators, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the title was: “WE’RE GOING TO DO AN ILLEGAL COUP AND HERE’S HOW, PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS WITH COPS.”
Remembering Roland Hemond: Beloved executive was a friend to all in baseball — and helped save the Chicago White Sox from leaving town
Perhaps the most legendary story was the time Hemond and Veeck set up a booth in the hotel lobby at the 1975 winter meetings and put an “Open for business” sign on it. The Sox made a flurry of trades as other execs walked past shaking their heads. Winning was important to Veeck and Hemond, but having fun while doing so was also on their agenda.
Massive water line break left 7 cities dry for days. A jury blames the contractor, and could award millions in damages
The the heart of the contractor’s liability, plaintiff’s lawyer William Scherer said during closing arguments, was the failure to complete an “811 locater ticket” for the City of Fort Lauderdale. The documentation would have warned workers they were near a water main that should be avoided. Workers initially thought they had encountered a large natural obstruction, like a rock, according to closing arguments.
Family of worker killed in Adams County power plant collapse files wrongful death lawsuit
One year after the deadly collapse of the Killen Generating Station in Adams County, the family of a worker killed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the companies hired to demolish the plant. Three workers were trapped and two were hospitalized as a result of the collapse. Fitzgerald, 47, went missing after the roof of the decommissioned power plant's main building collapsed on Dec. 9. The lawsuit claims the companies were behind deadline and that an uncontrolled collapse would speed up demolition, as well as save the companies from spending money on explosives. Company officials directed Fitzgerald and other workers "to make excessive and unnecessary cuts to weaken and destabilize the boiler house," the lawsuit reads.
Italian and Mexican restaurants to open in former Westwood funeral home in 2023
Operators of the upscale Ivory House steak and seafood in that Cincinnati neighborhood plan to redevelop the former Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home buildings at 3042 Harrison Ave. into two restaurants. Ivory House operators, EP Investment Group of Westwood, will turn the north funeral home building into a mid-priced Italian restaurant called Terrazza Trattoria and the south building into an affordable Mexican grill-style restaurant and bar called named Paloma’s. The restaurant development to be called “Alfresco At Town Hall” will be situated in the Westwood Town Center Historic District, across the street from Westwood Town Hall. The nonprofit neighborhood redevelopment group will help EP Investment Group develop Alfresco At Town Hall, where the outdoor dining will be in glass-enclosed spaces and on terraces. Hand said in his email that EP Investment Group will pay about $75,000 for it.
Quentin Grimes is Knicks' third player in COVID-19 protocol
The Knicks took another hit Tuesday morning with a third player lost to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Quentin Grimes, who got his first career start Sunday when the Knicks were shorthanded already and responded with a 27-point performance, was placed in the league’s health and safety protocols. But a vaccinated player can be in protocols for either a positive test or an inconclusive test. Last season, the Knicks had just two players — Derrick Rose and Alec Burks — sidelined by positive tests all season. The Knicks' entire team and staff has been vaccinated, although not all players have received the booster yet.
Pfizer antiviral reduces hospitalization, death among high-risk people by 89%, study shows: COVID-19 updates
An experimental antiviral drug from Pfizer to help combat COVID-19, delivered in a five-day course of pills, reduced hospitalization or death among high-risk people by 89%, according to a final analysis of a previously released study. Lab studies also suggest the antiviral will remain potent against the omicron variant, which has been rapidly spreading across the globe. Late last month, an FDA advisory committee narrowly recommended authorizing a different COVID-19 antiviral from Merck, called molnupiravir. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 50 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 798,710 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. ? What we're reading: The omicron variant is fueling misinformation about COVID.
Gasoline truck explodes in northern Haiti; dozens killed
Evens SanonAssociated PressPort-au-Prince, Haiti — A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti, killing more than 50 people and injuring dozens of others, officials said Tuesday. The blast occurred late Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that he was devastated. Dozens of bodies lay on the street hours after the explosion as a small crowd stood around them. He said he observed how some people were using buckets to scoop up gasoline from the truck and the street to take back to their house. The explosion occurred as Haiti struggles with a severe shortage of fuel and spiraling gas prices.
Women say they do most chores, child care in poll
The poll asked about eight specified household responsibilities and found that 35% of mothers report doing more than their partner for all eight, compared with just 3% of fathers who report the same. The poll found that 57% of mothers said they provide “all or most” emotional support to their children. Much has been said about the effects of the pandemic on women, including many women who left or stepped back from the labor force to take care of their children or aging parents. Women are more likely than men to say flexibility at work is important when thinking about whether or not to have a child, 74% versus 66%, according to the poll. According to the poll, 47% of women say having a child is an obstacle for job security at their current or most recent job, compared with 36% of men.
David Sherwood recognized for best leadership among large employers in Top Workplaces
By Josh WallaceDavid Sherwood, CEO of Sherwood CompaniesQ: Having to deal with a global pandemic over nearly the past two years, how has your company changed with the challenges the pandemic brought? A: There have been many challenges that drive self-reflection and reviewing the process we had in place prior to it. We believe that these challenges and how we have overcome them have made us a stronger and better company. We have seen our fair share of challenges when it comes to finding and hiring new talent. Second, seizing the opportunities that lay ahead of us by equipping our team with the tools, training, and resources they need to be successful.
Case Western Reserve hires Ohio State's TJ Shelton as athletic director
Staff reportsOhio State senior associate athletic director TJ Shelton has been named athletic director at Case Western Reserve. Shelton has been at Ohio State since 2007 and has served as the lead administrator for several teams. He also managed athletic risk and compliance efforts, negotiated athletic equipment and apparel agreements and participated in fundraising efforts. He previously served as the assistant athletic director at Washington University in St. Louis for 15 years. “I am thrilled for TJ Shelton and for the Case Western Reserve Department of Athletics,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement.
First look: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams odds and lines
Jess RootSportsbook WireWeek 15 brings us a big NFC West showdown between the Los Angeles Rams (9-4) and Seattle Seahawks (5-8) in Los Angeles. Below, we look at the Seahawks vs. Rams odds and lines; check back for our NFL picks and predictions. The Seahawks won their second game in a row on Sunday, blowing out the Houston Texans 33-13. Money line: Seahawks +230 (bet $100 to win $230) | Rams -300 (bet $300 to win $100)Seahawks +230 (bet $100 to win $230) | Rams -300 (bet $300 to win $100) Against the spread (ATS): Seahawks +6.5, -105 (bet $105 to win $100) | Rams -6.5, -115 (bet $115 to win $100)Seahawks +6.5, -105 (bet $105 to win $100) | Rams -6.5, -115 (bet $115 to win $100) Over/Under (O/U): 47.5, O: -115 (bet $115 to win $100) | U: -105 (bet $105 to win $100)Also see:Betting 101PLAY: Try our new, free daily Pick'em Challenge and win. 2021 betting stats:ML : Seahawks 5-8 | Rams 9-4: Seahawks 5-8 | Rams 9-4 ATS : Seahawks 7-6 | Rams 6-7: Seahawks 7-6 | Rams 6-7 O/U : Seahawks 3-9-1 | Rams 7-5-1Seahawks at Rams head-to-headThe Seahawks lead the all-time series against the Rams 25-23, but the Rams have been very tough against them.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron
By MATTHEW PERRONEWASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Dan Straughan wins leadership award among small employers in Top Workplaces contest
By Josh WallaceDan Straughan, executive director of the Homeless AllianceQ: Having to deal with a global pandemic over nearly the past two years, how has your company changed with the challenges the pandemic brought? During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Homeless Alliance completely changed our operations in order to continue providing services while limiting the spread of the virus. The pandemic also added to the challenges we faced this past winter with the October ice storm and the February deep freeze. Through it all, our staff consistently demonstrated their commitment and flexibility to meet the evolving needs of our community. As an organization we recognize that we need to offer more and better opportunities for our staff to feel appreciated.
Cary DeHart recognized for best leadership among mid-size employers in Top Workplaces
The best for our people, that they will be happy and proud to be a member of our company. We care for each other, and we care about our work, clients, subcontractors, and architects/engineers. The best company to work for as an employee. The best company to work with as a subcontractor. The best company for an architect.
Healey padding campaign account ahead of decision
Healey, a two-term Democrat who political strategists view as a potential early front-runner for the governor’s office now that Gov. By tapping into her donor networks at the end of the year, Healey could strengthen her position in the developing Democratic field. Costello said the firm typically holds an end-of-year fundraiser for Healey, and would have this year even if she wasn’t a prospective candidate for governor. Healey reported having $3.3 million in the bank at the end of the November, which could be used for a run for governor or a third campaign for attorney general. Since reporting no money raised in August, Healey has collected $35,406 in September, $42,636 in October and $59,513 in November.
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Things to know today: Separate reports reveal effectiveness of Pfizer pill and vaccine vs. omicron; Jan. 6 texts spur contempt vote against Meadows; and more.
Banks slowly reconsider overdraft fees, amid public pressure
NEW YORK (AP) — The banking industry appears to have overdone it on overdraft fees. A number of large banks have taken steps this year that would reduce the amount they take in from overdraft fees, which they charge when customers make payments or withdrawals in excess of their account balance. Capital One, the nation's sixth-largest bank, announced last week that it would end all overdraft fees next year. Other banks have made it harder for customers to trigger an overdraft fee. “For many big banks, overdraft fees are still the steady, reliable, predictable, easy revenue that shareholders love,” said Rohit Chopra, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in remarks last week where he directed the bureau to more closely examine bank overdraft practices.
'Diet' soda is disappearing from store shelves. Here's why.
But the arrival of zero-sugar drinks wasn't just about gender: It marked a turning point for the overall popularity of diet drinks. Alex Beckett, global food and drink analyst at Mintel, said the word diet "started falling out of fashion ... with the rise of zero." Billing a drink as free of calories and sugar is also about addressing changing ideas about health, and highlighting the absence of sugar from the drink as a positive attribute in itself. "While the diet designation may be associated with strict regimes or deprivation, the 'zero' designation has fewer negative connotations, corresponding with simply a cleaner profile," according to a Mintel report from April. For Keurig, the shift seems to be working.
Vatican fraud trial sees more delay amid procedural errors
Pope Francis’ own role in the deal has come under scrutiny since several witnesses have said he approved negotiating an exit deal with the broker accused of extortion. On Tuesday, assistant prosecutor Gianluca Perone said to date prosecutors had only heard from one person. He said he expected to know by Jan. 20 whether prosecutors would ask for new indictments or for the charges to be dropped. Pignatone has also repeatedly ordered prosecutors to turn over to the defense the videotaped recordings of a key suspect-turned-star witness so the suspects can adequately prepare their defense. The prosecutors initially agreed, then refused, then deposited most of the tapes but with cuts that in some cases amounted to an hour.
Ex-Virginia Beach teacher fired for racial stereotypes lesson settles lawsuit with school division
Smith asked her students to identify various racial groups, and then had them write stereotypes about each on a large note pad, the lawsuit states. She then led a discussion about the stereotypes and why they’re wrong. The groups her class picked were Blacks, Latinos, Asians, jocks and “courtyard kids,” which Urban Dictionary defines as students ostracized for being different. But a Black Kempsville High School student who saw the picture was offended by it. She posted it on Facebook, saying “this racist stuff at my school needs to stop.” Her mother then complained to the school.
Israel’s staunch evangelical allies shocked by Trump’s outburst on Netanyahu
© Alex Brandon/AP President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, Sept. 15, 2020. But Mike Evans, one of Trump’s early evangelical backers, said he was “horrified” by the sentiments and said they would offend significant numbers of evangelical voters. That was one of several times Evans paid to have posters hung around the city, all celebrating Trump’s support for policies favored by Netanyahu and his right-wing allies. Trump’s denunciation of Netanyahu came as a surprise in Israel, where the former prime minister had touted his relationship with Trump as one of his key political and diplomatic assets. The Golan announcement, for example, was made just before the April 2019 election when Netanyahu was trailing in the polls.
Israel Finds Planes That Could Be Key to a Strike on Iran Badly Back-Ordered
The request came amid new tensions between Washington and Jerusalem over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program. In March, Israel ordered the new KC-46 tankers, which would be used to refuel its bombers in the air, allowing them to reach their targets in Iran and return. The debate over what kind of capability to give to Israel — and how quickly — is an old one in Washington. Iran’s nuclear program seemed under control — largely because it had shipped 97 percent of its nuclear fuel out of the country under the 2015 agreement that Mr. Netanyahu had vociferously opposed. The post Israel Finds Planes That Could Be Key to a Strike on Iran Badly Back-Ordered appeared first on New York Times.
Dogecoin spikes over 20% after Elon Musk says Tesla will accept it as payment for merch
The meme-inspired cryptocurrency skyrocketed more than 20% Tuesday morning after Elon Musk said Tesla would accept dogecoin as payment for some of its merchandise. "Tesla will make some merch buyable with Doge & see how it goes," the Tesla CEO said in a tweet. It takes its branding from the Japanese shiba inu dog which inspired the original "doge" meme. Dogecoin recently found a rival in shiba inu, a so-called meme token that bills itself as a "dogecoin killer." Shiba inu is currently the 13th-biggest coin by market value, having briefly surpassed dogecoin at one point.
Why the fired Louisville cop who fatally shot Breonna Taylor says he deserves his job back
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The merit board hearing resumes Tuesday in the case of the former Louisville Metro Police detective who was fired after he fatally shot Breonna Taylor and is now trying to win his job back. Here's everything you need to know about the case and the Louisville Metro Police Merit Board hearing. What was Myle's Cosgrove's role in the Breonna Taylor shooting? In return, Mattingly fired six rounds, Cosgrove fired 16 rounds and a third detective, Brett Hankison, fired 10 rounds. More:Former LMPD detective fired for lying on Breonna Taylor search warrant sues to get rehiredWhen is the appeal?
Is a new kind of religion forming on the internet?
Juarez tells me she was raised Christian, although at age 19 she began to have a more personal relationship with God outside of organized religion. I asked Joseph Russo, a professor of anthropology at Wesleyan University, if this loosely related web of beliefs could ever come together to form into its own kind of religion. The religion of the internet has also already culminated in real-world violence, the most obvious examples being the QAnon-related coup on January 6 and the conspiracy theories surrounding lifesaving vaccines. The religion of the internet posits questions like, “what’s the harm in believing?” and “why shouldn’t I be prepared for the worst?” The deeper you go, the harder those questions are to answer. It’s the same idea, different packaging.”These binaries espoused by internet spirituality — good and evil, demonic and angelic, abundance and poverty — are reinforced everywhere in culture, and not only in the context of religion.
Sadiq Khan leads ambitious plans to rewild Hyde Park
Hyde Park could be redesigned and lost species including beavers reintroduced to London under ambitious rewilding plans. Khan has released £600,000 in funding to assist the project, which will help London reach its net zero goal. Further fundraising will take place, with members of the new London rewilding roundtable group tasked with sourcing private donations. The project will focus on 20-30 of these sites to protect species including stag beetles, sparrows, peregrine falcons and water voles. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty ImagesIt is also hoped the work will help tackle problems that plague Londoners including flooding and air pollution.
Russia vetoes UN security council resolution linking climate crisis to international peace
Russia has vetoed a first-of-its-kind UN security council resolution casting the climate crisis as a threat to international peace and security – a vote that sank a years-long effort to make global heating more central to decision-making in the UN’s most powerful body. But Monday’s resolution would have been the first devoted to climate-related security danger as an issue of its own. Their envoys said the issue should remain with broader UN groups, such as the Framework Convention on Climate Change. Adding climate change to the security council’s purview would only deepen global divisions that were pointed up by last month’s climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, the opponents said. “What the security council needs to do is not a political show,” Chinese ambassador Zhang Jun said.
Gas prices near record highs as Berlin rejects pipeline from Russia
Gas prices across the UK and Europe are on course to return to record highs after Germany said a controversial pipeline from Russia could not be approved amid deepening tensions on the Ukrainian border. The UK’s gas market price climbed to 296.35p a therm on Monday, just below the record closing price of 298.475p on 5 October, according to ICIS data. Europe has experienced record high gas prices in recent months owing to a global squeeze on gas supplies. This has been compounded by a slowdown of Russian gas exports to the continent as negotiations over Nord Stream 2 have stalled. October’s record UK gas market highs ignited fears that factories would need to shut this winter to guard agains the financial blow of rocketing costs.
Star Hobson verdict: mother’s girlfriend found guilty of murdering toddler
Numerous friends and family members called social services to express concerns about Star during her short life. Photograph: c/o West Yorkshire policeSmith and Brockhill also filmed many acts of cruelty against Star, sending them to friends for their own amusement. Halfway through the seven-week trial, Smith pleaded guilty to eight instances of child cruelty against Star between April to September 2020. Ultimately the jury accepted Brockhill delivered the fatal blow and that Smith was not responsible for killing Star. Our thoughts remain with Star’s family, as they have been throughout.”Brockhill and Smith will be sentenced on Wednesday.
Wholesale prices measure rises 9.6% in November from a year ago, the fastest pace on record
Wholesale prices increased at their quickest pace ever in November in the latest sign that the inflation pressures bedeviling the economy are still present, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The producer price index for final demand products increased 9.6% over the previous 12 months after rising another 0.8% in November. Excluding food and energy, prices rose 0.7% for the month, putting core PPI at 6.9%, also the largest gain on record. Those numbers come with headline consumer prices running at their fastest pace in nearly 40 years and core inflation the hottest in about 30 years. Final demand energy prices jumped another 2.6% in November despite sliding crude prices, while food was up 1.2%.
Swan Song review – Mahershala Ali is twice the man in melancholy sci-fi mystery
Mahershala Ali gives a heartfelt performance in this elegant and rather melancholy sci-fi mystery with which Irish film-maker Benjamin Cleary makes his impressive feature debut. It’s an unsettling picture in the tradition of John Frankenheimer’s Seconds or Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Sign up to Film Weekly, our newsletter recapping the week in cinema. But Cameron has a terminal illness and fears revealing it to Poppy will devastate her, as she is only just getting over a family tragedy. Anyway, Cameron splitting into two, and then having profound and angry second thoughts about this doppelganger taking over his life, is very commandingly and convincingly portrayed.
Gaming is culture – even Fortnite has something to say about society
The gaming world is fast-moving, and it can be hard to keep up with while also living a busy real life. Video games don’t exist in a cultural vacuum, and they’re not just products that appear and are quickly forgotten. And gaming culture – because it is young, because it is technologically cutting-edge – can give us an insight into what’s on the cards for the world as a whole. People were creating and curating new selves and friendship circles in video game worlds long before they were doing the same on Instagram. Today we ask Dominik Diamond, host of the iconic original GamesMaster TV show and legit games pop-culture legend: were video games better in the 90s?
D Double E review – grime originator unites the generations
Introduced with fitting reverence by opener Novelist, Dixon appears in military fatigues, large gold chain and cropped dark hair. The ominous, rattling 2019 single Top Boy showcases Dixon’s taut flow, with bars that flirt with his own mythology and nearly-man status. Contact Us combines both 80s soul horns with brittle, first-phase grime, while the brilliant Tell Me a Ting is loaded with drill’s malevolence. Late 90s jungle galvanises recent single Selecta – a well-chosen collaboration with early drum’n’bass practitioner Danny Byrd, it’s a weapons-grade crowd-pleaser for two generations in the room tonight. This is old school British rap with a foot in the new, done assuredly by an originator.
Nigel Slater’s recipe for mushrooms, squash and soured cream
Peel 1kg of butternut squash, cut into large chunks (about the size of a roast potato), then place in a single layer in a deep roasting tin. Place the empty roasting tin over a moderate heat and add a ladleful of stock. Season with salt and pepper, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the butternut squash and shallots are thoroughly soft and tender. When all is golden and sizzling, remove from the heat and add to the squash. Introduce a few sprigs of thyme to the roasting butternut.
Our sex life is vanilla. How can I encourage my wife to help us spice it up?
We have a good sex life but for the past few years I have brought up the fact that I feel it’s become very “vanilla”. I have asked for her input on spicing things up, but she’s never given me any ideas. My wife has a very stressful job that is demanding of her time and attention. Stress, fatigue and resentment are three of the main barriers to an exciting sex life, so anything you can do to help alleviate her job strain and money concerns would probably help. If you would like advice from Pamela on sexual matters, send us a brief description of your concerns to private.lives@theguardian.com (please don’t send attachments).
EU urged to rachet up green energy standards for buildings
The EU executive is under pressure to ratchet up green energy standards for buildings, as it prepares a further batch of legislation to tackle the climate emergency. EU energy efficiency classification runs from A to G, with G being the worst in class. More than 85% of EU buildings were constructed before 2001 and the vast majority are expected to be still standing in 2050. Frans Timmermans, the commission vice-president in charge of the EU green deal, has called for a “renovation wave” based on stronger regulations on the energy performance of buildings. Adeline Rochet, a senior policy adviser at the E3G thinktank in Brussels, said minimum energy performance standards were a cornerstone of the commission’s strategy.
The 50 best films of 2021 in the US, No 4: Drive My Car
In the year we got a ninth Fast and Furious movie, Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi gave us something at the very opposite end of the petrolhead scale with Drive My Car. You could call it Slow and Circuitous, but that would be doing his monumental, highly moving meditation on how life, art and desire intertwine a huge disservice. Vast in philosophical scope but intimate; beautifully controlled but pulsing with erotic undercurrents, it marks Hamaguchi’s emergence as a new cinematic master. Accepting an assignment to direct a new multilingual production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima, he reluctantly consents to being chauffeured around by the taciturn Misaki (Tôko Miura). Every morning on the way to the theatre, he listens to a cassette recording of Oto’s voice running his lines.
Colm Tóibín: ‘Boris Johnson would be a blood clot … Angela Merkel the cancer’
In June 2018, Colm Tóibín was four chapters into writing his most recent novel The Magician, an epic fictional biography of Thomas Mann that he had put off for decades, when he was diagnosed with cancer. In bed he amuses himself by identifying the difference between blood clots (a new emergency) and cancer: “Boris Johnson would be a blood clot … Angela Merkel the cancer.”He has seen off both Johnson and Merkel. His short stories, in particular, are as steeped in gentle misery as his native Wexford is in rain. The day before we speak, he received one of those “recommended new releases” emails from Amazon – recommending his own book. “That’s a funny thing and it’s true.”For Tóibín, writing is a form of self-erasure: “the page is not a mirror, it is blank”, he reminds himself constantly.
‘I’m hooked all over again!’ Readers review And Just Like That
I’m hooked all over again. This mature and savvy show has so much to offer – just don’t tune in expecting Sex and the City. The second episode did have something to say – a lesson about life and friendship – told through my old friends, the gal pals. Photograph: Fadhil Ramadhani/Guardian Community‘It felt too forced and tired’The ending to the first episode felt cheap and I’m just unable to connect to Carrie’s response to it. She was so muted that even the Samantha mention in the second episode has more emotional heft.
Voyage of Time review – Terrence Malick awestruck in the face of existence
Five years after it was first shown at the Venice film festival, Terrence Malick’s 45-minute docu-meditation about the dawn of time, nature and humankind finally gets a release in the UK on streaming platform Mubi. That had many of the same preoccupations and imagery, but crucially a smaller-scale human component, the story of a 1950s Texas family which gave the cosmic effusions a filmic immediacy and relevance. A longer feature-length version of Voyage of Time was made, but slightly mystifyingly it is specifically this shorter version, intended for Imax theatres, which is being released now and what was undoubtedly a spectacular Imax event is left looking pretty exposed on the small screen. There is nothing here we haven’t seen on David Attenborough’s programmes, and Attenborough’s witty, informative and unobtrusive commentary feels more to the point now than Pitt who at one moment gasps: “What is nature? The inexhaustible giver …” Blandly calling nature “inexhaustible” is very naive given the climate crisis.
Brazilians see red over pro-Bolsonaro mayor’s blue Santa grotto
Christmas has never been white in Rio Branco, a sweltering Amazon river town where December temperatures often soar close to 40C. But there was an immediate outcry that Santa’s shelter had been painted blue, the colour of Bocalom’s rightwing party, rather than the red more commonly associated with Father Christmas. “Our flag will never be red” is one of the favourite battle cries of Bolsonaro’s backers, of whom Rio Branco’s mayor is one. By Sunday, however, the riverside dwelling had again been painted blue, leaving the mayor scrambling to explain his administration’s flip-flopping over the politicised paint job. The mayor claimed that for years the leftist politicians who governed Rio Branco and the surrounding state of Acre had painted things red at Christmas.
Succession creator Jesse Armstrong on its thunderous finale: ‘That might be as good as I’ve got’
Yesterday, like much of the rest of the world, I watched the finale of the third season of Succession. “The writers’ room is an open forum where anything mad or weird that aggressively shakes up the show can be suggested and considered,” he replies. I was like a fan of Succession watching it.”After Christmas, Armstrong will reassemble the Succession writers’ room and begin to piece together season four. “One day it will be gone and you don’t know when that day is. But the writers’ room is almost pure pleasure.
Facebook put profit before Rohingya lives. Now it must pay its dues | Jason McCue and James Libson
In 1977, the Myanmar military launched a national drive to register citizens and drive out people they deemed to be “foreigners”. “Facebook turned away while a genocide was being perpetrated,” claims Tun Khin, the president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. This meant that, for many in Myanmar, Facebook was the internet. That was three years ago, but it was only this week, after being notified about our legal actions, that Facebook announced it was closing further military regime accounts. Major international oil giants have planned production-sharing initiatives with the Myanmar regime within the Rakhine basin.
I love MasterChef, but does everything have to be so French? | MiMi Aye
And then it slowly dawns on us that the chefs aren’t sure what they should look like either. Just listen to him say “spicy, spreadable sausage” and you’ll need a cold shower, as well as some nduja. The truth is that “professional” in cooking still means an aspiration to Michelin-quality, which inevitably means French, or at least French in spirit. The Michelin guide was first published in France in 1904, but it still holds sway as the Oscars of the restaurant world. French dishes, classical techniques and the so-called “mother” sauces (classed by Escoffier as béchamel, espagnole, tomato, velouté and hollandaise) are still considered the foundation of all fine dining.
Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy as Arteta punishes disciplinary breach
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy and will not be selected for Wednesday’s match against West Ham, throwing the striker’s future at the club into doubt. “Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday’s match against West Ham United,” the club said. Show Download the Guardian app from the iOS App Store on iPhones or the Google Play store on Android phones by searching for 'The Guardian'. If you already have the Guardian app, make sure you’re on the most recent version. In the Guardian app, tap the yellow button at the bottom right, then go to Settings (the gear icon), then Notifications.
19 of the best independent home brands to shop online now
If the past year has taught us anything, it's that shopping from independent brands does good for both us and the small business we're supporting. Well, searching among independent brands can lead to you finding your item of choice - and before you know it, you'll be on your way to creating a unique-to-you home. That's why we've rounded up our favourite home brands to share with you - all of which are available to shop from now. Either way, browse through these independent brands for inspiration. The brand is currently predominantly online, but there’s a bricks-and-mortar shop coming to London soon.
Salt Bae London restaurant ranks terribly on Tripadvisor after slew of negative reviews
In September, celebrity chef Salt Bae famously opened the doors to his Knightsbridge restaurant, Nusr-Et Steakhouse. Now the London restaurant has ranked 20,491st out of the 23,811 on Tripadvisor (Salt Bae – real name Nusret Gökçe – has left the country, which may or may not be connected). Out of the 88 reviews, a mere 16 branded Nusr-Et “excellent”, while others did not hold back their candidly honest “terrible” views. To conclude, they added “Salt bae is a clown, and so are you” – aimed at those who visit the restaurant after reading the horrendous reviews. Indy100 has reached out to Nusr-Et London for comment.
South Africa: previous infections may explain Omicron hospitalisation rate
High levels of previous exposure to three previous waves of coronavirus infection in South Africa may explain the relatively low levels of hospitalisation and severe disease in the current outbreak of the Omicron variant, rather than the variant itself being less virulent. That is well over three times the rate of previous infections detected by a similar survey during the Beta variant outbreak a year ago where seropositivity was some 20%. “That is important to keep at the back of our minds when we see what is unfolding in South Africa and what we might see in other settings, which might have a very different epidemiology. With global attention closely focused on how South Africa’s Omicron outbreak is unfolding, some media reports have suggested the first evidence that Omicron cases in South Africa might be flattening. The reports, based on daily rather than more reliable weekly figures, appeared to focus on fluctuations on reporting of cases in Gauteng rather than South Africa more widely, where cases are rising in other provinces.
‘Public p***er’ jailed after masturbating and urinating on Tube for OnlyFans
A “vile” man who shared videos of himself masturbating and urinating on the Tube has been jailed. Nikki Darke, 37, of Earlham Grove, east London, posted videos to OnlyFans and Twitter under the pseudonym “public p***er”, according to British Transport Police (BTP). Inner London Crown Court heard how he committed multiple indecent actsm– including urinating on seats and masturbating in front of other passengers – while travelling on the Piccadilly line between February and July. Police found that he also used his online accounts to obtain indecent images of children after seizing his phone. “As a result of our extensive inquiries, we not only reprimanded Darke for the damage he caused to railway property and the indecent acts he was committing, but also for the utterly indefensible indecent images he gathered.
11 of the best decorations you need for a stylish Christmas
Whether you’re having a few friends around or feeding the whole family, entertaining will feel more special than ever this Christmas – plus, it’s a chance to show off the decorating, table-setting and cocktail-making skills you might have acquired over the past 18 months. If you’re planning a drinks party, start with a cocktail station, whether that’s a fully stocked bar cart, a drinks tray on the sideboard, or a champagne bucket on the kitchen island. Allowing guests to help themselves after you’ve poured them the first drink will free you up from serving duties so that you can enjoy the party – and a collection of bottles, barware, garnishes and glasses always makes for a festive display. For a sit-down lunch or dinner, choose a tablecloth and work up – a patterned cloth and napkins add maximum decorative impact for minimum effort (as well as helping to hide spills), and will jazz up plain white dinnerware.
Winless Bath eye departing Munster head coach Johann van Graan as answer to struggles
Van Graan will leave Munster at the end of the 2021-22 season after five years as head coach, the second-longest spell by a Munster head coach in the professional era. He initially joined Munster in 2017 to replace Rassie Erasmus, having previously worked as South Africa's forwards coach. "While I was at advanced stages in the contract process earlier this year, I took a step back and reconsidered my options, prioritising what’s best for my family, myself, and Munster Rugby," Van Graan explained. Bath had previously been linked with a move for Paul Gustard, the former Harlequins head coach now working as defence coach for Benetton in Italy. Hooper said: “We made it clear following our review outcome that we intended to bring in a specific defence coach who could add to our group immediately.
BT Sport 'failing in their duty' by not quizzing Sir Alastair Cook over racism scandal, says MP
BT Sport has been accused of “failing in their duty” to quiz Sir Alastair Cook during the first Ashes Test about the racism scandal to engulf England and Essex. BT Sport dropped Michael Vaughan from its Ashes coverage a week before the series began after he was dragged into the scandal, proclaiming that him being seen and heard by its viewers would not fit with its “values”. “And they’re failing in their duty if they’re not doing it.”Denouncing Cook’s own silence last month, Efford had said: “Silence is not a defence. It will come out eventually and it’s far better to come forward now. Let’s deal with this so that we can all start to rebuild.”BT Sport declined to comment, while a representative for Cook did not respond to requests for comment.
Ghislaine Maxwell to call on false memory expert who testified in OJ Simpson’s defence as lawyers mount their fightback
According to Ms Loftus, who has published 24 books and more than 600 papers, memories are reconstructed, not replayed. Therapists and academics who believe memory repression is a natural survival technique continue to contest her stance on the phenomenon. With the exception of one case, she has exclusively testified for the defence since the 1970s. Ms Loftus said in a 2020 interview with the Los Angeles Times: “The world is full of people who support accusers. “If the MeToo movement had an office, Beth’s picture would be on the 10 most wanted list,” Ms Loftus’ brother Robert told the New Yorker magazine for a profile.
Government refuse rule out reducing capacities at sporting events
Sports minister Nigel Huddleston believes the Covid Plan B measures set to come into force in England on Wednesday are “proportionate” but refused to rule out reducing capacities in future. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the Plan B measures last week, which include a requirement to provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative test to enter sports venues holding more than 10,000 people. “The Prime Minister said yesterday that we will have to deal with this Covid situation as the facts tell us, so I can’t rule anything out. “So the key message is get boosted, get vaccinated because you’re helping yourself and helping others and reducing the risk of transmission. “But also many clubs have got experience already – many Premier League clubs voluntarily do Covid certification.”
