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Opinion: Texas hasn't come close to reaching its potential under Tom Herman
Years from now, the only thing we should remember about the Tom Herman era at Texas is the need for humility. By any relevant metric, Herman isn’t coming close to maximizing the power of the Texas brand and the potential of his brand. But even if you think the Texas brand is overrated, the Longhorns under Herman haven't come close to reaching their potential. He also now has the distinction of being the only Auburn coach to lose an Iron Bowl to … Steve Sarkisian? It’s no wonder Auburn fans have had Malzahn on and off the hot seat for the last few years.
Enter FOX Bet’s free $100,000 contest: You can count on Raiders to win a close one
This week’s Sunday NFL Super 6 contest, run by FOX Bet, includes a particularly intriguing matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders (-3) and Atlanta Falcons. Enter the NFL Sunday Challenge contest on the FOX Super 6 app for free and you can win this week’s $100,000 jackpot! Raiders by 1-2 pointsHere is the full slate of games for FOX Bet’s Super 6 contest:Pick 6: Team to win and winning margin:1. Raiders vs Falcons5. Saints vs BroncosWinning margin brackets:a) 1 to 2b) 3 to 4c) 5 to 6d) 7 to 9e) 10 to 14f) 15 to 21g) 22+
So you thought the campaign and election were ugly? Just wait until January.
And at the center of this debate is an unlikely bipartisan group in the House of Representatives, the Problem Solvers Caucus. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, the Wyckoff, New Jersey, Democrat and the Problem Solvers co-chair, thinks so. Indeed, many Problem Solvers from opposing parties actually admit they like each other and occasionally socialize together. Dodging political, idealogical bulletsThe political conundrum for the Problem Solvers is that it has chosen to navigate America’s political middle ground. But just months after the Problem Solvers formed, the federal government was forced to shut down for 16 days over a budget impasse.
Ditch the Electoral College? It's a bad plan — rural interests might never matter again.
Dennis ClaysonOpinion contributorThere is a movement afoot to eliminate the Electoral College and replace it with a popular vote. A pure popular voting system appears appealing, but there are sound reasons why the Electoral College system was created to select a president. In the last several presidential elections, there has been a distinct pattern of rural voters preferring a different candidate than urban voters. If every single person in Iowa, my home state, wanted X and the urbanites wanted Y, it wouldn’t matter what Iowa wanted. However, if metro areas want something different from states such as Iowa, then voting in Iowa becomes essentially meaningless.
NFL picks for Week 12: Giants will win — and cover
The line remains Dolphins -7. The line remains Raiders -3. The line remains Rams -6.5. The line remains Chiefs -3.5. Lock of the week: Browns (Locks 3-7-1 in 2020).
Rachel Campos-Duffy: Start Advent off right with a Christ-centered craft for kids
My kids’ favorite Advent activity (besides, of course, opening their chocolate Advent calendar windows every day!) is making a bed for the baby Jesus. -- The goal is to do many good deeds throughout Advent so that the baby Jesus can have a soft, warm bed on Christmas day. Children learn that love and charity begin in the home and that Christmas is about baby Jesus, not snowmen, reindeer and presents. They learn about the tenderness that Mary and Joseph bestowed on baby Jesus and see for themselves that it feels good to do kind things for others.
David Prowse, English actor and weightlifter who embodied Darth Vader, dies at 85
AD“Star Wars” creator George Lucas viewed Darth Vader as the product of a collaboration by a team of artists. ADThe decisions to use Jones and Shaw came as surprises to Mr. Prowse and contributed to his strained relationship with the movies’ producers. Mr. Prowse met Lucas at 20th Century Fox’s offices in London in the summer of 1976. By age 12, the young Mr. Prowse was a swift rugby player and exceptional track and field sprinter and long jumper. “The kids loved being talked to by Darth Vader,” he told the Western Daily Press.
Trump and science: An erosion of our institutions, in public and behind the scenes
Listen to the other episodes in this series:President Trump has disrupted so much in Washington. The Trump administration has slowly unraveled parts of our government that rely on expertise and data, on empirical findings and research. And Trump’s rhetoric often disparages public institutions — everything from the media to the U.S. intelligence community to science-based government institutions. In this episode: the erosion of public trust in science-based institutions. And how a declining trust in public institutions leaves the American people with fewer places to agree on what’s real and what’s fact.
The 10th president’s last surviving grandson: A bridge to the nation’s complicated past
“He understood what was going on, he was upset,” said his son William Tyler, 58. It would be quite a change for anyone, but it’s particularly so for someone like him, who grew up steeped in family history. Harrison is also related to William Henry Harrison, the president his grandfather replaced, hence his first name. President Tyler had sold Henry south years earlier as punishment for running away. Frances has also met one descendant of the people her family enslaved — she shared letters from her great-grandmother describing the woman’s ancestors — and hopes to meet more.
Jets vs. Dolphins prediction, line: Gang Green will cover
Dave Tuley, senior reporter at VSiN.com, is in his third season with the Post’s Bettor’s Guide. NEW YORK JETS (+7) over Miami DolphinsJ-E-T-S, COVER, COVER, COVER! The Jets still stink and can’t find the way to the winner’s circle, but they’re not as hopeless as oddsmakers and the betting public continue to make them. However, the Titans showed in Sunday’s 30-24 OT win at Baltimore that they’re still a contender. Last week: 1-1, Jets (W), Jaguars (L).
Cost of Tokyo Olympic delay put at about $2 billion: reports
The cost of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to be just under $2 billion, or about 200 billion yen. LOLO JONES BACK IN BOBSLEDDING, SEEKS ELUSIVE OLYMPIC MEDALThe reported cost of the delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic is in line with repeated estimates over the last several months. The organizers, the Tokyo metro government and the Japanese national government are expected to report next month how the costs will be shared. The official cost of putting on the Tokyo Olympics is $12.6 billion. Tokyo said the games would cost $7.3 billion when it won the bid in 2013.
Southeast braces for heavy rain, potential flash flooding
As the U.S. approaches the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, forecasters are eyeing a developing storm system along the northern Gulf Coast. “A developing storm system tracking along the northern Gulf Coast Sunday will bring locally heavy rainfall, potential for flash flooding, and a few strong to severe thunderstorms across the south and southeast states,” the National Weather Service tweeted. Severe thunderstorms are possible across the southeast and the mid-Atlantic coast, they added. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: NOV. 29“Accumulating snow expected for parts of the Ohio Valley into the central and southern Appalachians later on Monday into Tuesday,” the National Weather Service said. “Rain and wind will be on the increase near the coast while snow is forecast to reach into the interior mountains today and into Monday as the front arrives,” the National Weather Service explained.
Portland police vehicle severely damaged by fire; arson investigation underway
An unoccupied but marked police vehicle in Portland was set on fire and severely damaged Saturday evening, prompting authorities to launch an arson investigation. PORTLAND POLICE ARREST 3 FOR THANKSGIVING DAY VANDALISM SPREE; 'AT LEAST' 10 BUSINESSES DAMAGEDPortland Fire and Rescue responded and extinguished the flames. The Portland Police Bureau released photos showing the heavily damaged interior of the vehicle. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but police said arson is suspected. Police said an arson investigator also responded to the scene and is doing a follow-up investigation.
Here's how some of 2020's top mutual fund managers are approaching the Biden presidency
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, November 24, 2020. (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only). Some of the best mutual fund managers of the year say they are sticking to many of their long-term strategies despite a change in power in the White House and the expected arrival of a Covid-19 vaccine. The U.S. stock market has roared in November, as Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election was not accompanied by a "blue wave" down ballot and progress on coronavirus vaccines buoyed hopes for an economic recovery.
Denver Broncos have no quarterbacks available for Sunday's game
The Denver Broncos have lost all of their quarterbacks for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, after they were declared ineligible for play due to NFL Covid-19 protocols. Carolyn Manno has the latest.
Zoom investors are looking to a post-pandemic 2021 even with current growth at over 300%
Zoom founder Eric Yuan poses in front of the Nasdaq building as the screen shows the logo of the video-conferencing software company Zoom after the opening bell ceremony on April 18, 2019 in New York City. Zoom is poised to show another monster quarter when it reports results on Monday, with sales growth expected to top 300% for a second straight period. But investors of late have been looking past this earnings report, as well as the one after that and even the one after that. It's not clear what happens to Zoom's business when people start returning to the office, but the company's stock has sold off on positive vaccine news. On Nov. 9, after Pfizer first said its vaccine candidate showed a 90% efficacy rate, Zoom shares plunged 17%.
Darth Vader actor David Prowse dies aged 85
EntertainmentDarth Vader actor David Prowse dies aged 85PostedActor David Prowse who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy has died aged 85. Edward Baran reports.
The story I had to share after Kyle Rittenhouse posted his $2 million bail
The 17-year-old faces two felony charges of homicide and one misdemeanor charge for possessing a dangerous weapon while under 18. My roommate was still sleeping, so I quietly slipped into a hoodie, jean shorts and sneakers, and left the dorm room, carrying my JanSport book bag with my rolls of film inside. Batteries inside my book bag had caused the theft detector to beep as I exited Eckerd's that Sunday morning. I rifled through my book bag and found a four-pack of AA batteries I had purchased days earlier. When I got into her car in the jail parking lot, I rifled through the book bag again.
David Prowse, the original Darth Vader, passes away at 85
British actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died aged 85 , his management company announced. CNN's Brian Stelter reports.
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HK's top leader piles up cash at home after U.S. sanctionsHong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she has to pile up cash at home as she has been unable to open a bank account in the global financial centre since Washington sanctioned her shortly after Beijing imposed a national security law on the city.
Warner injured, Smith shines as Australia seal series
Four overs into India’s reply after a southerly wind had brought a dramatic drop in temperatures, however, Warner injured his adductor while fielding and had to be helped off the field. The 34-year-old opener was taken to hospital for scans, and Australia will be sweating over the results with the start of the test series 18 days away. “I felt good from ball one and was really able to go hard,” said Man of the Match Smith. Nice performance.”India’s openers were dismissed in successive overs with only 60 runs on the board before skipper Kohli took charge and put together partnerships of 93 with Shreyas Iyer (38) and 72 with Rahul. Glenn Maxwell’s belligerent unbeaten 63 from 29 balls and a stroke-filled 70 from Marnus Labuschagne helped Australia build on the strong platform and finish with a flourish.
Colombia must restart aerial fumigation to fight drug trafficking, defense minister says
Colombia needs to reestablish aspersion, aerial fumigation with glyphosate for national security reasons,” Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo told Reuters in an interview on Friday. It will also need environmental regulators’ permission, recently delayed by legal actions from communities who oppose aerial fumigation. That figure is more than triple the 48,000 hectares recorded in 2013, when aerial fumigation was in use, Trujillo said. Despite the lack of aerial fumigation, Colombia will eradicate a record 130,000 hectares during 2020, the minister added. Manual eradication and voluntary crop substitution will continue even once aerial fumigation is re-approved, Trujillo said.
'D-Day' for Pakistan's lonely elephant as handlers prepare airlift to Cambodia
Slideshow ( 5 images )ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A team of animal experts began the task on Sunday of airlifting Pakistan’s lonely elephant Kaavan on the long journey to his new home at a sanctuary in northwestern Cambodia, marking the culmination of years of campaigning by American singer Cher. Kaavan’s handlers are taking more than 200 kilograms of food including bananas and melons for him to munch on during the journey, according to Four Paws. Cher has been filming a documentary with the Smithsonian Channel covering the rescue, which is being facilitated by her animal welfare organisation Free the Wild. “I found out about Kaavan from the people on my Twitter,” said Cher, according to a statement from the Smithsonian Channel. How can I save an elephant who’s been shackled to a shed for 17 years and who is a thousand miles away?
How poor regions lose out because of U.S. census undercounts
Rio Arriba is typical of other regions across the United States that are hardest to count - and have the most to lose from an undercount. (See full story reut.rs/3iWUMkU )The justices put on hold a lower court ruling that had ordered the Census Bureau to continue the population count until Oct. 31. Rio Arriba’s voluntary response rate is running at 32%, 10 points below its 2010 rate and less than half the overall U.S. rate of 67%. ‘WE’RE BROKE’In central Mississippi, voluntary participation in the 2010 census ranged between 45% and 60%. Lower funding from census undercounts has affected a crucial childcare program for low-income mothers in the nation’s poorest state, program officials said.
Ethiopia's Yehualaw runs second-fastest women's half marathon ever
(Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw ran the second-fastest women’s half marathon in history on Sunday, completing the 21.09-kilometre course in New Delhi in one hour, four minutes and 46 seconds. The 21-year-old, whose previous personal best was 1:05:19 set during the world half marathon championships in Gdynia last month, shaved one minute and 14 seconds off the event record at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. She won $27,000 in prize money and an additional $10,000 as an event record bonus. The overall women’s half marathon record of 1:04:31 was set by Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh at Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates in February. Yehualaw’s compatriot Amdework Walelegn won the men’s race in the Indian capital on Sunday with a time of 58 minutes and 53 seconds, the third-fastest time of the year and also an event record by 13 seconds.
Warner injured, Smith shines as Australia seal series
Four overs into India’s reply after a southerly wind had brought a dramatic drop in temperatures, however, Warner injured his adductor while fielding and had to be helped off the field. The 34-year-old opener was taken to hospital for scans, and Australia will be sweating over the results with the start of the test series 18 days away. “I felt good from ball one and was really able to go hard,” said Man of the Match Smith. Nice performance.”India’s openers were dismissed in successive overs with only 60 runs on the board before skipper Kohli took charge and put together partnerships of 93 with Shreyas Iyer (38) and 72 with Rahul. Glenn Maxwell’s belligerent unbeaten 63 from 29 balls and a stroke-filled 70 from Marnus Labuschagne helped Australia build on the strong platform and finish with a flourish.
'D-Day' for Pakistan's lonely elephant as handlers prepare airlift to Cambodia
Slideshow ( 4 images )ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A team of animal experts began the task on Sunday of airlifting Pakistan’s lonely elephant Kaavan on the long journey to his new home at a sanctuary in northwestern Cambodia, marking the culmination of years of campaigning by American singer Cher. Kaavan’s handlers are taking more than 200 kilograms of food including bananas and melons for him to munch on during the journey, according to Four Paws. Cher has been filming a documentary with the Smithsonian Channel covering the rescue, which is being facilitated by her animal welfare organisation Free the Wild. “I found out about Kaavan from the people on my Twitter,” said Cher, according to a statement from the Smithsonian Channel. How can I save an elephant who’s been shackled to a shed for 17 years and who is a thousand miles away?
Montenegro upcoming PM protests expelling of Serb ambassador
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro’s prime minister-designate on Sunday protested the outgoing government’s decision to expel the Serbian ambassador from the small Balkan country just days before the planned inauguration of a new, pro Serb Cabinet. “Such acts are not in the spirit of the European path and good regional cooperation of friendly countries,” Zdravko Krivokapic tweeted. In a tit-for-tat move on Saturday, Serbia’s Foreign Ministry said it responded in a “reciprocal manner” and proclaimed the Montenegrin ambassador to Serbia persona non grata. Montenegro remains deeply divided among those seeking closer ties with traditional Slavic allies Serbia and Russia and those who view Montenegro as an independent state allied with the West. The outgoing authorities have accused Serbia of meddling in the election and aiding pro-Serb political forces in Montenegro with the goal of installing allies in power and regaining influence.
Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up
Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, while Black churches and liberal-leaning Jewish groups are backing Democratic challengers Rev. Faith & Freedom made Georgia one of its top three spending targets in a $50 million get-out-the-vote program during the general election and plans increased organizing for the runoffs. The reach of “the evangelical vote in Georgia is very large and very strong,” Timothy Head, the group’s executive director, said in an interview. Another faith-focused conservative group, the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council, is holding trainings and pastor briefings before the runoffs. Jewish Democrats in Georgia predicted that the GOP attack on Warnock’s Israel record would fall flat, citing his record of friendship with the Jewish community through his pulpit at Ebenezer.
Ranchers, landowners worry about copper mine’s plan
Wilcox fears a copper mine's plans to pump diluted sulfuric acid into the shallow aquifer that supplies his well will drive him out of business. He owns a 1,000-plus acre private ranch in Lisbon Valley and has permits to graze on state and federal land in the area. “What happens if I sign off (on) that other well and they don’t hit water?” Wilcox asked. And Stevenson noted that past in-situ copper mining has led to elevated levels of radioactive elements such as uranium and thorium in groundwater. “If we got $10 million (to relocate), we’re still never going to find another Lisbon Valley,” he said.
Trudeau tasks Chrystia Freeland with Canada’s comeback
“There is no difference of opinion on this matter, or on, actually, any other matter I can think of right now between me and the prime minister,” Freeland said. A big part of holding Bay Street’s trust will depend on whether it believes she has the confidence of the prime minister. “There’s either a very clear alignment between Trudeau and Freeland, or that Trudeau has very deep trust in her. Trudeau clearly has faith in Freeland, who is Canada’s first female finance minister and still juggles her preexisting responsibilities as deputy prime minister. ***After the 2019 election, Trudeau named Freeland deputy prime minister and intergovernmental affairs minister.
UK says Brexit trade talks with EU are in their ‘last week’
Teams from Britain and the European Union are continuing face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal in the little remaining time. Teams from Britain and the European Union are continuing face-to-face talks on a post-Brexit trade deal in the little remaining time. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the U.K. and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement. EU countries want their boats to be able to keep fishing in British waters, while the U.K. insists it must control access and quotas. That will hurt both sides, but the burden will fall most heavily on Britain, which does almost half its trade with the EU.
Who Cares About The No. 1 Toy When You Could Have No. 2?
It includes an adorable pooping stuffed animal, a bathtub game called Fishin' For Floaters and fuzzy brown poop emoji bed slippers. When asked why he likes such toys, Jack was unequivocal. Not only can you buy any number of poop emoji toys and wearables for the special children in your life, there's poop emoji air freshener and poop emoji wine for adults.) In 2017's The Emoji Movie, the poop emoji character was voiced by Sir Patrick Stewart. "I think poop emojis poop out poop emojis," he says.
Misty Copeland Celebrates Ballet's Beautiful Friendships In 'Bunheads'
Misty Copeland Celebrates Ballet's Beautiful Friendships In 'Bunheads'Enlarge this image toggle caption Setor Fiadzigbey/G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young ReadersIn Misty Copeland's new book Bunheads, a young girl named Misty discovers her love of dance with her friends. In Bunheads, a young Misty dances the ballet Coppélia — it's the story of a young toymaker who devises a villainous plan to bring a doll to life. "When I saw Setor's illustrations and art, though none of them were were ballet dancers, they were superheroes," she says. One of Copeland's favorite examples of this is in an illustration of young Misty practicing the rond de jambe to tendu front.
My father wants to deed his kids his home before Prop 19 takes effect. I suggested a life estate instead — he said I’m ungrateful
My father has a lot of nostalgia for this second home and rigid ideas on what should or should not be changed. Here’s where it gets a little tricky: My father has had rocky relationships with most of his family members. My father is accusing me of being ungrateful for hesitating instead of simply accepting this gift, and has suggested he may just deed the property to my siblings instead. You will have to work with your siblings and father on maintenance, property taxes and other expenses related to the house. You cannot control your father or your family, and must realize that what he does and says is out of your control.
Why Buy Warranties? Peace of Marriage
If extended warranties were a good deal, everybody wouldn’t be so eager to sell me one. I get robo-calls every few days pitching extended warranties on our seven- and eight-year-old vehicles. It’s no mystery why retailers push extended warranties so hard. I did get an extended warranty when I bought a computer a couple of years ago. Some readers may wonder why I ever agree to extended warranties.
Trump attorneys described Giuliani as 'deranged' and likened the team pushing election fraud claims to a 'clown car,' report says
AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinAttorneys on the Trump campaign legal team described Rudy Giuliani as "deranged" and ill-suited to litigating the legal effort to overturn the election result, reported The Washington Post. Lawyers working on the Trump campaign have said Rudy Giuliani seemed "deranged' and ill-prepared to lead the legal effort to overturn the election result, reported The Washington Post Sunday. In a deep-dive into the Trump campaign's unprecedented attempt to overturn the election result, the Post reports that a rift developed in the campaign's legal team earlier in November. Giuliani clashed with other Trump campaign attorneys, according to the report, and continued to tell the president he had a serious chance of winning his lawsuits, while other officials offered more realistic assessments. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Farm workers killed in 'insane' Nigeria attack
The 43 farmers were buried on SundayAt least 43 people have been killed in what the Nigerian president has described as an "insane" attack in north-east Nigeria on Saturday. The attackers tied up agricultural labourers working in rice fields and slit their throats near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, reports say. "I condemn the killing of our hard-working farmers by terrorists in Borno state. Last month, Boko Haram fighters killed 22 farmers working on irrigation fields in two separate incidents. President Buhari, who five years ago asserted that Boko Haram had been defeated, said he had given all the support needed to the armed forces to protect Nigeria's population.
Boko Haram kills at least 43 farm workers in Nigeria: militia
Boko Haram fighters killed at least 43 farm workers and injured six in rice fields near the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, an anti-jihadist militia told AFP. "It is no doubt the handiwork of Boko Haram who operate in the area and frequently attack farmers." Last month Boko Haram militants slaughtered 22 farmers working on their irrigation fields near Maiduguri in two separate incidents. Story continuesThe attack took place as voters went to the polls in local elections in Borno State. The elections had been repeatedly postponed because of an increase in attacks by Boko Haram and ISWAP.
Nigeria buries scores of farmers killed by militants, some beheaded
By Lanre Ola and and Maiduguri newsroomZABARMARI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Villagers in northeast Nigeria's Borno state on Sunday buried 43 farmers killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants while security forces searched for dozens of people who are still missing. Roughly 30 of the men killed were also beheaded in the attack, which began on Saturday morning in Zabarmari village in northeast Borno state. While no group claimed responsibility, such massacres have been carried out in the past by Boko Haram or the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). They are both active in the region, where Islamic militants have killed at least 30,000 people in the past decade. In Zabarmari, dozens of mourners surrounded the bodies, which were wrapped in white burial shrouds and placed on wooden pallets, as clerics led prayers for the deceased.
Swans are spinning in circles, bleeding from their nostrils, and collapsing dead amid an outbreak of avian flu in Europe
Officials in the UK are becoming increasingly concerned about the spread of avian influenza in the country after reports of some swans dying gruesome, bloody deaths. Swans have been reported to spin in circles and bleed from their nostrils before dying in some regions of the UK. The deaths come amid an outbreak of a new strain of avian flu, H5N8, which has already led to the culling of thousands of birds across Europe. Officials in the UK are becoming increasingly concerned about the spread of avian influenza in the country after reports of a number of swans dying gruesome, bloody deaths. Story continuesOn November 22, DEFRA issued guidance for bird owners, and created a new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.
Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. takeaways: Legends entertain as promoters dawdle
— there was nothing in sports or entertainment quite like a Mike Tyson fight. Modern boxing promoters have a great aversion to taking risk and having their talents potentially lose. Story continuesRoy Jones Jr. throws a punch against Mike Tyson in their exhibition match at Staples Center on Nov. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles. Boxing promoters — those people who promote guys in their 20s and 30s who do this for a living — should take note. There’s a lot to be learned from this effort by Tyson, Jones and Triller.
Chargers vs. Bills matchups: Running game has a chance to get going
Breaking down how the Chargers (3-7) and the Buffalo Bills (7-3) match up heading into their game at 10 a.m. Pacific time Sunday at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills rank near the bottom of the NFL in stopping the run, which is particularly notable given the Chargers’ recent struggles on the ground. Still, the Chargers would love to establish some sense of a running game to maintain offensive balance. Allen has been sacked 20 times, but seven came in one game, a Week 9 victory against the Seattle Seahawks. But the Chargers seem to have a way of making every game — regardless of the quality of the opposition — tight.
Column: ‘Why won’t Black folks trust us’ on COVID-19? These doctors and nurses have answers
Like how the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccines won’t be safe because Big Pharma is cutting corners to make more money. Considering the many studies that show Black people tend to have better outcomes when treated by trusted Black doctors and nurses, this is a problem. Perez and his fellow Black nurses and doctors understand this better than most. I suspect that recommendations from a number of Black doctors who have agreed to vet federal regulators’ decisions about COVID-19 vaccines will help allay people’s fears. That’s not a problem Black doctors and nurses can fix alone, nor should they be asked to.
Vietnamese immigrant families hash out political differences, even without a common Thanksgiving table
AdvertisementCindy Nguyen, a junior at Westminster High School, understands enough Vietnamese to know that she disagrees with her parents’ political beliefs. Trung Ta, 67, is a Democrat who agrees with his son, Viet Ta, on most political issues. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)When Lan-Chi Nguyen Cantuba put a Black Lives Matter sign on her desk, her father asked her to take it down. Her father, Cesar Cantuba, is from the Philippines, but the clashes with his daughter are similar to those experienced by Vietnamese parents. “We can differ in beliefs, but family is family,” Cantuba said.
Arden’s beloved ‘Frog and Toad’ is getting a limited run online — plus more family fun this week
Without having to step onto a stage or out of their homes, Arden actors Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble reprise their roles as Frog and Toad, respectively. The Old City playhouse is putting online for two weeks an archived recording of the 2016 production of its much-loved children’s musical, giving past and future fans a chance to revel in all four seasons with the BFF amphibians and their bird and mole neighbors.
Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills odds, picks and prediction
Geoff ClarkUSA Today SportsbookwireThe Los Angeles Chargers (3-7) travel across the country Sunday to play the Buffalo Bills (7-3) in a 1 p.m. Chargers at Bills: Betting odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Chargers +195 (bet $100 to win $195) | Bills -234 (bet $234 to win $100): Chargers +195 (bet $100 to win $195) | Bills -234 (bet $234 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Chargers +4.5 (-110) | Bills -4.5 (-110): Chargers +4.5 (-110) | Bills -4.5 (-110) Over/Under : 51.5 (O: -115 | U: -106)Special NFL Betting Promotion:Bet $1 on ANY TEAM'S money line Sunday, WIN $100 (in free bets) if ANY team scores a touchdown during Sunday's NFL action. Chargers at Bills: Game notesThe Chargers broke a 3-game losing streak last week by taking down the New York Jets 34-28 at home but couldn't cover the spread as 8.5-point favorites. GIMME BILLS -4.5 (-110) for 1.5 units.
Pandemic surges in prisons amid county jail crowding as state lags on medical releases
Lisa Smittcamp is equally unhappy with how state prison officials are handling the virus behind bars. The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility has reported more than 900 new infections in the last two weeks, the department says. About 7,000 of those prison-bound inmates remain in county jails, according to the state corrections department. Since resuming accepting county jail inmates Aug. 28, state prisons have received about 3,300 inmates from 38 counties using a strict protocol of quarantining and testing, according to the agency. “We haven’t actually let the people out who most should be let out.”The corrections department did not provide state numbers for medical releases despite multiple requests.
'Tis the season to follow these wise shopping tips, anti-fraud precautions
The holiday shopping season is underway, with plenty of bargains, solid sales numbers and enough festivities to make it seem almost like a normal year. She and others also recommend paying with credit cards, which provide added protection compared with debit cards, checks, cash and other forms of payment. With credit cards, you may dispute charges under certain circumstances and temporarily withhold payments while the dispute is investigated. Beware of excessive borrowingNo discussion of holiday finances would be complete without a look at credit cards and consumer debts. Beware tax fraud, tooFraud risk this time of year isn't confined to holiday shopping.
Silverii: The fantasy surrounding the “MAGA universe” needs to end
We are today not merely a country bitterly divided along political lines, but divided into competing versions of reality itself. In reality, the coronavirus pandemic has taken the lives of over 260,000 Americans and over 2,800 Coloradans. This Thanksgiving weekend, millions of Coloradans are canceling traditional family gatherings, opting instead to be with our extended families over video chat. In the alternative reality, which we’ll call the “MAGA universe”, COVID-19 is a hoax, a conspiracy, the “China Plague” or just another common cold. Instead, Trump is hanging on, refusing to acknowledge reality, and determined to maintain the fiction that keeps reality from crashing into MAGA world.
Brauchler: Prioritizing prisoners over the elderly for a COVID vaccine is wrong in every way
I was shocked to learn that elderly Coloradans will be denied the vaccine and kept at risk of death until Nathan Dunlap has had his. In the current plan, Polis elevates imprisoned pedophiles and career criminals above grandparents and adults with lung and heart disease. Of the more than 258,000 COVID deaths in the United States, 8 in 10 are among adults 65 and older. In Colorado, nearly 90% of our 2,466 COVID deaths were adults 60 years and older. George H. Brauchler is the district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties.
Indoor dining restrictions aren’t helping Colorado’s recycling problem
As exploding COVID-19 numbers close down indoor dining in more than two dozen Colorado counties, restaurants are once again turning to pickup and delivery orders as their lifeline to staying in business. But at least one local restaurateur is attempting to chip away at the problem by sending food out in more sustainable packaging. But owners Sam and Tricia Maher, Australian natives who have run restaurants all over the world, prefer not to use any takeout packaging at all. Sonia Riggs, CEO of the Colorado Restaurant Association, acknowledges that takeout packaging is a concern but said the industry has bigger fish to fry right now. According to a report released by CoPIRG last week, Colorado’s recycling rate dropped to 15.9% from 17.2%, far below the national average of 35%.
Pandemic could mean vicious winter for those without homes in Denver’s suburbs
“It’s great.”Kenady is one of the faces of homelessness in metro Denver — living not on the streets or in a shelter but out of his vehicle. And he’s nowhere near the downtown Denver encampments most readily associated with people experiencing homelessness, but deep in the suburbs. The pandemic-driven fallout is already hitting communities surrounding Denver, said Matt Meyer, executive director of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative. “Debt is crippling”The Denver metro area has primarily counted its homeless population through the annual point-in-time survey — a one-night, on-the-street tally of those without shelter. The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative has produced a more comprehensive, first-of-its-kind “State of Homelessness” report, released last month.
Zeke Nnaji knows his Nuggets role: “I want to be a lockdown defender”
He also digs Zeke Nnaji too much to drop a baby grand onto the kid’s shoulders. I believe (Nnaji) is going to be a long-time starter in this league. You get to guard big men and you get to guard (small forwards).’“That’s what’s great about Zeke, is that he can guard multiple positions. But Nnaji also knows the A-list assignments — eventually — are part of the job description, whether he likes it not. I’m going to do that.
Chambers: Former DU coach becomes second “Newsy” Lalonde to hoist Stanley Cup
Former University of Denver assistant coach Derek “Newsy” Lalonde, now a Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, gained his nickname from 1950 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Édward Lalonde (no relation). The late Newsy (1897-1970) won the Stanley Cup as a star center with the Montreal Canadians in 1916. “Jay Erickson, one of my best friends (from Denver), ends up coming out and experiencing the Stanley Cup parade with me. Many predicted the Avs and Bolts would face off in the Stanley Cup Final, but injury-plagued Colorado lost a Game 7 conference semifinal series for the second straight year. I got goosebumps watching it, let alone our guys going into the Stanley Cup Final.”Edmonton went on to win the Stanley Cup in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990.
Man thrown from vehicle; dies in crash on I-94 near Riverdale
A man died after being thrown from a vehicle Saturday morning in a crash on Interstate 94 near Riverdale on the Far South Side. An investigation found that about 1 a.m. a man was driving south on I-94, when they rear-ended a vehicle near 130th Street, state police said. The impact of the crash caused the vehicle to continue off the road, overturn, and the driver to be thrown from the vehicle. Two passengers from the overturned vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, state police said. The driver who was thrown from the vehicle was also taken to the hospital and died.
Man and 14-year-old boy shot in West Garfield Park
Two people were injured, including a 14-year-old boy, in a shooting Sunday morning in West Garfield Park. The shooting happened about 2:20 a.m. in the 4000 block of West Lake Street, according to Chicago police. The 14-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man brought themselves to Stroger Hospital, police said. The boy had been struck in the wrist and was listed in good condition, while the man had been shot in the leg and arm and was in fair condition, police said. The two did not cooperate with officers and would not provide any information on the shooting, according to police.
Man fatally shot in South Chicago
A 27-year-old man was killed in a shooting Saturday in South Chicago. About 2:15 p.m., Lacey Sheppard was in the 9000 block of South Commercial Avenue, when he heard shots and felt a pain, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was brought to South Shore Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Chicago police are investigating the shooting. Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides.
Smile! Broward virtual students must turn on cameras during classes
District officials say students can use virtual, or fake, backgrounds if they don’t want people to see inside their homes. Those who don’t have cameras on their home computers can borrow a school district laptop. Teachers are also asked to accommodate students who are having technical problems with their cameras or connection.
Sun Sentinel launches Community News Fund to support journalism
Yet we are challenged like never before to do the journalism that South Florida deserves. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated business trends that newspapers have long faced, crunching resources at a time when accurate, deeply reported information is most needed. Layer on the other big crises we are covering – lost jobs and failing businesses, civil rights battles and rising seas – and we find ourselves making tough choices every day about what we can and cannot cover.
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Supreme Court should hear Florida environmentalist’s appeal | Editorial
What’s equally chilling in the lower court record is prejudice against Hurchalla, a former Martin County commissioner, for having used her personal e-mail to contact present commissioners who were friends of hers. So what if she did? When the commission officially found faults with the project, Lake Point was able to rebut them. Moreover, most Americans these days use email as a convenient form of expression. Objection to public policy should not be restricted to formal proceedings.
Column: Our democracy is fighting a bad case of ‘truth decay’
As the Rand study notes, we’re hard-wired to reject information that contradicts our beliefs, and we’ve been through periods of similar confusion before. Most notably, we went through this type of confusion in the yellow journalism and “Gilded Age” eras of the 1880s and 1890s, in the Roaring ’20s and the Great Depression of the late 1920s and ’30s and in the social and political upheavals of the 1960s and ’70s.
Editorial: How Illinois can mimic, or exploit, a ‘transaction tax’ fiasco
“The imperative (elsewhere) is to pay for an ever-expanding government that promises to carry us from cradle to grave, so long as it can tax us from womb to tomb. Here in Texas, we are lucky enough to still be able to look on this mode of governance with a mix of detached concern and pleasant recognition that other states’ folly will be to our benefit.”
Scalloped Golden Potatoes With Rosemary and Thyme
Very thinly slice the potatoes on a mandoline or with a sharp slicing knife. Drop the slices into the milk mixture as soon as they are cut. Cook at a slow simmer, stirring often, until the potato slices yield to the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes. Spoon the potatoes and milk mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake potatoes, uncovered, until top is golden and a knife goes in easily, 35-45 minutes.
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
In this file photo dated Friday, May 7, 1999, Dave Prowse, the original Darth Vader from the "Star Wars Trilogy," poses during the New York Comic and Fantasy Creators Convention. The British actor, Prowse who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85 on Saturday, according to an announcement by his agent Sunday Nov. 29, 2020. (LYNSEY ADDARIO/AP)
Peacock network apologizes for ‘Saved by the Bell’ jokes about Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant
In 2017, Gomez revealed she underwent a kidney transplant due to her lupus diagnosis, which she made public in 2015 and for which she was previously undergoing chemotherapy. In 2016, she stepped away from the spotlight as a result of the mental health concerns regarding her diagnosis. Gomez has previously stated she wanted to come forward with her illness to spread awareness of the autoimmune disease and become an advocate.
Year wracked watchful wordsmiths
"The English language, like all of us, has had to adapt rapidly and repeatedly this year," Oxford said in its 2020 report released last week. "Given the phenomenal breadth of language change and development during 2020, Oxford Languages concluded that this is a year which cannot be neatly accommodated in one single word." This year, in other words, couldn’t be simply summed up as last year’s "climate emergency," or "toxic" as in 2018. These word-of-the-year designations — and Oxford is not the only group of wordsmiths to bestow them — are not mere numerations of usage. These words bear witness to the resiliency of people and of language, and of people using language.
Lincoln Park’s North Pond is drying up and in ‘dire need’ of restoration
Another issue contributing to North Pond’s decline is that it does not have a natural inlet to replenish its water, Widener said. During the summer, when its water increasingly evaporates, the pond sometimes has to be replenished with city water through a spout that sits on its edge. This means that compounds like fluoride and other additives that are necessary for drinking water but not ideal for an aquatic ecosystem are sent into the pond.
The best pre-Cyber Monday deals
Whether you’re worried about something going out of stock or you’re simply tired of online shopping and ready to be done getting gifts for the holidays, we recommend that you shop these deals now. We track price data year-round, and these are some of the best sales we’ve seen.
Editorial cartoons for Nov. 29, 2020: Happy Zoomsgiving!
In the gallery’s lead image, David Horsey, of the Seattle Times, updates the Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want” for Covid times. Still, that was down significantly from the 2.6 million who flew on the day before the holiday a year ago, NBC reported. On Friday, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia shot down the Trump campaign’s challenge to Pennsylvania’s certification of the election. In his first Q&A session with reporters since Election Day, Trump said he would not concede but would vacate the White House if the Electoral College seats President-elect Joe Biden. Cartoonists also commented on Uncle Sam’s high-wire act, balancing between protecting public health and supporting commerce and small businesses.
Readers respond: Celebrate holidays safely
The toll from COVID-19 in Oregon is rapidly accelerating as cold, rainy weather drives activities indoors and the holidays arrive. Our hospitals are close to capacity, our front-line colleagues are tired, and some of the supplies we need to care for you are limited. Any promotion of in-person social gatherings outside our households or “bubbles,” even for the holidays, is dangerous and irresponsible. Oregon physicians urge small, safe celebrations for one more holiday season to prevent regret and grieving as 2021 approaches. His letter was signed by 773 other Oregon physicians.
Steve Matthews' Aqueduct selections for Sunday, Nov. 29
SECOND: Masked Marauder adds blinkers and projects as the main speed if able to escape AE list. Data Deal also needs scratches to get in and makes third start of form cycle; dangerous. FIFTH: Caramel Swirl was second to a repeat winner in debut; sharp work tab seals the deal. Precipitate makes first start for Chad Brown after outworking 187 rivals in half-mile drill on Nov. 22; could be the goods. NINTH: Lovestruck visually and numerically impressed when winning debut on Sept. 7; more to give.
ImmaCare men’s shelter, closed for a year, reopens in Hartford after nearly $5M renovation
The network is mostly placing people at the Park Street shelter who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets. They can be some of the most challenging clients to transition to permanent housing — many with substance abuse and mental health issues, and accustomed to riding out every winter in various shelters.
Dave Prowse, actor behind original Darth Vader suit, dies at 85
Jill LawlessAssociated PressLONDON — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Prowse donned Darth Vader's black armor and helmet for “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi" (1983). He was a regular at “Star Wars” fan events, but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, tweeted that Prowse was “a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.” Hamill said the actor "loved his fans as much as they loved him.
Book review: Jo Nesbo offers a show-burn thrilled with 'The Kingdom'
Nesbo's affinity for dark stories takes another leap as he explores the unshakeable bonds of Roy and Carl that go beyond being siblings. In ways, "The Kingdom" has roots in the Biblical stories of Cain and Abel, and The Prodigal Son, and myriad Greek and Shakespeare tragedies. Roy, one year older, also has spent a lifetime cleaning up after Carl — a situation without end. The contrast between the brothers elevates the plot of "The Kingdom." Roy doesn't have friends, yet Carl appears to be friends with everyone, his "homecoming" a true celebration.
German shepherd shot and left for dead finds new, happy home in Perry
When Christina Mitchell called out for her German shepherd Zeus, the dog's ears pinned back and he stared at her, unblinking. Zeus spent about 10 months with the dog warden division of the Stark County Sheriff's Office while the animal abuse case was resolved in court. The single mother became aware of Zeus through the Facebook page of the Stark County Sheriff's Office. The Stark County Prosecutor's Office had disputed Fishburn's claim that he shot the dog in self-defense after it had become aggressive. Authorities were alerted and the dog warden division of the sheriff's office traced Zeus to his owner and started an investigation.
OU football: From early-morning film sessions to Orange Bowl after-party, 2000 was a special Sooner season
The Oklahoman the past few days has been celebrating the 20-year anniversary of OU’s 2000 national championship. And we cap off the week with some of the untold or forgotten stories that made that 2000 football season so memorable. RISE & SHINEDamian Mackey believes the 2000 season turned on the Kansas game. In a year known for memorable moments, not many people remember the Sooners’ game against the Jayhawks. And it ended up being a 34-16 win.
Oklahoma Wildlife Department hopes to connect hunters directly with needy families
Wildlife Department hopes to connect hunters directly with needy familiesThe Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's "Hunters Against Hunger" program is a way the state's deer hunters can donate meat to local food banks. The program has been around since 2002, but now the Wildlife Department has a new initiative to connect hunters directly with people who would like a deer. Through its "Deer Share" page on wildlifedepartment.com, hunters who are willing to give away a deer or deer meat can sign up and leave their names, phone number or email, and county where they live to be contacted.
Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up
“Let’s keep Georgia blue," Jackson said. “Let’s elect Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock to the United States Senate.” The presiding bishop of more than 400 African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia added a pastoral flourish as horns honked and supporters cheered: “If I have a witness, somebody say amen!" As Georgia becomes the nation’s political hotspot this winter before twin runoff elections Jan. 5 that will determine control of the Senate, faith-based organizing is heating up. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, while Black churches and liberal-leaning Jewish groups are backing Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
UK says Brexit trade talks with EU are in their 'last week'
UK says Brexit trade talks with EU are in their 'last week'LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Sunday there is only about a week left for the U.K. and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal, with fishing rights the major obstacle to an agreement. As talks continued between the two sides in London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said “I think we are into the last week or so of substantive negotiations.”The U.K. left the EU early this year, but remained part of the 27-nation bloc’s economic embrace during an 11-month transition as the two sides tried to negotiate a new free-trade deal to take effect Jan. 1. Talks have already slipped past the mid-November date long set as a deadline for agreement to be reached if it is to be approved by lawmakers in Britain and the EU before year’s end. Despite the stalemate, Raab told Sky News that “there’s a deal to be done.”
How the Patriots defense can rebound against Kyler Murray and top-rated Cardinals offense
The Patriots defense was no match for Deshaun Watson and the Texans. Will it be any different against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals? That’s one of the major storylines headlining Sunday’s matchup, as the Cardinals come to Foxboro sporting the NFL’s top offense. If Watson & Co. was tough, it’s not going to get any easier with Murray and his arsenal. The Patriots need to be more disruptive, and again, make sure Murray doesn’t get past their containment.
Here’s to John ‘Butchie’ Brennan, the last mayor of Chelsea
Actually, by the standards of Chelsea politics, Butchie was a cut above. And the mayor of Chelsea before those jailbirds was in the process of being disbarred for touching everything but the third rail. I hadn’t thought about that golden age of Chelsea politics for years until I heard that Butchie had drawn his last ’Gansett draft at Ryan’s Tavern on Fifth Avenue. In 1993 Pressman was immunized to testify before a federal grand jury. In 1985, when he was no longer mayor, Pressman lied under oath to a federal grand jury about the mall project.”After his perjury, Gov.
OKC Thunder: Five big questions heading into NBA training camp
The trade moratorium was lifted, the draft was conducted and free agency started all in the last two weeks. Next up on the NBA’s super-condensed calendar is training camp. Teams will open training camp Tuesday, and the Thunder will be back on the court Dec. 12 for its first of three preseason games. No team has undergone a more drastic offseason transformation than the Thunder. With that in mind, here are five big questions as OKC opens training camp.
How Cam Newton and the Patriots offense can shred the Cardinals at home
There’s no question anymore where the Patriots offense is trending. Newton has proven he can command the offense and strike with accuracy to the intermediate and deep levels of the field. It’s time to see what happens when the Patriots put the game in the hands of their best offensive players. “Defensively, they do a good job putting pressure on the offense, creating negative plays,” Belichick said this week. When the Patriots find themselves in short yardage, expect Newton on a quarterback sneak or a handoff right for Michel or Harris.
Richmond neighbors: Obituaries for November 29
HOLZBACH, Richard Ryland, 83, of Henrico, went to be with the Lord on November 21, 2020, at his Lakewood home. He was surrounded by his family…
U.K. Eyes December Vaccinations; Hong Kong Schools: Virus Update
Indonesia’s new coronavirus infections surged by the most since the outbreak began, while South Korea said it would tighten restrictions outside Seoul. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on coronavirus cases and deaths. Hong Kong reported 115 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, 62 of which were linked to a cluster involving dance studios. The city has more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other U.S. county, with a five-day average of more than 4,500 new cases. Brazil Cases, Deaths Continue Rise in Second Wave (5:11 p.m. NY)Brazil ended its third week of newly surging cases with another 51,922 infections reported Saturday.
British Army's Information Warfare Unit will be deployed to tackle anti-vaccine propaganda
The British Army's Information Warfare Unit will be deployed to tackle anti-vaccine propaganda ahead of the coronavirus vaccine rollout, it has been revealed. Soldiers are already monitoring cyberspace for Covid-19 content to find out how British citizens are being targeted online, leaked documents showed. Meanwhile, several mothers on the Save Our Rights UK Facebook page declared they would not be taking a coronavirus vaccine and nor would their children. Ministers have become alarmed at the impact online propaganda is having on the public's opinion of coronavirus lockdown and its vaccine. Yesterday, conspiracy theories claiming vaccines were a cover to plant trackable microchips into people was available online.
Sydney records hottest November night on record
"November has been quite unusual in many ways. We have only seen about half our normal rainfall and it is quite possible it will be one of our hottest Novembers on record," Andrew Watkins, of the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) noted on Friday.
COVID-19: Couple delivering Christmas presents to family stopped by police for breaking coronavirus laws
A couple delivering Christmas presents to their family have been stopped by police for breaking coronavirus laws. South Wales Police said the pair had travelled from Essex and told officers they were heading to Cardiff to give gifts to relatives. The force said the couple were "in breach of COVID legislation", as it revealed 110 vehicles were stopped in the first 24 hours of random checks in the Welsh capital. The force did not say whether the couple delivering presents faced any punishment. England is in lockdown until Wednesday before a tiered system of coronavirus restrictions is set to come into force.
Iran newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist
An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper has suggested that Iran must attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of a scientist. An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper has suggested that Iran must attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of a scientist. A military-style ambush Friday on the outskirts of Tehran reportedly saw a truck bomb explode and gunmen open fire on the scientist, killing him and a bodyguard. The nuclear watchdog has provided an unprecedented, real-time look at Iran’s civilian nuclear program following the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful and that it has no plans to build an atomic bomb.
Jake Paul Knocks Nate Robinson Out Cold, Violent KO
Breaking NewsJake Paul just DESTROYED Nate Robinson -- knocking the ex-NBA star out cold with a devastating right cross that sent Nate crashing to the mat. My God ??The way Nate Robinson landed on the canvas. Good stuff by Jake Paul #tysonvsjones pic.twitter.com/4STxSBjgaK — MMA India (@MMAIndiaShow) November 29, 2020 @MMAIndiaShow23-year-old Jake was in control the entire fight Saturday night -- knocking Nate down once in the 1st round -- and twice in the 2nd. After the fight, Paul praised Nate during a post-fight interview with Jim Gray ... "He was better than I expected ... After the fight, Nate called out Conor McGregor -- telling Jim Gray he wants to stay in boxing for a long, long time.
Pfizer's first Covid-19 vaccine doses flown to U.S.
LA County, the most populous in the nation, has ordered citizens to stay at home and banned public and private gatherings until at least Dec. 20 as Covid-19 cases in the area continue to grow. The news came as the U.S. passed 13 million Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile the NFL ordered all facilities to shut down Monday and Tuesday due to a national rise in cases and after some players and coaching staff "celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests." In Europe, leaders are warning against family Christmas gatherings and urging people to stay at home with immediate family only. Find the most recent version here.
Ex-Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh pulled from blazing waterfront Connecticut home but succumbed to his burns
Tony Hsieh, who was worth an estimated $840 million, had retired three months earlier from the billion-dollar business he helped found, and was just 46 years old. 'Celebrating the life while mourning the loss of my dear friend Tony Hsieh,' she wrote. 'Tony Hsieh played a pivotal role in helping transform Downtown Las Vegas,' Nevada Gov. Tony Hsieh touched so many lives and inspired so many entrepreneurs. Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk added: 'Tony Hsieh was a visionary.
Broncos will play Saints with no quarterback due to Covid-19 concerns
The Denver Broncos won’t have any of their four quarterbacks available on Sunday when they face the New Orleans Saints because of coronavirus concerns. Starter Drew Lock, backup Brett Rypien and practice squad veteran Blake Bortles were deemed high-risk close contacts with No3 quarterback Jeff Driskel on Wednesday, the day before Driskel tested positive for Covid-19. The Broncos said the three QBs aren’t experiencing any symptoms and have consistently tested negative for the virus. The Broncos were scrambling to prepare practice squad rookie receiver Kendall Hinton and No3 running back Royce Freeman to share snaps at quarterback on Sunday when Denver (4-6) hosts the Saints (8-2). The NFL cleared the Broncos to practice on Thanksgiving Day after Driskel tested positive for the virus and again Friday after kick returner Deontae Spencer tested positive along with two staffers.
England at risk of third Covid wave in new year, says Raab
The foreign secretary also refused to rule out the prospect of a third nationwide lockdown next year. The Commons will vote on Tuesday on whether to approve the three-tier system replacing the national lockdown. Further analysis of the health, economic and social impacts of Covid and the measures taken to suppress them will also be published before Tuesday’s vote, Johnson said. BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) #Marr: Will a third national lockdown happen if #coronavirus infection rates increase? Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab: "We are doing everything we can to avoid that"#Covid_19 https://t.co/7fjcYASvZQ pic.twitter.com/k7kpI71HVtExplaining the government’s exit strategy from restrictions, he added: “We move to localised, we aim for that vaccine being distributed in the spring.
In Naples, a city steeped in pagan rites, I saw Maradona cast his spell
This is how Naples thinks, and holds in its heart the mercurial genius largely responsible for winning that scudetto: Diego Maradona. – cry.” Almost as Tammaro spoke, SSC Napoli announced the renaming of its San Paolo Stadium to Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. Maradona’s football befitted a city steeped in magic. Then came Italy’s turn to host the 1990 World Cup and face Argentina at San Paolo for the semi-final. Maradona’s football befitted a city steeped in magic.
Indonesian volcano Mount Ili Lewotolok erupts, closing airport
Indonesia’s Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted on Sunday, releasing a column of smoke and ash 2.5 miles(4km) into the sky, triggering a flight warning and the closure of the local airport. There were no reports of injuries or damage from the eruption in a remote part of the south-east Asian archipelago. But authorities raised the volcano’s alert status to its second-highest level as they warned of possible lava flows. “People are advised to not carry out any activities within a 4km radius from the crater,” Indonesia’s geological agency said. In late 2018, Anak Krakatau, a volcano in the strait between Java and Sumatra islands erupted, causing an underwater landslide that unleashed a tsunami which killed more than 400 people.
Life after Covid: will our world ever be the same?
And this vision assumes that Covid passes, and that it is not one of a future series of equally vicious viruses. Covid means that big chunks of her life have only been seen on a phone screen as she grows into a toddler. But a return to life as usual will not mask the emotional toll Covid will have had on so many people. Last week’s spending review, spelling out how the cost of battling Covid will shape national life for years to come, was a classic example. Yes, the pandemic itself has meant big changes to the world of work.
Autumn illnesses including flu up to halved by coronavirus restrictions, says German study
Instances of flu, bronchitis and pneumonia have all significantly decreased in north-eastern Germany, which includes Berlin, according to a study by health insurer AOK Nordost. From September until mid-November, the number of people taking sick days off work due to the flu was halved compared to previous years. Absence due to acute bronchitis fell by more than half, the study found, while sick days as a result of pneumonia and gastrointestinal infections dropped by a third. This month saw harsher coronavirus measures introduced nationwide – including closing bars, restaurants and cafes, along with strict curbs on meeting in groups, travelling and leisure activities. In Brandenberg, sick days decreased by around 15 percentage points and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania by 12.
Wasps coach Giselle Mather reiterates calls for Premier 15s to be televised
Giselle Mather, Wasps' director of rugby, has led calls for the Premier 15s to secure its first television deal so that the women’s domestic game can “become commercially out there”. For the past two seasons the Rugby Football Union, which runs the women’s top flight, streams one selected match live from each round of the Premier 15s. I’ve been in this game for a very long time as a player, now as a coach. The league isn’t too early [for televised matches].”Ahead of the start of the Premier 15s season in October, Nicky Ponsford, the RFU’s head of women’s performance, said a broadcast deal for the Premier 15s games remained an “ongoing discussion”. Mather’s words were echoed by Kate Alder, the Wasps captain, who insists the growing profile of the women’s game since the Premier 15s’ inception in 2017 has driven standards and competition across the board.
Trading Barbados for Bedfordshire, why now is the time to book a home-cation
This last year has seen the rise and rise of the staycation, but now also the home-cation. It was in-cred-ible wasn’t it Piers?’But when we are all so tired and stressed, this sounds like too much. Stacey Duguid, Harrods fashion editorial director, recently went three miles from her London home to Mayfair’s The Connaught hotel. In twenty four hours, and clocking up only two hours travel time (there and back), our home-cation was all about maximum enjoyment with minimum fuss. But feels a million miles awayRosie Green was hosted by Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, a member of Elite Hotels.
Don't be tempted to put children straight into the family business
But imaginative adventurers can still find international venues where charity workers are warmly welcome, or they can take on a grueling journey without leaving the UK. Encourage your children to take several jobs over the next few years. Work experience is never wasted, so if possible, they should pick up temporary work while at college (evenings in a bar or a restaurant are never forgotten). Advise them to get a job with someone else before joining the family firm. It’s really bad luck for those who left school last July, with no prom, exam results but no exams, and months of education on Zoom.
Southampton vs Manchester United, Premier League: live score and latest updates
A United win could put them up to sixth, which would look a whole lot better than the 13th they're currently in and relieve the pressure on the players and manager. This is what Solskjaer has said this week about it:"We live in a results business and all I want is for Man United to improve as a team and as a club. Every decision I make is for the good of Manchester United. "For me, it's about results and if we keep improving we have a very good opportunity because this team and this squad is going places." Kick off is 2pm, stay here for live analysis and updates throughout.
Bahrain Grand Prix 2020, F1 live: latest updates as Lewis Hamilton starts from pole
Hamilton, meanwhile, spoke of the pressure being off after his championship was confirmed at the last race. That seems a little odd as Bottas has barely been within a win of him in the standings all season, but there we are. I think with the pressure a little bit off, it’s a bit of a release to go and drive like I just did. He has been close to or ahead of Hamilton in qualifying most weekends but Sundays have been a weakness. The big question is whether Verstappen has the ability to disrupt one of if not both Hamilton and Bottas.
30 times things went wrong on set, from The Godfather to Wolf of Wall Street
30 times things went wrong on film and TV sets Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone – The SpecialistStallone and Stone had absolutely no chemistry in the 1994 American spy thriller, but when the Basic Instinct star refused to get naked for the shower scene, it was potentially a huge problem. Stallone admitted they had to get drunk on vodka for filming to even start. Let it be known, I didn’t want this scene because Sharon was not cooperating. The director asks only a few of the crew to remain, and she still won’t take it off. She said, ‘I’m just sick of nudity.’ I asked her if she could get sick of it on somebody else’s film.
Jake Paul causes ‘second hand embarrassment’ for claiming he made first YouTube content house
Paul sparked frustration after arrogantly stating he paved the way for content house creation and boxing matches between high-profile social media stars. “I create the first content house – then there’s 500 content house,” he wrote on Twitter, adding: “I start boxing – now every influencer is a boxer. Content houses are essentially physical spaces for social media stars to collaborate. They are formed to help young creators find success as “influencers”, the name applied to successful YouTube stars. One person urged Paul to “quit YouTube” after making the claims, with another saying they felt “second hand embarrassment” on his behalf.
Southampton vs Manchester United LIVE – Premier League latest updates
Southampton are hosting Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon. The Saints are flying high this season, sitting fifth in the table with the chance to climb second behind only Liverpool, at least until Chelsea and Tottenham play later today. United are languishing in 13th and badly need the boost of a victory here. That will be no easy feat against a Southampton side unbeaten in seven league games. Southampton are still without leading man Danny Ings, so Theo Walcott is set to continue in attack along side striker Che Adams despite having a broken bone in his wrist.
The Crown viewers mock Culture Secretary’s warning to Netflix over show’s accuracy: ‘I look forward to his letter to Hilary Mantel’
The Crown viewers have mocked “comedic” comments by the Culture Secretary that the show should come with a warning that it is fictional. Dowden’s comments were widely criticised online, with viewers shocked that the Culture Secretary believed the public needed telling that a fictional TV show wasn’t real. “The Culture Secretary’s ‘intervention’ over The Crown is the funniest thing I've heard in ages,” one viewer commented, adding: “I look forward to his letter to Hilary Mantel.”Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) in ‘The Crown' (Des Willie/Netflix)“Netflix already tells people that The Crown is fiction. “Excited that we are in a place in our culture wars where the right are on board with trigger warnings, but only when used to explain the concept of historical fiction,” one viewer wrote. The Crown has been widely praised for its use of trigger warnings during season four in regards to Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and her struggle with bulimia.
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bring in Peter Moore to work in an advisory role at Wrexham
Former Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore has announced he will be teaming up with Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney at Wrexham AFC following their takeover of the non-league team. Wrexham co-owner Rob McElhenney poses poolside for a picture with Peter Moore in the USMcElhenney's Twitter post led to talk that Moore had been appointed into a role at WrexhamMoore also became the honorary president of Gresford Athletic, a lower tier Welsh side that he once played for. But it was across the Atlantic where he was photographed poolside with McElhenney, who left supporters swooning as he wore a Wrexham AFC face mask alongside Moore, who wore a Liverpool FC mask. Former Liverpool CEO Moore announced he will team up with Ryan Reynolds and McElhenneyMoore confirmed he will work in an advisory role at Wrexham after Hollywood pair's takeoverBut Moore provided clarity in two follow-up tweets. Delighted to be able to help @RMcElhenney and @VancityReynolds get @Wrexham_AFC back again.
Roberto Carlos nearly signed for Chelsea in 2007 with Jose Mourinho desperate to sign him
Roberto Carlos has opened up on coming 'very close' to joining Chelsea in 2007 before the deal fell through in the last moment. Brazil icon Roberto Carlos has revealed he came 'very close' to joining Chelsea in 2007The Real Madrid legend left in 2007 after enjoying a glittering tenure in the Spanish capital'I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea. Chelsea didn't work out so I signed for Fenerbahce,' Carlos told Goal. 'It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and Peter Kenyon. The Portuguese was sacked early on in that season and Carlos spent two seasons in Turkey before returning to Brazil to play for Corinthians.
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Prowse donned Darth Vader’s black armor and helmet for “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983). He was a regular at “Star Wars” fan events, but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, tweeted that Prowse was “a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.” Hamill said the actor “loved his fans as much as they loved him.
Rebel Wilson announces she's reached her goal weight of 75kg
Rebel Wilson has been on an incredible health and fitness journey this year, losing at least 20kg. And on Sunday, the Australian actress proudly announced on her Instagram Stories that she's reached her goal weight of 75kg (165lbs or 11.8 stone). Shrinking star: Rebel Wilson (pictured) announced on Sunday that she's reached her goal weight of 75kg 'with one month to spare'... after having previously lost a staggering 20kg'Hit my goal with one month to spare! Even though it's not about a weight number, it's about being healthy, I needed a tangible measurement to have as a goal and that was 75 kilograms,' Rebel captioned the post. Rebel revealed in May that she was trying to get down to her goal weight of 75kg (165lbs or 11.8 stone).
Pia Miller gifted $700 bottle of Dom Pérignon to celebrate her engagement to Patrick Whitesell
To celebrate, her friends sent her a rather pricey gift - a $700 bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne. To celebrate, her friends sent her a rather pricey gift. The Dom Pérignon 2002 P2 Second Plénitude gift boxed champagne sells for a retail price of $699.99. Lovely: To celebrate, her friends sent her a $700 bottle of Dom Pérignon ChampagneFancy: 'Omg, such an amazing and thoughtful gift. Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Australia, 77 Diamonds managing director Tobias Kormind said Pia's ring is likely worth more than most people make in a lifetime.
Tom Cruise wears TWO face masks as he greets fans on Mission: Impossible 7 set
Tom Cruise took a brief break from filming to greet a crowd of fans gathered on the streets of Rome on Sunday, as production continued on Mission: Impossible 7. In between takes, Cruise put safety first, wearing his pair of masks as he mingled with co-stars, crew and fans on the picturesque set of the upcoming movie. In October, Tom held crisis talks with director Christopher McQuarrie after 12 people on set reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. It was recently claimed that Tom was 'exempt from Norway's quarantine rules' as he restarted filming in the Scandinavian country. Mission: Impossible 7 is set to be released on November 19, 2021.
Manchester United's scouting system chaos as hackers access 'confidential information on targets'
Manchester United's ongoing cyber attack has seen hackers accessing confidential information on targets and scouting missions, The Mirror reports. Sportsmail revealed this week that the Premier League club were being held to ransom for millions of pounds by criminal hackers who have crippled the club's systems. The Mirror reports that the hackers have gained access to confidential information relating to player targets as well as on-going scouting missions. United's email system has been disabled by the hackers for over a week, having a major impact on global scouting operations. The report goes onto outline that details regarding active long and short-term player targets are held in files within the system.
Ricky Gervais 'thought he was going to die' after he almost choked on a smoothie
Ricky Gervais has told how he thought he was 'going to die' after he almost choked on a smoothie. Speaking to The Mirror, he said: 'I was just going down to the hotel to film After Life and I had a smoothie. Scare: Ricky Gervais has told how he thought he was 'going to die' after he almost choked on a smoothie (pictured in January 2020)'I started choking and I couldn’t breathe and my throat closed up and I went on the floor. I thought I was going to die. It was horrendous' (pictured with Ricky in January)But earlier this year Ricky told The Mirror: 'I've already made my mind up there won't be a fourth series.
England win toss, elect to bowl in second T20 international
England's Ben Stokes (centre) warms up before the second T20 in PaarlAdvertising Read morePaarl (South Africa) (AFP)England won the toss and decided to bowl in the second Twenty20 international against South Africa at Boland Park in Paarl on Sunday. Match referee Andy Pycroft initially said South Africa had won the toss and home captain Quinton de Kock appeared to indicate that he would bat. England won the first match at Newlands in Cape Town by five wickets on Friday when Morgan also chose to field. England named an unchanged team but South Africa made two changes. De Kock said South Africa "didn’t do anything too bad (on Friday) so we’ll keep doing what we’ve been doing".
Suwon FC earn promotion to K League 1 with last-gasp penalty
An Byong-jun of Suwon FC celebrates after scoring a goal against Gyeongnam FC on Sunday. Suwon FC played Gyeongnam FC to a 1-1 draw in the final K League 2 promotion playoff at Suwon Sports Complex in Suwon, 45 kilometers south of Seoul. Suwon FC last played in the K League 1 in 2016. Gyeongnam FC were demoted from the K League 1 last year when they lost a promotion-relegation playoff to Busan IPark and now have a chance to return after just one season in the K League 2. Suwon will join the K League 2 champions Jeju United on their way up to the K League 1 for 2021.
Lieutenant governor: Trump campaign would get its 'clock cleaned' if it appeals Pennsylvania ruling to Supreme Court
"I hope they do [appeal to the Supreme Court]," Lt. Gov. "And they're gonna get their clock cleaned there, the way they did here in Pennsylvania." The Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier Saturday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Rep. Mike Kelly George (Mike) Joseph KellyPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Pennsylvania Republicans sue in last-ditch effort to stop election certification GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE and other Republicans in the state aiming to halt the certification of the 2020 election results. ADVERTISEMENTPresident-elect Biden has been projected to win Pennsylvania and the state's 20 electors, sealing the White House for him earlier this month. "All of the snake handling that they had here at the Ramada ... didn't change anything," Fetterman said on CNN, referring to a hearing held by state Republicans at a Gettysburg hotel last week.
Thai protesters target royal guards unit in latest rally
Sunday's protest -- the latest in a series of near-daily turnouts across Bangkok -- was meant to target the 11th Infantry Regiment. The black-clad protesters wore hair clips with yellow rubber ducks, while those on the frontlines donned gas masks and helmets -- prepared for any potential skirmishes with authorities. The military has long positioned itself as a defender of Thailand's enormously wealthy royal family, who boast assets conservatively estimated to be some $30-$60 billion. Besides royal reform, the protesters are also demanding Prayut's removal as premier and a rewrite of the constitution. So far scores of protesters have been charged with sedition, while at least a dozen prominent leaders were summoned for questioning on royal defamation allegations.
Johnny Williams urges Wales fans to keep faith
Welsh fire - Players confront each other during England's 24-13 Autumn Nations Cup win over Wales in LlanelliAdvertising Read moreLlanelli (United Kingdom) (AFP)Johnny Williams pleaded for patience from Wales fans following another loss under coach Wayne Pivac. Saturday's 24-13 Autumn Nations Cup defeat by England in Llanelli was Wales' seventh loss in nine Tests since Pivac succeeded Warren Gatland, his fellow New Zealander, as coach after last year's World Cup. England go forward to a tournament final against France at Twickenham next weekend,while Wales must make do with a play-off against Italy. But Williams insisted Wales were making progress ahead of the 2023 World Cup in France. Last year, Wales won the Six Nations with a Grand Slam and reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Japan.
Black Lives Matter helped shape the 2020 election. The movement now has its eyes on Georgia.
