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Hurricane Zeta damage: See aftermath photos, video from across Louisiana, New Orleans
– As the sun rises Thursday, the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta will be assessed across southeastern Louisiana. The storm made landfall around 4:10 p.m. as a Category 2 storm near Cocodrie, Louisiana. Zeta is the 11th tropical storm or hurricane to hit the United States this year, marking a record high for the country. Active season:Hurricane Zeta sets yet another 2020 hurricane season recordThe first reported death that occurred as a result of Hurricane Zeta was in New Orleans. Cut Off, LouisianaNew OrleansGrand IsleGrand Isle's "burrito levee" has three major breaches in it after Category 2 Hurricane Zeta slammed the southeastern Louisiana coast, according to a tweet from the Jefferson Parish.
Duchess Meghan seeks to postpone trial in privacy lawsuit against British newspaper
Danica KirkaAssociated PressLONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex is seeking to delay the start of the trial in her privacy lawsuit against a British newspaper over its publication of excerpts from a letter she wrote to her father. The former Meghan Markle made the request ahead of a preliminary hearing on the case scheduled for Thursday, court documents said. The postponement application is the latest episode in the legal tussle that has served as a prelude to a 10-day trial scheduled to start in January. The request will be considered Thursday by High Court Judge Mark Warby during an online hearing that will begin in private. The newspaper published excerpts of a letter Meghan wrote to her father after her and Harry’s wedding in May 2018.
Fact check: Thin Blue Line flag has taken a prominent place at Trump rallies
At issue: A Thin Blue Line flag that was prominently featured behind Trump at an Oct. 24 rally in Waukesha. That blue stripe is meant to symbolize police officers as the “thin blue line” between order and chaos. First the anti-Black Lives Matter flag flew outside his rallies, then beside the American flag. In a June 8 article by the Marshall Project, “The Short, Fraught History of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ American Flag,” Andrew Jacob, president of Thin Blue Line USA said: “The flag has no association with racism, hatred, bigotry. And the Thin Blue Line flag has become a prominent part of the pro-police Blue Lives Matter movement, which arose to counter the Black Lives Matter movement.
This is America: I’m a Black person who loves Halloween. Please stop ruining it for me
I love Halloween. Documenting the brutal mob violence:America's lynching history is now onlineMore than 4,300 people were lynched in 20 states, according to a groundbreaking study published by the Equal Justice Initiative in 2017. The Black horror renaissance is here to save Halloween 2020As you might've guessed, horror is my favorite movie genre. Don't get me wrong, I'm always here for more wholesome fare like "Halloweentown" or "Hocus Pocus," but what's Halloween without a good scare? "Black people have always loved horror but horror didn’t always love us," Tananarive Due, the executive producer of the documentary "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror" said.
Biloxi, Mississippi pier destroyed by Hurricane Zeta
Biloxi, Mississippi pier destroyed by Hurricane ZetaThe City of Biloxi reported widespread damage and warned against travel on October 29, following the landfall of Hurricane Zeta.
Three people dead in knife attack in France
Three people dead in knife attack in FranceThree people have been killed in a knife attack at a church in France that authorities believe is linked to terrorism.
Halloween candy catapults, chutes and ziplines: How some will greet trick-or-treaters in 2020
"One-way trick or treating," however, is suggested as a safer alternative. Across the country, people are getting creative — building unique gadgets to hand out candy in a fun, but COVID-cautious way. This year she is planting a candy garden near the bottom of the driveway at her Indiana home. — Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier TimesPhoto gallery:Trumps host socially distant trick-or-treating at White HouseSpooky zipline, candy drone and cannonIn Michigan, a family's spooky zipline is getting attention on Twitter. "Candy cannons" have also become popular — from reimaged t-shirt cannons to homemade pipes aimed for trick or treaters on the sidewalk.
Stretch your money: Here are 6 employer benefits that can save you a lot
It pays to see if your employer offers a 401(k) match, which will get you free money for retirement, plus tax savings, just for making contributions. If your employer offers a fitness subsidy or gym reimbursement, you could shave a lot of money off your out-of-pocket costs. Plus, you may be entitled to reimbursement for skill-specific classes you take in person or online, so have a look at what your employer offers. The decisions you make could save you a lot of money, so you really don't want to rush through them. Editorial content from The Ascent is separate from The Motley Fool editorial content and is created by a different analyst team.
Trump raved about his COVID treatment, but hardly anyone can get it. We need a better plan.
Monoclonal antibodies are genetically engineered antibodies that could both treat and prevent COVID-19 infection. Because monoclonal antibodies could help prevent infection, the figure also includes household members of confirmed cases and health care workers with direct patient exposure. Plan for antibodies, not just vaccinesThe Trump administration has also neglected to plan for distribution of monoclonal antibodies. The Trump administration has announced that distribution of monoclonal antibodies will be similar to distribution of the antiviral drug remdesivir. Monoclonal antibodies are a promising treatment and, together with a vaccine, have the potential to turn the tide of this pandemic.
Nature gap: Outdoor recreation isn't just for white people. Invite Black youth outside.
“There are cultural barriers that we deal with within our own community that’s, ‘Oh, that’s not for us. Black people often find power, confidence and healing in returning to natural spaces they were once harmed by or excluded from, said Marcia. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects nearly 33,000 acres in Northeast Ohio, and follows the Cuyahoga River for about 22 miles. But in 2010, the National Park Service reported fewer than 1% of all national park visitors were Black. But over the summer, the presidential election cycle spurred political displays in natural spaces that have been tough for Harvey to stomach.
United will give free airport COVID-19 tests on select flights to London: 'We have to show that it works'
The good news for passengers: the test, required of all passengers over age 2 on select flights from Newark, is free.Other airport and airline COVID-19 test options are as pricey as $250 per person for on-site tests. Despite the negative tests, United said passengers will still have to wear masks and follow other coronavirus safety protocols on the flights to London. Passengers will be given an Abbott ID Now COVID-19 test, a rapid molecular test that will be administered by Premise Health. Lab-based PCR tests, which take longer to process, are generally the most accurate COVID-19 tests available, but United said the Abbott ID tests are more sensitive to virus detection than other rapid tests, including antigen tests. Earnest said the prices of COVID-19 tests for travel in general should come down as competition increases.
'Radium Girls' tells the 'invisible history' of the fight for workplace justice
It’s taken them nearly a century, but "Radium Girls” will have their story told on the big screen. "The (story of) 'Radium Girls' is a perfect example, but it’s not just untold history – it’s invisible history. As detailed in "Radium Girls," women working with radioactive paint in factories were instructed to lick their brushes, unaware of the toxic materials they were ingesting. By 1927, more than 50 women had died from radium paint poisoning, according to a 2014 NPR report. In 2017, author Kate Moore released the book "The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women."
Gilead Sciences raked in nearly $900M from COVID-19 drug remdesivir
Gilead Sciences sold nearly $900 million worth of its coronavirus treatment remdesivir from July to September, the company announced this week. The California-based drugmaker on Wednesday reported third-quarter revenues of $873 million from its antiviral drug, which was the first COVID-19 treatment to be fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, helped Gilead post an 18 percent increase in its total product sales and a net profit of $360 million, a significant improvement from a nearly $1.2 billion loss in the year-earlier period. This was the first full quarter for which Gilead reported sales for remdesivir, which the FDA cleared for emergency use in coronavirus patients in May before granting it full approval last week. Gilead has said Veklury helps shorten recovery times for hospitalized coronavirus patients by five days, but a recent World Health Organization study concluded that it had no significant effect on patients’ chances of survival.
United to offer free coronavirus testing on select Newark-to-London flights
Even with proof of a negative coronavirus test, travelers will still be required to follow local quarantine requirements. U.S. citizens can travel to the United Kingdom but must quarantine for 14 days. Increasingly, the aviation industry sees testing as a key strategy for restarting travel — particularly international travel, which has been hardest hit as countries have closed borders and imposed strict quarantines. According to the most recent update from trade group Airlines for America, international travel was down 77 percent compared with a year ago. The airline already has seen benefits from the testing program it launched for passengers traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco.
Cops attacked with fireworks during violent night in Washington, DC
Rioters lobbed fireworks at Washington, DC cops and tried to storm into a precinct during a second night of violence sparked by the death of a black man who crashed while being followed by police. “I wish hate for all of y’all,” one woman could be heard screaming at the officers. Other footage showed dozens of protesters banging on the doors as they tried to bully their way into the 4th District police station. Police eventually used spray and flash bangs on protesters to move them back after also being attacked with rocks and bricks, NBC Washington said. D.C. police classified Hylton-Brown’s death as a traffic fatality, NBC said.
Mother of unarmed man killed by Baltimore County police officer files federal suit
On Tuesday, Catherine Sopp, 82, filed a federal civil rights, disability discrimination and wrongful death suit against Page and Baltimore County, on behalf of herself and Eric Sopp’s two teenage sons. The video shows Page then moved to the driver’s side of the car and as Sopp stood up, Page fired eight times. ADThe shooting was investigated by the Baltimore County police homicide unit and its findings turned over to Deputy State’s Attorney Robin S. Coffin. Baltimore County police protocol called for Page to request help from a mobile crisis team, a critical incident support team or another officer trained in crisis intervention, the suit said. But “neither Officer Page nor Officer [Raymond] Wheeler,” who also arrived on the scene but did not shoot, “received any training on responding to such circumstances.
Is it safe to travel for Thanksgiving? Here’s what health experts are doing for the holiday.
In D.C., Monroe said, health experts have found about 25 percent of new cases involve people who had been attending small social gatherings at homes. “To me, it’s not worth the risk.”If he did travel, he said, car travel carries a lower risk of transmitting or contracting the virus. If people decide to travel for the holiday, how should they travel? For him, he said, “the safer thing to do is hunker down.”If you’re traveling, are you staying overnight at other people’s houses? He suggested not visiting or inviting someone to Thanksgiving dinner who might have underlying health conditions and be high risk.
Should college students go home for Thanksgiving this year? Here’s what experts say.
Here’s what experts say parents and students should be considering to reduce the chances of infecting family members, whether they return at Thanksgiving or closer to Christmas. ADMany colleges and universities have been regularly testing their students, and some have rolled out special guidances for holiday travel. At the State University of New York, for instance, all on-campus students will have to test negative before they can leave for Thanksgiving break. But experts cautioned against being lulled into a false sense of security by a single negative test. ADIf students travel by plane, train or bus, they should strictly follow safety measures such as mask-wearing and hand hygiene, Omer said.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci expresses support for national mask mandate amid record-setting coronavirus infections
Taiwan on Thursday celebrated its 200th day without recording a single locally transmitted coronavirus infection, a milestone no other government can claim. But the opposite happened, because Taiwan had learned from past epidemics and took the virus seriously from the start. As soon as China reported the first coronavirus case to the World Health Organization in December, Taiwan began screening passengers on flights from Wuhan. By late January, the government was using records from its national health system to identify people who had recently developed respiratory problems and have them tested for the coronavirus. Immigration databases were similarly leveraged to allow doctors to prioritize testing people who had recently traveled to hot spots.
Zeta sweeps through South with damaging winds, flooding rains on path to Northeast
The tropical storm is still packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph as it's located over northern Georgia, racing to the northeast at 40 mph. HURRICANE ZETA DRIVES INLAND, KILLS 1, KNOCKS OUT POWER TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN LA., MISS. The storm will continue to bring very strong winds east and south of its track, which could bring damage along the way. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) notes that damaging winds in Alabama and Georgia will shift into eastern Tennessee, the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia. This will bring rough weather conditions into Friday with accumulating snow across interior sections of the Northeast and New England.
Man arrested outside French consulate in Saudi Arabia after attacking guard: reports
A Saudi man was arrested Thursday after stabbing a guard at the French Consulate in the port city of Jiddah, Saudi Arabia’s state media reported. The man used a “sharp tool” to wound the guard, Reuters reported, citing state media. “We appeal to our compatriots in Saudi Arabia to be on maximum alert,” the embassy said. The French Consulate is located about 10 miles south of the U.S. Consulate. The man had reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar.”On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said it was briefly tracking reports of a potential attack by "missiles or drones."
Mewawalla: Many regulators talk of breaking up Big Tech, but they are missing the point
Mewawalla: Many regulators talk of breaking up Big Tech, but they are missing the pointCyrus Mewawalla of GlobalData discusses how the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet took heat from U.S. lawmakers, and says the best solution for the serious problems in the industry would be to give legal control of data to the consumer.
Firestone: The market is doing a balancing act, trying to hang in there for positive news on a vaccine and stimulus
Firestone: The market is doing a balancing act, trying to hang in there for positive news on a vaccine and stimulusKaren Firestone of Aureus Asset Management says despite the recent sell-off in stocks, there are still very strong pockets of the market...anything consistent with being remote will keep leading.
Doctors worry coronavirus pandemic may hit LGBTQ people harder than most
The social and economic disparities are hitting the transgender community "very hard," Clinton said in a phone interview with CNBC, adding transgender people already faced extra obstacles before the pandemic. Doctors are concerned the pandemic, which has shuttered businesses and schools and left people without jobs, may hit the LGBTQ community harder than most others. They also experience higher rates of illicit drug use, homelessness, isolation, anxiety, depression and suicide and often face barriers to health care, medical experts say. But doctors and health experts are unsure how severe the impact on the LGBTQ community is because data is so limited. Doctors fear the impact on LGBTQ people could be substantial when considering the social, economic and health risk factors the community already faces.
Gottlieb: U.S. Covid cases are unlikely to peak until after Thanksgiving
Gottlieb: U.S. Covid cases are unlikely to peak until after Thanksgiving"We're really not going to see this sort of start to peak until after Thanksgiving," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, member of the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina and former FDA commissioner, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" Thursday. "I think after Thanksgiving, that's going to be a turning point when the infection levels get high enough in many parts of the country that we start to see a policy reaction and also consumer behavior start to change."
Here are Thursday's biggest analyst calls of the day: Pinterest, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond & more
Shoppers exit a Bed Bath & Beyond store in New York. (This story is for CNBC PRO subscribers only.) Here are the biggest calls on Wall Street on Thursday:
United Airlines to begin trial of free passenger Covid tests on London flights
The trial will run from Nov. 16 through Dec. 11 on some flights from its hub in Newark, New Jersey, to London's Heathrow. United will pay for the rapid molecular Abbott ID Now tests, for Monday, Wednesday and Friday departures. United earlier this month started offering Covid tests, which travelers pay for, to some passengers traveling from San Francisco to Hawaii. The launch coincided with Hawaii's removal of a two-week quarantine requirement for inbound travelers if they had a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours. The tests ahead of the London flights will be conducted at Newark airport at a United Club lounge and customers have to make an appointment ahead of time.
Man arrested after stabbing at French consulate in Saudi Arabia
Cars drive along the New Corniche seafront development on June 23, 2018 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A man in his forties has been arrested in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after attacking a security guard at the French consulate in the kingdom's coastal city, Saudi state media SPA reported Thursday. The attack resulted in "minor injuries," Saudi authorities said, and the victim has been transported to a hospital for treatment. "The Embassy of France firmly condemns this unjustifiable attack against a diplomatic post," the French embassy in Saudi Arabia said in a statement shortly after the attack, thanking Saudi authorities for their rapid response to the case. French police have arrested the assailant and are treating the killings as a terrorist attack.
Moderna says it's preparing global launch of Covid vaccine as it takes in $1.1 billion in deposits
Medical syringes are seen with Moderna company logo displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration photo taken in Poland on October 12, 2020. Moderna is prepping for the global launch of its potential coronavirus vaccine, already taking in $1.1 billion in deposits from governments awaiting the potentially lifesaving drug, the biotech firm said Thursday in its third-quarter earnings report. "We are actively preparing for the launch of mRNA-1273 and we have signed a number of supply agreements with governments around the world," Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said in a press release. Moderna, a frontrunner in the Covid-19 vaccine race, said last week it had completed enrollment for its 30,000 participants late-stage trial. As of last week, more than 25,650 participants had received the second of the company's two-dose Covid-19 vaccine.
5 things to know before the stock market opens on Thursday
Wall Street tries to recover from Wednesday's massive sell-off, stock futures fallNew York Stock Exchange building is seen at the Financial District in New York City, United States on March 29, 2020. Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures pointed to a mostly lower open on Thursday morning as the market struggled to recover from its worst day in months. S&P 500 futures were 0.1% lower and Nasdaq 100 futures eked out a gain of 0.3%. Graeme Jennings | ReutersThe number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 80,662 on Wednesday, topping a previous high of 79,303, while 996 additional Covid-19 deaths were reported, according to a tally kept by NBC. Coronavirus cases have been rising sharply in the U.S. as well as in Europe, leading some states and countries to reimpose more restrictive social distancing measures.
Akamai sees doubling in malicious internet traffic as remote world's bad actors boom, too
"People are working remotely, and are less secure, and lots of enterprises still haven't totally caught up with security," he said. Quarter-over-quarter — Akamai reported its Q3 results this week — the cybersecurity and cloud computing company has tracked a doubling of what Leighton called "malicious traffic" as telecommuting makes for easier targets. Akamai Technologies ' CEO Tom Leighton is impressed by the amazing traffic levels on the internet during the coronavirus pandemic, and the world technology infrastructure's ability to handle it. But during the stay-at-home boom, the web and cybersecurity expert also has been closely watching a boom in bad actors. "A lot of devices are not secure," Leighton said.
Coronavirus live updates: Gottlieb says U.S. cases unlikely to peak before Thanksgiving as nation sets daily case record
Average daily Covid-19 cases in the U.S. set another all-time high on Wednesday, marking the fourth consecutive day the nation topped its prior day record. The seven-day average of daily new U.S. cases was 74,183, a 24% rise from a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Rising cases in Europe prompted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to implement a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars and some other facilities, beginning Nov. 2, and French President Emmanuel Macron imposed a new nationwide lockdown that goes into effect from Friday. The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:
United Airlines to offer free covid testing for passengers on select routes
Washington (CNN Business) In what could be a glimpse into the future of pandemic air travel, United Airlines will begin offering free coronavirus tests to passengers on select routes. United hopes the move will not only increase traffic on mostly empty transatlantic flights, but also spark international cooperation to break down travel restrictions. United says those who test negative for coronavirus will be allowed to board the flight. "It would be a requirement for everyone on board to have that negative test result prior to flight," said McMillan. Although the move does not allow travelers arriving in the United Kingdom to bypass its mandatory 14-day quarantine, United hopes the trial will serve as a proof of concept.
Opinion: Cuts to Medicare services would be disastrous for the country
That's because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed cuts to certain Medicare services , including breast cancer screening, radiation oncology and physical therapy, along with other medical specialties. Per the HHS , "A five percent annual reduction to the valuations of all non-primary care services and procedures, as determined by the Secretary, under the Physician Fee Schedule will pay for the cost of these payments." But in the process, this move would complicate the lives of patients who need to see specialists, including specialists like myself in radiology. Doctors' offices of all kinds are beleaguered, having worked nonstop since March. The issue, of course, is that doctors' offices aren't charities — they're businesses.