Aston Villa could consider transfer targets’ vaccination status in January, Steven Gerrard reveals
Steven Gerrard has revealed players' vaccination status could play a role in who Aston Villa identify as transfer targets in January. Gerrard, whose side also have had players and staff test positive this week, revealed their thorough recruitment process meant vaccine status could be considered when they speak to potential recruits. So I'm sure it will come up," Gerrard said. "But I don't think it's right for me to comment on if I would or wouldn't in that situation. Villa, who are 13th, expect their match at bottom side Norwich City later on Tuesday to go ahead despite both clubs reporting cases.
Eddie Hearn sets record straight over ‘exaggerated’ rumours that Anthony Joshua would step-aside for Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua stepping aside to let Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury slug it out in a unification fight is “virtually impossible”, says Eddie Hearn. But the British fighter himself had been reluctant to discuss such a move, while the World Boxing Council officially named Dillian Whyte as the mandatory challenger for Fury last week. Hearn says that the WBC’s decision makes it hugely improbable that any changes will be made, with Fury set to meet Whyte and the rematch between Joshua and Usyk to go ahead. “There’s been lots of talk about Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte. Rumours of a step aside offer for Joshua are exaggerated,” Hearn said in his BBC Sport column.
Lewis Hamilton deserved to win F1 title, ‘gutted’ Valtteri Bottas claims
Valtteri Bottas believes Lewis Hamilton deserved to be crowned Formula One world champion and was “gutted” his Mercedes teammate was pipped to the title by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. “It hurts that Lewis didn’t get the drivers’, I feel like I lost the championship because he lost it,” Bottas said in quotes on the official F1 website. Bottas added: “Lewis had a great race and then things change like this. I’m really, really proud and thankful what we’ve achieved together. With Lewis we’ve been the most successful team-mate pairing in the history of Formula 1, so it’s kind of sad to leave – but of course I look forward to the future.”
Alec Baldwin once told Hilaria to ‘shush’ when she was in labour
Hilaria Baldwin has revealed that husband Alec once told her to “shush” while she was in labour. In a post to her Instagram stories on Monday 13 December, Hilaria said Alec had asked her to “keep it down” while she was giving birth to their eldest son, Rafael. Hilaria Baldwin says Alec told her to ‘shush’ during labour (Hilaria Baldwin/Instagram)Sharing the screenshot with her followers, Hilaria wrote: “Alex shushed me while I was in labour with Rafa.”The film director, who was on the phone at the time, told his wife: “Shush! Can you keep it down?”“The moment he said it he realised he sounded like an ass and he cowered,” Hilaria recalled. Hilaria has publicly offered her support to Hutchins’ family and Alec.
Kim Kardashian says she ‘would never do anything to appropriate any culture’
Kim Kardashian has said she would “never” appropriate another culture in a new interview. One critic tweeted at the time: “Please be respectful with Japanese culture. I mean, I came up with the Kimono name because it was a play on my name, and because I was so inspired by Japanese culture. I would never intentionally try to appropriate the culture in that way. “I would never do anything to appropriate any culture,” she said.
Dozens dead in Haiti fuel tanker blast
The lorry is said to have been involved in an accident in the Cap-Haïtien city, and the victims had been trying to gather leaking fuel when it ignited.
Leeds charged with failing to control players following late incident at Chelsea
Leeds have been charged with failing to control their players following an injury-time incident in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Chelsea. Leeds players reacted furiously when referee Chris Kavanagh awarded a late spot-kick after Mateusz Klich brought down Antonio Rudiger in the box. The FA said in a statement: “Leeds United FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 after its Premier League match against Chelsea FC on Saturday. “It is alleged that Leeds United FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion when they surrounded the match referee in the 93rd minute.”Leeds, who face Manchester City on Tuesday night, had five players booked in the fixture, which ended in a further, heated exchange between Rudiger and a number of Leeds players. Marcelo Bielsa’s men have the worst disciplinary record in the top flight with seven players heading towards the busy festive programme one more booking away from suspension.
Kim Kardashian fast-tracks divorce from Kanye West: ‘No possibility of saving the marriage’
Kim Kardashian has reiterated her desire to separate from Kanye West, now legally known as Ye, despite the rapper’s public bid to reconcile with his estranged wife. On Monday (13 December), the reality TV star filed court documents to fast-track her divorce from the “Donda” singer and requested to be legally single. Petitioner [Kardashian] no longer desires to be married to Respondent [Ye],” the Keeping Up with the Kardashian star’s filing said. Over the past few weeks, Ye has repeatedly asked Kardashian to give their marriage a second chance. In the past, Ye has claimed that he had “never even seen” any divorce paperwork.
Trump's son urged father to intervene in 6 January Capitol riot
On Monday, it was also revealed that at around the same time several leading hosts of the Fox News TV channel - which is widely seen as being sympathetic to Donald Trump and the Republican party - were also urging Mr Meadows to get the then-president to stop the rioting.
Rising prices and omicron fears overshadowing Japan's economy
Japan's economic outlook remains cloudy, with the Bank of Japan's latest "tankan" survey showing that business sentiment among large manufacturers snapped its five-quarter rising streak. Supply constraints caused by the spread of COVID-19 and rising materials prices have dealt a blow to the country's economic recovery. With the emergence of the new omicron variant of the virus, the specifics of which are yet unknown, many are worried about what lies ahead for the economy. Wary of omicronIn addition to the parts supply issues, manufacturers are being impacted by rising prices of crude oil and materials. Adding to the uncertainty is the omicron variant.
Singapore releases citizen who spied for China in the U.S.
He was released after investigations determined that he wasn’t able to obtain or pass on any classified information from Singapore to his foreign handlers. As such, he does not pose a security threat that warrants continued detention,” according to a statement from the Internal Security Department, which comes under Singapore’s Home Ministry. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison by a U.S. federal court in Oct. 2020 and later deported back to Singapore. The department found that Yeo also approached several individuals in Singapore who he thought would have privileged information on certain issues. Yeo set up a company in Singapore and placed employment advertisements on social networking sites to recruit for his foreign handlers, the department said.
UK to face more post-Brexit trade problems soon, IMF boss says
LONDON – Britain is due to face more disruption to its trade with the European Union when it introduces new post-Brexit customs checks on Jan. 1, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, said on Tuesday. “Trade with the EU has dropped significantly and we expect there will be more impact ahead as the custom checks are going to be introduced in UK in the beginning of next year,” Georgieva told reporters after the IMF published an annual review of Britain’s economy.
UK expected to remove all 11 countries from red list
Strong rumour that red list will be emptied at 4am tomorrow, meaning no more hotel quarantine from South Africa, Nigeria and nine other African countries. Calling DfT repeatedly for confirmation. Key point: will people currently in now pointless hotel quarantine be able to leave?
Malta set to be first EU country to legalise cannabis for personal use
Malta is set to become the first European Union country to legalise cannabis at home and for personal use. Under the new law, citizens aged 18 and over will be allowed to possess up to seven grams of cannabis, and cultivate up to four cannabis plants at home. PM Abela has reiterated that under the reformed law, drug trafficking will remain illegal. In the Netherlands, the possession, consumption, and retail sale of up to five grams of cannabis has been tolerated since 1976 in so-called "coffee shops". Meanwhile, in Spain, the production of cannabis is allowed for personal consumption, but not for trade and public use.
VIDEO: Woman confused by a lift with two doors
This is the hilarious moment a woman was confused when she rode a lift with two doors in southeastern China. The footage shows the woman stuck in the lift as she is unaware the doors have opened behind her. Someone monitoring the CCTV decided to release the footage showing her in the lift and then using the stairs. In 2018, ITV's programme editor Mike Rigby got stuck in a lift going up and down non-stop for an hour. He wrote: 'Our Programme Editor Mike Rigby has currently been going up and down in a lift for half an hour with no sign of escape.
VIDEO: Golden Retriever Hudson plays 'lazy fetch'
This is the adorable moment a relaxed Golden Retriever played a game of 'lazy fetch' with his owner. Hudson seemed lethargic after surgery in 2019 so Allissa lay on the floor with him and played their first game of what they now call 'Lazy Fetch'. Hudson the Golden Retriever enjoys playing 'lazy fetch' with his owner Allissa Mason from New York CityAllissa said: 'We've learned to cherish every moment with Hudson, whether it's a funny viral moment or an average walk down the street'But Hudson loved this and now likes to play 'lazy fetch' whenever he is tired. 'Since he couldn't play fetch outside, we decided to play fetch inside. 'But Hudson now loves lazy fetch when he's tired.
Natalie Portman lends her voice to iconic Australian kids' show Bluey
Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman (pictured), 40, lent her voice to iconic Australian kids' show Bluey on an episode this week titled Whale Watching. Pictured in September 2019In the Whale Watching episode, Bluey and Bingo enthusiastically watch the whale documentary, with Natalie becoming the narrator. The scene: In the Whale Watching episode, Bluey and Bingo enthusiastically watch the whale documentary, with Natalie becoming the narrator'It's really beautiful, I really love Bluey. 'But they love Bluey, and we love Bluey, and we watch it a lot,' she continued. 'But they love Bluey, and we love Bluey, and we watch it a lot,' she saidKids in the United States are beginning to speak with an unmistakable Australian twang after watching Bluey.
Archaeology: Highly decorated 10,000-year-old burial of an infant GIRL dubbed 'Neve' found in Italy
Archaeologists working in a cave in Italy have unearthed a highly decorated, 10,000-year-old burial of an infant girl — the oldest of its kind known from Europe. The hunter–gatherer child, nicknamed 'Neve', was adorned with shell beads and an eagle-owl talon, reported the team led from the University of Colorado, Denver. Neve was first discovered in the Arma Veirana cave in the Ligurian pre-Alps back in 2017, and then painstakingly excavated the following year. Neve's burial is similar to that of 11,500-year-old infants previously found in Upward Sun River, Alaska, the archaeologists also noted. Archaeologists working in a cave in Italy have unearthed a highly decorated, 10,000-year-old burial of an infant girl — the oldest of its kind known from Europe.
Woman who has been crowned Miss France 2022 insists that she is a 'feminist'
The newly crowned Miss France has responded to criticism surrounding the pageant by insisting that she is a feminist. Diane Leyre, 24, who lives in Paris, was crowned Miss France 2022 in a glittering ceremony on Saturday that was broadcast to over 7 million people. France's Gender Equality Minister, Elisabeth Moreno, has labelled the rules of the Miss France pageant 'backward'. Pictured: Diane Leyre being crowned this year's winner'Why can't a Miss France be ironic? The Local, reported Diane saying: 'As a woman, I want to show that you can be Miss France and a feminist.
These are the UK's most popular villain-inspired baby names
British parents are taking inspiration from screen villains - with Batman's Bane and Thor’s Loki (pictured left) being some of the most popular. Dolores and Bellatrix from the wizarding movies proved popular for girls, with 151 called the former and 58 the latter. It would appear that some parents are using even more unique villain names for their babies, as (Darth) Vader, Maleficent and even Chucky have inspired 5 names each. The company analysed data from the UK government on boys and girls names from 2000-2010 and used US government data for baby names for boys and girls between 2000-2019. This revealed the most popular villain-inspired names for boys and girls in the US and UK.
Heartbreaking picture shows family of six giraffes lying dead after getting stuck in mud in Kenya
AdvertisementThis heartbreaking photograph shows a family of six giraffes lying dead after they got stuck in the mud in Kenya, as experts warn the drought being experienced by the African country could kill 4,000 of the animals. Pictures of the animals lying together lifeless on the dry, orange earth were taken on Friday in the Sabuli Wildlife Conservancy in Wajir. The corpses of the animals - classified as a vulnerable species - are seen lying on their sides sprawled out across the earth. These include the Maasai giraffe, reticulated giraffe and the Nubian giraffe. Rangers from the Sabuli Wildlife Conservancy supply water from a tanker for wild animals in the conservancy in Wajir County, Kenya Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
Covid-19 UK: NHS orders hospitals to discharge all healthy patients off wards and into hotels
NHS bosses have ordered hospitals to discharge all healthy patients off wards and into care homes and even hotels to handle the predicted Omicron surge. Doctors called for clear messaging on what is considered 'urgent', telling patients not to come in with rashes or common colds. Critics accused the NHS of having transformed into the 'National Covid Service' in the early days of the outbreak, sacrificing other elements of health care. The NHS last night ordered hospitals to discharge all healthy patients off wards and into hotels to handle the predicted surge in Covid patients because of the Omicron variant this winter. Mr Javid yesterday revealed some urgent appointments could be cancelled to accommodate Covid patients in hospitals — although he earlier insisted only non-urgent services would be postponed.
'Sickened' actor reveals how 'casting agent' demanded she send pictures of her FEET
'I've never seen anyone be as creative to get fetish pictures before.' Sorry if you thought it was a fetish thing.' 'It's very clearly a fetish thing. Michael Quirk joked: 'If you ever have to use the phrase, 'sorry if you thought this was a fetish thing', you probably messed up somewhere along the way. ' @tennisonokay said: 'The condescending 'sorry if you thought this was a fetish thing' is killing me.
Social media users share mind-boggling pictures of people breaching safety regulations
From a plug socket that's covered in damp grime to a gin bottle filled with acetone, safety hazards are rife and not exactly hiding in plain sight. People from around the world have shared the most alarming safety fails they've spotted - with the very best collated in a gallery by Bored Panda. Here, FEMAIL shares some of the best examples...Wood you believe it? Pictured in the USWould you feel comfortable climbing under a temporary home being held up by a forklift truck? This UK venue manager must have assumed that fires don't get through doors that use chairs as locksOnly hopes and prayers are holding together these two ladders.
David Beckham enjoys a rollercoaster ride with children Romeo, Cruz and Harper at Winter Wonderland
AdvertisementDavid Beckham proved he was every inch the doting dad as he treated his three younger children to yet another trip to London's Winter Wonderland on Monday night. And the former footballer, 46, delightedly showed off his bravery as he joined Romeo, 19, Cruz, 16, and Harper, 10, on daring rollercoaster ride amid the day out at the Hyde Park tourist attraction. Determined to have the best time, the foursome were seen sitting side-by-side as they prepared to ride a thrilling rollercoaster. While David grinned away on the ride, Harper appeared a little apprehensive as she clutched onto her father's hand for support. The youngest of the Beckham kids could be seen in a video with her superstar dad riding a roller-coaster hilariously exclaiming 'oh my gosh oh my gosh' while dad David laughed adoringly.
Zendaya and Tom Holland ace the red carpet at premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home in Los Angeles
AdvertisementZendaya and Tom Holland naturally stole the show as they attended the world premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home in Los Angeles on Monday evening. He radiated happiness with Zendaya by his side as they posed for a few photos together before some larger cast snaps. Holland, Zendaya, and Batalon are a priceless trio, and the various villains and 'others' who pop in and out make this pure movie fun of the highest order. Debruge said: '[Spider-Man: No Way Home] wrangles the unwieldy premise into a consistently entertaining superhero entry, tying up two decades' of loose ends in the process.' Spider-Man: No Way Home is the third film in the franchise starring Zendaya and Holland.
Checking work emails over Christmas leads to burnout, mental distress and poor physical health
They found that checking your work emails over Christmas could lead to burnout, mental distress and poor physical health – and can even affect family relationships. Men are also likely to become depressed because most workplaces tend to overlook their mental health. They also had higher emotional exhaustion (61 per cent compared to 42 per cent) and poor physical heath (28 per cent compared to 10 per cent). 'Our research shows that high levels of out-of-hours work digital communication can have a significant impact on your physical and mental well-being, affecting work-family relationships, causing psychological distress and poor physical health,' said Dr Zadow. Checking work emails over Christmas could lead to burnout, mental distress and poor physical health - and can even affect family relationshipsProfessor Kurt Lushington, also at UniSA, thinks employers should use their power to discourage working out of hours.
Russian oligarch's widow and daughters fight for a share of his £3BILLION fortune
The widow and daughters of an oligarch are fighting for a share of his £3billion fortune - including a £150million superyacht and £75million Monaco mansion. Mr Bourlakov's original will had named his widow as the sole inheritor of his estate but after he died another one was found. In his personal life, Mr Bourlakov met his wife when they were science students and were married for 47 years. Mr Bourlakov was buried on July 16 in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The legal fight will decide what was in Mr Bourlakov's estate when he died and whether it included the Black Pearl.
Mistress, 49, says she's happy to be 'a little Christmas distraction' for many married lovers
Gweneth Lee, 49, who lives in upmarket Chelsea in West London, says she will go on illicit dates with the married men she's currently dating before and after the festive break as they juggle time with their families. The jet-setting mistress, who describes her perfect yuletide date as sex in a five-star hotel followed by a designer shopping trip, says her current partners, all married, have dubbed her their 'little Christmas distraction.' Gweneth began using the dating site while she was still married to her oil trader husband, who was also a serial cheat. Mistress Gweneth Lee on having multiple affairs with married men'People stop making the effort and the sex becomes routine. First class: The jet-setter regularly travels the globe with the rich married men she dates'The second is a hedge fund manager worth several millions.
Monty Python star Terry Gilliam breaks his silence over his show being cancelled
Comedian Terry Gilliam has broken his silence after his show was cancelled by The Old Vic theatre and said he never thought 'freedom of recommendation' would be under threat. The move came after Gilliam urged his 495,000 Facebook followers to watch US comedian Dave Chappelle's controversial new Netflix show, The Closer. Members of the Old Vic 12 - the organisation's artistic development scheme - were among those voicing concerns, The Stage reported. Old Vic employees were also said to be angry and one even resigned because of Gilliam's stance on Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement and transgender rights. A spokesman told The Stage: 'The Old Vic and co-producers Scenario Two mutually agreed that the production of Into the Woods will not take place at The Old Vic.
What happened to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's two children?
It's been more than three decades since acclaimed actress Lucille Ball passed away - and her two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Jr. Arnaz, have come a long way since then. Hollywood icon Lucille Ball, who was most known for her role as Lucy Ricardo in the sitcom I Love Lucy, practically stole everyone's hearts in the late 1900s. She then went on to star in her another I Love Lucy spinoff, called Here's Lucy. What is Desi Arnaz Jr. doing now? Desi Jr. also had a brief fling with Liza Minnelli, and it's rumored that his mom didn't approve of their romance.
'My 20s, I was always terrified of it!': Brooke Shields believes sex has been an evolution for her
Brooke Shields has candidly discussed sex, relationships and owning her body, admitting that intimacy 'evolved' for her with age. In the interview, Barbara claimed her childhood was being stolen in a comment to Brooke's mom Teri and about her body shape and statistics. She then probed Brooke and her mother about their relationship, saying: 'Would you be a mother like your mother? 'I was naive, I didn't think anything of it,' she admitted. 'I didn't think it had to do with underwear.
Spider-Man: No Way Home receives early rave reviews from critics
Franchise movies, Marvel Movies, Comic Book Movies – you name it – just don't get much better than this.' Debruge said: '[Spider-Man: No Way Home] wrangles the unwieldy premise into a consistently entertaining superhero entry, tying up two decades' of loose ends in the process.' Franchise movies, Marvel Movies, Comic Book Movies – you name it – just don't get much better than this. Debruge said: '[Spider-Man: No Way Home] wrangles the unwieldy premise into a consistently entertaining superhero entry, tying up two decades' of loose ends in the process.' The movie comes after 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Incredible footage taken by a pilot at 45,000ft capture full magnitude of US tornado supercell
Incredible footage taken from the cockpit of a plane at 45,000ft shows the towering supercell that led to the tornado that has killed 88 people in the US. The video, captured by a pilot flying above Memphis, Tennessee, shows lightning illuminating the huge storm cloud as it gathered Friday. The top of the cloud was right in front of the cockpit in the awe-inspiring footage which reveals the magnitude of the storm. Across the state, about 26,000 homes and businesses were without electricity, according to poweroutage.us, including nearly all of those in Mayfield. A Facebook group, Quad State Tornado Found Items, is flooded with posts detailing items - and even pets - that people have found.
Taliban have beheaded or hanged dozens of prisoners, UN report reveals
The Taliban have beheaded or hanged dozens of prisoners and publicly displayed their bodies in extrajudicial killings, a UN report has revealed. More than than 100 former Afghan national security forces and others have been killed since the takeover, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Tuesday. The Taliban have beheaded or hanged dozens of prisoners and publicly displayed their bodies in extrajudicial killings since taking power in Afghanistan in August, a UN report has revealed. Al-Nashif's comments came after the United States and other countries harshly condemned the Taliban following a Human Rights Watch report earlier this month documenting 47 summary executions. The Taliban spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti flatly rejected the report and other claims about extrajudicial killings as 'not based on evidences.'
Melting permafrost could release potentially deadly ancient viruses, Russia warns
Melting permafrost in Russia's Arctic regions could release ancient and potentially deadly viruses and bacteria, the government has warned. 'Because of this, Russia has initiated a 'biosafety' project within the Arctic Council,' he added. The project will be tasked with assessing 'risks and hazards' related to 'permafrost degradation' and 'future infectious diseases, he said. Some 65 per cent of Russian territory is classed as permafrost - ground which remains permanently frozen even during summer months. Against that backdrop, Vladimir Putin has been increasingly vocal about the threat of permafrost melt and global warming more generally.
Putin and Xi to discuss 'aggressive' US and NATO rhetoric as Russian troops hold drills near Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss tensions in Europe and 'aggressive' U.S. and NATO rhetoric during a video call on Wednesday, the Kremlin said. Putin has denied Russia plans to seize territory from Ukraine and has accused Britain and its allies of 'demonising' his country. US intelligence officials estimate that as many as 175,000 Russian troops could launch an attack early next year, with troops, tanks and artillery already massing on the Ukrainian border. Tensions between Moscow and the West are on the rise over Russian troops movements near ex-Soviet Ukraine. US President Joe Biden last week held a virtual summit with his Russian counterpart Putin to voice Western concerns.
Facebook pays $60million to South Dakota bank Meta Financial Group to secure name rights
Facebook paid $60million to a bank in South Dakota called Meta Financial Group to secure the name rights for its 'metaverse' rebrand, a regulatory filing has revealed. A Meta Platforms (Facebook) spokesman later confirmed: 'Beige Key is affiliated with us and we have acquired these trademark assets.' 'Beige Key is affiliated with us and we have acquired these trademark assets,' a Meta Platforms (Facebook) spokesman said. Meta did not disclose who the owner was A Meta Platforms spokesman confirmed the company was engaged in discussions with Meta Financial before Facebook's name change was announced. A Meta Platforms spokesman confirmed the company was engaged in discussions with Meta Financial before Facebook's name change was announced.
Europe Covid: Norway bans alcohol sales to combat Omicron
Norway has banned alcohol sales in hospitality venues as the country's leaders race to impose new curbs to try and slow the spread of the Omicron variant. Denmark has recorded a total of 3,437 Omicron cases as of Monday, while the UK has recorded a total of 4,713 Omicron infections. France has recorded just 59 Omicron cases so far while Germany has recorded 77, which is much lower than the UK and Denmark. Norway is setting record highs in terms of both new Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations, partly due to the spread of the Omicron variant. It comes as Mads Albertsen, a professor at Aalborg University, said the Omicron variant could be dominant within days.
Apple and Google have created a duopoloy over smartphones and tablets
Apple and Google have created a duopoly over mobile devices and are limiting competition and choice because of their 'vice-like grip' on the market, the UK's competition watchdog has saidWhat could happen to Google and Apple? 'Most people know that Apple and Google are the main players when it comes to choosing a phone. 'Any intervention must tackle the firms' substantial market power across the key areas of operating systems, app stores and browsers,' Mr Coscelli said. We will continue to engage constructively with the UK Competition and Markets Authority as their work on this study progresses.' The Government has also responded to the report, with tech and digital economy minister Chris Philp saying ministers were determined to boost digital competition.
Elon Musk says Tesla will accept dogecoin as payment
Elon Musk said today that Tesla will accept dogecoin as payment for some of its merchandise, sending the 'meme coin' soaring by 33 percent in the space of two hours. Musk had asked users in May if they wanted Tesla to accept dogecoin in a Twitter poll. Elon Musk sold his Silicon Valley estate for $30 million, the last of his seven California homes, and moved to Texas. He also exercised stock options to buy 2.17 million shares of Tesla, according to the filings. Musk's recent purge of his Tesla shares come as whistleblowers say he misled buyers and undermined safety with an Autopilot driving system that was previously blamed for fatal crashes.
LG's bizarre 'StanbyME' TV features a 27-inch screen on a stand that you can wheel around the house
The TV features a 27-inch rotatable screen atop a stand, which you can wheel around the house. The TV features a 27-inch rotatable screen atop a stand, which you can wheel around the houseThe screen is wireless and features a built-in battery. 'LG StanbyME offers unrivalled convenience and viewing comfort with its ergonomic design,' LG said. While you might worry that a TV on a stand might stand out in your house, LG reassures that the StanbyME 'complements a wide variety of decors.' 'When not being used as a TV, LG StanbyME can help set the mood by displaying beautiful artworks, photos or a calendar with clock.'
Kamala Harris ridiculed for puff piece on her office decorations amid crisis at southern border
The outlet tweeted the article on Sunday evening with the caption, 'Kamala Harris has redecorated the VP’s office. 'When folks said she needed to "reset" her office, they didn't mean to LITERALLY reset her office,' Brand said on Twitter. 'Oh, how about, 'She's going to buy a pot on her way to the airport,' Harris told the Chronicle. In her interview with the Chronicle, Harris brushed off several criticisms of her performance as vice president and reports of a feud between herself and the president. At a time when many users have moved on to the near invisible buds and pods connected through Bluetooth, Harris is frequently to be seen conducting remote television interviews with a cable dangling from her ears.
Two guards hurt in prison riot - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Two guards were hurt in a prison riot at Santa Maria Capua Vetere near Naples on Tuesday, the SAPPE warders' union said. Inmates rioted after getting the news that one of them had tested positive for COVID-19, the union said. They reportedly wrecked their section of the jail and attacked the two officers, who sustained slight injuries.
Strong Omicron growth likely in Italy - expert - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Strong growth of the new and more infectious Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is likely in Italy, a health ministry expert told ANSA Tuesday. Ministry consultant Walter Ricciardi noted that the new strain would be prevalent in the UK and Denmark by the end of the week, already representing 40% of new cases in Britain. He stressed: "It is presumable that the behaviour of the Omicron variant will be the same in our country, with a strong growth in cases. "The variant's growth trend is in fact proving to be similar in all countries, but we still don't have certain data insofar as we are doing less sequencing than others".
Priest punched in face after defending teen against bullies - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - An Italian priest was punched in the face after defending a teenager against bullies in Trani in Puglia Monday night, sources said Tuesday. One of the bullies, who had been throwing firecrackers at the boy, attacked Father Enzo de Ceglie after he stepped in in the boy's defence during celebrations for Santa Lucia. Father de Ceglie had to be treated in hospital for facial injuries.
Japan's 'Monster' Inoue defends title against Dipaen
Japan's Naoya Inoue defended his WBA and IBF bantamweight titles against Thailand's Aran Dipaen in Tokyo on TuesdayTokyo (AFP) – Japan's unbeaten "Monster" Naoya Inoue defended his WBA and IBF bantamweight titles on Tuesday with an eighth-round technical knockout win over unheralded Thai challenger Aran Dipaen in Tokyo. Advertising Read moreFighting at Ryogoku Kokugikan –- the home of sumo –- Inoue wore Dipaen down with a series of punishing shots before dispatching him with a vicious left hand. "He used to be a Muay Thai fighter and he brought that toughness," Inoue said of Dipaen, who went into the fight with a 12-2 record. "I've been placing a lot of importance on unifying the four belts, but if the individual fights don't happen, I'll start thinking about the super-bantamweight title," Inoue said. Casimero, meanwhile, pulled out of his WBO title fight against Britain's Paul Butler in Dubai on Saturday after missing the weigh-in.
Two Pfizer jabs give 70% protection from Omicron: S.Africa study
Early indicators suggest that it could be more transmissible, but promising data so far has suggested that vaccines still offer protection against Omicron. The latest research out of South Africa suggested that two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine still offered protection against serious illness. Two doses of the vaccine offered 93 percent protection against earlier variants, according to the companies. But Noach warned that despite the protection offered by two doses, hospitals could still be overrun since Omicron is spreading rapidly in South Africa. So far more than 17 million people have been vaccinated in South Africa, or around a third of the country's population.
'International criminal networks': Bordeaux takes on wine thieves
'International criminal networks': Bordeaux takes on wine thievesWine held at a police evidence storage facility in Bordeaux, France. © AFPVideo by: Sam BALLAt a police evidence room at an undisclosed location in Bordeaux, more than 1,000 bottles of fine wine, some worth thousands of euros, are stacked up in dozens of cases. They are just some of those stolen by a network of criminals earlier this year before being recovered by police. Crimes targeting Bordeaux's world-renowned wines are becoming increasingly common, say investigators, prompting authorities to fight back with dedicated police patrols and extra security measures.
Belarus opposition leader Tikhanovsky sentenced to 18 years in jail
A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced opposition leader Sergei Tikhanovsky to 18 years in prison after he galvanised an unprecedented protest movement against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko last year, state media said. Belarus opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years Today, the so-called court in Belarus will deliver the sentence to Siarhei Tsikhanouski. She quickly won recognition from Western governments as Belarus's top opposition leader and has been lobbying for change in the country ever since. In September, a Belarusian court sentenced opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova to 11 years in prison for violating national security and conspiring to seize power. In July, another opposition leader and former banker, Viktor Babaryko, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on fraud charges.
B.C. flood recovery: Gas rationing ends Tuesday, Coquihalla could reopen this year
flood recovery: Gas rationing ends Tuesday, Coquihalla could reopen this year "We don't know what part of the holiday season we can do that, but that's the plan," Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said the Coquihalla Highway could reopen before the end of the year, possibly in time for the holiday travel season. Also Monday, the province announced the end of gas rationing in southwestern B.C. flood recovery: Gas rationing ends Tuesday, Coquihalla could reopen this year Back to video He lauded the work and determination of crews who have been working day and night to make temporary repairs to the damaged freeway. The gas rationing order, which limited drivers of non-essential vehicles in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and Gulf Island to 30 litres per visit to the gas station, will end Tuesday.
Macron's ex-bodyguard placed under investigation over Russia contract links
French President Emmanuel Macron's former bodyguard Alexandre Benalla was placed under formal investigation Dec. 14, 2021 over an associate's contract with a Russian oligarch. Alexandre Benalla, French President Emmanuel Macron's disgraced ex-bodyguard, was placed under formal investigation on Tuesday over a security contract signed by an associate with a Russian oligarch, according to security sources. Benalla denied having anything to do with the contract when he was auditioned by a parliamentary committee in 2018. The 30-year-old former nightclub bouncer was once close to Macron, but has since become an embarrassment for the head of state. Benalla denied the charges at his trial, saying he had acted “by reflex” to help officers arrest unruly protesters.
At least 50 killed in Haiti gas tanker explosion
A closed gas station in Port-au-Prince in October 2021 -- gas is in short supply as Haiti battles a severe fuel shortagePort-au-Prince (AFP) – At least 50 people were killed when a gas tanker exploded in the Haitian city of Cap-Haitien on Tuesday morning, according to a local official, with overwhelmed local medics saying the toll was feared to rise. Advertising Read more"I saw on the scene between 50 and 54 people burned alive," Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor said. "I learned with sadness and emotion the terrible news of the explosion of a gas tanker last night in Cap-Haitien," he tweeted. According to Almonor, it appeared the truck driver lost control as it swerved to avoid a motorcycle taxi and the tanker flipped over. Even in well-off parts of the capital, the state-run Haiti electric utility only provides, at most, a few hours of power a day.
Secondary losses: The impact of the pandemic on Canadians with cancer
By: Anne Borden KingWe are only beginning to understand the impact of the pandemic on patients with cancer, from diagnosis to treatments and end-of-life care. Risk factors for secondary loss include delayed cancer detection; delays in surgery or other treatments; and poor management of treatment side effects. Some Alberta cancer patients took to social media to express their grief. Vaccines have been a miracle, but the crisis in health care is far from over. For example, Ontario is behind by 15.9 million surgeries, some related to cancer diagnoses and treatment.