Tell me about the impact the Black Lives Matter movement, and the protests this summer, had on getting people out to vote. We also started a “Dear White People” campaign, looking at the way in which the GOP was trying to paint Black Lives Matter in a negative light, so we started to run ads across the Midwest to combat the demonization of Black Lives Matter. The BREATHE Act centers the protection of Black lives, including Black mothers, Black trans people, Black women, and Black men. And so we saw the number of white people that stopped defending Black Lives Matter based on the polls. Our Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter PAC are going to keep doing the work to build a world where all Black lives matter.
Swiss voters reject responsible business initiative
The aim of the Responsible Business Initiative is to ensure that companies uphold human rights and environmental standards in their operations and throughout their supply chains. The fate of the responsible business initiative was sealed after a majority of cantons, notably in the German-speaking part of the country, refused the proposal for a constitutional amendment to impose new standards on Swiss companies' activities abroad. Under the Responsible Business Initiative, Swiss-based firms would have had to prove they had taken due care to prevent abusive labour conditions and environmental damage in their own operations and supply chains abroad. Left-wing parties backing the initiative said Switzerland’s reputation as a place for ethical and responsible business is at stake. The Swiss parliament has gone through several debates and iterations of the initiative.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis announces he has tested positive for COVID-19
Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Saturday announced that he and his partner, Marlon Reis, have both tested positive for the coronavirus. As of Saturday night, both the governor and the first gentleman were asymptomatic, according to a statement from the governor's office. Polis joins a number of high profile U.S. politicians who have tested positive for COVID-19, a list that includes President Donald Trump and several other governors. Previously, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt have all announced positive test results. The U.S. has reported more than 13,235,500 cases of COVID-19 and at least 266,000 people have died, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
Explosions reported in Eritrea's capital during push to find rebel leaders
The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea said six explosions were heard Saturday night in the capital, Asmara, as the government in neighbouring Ethiopia launched a search for leaders of a rebel group in the northern region of Tigray. The explosions came just hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in his government's fighting against forces of the Tigray People's Liberation Front, which runs the northern Tigray region bordering Eritrea. Fears have grown that 96,000 Eritrean refugees in camps just over the border in Ethiopia are at risk. (Nariman El-Mofty/The Associated Press)The U.S. Embassy statement overnight advises American citizens to exercise caution and be aware "of the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region." Camps home to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in northern Tigray have been in the line of fire.
McDaniel Struggles To Energize Trump Supporters Convinced Of Fraud To Vote In GA Runoffs
In Georgia today- @GOPChairwoman Ronna McDaniel forced to respond to Republicans demanding more effort placed on President Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud- instead of the incredibly important #GASen runoff. McDaniel’s efforts to rally local Republicans to invest in the upcoming runoffs comes as President Trump devoted a significant share of his Thanksgiving press conference to false assertions of election fraud in the state. On Thursday, Trump announced plans to travel to the Peach State to campaign for his allies. I’m very worried about that.”McDaniel is now tasked with reinvigorating voters who — in sympathizing with their failed candidate — seem to believe his continuous false claims of election fraud. At least one voter on Saturday parroted a false claim that voting machines changed votes that favored the President.
Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs
Georgia Rep. Doug Collins (R) urged Republican voters to keep track of local election laws and turn out in two Senate runoffs in January amid concerns that some in the GOP will boycott the contests. "Well I think the biggest thing in all of this is to focus on being involved in the election process. This election process showed that people had to be on guard, not just in the election time, but also in all times. The remarks come as both Republicans and Democrats launch full court presses in Georgia in the battle for the Peach state's two Senate seats. The runoffs have taken on outsized importance given the current 50-48 split in favor of the GOP in the next Senate.
Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians
A new Trump administration proposal that could push more banks to finance fossil fuel activities is creating divisions in conservative circles as free market groups decry the move as government overreach. ADVERTISEMENTThe division among conservatives has also created unlikely bedfellows with libertarians and environmentalists both opposing the proposal. Green groups say banks should be allowed to choose whether they want to provide financing for fossil fuel companies. While the proposal would help conservative-backed industries that have trouble getting financing, it’s not restricted to those types of companies. The public has the opportunity to comment on the proposal until Jan. 4, giving the Trump administration a limited window to make the rule official.
Opinion | Let Trump try to defend racist, traitorous Confederates. Congress can still prevail.
The following year, Pickett ordered the summary execution of 22 U.S. soldiers who had had once served in the Confederate army. The Army bestowed the designations during World War I and World War II, when racist segregation policies in the military reflected society at large. U.S. Army logisticians have been among the finest the world has ever seen, and they have often included many Black soldiers. During World War II, the drive into Germany by Patton’s Third Army depended on the support of the famed Red Ball Express. U.S. soldiers deserve to serve on military posts that reflect the best of America, not the worst.
Thousands in Argentina march against new move to legalize abortion
BUENOS AIRES: Thousands of anti-abortion protesters, many of them mobilised by Catholic or evangelical groups, demonstrated on Saturday (Nov 28) across Argentina against a government-backed new bill to legalise abortion. Jorge Gomez, executive director of Aciera, the Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches of Argentina, called it a "spontaneous outpouring". Argentines who support women's right to choose also called for people to take to the streets. The National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion urged backers to "paint Argentina green in coming weeks" - to wave green handkerchiefs as a symbol of women's rights. This will be the ninth time in majority-Catholic Argentina - homeland of Pope Francis - that a bill to legalise abortion has been presented in parliament.
Afghanistan car bombing kills at least 30 security force personnel
KABUL (Reuters) - A car bombing in the Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday, officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast. Slideshow ( 3 images )Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured people had been transported there. The blast targeted a compound of the public protection force, a wing of the Afghan security forces, local officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, when contacted by Reuters, did not confirm or deny responsibility. Haji Ata Jan Haqbayan, head of the provincial council of Zabul, suffered minor injuries in the attack on his convoy.
Sources -- New Orleans Saints fined $500K, lose pick for not wearing masks during Week 9 postgame celebrations
The NFL fined the Saints $500,000 and took away a seventh-round draft pick because they didn't wear masks during their postgame celebrations after beating Tampa Bay 38-3 in Week 9, league sources told ESPN. Saints players and the team itself posted celebration videos from their post-game locker room, and it immediately gained the attention of the NFL. The Saints no longer have any videos of the locker room celebration on their official Twitter account. Payton was fined $100,000 and the Saints $250,000 because Payton was not wearing a mask during New Orleans' Week 2 loss in Las Vegas. Conversations between the Saints and the NFL will continue, according to sources, but the locker room celebration video was there for everyone to see.
UAE cabinet approves new cybersecurity body, climate change envoy
FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum attends the Global Women's Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike/File PhotoDUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Sunday approved the establishment of a new national cybersecurity council, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice-President and ruler of Dubai, said on Twitter. The cabinet of the UAE government also appointed Industry and Advanced Technology Minister and head of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Sultan al-Jaber as a special envoy for climate change. (This story corrects minister’s title in second paragraph)
Colombia must restart aerial fumigation to fight drug trafficking, defense minister says
Colombia needs to reestablish aspersion, aerial fumigation with glyphosate for national security reasons,” Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo told Reuters in an interview on Friday. It will also need environmental regulators’ permission, recently delayed by legal actions from communities who oppose aerial fumigation. That figure is more than triple the 48,000 hectares recorded in 2013, when aerial fumigation was in use, Trujillo said. Despite the lack of aerial fumigation, Colombia will eradicate a record 130,000 hectares during 2020, the minister added. Manual eradication and voluntary crop substitution will continue even once aerial fumigation is re-approved, Trujillo said.
UK students fined more than £170,000 over Covid rule breaches
Universities fined students more than £170,000 for breaching coronavirus safety rules in the first weeks of the new academic year, a Guardian analysis has found, as students told of struggling to make friends without flouting restrictions. The university did not disclose how many students this figure covered but said it had imposed fines of £17,750 on 140 students by 15 October. Leeds University imposed 343 fines but said it could not extrapolate how many were for breaches of Covid regulations, and did not disclose their value. St Andrews University imposed fines totalling £13,240 on 193 students. Nottingham said police had issued 91 fines to its students, totalling £28,000.
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Three factors in determining your ideal retirement age
Ryan DownieThe Motley FoolDetermining the best age for retirement is a multifaceted process, but financial needs should be a central consideration. To determine the ideal retirement age, people need to weigh their anticipated cash needs against guaranteed income and cash flows produced by their accumulated assets. Guaranteed income sourcesMost retirees have some form of guaranteed income from Social Security benefits, annuities, and defined benefits plans, such as pensions. Full retirement age ranges from 66 to 67 years old, depending on year of birth, but people can elect to start collecting at any age between 62 and 70. Ideal retirement age should be whatever age allows retirement cash flows to be sufficiently high.
How the NFL playoff picture is shaping up in Week 12
Week 12 itself has expanded by a day, now that a game with playoff implications has been moved to Tuesday after it was twice rescheduled. Los Angeles Rams (7-3)Remaining schedule (.450): 49ers, at Cardinals, Patriots, Jets, at Seahawks, Cardinals3. Green Bay Packers (7-3)Remaining schedule (.460): Bears, Eagles, at Lions, Panthers, Titans, at Bears4. Cleveland Browns (7-3)Remaining schedule (.450): at Jaguars, at Titans, Ravens, at Giants, at Jets, Steelers7. The Titans won arguably Week 11?s most significant matchup in terms of the playoff race, besting the Ravens on the road.
Austrians to face further restrictions as ski season still in question
Share this -North Korea toughens rules of seaborne entry to fight virus North Korea is building anti-epidemic measures along its borders to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country, state media reported Sunday. Despite its claim, North Korea has swiftly sealed its borders, flew out diplomats and isolated residents with symptoms. A major outbreak in North Korea could have devastating consequences because of its broken health care system and a chronic lack of medicines. Share this -Runners race in New Delhi, Shanghai amid pandemic Runners take part in the 2020 Shanghai marathon in Shanghai on Sunday. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the FDA to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
Criticized by moderates and pressured by their base, liberals fight for a voice in the Democratic Party
This recrimination from party leaders, along with skepticism from some Biden allies, could limit liberals’ ability to influence the party’s direction. ADADBut liberals offer a starkly different take, arguing that their base won Biden the White House — and that now they must deliver on promises to pass climate change legislation and fight economic inequality. “We need people like myself talking to Joe Biden as much as possible. “You turn on the TV and Joe Biden is like, ‘I will work across the aisle.’ And, you know, ‘What we need is unity.’ . This year, Kara Eastman, the Democratic nominee in Nebraska's competitive 2nd Congressional District, lost, while Biden won there.
Arts criticism has been transformed by covid-19. Museums will benefit.
But it also signals significant changes to how criticism has been transformed by the crisis, and why it may never be the same. ADADThis more reflective, more personal moment in arts criticism may widen the audience for arts writing. If I stay off Twitter, it’s almost as if everything I used to hate about the dark side of the arts world doesn’t even exist anymore. But as the pandemic has freed critics from their usual patterns, the arts world seems larger, richer and wider. Perhaps this is most apparent to me in my social life, greatly circumscribed and radically transformed.
Darth Vader actor David Prowse dies aged 85
LONDON (Reuters) - David Prowse, the English actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films, has died aged 85, his management company said on Sunday. “It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that Dave Prowse MBE has passed away at the age of 85,” Bowington Management said in a statement on Twitter. The champion weightlifter-turned-actor starred as the body, but not the voice, of one of cinema’s best-known villains. Director George Lucas opted to dub another voice onto Prowse’s portrayal of the towering, masked antagonist Darth Vader in “Star Wars”, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. Prowse was honoured by Queen Elizabeth in 2000 for services to charity and road safety after starring in a long running public campaign as a character called the Green Cross Code Man who encouraged pedestrian road safety.
Golf: Bezuidenhout takes second European tour title in four-shot triumph
The 26-year-old South African took his second European Tour victory after birdies on the 14th and 15th holes helped him surge through a crowded leaderboard and end with a fourth-round 69 for a tournament total of 274. Bezuidenhout, ranked 61 in the world, proved steady on the back nine as super-fast greens and tight pin positions proved the undoing of the other frontrunners. Poland’s Adrian Meronk, who had led from the start of the tournament, South African teenager Jayden Schaper and Englishman Richard Bland also all finished on 10-under-par 278. Bland, 47, was within two shots of the lead at the start of the last nine holes in his bid to end 15 years and some 400 appearances on the Tour without success. But a bogey on the 15th effectively ended his hopes, and he went into the clubhouse in fifth place only to be pulled up the leaderboard as the golfers behind him - save for Bezuidenhout - crumbled in the final straight.
South Korea bans year-end parties, some music lessons, as virus spikes again
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean authorities announced a ban on year-end parties and some music lessons on Sunday and said public saunas and some cafes must also close after coronavirus infections surged at their fastest pace since the early days of the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Women wearing face masks walk past a banner promoting a social distancing campaign displayed on the wall of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Heo Ran/File PhotoSouth Korea has been one of the world’s coronavirus mitigation success stories but spikes in infections have reappeared relentlessly, triggering alarm in Asia’s fourth-largest economy. The government will come up with a conclusion on this after discussing with both the ruling and opposition parties,” he said. Moon toured classrooms where desks were equipped with partitions and hand sanitisers to host five test takers in quarantine.
Australia considering WTO appeal against China barley tariffs as tensions rise
Slideshow ( 2 images )SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia plans to take China to the World Trade Organization over the Asian giant’s decision to slap export tariffs on Australian barley, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said on Sunday. Tensions between Australia and China, its largest trading partner, have escalated after Australia called for a global inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, angering Beijing. Last week, China announced tariffs on Australian wines, months after imposing levies on barley. “So now the WTO appeal for barley is the next step,” Birmingham said on the Australian Broadcasting Corp’s Insiders programme. “We are engaging there with the grains industry and other sectors to make sure we have strong industry buy-in,” he added.
Germany will review anti-virus curbs in early January, state premier says
Slideshow ( 2 images )BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will decide in early January which coronavirus curbs can be lifted, the premier of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia said on Sunday, as he urged people to observe hygiene and distancing rules to help bring case numbers down. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Saturday the measures could last into early Spring if infections are not brought under control. Laschet said restrictions should be eased as soon as possible and if the incidence of infections allow. “I find it hard to imagine that we will be closing everything for months on end and contributing billions from the federal coffers month after month,” he added. There were 14,611 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday, around 1,000 cases fewer than a week ago.
Britain expects 'very significant' week for Brexit talks as clock ticks down
Slideshow ( 4 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union are heading into a “very significant” week, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, as talks over a trade deal enter their final days with serious differences yet to be resolved. “This is a very significant week, the last real major week, subject to any further postponement... we’re down to really two basic issues,” Raab told the BBC. Despite missing several self-imposed deadlines, the negotiations have failed to bridge differences on competition policy and the distribution of fishing rights. Britain has so far rejected EU proposals and remains adamant that as an independent nation it must have full control of its waters. “The EU have just got to recognise the point of principle here,” Raab told Times Radio.
Nigeria buries scores of farmers killed by militants, some beheaded
ZABARMARI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Villagers in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state on Sunday buried 43 farmers killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants while security forces searched for dozens of people who are still missing. Slideshow ( 5 images )Roughly 30 of the men killed were also beheaded in the attack, which began on Saturday morning in Zabarmari village in northeast Borno state. While no group claimed responsibility, such massacres have been carried out in the past by Boko Haram or the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). They are both active in the region, where Islamic militants have killed at least 30,000 people in the past decade. Food prices in Nigeria have risen dramatically over the past year, driven by flooding, border closures and insecurity in some food-producing areas.
U.S. Supreme Court weighs Trump bid to bar illegal immigrants from census totals
FILE PHOTO: A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building at sunset in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority including three justices appointed by Trump, is scheduled to hear an 80-minute oral argument by teleconference. The challengers argued that Trump is prohibited by the Constitution’s text from excluding illegal immigrants from the population count. The Supreme Court last year ruled 5-4 against Trump’s effort to add a citizenship question to the census. Trump’s administration would base its numbers on data gathered elsewhere.
Swiss looks set to dismiss ban on funding of weapons makers
FILE PHOTO: A banner reading "Yes to war business initiative" is placed on a railing in Zurich, Switzerland November 16, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss voters on Sunday looked set to reject a proposal seeking to impose a ban on funding arms makers, the latest anti-military referendum in a nation that hasn’t fought an external war for 200 years, first projections released by broadcaster SRF showed. A wide majority of 58% of voters looked set to reject the proposal, which would have implications for major Swiss banks and investors, as well as Swiss industry, initial counts showed. The Initiative Against the War Trade proposed banning the central bank and pension funds from holding shares in companies which generate more than 5% of sales from weapons and components. It would ban banks from lending to defence firms.
Hong Kong's top leader piles up cash at home after U.S. sanctions
FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a news conference following the annual policy address in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik/File PhotoHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she has to pile up cash at home as she has been unable to open a bank account in the global financial centre since Washington sanctioned her shortly after Beijing imposed a national security law on the city. Beijing circumvented Hong Kong’s legislature and imposed a national security law on the former British colony on June 30, a move condemned by some foreign governments, business groups and rights groups. Hong Kong and authorities in Beijing said the law was necessary to restore stability after more than a year of anti-government protests. Lam is paid about HK$5.21 million (505,286 pounds) a year, according to local media reports, making her among the highest paid public officials in the world.
Pictures of the decade: Part three
AdvertisementFrom Haiti's devastating earthquake to war in Syria, Reuters photographers have covered the biggest news stories of the decade, capturing images of armed conflict, natural disasters, the plight of migrants and the drama of sport. Below is a selection of some of the best Reuters pictures taken between 2010 and 2019, accompanied by the photographers' comments. "Photographs really helped highlight the plight (of Rohingya refugees)," said Danish Siddiqui, whose image was part of a package which won Reuters the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography. Protesters celebrated but a few minutes later, riot police arrived and dispersed them very quickly," Carlos Garcia Rawlins said. For part two of Pictures of the decade click here.
Britain expects 'very significant' week for Brexit talks as clock ticks down
Slideshow ( 3 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union are heading into a “very significant” week, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, as talks over a trade deal enter their final days with serious differences yet to be resolved. “This is a very significant week, the last real major week, subject to any further postponement... we’re down to really two basic issues,” Raab told the BBC. Despite missing several self-imposed deadlines, the negotiations have failed to bridge differences on competition policy and the distribution of fishing rights. Britain has so far rejected EU proposals and remains adamant that as an independent nation it must have full control of its waters. “The EU have just got to recognise the point of principle here,” Raab told Times Radio.
Half of Swiss support Responsible Business Initiative in early voting day estimates
FILE PHOTO: A small banner reading: "Responsible Business Initiative - Yes on November 29" is fixed to the frame of a bicycle in Zurich, Switzerland November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoZURICH (Reuters) - Half of Swiss voters on Sunday supported a constitutional amendment extending Swiss companies’ liability over human rights abuses and environmental harm caused abroad, according to first estimates by Swiss broadcaster SRF. Voters are choosing in a referendum on Sunday between new proposals by the Responsible Business Initative, which would change the Swiss constitution, and a milder government version that would force firms to step up checks on their overseas operations and supply chains but stops short of extending liability to Swiss courts. According to first counts, 50.0% of voters accepted the Responsible Business Initiative’s proposals to make large companies and those in high-risk businesses liable in Swiss courts for violations caused by firms they control. But the vote must also gain backing in a majority of cantons, a necessary condition for a public initiative to be enacted in Switzerland.
HK's top leader piles up cash at home after U.S. sanctions
FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a news conference following the annual policy address in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam YikHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she has to pile up cash at home as she has been unable to open a bank account in the global financial centre since Washington sanctioned her shortly after Beijing imposed a national security law on the city. Beijing circumvented Hong Kong’s legislature and imposed a national security law on the former British colony on June 30, a move condemned by some foreign governments, business groups and rights groups. Hong Kong and authorities in Beijing said the law was necessary to restore stability after more than a year of anti-government protests. ($1 = 7.7503 Hong Kong dollars)
Swiss looks set to dismiss ban on funding of weapons makers
FILE PHOTO: A banner reading "Yes to war business initiative" is placed on a railing in Zurich, Switzerland November 16, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss voters on Sunday looked set to reject a proposal seeking to impose a ban on funding arms makers, the latest anti-military referendum in a nation that hasn’t fought an external war for 200 years, first projections released by broadcaster SRF showed. A wide majority of 58% of voters looked set to reject the proposal, which would have implications for major Swiss banks and investors, as well as Swiss industry, initial counts showed. The Initiative Against the War Trade proposed banning the central bank and pension funds from holding shares in companies which generate more than 5% of sales from weapons and components. It would ban banks from lending to defence firms.
Britain expects 'very significant' week for Brexit talks as clock ticks down
Slideshow ( 3 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union are heading into a “very significant” week, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, as talks over a trade deal enter their final days with serious differences yet to be resolved. “This is a very significant week, the last real major week, subject to any further postponement... we’re down to really two basic issues,” Raab told the BBC. Despite missing several self-imposed deadlines, the negotiations have failed to bridge differences on competition policy and the distribution of fishing rights. Britain has so far rejected EU proposals and remains adamant that as an independent nation it must have full control of its waters. “The EU have just got to recognise the point of principle here,” Raab told Times Radio.
U.S. Supreme Court weighs Trump bid to bar illegal immigrants from census totals
REUTERS/Carlos BarriaThe challengers to Trump’s July directive include various states led by New York, cities, counties and immigrant rights groups. The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority including three justices appointed by Trump, is scheduled to hear an 80-minute oral argument by teleconference. The challengers argued that Trump is prohibited by the Constitution’s text from excluding illegal immigrants from the population count. The Supreme Court last year ruled 5-4 against Trump’s effort to add a citizenship question to the census. Trump’s administration would base its numbers on data gathered elsewhere.
Opposition calls on Hungary's Orban to sack museum head for likening Soros to Hitler
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A leading Hungarian opposition party joined calls on Sunday for Prime Minister Viktor Orban to sack the head of a state-funded museum for making extreme anti-Semitic comments likening U.S. financier George Soros to Adolf Hitler. FILE PHOTO: Billionaire investor George Soros speaks to the audience at the Schumpeter Award in Vienna, Austria June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File PhotoNationalist Orban has long vilified Soros, a Hungarian Jew who emigrated after World War Two, as part of a general campaign against immigration. Orban accuses Brussels of trying to force Hungary to accept migrants under the influence of Soros. Poland and Hungary have said they would block a new European Union budget and coronavirus recovery fund if rule-of-law conditions are attached.
Britain expects 'very significant' week for Brexit talks as clock ticks down
Slideshow ( 5 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union are heading into a “very significant” week, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, as talks over a trade deal enter their final days with serious differences yet to be resolved. “This is a very significant week, the last real major week, subject to any further postponement... we’re down to really two basic issues,” Raab told the BBC. Despite missing several self-imposed deadlines, the negotiations have failed to bridge differences on competition policy and the distribution of fishing rights. Britain has so far rejected EU proposals and remains adamant that as an independent nation it must have full control of its waters. “The EU have just got to recognise the point of principle here,” Raab told Times Radio.
Nigeria buries scores of farmers killed by militants, some beheaded
ZABARMARI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Villagers in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state on Sunday buried 43 farmers killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants while security forces searched for dozens of people who are still missing. Slideshow ( 3 images )Roughly 30 of the men killed were also beheaded in the attack, which began on Saturday morning in Zabarmari village in northeast Borno state. While no group claimed responsibility, such massacres have been carried out in the past by Boko Haram or the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). They are both active in the region, where Islamic militants have killed at least 30,000 people in the past decade. Food prices in Nigeria have risen dramatically over the past year, driven by flooding, border closures and insecurity in some food-producing areas.
Hong Kong's top leader piles up cash at home after U.S. sanctions
FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, wearing a mask due to the ongoing global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), speaks during a news conference over the new national security legislation in Hong Kong, China June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File PhotoHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she has to pile up cash at home as she has been unable to open a bank account in the global financial centre since Washington sanctioned her shortly after Beijing imposed a national security law on the city. Beijing circumvented Hong Kong’s legislature and imposed a national security law on the former British colony on June 30, a move condemned by some foreign governments, business groups and rights groups. Hong Kong and authorities in Beijing said the law was necessary to restore stability after more than a year of anti-government protests. ($1 = 7.7503 Hong Kong dollars)
Darth Vader actor David Prowse dies aged 85
Slideshow ( 2 images )LONDON (Reuters) - David Prowse, the English actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars films, has died aged 85, his management company said on Sunday. “It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that Dave Prowse MBE has passed away at the age of 85,” Bowington Management said in a statement on Twitter. The champion weightlifter-turned-actor starred as the body, but not the voice, of one of cinema’s best-known villains. Director George Lucas opted to dub another voice onto Prowse’s portrayal of the towering, masked antagonist Darth Vader in “Star Wars”, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. Prowse was honoured by Queen Elizabeth in 2000 for services to charity and road safety after starring in a long running public campaign as a character called the Green Cross Code Man who encouraged pedestrian road safety.
Millions of workers poised to lose access to paid leave as virus spikes
According to another, about 27 percent of workers in the U.S. — one of the only wealthy nations without a federal paid leave policy — typically do not have access to paid sick leave provided by their employer. Janet Wainwright, who works at a Kroger supermarket in Yorktown, Va., said her employer used to provide paid leave to workers who tested positive. “We’ve seen … this conversation over a federal paid leave bill gather more steam,” said Toby Malara, government affairs counsel for American Staffing Association. | Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesNearly 9 million health care workers are not entitled to paid leave under Families First. Biden has options to at least partially expand paid leave without the support of Congress.
Americans are voting to legalize weed. It’s unlikely the next Congress will do the same.
), for example, remains decidedly anti-weed although his home state made history by legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana on Election Day. “I think it's seen as a Democratic issue and a libertarian issue,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said. But evolution on weed doesn’t occur immediately for all lawmakers after their states legalize. “I think over time, you're gonna see this move forward.”On election night, 70 percent of South Dakotans and 69 percent of Mississippians voted to legalize medical marijuana. Joyce said he and Blumenauer are working to bring together a cannabis coalition in the coming weeks that includes members from newly legal states.
U.S. Supreme Court weighs Trump bid to bar illegal immigrants from census totals
REUTERS/Carlos BarriaThe challengers to Trump’s July directive include various states led by New York, cities, counties and immigrant rights groups. The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority including three justices appointed by Trump, is scheduled to hear an 80-minute oral argument by teleconference. The challengers argued that Trump is prohibited by the Constitution’s text from excluding illegal immigrants from the population count. The Supreme Court last year ruled 5-4 against Trump’s effort to add a citizenship question to the census. Trump’s administration would base its numbers on data gathered elsewhere.
How this rapper quit his music career to start a cat rescue
Most community cats wouldn't do well inside a home, so trap-neuter-return is the humane alternative to euthanasia. Instead, he was going to devote all his time to cat rescue as the TrapKing. His bold goal: to change stereotypes of men in cat rescue and bridge the communication gap between Black communities and predominately white animal welfare organizations. “I’ve literally been pushing to make TNR community cat care as common as recycling and get more people engaged in so many fun ways.”It hasn’t always been easy. Courtesy of Sterling TrapKing DavisDavis now runs TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions from an RV, which he shares with his cats Bowie, Damita Jo and Alanis Mewissette.
Iran newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist
U.S. intelligence agencies and U.N. nuclear inspectors have said the organized military nuclear program that Fakhrizadeh oversaw was disbanded in 2003, but Israeli suspicion of Tehran’s atomic program and his involvement has never ceased. The nuclear watchdog has provided an unprecedented, real-time look at Iran’s civilian nuclear program following the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran’s civilian atomic program has since continued its experiments and now enriches a growing uranium stockpile up to 4.5% purity. Israel contends Iran is still intent on developing a nuclear weapon. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful and that it has no plans to build an atomic bomb.
Covid-19 claims life of Chicago-based Polish newsman Jan Krawiec, a Nazi foe and Auschwitz survivor
Krawiec said that rather than let him go, the Germans placed him and hundreds of other Polish prisoners into a cattle car and transported them to Auschwitz. Three weeks later, Krawiec said, he and the other captured Poles were abruptly transported to the Buchenwald concentration camp, which was in Germany proper and where the factories needed workers. A few years later, Krawiec moved to the rival paper Dziennik Zwi?zkowy and was appointed editor-in-chief, a post he held until he retired in 1985. Joanna Marsza?ek, a Dziennik Zwi?zkowy reporter, said Krawiec was long gone by the time she joined the paper. On Fridays, he drove into Chicago from his apartment in the suburb of Evanston and bought copies of the Polish newspaper for himself and his shut-in friends.
Viral TikToks offer firsthand accounts of vaccine trials, debunk misinformation
The post has amassed about 2.7 million views, and she has been inundated with questions and comments about the vaccine trial. Hashtags about the vaccine have millions of views as young people seek information about the trials in a format they can understand. Several other TikTok users have posted videos of themselves participating in trials, and at least one video, in which a doctor weighs the differences among some of the vaccine trials, has received more than a million views. The TikTokers who have posted about trials are also putting their videos out to fight misinformation about the vaccines and Covid-19. (Bredbenner said her explanation also applies to the Moderna vaccine, which was announced as being effective just days after she posted her video.)
Buyers Turn to Outskirts of Byron Bay for Lifestyle in Line With a Post-Covid World
As Australia’s wealthy descend upon the coastal lifestyle hotspot of Byron Bay, helping house prices rise to record levels, the hunt is on to uncover the country’s next beachside gem. Sotheby's International Realty Queensland“Several of the potential buyers interested would historically and traditionally have looked at Byron Bay,” Ms. Vasers-Williams said. “There’s definitely a consideration around value for money and the population has grown significantly [in Byron Bay] too. In contrast, there has been a 1.7% spike in values across regional areas during the pandemic, with regional NSW surging 3.3%. “The prices around where they’re coming from have risen substantially compared to Wooli, and it’s a little coastal town much like Byron Bay used to be.
Week in Review: Price Cuts and Staying Put
Week in Review: Price Cuts and Staying Put Paul Simon's Connecticut estate gets a price cut, hot-market buyers should hold onto their homes, and Beverly Hills (once-) $100 million mansion finally sells
For Fall's Dark Days, 3 Three Tales In Translation To Match The Mood
For Fall's Dark Days, 3 Three Tales In Translation To Match The MoodFor me, and I imagine not me alone, this fall has been a season of creeping dread. Below, in ascending order from melancholy to doom, are three newly translated novels I have been especially grateful for. He is, psychologically speaking, held prisoner by the memory of his mother Teresa, who left the family when he was 10. Rijneveld's sentences linger, as does their 10-year-old protagonist Jas's grief for her brother Matthies, who dies in the novel's first pages. Throughout the novel, Diop has Alfa repeat the refrain, "I know, I understand," which comes to seem almost a curse.
Reports: Cost of Tokyo Olympic delay put at about $2 billion
Tokyo Olympic organizers on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 announced a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May. Tokyo Olympic organizers on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 announced a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)TOKYO (AP) — The cost of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to be just under $2 billion, or about 200 billion yen. The official cost of putting on the Tokyo Olympics is $12.6 billion. Tokyo set a one-day record for new infections on Friday with 570.
Pope, with new cardinals, warns church against mediocrity
Cardinals sit as Pope Francis celebrates Mass the day after he raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy, at St. Peter's Basilica, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)Cardinals sit as Pope Francis celebrates Mass the day after he raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy, at St. Peter's Basilica, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, joined by the church’s newest cardinals in Mass on Sunday, warned against mediocrity as well as seeking out “godfathers” to promote one’s own career. The freshly-minted cardinals who did come to the Vatican wore protective masks and purple vestments, as the Church began the solemn liturgical season of Advent in the run-up to Christmas. ADVERTISEMENTAmong those raised to cardinal’s rank on Saturday by Francis was the current archbishop of Washington, Wilton Gregory, the first African-American cardinal.
Afghan officials say 34 killed in separate suicide bombings
Afghan national army soldiers arrive at the site of a suicide bombing in Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Over 30 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)Afghan national army soldiers arrive at the site of a suicide bombing in Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Over 30 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Nikzad)GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 34 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said.
David Prowse, Actor Behind Darth Vader, Dies At 85
David Prowse, Actor Behind Darth Vader, Dies At 85Enlarge this image toggle caption THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP via Getty Images THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP via Getty ImagesDavid Prowse, the British weightlifting champion and man behind the Darth Vader mask, has died. Prowse wore the Darth Vader costume in the original Star Wars trilogy, while James Earl Jones provided the villain's iconic voice. From 1971-1990, Prowse was known to many children as The Green Cross Man, a spokesman for road safety in England. "Many people will know me for being the ultimate screen villain, Star Wars' Darth Vader," he wrote. Mark Hamill, who portrayed Darth Vader's son, Luke Skywalker, expressed his condolences on Twitter, calling the actor "a kind man & much more than Darth Vader."
Americans pay more for prescription drugs than anyone else. Can Amazon Pharmacy change that?
An Amazon Prime membership already gets you deals on retail goods, snappy deliveries and access to video-streaming content. There’s the establishment of Amazon Pharmacy, which is open to anyone and lets users buy and manage prescriptions. Prime members paying without insurance can also get the savings at 50,000 pharmacies across the country by presenting their Amazon savings card. Amazon Pharmacy was “good for people who are really exposed to the price of pharmaceuticals,” he said. “We believe this is driven in large part by shifting consumer behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic.”)The Amazon Pharmacy roll out addresses the in-person issue, a spokeswoman said.
‘Cytokine Storm’ — the ‘intriguing’ similarity between COVID-19 and the 1918 influenza
“ In most cases, COVID-19 was not caused by hyperinflammation from a cytokine storm, a new study in Science Advances concluded. That was believed to be a feature of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Members of the public were spooked by how otherwise strong, healthy people fell victim to the 1918 influenza. “Cytokine storm has no definition,” Pratik Sinha, Michael Matthay and Carolyn Calfee wrote in June in JAMA Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal. Until new data establish otherwise, the linkage of cytokine storm to COVID-19 may be nothing more than a tempest in a teapot.”
A Giant Fund Sold Alibaba, Apple, and Intel Stock. Here’s What It Bought.
KIC, as the fund is known, disclosed the stock trades, among others, in a form it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. KIC didn’t respond to a request for comment on its stock trades. KIC lowered its Apple investment by selling 1.2 million post-split shares, ending the third quarter with 14.8 million shares of the iPhone maker. The fund bought 3.4 million additional GM shares, bulking up its holdings to 5.4 million shares of the auto giant as of Sept. 30. Due to their insider status, these investors are required to disclose stock trades with the Securities and Exchange Commission or other regulatory groups.
I am a white woman of privilege and a single mother. I need a ‘zinger’ to stop my sister-in-law telling me why I have it so good
My issue is this: My sister-in-law constantly makes snide comments about how I have it so good. But I don’t know how to do this without sounding angry and defensive. Oh, and don’t ask me to talk to my brother — he bows down at her feet and wouldn’t want to get involved. “So they don’t ask for what they really want,” he added. I want to understand it” is more productive than “That’s a horrible thing to say.” That’s when it all kicks off.
Actor David Prowse, Who Played Darth Vader In Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy, Dead At 85
British actor David Prowse, who played ultimate screen villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. But Mark Hamill dispelled any confusion about the real identity of his “dad” Darth Vader in a tweet two years ago:A-David Prowse IS Darth Vader. So much about what makes Darth Vader so intimidating is because of David Prowse. ?? (@lofivampire) November 29, 2020rest in peace david prowse ???thank you for bringing darth vader to life. R.I.P David Prowse ?Master of evil, Darth Vader.
Black Friday Deal alert: We can't believe this LED HD Smart TV is on sale for just $127
SANSUI 24 Inch TV 720P Basic S24 LED HD TV High Resolution Flat Screen Television Built-in HDMI,USB,VGA Ports - on sale during Amazon Canada's Black Friday Week Sale, $127 (originally $150). Amazon Canada’s Black Friday Deals Week is underway, giving shoppers access to thousands of deals across fashion, tech, home goods and more. For those on the lookout for an affordable way to upgrade their TV in time for the holidays, there’s the SANSUI S32 24-inch 720p Smart LED HD TV, on sale right now for just only $127 (originally $150). ALSO SEE: Amazon Canada's Black Friday deals have arrived: Here are the best early sales to shopSANSUI 24 Inch TV 720P Basic S24 LED HD TV High Resolution Flat Screen Television Built-in HDMI,USB,VGA Ports - on sale during Amazon Canada's Black Friday Week Sale, $127 (originally $150). The SANSUI HD Resolution TV features a super slim LED display that can be placed virtually anywhere in your home.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Can't Comment on 'The Crown' Because of Their Netflix Deal
While sources have specifically described Prince William's feelings about the series, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's camp has remained silent. Prince William is definitely not a fan of the series, a royal source told the Daily Mail. Royal commentators have suggested that the couple's Netflix affiliation could mean they aren't allowed to publicly criticize the series. Story continuesUtley agreed, saying that she thinks Harry "has got himself into some hot water" and "can't really say anything" about The Crown because of his and Meghan's Netflix deal. "Prince Harry is going to find himself in situations like this surely over and over again.
Trump was convinced he was going to win on election night in a repeat of 2016, and was 'shouting at everyone' when Fox News called Arizona for Biden
US President Donald Trump arrives to speak during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020. MANDEL NGAN / AFPPresident Donald Trump and top aides were convinced on election night that as in 2016, Trump would upset the odds and clinch victory, reported The Washington Post. President Donald Trump was convinced he would win on election night, and exploded with anger when Fox News projected that the Democrats had flipped Arizona, The Washington Post reported. According to a behind-the-scenes look in the Post at Trump's unprecedented bid to overturn the election result, Trump decided to claim the election was stolen from him by fraud on election night. In the weeks since election night, Trump has continued to make baseless claims that the election was stolen from him due to widespread ballot fraud.
HK's top leader piles up cash at home after U.S. sanctions
Beijing circumvented Hong Kong's legislature and imposed a national security law on the former British colony on June 30, a move condemned by some foreign governments, business groups and rights groups. Hong Kong and authorities in Beijing said the law was necessary to restore stability after more than a year of anti-government protests. "I have piles of cash at home, the government is paying me cash for my salary because I don’t have a bank account." In August, the United States imposed sanctions on Lam and other top officials for what Washington says is their role in curtailing political freedoms in the territory. ($1 = 7.7503 Hong Kong dollars)(Reporting by Donny Kwok; Editing by Jan Harvey)
Indian farmers defiant against reform as Modi tries to calm anger
The government on Saturday invited farmers' union leaders for talks on new legislation to deregulate agricultural but that has not calmed farmers' anger over what many see "anti-farm laws", and their action appeared to be spreading. "From these reforms, farmers will get new rights and opportunities," he said in his monthly radio address. [L1N2ID09V]But instead farmers from the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh joined in over the weekend, blocking roads to the east of the capital. Media reported protests by farmers in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday. Prices of fresh produce prices at wholesale markets in the city began to tick up and commuters have faced travel disruption.
The Pedophile Doctor Who Secretly Impregnated Countless Women With His Own Sperm
Baby God (premiering Dec. 2 on HBO) is the story of Fortier, who over the course of decades, impregnated an unknown number of female patients at his Women’s Hospital. Why Is Kim Kardashian Endorsing the Doctor Who ‘Medically Raped’ Me? They simply thought no one would ever be able to find out, and thus the greater good outweighed their duplicity. His son Quincy Fortier Jr., however, is less cagey about Fortier’s true nature. In other words, he was justified because folks were content to be blissfully ignorant about any bio-scams being perpetrated against them.
Letters to the Editor: Joe Biden will bring swamp creatures back to Washington. That's a good thing
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a meeting in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 23. (Associated Press)To the editor: When Donald Trump ran for president, he promised to "drain the swamp." I assumed that he meant he did not want anyone with Washington experience who actually knew how the levers of government were supposed to be pulled. Thomas Alden, Palm Desert..To the editor: Biden's choices for his Cabinet are designed to please Wall Street and the weapons industry. Bruce Stenman, Prunedale, Calif...To the editor: Biden selects former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen to run the U.S. Treasury Department, the Dow Jones industrial average surpasses 30,000, and Trump takes credit.
The South’s Deadly Revenge for the Emancipation Proclamation
More than half were Black, most of them former slaves—a fighting force most rebel soldiers had never seen before. Though Black soldiers had fought in a handful of engagements in 1862 and 1863, their presence in combat was still relatively new. The Myth of the Black Confederate SoldierBut Lincoln changed his mind. Images that rocketed through newspapers in the North showed white rebel soldiers hacking wounded, surrendering Black soldiers to pieces with sabers. By its end, 180,000 Black men would enlist in the Union army, more than half of them former slaves.
Britain expects 'very significant' week for Brexit talks as clock ticks down
By William JamesLONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union are heading into a "very significant" week, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, as talks over a trade deal enter their final days with serious differences yet to be resolved. "This is a very significant week, the last real major week, subject to any further postponement... we're down to really two basic issues," Raab told the BBC. Despite missing several self-imposed deadlines, the negotiations have failed to bridge differences on competition policy and the distribution of fishing rights. Britain has so far rejected EU proposals and remains adamant that as an independent nation it must have full control of its waters. "The EU have just got to recognise the point of principle here," Raab told Times Radio.
Brexit: UK and EU restart face-to-face negotiations in London
EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Westminster, London, ahead of talks with the UK Government to strike a post-Brexit trade deal. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty ImagesBritain and the European Union have recommenced in person Brexit talks on Saturday after EU’s top negotiator Michel Barnier arrived in London to meet with his UK counterpart, David Frost. Brexit talks have been hit and miss over the last couple of years, as talks continue in a last-ditch attempt to find an agreement. Although Britain officially left the EU in January 2020, the post-Brexit transition period ends on 31 December. READ MORE: Pound too hot to handle as Brexit talks go down to the wireIt comes after the UK and Canada agreed to continue trading under the same terms as the current EU deal after the Brexit transition period ends.
Mysterious Metal Monolith In Utah Desert Suddenly Vanishes
The Daily BeastLast year the library in the town where I grew up unveiled a $20.8 million transformation project. Though I’ve seldom gone a week of my literate life without the library, I thought I’d be fine. At a café I met an attendee who provided me with statistics as memorable as her name, which was Starr LaTronica. I thought of those numbers whenever I reflected on how much my mind had been deprived of during the pandemic. I’d treasure that library if he had merely gone on reading them.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day.
The most important relationship in D.C.? Biden and McConnell have a history
Heading into his administration, the relationship between President-elect Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is taking center stage. Those talks often took place by phone and with only the two men and staffers present, sources familiar with their relationship told NBC News. "But President-elect Biden — or, at the time, Vice President Biden — is quite opposite," the person continued. Reflecting on his dealings with Republicans, Obama this month expressed amusement with recent coverage of the relationship between Biden and McConnell. "I'm enjoying reading now about how Joe Biden and Mitch have been friends for a long time," Obama told The Atlantic.
Detroit Lions may have to change power structure to lure top coach, GM
Hamp said Saturday she has not defined yet what attributes she wants in the Lions' next head coach and general manager, but she is open to every option when it comes to the structure of her team. Earlier this year, the Houston Texans fired head coach and de facto GM Bill O'Brien, and the Atlanta Falcons fired coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Hamp said Lions president Rod Wood will remain in his current role. Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Lions president and CEO Rod Wood speak before the Lions' 23-22 win on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions not yet sure what they want in new coach, general manager
It's the 2020 COVID holiday season, here's how to use even a small amount of money for good
If you are enjoying a take-out meal from your favorite local restaurant, consider leaving a higher than normal tip. Another good strategy is to investigate whether your employer has a matching gift program. If you have access to a matching gift program through your employer, be sure to use it as you can multiply the impact of your gift. Now more than ever this is a great time to use even a small amount of your time and money for good. Even small gifts can go farther than you might think and the impact can be magnified if you are fortunate enough to have a matching gift program available as described earlier.
Horse racing newsletter: Del Mar starts its Fall meeting
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Op-Ed: One of America’s great wildernesses is being destroyed, bit by bit, in a silent massacre
Hidden away in the heart of the Deep South, one of the nation’s greatest wildernesses is being destroyed, bit by bit, in a silent massacre. And yet, here it is — the Mobile River Basin, one of the richest in the world in terms of the sheer number of species and types of habitat. The Mobile River Basin makes Alabama home to more species of freshwater fish, mussels, snails, turtles and crawfish than any other state. Unlike most of the nation’s great river systems, the Mobile Basin — along with its wetlands, floodplain forests and estuary — has survived with its biological community mostly intact. A hidden waterway deep in the Mobile River Delta, where fallen trees block visitors.
Pope, with new cardinals, warns church against mediocrity
Pope Francis, joined by the church’s newest cardinals in Mass on Sunday, warned against mediocrity as well as seeking out “godfathers” to promote one’s own career. Two of the new cardinals couldn’t make it to Rome because of pandemic travel complications. The freshly-minted cardinals who did come to the Vatican wore protective masks and purple vestments, as the Church began the solemn liturgical season of Advent in the run-up to Christmas. AdvertisementAmong those raised to cardinal’s rank on Saturday by Francis was the current archbishop of Washington, Wilton Gregory, the first African-American cardinal. However weak and weary, she journeys towards the Lord.”AdvertisementFrancis also prayed that God “rouse us from the slumber of mediocrity; awaken us from the darkness of indifference.”
34 killed in separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan, officials say
At least 34 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said. Ghazni provincial health department chief, Zahir Shah Nikmal, also confirmed the death toll and casualty figures from the attack. AdvertisementAfghanistan’s Defense Ministry released a statement claiming 10 soldiers were killed and nine wounded. In southern Afghanistan, another suicide car bomber targeted the convoy of a provincial council chief in Zubal, killing at least three people and wounding 21 others, including children, according to provincial spokesman Gul Islam Sial. The provincial council chief, Attajan Haqbayat, survived the attack on Sunday with minor injuries, though one of his bodyguards was among those killed, said provincial police spokesman Hikmatullah Kochai.
Biden could spark a nationwide effort to heal our nation’s divide
Re “The country needs marital therapy” (Ideas, Nov. 20): There is no doubt that we have to heal the national divide. Amie M. Gordon suggests a person-to-person approach. Change of this magnitude requires a nationwide effort. I would like to see President-elect Biden make this a top priority, and frame an approach that would appeal to both sides. The effort could be brought down to state, city, town, and community levels, where local leaders could take it up and start the healing dialogue.
Rationality, not intuition, should be our guide to action
Annie Murphy Paul’s article “Thinking clearly requires feeling deeply” (Ideas, Nov. 22) explores the relationship between thinking and feeling. She makes many challenging assertions, as does the book she discusses, “Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain,” by Lisa Feldman Barrett. I agree that we are responsible for our own emotional reactions; they are reminders of something in our past history. I agree that giving hugs often works better than talking when one wants to make connections, and I feel awe at the beauty in our world. I agree that our brains work to compare and contrast previous situations.
Dear Abby: Man’s girlfriend of 11 years isn’t welcome at some of his family events
DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for 38 years. DEAR ABBY: My sisters and I grew up in California. DEAR ABBY: For the last 20 years, I have been sending my four nieces and nephews birthday and Christmas cards with checks enclosed. 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.
Man fatally shot in Chatham: police
A 34-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday in Chatham on the South Side, police said,About 4:25 a.m., he was sitting on the sidewalk in the 7800 block of South Rhodes Avenue when a man driving by in a dark-colored SUV fired shots striking him in the head, Chicago police said. He was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to police. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released details on the fatality. No one is in custody as Area Two detectives investigate. Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides.
Reports: Cost of Tokyo Olympic delay put at about $2 billion
TOKYO - (AP) -- The cost of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to be just under $2 billion, or about 200 billion yen. The reported cost of the delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic is in line with repeated estimates over the last several months. The organizers, the Tokyo metro government and the Japanese national government are expected to report next month how the costs will be shared. The official cost of putting on the Tokyo Olympics is $12.6 billion. Tokyo said the games would cost $7.3 billion when it won the bid in 2013.
Man charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a Chicago police officer
A West Rogers Park man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing shots at a Chicago police officer Saturday on the North Side. Gerardo Jasso, 35, is accused of firing at an officer during a stop in the 6200 block of North Oakley Avenue, according to Chicago police. About 3:15 p.m., officers attempted to speak to Jasso after they saw him in a public way with an open can of alcohol, police said. Jasso allegedly fled on foot and pointed and fired a handgun at an officer who then returned fire, police said. Officers in @ChicagoCAPS24 were fired upon in the 6200 blk of N. Campbell today.
As COVID-19 cases rise, what's allowed in New York — and what isn't
Beginning Nov. 13, indoor and outdoor gatherings at private homes are limited to no more than 10 people. I hear my community is part of a "microcluster" and is now in the state’s yellow zone because of rising coronavirus infections. Businesses in the yellow zone are allowed to remain open and the capacity limit for houses of worship is unchanged at 50%. How can my community get out of the yellow zone? Airports, bus stations, train stations, gas stations and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus in the air and on surfaces, according to the CDC.
More New Yorkers reject political party labels, becoming second largest voter group
Nationwide, 34% of registered voters identify as independents, although most "lean" toward one party, according to the Pew Research Center. There is also likely a group of people who … no longer feel good about their own party, but don't really support the other party either." However, the count so far shows independents outnumbering Republican voters in some of the closest state legislative races. In the last decade in both counties, more than 50,000 voters joined the ranks of voters without party affiliations. "These voters, they are a major, major force," Gaughran said.
Trustee appointment rounds out Babylon Village board
The Babylon Village Board of Trustees has appointed Frank Seibert, a village zoning board of appeals member, as a trustee, filling a position left vacant by Mary Adams who became the village mayor following the death of Ralph Scordino. On Oct. 25, 1994, Seibert became a village architectural review board member, a position given to him by then-Mayor E. Donald Conroy. Outside of village work, Seibert, who is a licensed insurance agent, broker and risk manager, serves in organizations such as the Babylon Rotary Club since 1994, the Babylon Village Historical and Preservation Society, Adams said. Charles Spencer, past president of the Babylon Rotary Club, said Seibert has a "quiet demeanor" and works behind the scenes. "He’s involved in every facet of Rotary with the youth, with the elderly, with the environmental issues we take part in," said Spencer, a Rotary member since 1988.
Social media 'misinformation' endangers democracy, historians say
"These [social media] platforms are designed to polarize further," said Aimee Rinehart, deputy director of First Draft, a nonprofit that collaborates with news organizations around the world. Pew fact sheet: Social media usage upThe concerns Rinehart and others raise about the negative impacts of social media come up against a backdrop of increasing usage. According to a 2019 Pew Research Center fact sheet, just 5% of adults in the U.S. reported using social media in 2005. Pew found that for many users, "Social media is part of their daily routine. Rinehart said pass-along information from those closest to you, or "confirmation bias," is a problem on social media.
North Hempstead adopts cultural plan for post-pandemic times
The Town of North Hempstead has adopted a cultural master plan — believed to be the first of its kind on Long Island — at the same time local arts and cultural institutions are struggling for survival during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the omission of the pandemic, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said she believed the plan is more vital than ever. The master plan grew out of a 2016 town project to take inventory of every cultural site in North Hempstead. It laid out goals and strategies to make North Hempstead a tourism destination that would bring in visitors who will also shop and dine at local establishments. "But I would assume the principles of the master plan and why the town undertook that [are] still relevant.
Pandemic expected to fuel record Cyber Monday spending
U.S. consumers will shop from the comfort of their own homes in record numbers on Cyber Monday, retail experts project. Online shopping has accounted for a growing share of overall holiday spending annually for years, but e-commerce is getting a big boost this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Merrick resident Mackenna Honigfield, 20, plans to do most of her holiday shopping online, including on Cyber Monday, to avoid crowds, out of consideration for her grandparents, she said Tuesday. Unlike Adobe, Cohen expects Cyber Monday sales to be strong, but not record-breaking, because retailers have been offering online sales since October, he said. The retailer's online sales have grown during the pandemic, accounting for 10% of all sales now, compared to 5% a year ago, said owner Perry Schorr, who said Lester’s added more of its products online during the pandemic.
Vaccine resisters could derail Island's COVID-19 recovery, experts say
The region's recovery from COVID-19 also will hinge on Long Islanders' willingness to take the shot, experts say. The CDC website is directing inquiries on finding a vaccine to nwsdy.li/vaccine, which will update once a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available. "I'm not going to get it," the Long Beach resident said of the COVID-19 vaccine. No government edict to take a COVID-19 vaccine exists, but mandates from schools and workplaces are an open issue, legal experts say. Businesses have been inquiring about whether the policy that applies to the flu vaccine would extend to the COVID-19 vaccine, but state and federal agencies have yet to provide guidance, Schmidt said.
State: Hospitals at SUNY Old Westbury, Stony Brook available — if surge comes
The SUNY Old Westbury and Stony Brook hospitals were not completed until late April, after COVID-19 patient numbers had declined. A Staten Island field hospital — a converted psychiatric center — reopened Tuesday amid a rise in hospitalizations there. "We have all these plans that could be quickly pulled off the shelf and put into place for field hospitals," she said. Some field hospitals were used, such as at Manhattan’s Javits Center, where nearly 1,100 people were treated, state officials said. Some hospitals transferred patients to others within their system.
Book review: 'Cold Millions' a labor of love from Jess Walter
Colette BancroftTampa Bay TimesReading Jess Walter's new novel, "The Cold Millions," might be the most fun I've ever had with a history lesson. His 2006 novel, "The Zero," was a finalist for the National Book Award; his 2012 book, " Beautiful Ruins," a New York Times No. He's also a journalist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times and other publications. Like several of his other books, "The Cold Millions" is historical fiction, mixing real people and events with imagined ones. Walter writes a heart-stopping set piece about one of the police riots that ends with both Dolan brothers jailed in appalling conditions.
Holiday Arts Guide: From Blenders to Brickman, music traditions continue online
Nearly all of this year’s holiday concerts are virtual, but many familiar faces both local (the Blenders, Lorie Line, the SPCO) and national (Jim Brickman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) have planned online events to keep holiday traditions going during the pandemic. At 10 a.m. Dec. 12, the group will stream “Family: Story and Song” for free on YouTube. Minnesota OperaThe Minnesota Opera will livestream a special holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 13. At 7 p.m. Dec. 17, she’ll perform a series of holiday classics in styles ranging from rock to jazz to the blues. St. Paul Chamber OrchestraThe SPCO has suspended its livestreams due to the pandemic, but it is continuing to add encore performances to its free, on-demand online library.
Letters: No subterfuge, and we’re following all the rules on Grey Cloud Island mining proposal
I have no doubt as to the strong feelings that she and other township residents have about the proposed variances to the township setback ordinance. The township has 60 days to respond to any variance request from a resident or business in the township. It also has a driving range not available at other Ramsey County golf courses in districts that “its commissioners” intend to keep open. This was a secret held so close that not even the Maplewood City Council knew about the Ramsey County commissioners’ plans. Change the charter to allow the citizens of Ramsey County to vote for the entire Ramsey County board of commissioners.
Afghan officials say 34 killed in separate suicide bombings
GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 34 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks, which took place as Afghan government representatives and the Taliban hold face-to-face talks in Qatar for the first time to end the country’s decades-long war. In eastern Ghazni province, 31 soldiers were killed and 24 others wounded when the attacker drove a military humvee full of explosives onto an army commando base before detonating the car bomb, according to an official in Afghanistan’s National Security Council, who spoke anonymously because he was not permitted to speak directly to the media. Ghazni's provincial health department chief, Zahir Shah Nikmal, also confirmed the death toll and casualty figures from the attack.
Reports: Cost of Tokyo Olympic delay put at about $2 billion
TOKYO (AP) — The cost of the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated to be just under $2 billion, or about 200 billion yen. Japan’s Kyodo news agency and the Yomiuri newspaper both reported the figure on Sunday citing unnamed sources close to games organizers. The reported cost of the delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic is in line with repeated estimates over the last several months. The organizers, the Tokyo metro government and the Japanese national government are expected to report next month how the costs will be shared. The International Olympic Committee has said it would chip in about $650 million to cover some of the costs of the delay, but has offered few public details.
UPDATES: Tucson-area coronavirus developments, Nov. 29: What we know
Though the award-winning University of Arizona marching band has resumed practices, it won't be in the stadium when the Wildcats start their football season on Nov. 6. This will be the first time since 1922 that the Pride has not performed at UA football games.
The Pedophile Doctor Who Secretly Impregnated Countless Women With His Own Sperm
Baby God (premiering Dec. 2 on HBO) is the story of Fortier, who over the course of decades, impregnated an unknown number of female patients at his Women’s Hospital. They simply thought no one would ever be able to find out, and thus the greater good outweighed their duplicity. His son Quincy Fortier Jr., however, is less cagey about Fortier’s true nature. In other words, he was justified because folks were content to be blissfully ignorant about any bio-scams being perpetrated against them. Olson’s film is less interested in the ugly overarching phenomenon of which Fortier is an example, however, than in the human toll of his wretchedness.
Checkmate! The chess business is suddenly booming
Jeff Myers has operated The Chess Store, an online retailer devoted to the game, since 1999. “Me and my wife watched ‘The Queen’s Gambit' together and thought, ‘Wow this is a great show’ and we wondered if it would help the business,” Myers said. “From the day we watched it until now, business has really picked up.”The Chess Store’s November sales are three times as much compared to the same period last year. Myers also said the average order size is “way up,” with more customers choosing to purchase higher-end chess sets. “I think we have a year window here where we’ll see business doing well and interest will be there,” Myers said.
US election results 2020: Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump to win presidency
Americans are also electing members to the two chambers of Congress, the main law-making body of the US. Those chambers are the Senate and the House of Representatives. Without support in the Senate and the House, the president's ability to enact key policies is severely limited.
New side effect of long-Covid sees sufferers’ teeth fall out suddenly
It suggests dental problems are another problem to add to the list of 'long Covid' symptoms. However, the evidence is too vague to know for sure if tooth loss is just coincidental. Scientists are still doing research into long Covid to understand who is at risk, and how it can be treated. “Gum disease is very sensitive to hyper-inflammatory reactions, and Covid long haulers certainly fall into that category,” Dr Scherer said. But tooth loss may be a consequence of dentists being hard to access this year, with lockdowns forcing surgeries to shut.
'World's loneliest elephant' heads to Cambodia after Cher campaign
After years of public outcry and campaigning by the US singer and actor Cher, the “world’s loneliest elephant” embarked on Sunday on a mammoth move from Pakistan to retirement in a Cambodian sanctuary. “My wishes have finally come true”, Cher said in a statement thanking her charity, Free The Wild. Cher visited the elephant at the zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photograph: Sohail Shahzad/EPAShe was due to fly to Cambodia on Sunday to be in the South-east Asian nation when the elephant arrives. “We will be happy to see him happy in Cambodia and we hope he finds a partner very soon.”Dubbed by the press as the world’s loneliest elephant, Kaavan was the only Asian elephant in Pakistan.
Afghanistan car bombing kills at least 30 security personnel
A car bombing in the Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday, officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast. Baz Mohammad Hemat, the director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured people had been transported there. The blast targeted a compound of the public protection force, a wing of the Afghan security forces, local officials said. The Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, when contacted by Reuters, did not confirm or deny responsibility. Haji Ata Jan Haqbayan, head of the provincial council of Zabul, suffered minor injuries in the attack on his convoy.
Best mobile phone Black Friday deals: Today's top offers on Apple iPhones and Samsung smartphones
Shopping for a new phone is a pain at the best of times. First, you have to find a phone that is worth the investment, then figure out where to buy it. Among the minor discounts and confusing contract offers, the very best mobile phone deals can be hard to find. To save you time and money, we've scoured the internet to find you the best offers available this weekend. Best mobile phone deals for Black Friday 20201.
Best Apple Black Friday 2020 deals: Today's top offers on Apple Watch Series 5, Airpods and iPad Pro
Apple, being the wanton brand that it is, does not follow the crowd during Black Friday. Well, customers get pretty excited about buying iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, AirPods and Apple TV, regardless of the cost. Third-party retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and Currys PC World have some amazing Apple products in their Black Friday weekend deals, and here are the best on offer today. Best Apple Black Friday 2020 deals today1. Apple Watch Series 5 44mm - GPS, Pink Sand Sport BandWas £489, now £429, JD Williams
US election caused Britons' worst sleep since lockdown began
Britons lost sleep, went to bed later and slept more fitfully during the tumultuous first night of the US 2020 election, according to new data. Figures from the Swedish sleep tracking app Sleep Cycle show that UK users lost an average of 21 minutes of kip on the night of Nov 3, compared to the same day the previous week. Users also reported their quality of sleep dropping by an average of 4.5pc week on week as political anoraks stayed up late or woke up early to follow the drama. Another app, the Prague-based Sleep as Android, saw UK users' average sleep duration falling to its lowest point since the beginning of lockdown, when sudden freedom from the morning commute led to a sustained improvement. A previous study using Sleep As Android's data found that the Brexit vote in 2016 cut 16 minutes and 21 seconds from Britons' average' Thursday rest, while the election of President Donald Trump later that year deprived Americans of 12 minutes and 49 seconds.
Best John Lewis Black Friday 2020 deals: Today's top offers on Le Creuset, Nespresso coffee machines and ghd straighteners
Although usually synonymous with Christmas, John Lewis has also become the one-stop destination for finding great Black Friday deals – and 2020 is no different. This year, the store has cut prices on a range of sought-after items, including electronics, appliances, mattresses, and top-of-the-range kitchen appliances. As an added bonus, John Lewis' Never Knowingly Undersold policy means the company price matches the promotions of its competitors, making it a great first port of call during the Black Friday sales. So, without further ado, here are the very best John Lewis Black Friday weekend deals to buy today:Best John Lewis Black Friday 2020 weekend deals1. ghd Original Hair StraightenerWas £109, now £87
Best Sky Black Friday deals 2020: Top offers on phones, TV and broadband packages
If you're in the market for something new, here are all the best Sky Black Friday 2020 deals available now. Best Sky TV and broadband deals1. Superfast Broadband & Sky TVWas £62 per month, now £39 per monthTake your pick from over 300 channels on Sky TV, as well as Sky Box Sets, with this deal. Alternatively, if you were just looking to upgrade your broadband, Sky is offering its Superfast Broadband on its own for just £25 a month (down from £27). This deal, which has a 41 per cent discount in the Black Friday sales, also includes access to Sky TV channels and Superfast 59Mbps broadband.
Best Dyson Black Friday deals 2020: Top offers on the Airwrap, hoovers and predictions for Cyber Monday
If you do decide to treat yourself to a new vacuum cleaner, there's one brand that's probably on your list: Dyson. Since the advent of their bagless vacuum, the British company has become synonymous with innovative design and creating the best vacuum cleaners - but, unfortunately, this usually comes at a price. Which is why over this Black Friday weekend, it's worth looking at these Dyson deals on everything from vacuums to hairdryers, fans and other products. These are the best Dyson deals available this weekend. Best Dyson Black Friday weekend deals1.
Best clothing deals in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020 sales, recommended by Telegraph experts
With 2020's Black Friday weekend sales well underway, it has to be said; the annual sales event's clothing deals aren't good this year - they're great. To help, we’ve put together a list of the best deals and discounts to look out for at a host of high street stores and luxury fashion sites. Though this year's sale hasn't been confirmed, there’s a Black Friday-worthy flash sale on outwear, knitwear, shoes and bags at the moment. Read more: Best Black Friday deals for 2020Luxury fashion Black Friday dealsDiscount: Up to 50% off and free shipping on all ordersWhat to buy: There is no better place to shop for this season's best luxury fashion buys than Net-a-Porter on Black Friday. This Black Friday, the country lifestyle brand is offering its best deals to date on bestselling styles including the Vierzon Jersey Lined Boots and Prestige collection.
Best Black Friday beauty deals 2020: Top offers on on Jo Malone perfume and gift sets today, and predictions for Cyber Monday
The Black Friday 2020 shopping weekend is here and we're being bombarded with unbelievable beauty deals. To the delight of Christmas shoppers, some of the very best deals are offered on the most expensive beauty products, too, like beauty tools, fragrances and gift sets. To help you find the pick of the pack, we have scoured the hundreds of deals curated a list of the very best Black Friday beauty deals to buy today. Best Black Friday 2020 beauty deals1. Estée Lauder - Limited Edition 'The Night Is Yours' Travel Bag Gift SetWas £90, now £45, Boots
Best Carphone Warehouse Black Friday deals: Top 2020 offers on Apple iPhone 12, Google Pixel 4A and mobile phone contracts this weekend
Whether you have a new smartphone or headphones on your wish list, this is the ideal time to take the plunge. With an array of gadgets and gizmos, both new and last-generation, retailers like Carphone Warehouse are offering price reductions that are among the best on the market during this Black Friday weekend. Carphone Warehouse sells the widest range of handsets in the UK (across Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and iD, its own virtual mobile network). The retail giant also offers pay monthly, pay as you go, SIM-only and SIM-free deals pretty regularly. These are the best Carphone Warehous deals on offer today...Best Carphone Warehouse 2020 deals1.
Time to admit foreign aid has shamefully failed
Overseas aid has too often served to boost domestic politicians’ egos while acting as a meal ticket for corrupt foreign civil servants, or to those contractors best at playing the procurement game. But this really shouldn’t be controversial – on the contrary, we should unashamedly work to boost our global standing abroad, as any other nation would. Last year Pakistan received £330 million in bilateral aid from Britain, for example, despite its secret nuclear arsenal and widespread persecution of Christians. Foreign aid, deployed thoughtfully, can do enormous good. Let us know your thoughts on foreign aid in the comments section below.