Millions left without power as Zeta batters Gulf Coast
Zeta pummeling areas from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic with strong winds and heavy rainfall. CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers has the latest. Source: CNN
Nice knife attack: At least two people killed in French coastal city
At least two people have been killed in a knife attack in Nice, France according to local mayor Christian Estrosi who described the attack as a "terrorist" incident.
Record GDP won't mean much to investors
You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) The US economy probably grew at a record pace during the summer months. Economists polled by Refinitiv expect GDP grew by an annualized, seasonally adjusted rate of 31%. The third quarter GDP data will be useful in demonstrating that once the economy can operate without social distancing restrictions, it's very resilient. Also today: The first look at US third quarter GDP arrives at 8:30 a.m. Coming tomorrow: GDP data for Europe will provide a look at the third quarter recovery — just as countries like France and Germany enact new lockdowns.
The US is close to having 'exponential spread' in some areas, and the hardest part may still be ahead, former FDA official says
Worst number of cases yetThat's as the country continues to report the most number of cases we've seen to date. But the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases has soared 23% in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins data. The seven-day average of new tests performed has risen only 2.87% over the past week, according to the Covid Tracking Project. South Dakota's test positivity rate is 23%, the state's health department said Monday. As of Monday, at least 37 states had growing numbers of new Covid-19 cases this past week compared with the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins data.
Dietitians share their top picks for stocking your pantry this fall
Here are the six healthy staple items that registered dietitians say you should keep on hand. They also tend to be even less expensive, come in bulk, and in Siegel’s opinion, they taste much better than canned beans, though she added that Eden Foods makes unsalted canned beans that she likes. “But, having variety with legume pastas means extra protein, so you don’t need to worry about adding a protein source to the meal. Albacore contains nearly three times as much mercury as skipjack tuna, which is what’s used in most “chunk light” canned tuna, she said. Dairy milk is a good source of protein, but counting on plant-based milks as a source of protein can be tricky.
Hurricane Zeta slams Gulf Coast as Category 2 storm
After making landfall in Louisiana, Hurricane Zeta is racing up the East Coast, causing deaths, damage, and power outages to more than a million people. NBC’s Morgan Chesky reports from New Orleans, and TODAY’s Al Roker forecasts where the storm is headed next, plus snow in the Northeast.
FBI probes ransomware attacks on US hospitals
Hospitals nationwide are on high alert after a stark warning from several U.S. agencies that cyber-criminals could be targeting them. The attacks utilize ransomware, which can block hospitals from accessing information on their own patients. NBC’s Tom Costello reports for TODAY.
Knife attack at French church kills at least 3
Overnight a deadly knife attack took place at a church in Nice, France, taking at least three lives. Police are investigating it as a terror attack. NBC’s Matt Bradley reports for TODAY from Paris.
Scarred by war but home at last, two Libyan families pray for peace
“After we returned, there was nothing left.”To the east in Benghazi, the Alis had to leave their Misrata Street neighbourhood when fighting engulfed Libya’s second biggest city in 2014. They returned in 2018, so desperate to get home that they ignored official warnings about landmines and unexploded bombs. They left the farm in the Ain Zara district when Haftar launched his war last year, returning only after his retreat. Street after street in the neighbourhood shows the scars of fighting, with electricity lines cut, and shops and houses burned out. The destruction reached the Bouzids’ farm a few minutes’ drive away down a rough track.
EU court sets conditions for EU antitrust regulators to access Facebook documents
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationBRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators can access some Facebook documents under certain conditions, Europe’s second-top court said on Thursday in a case triggered by what the U.S. social media giant says are excessive demands for data. The Luxembourg-based General Court said Facebook will transmit requested documents related to its business activities to the European Commission. “Those documents shall then be placed in a virtual data room which shall be accessible to as limited a number as possible of members of the team responsible for the investigation, in the presence (virtual or physical) of an equivalent number of Facebook Ireland’s lawyers,” the court said.
White House advisers warn of 'unrelenting' COVID-19 spread in U.S. Midwest, West
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House coronavirus task force is warning of a persistent and broad spread of COVID-19 in the western half of the United States and its members urged aggressive mitigation measures. We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the country. “We continue to see unrelenting, broad community spread in the Midwest, Upper Midwest and West. The task force reports said the cooler weather is a major factor in the increase as friends and families move gatherings indoors.
Moderna says preparing for launch of experimental coronavirus vaccine
FILE PHOTO: A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo(Reuters) - Moderna Inc MRNA.O, one of the front-runners in the race to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus, said on Thursday it was preparing to launch the experimental vaccine and had already received $1.1 billion in deposits for supply. Moderna, which has no approved products on the market yet, is one of the handful of companies in final trials for the vaccine, along with large drugmakers like Johnson & Johnson JNJ.N and Pfizer Inc PFE.N. “I believe that if we launch our COVID-19 vaccine, 2021 could be the most important inflection year in Moderna’s history,” said Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel. The company said it was in talks with the World Health Organization-backed COVAX facility on a tiered pricing proposal for its vaccine.
Taco Bell growth helps Yum beat comparable sales estimates
(Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc YUM.N reported a smaller-than-expected drop in comparable sales on Thursday, helped by a spike in online orders for its tacos as pandemic fears kept customers at home. Grubhub will likely be bought by European online food-ordering company Just Eat Takeaway.com NV TKWY.AS for $6.9 billion. Yum’s comparable sales fell 2% for the KFC owner in the quarter ended Sept. 30, but beat the average analyst estimate of a 3.74% slide, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Taco Bell posted comparable sales growth of 3%, well above the estimate of a 1.75% rise. At Pizza Hut, the company’s pizza chain that has long been grappling with stiff competition from Domino’s Pizza and others, comparable sales were down 3% and slipped 4% at KFC.
Greenland 'proud' its role in U.S. security recognised as air base sore point resolved
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The United States and Greenland have agreed to strengthen economic and trade ties after resolving a dispute over a service contract to a U.S. air base in the north of the Arctic island. The Thule Air Base has been a sore point between the United States, Greenland and Denmark since the Pentagon in 2014 awarded a service contract to a U.S. company, breaking a decade-long agreement of keeping it in Danish-Greenlandic hands. “The case is of great importance to Greenland in principle,” Greenland’s foreign minister, Steen Lynge, said in a joint statement between Greenland and Denmark released late on Wednesday. The Thule base mainly operates a missile warning system and space and satellite surveillance. As part of the deal announced on Wednesday, Greenland and the United states also agreed to strengthen ties on trade, mining, education and tourism.
NYSE-owner ICE third quarter profit beats on virus-driven market volatility
FILE PHOTO: A nearly empty trading floor is seen as preparations are made for the return to trading at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid(Reuters) - Intercontinental Exchange Inc ICE.N, owner of the New York Stock Exchange, beat Street estimates for third-quarter profit on Thursday, boosted by higher trading volumes due to coronavirus-driven volatility in the market. Analysts had expected a profit of 99 cents per share, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. The market volatility fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic has helped stock exchanges as trading volumes go up, even as the broader economy is experiencing the worst downturn in decades. ICE, however, reported a fall in profit as expenses were higher, mainly related to the company’s acquisition of mortgage tech firm Ellie Mae during the quarter.
France raises security threat level to highest, PM says
French Prime Minister Jean Castex delivers a speech and attends a debate with members of the French National Assembly about new COVID-19 measures as a second wave of the coronavirus disease sweeps France, at the parliament in Paris, France, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauPARIS (Reuters) - France has raised the security alert for French territory to the highest level after the knife attack in the city of Nice, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday. Castex also told French National Assembly that the government’s response to the attack would be firm and implacable.
Sony, OmniVision receive U.S. licences to export sensors to Huawei: Nikkei
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Sony booth during the 2020 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Steve MarcusTOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp 6758.T and OmniVision Technologies Inc have been granted licenses by the U.S. government to resume image sensor shipments to China's Huawei Technologies, Nikkei Asia reported on Thursday. Some display and image sensor-related suppliers are receiving U.S. licences as those components are considered less related to cybersecurity concerns, Nikkei Asia said, citing a chip industry executive.
West Bank Palestinians' olive trees burn as U.N. urges protection for harvest
BURQA, West Bank (Reuters) - For many West Bank Palestinians, the olive tree is both a revered cultural emblem and an economic necessity - but it has also become a focal point of a struggle between them and Israeli settlers for a land they both claim. The Oct 23 report by humanitarian affairs office UNOCHA has also logged 19 disruptions “by people believed or known to be Israeli settlers,” with 23 Palestinian farmers injured. In Burqa, Israeli settlers “stoned and physically assaulted Palestinian olive pickers on three occasions, triggering clashes”, UNOCHA said. Palestinians claim the West Bank for a future state. Israeli security forces intervened, firing tear gas and stun grenades towards Palestinians, who threw stones back.
EU court sets conditions for EU antitrust regulators to access Facebook documents
FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/IllustrationBRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators can access some Facebook FB.O documents under certain conditions, Europe's second-top court said on Thursday in a case triggered by what the U.S. social media giant says are excessive demands for data. The Luxembourg-based General Court said Facebook will transmit requested documents related to its business activities to the European Commission. “Those documents shall then be placed in a virtual data room which shall be accessible to as limited a number as possible of members of the team responsible for the investigation, in the presence (virtual or physical) of an equivalent number of Facebook Ireland’s lawyers,” the court said.
If Biden wins, what would a U.S. climate change pledge look like?
BRUSSELS/WASHINGON (Reuters) - If he wins next Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, Joe Biden has pledged to give the country a leading role in global efforts to curb climate change. FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden makes a statement in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoPresident Donald Trump, who has rejected mainstream science on climate change, does not have a plan to address global warming. That is because under the Paris Agreement progress towards curbing climate change is measured by countries’ pledges to rein in emissons this decade. A Biden administration could get a boost from climate policies already in place in many states, cities and businesses.
Britain stands steadfast with France after beheading - PM Johnson
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks as he meets with his Iraq's counterpart Mustafa Al-Kadhimi (not pictured) at Downing Street, in London, Britain October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Pool/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country stood steadfast with France after an attacker beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist act at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday. “I am appalled to hear the news from Nice this morning of a barbaric attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica,” Johnson said on Twitter in both English and French. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance.”
EU Commission head condemns suspected terrorist attack in Nice
FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, Belgium October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool/File PhotoBRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen condemned on Thursday the knife attack that killed three people in a suspected terrorist act at a church in the French city of Nice. Calling it an “odious and brutal attack”, von der Leyen said the whole of Europe stood in solidarity with France and remained united and determined “in the face of barbarism and fanaticism”.
Sony, OmniVision receive U.S. licences to export sensors to Huawei: Nikkei
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Sony booth during the 2020 CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Steve MarcusTOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp 6758.T and OmniVision Technologies Inc have been granted U.S. licences to resume shipping some image sensors to China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], Nikkei Asia reported on Thursday, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. U.S. curbs on Huawei Technologies, which cite security concerns, have banned global suppliers from selling it chips, including image sensors, which use U.S. technology, without a special licence since Sept. 15. Samsung Electronics' 005930.KS display unit has received licences from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain display panel products to Huawei, a source told Reuters. Last month, Intel Corp INTC.O said it had received licences from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei.
Siemens agrees to sell Flender to Carlyle Group in $2.4 billion deal
Slideshow ( 2 images )ZURICH (Reuters) - Siemens SIEGn.DE has agreed to sell its Flender mechanical drives business to U.S. buyout group Carlyle Group CG.O for 2.025 billion euros ($2.39 billion), the German engineering group said on Thursday. The sale is the latest step in Siemens's attempts to slim down its business to focus on factory automation, transportation, and smart buildings after floating its turbines and generators supplier Siemens Energy ENR1n.DE last month and spinning off its Healthineers SHLG.DE division in 2018.
Meghan Markle wins bid to delay court battle with newspaper
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks during a school assembly as part of a visit to Robert Clack School in Essex, Britain March 6, 2020, in support of International Women's Day. Ben Stansall/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, won her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper delayed after a London court ruled last month the paper could amend its case to include details from a recently published biography. “My conclusion is that the right decision in all the circumstances is to grant the application,” Mark Warby, the judge said. “That means the trial of 11 January 2021 will be vacated and the trial will be re-fixed for a new date in the autumn.”
Dutch PM Rutte tells French people "you are not alone" after attack in Nice
FILE PHOTO: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives on the second day of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 2, 2020. Olivier Matthys/Pool via REUTERSAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the French people “you are not alone” after a deadly knife attack in the southern city of Nice on Thursday. In a French message posted on Twitter he said: “We say to the French people: In the fight against extremism you are not alone. The Netherlands stands beside you.”
EU says escalating Nagorno-Karabakh conflict 'unacceptable'
YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - The European Union said an escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was “unacceptable” and called for new peace talks as Armenia and Azerbaijan once more traded accusations of shelling in and around the mountain enclave on Thursday. Three ceasefires have failed to hold and civilians were killed on either side of the conflict on Wednesday. The EU executive urged the sides to return without delay to “substantive negotiations” on a peaceful settlement as last agreed in Washington on Oct. 25. The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Thursday it had suffered 51 more casualties, taking its military death toll to 1,119 since fighting erupted on Sept. 27. Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.
Vatican condemns Nice church attack, says terror never acceptable
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis attends the weekly general audience in Aula Paolo VI at the Vatican, October 28, 2020. Vatican Media/?Handout via REUTERSVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Thursday condemned the attack that left three people dead at a church in Nice, France, saying terrorism and violence were never acceptable. “Today’s attack sowed death in a place of love and consolation, the house of the Lord,” spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement. Terrorism and violence can never be accepted.” He said Pope Francis had been informed and was praying for the victims. The pope hoped the French people would “respond in a united way to evil with good.”
India passes bleak landmark of 8 million coronavirus infections
Slideshow ( 3 images )MUMBAI (Reuters) - India crossed a grim milestone of 8 million coronavirus cases on Thursday, with a daily rise of 49,881 infections, health ministry data showed. The world’s second most populous nation also has the second highest tally of infections after the United States, which has recorded 8.8 million. Cases in India have dipped sharply from September’s peak, but experts warn the current festival season could bring another spike. The death toll has been low relative to infections, with 517 new deaths in the last 24 hours carrying the total to 120,527, the ministry said.
Saudi man arrested in Jeddah after knife attack on guard at French consulate
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi man was arrested in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after attacking and wounding a security guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate on Thursday, local police said. The French Embassy said the consulate was subject to an “attack by knife which targeted a guard”, adding the guard was taken to hospital and his life was not in danger. “The French Embassy strongly condemns this attack against a diplomatic outpost which nothing could justify,” it said in a statement. France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of a school teacher by a man of Chechen origin. The attacker had said he wanted to punish the teacher for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson.
Breakingviews - Viewsroom: What we’re expecting on election night
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Breakingviews - Corona Capital: Vaccines, Shell, China/cars, KFC
LONDON/ZURICH/HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. LATEST- Vaccine boost- Shell surprise- VW in China- KFC’s mixed bucketSHOT IN THE ARM. Vaccine sales were up nearly 14% to more than 2 billion euros in the three months to September. British peer GSK reported a similar surge on Wednesday; sales of its flu vaccine business grew 21% in the third quarter. The bucket is only half full at Yum China.
Breakingviews - Arnault’s Tiffany tantrum was not worth the fuss
Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault attends the global tech conference Viva Technology at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 21, 2017. Bernard Arnault’s sudden reconciliation with his less-sparkly target Tiffany is puzzling. The tiny discount the two sides agreed to on Thursday cannot come remotely close to justifying the hit that Arnault’s spoiled-brat tactics rendered to LVMH’s reputation. Under the new deal terms, LVMH will pay $131.5 per share in cash to acquire Tiffany instead of the $135 per share agreed last year. But the heavy-handed tactics LVMH employed may have consequences beyond Tiffany.
Tesla plans to open about 52 new service centers in 2021: Electrek
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Tesla is seen at a Tesla Supercharger station in Dietikon, Switzerland October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann(Reuters) - Tesla Inc plans to add at least one new service center every week in 2021, Electrek reported on Thursday, citing a source familiar with the matter. The electric carmaker has been expanding its network of service centers and Superchargers to keep up with its growing fleet. Last week, analysts at Brokerage RBC noted that Tesla’s investment in service and quality has not been enough to keep up with its increasing sales and has the potential to damage the brand. “Service could be particularly important as Tesla continues to try to expand outside its core market.”The company, which has repeatedly said that it needs to expand its service center locations, operates 466 service centers around the world, according to Electrek.
From Facebook to TikTok, U.S. political influencers are paid for posts
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoThe tactic of paying so-called influencers and publishers for creating and posting political content is taking off across social media sites. A TikTok spokeswoman said its ban on political advertising also prohibited paid political influencer content. PAID POSTSInconsistent disclosure practices and a lack of transparency tools make it difficult to track political paid partnerships online. She said TikTok removes undisclosed paid political content when it becomes aware of it. While the Federal Trade Commission requires social media influencers and creators to clearly label sponsored posts, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) governs political ads.
Nice mayor visits scene of French church attack
Rough CutsNice mayor visits scene of French church attackPostedMayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter a knife attack had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the suspect.
Sony, OmniVision receive U.S. licences to export sensors to Huawei - Nikkei
FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is seen at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China, Sept. 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp and OmniVision Technologies Inc have been granted U.S. licences to resume shipping some image sensors to China’s Huawei Technologies, Nikkei Asia reported on Thursday, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. U.S. curbs on Huawei Technologies, which cite security concerns, have banned global suppliers from selling it chips, including image sensors, which use U.S. technology, without a special licence since Sept. 15. Samsung Electronics’ display unit has received licences from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain display panel products to Huawei, a source told Reuters. Last month, Intel Corp said it had received licences from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei.
Tougher new rules for tech giants, more power to enforcers - EU's Vestager
FILE PHOTO: Executive Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager addresses the media at the German Economy Ministry in Berlin, Germany September 7, 2020. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoEuropean Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager also proposed new powers for enforcers to tackle market failures in digital markets and to stop new ones from emerging. Under the proposed Digital Services Act, online platforms will have to check sellers’ identities before they can use their services in a move aimed at countering illegal and dangerous content. The second set of rules called the Digital Markets Act is targeted at online gatekeepers. Vestager said the second pillar of the Digital Markets Act was to set up a harmonised market investigation framework across the 27-country bloc.
Tesla plans to open about 52 new service centers in 2021- Electrek
FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo(Reuters) - Tesla Inc plans to add at least one new service center every week in 2021, Electrek reported on Thursday, citing a source familiar with the matter. The electric carmaker has been expanding its network of service centers and Superchargers to keep up with its growing fleet. Last week, analysts at Brokerage RBC noted that Tesla’s investment in service and quality has not been enough to keep up with its increasing sales and has the potential to damage the brand. “Service could be particularly important as Tesla continues to try to expand outside its core market.”The company, which has repeatedly said that it needs to expand its service center locations, operates 466 service centers around the world, according to Electrek.