Calgary Councillor floats idea of closing roads for supervised street racing
Calgary Councillor floats idea of closing roads for supervised street racing Motion acknowledges that racers have no other way to experience their cars, leading to illegal races Photo by GettyArticle content A city-run racing area could be the solution to curbing dangerous driving in the city, proposes one Calgary city councillor. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or Calgary Councillor floats idea of closing roads for supervised street racing Back to video The notice of motion says many Calgarians who have altered their vehicles do not have a legal outlet to test their cars, leading them to race illegally. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Military attack on Taiwan would be ‘suicidal’ for Beijing, former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe warns
Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said an adventure in military affairs “could be suicidal to say the least” for Beijing.
As Told To: My life with Hirschsprung disease and bowel incontinence
As Told To: My life with Hirschsprung disease and bowel incontinenceBeau Brockett is Michigan-based, and works in communications for the Michigan Environmental Council. He was born with Hirschsprung disease , a rare birth defect that affects the nerve cells that help move food and waste through the large intestine. Today, he shares his story to help others erase the shame around incontinence, and bring awareness to a rare and difficult disease. My incontinence stems from a disorder that I was born with, called Hirschsprung disease. Everyone has good and bad poop days, and talking about it can help you get educated, change your routine and make healthy choices.
Starbucks employees at two Boston locations move to unionize
Employees at two Boston-area Starbucks locations began steps to form a union on Monday, following the chain’s first U.S. union victory last week in Buffalo, New York, and a growing labor movement of cafe workers across the Greater Boston area. “This is an amazing time for the labor movement across the country,” barista Tyler Daguerre, 26, told GBH News in an interview Monday. “As partners and core contributors to the company’s success, we deserve respect.”Workers United collaborated on unionizing efforts with employees at three Buffalo Starbucks locations last week, resulting in one union victory. Employees at the Boston locations say they anticipate a similar response. “We knew as soon as they found out that the response was going to be difficult,” Clay told GBH News.
First members of military are discharged for refusing COVID vaccine
The Air Force has discharged 27 service members for refusing to receive a COVID vaccine, marking the first service members to be involuntarily discharged for balking the rule. A spokesperson for the Air Force said the 27 active duty members discharged received counseling about the vaccines, and when they still refused, commanders made the decision to discharge them for refusing to comply with the Pentagon's vaccine rule, a lawful order. The Air Force has discharged 27 people for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, making them what officials believe are the first service members to be removed for disobeying the mandate to get the shots. Alex Brandon / APThe Navy, Air Force, and the Army have outlined their process for discharge if service members continue to not comply with the mandate. The Army's deadline for its active duty force is December 15.
Budowsky: Chief Justice Roberts warns the Court, the bar and the country
At a time when America is bitterly divided, democratic institutions are challenged at home and abroad, and the Supreme Court shows signs of joining politicians in suffering from declining public esteem, Chief Justice John Roberts is offering a strong warning to the Supreme Court, the American Bar Association and the nation about the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution. In the latest decision surrounding the controversial abortion law in Texas, Roberts, joined in this opinion by the three liberal justices of the Court, offered a strong dissenting opinion against key aspects of the majority opinion. The principles behind the Roberts dissent in the Texas abortion rights case raise fundamental legal questions about whether individual states can nullify constitutional rights decided by the Supreme Court, and whether the Supreme Court will lose its unique place as the guardian of constitutional rights and face increasing public disapproval. As the Supreme Court appears to act more political, its approval rating has fallen significantly, to 40 percent in a Gallup poll. If a Supreme Court majority proceeds on the course that Chief Justice Roberts warns against, it would be a national tragedy, a constitutional disaster and a scandal with incalculable legal and political consequences.
Meet the 25 wealthiest members of Congress
We estimated the net worth of members of Congress by analyzing financial-disclosure reports. The wealthiest 15 members were worth at least $1.3 billion, half of Congress' wealth. The 2020 financial disclosures are the most up-to-date financial documentation from Congress — disclosures from 2021 are not required to be filed until mid-May. The wealthiest 15 members together had an estimated net worth of at least $1.3 billion, accounting for half of Congress' total estimated wealth. Starting at number 25, here are the wealthiest members of Congress based on their minimum estimated net worth:
DeSantis Urges Voters Across U.S. To Punish Democrats For Pandemic Restrictions: ‘Make Your Voice Heard’
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) urged voters in blue states across the country to punish Democrat officials at the ballot box next fall for implementing seemingly never-ending COVID-19 restrictions. “The fact of the matter is, I think we’ve learned, you give these people an inch, they will never let go, they are going to take a mile, they are going to restrict, they’re going to mandate, they’re going to lock you down. What’s your, what’s your reaction to the blue states reaction to this? RON DESANTIS, FLORIDA GOVERNOR: Well, what are we on, like day, 700 of the 15 days to slow the spread? Southern states have a different season, the northern states have, they’re going through their season.
Deplatforming Trump didn’t work
In the years that Donald Trump served as president, platforms faced frequent calls to remove his accounts. his power has arguably only increasedIf you believe social networks were a primary source of Trump’s power, it follows that removing him from those networks would lessen that power. And yet in nearly a year since Trump was removed from those networks, his power has arguably only increased. But in a larger sense, it’s clear that deplatforming Trump did little to improve the underlying political situation in this country. But the future of tech and the future of democracy are inextricably linked.
Biden declares emergencies in Tennessee, Illinois
In Illinois, Bond, Cass, Coles, Effingham, Fayette, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike and Shelby counties are covered. ADVERTISEMENTBoth Tennessee and Illinois were hit by the tornadoes that tore through much of Kentucky in what was described as one of the largest outbreaks that the U.S. has seen. At least 90 people have been confirmed dead due to the tornadoes, with the majority of the deaths in Kentucky. Six deaths have been confirmed in Illinois so far after an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville collapsed, sparking an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) probe. On Sunday, Biden approved a disaster declaration in Kentucky, making federal funds available through grants for temporary housing and property loss.
Pfizer Announces Additional Phase 2/3 Study Results Confirming Robust Efficacy of Novel COVID-19 Oral Antiviral Treatment Candidate in Reducing Risk of Hospitalization or Death
Treatment-emergent adverse events were comparable between PAXLOVID (23%) and placebo (24%), most of which were mild in intensity. Full study data are expected to be released later this month and submitted to a peer-reviewed publication. The key secondary endpoint showed a 70% reduction in hospitalization and no deaths in the treated population for any cause compared to placebo. Additionally, there was approximately a 10-fold, or 1 log 10 copies/mL, decrease in viral load compared to placebo, consistent with results from the Phase 2/3 EPIC-HR study. The study is now fully enrolled, and further data will be released upon analysis of the full study data expected later this month.
Same-sex parents and their children must be recognised as a family across whole EU, rules court
The EU's top court has ruled that same-sex parents and their children must be recognised as a family in all member states. Bulgarian Kalina Ivanova and British Gibraltar-born Jane Jones are both registered as the mothers of Sara, who was born in Spain in 2019. But neither parents are of Spanish descent, meaning citizenship in that country is not allowed and under the British Nationality Act of 1981, Jones cannot transfer British citizenship to her daughter as she was born in Gibraltar. On this basis, Ivanova requested Bulgarian citizenship for her child, which was subsequently rejected since same-sex marriages and partnerships and not legally recognised in Bulgaria. It is important that the judgment is implemented imminently, not only for baby Sara and her family, but also for other families facing similar struggles across the EU."
Canada offers up to $40bn to compensate indigenous children
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Gasoline truck in Haiti explodes, killing over 40 people
A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti and more than 40 people were killed, an official said TuesdayThe blast occurred in the city of Cap-Haitien, former Prime Minister Claude Joseph said. "I share the pain and sorrow of all the people," he tweeted. ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER MARKS FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO UNITED ARAB EMIRATESNo further details were immediately available. Le Nouvelliste newspaper reported that dozens have been hospitalized with injuries and that hospitals were seeking supplies. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"We are overwhelmed," a person identified as Dr. Calhil Turenne told the paper.
Pfizer vaccines protect 70% against hospitalization from omicron, South African study finds
Pfizer vaccines protect 70% against hospitalization from omicron, South African study findsThe large-scale analysis also found that the vaccine provides just 33% protection against infection from omicron variantLoading the player...A two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination provides just 33% protection against infection by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. The study has been carried out in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the omicron variant. Melva Mlambo, right, and Puseletso Lesofi, both medical scientists prepare to sequence COVID-19 omicron samples at the Ndlovu Research Center in Elandsdoorn, South Africa, Dec. 8, 2021.
Key EU parliament committee agrees tough position on DSA tech rules
A general view of the hemicycle at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, November 24, 2021. The committee also agreed to a ban on targeted advertising for minors, extensive rules that requires online platforms to be more transparent on their algorithms and identification requirements for porn platforms. "We are moving in the direction where we get the algorithms to play by the democratic rulebook, they haven't done so today but they will do in future," Christel Schaldemose, a lawmaker who is steering the DSA through Parliament, told Reuters. EU lawmaker Dita Charanzova said the draft rules addressed issues raised by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen. Tech lobbying group CCIA, whose members include Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, called for a compromise during the January vote on the committee's position.
How regions near Stalin’s gulag benefit today from his victims
Not all EOTP were dissidents: simply belonging to the petite bourgeoisie often led to a trip to the gulag. In 1939, 1% of census respondents and 2% of gulag inmates had university degrees. Save for nine special EOTP camps, political prisoners were mixed in with common criminals. After the Soviet Union broke up, the number of registered firms also grew unusually fast near former camps with lots of EOTP . It might have comforted EOTP to know that their human capital has outlived the gulag by six decades.
Report: British ship didn't notice it rammed smaller vessel
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -- Swedish media reported Tuesday that a British freighter didn't noticed it had rammed a Danish freighter off southern Sweden, causing the smaller vessel to capsize and leaving one person dead and another missing. The "Scot Carrier" only stopped when it was ordered back by authorities, media said. The British shipping company said crew aboard the "Scot Carrier" were tested for drugs and alcohol after the collision and "two crew members exceeded the limit." A British citizen born in 1991 and a Croatian born in 1965 were detained as suspects in the case. The capsized vessel was towed closer to land so divers from the Swedish Armed Forces and the Coast Guard, among others, could search it.
Pfizer confirms COVID-19 pill's results, potency against Omicron
WASHINGTON -- Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the Omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the Omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that Omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against Omicron because they don't target the coronavirus' spike protein, which contains most of the new variant's mutations.
On This Day: 14 December 1997
On This Day: 14 December 1997James Cameron’s "Titanic" premiered in L.A. with star Leonardo DiCaprio on the red carpet.
Air Force discharges 27 service members over COVID vaccine refusal
The Air Force gave its forces until Nov. 2 to get the vaccine, and thousands have either refused or sought an exemption. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday that these are the first airmen to be administratively discharged for reasons involving the vaccine. The Pentagon earlier this year required the vaccine for all members of the military, including active duty, National Guard and the Reserves. As of last week, a bit more than 97% of the active duty Air Force had gotten at least one shot. But overall the percentage of troops — particularly active duty members — who quickly got the shots exceeds the nationwide numbers.
Profile as Kim Jong Un marks decade of NKorea rule
Profile as Kim Jong Un marks decade of NKorea ruleKim Jong Un officially debuted in 2010 as the successor to his father and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il who was frail after a stroke in 2008. The death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, 2011, thrust his son into power when he was still in his late 20s.
Russia-Ukraine conflict: America needs a better idea than NATO expansion to keep the peace
Michael O’HanlonOpinion contributorCan it really be true, at this date in 2021, that large-scale war in Europe is again possible? Why are about 100,000 Russian troops massing near their country’s border with neighboring Ukraine – a country with which Russia shares a close history, religion, culture and previous membership in the Soviet Union? And most of all, what can the United States and allies do about the situation?
'Divine intervention': 70+ elderly residents survive after Kentucky tornado directly hits nursing home
MAYFIELD, Ky. — Just after 4 p.m. Friday, Mayfield Health and Rehabilitation nursing home residents hunkered down inside the small-town Western Kentucky facility for a tornado practice drill. Mayfield's four-wing, one-story nursing facility suffered catastrophic damage and was declared a total loss by insurance agents Monday. 'Divine intervention'Before the twister touched down in Mayfield, Stewart said staffers recently moved eight residents out of one of the four wings so construction could take place. Green Acres Administrator Dana Radford said when the tornado touched down, the facility housed 42 residents. The aftermath:After surviving tornado, small-town Kentucky residents anxiously wonder where they go from hereBehind her, Next Level Hospitality Services Regional Director of Culinary Services Sarah Waggoner stood near her two-door Honda Accord.
Florida's most romantic getaways for couples, from the Gulf Coast to the Keys
Whether you want to relax, recharge, or reconnect, some hotels are just better than others for romantic getaways in Florida. Casa Monica Resort and Spa – St. AugustineWith a design inspired by Moorish and Spanish Baroque architecture, Casa Monica Resort and Spa is a well-known fixture in St. Augustine’s historic district. The Gasparilla Inn and Club – Boca Grande, Gasparilla IslandSpend a weekend in “Old Florida” style at the Gasparilla Inn and Club, where guests have been checking in for romantic Florida getaways since 1913. For a special treat, arrange for a massage at the hotel’s spa in one of the suites with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay. Situated on a North Florida barrier island, this romantic Florida hotel sits along more than a mile of dune-lined Atlantic Ocean beachfront ideal for strolling, paddleboarding and even horseback riding.
2022 NFL draft first-round order: New York Giants in position to hold two of top six picks
Here is a look at the first-round order for the 2022 NFL draft after the events of Week 14. The draft order is determined by record, and using strength of schedule as a tiebreaker (record and strength of schedule are official tiebreakers to determine the draft order). Philadelphia Eagles (from Indianapolis Colts, but contingent on Carson Wentz playing at least 75% of Colts' snaps this season)Indianapolis Colts' record: 7-6 (.467)21. Miami Dolphins (from San Francisco 49ers)San Francisco 49ers' record: 7-6 (.488)23. Detroit Lions (from Rams)Los Angeles Rams' record: 9-4 (.482)Division leaders25.
National Film Registry adds 'Star Wars,' 'Selena' and Cicely Tyson's 'Sounder' to library
Associated PressLOS ANGELES — This year’s inductees into the National Film Registry include an epic Star Wars and Lord of the Ring films, projects starring Jennifer Lopez and the late Cicely Tyson along with films that took on racially motivated violence against people of color. Lopez’s starring role in the 1997 biographical film “Selena” and Tyson’s “Sounder” in 1972 made the registry as well. The national library said this year’s selections date back nearly 120 years. The library has selected movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic and artist importance since the registry began in 1988. This year’s picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 825.
ShowBiz Minute: Musk, Dr Oz, Sinatra
ShowBiz Minute: Musk, Dr Oz, SinatraTime criticized for naming Elon Musk its Person of the Year; "Dr. Oz" show ending next month, as star runs for Senate; Frank Sinatra honored with statue in his Hoboken, New Jersey hometown.
How do we maintain workplace culture while working from home? Ask HR
When working in person, workers have multiple opportunities to connect and interact socially, but when working remotely this element gets missed. In the isolation of remote work, workers miss the organic direction, rituals and cues from their co-workers and managers that form the context of the workplace. Ask HRQ: I have worked for a marketing agency for eight years and built some substantial client relationships. How can I navigate exploring this option and still maintain my working relationships? – PriscillaTaylor: Even as you explore your choices, you will still have an opportunity to maintain and cultivate these valued working relationships.
Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road will require reservations again next summer
— Montana's Glacier National Park will implement a timed ticketed entry system again next summer — from Memorial Day weekend through the weekend after Labor Day — to manage traffic on the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road, park officials said Monday. Going-to-the-Sun Road takes visitors over Logan Pass on the Continental Divide, at an elevation of 6,646 feet (2,026 meters). Park officials expect to have about 4,600 vehicles per day on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, spread out over the day. Four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles and the ability to change a tire are recommended for North Fork visitors, the National Park Service said. Arches National Park in Utah announced last week it is implementing a timed entry system next year while Zion National Park is holding a lottery for reservations to hike a popular trail.
Khoresh Morgh Nardooni (Pomegranate Chicken Stew) Recipe
Khoresh morgh nardooni (also called anar mosama) is a deeply flavorful dish from the northern provinces of Iran. It is wonderful for Shab-e Yalda, the Iranian celebration of the winter solstice, or for any holiday celebration. Pomegranates on Yalda symbolize a red dawn: the emergence of light and brighter days ahead. Here, the combination of pomegranate molasses and pomegranate seeds showcase the various ways the fruit is used in Iranian cuisine. Featured in: Welcoming Brighter Days On Yalda With Pomegranates.
Midnight Pasta With Roasted Garlic, Olive Oil and Chile Recipe
This recipe is a version of aglio e olio pasta, which is often known as midnight pasta because it can be made quickly with a few pantry staples: garlic, olive oil, red-pepper flakes and pasta. This recipe takes a bit more time because it calls for roasting the garlic first, but doing so adds a complex, mellow flavor to the entire dish. If you’re a planner, you could even roast a couple of heads of garlic in advance. (Roasted garlic will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and in the freezer for up to two months.) Add whatever vegetables or proteins look good to you.
Fact check: Claim on electric car charging efficiency gets some math wrong
However, a claim that electric cars require an inordinate amount of oil or coal energy to charge has appeared on social media. “An average electric car takes 66 KWH To charge. “Makes absolutely no sense.”The post included a stock image of an electric car charging. And the actual source of energy used to charge an electric car is dependent on the energy mix in the local electricity grid. And the actual sources of energy for an electric car vary depending on the energy mix in the local electric grid.
Week 15 NFL power rankings: Los Angeles surge as Rams move into Top 5, Chargers crack Top 10
NFL power rankings entering Week 15 of the 2021 season (previous rank in parentheses):1. 32 THINGS WE LEARNED FROM WEEK 15:Close calls and blowouts as playoff picture remains openNFL PLAYOFF PICTURE:Cardinals cede NFC's No. Colts (9): Out of the playoffs prior to their bye week, they're now the AFC's No. Replicate that Thursday night at home against Kansas City, and Los Angeles moves into first place in the AFC West. Texans (31): Apparently, they're considering rookie QB Davis Mills, who’s 0-7 this year, as their starter for 2022.
Fig and Cherry Cookie Pies Recipe
Similar to cucidati, the Italian fig cookies traditionally served at Christmastime, these adorable mini pies are filled with dried figs, dried cherries and almonds, then topped with a pretty almond-flavored glaze. But unlike most cucidati recipes, this one calls for softening the dried fruit in simmering water before it is puréed with nuts and spices. Sometimes dried fruit from the store comes without a drop of moisture left in it, so rehydrating it helps bring back some softness and ensures that the filling doesn’t rob moisture from the pastry as it bakes. Featured in: 24 Days Of Cookies.
Slow-Cooker Goan Pork Vindaloo Recipe
In 1510, when the Portuguese invaded Goa, a region on the west coast of India, they brought with them a dish called carne de vinha d’alho, a sailors’ preserve of pork stored in wine vinegar and garlic. Goan cooks reimagined the dish with local ingredients, like cinnamon, black pepper and coconut palm vinegar, and it came to be called vindaloo. Chiles are always included, but the dish is not traditionally superhot. In this version, the pork benefits from slow cooking in the vinegar and spices, making marination unnecessary. The blender does double duty: It purées the aromatics and grinds the whole spices at the same time.
Review: In ‘Flying Over Sunset,’ Getting High With the Stars
Though sometimes mesmerizing, “Flying Over Sunset,” the new musical about LSD that opened there on Monday, is mostly bewildering, and further proof that transcendence can’t be shared. It admits as much in its structure, which throws into one scenario (by James Lapine) three famous seekers who never actually got high together. Next comes the greatest of all male movie stars, Cary Grant (Tony Yazbeck), demanding the drug — then legal — from his second wife’s psychiatrist. Perhaps recalling Seurat’s pointillistic technique, he writes in a preface to “Flying Over Sunset” that his script “connects the dots” of known history. In Act II, with the philosopher Gerald Heard (Robert Sella) as their “guide,” they indulge that interest together at Luce’s Malibu estate.
Stephen Colbert Comments on the ‘Slides of Sedition’
Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. Here are the 50 best movies on Netflix right now. ‘Slides of Sedition’The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is looking into a 38-page PowerPoint document sent to President Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, that included plans to overturn the 2020 election. “PowerPoint? They weren’t just trying to overturn democracy, they were trying to bore it to death,” Stephen Colbert said on Monday night.
Chocobar Cortés, a Beloved Restaurant From San Juan, Heads for the Bronx
When New Yorkers hunt for well-made chocolate, they go far beyond the tourist-clogged Hershey and M&M stores in Times Square to a wealth of purveyors in every borough. Carlos Cortés, the creative director of a 92-year-old family-owned chocolate company in Puerto Rico, hopes to create a new destination for chocolate enthusiasts in the Bronx. On Friday, Chocobar Cortés plans to open its first brick-and-mortar location on the United States mainland, Chocobar Cortés NYC, on a busy block in the Mott Haven neighborhood. The restaurant and cafe will be not only an expansion, but also a reconnection with the Puerto Rican diaspora. “We want to start where our community is, and then grow from there,” said Mr. Cortés, 34, the scion of the bean-to-bar company, which also operates in the Dominican Republic.
How 10 lousy seasons have erased the Giants’ Super Bowl magic and set up this dramatic offseason
Sign up here to get Beyond the Back Page delivered to your inbox each morning. A diehard Giants fan who I know, immediately following the team’s second Super Bowl victory over the Patriots early in 2012, essentially said he’d be perfectly OK with any bad times the franchise endured afterward. “It’s the ultimate house-money situation,” he said. That same person’s take after Sunday’s loss to the Chargers clinched the Giants’ fifth consecutive losing season and all but assured that their forgettable 2016 one-and-done will remain the franchise’s lone postseason appearance in the decade since those wholly unexpected wins over Tom Brady and Bill Belichick:
Why Was Haiti’s President Assassinated?
Daniel Guillemette, Austin Mitchell , Rob Szypko and Paige Cowett and Dan Powell andListen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherIn July, a group of men stormed the presidential compound in Haiti and assassinated the country’s president, Jovenel Moïse. Months later, the case remains unresolved. Investigating the killing, the Times journalist Maria Abi-Habib began looking into Mr. Moïse and discovered some little known facts about his background. She also found that, in the months before his death, Mr. Moïse had begun compiling a list of powerful Haitian businessmen and political figures involved in an intricate drug trafficking network.
A Portrait of Abortion
The Supreme Court seems all but certain to rewrite the country’s abortion laws when it rules in coming months on a case from Mississippi. In another scenario, the ruling could lead to sweeping changes in abortion access and a large decline in abortions. That’s one of the takeaways from a statistical portrait of abortion in the U.S., created by my colleagues Margot Sanger-Katz, Claire Cain Miller and Quoctrung Bui. The narrow path …During oral arguments at the Supreme Court this month, all six Republican-appointed justices suggested that they would uphold the Mississippi law, which bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It is less clear whether the justices will go further, scrapping Roe v. Wade entirely and allowing states to outlaw all abortions.
Ailey’s New Secret Weapon: The Heroically Unmannered James Gilmer
December is never a breeze for an Alvin Ailey dancer, but recently — amid rehearsals and with a performance looming that evening — James Gilmer found himself in an empty closet on the studio side of New York City Center. Armed with a late lunch, he was using his only break of the day for an interview. So when it comes to his position at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Gilmer has perspective. He settled into “Revelations” after learning the Ailey masterwork from the veteran dancer and associate artistic director, Matthew Rushing. He went on an international tour with the company, and finished his first season at City Center.
Jon Ronson Seeks the Clashes That Led to the Culture Wars
Obviously you’ve got powerful individuals who were prodding at the culture wars for their own reasons, like Trump- — people who knew they could utilize the culture war for their own ends. Social media gave a voice to voiceless people, and suddenly marginalized communities had a way of expressing what had been bubbling up inside, and they didn’t have an outlet for it before. Even if that means allowing the most offensive language to flourish unencumbered, even if it means allowing lies to flourish unencumbered. You’ve written so much about social media and the culture wars. Most culture war stories are partisan, and they’re all about making the culture wars flare even more, but if you’re taking the anger out of it then there’s space for curiosity.
Truck driver gets 110 years for Colorado crash that killed four
He then slammed his truck into more than two dozen cars and four other semi-trailers that were already stopped on the highway after an earlier crash, according to a report by Fox 31. KDVRBefore he was sentenced Monday, Aguilera-Mederos broke down as he addressed Judge Bruce Jones and sobbing relatives of the men he killed. “I’m begging for forgiveness from everyone,” he said in Jefferson County court, according to footage from KDVR. “If I had the discretion, it would not be my sentence,” the judge said, according to CBS 4. Still, he said Aguilera-Mederos “made a series of terrible decisions, reckless decisions.”The four men who died were all from Colorado.
Dogecoin spikes after Musk says Tesla will accept it for some payments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent crypto investors into a frenzy early Tuesday morning with a tweet that his electric car company will accept dogecoin for the purchase of some merchandise. “Tesla will make some merch buyable with Doge & see how it goes,” Musk tweeted at 5:34 a.m. The price of dogecoin soared nearly 20 percent to $0.20 per coin on the news. Musk and his son on stage at TIME’s Person of the Year event on Monday. CoinMarketCapEarlier this year, Musk moved crypto markets regularly through his tweets, with the hype culminating in his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” where he delivered a light-hearted speech about dogecoin.
How ‘Survivor’ contestant Shantel Smith would spend a perfect day in D.C.
“I was very terrified to go into the game,” says Smith, 34. “But the very thing that I thought was going to be my Achilles’ heel was actually my superpower. When I was on the island, MS kind of drove me in a weird way. I remember thinking, ‘Shan, just keep going. You’ve got all these people back home that have MS — some of them are disabled, some of them are in wheelchairs, some of them can’t do what you’re doing right now — so just represent.’ It was them that really pushed me and propelled me forward in the game.”
A married man was extorted for having an affair. So he hired a crew that killed his blackmailer, feds say.
Carey and other unnamed accomplices tried to contact Williams and Lanway on March 10, prosecutors said. They showed up at Williams’s apartment, but the attempt to speak with her was “unsuccessful,” according to court documents. That day, they also allegedly tailed Lanway in a grocery store but did not approach him directly.
A baby was taken from her mother’s arms in the Holocaust. The family just reunited.
She had a single photograph of her firstborn child that she sometimes slept with, her daughters recalled. She would cradle the black-and-white framed image tightly in her arms, like a baby. In it, both mother and baby look healthy and cared for, so it is possible it was taken before Rapaport was shipped to a concentration camp, or perhaps mother and daughter were both released from the camp, at least for a time.
The Postal Service secretly built a risky mobile voting system
Pegasus is a moneymaker for NSO, bringing in around half of its revenue. But it’s also highly controversial. It has been used to target journalists, human rights activists and business executives, an investigation by The Washington Post and 16 media partners found. The U.S. government blacklisted the firm last month, blocking it from receiving U.S. technology, after the Biden administration found that it was used to “maliciously target” academics, activists, government officials and journalists.
He thought the vice presidency was useless — until Woodrow Wilson had a stroke
The office is “so small that to survive it is necessary to keep the door open to obtain the necessary cubic feet of air,” Marshall wrote in his book. Capitol guides pointed him out to tourists as if he were “a curiosity,” he wrote; so he “went to the door one day and said, ‘If you look on me as a wild animal, be kind enough to throw peanuts at me; but if you are really desirous of seeing me, come in and shake hands.’ ”
Divided Yemen finds moment of unity in underdog youth soccer victory over Saudi Arabia
“The streets were packed and all people were chanting ‘with souls, with blood, we redeem you, Yemen,’ ” said Alaa Hussein Mohammed, 30, who watched the game with friends in the southern city of Aden, where the Southern Transitional Council, a secessionist group, is also competing with the government for control. “There was no place for politics. We were all one: in the north, in the south, everywhere.”
Vietnam jails its ‘most famous activist’ for nine years
Trang was initially detained in Ho Chi Minh City on Oct. 6 last year, the same day that officials from the United States and Vietnam held discussions on human rights and freedom of expression. Following her arrest, Trang was held incommunicado until Oct. 19 this year, when she was allowed to meet with one of her lawyers.
All roads lead back to Mark Meadows. Says the Jan. 6 panel.
These people told Miroff that “the reception center model represents a possible breakthrough because it would reduce the number of illegal border-crossers issued a notice to appear in U.S. courts, the practice derided by Republicans as ‘catch and release.’ It also potentially offers Democrats a more palatable alternative to the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ program.”“Katie Tobin, Biden’s top immigration advisor on the National Security Council, said the administration’s goal is to move in a direction ‘where we are testing innovative ideas that are humane, that maintain the due process that’s required in an asylum adjudication, but that get us away from a system where people wait five years for a decision.’”
Dress up chewy oatmeal cookies with tart cranberries and tropical coconut
Equally space out up to 8 cookie dough balls on the second lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, then rotate the pan from front to back and bake for another 8 minutes, or until the edges are caramelized and the centers are puffy, but still a little pale and underbaked (the cookies will set during cooling). Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet until cool enough to handle, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough, making sure your baking sheet is cool before adding more dough.
Israel’s staunch evangelical allies shocked by Trump’s outburst on Netanyahu
Trump, in interviews published this week by Axios reporter Barak Ravid, railed against his onetime ally for congratulating President Biden on his victory once it became clear that the Democrat had won the 2020 election. Trump said the call was a betrayal of their relationship and the several controversial changes in U.S. policy toward Israel that Trump had ordered during his one term, including moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
Why Urban Meyer is failing with the Jacksonville Jaguars
Ever since Meyer was lured off a TV set by Jaguars owner Shad Khan, he has been spouting airy platitudes that have as much substance as a young-adult novel. He could get away with that at Ohio State and Florida, backed by administrations willing to tolerate his mismanagement-scandals, such as 31 arrests among the Gators and coddling an alleged domestic abuser on his staff with the Buckeyes. He recruited top talent, benefited from a lot of mismatches and coated it all with organizational bromides. But it’s becoming clear that he knows absolutely nothing about real-world, elite competitive character. Don’t ever forget that he ran off Joe Burrow in favor of Dwayne Haskins — and labeled Haskins the can’t-miss prospect.
Taxpayers spent billions bailing out airlines. Did the industry hold up its end of the deal?
“Our primary challenge is we just don’t have enough people resources to match up with the effort required to operate flights and serve our customers. The root cause is we just need more people resources, period,” Kelly told analysts. “An assumption that I made was that we were going to call them and say, ‘Okay, it’s time to come back,’ and they were going to show up, and everything’s going to be just like it was. … I personally underestimated that coming into this year.”
Pfizer’s anti-covid pill prevents severe illness and should work against omicron, company says
In an early analysis, a second ongoing study that was designed to test whether the pill, called Paxlovid, relieved covid-19 symptoms faster in people who are not considered high risk found no benefit for symptom relief. But the pill regimen did cause the amount of virus in patients’ bodies to plummet and reduced the already low risk of hospitalization and death, though the result was at the edge of statistical significance, a sign that it could be due to chance.
Tuesday briefing: Tornado outbreak’s toll grows; new omicron findings; Jan. 6 texts; disappointing discounts; and more
is up to 88 people , with 74 in Kentucky, which was hit hardest. At least 109 people in that state are unaccounted for, so that number will probably grow.
Britney Spears slams Diane Sawyer over 2003 interview following Justin Timberlake split
Britney Spears is calling out Diane Sawyer for conducting the 2003 interview that left the pop star in tears. While discussing the pleasure of being able to Christmas shop with her own cash for the first time in years, Spears, wrote via People, "I do love shopping though…who doesn't??? Do we dare forget the Diane Sawyer interview in my apartment almost 20 years ago ??? BRITNEY SPEARS' CONSERVATORSHIP: A TIMELINEThis isn't the first time Sawyer has been accused of alleged mistreatment of Spears from the 2003 interview. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTERElsewhere in the post, Spears discussed her decision not to tour, calling life on the road "hard," according to the outlet.