Best Nintendo, Xbox and PS5 Black Friday deals 2020: Top offers on consoles, PS4 games and Switch bundles
Ready, Player One - Black Friday 2020 weekend is here and with it the annual avalanche of brilliant gaming deals. It's dangerous to go alone, so we've made this guide to the best deals we've seen so far. Once again there's offers on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and every console-plus gaming bundle in between. Here is our ultimate guide to the best gaming deals in the Black Friday and early Cyber Monday 2020 sales. Nintendo Switch Lite, Animal Crossing: New Horizons & Minecraft BundleWas £258.98, now £239, Currys
Best Black Friday jewellery and watch deals, from Pandora charms to engagement rings in today's 2020 sales
Whether it’s a pair of striking earrings or an original timepiece, jewellery has the unique ability to transform any outfit for any occasion. Today during the Black Friday weekend sales you'll not only see some of the year's biggest reductions on well-known jewellery brands including Pandora and Michael Kors, but smaller brands not yet on your radar. And let's not forget about Christmas wish lists. We've compiled the ultimate guide to the best jewellery, watch and engagement ring deals during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Best Black Friday jewellery deals1.
Best Black Friday electrical deals: Top offers on Kitchenaid stand mixers, washing machines and pizza ovens
Every year, there are some seriously impressive savings to be made on electrical appliances during the Black Friday sales, and this year is no different. If you're looking for a new appliance, new microwave, or even just fancy treating yourself to some new hair care products, this is the day to do it. The following is our round-up of the most significant savings in the sales this weekend, and where you can find the best Black Friday deals on sought-after electricals for the home. Best food processor deals1. KitchenAid Artisan 4.8L Stand MixerWas £399.99, now £359.99, Lakeland
I refuse to give up on the idea of skiing this season, I need it for my mental health
To highlight the importance of skiing to the nation’s mental health and how devastating it would be if snow sports are forbidden this season in Europe. But I refuse to give up on the idea of skiing this season — I need it for my mental health. There are numerous studies to back up my own observations of how skiing benefits my mental health. In Switzerland, ski resorts are presently open and operating. In France, ski resorts are open but the lifts are not turning.
Best Black Friday tech deals 2020: Today's top offers on Nintendo Switch Lite, Beats headphones, and predictions for Cyber Monday
There truly is no better time to invest in new tech, or upgrade old devices, than this weekend Black Friday sales. The annual sales event not only marks the start of the holiday shopping season, but it launches some of the biggest and best tech deals of the year. Today there are major price cuts on both new and last-gen tech, with big discounts on older devices. You'll also find fantastic deals on Christmas-worthy tech gifts for the whole family. To help you navigate the very best Black Friday tech deals from UK retailers this weekend, here are 2020's top deals:Best tech deals for 20201.
Exclusive: Fears grow of mass infection at Newcastle United as another two players test positive for Covid-19
Newcastle United have received another two positive Covid tests and are now waiting nervously to learn whether they have suffered a mass infection within the first-team squad. Having lost two players and a member of the backroom team to the virus before the 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace last weekend, Telegraph Sport discovered another two players have returned positive tests over the weekend. Both of those who have tested positive were in contact with the squad before they travelled down to London on Thursday which has heightened fears things could get even worse. The club have begun a mass testing operation and are awaiting the results of those tests before deciding on their next move. The identity of the staff member also remains confidential.
10 of the UK's best treetop walks to visit after lockdown
Last month, I was reminded of the film, and my teenage notions, as I wondered along the Stihl Tree Top Walkway in Gloucestershire’s Westonbirt Arboretum, with my 10-year old son. Faced with yet another stand-off, I threw caution to the winds and bundled my son and our schnauzer into the car. The sunshine bathed everything in golden light, accentuating the tawny colours of the leaves in all their splendour. The neon-pink acers in Maple Loop looked almost artificial, yet mesmerising, and burnished-gold ginkgo trees glowed like beacons, signposting the way to the café. All this colour worked its magic and by the time we reached the walkway, good humour had been restored.
David Prowse, strongman actor who played Darth Vader and the Green Cross Code man – obituary
The second of three children, David Prowse was born in Bristol on July 1 1935. His father Charlie ran a drapery shop, but when that went under the family relocated to the suburb of Southmead, but suffered a still greater upheaval when Charlie Prowse died unexpectedly in 1940, following complications from surgery. In order to make ends meet, his widow Gladys took in Bristol Aeroplane Company apprentices as lodgers. At school David distinguished himself as a talented athlete. Aged 12 he became the highest try scorer in the history of Bristol Grammar School, though his knowledge of rugby was limited.
Jodie Comer discusses relationship with James Burke for the first time: ‘This feels like nothing else’
Jodie Comer has spoken about her relationship with James Burke for the first time in a new interview. Speaking to Sunday Times Style, the Killing Eve star described the relationship as “very different” to one she has had before. “You know, I would never want to speak badly about people in my past, but yeah, this relationship feels very different. The couple met while Comer was in Boston last year filming Free Guy, a comedy starring Ryan Reynolds out next year. “When you actually feel it, you’re like, ‘Ahhh, so this is what it feels like!’” Comer recalled of their meeting.
‘The most tone deaf thing I’ve seen’: Katy Perry criticised for promoting father’s ‘Nothing But American’ T-shirt range
Katy Perry has been criticised for promoting her father’s Nothing But American clothing brand on social media. In the caption, Perry wrote: “We haven’t always seen [eye] to [eye] but I’m proud of my dad n bro for coming up with this! However, the singer has been criticised for promoting the company, which led many of her fans to draw comparisons to Donald Trump. “You have [been] my literal backbone for 10 years, and this has to be the most tone-deaf and whitewashed thing I've ever seen,” commented one person. Perry’s post comes after she faced criticism for urging fans to call their Trump-supporting family members with messages of love and support in the wake of the US election.
French authorities search for British hiker missing in the Pyrenees
French authorities are "actively" searching for British hiker Esther Dingley, 37, who went missing while trekking in the Pyrenees during a strict lockdown in the country. Her partner Dan Colegate, who she had been traveling with on a six-year campervan tour of Europe, said he last heard from his partner on November 22 when she sent a picture from a mountaintop on the border between France and Spain. "I'm broken. Shattered to report that my beloved Esther, the person who taught me how to feel, is missing," Mr Colegate said on the couple's Facebook page. "Search and rescue teams have so far found no trace of her."
Jake Paul: YouTube star challenges brother Logan Paul to a boxing fight after Nate Robinson defeat
YouTuber Jake Paul has called out his brother Logan Paul for a future boxing match. The social media personality found yet more success in his professional boxing career after beating Nate Robinson with a second-round knockout on Saturday (28 November). Following his victory over former NBA star Robinson at Staples Centre in Los Angeles, Paul name-checked a few people whom he'd like to take on in future maches. One of these was his brother, who is also a YouTube star and also has a boxing career. Paul ultimately stepped down to let his brother, Logan, fight KSI instead.
Strictly: Craig Revel Horwood makes dig at Anton du Beke following dancer’s two-week stint on judging panel
Following a Jive by frontrunners Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse, Horwood criticised the routine, describing it as “a bit stompy. “Sorry Anton, but you’re no longer up here.”Like the contestants, Strictly’s viewers found the scene hilarious, with one commenting: “Craig v Anton is the highlight of #Strictly for me tonight. Du Beke is Strictly’s longest serving professional dancer, having appeared on the show since it first began in 2004. At the bottom of the leaderboard were Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec, whose Jive routine contained a number of unfortunate mistakes. “This week actually is your dance, it just went horribly wrong sadly,” Horwood told the pair.
Minister to demand Netflix issues ‘health warning’ that The Crown is ‘fiction’
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has said he will write to Netflix to request that a “health warning” be added to the beginning of each episode of The Crown - to warn viewers that it is “fiction”, not fact. It also delves into Diana’s struggles with bulimia, which the royal spoke about during her infamous 1995 Panorama interview. “Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact,” he said. The move by Mr Dowden comes amid increasing concern from royal commentators that the series, created by Peter Morgan, will cause irreparable damage to the Royal Family. The Crown’s creator, writer Peter Morgan, previously admitted some scenes from the show were “made up in my head”.
Liam Gallagher mocks Matt Lucas for Bake Off role while arguing about comedian’s friendship with Blur
The musician and comedian were guests on the chat show on Saturday night (28 November), with host Ross awkwardly pointing out Lucas’s long-standing friendship with the Damon Albarn-fronted Oasis rivals. Gallagher used this information to take aim at Lucas about his new role as co-host of The Great British Bake Off, telling Ross: “That’s why he ended up the way he ended up, man. On a baking programme.”Explaining how he knew Blur, Lucas said: “I ended up supporting them, I toured with Blur the week they released The Great Escape." Gallagher however denied that the meeting had happened, claiming that it must have been his brother Noel. Viewers at home declared the moment to be “f***ing brilliant”, with one viewer commenting: “How am I fully watching Liam Gallagher and Matt Lucas beefing on Jonathan Ross.”
Sean Connery: James Bond star died of pneumonia and heart failure, death certificate shows
Sean Connery died of pneumonia and heart failure, according to his death certificate. The legendary actor, who is best known for playing James Bond, died while sleeping at his home in the Bahamas on 31 October. According to Connery’s death certificate, which was obtained by TMZ, the actor died from respiratory failure caused by pneumonia, old age and atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rate which can increase the risk of heart-related complications. While Connery’s cause of death was not initially announced at his time of death, it was believed that the actor had been unwell for a long period of time. Connery was most famous for playing James Bond, a role he made his own in seven films from 1962’s Dr No up until Never Say Never Again in 1983.
Spider-Man 3: ‘Frustrating’ development throws sequel twist into question
A filming location for Spider-Man 3 is causing confusion and frustration in equal measure. It has been reported that the new Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel will shoot at the same school seen in the previous two films. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is claiming that the Marvel film has been given special permission by the state's school board to film at two different locations, which both previously doubled as Peter Parker’s school in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Parents are ‘frustrated’ with a ‘Spider-Man 3’ filming location that may confuse Marvel fans (Twitter)This email suggests otherwise, though. Regardless, this is the first piece of evidence we have that Spider-Man 3 probably wont be going the way fans are expecting.
Leeds have learned a lot since promotion to the Premier League, says Luke Ayling
Defender Luke Ayling believes Leeds are finally starting to find their feet in the Premier League. "I think we have a reputation of being a fit team but I thought our football was excellent. "I think we're starting to play more football and not just try to be hard to beat. We were in League One and in the Championship for many years, so to be in the Premier League is what we dreamt of as kids. In the Premier League this season, only Leeds' win at Aston Villa in October has produced more attempts (39).
America’s stance on human rights and democracy has a global impact – Biden must restore credibility
I was ambivalent about the first US election that took place when I was old enough to vote. What difference would it make if Michael Dukakis or George HW Bush became president? A friend took me to task. If Bush were elected, he said, death squads in Latin America would run more rampant. Murderous governments throughout the world would feel more secure and emboldened.
Chelsea vs Tottenham prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out today?
Both sides come into the game in form, with Chelsea and Spurs on a run of seven and eight games unbeaten respectively. Chelsea are the team to beat in the capital, winning eight of their last ten home Premier League London derbies. Spurs have won each of their four away games in the Premier League this season, and are looking to win their fifth for the first time since their title-winning campaign of 1960-61. The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, where coverage will begin from 4pm. While Chelsea look effective since Mendy signed, Harry Kane has been incredible this season with 16 goal involvements (seven goals, nine assists).
'Fireball' dazzles in the sky in Japan
A dazzling ''fireball'' has been seen lighting up the skies across large areas of western Japan. The meteor was seen descending towards earth for a few seconds, before emitting a powerful light.
Utah monolith: Has the mysterious metal object disappeared?
"Twenty-four hours later, my close friend, who is also a helicopter pilot, flew his family down to see as well and found it taken down," he said, adding he would like to know who did it.
Matt Dawson column: Rugby needs to change its laws to keep kids watching
After watching England's win against Wales, I think there needs to be a change to rugby's laws. As much as I am a purist and there will be parts that I enjoy, my kids are not watching the game. We have to ensure it does not matter what rugby is being played, you know you are going to be entertained. Watching France beat Italy later on Saturday, a couple of their tries were from brilliant offloads. 'England could reach World Cup levels again next weekend'Head coach Eddie Jones said England have still not reached their best and I agree with him.
Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Authorities hunt for TPLF leadership
In a text message to Reuters, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael did not directly comment on the situation on the ground, but said of the government forces: "Their brutality can only add [to] our resolve to fight these invaders to the last."
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. Prowse donned Darth Vader’s black armor and helmet for “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983). He was a regular at “Star Wars” fan events, but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, tweeted that Prowse was “a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.” Hamill said the actor “loved his fans as much as they loved him. “As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man,” he wrote.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab 'concerned' about situation in Iran after killing of nuclear scientist
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said he is concerned about the situation in Iran and the wider region after the assassination of one of the country's top nuclear scientists. Mr Raab told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme: "We are concerned about the situation in Iran and the wider region. When Mr Raab was asked if he believed Israel might have a case to answer, he said: "I have no idea. On Saturday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that the scientist's death will not curtail Iran's nuclear programme. "Our people are wiser than to fall in the trap of the Zionist regime (Israel)... Iran will surely respond to the martyrdom of our scientist at the proper time," he added.
Mother shares VERY amusing results after toddler decorates mother-in-law's Christmas tree
An amused mother has revealed the very funny results after her young daughter decorated her mother-in-law's Christmas tree - but could only reach the bottom branches. The unnamed toddler's mother, who lives in Florida, posted a snap of the tree on Twitter and explained how the doting grandmother had let the toddler place the baubles wherever she so chose. A mother from Florida revealed her mother-in-law let her toddler decorate the Christmas tree, with hilarious and sweet results (pictured)In the initial post, the toddler's mother penned: 'My toddler decorated my mother in law’s tree.' The picture shows the toddler had selected beautiful golden and red hanging decorations, all located at the bottom of the tree. The grandmother supposedly added the tree topper herself, while snowflake ornaments and a lone red bauble could be seen higher up.
Peach Aviation enters pleasure flight business
Japanese budget airline Peach Aviation on Sunday entered the pleasure flight business and offered its first sightseeing flight service. What prompted Peach Aviation, based in Tajiri, Osaka Prefecture, to start pleasure flight services was a proposal to do so by the Kansai Sky Friends Association, which is made up of local elementary and junior high students who are interested in the world of aviation. About 120 people, including members of the association, got on the first sightseeing flight by the airline. Peach Aviation, a unit of ANA Holdings Inc., aims to promote its pleasure flight services for utilization for school trips. “To make effective use of our aircraft and earn revenue, we thought it would be beneficial to enter the pleasure flight business,” Takeaki Mori, chief operating officer of Peach Aviation, said in an address before the first flight.
Tokyo 2020 organizers estimate games postponement to cost $1.9 billion
This year’s postponement of the Tokyo Olympics because of the novel coronavirus cost about ¥200 billion ($1.9 billion), organizers have estimated, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday, citing people involved with the event. The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government were forced to put off the games for a year in March as the coronavirus spread rapidly around the world. The games cost ¥1.35 trillion before the postponement, the newspaper reported. A spokesman for the organizers, asked about the report, said by text message only that the committee is examining the extra costs associated with the delay. The organizers had originally estimated that the delay would cost nearly ¥300 billion but they were able to reduce that figure by simplifying some events, the report said.
Heiress Francesca Packer gets cosy with multiple male pals as she celebrates her 26th birthday
Francesca Packer celebrated her 26th birthday on Sunday, hosting a large party aboard The Island on Sydney Harbour. Recently single, Francesca looked to be in a lighthearted and friendly mood, getting close and cosy with a number of male pals during the festivities. Having fun: Francesca Packer (left) was having a ball on Sunday as she celebrated her 26th birthday. She added a number of silver chains around her neck, as well as a large pair of hoop earrings. The niece of casino baron James Packer apparently made the purchase to celebrate her 26th birthday on Monday, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Video: Gove reveals importance of protecting public health during Christmas
Video: How you CAN have a Covid-safe Christmas: Go for a test before you visit, throw open the windows and NO kissing under the mistletoeMinister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove reveals the need to 'strike a balance' between protecting public health and allowing people to have family time this Christmas, as he has said the NHS will become...
Gwyneth Paltrow plugs bread knife worth a whopping £262 on Goop and it SELLS OUT
Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website Goop is advertising a bread knife worth a whopping £262. The actress, 48, is urging shoppers to splash out on their cookware this Christmas, promoting the Zwilling knife for the princely sum. Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website Goop is advertising a bread knife worth a whopping £262The knife comes in three sizes - but all are currently unavailable. Gwyneth is also plugging another bread knife, but this one's 1/7 of the price at £37. 'A handsome bread knife with a serrated stainless steel blade and a beechwood handle (very handsome hanging out in your knife block).
Tricky brainteaser challenges puzzlers to find the man with no moustache
A fiendishly tricky new brainteaser is sweeping the web - and it has left even the most eagle-eyed of puzzlers scratching their heads. The jam-packed puzzle, created by the nutraceutical company Formulate Health, challenges the nation to find the man without a moustache hidden among the others taking part in Movember. The man without the moustache can be seen towards the left-hand side of the jam-packed graphic (pictured)Another seek-and-find puzzle challenges players to spot the seven elves hidden in a virtual Christmas party. The tricky puzzle is the latest in a series of challenges designed to help keep minds busy throughout the nation's lockdown. If you're struggling to find the answer, then try feasting your eyes towards to bottom right-hand side of the busy graphic.
Ten-year-old boy hauls in enormous 88kg fish off Tasmania
A ten-year-old boy has broken an Australian record by hauling in a massive 88kg fish in a marathon three-hour battle. Lochie Miller was fishing east of Maatsuyker Island, the southernmost point of Tasmania, with dad Leo Miller when he hooked the monster tuna last Sunday. 'I offered to help but he's quite a determined boy and he said "No I want to do it on my own",' Mr Miller told Daily Mail Australia. Mr Miller said the pair would seek to make Lochie an official record-breaker for the 88kg tuna catch. 'We've eaten a lot, we've given quite a lot away to friends and family and we've frozen quite a lot as well,' Mr Miller said.
Disgraced sex addict Hillsong pastor who assaulted his wife reveals how he reinvented himself
A disgraced former Hillsong church pastor claims he is 'stronger and happier' than ever after launching a new church. Pat 'Pasquale' Mesiti created Reborn Ministries for churchgoers who have lost their way amid the coronavirus pandemic. The self-confessed sex addict was caught sleeping with prostitutes in Darlinghurst and was stripped of his authority to preach in the Hillsong church. Mr Mesitis launched Reborn Ministries on June 12 with his new wife Christine, with his teachings aimed at worshippers looking to 'regain their sanity' in the world. Mr Mesiti pleaded guilty to one count of common assault in February 2016 after attacking his ex-wife Andrea in her northwest Sydney home.
Nicole Kidman hopes viewers feel 'the desire' between her and Hugh Grant in their Undoing sex scenes
Nicole Kidman hopes viewers of The Undoing can feel 'the desire' between her and co-star Hugh Grant. The actors play husband and wife, Jonathan and Grace Fraser, who are torn apart when Jonathan has an affair, only for the mistress to end up dead. Pillow talk: Nicole Kidman hopes viewers of The Undoing can feel 'the desire' between her and co-star Hugh Grant'I hope Hugh and I make a sexy couple,' Nicole, 53, said, as reports The Sun. She also revealed she enjoyed watching Normal People - BBC Three's lockdown hit about a young couple - and praised its 'exquisite' sex scenes. Intimate scenes: 'I hope Hugh and I make a sexy couple,' Nicole, 53, said, as reports The Sun.
Cate Blanchett slams Australia over refugees - while living in $6.25million English mansion
Cate Blanchett has likened Australia's 'traumatic' indefinite detention of asylum seekers to the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. 'We have been living with massive uncertainty, and uncertainty is an ongoing condition for refugees and asylum seekers and indefinite detention is a traumatic and deeply inhumane extension of this.' Indefinite detention led to a mental health catastrophe with suicide attempts and self-harming behaviour. An October 2019 University of Melbourne study found asylum seekers were more than 200 times more likely to be hospitalised for self-inflicted injuries than the general Australian community. Ms McCredie said the indefinite detention of asylum seekers continued with some of those who were locked up on Manus Island, PNG, now in Melbourne hotels still awaiting their verdict.
Duchess of Cambridge recycles a £790 Gucci blouse in new video
Kate Middleton has recycled her £790 Gucci blouse in her latest video answering questions about her campaign for greater action to help children in their crucial early years. Known for her sartorial prowess, the first time Kate sported the blouse she wore it backwards - although yesterday it appeared as if she sported it the way Gucci intended. Known for her sartorial prowess, the first time Kate sported the blouse she wore it backwards - although yesterday (pictured) it appeared as if she wore it the way Gucci intended. However Kate reversed the garmentInitially Kate mixed high street and high end for the outing, pairing the Gucci blouse with a favourite pair of £130 high waist trousers by Jigsaw. In the video, the duchess defined the early years as being those from pregnancy 'through to the age of five', to when children start school.
10,500 turkeys will be culled after bird flu outbreak at North Yorkshire plant
More than 10,000 turkeys will be culled at a farm in North Yorkshire following a bird flu outbreak. She added: 'Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises. 'We are urgently looking for any evidence of disease spread associated with this farm to control and eliminate it.' He said: 'As a precaution the local Health Protection Team will offer routine health advice to those working on the farm. Wild birds migrating from mainland Europe during the winter period can spread the disease to poultry and other captive birds.
Homeowner reveals she painted her house BLACK to 'commemorate 2020
McAtee was killed by a shot fired from a guardsmen. On June 11 no-knock search warrants were banned in Louisville following a unanimous vote of the Metro Council. Officers Christopher Burbank, Matthew Collins, Masyih Ford and Timothy Rankine, who are now on administrative leave following the incident. The officers involved were also not wearing their bodycams, by Tacoma Police Department. Masyih Ford (left) and Timothy Rankine (right), are two of the four officers involved.
Princess Diana feared Martin Bashir BBC Panorama interview was a MISTAKE
Princess Diana feared she had made a mistake by agreeing to her dramatic Panorama interview with Martin Bashir and made a frantic call to a close friends 24 hours before it aired, it has been revealed. The new documentary includes footage of BBC bosses celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Diana interview. Martin Bashir (left) told Princess Diana the security forces were planning to kill her, according to a new documentary. The Diana Interview: The Truth Behind the Scandal also features Mr Jephson revealing the personal impact of the Panorama affair. Earl Spencer admitted last week he had been 'really shaken up' by claims over how Bashir secured his Panorama interview with Princess Diana 25 years ago.
Mysterious monolith found in remote Utah desert is removed by 'unknown party'
A mysterious monolith that was found in the remote Utah desert has been removed by an 'unknown party' after its sudden arrival sparked theories it was left by aliens. However the three-sided structure was removed by 'an unknown party' on Friday evening, the Bureau of Land Management Utah said in a statement. A mysterious monolith that was found in the remote Utah desert has been removed by an 'unknown party', according to officialsHowever the BLM said it had not removed the structure 'which is considered private property' and would not be investigating because 'crimes involving private property' are managed by the local sheriff's office. Utah Department of Public Safety said on Monday that crew members found 'a metal monolith installed in the ground' but 'no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there.' 'It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you're from,' warned the agency in a tongue-in-cheek press release Monday.
Sean Connery died from pneumonia and heart failure
James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery died from pneumonia and heart failure in his sleep at the age of 90, his death certificate has revealed. Connery's official cause of death was listed as 'respiratory failure' brought about by pneumonia, old age and atrial fibrillation - a heart condition causing an irregular and fast heart rate. Atrial fibrillation can, in turn, heighten the sufferer's risks of heart failure and strokes. The James Bond legend leaves behind his wife Micheline, Jason and his other son Stefan. His childhood home was demolished decades ago, but Sir Sean retained a lifelong affection for the Fountainbridge area of the city.
Belarus protesters take to the streets with new tactic
In recent weeks, authorities imposed an intense crackdown in which hundreds were detained and protesters were prevented from gathering in central Minsk. That prompted Lukashenko's opponents to change tactic, calling on supporters to create small gatherings in every district of the capital. The Lukashenko police are desperately rushing from district to district," said opposition Telegram channel Nexta Live that has helped coordinate the ongoing demonstrations. "Everyone takes to the streets in their district and sees dozens, hundreds and thousands of supporters," Tikhanovskaya, 38, said in a video address posted on her Telegram channel on Saturday. Belarus police detained thousands of protesters in the first days of the demonstrations, with many reporting torture and abuse in custody.
These are the top 5 reasons people don’t learn to drive: U.K. survey
The website’s insurance section compiled a list of the top five reasons not to get a license by surveying some 1,500 U.K. adults who don’t drive as of this fall. According to the British survey sample, the number-one reason not to have a driver’s license is the cost of driving lessons and licenses seems too high. The theory test is just £23 and the driven test is around £75 in the U.K., which translates to around $170 in Canadian currency. “I don’t want to drive” came in as the third-most common excuse. Do you, or someone in your bubble, not have a driver’s license?
What Biden’s national security team says about his world view
So, I don't think it's been a particularly good thing for the country to go through this. So, I think they will hit the ground running as well. The big problem is what Andy pointed out, which is the security briefings. And they're starting a little bit late here trying to catch up and realize, what are those potential threats? All of this is going to be a tremendous learning curve in a very few weeks.
Sexual harassment victims in China given a voice by exhibition that plays audio of their stories
Her Story – Eliminating Gender Violence 2020 opened in Beijing on November 25, International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women. A large composite photo of a man is made from images of accused sexual harassers. Photo: Tom Wang
SARD tweaks Toyota GR Supra to 500 horsepower, gives it wild(er) looks
A Japanese tuning company has taken Toyota’s new Supra and turned it up to 11, adding a wild body kit and tons of extra power. The vehicle comes courtesy of SARD, a Japanese tuning house known for turning mild automobiles absolutely wild. If you didn’t like it before, you probably aren’t going to like it now, but if you loved the looks, you’ll probably love this. There’s really no other way to describe it — it looks like a Clone Trooper from Star Wars. SARD will only build 20 examples at a cost of 12,500,000 yen (CDN$156,000) which is about three times the price of a standard GR Supra.
Mike Tyson's comeback fight ends with draw against Roy Jones
Mike Tyson's return to boxing at age 54 ended in a draw with 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday in an eight-round exhibition battle of former heavyweight champions. Jones, who looked tired and grabbed Tyson much of the fight, was unhappy at a draw. I dont do draw," Jones said, admitting that Tyson hurt him throughout the bout, particularly with body blows. "If he hits you with his head, punches, body shots, it don't matter, everything hurts. Body shots are what makes you exhausted."
Biden Must Stand Up to China on Human Rights
The Biden administration will not be able to stand by, and it cannot treat Chinese human rights violations only as a foreign policy issue. The human rights norms that China now undermines are global, and the consequences of their weakening will be global, too. The Trump administration has, after all, broadly degraded the U.S. commitment to human rights at home and abroad through its inhumane immigration policies and flouting of human rights laws and norms. Fifty UN human rights experts have issued a call for an urgent debate, a special session, and a special rapporteur to investigate Chinese human rights violations. The Biden administration has a formidable task ahead of it, but it should start by making human rights a priority in its China policy, reviving its alliances, and strengthening human rights institutions.
Joe Biden's cabinet picks face scrutiny over corporate ties
The Post spoke to James To Kun-sun, Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung and Ip Kin-yuen about their decision to quit, the state of politics in Hong Kong and what lies ahead for them. I was supposed to be in line for retirement, but my colleagues thought I should stay,” said To, now 57. Mass resignation of opposition lawmakers after Beijing rules on disqualification“The sky was the limit when I first became a legislator,” he said. He returned to Legco in 2012, after co-founding the Labour Party with pro-democracy stalwart Lee Cheuk-yan the year before. Are Hong Kong’s teachers radicalising youth?
Congress set for chaotic year-end sprint
Congress is set for a chaotic two-week sprint as lawmakers try to wrap up their work for the year. ADVERTISEMENTThe deal allows committee staff and the White House to haggle and finalize each of the spending bills that would need to be included in a year-end omnibus. That bill includes more help for state and local governments and another round of stimulus checks — both of which were left out of the Senate GOP bill. Biden and Democratic leaders have spoken post-election about the need for a coronavirus deal before the end of the year. That would narrow the Senate GOP majority to 52-48, likely quashing any chance of Republicans confirming Judy Shelton, Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve nominee before the 117th Congress is sworn-in.
International students to arrive in Australia for first time in nine months under pilot program
The first charter flight of international students is set to arrive in Darwin tomorrow under a pilot program to bring students back to Australia. The Howard Springs facility will host Charles Darwin University international students for their compulsory quarantine period. ( Supplied )Charles Darwin University (CDU) is the first Australian university to allow international students to arrive via the pilot program, approved by the Northern Territory and federal governments. "This is an extremely rare occasion for me as an international student," Mr Jiang said. ( Supplied )She said she was "thankful" for the university's pilot program, but also "disappointed" by how the Australian Government had been treating international students.
House Dems subpoena ICE detention facility over allegations of medical abuse
House Democrats subpoenaed a private prison firm Wednesday after it refused to hand over documents related to allegations of medical abuse and Covid safety hazards among undocumented immigrants. Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the Georgia facility, alleged at the time that women held at the detention center underwent sterilizations without their consent. LaSalle Corrections has a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which the firm said prohibited it from sharing documents without ICE's consent. But Thompson and Maloney dismissed the argument as specious, leading to their Wednesday subpoena. and Maloney (D-N.Y.) also said the firm refused to provide a copy of its contract with ICE.
Weaker penis bones in river otters linked to oilsands contaminants in new study
A new study has found that hydrocarbon contaminants typically associated with oilsands operations are contributing to decreased penis bone strength among river otters. The male river otter has a penis bone, or baculum, that is typically long, curvy and slender. The study says river otters are considered a "sentinel species" — one which can register the effects of environmental contaminants before other species. Brittle penis bones could impair the species' ability to reproduce, affecting other species up and down the food chain. A river otter's penis bone, otherwise known as a baculum.
Participant in India’s AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial sues after experiencing ‘severe adverse effect’
An Indian man who helped test a coronavirus jab based on AstraZeneca’s candidate vaccine has filed suit, claiming that he suffered extreme side effects during his participation in the trial. Ten days after receiving the shot, the man complained of a pounding headache and experienced vomiting, his wife told local media. He was bedridden and acting abnormally before being transferred to the emergency ward of the Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Hospital. In September, SII briefly paused its clinical trials of Covishield after a recipient of the AstraZeneca jab showed adverse symptoms. India has faced criticism for not being more transparent about its Covid-19 vaccine trials.
‘Time For My Flag to Go Up’: How Anti-Trumpers Are Reclaiming the American Flag
A 2018 Pew poll found that Republicans were twice as likely as Democrats to believe it’s important to fly the American flag. Before long, the American flag was one of many banners that came to represent Trumpism as a whole. In extreme cases, people rejected it altogether: La Vigne once saw a tweet that showed a Confederate flag, a Nazi flag and the American flag, with text suggesting that they all had the same meaning. “I was raised to believe the American flag stood for compassion,” she told me. He is poison, and he has poisoned the American flag.” As for her own flag, she’s waiting for the nation’s fiercest partisan to depart.
War in Yemen: How Biden could prove his administration isn’t just Obama 2.0
Some U.S. foreign policy critics from the left and the libertarian right are less than fully enthusiastic about this team. Blinken has said the Biden administration will “take a hard look” at that deal, citing the need to preserve Israel’s military edge in the region. Beyond Yemen, it’s less clear if the Biden administration is planning a larger re-think of the U.S.-Saudi alliance. Biden’s approach so far may look like Obama 2.0, but it’s notoriously hard to predict a president’s foreign policy before he takes office. Biden’s foreign policy, too, may end up looking very different than what both critics and supporters expect now.
Trudeau pledges $542M to Indigenous child-welfare
OTTAWA — The federal government is sending $542 million to Indigenous groups to help them set up welfare services for children and families, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. The legislation also recognize that Indigenous Peoples’ constitutional right to self?government includes the right to run their own welfare agencies. Child?protection agencies have often removed Indigenous children not just from their parents but out of their communities entirely when workers decide the kids aren’t safe — often because a lack of funding left them with few other options. Federal census figures say Indigenous children make up more than half the kids in foster care across the country, despite being fewer than eight per cent of the children in Canada. "Behind these devastating numbers, there are real children, real and terrible stories," Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said Friday in a separate news conference.
Chinese scientists now say India is origin of coronavirus
The scientists claim that Wuhan is the place where the first human to human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 happened. The paper, which has not been peer-reviewed yet, uses a method called phylogenetic analysis, a technique where scientists study the mutation of the virus to trace the origins of Covid-19. According to the analysis, the method rules out Wuhan as a site of origin of the Coronavirus but nominates Bangladesh, the US, Greece, Australia, India, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia and Serbia as potential countries. The team, however, says that since India and Bangladesh recorded the lowest number of mutations and are neighbours, it is possible that the Indian subcontinent is where the first transmission happened. They add, “From May to June 2019, the second-longest recorded heat-wave had rampaged in northern-central India and Pakistan, which created a serious water crisis in this region.
In Defiance Of U.S. Sanctions, Construction On German Section Of Nord Stream 2 To Resume In December
Construction on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline running under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany will resume in early December after a one-year pause due to U.S. sanctions. German broadcaster NDR 1 Radio MV reported that construction will resume on December 5, citing an announcement by the Baltic Sea Waterways and Shipping Office in Stralsund. In December 2019, construction on Nord Stream 2 was suspended following U.S. sanctions on the project, which will double Russian natural gas deliveries to Germany. The sanctions targeted any vessel building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, forcing Switzerland-based pipe-laying company Allseas to suspend operations shortly before its completion. Sanctions against Nord Stream 2 have been a source of friction in U.S.-German relations, with Berlin accusing Washington of applying extraterritorial restrictions on a sovereign project.
France’s top court orders review of Covid-19 restrictions on church attendance
Mass is celebrated at Lyon's Saint-Jean Cathedral on May 23, 2020 when places of worship were allowed to open. France's State Council, the country's highest court, has ordered the government to review a rule limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30. Advertising Read moreThe Council said in a statement on Sunday that the measure was not proportionate to coronavirus infection risks. Last week, the government announced that a nationwide lockdown in place since Oct. 30 would be unwound in phases. France is "not the only country" to have adopted this type of measure, said Pascale Leglise, an Interior Ministry representative.
David Prowse, towering actor who played Darth Vader in 'Star Wars,' dies aged 85
David Prowse, the towering actor who terrified generations of movie-watchers as playing Darth Vader in the three original 'Star Wars' trilogy, has died aged 85. British actors Peter Cushing, David Prowse, and American actress Carrie Fisher on the set of 'Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope.' Actor David Prowse, who portrayed Darth Vader, signs autographs during the opening day of 'Star Wars Celebration IV' in Los Angeles May 24, 2007. Mario Anzuoni / ReutersBut his most memorable role came as George Lucas was casting for 1977's 'Star Wars: A New Hope.' He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.
'Frontline Battle' between former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. ends in a draw
(CNN) The 8-round exhibition fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday ended in a draw. Fifteen years after retiring, the former heavyweight champion squared off against fellow boxing legend Jones Jr. for a fight titled "Frontline Battle." The World Boxing Council (WBC) supported, commemorated and scored the four-hour live event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The WBC used a remote scoring system to judge Tyson's and Jones Jr.'s performance. Three champions judged and scored each round, with the criteria focusing on style, technique, effective punching, effective defense and effective aggressiveness.
New variety of apple discovered by Wiltshire runner
The apple, which Thomas said was “unlike any I’d seen before”, had come from a lone old apple tree in the hedgerow with a large number of fruit on it. “While I am certainly no fruit expert it immediately struck me as highly unusual, unlike any apple I’d seen before,” he said. It is clearly not a planted tree, but a seedling that could be a cross between a cultivated apple and a wild Malus sylvestris, a European crab apple, he said. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Archie Thomas holding a new variety of apple he discovered on a wooded trackway. He said most chance apple trees were from Bramley’s Seedling cooking apples grown in gardens or orchards, or sometimes from supermarket apples thrown out of car windows and now growing alongside roads.
Foldable tech is finally here. Will you bend towards the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold or the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G?
Lenovo, for example, has introduced the first foldable PC, dubbed the ThinkPad X1 Fold. :Either way, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 might be for youFoldable future:With designs like Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Microsoft Surface, time to rethink mobile devicesThis product won 43 CES awards at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show, according to Lenovo. Shortcomings of foldable techAs with most new-to-market technology, foldable tech comes with a premium price – making it inaccessible for most pocketbooks. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold sells for $2,499, for example, which is considerably more than most other laptops on the market. Without a trade-in, which is heavily suggested on the Samsung website, the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G costs $1,999, while the Galaxy Z Flip 5G is $1,449.
Are you ready to bend for foldable tech?
Are you ready to bend for foldable tech? It may seem like science fiction but a handful of foldable devices are now available, each featuring an OLED touchscreen you can collapse or open.
What We Can Learn From Solitude
Mr. Fredette, 71, is a former Catholic priest, while Ms. Fredette, 78, spent 30 years in a monastery after high school before leaving to live as a hermit in a cabin in West Virginia. Since 1996, the couple has overseen a social network for hermits and the hermit-curious called Raven’s Bread Ministries. They provide spiritual counseling to seekers of solitude, write books on the topic, run a website and deliver a quarterly newsletter, Raven’s Bread, which includes contributions from the greater hermit community. The original idea for Raven’s Bread Ministries was to validate hermits’ attraction to solitude. Listening to them feels a bit like getting a very quiet pep talk from your grandparents, or watching an unusually spiritual A.S.M.R.
Gift Books for Children (That Adults Will Also Love)
THE ART OF RAMONA QUIMBYSixty-Five Years of Illustrations From Beverly Cleary’s Beloved BooksBy Anna KatzEssays by Annie Barrows and Jacqueline Rogers256 pp. The true pleasure of this retrospective is that it highlights key moments from the books, in chronological order, and compares the various illustrators’ ways of depicting them. We see the same sequence drawn in different eras (with different fashions and hairstyles); we see varying unscripted reactions on the characters’ faces, and a wide range of demeanors. Later, Tracy Dockray’s “more inclusive, cartoonish style” introduced flat gray shading when showing groups of people, to reflect diversity. Appendixes include Darling’s correspondence with Cleary (whom he met only once in person over 20 years of collaboration) and Dockray’s early sketches.
Remembering the Enslaved Who Sued for Freedom Before the Civil War
Eleven years: That’s how long it took after the enslaved Dred Scott brought his first lawsuit for freedom in Missouri, where he was held in bondage, for the Supreme Court to hand down its notorious verdict in 1857. Dred Scott is one of the few freedom suits that are familiar to Americans by name, but Thomas makes only passing reference to it. Altogether, the county’s families pursued more than a thousand freedom suits, a number of them successful. The very existence of freedom suits assumed that slavery could only be circumscribed and local; what Thomas shows in his illuminating book is how this view was eventually turned upside down in decisions like Dred Scott. “Freedom was local,” Thomas writes.
Progressives are pushing for a bold Biden agenda. They might have to work around Congress to do it.
Baker noted passing legislation that makes both wings of the Democratic Party happy isn't a given, pointing to the infighting between moderate and progressive Democrats days following the November election. Green said if progressive legislation can't get passed through Congress, and Biden has to use executive power instead, former lobbyists from key industries could hinder that progress. “Marginalized Black, brown, and Indigenous folk came out to vote, which is the only reason there will even be a Biden administration. Sanders is vying to be Biden’s Labor Secretary, while some progressives also had hoped Biden would choose Warren as Treasury secretary. For example, he noted that a Biden Administration can change the poverty line to an income like $30,000, which would increase access to Medicare.
My brother has daily seizures. COVID-19 restrictions are making him sicker.
By the time the electrical storm went off in Zach’s brain, mom sensed he was about to disappear. My brother has seizures every day. That includes my brother Zach, whose seizures and sensory issues prevent him from wearing a mask, making it impossible for him to adapt to the “new normal” of life during the pandemic. Most days, Zach will eat, but we can’t remember the last time he had his usual three meals a day. At home, the loneliness is difficult for her son, but with COVID-19 restrictions, it is better for him, Womble said.
The Lost Days That Made Bergamo a Coronavirus Tragedy
The northern Italian province became one of the deadliest killing fields for the virus in the Western world. But a Times investigation found that faulty guidance and bureaucratic delays rendered the toll far worse than it had to be. When she asked whether Mr. Orlandi had a connection to China, his wife seemed befuddled. ‘‘China?” Dr. Avogadri recalled Mr. Orlandi’s wife responding. By then, Dr. Avogadri, hamstrung by those same protocols, had herself fallen ill after days caring for Mr. Orlandi and other patients.
Bah, Pandemic! How Theaters Are Saving ‘A Christmas Carol’
Nor does Leda Hoffmann, artistic director of the Contemporary American Theater Company in Columbus, Ohio, which, for $20 per device, will stream a contemporary reimagining with Ebony Scrooge at its center. The money “A Christmas Carol” usually brings in allows theaters to perform more challenging work at other times of the year. Like many major regional theaters, Providence’s Trinity Rep is enormously dependent on the show, which accounts for half of all annual sales. “This thing has kept American theaters alive for decades and decades,” said Charles Fee, the producing artistic director of Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland. “Without ‘Christmas Carol,’ our company would almost certainly have failed.”
The Best Books to Give This Year
After exploring Israeli food, you may have found yourself cooking from Palestinian and Persian books more recently. PIE FOR EVERYONE: Recipes and Stories From Petee’s Pie, New York’s Best Pie Shop (Abrams, 240 pp., $29.99), by Petra Paradez. THE SOURDOUGH SCHOOL: Sweet Baking: Nourishing the Gut & the Mind (Kyle Books, 192 pp., $29.99), by Vanessa Kimbell. XI’AN FAMOUS FOODS: The Cuisine of Western China From New York’s Favorite Noodle Shop (Abrams, 304 pp., $35), by Jason Wang with Jessica K. Chou. Her most recent books are “Wine Simple” and “Signature Dishes That Matter.”More cookbooks than you can shake a $35 Williams-Sonoma spatula at!
D.C.-area forecast: Still mild with sunshine today, gusty showers and storms tomorrow
Light winds from the southeast keep temperatures from falling too far, with overnight lows in the mid-40s to near 50. Tomorrow (Monday): Showers continue heavy at times during the morning as winds kick up from the southeast, gusting near 30 mph, and helping temperatures rise through the 50s into the low-to-mid 60s. Otherwise skies could partially clear with lows falling to the low-to-mid 40s, as colder air moves in via light winds from the west-northwest. The midday breeze is a bit gusty from the west as temperatures hold in the mid-to-upper 40s under partly cloudy skies. Skies continue partly cloudy Tuesday night as temperatures continue to cool, dropping to lows in the low-to-mid 30s.
NFL games on TV: A Week 12 matchup of Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady
No teams have a bye this week; the Panthers and Buccaneers have the last two byes in Week 13. Philip Rivers passed for three touchdowns but suffered a toe injury that limited him late in the game and remains painful. In that game, the Colts rallied with 21 unanswered points in the second half. ADADIt was nearly two years ago when Patrick Mahomes faced Tom Brady in the AFC championship game won by the Patriots in overtime. The good news for Green Bay is that only one team with a record above .500 remains on the schedule: the Titans in Week 16.
Giants vs. Bengals: Preview, predictions, what to watch for
Giants 24, Bengals 13Marquee matchupBengals WRs Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and A.J. Green vs. Giants CBs James Bradberry, Isaac Yiadom and Darnay HolmesBoyd is 12th in the NFL in targets with 87. Four downsLack of insurance proves costly: A promising young quarterback operating behind a porous offensive line? “People keep talking about the offensive line without seemingly watching the film for the last four weeks,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. Line dance: It is well-established Giants coach Joe Judge wants a rotation on his offensive line.
Coronavirus Deaths, Joe Biden, Holiday Windows: Your Weekend Briefing
The numbers of coronavirus-related deaths are at their highest levels since the spring. On April 15, 2,752 people in the U.S. died from Covid-19, more than on any other day of the pandemic. On Wednesday, 2,300 deaths were reported nationwide — the highest toll since May. The pandemic has now claimed more than 264,800 lives in the country. While the deaths during the spring peak were concentrated in a handful of states, they are now scattered widely across the entire nation, and there is hardly a community that has not been affected.
Canada blocks bulk exports of some prescription drugs in response to Trump import plan
Canada on Saturday blocked bulk exports of prescription drugs if they would create a shortage at home, in response to outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump's efforts to allow imports from Canada to lower some drug prices for Americans. The Canadian measure went into effect on Friday, just days before a U.S."Importation Prescription Drugs" rule that would eventually allow licensed U.S. pharmacists or wholesalers to import in bulk certain prescription drugs intended for the Canadian market. Trump touted the plan in his first debate with President-elect Joe Biden, who has also said during his campaign that he would set up a similar import plan to try to reduce prescription drug costs for Americans. "Canada is a small market, representing 2% of global drug sales, that sources 68% of its drugs internationally. Many of Canada's drug suppliers opposed Trump's plan, saying it could lead to shortages.
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died. Prowse later told the BBC he chose Darth Vader because "you always remember the bad guys." Prowse donned Darth Vader's black armor and helmet for "Star Wars" (1977), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983). He was a regular at "Star Wars" fan events, but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" films, tweeted that Prowse was "a kind man & much more than Darth Vader."
Americans increasingly turning to fresh Christmas trees during pandemic: 'It really is a memory maker'
We’ve never seen the demand like we’ve had this year,” said McKenzie Cook, who ships between 1.8 million and 2 million trees a year combined from McKenzie Farms in Oregon and Happy Holiday Christmas Trees in North Carolina. MELANIA TRUMP WELCOMES CHRISTMAS TREE AT WHITE HOUSEPlus, fresh-cut Christmas trees are largely displayed outside, where there's a lower risk of viral spread, said Marsha Gray, executive director of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. It really is a memory maker, it’s a day you spend together, and it really becomes much bigger than the tree itself,” Gray said. 1 supplier of fresh-cut trees, expects to ship nearly 6 million evergreens this season to places as far away as Japan and China. The fresh-cut tree industry in 2018 launched a social media campaign called “It's Christmas.
Ronna McDaniel urges Georgia Republicans to vote in Senate runoffs, not 'lose your faith'
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Saturday urged Republican voters in Georgia to vote for the party’s Senate candidates in the January runoffs. “How are we going to give money and work when it’s already decided?” one voter asked McDaniel, referring to the runoffs, according to The Independent. So if you lose your faith and you don't vote and people walk away -- that will decide it." Warnock received 32% of the vote and Loeffler 25% in a crowded field that included candidates from both parties. Brian Kemp faced a backlash and accusations from Trump supporters after they certified the election for Biden earlier this month.
Steve Doocy: How Curious George, Wheaties and an Adam Sandler water bottle were at Thanksgiving 2020
Earlier in the day, I’d gone into the basement looking for a humongous turkey roasting pan and something pleasantly nostalgic happened. They were all classic styles, and she wanted to save them, which made sense because they all still fit. Is that OK?”No, I wanted to clean the basement, because I knew we had carpet under there somewhere. I actually had a pretty nice afternoon with Curious George, an Adam Sandler water bottle and Molly the American Girl Doll. Adapted from Steve & Kathy Doocy’s "The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook, 100-Plus Fast and Easy New Recipes That Taste Like Home."
Austrians to face further 'massive restrictions' after lockdown - Kurz
FILE PHOTO: Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz takes of his mask as he arrives to a news conference, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Vienna, Austria November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File PhotoZURICH (Reuters) - Austria should expect further heavy restrictions when its current lockdown measures expire in just over a week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austrian paper Kleine Zeitung. Speaking to Kleine Zeitung, Kurz said Austrians would need to contend with further restrictions for weeks and months, adding new measures to be announced on Wednesday depended on COVID-19 case developments. “The higher the infection numbers, the harder it will be to introduce steps for reopening,” Kurz said in the interview published on Sunday. Asked about the potential for a ski season, Kurz told the paper sports and leisure facilities would not be part of the first easing measures, but the government intended to enable more outdoor and individual sports in the foreseeable future.
Ethiopia says military operation in Tigray region is over, hunt for Tigray leaders begins
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. However, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message on Saturday evening that TPLF forces would fight on, raising the prospect that the conflict could drag on. The flow of refugees and attacks by the TPLF on neighbouring Eritrea have also threatened to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region. They add to the 117 warrants issued for senior military officers it says are connected to TPLF since the conflict broke out. EXPLOSIONS IN ERITREA’S CAPITALSix explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Saturday night, the U.S. State Department said, although it was not immediately clear if they were related to the Tigray conflict.
UK confirms H5N8 bird flu on English turkey farm
LONDON (Reuters) - Bird flu has been found at a turkey farm in northern England, the government said on Sunday. “Avian flu has been confirmed at a commercial turkey fattening farm near Northallerton, North Yorkshire,” Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss said in a statement. The disease was the H5N8 strain. It said all 10,500 birds at the farm would be humanely culled to limit the spread of the disease, and that the risk to public health was very low. The outbreak does not pose a food safety risk, the statement added
China to further expand outbound investor schemes - Xinhua
FILE PHOTO: A China yuan note is seen in this illustration photo May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration/File PhotoBEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to roll out an outbound investment scheme to new regions as it looks to meet onshore investors’ asset allocation needs, official news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. China will expand the Qualified Domestic Limited Partner(QDLP) trials already underway in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen, Xinhua said, citing an unnamed official at the foreign exchange regulator. In September?the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) granted fresh quotas under its outbound Qualified Domestic Institutional Investor (QDII) scheme for the first time since April 2019. Last month, Xinhua said fresh quotas worth $10 billion (7.5 billion pounds) would be issued in several batches under QDII scheme.
EU's Barnier: Talks continue 'even on Sunday'
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier wearing a face mask arrives for Brexit talks in London, Britain, November 29, 2020. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) - European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said talks to find a deal with Britain were continuing on Sunday. “Works continue, even on Sunday,” Barnier told reporters as he walked through London’s Westminster political district.
Homeless in America's tent cities
AdvertisementKadee Ingram, 28, holds her son Sean, 2, at SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3 outside Seattle, Washington state. Then a friend told her about Tent City 3, a peer-run homeless encampment in the Seattle area with ties to social welfare programs. Tracking tent cities is difficult, but the NLCHP identified more than 100 across 41 U.S. states from 2008-2013, though few were officially sanctioned. Gary Dumo, 36, shows his tattoos while working security at the homeless tent encampment Nickelsville in Seattle. Some tent cities, such as Eugene's Opportunity Village, have been upgraded to "micro houses," essentially one-window sheds.
Allies of Burkina Faso's Kabore retain control of parliament
FILE PHOTO: Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore holds his final campaign rally ahead of the presidential election, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File PhotoOUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The ruling coalition of Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore, who was re-elected to a second term last week, has retained its majority in parliament, the electoral commission said on Sunday. Kabore’s People’s Movement for Progress (MPP) and allied parties won about 90 of 127 seats in the Nov. 22 vote, official results showed. The Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) party of former president Blaise Compaore, who was ousted from power by an uprising in 2014, has become the largest opposition party in parliament with 20 seats, according to the results. Kabore was declared the provisional winner of the presidential election on Thursday, setting up a second term in which he will face familiar challenges, including battling Islamist groups that have made large areas of the country ungovernable.
UniCredit to hold extraordinary board meeting on governance: source
MILAN (Reuters) - UniCredit is expected to hold an extraordinary board meeting on Sunday to discuss governance issues as Chief Executive Jean Pierre Mustier’s mandate comes up for renewal in the spring, a person familiar with the matter said. FILE PHOTO: Unicredit bank logo is seen in the old city centre of Siena, Italy June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/File PhotoA second source said a board meeting had been called for Monday and could be brought forward to Sunday. Seen at risk of leaving UniCredit after overseeing its turnaround, earlier this year Mustier ruled himself out for the role of CEO at HSBC. UniCredit will update its business plan in the second quarter and is working with JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs on strategy.
France must review COVID-19 crowd limits on church attendance
FILE PHOTO: Worshippers attend a mass at Saint-Francois-Xavier church, as French churches reopen for religious gatherings after the government has reversed its ban, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Paris, France, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) - France’s State Council, the country’s highest court, on Sunday ordered the government to review a law limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30. The Council said in a statement that the measure was not proportionate to coronavirus infection risks. Last week, the government announced that a nationwide lockdown in place since Oct 30 would be unwound in phases. Catholic organisations have challenged the limit, arguing that churches and cathedrals are much more spacious than retail outlets, where the limit is one person per eight square metres.
Czech government to allow shops, restaurants to reopen from Dec. 3
A Christmas tree is illuminated as the traditional Christmas market has been cancelled at the Old Town Square in Prague due to COVID-19 concerns, Czech Republic, November 28, 2020. REUTERS/David W CernyPRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government will allow restaurants and non-essential shops to reopen on Thursday, Dec. 3, as a wave of coronavirus infections eases, Health Mister Jan Blatny said on Sunday. The country will move down one notch to level 3 on its 5-level coronavirus risk scale, which means all shops and restaurants can open but must limit customer numbers to allow for social distancing. “The shorter the period stores are open before Christmas, the higher the concentration of people would be in shops,” he told a news conference. The daily number of new cases dropped below 5,000 in six out of the past seven days.
Sudan inflation soars, raising spectre of hyperinflation
CAIRO (Reuters) - Inflation in Sudan has risen to one of the highest levels in the world, and the country risks slipping into hyperinflation unless it gets its budget deficit and money supply under control, economists say. He placed Sudan among the five countries with the highest inflation. “It’s pretty scary,” he said, adding that it was hard to predict what direction inflation would go from here. The programme is designed to provide a track record that would qualify Sudan for debt relief from its official creditors. The reforms should reduce fuel subsidies to 2.2% this year, the IMF said, but imported fuel will further stretch people’s resources as a collapsing currency pushes up its local price.
Ethiopia says military operation in Tigray region is over, hunt for Tigray leaders begins
However, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message on Saturday evening that TPLF forces would fight on, raising the prospect that the conflict could drag on. The flow of refugees and attacks by the TPLF on neighbouring Eritrea have also threatened to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region. They add to the 117 warrants issued for senior military officers it says are connected to TPLF since the conflict broke out. The TPLF and Eritrean forces fought together against Mengistu, but relations later soured after Eritrea became independent in 1993. The two nations fought over a border dispute in 1998-2000 and the TPLF sees Eritrea as a mortal enemy.
Actor David Prowse, Who Played Darth Vader In Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy, Dead At 85
British actor David Prowse, who played ultimate screen villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. But Mark Hamill dispelled any confusion about the real identity of his “dad” Darth Vader in a tweet two years ago:A-David Prowse IS Darth Vader. So much about what makes Darth Vader so intimidating is because of David Prowse. ?? (@lofivampire) November 29, 2020rest in peace david prowse ???thank you for bringing darth vader to life. R.I.P David Prowse ?Master of evil, Darth Vader.
Austrians to face further "massive restrictions" after lockdown - Kurz
REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerZURICH (Reuters) - Austria should expect further heavy restrictions when its current lockdown measures expire in just over a week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austrian paper Kleine Zeitung. Speaking to Kleine Zeitung, Kurz said Austrians would need to contend with further restrictions for weeks and months, adding new measures to be announced on Wednesday depended on COVID-19 case developments. “The higher the infection numbers, the harder it will be to introduce steps for reopening,” Kurz said in the interview published on Sunday. “We will have to live with further massive restrictions after December 7.”The government aims to begin reopening with trade and schools, he said, while establishing cautious steps towards easing. Asked about the potential for a ski season, Kurz told the paper sports and leisure facilities would not be part of the first easing measures, but the government intended to enable more outdoor and individual sports in the foreseeable future.
Ethiopia says military operation in Tigray region is over, hunt for Tigray leaders begins
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. However, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message on Saturday evening that TPLF forces would fight on, raising the prospect that the conflict could drag on. The flow of refugees and attacks by the TPLF on neighbouring Eritrea have also threatened to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region. They add to the 117 warrants issued for senior military officers it says are connected to TPLF since the conflict broke out. EXPLOSIONS IN ERITREA’S CAPITALSix explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Saturday night, the U.S. State Department said, although it was not immediately clear if they were related to the Tigray conflict.
Serbia, Montenegro expel each other’s ambassadors
After its ambassador was told to leave Montenegro, Serbia reciprocated and kicked out the Montenegrin envoy | Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty ImagesMontenegro and Serbia, both candidate countries for accession to the EU, have expelled their respective ambassadors over a diplomatic dispute, Reuters reported. Montenegro on Saturday declared Serbia’s Ambassador Vladimir Bozovic persona non grata for interfering with the country’s internal affairs, the ministry of interior said in a statement. His comments irked the small Balkan nation, which gained independence from a political union with Serbia through a popular vote in 2006. Serbia reciprocated, giving Montenegrin Ambassador Tarzan Milosevic 72 hours to leave the country. The Montenegrin Cabinet that expelled Bozovic is due to leave office next week, when a new pro-Serb cabinet of parties which narrowly won the election in August is due to be sworn in.
Canada adds extra C$691 million to agriculture sector, cuts timeline for dairy farmers' aid
REUTERS/Alex Filipe(Reuters) - Canada’s government said on Saturday it will pump an additional C$691 million ($531.87 million) to support the country’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers, and also reduced the timeline for payment promised to dairy farmers last year. The package for dairy farmers also build on a $250 million CETA on-farm investment program, Bibeau said in a statement here. The government’s compensation payments recognize business dairy and poultry farmers have lost out after trade pacts were struck with the European Union and Pacific nations. Bibeau last year promised that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government will make no further dairy market-access concessions in other trade negotiations. (bit.ly/2VfvS6I)Dairy Farmers of Canada President Pierre Lampron welcomed the compensation plan.
China to further expand outbound investor schemes: Xinhua
FILE PHOTO: A China yuan note is seen in this illustration photo May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/IllustrationBEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to roll out an outbound investment scheme to new regions as it looks to meet onshore investors’ asset allocation needs, official news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. China will expand the Qualified Domestic Limited Partner(QDLP) trials already underway in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen, Xinhua said, citing an unnamed official at the foreign exchange regulator. In September?the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) granted fresh quotas under its outbound Qualified Domestic Institutional Investor (QDII) scheme for the first time since April 2019. Last month, Xinhua said fresh quotas worth $10 billion would be issued in several batches under QDII scheme.
Iran newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist
An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper has suggested that Iran must attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of a scientist. An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper has suggested that Iran must attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of a scientist. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper on Sunday suggested Iran should attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of the scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the early 2000s. The nuclear watchdog has provided an unprecedented, real-time look at Iran’s civilian nuclear program following the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful and that it has no plans to build an atomic bomb.
Hungarian official compares George Soros to Hitler
FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations, looks before the Joseph A. Schumpeter award ceremony in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations, looks before the Joseph A. Schumpeter award ceremony in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian ministerial commissioner has come under fire for an article comparing American-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, a staunch critic of Hungary’s government, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. “Europe is George Soros’ gas chamber,” Szilard Demeter, ministerial commissioner and head of the Petofi Literary Museum in Budapest, wrote in an opinion article Saturday in the pro-government outlet Origo. Government media campaigns targeting Soros have led to charges of anti-Semitism.
Swiss vote on plan to boost liability, scrutiny of big firms
Parliament has proposed a countermeasure that would also boost scrutiny of such companies’ actions. Polls suggest a close contest in the vote — mainly conducted by mail-in balloting — that ends Sunday. The measure would require Swiss-based companies to better verify their activities in foreign countries and could make them more liable for any damage caused. It could potentially affect multinationals like mining and minerals giant Glencore, agribusiness company Syngenta, and cement powerhouse LafargeHolcim — which have at times faced criticism over their activities abroad. Organizations like Amnesty International, Greenpeace and the Swiss watchdog group Public Eye back the proposal.
The most important relationship in D.C.? Biden and McConnell have a history
Heading into his administration, the relationship between President-elect Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is taking center stage. Those talks often took place by phone and with only the two men and staffers present, sources familiar with their relationship told NBC News. "But President-elect Biden — or, at the time, Vice President Biden — is quite opposite," the person continued. Reflecting on his dealings with Republicans, Obama this month expressed amusement with recent coverage of the relationship between Biden and McConnell. "I'm enjoying reading now about how Joe Biden and Mitch have been friends for a long time," Obama told The Atlantic.
Covid live updates: Global deaths inch towards 1.5 million as U.S. cities increase restrictions
As the world inches towards 1.5 million Covid-19 deaths, the U.S. continues to lead the toll, passing 13 million confirmed cases on Saturday. Public health officials in Santa Clara County, California, followed San Francisco and Los Angeles on Saturday in announcing stricter stay-at-home rules. Meanwhile the first doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine are on the move to the U.S. from Belgium, a source familiar with the planning told NBC News. That comes as a panel of U.S. advisers are set to meet early next week to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of the vaccine will be allocated. Download the NBC News app for the latest coronavirus news
Suspected Iranian nuclear mastermind assassinated
Fakhrizadeh died of injuries in the hospital after armed assassins fired on his car, Iranian state media reported. The Pentagon, State Department, CIA and the White House all declined to comment – although Trump retweeted reports of his death. Israel declined to comment on the killing. Video Transcript- An Iranian scientist long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret nuclear bomb program was killed in an ambush near Tehran Friday. Trump, who leaves office on January 20, pulled the US out of a deal under which sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
Iran scientist's assassination appears intended to undermine nuclear deal
Mossad is reported to have been behind a string of assassinations of other Iranian nuclear scientists – reports Israeli officials have occasionally hinted were true. He is reported to have asked for military options in Iran, in the aftermath of his election defeat. “Fakhrizadeh was to Iran’s nuclear program what Suleimani was to its proxy network,” Tabatabai said. “The objective behind the killing wasn’t to hinder the nuclear programme but to undermine diplomacy.”Related: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: key figure in Iran's nuclear efforts who avoided limelightIf that is indeed the objective, will it succeed? The Fakhrizadeh killing may not be the last blow delivered during the last days of the Trump era.
Polish PM says he's told Merkel of plan to veto EU budget
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Friday said he had confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Warsaw is ready to block the EU's huge budget and recovery package because it's linked to democratic standards in member states. He said he asked Merkel to help find a solution to the deadlock as soon as possible. Poland and Hungary are protesting the draft budget and package because it includes a new mechanism that allows for the funds to be denied to members that do not meet democratic standards. “I have confirmed our readiness to veto the new budget if a solution is not found that is good for all of the EU, not only for some of its members,” Morawiecki wrote on Facebook following his online conference with Merkel. But we remember very well that in reality, anyone could be punished at any time for any arbitrary political decision,” Deutsch said.
Gillian Anderson, who plays Margaret Thatcher on 'The Crown,' called a comedian's spoof of the show 'genius'
Gillian Anderson plays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four of "The Crown." Gillian Anderson, who plays Margaret Thatcher on season four of "The Crown," tweeted that Hodgson's impersonations were "genius." A comedian's recreation of season four of "The Crown" has caught the attention of thousands of fans — as well as one of the show's stars, Gillian Anderson, who plays the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The season delves into the Queen's strained relationship with then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana's rise to fame, and her public, rocky marriage with Prince Charles. Hodgson told The Telegraph that he was "impressed" that Anderson, whose partner is "The Crown" creator Peter Morgan, had a sense of humor about the impersonations.
Terry McLaurin: Never give up on any plays, you never know what can happen
Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin was active on Thursday despite being listed as questionable with an ankle injury and he showed he was more than healthy enough to play in the third quarter of the game. That’s when McLaurin ran down Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith on an interception and tackled him at the 4-yard-line. never give up on any plays because you never know what can happen. We preach that in our wide receiver room to play through every single play, and you never know what’s going to happen. Terry McLaurin: Never give up on any plays, you never know what can happen originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Biden COVID-19 adviser: Many who celebrated Thanksgiving with family or friends will be in ICUs over Christmas
The TelegraphAlexei Navalny urged the EU to hit Russian oligarchs spending their fortunes in Europe with sanctions rather than targeting the officials responsible for his poisoning. The Kremlin critic narrowly escaped death after he was attacked with the nerve agent Novichok in August. The opposition leader said the Kremlin would never take EU sanctions seriously as long as the yachts of Russia’s super-rich were moored in European cities such as Barcelona and Monaco. “They just think that they are playing the European Union because they [the EU] are afraid of deploying real sanctions against real money,” he said. Mr Navalny said the travel ban and asset freezes would make little difference to the “colonels” who carried out the attack.
Divers recover Cornish wreck's treasures after three-year wait for break in weather
Schiedam diver on wreck cannonsTreasures buried on a Cornish shipwreck for more than three centuries have finally been retrieved after divers had to wait three years for a good enough weather forecast. But suddenly last September, part of a cargo carried on that fateful final voyage became exposed and the sea was calm. It enabled David Gibbins, a British maritime archaeologist, to recover weights that bear the Portuguese royal coat of arms and which are thought to have been cast in bronze as early as 1500. David Gibbins Schiedam wreck cannonOctagonal in shape, they are 33 cm high and bear the shield with helmet and dragon crest of King Manuel I of Portugal, who ruled between 1495 and 1521. As many Portuguese weights and standards were lost in the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755, the survival of these examples is all the more significant.
Op-Ed: The relationship between Latinos and ‘Latinx’? It’s complicated
After helping John F. Kennedy win the presidency in 1960, Mexican Americans tried to convert their “Viva Kennedy” clubs into a permanent alliance spanning the Southwest. As Puerto Ricans and Cubans entered the political arena in greater numbers, some demanded inclusion alongside Mexican Americans in political parties and government programs. Some Mexican American political leaders feared that “Hispanic” would obscure the specific problems of Mexican Americans by lumping their communities in with those they had little in common with. Yet by the 1970s, the term “Latino” had migrated leftward, with Democrats forming a “Latino Caucus” within their party in 1972. Within a few more years, there were the “Hispanic American Democrats.” In the latest presidential elections, Latinos for Trump posters were omnipresent in Cuban parts of Miami.