Britain pressed to follow French and German lockdowns as COVID rates surge
FILE PHOTO: People make their way amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Nottingham, Britain, October 28, 2020. Steven Riley, the author of the study, said the government should decide quickly if it wanted to follow France and Germany. However Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said he did not think it was inevitable that the UK would follow France and Germany in imposing nationwide restrictions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who addressed parliament on Thursday, said her government had moved quickly to prevent intensive care facilities being overwhelmed. The United States has also seen a surge in new coronavirus cases in the run up to next week’s presidential election, with more than 80,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths reported on Wednesday.
Three dead as woman beheaded in France, gunman killed in second incident
NICE, France (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist act at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, while a gunman was shot dead by police in a separate incident. Within hours of the Nice attack, police killed a man who had threatened passersby with a handgun in Montfavet, near the southern French city of Avignon. SOLIDARITYFrench President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Nice, Estrosi said. The attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of middle school teacher Paty by a man of Chechen origin. Since Paty’s killing, French officials - backed by many ordinary citizens - have re-asserted the right to display the cartoons, and the images have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with the killed teacher.
Man arrested in Jeddah after knife attack on guard at French consulate
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi man was arrested in Jeddah after attacking and injuring a guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate on Thursday, Saudi state TV reported. The French Embassy said the consulate was subject to an “attack by knife which targeted a guard”, adding the guard was taken to hospital and his life was not in danger. “The French embassy strongly condemns this attack against a diplomatic outpost which nothing could justify,” an embassy statement said. The attack happened after a knife-wielding man shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in the French city of Nice earlier on Thursday. France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of a school teacher by a man of Chechen origin.
Moderna says preparing for launch of experimental coronavirus vaccine
A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder(Reuters) - Moderna Inc, one of the front-runners in the race to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus, said on Thursday it was preparing to launch the experimental vaccine and had already received $1.1 billion in deposits for supply. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company has signed deals with the U.S. government and several other countries, and is in talks with a WHO-led group for supply of the vaccine, which is in large, late-stage human trials. Moderna, which has no approved products on the market yet, is one of the handful of companies in final trials for the vaccine, along with large drugmakers like Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Inc.“I believe that if we launch our COVID-19 vaccine, 2021 could be the most important inflection year in Moderna’s history,” said Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel. The company said it was in talks with the World Health Organization-backed COVAX facility on a tiered pricing proposal for its vaccine.
Elite sport to continue in France despite lockdown - minister
French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu leaves the Elysee Palace following the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France December 18, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/FilesPARIS (Reuters) - Elite sport will continue in France despite a nationwide lockdown announced by President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said. This is why I wanted to confirm to you that the continuity of the sport which is practised as a profession is today assured,” Maracineau told a parliament session overnight. France will go back into a nationwide lockdown starting this week to try to contain the pandemic, which is threatening to spiral out of control, Macron said in an address to the nation on Wednesday. And then we will be allowed to compete because travelling for professional reasons is allowed,” Maracineanu added.
French police shoot dead person who threatened passerby with a weapon
PARIS (Reuters) - French police shot dead a man in Montfavet, near the city of Avignon in southern France, after he had earlier threatened passersby with a handgun, police said, confirming media reports. According to French radio station Europe 1, the man had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).
Putin says Russian COVID-19 vaccines effective, eyes mass vaccinations
Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club via a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia October 22, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russian COVID-19 experimental vaccines were effective and that Russia hoped to start mass vaccinations by the end of the year. Putin was speaking by video link to an investor forum in Russia.
Chinese, U.S. military chiefs hold crisis communication, says China defence ministry
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese and U.S. military chiefs held talks on crisis communication this week, amid heightened tensions between the two military superpowers this year in the South China Sea, with the United States denying a report on a possible drone attack. Chinese and U.S. militaries held a video conference meeting about crisis communication on Oct. 28-29, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Thursday. Esper said the United States “has no intention of creating a military crisis with the Chinese,” according to Wu. “We urge the U.S. to walk the talk, keep its promise, and take measures to prevent provoking China military in the air and sea,” Wu said, adding that China will resolutely counter-strike if provoked with an attack at sea. Both militaries will exchange views via video conferencing on humanitarian aid in mid-November and on maritime security before the end of the year, Wu said.
EU court sets conditions for EU antitrust regulators to access Facebook documents
FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoBRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators can access some Facebook documents under certain conditions, Europe’s second-top court said on Thursday in a case triggered by what the U.S. social media giant says are excessive demands for data. The Luxembourg-based General Court said Facebook will transmit requested documents related to its business activities to the European Commission. “Those documents shall then be placed in a virtual data room which shall be accessible to as limited a number as possible of members of the team responsible for the investigation, in the presence (virtual or physical) of an equivalent number of Facebook Ireland’s lawyers,” the court said.
Marvell to buy Inphi in $10 billion chip deal to bolster data center, 5G business
(Reuters) - Chip supplier Marvell Technology Group Ltd on Thursday said it has agreed to buy peer Inphi Corp in a $10 billion cash-and-stock deal aimed at broadening Marvell’s footprint in data centers and 5G network infrastructure. Inphi has also won deals to help Microsoft string together its data centers with high-speed optical connections and to connect various parts of 5G networks. Data centers and 5G infrastructure “are our two key markets” Marvell Chief Executive Matt Murphy told Reuters in an interview. Under the deal, Marvell will give Inphi shareholders $66 in cash and 2.32 shares of stock in the combined company for each share of Inphi. After the deal, Marvell shareholders will own about 83% of the combined company, with Inphi shareholders owning about 17%.
China's premium car buyers drive VW back to profit
The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on car in a showroom of a Volkswagen car dealer in Brussels, Belgium July 9, 2020. “The coronavirus remains a central problem,” Volkswagen Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter said in a conference call with reporters. Volkswagen said its net liquidity rose to 24.8 billion euros from 18.7 billion at the end of the second quarter. Excluding one-time items, third-quarter operating profit was 3.2 billion euros ($3.8 billion), down from 4.8 billion euros a year earlier, but up from a second quarter loss of 1.7 billion. Italian-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot manufacturer PSA Group both also posted solid results this week.
White House advisers warn of 'unrelenting' COVID-19 spread in U.S. Midwest, West
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House coronavirus task force is warning of a persistent and broad spread of COVID-19 in the western half of the United States and its members urged aggressive mitigation measures. We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the country. “We continue to see unrelenting, broad community spread in the Midwest, Upper Midwest and West. The task force reports said the cooler weather is a major factor in the increase as friends and families move gatherings indoors.
Robots get private view of major pop art show
The show displays work featuring Colbert’s cartoon lobster, the central character in his paintings and sculptures. Telepresence robots - remote-controlled robots on wheels with cameras and a tablet screen are on offer for those who don’t attend in person. “It’s quite incredible to be driving round Saatchi,” said Josh Corden, an artist and preview invitee. Auctioneer Simon de Pury attended the show through a telepresence robot which he controlled from his home in Monaco. “This is a wonderful way of attending an auction preview or an exhibition preview.
Netherlands to cull 35,700 chickens after bird flu outbreak
Commercial farmers in the Netherlands are being ordered to keep their chickens indoors | Sander Koning/AFP via Getty ImagesDutch animal health authorities today announced a cull of 35,700 broiler chickens after an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the eastern village of Altforst. The embargo covers poultry, eggs, poultry manure and used bedding as well as other animals and animal products from poultry farms. AdvertisementZoos, petting zoos and bird owners have additionally been told to shield their poultry and waterfowl to prevent them from coming into contact with wild waterfowl droppings. Action to counter the new strain of bird flu, which is thought to have spread from western Russia and Kazakhstan, has also been taken in France and Poland. No human infections from the H5N8 bird flu strain have been reported and the risk of transmission is considered low.
Maruti Suzuki, India's top carmaker, misses second-quarter profit estimates, flags demand uncertainty
Maruti, which sells every second car in the country, saw an 18.6% jump in domestic car sales to 370,619 units. But total expenses rose 7.8% as cost of materials stood at 88.62 billion rupees ($1.20 billion) and tax expenses spiked 76%. India’s biggest automaker by market capitalization reported a net profit of 13.72 billion rupees for the three months ended Sept. 30, missing estimates of 15.04 billion rupees, according to Refinitiv data. The company had posted a profit of 13.59 billion rupees for the second quarter last year. Revenue from operations rose more than 10% to 187.45 billion rupees.
Meghan Markle wins bid to delay court battle with newspaper
Britain's Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, arrives to meet academics and students during a roundtable discussion on female access to higher education with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, won her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper delayed after a London court ruled last month the paper could amend its case to include details from a recently published biography. “My conclusion is that the right decision in all the circumstances is to grant the application,” Mark Warby, the judge said. “That means the trial of 11 January 2021 will be vacated and the trial will be re-fixed for a new date in the autumn.”
Philadelphia Police Vow To Release 911 Tapes, Body Camera Video Of Black Man's Killing
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw pledged to release the video evidence once the department shares it with the family of Walter Wallace Jr. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. His family’s lawyer said the family had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Both Outlaw and the mayor pledged to address the lack of coordinated mental health services.
Three dead, others injured in suspected terrorist attack at French church
Three people have been killed and others injured in what police described as a terrorist attack at the Notre Dame basilica in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday.
New York wedding and birthday party lead to 56 Covid cases, nearly 300 in quarantine
A wedding and birthday party in suburban New York turned into two Covid-19 “superspreader” events that infected more than 50 people and left nearly 300 in quarantine, officials said. Out of the 91 attendees, 30 people later tested positive, consisting of 27 guests, two employees, and an outside vendor, Bellone said. More than half of the guests, 26 people, tested positive for the coronavirus and 132 being forced to quarantine, he said. Six school districts in Suffolk County have already been affected by the positive cases and associated risk of exposure, officials added. More than three dozen people who tested positive were linked to the event, including 28 students and nine adults, officials said.
France, Germany on lockdown as Covid-stricken Europe braces for tough winter
LONDON — Surging coronavirus cases across Europe are triggering new national lockdowns as the continent again shows clear signs of becoming Covid-19's global epicenter. The spiraling situation prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to announce a new national lockdown until Dec. 1. "The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated," he said in a televised speech. All bars and restaurants in Germany and France will now close — but unlike earlier lockdowns in spring, schools will remain open. Fabrizio Bensch / ReutersThe World Health Organization said the European region — including Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia — accounted for almost half of the 2.8 million new coronavirus cases last week.
US official says UN has ‘lack of curiosity’ on Xinjiang
US official says UN has ‘lack of curiosity’ on XinjiangFILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, an Uighur woman rests near a cage protecting heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang. The United Nations is not doing enough to investigate reported abuses in China’s Xinjiang region against members of Muslim minority groups, the U.S. envoy for women’s issues said Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The Trump Administration withdrew the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2018, citing what it said was a bias against Israel and the human rights track records of member countries. China was reelected to the council earlier in October in a move condemned by major democratic nations and human rights groups. China has maintained that there are no human rights abuses in Xinjiang, denouncing reports to the contrary as fabrications.
Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French Consulate
Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper’s editorial meeting in 2015. “We appeal to our compatriots in Saudi Arabia to be on maximum alert,” the statement said. In Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest sites in Islam, there has been criticism of France but much-more muted than in other countries. From 2003 to 2007, al-Qaida-linked militants carried out attacks in Saudi Arabia aimed at destabilizing the Western-allied monarchy, including deadly bombings of residential compounds housing foreigners. A 2004 armed assault on the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah blamed on al-Qaida killed five employees.
Germany Sees Generational Conflict Over Pandemic As Virus Spreads
Germany Sees Generational Conflict Over Pandemic As Virus SpreadsEnlarge this image toggle caption Michael Probst/AP Michael Probst/APGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a limited lockdown in a bid to stop the exponential growth in coronavirus cases, currently doubling every seven days. She also announced that businesses forced to close will receive subsidies from the government that will partially cover their losses. Graf, a 38-year-old architect, says she's not looking forward to the lockdown but says restricting bars' opening hours makes sense. In an attempt to close the generational divide, Merkel added that "going out and partying will still be there post Corona. Literally, though, it means 'I won't grow old' – and that's the scenario Merkel and Germany's state governors are trying to prevent.
For October, 3 Romances That Give You Exactly What You Want
For October, 3 Romances That Give You Exactly What You WantHarlequinRomance has a reputation for being essentially the same story every time — people meet, sparks fly, obstacles get in the way, and all ends happily — to which many readers reply YES, PLEASE and THANK YOU. These three romances deliver what we crave from our romances: relatable characters, families and communities who work hard and love hard to ensure a happy ever after for all. In Diana Quincy's Regency romance, Her Night With A Duke, one night with the duke is only the beginning. This friends-to-lovers, small town romance takes places in 1891, in the English town of Wedgeford, during "The Trials," a yearly event which draws participants from all over England. The romance is beautifully developed — they're already half in love on page one, and the story is one lovely surrender.
Moderna Third-Quarter Earnings Show Soaring Revenue, R&D Costs
Early Thursday, Moderna (MRNA) reported skyrocketing revenue and steeply rising research and development costs for the third quarter as it strives to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, and MRNA stock rose in premarket trading. In Q3 2019, Moderna reported a loss of 37 cents a share on $17.1 million in revenue. It said it's received $1.2 billion in customer deposits for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, up from $400 million three months ago. In premarket trading on the stock market today, MRNA stock rose more than 2.5% to 67.60. With its gains this year, MRNA stock sports a Relative Strength Rating of 97.
Dow Jones Futures Fall With Apple Earnings Due; Pinterest Skyrockets 34% On Earnings
Dow Jones futures and S&P 500 futures signaled modest losses, while Nasdaq 100 futures rallied early Thursday, following Wednesday's stock market sell-off. Dow Jones Futures Today: GDP DueEarly Thursday, Dow Jones futures fell 0.3% vs. fair value, while S&P 500 futures moved down less than 0.1%. Coronavirus Stock Market RallyAccording to IBD's The Big Picture, the coronavirus stock market rally is starting to falter amid heavy institutional selling. Dow Jones Leaders: MicrosoftAmong the top Dow Jones stocks, software giant Microsoft looked to rebound from Wednesday's 5% drop. Be sure to follow Scott Lehtonen on Twitter at @IBD_SLehtonen for more on growth stocks and the Dow Jones futures.
Idexx Laboratories Earnings Growth Soars With Stock In Buy Zone
Before Thursday's market open, Idexx Laboratories (IDXX) reported earnings of $1.75 per share on $721.79 million in sales for the third quarter. In response, Idexx stock rose modestly. XOn average, analysts polled by FactSet had projected Idexx earnings of $1.43 per share on $672.5 million in sales. Idexx stock rose 2.5% to 434 in premarket trading in the stock market today, after shares touched a record high of 444.97 on Tuesday. On Oct. 12, Idexx stock hit a buy point of 407.96 out of a flat base.
Will a Brookline, Massachusetts, Buyer Have to Pay an Increased Tax?
Every week, Mansion Global poses a tax question to real estate tax attorneys. Q. I'm thinking of buying a home in Brookline, Massachusetts. A real estate transfer fee has been proposed in Brookline, Massachusetts, but the Massachusetts Legislature is unlikely to vote on it this year. If the transfer fee were approved, there would be an additional 2% charge on about half that amount. Click to Read Tax Experts Share Answers and Advice for Readers’ Pressing Tax Questions
For a Truly Unique Home, This Swedish Water Tower Is Hard to Beat
LISTING OF THE DAYLocation: Stockholm, SwedenPrice: SEK19.75 million (US$2.23 million)The Vaxholm Water Tower, dating from 1923, has been sensitively converted into a unique four- bedroom family home, spread over four of its seven total stories. Converted about 20 years ago, the tower is now enhanced by all of today’s modern amenities, while its original atmosphere is well preserved, according to Mr. Tivenius. An added bonus, the still-functional water tower generates a surplus, which may be rented out to telecom companies, according to Mr. Tivenius. A classic Swedish sauna is positioned on the top ?oor, boasting unparalleled views out over the picturesque archipelago. According to Mr. Tivenius, the currently unconverted water tank room also has potential to be turned into a swimming pool.
Three dead in suspected ‘terror’ attack at French church
French policemen stand guard the street leading to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice after a knife attack in Nice on October 29, 2020. AFP via Getty ImagesA man armed with a knife killed two women and a man in a church in Nice, on the French riviera, in what authorities called a terrorist attack. The suspect was shot and wounded by the police and taken to a hospital.
Moderna's stock is up as it says it is 'actively preparing' for launch of COVID-19 vaccine
Shares of Moderna Inc. MRNA, -6.97% were up 2.9% in premarket trading on Thursday after the company again reminded investors that the Phase 3 clinical trial for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is fully enrolled as part of its third-quarter earnings announcement. It also said it is "actively preparing for the launch" of its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna is a preclinical company, meaning it does not yet have an authorized or approved product available on the market. Moderna said it plans to conduct two interim analyses for the late-stage trial of the vaccine. Moderna's stock has gained 236.1% so far this year, while the S&P 500 SPX, -3.52% is up 1.2%.
Royal Caribbean's stock bounces slightly while swinging to wider-than-expected loss
The company reported a net loss of $1.35 billion, or $6.29 a share, after net income of $883.2 million, or $4.20 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, the company swung to an adjusted loss per share of $5.62 from EPS of $4.27, missing the FactSet loss consensus of $5.12. Total revenue was negative $33.7 million after positive $3.19 billion, as onboard and other revenue swung to negative $36.9 million from positive $842.1 million. Royal continues to estimate monthly cash burn of $250 million to $290 million during a prolonged suspension of operations. The stock has tumbled 60.2% year to date through Wednesday, while the S&P 500 SPX, -3.52% has gained 1.3%.
Why COVID-19 whiplash won’t last and the S&P 500 will be 13% higher by June, from UBS
“We continue to see upside over the medium term, and target 3,700 on the S&P 500 by June 2021, around 13% higher than today’s levels,” Haefele and the team said, in a note to clients. Third-quarter U.S. gross domestic product probably surged 30%-plus, but won’t tell us much about what is going on now. Drugmaker Regeneron REGN, -2.65% said its experimental antibody cocktail “significantly reduced” COVID-19 levels and the need for more hospitalizations and emergency-room visits. Join Barron’s, MarketWatch, and special guests for a live discussion on how the 2020 election results will affect investors, business, and policy on Nov. 10 at 12 p.m. Random readsU.K. soccer star’s petition for free school meals for children from poor families during the holidays reaches 1 million signatures.
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet Report Earnings Today. Get Ready for Disappointment?
Text sizeIt’s an absolutely enormous day for earnings reports, as Apple, Amazon.com, Alphabet, and Facebook release their earnings following the close of trading. As for Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet, expect earnings to be fine. That’s down from the nearly 10.2 percentage point lead he had as recently as Oct. 12. And in a third tight race, Michigan, new polls show Biden with an 8 and 7 percentage point lead, respectively. In Wisconsin, an ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Biden with a whopping 17 percentage point lead, while a Marquette University poll showed Biden with a 5 percentage point lead.