WH cuts Taiwan minister's video feed after map depicts Taiwan, China as different colors: Report
The White House reportedly cut the video feed of a Taiwanese minister during President Biden's Summit for Democracy when she showed China and Taiwan as separate colors on a map. Tang’s map was presented for about one minute on Friday during the summit before the feed was cut, the outlet reported. The State Department explained that Tang’s feed was cut due to "confusion" over virtual screen sharing, describing it as "an honest mistake." The U.S. reportedly complained to Taiwan over the map, but Taiwan pushed back with frustration that the video was cut. The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Democrats will look to illegal immigrants for votes in 2022
As 2021 elections are demonstrating, traditional blue-collar, Hispanic, and rural Democratic voters are beginning to abandon the party. Though the new law does not allow illegal immigrants to vote, the arguments being used to justify it will easily apply to them. With Republicans gaining ground in municipal races, special elections and 2021 gubernatorial races, they are projected to take the House in 2022. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe trend in 2021 special elections bears out the bad news. Though states are unlikely to openly permit illegal immigrants to vote, they don't need to.
Amid claims Noem used her influence to help daughter's licensing application, official to testify
Lawmakers in South Dakota will hear Tuesday from a former state employee at the center of questions over whether Gov. Kristi Noem used her influence to aid her daughter's application for a real estate appraiser license. Sherry Bren, the longtime director of the state’s Appraiser Certification Program, will testify before the Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee. Hultman excused any appearance of impropriety by saying that details of the agreement with Peters were in place before that meeting. But Noem has implied that Bren was getting in the way of changes she wanted to make as the state saw a shortage of appraisers.
CNN boss Jeff Zucker is captain of sinking ship amid multiple scandals, ratings woes: critics
Embattled CNN boss Jeff Zucker’s liberal network is plagued by scandal, embarrassing headlines and struggles to attract an audience as critics wonder if the TV honcho is on thin ice. The humiliating headlines continue to pour in as Zucker’s network has struggled to attract an audience during the Biden era, indicating his hosts and anchors have problems on and off the screen. "Zucker has managed to simultaneously protect perverts and pedophiles as well as oversee a massive decline in ratings," Athey told Fox News Digital. DePauw university professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall thinks Zucker needs to own "ethical lapses" at CNN. "He ain’t leaving," a CNN employee earlier told Fox News Digital.
Steve Doocy of 'Fox & Friends' reveals a happy Christmas tradition in his family's household
So, the first Christmas that Peter could walk on his own, we instituted what has become an ongoing tradition. Peter Doocy in All American Christmas: That's true, Dad. Steve Doocy: Peter's right; the competition was fierce. BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER: AMAZING REVEALS FROM FOX NEWS PERSONALITIESPeter Doocy: Dad should know all about it. Excerpted from All American Christmas by Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy.
Omicron: Pfizer says COVID pill appears effective against variant
Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. The updates come as COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalization are all rising again and the U.S. hovers around 800,000 pandemic deaths. Late last month, Merck said that its pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by 30% in high-risk adults. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients.
The stories behind the homes from your favorite holiday movies
Not surprisingly, many Christmas movies are based around families getting together for the holidays. This has resulted in many of the most popular holiday movies being based in iconic houses. Home AloneThe McCallisters' house in "Home Alone" is a real house located in Winnetka, Illinois. Die Hard"Die Hard" takes place during Christmas and it’s a Christmas movie. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBatman ReturnsLike "Die Hard," this movie takes place during Christmas and is, therefore, a Christmas movie.
FX strategist names the currencies he likes going into 2022
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailFX strategist names the currencies he likes going into 2022Francesco Pesole, FX strategist at ING, names the currencies he believes will be on the up in 2022.
Why this pullback for stocks is a 'buying opportunity:' Strategist
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhy this pullback for stocks is a 'buying opportunity:' StrategistChris Wyllie, CIO at Connor Broadley Wealth Management, argues that the current weakness in stock markets is a buying opportunity amid a much broader bull market.
NYPD Commissioner says over half of hate crimes target Jews and Asians, cites liberal policy
I think when you look at anti-Semitic and anti-Asian, that's over 50 percent of all of the hate crimes in New York City," Shea said Wednesday on WPIX 11. Hate crimes skyrocketed by 100% in the last year, according to new NYPD data. There were 503 hate crimes reported in the city as of Dec. 3, compared to 252 in 2020. Anti-Semitic hate crimes are up 51%, from 121 in 2020 to 183 in 2021. NEW YORK'S SUBWAY SHOVER WAS FREE ON ASSAULT CHARGES THANKS TO BAIL REFORM LAW"This series of reforms that were done.
'SNL' alum Chris Kattan weighs in on cancel culture: ‘You can’t be outrageous anymore’
"I like drama and when I’m offered something dramatic, that’s really cool," the comedian told Fox News. COMEDIAN CHRIS KATTAN TALKS OPIOID ADDICTION, HIS 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' AUDITIONStill, the 51-year-old hasn’t forgotten his comedic roots. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"If you want to do something funny, you can’t be outrageous anymore," he said. But over the years, Kattan has relied on his love of comedy to help him through his injury and addiction. In addition to stand-up and his new film "Famous," Kattan has a new sketch comedy show on YouTube, titled "Hey Kattan!".
Why hedge funds trading on fundamentals have had a tough time
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWhy hedge funds trading on fundamentals have had a tough timePatrick Ghali, managing partner at advisory firm Sussex Partners, discusses hedge fund performance across 2021, the outlook for next year and the impact of increased market volatility on returns.
How crypto investors are taking advantage of bitcoin's falling prices for taxes
In this videoShare Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailHow crypto investors are taking advantage of bitcoin's falling prices for taxesCNBC's Robert Frank joins 'Squawk Box' to report on why bitcoin's falling prices comes at a perfect time for some crypto investors.
CNBC Fed Survey: Fed will double taper speed, hike rates in June
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCNBC Fed Survey: Fed will double taper speed, hike rates in JuneCNBC's Steve Liesman joins 'Squawk Box' to break down the latest CNBC Fed Survey results.
Dr. Gupta: Looking at hospitalizations vs. daily COVID case rates is key
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailDr. Gupta: Looking at hospitalizations vs. daily COVID case rates is keyDr. Vin Gupta, pulmonologist and global health policy expert at the University of Washington, discusses what the public and medical community should be more focused on than daily COVID case rates, and why the FDA and CDC should redefine what "fully vaccinated" means.
Jefferies: Apple crossing the $3 trillion mark is an amazing statistic, but it's just a milestone
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJefferies: Apple crossing the $3 trillion mark is an amazing statistic, but it's just a milestoneJefferies analyst Jared Weisfeld discusses Apple's march to a $3 trillion market cap, how incredible the company has been in growing revenues, and potential risks to future business.
Software AG CEO: We're a totally different company than 3 years ago
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSoftware AG CEO: We're a totally different company than 3 years agoSoftware AG CEO Sanjay Brahmawar discusses private equity firm Silver Lake's investment in the German company and its decision to remain a publicly listed company.
Terra Firma's Guy Hands on the lessons he's learned from decades of dealmaking
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailTerra Firma's Guy Hands on the lessons he's learned from decades of dealmakingGuy Hands, chairman of U.K.-based private equity firm Terra Firma, discusses the premises of his latest book: "The Dealmaker: Lessons from a Life in Private Equity."
ManpowerGroup: Labor market is experiencing 'aftershocks' from delta Covid variant
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailManpowerGroup: Labor market is experiencing 'aftershocks' from delta Covid variantManpowerGroup U.K. Director Chris Gray discusses the recruitment company's U.K. employment report and the "great resignation."
Wieting: The environment for monetary & fiscal policy, as well as the speed of the recovery, is changing
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWieting: The environment for monetary & fiscal policy, as well as the speed of the recovery, is changingCiti Global Wealth CIO Steven Wieting says it's evident the Fed will raise rates next year, but it has to get through tapering first before doing so.
International travel is on a long, slow slog back: Fmr. Spirit Airlines CEO
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailInternational travel is on a long, slow slog back: Fmr. Spirit Airlines CEOBen Baldanza, former Spirit Airlines CEO and host of the podcast ‘Airline Confidential’, joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss the return of international travel.
One of the Nasdaq 100's latest stock inductees should continue its outperformance, traders say
Next Monday, the tech-heavy index will add Palo Alto Networks, Airbnb, Fortinet, Lucid Group, Zscaler and Datadog and subtract CDW, Fox, Cerner, Check Point Software, Trip.com and Incyte. Delano Saporu, founder of New Street Advisors, said Palo Alto Networks looks best positioned here. Palo Alto Networks has risen more than 50% in 2021, better than the broader market. The SKYY cloud computing ETF, which holds shares in Palo Alto, has climbed just 10%. I think Palo Alto ends up doing better relative to the market, breaking to the upside," Wald said during the same interview.
Pfizer's Covid drug reduced hospitalization, death risk by 89% in final results
In this videoShare Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailPfizer's Covid drug reduced hospitalization, death risk by 89% in final resultsCNBC's Meg Tirrell joins 'Squawk Box' to break down the final results from a Phase 2/3 clinical trial of Pfizer's coronavirus pill, known as Paxlovid.
Today's RBI: Positive news at the gas pump
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailToday's RBI: Positive news at the gas pumpBrian Sullivan details data from from GasBuddy that suggests gasoline prices may finally be starting to come down both nationally and in specific regions of the country.
Stocks making the biggest moves premarket: GameStop, AMC, Beyond Meat and others
AMC Entertainment (AMC) – The movie theater operator's stock slid 6% in premarket trading, after extending a losing streak to 3 days with a more than 15% plummet Monday. Last week, CEO Adam Aron sold all his holdings in AMC while CFO Sean Goodman sold the bulk of his AMC stock. Beyond Meat (BYND) – The maker of plant-based meat substitutes saw its stock jump 4.8% in premarket action, putting it in a position to break a 3-day losing streak. Tesla (TSLA) – Tesla shares slid 1.5% in premarket trading after CEO Elon Musk sold more of his holdings to cover tax bills generated by the exercising of stock options. Neogen (NEOG) – The food safety company's stock surged 12.1% in premarket trading after it announced a deal to combine itself with the food safety division of 3M (MMM).
Pfizer says Covid-19 pill near 90% effective in final analysis
Pfizer on Tuesday said final analysis of its antiviral Covid-19 pill still showed near 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients, and recent lab data suggests the drug retains its effectiveness against the fast-spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus. Nobody in the trial who received the Pfizer treatment died, compared with 12 deaths among placebo recipients. The Pfizer pills are taken with the older antiviral ritonavir every 12 hours for five days beginning shortly after onset of symptoms. Pfizer also released early data from a second clinical trial showing that the treatment reduced hospitalizations by around 70% in around 600 standard-risk adults. The U.S. government has already secured 10 million courses of the Pfizer drug for $5.29 billion.
Cowen upgrades Planet Fitness on projected member growth and gym openings
A customer wears a face mask as they lift weights while working out inside a Planet Fitness gym as the location reopens after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on March 16, 2021 in Inglewood, California. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images
Kroger to eliminate some Covid-19 benefits for unvaccinated employees, WSJ reports
Kroger employees put groceries and other goods into plastic totes. Those totes are gobbled up by a grid where robots help retrieve items for customers' online orders. Kroger will eliminate some Covid-19 benefits for unvaccinated employees starting next year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing a company memo. Kroger will no longer provide two weeks of paid emergency leave for unvaccinated employees who contract Covid-19, unless local jurisdictions require otherwise, and will also add a $50 monthly surcharge to company health plans for unvaccinated managers and other non-union employees, according to the report. The reported push to get more employees vaccinated comes as U.S. President Joe Biden faces setbacks in implementing his vaccine-or-test mandate for private businesses.
Amazon warehouse worker mourns coworkers killed by tornado
Craig Yost said he took shelter with the six colleagues who were killed when a tornado struck their Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois.Dec.
Kayaks cruise Copenhagen canals on Saint Lucia's Day
Hundreds of kayaks decked with Christmas lights and decorations lit up the winter darkness in the Danish capital as they floated through the city's canals to celebrate Saint Lucia's Day.Dec.
Effectiveness of Pfizer's COVID pill confirmed in further analysis, company says
Additional data from Pfizer's clinical trial of its oral COVID-19 antiviral drug confirm the treatment's high level of effectiveness, the company said in a news release Tuesday. In the final analysis of its Phase 2/3 clinical trial, the antiviral, called Paxlovid, was found to be 89% effective at preventing high-risk people from being hospitalized or dying from COVID, the company said. Experts say an antiviral pill for COVID would have a major impact on the pandemic by making treatment available at home. Two of the pills are an experimental antiviral called nirmatrelvir; the third pill is an existing HIV drug called ritonavir. The FDA has yet to authorize the drug, called molnupiravir.
COVID-19 rattles major Chinese manufacturing province
People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk on a street in Shanghai, China, December 14, 2021. Zhejiang has reported 217 locally transmitted cases with confirmed symptoms in just eight days since the first case on Dec. 6. Major industries in Zhenhai, which has a port, include manufacturing of precision machinery and chemicals. PROVINCE ON ALERTWhile the factory closures are limited to certain districts, the general public in Zhejiang face broader restrictions. "After all, Wenzhou is not a big city and COVID-19 prevention work remains a top priority," the official said on condition of anonymity.
First real-world study finds omicron more vaccine resistant, causing milder illness in South Africa
The first major real-world study of the omicron Covid-19 variant found that it appeared to cause less severe illness in South Africa, where it was first discovered last month, but that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offer reduced protection against it. South Africa is the first country to experience an omicron-driven surge. The South African study Tuesday was led by Discovery Health in collaboration with South Africa's Medical Research Council, SAMRC. The study found that two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech provided just 33 percent protection against infection in South Africa compared with unvaccinated people. South Africa has so far used both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
State police investigating Statehouse vaccine-or-test enforcement
State police investigating Statehouse vaccine-or-test enforcementGood Tuesday morning! Phil Murphy refused to even address questions about the State Police’s lack of action during the Assembly Republican Statehouse sit-in. The announcement is the first time the state has revealed how many state employees are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Phil Murphy the scare of his short political career on Nov. 2, some lawmakers are not eager to stir up controversy. Among those taking issue with the bill, NJ A5030 (20R), was Assemblymember Gordon Johnson, a top sponsor.
Revive Your Cashmere And Wool Clothing With These Fabric-Saving Items
Winter and autumn warm cozy sweaters for charity. Is there anything more frustrating than when expensive fabrics like wool and cashmere begin to deteriorate? Luckily, there are a few simple items available that can give these fabrics a much-needed refresh, leaving them looking and feeling practically new despite years of use. Wool or cashmere coats and sweaters are generally big-ticket items that don’t come cheap, but they can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for. AdvertisementWe hunted down the most highly-rated fabric-saving products at a range of price points, so you don’t have to turn to pricey professionals to revive your wool and cashmere items every winter season.
Norway bans serving of alcohol as it tries to slow Omicron outbreak
The ban is part of new COVID-19 restrictions intended to stem the spread of the Omicron variant | JACK TAYLOR/AFP via Getty ImagesNorway will ban the serving of alcohol in bars and restaurants, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said, as part of new COVID-19 restrictions intended to stem the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. There's "no doubt the new variant changes the rules," Gahr Støre told a news conference Monday, announcing the country's fourth round of measures in two weeks. "For many this will feel like a lockdown, if not of society then of their lives and of their livelihoods," the PM added. Norway has reported the largest outbreak of Omicron in continental Europe, with 958 cases confirmed, according to the daily bulletin of the EU’s disease control agency on Monday. The number of hospitalizations has remained steady with around 30 new patients admitted every day in December.
Pfizer says COVID-19 pill near 90% effective in final analysis
The U.S. drugmaker last month said the oral medicine was around 89% effective in preventing hospitalizations or deaths when compared to placebo based on interim results in around 1,200 people. Nobody in the trial who received the Pfizer treatment died, compared with 12 deaths among placebo recipients. Rival Merck & Co (MRK.N) has asked for emergency use authorization of its antiviral pill molnupiravir. However, Dolsten said that for next year he expects the drug will be mainly produced by Pfizer. The U.S. government has already secured 10 million courses of the Pfizer drug for $5.29 billion.
Hilaria Baldwin Says Alec Baldwin Shushed Her When She Was In Labor
The intimate anecdote about the actor’s boorishness may not help him cope with a recent tragedy. Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a movie set in October while rehearsing with a prop gun he was told was unloaded. Baldwin has been sued, but authorities have not filed criminal charges. Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he did not pull the trigger of the gun and had no idea how a live bullet ended up in it ? or on the set at all. Hilaria Baldwin recently wrote that she had “heart-wrenching” conversations with their older children about the shooting.
First Amendment Doesn't Protect Lies To Fleece MAGA Backers: Ex-White House Ethics Lawyer
Attorney Richard Painter singled out attorney Sidney Powell, who raised at least $14 million for her Defending the Republic nonprofit group using baseless claims about election “fraud,” The Washington Post reported. Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the financial records of Defending the Republic and other Powell groups in a criminal probe, according to the Post. “There is no First Amendment right to lie to people to get their money,” Painter wrote Sunday in an op-ed on the NBC News site. “Let’s be clear about something: Spreading fake news alone may be protected speech under the First Amendment. But spreading fake news to ask for money is commercial speech, and courts enforce laws criminalizing fraud,” Painter continued.
Gifts Under $10 That Look Like They Cost More
In an ideal world, you have an endless supply of money and can shower everyone in your life with presents without considering the price tag. But in this world, with rent, utilities, car payments and more, you have a pretty firm budget for your holiday shopping. Whether you’re trying to find a sweet but affordable gift for your bestie or need something small but thoughtful to give your new brother-in-law, these gifts under $10 will show you care without breaking the bank. The key for scoring a sweet present for under $10 is keeping it simple, but elevated. To make your online shopping even easier, we’ve rounded up the best bougie-looking presents under $10 to give this holiday season.
Turning the page to a new year: Style-savvy 2022 calendars
A great-looking desk calendar offered at MoMA from Japanese studio Good Morning features 3D cityscapes of Tokyo, New York and Paris. (MoMa Design Store via AP)This image provided by MoMA Design Store shows a city landscape calendar. A great-looking desk calendar offered at MoMA from Japanese studio Good Morning features 3D cityscapes of Tokyo, New York and Paris. (MoMa Design Store via AP)Why are many of us still drawn to paper calendars in this digital age? For history fans, the History Channel’s 2022 This Day in History will be a trove of interesting facts.
Mark Meadows' PowerPoint is about more than Jan. 6
But coups and the states of emergency that follow them have long driven authoritarian history. Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows gave the presentation, which retired Army Col. Phil Waldron circulated to Trump's inner circle, to the House committee investigating Jan. 6. (After an unanimous vote in the House subcomittee Monday night, Meadows is now one step closer to contempt charges.) In fact, some states of emergency, which are meant to be temporary, can stretch on for years. A failed coup often begets a successful one, and we may yet find ourselves hearing about a trumped-up "national security emergency" like the one outlined in Meadows' PowerPoint.
Pfizer Study Confirms COVID Pill's Results, Potency Versus Omicron
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. AdvertisementSeparate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Tensions over Ukraine come as relations between Russia and NATO are at an all-time low
Tensions over Ukraine come as relations between Russia and NATO are at an all-time lowEnlarge this image toggle caption Roman Koksarov/AP file photo Roman Koksarov/AP file photoMOSCOW — A Russian military buildup near Ukraine has raised fears in Kyiv and the West that Moscow might invade its neighbor. The tensions over Ukraine come amid a new low in relations between Russia and NATO, which once were so warm that President Vladimir Putin even floated the prospect of his country joining the military alliance. Putin later said NATO was unwilling to embrace Russia because the West feared its power and independent stance. "NATO's relationship with Ukraine is going to be decided by the 30 NATO allies and Ukraine, no one else," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said last week. Putin countered NATO's argument by saying that while Ukraine is free to decide its security arrangements, those shouldn't threaten Russia.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron
FILE - This undated image provided by Pfizer in November 2021 shows the company's COVID-19 pills. (Pfizer via AP, File)FILE - This undated image provided by Pfizer in November 2021 shows the company's COVID-19 pills. (Pfizer via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. ADVERTISEMENTBoth the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Gasoline truck explodes in northern Haiti; dozens killed
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti, killing more than 40 people and injuring dozens of others, officials and news reports said Tuesday. The blast occurred late Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that he was devastated. He said he observed how some people were using buckets to scoop up gasoline from the truck and the street to take back to their house. The explosion occurred as Haiti struggles with a severe shortage of fuel and spiraling gas prices. Former Prime Minister Claude Joseph also mourned the victims, tweeting, “I share the pain and sorrow of all the people.”
Afghan victims saddened US drone strike to go unpunished
FILE - Afghans inspect damage of Ahmadi family house after U.S. drone strike, Aug. 29, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Afghan survivors of an errant U.S. drone strike in August that killed 10 members of their family, including seven children, said Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, that they are frustrated and saddened by a decision that no U.S. troops involved in the strike will face disciplinary action. (AP Photo/Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi, File)FILE - Afghans inspect damage of Ahmadi family house after U.S. drone strike, Aug. 29, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Afghan survivors of an errant U.S. drone strike in August that killed 10 members of their family, including seven children, said Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, that they are frustrated and saddened by a decision that no U.S. troops involved in the strike will face disciplinary action. (AP Photo/Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi, File)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan survivors of an errant U.S. drone strike in August that killed 10 members of their family, including seven children, said Tuesday they are frustrated and saddened by a decision that no U.S. troops involved in the strike will face disciplinary action.
Sen. Schumer Tees Up Debt Ceiling Vote for Tuesday
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Anna Moneymaker/Getty ImagesSenate Democrats are expected to vote Tuesday to raise the borrowing limit, just one day before the date on which Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had warned the country would default on its outstanding bills. “Last week we advanced bipartisan legislation that will enable the chamber to address the debt ceiling on a fast-track basis,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech on Monday. “For the information of all, the Senate will act tomorrow to prevent default.”
Premarket Movers: Vir Biotechnology, Bank of Montreal, AMC Entertainment Hldgs
With U.S. stock markets set to open in two hours, Vir Biotechnology (VIR) was up 8.3% in pre-market trading, and Luminar Technologies (LAZR) was up 5.1%. Bank of Montreal (BMO) and AMC Entertainment Hldgs (AMC) had posted declines, falling 7.3% and 5.7%, respectively. Meanwhile S&P 500 futures were down 0.13%, with futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 0.06%. U.S. stock markets open for trading at 9:30 a.m. Editor's Note: This story was auto-generated by Automated Insights, an automation technology provider, using data from Dow Jones and FactSet.
Pfizer data shows that its COVID-19 pill is effective against severe disease
Pfizer data shows that its COVID-19 pill is effective against severe diseaseEnlarge this image toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesPfizer released additional data about its pill to treat COVID-19 that shows it was effective in preventing hospitalization and death when taken by people with mild to moderate illness within a few days of first symptoms. The medicine, called Paxlovid, is taken twice a day for five days in combination with a second medicine called ritonavir, a generic antiviral. When taken with five days, the drug reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by 88%. Preliminary results from a second study showed a 70% reduction in hospitalization risk among several hundred people at lower risk for severe disease. If the agency authorizes the medicine, the U.S. government has a contract with Pfizer to buy 10 million courses for $5.3 billion.
Vaccine protection vs. omicron infection may drop to 30% but does cut severe disease
Vaccine protection vs. omicron infection may drop to 30% but does cut severe diseaseEnlarge this image toggle caption Shiraaz Mohamed/AP Shiraaz Mohamed/APThe new coronavirus variant, called omicron, was first identified in South Africa only about a month ago and is already spreading quickly in Europe and North America. The Moderna shot isn't available in South Africa. But this new study does offer really good news when it comes to vaccine protection against severe disease: That dropped a bit but not nearly as much as protection against infection. That's a drop from 90% observed during the previous surge in South Africa when the delta variant dominated. In South Africa, many people have been exposed to the coronavirus virus.
HEXO 1Q Loss Widens; Launches New Strategic Plan
By Adriano MarcheseHEXO Corp. on Tuesday reported a widened loss in its fiscal first quarter, despite a rise in revenue, and said that it expects to generate positive cash flows over the next year thanks to a new strategic plan. The Canada-based cannabis company said it recorded a net loss was 116.9 million Canadian dollars, the equivalent of US$91.3 million, for the three months ended Oct. 31, compared with a loss of C$68 million a year ago.
Shell to Acquire Major US Solar, Storage Developer Savion
By Jaime Llinares TaboadaRoyal Dutch Shell PLC said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire U.S. solar and energy storage developer Savion LLC from Macquarie's Green Investment Group. Savion currently has more than 18 gigawatts of solar power and battery storage under development for customers such as utilities and major commercial and industrial organizations.
Medtronic INVOS 7100 System Gets FDA Clearance for Pediatric Indications
By Michael DabaieMedtronic PLC said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted 510(k) clearance for its INVOS 7100 cerebral/somatic oximetry system for children from birth through age 18. The FDA clearance expands use of the system, helping clinicians better monitor organ-specific oxygen levels and identify warnings signs for neonates and children earlier, the company said.
Footprint International to Go Public Via Deal With SPAC Gores Holdings
By Michael DabaieFootprint International Holdco Inc. plans to be publicly listed on Nasdaq through a combination with Gores Holdings VIII Inc., a special-purpose acquisition company formed by an affiliate of Gores Group LLC, the companies said. Footprint stockholders, including customers Conagra, JBS, Eggland's Best and Sweetgreen, will roll 100% of their equity holdings into the new public company, the company said. Upon closing, the combined company will be named Footprint International Inc. and is expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol FOOT, the companies said. The combined company is expected to have a pro forma enterprise value of $1.6 billion at the closing. The deal will provide about $805 million in gross proceeds, composed of $345 million of cash held in trust from Gores Holdings VIII and about $460 million of additional capital, including $150 million Class C preferred financing that will be funded immediately, the companies said.
Here's why meme-stock madness and 99th percentile valuations will continue, according to this major bank.
And valuations, it notes, “have almost never been the sole cause of a market correction.”BNP also details the exuberance elsewhere, such as in options. As for institutional investors, there’s a high bar to decrease allocations to equities while real returns for many assets are low or negative, the so-called there-is-no-alternative, or TINA, trade. Historically, the team says, it’s the end of the tightening cycle, not the start, that has been problematic for stocks. Historically, U.S. sales growth has been correlated to global nominal gross domestic product growth (that is, real growth plus inflation). BNP’s estimate of 4.8% real GDP growth, and 4.1% consumer-price index growth, translates into earnings per share growth of 12.4%, 5 percentage points above the consensus.
Centene CEO to retire and five newly named board members will find his replacement
Michael Neidorff will retire in 2022 from his role as chairman and CEO. Centene also announced several changes to its board, which is now tasked with securing a successor. Its new members are: Ken Burdick, Christopher Coughlin, Wayne DeVeydt, and Theodore Samuels, and a yet-to-be-determined fifth director decided on by both Centene and Politan. Robert Ditmore, John Roberts and Tommy Thompson are the board members who are now set to step down in 2022. Centene's stock is up 30.2% so far this year, while the broader S&P 500 SPX, -0.91% has gained 25.4%.
Laboratory Corp. to buy back $1 billion of stock in accelerated deal with Goldman, Barclays
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings LH, +1.40% said Tuesday it has entered an accelerated share buyback agreement with Goldman Sachs and Barclays for the repurchase of about $1 billion of its own stock. The company announced the move in a regulatory filing. Shares were slightly lower premarket, but have gained 44% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.91% has gained 24%.
‘My partner is afraid to marry me because of my debt.’ I’m 35 and have $380K in student loans from two master’s degrees. What should I do?
I have two masters degrees, and I owe $380K in student loans. Is there anything I can do to protect my family and lessen the blow for me?”Need help getting out of student loan debt or other debt? Bankruptcy might be an option too, “but that’s potentially costly and difficult for borrowers with federal student loans to achieve. Here’s a guide to what you need to show to get your student loans discharged in bankruptcy. There is good news on the tax front with regards to loan forgiveness, says Michael Kitchen, higher education expert and managing editor at Student Loan Hero: “A relief measure passed in response to the Covid pandemic has frozen all taxes on student loan forgiveness until 2026.
Personal loan rates for those with excellent credit at lowest level in 108 weeks
3-year, fixed-rate loan APR 5-year, fixed-rate loan APR Excellent (751+) 12.56% 13.36% Good (661-750) 20.72% 21.11% Fair (601-660) 27.45% 27.27% Poor ( 30.25% 29.27%What is a personal loan? A personal loan is a loan issued by an online lender, bank, or credit union, usually in an amount ranging from about $1,000 to $100,000. Indeed, you could use a personal loan to consolidate debt and potentially save money if you got a lower interest rate on the personal loan than you had on your debt. Everyone is itching to get out and travel these days, but even the smallest personal loans often have repayment schedules of a year or more,” says Annie Millerbernd, personal loans expert at NerdWallet. How to get a personal loan if you have a lower credit scoreIn general, the lower your credit score, the more you’ll pay in interest for a personal loan.
Apple, Google have ‘vice-like grip’ over mobile devices, U.K. regulator says
The U.K. competition regulator said Tuesday that its interim report has found that a duopoly of Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google limits competition and choice, and that the firms are “exercising a vice-like grip” over mobile devices. The Competition and Markets Authority said its report into mobile ecosystems suggests users are losing out because of the companies’ control. It had launched a probe in June over concerns that Apple AAPL, -2.07% and Google GOOGL, -1.47% have too much power over the iOS and Android operating systems, respectively, along with their app stores and web browsers.
Pfizer's COVID vaccine protects from omicron-related hospitalization: study
The analysis was based on more than 211,000 positive COVID-19 test results, 41% from adults who had received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The study has been carried out in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the omicron variant. Encouragingly though, the result shows that these same vaccinated individuals who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have 70% protection against hospital admission in this same time period.
Pfizer says final data from late-stage trial of COVID-19 antiviral shows it reduces risk of hospitalization or death by 89%
Pfizer Inc. PFE, +4.59% said Tuesday that final data from a late-stage trial of its COVID-19 antiviral found it reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% within three days of symptom onset by 89% and reduced it by 88% within five days of symptom onset, compared to placebo. The drug giant said there were no deaths reported in non-hospitalized, high-risk adults with COVID-19 compared to placebo. The data has been shared with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as part of an ongoing rolling submission for an Emergency Use Authorization. The Phase 2/3 trial involved 2,246 adults and the results were consistent with an interim analysis released in November, Pfizer said in a statement. Pfizer shares were down 1.7% premarket but have gained 50% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 SPX, -0.91% has gained 24% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.89% has gained 16%.
Fund managers dash for cash ahead of Fed decision
Fund managers dashed for cash in anticipation of more aggressive Federal Reserve policy, according to the latest survey conducted by Bank of America. The allocation to cash rose to 5.1% in December from 4.4% in November, the survey of 371 panellists running $1.1 trillion in assets under management found. The survey was conducted between Dec. 3 and 9.
Footprint to go public via merger with SPAC Gores Holdings VIII in deal valued at $1.6 billion
Footprint International Holdco Inc., a maker of coating technologies that allow plant-based materials to compete with traditional plastic-based materials, is going public via a merger with special-purpose acquisition corporation Gores Holdings VIII Inc., the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday. The deal is expected to create a company with an estimated enterprise value of $1.6 billion. The new company will be named Footprint International Inc. and will trade on Nasdaq under the new ticker "FOOT." Footprint was founded in 2014 as a material science company using plant-based fiber technology. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2022.
Opinion: What the U.S. economy needs is for people to work longer and take Social Security later
“The extra tax revenue that longer work lives generate could help to alleviate the rising cost of old-age benefit spending. ”Let’s hope not, since longer work lives would have many benefits for an aging America. Meanwhile, in fiscal terms, the extra tax revenue that longer work lives generate could help to alleviate the rising cost of old-age benefit spending. Nor should it even be for them to work longer. More: While many are looking for work, some older workers are jumping at the chance for a new startAlso read: This is why Congress needs to act on Social Security — right now
Opinion: Odds of being a stock market winner in 2022 are in your favor for this one big reason
There’s a two-out-of-three chance the U.S. stock market will rise in 2022. What many investors don’t realize is that these market odds stay the same from year to year, regardless of what’s come before. Both investors and contrarians are wrong, because the stock market discounts the future, not the past. For example, if the stock market falls in a given calendar year, the odds of stocks rising in the subsequent year are 67%. The bottom line: The odds the stock market will rise next year are the same as they would be in any other year.