Hungarian official compares George Soros to Hitler
A Hungarian ministerial commissioner has come under fire for an article comparing American-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, a staunch critic of Hungary’s government, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. “Europe is George Soros’ gas chamber,” Szilard Demeter, ministerial commissioner and head of the Petofi Literary Museum in Budapest, wrote in an opinion article Saturday in the pro-government outlet Origo. Government media campaigns targeting Soros have led to charges of anti-Semitism. The article addressed a conflict over the European Union’s next budget, which member states Hungary and Poland are blocking over provisions that could block payments to countries that do not uphold democratic standards. Demeter referred to the two countries, both of which are under EU investigation for undermining judicial independence and media freedom, as “the new Jews.”AdvertisementThe government of Israel, a close ally of Hungary, condemned Demeter’s comments.
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who played Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Director George Lucas saw Prowse in a small part in “A Clockwork Orange” and asked the 6-foot-6-inch actor to audition for the villainous Vader or the wookie Chewbacca in “Star Wars.”AdvertisementProwse later told the BBC he chose Darth Vader because “you always remember the bad guys.”Physically, Prowse was perfect for the part. His lilting English West Country accent was considered less ideal, and his lines were dubbed by James Earl Jones. Advertisement“As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man,” he wrote.
Op-Ed: How Trump is laying the groundwork for violence and unrest during Biden’s presidency
President Trump’s post-election antics are dangerous. I firmly believe that the president of the United States is laying the groundwork for violence and disruption to unfold regularly over the next four years. But it only takes a small number of people who want to perpetrate regular acts of violence to cause broader instability. If this scenario does play out, Trump’s relentless claims of a rigged election will be a major reason why. Colin P. Clarke is a senior research fellow at the Soufan Center, where his research focuses on terrorism, insurgency and political violence.
Bridge: Nov. 29, 2020
In a team match, both Souths played at six spades after West overcalled in diamonds. At one table, declarer took dummy’s ace, drew trumps, cashed four more trumps for amusement and took his A-K of hearts. West shifted to a trump, and South took the queen, discarded a club on the ace of diamonds and cashed six more trumps. South discarded dummy’s jack of diamonds and won the last two tricks with the ace and queen of clubs. If West shifted to a trump, South could win in dummy and ruff a diamond so that only West could guard diamonds.
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. Prowse donned Darth Vader’s black armor and helmet for “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983). He was a regular at “Star Wars” fan events, but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out. AdvertisementMark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, tweeted that Prowse was “a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.” Hamill said the actor “loved his fans as much as they loved him. “As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man,” he wrote.
Horoscopes Nov. 29, 2020: Anna Faris, stay focused on what matters to you
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Anna Faris, 44; Don Cheadle, 56; Andrew McCarthy, 58; Howie Mandel, 65. Stay true to yourself, and make changes that make you feel and look your best. An unexpected offer will encourage you to start something new. Sitting on the fence will not help you resolve much, but research and open discussions will help you make up your mind. An unexpected offer will encourage you to leave the past behind and embark on something new and exciting.
Word Game: Nov. 29, 2020
TODAY’S WORD — FLIPPANTLY (FLIPPANTLY: FLIP-ent-lee: With disrespectful levity or casualness.) Average mark 52 wordsTime limit 60 minutesCan you find 71 or more words in FLIPPANTLY? For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed. Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at kzsaxe@gmail.com.
Some say police should have shot Walter Wallace Jr. in the leg. Police say that wasn’t an option.
“There’s nothing in the law that prevents officers from shooting somebody in the leg,” he said. “The justification to shoot is to stop the threat. So it’s hard to say there’s never a circumstance where an officer might not want to aim for the leg. But those circumstances are typically not going to be when the suspect actually assaulted the officer.”
North Texas has millions in unspent aid for renters during the pandemic, yet 75% of applications are denied.
“I would have been less sick,” Ramirez said, if the rent assistance had come through. “Our landlord has compassion,” she said, knowing many others in North Texas —including her own parents — are not as lucky. Ian Mattingly, president of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas, said the assistance programs have had a varying degree of success. The Dallas Housing Authority, or DHA, is a housing agency that works across seven counties in North Texas. Nearly 4,800 people completed applications asking for more than $15 million in assistance, Igoufe said, but only 1,200 will get assistance.
ASK IRA: Is something big brewing with Heat lineup?
A: Such was the tradeoff the Heat made with their playoff lineups, when they went away from Meyers Leonard and went to Jae Crowder, at times even utilizing Andre Iguodala in in a power role. Now it will be interesting to see if they revert to size during the regular season. But even in that case, I’m not sure that Precious Achiuwa would necessarily play ahead of Meyers Leonard or Kelly Olynyk, at least early in the season. If the desire is something similar to how the playoffs were approached, then it could be Maurice Harkless as the alternative in the first five. The Heat have plenty of alternatives at power forward, but not necessarily a prototype at the position.
Illinois teachers say COVID-19 struggles are mounting and they’re ‘acutely worried about the safety and well-being’ of students
“Many of those changes, and the uncertainty that comes with them, will persist for the foreseeable future,” Kessler said. “In addition to intense professional challenges, teachers are coping with the stress that all families face during this pandemic around access to child care, maintaining their health and finding time for their loved ones. As the state faces significant budget shortfalls, teachers also fear that the resources they need to do their jobs will be reduced.”
Invasive buckthorn crowding out plants in your garden? Here’s how to get rid of it.
The best control measure to use will depend on how big the buckthorns are and any adjacent plants that would be impacted by the removal. Smaller plants can be dug or pulled out, though the level of difficulty rises quickly with larger plants. Removing small buckthorns by hand is much easier when the soil is moist and before it is frozen. Digging out a large buckthorn may not be feasible if there are desirable trees or shrubs close by, or if you have a lot of plants to remove.
Ask Amy: Friend favors exclusive group over friendships
Dear Bereft: If you are an agnostic, then you are not a likely candidate for recruitment into this Christian group. As much as this withdrawal hurts, I don’t think you should necessarily assign this reason, although the fact that you don’t, won’t, and can’t belong means that your friendship is ending, because your friend has turned toward something, and she has been taught to believe that her choice necessitates that she turn away from you.
Chicagoans collect hundreds of donations to aid victims of hurricanes in Honduras: ‘Only the people can save each other’
“We have sent aid to Central America in the past and we focus on that because there is a constant need to help our brothers and sisters out there,” said Lindley. He added that he assigns other pastors and friends in Honduras to receive and distribute the donations. Once that’s done, the church plans to fundraise and collect donations to send to hurricane victims in Guatemala.
From food pantries to parking lot Wi-Fi, public libraries evolve during COVID-19 pandemic
“Something is being lost, that wonder of being in a library,” she said. “But it’s going to come back. It’s not forever. That’s what I keep telling my staff. We’re going to hunker down and get through it and then come back better than before.”
Horoscope for Nov. 29, 2020: Virgo, get organized; Aquarius, confusing situation weighs on you
In the upcoming week, count your blessings and cultivate contentment with what you already have. CANCER (June 21-July 22): In the upcoming week, your everyday job routines could change as one project is completed and a new cycle begins. There may be a change of attitude in your home or family during the upcoming week. A big aha moment could change the way you handle your personal life for several weeks. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A sticky or confusing situation at home may weigh on you.
‘The front line is failing us’: Regions Hospital ICU deals with severe COVID-19 cases
And far too often, says Dr. Charles Bruen, a cardiovascular intensive care specialist, “the front line is failing us.”It’s a statement that makes Dr. Sara Spilseth, chief of staff for Regions Hospital, nod in agreement. On this non-critical care “step down” floor for patients who have left the ICU, 17 of 18 beds are occupied by COVID patients. Here, at Regions Hospital, none of that chatter is just social media caterwauling. “Then you come back and all of a sudden, there’s 10 (COVID patients) and they’re in intensive care,” she said. PATIENTS AS YOUNG AS 24The widespread assumption that COVID-19 is almost exclusively an old person’s disease is just a myth.
‘Is it a death sentence being here?’: Coronavirus outbreak sweeps through Stillwater prison
Some inmates are facing mental health obstacles unlike any they have ever experienced, and staff are working to contain the outbreak. Prison staff are working to keep inmates who test positive and negative for the virus in separate groups, he said. INMATE MENTAL HEALTHThe increased isolation at Stillwater brought on by the lockdown has been hard on the mental health of inmates. Fardan said he worries about the mental health of his son, who was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome. In addition to mental health, prisoners can be more likely to experience severe symptoms from the coronavirus.
Lessons learned: COVID-19 survival rates higher because of treatments
Improved treatments, a better understanding of the disease and months of experience caring for COVID-19 patients has led to the decline in death rates, doctors said. A New York University study of patients at the three NYU Langone hospitals, including NYU Langone Hospital-Long Island in Mineola, found a dramatic increase in survival for COVID-19 patients. Research shows older COVID-19 patients are more likely to die than younger ones. Coronavirus patients today are on average younger, because "they are the cohort who are exposing themselves" the most to the coronavirus, Battinelli said. "Everybody was getting pulled in to do things they don’t normally do," which can affect patient care, Horwitz said.
Study: Americans, more than others around the world, say COVID-19 has made them worse off in every way
The report is the third of Cigna’s COVID-19 Global Impact Study, which asked questions on the five topics that affect well-being. More than 20,000 people participated in the research in China, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and United States. Respondents were surveyed between January and August to “show the changes in attitudes during the crisis.”
After scouring the globe for PPE in the spring, the state of Connecticut recently found what it needed on Amazon
“For us to get to the front of the line with everybody trying to source PPE coming out of China, where most of the PPE comes from, took a variety of relationships,” Lamont said. The consulate general, ambassador and others “were very helpful as we tried to navigate through this.”
Opinion: Joe Biden will take the oath in January; Donald Trump’s craven efforts will fail
Every day — and still today — my fellow attorneys general and I continue to confront the president’s craven legal strategy. Over the last several months, we successfully sued the postal service to force it to deliver ballots on time. We protected voters from intimidation and suppression and stood up for election laws across the country. The president is aggressive and unrelenting, but his lawyers have lacked the credible facts and good legal claims necessary to be successful. Nearly all of the cases in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia have now been tossed.
A new deduction will appear on Connecticut workers’ paychecks Jan. 1; here’s everything you need to know about the new paid leave law
An employer can compel an employee to use accrued time off, but must allow an employee to keep up to two weeks of accrued leave. If an employee does not have enough accrued time to cover the leave, the employee may contact the Paid Leave Authority to apply for paid leave benefits. An employee may be eligible to receive benefits from the Paid Leave Authority even if the employee is not eligible for job-protected leave.
Opinion: My aunt died from COVID-19; why are you giving me a hard time about wearing a mask?
All I did was ask the customer if he had his mask. I asked again, making sure that he heard me. I asked again if he had a mask. I told him that he needed to have a mask for one of us cashiers to serve him. He got upset and started to storm out, while I politely said, “We have four signs.
With COVID-19 surging in Connecticut, health care workers at local hospitals feel the anxiety rising
“We only need one person to come into the unit and spread it around, and it will be five days, possibly, that they’ve got it and have symptoms, and another three days to get their results telling them,” she said. “In those eight days, they could have spread it, and those people that got it could be spreading it as well.”
Saturday’s Top 25 basketball: Virginia Tech upsets No. 3 Villanova in overtime
Associated PressUncasville, Conn. — Virginia Tech overcame some late-game adversity to dominate overtime and upset No. Collin Gillespie scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for Villanova (2-1). That meant canceling not only Saturday's game, but a contest that had been scheduled for Dec. 3 at Villanova. 2 Baylor 111, Louisiana-Lafayette 82: MaCio Teague scored 21 points and Baylor won its delayed season opener in Las Vegas. Fellow freshman DJ Steward scored 24 points, including a 3-pointer with 2:02 left that helped keep Duke in control during an unexpectedly tight finish.
Letters: Mask safety, DeWine's challenge, nursing home visits and music to our ears
Has any health care worker ever been afflicted with a heart attack while caring for a heart attack victim? Has any health care worker ever been afflicted with a gunshot wound by caring for a gunshot victim? Can having a heart attack or suffering a gunshot wound spread to your family or your neighbor or co-worker? You cannot catch a heart attack or a gunshot wound from someone else. They are risking the health of others, including the very health care workers they will expect to save them if they become seriously sick.
Editorial: Trump's flailing corrodes trust
The Columbus DispatchMaybe Donald Trump finally sees that the trash compactor walls are closing in. Was it Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman, a stalwart ally of the president, acknowledging reality? "I am ready to help President-elect Biden and his team," the Trump confidant said Monday. Also, following Georgia's certification of Biden's victory Friday, Michigan Monday confirmed its count, bucking Trump's meddling. While Trump is nominally allowing the transition to proceed, he still tweets that "I believe we will prevail!"
Attempted ATM heist suspects sought, reward offered
Upper Arlington police are asking for help in identifying at least four people involved in an attempt to steal a bank ATM. According to police, the attempted heist occurred around 4:20 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Chase Bank branch at 1431 W. Lane Ave. The suspects used a Ford F-250 pickup truck, which had been reported stolen from Columbus about an hour earlier, to make the attempt. The suspects had attached heavy-duty metal hooks to the inside of the drive-thru ATM machine and a tow strap to the frame of the pickup truck in an unsuccessful bid to yank the ATM free. However, the suspects did steal the pickup owner's tools, valued at around $2,000, and a wallet that was in the truck.
Theodore Decker: A day without the dog? Time to make some noise!
The second is our dog going to the vet for a routine checkup. Because my wife works at a veterinary hospital, a wellness visit for our beagle-Basset mix means she will spend the day there. But a day without tiptoeing around her assorted neuroses is a day full of opportunity. On the eve of this most recent vet visit, my daughter said, "Well, I'd better get some sleep. And so, with the dog out of the house for a span of several hours, vet visit day is the only time we are free to move about the passenger cabin.
Delaware distribution center a model for the disabled
Born deaf, he works at the Advance Auto Parts distribution center in Delaware, where he's oblivious to physical sound, but hyper-aware of his surroundings. Pierce is one of 31 disabled employees, most hired in the past year, who sort, select and package auto parts in the center. Nationally, Advance Auto Parks has hired about 125 disabled workers in the past year. "It's something that my family has been close to, wanting to support the disabled community," she said. Adding disabled workers can inspire all employees: "If they feel like folks who have barriers can come to work, then I can too," Jackson said.
Nationwide Children's studies saying good night to vitals checks for some patients
Q4H checks are often ordered for everyone — regardless of how sick they are. Dr. Hilary Lin, a second-year hospital medicine fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, is leading a research project to safely reduce overnight vitals checks between midnight and 6 a.m. in low-risk patients. Changing a common practice such as the Q4H checks requires a lot of teamwork and education. They will look for ways to improve the process and the interventions, and will consider whether it is safe to remove Q4H checks for other low-risk patients. After graduation, she served her pediatric residency at the University of Rochester before coming to Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Rob Oller | Time for Buckeye Nation to cancel the blame game
Another Ohio State football game got canceled, but the blame game is still going strong. Buckeye Nation, put away your torches and pitchforks and repeat after me: COVID-19 is the bad guy. Not Ryan Day or players who tested positive for COVID, which led to the cancellation of Saturday’s game at Illinois. Not Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. With only Michigan State and Michigan left before then, Ohio State is at risk of not meeting that minimum.
Popularity of bowhunting has cut into number of deer killed during gun week in Ohio
The fraction of the total annual deer kill that takes place during gun week has dropped to around 35 percent. A year ago hunters in the state, hard facts show, checked 63,567 deer during gun week after having already taken 81,674 whitetails in the week leading up to gun week. As for the deer count entering gun week 2020, the number stood at 81,056 through Tuesday. The evolving popularity of crossbows helped transform deer hunting from a gun-centric sport in Ohio. “If the weather cooperates I’m looking for a great deer gun season in Ohio,” said Mike Tonkovich, deer specialist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Visual Arts: Acclaimed glass artist has joint exhibit with son at Hawk Galleries
Nancy GilsonFor The Columbus DispatchIn their first joint exhibit, father and son artists Dan and Owen Dailey have brought their imaginative, vibrantly-colored works to Hawk Galleries. Owen Dailey, 37, is a painter and a sculptor whose sunny works reflect the several years he lived in the Caribbean. For Dan Dailey, vases are canvases for his drawings. “Color Moon” is a gold vase punctuated with horizontal blue lines and with handles made of two stainless steel acrobats with turquoise moon faces. negilson@gmail.comAt a glance“Depictions of Feelings: Dan Dailey, Owen Dailey” continues through Dec. 31 at Hawk Galleries, 153 E. Main St.
Column: It’s time for legislators to pass the Ohio Fairness Act
The Columbus DispatchOn behalf of our respective businesses and the Ohio Business Competes coalition, we implore the Ohio General Assembly to pass the Ohio Fairness Act (House Bill 369 and Senate Bill 11). Passing the Ohio Fairness Act will put our state in a better position to compete for the best and brightest workforce. As the Ohio legislature debates how to best recover from the pandemic and use the state’s limited resources to help that recovery, the Ohio Fairness Act serves as a no-cost opportunity to give our state an economic boost. We are proud to be members of Ohio Business Competes to promote a fairer, more just Ohio. It is time to pass the Ohio Fairness Act.
Editorial: Coronavirus unknowns may be even more alarming
There is a saying that we don’t know what we don’t know, and in the case of coronavirus, what is currently unknown may have the longer-lasting impact. There also is concern that precautions taken to avoid risk of coronavirus exposure could be causing serious health problems to go undetected. Ponder also unknowns about long-term impacts on the development and education of children whose critical contacts with teachers, grandparents and other caregivers have been greatly curtailed by coronavirus. So there remains much that we don’t know about COVID-19’s terrible toll in Ohio and beyond. Staying within our own bubbles and not socializing with others can help prevent the risk of catching coronavirus infection.
Theodore Decker: Through a retail downturn and COVID-19, Eastland Mall hangs on
the Eastland Mall can look post-apocalyptic. Throw a health crisis like COVID-19 on top of a mall like Eastland, and this should be the stuff of any retailer's nightmare. Among them was Andrew Pack, whose uncle opened the Eastland jewelry store in 1988. "This mall has always been a very community-based mall," Andrew Pack said. Andrew Pack theorized that their goods have provided a literal bright spot for customers during a universally dark year.
Column: Ohio legislators show their skewed sense of ethics
Thomas SuddesMaybe it’s unfair to criticize the Ohio General Assembly because it still hasn’t repealed anti-consumer House Bill 6. Four months ago, a federal grand jury indicted five people, including former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, a Republican from Perry County’s Glenford. But whatever outrage those sordid affairs provoked among voters, they seem to provoke less and less concern among Ohio General Assembly members. Why is the General Assembly so indifferent (almost contemptibly indifferent) to the House Bill 6 indictments? Correction: Overriding a veto requires the votes of at least 60 Ohio House members (three-fifths).
Ohio's exhausted front-line nurses say coronavirus patients appear 'sicker than ever'
"It can be emotionally exhausting to give so much to your patients and they're still dying at such a high rate." Many times, the immediate family members of COVID-19 patients in the ICU are in isolation themselves to prevent the spread of the disease. As hospitalizations have climbed, nurses have taken on more patients, Friend said. This is due to a shortage of staff members as health-care workers catch the virus. The marks started to appear in part because health-care workers were leaving their masks on all day due to a shortage of personal protective equipment.
Among DeWine's possible 2022 GOP rivals, this congressman has been the harshest
Mike DeWine's likely Republican primary challengers in 2022. Both have leveled a fair amount of criticism at their fellow Republican, mostly for the COVID health restrictions DeWine's administration has imposed. But almost no one mentions perhaps DeWine's harshest critic in Congress: Warren Davidson of Troy, the man who succeeded John Boehner in 2016. Neither Davidson nor Jordan — who called DeWine's rules "a joke" — have even hinted they are interested in running for governor. Portman hasn't formally announced he will seek re-election in 2022, but he had not at this point six years ago, either.
'It’s better to give than to receive': Dolly Parton discusses book program's legacy
He was the inspiration behind Imagination Library, Parton said. Before she enrolled in Imagination Library, Novalee was struggling with a speech delay and could barely communicate her needs. “I’ve always grown up with that belief that it’s better to give than to receive,” Parton said. Seat!” she said, gesturing to the cushion next her as he settled into the couch for another reading of his youngest daughter’s favorite book, courtesy of the Imagination Library. Cooperatives are mission-driven, CEO Patrick O'Loughlin said, and the Imagination Library fits within their community-based principles.
No conventions, no hockey spell no traffic for Arena District businesses
A loyal patron of the R Bar in the Arena District, which sits on North Front Street across from Nationwide Arena, started a GoFundMe page earlier this month to help the venerable sports bar stay open during the coronavirus pandemic. “We're not even at half of that.”The R Bar caters to fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who play at Nationwide. Before the GoFundMe page, Darr estimated he could keep the R Bar open through November. Most are drawn by events at the convention center, the arena or concerts, she said. The R Bar, for example, currently employs five people, Darr said.
Ohio State ready to try again to begin 2020-21 women's basketball season
From staff reportsIn recent weeks, a buzz of Kevin McGuff’s cellphone has been a telltale sign that a women’s college basketball team from the area needs another game. “We have a text thread with about 25 other coaches in the Midwest,” McGuff, the eighth-year Ohio State women’s coach, explained last week. That pushed Ohio State’s 2020-21 season opener to 4 p.m. Sunday, against Duquesne in the Covelli Center. 22-ranked team play. Ohio State and Duquesne will play for the eighth time, with the Buckeyes owning a 6-1 lead in the series.
Friends continue a ‘breakfast club’ tradition at McDonald's amid the pandemic
It was the VIP section, so-to-speak, for an unofficial breakfast club of anywhere from six to 12 men, generally 65 and older, known to many of the customers. Some of them are related, but all are friends, and they met each morning — seven days a week, even on holidays. The wall is like a hot seat; everyone who sits there must be able to withstand constant ribbing. On a recent morning, the men teased each other about their IQs and ages, and gave each other silly nicknames. "Y’all don’t have respect for your elders,” Pete Wood, 80, of the South Side, said to the men at one point.
After getting COVID herself, Ohio prisons director strives to protect inmates, staffers
Though prison cases have been more under control since outbreaks among Ohio’s inmates and staff members earlier this year, an uptick likely is coming. More: Ohio mental health director contracts COVID-19 as pandemic continues to explode“Whatever goes on in the community is eventually going to happen inside the prisons,” she said. That number is pushed by a nearly 68% rate in April, when 4,045 of 5,951 tests were positive for coronavirus. Those things work, Chambers-Smith said. And in the macrocosm of the prison system, I see how it can work.”mkovac@dispatch.com@OhioCapitalBlog
How love fuels this couple's collaborative paintings
LOS ANGELES — It was something like fate, the way artists Cristina Martinez and Al-baseer Holly met almost two years ago. They had been chosen to exhibit their work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and happened to be sharing a wall. It's a story that went viral on the popular Humans of New York platform earlier this year: After overhearing Holly speaking, Martinez introduced herself. "This is going to sound crazy, but your voice sounds just like my friend who passed away," she said. And Holly responded by saying: "Do you mean Rasual?"
Trans-Siberian Orchestra goes virtual for 2020 holiday show
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a Christmastime tradition for music fans across the country, will look and feel a lot different this holiday season. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has closed venues nationwide, that's not possible in 2020. Instead, Trans-Siberian Orchestra will deliver its holiday performance, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories Live In Concert,” virtually at 7 p.m. CST on Dec. 18. Tickets for the show, which will originate from Nashville without an in-person audience, are $30 on the TSO website. It can be streamed on-demand through midnight Dec. 20.
Ideas for a happy, downsized Thanksgiving
Sure, leftovers are great, when that Thanksgiving meal is enjoyed by just four guests, with a 20-pound bird you'd be slurping turkey soup or diving into a casserole of turkey ala king for weeks. One tactic I've used is to roast it with a vegetable stuffing that goes under the skin. I've also had great success with a fancy turkey roulade, which can be roasted or prepared using a sous vide method if you have the equipment. As for sides, mashed potatoes, of course, but also one or more of Kalamata Kitchen's five Fall Squash Risotto recipes, including chef Edouardo Jordan's sweet squash risotto with clams and pickled peppers or chef Ron Hsu's five-spice risotto. When you buy one of their Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall Squash Risotto tees, you'll get one of their recipes and $8 of each sale goes to No Kid Hungry.
Iran newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper on Sunday suggested Iran should attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carried out the killing of the scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the early 2000s. Though the hard-line Kayhan newspaper has long argued for aggressive retaliation for operations targeting Iran, Sunday's opinion piece went further, suggesting any assault be carried out in a way that destroys facilities and "also causes heavy human casualties.”Israel, suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the past decade, has not commented on the brazen slaying of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. A military-style ambush Friday on the outskirts of Tehran reportedly saw a truck bomb explode and gunmen open fire on the scientist, killing him and a bodyguard. U.S. intelligence agencies and U.N. nuclear inspectors have said the organized military nuclear program that Fakhrizadeh oversaw was disbanded in 2003, but Israeli suspicion of Tehran's atomic program and his involvement has never ceased.
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse was a three-time British weightlifting champion and represented England in weightlifting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games before breaking into movies with roles that emphasized his commanding size, including Frankenstein’s monster in a pair of Hammer Studios horror films. Director George Lucas saw Prowse in a small part in “A Clockwork Orange” and asked the 6-foot-6-inch (almost 2-meter) actor to audition for the villainous Vader or the Wookie Chewbacca in “Star Wars.”
Hungarian official compares George Soros to Hitler
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian ministerial commissioner has come under fire for an article comparing American-Hungarian billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, a staunch critic of Hungary’s government, to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. “Europe is George Soros’ gas chamber,” Szilard Demeter, ministerial commissioner and head of the Petofi Literary Museum in Budapest, wrote in an opinion article Saturday in the pro-government outlet Origo. “Poison gas flows from the capsule of a multicultural open society, which is deadly to the European way of life.”The comments drew outrage from Hungary’s Jewish community, including the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, which called the article “tasteless” and “unforgivable.”“(The article) is a textbook case of the relativization of the Holocaust, and is therefore incompatible with the government’s claim of zero tolerance for anti-Semitism,” the group wrote in a statement.
Swiss vote on plan to boost liability, scrutiny of big firms
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters are casting final ballots in a referendum on a measure that could stiffen penalties against companies that are based Switzerland if they violate human rights or harm the environment abroad. The federal government opposes the initiative titled “Responsible companies — to protect people and the environment," championed by left-leaning groups and some big civil society organizations, asserting that it goes too far. Parliament has proposed a countermeasure that would also boost scrutiny of such companies’ actions. Polls suggest a close contest in the vote — mainly conducted by mail-in balloting — that ends Sunday. The referendum had originally been planned for May, but was delayed because of the coronavirus.
Angry Indian farmers reject government offer for talks
NEW DELHI (AP) — Protesting farmers on Sunday rejected the Indian government's offer to hold immediate talks if they ended their blockade of key highways they've held as they seek the scrapping of legislation they say could devastate crop prices. The thousands of farmers will continue camping out on highways in Punjab and Haryana states until three new agriculture laws are withdrawn, Jaskaran Singh, a leader of the Kisan Union, or Farmers’ Union, told reporters. The farmers say the laws could cause the government to stop buying grain at guaranteed prices and result in their exploitation by corporations that would buy their crops cheaply. The government says the legislation brings about much needed reform agriculture that will allow farmers the freedom to market their produce and boost production through private investment.
Hallmark, Lifetime Christmas movies finally show LGBTQ love in leading roles: 'It fits in'
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on TV — and a modern-day Christmas at that. Cable networks kicked off their holiday-themed romance flicks last month with a slate of movies more diverse than ever. Hallmark's "Countdown to Christmas" and Lifetime's "It's A Wonderful Lifetime" include an LGBTQ couple in a major storyline, a first for both. "A New York Christmas Wedding," which shows central character Jennifer (Nia Fairweather) what her life would've looked like if she had explored her feelings for her closest pal, a woman, is now streaming on Netflix. In August, Hallmark aired its first same-sex union in a TV movie, after pledging the previous month to increase LGBTQ representation.
2021 wedding trends shift to accommodate coronavirus pandemic
Since the way we navigate life has changed due to the pandemic, it only makes sense that wedding trends fall in line too. Wedding planning website The Knot released its projected trends for 2021 weddings, dubbing it the “year of intentionality.” While past trends typically fall somewhere between color palettes and cakes, those forecasted for next year were born out of the pandemic. Tents are expected to be a top request from couples as outdoor weddings are more common during the pandemic. The Knot expects to see couples using florals in a more dramatic and sentimental way in 2021. Many Saturdays in 2021 for Stephenson and her team are already booked due to postponements from this year, she said.
Series veterans visit ‘Main Street’ in Lifetime holiday movie
Two television veterans have teamed up to offer some seasonal cheer — one of them on both sides of the camera. Polly Draper (“thirtysomething”) is the director as well as a star — along with “Dallas” and “Step by Step” alum Patrick Duffy — of “People Presents: Once Upon a Main Street,” which Lifetime debuts Sunday. Duffy plays a recent widower who owns a building that two people (Vanessa Lachey, Ryan McPartlin) are vying to buy for individual purposes. “Luckily, most of my scenes are indoors, so I didn’t have to do the heavy bundling-up thing. I remember all the times I had to wear a heavy coat, a muffler and gloves in 90-degree weather.”
Capture the magic of Mass. with great regional gifts
Cape Cod and the Islands: First, an ornament or other hand-blown glass item from the Sandwich Glass Museum. All are available online too, along with limited reproductions of Sandwich Glass from the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., prominent glass makers of the 1800s that put Sandwich on the map and ushered in the Industrial Age to Cape Cod. Photo courtesy Sandwich Glass MuseumNOV. 29, 2020 - A variety of Martha's Vineyard Sea Salts. Photo courtesy Martha's Vineyard Sea SaltNOV. 29, 2020 - Scented salt spritzes from Martha's Vineyard Sea Salt. Photo courtesy Martha's Vineyard Sea SaltNOV. 29, 2020 - Singer Suede makes P-town her home base, Photo by Cheryl Mazak, courtesy artistFor a touch of taste, I’ve turned to Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt (mvseasalt.com).
Valerie June’s new songs offer musical balm for 2020
That scrap of music would become “Stay,” the singer and songwriter’s triumphant cap to 2020 and a song the world desperately needs now. “We had so many songs going into the studio for ‘The Order of Time’ that it took us several months to narrow down what we were going to record,” June said. “You don’t have an endless budget or endless time so you have to pick 12 songs to do, but songs just kept coming to me in the studio. “You meet the right people, have a magical moment and try to capture it.”It also happens through constant work. June hasn’t released a record since “The Order of Time” but she writes songs and poems constantly.
Biden could learn from Trump on helping U.S. businesses
Joe Biden will be his own president and is not obliged to continue the policies of President Trump but he should take a note from the Trump playbook when it comes to helping businesses thrive. As of spring this year, the Trump administration had issued more than 275 deregulation orders which cut red tape and thinned out overwrought exercises in bureaucratic compliance. In May, as the first wave of the coronavirus raged across the country, Trump made it clear that he would endeavor to give a lifeline to businesses, in part with deregulation. These are the kinds of things that really make a difference in terms of how businesses run, even as they still labor under countless other regulations,” Verbruggen continued. While there is soon to be a vaccine for the coronavirus, the remedy for businesses will be to keep them unburdened by governmental bureaucracy.
Progressives may not like Biden’s foreign policy
To be sure, Blinken, Sullivan and Flournoy will not give Saudi Arabia the green light it has come to expect from the Trump administration. Blinken is a longtime aide to Biden going back to his tenure as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. When asked about Trump’s Venezuela policy, he said a military intervention was too risky, and that it was wiser to focus on nonmilitary policy. Compare that to the May 11 letter from progressives, which called for greater diplomatic engagement with Russia and China. It’s still very early days to assess what a Biden foreign policy will look like.
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Chili weather DEAR MELBA: My thoughts always turn to chili when the weather starts to get chilly. Penetrate each wiener with fork and add to mixture. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and heat until wieners are hot and chili mixture thickens, about 15 minutes. Then add shortening and 1/2 pound powdered sugar. Add remaining powdered sugar, vanilla and more water, if needed.
Projecting which teams might pick a quarterback ahead of the Patriots in the 2021 draft
Whether Cam Newton stays on beyond this year as a stopgap, or another bridge quarterback is added, the Patriots should still choose a quarterback in the draft. Lawrence is that generational quarterback and they’ll happily toss Sam Darnold to the curb. With a new coach presumably, the Jets will want to start fresh and build around Lawrence, if he enters the draft. As it is, they’re going to need to find a successor to Matthew Stafford. If the “maybes” go with quarterbacks, it’s hard to believe the Patriots will want to just pick whoever’s left, so to speak.
South Africa v England, second T20: live score and latest updates
Jonny Bairstow was the undisputed man-of-the-match as England took a 1-0 series lead over South Africa at Newlands, smashing an unbeaten 86 to see the chasers home, but Curran was another integral part of the performance. When he re-emerged in the England innings he was nerveless in helping Bairstow over the line, launching his second ball from Kagiso Rabada for six down the ground. "Any time you're asked to take the new ball in a T20 game for England is really great responsibility to have, to set the tone from ball one. "I really enjoyed the IPL and feel I have taken my game to a different standard in terms of my learning," he said. But for now I'll just keep trying to take my opportunities and contribute."
Lesley Manville: ‘I was always quite savvy’
A controlling, violent, violent woman…” says Lesley Manville, who has turned out to be spectacularly good at playing bad. It is one of those grand Hollywood films, a western-slash-thriller, the kind of movie that meant Manville was offered a stunt double. Manville has rarely, if ever, been out of work, so she prefers to say that her career has always been flowering. I don’t think I’m going to balls it up.”I feel certain when I walk on to a stage now. I’d quite like to freeze this moment in time.”Even during the first lockdown, Manville, ever the trooper, kept working.
COVID In Denver: All 3 Broncos Quarterbacks Pulled From Saturday Practice
COVID In Denver: All 3 Broncos Quarterbacks Pulled From Saturday PracticeAll quarterbacks are ineligible to play on Sunday, and none of the quarterbacks were wearing masks at the time of exposure. ‘Very Special For Me’: Fangio Reminisces First Coaching Stop In NFL With New Orleans SaintsThe last time the New Orleans Saints beat the Denver Broncos was back in 1994 and Vic Fangio was there – as the outside linebackers coach for the Saints. Denver Nuggets First Preseason Game Against Golden State Warriors In Bay ArenaThe Denver Nuggets announced their preseason schedule on Friday. The first game will be in the Bay Arena against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 12. Broncos: Saints' Hill At QB Both A Blessing And A CurseListen to Vic Fangio and you'd never guess the Broncos were preparing to face a quarterback making just his second career start as the New Orleans Saints' Taysom Hill is expected to do Sunday at empty Empower Field.
San Francisco 49ers not allowed to play in stadium for 3 weeks under new COVID-19 restrictions
San Francisco 49ers not allowed to play in stadium for 3 weeks under new COVID-19 restrictions Stanford's football program will also be affected by the measures. The San Francisco 49ers will not be allowed to practice or play in their stadium for three weeks under new county health restrictions that prohibit contact sports. Santa Clara County health officials announced the new restrictions on Saturday, as the county reported a record 760 COVID-19 cases. In fact, we have the highest case rate of any county in the San Francisco Bay area," county health officer Dr. Sara Cody said at a press briefing. Other new county restrictions will limit hotels to essential travel, health care workers and quarantine or isolation purposes.
Long Covid: ‘Is this now me forever?’
Blood tests ruled out any serious problems, which led to Bowen’s GP diagnosing post-viral fatigue or long Covid. “Very hard.”Bowen is one of 30,000 members of the Long Covid Support Group on Facebook. Illustration: Nathalie Lees/The ObserverAmy Durant, 31, a digital publisher from Surrey, was recently rejected from a long Covid clinic. The most widely agreed-on theory is that long Covid could be the result of the body maintaining an immune response longer than it needs to. Williams’s theory is that genetics inform the kind of exaggerated immune response people with long Covid may be having.
'It's electrifying': chess world hails Queen's Gambit-fuelled boom
The online retailer eBay said US sales of chess sets have soared by 60% since last year as more people spend time at home. And since the release of The Queen’s Gambit, sales of chess sets and accessories shot up by nearly 215%. Wooden chess sets are the most popular and vintage sets are also in demand. Chess.com has seen a stratospheric rise in players since the release of The Queen’s Gambit on 23 October, breaking records for the site. “Like Beth says in The Queen’s Gambit, this is a totally new world that you can control.
China hopes ‘vaccine diplomacy’ will restore its image and boost its influence
China has promised that 6 million doses of CoronaVac, made by the biotech firm Sinovac, will reach Brazil by January. The shipments to Brazil are part of a campaign of vaccine diplomacy that Beijing has mounted around the world. A successful vaccine, provided at an affordable price, offers a potential route to address resentment and criticism of China’s early handling of the virus, as well as a financial boost for the country’s biotech firms. But a successful vaccine could have a much greater impact than shipments of PPE, by allowing countries to start rebuilding their economies and health services. Although polls in Brazil show mistrust of China, which extends to doubts about taking a Chinese vaccine, nothing will be rolled out until the vaccine has passed rigorous tests by Brazil’s own respected regulators.
'Sistine Chapel of the ancients' rock art discovered in remote Amazon forest
One of the world’s largest collections of prehistoric rock art has been discovered in the Amazonian rainforest. These animals were all seen and painted by some of the very first humans ever to reach the Amazon. The site is in the Serranía de la Lindosa where, along with the Chiribiquete national park, other rock art had been found. When you look at a horse or mastodon in these paintings, of course they weren’t going to live in a forest. The rock art discovery is in episode 2, on 12 December
When are non-essential shops allowed to reopen, and which stores are open now?
Non-essential retail, hairdressers and gyms will open in all tiers, unlike the first system of local restrictions. Here's our guide to which shops are open now and which will be when the tier-system is reintroduced. Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and retailers providing essential goods and services are open during lockdown, subject to Covid-secure guidelines. This means hardware stores, garden centres, banks and post offices are open, but charity shops are not. Non-essential retail can remain open for takeaway, delivery and click-and-collect, but leisure and entertainment facilities are closed.
Dear Richard: 'How can I persuade my wife that a dog will make our rural idyll complete?'
Dear (other) RichardBy “wily stratagems” you mean, of course, cunning plans – so no, certainly not! Seriously, though, I can see you completely grasp the central issue here: that you both have to genuinely want to get a dog. It’s a big commitment, and if one of you makes it unwillingly or on sufferance, things are unlikely to work out. But I wonder if your wife fully understands just how much pleasure owning a dog would bring you. If she loves you, as I’m sure she does, that might be the best way forward.
How many coronavirus cases have there been in your area? Use our tool to find out
Tier 2 and 3 will apply to 99% of England when the second national lockdown ends on December 2, as scientists warn lower tiers "weren't slowing the epidemic." "At that point we - advised by the experts - will look at each local authority area and see whether there is potential to move down the tiers," he said. You can find out the infection rate in your local area by entering your postcode in the tool below. Search for your areaPublic Health England release a daily update on how many confirmed cases of coronavirus there are in each English local authority. Type in your postcode in the tool below to find out how many cases there have been in your local area.
UK Covid-19 cases and deaths: how the UK is coping with a second wave
However, reaction to his speech was fierce, with many accusing the Prime Minister of confusing the British public. On June 23 – exactly three months after the country was put into lockdown – Mr Johnson hailed the beginning of the end of Britain’s “national hibernation”. The Prime Minister allowed families and friends to mingle indoors and even go on holiday together from July 4. Mr Johnson also relaxed official guidance advising people to "work from home if you can" in a bid to restart the economy. As the rate of new cases showed no sign of slowing, Mr Johnson announced on October 12 a new three-tier system of local lockdowns.
England star Nikita Parris opens up about apology to former teammate Eni Aluko
England international Nikita Parris has spoken of how she “looked in the mirror” ahead of apologising to former team-mate Eni Aluko earlier this year following her public show of support to former coach Mark Sampson in 2017. Aluko accused Sampson of discrimination in 2016, alleging he had made racist comments to her and team-mates in the England set-up. Speaking as part of the FA and Facebook’s Black, England and Proud series, Parris opened up about her apology to Aluko, which she said was the best way to positively drive change for future generations. She added: "When I was younger I was like, 'I'm playing football, I'm playing for England, I'm doing well'. Parris was in discussion with Kerry Davis - England’s second all-time top goal scorer and the first black female to play for England.
November's Beaver Moon, and other full moon dates for 2020
As a result, it is most commonly known as the Harvest Moon, with some tribes also calling it the Full Corn Moon, Barley Moon or Fruit Moon. However, the Harvest Moon is the name given to the first full moon that takes place closest to the Autumn Equinox. Therefore, September's full moon was known as the Full Corn Moon, while the first of two full moons in October was the Harvest Moon. In 2020, the Hunter's Moon was also a blue moon, because it was the second of two full moons to occur in October. In 2020, the Hunter's Moon on October 31 will also be a blue moon because it is the second full moon to occur in October.
Scotland lockdown: what are the new Covid rules and Tier 4 restrictions?
Scotland as a whole is subject to general rules, such as remote working where possible, mandatory masks on public transport, and a ban on non-essential travel to or from level 3+ areas. Non-essential shops, hairdressers, cinemas and libraries will remain open. Indoor and outdoor hospitality establishments will remain open until 10.30pm (9.30pm last entry). Gyms will remain open and all sports will be permitted, with the exception of indoor contact sports played by over-18s. Gyms will remain open and all sports will be permitted, with the exception of indoor contact sports played by over-18s.
Founder gets Soho House back in order - with a little help from his friends
Nick Jones, the founder of Soho House, wants to be friends with everyone. Members and employees, its suppliers, landlords and investors. Soho House has bid farewell to about 1,000 of the 8,000 global staff it began the year with. Soho House has to grow up fast. “It’s the first time in my life, in 25 years of founding and running Soho House that I have been on a pause button,” he says.
Pulling plug on broadband pledge a dark day for us all
By contrast and in an age of public borrowing on a massive scale at low prices, the broadband pledge has been abandoned for the sake of less than £4bn. Only £1.2bn of the £5bn subsidy pot pledged at last year’s Conservative Party conference will be made available before 2025. The unavoidable consequence will be rural communities get gigabit broadband years after the rest of us, at an estimated economic cost of £9bn. In fact, the 15pc of the country now excluded from the pledge covers just about everyone who cannot be delivered an upgrade by commercial economics. Yet plenty of our near neighbours have managed to modernise their telecoms infrastructure without turning to a Chinese-style dictatorship.
Best Amazon Black Friday deals 2020: Today's top UK offers on Fire HD Tablet, Airpods and Echo Dot
The online shopping giant that is Amazon has built a reputation on going all-out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and has done since it introduced the November sales event to the UK back in 2013. Last year alone, customers saved over £40 million in Amazon's Black Friday sales, and this year already seems to be no different. Amazon has a slight advantage over its competitors, too. To save you having to trawl through it's vast array of deals, we've found the best to buy over this Black Friday weekend and we'll keep this page updated with the latest offers today. Best Amazon Black Friday 2020 weekend deals1.
Terrorists likely to have been inspired by pandemic to launch biological attacks, leading chemical expert warns
Terrorists are likely to have been inspired by the pandemic to launch biological attacks, the UK's leading expert on chemical and biological warfare has warned in a new paper. The “devastating global impact” of Covid-19 will have been noticed by rogue states and terror organisations. “We should think of weaponised biology as no less of an existential threat to the planet than weaponised atomic science," he said. "Toxic industrial chemicals like chlorine have been used for horrific effect in Syria and have kept Assad in power. These readily available and unregulated toxic materials are cheap and plentiful and their effect will not have gone unnoticed by bad actors the world over."
The 20 best last-minute Christmas holidays
Whether celebrating a Covid-restricted Christmas with three of your family households sounds appealing or not, at least we now know that there is an alternative. The end of lockdown travel restrictions on Wednesday means that it is perfectly feasible to escape Christmas at home altogether. We’ve picked 20 of the best holidays – all from different tour operators – which are still available over Christmas. In summary, considering we are less than a month away from Christmas Day, there is unprecedented availability and prices are looking pretty competitive compared with a normal Christmas. Do check before booking, however, that you are happy with the tour operator’s policies on cancellations, postponements and refunds.
The anti-ageing alternative to Botox to try out post-lockdown (and why Americans are envious)
It’s not often the UK gets to claim a non-surgical cosmetic procedure first over America, but in the case of Profhilo, a hyaluronic acid skin treatment, the Brits did. Profhilo first arrived into the world of exclusive treatments four years ago after its development in Italy by a leading hyaluronic acid lab. Already used widely in dermal fillers, and liked by the industry for its long-lasting skin rejuvenation properties and moisture retention, hyaluronic acid can be manipulated to work in different ways. According to its makers, the formula developed for Profhilo has the highest quantity of active agents ever in a skin treatment and is also a 'bio-remodeler', meaning it closely mimics and stimulates rejuvenating activity within skin cells. During a treatment, the practitioner administers Profhilo through a sequence of five small injections around the face.
VIDEO : This is how Saudi Arabia is investing in its economic future
Saudi Arabia is experiencing an economic slump due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse of oil prices.
BMW 520d Touring: why diesel is still relevant in the electric age
Once upon a time, a diesel estate car was seen as the ultimate family hauler. Of course, those were the days before SUVs and electric cars became the zeitgeist – and before diesel’s name was sullied as a result of certain nefarious activities by folk over at a certain Wolfsburg-based automotive conglomerate. Today, the fuel’s popularity is waning, as indeed is the estate car. Waning, but not entirely diminished, that is, because there are still plenty of diesel estates on sale. Diesel estates like this BMW 520d Touring.
Mike Tyson's comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr ends in a draw
Mike Tyson's return to the ring after 15 years in a bout against fellow boxing legend Roy Jones Jr has ended in an unofficial draw. Former world heavyweight champion Tyson, 54, who shed six stone for the charity contest, said he was pleased with his comeback performance despite the tie. Jones Jr, 51, considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in history, said afterwards that Tyson's body shots had "definitely took a toll". He said: "I don't do draws man, but I understand why they say certain things are bucket lists, because when he hits you, if it's his head, his punches, his body shots, it don't matter. Tyson last fought in 2005 when he lost to Kevin McBride - raising eyebrows about his ability to get back in the ring - while Jones Jr, who once held seven belts simultaneously, was still fighting in 2018.
Accidental ambassador opens Panama connections
With its geographical position in Central America, Panama is a central hub in more ways than one. “It connects North and South America, and the Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and the Pacific,” Pere pointed out. On the topic of international travel, Pere pointed out that Panama offers flights to 82 cities throughout the Americas. Since arriving in Japan, Pere has developed a special affection for the Ehime city of Imabari, the sister city of his hometown, Panama City. Master marketer thinks outside the boxCarlos Pere was born in Panama City in 1974.
Dominic Raab admits there is a 'risk' of a third wave of coronavirus
Dominic Raab today admitted there is a 'risk' of a third wave of coronavirus infections in the New Year if ministers 'don't get the balance right' on tiered restrictions. 'Those two things are the crucial bridge to that light at the end of the tunnel in the Spring.' However, Mr Raab conceded that if the tiers do not work and infection rates increase then there could be a third wave of infections in January and February. The people of Liverpool have come together to do mass community testing, with 240,000 getting tested – including with new rapid turnaround tests. With every substantial reduction in infection, across the country, we will de-escalate restrictions and allow whole areas to come down the tiers.
Tigray: Multiple explosions reported in Eritrea capital after Ethiopia declares victory
The US Embassy in Eritrea reported hearing six explosions on Saturday night in the capital, Asmara. The latest explosions came just hours after Ethiopia's military said it had gained “full control” of the capital in the Tigray region. Ethiopia's prime minister said on Saturday the taking of Mekele marked the “completion” of an offensive that started nearly four weeks ago. The prime minister has rejected dialogue with TPLF leaders, including during a Friday meeting with three African Union special envoys. The Tigray region of 6 million people has been cut off from the world as the military pursued what Abiy called a “law enforcement operation" with airstrikes and tanks.
Japan launches data relay satellite to improve disaster response
Japan launched a rocket Sunday carrying a government satellite designed to relay data collected by other reconnaissance satellites already in orbit, enabling faster and more information-rich communication when responding to natural disasters. The H2A rocket, operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. The relay satellite will initially conduct tests on transmissions of data acquired by the fleet of information-gathering satellites, sending the information back from its geostationary orbit by optical communication. When in operation, it will help overcome a problem whereby data can only be received for a limited time when each observation satellite has a direct sight-line with a receiver on the ground. By sending data, including images and other information, via the relay satellite, transmissions can be made more flexibly and conducted for a longer period of time for each observation satellite, JAXA said.
Body of slain Iranian nuclear scientist taken to Muslim shrine
The body of Iran's assassinated top nuclear scientist has been taken to the first of several revered Shiite Muslim shrines ahead of his burial set for Monday, state media reported. His remains will next be taken to Fatima Masumeh's shrine in Qom, south of Tehran, and then to Imam Khomeini's shrine in the capital, according to the defence ministry. The killing of Fakhrizadeh -- whom Israel has dubbed the "father" of Iran's nuclear programme -- has once more heightened tensions between the Islamic republic and its foes. The United States slapped sanctions on Fakhrizadeh in 2008 for "activities and transactions that contributed to the development of Iran's nuclear programme", and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once described him as the father of Iran's nuclear weapons programme. Iran vows to avenge killing of nuclear scientist, points finger at Israel 01:45Iran has repeatedly denied seeking to develop nuclear weapons.
France’s top court orders review of Covid-19 restrictions on church attendance
Mass is celebrated at Lyon's Saint-Jean Cathedral on May 23, 2020 when places of worship were allowed to open. France's State Council, the country's highest court, on Sunday ordered the government to review a law limiting the number of people in churches during religious services to 30. Last week, the government announced that a nationwide lockdown in place since Oct. 30 would be unwound in phases. France is "not the only country" to have taken this type of measure, said Pascale Leglise, an Interior Ministry representative. "Thirty people (in a place of worship) is not a lot," admitted Leglise, adding that places of worship could "hold more Masses – not only on Sunday morning".
VIDEO: Man confronts vandal posting swastika stickers in Fairfax, CA
Video: California man, 19, is arrested after being caught sticking swastika stickers around town by 21-year-old resident who confronted him on cameraInstagram user Noah Mohan confronted a man putting up Nazi stickers bearing a swastika and the phrase "We are everywhere" in Fairfax, California.
Sao Paulo, Rio elect mayors in Brazil runoffs
Brazil authorities are urging voters to bring their own pens, respect social distancing guidelines and disinfect their handsAdvertising Read moreSao Paulo (AFP)Brazil's biggest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, began electing their next mayors Sunday as the country held municipal runoffs, the last polls before far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is up for reelection in 2022. In Sao Paulo, Brazil's economic capital, centrist incumbent Bruno Covas faces leftist challenger Guilherme Boulos, a leader of the Homeless Workers' Movement (MTST). Boulos, 38, who is running for the upstart Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), trails in the polls by about 10 points. But he has momentum: he came from behind in the first round on November 15 to beat both Bolsonaro's candidate and a leftist rival from the more-established Workers' Party (PT). Covas, a cancer survivor, meanwhile has a powerful backer in Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria, his predecessor and mentor, a top contender to challenge Bolsonaro for the presidency.
Obama Book Explains How Birtherism Made Trump’s Presidency
To have risen to such heights in the United States, as a Black man with a Muslim name, no doubt required him to be extraordinary. And given how Trump’s political career got started — by spreading a xenophobic conspiracy theory about Obama — it also seems clear that race had something to do with it. The overpowering insanity of the past five years has drowned out most memories of the “birther” episode that Obama recounts in his book. “Birtherism” grimly illustrated that there was something about having a Black man named Barack Hussein Obama as president hat simply caused a large number of Americans to completely lose their minds. Rejecting the convenient narrative that racism explains everything doesn’t necessitate going in the opposite direction to suggest that it then explains nothing.
'Aliens Needed it Back. It Was a Rental': Social Media Abuzz Over Eerily Vanished Utah Monolith
The mysterious metal monolith discovered recently in the Utah desert by public safety workers has disappeared, officials said on Saturday. In its statement, the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Utah office said the three-sided metal structure was removed on Friday evening “by an unknown party” from the public land it was found on. On 23 November the Utah Department of Public Safety claimed it had stumbled upon the seemingly man-made object during a helicopter survey for bighorn sheep. According to officials, the structure was most likely a work of art and its installation on public land was illegal. Some Sci-Fi millionaire placed it there - got it attention - & then took it back to his mom’s garage — HeyArjun ?? ?? ?? ?? (@arjun_hey) November 29, 2020The monolith lords giveth and the monolith lords taketh away.
The Republican Secretary of State for Georgia says Trump 'should leave quietly' after state's election recount confirmed Biden's win
Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said President Trump "should leave quietly," after the state's election recount confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's win. Earlier this week, President Trump called the Georgia lawmaker "an enemy of the people" and accused him, without evidence, of hiding "tens of thousands" of illegal votes. Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said it would be best for President Trump to "leave quietly," after the state's election recount confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's win. Unlike many Republicans in the state, Raffensperger endorsed Trump for president in early 2016, before he was even the clear GOP front-runner. Last week, Raffensperger told a local TV station he and his wife have been receiving death threats ever since.
Trump was convinced he was going to win on election night in a repeat of 2016, and was 'shouting at everyone' when Fox News called Arizona for Biden
President Donald Trump and top aides were convinced on election night that as in 2016, Trump would upset the odds and clinch victory, reported The Washington Post. Since losing the election more than two weeks ago, Trump has made baseless claims of election fraud and refused to concede defeat. President Donald Trump was convinced he would win on election night, and exploded with anger when Fox News projected that the Democrats had flipped Arizona, The Washington Post reported. According to a behind-the-scenes look in the Post at Trump's unprecedented bid to overturn the election result, Trump decided to claim the election was stolen from him by fraud on election night. In the weeks since election night, Trump has continued to make baseless claims that the election was stolen from him due to widespread ballot fraud.
Poll suggests highest ever support for Sinn Féin
Support for Sinn Féin has increased over the last month, the latest Business Post/Red C poll suggests. The party, led by Mary Lou McDonald, has seen its support rise by three points to 30%. Fine Gael remains the party with most support but it has fallen by four points to 33%. Fianna Fáil is up one point to 12% while the Green Party drops one point and now has 5% support. The Social Democrats on 4% are up one point and there was also a one point rise in support for Solidarity-People Before Profit who are on 3%.
Jim Hanson: Biden's Return to Obama Team Dangerous
Joe Biden's foreign policy team will mark a return to Obama-era actions, and will make both the United States and the world a more dangerous place, Jim Hanson, president of the Security Studies Group, said Friday. Hanson also ridiculed the idea that Biden would bring in "a bunch of Obama-Biden-era retreads and go ahead and refix our standing in the world." 'If you think our standing should be standing behind everybody else, that's what he's looking to do," said Hanson. Meanwhile, Biden's picks, including Tony Blinken as secretary of state and John Kerry as the presidential envoy for climate change, show that the nation's foreign policy "absolutely will not be different," said Hanson. Meanwhile, Trump had considerable foreign policy achievements, said Hanson, the biggest of which was in forging substantive peace deals between Israel and the Arab Gulf states through the Abraham accords, and Hanson said the Biden administration would be "crazy to" undo those agreements.
President scams his supporters
Equally amazing is the gullibility of those Americans who believe the trash put out by the “one-and-done Don” and his lying cohorts, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. They all know Trump lost the election, but they also recognize the money-making potential in a call for donations to the “election defense fund.” It’s no different than the phony Trump University or the fraudulent Trump charity. You can count on this, too: Once this loser vacates the White House, the election defense fund scam will morph into his legal defense fund scam as he’s faced with criminal charges from New York and possibly other jurisdictions. When that happens, consider: When was the last time you ever heard a self-proclaimed billionaire beg for money ? Trump is a lifelong, career scammer, smart enough to know how easily fooled and gullible some people can be.
Limbaugh criticizes Trump’s lawyers: They promised “blockbuster” evidence — then “nothing happened”
"There better be something at that press conference other than what we got." According to Limbaugh, Powell "jumped the shark." "I talked to so many people who were blown away by it — by the very nature of the press conference," he added. Advertisement:Despite not producing any evidence, Powell later expanded her conspiracy theory to include alleged bribes to Georgia Gov. "Quite frankly, the conduct of the president's legal team has been a national embarrassment."
Farm workers killed in 'insane' Nigeria attack
"I condemn the killing of our hard-working farmers by terrorists in Borno state. The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings. My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace," said President Muhammadu Buhari.
Balkanization of America; How Suddenly Effect Splinternet to Society
The US State Department has announced that Americans’ Internet services need to be cleaned up along five routes. Balkanization of America; Clean StoreNo AppStore service that sells mobile apps to Americans is allowed to sell apps made in China. Balkanization of America; Clean AppsMade in China, it does not allow the use of any telecommunications equipment in the United States, such as Huawei brand devices, which also include apps. Microsoft is currently in talks with Twitter and Oracle to buy the service along with all American TikTok accounts. balkanization of america If this happens, the TikTok service will be divided into three parts.
Coronavirus updates: US surpasses record 200K daily cases; Colorado Gov. tests positive; NFL orders shutdown of team facilities
The U.S. reported more than 200,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time on Friday, an all-time high reached about three weeks after the nation first reported 100,000 daily cases on Nov. 4. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. recorded more than 13.2 million cases and over 266,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. But on Thanksgiving, Nakamura captured an image of compassion that has gained national attention as the United States reels under a record number of daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. – The Associated PressUS reports 200,000 COVID-19 cases in a single dayThe U.S. on Friday reported 200,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The lax holiday restrictions, however, will likely lead to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom.
Rules Contestants on 'The Great British Baking Show' Had to Follow
For nearly 11 seasons, The Great British Bake Off has drawn audiences into its whimsical tent as amateur chefs compete in challenges week after week. The mouthwatering desserts are enough to inspire you to whip out your electric mixer and frost some cupcakes. But do you have what it takes to compete on the show? From 7 a.m. wake-up calls to one very specific rule about ovens, here's what you need to know before competing in The Great British Bake Off.
Secretive licensing system allows UK weapons to reach ‘repressive regimes’
Most UK arms are being sold via a secretive and opaque licensing regime that allows for the mass transfer of deadly weapons to “sensitive locations”, according to new analysis. It has prompted accusations that the government is attempting to mask the true extent of British-made arms export to repressive regimes – claims it denies. Critics said the figures were “extremely alarming” and called for the use of open licences to be stopped. “By using this opaque mechanism, the government is making proper scrutiny of arms sales even harder,” said Andrew Smith of CAAT. A government spokesperson said: “The government takes its export responsibilities seriously and assesses all export licences in accordance with strict licensing criteria.
Sources -- New Orleans Saints fined $500K, lose pick for not wearing masks during Week 9 postgame celebrations
The NFL fined the Saints $500,000 and took away a seventh-round draft pick for not wearing masks during their postgame celebrations after beating Tampa Bay 38-3 in Week 9, league sources told ESPN. Saints players and the team itself posted celebration videos from their post-game locker room, and it immediately gained the attention of the NFL. The Saints no longer have any videos of the locker room celebration on their official Twitter account. Payton was fined $100,000 and the Saints $250,000 because Payton was not wearing a mask during New Orleans' Week 2 loss in Las Vegas. Conversations between the Saints and the NFL will continue, according to sources, but the locker room celebration video was there for everyone to see.
David Prowse, the original Darth Vader, dies aged 85
London (CNN) British actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has died aged 85, his management company announced Sunday. Prowse died after a short illness, according to his agent Thomas Bowington. has passed away at the age of 85," Bowington Management said on Twitter Sunday. David Prowse playing Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. his former agent, Thomas Bowington, said in a statement to the BBC.
“This Was the Right Time”: Why Meghan Markle Came Forward About Her Miscarriage in The New York Times
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex has revealed she suffered a miscarriage in July this year, in a deeply personal and moving op-ed she wrote in the New York Times. It is not known whether Buckingham Palace was aware that the New York Times piece would be published. Sources say Meghan wanted to write the piece about the couple’s loss to encourage others to talk about miscarriage and that while still “raw” they are slowly moving on from the trauma. '”Sources close to Harry and Meghan said that the experience has brought them even closer as a couple and Harry was fully supportive of Meghan writing the article. Meghan chose the New York Times because she felt it was “a good fit.”“In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing,” she concludes in the piece.
In Defense of The West Wing’s Final Seasons
On December 29, 2019, the New York Times published an article about the lure of revisiting The West Wing in the age of Donald Trump. Yet The West Wing is still there, acting as the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. But all too often, those celebrations end with creator Aaron Sorkin’s departure following season four. The West Wing’s later seasons have plenty to recommend them, particularly once the show figured out how to operate without Sorkin as its guiding light. “Season five, I think we did a more than credible job of keeping the show afloat—but really we were doing a version of Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing without Aaron Sorkin,” Attie told me.
Princess Diana’s Real-Life Battle With Bulimia
“It was an illness caused by a sour marriage.”Come 1995, Diana didn’t need an intermediary to fight her battles. In an interview with the BBC,interviewer Martin Bashir asked her about it point-blank: “It was subsequently reported that you suffered [from] bulimia. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don't think you're worthy or valuable. “You have to know that when you have bulimia you're very ashamed of yourself and you hate yourself—and people think you're wasting food—so you don't discuss it with people,” she explained. “The thing about bulimia is your weight always stays the same, whereas with anorexia you visibly shrink.
Little Miss Fix-It: The Remarkable Life of Shirley Temple
On the set of Heidi (1937), Temple spent so much time reteaching and correcting the other children that director Allan Dwan gave her a badge labeled “CHIEF.”Buy Shirley Temple: American Princess on Amazon or Bookshop. “I had a bunch of little badges made with ‘SHIRLEY TEMPLE POLICE’ stamped on them. “If I had to leave the set, I’d tell her, ‘Shirley, now you take charge of things,’ and she did. “They didn’t buy the Fox studio,” Fox executive Winfield Sheehan said. “They bought Shirley Temple.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt even recognized her importance to America’s morale, stating, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”Although she worked six days a week to crank out the content Americans so desperately needed, Temple still found time to be a (somewhat) normal kid.
How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You
What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do? Here’s how to disagree with someone more powerful than you. “If you think other people are going to disagree too, you might want to gather your army first. Ask permission to disagreeThis step may sound overly deferential, but, according to Grenny, it’s a smart way to give the powerful person “psychological safety” and control. Case Study #2: Make it about the company, not youMike McRitchie, owner of the consultancy Critical Path Action, has had reason to disagree with people more powerful than he on several occasions.
Colt Johnson and Vanessa Guerra Get Engaged... and Larissa Reacts!
Larissa Dos Santos Lima, Colt's famous ex-wife whose marriage to Johnson ended on horrible terms, seemingly confirmed the engagement news herself late thisi week. Earlier in the week, a social media follower asked Dos Santos Lima if “Colty is salty” about her posting bikini pictures on her Instagram. Johnson and Dos Santos Lima were husband and wife from June 2018 to April 2019. Does Vanessa know what she's getting into with Johnson? Larissa revealed she learned about Vanessa when she was still married to Colt because she found out Vanessa had gifted Colt a Groupon to a massage for Christmas before their divorce.
Big Pharma deserves its reward for coming up with Covid-19 vaccines
Now that we are close to a vaccine, the arguments are starting about who gets it, when, and on what terms. It turns out that Covid-19 vaccines are like the old joke about buses. Six months ago plenty of experts were arguing it would take five years or more to get a working shot. A Covid-19 vaccine is needed around the world, and some countries might struggle to afford it. That way we still get the vaccine out around the world, and we also properly reward the companies that made it.
Jenelle Evans and David Eason: Headed Towards Another Breakup?!
When it comes to epic Teen Mom love stories ... well, there's really not a lot there, huh? A lot of people think that Chelsea Houska and Cole DeBoer have had a fairy tale romance, and that's fair. Maci Bookout and Taylor McKinney seem stable enough, and Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra have been together for most of their lives at this point. And even when you go through those scraps, nobody does love quite as badly as Jenelle Evans. So it really shouldn't come as any surprise that she and husband David Eason are on the outs yet again ...
Feel like you never have enough time? Try these 5 ways to cope with the anxiety
So how can you move past the anxiety of time’s uncontrollable nature and learn to feel good about yourself and your work? How to deal with time anxiety (once and for all) Overcoming time anxiety comes down to awareness, understanding, and action. If you want to remove time anxiety and feel better about your days, here are a few strategies to try. advertisementBut time anxiety builds when we ignore or try to manipulate the ways that time impacts our day. Make space for the things that matter (and just do them) Time anxiety can feel paralyzing.
Jets vs. Dolphins: Preview, predictions, what to watch for
Fitzpatrick, who started for the Jets in 2015-16, is 3-1 against the Jets since leaving the team. Though the Jets expected, for most of the week, that Tagovailoa would start, they also prepared for Fitzpatrick. Last week, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert picked apart the Jets, throwing for 366 yards and three touchdowns. Dolphins have hope: The Dolphins were the team thought to be tanking a little more than a year ago. Miami has a chance to build its case against the Jets this week and the Bengals next week.
Titans-Colts could end up determining AFC South champ
Familiarity will not be an issue for either opponent in this week’s Big Game, which pits the Titans against the Colts on Sunday. The two AFC South rivals, tied atop the division with 7-3 records, played each other on Nov. 12 in Nashville, where the Colts won, 34-17. The Titans and Colts are two of nine teams with at least six wins, and seven teams are either 6-4 or 7-3. The Colts, averaging 27.6 points per game, are scoring nearly as much as the Titans (27.9 points per game). But the Titans, with a win Sunday, can seize control of the tiebreaker with a 3-1 division record versus the Colts’ 1-2.