GetYourGuide closes $133M convertible note as travel startups continue to weather the Covid-19 storm
The funding is being led by Searchlight Capital, with SoftBank Vision Fund, KKR, Battery Ventures, Highland Europe, Spark Capital, Lakestar, Heartcore Capital, NGP Capital, and the founding team all also investing. The company tells me that the convertible note will convert into equity when it next raises a round, with the investors getting a stake in the company at that point based on its valuation in that round. That round is not anticipated to be for another 12-18 months, which could be why some might think of a convertible note as a loan (and strictly speaking they are called ). Johannes Reck, the co-founder and CEO of GetYourGuide, described the situation back in March as a "nuclear winter" to us. Eric Zinterhofer at Searchlight Capital is a first-time backer of the company with this funding.
Alphabet Reports Earnings Today. Here’s What to Know.
Text sizeDays after the Justice Department launched a landmark antitrust civil action against Alphabet, the company is set to report its third-quarter earnings Thursday after the close. Citi Research analyst Jason Bazinet wrote in a note to clients last week that the Justice Department suit casts a wide net and claims all of Alphabet’s search agreements are illegal. According to multiple reports, the payments to Apple totaled about $1 billion in 2014, and have evidently risen steadily since. In accounting parlance, the Apple payments are considered traffic acquisition costs, or TAC, which analysts watch closely. Of the analysts that cover Alphabet, 39 analysts rate the stock a Buy, and four have a Hold.
Is herd immunity even possible? New public health data calls that into doubt
Now, a new study reveals that there are biological barriers that may make it very difficult to achieve for human beings to develop herd immunity against the novel coronavirus. This study has ominous implications for those who believe the pandemic can be brought to heel through herd immunity. Herd immunity — as Dr. Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Salon last week — "is the indirect protection we get because people around us are immune to the disease. If people are not producing more antibodies to fight COVID-19 after being infected, the possibility of herd immunity drops significantly. We may achieve it with 50 percent, but the bottom line is we'd run the risk of not getting herd immunity with the vaccine."
Typhoon, landslides leave 35 dead, dozens missing in Vietnam
Rescuers dug up eight bodies Thursday morning in Tra Van village in Quang Nam province where a hillside collapsed on houses. The victims had taken shelter in the community as the typhoon approached, the official Vietnam News Agency reported. Quang Nam, a tourist draw for an ancient town and Hindu temples, is about 800 kilometers (500 miles) southeast of Hanoi. Elsewhere, four people were killed by falling trees and collapsed houses in Quang Nam and Gia Lai provinces when the typhoon slammed into the coast Wednesday. The typhoon left at least 16 people dead in the Philippines before moving across the South China Sea to Vietnam.
Officials in Trump's administration say, despite public denial, the president is actually pushing for a herd immunity strategy for COVID-19
GettyThe White House is reportedly still pushing for a herd immunity police to address the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the denials, The Daily Beast reported. Public health officials have repeatedly said the approach would cost thousands of unnecessary infections and deaths. Herd immunity is when a population has enough people who are immune to a virus it slows the spread of transmission. Public health officials have repeatedly said that a herd immunity approach would be dangerous and potentially catastrophic. Herd immunity is when a population has enough people who are immune to a virus that it slows the rate of transmission.
Typhoon Molave: Landslides kill at least 19 after heavy rain in Vietnam
At least 19 people have been killed and dozens are missing after torrential rains caused by a powerful typhoon triggered landslides in Vietnam. Typhoon Molave slammed into the coast near Da Nang city on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. The typhoon has affected more than a million people in central Vietnam, leaving destruction in its wake. Vietnam has been battered by storms, heavy rains and floods since early October. Forecasters say heavy rain is expected to continue in parts of central Vietnam until Saturday.
Vietnam troops hunts for survivors after typhoon kills 31
By Phuong NguyenHANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam hunted for survivors on Thursday after landslides triggered by Typhoon Molave, one of its strongest storms in decades, lashed a central region already reeling from weeks of heavy rains that have killed at least 160 people. At the site of one landslide that buried a village of 53 people, rescue workers pulled 33 survivors from the mud, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported. As well as the dead scores more were still missing, mostly in landslides, as a result of a succession of storms which have hammered Vietnam since early October. Complicating rescue efforts has been the emergence of un-exploded bombs, revealed by heavy rains. It damaged 56,000 homes in Vietnam and left millions without electricity, with heavy rain expected in the central region until Saturday.
UK Brexit negotiators arrive in Brussels under shadow of coronavirus lockdown
Michel Barnier in London last week for the trade negotiations which are now switching to Brussels. - APBritish Brexit negotiators arrived in Brussels under the threat of lockdown on Thursday for trade negotiations in one of the EU countries hardest hit by the second wave of coronavirus. Belgium is expected to announce that it will follow France and Germany back into lockdown on Friday. UK-EU Trade talks resume on Friday in Brussels and will continue through the weekend as both sides race to agree a trade deal before mid-November and avoid a damaging no deal Brexit. Face to face negotiations eventually resumed in both London and Brussels with strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place.
Knife attack at French church leaves 3 dead, alert level raised to maximum
An investigation was opened into an attack by the French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office, reports said. Prime Minister Jean Castex said the country's threat level will be raised to its maximum after the attack. He also told the French National Assembly that the government's response to the attack would be firm and implacable. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices with a butcher knife. The prime minister rushed from the hall to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the Nice attack.
Apple faces French antitrust complaint over iPhone privacy changes
Advertising companies and publishers have filed a complaint against Apple Inc. with France’s competition authority, arguing that privacy changes the smartphone maker plans to roll out are anticompetitive. The trade associations also asked French authorities for interim measures -- similar to an injunction -- to block Apple from making its changes while it investigates the larger complaint. Apple personalizes ads shown in the App Store and on Apple News based on where users go and what users do in Apple’s apps. Apple said its own data collection doesn’t count as tracking because it doesn’t share the data with other companies. “These rules apply equally to all developers -- including Apple,” an Apple spokesman said.
Paris teacher beheading: Police investigating dozens who allegedly issued messages of support for suspect
France's interior minister said Monday that police are investigating dozens of people who allegedly issued messages of support for the attacker after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris. Gerald Darmanin said on French radio Europe 1 that at least 80 cases of hate speech have been reported since Friday’s attack. Samuel Paty was beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee, who was later shot dead by police. Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Sunday across France in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the slain 47-year-old teacher. French authorities said they detained 11 people following the killing.
The Countries With the Most American Expats
That’s according to a study by HireAHelper, a moving resources site, which found that around a 24% of American expats moved to pursue a romantic relationship. The cost of living abroad was also considered a benefit before moving by 53% of American expats surveyed by Internations, a networking site for expats, which also determined that 23% of those surveyed are retired. Despite the difference, both entities have tracked an increase in expats since 1999. To find the countries with the most American expats, HireAHelper used the International migrant stock 2019 statistics series produced by the U.N., only considering countries where there were at least 1,000 Americans. These are the countries with the most American expats.
The Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020
Many Americans are rethinking work, education, finances, family and where they live. To compile their annual list of the best places to live in America, Livability.com ranked more than 1,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and one million using data from GIS company Esri. The main themes were affordability, job opportunities, diversity and inclusion. Based on Livability’s ranking, here are 30 of the best places to live in America. TheStreet added typical home prices for each city, based on Zillow’s (Z) - Get Report Home Value Index through Sept. 2020.
Is the COVID-19 risk on airplanes really that low? Here’s what experts say
With the demand for air travel still in a slump, the airline industry is promoting studies that suggest the risk of contracting the coronavirus while flying is low. Although healthcare experts say the air filtration system in most commercial planes helps reduce the risk of being infected, they point out that the studies have limitations and the results are not all definitive. The most prominent study was conducted and sponsored by United Airlines, airplane manufacturer Boeing and the U.S. Department of Defense. Infectious-disease and healthcare experts say the study correctly concludes that the infection risk is lower on a plane than in places such as stores and restaurants. The Harvard study concluded that to further reduce the risk of onboard infections, airlines should continue to operate the air ventilation system while passengers are boarding and leaving the plane.
Coat red: Lacquer clogs holes in SpaceX rockets, delays 2nd astronaut launch
SpaceX’s second astronaut flight has been delayed until mid-November because red lacquer dripped into tiny vent holes in two rocket engines that now must be replaced. It will be SpaceX’s second launch of astronauts for NASA after a successful test flight earlier this year. AdvertisementThe engine trouble prompted SpaceX and NASA to bump the launch to Nov. 14, two weeks later than planned. The contaminated engines could have been badly damaged if they had fired up, Koenigsmann said. SpaceX’s next launch for NASA — a satellite to monitor sea-level change — is scheduled for Nov. 10 from California following the replacement of one contaminated engine.
Today's Headlines: Not turning the corner
Enter Email Address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. — A new UC Berkeley poll finds fears of election violence are widespread, with nearly 9 in 10 likely California voters worried others wouldn’t accept the outcome. Out of nearly 80 homicides in Central Los Angeles through the end of last month, more than half were suspected of being gang-related, and more than 30 involved victims who were experiencing homelessness, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. (Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times Archive / UCLA)Want more of the Los Angeles Times archives? Support our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times.
August Wilson’s archive acquired by University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh has acquired the archive of prize-winning playwright and Pittsburgh native son August Wilson, a trove that contains recordings, letters, artwork, poetry, unpublished work and notebooks. The August Wilson Archive will reside in a state-of-the-art home in Hillman Library’s renovated Archives & Special Collections, the university said Thursday. “This acquisition is about more than bringing August Wilson back home to Pittsburgh,” Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said in a statement. He is renowned for the characters he put on stage in an ambitious 10-play cycle, nine of them set in Pittsburgh, that recounted the struggle of Black people in America. There are also draft scripts and correspondence with friends and collaborators, including director Lloyd Richards and Claude Purdy, a close friend and colleague who was crucial to Wilson’s later success.
In a garden steeped in Milwaukee’s racist past, Black residents find a salve for weary spirits
Alice’s Garden feels like a salve for a weary spirit. (Tyrone Beason / Los Angeles Times)“You’ve got people coming in peace,” Courtney, 74, said. (Tyrone Beason / Los Angeles Times) 2 / 3 Blue corn from Alice’s Garden dries in the sun on a picnic table. (Tyrone Beason / Los Angeles Times)There are other painful connections to America’s racist past. AdvertisementA painting in Alice’s Garden show’s the defiance of Milwaukee’s historically Black community, which has endured segregation, poverty and joblessness.
Amid all the tumult, high school teacher has found students to be saving grace
I have the privilege of teaching at Joseph Case High School in Swansea, and I have enjoyed every day there. The tumult induced by the coronavirus pandemic in March was difficult, but this year’s experience of the so-called hybrid format is even more so. We are exhausted amid this maelstrom of change precisely because everything is different. None of our established routines are useful this year. Despite this, we continue to prepare for MCAS testing, school recertification, and teacher evaluations.
Our New England towns, gnemonically speaking
There's a way to remember that the Massachusetts town of Stow (above, as seen along the Sudbury River) is spelled differently from the Vermont town to its north. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Man fatally shot in Franklin
A 26-year-old man was fatally shot early Thursday in Franklin, and authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances of his death. Franklin police rushed to 25 Elwood Rd. around 12:43 a.m. after someone made a 911 call reporting that a person had been shot, Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a statement Thursday morning. The first police officers on the scene provided first aid to the man, a task picked up by Franklin firefighters when they arrived. The victim was rushed to Milford Regional Medical Center, Morrissey said.
East Bay man identified as gunman in Marin 7-Eleven robbery
Investigators have identified the alleged gunman in a shooting outside the 7-Eleven in central Novato, police said Wednesday. Police said three people in a white car met the driver of a gray car in the store’s parking lot. A man in the white car fired at a passerby during the escape, police said. Further investigation identified Flores-Avina as the suspected gunman, and detectives obtained the arrest warrant on Monday. Police think the third person in the white car was a girl.
As winds weaken and flames from 2 large wildfires subside, thousands of Southern California residents return home
“When we’re dealing with Santa Ana winds, fire growth and behavior is extreme,” said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Returning homeFire officials gave clearance for all residents in Irvine and some in Lake Forest to return to their homes on Wednesday. All mandatory evacuation orders and warnings also were lifted for communities once threatened by the Blue Ridge fire. No houses in the neighborhood were destroyed by the Blue Ridge fire as of Wednesday. The Blue Ridge started just before 1 p.m. Monday as the strong winds pushed two fires together.
Agency says Big Bear Hotshots crew boss fighting El Dorado fire died when flames burned over him
The Big Bear Hotshots crew boss who died fighting the El Dorado fire in the San Bernardino Mountains was killed when flames overwhelmed him, the U.S. Forest Service said. Related Articles Map: 31 people killed in California wildfires, 2020 season Charles Edward Morton, 39, a firefighter for 18 years, died near Angelus Oaks. Imani Lester, a Forest Service spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., said in a phone interview on Wednesday, Oct. 28, that no additional information was available. Also Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Department said that missing Big Bear Hotshots crew member Carlos Baltazar has not been located. No one has had contact with him,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said in an email.
Video of couple threatening to sue California yogurt shop over mask rule lights up Twitter
Mariana Tabla, a co-owner in the business on Vía Fabricante, tells them about the store’s policy in the video. Mission Viejo, CA: These two fake lawyers went to Frapys Frozen Yogurt and tried to intimidate a young attendant who politely asked them to wear a mask. “You’re discriminating, and you’re breaking the law, and you can personally be sued, you realize that?” the woman asks. When I asked them about the face mask, they jumped on me.”The entire incident lasted only a few seconds. Tabla said the couple had been customers before, but they had not been to the yogurt shop since pandemic-related restrictions began in March.
Fact check: Trump falsely claims California requires people to wear ‘special’ and ‘complex’ mask at all times
President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked former Vice President Joe Biden and others for wearing masks. At a campaign rally in Arizona on Wednesday — at which there was no social distancing and most attendees did not wear masks — Trump started mocking what he claimed are the mask requirements in California. …’ ”Moments later, Trump joked that a meal of spaghetti and meat sauce would mess up a mask someone was forced to wear while eating. But the President sounded serious enough when he made his other assertions about California’s mask rules that his claims are worth fact-checking. Californians are not required to wear “complex” or “special” masks; basic face coverings, even homemade ones, are acceptable there.
Dayton exploring new stadium revenue source, says he's bothered by Kluwe's release
LocalThe 29 foot high sculpture titled 'The Aurora' was created by artist Jen Lewin. It's made of glass and metal and it will allow the public to engage in the artwork through movement.
Dr. Scott Atlas push to ‘slow the testing down’ tracks with dramatic decline in one key state
Ron DeSantis and several others in Florida, according to transcripts of public events and accounts from private meetings in that state. “The purpose of testing is to stop people from dying,” Atlas said during one stop, captured on video. A White House spokesman claimed Atlas had never advocated reducing testing, despite the doctor’s public statements to the contrary. “We respect Dr. Atlas. Following Trump’s demands in July that schools across the country reopen, the governor became a vocal proponent of returning Florida schools to normal operations.
Six feet apart: What does it look like?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average height of an adult American man is 5’9?; for an adult American woman, it’s 5’3?. So, if you’re of average height, that would mean your arm span would be about 1.5 inches shy on both sides if you’re a man, about the width of a cardboard paper towel tube. If you’re a woman, that gap is 4.5 inches on each side, about the height of a can of beans. Of course, make your own calculations based on your own height.
Halloween 2020: How nine medical experts with kids are celebrating Halloween
“My approach has been to ask my kids what they like most about Halloween so I can preserve that element. For my kids, it’s all about the candy. We’re doing a scavenger hunt where we scatter bags of candy around the yard. The kids won’t touch each other’s candy, and they can spread out outside. And since we’re already in contact with these people, we’re not expanding our bubble.”
Your Medicare 2021 questions, answered
People with ACA marketplace health plans almost always transition to Medicare when they turn 65. You may be able to keep your individual health plan, but you won’t be eligible for a tax subsidy after 65 and could face penalties if you don’t sign up right away, so most people find it is better to switch to Medicare. The cost and coverage could be very different from what you’re used to in an individual plan. The premium for Medicare Part B is $144.60 a month in 2020, which may be a lot less than what many people in their 60s pay for individual coverage. But people who have been receiving an income-based tax subsidy to offset the cost of a marketplace health plan may find that their Medicare costs are greater, though Medicare also offers income-based financial assistance.
Tension remains high after shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. | Morning Newsletter
About 10 blocks away from the shooting and eight hours after it, a video showed Philly police officers surrounding an SUV and removing the driver and passenger from the car to throw them to the ground and then pull a toddler from the backseat. As of Wednesday night, police did not respond to our questions about what preceded the video, which was recorded by a woman on her rooftop, or what happened to the toddler.
With mental health providers scarce, teens need to find help for depression, anxiety | Expert Opinion
Start low and go slow: a medication for depression or anxiety in teens is started at low doses and the dose is increased slowly to reduce side effects. It can take up to eight weeks to feel the benefit of the medication. Teens should be treated for at least six to 12 months to prevent relapse. When it is time to stop, it is important to taper slowly. Abruptly stopping may result in discontinuation syndrome which is mild but can cause headaches, nausea, and flu-like symptoms.
These mental skills can help athletes reach peak performance | Expert Opinion
The “here” means to focus on what is happening on your own court, not what is happening on the court next to you. Players may be affected by external factors, such as the sun, wind, an opponent, etc., and may use these conditions or situations as an excuse if they do not win. Ignore background chatter and distractions, and be a horse with blinders. Be responsible for yourself and your own actions; manage what you can and realize that you cannot control the weather or actions of your opponent.
COVID-19 updates: Coronavirus cases in Pa. and N.J. on the rise with no end in sight
Though Pennsylvania has surpassed the April peak in daily case numbers, its death rate remains much lower than it was in the spring. Over the last two weeks, the state’s death rate has been at 2.4, well under the national rate of 3.3 deaths per 100,000 people, and ranks 35th among states and the District of Columbia. On Wednesday, North Dakota had the highest rate at 15.6 deaths per 100,000, according to data from the New York Times.
Planned power shutoffs kick off the Bay Area’s own Halloween horror story
Halloween came early this year for our family. My foot throbbed for another half hour, then went a bit numb. Last year around this time, our family muddled through the planned power outage — cold and miserable for 64 hours. Tuesday, our family soldiered on, this time at home because power was supposed to return by early afternoon. We’ve never needed the release of Halloween more, even if this year the school’s parade is a drive-through affair.
Effort to brand Colorado as the country’s “Aerospace Alley” is formally taking flight
The initiative’s goal is to build on Colorado’s position as an aerospace leader and to recruit ambassadors and industry officials to support the demand for talent in the state, Barry said. There are nearly 280 aerospace businesses in Colorado and more than 500 companies and suppliers providing space-related products and services. Metro Denver’s report says 57,830 private and military workers in Colorado support an additional 140,390 workers in all industries, bringing direct and indirect jobs supported by the aerospace sector to 198,220. “Our robust and dynamic aerospace ecosystem deserves an identity to protect it and nurture it,” Colorado Lt. Gov. Primavera, chair of the Colorado Space Coalition, said the launch of the effort to brand Colorado as America’s Aerospace Alley “will ensure that Colorado continues to lead, to innovate, and to grow in the crucial aerospace industry.”Speakers for Thursday’s event will include Gene Kranz, NASA flight director on Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission, and Apollo 13.