Opinion: Is the real earnings yield of the S&P 500 a reliable stock market predictor?
The S&P 500’s current inflation-adjusted earnings yield is significantly negative, but you don’t need to worry. It is rare for the real earnings yield to be this negative, but that doesn’t mean it is bad for the U.S. stock market. The stock market hasn’t always performed this well in the wake of a negative real earnings yield. That means the real earnings yield is not a helpful indicator for predicting the stock market’s longer-term direction. Regardless, the market’s long-standing overvaluation makes it tricky to draw the correct lesson from the market’s low real earnings yield.
Gasoline truck explodes in northern Haiti; dozens killed
A truck carrying gasoline exploded in northern Haiti, killing more than 40 people and injuring dozens of others, officials and news reports said Tuesday. The blast occurred late Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said, adding that he was devastated. No further details were immediately available. Police didn’t immediately return calls requesting information.
Treasury yields edge higher ahead of Fed meeting, PPI reading
Treasury yields edged higher Tuesday ahead of the kickoff of a pivotal, two-day meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers and the latest read on U.S. wholesale inflation. The focus for investors remains on the Federal Reserve and a host of other major central banks, including the European Central Bank, Bank of England and Bank of Japan, which are holding policy meetings this week. Investors also remain attuned to the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. “Apart from an accelerated taper, [Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s] message on policy tightening going forward will be important,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, in a note. “In the past, Mr. Powell has said that tapering does not send a signal about tightening.
Weibo Fined by Chinese Regulator for Cybersecurity Violations. The Stock Falls.
The Nasdaq exchange before Weibo began trading on April 17, 2014 in New York City. Getty ImagesShares of Chinese social media platform Weibo fell by more than 9% Tuesday in Hong Kong after the company was fined by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) for allegedly publishing illegal information. The CAC said Weibo had violated a cybersecurity law on the protection of minors and other laws, without providing further details. It fined the group 3 million yuan ($471,000.)
Tornado-slammed parts of Kentucky face long recovery
Andy Beshear said the death toll could grow as authorities continued to work around debris that slowed recovery efforts. Kentucky authorities said the sheer level of destruction was hindering their ability to tally the damage. Still, efforts turned to repairing the power grid, sheltering those whose homes were destroyed and delivering supplies. Across the state, about 26,000 homes and businesses were without electricity, according to poweroutage.us, including nearly all of those in Mayfield. Five twisters hit Kentucky in all, including one with an extraordinarily long path of about 200 miles (320 kilometers), authorities said.
UPDATE 1-UK faces very difficult four weeks due to Omicron, health security agency says
(Adds details and quotes)LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is showing a higher rate of reinfection that other variants and its growth rate is shortening in the United Kingdom, the Health Security Agency's chief medical adviser said on Tuesday. "This is growing very fast with a growth rate of initially two to three days, and that growth rate seems to be shortening rather than lengthening," Dr Susan Hopkins said. "We are seeing a higher rate of reinfection than we've seen before," Hopkins said. Hopkins said infection from one variant of coronavirus should protect against severe disease from another variant, but it may not protect against mild disease or from transmission of the virus. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton, Editing by Paul Sandle)
Here's why meme-stock madness and 99th percentile valuations will continue, according to this major bank.
And valuations, it notes, “have almost never been the sole cause of a market correction.”BNP also details the exuberance elsewhere, such as in options. As for institutional investors, there’s a high bar to decrease allocations to equities while real returns for many assets are low or negative, the so-called there-is-no-alternative, or TINA, trade. Historically, the team says, it’s the end of the tightening cycle, not the start, that has been problematic for stocks. Historically, U.S. sales growth has been correlated to global nominal gross domestic product growth (that is, real growth plus inflation). BNP’s estimate of 4.8% real GDP growth, and 4.1% consumer-price index growth, translates into earnings per share growth of 12.4%, 5 percentage points above the consensus.
How to gift stocks and bonds to your kids this holiday season
Forget toys, give the gift that really does keep on giving: investments. Here's what to know about custodial accounts and how they can become a kid's best gift.
GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks cling to gains ahead of slew of cenbank meetings
Many traders are reluctant to take on new positions before year-end after a very strong rally in 2021. That followed falls across European markets on Monday when a Wall Street selloff hit sentiment. Wall Street futures were weaker on Tuesday, pointing to a lower open. Brent futures rose 0.42% higher at $74.70 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude increased 0.38%, to $71.57. Oil prices remain way off levels above $85 a barrel seen in mid-October before the variant was discovered.
Steelers sign ex-Ravens DE in flurry of roster moves
ReutersProsecutors rested their case in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex abuse trial on Friday after two weeks of emotional testimony from four women who say Maxwell set them up for sexual encounters with Jeffrey Epstein when the women were teenagers. Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges, and her lawyers have said she is being scapegoated for Epstein's conduct since he is dead. All four accusers gave emotional testimony. Three of the four said Maxwell touched their breasts.
UPDATE 1-Key EU parliament committee agrees tough position on DSA tech rules
Vestager's proposal needs to be ironed out with EU countries and lawmakers next year before it can become law, the first of its kind in the world. The committee also agreed to a ban on targeted advertising for minors, extensive rules that requires online platforms to be more transparent on their algorithms and identification requirements for porn platforms. "We are moving in the direction where we get the algorithms to play by the democratic rulebook, they haven't done so today but they will do in future," Christel Schaldemose, a lawmaker who is steering the DSA through Parliament, told Reuters. EU lawmaker Dita Charanzova said the draft rules addressed issues raised by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen. Tech lobbying group CCIA, whose members include Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, called for a compromise during the January vote on the committee's position.
Here's why meme-stock madness and 99th percentile valuations will continue, according to this major bank.
It was quite the Manic Monday, with not just the S&P 500 suffering its worst single-day performance in nearly two weeks, but retail favorites such as meme stocks GameStop and AMC Entertainment getting battered. Thomas Lee of Fundstrat made three points. No investor wants to go risk-on into the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, equities reached an all-time high just last week, and the U.K. pushing COVID-19 vaccines is a reminder the U.S. still has to get through the omicron variant wave.
Forget the 4% Rule. Why Retirees Need to Rethink Their Withdrawal Strategy.
MarketWatchTesla Inc.’s valuation fell under $1 trillion on Monday, with a 5% loss sending the EV maker into a bear market for the third time this year. Tesla shares (TSLA) closed at $966.41, bringing December losses to more than 154%, which is shaping up to be the stock’s worst monthly performance since March 2020. The stock is also down more than 21% from its record closing high of $1,229.91 on Nov. 4, signaling a bear market, which, as many on Wall Street define it, is marked as a decline of at least 20% from a peak. It is Tesla’s third bear market of the year.
The Morning After: The Analogue Pocket could be the definitive retro handheld
After teasing, delaying and just generally riling up retro gamers, Analogue’s Pocket is almost here. So while he racks up enough hours of play for a full review, we get a few first impressions. Analogue has announced that orders for the Pocket open again today. If you want this surprisingly authentic taste of handheld gaming’s past, it’ll set you back $220. If it follows you for 10 minutes, you can use the app to tell the tracker to play a sound, making it easier to find.
Student who fought in deadly fraternity boxing match says there were warning signs
Associated PressA car that was stuck partly submerged near the brink of Niagara Falls after a daring rescue attempt last week went over the falls this weekend and cannot be seen from the shore, state parks officials said Monday. The car was last seen in the churning rapids above the American Falls at about 9 p.m. Saturday amid rising water and heavy winds. The car was gone from the brink by daybreak Sunday when the water receded, according to a statement from the state parks department.
California suspends Toyota-backed Pony.ai's driverless testing permit
Pony.ai, a Chinese autonomous driving company backed by Toyota, can no longer test fully self driving vehicles in California, for now at least. According to Reuters, the DMV suspended its driverless testing permit on November 19th, a few weeks after a reported collision in Fremont. While Pony.ai won't be able to test fully autonomous vehicles in California anymore, it can continue its trials with safety drivers behind the wheel. The company has 10 Hyundai Motor Kona electric vehicles registered for testing and only secured its driverless testing permit six months ago for three cities in the state. It's the eighth company to receive that kind of permit in California, following the likes of Waymo, Cruise and Baidu.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill's results, potency versus omicron
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
UK lawmakers push for Online Safety Bill to have a tighter focus on illegal content – TechCrunch
In a statement accompanying the report, the joint committee on the draft Online Safety Bill’s chair, Damian Collins, said: “The Committee were unanimous in their conclusion that we need to call time on the Wild West online. “We want the Online Safety Bill to be easy to understand for service providers and the public alike. Back in 2019 the government quietly dropped an earlier plan to introduce mandatory age checks for accessing adult websites — saying it wanted to take a more comprehensive approach to protecting children from online harms via what’s now called the Online Safety Bill. However child safety campaigners want the bill to go further — and so, it seems, does the joint committee; albeit in a “proportionate” way. “We want all online services likely to be accessed by children to take proportionate steps to protect them,” the committee writes.
Those we lost in 2021: A remembrance
On an April evening in 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s long-standing record and making a bold statement in an era of racial upheaval. Aaron died Jan. 22 at 86. It was 1973, the country remained divided along racial lines, and Aaron, a Black player for the Atlanta Braves, was closing in on Babe Ruth’s holy career record of 714 home runs. To some, it was sacrilegious that a Black man would threaten the record of the immortal Babe. AdvertisementAaron eventually tied, then surpassed Ruth’s record, finishing his remarkable 23-year career with 755 homers.
No Ordinary Day, Trouble With the Curve, Crypto, Memes, Trading Pfizer, Nvidia
Apple ( AAPL ) was the most actively traded stock at the Nasdaq Market Site, as well as among the Dow 30, or the S&P 500. Traders and investors had been seeking confirmation, for virtually the entire past week, as equities acted better than the week prior, but on ever-dwindling trading volume. Oh, trading volume did return on Monday, increasing from Friday's levels for names listed at both of New York's primary exchanges, while aggregate trading volume for stocks subordinate to the S&P 500 soared to levels 15% above the 50-day trading volume simple moving average for that index. Session at HandAny and all who paid attention on Monday already know how ugly market breadth was for the day. Trouble With the CurveBond traders bought both the long and short end of the U.S. Treasury yield curve on Monday.
NFL requiring booster shots by end of year
Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. NFL is requiring COVID-19 booster shots by Dec. 27 — 9:18 p.m.Associated PressThe NFL is requiring players, coaches and other team personnel to receive a COVID-19 booster by Dec. 27. Panic spreads in an instant even if, as with the Omicron variant, the extent of the threat is not yet known. New UK Omicron cases double as country plans daily tests — 10:51 a.m.BloombergThe U.K. confirmed 1,239 new omicron cases on Sunday, almost double the 633 cases reported the day before. Boris Johnson will speak later Sunday about accelerating the U.K.’s vaccine booster program.
The Sports Report: Rams get important win over Arizona
AdvertisementA showdown with Cardinals – a true measuring-stick game for the Rams -- had all the makings of a Cardinals rout. But McVay guided his team to their most important victory of the season. But the Rams spoiled the party and improved to 2-2 in the division with four games left. ————Sam Farmer: In win over Cardinals, Matthew Stafford reminds everyone why Rams traded for himRams’ 30-23 road win over Arizona Cardinals by the numbersNFL requiring coaches and team staff to get COVID-19 booster shotsEnjoying this newsletter? The Steelers tie the 1973 Los Angeles Rams for the longest streak — 14 games to start a season — since the NFL merger in 1970.
Pfizer Says Covid Pill Cuts Hospitalization and Deaths by 89%
Pfizer on Tuesday says final analysis of its antiviral Covid-19 pill still shows near 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients. Pfizer (PFE) - Get Pfizer Inc. Report on Tuesday said final analysis of its antiviral Covid-19 pill still showed near 90% efficacy in preventing hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients. The complicated results suggest the pill remains likely to become a standard treatment for Covid patients at risk of developing severe disease. That analysis was based on more than 211,000 positive Covid-19 test results, 41% from adults who had received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. About 78,000 of these positive Covid-19 test results between Nov. 15 and Dec. 7 were attributed to omicron infections.
Study suggests Pfizer shots offer 70% protection against hospitalization from Omicron
Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provides just 33% protection against infection by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. About 78,000 of these positive test results between Nov. 15 and Dec. 7 were attributed to infections by the Omicron variant. The study has been performed in the weeks since Omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the Omicron variant.
Pfizer says its COVID-19 treatment pill works against the Omicron variant
Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears to be effective against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The company said separate laboratory testing showed that the drug retained its potency against the Omicron variant, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that the Omicron variant uses to reproduce itself. Both the Pfizer pill and a rival one from Merck are expected to perform well against Omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients.
Musk, Apple, Google and the Fed - 5 Things You Must Know
Stocks set to open lower as the Fed kicks off its last meeting of 2021; U.K. watchdog eyes Apple and Google; GameStop, AMC, slump further; and Elon Musk sells more Tesla stock. Apple shares were marked 0.24% higher in pre-market trading at $176.16 each while Alphabet was little-changed from last night's close at $2,916.53 each. -- Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unloads More SharesTesla (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report shares moved lower in pre-market trading following a move by founder and CEO Elon Musk to sell another batch of stock in the clean-energy carmaker. AMC Entertainment shares were marked 6% lower in pre-market trading Tuesday to indicate an opening bell price of $21.86 each, while GameStop slumped 4.3% to $130.93 each..5. Amazon said it would co-operate with the probe,Amazon shares were marked 0.05% higher in pre-market trading to indicate an opening bell price of $3,392.00 each.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron
Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. If granted, the pills would be the first COVID-19 treatments that Americans could pickup at a pharmacy and take at home. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Skelton: Dole’s gift for compromise won him the nation’s respect
For decades, Bob Dole wouldn’t talk about the war wounds that left him with crippling disabilities. He never regained the use of his right hand, and his right arm was virtually useless. The most infamous example of Dole throwing a low blow came during his 1976 vice presidential debate with Democrat Walter Mondale. Dole richly earned his reputation as a hatchet man tonight.”Later, Dole admitted he’d overreached and displayed his familiar self-deprecating humor. But Dole won the nation’s respect — and deserved it by acclimation.
Bay Area transient sentenced to 20 years to life for murder of former partner
His face remained emotionless as Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick served him his sentence for murdering 33-year-old Rachel “Elias” Meisenheimer: 20 years to life. Then, he will serve 16 years to life, an indeterminant sentence for the second-degree murder of his former partner in July of this year and the enhancement of the use of a deadly weapon. Paepke turned himself into law enforcement July 1, days after killing Meisenheimer in her vehicle and driving her around in it. Meisenheimer’s family, however, detailed Paepke’s aggression against her that began with allegedly predatory behavior and ended with her family and friends having to enter this holiday season without her. She said, ‘This is going to be life-changing for me.’”Before turning Paepke in, Meisenheimer had left him.
Marin hike: Enjoying the mammals and butterflies of winter
Now we are lucky to have a local population of more than 2,500 elephant seals. Most importantly for people who want to view them, the colony expanded to Drakes Beach in the winter of 2019 during the government shutdown. Try calling the Visitor Center to find out if staff is available at Drakes Beach on a given day since the Drakes Beach Road may be closed if there isn’t adequate staff. To check on the handful that are over-wintering in Marin, go to the Drown Road Trail at Fort Baker in the Marin Headlands. Wendy Dreskin has led the College of Marin nature/hiking class Meandering in Marin since 1998, and teaches other nature classes for adults and children.
Think carefully before giving a pet as a gift
Because a pet is truly “the gift that keeps on giving,” it’s important that the animal you choose is a good match for its soon-to-be guardian. A pet is a major commitment of time and resources, and not everyone is prepared to take on that responsibility. High-energy dog breeds — even small ones — won’t be a good match. Many animals prefer to be the only pet in the home, and can become aggressive when forced to share their space. • Is the pet’s temperament a good match?
California regulators proposes reducing incentives for rooftop solar
Buying rooftop solar panels and a system to store extra power costs about $40,000, according to the solar industry. California now has 1.3 million solar systems on homes, far more than any other state, according to the solar industry. That number will only grow because since 2020 all newly constructed homes in California must have solar panels. But as solar panels proliferated, and the cost of installing them went down, criticism of the program grew. The changes would apply to new solar customers, but the new charges would be phased in over four years.
Police, prosecutors bugged Southern California courtroom
SAN DIEGO — Police and prosecutors bugged a holding area of a Southern California courtroom to secretly record two people who were accused of murder in a move defense lawyers say violated their rights. The case involved Marjorie Gawitt, 63, who was killed in March 2019 during a burglary at her Carlsbad home. Attorneys for James have filed misconduct allegations against the district attorney’s office, alleging that the recording violated her constitutional rights and court rules that ban recordings inside courtrooms. Prosecutors “used the courtroom to place their thumb on the scales of justice,” they said in court papers. Prosecutors argue that the recordings were legal because the holding area was technically considered a “detention facility” under control of the sheriff, despite the area being inside a court rather than in a jail.
Marin County school threats on social media lead to arrest of youth
San Rafael police detectives say they have arrested a juvenile suspect in an investigation of social media threats against members of the Davidson Middle School community. At 8 p.m. Friday, San Rafael police began investigating reports from parents and students about a social media post threatening harm to students and faculty at the school. Police contacted school officials about the threats and worked with the social media provider to identify a suspect and their source, according to Sgt. The person did not have the means to carry out the threatened actions described in the social media post, police said. Police are in contact with the school’s officials about the details of this case, which will be forwarded to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office.
Blow: Abortion case is bringing America closer to civil war
I see too many uneasy parallels between what was happening nearly 200 years ago and what is happening now. I see this country on the verge of another civil war, as the Calhounian impulse is reborn. In some ways, the abortion battle now being waged in the courts is a test case. Can the states make an argument that a civil right can be reversed on the state level? Can they make the case that all that the Constitution has not explicitly spelled out should be reserved for the states?
Famous LA shopping center The Grove adds barbed-wire-like fence to deter smash and grabs
As a recent wave of mob-led store robberies has put retailers, mall operators and communities on edge, one popular shopping center is keeping an unusual security measure in place through the holiday season. The Grove, a famous open-air shopping complex in Los Angeles, has added a high coil fence barrier that resembles barbed wire at the property’s entrances and exits. Management added the “tangled tape” coil fencing, which is made from a custom aluminum-and-steel mesh, ahead of Thanksgiving weekend. “The coil wire is a reasonably new technology in retail crime prevention,” said Mike Lamb, an expert in retail security and former vice president of asset protection and safety at Walmart, Home Depot and Kroger. At Los Angeles’ nearby Citadel Outlets shopping center, for example, general manager David Blagg said security has been tightened there too: “We have also increased our onsite security staff around the clock and have stationed security personnel throughout the center.
7.3 magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Indonesia
The quake hit 112 kilometers (69 miles) north of Maumere, on Indonesia’s Flores Island. The USGS said it struck at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11 miles) in the Flores Sea at 10:20 a.m. local time (10:20 p.m. Maumere is the capital city of Sikka and the second-largest town on Flores with a population of about 90,000 people. Related Articles Earthquake swarm continues off the US Pacific Coast. In December 1992, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Flores Island, killing more than 2,000 people.
‘Digital nomad’ rent plan could be next for apartment dwellers
The National Multifamily Housing Council’s annual renter survey showed apartment dwellers are moving more often, would consider a “digital nomad” rental plan and support a loosening of restrictions on subleasing through Airbnb-type sites. Apartment operators began to consider renter membership plans before the pandemic when digital nomads were a tiny slice of the renter market, he said. In a typical year, most apartment dwellers move because they’re looking for a better deal or better amenities and community space, Haughey said. But some landlords complained their tenants took advantage of COVID-19 era eviction moratoriums to list their apartments on Airbnb anyway. “That’s a big deal for our membership that over 10% said they wouldn’t rent if their neighbors were renting out on Airbnb,” he said.
At 30, Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ is a lesson on crossing over in style
From this perspective, that fifth album, also known as “The Black Album,” actually came late in the band’s life. It’s hard to say with any certainty that “The Black Album” is Metallica’s best. “The Black Album” more than passes the smell test of classic Metallica. So let’s celebrate “The Black Album” and give it its due. Saturday, Dec. 18Ross Halfin and Metallica, “The Black Album in Black & White”: 11 a.m. Free.
The memory remains on these bizarre Metallica merch items
Metallica ClueThe band revealed this bizarre mashup just in time for the holiday season: a Metallica version of the whodunit board game, which will help keep the Metallica Monopoly board game from being lonely in the back of our closets. I mean, how many metal band board games are there anyway? Might be the first time we’ve seen merch have merch. Metallica hockey pucksThis makes no sense. Metallica deluxe action figuresWe’re not talking about the action figures that came out through Todd McFarlane’s company, though they were cool.
New York Rangers at Colorado Avalanche odds, picks and prediction
Kevin EricksonSportsbook WireThe New York Rangers (18-6-3) visit the Colorado Avalanche (16-7-2) Tuesday at Ball Arena. Below, we look at the Rangers vs. Avalanche odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets. Rangers at Avalanche odds, spread and linesOdds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Odds for a full list. Money line: Rangers +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Avalanche -205 (bet $205 to win $100)Rangers +165 (bet $100 to win $165) | Avalanche -205 (bet $205 to win $100) Against the spread (ATS): Rangers +1.5 (-135) | Avalanche -1.5 (+110)Rangers +1.5 (-135) | Avalanche -1.5 (+110) Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: +110 | U: -135)Watch: ESPN+ has become a must-have for hockey fans. Rangers at Avalanche odds, lines, picks and predictionsPredictionAvalanche 4, Rangers 2The Avalanche (-205) aren't losing this one to the struggling Rangers, but risking more than two times your potential return is just a little too steep for my liking.
Review: Remember fun? Here’s why you need more of it in your life right now
Science journalist Catherine Price wants you to recapture that joy. If we’re all in agreement that we really like fun, why do we have so little of it? To boost your fun, Price recommends taking a fun audit, keeping a fun-times journal, writing a personal fun history, mapping fun magnets and building a fun squad. Price cautions: Beware of fun inhibitors like spoilsports, judgy types, perfectionism and (worst of all) “Fake Fun.” Fake Fun is like junk food. “Fake Fun takes us in directions we don’t actually want to go and leaves us feeling vacant, anxious, unfulfilled, and numb,” Price writes.
Giants’ Kadarius Toney one of NFL-record 37 COVID cases Monday; boosters required for staff as Omicron pops up
Giants rookie receiver Kadarius Toney was one of 37 positive COVID-19 tests in the NFL on Monday, a league record for a single day, sources confirmed. A Washington team employee also tested positive for the Omicron variant for the virus, a source confirmed, the first known case of that variant in the league. The previous high on any day was 24 positive tests on July 28 during training camp this past summer. On Monday, five Washington Football Team players tested positive, including defensive tackle Jonathan Allen. The Giants’ Toney, 22, meanwhile, tested positive for the second time this year.
The day Metallica turned San Jose into rock city
The San Jose Police Department tries to unravel the traffic and metalhead gridlock, while the traveling Metallica “Load on the Road” show continues onward. San Jose rock station 98.5 KOME had rebranded from classic rock to “New Rock” — successfully straddling the two. According to a KNTV news report, Tower Records manager Barbara Williamson said she talked to San Jose city officials and was told they didn’t need a permit. “In reality, you don’t answer questions that have not been asked.”Such details matter little to Metallica fans like Jason Clark. The city also stuck Tower Records with a $7,000 tab for police, fire and emergency medical services.
‘This is what it is to love an artist’: In a new ‘Eurydice’ opera, music and love clash
As the title suggests, the opera, based on Ruhl’s 2003 play of the same name, takes the traditional myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and re-centers it to make Eurydice the protagonist. “Orpheus seems more at home singing elegies for Eurydice than he is actually living with her. You can’t help but wonder if there is something calculated in that backward glance.”The opera expands on and complicates that explanation. In this version, Eurydice sees that Orpheus is, yet again, distracted by music, and calls out to get his attention. “This is what it is to love an artist,” Eurydice sings in one of the opera’s most sustained flights of lyrical expression.
Broncos Mailbag: Would keeping Vic Fangio impact team’s pursuit of Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson?
If the Broncos finish 10-7 and make the playoffs, it would represent double the wins they had during the miserable 2020 season (5-11). I think Rodgers and Wilson would be intrigued by the Broncos if Fangio was the coach and coming off a playoff appearance. If the Broncos don’t finish the season above .500, is Vic Fangio gone? Will Fangio survive if the Broncos finish 8-9, which would mean a 1-3 finish? — David Brown, SilverthorneThe Broncos’ kind of season — win three, lose four, win two, lose one, win one, lose one, win one — is how the NFL is designed.
Left tackle? Right tackle? Matt Nagy says everything is ‘on the table’ for Chicago Bears rookie Teven Jenkins after a disastrous debut in place of Jason Peters.
Rookie Teven Jenkins replaced Peters, and it was an offensive debut to forget. It was a disaster for the second-round draft pick from Oklahoma State and for the Bears coaching staff, which tried to help Jenkins but wasn’t successful with chip blocks and situational protections. You know, you’ve got left side, you’ve got right side, you’ve got all different things that come into it, so with Jason we’ve got to be able to see where he’s at. Last week the Vikings were able to consistently scheme free runners at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Vikings have 14 players with at least one sack, and they will come at Fields from all directions and attack Jenkins from every angle — whether he’s lined up at left tackle or right tackle.
Chicago Bears QB rewind: Early fireworks. A trio of turnovers. Another patience-testing loss. Justin Fields’ rookie roller coaster continues.
Heading into Sunday night’s game at Lambeau Field, there was every reason to expect a bit of rust from the Chicago Bears rookie quarterback. With the help of a 97-yard punt-return touchdown, the Bears scored a season-high 30 points. Defining momentThe Bears took a 27-21 lead into halftime, the sixth time this season they have held the halftime lead. It became clear pretty quickly why the Bears hoped to delay that entry into game action as long as possible. Next Gen Stats technology tracked his top speed at 20.86 mph, the fastest recorded speed for a Bears player this season.
Ask Amy: Minimalist wants to maximize birthday gift
My solution is to give a gift card, which the recipient can spend on whatever they might need or want. This child is turning five, and although I know I can’t come empty-handed, I also don’t want to give any gifts. — I’m Not CheapDear Not Cheap: There is no need to buy anything in order to give a child a wonderful gift. She can talk it over with you, make her selection, and enjoy her special birthday gift along with you. (You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Thousands without heat, water after tornadoes kill dozens in Midwest
Kentucky authorities said the sheer level of destruction was hindering their ability to tally the damage from Friday night’s storms. Andy Beshear said in announcing that lodges in state parks were being used to provide shelter. More than 10,000 homes and businesses have no water, and another 17,000 are under boil-water advisories, Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett told reporters. Debris from destroyed buildings and shredded trees covered the ground in Mayfield, a city of about 10,000 in western Kentucky. Five twisters hit Kentucky in all, including one with an extraordinarily long path of about 200 miles (322 kilometers), authorities said.
Peanut brittle that doesn't stick to your teeth. Sharay's Ghana Style Brittle isn't a miracle, just this Appleton man's side hustle.
In 2020, Asare began selling Sharay's Ghana Style Brittle at farmers markets, to store owners and on Facebook videos. Nostalgia started Asare's unexpected journey, but it continues largely because Sharay's brittle doesn't stick to teeth. Turns out that peanut brittle lovers don't love the clingy ways of typical American brittles. "But it seems I’ve resolved an issue people have with the regular peanut brittle.”When peanut brittle doesn't stick to teeth, it's easier to grow a business by word of mouth. Gold Coast Candy was launched with Sharay's Ghana Style Brittle as its first product.
Dear Abby: I go hiking, biking as disabled husband stays home alone
DEAR ABBY: My husband is in his 40s and permanently disabled from injuries received in a recent automobile accident. DEAR ABBY: I’m a woman of 28. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. To receive a collection of Abby’s most memorable — and most frequently requested — poems and essays, send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $8 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby — Keepers Booklet, P.O.
Milwaukee's American Family Insurance Amphitheater, Madison's The Sylvee among world's top-selling venues for 2021
When it comes to cumulative box office grosses, American Family Insurance Amphitheater actually ranks higher, clocking in at No. But the American Family Insurance Amphitheater wasn’t the only Wisconsin concert venue to report some of the year’s strongest box office returns. 3 with Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer (Sept. 1, American Family Insurance Amphitheater); No. 8 Dave Matthews Band (Sept. 15, American Family Insurance Amphitheater); and No. 10 the Jonas Brothers (Sept. 8, American Family Insurance Amphitheater).
Sen. Tammy Baldwin presses National Guard leader for answers, data about the high suicide rate in the force
The suicide rate in the National Guard is higher on average over the past five years than the rate among full-time and reserve military personnel. Within months, all four Wisconsin National Guardsmen took their own lives. The four Wisconsin Guard members who died by suicide in a five-month spanMore:What should the Guard do to reduce suicides? The National Guard Bureau declined to be interviewed about Baldwin's letter. “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on interpersonal correspondence between elected officials and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau,” bureau spokesman Wayne Hall said.
Left tackle? Right tackle? Matt Nagy says everything is ‘on the table’ for Chicago Bears rookie Teven Jenkins after a disastrous debut in place of Jason Peters.
“You definitely want to help out as much as you can,” Nagy said. And throughout the game, we had 32 dropbacks, 16 of them had chips and slams. When you do that, you eliminate receivers or tight ends because you’re saying, ‘OK, we’re going to protect.’ There’s a little risk-reward when you do that. But you’ve got to be able to help out that way. You’ve got to be able to help out in the run game too.”
Column: Desperate times? With most of the roster in quarantine, the Chicago Bulls should sign Tim Anderson and these other celebrities to 1-day contracts.
This Bulls COVID-19 outbreak is no laughing matter, of course, and it already is having an effect on their performance, as evidenced by recent losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. If the Bulls remain undermanned for the foreseeable future, it could damage their chances of finishing among the top four teams in the Eastern Conference and having home-court advantage in an opening playoff round.
Chicago Bears QB rewind: Early fireworks. A trio of turnovers. Another patience-testing loss. Justin Fields’ rookie roller coaster continues.
“They honestly trusted me right off the bat,” he said. “They just told me, ‘Hey, we have to get you in. We’re going to put you out there as soon as you get a hold of the plays.’ That’s all I needed. From any coach and any offense, I just need them to be able to trust me.
Tinley Park veteran’s 100th birthday brings ‘tears of joy’ to family
“It’s what he has done after the military that I am most impressed with,” he said. “My dad is my role model. There were no words. These actions taught me how to be a husband. He showed me.”
Fox News hosts sent texts to Mark Meadows urging Trump to act as Jan. 6 attack unfolded
On that matter of who was responsible, Hannity said, “I don’t care if the radical left, radical right — I don’t know who they are. They’re not people I would support. So how were officials not prepared? We got to answer that question. How did they allow the Capitol building to be breached in what seemed like less than a few minutes?”
Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, says it should be potent against omicron variant
In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. But the drug did achieve a second goal by reducing hospitalizations by about 70% among that group, which included otherwise healthy unvaccinated adults and vaccinated adults with one or more health issues. Less than 1% of patients who got the drug were hospitalized, compared with 2.4% of patients who got a dummy pill.
Cold-stun turtle season sets in later than normal
Cold-stun turtle season sets in later than normalTwo East End nonprofits - the Marine Rescue Center and the Hampton Bays-based American Marine Conservation Society, on Friday began rehabilitating a total of 36 sea turtles. Credit: NYMRC
Pfizer confirms COVID pill's results, potency versus omicron
WASHINGTON — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
Pfizer jabs protect 70% against hospitalization from omicron
JOHANNESBURG — A two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination provides just 33% protection against infection by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. The study has been carried out in the weeks since omicron was first announced in November by scientists in South Africa and Botswana. South Africa is the first country to experience a surge in COVID-19 driven by the omicron variant. South Africa has experienced rapid community spread — concentrated in its most populous province, Gauteng — dominated by the omicron variant. Hospital admissions among adults diagnosed with COVID-19 attributed to omicron is 29% lower compared to the COVID-19 wave that South Africa experienced in mid-2020, after adjusting for vaccination status.