FOX News Rundown Extra: Why Remote Learning Comes With Risks Too
As most states see coronavirus cases surge, millions of kids across America are, yet again, attending school virtually. Host Dave Anthony recently spoke with licensed psychotherapist Tom Kersting about remote learning and why he believes it is having a negative impact on students. The author of "Disconnected; How To Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids" also has advice for parents who need help monitoring their kid's screen time. The discussion with Tom Kersting was too long and we could not include all of it in our original segment. On the FOX News Rundown Extra, you will hear more of why Kersting believes the government and educators should do all they can to help children safely return to the classroom as quick as possible.
I’ll Tell You What Else: Fear Is A Fantastic Motivator
This week, we're flashing back to June 5th, 2019. In this episode, Chris shares his new favorite place for chicken wings and Dana answers mailbag questions. They discuss what has most contributed to her professional success, their thoughts on condiments, and more. Follow Dana Perino on Twitter: @DanaPerino and FacebookPlus pick up her books: "And The Good News Is..." and "Let Me Tell You About Jasper"Follow Chris Stirewalt on Twitter: @ChrisStirewaltSubscribe to his political news note: 'FOX News Halftime Report' and order his book: "Every Man A King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists"Click HERE for more "Perino & Stirewalt: I'll Tell You What"
Make America incompetent again? Trump wants to ruin our merit-based federal jobs system.
There are literally tens, if not hundreds of thousands of positions in the career civil service that could be considered of a "policy-advocating” character. The American people depend on scientists, policy analysts, attorneys, managers, inspectors general and other nonpartisan career employees to evaluate current or proposed governmental policies and make relevant recommendations. And, there are much better ways to address these issues than destroying the merit-based foundation of the civil service. While our civil service is the envy of the world, it is by no means perfect and must be strengthened in a variety of ways. Max Stier is the president CEO of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service.
Biden has white men to thank for putting him in the White House
Andrew L. YarrowOpinion contributorPresident-elect Joe Biden has white men to thank. Two years ago, I wrote that Democrats and progressives needed to appeal to white men and address the problems particularly of non-college educated white men. The one significant demographic in which his support cratered compared to 2016 was among white men, who make up more than one-third of the electorate. The second, which has not been extensively examined, is the shift of white men to the former Vice President. Suicide rates among white men are three and a half times higher than for white women, and are significantly higher than among Blacks, Hispanics, and Asian Americans.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan reportedly eyed as Biden's CIA director
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan is reportedly among those under consideration to head the CIA in President-elect Joe Biden's administration. Slotkin, 44, a native of New York City, is a former CIA intelligence analyst who served in Iraq three times under former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush. Shortly after the election, Slotkin urged Democrats to take a lesson from President Trump on not being condescending. DEMOCRAT ELISSA SLOTKIN URGES PARTY TAKE A LESSON FROM TRUMP: 'HE DOESN'T TALK DOWN TO ANYBODY'“[Trump] doesn’t talk down to anybody. The agency’s current director is Gina Haspel who has been in the position since 2018 after being appointed by President Trump.
Los Angeles County DA's security officer fires at carjacking suspects near her home: reports
A Los Angeles police probe got underway Saturday night after an investigator with the L.A. County district attorney’s office -- who was working security for DA Jackie Lacey -- fired at suspects who allegedly tried to carjack the security team. The suspects allegedly pulled up to the security officer's car and tried to break into it after the climbed out of the vehicle near Lacey's home in L.A.'s Granada Hills neighborhood, prompting the officer to fire at them, FOX 11 in Los Angeles reported. TODDLER SHOT AS ONTARIO POLICE CONFRONT DAD ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPINGNeither suspect was hit, according to Los Angeles police, KCBS-TV of Los Angeles reported. The suspects drove away and were still at large late Saturday, the station reported. The car was one of two security vehicles parked outside Lacey's home, according to FOX 11.
David Limbaugh: After years of attacking Trump and his supporters, Democrats now ask for unity
Many Trump haters have been lying all along about the president, what he stands for, what his record has been and who his supporters are. They have relentlessly hammered this into the national psyche to where millions upon millions of Americans not only believe it but also believe racism animates all Trump supporters. Trump supporters have appreciated his refusal to roll over, especially since they realize that the hatred directed against him is also meant for them. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OPINION NEWSLETTERActress Alyssa Milano tweeted: "I'd like to extend an olive branch to Trump supporters. We must be personally cordial and civil, but let's quit indulging the fantasy that we can unify on policy, as our visions couldn't be more opposite.
Darth Vader actor David Prowse dead at 85
David Prowse, the actor and bodybuilder who filled out Darth Vader’s tall frame in the original "Star Wars" trilogy has died. Mark Hamill, who played Skywalker, shared a tribute to Prowse in a Twitter post early Sunday. "He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. In 2000, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his service in that role.
Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in exhibition with Jones
Mike Tyson stepped through the ropes in his signature black trunks and heard the opening bell in a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years. Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon's return to the ring against the 51-year-old Jones. After eight two-minute rounds, both Tyson and Jones emerged from Staples Center smiling and apparently healthy. "This is better than fighting for championships," Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities. Tyson tagged Jones with body shots, head shots and a particularly nasty uppercut during a bout that was required by the California State Athletic Commission to be a reasonably safe, glorified sparring session.
Covid means Silent Generation is getting worst of history, again. They deserve to be heard.
It means many risk not getting the physical or social support they need. For the Silent Generation? It would be easy to look at these numbers and conclude that our older generation is doing just fine. The Silent Generation, born between roughly 1925 and 1945, now range in age from 75 to 95 years old. It means many risk not getting the physical or social support they need.
Czech government to allow shops, restaurants to reopen from Thursday
A Christmas tree is illuminated as the traditional Christmas market has been cancelled at the Old Town Square in Prague due to COVID-19 concerns, Czech Republic, November 28, 2020. REUTERS/David W CernyPRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government will allow restaurants and non-essential shops to reopen on Thursday, Dec. 3, as the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic eases, Health Mister Jan Blatny said on Sunday. The country will move down one notch to level 3 on its 5-level risk scale, which means all shops and restaurants can open but must limit customer numbers to allow for social distancing. A night-time curfew will be lifted and limited sports activities can resume.
Rugby: Wales coach Pivac unhappy with referee after loss to England
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Autumn Nations Cup - Wales v England - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, Wales, Britain - November 28, 2020 Wales head coach Wayne Pivac before the match REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/File Photo(Reuters) - Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has questioned some of referee Romain Poite’s decisions in Saturday’s 24-13 Autumn Nations Cup defeat by England and said he would talk to World Rugby about the Frenchman’s performance. “We talk to World Rugby about referees every week,” Pivac said. “The television match official called a tackle in the air but the referee overruled him. The team that got the weight through the bind, which was England, was getting rewarded. If a prop loses his footing and goes down, then he’s caused the scrum to go down.
UniCredit to hold extraordinary board meeting on governance - source
Slideshow ( 2 images )MILAN (Reuters) - UniCredit is expected to hold an extraordinary board meeting later on Sunday to discuss governance issues as the mandate of CEO Jean Pierre Mustier comes up for renewal in the spring, a person familiar with the matter said. A second source said a board meeting had been called for Monday and could be brought forward to Sunday. Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore first reported news of the board meeting, saying directors would discuss conditions set by Mustier to remain at the helm of Italy’s second-largest bank for another three years.
France must review COVID-19 crowd limits on church attendance
FILE PHOTO: Worshippers attend a mass at Saint-Francois-Xavier church, as French churches reopen for religious gatherings after the government has reversed its ban, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Paris, France, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) - France’s State Council, the country’s highest court, said in a statement that a government measure to limit the number of people in churches during religious services to 30 is not proportionate with coronavirus infection risks and ordered the government to review the law within three days.
Raab: There is a risk of third coronavirus wave
FILE PHOTO: British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is seen during a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (not pictured) at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Kham/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Britain is at risk of suffering a third wave of coronavirus infections if it does not get the approach to lockdown restrictions right in the coming weeks, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. “There’s a risk of that (if) we don’t get the balance right,” Raab told the BBC when asked about a possible ‘third wave’ resurgence of cases in January and February. He said the government was doing everything it could to avoid another national lockdown.
Fishing and Firearms
Siegfried Modola, Reuters PhotographerWhen Simon Choko goes out fishing on Kenya’s lake Turkana, he brings a gun as well as a net. As conditions change, the Turkana have had to change too, and many have turned to fishing. As a new source of survival, the government started to introduce communities to fishing in the plentiful waters of the vast and then mostly untouched Lake Turkana. Authorities gave out fishing nets and resettled affected communities in villages along the shores of the lake. “Around Lake Turkana, tradition is a killer: if you don’t adapt and change, you die.
Raab says next week will be very significant for Brexit deal
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - The next week will be very significant for Brexit, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday when asked how near the deadline was in trade talks with the European Union. “This is a very significant week, the last real major week subject to any further postponement,” Raab told the BBC. He said negotiations were down to their final two basic issues and a deal was possible if the EU showed some pragmatism.
Austrians to face further 'massive restrictions' after lockdown: Kurz
FILE PHOTO: Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz attends a news conference as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Vienna, Austria November 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerZURICH (Reuters) - Austria should expect further heavy restrictions when its current lockdown measures expire in just over a week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Austrian paper Kleine Zeitung. Speaking to Kleine Zeitung, Kurz said Austrians would need to contend with further restrictions for weeks and months, adding new measures to be announced on Wednesday depended on COVID-19 case developments. “The higher the infection numbers, the harder it will be to introduce steps for reopening,” Kurz said in the interview published on Sunday. Asked about the potential for a ski season, Kurz told the paper sports and leisure facilities would not be part of the first easing measures, but the government intended to enable more outdoor and individual sports in the foreseeable future.
UK's Raab says next week will be very significant for Brexit deal
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - The next week will be very significant for Brexit, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday when asked how near the deadline was in trade talks with the European Union. “This is a very significant week, the last real major week subject to any further postponement,” Raab told the BBC. He said negotiations were down to their final two basic issues and a deal was possible if the EU showed some pragmatism.
Aegon to sell Central and Eastern European business to Vienna Insurance
(Reuters) - Dutch insurer Aegon said on Sunday it would sell its Central and Eastern European business to Vienna Insurance Group for 830 million euros ($993 million) to raise cash to cope with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. Aegon said it had agreed to sell its insurance, pension and asset management business in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Turkey. “This transaction will simplify Aegon’s footprint and strengthen our balance sheet,” Aegon Chief Executive Officer Lard Friese said in a statement. In October, Reuters reported that the Dutch insurer had put its Eastern European business up for sale and was working with JPMorgan on the process. Aegon provides life and general insurance in Hungary, where it began working in 1992 with the acquisition of former state-owned insurer Állami Biztosító.
Czech government to allow shops, restaurants to reopen from Dec. 3
REUTERS/David W Cerny/File photoPRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government will allow restaurants and non-essential shops to reopen on Thursday, Dec. 3, as a wave of coronavirus infections eases, Health Mister Jan Blatny said on Sunday. The country will move down one notch to level 3 on its 5-level coronavirus risk scale, which means all shops and restaurants can open but must limit customer numbers to allow for social distancing. “The shorter the period stores are open before Christmas, the higher the concentration of people would be in shops,” he told a news conference. Deaths in the country of 10.7 million people reached 8,054 as of Saturday, and total cases 518,649. The daily number of new cases dropped below 5,000 in six out of the past seven days.
Thai protesters challenge king's military command
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai anti-government protesters challenged on Sunday King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s personal control over some army units to condemn the military’s role in politics. Hundreds of protesters gathered to march to the 11th Infantry Regiment, one of two units that were moved under the king’s command in 2019. “In a democratic system, the king is not responsible for directing command of the military.”Protesters accuse the monarchy of enabling decades of military domination. Parit is among several protest leaders who already face charges under lese majeste laws against insulting the monarchy after his speeches at previous rallies. The Royal Palace has made no comment since the protests began, but the king has said that despite their actions the protesters are loved “all the same”.
France must review COVID-19 crowd limits on church attendance
FILE PHOTO: Choirboys are seen during a service attended by Priest Bruno Lefevre Pontalis at Saint-Francois-Xavier church, as French churches reopen for religious gatherings after the government has reversed its ban, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Paris, France, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Christian HartmannPARIS (Reuters) - France’s State Council, the country’s highest court, said in a statement that a government measure to limit the number of people in churches during religious services to 30 is not proportionate with coronavirus infection risks and ordered the government to review the law within three days.
Croatian PM in self-isolation after wife tests positive for coronavirus
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovi? is self-isolating for 10 days after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus. “Prime Minister Plenkovi? was tested on Saturday and the result is negative. He was ordered to remain in isolation at home for the next 10 days. He will continue performing his duties from home,” a government spokesperson said Saturday evening, according to Reuters. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Croatia has registered 123,693 cases and 1,655 deaths, the country’s Public Health Institute said on Saturday.
UK's Raab says next week will be very significant for Brexit deal
Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) - The next week will be very significant for Brexit, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday when asked how near the deadline was in trade talks with the European Union. “This is a very significant week, the last real major week subject to any further postponement,” Raab told the BBC. He said negotiations were down to their final two basic issues and a deal was possible if the EU showed some pragmatism.
Mysterious Metal Monolith In Utah Desert Suddenly Vanishes
The “illegally installed structure” was removed by an “unknown party,” and not by department personnel, according to the BLM. A mysterious metallic monolith discovered deep in a Utah desert has suddenly vanished just days after it was first spotted by biologists from the air. "We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the “monolith” has been removed by an unknown party. Biologists from the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources spotted it from a helicopter Nov. 18 as they were counting bighorn sheep in the area. The Utah Department of Heritage and Arts has called the structure “vandalism” — even though it had “better craftsmanship than graffiti,” the department said in a statement.
'Good riddance': Tech's flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocates
SAN FRANCISCO — When Chirag Bhakta saw a headline recently that said tech workers were fleeing San Francisco, he had a quick reaction: "Good riddance." You can make a lot of money here, obviously, but that's not the persona of San Francisco." From what I can tell, tech workers weren't being oppressed in San Francisco," he said. And recently, protesters demonstrated outside the couple's San Francisco house over Facebook's role in politics, including its decision not to fact-check political ads. "The level of tech blowback in San Francisco and the Bay Area was going up in intensity," she said.
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85
LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who played Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Director George Lucas saw Prowse in a small part in “A Clockwork Orange” and asked the 6-foot-6-inch (2-meter) actor to audition for the villainous Vader or the wookie Chewbacca in “Star Wars.”ADVERTISEMENTProwse later told the BBC he chose Darth Vader because “you always remember the bad guys.”Physically, Prowse was perfect for the part. His lilting English West Country accent was considered less ideal, and his lines were dubbed by James Earl Jones. “As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man,” he wrote.
On Tennyson Street in Denver, mom-and-pop shops are dying amid Covid-19
Nearly every business on Tennyson Street, in a gentrifying neighborhood about 15 minutes from downtown Denver, was hit hard by the pandemic. People walk by the Wana Art House on Tennyson Street, in Denver on Wednesday. A person walks by shops on Tennyson Street in Denver on Wednesday. … If I had to be fully open, I’d be very scared.”The handful of developers who have staked their claim on Tennyson Street also face uncertainty. Lenny Taub, who owns First Stone Development, is working on his second project on Tennyson Street.
New Mexico promised its students free college. Then oil prices tanked.
"This program is an absolute game changer for New Mexico," Lujan Grisham said at the time. Students like Emily Jaramillo, 18, who was a high school senior when the free college plan was announced, suddenly felt like they were out of options. Juarez-Alonzo, who is involved in local climate activism, described the free college plan as a "hostage situation," in which his future was being funded by the very thing he thought would kill it. "I wasn't trying to bank on the fact that our governor had promised free college, because I didn't think the money was always going to be there," he said. Lujan Grisham's office said it was too busy handling the Covid-19 crisis to comment on whether she still plans to pursue the free college plan.
The Latest: Hong Kong to close schools amid virus surge
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)HONG KONG — Hong Kong has reported 115 new coronavirus infections, the first time it has seen cases in the triple digits since Aug. 2. South Korea on Thursday registered more than 500 new virus cases for the first time in eight months. The total number of coronavirus cases in Oregon has now surpassed 72,000 and the death toll stands at 896. ___CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada on Saturday reported nearly 3,000 additional known COVID-19 cases as related hospitalizations continued in large numbers. ___PHOENIX -- Arizona reported 4,136 additional known COVID-19 cases and 36 more deaths on Saturday.
Cindy McCain is under consideration to become US Ambassador to the United Kingdom: report
FilmMagic/FilmMagic for U.S. VETSPresident-elect Joe Biden is considering Cindy McCain to serve as US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, according to a report from The Times of London. McCain, the wife of the late Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, endorsed Biden's 2020 presidential campaign against President Donald Trump. McCain has long endured a wave of attacks against her late husband by President Donald Trump. President-elect Joe Biden is considering Cindy McCain to serve as US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, according to a report from The Times of London. Biden, who served in the US Senate for 36 years, most of them alongside Sen. McCain, has been close with the McCain family for years.
Joe Biden expected to name Cindy McCain as ambassador to UK
Joe Biden listens to Cindy McCain, as they pay their respects to American Indian veterans during a campaign stop at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial (REUTERS)President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly expected to name Cindy McCain as his ambassador to the UK. The widow of the late Republican Senator John McCain has been a fierce critic of Donald Trump and crossed party lines to endorse Mr Biden. Ms McCain’s employment by the incoming administration would be seen as a fitting end to a feud between her husband and President Trump. Mr Trump upset Senator McCain after mocking his status as a former prisoner of war. They were not losers and suckers by any chance.”Read MoreBiden considers General Austin as nominee for defence secretaryWhy Donald Trump will be such a hard act for Joe Biden to follow
Cindy McCain being considered for Biden’s ambassador to UK
‘The final straw was the, you know, ‘they’re losers and suckers,” said McCainPresident-elect Joe Biden is reportedly expected to name Cindy McCain as his ambassador to the UK. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a Thanksgiving address at the Queen Theatre on November 25, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Trump famously said that McCain wasn’t “a war hero because he was captured.”Congrats to Cindy McCain for being offered the UK ambassadorship. '”Cindy McCain speaks during the 10th Anniversary Women In The World Summit at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 12, 2019 in New York City. The post Cindy McCain being considered for Biden’s ambassador to UK appeared first on TheGrio.
Ask Amy: I was fine with my husband’s infertility until I got pregnant
Dear Amy: When my husband and I first met, he confided that he was infertile. Changed my MindRelated Articles Ask Amy: Now I realize why she doesn’t have other friendsAsk Amy: The four words that changed me foreverAsk Amy: He’s keeping a secret from our dad, and it makes things worseAsk Amy: I resent these maskless people. Dear Amy: After over 30 years of friendship, my dear friend is now shunning me. Dear Amy: Regarding your answer to “Catholic Guilt,” talk about offensive advice! You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Campus Angle Q&A: Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Roxbury Latin/Harvard men’s soccer
Wheeler-Omiunu starred on the pitch at Roxbury Latin where he was a two-time all-state selection and the Independent School League Offensive Player of the Year. His father, David, played for the Nigerian national youth soccer team. His brother, Carlton, 23, played soccer at Bellingham High and was a two-year captain at Colby-Sawyer College. I was coached by my dad then and with Bellingham Youth Soccer until I was 15. I also played with a Premier Development League team in Portland, Maine, and drove there on weekends.
Afghan officials say 34 killed in separate suicide bombings
Ghazni provincial health department chief, Zahir Shah Nikmal, also confirmed the death toll and casualty figures from the attack. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 34 people were killed on Sunday in two separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan that targeted a military base and a provincial chief, officials said. The ministry also offered a different account of what happened than the official at the National Security Council, saying the vehicle exploded near the army base after security forces opened fire on the car. The provincial council chief, Attajan Haqbayat, survived the attack on Sunday with minor injuries, though one of his bodyguards was among those killed, said provincial police spokesman Hikmatullah Kochai. Afghan officials, however, have expressed concerns that a rapid reduction in American troops could strengthen the negotiating hand of the Taliban.
In this sink-or-swim COVID year, the Nile Swim Club wages a heroic summer effort | Maria Panaritis
They’ve got the grit and determination part covered. The least the rest of us can do is help keep the pool filters on, the lifeguards paid, and the kids with a place to splash and smile during this year when laughter and joy are harder to come by than ever.
Manolo Blah Blah
The only thing remotely purselike I use is a fanny pack, and I love my fanny pack. I don’t know why everybody hates on fanny packs. It’s a brilliant solution to a problem. The only problem with a fanny pack is that it’s like a belt, so somebody you know has to loosen it from time to time.
They share time - and family history - together
There’s a photo of 2-year-old Christianne on her tricycle, just before she fell off, and many images of family gatherings down the Shore. There are photos of Pat with husband Dave and their girls, and with husband Warren, playing cards with Christianne’s parents. She’s at her antique store in one, and laying cement and bricks around her home’s foundation in another. “The basement kept flooding, and we were trying to prevent that,” Pat said.
With the vote count now over, here’s how Pennsylvania broke for Joe Biden
The parts of the city that trended most dramatically against Trump in many ways resembled the suburbs that also turned out so forcefully against him. The biggest leftward shifts from 2016 to 2020 came from some of the city’s wealthiest and most-educated neighborhoods, including the majority-white wards that encompass the heart of Center City and one that covers Roxborough and Manayunk.
A ShopRite gift that “almost brings tears to my eyes” | Maria Panaritis
Would it survive the coronavirus? Memberships were down, pandemic fears were up, and the Nile had only just skirted economic collapse a few years earlier. Patterson had stepped in to help the club’s board stabilize the place he fondly remembered as a child. But the club was not yet on pace for even the 200 family memberships needed to cover overhead. Would kids have somewhere to go during the summer of quarantine if the Nile could not make it?
Be thankful for Carson Wentz, Joel Embiid, and six other blessings in Philadelphia sports | Marcus Hayes
For more than two decades, since the end of the second installment of Ron Hextall, this has been the common wisdom surrounding the Flyers’ chance to win their first Stanley Cup since 1975: A franchise goaltender will be the final piece. Frankly, a franchise goaltender should always have been the first priority. Hart, 22, makes the Flyers true contenders for the first time since he was born, in 1998.
Can Philadelphia transform its police force from ‘warriors’ to ‘guardians’? This de-escalation training could help.
Camden and more than 80 other police departments around the country use a version of the training known as ICAT (Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics), and the results are promising. Developed by the Police Executive Research Forum, its techniques are designed for scenarios in which a person is armed with a weapon other than a gun, particularly those involving people in crisis or attempting “suicide by cop.”
Political Cartoon: Post-Thanksgiving thoughts and prayers for frontline workers
Thanksgiving Day at our table usually includes various children, in-laws, siblings, friends, and several ringers who are inevitably stranded in Philly. At first COVID seemed like a great excuse to avoid the cooking, furniture re-arrangements, and sink full of greasy dishes, pots, and pans. But the reality of having only two at the table soon seemed pathetic. I totally get why people decided to chow down in person. I only hope that the aftermath doesn’t swamp our hospitals and the heroic frontline workers who have to clean up more than dirty dishes from our big holiday gatherings.
Saturday's Top 25 roundup: Without Saban, No. 1 Alabama rolls over No. 22 Auburn
Mac Jones passed for 302 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, highlighted by two long ones to DeVonta Smith, and No. Najee Smith ran for 96 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown, and John Metchie III caught a pair of scoring passes. “Not having Coach Saban is difficult and obviously he did a great job preparing all of us for a situation like this. Kellen Mond had a season-low 105 yards passing in his first game this season without a touchdown pass. Marable ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns and Coastal Carolina wrapped up the Sun Belt Conference East Division title.
Saturday's Big Ten basketball: Nebraska pulls away, beats North Dakota State
— Teddy Allen scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half when Nebraska pulled away for a 79-57 victory over North Dakota State on Saturday. Lincoln native Sam Griesel had nine points and 12 rebounds and junior Tyree Eady had a career-high 13 boards with seven points. Penn State was up 37-35 at halftime and trailed 45-44 with 15:26 to play following a Kamdyn Curfman 3-pointer. Izaiah Brockington had six of his 15 points points in the surge. Three players added 12 points for Penn State, which shot 51% in the second half and hit seven 3-pointers.
Columbus Crew | Caleb Porter: Game vs. Nashville is safe to play after COVID-19 outbreak
Seven Crew players tested positive for COVID-19 this week and will be unavailable for Sunday’s Major League Soccer playoff game against Nashville SC. But Crew coach Caleb Porter said Saturday that the game is safe to play because the virus outbreak has been controlled. The Crew has decided its policy is not to disclose the identities of individuals who have tested positive. When asked how different the lineup might look against Nashville given the players unavailable due to COVID-19, Porter did not directly answer the question. In October, the Crew had a game postponed against Orlando because two Crew team operations staff members tested positive.
Alan D. Miller | New approach to opinion page focuses on solutions, engagement
The Columbus DispatchThe Dispatch opinion page will take on a different feel and a slightly different look starting Monday. Editorial Page Editor Mary Yost and editorial writers Mary Edwards and Herb Grant all are departing after decades of service to Dispatch readers. Edwards will continue through the end of the year to help with a transition to a community engagement editor and a new approach to opinion content. We are grateful to Terrance Dean, a community representative on the Dispatch Editorial Board, for proposing and coordinating this series. Alan D. Miller is editor of The Dispatch.
The Latest: Hong Kong to close schools amid virus surge
HONG KONG — Hong Kong has reported 115 new coronavirus infections, the first time it has seen cases in the triple digits since Aug. 2. The government on Sunday also announced that classes at kindergarten, primary and secondary schools will be shut for the rest of the year in light of the worsening coronavirus situation in the city. Of the 115 infections reported Sunday, 24 were untraceable. Another 62 were linked to recent outbreaks in dance studios across the city, taking the total number of infections in that cluster to 479, health officials said. Employees and recent guests at three restaurants in the city have also been ordered to undergo compulsory testing after multiple positive cases had been linked to the venues.
Biden should break with failed free-trade policies
Still, Trump was right that America’s free-trade policies have been a failure. Since 2000, the United States has lost roughly 5 million manufacturing jobs and more than 91,000 factories. And as the Economic Policy Institute has reported, America’s ongoing trade deficit with China cost 3.7 million U.S. jobs between 2001 and 2018. Now, however, Biden is set to become president of a nation suffering serious unemployment during a global pandemic. To make U.S. manufacturing competitive, and start reducing America’s massive trade deficit, Biden will have to tackle a key problem — an overvalued U.S. dollar.
In memoriam: Funeral notices, November 29, 2020
ISAACMAN, BennBenn J. Isaacman, who earned international acclaim for his pioneering of revolutionary advancements in design and functionality of business jet aircraft interiors, Thanksgiving, November 26, 2020 in Tucson, AZ. Up to that time most interior design groups were assigned to the company's engineering department. Benn insisted this function be a part of marketing, allowing a merging of engineering, safety, human factors, interior design and customer interface. During the next few years he led interior design efforts for an additional five new models of Learjet and Bombardier aircraft. He holds a number of patents in aircraft interior design.
Looking for sixth MLS title, Bruce Arena has made the Revolution worth watching
Unfortunately for them, the Revolution are playing in the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals at 3 p.m. Sunday against Orlando. Revs coach Bruce Arena already owns the MLS record for most championships (five; 1996, 1997, 2011, 2012 and 2014), wins (218), playoff wins (34) and winning percentage among active coaches (.596). Unfortunately for the U.S. Men’s National team, Buchanon is from Ontario, Canada, and is looking likely to be on Canada’s radar with the 2022 World Cup qualifiers approaching. Still, those players are remarkably valuable in MLS, where prime offensive talent is often sought out and lured to Europe. He’s the best coach in MLS history, and he’s certainly worth watching.
Paris climate treaty puts America last
And Joe Biden says that one of his highest priorities as president will be to … re-enter the Paris Climate Accord. National Geographic, a supporter of climate change action, recently ran the numbers and admits in its recent headline: “Most Countries Aren’t Hitting 2030 Climate Goals.” That’s putting it mildly. Year after year, it makes hollow promises to stop climate change while they build dozens of new coal plants. We hang our booming free market economy on a cross of climate change regulation. If Paris is one of Biden’s first official acts as president, he will be announcing to the world that putting America First has been replaced with putting America Last.
NFL forecast: Patriots, Titans to pull upsets; Jets, too
ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................SUNDAYLas Vegas Raiders (6-4) at Atlanta Falcons (3-7)Time: 11 a.m.Line: Raiders by 3Facts: This is the first of back-to-back East Coast games for Vegas, and its fourth so far. Plus, star Cards QB Kyler Murray might not be his usual self after falling hard on his right shoulder last week vs. Seattle. Forecast: Bills 28, Chargers 27Miami Dolphins (6-4) at NY Jets (0-10)Time: 11 a.m.Line: Dolphins by 7Facts: Six weeks ago the Dolphins beat the Jets in Miami 24-0. Denver’s defense showed plenty of moxie last week vs. Miami and now gets to face a Saints team used to playing at 3 feet above sea level. … Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is tied for the most completions of 20-plus yards entering Week 11 with 41.
'He understands Washington': Joe Scarborough finds echoes of Truman in Biden
Joe Scarborough had been discussing Joe Biden’s cabinet, Donald Trump’s delusions and America’s battered claim to be the indispensable nation when the conversation took an unexpected turn. A guest on Wednesday’s Morning Joe, the Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, pointed out: “Joe, you have good timing. And the United States has profited from it.”The author continues: “It’s what’s so ridiculous about this ‘America first’ mentality. Time and again, Truman and other presidents who have engaged in the world proved that when the United States helps allies, allies help the United States. “Here you have Joe Biden, the guy who understands Washington, understands the United States Senate and can sit down with Mitch McConnell and actually get things done.
It's only fake-believe: how to deal with a conspiracy theorist
The idea has been debunked numerous times, whereas there is good evidence that conspiracy theorists such as David Icke are themselves reaping huge profits from spreading misinformation. Read on to discover the five most common fallacies favoured by conspiracy theorists, and the best ways to respond. Fake authorityIf they can’t present any solid scientific evidence, conspiracy theorists may name impressive-sounding witnesses who apparently endorse their worldview. Conspiracy theorists tend to take a grain of truth, then cast another narrative around it Dr Sander van der LindenFinally, some conspiracy theorists greatly exaggerate debates among experts themselves. “Conspiracy theorists tend to take a grain of truth, then cast another narrative around it,” says Van der Linden.
The Fall of a Sparrow by Ann Pasternak Slater review – TS Eliot's troubled first wife
Vivien Haigh-Wood married TS Eliot in 1915, and right from the start, things were difficult: if not a disaster precisely, then one well in the making. Her latest biographer, Ann Pasternak Slater, is in one sense, at least, determined to see her as a person in her own right. After Eliot left her in 1933, Vivien had an “unformulated need” to create a new identity, writes Pasternak Slater: a “psychic bricolage” that replaced the debris of her marriage. Pasternak Slater traces Vivien’s too short life (she died unexpectedly, of heart failure) year by year in small sections, carefully separating fact from hearsay. • The Fall of a Sparrow: Vivien Eliot’s Life and Writings by Ann Pasternak Slater is published by Faber (£35).
A Christmas Carol to the Royal Ballet – the best live shows to stream over the festive period
A full-scale production will be performed to an empty auditorium and streamed live, from 12-24 December. Take a stroll through the deep dark wood via live stream on 12 and 13 December. Both are available till 30 April. So put 13 December in the diary, because Sh!t Theatre will be live streaming the experience for one night only. Or you can rent full-length recorded live shows, including Akram Khan’s Giselle and La Sylphide.
Georgia Tennant mocks husband David Tennant’s age in ‘hilarious’ Twitter putdown
Georgia Tennant delivered a hilarious comeback to a follower who was particularly taken by her husband on social media. The British actor, who is married to David Tennant, received a message reading: "I want David Tennant to rail me." Georgia, who has been married to the former Doctor Who star since 2011, used the chance to lovingly mock her husband. one follower replied, adding: "Georgia Tennant has won Twitter today, folks! Earlier this year, Des actor Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor from 2005 to 2010, said he felt “stupid” marrying the daughter of a fellow Time Lord actor.
Southampton vs Manchester United predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture
Southampton host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as the Saints attempt to maintain their strong run of form and keep themselves around the European places. Here’s everything you need to know about the Premier League fixture:When is it? The game will air live on Sky Sports Premier League. Southampton will be up for this one, though, in great form and with very little to lose. Southampton 1-1 Man United.
Southampton vs Manchester United prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out?
Southampton welcome Manchester United to St Mary’s in the Premier League on Sunday as the hosts look to maintain their impressive run of form and keep themselves around the European spots. Here’s everything you need to know about the Premier League fixture:When is it? The game will air live on Sky Sports Premier League. Southampton will be up for this one, though, in great form and with very little to lose. Southampton 1-1 Man United.
Is Southampton vs Manchester United on TV? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Manchester United travel to St Mary’s to take on Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as the home team seek to sustain their impressive run of form and keep themselves in contention for a European place. Here’s everything you need to know about the Premier League fixture:When is it? The game will air live on Sky Sports Premier League. Southampton will be up for this one, though, in great form and with very little to lose. Southampton 1-1 Man United.
Southampton vs Manchester United live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV
Manchester United visit Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday as the home side try to sustain their impressive run of performances and keep themselves in contention for a European spot. Here’s everything you need to know about the Premier League fixture:When is it? The game will air live on Sky Sports Premier League. Southampton will be up for this one, though, in great form and with very little to lose. Southampton 1-1 Man United.
Chelsea vs Tottenham predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture today
After defeating Manchester City, Tottenham will look to earn another key result as they aim to establish themselves as title contenders. Chelsea summer signing Edouard Mendy has done the job thus far, with his seven clean sheets in ten games steadying the ship at Stamford Bridge. A win for Tottenham would keep them at the top of the Premier League, but three points for Chelsea would see them leapfrog their London rivals. The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, where coverage will begin from 4pm. While Chelsea look effective since Mendy signed, Harry Kane has been incredible this season with 16 goal involvements (seven goals, nine assists).
Is Chelsea vs Tottenham on TV? Kick-off time, TV channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that the pressure should be on lavish summer spenders Chelsea, and not on his club. These two sides faced each other in the League Cup earlier this season, with a 1-1 draw ending in a Tottenham win on penalties. The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, where coverage will begin from 4pm. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription. While Chelsea look effective since Mendy signed, Harry Kane has been incredible this season with 16 goal involvements (seven goals, nine assists).
Chelsea vs Tottenham live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV today
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said that the form of the two London rivals adds ‘spice’ to their Premier League clash on Sunday. The Blues will feel confident as they have lost just once of their last 34 meetings with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. Behind only Jack Grealish, the talismanic forward has won more fouls in the league than any other player. The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, where coverage will begin from 4pm. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
Is Arsenal vs Wolves on TV tonight? Kick off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Arsenal are hoping to turn around their dismal Premier League form with a win over Wolves on Sunday. The visitors have scored fewer goals than any other team in the top half of the league so far, but Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last seven Premier League home games. The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, where coverage will begin from 7pm GMT. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription. The Gunners look lost, and Arteta is yet to land on a true starting side.
Arsenal vs Wolves live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Arsenal welcome Wolves to the Emirates Stadium in what could be a nervy clash for the home side. Since Nuno’s men earned promotion, in eight visits to Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, they have only lost once. Their last three trips have finished level, but Wolves have not won away at Arsenal since 1979. Arsenal raised spirits with a win over Molde in the Europa League, but it has proved difficult for them to translate that success to the Premier League. The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, where coverage will begin from 7pm GMT.
Arsenal vs Wolves predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture today
Wolves travel to North London with every intention to compound Arsenal’s recent misery and inflict a third straight home defeat in the league. The Gunners are lacking in the final third and haven’t scored a Premier League goal from open play in 476 minutes. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could go with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a striker, rather than a winger, to try and reinvigorate his side. Meanwhile, Wolves are looking for a first league win in almost a month after a loss to Leicester and draw with Southampton. The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, where coverage will begin from 7pm GMT.
Arsenal vs Wolves prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out tonight?
Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos labelled international teammate Adama Traore as ‘very special’ ahead of Wolves’ trip to the Emirates Stadium. The winger could cause Arsenal’s defence problems, and Mikel Arteta’s side are desperate to turn things around after consecutive home defeats. Wolves manager Nuno played down the impact of the extra rest his side have been afforded as the Gunners played in the Europa League this week. The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event, where coverage will begin from 7pm GMT. Wolves will be a threat, but the Gunners should avoid slipping to three defeats.
Adam King: Six-year-old Irish boy's space ambition 'inspires' Nasa
"There's space for everybody at NASA, and we can't wait for him to one day join our team of dreamers. We'll be here when he's ready."
Wayne Pivac fumes at referee Romain Poite’s interference during England victory over Wales
It was a seventh loss in nine games for Pivac and his team did score the first try through England-born centre Johnny Williams. That was disappointing.”Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar kicked the rest of Wales’ points while Williams and rookie flankers James Botham and Shane Lewis-Hughes stood up well. This England performance was better than the dross Wales served up against Scotland and Ireland, but their set-piece was still poor. We wanted to start well and I think we got the good start after weathering the storm with the breakout try,” Pivac said. You have to recognise that England are ranked the second best team in the world at the moment and they came fully loaded.
TikTok: 'I didn’t know other LGBT Muslims existed'
Shaz says she didn't know there were other people like her until she joined a social media platform where she now has 30,000 followers one year after joining. TikTok is now her "safe space", she says. Shaz and other LGBT Muslims have been using it to talk about their identity and connect a community, as BBC LGBT correspondent Ben Hunte reports. Produced, filmed and edited by Ammar Ebrahim
Australia weather: Sydney struggles to sleep during hottest November night on record as bushfires burn
Australia's largest city has sweltered through its hottest November night on record. AdvertisementAustralia's Bureau of Meteorology said the weekend also saw 47.5C (117F) in Marree (South Australia), 47.4C (117F) in Roxby Downs (South Australia), and 46.4C (116F) in Birdsville (Queensland). Australia is not new to bushfires - almost every summer, parts of the country are devastated by fire, and last summer saw nearly 12 million hectares burnt, with the deaths of 33 people and an estimated one billion animals. At one stage on Sunday, NSW RFS was fighting more than 60 bush and grass fires. "These grass fires are quite dangerous.
VIDEO : Coronavirus: French businesses fear low-key Christmas season
Christmas cheer is thin on the ground this year with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on traditional celebrations.
David Prowse: British actor who played Darth Vader dies aged 85
David Prowse, the British actor who played the iconic villain Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy has died aged 85 after a short illness. The actor, who worked in British film and television, also starred in a documentary concerning the role of Vadar entitled I Am Your Father. He won the British heavyweight weightlifting championship for three consecutive years from 1962-1964, representing England in the weightlifting event at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia. Prowse also became fitness consultant to the UK's upmarket department store Harrods and opened a series of gyms, notably The Dave Prowse Fitness Centre in Southwark, London. Prowse initially spoke the dialogue of Darth Vadar during filming, but George Lucas claimed he wanted a "darker voice", deeming his West Country accent unsuitable for the character.
Almond Eye goes into retirement as Japan Cup champion
Race-favorite Almond Eye captured a record ninth turf Grade 1 victory on Sunday in the 40th running of the Japan Cup, her final race before retirement. In the final stretch of the 2,400-meter race held at Tokyo Racecourse, Contrail broke first and jetted past Kiseki but could not hold off Almond Eye. “She reminded us all what a great champion she is by winning yet another G1 race,” Lemaire said. “What pleases me the most is that she goes into retirement having run her final race without incident.”“This mare is a true professional. “Every time I get to ride Almond Eye is special,” Lemaire said.
Fighting coronavirus in luxurious style with ¥1 million masks
Japanese trend-setters can now protect against the coronavirus in luxurious style with opulent masks adorned with diamonds and pearls for a cool ¥1 million ($9,600) each. RELATED STORIES The history behind Japan’s love of face masksCox Co. offers a range of masks starting from ¥500 at its online and physical stores. | REUTERSCox, part of retailing group Aeon Co, has opened Mask.com online and in six physical locations since September, offering more than 200 types of masks starting at ¥500. Some visitors to the store were concerned the ¥1 million masks might be out of their league. That honor belongs to a $1.5 million mask made with 250 grams of 18-karat gold designed by Israeli jeweler Yvel.
Man nabbed for swindling Go To Travel coupons
Tokyo police have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion that he illegally acquired coupons distributed under the government’s Go To Travel tourism promotion campaign. The case marks the first time an arrest has been made for improper acquisition of the coupons. Multiple cases in which cancellations of hotel reservations were made apparently with the aim of fraudulently acquiring Go To Travel coupons have been confirmed, the agency said. He also said he used the coupons to buy a smartphone and video games. As a measure to prevent improper acquisitions of Go To Travel coupons, the Japan Tourism Agency starting confirming people’s IDs via text messages on Wednesday.
Dillian Whyte slams 'coward' Daniel Dubois for 'quitting' in his shock defeat to Joe Joyce
Dillian Whyte has slammed Daniel Dubois for 'quitting' during his heavyweight defeat to Joe Joyce as the starlet suffered a shock setback in his all-British showdown with the boxing veteran. Dubois and promotor Frank Warren had previously called out the Bodysnatcher for a match-up, but the Brixton fighter was left unimpressed by Saturday's showing. Dubois took a knee in the 10th round and did not make the count as he suffered his first defeat'One thing with me, no quit, straight warrior. Straight warrior, straight warrior. Dubois insisted that his toughness should not be called into question, as the Greenwich-born star was taken to hospital following his shock defeat.
Tears and memories as Argentina's Primera Division returns without Maradona
Players from Racing and Union de Santa Fe entered the pitch at Avellaneda wearing national jerseys with Maradona's number 10 on the back. They warmed up to the sound of "Life is Life" -- a song made wildly popular by an accompanying video of the Argentine great performing feats of magic with the ball. "He is a great one, it goes without saying," said Racing midfielder Walter Montoya, unable to hold back tears during the tribute. Several Gimnasia players coached by the legend were also on the verge of tears before kickoff. "It was crazy to play, because we are still reeling from this blow," midfielder Victor Ayala said after the match.
Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse dead at 85: agent
David Prowse (L), played Darth Vader but did not lend the character his voiceAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Dave Prowse, the British actor behind the menacing black mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, has died, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. "It's with great sadness that we have to announce that our client Dave Prowse... passed away yesterday morning at the age of 85," Bowington wrote on Facebook. A former body-builder turned actor, Prowse's towering stature at almost two metres (6.5 feet) clinched him the role of the instantly-recognisable antagonist in the original Star Wars trilogy. Prowse nevertheless remained attached to the character, telling AFP in 2013 that he was "the greatest big-screen villain of all time". Since the original Star Wars trilogy was released in the late 1970s and early 80s, Prowse had travelled the world meeting hardcore fans.
Mammoth move: loneliest elephant heads to Cambodia after Cher campaign
Kavaan (in enclosure at right) is set to be flown to Cambodia following a campaign by pop star Cher to free the elephantAdvertising Read moreIslamabad (AFP)Following years of public outcry and campaigning by American pop star Cher, the "world's loneliest elephant" embarked Sunday on a mammoth move from Pakistan to retirement in a Cambodian sanctuary. "My wishes have finally come true", Cher said in a statement thanking her charity Free The Wild. Cher spent several days in the Pakistani capital to visit Kaavan before the trip to a 10,000-hectare (25,000-acre) Cambodian wildlife sanctuary, with Prime Minister Imran Khan personally thanking the 74-year-old star. Cher was due to fly to Cambodia on Sunday to be in the Southeast Asian nation when the elephant arrives. - 'Loneliest' elephant -Dubbed by the press as the world's loneliest elephant, Kaavan is the only Asian elephant in Pakistan -- the tiny number of other pachyderms at other zoos are African.
Sydney records hottest November night as heatwave sweeps city
The overnight temperature did not drop below 25.3 degrees Celsius Saturday into Sunday in central Sydney, according to the meteorology bureau, making it the hottest November night since records began. The temperature had already hit a scorching 30 degrees Celsius by 4:30 am Sunday, before reaching above 40 degrees for the second consecutive day. Daytime records for November fell elsewhere in Australia's southeast, with the outback towns of Griffith and Mildura reaching 43.2 and 45.7 degrees Celsius respectively on Saturday. Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly played down the link between climate change and the bushfires, and has committed to keeping Australia as one of the world's leading fossil fuel exporters. But Australians are increasingly concerned about climate change, with a recent poll by Sydney's Lowy Institute showing almost 90 percent believing it is a critical or important threat.
[V Report] EXO’s Kai unboxes his first solo album
Broadcast date: Nov. 28-29Starring: EXO, ATEEZ, NCT U, GOT7EXO’s Kai gives sneak peek of his first solo albumKai of EXO took to V Live to unbox his first solo album.“I’m here to show you guys something very interesting, which is the physical copy of my first solo album!” said the EXO singer.“It’s my first time looking side of it as well. I worked hard today, and I will work hard tomorrow and the day after tomorrow as well. Please look forward to my first solo work,” he added.Kai is set to drop his ever-first solo album “Kai” on Nov. 30. The album will feature six tracks.Watch the full clip at: https://www.vlive.tv/video/225665Seunghwa of ATEEZ shared one of his favorite songs.“I’m here before practice to chat with ATINYs. For more information, visit http://www.vlive.tv.By The Korea Herald (khnews@heraldcorp.com)Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.naver.vappApple App Store https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1019447011?mt=
[News Focus] 45% of Korean female workers in nonregular job status
The administration called it a part of “the Korean New Deal.” (Yonhap)SEJONG -- South Korea saw the percentage of those in nonregular job status among the total female workers climb to the all-time high. In Korea, job statuses are commonly divided into regular jobs with permanent contracts and consequent protections for workers, and nonregular jobs, such as temporary jobs, contract jobs and other forms of works with low job security. As for men, the number of nonregular jobs reached 3.33 million of the total 11.36 million male workers, or 29.4 percent in proportion. Last year, some government officials claimed that the sharp growth in the number of nonregular jobs in 2019 was attributed to re-classification of some regular workers totaling about 350,000-500,000 as nonregular workers. But the Statistics Korea data showed that the portion of stable “regular workers” fell from 67.1 percent in 2017 to 63.7 percent in 2020.
Underground Maradona museum in Naples pays tribute to football legend
An underground museum in the backstreets of Naples is filled with Diego Maradona memorabilia. An underground museum in the backstreets of Naples is filled with Diego Maradona memorabilia. Advertising Read moreFor fans of Diego Maradona, a musem in the backstreets of Naples is a must-see. Photos of the football legend sit alongside clippings, cuttings, certificates and "absolute dynamite" like Maradona's training jacket from 1989. "Losing Maradona for me is like losing a father, a mother and a son," he said.
China powers up Hualong One, the first Chinese-developed nuclear reactor
China's first nuclear power unit using Hualong One technology, a domestically developed third-generation reactor design, was connected to the grid early on Friday. Photo: Xinhua
To See White Privilege In Action, Look At Toronto’s Adamson BBQ Debacle (Analysis)
(Photo: Rick Madonik via Getty Images)A good illustration of the concept of white privilege is how we talk about people who are angry at the status quo. White privilege doesn’t mean white people get away with everything, or that white people can’t also suffer hardship. “White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks,” writes anti-racist educator Peggy McIntosh. Self-described white nationalist Paul Fromm, has arrived to support Adamson BBQ. The next time someone asks you what white privilege looks like, point them in his direction.
Republicans sue to stop Wisconsin vote certification
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to block certification of the presidential election results even as a recount over President-elect Joe Biden’s win over President Donald Trump is ongoing. Wisconsin’s election results are scheduled to be certified Dec. 1. The Wisconsin lawsuit was filed by attorney Erick Kaardal, a former Minnesota Republican Party official who also represented rapper Kanye West in his unsuccessful lawsuit attempting to get on the ballot in Wisconsin. Kaardal represents a conservative group called the Wisconsin Voters Alliance and a host of Republican voters. People do not register to vote by political party in Wisconsin so it is impossible to know how many Republicans or Democrats requested absentee ballots.
Donald Trump, wounded wasp
We’re going to look at many reforms in the aftermath of the Trump presidency; there’s a lot to fix! But one that needs addressing is to shorten the wounded wasp period. We may never again have a president who treats the White House the way a cranky toddler treats a Chucky Cheese that he doesn’t want to leave. But just in case, we should inaugurate new presidents a week after elections are certified, and certification should be moved up as well. Yes, it would be a challenge for a president to get his hands firmly on the machinery of government in such a short period, but it’s far better than the alternative.
Trump reportedly wants to hold a 2024 campaign event during Biden's inauguration
Donald Trump is considering hosting a campaign event for a 2024 presidential bid in January, the Daily Beast reported. The discussions of a 2024 campaign event mark the latest move in Trump's attempt to derail the start of Biden's presidency. Donald Trump is reportedly considering hosting a campaign event for a 2024 presidential bid to take place on Joe Biden's Inauguration Day. "I believe that his chief of staff and my chief of staff have spoken, but no, I have not heard anything from President Trump," Biden said. Neither the Trump 2020 campaign nor Biden's transition team immediately returned a request for comment from Business Insider.
Assassination in Iran Could Limit Biden’s Options. Was That the Goal?
WASHINGTON — The assassination of the scientist who led Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon for the past two decades threatens to cripple President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s effort to revive the Iran nuclear deal before he can even begin his diplomacy with Tehran. And that may well have been a main goal of the operation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long identified Iran as an existential threat, and named the assassinated scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, as national enemy No. But Mr. Netanyahu also has a second agenda. “There must be no return to the previous nuclear agreement,” he declared shortly after it became clear that Mr. Biden — who has proposed exactly that — would be the next president.
Coronavirus infections skyrocket in Gaza Strip
After much effort, the Gaza Health Ministry was recently able to increase the number of hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients from 100 to 150. "There is no infrastructure to combat epidemics or crises in the Gaza Strip," said Iyad Abu Karsh of the Health Ministry. Read more: German biotechs in the spotlightLiving conditions in the Gaza Strip contribute to the spread of the virus. Read more: Gaza's cancer patients trapped by coronavirus and politicsAbdelnaser Soboh, an emergency health coordinator with the World Health Organization in Gaza, warned that by December 1, medical services for COVID-19 patients could collapse. Infection rates among those individuals being tested in the area currently hover around 21%, and increasingly, those infected are over the age of 60.
Sudan forces seize large weapons haul near Ethiopia
Mortar rounds and assault weapons seized in Kassala state as fighting rages in neighbouring Ethiopia. Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have seized significant amounts of weapons, ammunition and military equipment on its eastern border with Ethiopia. The seized weapons included a number of mortar rounds and assault weapons, said the report. “The weapons were seized as part of the operations carried out by the security forces these days on the border line in anticipation of any security threat,” it said. But hours later, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) said the heavily armed Tigrayan forces would keep fighting the federal government.
France, UK agree tougher patrols to thwart migrant Channel crossings
France and Britain signed off on a deal on Saturday to increase patrols in an attempt to stop people from trying to cross the English Channel. Patel told British media that French authorities had already stopped 5,000 migrants from crossing to the UK this year. The extra funding was to double French shore patrols and to purchase new equipment, including radar and drones. Rights groups criticize dealHuman rights and humanitarian aid groups say the best way to stop such Channel journeys is to provide safe routes for people to seek asylum in Britain. Watch video 42:36 Share Escape across the English Channel Send Facebook google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3jgX4 Escape across the English Channelipj/rs (AP, Reuters, dpa)
Call to withdraw German police from Greek migrant 'pushbacks'
Frank Schwabe, the human rights spokesman for Germany's center-left Social Democrats (SPD), has said German federal police assigned to EU Frontex patrols should be withdrawn if implicated in so-called migrant "pushbacks." If Frontex, the EU's external border agency, did not stop the involvement of German federal police units in such pushbacks, then "the German contingent must be withdrawn," insisted Schwabe. Involvement in pushbacks at sea could even leave German police open to charges of complicity in offenses, international law expert Nora Markard told Der Spiegel. Instead of immediately rescuing some 40 persons on board, the patrol boat blocked the occupants' route to the adjacent Greek island of Samos and waited half an hour until the Greek coast guard "took over" the incident. A photo taken two hours later showed Turkish coast guard ships rescuing the 40 occupants, suggesting their Greek counterparts had towed their inflatable back into Turkish waters.
Signs Sweden has lost faith with COVID expert Anders Tegnell as deaths rise
Malmo: The high-profile epidemiologist who led Sweden's no-lockdown strategy in the spring appears to be being sidelined by the government after his prediction that greater immunity would mean a lighter second wave proved badly wrong. On Thursday Anders Tegnell's biweekly press conference was pushed into the shade by an overlapping press conference fronted by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven at which scenarios prepared by the Public Health Agency were announced. Sweden's state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden. Credit:AP"There's certainly a split, and I'm pretty sure that many in the government have rather lost faith in the Public Health Agency," said Nicholas Aylott, an associate politics professor at Stockholm's Södertörn University. "By some counts, we've now got exactly the same level of spread of the virus that we had in the spring, and that's about as clear a refutation of Tegnell's strategy as you could wish for."
More than 150 anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine protesters arrested in London
LONDON — Police arrested more than 150 people on Saturday as they tried to break up anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protests in the British capital, as the country continues to battle its Covid-19 outbreak. Police officers led several people away in handcuffs after protesters ignored requests to disperse. Metropolitan police said the arrests were made for breaching coronavirus restrictions and assaulting police officers among other offences. Police officers detain an anti-lockdown protestor during an anti-lockdown demonstration in London on Saturday. The U.K. now has access to 357 million doses of vaccines from seven developers for its population of 67 million, according to a government statement, including 100 million doses of the vaccine developed by U.K.’s Oxford University.
Expand heroin-prescribing scheme ‘across country’, police chiefs’ drugs policy lead says
Heroin-assisted treatment should be rolled out “across the country”, the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s drugs policy lead has said, after the UK’s first fully fledged programme showed “very promising” results in its first year. Speaking to The Independent, Jason Harwin – who is drugs policy lead for the NPCC, which represents police chiefs in England and Wales – called on his colleagues to consider rolling out such schemes where they are needed. “We should look at expanding it across the rest of the country,” said Mr Harwin, who is also Lincolnshire’s Deputy Chief Constable. “So there is a part to play with policing when enforcing the law around drugs, I’ve never said there wasn’t. And that profit will involve the exploitation and trafficking of individuals to grow the drugs, transport the drugs and ultimately distribute the drugs.
Afghanistan car bombing kills at least 30 security force personnel
KABUL (Reuters) - A car bombing in the Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday, officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast. Slideshow ( 5 images )Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured people had been transported there. The blast targeted a compound of the public protection force, a wing of the Afghan security forces, local officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, when contacted by Reuters, did not confirm or deny responsibility. Haji Ata Jan Haqbayan, head of the provincial council of Zabul, suffered minor injuries in the attack on his convoy.
Afghanistan car bombing kills at least 30 security force personnel
KABUL (Reuters) - A car bombing in the Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday, officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast. Afghan National Army soldiers keep watch outside of a military compound after a car bomb blast on the outskirts of Ghazni city, Afghanistan November 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mustafa AndalebBaz Mohammad Hemat, director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured people had been transported there. The blast targeted a compound of the public protection force, a wing of the Afghan security forces, local officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, when contacted by Reuters, did not confirm or deny responsibility.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are 'Excited to Decorate for Christmas' in New Home, Says Source
The couple moved to California earlier this year amid stepping down from their royal rolesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry Are 'Excited to Decorate for Christmas' in New Home, Says SourceIt's about to look a lot like Christmas at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's home. Image zoom Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Archie | Credit: Henk Kruger/AP/Shutterstock"Ever since Archie arrived, everything has been so turbulent, and many things have been up in the air," the insider said. Christmas will look different for the entire royal family amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! Last year, Meghan and Prince Harry opted to celebrate Christmas privately with Archie and Doria while spending time in Canada.
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Shoppers Say This Portable Mattress Is Comfy Enough to Sleep on for ‘a Week Straight’ — and It’s on Sale
We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, so investing in a portable bed is a no-brainer. Whether you travel often, host overnight guests, or like to camp, a travel-friendly mattress that’s easy to store will definitely be put to good use. And even though you can’t really put a price tag on quality rest, you can have a sale on it: The Cushy Form Folding Mattress is only $100 right now during Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale.
Hilary Duff Shares Sweet Family Photo on Thanksgiving After Completing Coronavirus Quarantine
Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma snapped a selfie with their kids at a park overlooking the New York City skylineHilary Duff is feeling grateful for her family — and for almost being done with 2020! On Friday, the pregnant mom of two posted a selfie on Instagram of her family out for some fresh air over the Thanksgiving weekend. The family outing comes nearly a week after Duff revealed she was "exposed" to the novel coronavirus. "Exposed to covid Quarantine day 2 Fml," Duff wrote along with her selfie. Duff and Koma, who tied the knot last year in an intimate Los Angeles ceremony, welcomed their first child together in October 2018.
These ‘Hotel Quality’ Pillows Have Nearly 38,000 Perfect Amazon Ratings — and Now They’re Less than $12 Each
With nearly 38,000 perfect ratings (and almost 10,000 five-star reviews), these hypoallergenic pillows have earned an impressive fanbase of shoppers who testify to their comfort. Beckham Luxury Linens Store, Beckham Hotel Collection Gel Pillow 2-Pack $28.99 (orig. $39.99); amazon.comBut perhaps the thing that makes the Beckham Hotel Collection Pillows stand out the most is their price point. “It was when I traveled cross country and stayed in a hotel that I discovered the Beckham pillow. While these “hotel quality” pillows are always a budget-friendly purchase, their even lower sale price won’t last.
Duck Dynasty Star Bella Robertson, 18, Engaged to Boyfriend Jacob Mayo
Bella Robertson is engaged! On Saturday, the Duck Dynasty star, 18, and her fiancé Jacob Mayo shared the engagement news on Instagram, along with many members of her family. "HOW IS MY LITTLE SISTER ENGAGED?!? But as wild as this is to me I’m thankful it’s to such a good man like Jacob. @jacobdmayo welcome to the family!"
60 Jaw-Dropping Black Friday Deals That Are Still In Stock at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and More
To make navigating all these markdowns easier, we rounded up 60 of the best deals that are still available — for as little as $11. But you’ll want to move fast because they definitely won’t last. Below, find the best Black Friday and early Cyber Monday deals that haven’t sold out — yet.
Amazon Shoppers Love How Well This Vacuum Cleaner Removes Pet Hair — and It’s $100 Off for Cyber Monday
“I LOVE this vacuum,” said another. “I did my research and landed on this one. One of my main concerns was that I was always cutting my long hair off of the brushes of my previous vacuum, causing it to not work well and wear out the rubber belts. Not once have I had an issue with hair stuck on this roller. The canister empties with just one push and then reinstalls easily as well.”
Kamala Harris Calls Chicago Nurse on Thanksgiving to Thank Her for Working on COVID-19 Frontlines
"I've been reading about you and just all that you do in service of so many people," Kamala Harris told nurse Talisa HardinKamala Harris Calls Chicago Nurse on Thanksgiving to Thank Her for Working on COVID-19 FrontlinesA Chicago nurse will never forget this year's Thanksgiving after she received a call from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who thanked her for her hard work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, Harris spoke to Talisa Hardin, a registered nurse at the University of Chicago Medical Center, during a video call to thank her for aiding in the fight against the coronavirus and to hear more about her experience as a nurse. "I know it's personal for you, and I know that it requires mental and emotional and physical and spiritual energy and power that you give to it, so thank you," Harris told Hardin in the clip. An NNU representative told CNN that Hardin's mother and uncle have both contracted COVID-19, with her uncle currently in the hospital. Harris' husband Douglas Emhoff, who will be the country's first "second gentleman," also personally spoke to a registered nurse on Thanksgiving Day.
The Supremely Comfy Leggings Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, and More Celebs Own Are on Sale This Weekend
The Supremely Comfy Leggings Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, and More Celebs Own Are on Sale This WeekendOf the millions of leggings that exist, celebrities have decided there’s one pair that is simply the best. Keep scrolling to shop the Alo Yoga Moto Leggings before your favorite pair is gone! Alo Yoga High-Waist Moto Legging in Black Glossy, $91 (orig. Alo Yoga High-Waist Moto Legging in White Glossy, $91 (orig. Alo Yoga High-Waist Moto Legging in Rich Navy Glossy, $73 (orig.
Jay Cutler Hangs Out With Fired 'Very Cavallari' Star Shannon Ford
Jay Cutler had an interesting drinking buddy over Thanksgiving weekend — the former quarterback hung out with Shannon Ford, who his estranged wife, Kristin Cavallari, memorably fired on Very Cavallari. “Oysters and wine,” Cutler, 37, captioned an Instagram video on Saturday, November 28, that showed him clinking wine glasses with his good friend Mark “Chuy” Block and Ford at 167 Raw in Charleston, South Carolina. Fans were surprised by Cutler’s dining companion, with one writing, “Omg the tea being spilled at this table!! Things came to a head when Cavallari, 33, accused the South Carolina native of repeatedly ignoring emails and “singlehandedly costing my company money” and fired her. The model, who is represented by Block’s agency, took to Instagram shortly after the news was revealed and posted a gif of herself from the show saying, “Hallelujah.
Camila Cabello Says She Has 'Learned a Lot About Love' While Dating Shawn Mendes
Camila Cabello is raving about her boyfriend Shawn Mendes. Image zoom Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes | Credit: Shawn Mendes/InstagramThe couple, who started dating on the Fourth of July 2019 and collaborated on the hit "Señorita" together, have been social distancing together in her hometown of Miami amid the coronavirus pandemic. And the relentless force that is love," Cabello concluded her post. Along with Cabello, Mendes also recently raved about their romance. In his new Netflix documentary, Shawn Mendes: In Wonder, the Canadian pop star shared that all of his songs are about his love for Cabello.
Reviewers Say This Transformative Serum Is Worth The Hype
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Selena Gomez Fans Slam 'Saved by the Bell' for Kidney Transplant Jokes
Selena Gomez fans took to social media to criticize the new Saved by the Bell reboot after the Peacock series made fun of the singer’s 2017 kidney transplant. “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber‘s mom,” one girl says. They’re best friends, like you and I were.”In another scene, the words “Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?” can be seen written on a wall near some lockers. “It’s so f***ing rude and insensitive to make fun of someone’s illness just for clout,” one fan wrote. “This affects a lot of people not just Selena who is either fighting this illness or lost people to it.
Saved By the Bell Apologizes to Selena Gomez After Receiving Backlash
Selena Gomez fans are upset over the new Saved By the Bell reboot on NBCU's Peacock streaming service. The "Souvenir" singer's followers defended her on Twitter on...
‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Bella Robertson Is Engaged to Jacob Mayo
Duck Dynasty alum Bella Robertson is engaged to boyfriend of six months Jacob Mayo. But as wild as this is to me I’m thankful it’s to such a good man like Jacob. “Thankful for our family growing 2021 is going to be one for the books that’s for sure.”“Our fam is growing again,” Korie wrote on Instagram on Saturday, November 28. Jacob, we love you and are so excited to welcome you into the fam. From coming around for tennis, to family trips, to us all growing to love you.
Rob Kardashian Says He's "Thankful" for Daughter Dream in Heartwarming Post
Rob Kardashian is so "thankful" for his daughter. On Nov. 28, the Arthur George founder posted a photo of his 4-year-old daughter Dream Kardashian, who he shares with ex Blac...
Clare Crawley Says She Tries to "Rise Above the Negativity" When People "Pass Judgments"
Clare Crawley's world isn't always rosy. The Bachelorette alum took to Instagram on Saturday, Nov. 28 to share a refreshingly honest post about the downside of fame.
Nina Dobrev and Shaun White Celebrate First Thanksgiving Together
Nina Dobrev and Shaun White Celebrate First Thanksgiving TogetherAdded: 28.11.2020 23:02 | 23 views | 0 commentsNina Dobrev and Shaun White just took a big step in their relationship. The three-time Olympic gold medalist and snowboarding champion posted photos of the two celebrating Thanksgiving... Nina Dobrev and Shaun White just took a big step in their relationship. The three-time Olympic gold medalist and snowboarding champion posted photos of the two celebrating Thanksgiving... More in www.eonline.com » SPA Tags: Gold
Vanessa Bryant Talks "Love at First Sight" With Kobe Bryant
Vanessa Bryant honored the origin story of her and late husband Kobe Bryant's love story on her private Instagram. On a photo of her and Kobe at Disneyland, the former model wrote,...
Everyone Who's in the Running to Take Over For Alex Trebek on Jeopardy!
Absolutely not. What is: Are we over the Nov. 8 passing of Alex Trebek? Truth be told, it's going to take a minute for us to accept the loss of America's Canadian dad,...
Camila Cabello Reveals She's "Learned a Lot About Love" With Shawn Mendes
Camila Cabello's latest Instagram post has fans saying "My Oh My." On Saturday, Nov. 28, the 23-year-old singer opened up about her relationship with Shawn Mendes with a...
Russia on brink: Putin ‘should be nervous’ as Moscow’s plan to ‘conquer world’ exposed
Russia on brink: Putin ‘should be nervous’ as Moscow’s plan to ‘conquer world’ exposedAdded: 29.11.2020 8:45 | 3 views | 0 commentsRUSSIA is currently surrounded by NATO allies in a situation that should leave President Vladimir Putin "very nervous," but a lifeline has been offered to the Kremlin.
Number of police patrolling French beaches to double in bid to deter illegal migrants
Number of police patrolling French beaches to double in bid to deter illegal migrantsAdded: 29.11.2020 7:48 | 4 views | 0 commentsTHE number of police officers patrolling French beaches will double in the latest effort to make illegal Channel crossings unviable.