As the crush of COVID cases continues, Wisconsin is on track to run short of ICU beds in two to six weeks
Thus, 200 of them could require ICU care in coming weeks. “We are in pretty hot water right now in Wisconsin.”UW Health, Marshfield Clinic and other health systems can add ICU beds. The biggest challenge is the people.”ICUs are staffed by critical care nurses who have additional training. And it has contingency plans to add ICU beds if needed. “You can’t put off those other things now,” said Nelson, the chief nursing officer for Hospital Sisters Health System’s hospitals in Green Bay.
Smith: A bull elk showed up on a trail cam near Holy Hill – maybe the first one there in 150 years
The footage shows a bull elk walking down a trail, its head adorned with a high-and-wide rack with four points on each side. "Yep, it's breeding season and it's looking for other elk," Roepke said. It's unknown the route the elk took to southeast Wisconsin, but it likely included at least some river, bridge and highway crossings. A limited elk hunt (10 tags total) is held only near Clam Lake; as such the bull in southeast Wisconsin is protected. It's one that hasn't been enjoyed in southeast Wisconsin since the 19th century.
Horses trained by Nevada inmates for sale in virtual auction
The Bureau of Land Management will host a virtual Wild Horse Auction between Tuesday and Nov. 10, according to a statement. Inmates in the wild horse program at Stewart Conservation Camp work with their horses Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in anticipation of next week's online adoption. (Nevada Department of Corrections)Twenty horses trained by Nevada inmates will be up for auction next week in a virtual bid. The Bureau of Land Management will host a virtual Wild Horse Auction between Tuesday and Nov. 10, according to a statement. The horses were rounded up to be trained by inmates at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center and housed at Stewart Conservation Camp in Carson City.
One killed, four injured in crash in Chatham
One man was killed and four people injured in a crash early Thursday morning in Chatham on the South Side. A 54-year-old man was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. Two women, 43 and 55, and the 35-year-old driver were also transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to Chicago fire department officials. The two women were in serious condition, while the 35-year-old was stabilized, the department said. Another man, 51, was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was also stabilized, the department said.
Superb Halloween weekend, with extra sleep, forecast for Las Vegas
A perfect Halloween weather weekend in Las Vegas is forecast by the National Weather Service. Las Vegas temperatures should be in the low 70s come trick-or-treating time on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (Getty Images)A perfect Halloween weather weekend in Las Vegas is forecast by the National Weather Service. For those trick or treating, the Saturday evening temperatures should be in the low 70s, said weather service meteorologist Chris Outler. The warmer trend will continue with highs in the low 80s forecast for the start of next week.
Dear Abby: Couple confused about why they seldom can see their grandkids
DEAR ABBY: My brother “Brian” and his wife, “Laurel,” have an adult son, “Dick,” who dated a girl I’ll call “Crystal” for 10 years before they got married. It also appears the way she’s acting is retaliatory, but the people who must get to the bottom of it are your brother and his wife. DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, my daughter, “Angie,” and her two children moved in with me after she and her husband separated. I realize who Angie is involved with is her business and not mine, but I want nothing to do with him. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.
The coolest lights to brighten your home as daylight saving time ends Nov. 1
Get ready to turn up the lights; daylight saving time officially ends Nov. 1. That means we set the clocks back and the sun sets an hour earlier, so why not illuminate those dark evenings in sculptural style? For a statement-making lamp in its simplest form, Achille Castiglioni’s 1972 Lampadina Table Lamp is a minimalist masterpiece that has stood the test of time. And if surrealism is your thing, Rotterdam designer Lex Pott has twisted a traditional taper candle to become a self-standing pair. Here are a few more design-savvy ways to shed some light on things this fall.
1 killed, 4 injured when driver runs red light in Chatham, Chicago police say
A 51-year-old man in the same car suffered minor cuts and was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition. A woman, 52, was unconscious and was taken to the University of Chicago in good condition. Another woman in her 50s in the car suffered minor injuries and was under observation at the University of Chicago Medical Center, police said.
Zeta barrels northeast after battering storm-weary coast
Zeta weakened over central Alabama but its strong winds continued across portions of the state and the Florida Panhandle. The storm was about 65 miles west northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (96 kph). Zeta is moving quickly toward the northeast at 39 mph. Before dawn Thursday, about 1.8 million customers across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia were without power, according to the website PowerOutage.us. Zeta weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph as it moved into southern Mississippi a few hours after landfall.
Employers 'walking tight rope' as flu season creates more uncertainty in workplaces
As if COVID isn’t enough for workplaces to navigate, flu season is creating yet another layer of uncertainty for employers. Since many flu and COVID symptoms overlap, health and legal experts say employers should follow the same guidelines that apply to COVID. Legally, employers can mandate employees get the vaccine, but since it presents legal and HR challenges if employees resist, employers shouldn’t force employees, Moran says. "We always encourage staff to get the flu shot here or at the location of their choice." Employers are "walking a tight rope" so to be prudent it's best to refer employees with symptoms to their physician, Ippolito adds.
Halloween Eve forecast: Snow, then cold, descend on Connecticut
The snow will start falling across the state between 4 and 6 a.m. Friday and will taper off between 9 and 11 a.m., he said. At one point, it will be snowing throughout Connecticut, but the snow is not expected to stick in the south.
Jon Lender: State’s home-care program has allowed requests for 'Caucasian’ visiting aides with ‘no accent,’ lawsuit alleges
Spokespersons for the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) declined to comment on the lawsuit, as did the office of the state attorney general, which has assigned two of its attorneys to defend the departments.
3 dead in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspected
Associated PressParis – An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, authorities said. “The meaning of his gesture left no doubt.”In Nice, images on French media showed the neighborhood locked down and surrounded by police and emergency vehicles. The prime minister rushed from the hall to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the Nice attack. Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper’s editorial meeting in 2015. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices with a butcher knife.
Agenus: 3Q Earnings Snapshot
(AP) _ Agenus Inc. (AGEN) on Thursday reported a loss of $51.6 million in its third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Lexington, Massachusetts-based company said it had a loss of 28 cents. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 26 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $14 million.
3 dead in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspected
PARIS (AP) — An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, French authorities said. It was the third attack in two months in France amid a growing furor over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that were re-published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Other confrontations and attacks were reported Thursday in the southern city of Avignon and in the Saudi city of Jiddah, but it was not immediately clear if they were linked to the attack in Nice. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into the Nice killings, which marked the third attack since the September opening of the trial of 14 people linked to the January 2015 killings at Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The gunmen in the 2015 attacks claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.
Herald endorses voting Yes on Question 1
At issue are telematics — systems that collect and wirelessly transmit car-repair data, and which are in up to 90% of new cars. The owners of vehicles with telematics systems would get access to mechanical data through a mobile app. The car owner would have to give permission to the repair person to access this data. ”It is worth noting that when this open access data platform/mobile app is created, it would be up to the manufacturer to guarantee its safety. The Herald endorses voting Yes on Question 1.
Increased interest in Massachusetts private schools mounts due to pandemic
Another 4,000 students attend private school out of state. It’s a small fraction of the state’s 1.8 million public school students. He said private schools are often smaller, can better set up social distancing due to flexible infrastructure and space, and can pivot to online learning more easily than public schools. The average cost of a private education in Massachusetts is about $21,000 per year, according to Private School Review. Woelper said the pandemic has caused people to “look behind the veil” as to what is happening in schools.
Today in history: Oct. 29
"Black Tuesday” descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as America’s “Great Depression” began, and more events that happened on this day in history.
3 dead in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspected
At least two people have been killed in a knife attack in Nice, France according to local mayor Christian Estrosi who described the attack as a "terrorist" incident. PARIS (AP) — An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, authorities said. It was the third attack in two months in France. Thursday's attacker was believed to be acting alone and police are not searching for other assailants, said two police officials, who were not authorized to be publicly named. over and over, even after he was injured," said Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, who told BFM television that three people had died, two inside the church and a third who fled but was mortally wounded.
3 killed in knife attack at French church; Zeta barrels northeast; Trump, Biden both in Tampa today
Today is Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: A suspected terrorist killed 3 in a knife attack at a French church; Zeta moves northeast after lashing Gulf Coast; and all eyes on Florida today as Trump and Biden make campaign stops. Top stories3 dead in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspectedPARIS — An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, authorities said. It was the third attack in two months in France. Read more:***Zeta barrels northeast after battering storm-weary coast
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Zeta barrels northeast after battering storm-weary coast
“Although we have made it through, we have been damaged, we have been hit,” she said. Along coastal Louisiana, there were reports of some trailers flipped over, a gas station destroyed, and downed power lines and trees. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left to go. It set a new record as the 11th named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. in a single season, well beyond the nine storms that hit in 1916. Zeta weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph (144 kph) as it moved into southern Mississippi a few hours after landfall.
WATCH NOW: Highlights from Gov. Northam's update on COVID-19, Election Week and Richmond's Lee Monument
Since the beginning of September the number of cases of COVID-19 has more than doubled in Franklin County, now surpassing 500. There are 11 mo…
Guard is stabbed at French consulate in Saudi Arabia
A guard was stabbed at a French consulate in Saudi Arabia today, on a day which saw a knifeman murder three people in Nice and a gunman shot dead in Avignon. The attacker was arrested after stabbing and injuring the guard with a 'sharp tool' at the French consulate in Jeddah, according to official media. French diplomats also called on Saudi authorities to 'shed light on this attack' and ensure the safety of French people in the kingdom, where France has an embassy in Riyadh, an honorary consulate in Al-Khobar and French international schools. 'We call on our colleagues in Saudi Arabia to show maximum vigilance,' the embassy said after Saudi security forces apprehended the suspect, who is said to be a Saudi national in his 40s. In Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest sites in Islam, there has been criticism of France but much more muted than in other countries.
About 1 in 6 fully recovered COVID-19 patients still test positive for the virus
Researchers in Italy say nearly 17 percent of patients who have fully recovered from a COVID-19 infection still test positive for the virus in follow-up doctor’s visits. Researchers from Agostino Gemelli University Policlinic looked at a group of recovering COVID patients to see how their bodies react after treatment and quarantine. Researchers add patients still dealing with sore throats and stuffy noses were more likely to have a new positive test. None of the recovering patients had a fever and all reported improvement in their condition before the new positive test. Only sore throats (18% versus 4%) and rhinitis (27% versus 2%) were seen in a significantly larger portion of positive COVID patients than negative patients.
Knife attack in Nice: Woman decapitated as three die in 'suspected terror attack'
A woman has been decapitated in a suspected terror attack in Nice, French police say. Three people have died and several others are injured after a knife attack took place near the Notre Dame church. "Everything suggests a terrorist attack," he added. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Nice's mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted: 'Everything suggests a terrorist attack.' He added: "Attack in Nice, attack in Avignon, attack on the French consulate in Saudi Arabia.
Concerns About Virus on Food Imports Are Real, Expert Says
It is possible that contaminated food imports can transfer the virus to workers as well as the environment, said Dale Fisher, an infectious diseases physician at Singapore’s National University Hospital. Outside China, where authorities are increasingly weighing in the possibility that the virus can be carried and transmitted via food packaging, the theory is barely mentioned or discussed. Fisher is one of the few international experts who studies the seeding of outbreaks in contaminated fresh and frozen food. Story continues“There’s two schools of thought and the minority view which I adhere to is that there’s a lot of circumstantial evidence,” Fisher said. It subsequently banned imported products, including seafood from Indonesia and chicken wings from Brazil, following positive tests on shipping containers and food packaging.
France terror attacks: Three killed in Nice before gunman shot in Avignon
AdvertisementFrance has been struck by two terror attacks within hours of each other as three people were killed - two of them beheaded - in an attack in Nice before a gunman was shot dead by police in Avignon. Two hours later, a gunman threatened people on the streets of Avignon - 120 miles from Nice - while shouting 'Allahu Akbar' before he was fatally shot by police. The Nice attack happened less than half a mile from where another attacker plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd in 2016, killing dozens. 'Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance.' On Thursday, Ankara said strongly condemned Thursday's 'savage' knife attack in southern France that left three people dead, offering its 'solidarity', despite a running diplomatic spat with Paris.
So many gay relationships start in fiery love – in my middle 60s is something else possible? | Leading questions
There’s a difference between a fast-burning affair and a sustaining connection, writes advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith , and you are better prepared than ever for the secondSo many gay relationships start in fiery love – in my middle 60s is something else possible? As a gay man in his middle 60s I have begun to wonder if being alone will be my lot. So many gay (and no doubt other) relationships start in fiery love and/or sexual encounters, something I seem to be past. This is, I think, the difference between a “fiery love and sexual encounter” and a genuinely sustaining adult connection. I know that’s platitudinous and annoying to hear, but go out, do things, meet people.
Are duvet coats worth it? Five cold-weather experts try them out
They may look like a hug in a coat – but is it worth hunting for secondhand duvet coats or splashing your cash on a new one? The Puffer Jacket Kamppi from Napapijri (£395). This is actually a stylish jacket. The Long Puffer Coat from Monki (£95). A similar style, with good technical credentials, is this North Face Puffer Coat, currently at £49 on eBay.
'A roadmap to redemption': how a photographer helped a prisoner see beyond his cage
“A politeness and a sense that the guy was really bright and self-aware.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest ‘For as long as I can remember, my biggest fear has been prison’ ... Alec Soth. Photograph: Bade TurgutSo began a correspondence that is ongoing and provides the raw material for an intriguing new book, The Parameters of Our Cage. Its title is taken from one of Fausto’s characteristically ruminative letters: “We all confront the parameters of our cage eventually. In reply, Fausto writes: “I keep seeing the word ‘justice’ being thrown around and it’s frustrating. That has been the most rewarding part of this collaboration by far.”• The Parameters of Our Cage, by C Fausto Cabrera and Alec Soth, is published by Mack.
iPhone 12 review: Apple's best since the iPhone X
The new iPhone costs from £799 and sits between the slightly smaller £699 iPhone 12 Mini and the £999 iPhone 12 Pro and £1,099 12 Pro Max. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe iPhone 12 has the same A14 Bionic processor as used to great effect in the new iPad Air and the iPhone 12 Pro. SustainabilityFacebook Twitter Pinterest From the bottom the iPhone 12 looks like an iPhone 5S made bigger, which is no bad thing. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianPriceThe iPhone 12 costs £799 for 64GB, £849 for 128GB or £949 for 256GB of storage. For comparison, the iPhone 12 Mini costs £699, the iPhone 12 Pro costs £999, the iPhone 12 Pro Max costs from £1,099 and the iPhone SE costs £399.
Horror is back on our screens: and this time it’s personal | Claire Armitstead
In the absence of the big-budget action movies that were intended to hoist us out of our drab lives this autumn, horror is closing in. Maud, meanwhile, is a pitiable, and even relatable, inversion of the idea of nurses as angels of mercy. Once seen, these can never be unseen: they imprint themselves on our memories so that our personal lives become intimately connected with the public horror. But they also implicate us, as the best horror has always done, in the possibility of evil. • Claire Armitstead is associate editor, culture for the Guardian
Opposition leaders allege fraud in Tanzanian elections
Opposition leaders in Tanzania have accused authorities of stuffing ballot boxes to ensure victory for the ruling party in simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections. Despite sporadic violence in the run-up to the poll, tens of millions of people filed into polling stations without incident on Wednesday to cast their votes. “If this continues, mass democratic action will be the only option to protect the integrity of the election,” Lissu said. John Magufuli, one of Africa’s most controversial leaders, is seeking a second term as president. At least nine people were reported to have been shot dead by police in semi-autonomous Zanzibar on the eve of the polls.
Knife attacker in Nice kills three people
Suspect shot and injured by police after attack in church in southern French cityA man armed with a knife has killed three people – two women and a man – in a terrorist attack at a church in Nice on the Côte d’Azur. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said the man had said “Allahu Akbar” several times while he was being arrested and handcuffed by police. Estrosi said the whole of Nice was deeply shocked: “Before it was a school professor, this time the Islamo-fascist barbarism chose to attack inside a church. Thursday’s attack in Nice was a grim reminder of the killing of Father Jacques Hamel in his Normandy church in July 2016. “Three of our compatriots were killed by a man with a knife in abject circumstances.
What makes a man in 2020? You tell us
Last week, Guardian US ran a week-long series about modern masculinity. We’re now asking readers to weigh inWhat makes a man in 2020? You tell usLast week, we launched The State of Men, a series looking at modern masculinity. If you identify as a man, how do you define masculinity? Fill out the form below, and a selection of replies will be published on the site.
UK Brexit negotiators arrive in Brussels under shadow of coronavirus lockdown
British Brexit negotiators arrived in Brussels under the threat of lockdown on Thursday for trade negotiations in one of the EU countries hardest hit by the second wave of coronavirus. Belgium is expected to announce that it will follow France and Germany back into lockdown on Friday. UK-EU Trade talks resume on Friday in Brussels and will continue through the weekend as both sides race to agree a trade deal before mid-November and avoid a damaging no deal Brexit. Belgium reported 1424.2 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the last two weeks, and rising death and hospitalisation rates on Thursday. Face to face negotiations eventually resumed in both London and Brussels with strict hygiene and social distancing measures in place.
Tech Hot 100: The five key areas to watch (from a Silicon Valley perspective)
Silicon Valley is heralded as the centre of the tech world, but is there anything it could learn from our British cohorts? CybersecuritySilicon Valley has embraced home working – a trend that is expected to outlive the Covid-19 outbreak. Google, Amazon and Facebook staff are all working from home deep into 2021. Here the UK punches above its weight with established names like Sophos and Darktrace. Where better to look for cybersecurity, after all, than GCHQ, former employer of Garrison’s new recruit Ciaran Martin?
'No one cruises the east coast of Scotland – they don't know what they're missing out on'
John MacInnes, at the helm of his sturdy Nova Spero, puts it plainly as we bash out into the North Sea breakers: “No one cruises the east coast. We may be masked up, gel is abundant and temperatures are taken daily, but the Nova Spero is definitely, defiantly different. And while the other lines have wound up operations for the year, Nova Spero is still sailing. He is Harry Simpson, who worked as an apprentice at Mackay Boat Builders, helping construct Nova Spero from scratch. It’s a fitting end to an east coast adventure on a sturdy ship that ties richly into the same tradition.