Cold-stun turtle season sets in later than normal
Two East End nonprofits - the Marine Rescue Center and the Hampton Bays-based American Marine Conservation Society, on Friday began rehabilitating a total of 36 sea turtles. Credit: NYMRC
Redistricting panel, in response to lawsuit, argues limits on transparency are necessary
Lawyers for Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission argued Monday that newspapers suing over its use of private legal memos and a closed session had overinflated the commission's responsibilities to transparency under the constitution. The constitutional amendment, the filing said, does not "abrogate" the commission's right to confidential legal memos or "confidential consultation." The commission argued Monday it had complied with the constitution's requirement to hold business in public by holding 136 public meetings over the past 15 months. The filing argued the confidential memos were not "data and supporting materials" used to develop the redistricting plans and thus subject to disclosure under the constitution. The filing also noted redistricting panels in Colorado, California, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Arizona and Idaho recognize attorney-client privilege.
Powerball drawing 12/13/21: Check winning numbers here, jackpot up to $333 million
The winning numbers Monday were 10, 30, 37, 53 and 59. The red Powerball was 4. To play, select five numbers from one to 69 for the white balls, then select one number from one to 26 for the red Powerball. To win, match one of the 9 Ways to Win:5 white balls + 1 red Powerball = Grand prize5 white balls = $1 million4 white balls = 1 red Powerball = $50,0004 white balls = $1003 white balls + 1 red Powerball = $1003 white balls = $72 white balls + 1 red Powerball = $71 white ball + 1 red Powerball = $41 red Powerball = $4There's a chance to have your winnings increased two, three, four, five and 10 times through the Power Play for an additional $1 per play. If you're lacking inspiration, the latest winning numbers Wednesday were 10, 30, 37, 53 and 59.
Pfizer antiviral reduces hospitalization, death among high-risk people by 89%, study shows: COVID-19 updates
An experimental antiviral drug from Pfizer to help combat COVID-19, delivered in a five-day course of pills, reduced hospitalization or death among high-risk people by 89%, according to a final analysis of a previously released study. Lab studies also suggest the antiviral will remain potent against the omicron variant, which has been rapidly spreading across the globe. Late last month, an FDA advisory committee narrowly recommended authorizing a different COVID-19 antiviral from Merck, called molnupiravir. ?On the heels of a record 37 players testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday, the NFL is requiring Tier 1 and 2 employees to obtain COVID-19 vaccine boosters. ? What we're reading: A year after the first COVID-19 vaccine, here's what's next for researchers – and what worries them.
Pfizer confirms COVID pill's results, potency versus omicron
Matthew PerroneAssociated PressWashington — Pfizer said Tuesday that its experimental COVID-19 pill appears effective against the omicron variant. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that omicron uses to reproduce itself. In interim results, Pfizer said its drug failed to meet its main study goal: sustained relief from COVID-19 for four days during or after treatment, as reported by patients. Both the Merck and Pfizer pills are expected to perform well against omicron because they don’t target the coronavirus’ spike protein, which contains most of the new variant’s mutations.
What makes a top workplace, and how are the rankings chosen?
For the ninth year, The Oklahoman has partnered with Philadelphia-based Energage to rank the Top Workplaces in Oklahoma. The process is based on a scientific survey of employees who rate their workplace culture. Throughout the process, 1,715 employers in the state were invited to have their employees take the survey. It might be because it chose not to participate, or because it did not score well enough in the survey process. Energage occasionally disqualifies employers based on questionable results detected through statistical tests it runs to ensure organizations are accurately administering the survey.
Meet the winners of The Oklahoman's 2021 Top Workplaces project
Oklahoman staffWelcome to The Oklahoman's 2021 Top Workplaces project. Every year The Oklahoman honors some of the top workplaces in the state, based on employee feedback. It’s a way we like to recognize individuals and organizations that do things the right way. The Oklahoman partners with Philadelphia-based Energage, the employee research and culture technology firm, to determine Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces, based solely on employee survey feedback. Below are links to all of the stories and the winners lists for this year's project:Introduction to Top WorkplacesMethodology: What makes a top workplace, and how are the rankings chosen?
Bidgely Closes 2021 with 100% Year-Over-Year Utility Customer Growth Globally
Bidgely is an AI-powered SaaS Company accelerating a clean energy future by enabling energy companies and consumers to make data-driven energy-related decisions. Powered by our unique patented technology, Bidgely's UtilityAI™ Platform transforms multiple dimensions of customer data - such as energy consumption, demographic, and interactions - into deeply accurate and actionable consumer energy insights. We leverage these insights to empower each customer with personalized recommendations, tailored to their individual personality and lifestyle, usage attributes, behavioral patterns, purchase propensity, and beyond. With roots in Silicon Valley, Bidgely has over 17 energy patents, $75M+ in funding, retains 30+ data scientists, and brings a passion for AI to utilities serving residential and commercial customers around the world. For more information, please visit www.bidgely.com or the Bidgely blog at bidgely.com/blog.
NATO chief applies for job as Norway's central bank governor
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he has applied to be the next governor of Norway's central bank in an appointment that would last for six years if he gets the job. The current governor of Norges Bank, Oeystein Olsen, is retiring in early 2022 after holding the position since Jan. 1, 2011 for two terms. Stoltenberg told Norwegian news agency NTB on Tuesday that he was contacted by Norway’s Finance Ministry in November and asked if he would consider applying. “I have now done that, and this is a job I am very motivated for,” Stoltenberg told NTB. Stoltenberg, a former prime minister in his native Norway, became NATO secretary-general in 2014.
Belarus hands opposition leader’s husband 18 years in prison
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced the husband of the country's opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial began behind closed doors. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been widely seen as politically motivated. Tsikhanouski, a popular video blogger and activist, planned to challenge authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko in the August 2020 presidential election. His wife, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, ran in his stead, drawing tens of thousands of people to rally in her support during the campaign. Official results of the vote handed Lukashenko a landslide victory and a sixth term in office, but were rejected by opposition and the West as a sham.
NATO chief applies for job as Norway's central bank governor
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he has applied to be the next governor of Norway's central bank in an appointment that would last for six years if he gets the job. The current governor of Norges Bank, Oeystein Olsen, is retiring in early 2022 after holding the position since Jan. 1, 2011 for two terms. Stoltenberg said he was contacted by Norway’s Finance Ministry in November and asked if he would consider applying. “I have now done that, and this is a job I am very motivated for,” the NATO chief said in a statement. Norges Bank, the central bank,confirmed that Stoltenberg applied for the position.
Key official to testify in Noem-daughter licensing inquiry
She was pressed to retire after Peters got her license in November 2020, filed an age discrimination lawsuit and accepted a $200,000 settlement that bars her from disparaging state officials. But her appearance on Tuesday was compelled by subpoena. The committee's inquiry has been going on for nearly two months. In October testimony, Noem's secretary of labor, Marcia Hultman, described the meeting as innocuous — mostly a policy discussion aimed at changes to the application process for appraiser licenses. Hultman excused any appearance of impropriety by saying that details of the agreement with Peters were in place before that meeting.
Pfizer confirms pill's potency vs. omicron; study finds shot 70% effective against hospitalization
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination provides just 33% protection against infection by the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but 70% protection against hospitalization, according to a large-scale analysis in South Africa released Tuesday. The first large-scale analysis of vaccine effectiveness in the region where the new variant was discovered appears to support early indications that omicron is more easily transmissible and that the Pfizer shot isn't as effective in protecting against infection as it was against the delta variant. ***Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark MeadowsWASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has voted to recommend contempt charges against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as lawmakers revealed a series of frantic texts he received as the attack was underway. The texts, provided by Meadows before he ceased cooperating with the committee, revealed that members of Congress, Fox News anchors and even President Donald Trump’s own son were urging Meadows to push Trump to act quickly to stop the siege by his supporters.
This morning's top headlines: Tuesday, Dec. 14
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Motorists spun out on whitened mountain passes and residents wielded umbrellas that flopped in the face of fierce winds as Northern California absorbed even more rain and snow on Monday, bringing the possibility of rockslides and mudslides to areas scarred by wildfires following an especially warm and dry fall across the U.S. West.
Meadows moves to center of Jan. 6 probe
As House investigators charge ahead with their probe into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, their focus has shifted to a contentious former colleague they increasingly see as a crucial witness: Mark Meadows Mark MeadowsJan. 6 panel votes to hold Meadows in contempt Meadows texts show Hannity, Don Jr. wanted Trump to stop Jan. 6 riot Meadows lawyer argues contempt referral would be contrary to law MORE. Yet Meadows, a former House lawmaker from North Carolina, has refused to appear before the panel to discuss those communications. The Jan. 6 panel said it would have asked Meadows about emails to Justice Department leaders from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1 encouraging probes of suspected voter fraud, claims that had been rejected by federal investigators and the courts. That presentation made its way to Meadows’s email box on Jan. 5, days after Waldron met with Meadows at the White House.
As U.S. Nears 800,000 Virus Deaths, 1 of Every 100 Older Americans Has Perished
One in 100 older Americans has died from the virus. In both sharp and subtle ways, the pandemic has amplified an existing divide between older and younger Americans. By now, Covid-19 has become the third leading cause of death among Americans 65 and older, after heart disease and cancer. The virus deaths of older people have sometimes been dismissed as losses that might have occurred anyway, from other causes, but analyses of “excess deaths” challenge that suggestion. The post As U.S. Nears 800,000 Virus Deaths, 1 of Every 100 Older Americans Has Perished appeared first on New York Times.
Biden White House warns: COVID explosion imminent
New data from South Africa and Europe hint that Omicron cases are poised to explode in the U.S., where the vast majority of the population isn't well protected against infection. But the variant is less likely to lead to hospitalization in adults than the original version. During the current Omicron wave, the two-dose regimen was 70% effective against severe disease requiring hospital admission. They found children had a 20% higher risk of hospital admission than they did from previous variants. European countries have also been reporting that the variant is spreading rapidly, with cases doubling every two to three days.
A married man was extorted for having an affair. So he hired a crew that killed his blackmailer, feds say.
But Maund decided to do something else instead: He paid to have the pair killed, prosecutors say. That same day, Maund “communicated multiple times” with Gilad Peled, the owner of Austin-based firm Speartip Security. According to the indictment, Brockway owns a security company and served in the Marine Corps’s Force Reconnaissance, a Special Operations intelligence unit. The next day, Carey and Brockway drove to Memphis, where Brockway got on a flight to Austin, the indictment says. All four men will be transferred to Nashville, prosecutors said.
An Arkansas waitress served a party that tipped $4,400. It led to her getting fired.
“We are tipping,” Grant Wise hollered so the entire party could hear, “a total of $4,400.”Cheers erupted from the table. The money was to be split between Brandt and the other servers who waited on Wise’s party. Others who didn’t eat at Oven & Tap that night added to the tip with donations. Oven & Tap co-owner Mollie Mullis denied to KNWA that Wise asked about the restaurant’s tipping policy in advance. On Dec. 7, the owners told Brandt they were firing her because she’d told Wise how his party’s tip was being distributed, Horton said.
Across the World, Covid Anxiety and Depression Take Hold
Panic spreads in an instant even if, as with the Omicron variant, the extent of the threat is not yet known. Anxiety and depression spread. Even in China, with no reported Covid deaths since January, some confess weariness with the measures that have kept them safe when so many others perished. Britain, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has veered between herd immunity temptations and the kind of periodic restrictions now in force again to combat the Omicron variant. The post Across the World, Covid Anxiety and Depression Take Hold appeared first on New York Times.
Effectiveness of Pfizer's Covid pill confirmed in further analysis, company says
Additional data from Pfizer's clinical trial of its oral Covid-19 antiviral drug confirm the treatment's high level of effectiveness, the company said in a news release Tuesday. In the final analysis of its Phase 2/3 clinical trial, the antiviral, called Paxlovid, was found to be 89 percent effective at preventing high-risk people from being hospitalized or dying from Covid, the company said. Experts say an antiviral pill for Covid would have a major impact on the pandemic by making treatment available at home. Two of the pills are an experimental antiviral called nirmatrelvir; the third pill is an existing HIV drug called ritonavir. The FDA has yet to authorize the drug, called molnupiravir.
Rambling with Dolly Parton and meditative strolls: the best podcasts for walks
Technically, any podcast you listen to while you walk is a walking podcast. If you’re after a companion, try Apple’s Time to Walk series, which is available to Apple Fitness+ subscribers with an Apple Watch. Obviously your enjoyment of this series will be directly linked to how much you like each presenter. National Trust walking podcastsThere are two ways to listen to the National Trust’s series of walking podcasts. There are a number of different walking scenarios to choose from – nature, the city, home – but they’re all rooted in basic mindfulness techniques.
VR experience offers journey into US president's nuclear bunker – video
Nuclear Biscuit, a simulated experience, allows US officials to wargame a missile attack and see the devastating consequences of their choices. Players experience what the president would have to do in the event of a nuclear crisis: make a decision that would end many millions of lives – and quite possibly civilisation on the planet – with incomplete information and in less than 15 minutes. Here's a snippet of the game as completed by Julian Borger, our world affairs editor
South Dakota teachers scramble for dollar bills to buy classroom supplies in half-time game – video
A competition pitting 10 teachers against each other to scramble for dollar bills to fund school supplies in a city in South Dakota has been described as ‘demeaning’ and drawn comparisons with the hit Netflix series Squid Game. The local Argus Leader newspaper reported that $5,000 (£3,770) in single dollar bills was laid out on the ice skating ring during the Sioux Falls Stampede hockey game on Saturday night, and the teachers from nearby schools competed to grab as many as possible in less than five minutes
‘I didn't find the exam difficult’: Indian woman learns to read and write at 104 – video
A 104-year-old woman has fulfilled her dream to learn to read. After starting in April, Kuttiyamma achieved 89% in literacy and 100% in mathematics in the Kerala state primary literacy exam last month, the oldest woman to do so. Kuttiyamma had been curious about reading and would often try to make out the alphabet herself, but when she was born in a village to a low-caste rural family, there was no education. Her neighbour Rehana John, a 34-year-old literacy trainer, persuaded her to start to learn to read. Previously, John’s oldest student had been 85
US tornadoes: up to 100 people feared dead after historic storms – video report
What could prove to be the longest tornado in US history has left a trail of destruction from Arkansas to Kentucky, part of a vast storm front that is feared to have killed at least 100 people in southern and central states of the US. A candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, and an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, were just two of the buildings destroyed in Friday night’s storm, which was all the more unusual because it came in December, when colder weather normally limits tornadoes
Hospitals worry rising case counts will push them past breaking point
Hospitals increasingly are worried that a growing number of COVID-19 cases in several states will push them beyond their breaking point, even before the omicron strain really hits U.S. shores hard. ADVERTISEMENTSome public health experts worry that omicron could only make things worse, even in an optimistic scenario where the new variant doesn’t lead to deadly cases. New Hampshire and Maine officials also announced the National Guard’s deployment last week to assist with its overwhelmed hospitals. It’s unclear if and how the omicron strain could affect the demand on hospitals. Preliminary data suggests that the omicron strain may cause less severe illness but could be more transmissible than the delta strain.
Belarus jails opposition leader’s husband for 18 years
Syarhei Tsikhanouski, the husband of Belarus’s opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for organising mass unrest and inciting social hatred, the official Belta news agency reported. Tsikhanouski, a video blogger, was jailed in May 2020 as he prepared to run against the Belarus leader, Alexander Lukashenko, in that August’s presidential election. A few hours before the verdict was pronounced, Tsikhanouskaya called it “illegal” and something that “should not be tolerated”. Photograph: ReutersAfter the election Tsikhanouskaya fled to neighbouring Lithuania to escape a sweeping crackdown. In September, Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of last year’s mass street protests against Lukashenko, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
'It all feels like a horrible repeat of last year': Readers on potential school closures due to Covid
The looming prospect of more school closures as part of further Covid restrictions has exasperated both parents and children. Following the Government’s announcement last week, which outlined their emergency response to the omicron variant, Health Secretary Sajid Javid refused to rule out another round of full school closures. Patrick O’Flynn, writing for the Telegraph, has argued that it would be “unforgivable” for the Government to fully close schools again, particularly as school closures have a devastating impact on vulnerable children. Join the conversation and tell us what your thoughts are on the prospect of school closures. 'We are struggling to motivate our 15-year-old doing exams this year'@Linda Turner:"I have a 15-year-old boy doing exams this year.
Urgent action needed to halt trafficking of children in world’s orphanages – report
Immediate action must be taken to prevent trafficking and exploitation of children in orphanages, according to a report published on Monday. They are then trafficked out of the same institutions into other forms of exploitation, including sex work and forced begging. In Ghana, trafficked children were subjected to some of the worst forms of abuse, with children sold by institutions to work on cocoa farms and in goldmines. In Cambodia, some orphanage owners were found to have bought vulnerable children from disadvantaged families and marketed them to donors for profit. Vulnerable children are being trapped in a complex web of institution-related trafficking and are being repeatedly exposed to multiple forms of harm.
You hate your job – what next? The two writers exploring toxic productivity
And they were told by their bosses that offices are this nucleus of productivity that holds the fabric of our organization together. And then the pandemic comes, we all get forced into this experiment, and productivity doesn’t suffer – workers pull it off. If you can figure out the balance so that when you are working, the work is great and when you’re not working, you’re not thinking about your work all the time. But when I really started doing the inventory of [my work life balance], it was deeply upsetting. So we’re doing work all the time.
Metropolitan Police’s odd ‘Christmas crime’ advent calendar immediately backfires
So you can imagine what happened when the Metropolitan Police bizarrely decided to take a festive approach to hunting suspected criminals, by posting an odd video advent calendar in which a new suspect is revealed daily for the public to watch out for, up until December 25 itself. The lovely video starts with a red background and words with the jolly “12 days of Christmas crime” appearing on the screen, as cartoon snow falls gently. It then moves to an image of an advent calendar of 12 alleged wrong’uns silhouetted behind doors and it’s time to open door number one! This all seems pretty odd but the Met don’t appear to agree. But reacting to it, people thought the calendar was in pretty bad taste and just utterly bizarre.
11 photos of massive queues at booster jab centres as push to slow spread of omicron variant continues
On Sunday evening, Boris Johnson told the nation to “get boosted now”. Since his announcement, many vaccine centres have seen long queues form as people show they are willing to wait hours to get a dose of Pfizer in their arm at walk in centres, rather than book an appointment. There have also been problems with the NHS website, which people say has been repeatedly crashing as they tried to book their jabs. The system was overwhelmed on Monday as over-30s became eligible to book their booster. Here are 11 photos of queues at vaccine centres throughout the country from over the last couple of days.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy after disciplinary breach
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following his latest disciplinary breach. Aubameyang was dropped from Mikel Arteta’s squad for Saturday’s victory over Southampton and will not be considered for selection against West Ham United on Wednesday. Aubameyang was also dropped for lateness in March, when Arsenal played north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The removal of the captaincy from Aubameyang raises serious doubts about his long-term future at the club. There are few obvious candidates to replace Aubameyang as captain, with Arsenal just months into a drastic rebuild of their squad under Arteta’s management.
Why aren’t people flocking to see West Side Story?
West Side Story has opened with a rather flat $15.1m (£11.4m) – with $10.6m in North America and a troubling $4.5m from 37 overseas territories including UK and Ireland, France, Germany, Russia, Brazil and Mexico. Even In The Heights, based on the pre-Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda stage show, began with $11.5m when it opened in North America in June, and that was considered a disappointment at the time. And In The Heights was available in cinemas and simultaneously on HBO Max, whereas West Side Story is exclusively in cinemas and should have done better. Although the West Side Story numbers are below expectations, it’s by no means all over for the film as cinemas are likely to keep it on screens at least into the Christmas holiday period. Cinema operators understand that the older-skewing audience for this title is typically busy in mid-December, with social plans, shopping and preparations for Christmas.
British Airways launches budget flights from Gatwick
British Airways has confirmed plans to launch a new budget operation at Gatwick with flights starting in March. It will use the British Airways name but exist as an "entirely separate entity". It will initially be run by British Airways, starting with three Airbus short-haul planes before ramping up to 18 aircraft by the end of May ahead of the summer. By autumn 2022 flights will be managed separately under the BA Euroflyer name, but the brand name will remain British Airways. The vast majority of British Airways' short-haul flights from Gatwick have been suspended since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Don't delete emails relating to alleged Christmas party, Tories told
Downing Street staff have been warned not to delete evidence relating to last year’s alleged Christmas parties, amid fears that vital information may have been wiped from Government email servers. All three allegedly occurred when the public were subject to strict Covid-19 restrictions on household mixing and gatherings. Should evidence of criminal wrongdoing be found, this would lead to Mr Case’s investigation being paused. Staff were also told some of them would be summoned in the coming days to give evidence to the ongoing investigation. However, in comments that suggest the inquiry may struggle to uncover all the evidence related to the three events, Mr Reynolds muted that emails are automatically deleted after 90 days as part of routine security procedures.
Bring back furlough if new lockdown imposed, IMF tells Rishi Sunak
The IMF cautioned that despite the impact of the UK’s successful vaccine on the economy, the lasting effects of the pandemic “and the behavioural changes it has caused will not fade quickly”. The shift to a more digital economy as well as pressures on supply chains and rising energy prices will all last well into 2022, it said. Over the years to come, the IMF expects UK growth to slow to 1.5pc per year. The Treasury said the vaccine booster programme will help the recovery, but refused to comment on the possibility of a new furlough scheme. “The IMF specifically credited the UK’s ‘rapid’ vaccination campaign which allowed the ‘worst health impacts of the pandemic’ to be contained over the summer.
Gary Foulkes, Angler restaurant: ‘If we all cook responsibly, seafood will be around for a long time’
Taking a role at a Michelin-starred restaurant is no mean feat, but it’s a challenge that Gary Foulkes has firmly risen to. Foulkes began his culinary at just 17, taking on a weekend role at a local hotel after a school work experience stint. I believe that if we all cook seasonally and responsibly, seafood will be available for people to enjoy for a long time to come. Does cooking in a hotel restaurant influence your style? That’s the whole point of a restaurant – to serve food that delivers pleasure, otherwise I don’t see the point.
Aldi named most hygienic supermarket in the UK
Aldi has been named the “most hygienic supermarket in the UK” in a study of 744 stores. Out of its 744 stores across the country, 99.73 per cent of Aldi chains in the UK boasted a top hygiene rating of five. Meanwhile, 88.64 per cent of Co-op stores were rated a five, while 89.62 per cent of Asda’s did the same. The study found that only 0.88 per cent of all supermarkets in the UK had a rating of 3 or below. “While big-name brands like these supermarket chains have generally high results across the majority of their stores, more can be done to ensure the safety of their customers across the UK.
David Beckham wears ‘Spice World’ Christmas jumper in festive picture
David Beckham has paid homage to his wife’s music career by donning a “Spice World” Christmas jumper this year. In a post to his Instagram on Monday 13 December, the former football player was seen posing next to Victoria Beckham wearing a blue festive sweatshirt. Central to the snowflake-adorned knit is a picture of Earth, wrapped in a “Spice World” banner. “Now that’s a Christmas Jumper Mr Beckham!” she wrote in the caption. David’s selection earned high praise from Victoria’s bandmate, fellow Spice Girl, Emma Bunton, who commented: “Best Christmas jumper ever!!!
Ramp up the olive oil flavour in this olive-walnut pasta
This recipe doubles down on its olive oil flavour by fortifying its sauce with a generous amount of torn green olives. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then drain. While the pasta’s cooking, in a large casserole dish, stir together the olive oil, walnuts and olives. Add the pasta and ¼ cup pasta water to the walnut mixture. Cook over medium-low, stirring and adding pasta water as needed, until the pasta is well coated.
Revealed: the Tory rebels set to defy No 10's Covid vaccine passport plans
Some Tory MPs are planning to oppose all of the measures, including work-from-home measures and the use of face coverings in most indoor venues. What time are the votes on working from home, vaccine passports and masks? Three separate votes are expected on Tuesday on working from home, vaccine passports and face masks. Full list: The Tory MPs intending to defy the Government on 'vaccine passports'Here is the most up-to-date list of MPs who have indicated they will refuse to support the Government on Covid certification measures. Not all of these MPs have said they will vote against the proposals, meaning that some could abstain.
Coronavirus: How to manage your mental health while working from home
During the initial lockdowns, a long period of isolation may well have been a necessary measure to protect public health against Covid-19 but it has been acknowledged that it could also have a detrimental impact on people’s mental health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) last year released a mental health guide for people who are self-isolating saying: “This time of crisis is generating stress in the population.”So what should you do if your mental health is suffering during self-isolation or while working from home; are there ways to ensure you safeguard your emotional and mental wellbeing during a potentially extended period of being alone? But Emma Carrington, advice and information manager at Mental Health UK, says: “Do your best to eat well. “Our physical health and mental health are linked so try to create a routine that includes some physical exercise,” he says. The World Health Organisation says: “A near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel anxious or distressed.
Bryony Frost nearly left the country over bullying from fellow jockey
I don’t feel they saw what I was going through as being as serious as it was. And I don’t just mean in the weighing room but everywhere within the sport. Much has been made of the fact that in the closing submissions of the hearing, Louis Weston, representing the BHA, described the weighing room culture as “rancid”. Frost said: “It’s important to say there are extremely professional, good people in the weighing room. “I’ve already been made to feel I am part of the weighing room, they do want me to sit down and have a cup of tea with them.
Maria Kolesnikova: No regrets for Belarus activist jailed for coup plot
The giant protests that broke out following last August's election were suppressed by riot police, with clear evidence that they used torture. There were also mass arrests: the Viasna human rights group has counted more than 700 political prisoners so far, including several of its own members.
Sergio Aguero set to announce retirement from football after heart issues at Barcelona
Barcelona have confirmed that Sergio Aguero will hold a press conference on Wednesday, when the forward is expected to announce his retirement from football. Aguero is expected to officially confirm his retirement, after a career spanning over 600 matches almost 400 goals with Independiente, Atletico Madrid, Man City and Barcelona. In addition, the 33-year-old won 101 caps with Argentina, the last of which came during the nation’s successful Copa America run in the summer. ‘Kun’, as he is known in Spain, netted 41 times at senior international level and had signed a two-year deal with Barcelona. Former Man City team-mate Samir Nasri has already appeared on French TV claiming Aguero told him he will ending his time as a player, with widespread reports in Spain noting the same.
Elon Musk says Tesla will start accepting dogecoin
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the electric car maker will begin accepting payments in dogecoin for some products. “Tesla will make some merch buyable with Doge & see how it goes,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday. In May, he asked his Twitter followers if Tesla should accept payments in dogecoin, with more than three quarters of respondents saying yes. Earlier this week, Musk said that dogecoin worked better than bitcoin as a form of payment as it could handle higher transaction volumes and does not have a fixed supply. “Even though it was created as a silly joke, dogecoin is actually better suited for transactions,” he told Time magazine, who named him Person of the Year 2021 on Monday.
Dogecoin price surges by 25% after Elon Musk announcement
Dogecoin has surged by as much as 25 per cent in the wake of a new announcement from Elon Musk. The Tesla chief executive said his electric car company would start taking payment in the cryptocurrency “and see how it goes”. “Even though it was created as a silly joke, dogecoin is better suited for transactions.”Dogecoin rapidly jumped 25 per cent in the wake of Mr Musk’s tweet, announcing Tesla’s change of policy. The price of the coin has been largely stable in recent months, and has been trading consistently down since the beginning of November. Even after Mr Musk’s recent intervention, the price is a long way from the heights it reached the in May, when he was busily giving his public backing to the cryptocurrency.
Tamsin Greig clarifies Friday Night Dinner comment about playing Jewish mother
Tamsin Greig has clarified recent comments she made about her casting in the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner. In a recent interview, the actor had said she “probably shouldn’t” have played a Jewish matriarch In the show. Greig, who is a practising Christian with Jewish ancestry, played the part of Jackie Goodman in the comedy, which follows a Jewish family living in north London. “I think, given our sensitivity today about these issues, I probably shouldn’t have been in that show,” the actor told The Telegraph. In a new interview on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Tuesday morning (14 December), Greig has now clarified her comments.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy
Arsenal have stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the club captaincy over a breach of discipline. Aubameyang was dropped from the squad on the weekend as Arsenal beat Southampton 3-0 at the Emirates, and he will not be considered for their match at home against West Ham on Wednesday evening. The Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, would not be drawn on the matter after the win over Southampton, simply pointing to his pre-match comments which put the captain’s absence down to a “disciplinary breach”. We are fully focused on tomorrow’s match.”It is not the first time Aubameyang has been disciplined by the club. At the time Arteta described Aubameyang as “an important leader” but his leadership role has now gone and his future at the Emirates is left in major doubt.
Independent Scottish cricket racism review to begin next month
An independent review into racism within Scottish cricket is set to start next month with extensive “consultation and engagement” at all levels at the heart of the investigation. A full public report will then be circulated replete with recommendations to address by Cricket Scotland, which will be held to account by sportscotland. That is why it is vital a full independent investigation is carried out into racism in Scottish cricket. Sue Strachan, president of Cricket Scotland, said: “Cricket Scotland and its Regional Associations, The Cricket Scotland Match Officials and Umpires Association(CSMOA) and the Scottish Cricketers Association(SCA) are fully committed to engaging with Plan4Sport and sportscotland to assist this independent review. “We will make change where it is required in order to ensure that there is no place for racism or discrimination within cricket in Scotland.”
SNL’s Chloe Fineman responds to Lauren Boebert’s tweet
Chloe Fineman called Lauren Boebert an “actual clown” after the controversial Republican criticised the comedian’s “poorly-acted” sketch on a recent Saturday Night Live episode. The six-minute sketch, which aired on Saturday (11 December), mocked Ms Boebert’s and politician Marjorie Taylor Greene’s pro-gun stance. While Fineman impersonated Ms Boebert, fellow SNL cast member Cecily Strong portrayed Ms Greene in the show’s cold open, which also parodied chief medical adviser to the US president, Dr Anthony Fauci, and the “disgraced” Cuomo brothers, Andrew and Chris. After she watched the skit, Ms Boebert called Fineman a “no name actor” and ridiculed the popular NBC show, as well as actor Alec Baldwin. Would they give a dumb person a gun?” Fineman responded, adding, “Yes.”
Belarus opposition head Tikhanovskaya condemns 'sham trial' of husband
President Lukashenko furiously criticised Germany this week for joining the Western sanctions against Belarus. On the 80th anniversary of the launch of Adolf Hitler's Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union, he said the sanctions were part of a "hybrid war" against Belarus and "we did not expect Germany's participation in this collective conspiracy".
Belarus jail terms for opposition figures Kolesnikova and Znak
Maxim Znak told the BBC it was because of a lack of evidence. He said there was only one reason why the trial was held in secret, because the charges "don't exist".
Anaesthetist shoots dead ex-girlfriend and ex-wife, recording Facebook Live update in between
A nurse anaesthetist from Baltimore killed his ex-girlfriend and documented the murder in a Facebook video before heading to his ex-wife’s house and killing her too, authorities said. After killing his former partners, Rajaee Black shot himself. Black shot a 90-second Facebook live video after killing LaBang, and said that he “just did something crazy”. In the video, Black claimed that he was accused of molesting his children during a legal tussle with his ex-wife. The Howard County authorities were alerted by the Baltimore police about the Facebook video nearly 15 minutes after they received a call of murder-suicide from Columbia.
Climate change: Melting of Antarctica's 'doomsday glacier' threatens UK sea levels, scientists warn
Thwaites Glacier is a river of ice the size of Great Britain. Currently, it is held back by an ice shelf, a floating extension of the glacier held in place by an underwater mountain. But recent research as part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration has shown that this ice shelf is "under attack from all sides". AdvertisementMassive fractures are also forming and growing across the ice shelf surface. Thwaites Glacier currently accounts for around 4% of global sea-level rise - double that of the mid-1990s.
IMF warns Bank of England against inaction on inflation
The BoE has said that interest rates will need to rise to ensure that consumer price inflation – currently 4.2% – returns to its 2% target. “Monetary policy also has a key role to play in managing volatility but could face difficult trade-offs,” the IMF said. “It would be important to avoid inaction bias, in view of costs associated with containing second-round impacts. The BoE is due to complete its 895 billion-pound of asset purchases this week and has said it will stop reinvesting the proceeds of maturing bonds once Bank Rate rises to 0.5%. Britain’s government should be ready to reinstate support such as its furlough programme and extra assistance for the poorest households if there are significant new lockdowns, but should not make furlough a permanent part of its toolkit.