Joe Biden could trigger economic DISASTER for China as President
Joe Biden could trigger economic DISASTER for China as PresidentAdded: 29.11.2020 7:16 | 19 views | 0 commentsJOE BIDEN could have a devastating impact on the Chinese economy as president if he imposes sanctions, an expert has warned.
Donald Trump 2024: President could announce election rerun on Biden’s Inauguration Day
Donald Trump 2024: President could announce election rerun on Biden’s Inauguration DayAdded: 29.11.2020 1:39 | 24 views | 0 commentsDONALD TRUMP is contemplating announcing a 2024 bid for presidency on Joe Biden's Inauguration Day in January, according to reports.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against mail ballots with prejudice in another defeat for Trump
Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against mail ballots with prejudice in another defeat for TrumpAdded: 29.11.2020 1:17 | 17 views | 0 commentsThe Republican lawsuit had sought to halt certification of the state’s election results and challenged a 2019 law establishing universal mail voting.
20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election
20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the electionAdded: 29.11.2020 1:17 | 16 views | 0 commentsWith his denial of the outcome, Trump endangered America’s democracy, threatened to undermine national security and public health, and duped supporters into believing, perhaps permanently, that Biden was elected illegitimately.
Best Black Friday 2020 HP deals: Envy, Pavilion, Omen and All-in-One models up to $320 off
Best Black Friday 2020 HP deals: Envy, Pavilion, Omen and All-in-One models up to $320 offAdded: 28.11.2020 23:39 | 21 views | 0 commentsWith up to $320 off laptops from HP, Black Friday 2020 is a great time to get an upgrade on business and gaming devices.
Best Cyber Monday deals under $50 already available from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and more
Best Cyber Monday deals under $50 already available from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and moreAdded: 28.11.2020 23:13 | 9 views | 0 commentsBlack Friday's time is up, but that doesn't mean the discounts have all expired. Here are some of our favorite deals that won't break the bank.
McConnell suspends in-person lunches for GOP senators
Added: 29.11.2020 0:23 | 18 views | 0 commentsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suspending in-person lunches for GOP senators, according to his press secretary Doug Andres, ahead of the Senate's return next week.
Iran is ‘still on course to make Atomic bomb’
Iran is ‘still on course to make Atomic bomb’Added: 29.11.2020 9:18 | 3 views | 0 commentsTHE assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist is unlikely to thwart the regime's ambitions of building an atomic warhead, a former watchdog official warned last night.
Black Friday laptop deals: Save on HP Pavilion, HP Chromebook, Microsoft Surface, Lenovo ThinkPad laptops and more
Added: 29.11.2020 2:17 | 23 views | 0 commentsBlack Friday weekend is still happening, and there's no better time to get a deal on a new laptop.
Lenovo's best laptop deals for Black Friday: Save over $2,000 on ThinkPad T490, ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen and more
Lenovo's best laptop deals for Black Friday: Save over $2,000 on ThinkPad T490, ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen and more
Black Friday deals on Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and more
Black Friday deals on Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and moreAdded: 29.11.2020 2:17 | 8 views | 0 commentsThere's never been a better time to jump into, or gift, smarter TV streaming.
Every way stimulus check requirements might change with a second payment
Every way stimulus check requirements might change with a second paymentAdded: 29.11.2020 2:17 | 9 views | 0 commentsThe qualifications will determine who gets money and the amount they get, if and when a stimulus bill is passed. Here's the latest information.
Black Friday massage gun deals: Save $150 on Theragun Pro, $100 off Theragun Elite and more
Black Friday massage gun deals: Save $150 on Theragun Pro, $100 off Theragun Elite and moreAdded: 29.11.2020 4:17 | 8 views | 0 commentsIf your muscles often ache for massage-gun relief, Theragun is offering some sweet discounts on all its products through Dec. 1.
Black Friday 2020: The best deals still available at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart and more
Black Friday 2020: The best deals still available at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart and moreAdded: 29.11.2020 4:17 | 8 views | 0 commentsTime is running out! Grab a Tile tracker for $18, Google Nest Hub for $50 and Kindle Oasis for $175. Those deals and tons more are still available -- for now.
If a stimulus package doesn't pass soon, here's what Biden could do
If a stimulus package doesn't pass soon, here's what Biden could doAdded: 29.11.2020 4:17 | 22 views | 0 commentsIf there's no bill before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20, he has a few available moves.
Black Friday 2020 Bluetooth speaker sales: Deals on Sony, JBL, Ultimate Ears and more
Black Friday 2020 Bluetooth speaker sales: Deals on Sony, JBL, Ultimate Ears and moreAdded: 29.11.2020 4:17 | 9 views | 0 commentsLiven up someone's holiday season (or yours) with a great deal on a portable speaker.
If stimulus deal fails: Last unemployment, eviction benefits go away -- and more
If stimulus deal fails: Last unemployment, eviction benefits go away -- and moreAdded: 29.11.2020 4:17 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: www.chicagotribune.comHere's every financial relief program that goes up in smoke if there's new rescue package or executive action by Dec. 31. More in www.cnet.com »
The best VPN service of 2020
The best VPN service of 2020Added: 29.11.2020 4:17 | 7 views | 0 commentsLooking to maximize security and anonymity online? Of course you are. A virtual private network can help.
The mysterious monolith in the Utah desert is now gone
The mysterious monolith in the Utah desert is now goneAdded: 29.11.2020 4:48 | 18 views | 0 commentsOfficials say it has been removed, but not by them.
Best Cyber Monday discounts available now: $179 Chromebook, $15 smart plug, Bose headphone discounts and more
Added: 29.11.2020 9:23 | 4 views | 0 commentsBlack Friday sales are still running this weekend, but it's not too early to think about Cyber Monday. Here are some of the best deals that have already started.
The best electric kettles to buy this year
The best electric kettles to buy this yearAdded: 29.11.2020 8:21 | 3 views | 0 commentsSource: luxurylaunches.comWant hot water in a hurry? One of these kettles will do the trick. More in www.cnet.com »
MagSafe on iPhone 12: I still want USB-C, but I was wrong about Apple's magnetic charger
MagSafe on iPhone 12: I still want USB-C, but I was wrong about Apple's magnetic chargerAdded: 29.11.2020 8:00 | 3 views | 0 commentsMagSafe has already snapped itself into my life. But how many variations will there be?
Mysterious monolith puzzle has been solved by internet sleuths
Mysterious monolith puzzle has been solved by internet sleuthsAdded: 29.11.2020 5:17 | 21 views | 0 commentsSorry, but it's probably not aliens.
Protesters clash with police at Paris protest against police violence
Added: 29.11.2020 0:13 | 22 views | 0 commentsA majority of thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully against a bill that would make it a crime to circulate images of officers in certain circumstances.
After rare protest in Cuba, artists say the government agrees to future talks
After rare protest in Cuba, artists say the government agrees to future talksAdded: 28.11.2020 23:00 | 21 views | 0 commentsProtests and meetings between government officials and people who dissent are rare in communist-run Cuba.
Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals: Switch Mario Kart bundle in stock, save $60 on Apple Watch SE and Beats Solo 3
Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals: Switch Mario Kart bundle in stock, save $60 on Apple Watch SE and Beats Solo 3Added: 29.11.2020 9:34 | 4 views | 0 commentsBlack Friday is gone, but Cyber Monday savings are here.
The depressing reality connecting Meghan's royal miscarriage and my abortion
Added: 29.11.2020 8:17 | 18 views | 0 commentsBirth isn’t a romantic act dependent on a few graceful pushes. Not every pregnancy ends with a baby. Not every person who gets pregnant wants to be.
Pennsylvania high court nixes mail-in ballot challenge
Added: 29.11.2020 0:57 | 23 views | 0 commentsThe plaintiffs lacked "due diligence" in a claim that could have disenfranchised millions of voters, the state Supreme Court said.
David Prowse, towering actor who played Darth Vader in 'Star Wars,' dies aged 85
Added: 29.11.2020 9:17 | 14 views | 0 comments"A loving husband, father and grandfather. May the force be with him, always!" his agent said Sunday.
On Tennyson Street in Denver, mom-and-pop shops are dying amid Covid-19
On Tennyson Street in Denver, mom-and-pop shops are dying amid Covid-19Added: 29.11.2020 10:17 | 3 views | 0 commentsOthers are barely hanging on, and residents fear the pandemic will hasten its gentrification.
New Mexico promised its students free college. Then oil prices tanked.
New Mexico promised its students free college. Then oil prices tanked. Added: 29.11.2020 10:17 | 6 views | 0 commentsWidely touted by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the plan couldn't survive blows from the energy markets, Covid-19 and a reluctant Legislature.
Coronavirus: Suspend peak rail fares over Christmas, says Labour
Added: 29.11.2020 3:49 | 17 views | 0 commentsA surge in travel is expected when restrictions across the UK are eased between 23 and 27 December.
How green and profitable are e-scooters?
How green and profitable are e-scooters? Added: 29.11.2020 0:35 | 21 views | 0 commentsWayne Ting, chief executive of e-scooter firm Lime, says there's room for improvement.
'Good riddance': Tech's flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocates
'Good riddance': Tech's flight from San Francisco is a relief to some advocatesAdded: 29.11.2020 10:17 | 3 views | 0 commentsSoftware engineers, CEOs and venture capitalists have chosen to jump from the Bay Area to places such as Denver, Miami and Austin, Texas. Some San Francisco residents are fine with it.
Police arrest 150 in anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine protests in London
Police arrest 150 in anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine protests in LondonAdded: 29.11.2020 10:17 | 5 views | 0 commentsPolice officers led several people away in handcuffs after protesters ignored requests to disperse.
Americans increasingly turning to fresh Christmas trees during pandemic: 'It really is a memory maker'
Americans increasingly turning to fresh Christmas trees during pandemic: 'It really is a memory maker'Added: 29.11.2020 9:00 | 10 views | 0 commentsFreshly cut Christmas trees are increasing in popularity this year, with many young families wanting a new — or renewed — tradition to end a dreary year on a happier note.
Snoop Dogg wins Twitter raves for boxing commentary
Added: 29.11.2020 8:59 | 8 views | 0 commentsSnoop Dogg may have found himself a whole new career: boxing commentator.
LIVE UPDATES: Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus
Added: 29.11.2020 8:05 | 9 views | 0 commentsFollow for the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
LIVE UPDATES: Georgia GOP senators' Dem opponents getting help from Stacey Abrams-backed groups
LIVE UPDATES: Georgia GOP senators' Dem opponents getting help from Stacey Abrams-backed groupsAdded: 29.11.2020 7:47 | 11 views | 0 commentsFollow for the latest updates on the Georgia Senate runoffs
Seattle-area homeowners report ‘sovereign citizen’ property seizure attempts: report
Added: 29.11.2020 7:15 | 9 views | 0 commentsPolice in suburbs north of Seattle say so-called “sovereign citizens” have been visiting homes in at least two communities, presenting homeowners with official-looking documents, and announcing that they’re the rightful owners.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan reportedly eyed as Biden's CIA director
Added: 29.11.2020 9:54 | 3 views | 0 commentsU.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan is reportedly among those under consideration to head the CIA in President-elect Joe Biden's administration.
Los Angeles County DA's security officer fires at carjacking suspects near her home: reports
Added: 29.11.2020 9:32 | 3 views | 0 commentsA Los Angeles police probe got underway Saturday night after an investigator with the L.A. County district attorney’s office -- who was working security for DA Jackie Lacey -- fired at suspects who allegedly tried to carjack the security team.
David Limbaugh: After years of attacking Trump and his supporters, Democrats now ask for unity
Added: 29.11.2020 10:00 | 3 views | 0 commentsMany Trump haters have been lying all along about the president, what he stands for, what his record has been and who his supporters are. Now they tell us they want unity.
Denver Broncos will not forfeit Sunday's game despite Covid-19 quarterback absences
Added: 29.11.2020 8:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe Denver Broncos will not forfeit their game on Sunday despite all four quarterbacks missing out because of Covid-19.
Diego Maradona: Barry Davies remembers the Argentina great's artistry
Diego Maradona: Barry Davies remembers the Argentina great's artistryAdded: 29.11.2020 7:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: tv.bt.comFormer BBC commentator Barry Davies remembers the talismanic performances of Argentina great Diego Maradona at the 1986 World Cup. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Darth Vader actor David Prowse dead at 85
Added: 29.11.2020 10:10 | 3 views | 0 commentsDavid Prowse, the actor and bodybuilder who filled out Darth Vader’s tall frame in the original "Star Wars" trilogy has died.
Jake Paul knocks out Nate Robinson but boxing names point to safety concerns
Jake Paul knocks out Nate Robinson but boxing names point to safety concernsAdded: 29.11.2020 9:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsBoxers are quick to question how former NBA basketball player Nate Robinson was allowed to be knocked out by YouTube star Jake Paul.
FA Cup: Cole Stockton's stunner puts Morecambe back on level terms
Added: 29.11.2020 8:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsCole Stockton smashes home a stunning goal to bring Morecambe back on level terms in the FA Cup second round against Solihull Moors.
American football: Sarah Fuller makes history as first woman in a Power 5 game
American football: Sarah Fuller makes history as first woman in a Power 5 gameAdded: 29.11.2020 9:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsVanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes the first woman to play in an elite Power 5 match.
Boreham Wood keeper Nathan Ashmore on racism, bullying and counselling
Added: 29.11.2020 9:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsBoreham Wood's Nathan Ashmore opens up about standing up to racists and bullies - and the important conversation he is planning with his daughter when she is older.
AP Top Stories November 28 P
Added: 28.11.2020 22:02 | 11 views | 0 commentsHere's the latest for Friday November 28th: USS Nimitz back in the Middle East; Milwaukee County finishes recount in Wisconsin; Paris reopens department stores; Fans continue to mourn passing of Diego Maradona (Nov. 28)
Oregon mink farm has COVID-19 outbreak after advocates warned of danger in state
Oregon mink farm has COVID-19 outbreak after advocates warned of danger in stateAdded: 29.11.2020 1:46 | 13 views | 0 commentsOutbreaks in farmed mink have been reported in several U.S. states and countries.
Two teenagers dead after Black Friday mall shooting in Sacramento, California
Two teenagers dead after Black Friday mall shooting in Sacramento, CaliforniaAdded: 29.11.2020 0:56 | 12 views | 0 commentsTwo teenagers died after being shot in a Sacramento mall during Black Friday shopping, officials said.
McConnell suspends in-person lunches for GOP senators
Added: 29.11.2020 0:23 | 11 views | 0 commentsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suspending in-person lunches for GOP senators, according to his press secretary Doug Andres, ahead of the Senate's return next week.
PG Wodehouse: Why India still holds a flame for the English author
PG Wodehouse: Why India still holds a flame for the English authorAdded: 29.11.2020 5:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsThe Jeeves and Wooster creator was the most English of novelists so why does he have fans in India?
Afghanistan, home to the heroin trade, moves into meth
Afghanistan, home to the heroin trade, moves into methAdded: 29.11.2020 5:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsA new report warns Afghanistan is becoming a major methamphetamine producer, leaving addicts in its wake.
Conjoined twins: 'We always knew we were different'
Conjoined twins: 'We always knew we were different'Added: 29.11.2020 5:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsThey made headlines when surgeons separated them - now Sanchia and Eman Mowatt are at university.
Searching 80,000 miles for the American dream
Searching 80,000 miles for the American dreamAdded: 29.11.2020 5:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsPhotographer Ian Brown travelled around the US in search of people's American dreams.
Dave Prowse: Darth Vader actor dies aged 85
Added: 29.11.2020 7:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe former bodybuilder was also given an MBE for his long-running role as the Green Cross Code Man.
Canada bans mass exports of prescription drugs
Added: 29.11.2020 6:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe new policy comes in response to a US plan to import drugs from Canada.
Why Bhutan's Sakteng wildlife sanctuary is disputed by China
Why Bhutan's Sakteng wildlife sanctuary is disputed by ChinaAdded: 29.11.2020 5:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsTiny Bhutan is feeling the squeeze as its giant neighbours China and India vie for territory.
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr share an engaging draw in 'exhibition' bout
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr share an engaging draw in 'exhibition' boutAdded: 29.11.2020 10:16 | 2 views | 0 commentsMike Tyson ends 15 years of inactivity and shares an entertaining draw with Roy Jones Jr in Los Angeles.
Durham van traveller Esther Dingley missing in Pyrenees
Added: 29.11.2020 10:16 | 3 views | 0 commentsEsther Dingley disappeared on a solo hike during a six-year journey through Europe in a campervan.
Adam King: Six-year-old Irish boy's space ambition 'inspires' Nasa
Added: 29.11.2020 10:16 | 4 views | 0 commentsAdam King from County Cork captured the hearts of TV viewers with dreams of joining a space mission.
Michigan State Hands No. 8 Northwestern Its First Loss of the Season
Michigan State Hands No. 8 Northwestern Its First Loss of the SeasonEAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matt Coghlin made a tiebreaking 48-yard field goal with 3:35 left, and Michigan State handed No. 8 Northwestern its first loss of the season with a 29-20 victory Saturday. That prospect likely was dashed with the loss to the Spartans, but they remain in control of the Big Ten West. Northwestern turned the ball over again, and receiver Berkeley Holman was carted off the field following the play.
Alabama Football Torches Auburn in 42-13 Blowout Win
1-ranked Crimson Tide came away victorious in a 42-13 trouncing of No. With Alabama up 21-3 at intermission, Jones wasn't done torching the Tigers' secondary just yet. native went over 1,000 yards for the season and is only the fourth Crimson Tide wide out to achieve that feat in multiple seasons. For Auburn (5-3), Nix threw for 227 yards and two interceptions, while rushing for one touchdown. The Crimson Tide defense was in Nix's face all day, sacking him three times, which was a season-high for the unit, and only allowed 120 rushing yards.
Broncos Sign LT Garett Bolles to $68M Extension
Out of nowhere Saturday evening, the Denver Broncos announced a lucrative contract extension for left tackle Garett Bolles. Take a second and sign up for our free newsletter and get breaking Broncos news delivered to your inbox daily! 20 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft, Bolles has started 58 games for the Broncos across four seasons. "I think the key to his turn around is just persistence both on his part and our part," Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said of Bolles on Wednesday. "Both [Offensive Line Coach] Mike [Munchak] and ‘Kupe’ (Assistant Offensive Line Coach Chris Kuper) and myself have had faith in him, we’ve stayed with him and we’ve talked to him regularly.
NFL Week 12 Preview: Baker Mayfield, the 2021 QB Market
The Browns have given him such a strong supporting cast—offensive line, pass-catching weapons and a run game that can carry the offense. Philosophically, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance would be a perfect fit with Vic Fangio, adding dimension to the run game while emphasizing the downfield passing game. Aside from poor quarterback play, an overmatched offensive line has been Chicago’s biggest issue. All right Football Things super fan(s), I recycled two past jokes in this week’s column. If you’re right, you’ll get a Football Things t-shirt as long as you go to your dresser, take out a t-shirt and, with that pen, write “Football Things” on it.
Broncos-Saints to reportedly continue with no Denver quarterbacks
Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles all came into contact with Driskel and were not wearing masks, per Schefter. In a statement released Saturday evening, the Broncos said all three quarterbacks who were ruled high-risk close contacts were asymptomatic. Running back Royce Freeman held the title of Denver's emergency quarterback, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post. Freeman was the team's emergency quarterback in Week 2 when Lock was injured. As a team, Denver ranks last in the league in passer rating (69.0), interceptions (17) and completion rate (56.7%).
Virginia Tech Stuns No. 3 Villanova 81-73 in Overtime
David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsUNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Keve Aluma scored 22 points and Nahiem Alleyne added 20 as Virginia Tech upset No. 3 Villanova 81-73 in overtime on Saturday night. Tyrece Radford added eight points and 13 rebounds for the Hokies (2-0), who didn’t know they would be playing the nation’s third-ranked team until early Friday morning. Collin Gillespie scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for Villanova (2-1). That meant canceling not only Saturday’s game, but a contest that had been scheduled for Dec. 3 at Villanova.
10 Best Android Phones (Unlocked): Our Top Picks for 2020
We recommend unlocked phones in this guide. When a phone is sold as "unlocked," it means the phone can be used on multiple wireless carriers/networks. When you buy a phone directly from your wireless carrier, usually on a payment plan, it often comes locked to that network. Verizon tips: Buying an unlocked phone is smart (it is! Why we don't care about 5G: You'll see lots of ads encouraging you to upgrade to a 5G plan and buy a 5G phone.
Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones: Results, highlights, analysis
Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. stayed competitive throughout their eight-round exhibition, ending the opening night of Tyson’s Legends Only League with a draw—and, perhaps, leaving viewers wanting to see more. Courtesy of Joe ScarniciTyson had his moments where he owned the ring, and Jones fans had to have delighted in seeing his patented no-look jab. Tyson and Jones were the draws, and they delivered a more-than-respectable exhibition to close out the night. Entering the McKernan fight, Jack had dropped two in a row, including a split decision defeat to Pascal last December. Tyson clearly won six of the eight rounds against Jones, so a rematch between Tyson and Jones will only tell us that this draw was preordained.
SI Top 10: Big Ten's Wobbly Week Gives Hope to Next Tier of Contenders
Ohio State may be shut out of the Big Ten championship and Northwestern suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday. Northwestern’s late-starting, low-scoring winning formula fell apart in an upset loss to a bad Michigan State team, likely ejecting the Wildcats from playoff consideration unless they win out. Ohio StateLast game: beat Indiana, 42-35, Nov. 21Next game: at Michigan State SaturdayThis is where the intrigue lies going forward. We’ll see whether Ohio State can meet that bare-minimum preparation deadline. CincinnatiLast game: beat Central Florida 36-33, Nov. 21Next game: at Tulsa Dec. 12The Bearcats’ game at Temple was canceled.
25 Best Black Friday Headphone and Speaker Deals (2020): Beats, Sonos, Sony
The good news is that this year is great for sound seekers! Note: We strike through items that sell out or are no longer at their deal price as of publishing. Wireless Headphone DealsBe sure to check out our lists of the best wireless headphones, best noise-canceling headphones, and best earbuds. Photograph: Apple? Best for Applers—AirPods Pro for $170 ($79 off)Amazon , Walmart , Target ($200), Best Buy ($200)The AirPods Pro have been on sale a lot lately, but have never dropped this low in price before. They don't sound great or fit snugly.
These Are the Very Best Laptop Deals for Black Friday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a great time to score a deal on a new laptop, monitor, or desktop PC. Below are the best deals we've found so far. Updated November 28: We've checked all deals and crossed out those no longer in stock. Be sure to read our guide to the best laptops, best cheap laptops, best MacBooks, and best Surface PCs for more recommendations. Microsoft Surface DealsSurface Pro 7 Photograph: MicrosoftSurface Pro 7 With Type Cover for $800 ($350 off)Microsoft Store
30 Black Friday Phone and Tablet Deals We Love (2020)
And alongside the best Black Friday phone deals, we've also rounded up the best tablets, smartwatches, and accessories on sale this week—just in case you want even more screens and gadgets in your life. Phone DealsCheck out our Best Android Phones, Best Cheap Phones, and Best iPhones guides for more recommendations. And please note that our favorite Android phone is the Google Pixel 4A ($350). It's not discounted further for Black Friday but is still the best deal going. Photograph: Google? Best Camera—Google Pixel 5 for $650 ($50 off)
Curtis Pritchard reacts to Maura and Chris' relationship
Curtis has said he feels "hurt" and "betrayed" by Maura and Chris' new relationship announcement, after they'd apparently said they would "never" be together. "I feel betrayed by them both — two people I was very close to," Curtis told The Sun in an exclusive interview. Instagram/Christopher TaylorCurtis also revealed that Chris told him he fancied Maura in the Love Island villa, and that Maura and Chris have now unfollowed him. I was a really good person to Chris — and he told me then that he fancied Maura," Curtis explained. Looking back on their relationship, Curtis says that Maura and Chris spent a lot of time together, even when Curtis and Maura were together.
Saved by the Bell Apologizes for Selena Gomez Kidney Transplant Jokes
Photo: Getty ImagesNBC’s Peacock has apologized for scenes in the new reboot of Saved by the Bell that reference Selena Gomez’s 2017 kidney transplant following outrage from Gomez’s fans on social media. In a later scene, graffiti in the school hallway seems to read, “Does Selena Gomez Even Have A Kidney.” Fans of Gomez took to Twitter to express their anger at the jokes, with the hashtag “RESPECT SELENA GOMEZ” trending on the site on Saturday. respect selena gomez. @peacockTV we demand an apology to @selenagomez for making fun of Selena’s health issues. pic.twitter.com/qkeMRs2rDT — Selena Gomez News (@musicfacts_sel) November 28, 2020
‘Do I Have to Reimburse My Sister for Hosting Thanksgiving?’
Email your money conundrums to mytwocents@nymag.com Photo: Debrocke/ClassicStockThis year, my sister and her husband are hosting Thanksgiving at their house in Texas for the first time. And part of hosting is showing generosity toward your guests — especially if they’ve ponied up for a plane ticket to come. That said, she might have genuinely underestimated how much Thanksgiving would cost and is scrambling to cover it, albeit rather gracelessly. Secondly — and this might go without saying — don’t bring this up on or right before Thanksgiving Day itself. Obviously, you can’t change your sister, and chances are she’s pretty set in her ways.
Attention-Starved Trump May Start 2024 Campaign During Biden’s Inauguration, Report Says
With the reality of losing his reelection campaign setting in, it appears as though Donald Trump is focusing on announcing his plans to run again before year’s end. According to the Daily Beast, Trump has spoken to close advisers about how and when to kickstart his 2024 run, and the spiteful option of holding an event during Joe Biden’s inauguration is a possibility. “If you do that — and I think I speak for everybody in the room — we’re with you 100 percent,” O’Brien told the president, according to the report. As The Hill pointed out, polling suggests that Republicans would welcome another Trump run. According to Seven Letter Insight, 66 percent of Republican voters would support Trump in 2024, and 54 percent said in a Morning Consult-Politico poll that they would vote for Trump in a 2024 primary.
How Filmmaker Anita Rivaroli Lured Foo Fighters to a Small Town in Italy
In 2015, desperate to get his favorite band, Foo Fighters, to play in Cesena, a small town near Rimini, Italian marine geologist Fabio Zaffagnini came up with a rather unorthodox solution. Raising $50,000 through a crowdfunding site, Zaffagnini started recruiting potential allies and musicians with the help of his friends, including director Anita Rivaroli. Rivaroli was only meant to be in charge of shooting the original video, but after a while she realized she wanted to dig deeper. “There were guys from Sicily, who drove for miles and miles at their own expense just to play this song,” she says. Now, every time they play someplace new, the biggest rock band on earth is just getting bigger.”
Pakistan Selects Busan Winner ‘Circus of Life’ For the Oscars
The Pakistan Academy Selection Committee has selected Sarmad Khoosat’s “Circus of Life” (aka “Zindagi Tamasha”) as the country’s entry in the 2020 Oscars’ international feature category. The film had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in 2019, where it won the prestigious Kim Ji-seok award. Set in Lahore, the film chronicles the chaos that ensues in the life of a staid, devout elderly man when a video featuring him gets uploaded onto social media. After being cleared by the censor board, the film had its release in Pakistan in January disrupted when a political party said that the content was blasphemous. “I did not make ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ to hurt, offend or malign anyone.
Driver slams into Washington Square Park’s landmark arch, injuring cop
The scene where a driver struck a police car that was guarding the Washington Square Park Arch. An alleged drunk driver slammed into the famed arch at Washington Square Park early Sunday — injuring an NYPD officer who was parked under the landmark, law enforcement sources said. But while the driver’s Nissan Maxima was totaled, the officer’s vehicle — a subcompact “Smart Car” — was relatively unscathed. The driver, who was barrelling down Fifth Avenue, failed to turn his Maxima onto Washington Square North, according to law enforcement sources and witnesses. The injured officer remained in the Smart car until EMS arrived, he said.
David Prowse, the man behind Darth Vader, dead at 85
David Prowse, the former body-builder who played Darth Vadar in the original Star Wars trilogy, is dead at the age of 85. Prowse was best know for his physical portrayal of the villain voiced by James Earl Jones. “Well, there’s no choice, is there?” Prowse quipped. Lucas later banned Prowse from Star Wars events after wrongly accusing him of leaking Vader’s fate in “Return of the Jedi“. “Nobody will ever forget Darth Vader,” Prowse said in a 2017 interview.
To this Supreme Court, religious freedom trumps public health — even amid the COVID plague
The ruling in Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, brought by Catholic and Orthodox Jewish congregations, was especially notable because it was unnecessary. The Roman Catholic Diocese ruling is also far-reaching in its substance. Moreover, the Roman Catholic Diocese majority didn’t appear to appreciate the challenge Cuomo faced. To see what was at stake in Roman Catholic Diocese, consider the leading precedent establishing the power of government officials to limit individual freedom for the sake of public health. Laurence H. Tribe (@tribelaw) is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor emeritus at Harvard Law School and a Supreme Court advocate.
Mets, Steve Cohen biding their time: ‘Lots of irons in the fire’
Soon, the impact of having Steve Cohen running things in Queens should be evident. On Saturday, Cohen replied on Twitter to a fan inquiring about the offseason that there was “nothing to report yet. Lots of irons in the fire.”Cohen made a big splash when he took over the Mets earlier this month. The hedge fund maven Cohen has also followed through on his vow not to immediately pour money into the free-agent market. It’s fluid.”But as the agent noted, Cohen has made no secret of being a longtime Mets fan and he’s about to have a chance to remake the organization.
Cyberattack shuts down Baltimore schools for two days
Schools in Baltimore will shut down for two days this week — and a ransomware attack, not the coronavirus, is to blame. The Baltimore County Public Schools tweeted Saturday that there will be no classes Monday and Tuesday due to the computer breach. The school district’s remote learning program, its website, and its email and grading systems all fell under cyber attack last week, WBAL-TV reported. Elena Lomicky, a kindergarten teacher, knew something was wrong when her school’s principal told staff not to log into their computers. “There was a little panic because I’m not tech-savvy at all,” the Villa Cresta Elementary School teacher told WBAL.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his husband test positive for COVID-19
Jared Polis and his husband have tested positive for the coronavirus and are in quarantine. They are “asymptomatic, feeling well, and will continue to isolate in their home,” Polis tweeted Saturday night. “This evening, Governor Polis and First Gentleman [Marlon] Reis learned that they have tested positive for COVID-19,” an official statement from the governor’s office said. The coronavirus is “surging” in Colorado, with the state estimating that one out of every 41 people is currently contagious, the Denver Post reported. The governors of Nevada, Virginia and Missouri have tested positive for the virus.
California man confronts out-of-towner putting up swastika stickers
A vandal posting swastika stickers throughout a California neighborhood was caught on video by a man who confronted him for his racism. Noah Mohan, 21, was walking his dog in Fairfax Tuesday when he saw a man posting stickers that featured a large black swastika and the phrase, “We are everywhere.”“What’s up with those stickers, bro?” Mohan asks the man in the video, which was posted to Instagram. “Let me see your face, bro,” Mohan says. “If you stand by that ideology then stand by that s–t, bro. Toward the end of the video, Mohan manages to flag down a police officer and begins telling him that the man had been posting the swastika stickers around the town.
Patrick Mahomes-Tom Brady’s latest duel: Young GOAT vs. old GOAT
Pat Mahomes was on the sidelines the night Tom Brady welcomed his son Patrick to Foxborough, Mass. “I was there the first meeting they had, and Tom came out and tried to intimidate him,” Pat Mahomes told Serby Says. “He just came out and looked at him and screamed a few words that we can’t put in this interview,” Pat Mahomes said. “He didn’t say anything,” Pat Mahomes said. “But Patrick was able to finally stabilize himself at the halftime and started playing his game,” Pat Mahomes said.
Giants set up for playoff run — if they can avoid bye-week trap
The Giants are set up for this stretch run. “To me, it’s all based on how you handle the game week. “I’d say the biggest thing for me when you get into the game week of not kind of walking into it. Washington (4-7) leads the NFC East pack, but the Giants own any tie-breaker based on their season sweep. “Everyone has a bye week at some point,’’ Judge said.
Snoop Dogg wins Twitter raves for boxing commentary
Snoop Dogg may have found himself a whole new career: boxing commentator. Earlier in the evening, Dogg was watching as YouTube star Jake Paul battled former pro basketball player Nate Robinson. “Oh, there’s a fake from Jake,” Dogg said at one point as Paul feigned a move on Robinson. MIKE TYSON, ROY JONES JR. FIGHT TO A DRAW IN BOXING SPECTACLEYOUTUBE STAR JAKE PAUL KNOCKS OUT EX-NBA STAR NATE ROBINSON IN FIGHT“Precious Lord, take my hand. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSeveral noted that Dogg has already been known around L.A. for commentary on Los Angeles Kings hockey games.
LIVE UPDATES: Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus
Jared Polis and his partner both tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, he announced in a statement. "This evening I learned that First Gentleman Marlon Reis and I have tested positive for COVID-19," Polis tweeted Saturday. "I urge every Coloradan to practice caution, limit public interactions, wear a mask in public, stay six feet from others and wash your hands regularly." The U.S. has reached nearly 13 million confirmed cases of the virus since the pandemic started, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow below for the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic.
UK's Raab says Brexit talks in 'reasonable position'
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Brexit trade negotiations with the European Union are in a reasonable position, with some progress on competition issues but significant differences outstanding on fishing, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. “I do think we’re in a reasonable position, there’s a deal to be done,” Raab told Sky News. Asked about a final deadline for talks, he said negotiations were into the “last week or so” but said the EU had previously moved the goalposts on a final deadline.
Russia reports 26,683 new coronavirus cases, 459 deaths
FILE PHOTO: Paramedics wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) push a stretcher while transporting a patient to a hospital amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Omsk, Russia October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko/File PhotoMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia reported 26,683 new coronavirus cases on Sunday after the number of daily confirmed infections hit a record 27,543 on Friday. The new cases took the national total to 2,269,316 since the start of the pandemic. The coronavirus crisis center confirmed deaths of 459 coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours, pushing the Russian death toll to 39,527.
The pole of cold
"Now only the ice-bound door separates me from the cold. Now only the ice-bound door separates me from the cold. After two days on the road, we finally arrive in the Oymyakon valley - the Pole of Cold. In truth, when temperatures dropped to -55 a few days after my arrival, I stopped noticing the cold. When it is freezing, the cold is much harder than you can imagine.
UK concerned over Iran situation, awaiting full facts on scientist killing
Slideshow ( 2 images )LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday he was concerned about the situation in Iran and wider region after the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. “We are concerned about the situation in Iran and the wider region we do want to see de-escalation of tensions,” Raab told Sky News, after Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday. “We’re still waiting to see the full facts to address the full facts of what’s happened in Iran but I would say that we stick to the rule of international humanitarian law which is very clear against targeting civilians.”
UK's Raab says Brexit talks in 'reasonable position'
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Simon DawsonLONDON (Reuters) - Brexit trade negotiations with the European Union are in a reasonable position, with some progress on competition issues but significant differences outstanding on fishing, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. “I do think we’re in a reasonable position, there’s a deal to be done,” Raab told Sky News. Asked about a final deadline for talks, he said negotiations were into the “last week or so” but said the EU had previously moved the goalposts on a final deadline.
Indonesia reports record daily rise in coronavirus infections
FILE PHOTO: Medical workers wearing personal protective equipments (PPE) utilize a swab chamber as they collect swab samples from men to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as the outbreak continues in Jakarta, Indonesia, Indonesia, November 24, 2020. REUTERS/Willy KurniawanJAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia reported its record daily rise in coronavirus infections on Sunday with 6,267 cases, bringing the total to 534,266, data from the country’s COVID-19 task force showed. This was the third record high in a week for the Southeast Asian country. The data showed 169 new coronavirus deaths, taking the total fatalities to 16,815. Indonesia has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Southeast Asia.
South Korea bans year-end parties, some music lessons, as virus spikes again
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean authorities announced a ban on year-end parties and some music lessons on Sunday and said public saunas and some cafes must also close after coronavirus infections surged at their fastest pace since the early days of the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Women wearing face masks walk past a banner promoting a social distancing campaign displayed on the wall of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanSouth Korea has been one of the world’s coronavirus mitigation success stories but spikes in infections have reappeared relentlessly, triggering alarm in Asia’s four-largest economy. “Year-end events and parties hosted by hotels, party rooms, guest houses and other accommodation facilities will be banned outright,” Chung told a briefing after meeting health officials. The government will come up with a conclusion on this after discussing with both the ruling and opposition parties.”
Warner injury scare for Australia
FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Second One Day International - Australia v India - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - November 29, 2020 Australia's David Warner in action REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File photoSYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s David Warner was taken to hospital for scans on a groin strain on Sunday, prompting a nervous wait for the hosts ahead of the start of the test series against India in Adelaide on Dec. 17. The opener looked in fine form as he scored 83 to help the home side to an imposing 389-4 in the second one-dayer against the tourists at the Sydney Cricket Ground. A severe groin strain requires up to six weeks on the sidelines for recovery, which would rule Warner out of all but the final test in the four-match series. Warner, who missed India’s last tour Down Under while serving a ban for his part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, is one of the first names on the team sheet for Australia’s test team. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis suffered a side injury in the first one-dayer on Friday and missed Sunday’s match.
UK concerned over Iran situation, awaiting full facts on scientist killing
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday he was concerned about the situation in Iran and wider region after the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. “We are concerned about the situation in Iran and the wider region we do want to see de-escalation of tensions,” Raab told Sky News, after Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday. “We’re still waiting to see the full facts to address the full facts of what’s happened in Iran but I would say that we stick to the rule of international humanitarian law which is very clear against targeting civilians.”
Hong Kong reports four-month high 115 coronavirus cases
Passengers wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak ride on a tram in Hong Kong, China November 29, 2020. REUTERS/Joyce ZhouHONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong reported 115 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, including 109 locally transmitted, the highest in nearly four months, as authorities battle a renewed wave of COVID-19. Since late January, 6,239 people in Hong Kong have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, of whom 109 have died of the disease. Hong Kong has closed bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues for the third time this year, through at least Thursday. The latest jump in cases forced a delay in the launch of a “travel bubble” between Hong Kong and Singapore, originally scheduled for Nov. 22, for at least two weeks.
South Korea bans year-end parties, some music lessons, as virus spikes again
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean authorities announced a ban on year-end parties and some music lessons on Sunday and said public saunas and some cafes must also close after coronavirus infections surged at their fastest pace since the early days of the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Women wearing face masks walk past a banner promoting a social distancing campaign displayed on the wall of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Heo Ran/File photoSouth Korea has been one of the world’s coronavirus mitigation success stories but spikes in infections have reappeared relentlessly, triggering alarm in Asia’s four-largest economy. “Year-end events and parties hosted by hotels, party rooms, guest houses and other accommodation facilities will be banned outright,” Chung told a briefing after meeting health officials. The government will come up with a conclusion on this after discussing with both the ruling and opposition parties.”
UK's Raab says Brexit talks in 'reasonable position'
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File photoLONDON (Reuters) - Brexit trade negotiations with the European Union are in a reasonable position, with some progress on competition issues but significant differences outstanding on fishing, British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. “I do think we’re in a reasonable position, there’s a deal to be done,” Raab told Sky News. Asked about a final deadline for talks, he said negotiations were into the “last week or so” but said the EU had previously moved the goalposts on a final deadline.
Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?
BRUSSELS (AP) — Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. That's the stark dilemma Belgium's prime minister has set to urge smaller festive family gatherings, as Europeans battle with containing the surging COVID-19 pandemic over the holiday season. Britain, with the continent's highest death rate at 57,031 yet a Christmas tradition unlike few others, could not resist the temptation of relaxation. Like Belgium, Italy, where the pandemic initially struck hard in Europe, is taking a hard line at Christmas. In Oberndorf, home of the world's most famous Christmas carol, they hope its lyrics will not be taken too literally.
Sudan inflation soars, raising spectre of hyperinflation
The skyrocketing prices have led many consumers to spend their salaries quickly, particularly on durable items that hold their value. He placed Sudan among the five countries with the highest inflation. Story continues"It's pretty scary," he said, adding that it was hard to predict what direction inflation would go from here. The programme is designed to provide a track record that would qualify Sudan for debt relief from its official creditors. Fuel subsidies, which account for 71% of all subsidies, were equivalent to 10.6% of GDP in 2019, according to the IMF.
David Prowse, towering actor who played Darth Vader in 'Star Wars,' dies aged 85
David Prowse, the towering actor who terrified generations of movie-watchers as playing Darth Vader in the three original 'Star Wars' trilogy, has died aged 85. British actors Peter Cushing, David Prowse, and American actress Carrie Fisher on the set of 'Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope.' https://t.co/VYdxM37JWb — edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 29, 2020But his most memorable role came as George Lucas was casting for 1977's 'Star Wars: A New Hope.' "George said he could offer me two parts — the first was a hairy gorilla called Chewbacca," Prowse told the Bristol Post newspaper on a trip to his home city in 2009. Actor David Prowse, who portrayed Darth Vader, signs autographs during the opening day of 'Star Wars Celebration IV' in Los Angeles May 24, 2007.
Turkey's new virus figures confirm experts' worst fears
In an about-face, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government this week resumed reporting all positive coronavirus tests — not just the number of patients being treated for symptoms — pushing the number of daily cases to above 30,000. With the new data, the country jumped from being one of the least-affected countries in Europe to one of the worst-hit. The group maintains, however, that the ministry’s figures are still low compared with its estimate of at least 50,000 new infections per day. “We can only beat the outbreak through a process that is transparent,” said Imamoglu, who is from Turkey’s main opposition party. Erdogan said he had also spoken with Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, over the possibility of procuring a vaccine developed by that country.
Suspected extremists kill at least 40 farmers in Nigeria
MAIDGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed at least 40 rice farmers and fishermen while they were harvesting crops in Nigeria’s northern Borno State, officials said. Malam Zabarmari, a leader of a rice farmers association in Borno state, confirmed the massacre to The Associated Press. “I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. Boko Haram and a breakaway faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province, are both active in the region. Officials say Boko Haram members often force villagers to pay illegal taxes by taking their livestock or crops.
Hopkins High kids frustrated, walk out
About 150 students at Hopkins High School staged a walkout Friday afternoon to protest what they called unfair treatment of minority students at the 1,800-student school in Minnetonka. About 150 students at Hopkins High School staged a walkout Friday afternoon to protest what they called unfair treatment of minority students at the 1,800-student school in Minnetonka.
Want to improve your ‘travel literacy’? Here’s how.
Travel literacy falls into two broad categories: understanding how the travel industry works, with its often arcane rules and restrictions; and being aware of other cultures and customs. How do I know our collective travel literacy is lacking? So let’s talk about the second part of travel literacy, which is looking more like a citizen of the world than someone who’s never crossed a county line. She spends time on Facebook’s travel groups connecting with new friends and learning new travel skills. While these tools could make you a smarter traveler, only one thing is guaranteed to improve your travel literacy.
Feeling conflicted about ‘Shameless’
And then its most central character, Fiona Gallagher, is no longer in the mix; Emmy Rossum left the show at the end of last season. She was the character whose story arcs generally defined each season, giving some sense of structure to each round of frenetic episodes. It’s not a mess; it’s just played out and post-peak, and no amount of new infants can change that. And yet — I adore these characters, particularly the Gallagher kids, and I continue to follow them eagerly. After some hard knocks, he has turned the corner from being a punk to being a man — a sober man — able to maintain responsibilities.
Dear Abby: I want to tell her she can’t visit since she hates California so much
DEAR ABBY: My sisters and I grew up in California. DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for 38 years. DEAR ABBY: For the last 20 years, I have been sending my four nieces and nephews birthday and Christmas cards with checks enclosed. 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.
Las Vegas faces a steep climb in diversifying away from tourism
(Elizabeth Page Brumley / Las Vegas Review-Journal)In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, Faraday Future's FF 91 electric car is unveiled during a news conference at CES International in Las Vegas. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88sWarehouse workers sort product at a Sephora distribution center, a 714,000-square-foot facility, in North Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (Elizabeth Page Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal @EliPagePhoto)A worker is seen at an Amazon warehouse in North Las Vegas on Thursday, July 30, 2020. But its bread-and-butter industry still dominates, leaving Las Vegas’ economy prone to extreme booms and busts. But that project, in North Las Vegas, went nowhere.
Plants will save us — if we help them do it
Karen Sarkisyan’s tobacco plants glow. Previous efforts to make plants glow relied on transplanting the genes of bacterial systems into multicelled organisms. The scientists were able to insert genes from bioluminescent mushrooms into tobacco plants, with the only side effect being that the glowing plants grew a little taller. Plant researchers warn that we are producing too few plant scientists to help solve the next generation of food crises, or to save the plants threatened by extinction — right now, an estimated 40 percent of all plants on the planet. Cyborg shrubs and glowing plants won’t save the world themselves, but they do demonstrate that there’s a lot we can do to partner with plants to make life better.
Man fatally shot in Bridgeport: police
A 22-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday in Bridgeport on the South Side, police said. About 12:50 a.m., he was discovered in a gangway in the 2800 block of South Wallace Street with two gunshot wounds to the abdomen, Chicago police said. He was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. There were no witnesses and no one is in custody as Area One detectives investigate. Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides.
Las Vegas has tried for decades to wean itself off casinos. It hasn’t worked
(Las Vegas Review-Journal file)The Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas is seen in this 1950s-era photo. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoPeople take photos at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign in Las Vegas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoTourists walk down Las Vegas Blvd., on the Strip, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Elizabeth Page Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ElipagephotoTourists walk across Las Vegas Blvd., on the Strip, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Elizabeth Page Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ElipagephotoHeavy traffic moves through the Strip on Las Vegas Blvd., Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Las Vegas.
Clark County’s long ballot raises concerns about electing judges
This year’s races left some wondering if there’s a better way to choose Clark County’s judges. Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-JournalClark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson wants to see a change in the way judges take the bench in Nevada. There were 38 people to choose from in District Court and 22 candidates in contested Family Court races, with battles for the Nevada Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Las Vegas Justice Court and North Las Vegas Justice Court. “It’s hard for people to have much information on judicial races,” he said. She suggested a model in which voters decide on seats for the state’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, while moving to appointment and voter retention of lower court judges.
Tony Hsieh honored on Fremont canopy in downtown Las Vegas
(Kevin Cannon/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)A message to Tony Hsieh is posted at Evel Pie in Las Vegas, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Kevin Cannon/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)A message to Tony Hsieh is posted at Evel Pie in Las Vegas, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Kevin Cannon/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)A Zappos sign is seen at Las Vegas Boulevard, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas. Kroplinski expressed gratitude for Tony Hsieh and his dedication to small businesses in downtown Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttA Zappos sign is seen at Las Vegas Boulevard, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Las Vegas.
Other voices: Pooled testing could help schools reopen
Vaccine or no, testing and tracing COVID-19 infections will be crucial to returning America fully to work and school. But even many countries that have committed to an aggressive testing regime are finding it extremely expensive and time-consuming. Some private schools, such as Duke University, have been using it in the United States and have stayed open without outbreaks. Yet pooled testing has been rare in the United States. The tests can be highly accurate, but that depends on how the testing is done and how many people are in each pool.
Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes 1st woman to play in a Power 5 college football game
COVID-19 protocols and restrictions left Mason with very few options, prompting him to reach out to the soccer team for help. Vanderbilt's Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. “Incredibly rare to be the ‘1st ever person to do something’ these days..this is really cool.”No woman had appeared in an SEC football game or for any Power Five team. Fuller also made clear she’d be up for continuing to help the football team if needed.
Can a computer devise a theory of everything?
Recently, Thaler and his colleagues fed their neural network a trove of data from the Large Hadron Collider, which smashes together protons in search of new particles and forces. Protons, the building blocks of atomic matter, are themselves bags of smaller entities called quarks and gluons. When protons collide, these smaller particles squirt out in jets, along with whatever other exotic particles have coalesced out of the energy of the collision. To better understand this process, he and his team asked the system to distinguish between the quarks and the gluons in the collider data.
Suspected extremists kill at least 40 farmers in Nigeria
MAIDGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram killed at least 40 rice farmers and fishermen while they were harvesting crops in Nigeria’s northern Borno State, officials said. The attack was staged Saturday in a rice field in Garin Kwashebe, a Borno community known for rice farming, on the day residents of the state were casting votes for the first time in 13 years to elect local government councils, though many didn’t go to cast their ballots. The farmers were reportedly rounded up and summarily killed by armed insurgents. Malam Zabarmari, a leader of a rice farmers association in Borno state, confirmed the massacre to The Associated Press.
Dehumanising: Israeli groups’ verdict on military invasions of Palestinian homes
A damning report by three Israeli human rights groups has condemned the military’s widespread practice of entering Palestinian homes in the occupied territories, often in the middle of the night. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesThe Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories followed the Six Day War in 1967. Among some 40 Israeli soldiers who gave testimonies for the report, a number described rudimentary training and also often a lack of language skills for interacting with the Palestinian families they encountered. Two described their experience of raiding Palestinian homes as representing a turning point for them, not least in how they saw themselves as “nice” or “good” soldiers and individuals. “The claim that the entries to Palestinian homes in Judea and Samaria are used for intimidation is false.”
New side effect of long-Covid sees sufferers’ teeth fall out suddenly
It suggests dental problems are another problem to add to the list of 'long Covid' symptoms. However, the evidence is too vague to know for sure if tooth loss is just coincidental. Scientists are still doing research into long Covid to understand who is at risk, and how it can be treated. “Gum disease is very sensitive to hyper-inflammatory reactions, and Covid long haulers certainly fall into that category,” Dr Scherer said. But tooth loss may be a consequence of dentists being hard to access this year, with lockdowns forcing surgeries to shut.
Biden bids to placate the left as he builds centrist transition team
Biden has so far named his senior staff, who don’t require confirmation from the Senate, to a generally positive response. To serve as director of national intelligence Biden picked Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA. For the treasury department, Biden plans to appoint the former Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen. The former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice was seen as a frontrunner for that job. “We already have significant representation among progressives in our administration,” Biden said in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt.
Tier 3 lockdown rules: what are the 'very high' alert level restrictions?
Tier 3 restrictions apply to areas including Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Kent. Tier allocations will be reviewed every 14 days, with the Government keeping a close eye on infection rates, particularly in the over 60s. As the Prime Minister shared in a briefing from Downing Street, every area has potential to down to a lower tier, as he stated "your tier is not your destiny”. Some MPs understand that areas with lower rates of infection could be “decoupled” from the rules of the nearby cities, which have “unfairly” dragged them into the higher tiers. Here's what the new Tier 3 restrictions look like:Read more: How each lockdown tier will change under revamped Covid restrictions
Tier 2 lockdown rules: what are the restrictions for 'high' alert areas?
Tier allocations will be reviewed every 14 days, with the Government keeping a close eye on infection rates, particularly in the over 60's. Here's what the new Tier 2 restrictions look like:Read more: How each lockdown tier will change under revamped Covid restrictionsWhat are high level/Tier 2 lockdown restrictions? Only people of the same household can visit together under the Tier 2 restrictions. The Government is expected to announce next week that current travel quarantine rules will end in mid December, and will be replaced by a five-day testing plan. Tier 1 lockdown rules explained: what you can and can't do in 'medium risk alert areasTier 3 lockdown rules explained: what you can and can't do in 'very high risk alert areasTier 4 lockdown rules: what would the rules be, and what UK areas could be affected?
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur in a London derby and top-of-the-table Premier League match. Live coverage is on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event and begins after the conclusion of Southampton vs Manchester United which is a 2pm kick-off. Chelsea have scored at least twice in four of their last five league games. Toby Alderweireld's groin injury was the only negative to come from Tottenham's win over Manchester City, and although the damage is not as bad as feared, the defender will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge. Erik Lamela will also be absent, but Tottenham are waiting to see if Matt Doherty's self-isolation period will finish after a positive Covid test ruled him out against City.
Britain urged to probe wealth of Russian family whose son had 'world’s most expensive wedding'
But four years on, and the spotlight has now been turned on links between the Gutseriev family and Alexander Lukashenko, Europe’s last dictator. For the Gutserievs, it is all a far cry from the frivolity and splendour of that Moscow wedding. Mr Gutseriev is also chairman of Russneft, one of Russia’s biggest oil companies, which at the turn of the year became the sole Russian supplier of oil to Belarus. President Lukashenko, 66, a former Soviet Army officer, has served as Belarus’s first and only president since 1994, and was elected for a sixth time in August this year, prompting widespread protests and a brutal crackdown. “The Lukashenko regime continues to carry out terrible human rights violations.
Ethiopian military operation in Tigray complete, PM says, but explosions reported in Eritrean capital
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Saturday that military operations in the restive region of Tigray are complete and federal troops control the regional capital, a major development in a three-week-old war that has shaken the Horn of Africa. But six explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, late on Saturday, the US State Department said on Twitter although the cause and location were not clear. Tigrayan forces fighting Ethiopian soldiers have previously fired rockets at Eritrea, and the post urged Americans to "remain situationally aware of the ongoing conflict in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia". On Saturday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that federal forces had taken control of Mekelle, Tigray's capital, within hours of launching an offensive there. "I am pleased to share that we have completed and ceased the military operations in the Tigray region," the prime minister said in a tweet.
Trade deals 'critical' to meeting ban on sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030
Trade deals with countries like Canada, Australia, and Brazil will be crucial to meet Boris Johnson’s goal of stopping the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, it has been claimed. Domestic production of batteries for electric vehicles will be central to the plan. BritishVolt, a battery manufacturer that is building the UK’s first gigafactory, said that international trade deals were required to secure supplies of “high-purity metals” like magnesium, cobalt, and lithium. Isobelle Sheldon, chief strategy officer of BritishVolt, said that battery production represented a “significant opportunity” for the UK. “These trade deals that are being negotiated at that moment is really putting the UK in really good place,” she said.
Tier 1 lockdown rules: what you can and can't do in 'medium risk' alert areas
Areas in Tier 1 will enjoy a slight relaxation of the 10pm curfew in pubs and restaurants, with households allowed to mix indoors and outdoors. What are medium level/Tier 1 lockdown rules? In Tier 1 areas, people must abide by the “Rule of Six” when meeting other households both indoors and outdoors. Tier 2 lockdown rules: what you can and can't do in 'high' alert areasTier 3 lockdown rules explained: what you can and can't do in 'very high' risk alert areasTier 4 lockdown rules: what would the rules be, and what UK areas could be affected? You can use our post code tool to see which tier your area has been placed into below:
The bold new wave of fantasy writers
O n 1 August, as the Hugo Awards for fantasy and science fiction were broadcast online, author Rebecca Kuang took her dog for a walk. Which is that there are some really wonderful people in publishing who are actively looking out for marginalised writers and trying to promote their work. “I grew up reading a lot of fantasy,” says Kuang. ‘Empire of the Sand’ by Tash Suri is just one of the novels ushering in a new generation of fantasy writers (Hachette Book Group)“In fact, it isn’t even medieval England – it’s a myth of medieval England, a place that never actually existed. “When I sold The Poppy War in 2015, I could only think of three or four Asian-American authors [writing fantasy].
Radha Blank: ‘Audiences find black pain sexy’
What else do you have?” Radha Blank has lost track of the number of times she has heard these eight words in the 20 or so years of trying to get her plays produced. Instead, Blank took the criticism and wrote it into her first feature film The Forty-Year-Old Version. Blank writes, directs and stars in her critically lauded debut film The Forty-Year-Old Version (Jeong Park/Netflix)“It devastated my life,” she says. It wasn’t even because Blank was writing black stories (as one producer informs Radha in the movie, “Women-of-colour playwrights are very hot right now”). In The Forty-Year-Old Version, Radha garners some interest in her drama about a black couple called Harlem Ave.
The Undoing: The real killer of the series is Nicole Kidman’s wardrobe
But little did Ms Kidman, and the programme’s costume designer, Signe Sejlund, know quite how polarising said coat would soon become. Double-breasted, full-skirted, and with a large hood, it’s a coat quite unlike any other, which is perhaps why it makes sense that it was designed specifically by Sejlund for the show. This is quite a feat when you consider that the plot of The Undoing has absolutely nothing to do with fashion. The red velvet coat(The Undoing/Sky Atlantic)Viewers are treated to not one but two fabulous velvet coats in The Undoing. The purple smock(The Undoing/Sky Atlantic)Another warm-coloured number that Grace frequents through the series is this full-length deep merlot smock.
Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson result: YouTube star wins via knockout
Jake Paul beat Nate Robinson with a brutal second-round knockout. The YouTube star moved to 2-0 in his professional boxing career with a vicious second round stoppage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Paul dropped the former NBA player, fighting for the first time as a pro, with a big overhand right hand in the first round. Robinson survived the count and reached the bell but was felled again early in the second before a third big shot, again with the right, saw the referee wave it off. It feels good to win”, Paul said before name-checking UFC superstar Conor McGregor and fellow YouTuber KSI, who infamously fought his brother Logan in 2018 and 2019, as possible future opponents in the ring.
Ex on the Beach star James Moore charged with owning indecent images of child and animal porn
Former Ex on the Beach contestant James Moore has been charged with possessing indecent images of a child as well as extreme animal porn. According to The Sun, Moore was found in possession of 83 pictures of a child as well as porn depicting humans alongside pigs, dogs and fish. Moore, who is from Blackpool, has also been charged with distributing a private image. Moore was granted bail after appearing at Blackpool Magistrates' Court on 24 November. Moore appeared on Ex on the Beach alongside ex-girlfriends Kristina Metcalf and Olivia Walsh.
Selena Gomez: NBC apologises for joking about singer’s kidney transplant in Saved by the Bell reboot
In 2017, the “Lose You to Love Me” singer revealed that after contracting lupus, she had received a transplant from her close friend Francia Raísa. “I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom,” one student speculated. “It’s not funny to make jokes about someone else’s illness, she's been through a lot and she deserves better treatment,” one Twitter user commented. Later on Saturday, NBC and Peacock apologised, with a statement reading: “We apologise. “We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.”
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones result: Legends’ exhibition fight ends in draw
Mike Tyson rolled back the years against Roy Jones Jr as the two boxing legends drew their special one-off exhibition fight in Los Angeles. The two former world champions and Hall of Fame fighters met at the Staples Center on Saturday night. Iron Mike called time on his glittering and often controversial professional career back in 2005 with Jones, now 51, still remaining active in recent years fighting last in 2018. Jones struggled to match Tyson’s superior movement and visibly looked the wearier as the fight went the distance. “This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the clash, which raised money for various charities.
Dave Prowse death: Star Wars’ Darth Vader actor dies, aged 85
Dave Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader in Star Wars, has died, aged 85. Prowse later called the job, which had the catchphrase “Stop, Look and Listen” as “the best [he] ever had”. Prowse may have scored the role of Star Wars villain Vader due to his six foot, six inch height, but producers decided on using a different actor's voice. According to the actor, he was first offered the role of Chewbacca, but chose Vader as he wanted to play a villain. Dave Prowse was a regular at ‘Star Wars’ fan conventions (Rex Features)He described Prowse’s death as "a truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world".
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr live result: Latest reaction and updates from fight
The fight was Tyson’s first in more than 15 years - and Jones’s for just under two years, with the four-weight world champion having an extraordinarily long career spanning more than 29 years. Tyson was the much more aggressive of the two fighters and looked in search of the knockout, despite saying post-fight that doing rounds was the most important thing to him. It seemed a draw was always going to be called as the result, with the fight more about respect than anything else and just allowing both men an opportunity at nostalgia. The 54-year-old said he would like to face Jones Jr again, and that he would continue to take part in exhibition bouts, although Jones Jr was more sceptical after taking some damage. The fight had a unique set of rules.
Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson live result: Latest updates from Mike Tyson undercard
With no bias at all, and at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter, but I have this one as a complete shutout in favour of Tyson.
Trump news live: Latest updates as Pennsylvania court rejects lawsuit challenging election
Donald Trump ’s claim of mass voter fraud suffered another setback after Pennsylvania ’s Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit attempting to invalidate the state’s mail-in ballots from the 2020 election. Elsewhere in the courts, a former campaign associate of the president who was the target of a secret surveillance warrant during the FBI's Russia investigation has alleged in a federal lawsuit that he was the victim of "unlawful spying".
Leroy Logan: Who is the Met Police officer in Steve McQueen's Red, White and Blue?
Speaking in August - ahead of the publication of his book Closing Ranks, My Life as a Cop - Logan said the incident left him wanting to "put that idea to one side", until he "started to see that my worst nightmare could be my biggest breakthrough".
My bank wants my residence card details to fight terrorism. Do I have to comply?
There have been reports of an increase in international money laundering in the Japanese media recently. In line with the aforementioned FSA initiative from 2018, Japanese financial institutions are required to reconfirm a customer’s name, address, date of birth and other details, according to Ichida. “This reconfirmation is for the purpose of combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism, and is based on the nature and circumstances of the customer’s transactions with the bank,” he says. Constantly cardedShowing your residence card at the bank in Japan is not particularly unusual, in and of itself. Since the residence card tends to be the default ID for every foreign resident of Japan, it serves as a useful baseline.
Japanese startup to establish lunar lander development hub in the U.S.
Japanese lunar exploration startup Ispace Inc. says it will set up a lunar lander development site in the United States by the end of the year in a bid to deliver payloads, including research equipment, to the moon in support of future NASA missions. The program aims to engage the private sector in facilitating deliveries to the Moon, setting the stage for astronauts to land on the lunar surface in 2024. It is part of the Artemis Accords, a U.S.-led agreement which seeks to establish a set of principles for space exploration, including lunar resource extraction. The Colorado-based operation will take charge of engineering the company’s next-generation lander, heavier than those currently under development, for later missions. The time frame for the missions involving the next-generation lander is yet to be determined, however, he added.
Japanese government conducts unified tests to hire workers from 'ice age' generation
The government’s unified examinations for hiring midcareer workers as national public servants in fiscal 2021 started Sunday in nine cities across the country. A total of 157 positions at central government offices are available and 5,634 applicants took the exams, according to the National Personnel Authority. Written exams, including a knowledge test and essay writing, were given Sunday at 18 locations in Tokyo, Osaka and seven other cities. Those born between April 2, 1966, and April 1, 1986, were eligible to apply regardless of their job or academic records. It will conduct similar unified exams in fiscal 2021.
Iranian nuclear scientist killing will have fallout
“Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a 2018 news conference about Iran’s nuclear program. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed there were “serious indications of Israeli role.”The killing certainly has some of the hallmarks of a campaign of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, attributed to Israel: four were killed between 2010 and 2012. But his assassination is unlikely to make a material difference to the Iranian nuclear program, which is thought to have hundreds of scientists and sufficient institutional knowledge to carry on without Fakhrizadeh. The timing of Fakhrizadeh’s assassination is especially awkward for the Iranian leadership, political as well as military. It doesn’t help that Fakhrizadeh’s importance to the nuclear program is already being likened to Soleimani’s influence over Iran’s international network of proxy militias.
Mysterious monolith in U.S. desert reportedly disappears
A mysterious metal monolith found in the remote desert of the western United States, sparking a national guessing game over how it got there, has apparently disappeared, officials said. The Bureau of Land Management in Utah said Saturday it had received “credible reports” that the object had been removed “by an unknown party” on Friday evening. The bureau “did not remove the structure which is considered private property,” it said in a statement. Instagram user David Surber said he trekked to the monolith using coordinates posted on Reddit. “Apparently the monolith is gone,” he posted later.
Sardinia floods: Three dead after powerful mudslides devastate parts of island
At least three people have died after heavy rain caused powerful mudslides in some parts of Sardinia.
Dizzy spells could be a warning sign that your brain is being damaged by eating BREAD
The condition, called gluten ataxia, occurs when, for reasons not fully understood, the immune system goes haywire in response to gluten in the food and attacks parts of the brain. Pictured: Stock imageWorryingly, it is all too often mistaken for other conditions, denying patients simple, effective treatment: a gluten-free diet. Neurologists at Sheffield NHS Teaching Hospital have developed a simple blood test that can offer a diagnosis within minutes. Gluten ataxia is closely linked to coeliac disease – the gluten-related illness that affects at least 600,000 Britons and causes painful inflammation in the gut. Prof Hadjivassiliou has treated more than 600 gluten ataxia patients since opening the Sheffield Ataxia Centre 20 years ago.
Cherry blossom scandal returns to haunt Abe and Suga
With the Tokyo prosecutors now investigating, the scandal has resurfaced and also risks damaging Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s administration. Between 2013 and 2019, supporters of Abe from Yamaguchi Prefecture, home to his constituency, visited Tokyo for an annual cherry blossom-viewing party thrown by Abe that drew thousands of people from around the country. In November of last year, Abe denied his office had made any payments to defer costs, or had done anything wrong. Abe’s office is suspected of paying at least ¥9 million of that. In that role, Suga said, he always checked with Abe first before responding when asked about the matter.
Coronavirus UK: Riot police clash with violent anti-lockdown protesters in central London
AdvertisementCentral London descended into anarchy today as riot police arrested 155 angry anti-lockdown demonstrators as thousands took to the streets and booed officers while chanting 'shame on you'. The group used its Twitter account throughout the afternoon to encourage people to head to central London locations. Protesters flooded the streets of London on SaturdayPeople pulled down pedestrian covid safety barriers during the protest in West London on Saturday afternoon. An anti-lockdown protester carries a sign reading 'free your face' as he marches through Hyde Park in a mass rallyAlmost the entire nation is set to be banned from socialising indoors until Easter, officials admitted last night. A man is arrested as anti-lockdown protestors hold a demonstration Ceilidh outside the Scottish Parliament on November 28, 2020 in Edinburgh, ScotlandProfessor Richard Ennos is arrested as anti-lockdown protestors hold a demonstration.