Facebook sued over role in Cambridge Analytica scandal
Facebook is being sued in London over allegations that it failed to protect user data during the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The 'Facebook You Owe Us' suit alleges that Facebook failed to protect user data when thousands of people participated in the “thisisyourdigitallife” app on the site in the years 2013 and 2014. London law firm Milberg is representing Mr Carpio and alleges that Facebook failed to meet its legal obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998. Last year, Facebook was fined £500,000 for its role in the scandal by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). “The ICO’s investigation into these issues, which included seizing and interrogating Cambridge Analytica's servers, found no evidence that any UK or EU users' data was transferred by Dr Kogan to Cambridge Analytica."
Enough with the travel shaming, I refuse to avoid visiting my family
There’s a greater chance you’ll catch Covid perusing the cereal aisle at your local supermarket than buckling up for a trans-Atlantic flight. A new survey from Harvard University found that airport and in-flight safety precautions have truly been effective at minimising the risk. Whilst reactions have been mostly positive, every now and then the Covid travel guilt starts to creep in. Let me see my family without the weight of travel guilt on my shoulders. Read more: Australia's mad Covid strategy means I won't see my father for two yearsHave you experienced travel shame or travel guilt?
At 48, Tracee Ellis Ross is the ageless style muse teaching us to have more fun with fashion
In the past year or so, Tracee Ellis Ross has proven herself as a fashion force to be reckoned with. Her style is eclectic and fashion-forward, but without appearing try hard - no mean feat, though Ross does have a fashionable background, after all. She walked in Thierry Mugler’s infamous 'Butterfly' show on her 18th birthday alongside her mother Diana Ross, has graced a host of magazine covers, and was a fashion editor prior to becoming an actress. Speaking of which, when asked who her style inspiration was during her ‘73 Questions with Vogue’ video, the actress said herself, in 17 years. Here are the top ageless style lessons we can learn from her as she celebrates her 48th birthday today:She's not afraid to stand out
'The lack of specialist teachers for children with dyslexia is a disgrace, and I should know'
Even before the pandemic, a fifth of UK children didn't reach the expected standard in phonics at primary school. We then found and surveyed 700 specialist teachers. I am calling on government to provide funding for specialist teachers in both maintained and academy schools. When my children had access to specialist teachers, it didn't just give them the skills to learn to read. Interview by Leah HardyDo you have a child with dyslexia, and have you had support from specialist teachers?
My transgender diary: 'My lip job has sealed the deal'
My bottom lip was not touched, and the Cupid’s bow line of my top lip, which I always liked, is intact. All that has happened is that my top lip has been brought a couple of millimetres closer to my nose. ‘I asked for Victoria station.’‘That’s right, madam,’ he replied. I got my directions muddled up.’‘That’s all right, madam,’ he said. Read more:My transgender diary: 'I’ve got 40 years of shoes and frocks to catch up on'My transgender diary: 'As a woman, men talk over me and ignore what I have to say'
Say My Name, Signature African Art review: celebrates black achievement while commemorating suffering
This is a hit-and-miss exhibition, but when it hits, it hits very hard indeed. Opening to catch the end of Black History Month, Say My Name features work by 13 African contemporary artists, all inspired by an episode or figure from black history. Tragically so in the case of George Floyd, the black man killed in Minnesota in May after a white police officer knelt excessively on his neck. It’s a stunning work, the implication being that the police officer in question zipped Floyd up and silenced him forever. The show is co-curated by the black American film director, Ava DuVernay, best known for her historical drama, Selma (2014), about the right-to-vote marches led by Martin Luther King.
Tracey Emin: Everything you need to know about bladder cancer
On Wednesday 28 October, the celebrated British artist Tracey Emin revealed she has been privately suffering with bladder cancer since June. Here’s everything you need to know about bladder cancer. Bladder cancer occurs when a tumour develops in the bladder lining and, in some instances, spreads into the bladder muscle. The most common type of bladder cancer is that which occurs when the cancerous cells are contained inside the lining of the bladder, which doctors describe as non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. Manufacturing jobs such as those involving plastics, paint, textiles and leather tanning, are linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer.
The rise of bespoke clothing: Is made-to-measure the answer to fashion’s sustainability crisis?
Designer brands such as Emilia Wickstead and Prabal Gurung have begun to offer made-to-measure alongside their ready-to-wear lines. However, it’s not just designer labels returning to fashion’s bespoke roots; there’s a whole generation of new brands with made-to-measure at the heart of their business model. Alongside the sustainability benefits, Crosby cites size inclusivity as one of the main drivers for her offering a made-to-measure service. To order a made-to-measure piece from By Megan Crosby, customers submit their measurements, and a pattern is created specifically for them. The VerdictMy experience of made-to-measure was a refreshing dive into a more innovative, caring and sustainable future of fashion.
SpaceX and Nasa delay pioneering astronaut launch after red lacquer drips into rocket engines
SpaceX and Nasa have been forced to delay a pioneering rocket launch after red lacquer dripped into a rocket engine. But it dripped into small vent holes in the engines, making them unable to be used for the launch, SpaceX said. SpaceX later found the same problem with two of the nine booster engines on the rocket that will launch four astronauts to the International Space Station. It will be SpaceX's second launch of astronauts for NASA after a successful test flight earlier this year. The engine trouble prompted SpaceX and NASA to bump the launch to 14 November, two weeks later than planned.
'Fashion is officially dead': Shoppers mock Gucci for selling ripped tights for £146
Gucci has been mocked on social media for selling a pair of “distressed” black tights for $190 (£145). The luxury Italian retailer describes the tights on its website as “stretch mesh tights in black. It’s not the first time Gucci has come under fire for selling so-called “distressed” items at a high price tag. In September, the Italian label was teased for selling denim dungarees with a grass “stain effect” for £850. The Italian fashion house described the off-white men’s leather trainers as “vintage”, “distressed” and that the style references "old school shapes” on its website.
Covid news live: Latest UK cases as government adviser says national lockdown needed
Asked if she would rule out another national lockdown, she said: "Well I think at this stage of course we can rule nothing out because we are a government that is focused on making sure that we stop the spread of this virus, and also we protect public health.
Nice stabbings: Woman decapitated and others killed in France knife attack
A woman has been beheaded and two others killed in a knife attack at a church in Nice in southern France. Several others were also injured in Thursday’s attack, which the city’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, said looked like a terrorist incident. Police officials confirmed to The Independent that two women and one man were killed and all had their throats cut. The attack took place inside the Notre-Dame basilica in central Nice, mayor Estrosi said, adding one of the victims was the church warden. In 2016, a terrorist killed 84 people and injured 434 more after driving a 19-tonne lorry down a crowded promenade in Nice.
France terror today: Latest updates on Nice and Avignon attacks
A French policeman pushes bystanders back off the street after a knife attack in NiceA woman has been beheaded and two others killed by a knife-wielding attacker at a church in the French city of Nice. Police officials confirmed to The Independent that two women and one man were killed and all had their throats cut. In a separate incident, which occurred just hours later, a man wielding a handgun was shot dead by police near Avignon. According to radio station Europe 1, the man was carrying a gun and threatening the public. The attacks are believed to be a response to the caricature released yesterday on the cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which shows Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in his underpants and a woman wearing a hijab with her rear exposed.
France: A timeline of terror
A church attack in Nice is the latest in a series of atrocities France has suffered in recent years. Policewoman shotA shooter, later linked to the Kouachi brothers, kills a policewoman in Montrouge, and shoots a man, injuring him. Amid gunshot and explosions, the Kouachi brothers come out of the building firing at police and are killed. Image: Attack on the Stade de France on 13 November 2015:: 9.20pm to 9.50pmThree suicide bombers blow themselves up outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris, where France are playing Germany in a friendly. In the deadliest attack in France since World War II, a total of 130 people are killed, including 89 at Bataclan.
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Nice attack: Three dead and several injured in suspected terror assault on church
Three people have been killed and several more wounded in a suspected terror attack in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday. A suspect has reportedly been arrested; a police source said he was injured as security forces intervened and has been taken to hospital. France' national anti-terrorist department has launched an investigation which will be carried out by judicial police and internal security teams. Police say no-one else was hurt and there was no evidence "at this stage" of an Islamist attack. A similar call came from Eric Ciotti, a member of the French National Assembly representing the Alpes-Maritimes department.
3 dead in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspected
An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, French authorities said. And a Saudi state-run news agency said a man stabbed a guard at the French consulate in Jiddah, wounding the guard before he was arrested. The prime minister rushed from the hall to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the Nice attack. Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper’s editorial meeting in 2015. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices with a butcher knife.
Boyfriend is hung upside-down for half an hour by his girlfriend's disapproving mother and father
A man was hung upside-down for half an hour in Indonesia because his girlfriend's parents disapproved of the young couple living together without their permission. Mario Natriti, 23, moved in with his lover Desiana, 20, in East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia on 20 October. His girlfriend's family were furious when they discovered the couple were living together - which is said to have broken a custom that prohibits partners from staying with each other without their elders' permission. The enraged parents forced their daughter to return home before interrogating Mario and hanging him upside-down. Mario Natriti, 23, was strung upside-down (left) near his girlfriend's parents' home after they found out he and their daughter had moved in together without their permission.
Panda Mei Xiang: Chinese web users urge their government to 'save' US-based bear from 'being abused'
Chinese web users have called on authorities to bring panda Mei Xiang back to the country. Users of Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, have flocked to express their fury towards her US caretaker in trending topics, 'Panda Mei Xiang' and 'Save Mei Xiang'. A separate topic page titled 'US-residing panda Mei Xiang abused' has also gathered over 55million clicks. Mei Xiang was born at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan on July 22, 1998. She and Tian Tian, who was born in the same centre in 1997, arrived in Washington, DC, on December 6, 2000.
Video: Shocking moment two young children are locked up in a metal cage
Video: Shocking moment two children are 'locked up in a cage by their parents in a Chinese market so they won't go missing'Shocking moment two young children are locked up in a metal cage 'by their parents to prevent them from getting lost' in a Chinese market.
Mexican mass grave containing bodies of 59 people including women and teenagers is found
The bodies of 59 people including women and teenagers have been found in a mass grave in central Mexico after a huge increase in local drug cartel-related violence. The grim discovery was made in the Salvatierra municipality of Guanajuato state, where the homicide rate has surged amid a raging turf war between rival drug cartels. It is the largest discovery of a secret grave in Guanajuato, according to Héctor Díaz Ezquerra, state search commissioner. At least 10 of the corpses were women and most of the bodies belonged to very young people, even teenagers, according to Karla Quintana, head of Mexico's National Search Commission. The bodies of 59 people including women and teenagers have been found in a mass grave in in the Salvatierra municipality of Guanajuato state, where the homicide rate has surged amid a raging turf war between rival drug cartels.
Taiwan marks 200 days without domestically transmitted infection
Taiwan reached 200 days without any domestically transmitted cases of Covid-19 today, highlighting the island’s continued success at keeping the virus under control. CDC officials noted the milestone and thanked the public for playing a role, while urging people to continue to wear masks and to wash their hands often. Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has recorded 553 cases of Covid-19, and just seven deaths. Local media has been paying close attention to reports of people who tested positive for Covid-19 after leaving Taiwan. Yet Taiwan is still a success in light of the global scale of the pandemic, more than 44 million reported cases and 1.1 million deaths.
Coronavirus France: Macron's 5,000-a-day cases target is impossible, scientific adviser says
AdvertisementFrench lockdown restrictions due to come into force Friday morning at 00:01amEmmanuel Macron's target of slashing France's coronavirus infections to 5,000 a day is impossible to achieve in the month-long lockdown he announced last night, his top scientific adviser said today. Macron, 42, said some shops could be allowed to open in mid-November if the situation improves - but his scientific adviser's warning raises the prospect of lockdown measures continuing up to Christmas. France announced 36,437 new infections on Wednesday night, taking the total above 1.2million, while another 244 deaths brought the total to 35,785. Coroanvirus cases are rising rapidly in most major European countries, prompting leaders to consider more lockdown measures. More than two million new confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported globally in the past week, the shortest time ever for such an increase, and 46 per cent of those were in Europe.
Girl Scouts of America delete Tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barret on appointment
The Girl Scouts of America have deleted a Tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett for joining the Supreme Court after the organization faced backlash on social media. After deleting the Tweet on Wednesday evening, the Girl Scouts clarified that its post congratulating Barrett was not a political statement. 'Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization. But others criticized the Girl Scouts for taking down the Tweet and not standing its ground. Nonprofit conservative group the Independent Women’s Forum said: 'Of course the Girl Scouts caved to the mob and deleted this tweet congratulating Amy Coney Barrett.
Risk of more deaths from cardiac ward closures - docs - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - There is a rising risk of more deaths in Italy due to the closure of cardiac wards due to the COVID crisis, the Italian Society of Cardiology (SIC) said Thursday. "The suspension of cardiological day centres, of wards and coronary intensive care units due to COVID risks having catastrophic consequences," it said. It said mortality rates in heart patients may rise as soon as next month. "In some regions, above all in the South, cardiac walk-in day centres have been closed and cardiac wards emptied because the number of infected health staff has increased or because many cardiac wards have been turned into COVID-19 wards," said SIC President Ciro Indolfi..Italy is enduring a second wave of the virus. Many doctors have warned facilities may soon be swamped.
Italy blasts 'cowardly, barbarous' Nice attack - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 29 - Premier Giuseppe Conte on Thursday expressed support for France after three people were stabbed to death in Nice in an attack by a suspected Islamist terrorist. "The cowardly attack that took place in Nice does not lay a scratch on the common front to defend the values of liberty and peace," Conte said via Twitter. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio blasted the attack and voiced support for France too. "Italy expresses profound condolences for the barbarous Nice attack," Di Maio tweeted. Police said that one of the victims of the attack at Nice's Notre-Dame Basilica, a woman, was beheaded.
Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French consulate in Jeddah
A Saudi citizen wounded a guard in a knife attack at the French consulate in the port city of Jeddah on Thursday, said the French embassy in Saudi Arabia. Advertising Read moreThe French embassy in Saudi Arabia said the consulate in Jeddah was subject to a "knife attack which targeted a guard", adding that the guard was taken to hospital and his life was not in danger. The statement, which was posted on Twitter, said the French embassy “strongly condemns” the attack against a diplomatic outpost. Neither the Saudi authorities nor the French embassy gave any indication of the motivation for the attack. Saudi Arabia condemns cartoonsFrance is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of Samuel Paty, a school teacher.
Indonesian activists slam 'Jurassic Park' plan for Komodo dragon habitat
"The idea to build a Jurassic Park is honestly embarrassing," said Gregorius Afioma, an activist at local social justice NGO Sunspirit. "People come here to see komodos in their natural habitat... these people are selling a concept where (visitors) can walk around indoors to see komodo dragons, which to me is no different than a zoo," he added. Rima Melani Bilaut of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment, added that the development would further threaten the dragons by reducing the size of their habitat. "If we control it well and minimise contact with wildlife, the current tourism development will not endanger the komodo population," said an environment ministry official in a statement this week. Conservationists have long feared that mass tourism, trafficking and a lack of natural prey threaten the survival of Komodo dragons.
Analysis: Nice attack hardens French resolve on freedom of expression
Analysis: Nice attack hardens French resolve on freedom of expressionA knife attack in a Nice church has left three dead, including an elderly lady reportedly beheaded. The attack comes days after President Emmanuel Macron pledged, during a funeral speech for murdered teacher Samuel Paty, the country would ‘never give in’ to Islamic terrorists. France 24’s international affairs editor Philip Turle, says the EU is rallying behind France’s approach to freedom of expression, and its spat with President Erdogan of Turkey.
12 bodies found in new Libya mass graves: committee
An aerial view shows Libyan experts exhuming human remains from mass graves in Tarhuna, southeast of the capital TripoliAdvertising Read moreTarhuna (Libya) (AFP)A dozen bodies have been unearthed in newly found mass graves in the Tarhuna region of western Libya from which eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces launched an aborted assault on Tripoli last year. "Four new sites have been discovered, two of them mass graves and two individual graves, in Tarhuna... and unidentified bodies have been exhumed," the committee tasked by the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) to search for missing persons said on its Facebook page Wednesday. A committee official, Tawfiq, told AFP journalists a total of 98 bodies had now been found since searches of mass graves were launched after the withdrawal of Haftar's forces from western Libya in June. At least 16 more mass graves have yet to be unearthed, according to Abdel Hakim Abu Naama, who heads a non-governmental association of Tarhuna victims. The warring factions in Libya signed a "permanent ceasefire" accord on Friday after UN-sponsored talks in Geneva.
LIVE: Three people killed, several hurt in knife attack at church in Nice
LIVE: Three people killed, several hurt in knife attack at church in Nice136 sharesMembers of France’s elite tactical police unit RAID enter to search the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice after a knife attack in Nice on October 29, 2020. © Valery Hache, AFPText by: Louise NORDSTROM Follow 2 minA man wielding a knife on Thursday killed three people and injured several others in an attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in southern France. A suspect has been arrested in the attack, which Nice’s mayor has described as an act of terrorism. Follow our liveblog below for real-time updates.
‘A matter of life and death’: Native Americans speak out about the US elections
For many here, voting is low on the list of priorities, though some are trying to change that. Advertising Read moreThe vast reservation, deep in the South Dakota Badlands, is currently on lockdown amid a surge of Covid-19 cases and no outsiders are allowed in. The health crisis is just the latest problem facing the reservation, where unemployment is around 80 percent and poverty and alcohol addiction are rife. I walk around all day looking where they have meals here for homeless people," Edna, a Native American at the Hope Center, told FRANCE 24. "So I walk around and try to make it to that place where they have a meal."
Inside Ontario's overwhelmed labs: How lingering issues and mistakes caused massive COVID-19 testing backlog
Article content continuedTo reduce that friction, the Public Health Labs, under Allen, have been buying exclusively non-proprietary instruments since February. That allows them to mix and match supplies for different parts of the operation from different suppliers, some of them domestic. A single, open-system instrument, fully stocked and staffed, can only process 1,854 samples in a day, just over half what the Roche machines can do. “When we do have reagents (the Roche machines) are phenomenal workhorses,” Allen said. Most of that work has to be done by licensed laboratory technologists.
Yale Russian Chorus Joins Singers Around the World
So the Yale Russian Chorus gave up their travel plans but joined with their Alumni Association and the Kartuli Ensemble to sing for their fellow polyphonous choirs online. It was the first Georgian song the Yale Russian Chorus learned in 1968, and for many audiences over the decades has been their introduction to traditional Georgian polyphony. The Yale Russian Chorus was founded in 1953 by a student a Yale Music School, Denis Mickiewicz, and the president of the Yale Russian Club, George Litton, to sing religious and secular music from the Soviet republics and neighboring states. The Yale Russian Chorus Alumni group continues to perform and record as well as fundraise and support the university singers. Shen Khar Venakhi, below, was performed for the symposium by singers located across the world, from Hawaii to Israel, and conducted by Carl Linich of the Kartuli Ensemble.