'From grief to shock': Tornadoes kill at least 74 in Kentucky
The death toll was likely to rise as another 109 people remained missing, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said. The tornadoes, which the governor estimated destroyed 1,000 homes, surprised people by striking unusually late in the year during cold weather on Friday. Across Kentucky, neighbors and volunteers worked to house, feed and offer any other assistance to those left homeless by the storm. President Joe Biden will travel to the state on Wednesday to visit hard-hit areas including Mayfield, the White House said. “You go from grief to shock to being resolute for a span of 10 minutes and then you go back,” he said.
IMF urges UK to give non-banks access to liquidity in market crises
LONDON – Britain should consider giving ‘non-banks’ access to its repurchase agreements and government bond operations as a source of liquidity in stressed markets, the International Monetary Fund recommended on Tuesday. Non-banks comprise hedge funds, mutual funds, pension funds, money market funds and insurance companies, which collectively now account for half of global financial activity. Intervention prevented money market funds and other market participants from freezing up, but regulators globally are looking at what measures can be taken to avoid having to do the same again in the next market crisis. This is a major cross-border challenge, the IMF said in an assessment of Britain’s economy and financial system. Britain’s finance ministry has proposed that UK regulators have an objective of maintaining the competitiveness of the financial sector, which had raised concerns at the BoE.
UK faces very difficult four weeks due to Omicron, health security agency says
LONDON – The Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is showing a higher rate of reinfection that other variants and its growth rate is shortening in the United Kingdom, the Health Security Agency’s chief medical adviser said on Tuesday. “This is growing very fast with a growth rate of initially two to three days, and that growth rate seems to be shortening rather than lengthening,” Dr Susan Hopkins said. “We are seeing a higher rate of reinfection than we’ve seen before,” Hopkins said. Hopkins said infection from one variant of coronavirus should protect against severe disease from another variant, but it may not protect against mild disease or from transmission of the virus. And may not protect you from transmitting to others.”
British Airways says short-haul flights from Gatwick to start by March end
– British Airways’ short-haul flights from London’s Gatwick airport will start by March end, with an initial plan to fly to 35 destinations, the airline said on Tuesday. The airline had in August announced its intention to create a short-haul standalone business at Gatwick, similar to its operation from London City Airport, which works under the British Airways name but exists as an entirely separate entity. The company, owned by London-listed IAG, said tickets to the destinations would be on sale from Tuesday. The new unit’s operations will herald the airline’s return to short-haul flying from the London airport, which was suspended in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. The recovery at British Airways, typically IAG‘s most profitable airline, has fallen behind the group’s Spanish units, Iberia and Vueling, as Britain steered through tougher and longer restrictions than Europe.
Japan's 'Drive My Car' nominated for Golden Globe Awards
Movie director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” was announced Monday as one of the Golden Globe nominees for the best non-English language film. The three-hour drama is based on novelist Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same name in the author’s 2014 collection, “Men without Women.”The other nominees in the non-English film category this year are “Compartment No. Hamaguchi and screenwriter Takamasa Oe won the Best Screenplay Award for “Drive My Car” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Last year’s best motion winner in the non-English category was “Minari,” a movie about South Korean immigrants pursuing the American dream in rural Arkansas. The winners of the 79th Golden Globe Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Jan. 9.
The Ashes: Alec Stewart backs beleaguered Rory Burns to end his nightmare England start
Alec Stewart has backed Rory Burns to put his Brisbane nightmare behind him in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide – and said his golden duck at the Gabba was down to nerves. Burns was bowled round his legs by Mitchell Starc’s first ball of the series, then caught behind off Pat Cummins in England’s second innings for just 13. When you play Australia, in Australia, for the first time, the nerves are greater. ‘I’m going to back him for this next Test match, because I know him, I know how mentally strong he is. For me, as Trevor Bayliss would say, you’re better off giving someone one Test match too many, rather than one Test match too few.
The Ashes: Bruised David Warner is 'ready to go' for Australia's second Test in Adelaide
David Warner is 'ready to go' for Australia's second Ashes Test with England in Perth, says team-mate Travis Head - despite doubts over the batsman's fitness due to a rib injury. And as the Ashes moves to Adelaide this week, Head believes Warner - who also did not field for England's second innings - has no issues with his ribs as the hosts plot to take full control of the series. David Warner is 'ready to go' for Australia's second Test with England despite a rib concernWarner's team-mate Travis Head (above) claims Warner's fitness is not a concern for the hosts'I flew home with him a couple of days ago,' said Head, who made a crucial 152 in the first Test, when asked about Warner. We had good conversations with Stuart before any decisions were made, and he was 100 per cent on board. Jimmy will be fit and ready to go for the second Test, as will Stuart.'
Golden Globes nominations are out, but is it on with the show?
Kenneth Branagh’s childhood-inspired “Belfast” and Jane Campion’s dark Western “The Power of the Dog” topped Monday’s Golden Globes nominations, as the troubled awards seek to shrug off a Hollywood boycott over ethical lapses. “It’s certainly not going to be the celebrity-driven event that we’ve had in the past,” HFPA president Helen Hoehne said at the Globes nominations announcement in Los Angeles. Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Helen Hoehne and rapper Snoop Dogg speak at the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement on Monday. | REUTERSThe Golden Globes have traditionally been second in importance only to the Oscars in Hollywood’s film award season, but their future has been plunged into doubt. But actors such as Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo have slammed the changes as inadequate, while Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globes to the HFPA in protest.
Chelsea confirm safe-standing trial will begin with game against Liverpool on January 2
Chelsea will become the first Premier League club to trial safe standing, starting with their home game against Liverpool on January 2. Chelsea will be the first club to pilot safe standing, with Liverpool game on January 2 first upChelsea installed a safe standing section at their Stamford Bridge ground in west LondonWHAT ARE RAIL SEATS? They are widely used across Europe with almost half of clubs in the Bundesliga using rail seats, including Borussia Dortmund. The safe standing trial will end a blanket ban on standing in the top two divisions of English football brought in in 1994. The rail seating was introduced over the summer but has not been in full operational use so far this season.
Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick snubs Anthony Martial's agent sending warning Mino Raiola
Ralf Rangnick has claimed he will refuse to play the media games involving player agents at Manchester United concerning their clients' futures. Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has refused to publicly negotiate with player agentsBut for now Rangnick is only willing to talk to players away from the media glare. Anthony Martial's agent Philippe Lamboley has recently spoken of his client's desire to leave Old Trafford, but Rangnick refused to discuss the agent's comments in public. 'I wouldn't say he's not worth keeping but, of course, players have to want to play and stay for a club and a big club like Manchester United,' Rangnick added. Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has previously said his client's Manchester United career was 'over'Pogba has yet to feature for United Rangnick having picked up a hamstring shortly before the arrival of the interim boss following the November sacking of his predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Ashes: Joe Root says England's bowlers cannot rely on pink ball to beat Australia
Joe Root has warned his England side cannot rely on the pink ball to work miracles as they look to launch their Ashes fightback under lights at the Adelaide Oval. 'For us it's about not falling into the trap of thinking it's going to hoop round corners for five days,' said Root. 'It is about understanding the different challenges that a pink ball Test at this ground takes and having plenty of options to still find ways of taking 20 wickets. England are likely to keep faith with the top seven that largely underperformed at The Gabba, where only Joe Root and Dawid Malan made half-centuries, but will be thinking hard about the make-up of their bowling line-up. 'If you look at his performances in the last Ashes series, he put in some really fine performances and played some great knocks.
Spain's newspapers fume at UEFA 'cheating' by giving Real Madrid PSG in the Champions League last-16
Spain's top sport newspapers have hit out at 'shameful' UEFA for their controversial Champions League last-16 draw that paired Real Madrid with Paris Saint-Germain - after their farcical first attempt had given them Benfica. Barcelona did not make it through to the Champions League knockout stages but were handed their most difficult option in Monday's Europa League draw, having been paired with Serie A title challengers Napoli. Elsewhere in Spain, AS and SPORT described UEFA's controversial Champions League draw as a 'bombshell' due to the difficulty of Real Madrid's match. 'I am going to die for PSG in the game against Real Madrid,' said the former Real captain, according to Marca. You know the affection and love I have for Real Madrid.
Victor Lindelof's wife reveals Manchester United defender is wearing a heart monitor
Victor Lindelof is wearing a heart monitor and undergoing 'a lot of tests' after he was forced out of Manchester United's clash with Norwich with breathing difficulties - but there is no link to the the current Covid outbreak at Old Trafford. Lindelof is currently wearing a heart monitor at home, and has undergone several tests to determine the cause of his discomfort. Maja explained: 'It was a scary match to watch and Victor was very cut up afterwards. A statement from United backed up the positive prognosis from his other half. Cardiologists are calling for more regular screening for players, but insists the recent spate of health issues is purely coincidental.
F1: Sergio Perez sympathises with Lewis Hamilton after 'hurting' his bit for another world title
Sergio Perez has admitted that he never wanted to 'hurt' Lewis Hamilton in the shootout for the drivers' championship after he played a crucial role in helping Max Verstappen win his first ever world title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. The Mexican was lauded as a 'legend' by his Red Bull team-mate after his superb defensive driving helped Verstappen get back in the race after Hamilton established an early lead. It allowed Verstappen to get within range of Hamilton and overtake him on the last lap'I am sure that Hamilton himself will understand it very well. Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko heaped praise on the Mexican afterwards, insisting the brilliant defensive drive was of huge significance. 'Then Checo Perez worked phenomenally.
F1 team principals will NOT be able to speak to the race director next season
Ross Brawn, Formula 1's managing director of motorsports, has revealed they will stop team principals from being able to speak to the race director during Grands Prix next season. And Brawn has now revealed that F1 will cut off the line of communication between team managers and the race director next year. That's at the discretion of the race director.' Masi is facing further questions about his decision-making in Abu Dhabi after it was revealed that the F1 race director broke his own rules to allow a controversial finish to the race. At that race, Masi said: 'There's a requirement in the sporting regulations to wave all the lapped cars past.'
Simon Baker's ex Laura May Gibbs joins Pete Evans' wife Nicola at her yoga retreat
So it was only a matter of time before Simon Baker's ex-girlfriend Laura May Gibbs struck up a friendship with Pete Evans' wife Nicola. Simon Baker's anti-vaxxer ex Laura May Gibbs (right) spent the weekend at a wellness retreat run by Pete Evans' wife Nicola in Byron Bay. The Byron Bay businesswoman has since denied rumours the actor broke up with her because she attended an anti-vaccine mandate protest. The couple were last pictured together in August, laughing and joking during a trip to the beach in Byron Bay. Simon and Laura first sparked romance rumours in February after they were pictured frolicking in the surf together in Byron Bay.
Michael Masi broke his own rules in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix controversy
Michael Masi is facing further questions about his decision-making at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after it was revealed that the F1 race director broke his own rules to allow a controversial finish to the race. At that race, Masi said: 'There's a requirement in the sporting regulations to wave all the lapped cars past.' At the Nurburgring, all lapped cars were waved through, whereas in Abu Dhabi, only the five cars between Hamilton and Verstappen were moved out of the way, while other lapped cars were able to remain behind the leaders. At the end it was kind of weird, they said cars can't pass, the lapped cars, then some of them did, but then I wasn't allowed to. Of course, if the rules had been followed correctly, the safety car would have completed one more lap, ending the race under safety car conditions - and therefore securing Hamilton an eighth world title.
Emily Atack shows off her eye-popping cleavage in a racy lace push-up bra
And Emily Atack was showing off both of her best known assets on Monday night and Tuesday morning as she took to Instagram to share insight into a fitting. Her eye-popping cleavage stole the show as she posed in the lingerie yet ran into some trouble with her denim later in the impromptu shoot. Taking to Instagram, Emily shared a positive message from self-help author and meditator Yung Pueblo that appeared to reflect her current outlook. The quote read: 'A person grows in beauty whenever they move away from what harms them and into their own power.' 'If someone comments on something on social media that upsets me, say about my weight, I go: 'That's upsetting,' and then I just move on.'
Love Island's Chris Hughes puts on loved-up display with girlfriend Annabel Dimmock in the Maldives
And Chris Hughes put on a loved-up display with his girlfriend Annabel Dimmock while on holiday in the Maldives on Sunday. Romance: Chris Hughes put on a loved-up display with his girlfriend Annabel Dimmock while on holiday in the Maldives on SundayChris showed off his muscular frame as he went shirtless in the snaps while relaxing on a beach chair. Annabel looked incredible as she donned an orange and white bikini that highlighted her toned midriff. Chris and Annabel also sport one another's initials - ALD and CWH - in a cursive font on the inside of their arms. Annabelle is a successful golfer and winner of the Ladies European Tour having turned professional in 2016, she met Chris whilst out on the green.
Arsenal strip Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of club captaincy after third disciplinary breach
Arsenal have sensationally stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the club captaincy and he will not be considered for Wednesday's match against West Ham. Arsenal said in a statement on Tuesday: 'Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday's match against West Ham United. The now former Arsenal captain was given permission to go abroad last Wednesday morning to collect his sick mum and bring her back to England. 'It's not an easy situation, a situation that we want our club captain to be in.' Arsenal didn't appear to miss Aubameyang against Southampton, sweeping the south coast club aside with goals from Lacazette, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel.
MAFS Australia: KC Osborne flaunts her cleavage and thigh gap in bodysuit
She's the former Pussycat Dolls performer who made her triumphant return to the stage on Sunday after a three-year hiatus. And KC Osborne has clearly kept her dancer's physique despite her lengthy career break, as she showed off her figure on Monday in a new lingerie campaign. The Married At First Sight star, 33, flaunted her toned limbs and enviable thigh gap in a lacy black bodysuit from the label Samara Loves Us. 'Thank you Bedouin Double Bay and Oh La La Cabaret for believing in me to be back on stage after 3 years!' Emotional return: 'Thank you Bedouin Double Bay and Oh La La Cabaret for believing in me to be back on stage after three years!'
Maura Higgins sends temperatures soaring in red lingerie as she poses in latest Ann Summers campaign
Maura Higgins sent temperatures soaring as she wore red lingerie in her latest Ann Summers campaign. Wow: Maura Higgins, 31, sent temperatures soaring as she wore red lingerie in her latest Ann Summers campaignMaura matched her lingerie with her make up, which included scarlet eyeshadow and a rouged lip. In a later shot, she had donned red leg warmers as she perched herself on a plastic bunny. The star said about the collection: 'I always love working with Ann Summers – just when you think they can't top a previous campaign they bring it out the bag, time and time again.' Oh no: Earlier this week, Maura revealed she had been in A&E after she 'sliced her finger to the bone'
Ex MIC star Rosie Fortescue flaunts her figure in a lilac and pink bikini during country mini break
But Rosie Fortescue once again caught the eye as she flaunted her amazing figure in a lilac and pink bikini as she shared snaps from her weekend at the Soho Farmhouse. Taking to Instagram on Monday, the jewellery designer, 31, also uploaded an image of her donning a cosy pink Balenciaga jumper as she snapped a mirror selfie. Meanwhile, sharing a snap from her snug room, Rosie teamed her pink designer knitwear with pale blue jeans and a delicate silver necklace. Since leaving Made In Chelsea following series 13 after joining at its inception, Rosie has largely focused on her self-titled jewellery brand. Rosie had spent the day setting up her stand at the Spirit Fairs Christmas show, excitedly posting about her pastel-themed display.
Dame Emma Thompson looks worse for wear as she chats to a Big Issue seller after night out
And Dame Emma Thompson was seemingly still letting her hair down as she enjoyed a night out in London with husband Greg Wise. The 62-year-old actress appeared tipsy as she left swanky restaurant Cecconi's Mayfair last week with Wise, 55, after just an hour. Dame Emma Thompson enjoyed a night out in London with husband Greg WiseThe Love Actually star was dressed in flared blue velvet trousers, a matching jacket, a white top and trainers. At one point, Dame Emma briefly chatted with a Big Issue seller before handing him some cash. Speaking on The Graham Norton Show last year, Dame Emma, who was previously married to actor Sir Kenneth Branagh, revealed that Wise initially pursued Winslet.
Tammin Sursok was bullied as a teen due to her weight and even had 'rocks thrown at her head'
Former Home and Away star Tammin Sursok has recalled the time she was cruelly bullied as a teenager for her weight. Tammin, who has had incredible success in Hollywood with a role on Pretty Little Liars, said the bullying once got so bad she had rocks thrown at her head. Candid: Tammin Sursok revealed this week she was bullied as a teen due to her weight and even had 'rocks thrown at her head' - as she shared a motivational post with fansThe South African-born Australian star shared a video with pictures of herself in her youth with lyrics that told people to 'f**k off'. 'They would throw rocks at my head and kids would laugh behind my back,' Tammin wrote in the clip. 'I wanted to share my story with these girls felt less alone in being bullied, or whatever they were going through,' she said.
Keanu Reeves admits he felt shocked when he was called by director to make The Matrix Resurrections
Keanu Reeves admitted he was shocked when he was called to make The Matrix Resurrections while promoting the film Monday on The Late Show on CBS. Sci-fi star: Keanu Reeves said he was shocked when he was called to make The Matrix Resurrections while promoting the film Monday on The Late Show on CBS'But believe me, it will all make sense,' Keanu promised. asked Keanu. World view: Stephen told him that people admired his world view of how he lived his life on a daily basisWorld view: Stephen told him that people admired his world view of how he lived his life on a daily basis'I'm on board,' said Stephen. 'Who is not going to want Keanu Reeves to be in another Keanu Reeves movie?'
Hailey Bieber dons a VERY short minidress as she enjoys a night at the opera with Justin in London
Hailey Bieber looked flawless as she enjoyed a night out at The Royal Opera House with her husband Justin in London on Monday. Justin took to his Instagram account on Monday where he shared a slew of snaps showing himself and Hailey strolling through London, sharing kisses along the way. The pop star wore a tan coloured coat with a beige pair of corduroy trousers and a similarly coloured roll neck. On Saturday night, Justin's performance at the O2 was interrupted when a fan ran onto stage at Capital's Jingle Bell Ball. The member of the public decided to invade the stage while Justin was singing his Quavo collaboration, Intentions - with the crowd screaming.
Vanessa Hudgens and her beau Cole Tucker take the mic for karaoke as they ring in the holiday season
She famously sung karaoke in the first High School Musical film where her role as Gabriella Montez propelled her to fame. Real life High School Musical! Vanessa Hudgens and her Pittsburgh Pirates beau Cole Tucker took the mic on Monday to ring in the holiday seasonAs she delighted her group of high-spirited friends with the 2001 tune, her smitten boyfriend, 25, looked on in awe before he joined in on the duet. 'It's the start of something new irl (in real life),' one wrote, while another echoed: 'Giving me high school musical vibes Troy and Gabriella classic'. I think that it's also so important to stay grateful for everything that you have in life,' Vanessa spilled.
Scout Willis flaunts expert sense of style in forest green boiler suit to go Christmas shopping
And on Tuesday, Scout Willis, 30, stepped out in a vintage boiler suit to do a spot of Christmas shopping on Melrose Avenue. The middle daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, looked stunning in the forest green jumpsuit, which boasted a tie belt to cinch her in at her svelte waist. Festive spirit: On Tuesday, Scout Willis, 30, stepped out in a vintage boiler suit to do a spot of Christmas shopping on Melrose AvenueShe teamed the outfit with quirky deep purple socks and black chunky lace up shoes. Abiding by Covid-19 rules, she donned a burgundy face mask over her nose and mouth for her shopping trip. Leading up to the release, Scout took to Instagram to share her sentiments around the vulnerably-written tune.
Marisa Tomei takes to the red carpet at the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere
And Marisa Tomei certainly took centre stage as she attended the premiere for the latest release, Spider-Man: No Way Home, at the Regency Village theatre in Los Angeles on Monday evening. The Academy Award-winning star wore her brunette locks in loose waves and sported a pretty pallet of make-up including a slick of nude gloss. Marisa was joined at the premiere by her co-stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jamie Foxx among others. The movie comes after 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home. And his response would be, "I’m still trying to figure it out",' he continued to divulge at the time.
And Just Like That.... viewers vent fury over Carrie's failure to call 911
And Just Like That... viewers have vented their fury over Carrie Bradshaw's actions when she discovered Mr. Big slumped on the floor after suffering a heart attack. It is not the same as a heart attack. A heart attack happens when blood supplying the heart muscle is cut off due to a clot in one of the coronary arteries. A person having a heart attack has a high risk of experiencing a cardiac arrest. 'When I told Chris that Mr. Big dies in the first episode, he definitely knew it wasn't [going to be the] same.
Succession director on Sarah Snook delivering the 'perfect' finale
Succession wrapped up its third season this week with one of the most powerful episodes in the show's history. According to Succession's executive producer and director Mark Mylod, Sarah Snook's incredible performance as Shiv Roy in the finale was the key to creating the 'perfect' ending for the season. In an interview on HBO's official YouTube channel, he stated: 'For a long time I couldn't find the ending. The moment he referred to saw Shiv's husband Tom Wambsgans betraying her to pledge allegiance to her father in shocking style. It's then revealed that her own husband, Tom (Matthew McFadyen) is also there, getting a hearty pat on the back from Logan.
Rita Ora flashes her underwear in a sheer black dress at a Sydney supermarket
AdvertisementShe landed in Sydney with her Thor director boyfriend Taika Waititi earlier this month. Rita left little to the imagination, sporting a sheer black maxi dress that exposed her sexy black lingerie beneath. Down Under: Rita landed in Sydney with her Thor director boyfriend Taika Waititi earlier this monthDaring to bare! It comes amid reports Rita and her New Zealand director boyfriend Taika are set to celebrate the festive season Down Under this year. Rita and Taika flew into Sydney on December 1, and spent time in home quarantine upon their arrival in accordance with Covid rules.
Grown-up star of viral nativity video, 29, says she's no longer embarrassed by clip
The star of a viral nativity video says she is no longer embarrassed about the clip of her younger self screaming along to a Christmas carol and revealed she only sang so loud so her mother could hear her properly. Ellie Sergeant, from Stratford-upon-Avon, was filmed singing her heart out at her church nativity in the mid-1990s, and the clip resurfaces and goes viral almost every Christmas. More than two decades later Ellie, now 29, said she is finally no longer embarrassed about the clip of her younger self, which has raked in four million views across multiple social media platforms. Ellie, (far right, with her mother Emma, centre, and sister Hannah, left) in more recent times. More than two decades later Ellie, now 29, said she is finally no longer embarrassed about the clip of her younger self'I'm not embarrassed anymore, I think I've heard it enough times now.'
Prince Andrew's lawyers ask judge to throw out Virginia Giuffre's sex abuse complaint
Giuffre, aged 38 and 17 at the time of the alleged abuse, claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew, 61, on three occasions in 2001, when he was aged 30. They are scheduled to argue for a dismissal of the lawsuit at a hearing before Judge Kaplan in Manhattan on January 4, 2022. Giuffre sued Andrew for unspecified damages in August, saying he forced her to have sex at the London home of former Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell. Andrew has 'unequivocally' denied Giuffre's claims and accused her of seeking 'another payday' in her drive to profit from her association with Epstein. The defence is expected to last two or three days, which means the case could go to the jury before Christmas.
Classic cars you should buy now ahead of a predicted value rise from 2022
Maserati 3200 (1998-2002)Average values today: from £8.900 to £26,650The Maserati 3200 was relatively overlooked in favour of the Porsche 911 of the era. Mini Cooper R50 (2001-2006)Average values today: from £900 to £6,650Not everyone was happy to see BMW relaunching the Mini name in 2001. Porsche Boxster (1996-2004)Average values today: from £4,875 to £12,650The original Boxster, launched some 25 years ago, is now in high demand. Rolls-Royce Camargue (1977-1986)Average values today: from £25,000 to £70,000Production volumes of the often overlooked Camargue were small, meaning there are few around. Triumph TR6 (1969-1976)Average values today: from £6,200 to £31,000A roaring success when on sale, there is a continual supply of Triumph’s TR6 for sale.
Ghislaine Maxwell's 'black book' of contacts thought to include Prince Andrew will not be released
Ghislaine Maxwell's 'little black book' of contacts will not be made public, the defense and prosecution in her trial have agreed. In 2015, pages from Epstein's book were published by online news website Gawker, but many of the contacts were redacted. Court papers reveal the British socialite's defence could outsize the prosecution case, which had 24 witnesses over two weeks. 'We are still trying to make travel arrangements for defence witnesses, many of whom are coming from locations out of the district and abroad.' The names of the defence witnesses have not been released to the public.
Death row killer's hand-drawn map leads police to body of sister-in-law he murdered in 2007
David Neal Cox, 50, was a long-time suspect in the disappearance of his sister-in-law Felecia Cox while he was on death row for the 2010 murder of his estranged wife Kim Kirk Cox. On Sunday, police followed the map and unearthed human remains at the spot the killer identified. After four hours of searching and digging, at around 1.20pm, they uncovered human remains. Three years earlier, he murdered his brother's wife Felecia Cox (right)Once his students started digging, the cadaver dogs alerted them to decomposition in the ground. The ordeal lasted more than eight hours before officers got the three children out, recovered Kim's body and arrested David.
Chinese hackers are already exploiting 'fully weaponised' Log4shell software vulnerability
Chinese hackers are already exploiting a 'fully weaponised' software vulnerability which is causing mayhem on the web, with experts warning that it poses a threat to internet-connected devices across the globe. The vulnerability comes from Apache's Log4j, a popular open source library that helps software developers track changes in applications that they build. Chinese hackers are already exploiting a 'fully weaponised' software vulnerability which is causing mayhem on the web, with experts warning that it poses a threat to internet-connected devices across the globe. 'Log4Shell' was uncovered in a utility that's ubiquitous in cloud servers and enterprise software used across industry and government. The vulnerability, dubbed was rated 10 on a scale of one to 10 the Apache Software Foundation, which oversees development of the software.
Soccer: I'm happy in Paris, Messi tells Expo 2020 Dubai - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Paris Saint-Germain and Argentina forward Lionel Messi told Expo 2020 Dubai that he is happy in the French capital after his headline-grabbing move from Barcelona as he visited the World Fair on Monday. "It was a big change for us because we had been living in the same place [while playing for Barcelona] for many years and it was not easy to change," said Messi, who is an Expo 2020 Dubai Ambassador. "But the truth is that we are very well in a spectacular city, in one of the best teams in the world, so we are very happy". Messi toured a number of the top attractions at Expo, including the Argentina Pavilion, the UAE Pavilion, the Surreal water feature and Al Wasl Plaza.
Europe's oldest grave of newborn girl found in Liguria - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Europe's oldest grave of a newborn girl has been found in Liguria, dating back to 10,000 years ago, according to a new article in the journal Scientific Reports. The grave was surrounded by tiny pears and lucky charms, said a team of Italian researchers. The baby, whom they have dubbed Neve (Snow), was just 40 days old. "Neve's discovery is of exceptional importance," said Benazzi. "It will help us fill in many gaps, throwing light on the ancient social structure and funerary and ritual behaviour of these ancestors of ours".
School near Rome evacuated after strong smell of gas - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - A school near Rome was evacuated Tuesday after a strong smell of gas was detected in the institute. A building collapsed after a gas blast in the same town, Rocca di Papa, early Tuesday. An 80-year-old British woman was pulled out of the rubble alive.
British woman, 80, pulled out in gas-blast building collapse - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - An 80-year-old British woman was pulled out alive of the rubble of a building that collapsed after an explosion probably caused by a gas leak near Rome on Tuesday. She was taken to hospital where her condition is as yet unknown. The collapse took place at Rocca di Papa, in the Castelli Romani towns that dot the hills south of the Italian capital. Two gas canisters were found inside the building's garage.
Letter to start presidential election process to be sent on Jan 4 - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - Lower House Speaker Roberto Fico told reporters on Tuesday that he will send the letter summoning Italy's parliamentarians and representatives of the regions to elect a new president on January 4. Speaking to journalists to exchange Christmas greetings, Fico said the letter would state when voting would start. President Sergio Mattarella's seven-year term ends early in February. Under the Constitution, the head of State acts as a sort of referee of Italian politics and the role is especially important at times of political crisis. This was seen, for example, in how Mattarella paved the way for Premier Mario Draghi's broad government of national unity early in 2021 after ex-premier Giuseppe Conte's executive lost its majority in parliament.
Rai reporter held after anti-vax Romanian Senator attack - English
(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 14 - A reporter and her crew working for Italian state broadcaster Rai were held in a Bucharest police station for several hours Monday after an anti-vax Romanian Senator's husband allegedly attacked them during an interview in her office, diplomatic sources said Tuesday stressing that the Italian embassy was instrumental in getting them released from custody. Lucia Goracci and her crew were detained after the alleged attack by the husband of Senator Diana Iovanovici Sosoaca. Foreign Undersecretary Benedetto Della Vedova said Tuesday he had spoken to the Romanian ambassador who had voiced the Romanian government's strong condemnation of what happened and said that Romanian authorities had taken action against the Senators' husband.
Aubameyang stripped of Arsenal captaincy
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the club captaincyLondon (AFP) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following a breach of discipline, the club confirmed on Tuesday. "Following his latest disciplinary breach last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will no longer be our club captain, and will not be considered for selection for Wednesday's match against West Ham United," Arsenal said in a statement. "It's not an easy situation or a situation we want, to have our club captain in that situation," Arteta said on Saturday. Aubemayang was named Arsenal captain in 2019 after Granit Xhaka was also stripped of the role for his tirade towards supporters after being substituted in a Premier League match against Crystal Palace. He scored just 10 Premier League goals as Arsenal finished eighth last season and has four in 14 league appearances this campaign.
Vulnerable to climate change, New York constructs seawall
Vulnerable to climate change, New York constructs seawallAfter major storms highlighted New York's weaknesses in the face of climate change, the city is erecting a $1.45-billion system of walls and floodgates to protect it from rising sea levels. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was the trigger for establishing the East Coast Resiliency Project, running four kilometers along the shoreline of Lower Manhattan.
Danish firms fined for embargo-busting Russia fuel sales
The director, the company Dan-Bunkering and its parent company were found guilty of selling a total of around 172,000 tonnes of jet fuel to two Russian companies on 33 occasions between 2015 and 2017. The fuel, worth nearly 90 million euros, was then delivered to Syria, where it was used to power Russian fighter jets. The Danish company made the sales through its office in Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave surrounded by Germany. The Russian companies would then unload the cargo in the Syrian port of Banias, the court said. "The jet fuel came into Syria and were put into Russian fighters, and they bombed in favour of President Assad," Rechendorff said.
UK's Johnson faces angry MPs at vote on coronavirus curbs
UK's Johnson faces angry MPs at vote on coronavirus curbsBoris Johnson on Tuesday faces potentially the largest rebellion from his own MPs since he became British premier as parliament votes on new coronavirus restrictions to combat the spread of Omicron. Tim Bale, professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London, tells us more.
88,000 Hong Kongers apply for new British resettlement visa
Advertising Read moreBritain rolled out the visa scheme in January for more than five million Hong Kongers in response to Beijing's imposition of a sweeping national security law last year. Britain previously predicted about 154,000 Hong Kongers would arrive in the first year, and as many as 322,000 over five years. Applicants must hold a British National (Overseas) passport, which are available to Hong Kongers born before the city's return to Chinese rule in 1997, along with their dependants. The national security law had been used against "all opposition, free press and civil society", it added. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced pressure to extend the visa scheme to cover younger Hong Kongers who do not qualify for a BN(O) passport.
Belarus opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years
The Belarus government has jailed or forced into exile all of its prominent opponentsMoscow (AFP) – A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced opposition leader Sergei Tikhanovsky to 18 years in prison after he galvanised an unprecedented protest movement against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko last year, state media said. Tikhanovsky planned to run against Lukashenko in the August 2020 presidential elections in Belarus but was arrested and jailed before the vote. She quickly won recognition from Western governments as Belarus's top opposition leader and has been lobbying for change in the country ever since. In September, a Belarusian court sentenced opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova to 11 years in prison for violating national security and conspiring to seize power. In July, another opposition leader and former banker, Viktor Babaryko, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on fraud charges.