[Global Finance Awards] Hana Bank leads digital finance ties among global industries
Hana Bank, a major South Korean lender, has been fostering cross-border connections with overseas firms and gearing up to take its online payment platform global.The firm’s holding group Hana Financial Group hosted a consortium of its Global Loyalty Network platform on Nov. 24, attended by 100 officials from 30 global banking groups, distributors and other financial institutions from 10 nations including China, Japan, Thailand, Russia, the US and the UK.The aim of the GLN is to become a comprehensive digital platform where global financial institutions, distributors and other firms can exchange digital assets such as reward points, mileages and cryptocurrencies freely by the first-half of next year.GLN is based on Hana Financial’s membership platform Hana Members, launched in 2015, where its customers can easily cash back and use reward points spread across multiple accounts.Firms participating in the GLN project will use blockchain technology to inspect the system and keep an eye on the finances, in order to bolster security in cross-border exchanges.To bolster GLN’s mobile payment services, Hana Bank formed a strategic partnership with Shinsegae last year to utilize the nation’s largest retailer’s SSG Pay services.Through the partnership, SSG Pay users will be able to make cross-border payments through GLN. Meanwhile, foreign visitors to Korea will be able to make easy payments through GLN in SSG Pay affiliated stores.By Jung Min-kyung ( mkjung@heraldcorp.com
Suicide car bomb kills 30 Afghan security personnel
Security personnel near the army base hit by a suicide bomber on the outskirts of GhazniAdvertising Read moreGhazni (Afghanistan) (AFP)A suicide car bomber struck an army base in Afghanistan on Sunday killing at least 30 security personnel, officials said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in recent months. All of them are security personnel," Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of Ghazni hospital, told AFP. Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said a suicide bomber had detonated a vehicle full of explosives. "The bomber drove a Humvee vehicle right inside the base and detonated it," Ghazni governor spokesman Wahidullah Jumazada told AFP. The three Kabul attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, but Afghan officials blamed the Taliban -- who denied any involvement.
Prizewinning photojournalist injured covering Paris protest
Street medics tend to Syrian freelance photographer Ameer Alhalbi who was injured during clashes in a Paris demonstration against the 'global security' draft law. A press freedom group has denounced the "unacceptable" injury of an award-winning Syrian photojournalist during a Paris protest against police brutality. In AFP photos Alhalbi's face appears bruised with much of his head covered in bandages. The land of human rights should not threaten them, but protect them," he said in a second tweet. Dimitri Beck, director of photography for Polka, said that Alhalbi had suffered a broken nose and injured forehead, and had been taken to hospital.
French ship pulls 45 migrants from Channel
Migrants attempting to cross the Channel in a small boat in AugustAdvertising Read moreLille (France) (AFP)Forty-five migrants "including a pregnant woman and children" were rescued Saturday in the English Channel after their improvised boat found itself "in trouble" off Dunkirk, French authorities said. Several of the people "appeared to be in a state of hypothermia" after being brought aboard a patrol ship, the French prefecture in charge of the Channel and North Sea said in a statement. With busy traffic and powerful winds and currents, the Channel crossing can prove extremely dangerous for small boats despite the apparent short distance between Calais and British port Dover. In late October, four people died and three were reported missing, devastating an Iranian-Kurdish family in the deadliest single incident for migrants attempting to cross the Channel. Increasing numbers of people have attempted the sea crossing from France to Britain since 2018.
Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse dies at 85
Darth Vader and stormtroopers appear for the European film premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in London on December 18, 2019. Dave Prowse, the British actor behind the menacing black mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, has died, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Advertising Read more"It's with great sadness that we have to announce that our client Dave Prowse... passed away yesterday morning at the age of 85," Bowington wrote on Facebook. A former body-builder turned actor, Prowse's towering stature at almost two metres (6.5 feet) clinched him the role of the instantly-recognisable antagonist in the original Star Wars trilogy. Since the original Star Wars trilogy was released in the late 1970s and early 80s, Prowse had travelled the world meeting hardcore fans.
Tyson wants more over-50 fights and he's tough, says Jones
"I'm happy I'm not knocked out or anything. "It surprised me he could go eight rounds," Jones said. "I thought I won the fight, jabbed better and controled the fight, but I'm cool with a draw," Jones said. That's real fighting, having the endurance," Tyson said. "I'm happy to scratch this off my bucket list," Jones said.
Gabonese citizens raise the alarm over oil spills by French company Perenco
Residents of Étimboué in western Gabon have faced multiple oil spills over the past two years. This contamination has had wide-ranging effects on the local population, including health problems, water pollution, poisoned crops and fish, say our Observers. There have been oil spills all over the area over the past few years. These blackened leaves are just one example of the damage caused by oil spills. Perenco, which has an important presence across the African continent, is the primary producer of crude oil in Gabon and the second largest French oil company after Total.
[Global Finance Awards] Woori Bank integrates ESG values with finance
Woori Bank has been upholding environmental, social and governance values through issuance of ESG bonds and supporting green projects here.The lender won the Prime Minister Awards at the 2020 Global Green Management Excellence Awards co-hosted by Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. The award was created in 2006 to shed light on those that contribute to state-planned green projects.Woori’s issuance of sustainable bonds and financial support for renewable energy projects was praised by the government for its efforts to participate in the 12.9 trillion won Green New Deal policy announced earlier this year, the firm said.To support ESG management, it has been upgrading its energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas and expanding it support and infrastructure for electric cars and charging stations.Earlier this month, the bank’s holding group Woori Financial Group partnered with the state-run Korea Southern Power to financially support the utility company’s solar energy, hydrogen and fuel cell projects. As part of the deal, both firms would cooperate on designing a business model where Korean citizens could participate in using all forms of renewable energy.Both companies have worked side-by-side on wind and biomass energies so far.The banking group in July vowed to funnel 10 trillion won ($9 billion) by 2025 into the Korean New Deal projects.On top of its renewable energy projects, the holding group said on Nov. 25 that it has set up a 200 billion won fund to invest in social infrastructure projects.Called the “Woori Global Infra New Deal Fund,” it aims to finance the development of smart logistics centers and traffic facilities as well as eco-friendly social infrastructure, the fund will first invest in a tech-based logistics center in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.By Jung Min-kyung ( mkjung@heraldcorp.com
To See White Privilege In Action, Look At Toronto’s Adamson BBQ Debacle (Analysis)
As awful as 2020 has been, the year's unpredictability could be a harbinger of what's to come for the offshore, warns Carter. "We have based our economy and we've staked our future on an industry that is no longer consistent with climate stability. "This is a really, really hard message for oil-producing places like Newfoundland and Labrador," Carter said, adding this message about extraction is circulating globally. In 2019, the province pledged to double offshore production by 2030 and get into the natural gas game. "It's gut-wrenching, what's happening," said Carter.Take oil industry arguments that it's a job creator with a grain of salt, she said, as between 2014 and 2019, it shed a quarter of its jobs, Canada-wide.
Candace Owens Challenges Fact-Checker, And Wins
Conservative author and commentator Candace Owens challenged left-leaning fact-checking site PolitiFact, a partner with Facebook, over a “false” rating — and won. Owens’ video, which was posted on Nov. 12, offered commentary on the 2020 presidential election, and was captioned, “Joe Biden is literally and legally not the President-elect. With pressure from Owens’ legal representation, PolitiFact issued the correction, which she shared with the public on Saturday. As announced on election night, Owens is joining The Daily Wire, and has a new show in the works set to debut in 2021. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment.
Syria war photographer 'wounded by police' during Paris protest
A press freedom group has denounced the “unacceptable” injury of an award-winning Syrian photojournalist during a Paris protest against police brutality. “Ameer came from Syria to France to take refuge, like several other Syrian journalists. Dimitri Beck, director of photography for Polka, said Alhalbi had suffered a broken nose and injured forehead, and had been taken to hospital. In Paris, protesters set street furniture on fire and clashed with police as they tried to block access to some streets. Jean Castex, the prime minister, has announced that an independent commission will examine and rewrite the controversial article in the draft bill.
Virus in play in Senate contests
Then Democratic Senate hopeful Raphael Warnock took the microphone, promising to push for more economic aid for businesses and people affected by the pandemic and touting Democratic plans to combat long-standing racial and wealth disparities highlighted by the crisis. A day earlier, Vice President Mike Pence campaigned with Warnock's opponent, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and her fellow Republican senator, David Perdue. But Perdue led Ossoff by about 100,000 votes, finishing just short of the outright majority Georgia requires to avoid a runoff. "What Sen. Perdue should be doing, if he had the people's best interest at heart and not just his own," Ossoff said, "is encouraging the president to recognize reality." FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2020, file photo Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler speaks at a campaign rally in Cumming, Ga. Loeffler and Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock are in a runoff election for the Senate seat in Georgia.
Google Earth reveals suspected nuclear weapons facility in Pakistan
This extension to a nuclear facility in Pakistan was spotted using Google Earth Neil Hyatt et al. Sleuthing with satellite images on Google Earth has revealed a substantial and undocumented expansion to a suspected nuclear processing plant in Pakistan. Researchers say it is a possible sign of the country boosting the capacity of its nuclear weapons programme. Pakistan has possessed nuclear weapons since 1998, but isn’t a signatory to key international treaties on nuclear proliferation and tests. The country’s secretive nuclear weapons programme is closely watched due to tensions with neighbouring India, which also has a nuclear arsenal.
Protests take place across France against proposed security law
(CNN) Demonstrations took place across France on Saturday against the proposed global security law and its signature measure to restrict the filming of police officers. They came as calls to withdraw it were exacerbated by cases of police violence this week. The route is typical for protests in Paris. The collective, called "Stop Loi Sécurité Globale" or Stop Global Security Law, is composed of journalists' unions, human rights NGOs and other groups. They are advocating for the withdrawal of articles 21 and 22 of the proposed law, "which organize mass surveillance," and article 24, which would penalize the "malicious" dissemination of the image of police officers.
Paris protesters torch cars, set BANK on fire amid clashes over bill slammed as ‘ban on filming police brutality’ (VIDEOS)
Violent clashes and arson have erupted in Paris amid mass protests against police brutality and a draft law that would ban filming officers “in certain circumstances,” after a video emerged of cops beating a black music producer. The daytime rallies went off peacefully, but by early evening clashes erupted in multiple cities, including Rennes, Lille, Bordeaux and Lyon. Paris descended into chaos, forcing police to deploy tear gas, flashbangs and water cannon after black-clad masked protesters launched fireworks and pelted cops with stones. Multiple videos also showed rioters smashing vehicles and shop windows, and torching cars and a motorcycle. Certains individus masqués ont mis le feu au bâtiment de la Banque de France, un des symboles de l'État.
Afghanistan car bombing kills at least 30 security force personnel
KABUL (Reuters) - A car bombing in the Afghanistan’s central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday, officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast. Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured people had been transported there. The blast targeted a compound of the public protection force, a wing of the Afghan security forces, local officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, when contacted by Reuters, did not confirm or deny responsibility. Haji Ata Jan Haqbayan, head of the provincial council of Zabul, suffered minor injuries in the attack on his convoy.
Alabama woman ‘shoots husband dead, then stabs her own vagina to fake self-defense’
In a shocking case of domestic violence, a Foley, Alabama woman allegedly murdered her husband and then, in an attempt to make it look like she’d killed him in self defense, stabbed herself multiple times in the vagina and abdomen, The U.S. Sun reports. Linda Doyle, 66, told the Alabama cops that she blew away her husband, James Doyle, 71, after he stabbed her numerous times in the vagina. Emergency responders rushed to the scene and found a shocking sight of the bloodied couple, one of them dead, sprawled across the ground. HORRIFIC WOUNDS: Wife, 66, ‘stabs herself multiple times in the vagina and stomach then blames it on husband she shot dead’ The U.S. SunNeighbors of the Alabama woman with the stabbed vagina expressed shock and horror about the couple’s mortal dispute. Get the Knewz app for iOS and AndroidThere was certainly no indication to the neighbors that either of the Doyles were capable of the kind of explosive violence that left one dead and the Alabama woman rushed to the hospital with a stabbed vagina.
Kendall Hinton: What we know about the Denver Broncos' emergency quarterback
A Broncos official told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday night that Kendall Hinton is expected to be elevated from the practice squad and get the start. The official added that the Broncos are still sorting through their quarterback options, which include backup running back Royce Freeman. Earlier this month, they re-signed him to provide depth at wide receiver, never suspecting he might end up helping them in a completely different way. Hinton played quarterback for parts of four seasons at Wake before transitioning to a wideout his senior year. However, slotting him in as a wide receiver or in a flex position has the potential to pay off significantly.
Jets could pick up first win vs. Tua Tagovailoa-less Dolphins
Is this the week the Jets finally get a win? At 0-10, the Jets feel like the Washington Generals facing the Harlem Globetrotters each week, but they have not given up hope on getting a win. Sunday at MetLife Stadium, they face the Dolphins (6-4), a team with playoff hopes, but quarterback questions. I’m going to go out and try to get a win this Sunday.”Though many Jets fans are hoping the team finishes 0-16 to land the No. 1 pick and Clemson star Trevor Lawrence, the players and coaches are still hoping to break through and get that first win of the season.
NFL Week 12 predictions: Quick turnaround makes Titans pick vs. Colts
Miami has been more effective when taken lightly than when expected to push foes around with their confounding defense. With Tua Tagovailoa downgraded to doubtful for the Dolphins at QB, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick returns to starter’s role for visitors. Giants (-5) over BENGALS: Now that Joe Burrow’s knee has taken the worst of it, Cincinnati turns to Brandon Allen under center. Not looking at a world championship defense from either side, but would look to support a home ’dog bearing viable stay-in-the-hunt value here. The Jags’ defense is only horrendous — it has allowed fewer than 24 points just once since a Week 1 home win over the Colts.
LIVE UPDATES: Georgia GOP senators' Dem opponents getting help from Stacey Abrams-backed groups
Fast Facts on the Georgia Senate runoffs The runoffs will decide which party controls the Senate in the next CongressRepublican Sens. Raphael Warnock on Jan. 5The Democratic groups include the New Georgia Project and others supported by Stacey Abrams, who lost her bid for governor in the state two years ago, The Hill reported. Democrats have largely credited Abrams' efforts for flipping the state blue in the presidential election for the first time in nearly 30 years. On Friday, Abrams started a series of weekly briefings with Hollywood managers, agents and entertainment executives on how they can best help Democrats win. Follow below for updates on the Georgia Senate runoffs.
Seattle-area homeowners report ‘sovereign citizen’ property seizure attempts: report
Police in suburbs north of Seattle say so-called “sovereign citizens” have been visiting homes in at least two communities, presenting homeowners with official-looking documents, and announcing that they’re the rightful owners. In at least one case, a homeowner was told she was being evicted, Seattle’s KIRO-TV reported. Josh McClure of the Edmonds Police Department told the station. “Unfortunately, Edmonds falls between that land.”The group has been known to operate in other parts of the U.S. as well, according to the report. Authorities in Edmonds and Woodway -- both in Washington state’s Snohomish County – have been in contact with the FBI about the incidents there, McClure told KIRO.
Indian farmers defiant against reform as Modi tries to calm anger
Slideshow ( 3 images )The government on Saturday invited farmers’ union leaders for talks on new legislation to deregulate agriculture sector but that has not calmed farmers’ anger over what many see “anti-farm laws”, and their action appeared to be spreading. “From these reforms, farmers will get new rights and opportunities,” he said in his monthly radio address. But instead farmers from the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh joined in over the weekend, blocking roads to the east of the capital. Media reported protests by farmers in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday. Prices of fresh produce prices at wholesale markets in the city began to tick up and commuters have faced travel disruption.
A barrier to peace
"The pipe bombs, bricks and fireworks that are regularly hurled at these few houses ... are so commonplace that they are part of daily life." William says he likes living here and loves the sense of community that exists in Cluan Place. On the other side of the wall I meet people who I know will never set foot in Cluan Place. The red, white and blue murals and Union Flags of Cluan Place are noticeably absent from Bombay Street where Jean McAnoy lives. Still, as long as the walls remain there will always be mistrust of the “people from the other side”.
UK secures 2 million more doses of Moderna's Covid vaccine
Britain has secured two million doses of Moderna Inc's Covid-19 vaccine candidate, to be available in Europe as early as the spring, the government said on Sunday, in addition to the 5 million doses it secured from the U.S. company two weeks ago. Britain now has access to enough doses of Moderna's vaccine candidate for around 3.5 million people. Overall, it has access to 357 million doses of vaccines from seven developers, according to government statement. Moderna's experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing Covid-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial. Britain has also secured 100 million doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Oxford University and has targeted a rollout to begin before Christmas.
Turkey’s new virus figures confirm experts’ worst fears
The official daily COVID-19 deaths have also steadily risen to record numbers in a reversal of fortune for the country that had been praised for managing to keep fatalities low. With the new data, the country jumped from being one of the least-affected countries in Europe to one of the worst-hit. In an about-face, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government this week resumed reporting all positive coronavirus tests — not just the number of patients being treated for symptoms — pushing the number of daily cases to above 30,000. ADVERTISEMENTDemonstrating the seriousness of the outbreak, Turkey last month suspended leave for health care workers and temporarily banned resignations and early retirements during the pandemic. “We can only beat the outbreak through a process that is transparent,” said Imamoglu, who is from Turkey’s main opposition party.
Smith hits second straight ton as Australia post 389-4 vs India
Slideshow ( 5 images )SYDNEY (Reuters) - Steve Smith led an imperious display from Australia’s top-order batsmen with his second straight century as the hosts piled on a massive 389 for four against India’s listless bowlers in the second one-day international in Sydney on Sunday. The match followed a script similar to Friday’s opener at the Sydney Cricket Ground that Australia won by 66 runs, with captain Aaron Finch opting to bat after winning the toss. Finch, who made 114 in the previous match, fell for 60 while Warner was run out for 83 by a direct hit from the deep while trying to steal a second run. It was left to Smith to continue Australia’s quest for a big total and the right-hander delivered, mixing powerful hits with deft touches to pick up boundaries during his fluent knock. Smith completed his 11th ton in the format in 62 balls and fell on 104 to all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who before Sunday had not bowled in international cricket since September last year due to a lower back injury.
Wilder vows to protect Blades' interests amid criticism from Liverpool's Klopp
The Blades are among the few clubs who have opposed five substitutes out of concern it benefits teams with bigger squads. “Everyone has the right to defend their corner, there’s 20 votes in this league and everyone looks after themselves all the way through,” Wilder told Sky Sports after the Blades’ 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for Liverpool as a football club as I’ve consistently said and respect for Juergen as well. “So whether it’s looking after the club, whether it’s selfish, there’s a few other managers in there that have looked after their own club as well. I’ll always look after my own club.”The Blades, who are bottom of the standings with one point from their opening 10 games, face Leicester City next week.
AP PHOTOS: Pandemic calls off Christmas markets in Europe
1 of 9 This combination image shows a file photo dated Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 of the Roemerberg square in Frankfurt, Germany, with the traditional Christmas market, top, and the Roemerberg square on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, below. Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring countries, have joined the long list of institutions canceled or diminished because of the coronavirus pandemic this year. Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring countries, have joined the long list of institutions canceled or diminished because of the coronavirus pandemic this year. Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring countries, have joined the long list of annual traditions that were canceled or diminished this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the border in France, the roughly 300 stalls of Strasbourg’s popular Christmas market won’t go up this year.
Tyson fights to draw with Jones Jr. in exhibition
(Reuters) - Mike Tyson showed age has not robbed him of his power as the former heavyweight champion, in his long-awaited return to the ring, dominated Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition fight on Saturday in Los Angeles that was surprisingly ruled a draw. "I'm used to doing it for three minutes," 54-year-old Tyson said of the shorter rounds. Jones Jr, 51, was the more visibly fatigued of the two fighters but managed to pick up the pace in the later rounds enough to earn the win on one scorecard and a draw on the other while Tyson took the third scorecard. "The body shots definitely took a toll," said Jones Jr. a former world champion in four different weight classes whose last professional fight was in 2018. After the fight Tyson, who was once the most feared fighter on the planet, shot down any idea of making a return to professional boxing.
Week 13 winners and losers: No. 4 Ohio State and No. 8 Northwestern lead a messy weekend for Big Ten
And if Ohio State indeed finds itself unable to compete for a Big Ten title, Indiana is the next team in line in the Big Ten East. 16 Wisconsin has played only three games and is in the boat Ohio State doesn’t want to be in. Now 7-2 on the year, Iowa State will officially clinch a spot in the title game by beating West Virginia next week. The Tigers were ticked off when the Florida State game was abruptly called off last week, and it was plenty evident early against the Panthers. The defense, however, gave up 440 yards on 61 pass attempts to Mississippi State QB Will Rogers.
Britain urged to probe wealth of Russian family whose son had 'world’s most expensive wedding'
Khadija Uzhakhova and friendBut four years on, and the spotlight has now been turned on links between the Gutseriev family and Alexander Lukashenko, Europe’s last dictator. For the Gutserievs, it is all a far cry from the frivolity and splendour of that Moscow wedding. Mr Gutseriev is also chairman of Russneft, one of Russia’s biggest oil companies, which at the turn of the year became the sole Russian supplier of oil to Belarus. Said Gutseriev, 32, who lived in London for 17 years until 2014, last year set up Currency.com, a cryptocurrency exchange business based in Minsk. “The Lukashenko regime continues to carry out terrible human rights violations.
OPEC Faces Seismic Demand Split as Cartel Plots Next Move
(Bloomberg) -- As OPEC+ ministers gather virtually this week, the city that traditionally hosts their meetings will be locked down. For oil ministers, the scene should urge caution. Increasingly too, they talk about another segmentation: crude oil quality. All those factors make the deliberations of OPEC+ ministers trickier. Many are already hopeful about the impact of virus vaccines on oil demand.
In Another Legal Blow To Trump, Pa. Supreme Court Tosses Suit Challenging Mail-In Ballots
Biden picked former secretary of state John Kerry to a new high-ranking post as climate tsar. Biden named Jake Sullivan, a longtime national security aide to the former vice-president to be national security adviser. To serve as director of national intelligence Biden picked Avril Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA. For the treasury department, Biden plans to appoint the former Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen.More telling is who Biden hasn’t appointed. When Ron Klain was announced as chief of staff, Warren even tweeted that he was a “a superb choice”.
Dear Abby | Mom makes case for including longtime girlfriend in family
DEAR INCLUSIVE: Your in-laws have a right to their opinions, and so do you. Listen to your heart. If it’s telling you that you would rather spend those times with your children and their girlfriends, go ahead and do it. I am assuming that the son who is involved in the long-term relationship would not be leaving his girlfriend home alone when these gatherings are held, because if that’s the case after 11 years, she should dump him.
Edward Greene becomes the first Black president of the MFA’s board of trustees
Edward E. Greene, a global human resources consultant who previously served as chair of the MFA’s board of advisors, was appointed to the three-year term during the board’s annual meeting on Sept. 21. For the first time in its 150-year history, the Museum of Fine Arts has elected a Black president to lead its influential board of trustees. Nominated in 2019, Greene, 57, will share leadership responsibilities with Cathy E. Minehan, who was appointed board chair at the annual meeting. Board members also elected Azi Djazani to chair the museum’s board of advisors, where she will succeed Greene in the role, and approved numerous other trustees and advisors. “As a Black person, as a father of two Black children, it was very, very painful,” said Greene, who added the incident prompted him to consider more seriously the leadership role.
Two sides to the student loan debt question
I’d pay off the first $10,000 of undergraduate student debt borrowed by anyone who qualified (or came close to qualifying) for a federally subsidized loan. Jeff Jacoby ( “College debt bailout would be unjust,” Ideas, Nov. 22) has a point. But he risks being as simplistic as the idea of canceling all student debt is. This kind of approach to alleviating the problem of student debt might even have an affordable price tag. Jane O’NeilCharlestownDemocrats unwilling to hold people accountableI was happily surprised to see an op-ed in a somewhat left-leaning publication that argued against student loan forgiveness (”College debt bailout would be unjust”).
Saturday Night Five: CFP now out of reach and why it matters; officiating woes; Oregon State’s statement; UCLA’s forward leap
MIA for the CFP (again)The Pac-12 emerged from the initial College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday with an extraordinarily narrow path into the semifinals. The CFP became a long shot the moment the university presidents pushed the restart back to Nov. 7. What strikes us most, above and beyond the first-rate playmaking skills of tailback Demetric Felton, is the play of UCLA’s defensive line. Support the Hotline: Several Hotline articles will remain free each month (as will the newsletter), but for access to all content, you’ll need to subscribe. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716*** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline*** Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.
Alternative routes from Las Vegas to LA to avoid backups on I-15
State Route 160 begins a rural stretch just ahead of the State Route 159 intersection. The road is the starting point to a alternative route through Pahrump, Nev. to avoid the holiday back up on Interstate 15 southbound. Nothing says a holiday is over for motorists traveling between Las Vegas and Southern California like the miles-long traffic backup that occurs on Interstate 15 southbound near Primm. With over 20-mile backups experienced the Sunday following Thanksgiving, travelers’ holiday glee turned to gloom even before leaving the Silver State. If ending up even further south on I-15 sounds like the route to go, a second alternative is available.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BAD BEATS BLOG: Favorites, overs have edge; Spartans top upset
First-half winners: Georgia -12½, over 27. First-half winners: Georgia Tech +½ (-115), over 28½. 12:10 p.m.: FINAL: Georgia State 30, Georgia Southern 24. 10:23 a.m.: HALFTIME: Georgia Southern 14, Georgia State 13. First-half winners: Georgia Southern +1½, over 26.
There’s a now a surprising rupture with Mexico that could imperil the drug war
One week before Thanksgiving and two months before the end of President Donald Trump’s term, a diplomatic dust-up with Mexico has revealed the tenuous nature of that international relationship. The move came after the U.S. Justice Department announced charges in October against former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos. In court documents, prosecutors claim Cienfuegos was nicknamed “The Godfather” and sat atop a pyramid of corruption that included government officials, armed forces, and the H-2 drug cartel. But in a hearing on Nov. 18, the Justice Department did an about-face and requested that the charges be dismissed and Cienfuegos be returned to Mexico. While on-the-ground relations with Mexico have been strained recently, to say the least, the relationship between Trump and Obrador has, at times, seemed disconnected from that reality.
What They Said
“I cry every time I go over the little overpass that puts me onto the tollway northbound and see it. (Monday, https://dpsnews.utah.gov/)“We are a close and fun-loving family, so I kept trying to think of something unexpected that would make them giggle. (Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News)“Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. (The Dallas Morning News)“I don’t think it will ever be the same. (Nov. 22, The Dallas Morning News)
A gift the pandemic can never take from us
Worst of all, perhaps — and I want to be wrong about this — I fear the pandemic won’t end when 2020 ends. It was during a dark period — following another sacrifice dictated by coronavirus — that I was reminded of the gift that is eternal, which can’t be stopped by the pandemic. However, I believe we’re seeing progress in the emergence of the true self movement, which is at home in love — love of self, love of neighbor, love of stranger, love of planet, love of justice. There remains a divine gift that this pandemic will never take from us. It is my deepest wish for every person everywhere in every moment to cherish and experience this divine gift.
5-year-old Las Vegas author helps others through read-a-thon
At the age most kids are learning to read, 5-year-old Justyn Boumah of Las Vegas wrote his 12th book. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoFive-year-old Justyn Boumah, who led a read-a-thon fundraiser, poses for a portrait at his home in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoFive-year-old Justyn Boumah, who led a read-a-thon fundraiser, poses for a portrait at his home in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoFive-year-old Justyn Boumah, who led a read-a-thon fundraiser, poses for a portrait at his home in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoFive-year-old Justyn Boumah, who led a read-a-thon fundraiser, poses for a portrait at his home in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.
Three men shot in West Garfield Park
Three men were shot Saturday night in West Garfield Park. About 9:40 p.m., they were standing outside in the 4700 block of West Harrison Street when multiple men in a passing black Dodge Charger fired shots, Chicago police said. A man, 25, was struck in the wrist, leg and chest, and a man, 36, was shot twice in the leg, police said. Both men self-transported to Rush Hospital and were then transferred to Stroger Hospital, police said. A 39-year-old man was shot in the back and brought himself to Loretto Hospital before he was transferred to Stroger Hospital, police said.
Be patient and stay safe. Coronavirus vaccines are on the way.
Many of us have been stuck at home, haven’t seen friends in person or eaten out at our favorite restaurants in months. That means: keep your mask on, wash your hands and keep a safe distance from others. The full rollout to the rest of the nation may still be several months away. Already too many of us have failed the patience test— holding spreader events, eschewing masks and treating this virus far too blithely. Vaccines may end this nightmare, but what we do until vaccines are widely available requires patience.
Dear Abby: Mom wants son’s long-time girlfriend included in family events
DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for 38 years. DEAR ABBY: My sisters and I grew up in California. *DEAR ABBY: For the last 20 years, I have been sending my four nieces and nephews birthday and Christmas cards with checks enclosed. 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.
Ask Amy: Religious counselor’s advice to curtail friendship may hurt, but isn’t personal
Dear Amy: After over 30 years of friendship, my dear friend is now shunning me. A year ago, my friend began closing herself off from other unaffiliated friends, but we talked daily, and she still initiated frequent contact. We’re old ladies; I was expecting to spend my retirement years relying on this friendship for consolation and companionship. I think her religious counselors finally told her to curtail our friendship, because I’m not a receptive candidate for recruitment. You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Warriors survive 2A thriller, advance to quarterfinals
On third-and-20 and the Warriors trailing by two points against Jones with less than six minutes remaining, Emitt Wilk tossed a deep ball to Steele. “I just looked over at the sideline and saw my coach call the fade for me,” the Washington junior wide receiver said. Steele had gone the entire game without catching a pass, but he was in sync with Wilk on this play. The fourth-ranked Warriors recovered a fumble on the ensuing possession, sealing a 26-22 victory and advancing to the Class 2A quarterfinals against No. 3 Jones battled back and forth in the final quarter and showed they are evenly matched.
College basketball notebook: Johnson, Steward help No. 9 Duke beat Coppin State 81-71
Johnson, Steward help No. 9 Duke beat Coppin StateFreshman Jalen Johnson had 19 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks to help No. 9 Duke overcome a turnover-filled performance and beat Coppin State 81-71 in Saturday's delayed season opener for both teams. Fellow rookie DJ Steward scored 24 points for the Blue Devils, including a key 3-pointer with 2:02 left that helped keep Duke in control during an unexpectedly tight finish. The Blue Devils shot 53% but committed 22 turnovers to give the Eagles plenty of extra chances, with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski saying simply: “It's tough to explain some of those turnovers.”
Sports Scoreboard for Sunday, Nov. 29
Claimed: Miss Twenty-New Owner: Christopher C. Wackman, New Trainer: Chris HartmanAlso Ran: Into the Fire, Courtly, Blame It On Brew. .10-Cent Superfecta (4-6-1-2) $6.10. .50-Cent Trifecta (4-6-1) $7.35. .50-Cent Pick 3 (10-8-4) $16.30EIGHTH RACEPurse $30,500, Allowance, 3 yo’s & up, Six And A Half FurlongsOwner: Troy Cartmill. Trainer: Biehler, Michael E.
Cordeiro accounts for 2 TDs, Hawaii beat Nevada 24-21
HONOLULU (AP) — Chevan Cordeiro passed for 246 yards and a touchdown and scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter and Hawaii beat Nevada 24-21 on Saturday night. Cordeiro was 26-of-32 passing without an interception and had 15 carries for 62 yards. Calvin Turner had 10 receptions for 77 yards and a TD for Hawaii (3-3 Mountain West Conference). Carson Strong hit Cole Turner for a 4-yard touchdown to give Nevada (5-1) a 7-3 lead with 2:57 to play in the first half but Cordeiro led the Rainbow Warriors on an eight-play, 75-yard drive capped by his 7-yard TD pass to Turner less than two minutes later and Hawaii led the rest of the way. Strong completed 20 of 25 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns and Toa Taua 131 yards rushing and a score on 20 carries for the Wolf Pack.
Many turn to real Christmas trees as bright spot amid virus
PORTLAND, Ore. — Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she’s only getting busier as infections — and hospitalizations — surge before the holidays. But on a recent sunny day, COVID-19 seemed far away as she, her husband and their 2-year-old daughter roamed a Christmas tree farm in search of the perfect evergreen for a holiday season unlike any other. The family was tree-shopping nearly a week before Thanksgiving and, for the first time, they were picking their own tree instead of buying a pre-cut one. “It’s nice to have home be a separate safe space away from the hospital, and whether we can have a gathering with family or not, I know we’ll have our own little tree with the purple lights, and that’ll be something small to look forward to,” she said. The real Christmas tree industry, which has been battling increased interest in artificial trees, is glad to see that more Americans appear to be flocking to fresh-cut evergreens this season, seeking a bright spot amid the virus’s worsening toll.
Lights, camera, sell: Retailers want you to watch and shop
NEW YORK — When Jenna Powell gets in front of a camera, she can sell $10,000 worth of sparkly dresses and tie-dye hoodies in 40 minutes. She puts on clothes from her shop, spins for the camera and tries to get viewers to buy. “This top is a deal for $22!,” Powell says in a recent video about a leopard print sweater she’s wearing. “It’s just very, very well made, y’all!”Livestream selling, already popular in China, is taking off in the U.S., ushering in a new way for Americans to shop online. Instead of searching for what they want, they pick up their phones, sit back, and click to buy if they like what they see.
The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever
NEW YORK — “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding. A century later, during another pandemic, movies — quotes no longer necessary — are again facing a critical juncture. By streaming service, video-on-demand, virtual theater or actual theater, a steady diet of films have been released under COVID-19. Yet until recently — with only a few exceptions — those haven’t been the big-budget spectacles Hollywood runs on. Last month, the Walt Disney Co. experimented with the $200 million “Mulan” as a premium buy on its fast-growing streaming service, Disney+ — where the Pixar film “Soul” will also go on Dec. 25.
Family of jailed oil exec asks for Venezuelan leader’s mercy
CARACAS, Venezuela — The family of a Houston-based Citgo oil executive convicted and ordered to prison in Venezuela alongside five others appealed directly to President Nicolás Maduro on Friday for mercy. In an open letter, relatives of José Pereira, 63, wrote to Maduro that he has a long list of health problems that need medical attention. They ask for Maduro to free him — and the other five — so they can return home to their families in the United States. “Our purpose for this letter is not to enter into legal tirades about the case,” the letter says. “We only want to implore to your humanitarian and compassionate side.”
Another week gone, Brexit trade talks remain stuck
BRUSSELS — The European Union said Friday that another week of talks with Britain on a new trade deal has gone with barely any progress. Its chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is heading to London for ever-more pressing weekend negotiations to avoid chaos when Britain’s trade agreements with the EU end at New Year. Barnier emerged from a COVID-19 quarantine on Friday and said that after a week of remote video talks the “same significant divergences persist.”The lack of progress is frustrating since the EU had sounded optimistic about a deal last Friday and had committed to be “creative” in its approach during the final stages of the talks.
Hyundai, Kia fined for delaying US engine failure recalls
Hyundai and Kia must pay $137 million in fines and safety improvements because they moved too slowly to recall over 1 million vehicles with engines that can fail. “It’s critical that manufacturers appropriately recognize the urgency of their safety recall responsibilities and provide timely and candid information to the agency about all safety issues,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens said in a statement. Hyundai will pay $54 million and invest $40 million to improve safety operations under an agreement reached with the agency. The company must build a field test and inspection laboratory in the U.S. and put new computer systems in place to analyze data to identify safety issues. Another $46 million in penalties will be deferred as long as the Korean automaker meets safety conditions, NHTSA said in a prepared statement.
AP PHOTOS: Pandemic calls off Christmas markets in Europe
BERLIN (AP) — The European plazas where people would usually gather at crowded stalls to partake in hot mulled wine, gingerbread, sausages and other delicacies are just empty squares. Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring countries, have joined the long list of annual traditions that were canceled or diminished this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. November saw many European countries impose partial or tougher lockdowns as new virus cases soared. Nuremberg's sprawling, bustling Christkindlesmarkt, one of Germany's best known holiday markets and traditionally a big tourist draw, was called off a month ago. Over the border in France, the roughly 300 stalls of Strasbourg's popular Christmas market won't go up this year.
COLUMN: Blinken, Yellen, and Kerry to serve key roles
The incoming administration’s choices of Antony Blinken as secretary of State and Janet Yellen as secretary of the Treasury were well-received by the financial markets. John Kerry, in a new post as climate envoy, was praised for his high level of knowledge and experience in dealing with climate change issues. Blinken and Yellen will have to be confirmed by the Senate, but Kerry's new post will not. Stock index futures rallied sharply upon the announcement that Yellen was picked to lead the Treasury. Yellen stated she would support greater government spending to help our economy recover from the pandemic.
Turkey's new virus figures confirm experts' worst fears
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — When Turkey changed the way it reports daily COVID-19 infections, it confirmed what medical groups and opposition parties have long suspected — that the country is faced with an alarming surge of cases that is fast exhausting the Turkish health system. In an about-face, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government this week resumed reporting all positive coronavirus tests — not just the number of patients being treated for symptoms — pushing the number of daily cases to above 30,000. With the new data, the country jumped from being one of the least-affected countries in Europe to one of the worst-hit. That came as no surprise to the Turkish Medical Association, which has been warning for months that the government’s previous figures were concealing the graveness of the spread and that the lack of transparency was contributing to the surge. The group maintains, however, that the ministry’s figures are still low compared with its estimate of at least 50,000 new infections per day.
COLUMN: Time is running out to review Medicare options
Now is the time for beneficiaries to review their Medicare options as the Annual Enrollment Period ends Dec. 7. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. With Medicare, you have options for coverage. Two options are Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Most Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover — like vision, hearing, dental and more.
Opinion: Innovation, free rein evident in vaccine development
Pfizer announced earlier this month that its vaccine, developed with BioNTech, had shown to be 90% effective against this novel coronavirus. A short time later, Moderna brought more good news — a vaccine that is about 95% effective. Last week, federal government officials said the first 6.4 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine could be distributed next month, within 24 hours of the OK from the Food and Drug Administration. These are tied to Operation Warp Speed, a partnership between the federal government and the private sector with a goal of producing a vaccine within one year. Encouraged to unleash their best and brightest, these drug companies came through in a big way.
Your Views Sunday, Nov. 29
To hear the media and Democrats talk, Biden must have won by a landslide. But wait, with 98.2% of the total popular votes in, Biden has 50.9% to Trump’s 47.3%. It is really telling how Trump supporters behaved after the election, especially considering the media’s reporting. If the results had been reversed, how do you think Biden supporters would have behaved? I certainly hope a President Biden will function for the good of all American people and not just his family.
On Giving Tuesday, consider all the children
It’s the week of Giving Tuesday and there is certain to be an abundance of requests for support. Children are suffering. Not my children. The best and hoped for reply is ALL the children are well. The Masai know that their society cannot be well unless all the children are well.
COLUMN: A unicorn in Oklahoma
In the venture capital industry, “unicorn” is a term used to describe a privately held startup company with a company valuation of over $1 billion. The idea being that unicorns are a rare mythical breed, more likely imagined than seen — but in the venture capital business, they do sometimes appear and, when they do, it is a very special occurrence. Alkami Technology was founded (as iThryv) by serial entrepreneur Gary Nelson more than 10 years ago in Oklahoma City. i2E made a concept investment through the OCAST Technology Business Finance Program (which iThryv repaid) early in the company’s life, and then in June 2009, we invested again from the Oklahoma Seed Capital Fund. Earlier this year, the Oklahoma Seed Capital Fund received a request from one of the largest venture funds in the world to buy all or part of our position in Alkami.
Coronavirus in Oklahoma
The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 6,257 to 193,824 on Saturday. The large number of new cases was due, in part, to OSDH reporting data for Friday and Saturday. The Health Department reported 13 deaths, and the state's death toll rose to 1,717. Here is a look at the latest numbers in Oklahoma and across the nation:
Barcello hits 5 3s, scores 20; BYU beats Utah Valley 82-60
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Alex Barcello hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead five BYU players scoring in double figures and the Cougars beat Utah Valley 82-60 on Saturday night. Brandon Averette, a graduate transfer from Utah Valley, and Connor Harding scored 11 points apiece and Trevin Knell and Matt Haarms each added 10 for the Cougars (3-0). Haarms, a graduate transfer from Purdue, made his BYU debut. The Cougars made just four of their first 15 field-goal attempts as Utah Valley (1-1) built a 10-point lead about nine minutes into the game but Barcello scored 14 points — including four 3-pointers — as BYU closed the first half on a 30-6 run to make it 38-24 at the break. The Wolverines trailed by double figures the rest of the way.
COVID-19 test bill turns up heat on health care dispute
Carolyn Coburn didn't really know the going rate for a COVID-19 test, but she was pretty sure $2,715 was too much. And she was darn sure her late husband, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, would think so, too. "He fought this kind of thing all the time," she said. So she decided she would, too. Coburn wrote and called just about everyone she could think of — and when you're the widow of a U.S. senator, people tend to pay attention.
Bizzell, defense lift Titans in 5A quarterfinal
MIDWEST CITY — After bursting through the initial hole at the line of scrimmage, Kentrell Bizzell decided to lower his shoulder. Carl Albert’s junior running back could have tried juking or spinning past the Tulsa Kelley defender, but he decided to take a straight path toward the end zone. It turned out poorly for the defender, who ended up on his back as Bizzell scampered to the end zone for his second score. 4 Tulsa Kelley on Friday in the Class 5A quarterfinals at Gary Rose Stadium. "Our defense was huge,” Carl Albert coach Mike Corley said.
Opinion: Texas must deliberate on Tom Herman’s cloudy future after crushing loss to Iowa State
While Longhorn Nation mulls over their left-over turkey and dressing just how big a contract Urban Meyer will receive from Texas, athletics director Chris Del Conte is faced with one of the most agonizing decisions in his three years on the job. That has been the overriding story of the Texas coach and his football program over the course of his four uneven seasons, the latest example a stake-to-the-heart, soul-crushing 23-20 loss to Iowa State Friday that effectively eliminated the Longhorns from the Big 12 championship race. Get past Meyer, and Texas might have to settle for a Plan B choice. If Texas can get Meyer, it should try. Asked which direction Texas will take, one Texas power broker on Friday evening said, “I wish I knew.”Word from people inside the administration is that Meyer is non-committal about returning to coaching and specifically about being interested in the Texas job.
Matteson seals OCS win with late-game interception
“I just read his eyes and went up and made a play,” Matteson said. “It’s that simple.”OCS held a six-point lead with three minutes left to play and Community Christian School was making its last effort at a scoring drive. So as Matteson saw the Community Christian quarterback roll out to his right, he acted on it. As the Community Christian quarterback flung the ball downfield, Matteson jumped and intercepted the pass. With little time left, Matteson’s interception sealed the 19-13 third-round playoff win over Community Christian School on Friday night.
COLUMN: Thanksgiving arrives, seemingly against all odds
What did you say thanks for Thursday when you sat down for your turkey dinner? For Norman’s Mike Schuster, the blessings this year were in abundance when he gathered on Thanksgiving at his in-laws’ home. “I have a lot to choose from,” said Schuster, 55. On the day before Thanksgiving in 2015, Schuster suffered a seizure. At the hospital, doctors diagnosed him with glioblastoma, a deadly and aggressive form of brain cancer.
McAlester completes crazy rally in OT, stuns El Reno
EL RENO — With defeat on the horizon, McAlester coach Forrest Mazey’s message to his team was simple: find a way. After rushing the ball for just 8 yards on five carries in the first half, McAlester’s sophomore running back found the end zone five times in the second half and overtime, leading No. 6 El Reno in the Class 5A state quarterfinals. The Buffaloes scored 30 unanswered points in the second half and overtime to tie the game up, including a 1-yard touchdown run from McCarty as time expired. He would then punch the ball into the end zone in overtime, and the Buffaloes' defense held strong on the 2-point conversion to end the game.
For the children: Online auction to benefit local music and arts programs geared towards kids
Proceeds from the Vintage Albuquerque Fine Wine & Art Virtual Auction benefit children’s music and art programs in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico. “We did this in July and we raised unbelievably, we did so well,” said Linda Wedeen, Vintage Albuquerque executive director. So we want to do that again, because, you know, they’re out there and they’re working real hard to keep up their programs. So that is basically what they’re doing, whether they’re using Zoom or other venues. Just some really nice collections of wines to some dinners, you know.”Each year Vintage Albuquerque showcases beautiful international wines at its events.
Great explorations: Two poetry collections inspire different forms of discovery
Price is an erudite Albuquerquean, known for writing incisively about public issues in many forms for many years. His latest book is “Innocent Regained: Christmas Poems.” It’s a collection of poems he has written each year for half a century. Price said the line “despair is no good” in the poem is borrowed from famed children’s book author E.B. He is preparing three new poetry collections, a book about pediatric illness and pollution, and an encyclopedia of the writers who have lived in New Mexico. • n nA timely third book of poetry is “Starfish on a Beach: The Pandemic Poems” (Wings Press)by Margaret Randall of Albuquerque.
Bill to repair ice storm damages on its way to customers
To learn how to participate in, email us at brand-insight@opubco.comConnecting local experts and business leaders with the NewsOK audience. Frustrated you lost electricity in this latest ice storm? Just wait until your bill is increased to pay for those repairs. Electrical transmission and distribution systems, electric cooperatives and regulated investor-owned utilities like Oklahoma Gas and Electric and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma are self-insured. Whenever a storm like the one that thrashed the Oklahoma City area before Halloween strikes, that means utilities and their customers are on the hook for paying to make needed repairs.
Documenting disparity: UNM student’s photographs in the Navajo Nation during the pandemic pushes her work into the national conversation
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The photographs of Sharon Chischilly capture the ravages of COVID-19 across the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation hit a single-day record of COVID-19 cases this month, with 383 people testing positive for the virus. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................A University of New Mexico photography student, Chischilly grew up in Manuelito on the Navajo Nation. “The way I like to take photographs – I like to document things, not posed photographs,” Chischilly said. “But it turns out the Navajo Nation was one of the highest – higher than New York City,” she said.
A helping hand: Local nonprofit aims to parlay Giving Tuesday into a united effort to stomp out food insecurity in NM
doing what they do best, we would not be able to function.”Donations to Food is Free Albuquerque will be used to pay for gas and purchase equipment for harvesting events. “We offer to go into backyards and harvest food growing there that they will not use,” Garrison said. “Partnering with Food is Free Albuquerque and Silver Leaf Farms has been incredible,” said Food Not Bombs member Melissa Brandenburg. Not only did Food is Free Albuquerque have fewer volunteers, the pandemic brought some things to light. “We really, really saw how much we need one another,” Garrison said.
New side effect of long-Covid sees sufferers’ teeth fall out suddenly
It suggests dental problems are another problem to add to the list of 'long Covid' symptoms. However, the evidence is too vague to know for sure if tooth loss is just coincidental. Scientists are still doing research into long Covid to understand who is at risk, and how it can be treated. “Gum disease is very sensitive to hyper-inflammatory reactions, and Covid long haulers certainly fall into that category,” Dr Scherer said. But tooth loss may be a consequence of dentists being hard to access this year, with lockdowns forcing surgeries to shut.
US reports several explosions heard in Eritrea’s capital
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........NAIROBI, Kenya — The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea says six explosions were heard Saturday night in the capital, Asmara. The latest explosions came just hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in his government’s fighting against forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which runs the northern Tigray region bordering Eritrea. The army said it was in “full control” of the regional capital, Mekele, but the government said TPLF leaders remain on the run. Fears have grown that 96,000 Eritrean refugees in camps just over the border in Ethiopia are at risk. Camps home to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in northern Tigray have been in the line of fire.
What you need to know if you’re getting tested for Covid-19 before seeing family
If you’re getting tested for Covid-19 before gathering with family and friends during the holidays season, even if your result was negative, you may not actually be in the clear. How you quarantine mattersIf you want your Covid-19 test to be useful, you have to take your quarantine seriously. But for people who want to visit family, a negative test “is not particularly informative and doesn’t necessarily change the course of action you should take”. Getting a negative test and assuming you’re in the clear, that’s a risk that you’re going to transmit to your family members. That’s a risk I wouldn’t take, personally.”Bottom line: Tested negative?
The big picture: revolution in the air
There, Cohen found a man who explained how he was lobbying the UN for Moroccan independence. “The others” turned out to be key figures in the Moroccan independence party, Istiqlal, including Mehdi Ben Barka, one of its leaders. His photographs from that trip are published for the first time in a new book, Look Up to the Moon, along with diary entries. More often, as here, you sense his preoccupation with his principal quest, “a sensual response to the light that had inspired Matisse”. John Cohen: Look up to the Moon is published by Steidl (€38)
Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse dies aged 85
Former weightlifter and actor best known for playing Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies has died, his agent has saidDavid “Dave” Prowse, the actor best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died at the age of 85, his agent has said. He chose Vader and when asked why, replied: “Everyone remembers the villain.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest David Prowse, right, with fellow Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, in 1999. Being the Green Cross Man beats being Darth Vader any day | David Prowse Read moreProwse’s first film was 1967’s Casino Royale, where he played Frankenstein’s Monster. In a column for the Guardian in 2014, Prowse wrote: “Many people will know me for being the ultimate screen villain, Star Wars’ Darth Vader. But being a “goodie goodie” and heading up the Green Cross Code campaign, helping to save thousands of lives has always been the ultimate honour.”
What are the new tier system rules after Covid lockdown ends?
Tier 2 and 3 restrictions will apply to 99% of England when lockdown ends, Matt Hancock announced on November 26. Large urban areas such as Greater Manchester and Birmingham have been placed in Tier 3, London and Liverpool are in Tier 2 and just three regions will be in Tier 1. On the evening after the announcement of the tier system, the Prime Minister and his chief scientists suggested that Covid-19 cases will rise in Tier 1, remain stable in Tier 2, and fall in Tier 3. According to reports from a leading economic forecaster, the Prime Minister’s decision to introduce the stricter tier system will cost the economy £900 million a day. 23.3 million people in England, which is 41.5 per cent of the population, will face the highest tier restrictions once the national lockdown expires after December 2.
Agustin Creevy exclusive interview: 'I have never seen an athlete make people so happy like Maradona'
And when I read the news about his passing, it was really sad, for me and for my country.”Creevy, you may have noticed, was not in Australia recently for Argentina’s history-making victory over the All Blacks. Argentina’s most-capped player barely missed a Test between the summer of 2010 until last year’s World Cup. The call from the Argentina selectors came over the summer to let him know he was in the squad, but this time Creevy, who has not retired from Test rugby, could not commit. It can give you some things, and sometimes, you miss out on the best game in our history. But I was really proud to be part of the boys’ journey.”
Which tier am I in? Use our postcode checker for the latest Covid rules
London will enter Tier 2 along with Liverpool when the national lockdown lifts next week. How many people face severe tier restrictions? A further 32.2 million people, 57.3pc of the population, will enter Tier 2 once the current lockdown ends. Among the 119 locations set to enter Tier 3, only eight are currently showing signs that their Covid-19 cases are rising. An example of this is seen in Tunbridge Wells in Kent, which will enter Tier 3, which has a rate of 117.9.
Psychic to the stars Sally Morgan: ‘I charged Princess Diana £35 for a reading’
Sally Morgan is a professional psychic who has appeared on televisions shows including Celebrity Big Brother in 2018 and her own televisions shows including Star Psychic. I was born into a very poor family, although we always had plenty to eat and wore decent clothes and shoes. She was a secretary to begin with and then she worked for the Inner London probation service. When I saw Diana, Princess of Wales, I think I charged her £35. I did a lot on Facebook during the first lockdown and I charge £175 per half-hour reading.
Cracking the code: From chaos to cagey - Arsenal still struggling to find happy medium between tactics of Emery and Arteta
A year ago today, Unai Emery pulled up at Arsenal’s London Colney training base and prepared to get to work. While they were out there, Vinai Venkatesham and Raul Sanllehi recommended to the club’s Kroenke owners that Emery be fired. The chaos of 2019 has been replaced by the caginess of 2020, with the Arsenal of Mikel Arteta representing a dramatic correction to the Arsenal of his predecessor. Before this weekend’s fixtures, only Tottenham Hotspur had conceded fewer goals in the Premier League this season. In a match against Watford at the start of last season, Emery’s Arsenal allowed 31 shots on their goal.
Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse dies aged 85
British actor David "Dave" Prowse, who played Darth Vader in all three of the original Star Wars movies, has died aged 85. The weightlifter-turned-actor, who also earned an MBE for playing the Green Cross Code Man to promote road safety, died after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said in a Facebook post. "Though famous for playing many monsters - for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives." Mr Bowington called the actor's death "a truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world". Prowse represented England in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games in the early 1960s before embarking on an acting career.
Virginia Chadwyck-Healey on the only jumper you need this winter
We are officially in the thick of winter, and I’m sure, like me, you are starting to feel the cold. The unveiling of my jumpers and cardigans is now referred to as “Mummy’s shop opening” by my children. Having searched high and low for a jumper similar to one her mother had owned in the Seventies but to no avail, Rachel set out, in true entrepreneurial spirit, to re-create said jumper. This brand knows what they are and delivers its message clearly and crisply through beautiful styling, photography and storytelling. There is a calm assurance, the pitch of the message is spot on - who wouldn’t want to buy into that kind of world?
How do the new Covid tier rules affect me? Everything you need to know
Matt Hancock revealed 99% of England will face Tier 2 and 3 rules when lockdown ends on December 2 under a tougher three-tier system. Millions of people will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions in areas like Manchester, Birmingham, Kent, Bristol, Leicester and parts of Essex. The Prime Minister’s decision to impose this tier system will cost the economy £900 million a day, a leading economic forecaster has suggested. How many people face the harshest tier restrictions? 5 per cent of the population across England will endure Tier 3 restrictions once the lockdown lifts after December 2.
The 'Robin Hood' policemen who stole from the Nazis
He said the men were told by the Guernsey authorities to plead guilty so the Germans would let them also be tried in the local court, where any conviction "would count for nothing after the war".
Lorde on Antarctica: Thrilling and intense... but eerie
"My eyes never adjust to the flat whiteness or the gnarly mirage duplicating the mountains over and over on the horizon. There's often an eerie lack of sound - no whisper of breeze, nothing for it to blow through."
Tokyo reports 418 new cases of coronavirus Sunday
Tokyo confirmed 418 new cases of coronavirus infections on Sunday, with the number of seriously ill patients staying flat from the previous day at 67, the metropolitan government said. The figure for new cases is based on 7,047 tests. The latest tally comes after the capital confirmed over 500 cases for the second straight day on Saturday, with a record 570 cases reported on Friday. On Saturday, Japan confirmed a record 2,684 new cases, with the total eclipsing the previous high of 2,592 logged on Nov. 21. Across the country, the number of patients with severe symptoms hit a record high 440 on Saturday, the health ministry said.
Dave Prowse: Darth Vader actor dies aged 85
Dave Prowse, the former bodybuilder best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85. Lizo Mzimba looks back at his career.
Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in exhibition with Roy Jones Jr.
Mike Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon’s return to the ring for a lively exhibition bout with 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. Tyson and Jones fought eight two-minute rounds, and both emerged smiling and apparently healthy from a highly unusual event at Staples Center. “This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities. The event was derided as an anti-sporting spectacle by some critics, yet both Tyson and Jones appeared to handle themselves capably and safely. He couldn’t resist the chance to take on Tyson after the greats never met during their first professional careers because Tyson was a heavyweight and Jones mostly was a light heavyweight (80 kg).
Mike Tyson reveals plans to continue fighting following boxing return against Roy Jones Jr
Mike Tyson has revealed plans to continue fighting at the age of 54 after impressing in his highly-anticipated return in his draw with Roy Jones Jr in Los Angeles. Mike Tyson has revealed plans to continue fighting after his exhibition bout this weekendThe 54-year-old made his boxing return in a score draw with fellow icon Roy Jones Jr'This is better than fighting for championships,' Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities. Despite the draw, Tyson looked in phenomenal shape as the former heavyweight king rolled back the years with an impressive performance. Former four-weight champion Jones Jr also said he would like to fight again in the future'Dude is so strong man,' Captain Hook said after the contest. 'We've got to do this again, everybody loves Mike, I love Mike too but it's something else taking punches from Mike.
Overcoming the Gulf States' oil curse
In reality this is a time when almost everything is turning against these Arab states. Their most precious export, that oil and gas — accounting for two thirds of total receipts — is losing market share and sagging in price. Then there are the big inroads that renewable energy sources are now making into both the oil and gas markets. This presents the Gulf States with a double pincer. Seeing all this coming, some wiser leaders in the Gulf States, reaching for a more secure future, have looked towards diversification away from hydrocarbon production and into other industries and services.
Division or dialogue with China?
And it recommends that the United States build a united front against China, in order to secure — by military force, if necessary — “freedom” for the world. None of this has gone unnoticed in China, which has been conducting its own, increasingly unfavorable assessment of the U.S. But this does not mean China is stooping to American-style isolationism and demonization. On trade, China has signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, whose 15 member countries account for 30% of humanity. If Biden begins his term by choosing division over dialogue, changing course will soon become difficult, if not impossible.
Julianne Hough enjoys family time on stroll with dashing brother Derek
Julianne Hough was glimpsed enjoying a bit of family time whilst out on a stroll in Los Angeles this Thanksgiving weekend. The 32-year-old dancer was out and about with her dashing brother Derek Hough who like her rose to fame as a pro on Dancing With The Stars. Julianne was once again a sizzling sensation in a pair of leggings that threw her athletic curves into relief. Off she goes: Julianne Hough was glimpsed enjoying a bit of family time whilst out on a stroll in Los Angeles this Thanksgiving weekendIn a promotional flourish she threw on a glittering hoodie advertising KINRGY, her dance-influenced workout regimen. Julianne and Brooks announced their separation this May and she finally made the divorce filing at the beginning of November.
Camila Mendes bundles up in a stylish tan coat while out for a walk with her dog in Vancouver
But Camila Mendes was seen taking a break from her Riverdale shoot on Saturday, when she was spotted out for a walk with her adorable white pooch in Vancouver, Canada. The actress, 26, wore an elegant tan trench coat, along with a turtleneck that matched perfectly. Also seen Saturday was series lead KJ Apa, who plays Archie Andrews in the show. Charles, 29, was in a black ensemble including shorts and a jacket worn over a yellow top. Also seen Saturday: Riverdale series lead KJ Apa, who plays Archie Andrews in the show, along with costar Charles Melton (aka Reggie Mantle)While Milton plays Reggie Mantle in Riverdale, Camila portrays series mainstay Veronica Lodge.
Amelia Hamlin, 19, posts new ad after saying she is 'thankful' for Scott Disick, 37
And 19-year-old Amelia Hamlin, the daughter of Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, was hard at work modeling on her Instagram this weekend. Her latest professional post comes two days after Thanksgiving when she posted to her Insta Stories that she was 'thankful' for her 37-year-old boyfriend Scott Disick. Scott took up with Amelia a few months after he ended his two-year relationship with Sofia Richie, who was also 19 when he began dating her. In March 2018, Amelia wrote an Instagram post about 'struggling with an eating disorder' and 'waking up one morning and deciding to stop sabotaging myself. My health, my physical health, my mental health and everything about myself.'
Halsey joins artists and fans criticizing The Grammys: 'It's all about knowing the right people'
Pop stars Halsey and The Weeknd are among the two high-profile artists who were snubbed this go-around despite having commercially successful new studio albums. And now, in the days since the announcement, Halsey has joined the chorus of artists and fans who have criticized The Recording Academy by calling The Grammys 'an elusive process', while insinuating that it is entrenched in politics. 'I've been thinking and wanted to choose my words carefully because a lot of people have extended sympathy and apology to me since the Grammy nominations,' Halsey started in a message she posted on her Instagram Story. Halsey then mentioned The Weeknd, who was also snubbed by the Grammys this year. The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 31, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Oscar winner Natalie Portman proves less is more as she dons a pair of skimpy shorts
Oscar winner Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood's biggest stars. The Black Swan actress kept sun-smart in a wide-brim hat which she paired with purple sunglasses. Feeling hot, hot, hot! Glam: Natalie kept her accessories glam with a Christian Dior handbag she wore slung over her shoulder and white sneakers with rainbow socks. Natalie appeared in 2011's Thor and the 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World.
Katy Perry SLAMMED by fans for promoting her father Keith Hudson's nonpartisan t-shirt business
Katy Perry called on her massive Instagram following to check out her father Keith Hudson and brother David's nonpartisan clothing brand Nothing But American on Friday. In the Instagram advertisement for Nothing But American, Keith hypothetically asks 'are you tired of the division that is destroying our country?' As per the website, the shirt Keith donned in the video, labeled The Flag t-shirt, retails for $19.99, whereas the sweatshirt variant retails for $29.99. Despite the predominantly negative comment section, Katy has yet to respond to or take down the controversial advertisement. Despite the predominantly negative comment section, Katy has yet to respond to or take down the controversial advertisement
Kodak Black says he will donate $1million to charity if president Donald Trump pardons him
Kodak Black is currently serving a 46 month prison sentence, after he pled guilty to lying on federal background check forms in order to purchase firearms. And in a since deleted tweet, the rapper, 23, promised to donate $1million to charity if sitting U.S. President Donald Trump agrees to pardon him. 'If The President Them Free Me , I’m Gonna Spend 1 million on Charity within The First Year I’m Out. That’s on Everything ??' wrote Kodak Black, whose legal name is Bill Kahan Kapri. 'If The President Them Free Me , I’m Gonna Spend 1 million on Charity within The First Year I’m Out.
Summer Walker SLAMS 'bum a** n****' father of her child London On Da Track
Just one week after going public with her pregnancy Summer Walker has slammed the father of her child. The way they were: Just one week after going public with her pregnancy Summer Walker has slammed the father of her childThe mother-to-be wrote: 'lol but.... In another post she wrote: 'black men gotta start doing better when it comes to being a father. my grandfather lame, my father lame, & dis n**** lame.' When archiving the posts on Instagram: '#ItWasAllGoodAboutAWeekAgo,' and indeed it seems even earlier this week Summer and London were on decent terms.
Why are GPs STILL refusing to see patients face-to-face?
This is coronavirus Britain, where Mail on Sunday readers describe the difficulty of getting a GP appointment as being 'like breaking into Fort Knox'. Pictured: Stock imageThe Mail on Sunday is today calling for this to end, for all GPs to offer face-to-face appointments to those who need them and to make sure that patients know they are available. 'All GPs should make safe face-to-face appointments readily available if necessary – and, just as vital, make sure patients know how to have one if they need it.' 'GPs must make sure patients know there is always an option for face-to-face appointments should that be needed.' 'The clinic told me they had been inundated with patients who just cannot get in to see their local GPs.
Kourtney Kardashian comes out unscathed from Thanksgiving dinner as she flaunts her gorgeous figure
Kourtney Kardashian and her famous family recently shrugged CDC guidelines to celebrate Thanksgiving together. She came out unscathed from Thanksgiving dinner, as she flaunted her gorgeous figure in a lilac ensemble Saturday on Instagram, while teasing her latest HBO obsession. Kourtney referenced HBO's new miniseries The Undoing (starring Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman), writing in the caption: 'Who killed Elena Alves?' She's been getting plenty of sun, previously taking to Instagram in a nude velvet bikini from what appeared to be Palm Springs. The Kardashian/Jenners are already preparing for Christmas, as Kourtney previously posted a photo of their white-lit Christmas tree, next to a life-sized plastic Santa.
Irina Shayk gets cozy with fellow model Stella Maxwell in throwback snapshots
Irina Shayk has been reveling in the joys of motherhood as she quarantines with three-year-old daughter Lea, whom she shares with ex Bradley Cooper, 45. But the supermodel, 34, was clearly yearning for her fashion-based antics on Saturday night as she shared a series of throwback pictures featuring herself and fellow stunner Stella Maxwell. In an impressive move, Shayk also graced the December issue of Vogue Germany on top of her already packed schedule. Shayk, whom welcomed Lea in 2017, split in 2019 after dating for four years. Prior to that, Irina was in a relationship with Portuguese professional footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, from 2010 until their split in 2015.
Another 45 dogs rescued from China's meat trade arrive at JFK Airport to meet their new owners
For the second straight day, puppy love was in the air at JFK Airport after a shipment of dogs rescued from China's meat trade arrived in the United States. They brought 34 dogs to the United States via JFK on Friday evening, where they were quickly united with new owners. And another 45 dogs arrived to JFK on Saturday afternoon after a long trip on Air China, The New York Post reports. No Dogs Left Behind is investigating what happened to the dogs, as there was no explanation given to their deaths. Pictured: Carly Weinstein with her new petActivist charity No Dogs Left Behind was founded by 56-year-old Jeff Beri.
Black firefighters in NC allege racism amid larger...
A group of black firefighters in North Carolina are calling for the chief of Winston-Salem's department to be fired for failing to respond to accusations of racism within his force. The black firefighters' group, Omnibus, claims that a firefighter made a noose during a rope and knots class in November 2017Almost immediately on joining, she told AP, other firefighters stole her food and took her uniforms out of her personal space. Protesters with Omnibus demanded the firing of Winston-Salem Fire Department Chief William 'Trey' Mayo'I was like, "I'm fighting a losing battle,"' she recalled. Lee Garrity, the Winston-Salem city manager, said he could not comment, citing the state's personnel privacy law. Across the country, firefighters are confronting incidents of racism and discrimination as part of a burgeoning movement to call out and address racial injustice in America.
Governor nixes parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten who's spent nearly 50 years in prison
Gavin Newson has vetoed a parole board decision to free Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, marking the fourth time a governor has blocked her release and the 23rd time she's been denied parole. A California panel recommended parole in July for Van Houten, 71, who has spent nearly five decades in prison. Leslie Van Houten (left and right), a member of the Manson Family, was denied parole a 23rd time after Gov. In May, an appeals court denied Pfeiffer's request to release Van Houten on bail or her own recognizance. Supporters of Van Houten said she had been a model prisoner who mentored dozens of inmates and helped them come to terms with their crimes.