Oct. 29 - The Moscow Times
Wednesday more than 130,000 people have been displaced by the fighting and that more than 70 schools and kindergartens had been damaged. Azerbaijan launched its heaviest missile strikes in a month of fighting on Stepanakert, the largest city in its Armenian-populated breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, separatist officials said. "Azerbaijan struck Stepanakert for several hours, tens of missiles hit the city," Karabakh's rights ombudsman Artak Beglaryan told AFP. Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed the handover and said that Armenia is ready for a reciprocal humanitarian gesture. “Now the situation is close to turning into a protracted war — a war of attrition,” Vladimir Novikov, a senior researcher at the Institute of Socio-Political Studies of the Black Sea-Caspian Region told The Moscow Times.
Veggie burgers win the right to be called burgers, after meat lobby loses EU vote
Article contentIn all its meatless glory, the veggie burger has earned the right to exist in the EU. The European Parliament has voted to reject a farmer-backed plea to ban the use of words like burger, sausage and steak to market plant-based foods. Try refreshing your browser, or Veggie burgers win the right to be called burgers, after meat lobby loses EU vote Back to videoThe potential for consumer confusion was at the root of the meat lobbyists’ argument. Copa-Cogeca, the trade organization for Europe’s farmers, had claimed that allowing the labelling of plant-based products as “vegan sausages” or “veggie burgers” would open a “Pandora’s box” of misleading language. Copa-Cogeca launched a “ceci n’est pas un steak” (this is not a steak) campaign to underscore its argument.
Doosan Heavy wins 400 bln won order to build hydropower plant in Nepal
(Yonhap)Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction said Thursday it has won a 400 billion won ($353 million) order to build a hydropower plant in Nepal. The South Korean company signed an agreement with Nepal Water & Energy Development to build a 216-megawatt hydroelectric power station on the Trishuli River, 70 kilometers north of Kathmandu, over the next five years, the company said in a statement. NWEDC, a special purpose entity for the project, is 50 percent owned by Korea South-East Power, a South Korean electric power company, Doosan Heavy said. Doosan Heavy also signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea South-East Power to build a 215-megawatt hydropower plant in Pakistan, the company said. Construction of the plant will start in late 2022, it added.
Canberra’s top foreign affairs bureaucrat accuses China of seeking to stoke ethnic divisions in Australia
Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. Photo: Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
US-China relations: Pompeo adds Vietnam to his Asia tour
While in Sri Lanka, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to the Chinese Communist Party as a predator. Photo: Reuters
Coronavirus cases set new record ahead of Election Day
In the final week before Election Day, new coronavirus infections have soared to an all-time high — virtually guaranteeing that the pandemic will be the most prominent issue in America as voters prepare to choose the next president. Where it stands: On average, nearly 72,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus every day over the past week. Twice in the past week, the U.S. has set a new record for the most cases in a single day. The virus gained strength over the past week in 41 states, including nearly every important battleground state. Wisconsin, for example, reported new single-day records for cases, hospitalizations and deaths — all in the same day.
Thailand latest: Protests to resume in financial district
"The cabinet agreed to set up a committee to find a solution," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said. The weekend brings the end of the three-day deadline that protesters have given Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign. In order to protect the honor of my family, of the prime minister, of the nation, and to show respect to the people to whom sovereignty belongs, I, Prayut Chan-ocha, the prime minister, would like to resign as a prime minister. 5:50 p.m. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is now expected to address the nation on TV at 7 p.m., rather than 6 p.m.5:30 p.m. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives at the Government House in a black sedan for talks with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Donald Trump reportedly wants to punish cities for protesting racism by shamelessly cutting their HIV funding
US President Donald Trump (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)Donald Trump reportedly wants to punish cities for protesting racism by stripping them of vital HIV funding. On September 2, Trump instructed federal departments to slash funding in such cities where “lawlessness” is promoted and police departments are “disempowered”. Trump reportedly plans to cut his own HIV initiative. Funding for migrant health centres could also be stripped of funding under the Trump directive. The HSS list will reportedly be used to establish whether cities should be prevented from accessing federal funds going forward for various programs.
France attack: Deadly stabbing in Nice 'terrorist attack', mayor says
France attack: Deadly stabbing in Nice 'terrorist attack', mayor says Published duration 6 minutes ago Related Topics Knife attack in Nicemedia caption Eyewitness: "We heard many gunshots"Three people have been killed in a knife attack at a church in the French city of Nice, police say. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said there had been a "terrorist attack at the heart of the Notre-Dame basilica". Police have not suggested a motive for the attack in Nice. The French Council of the Muslim Faith condemned the Nice knife attack and spoke of its solidarity with the victims and their families. — Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 29, 2020Turkey, which has seen ties with France sour in recent days, strongly condemned the "savage" knife attack.
Trump’s $250 million coronavirus ad campaign had ‘partisan’ edge, down to the celebrities chosen to participate
Of at least 274 celebrities under consideration, only 10 appear to have been approved, according to a document the lawmakers obtained. None of the celebrity PSAs went live, and the campaign is under review at HHS. Politico first reported about the $250 million contract and the ad campaign. The documents offer curious observations about the celebrities being vetted for possible inclusion in the campaign. Atlas President Mark Chichester wrote that he did “due diligence” on all of them, but he was unable to find much information.
Little Recognition and Less Pay: These Female Healthcare Workers Are Rural India's First Defense Against COVID-19
By 7 a.m. on a mid-October day, the 41-year-old has already received two calls about suspected COVID-19 cases in Pavnar, her village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Every day, Ghugare goes door to door in search of potential COVID-19 cases, working to get patients tested or to help them find treatment. With 8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, India has the second-highest tally in the world after the United States and its health infrastructure struggled to cope with the surge in COVID-19 patients this summer. India’s ASHA program is likely the world’s largest army of all-female community health workers. New Delhi, June 25: ASHAs talk amongst themselves while conducting door to door survey to identify COVID-19 cases.
Around 150 Turkish mob searches for Armenians in France’s Lyon, make threats
Hundreds of Turks took to the streets in Lyon, France, during curfew at Wednesday night, searching for Armenian business premises to destroy them. On Wednesday morning, the Armenian protesters had closed off the highway leading to Valence and Vienne, expressing their protest against the aggression of Azerbaijan and Turkey against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). During this demonstration, however, a group of Turks had attacked—with hammers and knives—these Armenian protesters, and as a result, more than ten people—including a child—were injured. And at night, according to the police, a Turkish group of around 150 people was shouting threats in the streets of Lyon against Armenians, shouting, "Allahu Akbar" and "Where are the Armenians?" A police statement said that this Turkish mob also attacked the police, but the latter showed restraint.
Three dead as woman beheaded in France, gunman killed in second incident
NICE, France (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist act at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, while a gunman was shot dead by police in a separate incident. Within hours of the Nice attack, police killed a man who had threatened passersby with a handgun in Montfavet, near the southern French city of Avignon. SOLIDARITYFrench President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Nice, Estrosi said. The attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of middle school teacher Paty by a man of Chechen origin. Since Paty’s killing, French officials - backed by many ordinary citizens - have re-asserted the right to display the cartoons, and the images have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with the killed teacher.
Typhoon Molave: Landslides kill at least 19 after heavy rain in Vietnam
"We can forecast the storm path or the amount of rain, but can't predict when landslides happen," he said. "The road is covered under deep mud and heavy rains are still lashing the area, but rescue work has to be carried out quickly."
Muslims have ‘right to punish’ French for past crimes, Dr Mahathir says amid violence in France
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Muslims also deserve to be angry and a boycott against the republic will not even suffice. — Picture by Hari AnggaraKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has suggested today that Muslims “have the right to punish” the French for their alleged wrongs committed against the community, amid escalating violence in France. “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past. “Since you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims’ religion for what was done by one angry person, the Muslims have a right to punish the French. In his writing today, Dr Mahathir also accused the Western world of trying to forcibly impose their moral values on others, which would deprive the freedom of those being forced.
Hezbollah threatens Sudan over Israel-Sudan ties
The Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah condemned reports that Israel and Sudan could normalize ties. Israel has warned Hezbollah against threatening it from Syria.Hezbollah’s latest statement accuses Sudan of “political and moral collapse” and sinking into a “quagmire of betrayal and normalizations with the enemy.” Hezbollah says that Sudan is moving closer to the US and Israel. This will “cause the government to be destroyed as soon as possible,” the pro-Iranian group warned.This appears to be a threat against Sudan and attempt to incite Sudanese against the current government. The statement to Iran’s Fars News says that Sudan is “betraying” the region and that it has joined other countries in working with the “Zionist enemy.” Sudan is the third Arab country to move closer to Israel in the last several months. Hezbollah claims that Saudi Arabia has also been in touch with Israel about possible normalization.
Hospitals Are Reeling Under a 46 Percent Spike in Covid-19 Patients
At the hospital in El Paso, staff members said some Covid-19 patients were arriving in the emergency room so debilitated that they required intubation almost immediately. Ms. Garcia said she questioned why Dee Margo, El Paso’s mayor, had failed to order a shutdown of the city to curb the spike in cases. Dr. German Hernandez, a nephrologist who has been caring for patients at several hospitals in El Paso, said the situation was so acute that patients on oxygen were being kept in rooms in the trauma area of University Medical Center. “We have no buffer.”Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio reported from Milwaukee, Simon Romero from El Paso and Mike Baker from Seattle. Erin Coulehan contributed reporting from El Paso, Mitch Smith from Chicago, and Lucy Tompkins from New York.
United Airlines to start rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers at Newark airport
“We are launching the world’s first free Newark to London COVID-19 test pilot, offering rapid testing on a select flight from Newark to Heathrow free of charge,” said Aaron McMillan, United Airlines managing director of operations policy and support. The rapid molecular Abbott ID Now COVID-19 test will be administered by Premise Health in a United lounge in Newark to passengers who make an appointment ahead of time. But airline officials hope the program will build government officials' confidence to waive those regulations for passengers testing negative, Earnest said. It has important potential to reopen international travel trade and commerce.”The Hawaiian testing program has shown signs of doing that. On Tuesday, Hawaii’s governor announced a similar pre-flight test program will start on Nov. 6 for travelers between Japan and Hawaii.
AP Top Stories October 29 A
AP Top Stories October 29 AHere's the latest for Thursday October 29th: Millions of mail ballots still outstanding; Curfew in Philadelphia after protests and violence; Hurricane Zeta leaves damage on Gulf Coast; Czech Republic implements curfew to fight coronavirus.
Hurricane Zeta damage: See aftermath photos, video from across Louisiana, New Orleans
– As the sun rises Thursday, the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta will be assessed across southeastern Louisiana. The storm made landfall around 4:10 p.m. as a Category 2 storm near Cocodrie, Louisiana. Zeta is the 11th tropical storm or hurricane to hit the United States this year, marking a record high for the country. Active season:Hurricane Zeta sets yet another 2020 hurricane season recordThe first reported death that occurred as a result of Hurricane Zeta was in New Orleans. Cut Off, LouisianaNew OrleansGrand IsleGrand Isle's "burrito levee" has three major breaches in it after Category 2 Hurricane Zeta slammed the southeastern Louisiana coast, according to a tweet from the Jefferson Parish.
Five-year-old defies odds after brain surgery
Five-year-old defies odds after brain surgeryOnly a few months after having a 24-hour brain surgery, five-year-old Jaysaiah was able to start his first day of kindergarten.
Black Americans are the most hesitant to get a COVID vaccine. That should be a big concern for everyone.
Although the first two, large clinical trials of candidate vaccines have managed to include about 3,000 Black participants each, it hasn't been easy. Polls show that among racial and ethnic groups, Black Americans are the most hesitant to get a vaccine once one becomes available, and their skepticism is rising fast. Without adequate Black and Hispanic participation in clinical trials it won't be clear whether the vaccine will be safe and effective for them. History of racism remains freshAmerica has a terrible history of medical experimentation on Black Americans, including but not limited to Tuskegee, White said. Black Americans often learn this history at an early age, he added, while white people aren't usually taught about it at all.
Where Covid Left Holes, Volunteers Stepped In
“We tried to pick books that their families could use,” Ms. Fransen said, including cookbooks and coloring books with postcards people could send to loved ones. In August and October, Vanessa worked with First Book again, this time focusing on Makoti’s younger residents. She distributed them to children around her community as well as to a local school and the Little Free Library. Vanessa, who recently started seventh grade, hopes Ms. Osborne’s books, which combine history and education with adventure, will help children feel less isolated. “What I love about reading is that it takes you to different places and you learn about new things,” she said.
Deadly Knife Attack in France Appears to Be Terrorism, Officials Say
PARIS — An assailant with a knife killed at least two people on Thursday morning at a church in the southern French city of Nice, according to local officials who said it appeared to be a terrorist attack. The assault comes as the country is still shaken by the beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb this month by a young Muslim man after the teacher showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a class. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said in a statement posted to Twitter shortly after the attack that he was on the scene with the police and that a suspect had been arrested. He later said at least two people were killed and one seriously injured. “I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Notre-Dame basilica,” the mayor wrote.
‘Tsunamis of Misinformation’ Overwhelm Local Election Officials
“They’re definitely overwhelmed,” said Isabella Garcia-Camargo, an organizer of the Election Integrity Partnership, a new coalition of misinformation researchers. Last week, the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an information-sharing partnership, warned election officials about a spate of suspicious emails that impersonated state officials or included links to websites that asked them to verify their password information. But it was a sign that local officials should “remain vigilant in identifying and reporting suspicious activity to protect the vote,” he said. Top state officials who oversee elections said they were also constantly communicating with local authorities about the surge of falsehoods. The experience of Deva Marie Proto, the registrar of voters in Sonoma County, Calif., has been typical of local election officials.
The Field: The Specter of Political Violence
Listen and subscribe to ‘The Daily’Apple Podcasts | Spotify | StitcherThis episode contains strong language. With an election in which uncertainty may abound, concerns are swirling around the possibility of political violence. Experts and officials — including those charged with the security of polling stations and ballot counting facilities — have been taking extra precautions. Americans across the political spectrum appear to be preparing themselves for this possibility, too: Eight of the 10 biggest weeks for gun sales since the late 1990s took place since March this year. Many of those sales were to people buying guns for the first time.
Woman decapitated as knife-wielding man kills three in French church
A woman was decapitated and two other people were killed in a suspected terror attack by a knife-wielding man who shouted “Allahu akbar!” at a church in the French city of Nice, officials said. Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the attack occurred in or near the Notre Dame Basilica and that police had detained the assailant. A Saudi man was arrested in Jeddah after attacking a guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate, Saudi state media reported. “Everything points to a terrorist attack,” Estrosi said on Twitter. It was not immediately clear what the motive was behind the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims deem to be blasphemous.
A Long Island wedding and birthday party infected 56 with covid-19: ‘Blatant disregard for the well-being of others’
AD“One-third of all of those in attendance,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a news conference Wednesday. ADThose ill-fated gatherings were not the only large events to spread the coronavirus across Long Island in recent weeks. “This type of blatant disregard for the well-being of others is not only extremely disappointing; it will not be tolerated,” Bellone said Wednesday. County officials fined the wedding venue $12,000. ADAnother party flooded with teenagers in the Long Island hamlet of Farmingville led to multiple 911 calls on Saturday.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci expresses support for national mask mandate amid record-setting coronavirus infections
Taiwan on Thursday celebrated its 200th day with no locally transmitted coronavirus infections, a milestone no other nation has reached. But the opposite happened, because Taiwan had learned from past epidemics and took the virus seriously from the start. As soon as China reported the first covid-19 case to the World Health Organization in December, Taiwan began screening passengers on flights from Wuhan. By late January, the government was using records from its national health system to identify people who had recently developed respiratory problems and have them tested for the coronavirus. Immigration databases were similarly leveraged to allow doctors to prioritize testing people who had recently traveled to hotspots.
Fauci: 'You cannot abandon public health measures' even with COVID-19 vaccine
SUBSCRIBE AND DOWNLOAD THE FOX NEWS RUNDOWNOn Thursday, Fauci told host Jessica Rosenthal that he was referring to "what we think of as normal, namely prior to December of 2019." TRUMP SAYS PEOPLE 'TIRED' OF FAUCI, CORONAVIRUS"If we begin distributing doses of vaccine at the very beginning of 2021 ... For that reason, he said, "as that process evolves, you cannot abandon public health measures because the vaccine is not going to be perfect and not everybody is going to take it." RAPID CORONAVIRUS SPREAD IN PHILADELPHIA LEAVES CONTACT TRACERS UNABLE TO TRACK CASESAs more people take the vaccine, Fauci said, Americans will "gradually be able to do things that we're not doing now widely. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe exception, Fauci told Rosenthal, is schools.
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France's new coronavirus restrictions to begin Friday through Dec. 1
France's new coronavirus restrictions to begin Friday through Dec. 1Multiple countries in Europe are looking at new restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. NBC News' Matt Bradley joins "Squawk Box" live from Paris with the latest.
TikTok and parent company ByteDance have reportedly sued rival app Triller
Social media app TikTok and its Chinese parent ByteDance are fighting back in a patent infringement case that has been brought by smaller rival Triller in the U.S., according to a report from Bloomberg published late Wednesday. The companies filed a case in San Francisco federal court Wednesday in response to a patent infringement lawsuit that social video platform Triller filed in July. Triller told Bloomberg that TikTok and ByteDance had been infringing its patents and using its technology for years. ByteDance reportedly denies this and argues that Triller's allegations have "cast a cloud" over its business. TikTok and Triller did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.
Walmart turns four stores into e-commerce laboratories as online sales surge
Walmart is turning four of its stores into laboratories that test ways to turn the retailer's huge physical footprint into a more powerful edge for e-commerce. Walmart, like other retailers, has seen more of its sales shift online during the coronavirus pandemic. Walmart's e-commerce sales nearly doubled in the second quarter ended July 31. For this new effort, employees will use digital tools, store design features and different strategies that could speed up restocking shelves and fulfilling online orders. They will use new store signage and handheld devices to cut down the time it takes to pick an online order.
Merkel lashes out at populists who say coronavirus is harmless
BERLIN (Reuters) - Populists who argue the coronavirus is harmless are dangerous and irresponsible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, defending a circuit break lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. It affects us all, without exception,” Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, adding new restrictions to reduce social contact were “necessary and proportionate”. She said populists who question the seriousness of the crisis were putting lives at risk. Worried hospitals will be overwhelmed, Merkel announced on Wednesday a month-long lockdown from Nov. 2 to include the closure of restaurants, gyms and theatres. “The winter will be hard - four long, hard months - but it will end,” said Merkel.
Exclusive: AirAsia X to revise $15.3 billion debt reform plan to expedite talks with creditors, say sources
FILE PHOTO: Tail of AirAsia X plane as seen at the Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia in Tangerang, Indonesia, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/BeawihartaThe budget carrier is seeking to reconstitute the $15.3 billion of unsecured debt into a principal amount of 200 million ringgit ($48 million) and have the rest waived. Airport operator MAHB said on Sunday its attempt to recover debt from AirAsia X would not derail the airline’s scheme. Post restructuring, the airline plans to raise up to 500 million ringgit to restart the company, it said on Monday. Shares in AirAsia X have hit all-time lows in the last three weeks.