'You don't fully absorb it': Omicron's spread across the province is taking experts by surprise
Share this Story: 'You don't fully absorb it': Omicron's spread across the province is taking experts by surprise'You don't fully absorb it': Omicron's spread across the province is taking experts by surprise Just weeks after it was first identified in South Africa, the highly contagious Omicron variant is spreading through Ontario with such speed that it has taken experts by surprise Photo by Tony Caldwell / PostmediaArticle content The Omicron variant does not so much announce its presence as it smashes the door down. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Even people with two doses can transmit and become infected with the Omicron variant.
Diane Francis: The shady deal that will cement Trump's power
Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Trump incorporated Trump Media & Technology Group shortly after he was kicked off the mainstream social media platforms, though he initially had difficulty financing it due to his track record of bankruptcies. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Trump’s lawyers are even trying to get trademarks for “Truth Social,” “truthing,” “retruth,” “post a truth” and the site’s “follow the truth” logo.
Frank Sinatra honored with statue in his Hoboken, New Jersey hometown
Hollywood legend Frank Sinatra was honored with a life-size bronze sculpture in his hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey on Sunday 12 December 2021.
Xi, Putin to discuss ‘aggressive rhetoric’ from US and Nato in video call, Kremlin says
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold talks on Wednesday as the two nations face growing pressure from the West.
Chinese and US diplomats are jostling for influence in Africa
China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken have both visited Africa in recent weeks. Photos: Getty Images
Russia Rolls Out First Stealth Drone Flight Model – Reports
Russia has rolled out the first flight prototype of its Okhotnik (“Hunter”) stealth drone ahead of trials and future serial production, state media reported Tuesday. The Okhotnik’s latest configuration features a 3D-printed “flat jet nozzle” for reduced radar visibility, according to the state-run TASS news agency. The Defense Ministry previously showcased the Okhotnik’s first flight in 2019, when it made several circles at an altitude of 600 meters for 20 minutes. Later that year, the Russia military paired the Okhotnik with the Su-30SM and the advanced Su-57 fighter jets. TASS also reported that an Su-57 pilot would simultaneously coordinate four or more Okhotnik drones.
January 6: Newly revealed text messages to Meadows undercut GOP whitewashing of the insurrection
Fox News personalities who now dismiss the violence at the US Capitol were begging the White House to do something. "We cannot be satisfied with incomplete answers or half truths," said Cheney, after reading from the text messages. Meadows had reversed course in recent weeks and stopped cooperating with the committee, but not before handing over the text messages and communications committee members used against him Monday. He has also published a memoir that describes being with Trump at the White House during the riot down the street at the Capitol. The committee will seek to create a definitive record of the insurrection, including the original reaction of some Republicans who have tried to move and the Fox News hosts unmasked by their text messages.
The juicy Mark Meadows texts Liz Cheney just disclosed
Members of Congress, the press and others wrote to Mark Meadows as the attack was underway. One text Mr. Meadows received said, quote, “We are under siege here at the Capitol.”Another, quote, “They have breached the Capitol.”In a third: “Mark, protesters are literally storming the Capitol. Is Trump going to say something?”A fourth: “There’s an armed standoff at the House Chamber door.”And another, from someone inside the Capitol: “We are all helpless.”Dozens of texts, including from Trump administration officials, urged immediate action by the president. Quote, “POTUS has to come out firmly and tell the protesters to dissipate. Someone is going to get killed.”In another: “Mark, he needs to stop this now.”A third, in all caps: “TELL THEM TO GO HOME.”A fourth: “POTUS needs to calm this ... down.”
Ex-prosecutor says what Cheney said about Trump made his ears perk up
During a hearing with the select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) read almost directly from the criminal code, suggesting the committee could refer former President Trump for criminal charges.
Trump's son, Fox hosts begged White House to get Trump to stop Jan. 6 riot
After months of investigation, House select committee members publicly laid out their case that Mark Meadows was an accessory to the insurrection. President Donald Trump didn't listen to his son or media enablers to stop the riot. CNN's Whitney Wild reports.
'They're flat-out lying': Don Lemon hammers Fox News hosts over Jan. 6 texts
CNN's Don Lemon weighs in on text messages from lawmakers, Fox News hosts and Donald Trump Jr. to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during the January 6 Capitol Hill riot.
Iran, West Trade Blame For Lack Of Progress In Nuclear Talks
"Without swift progress, in light of Iran’s fast-forwarding of its nuclear program, the JCPOA will very soon become an empty shell," they warned. President Joe Biden says the United States is ready to rejoin the JCPOA provided Iran resumes observing the deal's conditions. There has been growing Western concerns over Iran's nuclear advances in its uranium enrichment program, which is a possible pathway to a nuclear bomb. Iranian officials have maintained the country’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. The United Nations' nuclear watchdog has repeatedly said it has no indication that Iran currently has a secret nuclear-weapons program.
Star Hobson: Savannah Brockhill guilty of murder
"It's the facts of what happened to her as well, that's killing us. To lose a child, it's a horrible feeling. But it's the way we lost Star that's just horrendous."
In Hometown of Mary Magdalene, Israeli Archaeologists Find Second Synagogue
To the surprise of archaeologists excavating the Galilean town of Magdala, today known as Migdal, a second synagogue dating to the Second Temple period has been found. The second is that Mary Magdalene is said to have hailed from Migdal, hence her soubriquet “the Magdaleine.”Open gallery view Archaeologists working on the site where the second synagogue was discovered in the ancient Galilean town of Migdal. Credit: University of HaifaThe Second Temple period began about 2,500 years ago, though its starting point depends who you ask: some cite 516-515 B.C.E. On the other hand, its ending is unambiguous: the Second Temple period ended in 70 C.E. In other words, the lifetime of Jesus and Mary Magdalene was within the Second Temple period.
Spanish scientists cautious as La Palma volcano quietens
A volcano that has been spewing lava in the Canary Islands for almost three months has quietened but scientists warned the lull did not necessarily mean the eruption was over. Experts recorded no seismic activity from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island since Monday night, the Canary Islands’ volcanology institute tweeted. 01:31 Lava erupts from a volcano on La Palma in Spanish Canary Islands – videoLa Palma’s longest eruption on record has destroyed about 3,000 local buildings, entombed large areas of farmland in lava and forced several thousand people to abandon their homes. Life has continued largely as normal on most of La Palma, where a section of the south-western side is hardest hit. The Canary Islands are a popular European holiday destination off Africa’s north-west coast.
India stuck with COVID-19 vaccines it can't export
An employee in personal protective equipment (PPE) removes vials of AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a visual inspection machine inside a lab at Serum Institute of India, in Pune, India, November 30, 2020. REUTERS/Francis MascarenhasNEW DELHI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - India is struggling to export its surplus of COVID-19 vaccines as logistical hurdles delay their use in many countries despite low levels of inoculation, vaccine producer the Serum Institute of India (SII) and a government official said on Tuesday. Top Indian health official Vinod Kumar Paul told the same event that current global COVID-19 vaccine production was enough to reach the nearly 3.6 billion who have yet to receive a shot. "India is in a position to offer vaccines, but is there traction (for it)?" The SII's monthly output of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it brands Covishield, has nearly quadrupled since April to 250 million doses.
Germany's new government is pouring 60 billion euros into combatting climate change
The German government has injected 60 billion euros into fighting the climate crisis. The investment is part of a new supplementary budget to "supercharge" the country's climate and transformation fund and encourage a shift towards a green economy, say officials. The budget, passed unanimously by Chancellor Olaf Scholz's cabinet, will channel billions of euros of unused debt in this year's federal budget into future green spending. The manoeuvre was agreed last month by the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), pro-spending Greens and fiscally more cautious Free Democrats (FDP) in their coalition deal. In addition to the debt-financed 60 billion euros, the government will channel some 18 billion euros of tax revenue, mainly stemming from eco taxes and the CO2 emission trading scheme, into its climate and transformation fund next year.
India police probe Mother Teresa charity over ‘forced conversion’
Authorities in Gujarat state investigating whether Missionaries of Charity forced girls in a shelter home to wear a cross and read the Bible. Indian police are probing a charity started by Mother Teresa in the latest example of growing pressure on Christians under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government. Authorities in the western state of Gujarat’s Vadodara city said on Tuesday they were investigating whether the Missionaries of Charity forced girls in its shelter home there to wear a cross and read the Bible. According to the complaint, 13 Bibles were found in the library of the institute and girls staying there were forced to read the religious text. In 2020, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom listed India as a “country of particular concern” for the first time since 2004.
Report: Canadian youth experiencing high levels of anxiety, suicidal thoughts
Youth across Canada are reporting higher levels of anxiety and substance use concerns, with less ability to handle pandemic stress. About 37 per cent of youth who use alcohol report increased use, compared with 27 per cent of the general population. “These findings highlight the importance of long-term investment in a range of youth mental health and substance use health services and supports. The results highlight the importance of continued effort and investment in youth mental health and substance use supports, fostering the resilience older adults have. Continued investments in youth mental health and substance use supports, resilience among older adults, and (further) stigma reduction efforts are needed.
Narendra Modi's Twitter account hacked with announcement India would adopt Bitcoin
(CNN Business) Narendra Modi's Twitter handle was "very briefly compromised," his office said, when a tweet was sent from the Indian Prime Minister's account saying his country had adopted Bitcoin and would be distributing the cryptocurrency. "The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been immediately secured," the Indian PM's office said in a tweet on Sunday. "In the brief period that the account was compromised, any Tweet shared must be ignored," officials added. Several Twitter users shared screenshots of the tweet put out from the Indian Prime Minister's personal twitter account, @ narendramodi , when it was compromised, according to CNN's affiliate News-18. The government has officially bought 500 BTC" and would be "distributing them to all residents of the country."
Belarus: Opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over protests
Today, the so-called court in Belarus will deliver the sentence to Siarhei Tsikhanouski. I can imagine these numbers. But be it one year, or 20, or 100, – it is unacceptable. The only question I will ask myself is: what am I going to do with this? #StandWithBelarus pic.twitter.com/9BNLTLCquL
Britons throng vaccine centres for boosters as UK records first Omicron death
Long lines formed Monday at vaccination centres across England as people heeded the government’s call for all adults to get booster shots to protect themselves against the omicron variant, and as the UK recorded its first death of a patient infected with omicron. Health Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers Monday that omicron will be dominant in London “within 48 hours". Barely two weeks after it was identified in South Africa, 10 people are in British hospitals with omicron-related Covid-19. The other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – are also expected to speed up their vaccination campaigns. The omicron outbreak is also more visible in Britain because the UK is also a world leader in genomic sequencing, which identifies and tracks new variants.
Meet the power couple taking on the world's toughest off-road race
Last month, CNN followed them on the grandaddy of them all: the Baja 1000. Typically, somebody would for this race, especially the 1,227 miles of this Baja 1000," she explains. Kristen Matlock has earned the nickname, "Iron Woman," due to her doing various iterations of the Baja 1000 solo. North America's most dangerous raceThe Baja 1000 is not known as North America's most dangerous race for nothing. But the Baja 1000 is nothing if not unforgiving, and the terrain soon begins to exact revenge on any sense of early optimism.
Russia says it may be forced to deploy mid-range nuclear missiles in Europe
REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Pool/FilesSummary Minister says Russia has complete lack of trust in NATORedeployment could unwind 35 years of arms control'It will be a confrontation, this will be the next round'MOSCOW, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Russia said on Monday it may be forced to deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe in response to what it sees as NATO's plans to do the same. "That is, it will be a confrontation, this will be the next round," he said, referring to the potential deployment of the missiles by Russia. He added: "If NATO sticks with the position not to negotiate about a deal, then we will certainly see Russia deploy the Screwdriver missile at its very western border." NATO says there will be no new U.S. missiles in Europe and it is ready to deter new Russian missiles with a "measured" response that would only involve conventional weapons. But Ryabkov said Russia had a "complete lack of trust" in the alliance.
Goldman Sachs starts trading floor apprenticeship scheme to boost diversity
Goldman Sachs will start training apprentices directly on its London trading floor for the first time next year, feeding into wider efforts to boost social mobility across the UK’s financial sector. Freckleton is one of the few black managing directors on the the bank’s London trading floor. Goldman’s programme is believed to be the first scheme aimed at bringing trainees directly on to the trading floor of an investment bank. The Goldman scheme will start by selecting 10 candidates to start the scheme in September 2022, with an opportunity to increase its cohort in following years. Candidates will also be eligible for a full-time role at Goldman at the end of their course.
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Pfizer antiviral reduces hospitalization, death among high-risk people by 89%, study shows: COVID-19 updates
An experimental antiviral drug from Pfizer to help combat COVID-19, delivered in a five-day course of pills, reduced hospitalization or death among high-risk people by 89%, according to a final analysis of a previously released study. Lab studies also suggest the antiviral will remain potent against the omicron variant, which has been rapidly spreading across the globe. Late last month, an FDA advisory committee narrowly recommended authorizing a different COVID-19 antiviral from Merck, called molnupiravir. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 50 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 798,710 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. ? What we're reading: The omicron variant is fueling misinformation about COVID.
The Beatles launched me into adolescence, but in 'Get Back' they weren't who I expected
In Part 3 of "The Beatles: Get Back," as the band huddles on the floor of the studio control room with the people closest to them, Paul McCartney starts (yet again) to fret: The Beatles are getting stale making one album after another; his (and their) singing is not up to his standards; they haven’t even rehearsed some of their songs; he wants fun and a changed environment – a payoff, someone suggests.
Covid Live Updates: Pfizer Pill Protects Against Severe Disease, Including From Omicron, Study Says
Image Paxlovid, Pfizer’s Covid treatment pill, being produced in a laboratory in Freiburg, Germany. Credit... Pfizer, via Getty ImagesA highly anticipated study of Pfizer’s Covid pill confirmed that it helps stave off severe disease, the company announced on Tuesday. Last month, Pfizer asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize the pill, known as Paxlovid, based on a preliminary batch of data. These volunteers including vaccinated people who carried a risk factor for severe disease, as well as unvaccinated patients with no risk factors. Among this group of 662 volunteers, Paxlovid reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by 70 percent, the company said.
What happened to Bishop Sycamore? Months later, documentaries in works, questions unanswered
For a few days in late August, it was arguably the biggest story in sports – or, at the very least, the most confounding. When Bishop Sycamore lost a nationally-televised football game to IMG Academy, 58-0, ESPN's broadcasters wondered on-air if they'd been duped by a program that claimed it had several Division I recruits. And when reporters started digging into the story, they found allegations of overage players, exaggerated rosters, dubious academics, unpaid bills, bad checks – and even simple details about the school that were difficult to verify.
'Too much of a dip': OC Kellen Moore, Dallas Cowboys diagnose where offense has slumped
“You’re going to have ups and you’re going to have downs,” the Dallas offensive coordinator said Nov. 25 after the Cowboys’ 36-33 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. … If you're going to go through a little bit of a bump, you want to go through it with these type of guys.”The Cowboys’ offensive struggles are multifaceted. But his production has fallen from 86.8 yards per game before Dallas’ bye to 41.3 in seven games since. The Cowboys want to return to an attack with a punishing uphill run game. “I thought our run game had some clean stuff in there,” Moore said Monday after Dallas ran for 122 yards at Washington.
800,000 US deaths from COVID-19 and counting: 'There's no question we will reach 1 million'
Less than three months ago, the U.S. reached 700,000 COVID-19 deaths, and public health experts mused over whether the toll would reach a once-unthinkable 1 million. US reaches 700,000 COVID-19 deaths: It's a milestone we never expected to reachExperts cringe at what winter could bring. That could make the "omicron variant in February 2022 more infectious in vaccinated persons than today." A hybrid approach of clinical and of public health practices such as hand washing and face covering remains the most viable method, he said. Such findings highlight "the politicization of public health recommendations,” said Wendy King, associate professor of epidemiology in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health and a co-author of the Pitt-CMU study.
Firms Push to Make Birth-Control Pills Available Without Prescriptions
approves an over-the-counter version, it will be effectively saying that women with underlying health risks who choose that option will have to do their own research on how the birth-control pill would interact with their condition and any other medications they are taking. to make the switch to an over-the-counter version, and have been in communication with the agency about their plans. But after years of preliminary trials to clear the agency’s research and consumer-testing hurdles, neither has reached the stage of applying yet. defenders say that by asking many questions and demanding rigorous testing, the agency is being prudent about assessing the potential health risks of making the pill available without a prescription. But frustrated supporters of the switch are critical of the agency’s prolonged pre-application process — which at certain points requires F.D.A.
Masayuki Uemura, 78, Dies; Designed the First Nintendo Console
TOKYO — Masayuki Uemura, an engineer who developed the Nintendo Entertainment System, which helped start a global revolution in home gaming and laid the foundation for today’s video game industry, died on Dec. 9. His death was announced by Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, where Mr. Uemura led the Center for Game Studies. Video game consoles had a moment of popularity in the early 1980s, but the market collapsed because of shoddy quality control and uninspiring software that failed to provide the thrills of arcade hits like Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Truckloads of unsold game cartridges ended up in landfills, and retailers decided that home gaming systems had no future. But in 1985, the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the United States changed the industry forever.
Feed the Hungry? You’ll Need a Permit for That.
Like cities across the country, Newark—New Jersey’s biggest city, with a population of 311,000 — has seen homelessness worsen during the pandemic. The nonprofit that the city contracts with to do homeless outreach, Bridges, has tallied 1,366 people who have spent an unsheltered night so far this year. He created an office of homeless services last year and appointed a former Bridges official, Sakinah Hoyte, to be the city’s homelessness czar. It was in the context of these new programs that Ms. Hoyte sent out a “public feeding letter” on Nov. 19 announcing an outright ban on giving food to homeless people in public areas. “Feeding people in parks doesn’t encourage any sort of transitioning folks into housing,” Ms. Hoyte said in an interview.
Can We Make Our Granddaughter Give Up Her Scary Dog?
In preparation for the move, my granddaughter brought her dog to stay for a week while she and her mother went back to finish packing. Because my granddaughter needed to leave the dog while she and her mother returned home to pack, she decided to board it. The first night, the dog escaped and caused some destruction. The kennel owner told my granddaughter that someone would have to come and pick up the dog. There are several Akita rescue groups in the area, and my husband wants my granddaughter to give the dog up.
An Encyclopedic New Guide to Cocktails Stirred, Shaken, Rolled, Tossed, Swizzled, Muddled...
Do you know what a “boomerang” means, in bar terms? Before I read “The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails,” edited by David Wondrich with help from Noah Rothbaum, I didn’t. A boomerang is a drink sent by a bartender in one bar to a bartender in another. “The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails” is an enormous and authoritative work of scholarship, nearly a decade in the making. The book covers, in some 1,150 entries across 834 pages, nearly every aspect of its subject matter, from absinthe spoons to maceration to the Zombie.
After a Bumpy Ride, Airlines Prepare For a Busy Christmas
It has been a bumpy ride. After tens of millions people were vaccinated early this year, domestic travel surged. But the Delta variant depressed demand for flights this summer and fall. Last month, the Biden administration eased restrictions on foreign travelers, which has led to increased international travel. Now the Omicron variant is threatening to slow the recovery in that part of the business.
What an America Without Roe Would Look Like
Roughly half of women who are unable to access a legal abortion would probably instead bear children, other research from Texas suggests. In some ways, a post-Roe America would mirror the pre-Roe one. Then, abortion was generally legal in four states, and 13 more allowed abortion for health reasons. Already, many American women order such pills online or cross the border to Mexico, where they are sold over the counter as ulcer medicine. Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, who has studied the history of abortion in the United States.
Who Gets Abortions in America?
Much of the political debate about abortion in America focuses on abortions performed late in pregnancy, but the overwhelming majority of them occur in the first trimester. Forty-three percent of all abortions occur in the first six weeks of pregnancy, and 94 percent in the first 13 weeks. The Mississippi law before the Supreme Court concerns a ban on abortions after 15 weeks. The women who receive later abortions are more likely to be poor or young or to have serious health complications. It may also reflect the growing presence of charities that help poor women pay for abortions in states where public programs don’t.
The ‘Double Whammy’ That Is Slowing New York City’s Job Growth
“It certainly looks to me like we’re going to have a much slower, much more drawn-out recovery,” Mr. Parrott said. In the two previous recessions — those that started in 2000 and 2008 — Wall Street shrank and the city lost tens of thousands of high-paying finance jobs. This time, the job losses on Wall Street have been minimal, helping tax collections to hold up as the city has continued to collect income tax from high-paid professionals who are working remotely. “Wall Street is having a banner year, and they did really well last year,” said Ana Champeny, deputy research director at the Citizens Budget Commission. “That has helped prop up the city’s income tax revenues and business tax revenues.”
Your Inflation Worries Say a Lot About You (and May Affect Prices)
But people’s attitudes about inflation are also shaped by other influences. That is, as with impressions of the overall state of the economy, perceptions of inflation may be shaped by who’s in power. But the inflation rates in the South and the Midwest have, in fact, been somewhat higher than elsewhere. People’s expectations are also influenced by time. This “explains the substantial disagreement between young and old individuals in periods of high inflation.”
Live Updates: The Dozens Killed in Tornadoes Are Mourned
Even as scientists are discovering trends around tornadoes and their behavior, it remains unclear the role that climate change plays. Is climate change the cause? Each of these factors may be affected differently by climate change. Scale is everythingA tornado’s relatively small size also makes it harder to model, the primary tool that scientists use when attributing extreme weather events to climate change. One possible reason is that tornadoes are relatively local weather events.
What It Takes to Understand a Variant
Researchers expect it to become dominant in many countries, though the Delta variant is still the most common around the world. Omicron cases are expected to rise, but, for now, the Delta variant remains dominant in America. Source: “ Data set for Increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 reinfection associated with emergence of the Omicron variant in South Africa ,” Juliet R.C. 21 days after second dose Original strain 155 Omicron variant 6 1 month after third dose Original strain 398 Omicron variant 154 21 days after second dose Original strain 155 Omicron variant 6 1 month after third dose Original strain 398 Omicron variant 154 Source: Pfizer-BioNTechAntibodies are just one component of the body’s immune system. It’s worth noting that several months into a global surge of the Delta variant, researchers are still debating whether that variant is more virulent.
Rising From the Antarctic, a Climate Alarm
Rising From the Antarctic, a Climate Alarm Wilder winds are altering currents. The immense and forbidding Southern Ocean is famous for howling gales and devilish swells that have tested mariners for centuries. In addition, the Southern Ocean is getting warmer, and that has another important climate effect. Researchers have long thought that the Southern Ocean absorbs more carbon dioxide than it releases, with a beneficial effect for climate. Plumes also rise to weaken the shelf from below: Antarctic ice shelves are not only retreating, but getting thinner.
Tornado live updates Biden declares emergencies in Illinois and Tennessee as recovery efforts continue
Kentucky first lady Britainy Beshear, alongside her husband, launched a toy drive for affected children in western Kentucky. “This time of year, we all look forward to being home for the holidays, spending time with those who mean the most to us. Now, many of our families don’t have houses to go home to. Or even worse, they’ve lost someone they love who made their family whole,” she said Monday.
Eager for new border model, Biden officials look to Europe’s reception centers
Tobin and others familiar with the proposals said Biden officials can also draw upon lessons learned from the U.S. effort to resettle more than 70,000 Afghan evacuees through Operation Allies Welcome. While the use of military bases is not likely to be an option for housing asylum seekers, the co-location of federal agencies at a single site and the nondetained status of the Afghans are similar in concept to the reception center model.
An Arkansas waitress served a party that tipped $4,400. It led to her getting fired.
All of it started with Wise’s desire to dine with some of his clients at one of his favorite local restaurants while helping someone with a grand gesture. Wise, president and co-founder of a company that helps real estate agents effectively advertise on Facebook, had enjoyed his meals at Oven & Tap, in no small part because of Brandt, who’d waited on him. He and his wife wanted to share their experience with some of his clients, so they chose the restaurant for a seating of the $100 Dinner Club, whose participants agree to each tip $100 at establishments across town. Others who didn’t eat at Oven & Tap that night added to the tip with donations.
Why you should never ignore a circuit breaker in your home that constantly trips
How does this relate to you and Marcus? He wanted to know if he could mix and match different wire sizes on the same circuit. You need to know that the wires inside the cables in your home come in different sizes much like shoes or T-shirts. The most common wire gauges used in residential buildings in the United States are 14, 12 and 10. It can be confusing because as the number gets smaller, the diameter of the wire gets bigger!
77-year-old with stage 4 cancer learns to ice skate
This man isn’t letting life skate by. Watch as a 77-year-old, who was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer, performs an ice dance with his skating instructor in this heartwarming video in Seattle, Washington. “For anyone that thinks it’s too late to try something new,” his daughter, Rebekah Bastian, wrote on Twitter.
Omicron Is a Dress Rehearsal for the Next Pandemic
When scientists discovered the highly mutated Omicron variant of the coronavirus last month, it set off an eerily familiar chain of events. Virus trackers filled in their maps as the variant was reported in country after country. And the rest of us waited, with increasing unease, to learn more about the threat we were facing. The same sequence unfolded nearly two years ago when the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, was first discovered. “And by that time, it had already circulated widely between multiple states and from coast to coast.”
CNN faces potential onslaught of lawsuits with top moneymaker Chris Cuomo fired
CNN faces a potential onslaught of lawsuits if it is proved in court that the liberal network had prior knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations against its recently fired star anchor Chris Cuomo but looked the other way, attorneys told FOX Business. "They’re going to try to push the blame completely on Chris Cuomo, and say they had no knowledge," Eghbali said. The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, took her allegations against Chris Cuomo to CNN on Wednesday through her lawyer, Debra Katz, The New York Times reported. CHRIS CUOMO SUSPENSION CAN GO ONE OF TWO WAYS: CONCHAThe woman's complaint became known shortly after CNN fired the "Cuomo Prime Time" anchor Saturday night. Agnifilo said Cuomo, the former CNN anchor, will likely try to use the same defense his brother did when confronted with similar allegations.
How is COVID going to end?
To end the hysteria, public health officials must communicate effectively accurate, metric-driven data with advice (not mandates) on risk reduction strategies, rather than media-hyped conjecture. To end the hysteria, public health officials must communicate effectively accurate, metric-driven data with advice (not mandates) on risk reduction strategies, rather than media-hyped conjecture. Also, Americans shouldn't be getting public health updates from Big Pharma. Health officials should allow this coronavirus to become seasonal, like the many other respiratory viruses Americans live with. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFuture actions should focus on reducing COVID hospitalizations while permitting mild illness to circulate.
1987 Buick GNX muscle car sold for Ebay record of $249,999
The Buick GNX isn’t just a quick quarter-mile muscle car, its also firmly a quarter-million-dollar muscle car. An example of the rare 1987 coupe was sold last week on Ebay for $249,999, marking the second-highest price paid for the quickly-appreciating classic and an Ebay record. The Ebay car was number 372 of the 547 that were built during the GNX’s single model year and has been driven just 426 miles since. The car is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 with over 300 hp and was produced through a collaboration between Buick, McLaren Engines and ASC Incorporated. According to contemporary tests by Car and Driver it was the quickest American car of the day to 60 mph and second in the world only to the Porsche 911 Turbo.
Democratic mayors under fire as violence plagues Chicago, New York, Philadelphia
Democratic mayors are raising eyebrows with their responses to the rising crime plaguing major cities like New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. At least 12 major cities, including New York, have already set historical murder records in 2021. "Eight years I’ve been mayor, index crimes, major crimes in New York City down 11% over eight years. "The bottom line is that there is today in New York City, a much safer city than we were eight years ago." "We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence," the district attorney told reporters Monday.
Chris Cuomo sought to discredit Fox News' Janice Dean for speaking out on brother's nursing home scandal
Disgraced CNN anchor Chris Cuomo reportedly leveled personal attacks against Fox News' senior meteorologist Janice Dean, an outspoken critic of his brother's nursing home scandal. Dean, who lost both of her in-laws last year after they had contracted the coronavirus in nursing homes, had placed blame on then-New York Gov. Fox News reached out to Chris Cuomo's spokesperson for comment. Chris Cuomo was fired by CNN after a new sexual misconduct allegation emerged against the anchor over alleged behavior that took place at another network. Documents showed that Cuomo relied on his own media sources to find information about his brother's accusers.
Markets set to open lower as inflation data, Fed meeting loom
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailMarkets set to open lower as inflation data, Fed meeting loomCNBC's Silvana Henao gives a rundown of what to know ahead of the trading day.
Why you need these 5 skills on your resume today, says CEO who has read over 1,000 resumes this year
Emerging technology and pandemic-related disruptions are redefining the skills people need to succeed in their jobs. As the CEO of a resume writing service, I've reviewed more than 1,000 resumes this year. Here are the five most important and in-demand types of skills to put on your resume today:1. As simple as it may sound, listing basic remote work skills on your resume can go a long way. Showcasing your critical thinking skills on your resume is just as important as demonstrating it in an interview.
Why a Covid booster dose is crucial against the omicron variant
It's been less than a month since the new, heavily-mutated omicron Covid strain was detected and designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization. Prior to this, studies had shown that the immunity provided by Covid vaccines waned after around six months — meaning that booster shots are essential to increasing protective antibodies to fight potential Covid infection. But the same studies have indicated that three vaccine doses — the two preliminary shots plus a booster dose — significantly increases the level of protection against omicron. However, it found that a "moderate to high vaccine effectiveness of 70 to 75% is seen in the early period after a booster dose." "The good news is that with the booster dose it increases about a hundredfold.
Morgan Stanley's Adam Jonas shares his auto and EV stock picks for 2022
The logo marks the showroom and service center for the US automotive and energy company Tesla in Amsterdam on October 23, 2019. Morgan Stanley's Adam Jonas said investors should brace themselves for volatility in the automotive sector next year and named several stock picks to ride out the action.
French billionaire amasses 18% stake in UK telecoms giant BT, fueling takeover fears
President of French telecoms and media group Altice, Patrick Drahi smiles during the inauguration of the Altice Campus in Paris on October 9, 2018. LONDON — French billionaire Patrick Drahi has increased his stake in British telecommunications company BT, sparking a response from the U.K. government amid fears over a full-blown takeover. BT said its board was notified that Altice, Drahi's telecoms group, had increased its ownership of BT to 18% from 12.1%. Shares of the £16.3 billion ($21.6 billion) firm are down around 55% in the last five years. He stunned the telecoms world in June when his firm paid £2.2 billion for a 12.1% stake in BT.
Bank of America upgrades Apple to buy, sees nearly 20% upside on 'game-changer' augmented reality plans
Silhouette of a mobile user seen next to a screen projection of the Apple logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. Bank of America on Tuesday upgraded shares of Apple, saying the company's plans to launch a headset for augmented reality and virtual reality could drive price action for the stock.
The Fed will halt asset purchases by March and hike rates in June, CNBC survey predicts
The CNBC Fed Survey finds that respondents expect the Fed to double the pace of the taper to $30 billion at its December meeting, which would roughly end the $120 billion in monthly asset purchases by March. The first rate hike is now forecast in June, a sharp recalculation from the September survey when the first rate move wasn't expected until the end of 2022. Zoom In Icon Arrows pointing outwards CNBC Fed SurveyThe Fed will hike until it hits its terminal rate of 2.3% by May 2024. "The economy has jumped far ahead of Fed policy rates," said Steven Blitz, chief U.S. economist, TS Lombard. "The only hope is to raise rates and hope inflation drops enough to bring everything into line."
Omicron is spreading fast. That's alarming even if it's mild
(CNN) The Omicron variant of coronavirus is spreading quickly in several countries where it has been discovered. "Given the current available data, it is likely that Omicron will outpace the Delta variant where community transmission occurs," WHO added. "What we now know about Omicron is that ... it's spreading at a phenomenal rate, something that we've never seen before. "Our findings show that vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease with the Omicron variant is significantly lower than with the Delta variant," the researchers wrote. Even without Omicron adding to the spread, the Delta variant combined with an undervaccinated population, is doing plenty of damage.
Only half of US nursing home residents have received a Covid-19 vaccine booster
(CNN) Only about half of fully vaccinated nursing home residents have received a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine, leaving a high-risk group especially vulnerable as Covid-19 cases rise across the country and concern about the Omicron variant builds. By the end of October, a month after the initial recommendation, about a quarter of fully vaccinated nursing home residents had received a booster, according to data published Friday by the CDC. And while earlier waves of community spread led to even worse waves within local nursing homes, more recent waves of community spread have been less severe within nursing homes. Risks from staff and visitors remainBut nursing home residents are far from insulated from the