Darth Vader star dead at 85: British actor David Prowse dies
The British actor who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy has died aged 85 after a short illness. Dave Prowse, a former bodybuilder, was best known for playing the iconic super-villain Darth Vader (pictured right: Prowse in the Vader costume) in the original three Star Wars films. Darth Vader. David Prowse played the Green Cross Code Man - at first prior to his role in Star Wars. David Prowse revealed in 2018 how he purposely messed up his lines as Darth Vader while filming Star Wars.
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in San Francisco as mayor triggers new three-week lockdown
The move means the San Francisco 49ers will also be forced to temporarily move away from their stadium to play their games. Mayor London Breed is issuing new coronavirus restrictions for San Francisco. CBS San Francisco reports movie theaters, gyms, and museums must either move outdoors or close under the new restrictions. San Mateo County outside of San Francisco will be subject to similar restrictions. Pictured: Masked passengers at San Francisco International AirportLocal restrictions will also force the San Francisco 49ers to find a temporary new homeAnother restriction in the region will prevent the San Francisco 49ers from holding practices and playing games in Santa Clara for the next few weeks.
Pennsylvania's highest court rejects a Republican lawsuit that sought to thwart Biden's victory
Biden beat Trump by more than 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, a state Trump had won in 2016. In a unanimous decision Saturday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of mail-in ballots in the state. The state's Supreme Court tossed that order SaturdayCommonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough, elected as a Republican in 2009, had issued the order Wednesday to halt certification of any remaining contests, including apparently contests for Congress. Wolf quickly appealed McCullough's decision to the state Supreme Court, saying there was no 'conceivable justification' for it. Trump's lawyers vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court despite the judges' assessment that the 'campaign's claims have no merit.'
Time's Up organization raised $3.6m in 2018 but most of the cash went on salaries not victims
Tax filings show that the organization made up from the Time's Up Foundation and Time's Up Now Inc. raised $3,670,219 in 2018 in its first year of operation. Filings show $312,001 was spent on the legal defense fund while $1,407,032 was spent on salaries. The tax filings detail the mission of Time's Up Now as being: 'to promote safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds. Tax filings detail how '3,000 individuals' were helped by the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund between January and June 2018 at a cost of $1,747,635. Only a small proportion came from the Time's Up organizations with the Time's Up Foundation donating $132,575 to the fund and Time's Up Now, the lobbying end of the charity, handing over $179,426.
Suicide car bomb kills 26 Afghan security personnel
Advertising Read moreGhazni (Afghanistan) (AFP)A suicide car bomber struck an army base in Afghanistan on Sunday killing at least 26 security personnel, officials said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in recent months. All of them are security personnel," Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of Ghazni hospital, told AFP. Sunday's bombing marked the latest big attack in Afghanistan, where violence has surged since the start of peace talks on September 12 in the Qatari capital of Doha. The Kabul attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, but Afghan officials blamed the Taliban -- who denied any involvement. The Taliban have launch daily attacks targeting Afghan forces despite engaging in the peace talks.
Poland's 'revolution that we cannot stop'
Advertising Read moreWarsaw (AFP)For Klementyna Suchanow, one of the leaders of Poland's protest movement, mass demonstrations against a tightening of abortion laws have turned into "a real revolution" against the current government. "They want to stop being told how to live. "It's a revolution that we cannot stop. "Women are carrying out a real revolution there... The fact that we are everywhere is the real strength of this revolution," she said.
Top runners brave pollution, pandemic in Delhi half marathon
Ethiopian athlete Yalemzerf Yehualaw runs towards the finish line to win the women's 2020 Airtel Delhi half marathon in New DelhiAdvertising Read moreNew Delhi (AFP)Elite runners brushed off poor air quality and a surge in coronavirus cases Sunday in India's capital for the Delhi Half Marathon, one of the country's first major sporting events since the pandemic started. Forty-seven professional runners hit the 21-kilometre (13.1-mile) course in the men's and women's event, while amateur participants raced between Wednesday and Sunday to prevent overcrowding. Doctors last week said it would be "suicidal" for runners to take part in the competition given the twin risks. Ethiopia's Amdework Walelegn won the men's race with a course record of 58.53 minutes with last year's champion Andamlak Belihu just a second behind. In the women's race, Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia won in 1.04.46 -- also a record -- with Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich second.
Smith makes it back-to-back tons as Australia pile up 389-4
Australia's Steve Smith celebrates after reaching his century during the one-day cricket match against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on November 29, 2020. Advertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Steve Smith tormented India with his second blistering hundred in two matches as Australia posted another huge target, reaching 389-4 off 50 overs in the second one-day international in Sydney on Sunday. David Warner hit 83 off 77 balls, Finch 60 off 69, Marnus Labuschagne 70 off 60 and Glenn Maxwell bludgeoned a crowd-pleasing unbeaten 63 from 29 balls. Finch blasted Chahal for six over deep mid-wicket to raise his 50 off 60 balls as the Aussie pair continued to dominate. Warner chanced his luck again on 83 but was run out by a brilliant direct throw from Shreyas Iyer at long-off.
Dozens of Afghan security personnel killed in suicide attack
Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of a car bomb targeting the National Directorate of Security unit in Ghazni on May 18, 2020. A suicide car bomber struck an army base in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 26 security personnel, officials said, in one of the bloodiest attacks targeting Afghan forces in recent months. Advertising Read moreThe attack occurred on the outskirts of Ghazni, capital of the eastern province of Ghazni, which has seen regular fighting between the Taliban and government forces. All of them are security personnel," Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of Ghazni hospital, told AFP. Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian confirmed that a suicide bomber had detonated a vehicle full of explosives in Ghazni, but did not offer any immediate figure for casualties.
'A man of the people': Friends and neighbours pay tribute to Maradona
A mural of football legend Diego Maradona on the outskirts of the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. As Argentina mourns the death of football legend Diego Maradona, FRANCE 24's Simon Harding reports from the slum on the outskirts of Buenos Aires where their local hero grew up. Advertising Read moreMaradona's house in Friorito, one of the poorest areas in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires, has become a shrine for his neighbours and supporters. Many of them struggled to keep back tears as they came to pay tribute to a local hero. Click on the player above to watch the report in full.
Household savings will likely hit highest level since 1999: BOK
FINANCESouth Korea is likely to see its household savings reach their highest level in more than two decades, as the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has driven people away from consumption and investment, central bank data showed Sunday.A high level of savings may be seen as a positive economic indicator, but may also be cause for alarm over sluggish consumption and negative market sentiment.Through its monthly research statistics report, the Bank of Korea suggested that the country’s household savings may be increasing as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis.“It is possible that household savings may rise to around 10 percent, as consumption remains contracted,” the report said.The suggested figure, if realized, will be up 4 percentage points from a year earlier and also the first time that the given index will have been in the double digits since 1999.The household savings level peaked at 23.9 percent in 1988 and drastically turned to a downtrend, reaching 0.1 percent in 2002, reflecting changed consumption trends and an expanded pension system.The given figure temporarily soared to 13.1 percent in 1997 and 20.4 percent in 1998, when the country was facing the Asian financial crisis.In the United States, which announces its savings rate on a monthly basis, the figure peaked at 33.6 percent in April amid tightened lockdowns and fell to 14.3 percent in September.“The steady rise in household savings may lead to sluggish consumption in the long term and possibly offset (the government’s) macroeconomic pump-priming policy efforts,” the BOK said, calling for preemptive measures to prevent this.By Bae Hyun-jung (tellme@heraldcorp.com)
Hyundai Motor, Naver partner on mobility
BUSINESSChi Young-cho (left), executive vice president of Hyundai Motor Group’s strategy and technology division, and Naver CEO Han Seong-sook pose during a signing ceremony at Naver’s Green Factory in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, Friday. (Hyundai Motor Group)South Korea’s leading automaker and search engine platform have agreed to work together on tech services and seek partnerships with small firms.Hyundai Motor Group said Sunday that it agreed to work with Naver to cooperate in three business areas -- media and platform content, new mobility services and new business models -- and build relationships with small and midsized enterprises.Chi Young-cho, Hyundai Motor Group’s executive vice president for strategy and technology, and Naver CEO Han Seong-sook were present during the signing ceremony at Naver’s Green Factory in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, Friday.The automaker said it would develop a new infotainment service that would provide access to Naver content in its vehicles.The content would include the search engine, maps and shopping, the automaker explained.The two companies plan to come up with new business models for win-win relationships with SMEs as well, Hyundai added.Hyundai Motor Group said that connecting its automobile technology with Naver’s online platform was a meaningful form of cooperation to create a future mobility ecosystem and would diversify the customer experience.“From the partnership of automobiles and internet and communication technology, we will present enhanced transportation services that customers can feel, and innovate the customer experience in overall mobility services,” said Hyundai Motor’s Chi.Naver CEO Han also said the mobility industry had room for change for different users, and that the company would experiment with new possibilities with Hyundai Motor Group.Hyundai Motor Group and Naver will continue to work together to look for joint business opportunities on future mobility, such as connected, eco-friendly and purpose
Cryptocurrency experts still hopeful despite sharp drop in values last week
FINANCEBitcoin cryptocurrency (Herald DB)Cryptocurrency bitcoin plunged Thursday night after a weekslong rally, while other crypto coins also posted double-digit percentage declines. The precipitous fall raised the alarm about aother epic bust, like the one three years ago.The bitcoin price slid as much as 12.25 percent to $16,374, before settling at $17,226, down 7.69 percent, according to Dunamu, operator of local cryptocurrency exchange Upbit.The price of bitcoin soared near a record high of $19,511 in the early Thursday trading session, but took a nosedive suddenly later at night. It has been on an upward trend this year, growing from $7,385 on Jan 1 to $19,299 on Nov. 24.Despite the drop, some market experts say the digital coins just went through short-term corrections.“Since it can be traded online with ease, bitcoin is being favored as an alternative asset by the young generation,” said an official from the financial sector, adding, “The trading volume of the digital coin could further increase, considering the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.”Other coins also slumped, with ethereum and ripple falling as much as 15.74 percent and 15.95 percent, respectively. "Digitalization is picking up the pace in people‘s daily lives, reshaping the global economy and industries,” said Park Sang-hyun, an analyst from local brokerage HI Investment & Securities, “In tandem with the trend, cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, are being reevaluated.”Some of the drives behind the recent crypto rally before Thursday’s sudden drop include participation of traditional businesses in the crypto market, including those in the commerce sector, the election of Joe Biden as US president, the ongoing virus crisis and the emergence of decentralized finance.Dunamu, which held an online conference Thursday in Seoul, also drew a rosy picture about the digital coin market down the road.“Although bitcoin skyrocketed in recent weeks, its price has steadily increased from earlier this year,” said Lee
Can LG Energy Solution, SK Innovation ITC suit be delayed 3rd time?
BUSINESS(Yonhap)As South Korean battery makers LG Chem and SK Innovation inch toward the deadline for a final ruling by the US International Trade Commission, scheduled for Dec. 10, rumors are swirling that the institution may delay the decision a third time, according to industry sources on Sunday.“There are multiple factors that make the rumors about a third delay plausible, such as the changing US administration and the continued spread of COVID-19,” an industry source told The Korea Herald.The deadline was initially set for Oct. 27, but was postponed by the USITC without an official reason.In February, the USITC had made a preliminary ruling in favor of LG Chem, which had accused SK Innovation of theft of trade secrets. The agency cited SK Innovation’s apparent destruction of evidence as the reason behind its call.While SK Innovation maintains that this does not prove LG Chem’s allegations -- that SK Innovation poached intellectual property by recruiting LG Chem researchers -- it is rare for the USITC to reverse an earlier decision in a final ruling.However, each time the final ruling is delayed, it gives SK Innovation more time to study the cards it can play.For SK Innovation, what’s at stake are its two new manufacturing plants being built in the US state of Georgia, which are expected to cost $2.5 billion to build.Losing the suit means SK Innovation will be prohibited from bringing in needed parts and materials, creating creases in its plans to supply batteries to Ford and Volkswagen from the Georgia plant.An SK Innovation official told The Korea Herald that the Georgia plant creates jobs in the region -- a factor for President Donald Trump or President-elect Joe Biden to consider, depending on who is in office at the time, when he reviews the final ruling. The company plans to trial-run the Georgia plant in the first half of 2021 and start full-fledged commercial production in 2022.There remains a sliver of a chance that LG Chem and SK Innovation may strike
[Herald Interview] ‘Forestry crucial for healthy, sustainable future of humanity’
Environmental degradation has become one of the greatest threats to humankind over the past decades. Park was named KFS minister in December, 2019, after serving in key posts of the organization for 29 years, the last one being deputy minister.Here are excerpts from the interview:South Korea is hosting the 15th World Forestry Congress next year. Please introduce the event.The World Forestry Congress is the world’s largest forestry conference, held every six years under the auspices of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization since the first congress in 1926.As the conference deals with all areas related to forestry, such as climate change, biodiversity, desertification and reforestation, it is also called the “Olympics of the Forestry Field.”Who can participate in the World Forestry Congress?The congress is an international event open to all. How is KFS preparing to hold the event while containing the virus?Realistically, it would be difficult to organize a conference like in the past, when thousands of people would gather in one place. Forestry is crucial for the healthy and sustainable future of humans.By Jo He-rim and Lee Kwon-hyoung (herim@heraldcorp.com) ( kwonhl@heraldcorp.com
[Global Finance Awards] Korea Investment and Securities supports young dream
Under the slogan, “Sharing Happiness, Sharing Love,” Korea Investment & Securities has been taking a part in social contribution activities.The brokerage firm has been running a series of projects to support young members of underprivileged households to help them pursue their dreams.As part of its project, the KIS visited Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Wednesday and donated 100 million won ($90,000) to support children from families who fell victim to crime. The donation was funded by the firm’s executives and staff members to provide financial support to children and cover expenses for medical and daily necessities.“We will put our efforts to support children from families victimized by crimes so that they don’t miss opportunities to fulfill their dreams,” said KIS CEO Jung Il-mun. “We will also continue our social contribution projects for children in need.”Prior to its donation to the police agency, KIS carried out corporate social responsibility programs in partnership with organizations including ChildFund Korea and FC Seoul to nurture young talent. The list of events includes writing contests and cultural experience programs.The brokerage firm also looked after communities hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.In March, the company donated 1 billion won through Hope Bridge, a local disaster relief organization, to support vulnerable social groups, COVID-19 patients and medical staff.To support the government securing blood supply shortage amid prolonged COVID-19, the brokerage house’s executives and staff members also participated in an emergency blood donation project in February, with its chief Jung taking the lead.By Jie Ye-eun ( yeeun@heraldcorp.com
[Global Finance Awards] Amid pandemic, Mirae Asset Daewoo expands global footprint
South Korean securities brokerage firm Mirae Asset Daewoo is expanding its global footprint as it revs up localization efforts, while its overseas business operations are setting new highs in terms of net income despite the COVID-19 pandemic.Mirae Asset Daewoo operates 11 foreign corporations and three offices, according to its latest financial statement.In the first three quarters of 2020, Mirae Asset Daewoo logged a combined 174.1 billion won ($157.4 million) net profit before taxes, topping that of the full year of 2019, when it earned 170.9 billion won net profit.This comes as the foreign firms’ quarterly net income hit an all-time high for two consecutive quarters. From July to September, Mirae Asset Daewoo’s foreign corporations raked in 71.1 billion won net profit, a new high from 58.8 billion won during the previous quarter.Mirae Asset Daewoo’s regional diversification strategy stands out.Its subsidiaries in Vietnam and Indonesia are carrying out a digital transformation to gain a foothold in the region, so that account creation and marketing of financial products can be done online, Mirae Asset Daewoo said. Its Southeast Asian arms also aims to see more investment banking and principal investment activities supported by its digitalization effort, the company added.In comparison, Mirae Asset Daewoo’s subsidiaries in Hong Kong and London are ramping up their investment banking businesses, while its New York office is focusing on prime brokerage services targeting local institutional investors.By Son Ji-hyoung ( consnow@heraldcorp.com
[Global Finance Awards] Kakao Bank accelerates transition of online retail banking services
Kakao Bank, South Korea’s biggest online bank, has been reshaping the banking industry here with its mobile banking services that attracted younger customers.The ongoing coronavirus crisis has also been accelerating the offline-to-online transition, giving the online-only bank a timely chance to expand its user base in other age groups, including senior citizens.“Kakao Bank has secured the half of the nation’s population as customers with its mobile services, offering new values with its financial products,” said an official from the online bank. “It is currently trying to appeal to people in different age groups, especially those in their 50s or older, to become the bank for all.”The number of bank account holders at the banking unit of mobile messenger giant Kakao came in at 13.26 million as of end-October. From January to October, the figure increased a whopping 2 million. The amount of savings increased by 2.3 trillion won ($2.08 billion) to 23 trillion won, compared to the end of last year while the amount of loans taken out by its customers came in at 19 trillion won, up 4.3 trillion won.Working with traditional financial firms, such as NH Investment & Securities and KB Securities, it has rolled out a range of online services, enabling customers to open mobile stock trading accounts and to borrow money via smartphone.It has lent a total of 2 trillion won worth of mid-range interest rate loans so far while planning to give out 1 trillion won of loans every year by 2022.Its versatile mobile application records the highest number of monthly active users in Korea, at 12.47 million as of October, outpacing apps run by traditional banks.Established in January, 2016, the bank’s mobile services have been benchmarked by a lot of local financial firms. It said that it would try to expand its presence in the global market for further growth.By Kim Young-won ( wone0102@heraldcorp.com
[Global Finance Awards] Hyundai Card aims to become data-driven company
Hyundai Card, one of South Korea’s leading credit card companies, has been beefing up its abilities to analyze consumer data, such as where consumers use credit cards and what items they buy, to better understand customer habits. These efforts are aimed at offering tailored services and products to meet differing customers’ needs.“Hyundai Card has established a curation system that defines data and cleanses unnecessary data, so that data of diversified nature may be systematically arranged in a ‘Hyundai Card’ way,” said an official at the company.To use processed data for its business expansion and diversification, the company has been running the Domain Galaxy data platform, where corporate partners may issue private label credit cards via Hyundai Card and conduct joint marketing schemes. Customers’ sensitive information is kept confidential for security reasons.The key value of Domain Galaxy is to enable such cross marketing between Hyundai Card and its business partners, according to the company.“Domain Galaxy will serve as a stepping-stone for the company to evolve into a data-driven company,” official said.Since 2015, the card issuer has been expanding its partnership for PLCC as well. The number of PLCC corporate customers now stands at 15, of which 12 are currently market champions in their respective sectors. Hyundai Capital, the auto financing unit of the conglomerate, for instance, acquired Sixt Leasing, one of Germany’s largest car rental firms, in February.By Kim Young-won ( wone0102@heraldcorp.com
[Global Finance Awards] Financial industry should be in vanguard of inclusive growth
Members of The Korea Herald‘s Global Finance Awards review candidates for the awards at Herald Corp.’s headquarters in Seoul. (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)Under the belief that the competitiveness of the financial sector lays the foundation of the nation’s economic growth and development, The Korea Herald is holding its fourth Global Finance Awards. With that in mind, The Korea Herald invited local financial players to apply for awards in diverse categories, including green ESG, digital innovation, social contribution, asset management, credit card, insurance and contactless finance. Mirae Asset Global Investments and Hyundai Card were respectively selected as outstanding asset manager and credit card operator. I hereby offer my sincere congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Korea Herald Global Finance Awards, and also hope that they prolong their responsible and productive contribution to the industry.
[Global Finance Awards] NH NongHyup takes key role in supporting virus-hit communities
As South Korea’s largest agricultural bank, NH NongHyup has played a key role in supporting local communities that have been hit hard by the prolonged coronavirus crisis with a series of vibrant social contribution activities throughout the year.So far, the key affiliate of NH NongHyup Financial Group spent more than 1 trillion won ($903 million) on its social contribution activities and programs, the largest amount among major lenders here.The lender has put more money than any other bank toward social contributions for seven years running, NH NongHyup officials said. It has spent an average of 100 billion won a year to support the local communities, they added.Staying true to its identity, the bank has worked to help the virus-battered farms ever since the first spike of COVID-19 infections swept the nation in February. It launched a series of online campaigns to promote sales of farm products via social media platforms like Facebook and Instragram. Collaborating with the Salvation Army, it also purchased agricultural products from beleaguered farms and delivered them to low-income households.At the same time, the agricultural bank spent more than 1.5 billion won on supplying emergency relief goods, including quarantine essentials such as face masks or hand sanitizers, groceries and household medicines, to both medical staff and vulnerable groups.Along with its COVID-19 responses, the lender has ramped up its regular staff volunteering to short-handed farm villages as well as financial education programs for teenagers and senior citizens.In recognition of its efforts, NH NongHyup won a grand prize at the 14th annual Social Contribution Awards last year from the Korean non-profit organization the Social Contribution Foundation.By Choi Jae-hee ( cjh@heraldcorp.com
Hyundai Motor, Naver partner on mobility
South Korea’s leading automaker and search engine platform have agreed to work together on tech services and seek partnerships with small firms.Hyundai Motor Group said Sunday that it agreed to work with Naver to cooperate in three business areas -- media and platform content, new mobility services and new business models -- and build relationships with small and midsized enterprises.Chi Young-cho, Hyundai Motor Group’s executive vice president for strategy and technology, and Naver CEO Han Seong-sook were present during the signing ceremony at Naver’s Green Factory in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, Friday.The automaker said it would develop a new infotainment service that would provide access to Naver content in its vehicles.The content would include the search engine, maps and shopping, the automaker explained.The two companies plan to come up with new business models for win-win relationships with SMEs as well, Hyundai added.Hyundai Motor Group said that connecting its automobile technology with Naver’s online platform was a meaningful form of cooperation to create a future mobility ecosystem and would diversify the customer experience.“From the partnership of automobiles and internet and communication technology, we will present enhanced transportation services that customers can feel, and innovate the customer experience in overall mobility services,” said Hyundai Motor’s Chi.Naver CEO Han also said the mobility industry had room for change for different users, and that the company would experiment with new possibilities with Hyundai Motor Group.Hyundai Motor Group and Naver will continue to work together to look for joint business opportunities on future mobility, such as connected, eco-friendly and purpose-built vehicles, the automaker said.By Jo He-rim ( herim@heraldcorp.com
Can LG Energy Solution, SK Innovation ITC suit be delayed 3rd time?
As South Korean battery makers LG Chem and SK Innovation inch toward the deadline for a final ruling by the US International Trade Commission, scheduled for Dec. 10, rumors are swirling that the institution may delay the decision a third time, according to industry sources on Sunday.“There are multiple factors that make the rumors about a third delay plausible, such as the changing US administration and the continued spread of COVID-19,” an industry source told The Korea Herald.The deadline was initially set for Oct. 27, but was postponed by the USITC without an official reason.In February, the USITC had made a preliminary ruling in favor of LG Chem, which had accused SK Innovation of theft of trade secrets. The agency cited SK Innovation’s apparent destruction of evidence as the reason behind its call.While SK Innovation maintains that this does not prove LG Chem’s allegations -- that SK Innovation poached intellectual property by recruiting LG Chem researchers -- it is rare for the USITC to reverse an earlier decision in a final ruling.However, each time the final ruling is delayed, it gives SK Innovation more time to study the cards it can play.For SK Innovation, what’s at stake are its two new manufacturing plants being built in the US state of Georgia, which are expected to cost $2.5 billion to build.Losing the suit means SK Innovation will be prohibited from bringing in needed parts and materials, creating creases in its plans to supply batteries to Ford and Volkswagen from the Georgia plant.An SK Innovation official told The Korea Herald that the Georgia plant creates jobs in the region -- a factor for President Donald Trump or President-elect Joe Biden to consider, depending on who is in office at the time, when he reviews the final ruling. The company plans to trial-run the Georgia plant in the first half of 2021 and start full-fledged commercial production in 2022.There remains a sliver of a chance that LG Chem and SK Innovation may strike an agreement.LG
Cryptocurrency experts still hopeful despite sharp drop in values last week
Cryptocurrency bitcoin plunged Thursday night after a weekslong rally, while other crypto coins also posted double-digit percentage declines. The precipitous fall raised the alarm about aother epic bust, like the one three years ago.The bitcoin price slid as much as 12.25 percent to $16,374, before settling at $17,226, down 7.69 percent, according to Dunamu, operator of local cryptocurrency exchange Upbit.The price of bitcoin soared near a record high of $19,511 in the early Thursday trading session, but took a nosedive suddenly later at night. It has been on an upward trend this year, growing from $7,385 on Jan 1 to $19,299 on Nov. 24.Despite the drop, some market experts say the digital coins just went through short-term corrections.“Since it can be traded online with ease, bitcoin is being favored as an alternative asset by the young generation,” said an official from the financial sector, adding, “The trading volume of the digital coin could further increase, considering the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.”Other coins also slumped, with ethereum and ripple falling as much as 15.74 percent and 15.95 percent, respectively. "Digitalization is picking up the pace in people‘s daily lives, reshaping the global economy and industries,” said Park Sang-hyun, an analyst from local brokerage HI Investment & Securities, “In tandem with the trend, cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, are being reevaluated.”Some of the drives behind the recent crypto rally before Thursday’s sudden drop include participation of traditional businesses in the crypto market, including those in the commerce sector, the election of Joe Biden as US president, the ongoing virus crisis and the emergence of decentralized finance.Dunamu, which held an online conference Thursday in Seoul, also drew a rosy picture about the digital coin market down the road.“Although bitcoin skyrocketed in recent weeks, its price has steadily increased from earlier this year,” said Lee Sir-goo, CEO of the crypto coin exchange,
[Global Finance Awards] Mirae Asset Global shines with high returns from local, overseas investments
Mirae Asset Global Investments, South Korea’s leading asset management firm, has a long track record both in and out the country. Especially during the volatile market amid the spread of COVID-19 around the globe this year, the firm’s performance has shone, as it newly launched or operated funds with high returns.By using a balanced portfolio strategy, its funds listed on Korea’s benchmark Kospi, and on the Nasdaq market in the US, outperformed by mainly investing in sectors that benefited from the situation, such as IT, consumer goods and digital health care.As of Tuesday, Mirae Asset Global X Cloud Computing exchange-traded fund’s earnings rate soared over 55 percent from earlier this year, which outpaced the world’s largest First Trust Cloud Computing ETF’s return of 41.05 percent.The Global X ETF’s net assets also marked over 1.3 trillion won ($1.17 billion) as it attracted the most Korea investors’ capital among listed ETF in the local market last year. Due to the outstanding result, it was also picked as newcomer ETF of the year at the Mutual Fund Industry and ETF Awards 2020, which was held by the US-based Fund Intelligence Group in July.Besides the Global X ETF, Mirae Asset Global X Cloud Computing ETF, Mirae Asset Core Tech Securities Investment Trust and Mirae Asset TIGER NASDAQ 100 ETF logged 31.02 percent in return six months and 35.7 percent in a year. Mirae Asset Global Dynamic Bond Fund, which invests in 300 bonds in some 50 nations, also showed solid performance by recording 21.31 percent in return in five years.This year, Mirae Asset Global has set the trend in the local capital market by launching the nation’s first bond fund related to environmental, social and governance, along with Mirae Asset TIGER AI Korea Growth Active ETF and Mirae Asset TIGER Synth-Morningstar Global Exponential Technology.In line with the President Moon Jae-in administration’s “Korean New Deal” initiative to help combat the virus-hit economy, the asset management firm furt
Coronavirus: work stops at South Korean chip plant in China after positive test
An SK Hynix plant in Chongqing has shut down after a worker tested positive for the coronavirus. Photo: Reuters
Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election
Pennsylvania s highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court s order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit filed by Republicans attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden s victory in the battleground state. The state Supreme Court in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the law allowed for challenges to Pennsylvania's expansive year-old mail-in voting law. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, said he had certified Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania. Biden beat President Donald Trump by more than 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, a state Trump had won in 2016. Log in here Update preferencesWolf had appealed McCullough's decision to the state Supreme Court, saying there was no “conceivable justification” for it.
Malaysia's PM Muhyiddin says he will call for general election once Covid-19 pandemic is over
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday (Nov 28) that he would call for a general election once the coronavirus pandemic is over. "When the Covid-19 pandemic is over, we will hold the general election. Tan Sri Muhyiddin said that PN will enter the next general election using its own logo. "Another thing we agreed on is to strengthen the relationship between Bersatu, Umno and PAS. Mr Muhyiddin in his speech also suggested the formation of a presidential council consisting of party leaders within the PN government.
A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story
“Although China was the first to report cases, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the virus originated in China,” Zhao Lijian told a briefing. Claims that the virus had origins outside China are given little credence by western scientists. A medical worker from Jilin Province in China hugs nurses from Wuhan after working together during the coronavirus outbreak in April. Photograph: Héctor Retamal/AFP/Getty Images“What appears certain is that the first recorded cases of the disease were in China,” added Stoye. Since recovering from the devastation of its own initial outbreak, China has sought to bolster its standing abroad with medical aid.
US reports several explosions heard in Eritrea’s capital
Tigray men who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, run to recieve cooked rice from charity organization Muslim Aid, at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)Tigray men who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, run to recieve cooked rice from charity organization Muslim Aid, at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea says six explosions were heard Saturday night in the capital, Asmara. The latest explosions came just hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in his government’s fighting against forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which runs the northern Tigray region bordering Eritrea. The army said it was in “full control” of the regional capital, Mekele, but the government said TPLF leaders remain on the run.
Indian farmers defiant against reform as Modi tries to calm anger
Slideshow ( 2 images )The government on Saturday invited farmers’ union leaders for talks on new legislation to deregulate agricultural but that has not calmed farmers’ anger over what many see “anti-farm laws”, and their action appeared to be spreading. “From these reforms, farmers will get new rights and opportunities,” he said in his monthly radio address. [L1N2ID09V]But instead farmers from the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh joined in over the weekend, blocking roads to the east of the capital. Media reported protests by farmers in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Saturday. Prices of fresh produce prices at wholesale markets in the city began to tick up and commuters have faced travel disruption.
Dave Prowse: Darth Vader actor dies aged 85
Video caption Lizo Mzimba looks back at the career of Star Wars actor Dave Prowse, who played Darth VaderDave Prowse, the Bristolian former bodybuilder best known for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died aged 85. Prowse was cast as Vader for his imposing physique, even though the role was voiced by James Earl Jones. Definitive presenceProwse's career as an actor spanned 50 years, but it was his role as the Sith Lord in Star Wars that brought him international fame. Spotted by director George Lucas in the 1971 film Clockwork Orange, in which he played a bodyguard, Prowse was invited to audition for the roles of Darth Vader and Chewbacca in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. He later told the BBC's Tanya Beckett , he chose Vader over Chewbacca because ''you always remember the bad guys.''
Baby born with Covid-19 antibodies in Singapore - report
Photo: 123RFThe baby was born this month without Covid-19 but with the virus antibodies, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Sunday, citing the mother. "My doctor suspects I have transferred my Covid-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy," Celine Ng-Chan told the paper. The World Health Organisation says it is not yet known whether a pregnant woman with Covid-19 can pass the virus to her foetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. To date, the active virus has not been found in samples of fluid around the baby in the womb or in breast milk. Doctors in China have reported the detection and decline over time of Covid-19 antibodies in babies born to women with the coronavirus disease, according to an article published in October in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
ISIS-linked militants behead one, murder 3 others in Indonesia
No arrests had yet been made and the motive for the attack was not immediately clear. Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation, has long wrestled with Islamist militancy and terror attacks, while Central Sulawesi has seen intermittent violence between Christians and Muslims for decades. The makeshift church was empty at the time of the early morning attack by around eight militants, he added. Lembantongoa village head Rifai, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said one victim was beheaded and another was nearly decapitated. One of the other all-male victims was stabbed while a fourth was burned to death in his home, he added.
Serbia and Montenegro expel respective ambassadors
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Serbian ambassador to Montenegro, Vladimir Bozovic, was accused of meddling in Montenegro's internal affairsMontenegro and Serbia have expelled each other's ambassadors over a historical dispute dating back more than a century. Serbian ambassador to Montenegro, Vladimir Bozovic, described a decision by Montenegrin authorities in 1918 to unify with Serbia as a "liberation". In 2006, Montenegro declared independence, becoming a sovereign state for the first time since the end of the First World War. Mr Bozovic made the comments at a meeting of an association representing Montenegrin Serbs. Montenegro's foreign ministry said Mr Bozovic had "belittled the state which gave him a diplomatic immunity".
New variety of apple discovered by Wiltshire runner
A chance find of an apple on a woodland run has led one nature lover to discover a new variety that he hopes to propagate and name. The apple, which Thomas said was “unlike any I’d seen before”, had come from a lone old apple tree in the hedgerow with a large number of fruit on it. “While I am certainly no fruit expert it immediately struck me as highly unusual, unlike any apple I’d seen before,” he said. It is clearly not a planted tree, but a seedling that could be a cross between a cultivated apple and a wild Malus sylvestris, a European crab apple, he said. Archie Thomas holding a new variety of apple he discovered on a wooded trackway.
Colorado governor tests positive for coronavirus
Jared Polis has tested positive for the coronavirus. Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, both have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the governor said in a statement Saturday night. Polis had tweeted late Wednesday that he tested negative the night after learning of his exposure but would be retested. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, no one is immune from this virus," Polis said in his statement. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
Amazon's logistics empire faces toughest challenge yet during COVID-19
As Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season in the US, few companies have had to prepare quite like e-commerce and logistics giant Amazon. But the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on online shopping means even with those preparations, Amazon's logistics empire will be in for one of its toughest challenges yet. The spokesperson told Business Insider that Amazon has expanded its logistics network square footage by around 50% this year. That's a 50% increase from the 798,000 workers Amazon employed as of December 31, 2019. Multiple warehouse workers told Business Insider that it's rare to see coworkers last more than six months in the job due to the grueling conditions.
The Continuingly Confusing Case of the UK's Missing PS5s
Across the UK, the same thing was happening: the originally scheduled PS5 delivery was being ‘missed’, marked as delivered when it hadn’t been, or delayed until much later. What follows is an investigation which took me from confusing Amazon customer service, all the way to the potential for nationwide organised crime. But it wasn’t on what was supposed to be my PS5 delivery. Some speculated Amazon warehouse employees could be taking the consoles, and switching the contents before delivery (or never delivering them at all). Hi @amazonuk, it's now been more than 48 hours and I haven't heard anything from you about this missing #PS5.
The Crown Overlooks Princess Anne's Fascinating Life, and It's Utterly Unacceptable
Image Source: NetflixSeason four of The Crown puts a younger generation of princess firmly at the centre of the story: Princess Diana. The princess who gets the short end of things, though, is Princess Anne, and that's one of the show's biggest mistakes. The Crown alludes to these parts of Anne's life, but only in throwaway lines in season four. Anne's equestrian accomplishments could have stood as an example of a royal achieving something for themselves, rather than through the institution of the Crown, but the show didn't go there. The high drama and fear of this incident should have made it perfect material for The Crown, but, once again, no sell.
Photos of workers and activists protesting Amazon on Black Friday
On Black Friday — the biggest shopping day of the year in the U.S. and the kickoff of holiday season shopping as a whole — Amazon workers in 15 countries protested the corporation in an action called #MakeAmazonPay. In their list of demands, Amazon workers call for improved working conditions, a commitment to respecting workers' universal rights, more sustainability, and that the company gives back to society. For Amazon workers who've experienced risky working conditions while founder Jeff Bezos's became $90 billion richer during the pandemic, however, that statement probably rings hollow — and didn't stop any protests. Given that Amazon hired Pinkerton spies to surveil workers' labor and climate groups, their "track record of supporting [their] people" isn't as clean as they tout. As first reported by VICE, it wasn't just Amazon workers who protested either.
This Nautilus exercise bike is 51% off and about 1/4 the price of a Peloton
Save $460.99: The Nautilus U616 Upright Bike is on sale for over half off at Amazon as of Nov. 28. Possibly one of the most disappointed groups of people this Black Friday and Cyber Weekend are those who thought they might find a cheap Peloton bike — just to see that one is nearly $2,000, even after a Black Friday discount. The Nautilus U616 Upright Bike is the mid-range model of Nautilus' well-known series, and but with a more than 50% price cut, its current $439 price point makes it the budget bike of the internet. You could buy about four Nautilus bikes for the price of one Peloton bike. However, the screen that is there can still access and sync data to Nautilus Connect, Nautilus Trainer, and MyFitnessPal.
Ethiopia says it’s captured the capital of its rebellious Tigray region
Mekele, with a population of about half a million people, is the capital of Tigray, which is governed by the TPLF. We urge an immediate end to conflict and restoration of peace in Tigray. The United Nations has warned that 6 million people in Tigray could soon be without sufficient food and water. TPLF leader Debretsion told the Associated Press that Asmara was a “legitimate military target” because Eritrea sent troops into Ethiopia’s Tigray region — but it’s unclear if it actually did. On the other side of the conflict, refugees in Sudan told the Washington Post of a “genocide against Tigray people.”“They’re killing people madly,” one refugee said.
Sarah Fuller Makes College Football History as First Woman to Play in Power 5 Game
On Nov. 28, Vanderbilt University senior Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power Five game as the Commodores took on the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Vanderbilt's football program posted a video of the historic feat on Instagram. "Sarah Fuller kicks off for Vanderbilt," the program wrote in the caption. Ahead of the big game, she shared her excitement on Instagram, posting a picture of her football helmet with "PLAY LIKE A GIRL" printed on the back. The Texas native also plays for the university's soccer team, which won the SEC Tournament championship on Nov. 22.
Peacock Apologized After 'Saved By The Bell' Jokes About Selena Gomez
The revival of Saved by the Bell jokes about Selena Gomez's 2017 kidney transplant, and her fans are incensed at what they feel are "unnecessary" comments mocking the singer's health. Their calls for the writers to "Respect Selena Gomez" became a trending topic on Twitter and even led to an apology from the NBCUniversal streaming service. "I know for a fact that Selena Gomez’s kidney donor was Justin Bieber’s mom. In another scene, "Does Selena Gomez even have a kidney?" I could’ve had a stroke," Gomez told Billboard in 2015 about her extended hiatus from the spotlight.
Barack Obama Gave Drake His Approval To Portray Him In A Biopic
A decade after offering himself up for the role, Drake got Barack Obama's "stamp of approval" to play him in an inevitable future biopic. In January 2016, Obama had Drake in his feelings when he proclaimed Kendrick Lamar could beat him in a rap battle. "Gotta go with Kendrick," Obama told YouTuber Adande Thorne (aka sWooZie). "I think Drake is an outstanding entertainer, Kendrick… his lyrics, his last album, was outstanding. With Obama's approval finally granted, it may be time for filmmakers to make Drake's hotline bling with a casting offer.
These Super Warm Pajamas Will Keep You Cozy All Winter Long
But instead of sporting my typical gym shorts and T-shirt, the threat of a super high electricity bill guarantees I'll invest in super warm women's pajamas. So whether you're trying to keep down utilities, or just really need a pair of cozy PJs to cuddle in for the next couple of months, here's a rundown of super warm women's pajamas you'll find on Amazon. Super cozy and warm." Available in sizes: X-Small - 2X2 A Super Warm Fleece Set In Tall & Petite Sizes PajamaGram Super Soft Fleece Pajamas Amazon $60 See On Amazon These splurge-worthy fleece pajamas come with the backing of nearly 2,000 Amazon reviewers who have given these warm pj's a 4.4-star rating overall. It'll keep you super warm when the chilly weather starts.
The US Recorded More Than 4 Million COVID-19 Cases In The Month Of November
A healthcare professional suits up with personal protective equipment to enter a COVID-19 patient's room at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert, Ohio on Nov. 20, 2020. The US recorded 4 million coronavirus cases in the month of November as the country enters a terrifying new phase of the pandemic, with public health experts warning of another big surge in cases and hospitalizations following Thanksgiving weekend travel. Data from Johns Hopkins University show that 4.02 million cases were recorded from Nov. 1-28, bringing the country's total COVID-19 cases to more than 13 million, the highest of any nation. Case counts in November are more than double the 1.87 million cases recorded in October. On Saturday, the US surpassed 91,000 current hospitalizations from COVID-19 — the highest yet since the start of the pandemic.
June 2000 Issue
The need to defy reality on the president’s behalf is pushing his appointees beyond the point of reason. I glanced at the story, read it, and then moved on to something else. Crews is—or was—an employee of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the federal agency run by Anthony Fauci. While working as a public-affairs officer for NIAID, Crews was also a prolific conspiracy theorist. These were not carefully sourced revelations of wrongdoing at the agency.
Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber
Amador, who never met Kaczynski at all, based his judgment on the “delusional beliefs” he detected in Kaczynski’s writing. The experts also found evidence of Kaczynski’s insanity in his refusal to accept their diagnoses or to help them reach those diagnoses. … If some speculation occurs, they are bound to make me out to be a sickie, and to ascribe to me motives of a sordid or “sick” type. Michael Mello suggests that the public wished to see Kaczynski as insane because his ideas are too extreme for us to contemplate without discomfort. … They decided that the Unabomber was mentally ill, and his ideas were mad.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is feeling ‘optimistic’ for Broadway’s return
The King of Broadway has decreed that he is “optimistic” about the return of live theatre to New YorkBroadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber stopped by CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Friday to share his sentiment that shows will indeed return to New York stages that have been closed down since March. “Well, as you probably know I’ve been fighting to get theaters reopened and indeed all forms of indoor and music spaces, up and down, not only just Britain but all over America,” said the composer, who earlier this year was the recipient of one of the earliest coronavirus vaccines. Webber noted that his worldwide phenomenon, “The Phantom of the Opera,” has resumed shows in South Korea after the cast quarantined for 15 days. “It clearly does depend a great deal on the vaccine but there have been a number of measures, a load of measures that have been applied in say Korea, and in Japan, for example, which have mitigated the effects of the virus enormously,” said Webber.
Jailed, Exiled and Silenced: Smothering East Africa’s Political Opposition
“I know they want me dead as soon as yesterday,” Mr. Wine, a musician-turned-lawmaker whose real name is Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, said in a telephone interview. “We are campaigning every day as if it’s the last.”Mr. Wine is one of several high-profile opposition leaders in East Africa who have recently been jailed, exiled or silenced as they challenge entrenched leaders and political parties. Heads of state have used the coronavirus as a pretext to strengthen their grip on power and have introduced laws to smother dissent, analysts say. There has been less international attention and outcry than usual, with many countries that traditionally serve as watchdogs preoccupied with the pandemic and domestic concerns. While some have issued statements of concern, they have not threatened sanctions over the violence, or offered to mediate, as they might once have.
Nate Robinson gets destroyed by Jake Paul in his boxing debut
Nate Robinson showed he did not belong in the ring in his boxing debut. In his first professional fight, the former Knick was destroyed by YouTube sensation Jake Paul in Saturday night’s undercard before the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. bout at Staples Center in Los Angeles. In the second round, Robinson rushed at Paul again, only to get hit in the forehead and knocked down. One boxing legend who was analyzing the fight was not impressed with Robinson’s foray into a new sport. “Being one of the most hated people in the world, I have to fight through that,” Paul said after the fight.
Number of suicides in Japan over month span exceed deaths from COVID-19
The National Police Agency said suicides surged to 2,153 in October alone, with more than 17,000 people taking their own lives this year to date, CBS reported. By comparison, fewer than 2,000 people in the country have died from COVID-19 in 2020. Experts say the pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues due to prolonged lockdowns, isolation from family members, unemployment and other financial concerns, and a lack of school structure. “We need to seriously confront reality,” chief government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said this week, announcing new initiatives to help people via suicide hotlines and social media outreach. Japan has historically had high rates of suicide, but the numbers had begun trending downward.
Mysterious monolith disappears from Utah desert
A mysterious metal monolith that was recently discovered in the southern Utah desert has now disappeared, officials said Saturday. The ten-foot-high silver structure — which was installed illegally — was removed by an “unknown party” on Friday, the Bureau of Land Management said in a statement. Crew members had been flying a helicopter over the desert to help the Utah Division of Wildlife Resource count bighorn sheep when they saw the odd structure. “One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings told KSL-TV. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘What.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!
LIVE UPDATES: BLM activists protest LA mayor as potential Cabinet pick
Black Lives Matter protesters have gathered outside the home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for the last several days to protest reports that President-elect Joe Biden might nominate him for a Cabinet position. We won’t allow his failed policies to become a part of the national agenda,” Black Lives Matter Los Angeles wrote on its Facebook page. A protest outside the mayor's home on Thanksgiving was declared an unlawful assembly and two people were arrested. Follow below for updates on the 2020 election. Mobile users click here.
Tokyo 2020 organisers estimate Games postponement cost $1.9 billion: media
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) - This year’s postponement of the Tokyo Olympics because of the novel coronavirus cost about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion), organisers have estimated, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday, citing people involved with the event. The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government were forced to put off the Games for a year in March as the coronavirus spread rapidly around the world. The Games cost 1.35 trillion yen ($13 billion) before the postponement, the newspaper reported. A spokesman for the organisers, asked about the report, told Reuters by text message only that the committee is examining the extra costs associated with the delay. The organisers had originally estimated that the delay would cost nearly 300 billion yen but they were able to reduce that figure by simplifying some events, the report said.
Top 25 basketball roundup: Virginia Tech stuns No. 3 Villanova
Keve Aluma scored a career-high 23 points to lift Virginia Tech to an upset of No. Tyrece Radford contributed 13 rebounds, and Justyn Mutts scored 12 points. Collin Gillespie scored 25 points, Caleb Daniels added 17 and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who fell to 2-1. Rocket Watts supplied 13 points and six assists, and Joey Hauser contributed 10 points, 16 rebounds and four assists for Michigan State. Cormac Ryan had 13 points, while Nate Laszewski and Dane Goodwin added 12 points apiece.
Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Superfight Punching Stats, Scorecards from Draw
Willy Sanjuan/Associated PressMike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. fought each other to a draw in an eight-round exhibition bout Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Boxing analyst Dan Rafael provided the scorecards:As Rafael noted, Tyson appeared to have the upper hand for nearly the entire fight. Many others agreed that Tyson won. Tyson went 50-6 with 44 knockouts and two no-contests during his professional career. Jones, who won titles in four weight classes, stepped into the ring for the first time since Feb. 2018, when he defeated Scott Sigmon via unanimous decision.
Wilder vows to protect Blades' interests amid criticism from Liverpool's Klopp
The Blades are among the few clubs who have opposed five substitutes out of concern it benefits teams with bigger squads. “Everyone has the right to defend their corner, there’s 20 votes in this league and everyone looks after themselves all the way through,” Wilder told Sky Sports after the Blades’ 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for Liverpool as a football club as I’ve consistently said and respect for Juergen as well. “So whether it’s looking after the club, whether it’s selfish, there’s a few other managers in there that have looked after their own club as well. I’ll always look after my own club.”The Blades, who are bottom of the standings with one point from their opening 10 games, face Leicester City next week.
New country, new jobs, new lives
For Maria Jose and Maria Teresa, this is their first visit to the Netherlands. The twins and one of their Spanish nursing colleagues, 22-year-old Sara Vallejo, carry their groceries. Maria Jose holds up a towel as she stands by her sister in a supermarket. Maria Jose and Maria Teresa wait for an elevator to carry furniture to their new apartment inside the nursing home. After two years working in the Netherlands the nurses will be eligible for higher-paying professional nursing jobs, he said.
Singaporean gives birth to baby with COVID-19 antibodies - report
FILE PHOTO: People cross a street in the shopping district of Orchard Road in Singapore amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on June 19, 2020. The baby was born this month without COVID-19 but with the virus antibodies, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Sunday, citing the mother. bit.ly/33I0liL“My doctor suspects I have transferred my COVID-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy,” Celine Ng-Chan told the paper. Ng-Chan and the National University Hospital (NUH), where she gave birth, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Doctors in China have reported the detection and decline over time of COVID-19 antibodies in babies born to women with the coronavirus disease, according to an article published in October in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Six explosions in Eritrean capital Asmara, says U.S. State Department
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Six explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Saturday night, the U.S. State Department said, although it was not immediately clear if they were related to the conflict in the neighbouring Tigray region of Ethiopia. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERS“At 10:13 p.m. on Nov 28 there were six explosions in Asmara,” the State Department said in the post on Sunday. But it urged Americans to “remain situationally aware of the ongoing conflict in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.” Tigrayan forces fighting Ethiopian soldiers have previously fired rockets at Eritrea. Reuters was not immediately able to reach the Eritrean government or Tigrayan forces for comment. On Saturday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that federal forces had taken control of Mekelle, Tigray’s capital, within hours of launching an offensive there.
Zoom Holidays and the Psychology of Non-Verbal Communication
The great flaw of video platforms like Zoom for non-work gatherings is that only one person (or one little box of people) can talk at a time. But even if you’ve figured out how to have a conversation with 12 people simultaneously, it’s still disconcerting because we lose so much of our nonverbal communication tools in this medium. On Zoom, there are no empathetic side glances, no covertly raised eyebrows, no eye-rolling. (To be fair, on Zoom, most of us are probably just staring at our own faces. The JED Foundation is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults.
Tokyo 2020 organisers estimate Games postponement cost $1.9 billion - media
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) - This year’s postponement of the Tokyo Olympics because of the novel coronavirus cost about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion), organisers have estimated, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday, citing people involved with the event. The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government were forced to put off the Games for a year in March as the coronavirus spread rapidly around the world. The Games cost 1.35 trillion yen ($13 billion) before the postponement, the newspaper reported. A spokesman for the organisers, asked about the report, told Reuters by text message only that the committee is examining the extra costs associated with the delay. The organisers had originally estimated that the delay would cost nearly 300 billion yen but they were able to reduce that figure by simplifying some events, the report said.
'Grief is this repeated experience learning how to live in the midst of an immense loss'
In her personal essay for the New York Times, Duchess of Sussex Meghan shares the intimate details of her pregnancy loss and reflects upon the widespread grief brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and the increasingly polarized political climate. MSNBC’s host of "American Voices" Alicia Menendez speaks with Elizabeth Holmes, journalist and author of “HRH: So Many Thoughts On Royal Style”, and Marisa Renee Lee, CEO of Beacon Advisors and co-founder of Supportal about how to show up for those who are grieving.
Six explosions in Eritrean capital Asmara, says U.S. State Department
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Six explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Saturday night, the U.S. State Department said, although it was not immediately clear if they were related to the conflict in the neighbouring Tigray region of Ethiopia. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERS/File photo“At 10:13 p.m. on Nov 28 there were six explosions in Asmara,” the State Department said in the post on Sunday. But it urged Americans to “remain situationally aware of the ongoing conflict in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia.” Tigrayan forces fighting Ethiopian soldiers have previously fired rockets at Eritrea. Reuters was not immediately able to reach the Eritrean government or Tigrayan forces for comment. On Saturday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that federal forces had taken control of Mekelle, Tigray’s capital, within hours of launching an offensive there.
Tyson fights to draw with Jones Jr. in exhibition
(Reuters) - Mike Tyson showed age has not robbed him of his power as the former heavyweight champion, in his long-awaited return to the ring, dominated Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition fight on Saturday in Los Angeles that was surprisingly ruled a draw. “I’m used to doing it for three minutes,” 54-year-old Tyson said of the shorter rounds. “The body shots definitely took a toll,” said Jones Jr. a former world champion in four different weight classes whose last professional fight was in 2018. After the fight Tyson, who was once the most feared fighter on the planet, shot down any idea of making a return to professional boxing. “This is bigger than fighting and winning the championship,” Tyson said of exhibitions where he donates earnings to charity.
Asia Today: Cambodia tracks contacts after family infected
India has more than 9 million cases of coronavirus, second behind the United States. India has more than 9 million cases of coronavirus, second behind the United States. The Health Ministry said in a statement that the woman tested positive three days after becoming feverish. India reported another 496 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 136,696. China reported earlier Sunday 11 new coronavirus infections on Nov. 28, all of which were imported cases.
Williams, Washington State rally to beat Eastern Washington
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Noah Williams scored a career-high 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and made several big plays down the stretch to help Washington State beat Eastern Washington 71-68 on Saturday night. Williams hit a 3-pointer, stole a pass by Eastern Washington’s Michael Meadows on the other end, and then made another 3 to give Washington State (2-0) — which had led for just 25 second to that point — a 61-59 lead with 4:48 remaining. EWU’s Jacob Groves tied it with two free throws, Williams fed TJ Bamba for a layup and, after a layup by Groves, Williams knifed into the lane for a layup and then hit two free throws to make it 67-63 with 1:08 to play. ADVERTISEMENTTanner Groves led Eastern Washington (0-1) with a career-high tying 17 points and nine rebounds and Jacob Groves had career bests of 16 points and eight rebounds. Washington State made just one of its first eight field-goal attempts while Tanner Groves hit two 3-pointers during a 16-3 opening spurt by Eastern Washington.
Factbox: The Biden Cabinet - President-elect begins to build a team
He was named Biden's national security adviser on Monday. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration, the president-elect's campaign announced on Monday. Cohen served as the chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president's agenda.
Demand for real Christmas trees up during pandemic
Now, the Christmas tree industry is hoping that as 2020 draws to a close, that affinity for feel-good and old-fashioned will bring a boost for business. (Nov. 27)Video Transcript[HELICOPTER SOUNDS]MCKENZIE COOK: Fresh cut Christmas trees are in great demand. We are the largest provider of fresh cut Christmas trees in the world. Between our operations here at McKenzie Farms and our sister operation in North Carolina, Happy holiday, we ship between 1.8 million and 2 million trees a year. The weekend after Thanksgiving, about 25% to 30% of the total sales are during that weekend.
Cher on her way to Pakistan to help save world's loneliest elephant
Anders Tegnell's biweekly press conference was on Thursday pushed into the shade by an overlapping press conference fronted by Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, where new scenarios prepared by the Public Health Agency were announced. "There's certainly a split, and I'm pretty sure that many in the government have rather lost faith in the Public Health Agency," said Nicholas Aylott, an associate politics professor at Stockholm's Södertorn University. "By some counts, we've now got exactly the same level of spread of the virus that we had in the spring, and that's about as clear a refutation of Tegnell's strategy as you could wish for." This month, though, the number of deaths in Sweden has again begun to soar above that of its Nordic neighbours, with 630 deaths so far registered as a result of Covid-19. That is about ten times the per capita death rate in Norway -- where just 30 Covid-19 deaths were registered between October 28th and November 25th.
Fauci: Christmas And New Year's Won't Be 'Any Different' Than Thanksgiving
Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned Americans to hunker down for a tough holiday season, as Christmas and New Year’s are likely to be just as muted by the coronavirus as Thanksgiving was. “For my own family, I’m saying we had a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year,” he said. “We’re looking forward to a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021. Tapper suggested that a normal Christmas looked like an impossibility in 2020, which Fauci agreed with. “It’s not going to be a light switch,” Fauci said at the time, adding: “We’re not going to turn it on and off.
Fauci predicts the COVID-19 pandemic likely won't improve by Christmas or New Year's Day
Fauci said that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely show little improvement by Christmas or New Year's Day. "I don't see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year's holidays than during Thanksgiving," Fauci said of the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus cases are expected to remain at elevated levels through February 2021. I don't see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year's holidays than during Thanksgiving," Fauci said. "For my own family, I'm saying we had a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year," Fauci said.
‘The Great Man’ takes Gilgamesh to Afghanistan
Novak crossed with a bird of prey) serve in a mystically depicted Afghanistan as their outfit's legendary scouts. It takes a woman to make a great film about the all-male bastion of the French Foreign Legion. Claire Denis did so in her elliptical desert updating of Herman Melville's "Billy Budd" in "Beau Travail" (1999), and her fellow French director Sarah Leonor nearly equals that feat in "The Great Man." AdvertisementLike the great king Gilgamesh and his wild man buddy Enkidu, they go after the great beast and then things go awry. Hamilton ends up severely wounded and in the hospital, and the Legion tosses Markov out in disgrace.
Tokyo 2020 organizers estimate Games postponement cost $1.9B
This year's postponement of the Tokyo Olympics because of the novel coronavirus cost about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion), organizers have estimated, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday, citing people involved with the event. Continue Reading BelowThe International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government were forced to put off the Games for a year in March as the coronavirus spread rapidly around the world. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREThe Games cost 1.35 trillion yen ($13 billion) before the postponement, the newspaper reported. The organizing committee will decide on a breakdown of the burden of the delay in December, after discussions between the committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the central government, the newspaper said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSThe organizers had originally estimated that the delay would cost nearly 300 billion yen but they were able to reduce that figure by simplifying some events, the report said.
UK secures 2M more doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine
Britain has secured two million doses of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, to be available in Europe as early as the spring, the government said on Sunday, in addition to the 5 million doses it secured from the U.S. company two weeks ago. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREBritain now has access to enough doses of Moderna's vaccine candidate for around 3.5 million people. Overall, it has access to 357 million doses of vaccines from seven developers, according to government statement. MODERNA TO CHARGE $25-$37 FOR COVID-19 VACCINE: CEO TELLS PAPERModerna's experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial. Britain has also secured 100 million doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Oxford University and has targeted a rollout to begin before Christmas.
Take down the language barrier to citizenship
To become eligible to vote in the United States, permanent residents like Hernandez must pass a citizenship test. The language requirement is often cited as the top reason why permanent residents do not apply for citizenship. So why does the United States, a country that touts its democratic foundation, install a language barrier in the citizenship process? Finally, in 1952, the Immigration and Nationality Act eliminated race as a barrier to citizenship, though it retained an English language requirement. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency can then appropriately alter its regulations.
How the Taser works
The five-second charge generated by a Taser ECD can be more than 5,000 volts, compared with 110 volts from a typical wall socket. According to Taser International, the manufacturer of the devices used most often by law enforcement, the answer is no. Static shocks regularly exceed 30,000 volts, yet they deliver very low amounts of electric charge, and static shocks directly cause injuries. The Taser works by mimicking and interfering with the electrical signals used by the human body to communicate between the brain and the muscles. The Taser used by Stoughton police is the X2 model, which has an effective range of up to 25 feet and can be deployed twice without reloading the nitrogen cartridges that propel the prongs.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BAD BEATS BLOG: Hawaii upsets UNR at +215
First-half winners: Georgia -12½, over 27. First-half winners: Georgia Tech +½ (-115), over 28½. 12:10 p.m.: FINAL: Georgia State 30, Georgia Southern 24. 10:23 a.m.: HALFTIME: Georgia Southern 14, Georgia State 13. First-half winners: Georgia Southern +1½, over 26.
Mike Tyson returns to ring, draws in lively exhibition with Jones
Mike Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icons return to the ring for an exhibition bout with 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)LOS ANGELES — Mike Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon’s return to the ring for a lively exhibition bout with 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. Tyson and Jones fought eight two-minute rounds, and both emerged smiling and apparently healthy from a highly unusual event at Staples Center. ? Mike Tyson agrees. The event was derided as an anti-sporting spectacle by some critics, yet both Tyson and Jones appeared to handle themselves capably and safely.
Letters to the Editor - Readers comment on whether the president should challenge election results or concede
President Donald Trump reportedly modeled his political philosophy of “law and order” after Nixon. Naresh Kumar, Far North DallasDisenfranchising votersChristopher Krebs (President Donald Trump’s fired cybersecurity chief) and officials from Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania have assured Americans that the recent election was secure. The Democrats took four years to investigate Donald Trump and didn’t find anything. Richard Cherwitz, AustinImpeach TrumpIs it too late to impeach President Donald Trump? Meanwhile, President Donald Trump continues to tweet that he won the election, and that Michigan should be his, even though he lost by almost 150,000 votes.
Patty-Jane Geller: Successful missile defense test: Welcome news as rogue threats advance
Specifically, they successfully shot down an intercontinental-range ballistic missile using the Navy’s Standard Missile SM-3 Block IIA interceptor launched from a Navy destroyer. The Missile Defense Agency can now proceed with a more complex test, potentially against an ICBM target armed with decoys or other missile-defense countermeasures. As preparations take place for the next administration and a new Congress, homeland missile defense must remain a top priority. With the success of this test, pursuing the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor as an additional means of homeland defense is now a potential path towards a stronger homeland defense. Patty-Jane Geller is a policy analyst for nuclear deterrence and missile defense in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense.
Letters to the Editor — Sex education in Texas, socialism, President Harry Truman, Biden’s Cabinet, a divided nation
Hats off to the board for approving the teaching of birth control, rather than only abstinence, to middle school students. Barry Rothschild, DallasWhich truth about sex? The photo of supporters carrying signs supporting the teaching of sex education in Texas public schools that read “teach the truth” begs the question, which truth do they want taught? Or is it the secular version of truth that views sex as simply satisfying a physical instinct devoid of personal responsibility and commitment? Rather than teach students how to put on a condom or take a pill, perhaps we should teach them the virtues of personal responsibility, self-respect, lifelong commitments and the sanctity of the marriage bed.
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Mike Tyson returns to ring after 15 years, fights to a draw with Roy Jones Jr. for charity
LOS ANGELES — Mike Tyson showed glimpses of his destructive prime Saturday night during the 54-year-old boxing icon’s return to the ring for a lively exhibition bout with 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. Tyson and Jones fought eight two-minute rounds, and both emerged smiling and apparently healthy from a highly unusual event at Staples Center. “This is better than fighting for championships,” Tyson said of the heavyweight exhibition, which raised money for various charities. ?Mike Tyson agrees. The event was derided as an anti-sporting spectacle by some critics, yet both Tyson and Jones appeared to handle themselves capably and safely.
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Dear Abby: Mom makes case for including longtime girlfriend in family
DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for 38 years. How can I let them know in a nice way that she is family to me? I feel like skipping these family functions if my children and their girlfriends aren’t included. DEAR ABBY: My sisters and I grew up in California. DEAR ABBY: For the last 20 years, I have been sending my four nieces and nephews birthday and Christmas cards with checks enclosed.
National media unanimous about Lions' 'never-ending train wreck'
The Lions didn't fare much better with national media reaction compared to Detroit football fans, who expressed frustration and disappointment with another wasted season in comments on The Detroit News' Instagram accounts. (Caldwell wasn’t the first, and he won’t be the last, coach or GM type to lose his job in such a transition.) Patricia showed no ability to match Caldwell, the coach who Quinn said wasn’t nearly good enough to keep his job. "The Lions finally had enough. And finally held Patricia and Quinn to the same standard as Caldwell, one by which they fell well short."
How Pete Docter, Kemp Powers brought the first Black Pixar protagonist to life in 'Soul'
That classic slice of jazz history became one of the guiding lights for Joe Gardner, the 45-year-old Black protagonist of Pixar's "Soul." The Disney subsidiary's 23rd feature film, and first with a Black lead, was co-directed by the studio's chief creative officer Pete Docter and playwright Kemp Powers. "That just seemed so profound and dead-on to what we were trying to say in the film," Docter said in a separate phone interview. After teaming with a rebellious unborn soul (voiced by Tina Fey), the two conspire to return his soul to his body. "I initially pitched the sequence from this place of wanting to see as many Black hairstyles as possible in a Pixar film," Powers said.
MMA: Clark submitted in 1st
In Las Vegas, Nevada, light heavyweight Anthony Smith (34-16) defeated Devin Clark by first-round submission (triangle choke) Saturday in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card. Clark, who trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink MMA, is 12-5. Clark opened with a hard right hand that appeared to stagger Smith, but the Omaha, Nebraska veteran then took Clark to the ground. Clark reversed and appeared in a dominant position, but Smith worked his way into the triangle from the bottom. … Moriarty MMA welterweight Tim Means announced on Twitter Saturday that he has signed a new contract with the UFC.
Point of View: Oklahoma Standards means including everyone
Presenting prayers only in the name of a particular religious tradition’s deity immediately excludes those who do not identify with a religious tradition or those who identify with a religious tradition which does not allow them to pray in the name of another religious tradition. In March of this year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City submitted similar thoughts in response to Gov. It is disappointing to learn that our state government is not striving to include leadership from all religious traditions for these important discussions. Our state is fortunate to have three wonderful interfaith organizations — Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Conference of Churches and Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries. Reaching out to these organizations as a way to learn about — and from — the breadth of interfaith traditions in Oklahoma would be an admirable approach for Gov.
Oklahoma Class 6A football: Talyn Shettron’s interception seals Edmond Santa Fe’s win, first state championship game berth since 2003
OWASSO – When Talyn Shettron saw Tulsa Union's receiver break on his route, he knew what was coming. Edmond Santa Fe’s standout junior receiver was lined up at corner with his back at the goal line. Union had a third down when quarterback Grayson Tempest dropped back to pass and looked to his left. Union’s receiver broke on a slant route, but Shettron made his break to cut off the route. Tempest threw the ball directly into the receiver's hands, but Shettron stole away his second interception of the fourth quarter.
Williams, Washington State rally to beat Eastern Washington
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Noah Williams scored a career-high 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and made several big plays down the stretch to help Washington State beat Eastern Washington 71-68 on Saturday night. Williams hit a 3-pointer, stole a pass by Eastern Washington's Michael Meadows on the other end, and then made another 3 to give Washington State (2-0) — which had led for just 25 second to that point — a 61-59 lead with 4:48 remaining. EWU's Jacob Groves tied it with two free throws, Williams fed TJ Bamba for a layup and, after a layup by Groves, Williams knifed into the lane for a layup and then hit two free throws to make it 67-63 with 1:08 to play. Tanner Groves led Eastern Washington (0-1) with a career-high tying 17 points and nine rebounds and Jacob Groves had career bests of 16 points and eight rebounds. Washington State made just one of its first eight field-goal attempts while Tanner Groves hit two 3-