Airbus to stop burning cash, defends higher output plan
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Airbus is pictured at the entrance of the Airbus facility in Bouguenais, near Nantes, France, July 2, 2020. Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said Airbus had learned much about how to adapt during the seven-month-old crisis. But suppliers worry in case Airbus is unable to meet the new goal, leaving them with bills for investing in new capacity. Some analysts expect Airbus to cut wide-body rates again after halving A350 output to five a month. Faury said Airbus had reactivated planning for a worst-case no-deal Brexit, though he did not expect this to be needed.
China's Communist party leadership says to promote Taiwan's reunification with mainland: Xinhua
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will promote Taiwan’s reunification with the mainland and peaceful cross-straits development, according to a meeting of the leadership of China’s ruling Communist Party. China will also maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau, said a meeting of the Central Committee, the biggest of the ruling Communist Party’s elite decision-making bodies, which was held on Oct. 26-29, according to a report by Xinhua. China regards Taiwan as a renegade province to be brought back under its sovereignty by force, if necessary.
2020 U.S. ELECTION: What you need to know right now
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in their first 2020 presidential campaign debate held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 29, 2020. -Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said. BY THE NUMBERS-Trump has pulled into a virtual tie with Biden in Florida, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll showed on Wednesday. INVESTOR VIEWWall Street could see sharp swings in trading after the election. But there are safeguards in place to keep the stock market or equity futures from sliding out of control.
Most Cathay Pacific pilots and cabin crew accept permanent pay cuts
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd 0293.HK said on Thursday that a majority of pilots and flight attendants had signed new contracts that will result in permanent pay cuts. FILE PHOTO: A sign of Cathay Pacific is seen at its headquarters Cathay City in Hong Kong, China October 21, 2020. It is also seeking changes to contracts with pilots and cabin crew as part of a restructuring that would cost HK$2.2 billion ($284 million). “We are very grateful that a majority of our pilots and cabin crew have already signed up to the new conditions of service,” the airline said in a statement. HKAOA General Secretary Chris Beebe last week told Reuters the decision to force pilots on to lower-paid contracts was “draconian” and “short-sighted”.
Vietnam says release of U.S. citizen was for humanitarian reasons
HANOI (Reuters) - The release last week of Michael Nguyen, a U.S. citizen who was sentenced to 12 years in a Vietnamese prison for attempting to overthrow the state, was for humanitarian reasons, Vietnam’s foreign ministry said on Thursday. “In the spirit of humanitarianism, on October 21 the authorities of Vietnam suspended the sentence of Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen and deported him from Vietnam,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told Reuters in a statement. Nguyen was sentenced to 12 years in prison for “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration,” the statement said. His family had earlier confirmed his release.
DuPont results, annual forecast beat estimates on cost-cutting push
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Dupont logo on a sign at the Dupont Chestnut Run Plaza facility near Wilmington, Delaware, April 17, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer(Reuters) - DuPont DD.N forecast annual profit above expectations on Thursday as a tight check on costs and a recovery in the automotive industry, one of its biggest markets, helped the industrial materials maker's quarterly results beat estimates. It forecast full-year profit of $3.17 to $3.21 per share, well above estimates of $3.03, according to Refinitiv data. Net sales forecast of $20.1 billion to $20.2 billion was at its midpoint, marginally above estimates of $20.1 billion. DuPont’s adjusted earnings per share of 88 cents for the quarter beat estimates of 75 cents.
Lukashenko announces security shake-up to tighten grip on Belarus
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko replaced his interior minister and named three security hawks to new roles on Thursday to tighten his grip on the country after nearly 12 weeks of mass protests. FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting to discuss preparations for the 6th Belarusian People's Congress, in Minsk, Belarus October 27, 2020. Nikolai Petrov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERSIvan Kubrakov, who as head of police in the capital Minsk has led the crackdown on the biggest demonstrations, was appointed interior minister. The two other two new presidential aides are Valery Vakulchik, who spent eight years as head of the KGB security police, and former deputy interior minister Alexander Barsukov. Lukashenko, who staged military exercises in September with close ally Russia, has repeatedly alleged that NATO and the West are whipping up unrest in Belarus.
China's premium car buyers drive VW back to profit
“The coronavirus remains a central problem,” Volkswagen Chief Financial Officer Frank Witter said in a conference call with reporters. Volkswagen reiterated it expects to post a profit for the full year, saying its business “recovered noticeably” in the third quarter as sales in China of premium vehicles, including Audi and Porsche sports cars, rose 3%. Volkswagen said its net liquidity rose to 24.8 billion euros from 18.7 billion at the end of the second quarter. Excluding one-time items, third-quarter operating profit was 3.2 billion euros ($3.8 billion), down from 4.8 billion euros a year earlier, but up from a second quarter loss of 1.7 billion. Italian-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCHA.MIFCAU.N and Peugeot manufacturer PSA Group PEUP.PA both also posted solid results this week.
Deadly attacks in France
Police officers secure the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Eric GaillardHere are some other attacks that have taken place in France:- Oct. 16 - School teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on the street of a Paris suburb. - July 26, 2016 - Two attackers killed a priest and seriously wounded another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot dead by police. Francois Hollande, France’s president at the time, said the hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Islamic State said it was responsible.
Bledisloe or bust for Wallabies in Tri-Nations opener
A 16-16 draw in Wellington followed by a 27-7 All Blacks win in Auckland means the Bledisloe Cup series remains alive even if the Wallabies need to win the last two matches if they are to end New Zealand’s 17-year grip on the trophy. “We know it will be a massive effort from the Wallabies this week,” All Blacks coach Ian Foster said on Thursday. Rennie will clearly be hoping his forwards can give them the platform they provided to Toomua and O’Connor with their aggressive display in Wellington. “We’ve seen where we think we’ve created opportunities for ourselves,” the New Zealander said on Thursday. Despite having dominated the Bledisloe Cup exchanges since 2003, the usual match scheduling means New Zealand have not actually secured the trophy on Australian soil since 2009.
France team to face Ireland in the Six Nations
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Scotland v France - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Britain - March 8, 2020 France head coach Fabien Galthie inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Russell CheynePARIS (Reuters) - France coach Fabien Galthie on Thursday named the following team to face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday:15-Anthony Bouthier, 14-Vincent Rattez, 13-Virimi Vakatawa, 12-Arthur Vincent, 11-Gael Fickou, 10-Romain Ntamack, 9-Antoine Dupont, 8-Gregory Alldritt, 7-Charles Ollivon (captain), 6-Francois Cros, 5-Paul Willemse, 4-Bernard Le Roux, 3-Mohamed Haouas, 2-Julien Marchand, 1-Cyril BailleReplacements: 16-Camille Chat, 17-Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18-Demba Bamba, 19-Romain Taofifenua, 20-Dylan Cretin, 21-Baptiste Serin, 22-Arthur Retiere, 23-Thomas Ramos
Analysis: U.S. drugmakers, bracing for price cuts, shift election support toward Democrats
That is a stark shift from 2016, when nearly two thirds of industry campaign donations went to Republicans. Senior pharmaceutical executives lean Republican, while workers’ donations skew toward Democrats and largely supported Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden, data shows. In the 2018 election cycle, in which Democrats took control of the House, some 57% of the industry’s more than $17 million in donations went to Republicans. Industry PACs leaned Republican during each federal election in the past eight years by varying margins, political donation data shows. They are supporting Biden at a rate of about 4 to 1 or roughly $6 million to $1.5 million in donations, data show.
Airbus to stop burning cash, defends higher output plan
Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said Airbus had learned much about how to adapt during the seven-month-old crisis. But suppliers worry in case Airbus is unable to meet the new goal, leaving them with bills for investing in new capacity. Some analysts expect Airbus to cut wide-body rates again after halving A350 output to five a month. Airbus is meanwhile steeling itself for an acrimonious divorce between Britain and the European Union as trade talks go down to the wire. Faury said Airbus had reactivated planning for a worst-case no-deal Brexit, though he did not expect this to be needed.
StanChart warns profit goal pushed back as pandemic bites
FILE PHOTO: A logo of Standard Chartered is displayed at its main branch in Hong Kong, China August 1, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File PhotoUnderscoring its improved near-term performance, StanChart said it may resume dividend payments when it releases full-year results in February. Despite the better-than-expected quarterly performance, the bank’s shares fell more than 5% in London as investors took note of the lender’s cautious outlook and its acknowledgement that the pandemic has pushed back its profit goals. StanChart said last month it would merge several businesses and cut its number of senior executives. Both StanChart and rival HSBC HSBA.L, whose shares have nearly halved in value this year, are also grappling with political uncertainty in Hong Kong, a key market for both.
South Korea expresses 'serious concern' over any Japanese radioactive water dump
REUTERS/Issei KatoSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea expressed alarm on Thursday about the possibility that Japan will dump more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea. South Korea’s “serious concern” about the contaminated water was conveyed when senior officials from the uneasy neighbours met for talks in Seoul for their first time since Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, took office last month. “Director-general Kim highlighted our grave awareness and serious concern about the issue of the Fukushima reactor contaminated water,” the South Korean foreign ministry said in a statement, referring to Kim Jung-han, director-general for Asia and Pacific affairs, who led the South Korean team. The Japanese government has said no decision has been made on the disposal of the water from the damaged plant. Kim said Japan needed to show a “more sincere attitude” to resolve the row, urging it to lift trade restrictions imposed on South Korea, the South Korean ministry said.
More than a quarter of Britons worked from home last week: ONS
FILE PHOTO: People walk during the morning rush hour in the Canary Wharf amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London Britain, October 15, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKayLONDON (Reuters) - Twenty-nine percent of adults in Britain worked from home last week, the highest proportion since July, as more regions ramped up health restrictions in response to a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey showed on Thursday. The Office for National Statistics also said 7.5% of the workforce remained furloughed during the two weeks to Oct. 18, two weeks before the closure of the government’s Job Retention scheme.
Poland's total coronavirus cases top 300,000 after new daily record
FILE PHOTO: A health worker in protective suit gives a document to man, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a test center in front of a hospital in Warsaw, Poland October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Kacper PempelWARSAW (Reuters) - Poland reported another daily record of coronavirus infections and deaths on Thursday with new 20,156 cases and 301 deaths related to COVID-19. The health ministry said the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections has tripled in less than a month, exceeding 300,000. Government officials have warned infections could rise fast due to massive protests sweeping Poland following a Constitutional Court ruling last Thursday that has introduced a near total ban on abortions. No major protests are planned on Thursday but a mass gathering is scheduled in Warsaw on Friday.
India to bring new law for pollution control in Delhi and surrounding areas-minister
FILE PHOTO: Men ride their bicycles in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog, in New Delhi, India, October 24, 2020. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiNEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is set to introduce a new law for pollution control in capital city of New Delhi and the surrounding areas, federal environment minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters on Thursday. New Delhi and its satellite cities, which last year accounted for half of the dozen most-polluted cities worldwide, suffered the season’s worst air so far on Thursday, as dropping wind speeds trapped deadly pollutants. The minister didn’t provide details about the proposed law..
Euro zone faces risk of double dip recession, ECB supervisor says
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The euro zone faces the risk of a double dip recession as new economic restrictions are put in place to contain the coronavirus pandemic, European Central Bank supervisor Kerstin af Jochnick said on Thursday. “The baseline scenario of our projections cannot be taken for granted and the possibility of a double-dip recession cannot be ruled out yet, as the new restrictions being implemented across the euro area to curb the current resurgence of COVID-19 cases will again increase uncertainty for households, corporates and banks,” she said.
Lukashenko announces security shake-up to tighten grip on Belarus
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko replaced his interior minister and named three security hawks to new roles on Thursday to tighten his grip on the country after nearly 12 weeks of mass protests. FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting to discuss preparations for the 6th Belarusian People's Congress, in Minsk, Belarus October 27, 2020. Nikolai Petrov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERSIvan Kubrakov, who as head of police in the capital Minsk has led the crackdown on the biggest demonstrations, was appointed interior minister. The two other two new presidential aides are Valery Vakulchik, who spent eight years as head of the KGB security police, and former deputy interior minister Alexander Barsukov. Lukashenko, who staged military exercises in September with close ally Russia, has repeatedly alleged that NATO and the West are whipping up unrest in Belarus.
Xiaomi bucks trend of contracting China smartphone market in third quarter: Counterpoint
REUTERS/Valentyn OgirenkoSHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s smartphone market continued its steady contraction in the third quarter, with shipments declining 14% year-on-year, research firm Counterpoint reported on Friday. Xiaomi Corp 1810.HK was the only brand to see growth in the quarter, with sales in China up 8% year-on-year. Its overall market share rose to 11% from 9% in the same period last year. Apple Inc AAPL.O and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd both saw sales decline, breaking a growth streak that lasted several quarters. Their overall shares of the market, however, remained relatively stable, with Apple at 8% and Huawei at 45%.
Catering group Sodexo in talks on job cuts, sees further sales hit
(Reuters) - French catering and food services group Sodexo EXHO.PA said on Thursday it was in talks with employee representatives over its planned 2,083 job cuts, as it forecast a further revenue slump in a sector that was recovering but still hurt by the coronavirus crisis. FILE PHOTO: The logo of French food services and facilities management group Sodexo is seen at the company headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France, November 30, 2018. Sodexo announced the job cuts on Tuesday, saying they would represent less than 7% of its workforce and mainly affect its corporate services operation. Restructuring costs during its 2020 fiscal year more than quadrupled to 191 million euros as government support schemes across its regions come to an end. Sodexo decided not to propose a dividend for its 2020 fiscal year.
Shell raises dividend as CEO says oil output past peak
“We are starting a new era of dividend growth,” van Beurden told reporters in a call. Shell is planning a major restructuring as part of “a complete overhaul” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. It named nine hubs for oil and gas production: Brazil, Brunei, Gulf of Mexico, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Permian and Britain’s North Sea. “As a result of COVID-19, there continues to be significant uncertainty in the macroeconomic conditions with an expected negative impact on demand for oil, gas and related products,” Shell said in a statement. Shell had cut the value of its oil and gas assets, including Prelude, by $16.8 billion in the second quarter after sharply lowering its price outlook.
Britain pressed to follow French and German lockdowns as COVID rates surge
FILE PHOTO: A closed store is pictured, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nottingham, Britain October 12, 2020. Steven Riley, the author of the study, said the government should decide quickly if it wanted to follow France and Germany. However Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said he did not think it was inevitable that the UK would follow France and Germany in imposing nationwide restrictions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who addressed parliament on Thursday, said her government had moved quickly to prevent intensive care facilities being overwhelmed. The United States has also seen a surge in new coronavirus cases in the run up to next week’s presidential election, with more than 80,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths reported on Wednesday.
Factbox: France's litany of deadly attacks
Police officers secure the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020. Paty’s attacker said he wanted to punish him for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson. Francois Hollande, who was France’s president at the time, says the two hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to Islamic State. The attacker told police negotiators during a siege that he was answering an appeal by Islamic State. Islamic State says it was responsible for the attacks.
Britain says it is doing everything it can to avoid national lockdown
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will do everything it can to avoid ordering a second national COVID-19 lockdown because it believes it will do more harm than good to the country, a minister said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 30, 2020. “The judgement of the government today is that a blanket national lockdown is not appropriate, would do more harm than good,” he told Times Radio. British data showed there were 9,520 patients in hospital with COVID, the highest level since May 14. “That’s where I think that the big risk lies now,” Nabarro told the BBC.
Analysis: Exchanges, retail brokers, say they are ready for any post-U.S. election volatility
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exchanges and retail brokers, under scrutiny after recent outages within their industries, have spent months planning for Election Day. In August, cyberattacks hit New Zealand's stock exchange NZX.NZ, and in July, a Deutsche Boerse DB1Gn.DE trading platform was briefly hobbled for the second time since April. Nasdaq executives began looking ahead to the Nov. 3 election in March after the coronavirus pandemic whipsawed markets and sent trading volumes soaring, he said. “This was done to ensure adequate liquidity and broker coverage in anticipation of potential expanded volumes and volatility around the election,” said a Cboe spokeswoman. Intercontinental Exchange Inc's ICE.N New York Stock Exchange said it does regular testing but has not taken any special election-related measures.
Tech giants face tougher new rules, more power to enforcers: EU's Vestager
FILE PHOTO: Executive Vice President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager addresses the media at the German Economy Ministry in Berlin, Germany September 7, 2020. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Tech giants will have to play fairer in the 27-country bloc under new rules aimed at reining in their power while EU antitrust regulators will also arm themselves with more power to investigate structural problems, Europe’s digital chief said on Thursday. European Vice-President and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is due to announce the new rules known as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act on Dec. 2.
Democrats prefer 'scalpel' over 'jackhammer' to reform key U.S. internet law
President Donald Trump and top Republicans, angered by what they allege is tech companies’ censorship of conservative ideas, say the legal shield has outlived its usefulness. Democrats have also taken aim at the law because they claim it fails to tackle widespread misinformation and hate. But they argue the law is important to free speech online and want a more deliberate and moderate approach to reform. She has introduced legislation to remove tech companies’ liability protections if their algorithms amplify harmful, radicalizing content that leads to offline violence. “No matter the outcome of the election, I think Section 230 reform will be on the agenda next Congress,” Representative Eshoo said.
Huawei lawyers to question Canada border official in fourth day of Meng U.S. extradition case
(Reuters) - In a case dating back two years, lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Thursday will resume questioning a Canada border officer who intercepted Meng before the federal police arrested her. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada October 26, 2020. Meng, 48, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 while on a layover bound for Mexico. The officer who arrested her, RCMP Constable Winston Yep, testified over Monday, Tuesday and part of Wednesday, before Kirkland took the stand. Soon after her detention, China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig on espionage charges.
More lives claimed in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Rough CutsMore lives claimed in Nagorno-Karabakh conflictPostedAzerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of killing civilians by shelling cities in and around Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday, in an escalation of a month-long conflict over the mountain enclave that has defied three ceasefires.
Leipzig face major Bundesliga test after European mauling
BERLIN (Reuters) - RB Leipzig’s unbeaten run in the Bundesliga this season will be put to the test when they travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, three days after their European mauling at the hands of Manchester United. Leipzig, Champions League semi-finalists last season, are a point clear of Bayern Munich at the top of the table, with Gladbach in sixth place. The Saxony club has yet to lose to Gladbach in its brief Bundesliga history, having won five of eight games. But this time the trip to the Foals is likely to be their toughest league test this season. Champions Bayern, fresh from their 2-1 Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow, travel to strugglers Cologne, while Borussia Dortmund, in third place and level on 12 points with Bayern, face promoted Arminia Bielefeld.
German unemployment falls sharply before partial lockdown
BERLIN (Reuters) - German unemployment fell much more than expected in October and demand for job protection schemes kept declining as the labour market in Europe’s largest economy continued to recover from the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of people out of work fell by 35,000 in seasonally adjusted terms to 2.863 million, the data showed, far more than a 5,000 drop forecast in a Reuters poll. “Unemployment and underemployment fell sharply in October. The use of short-time work continues to decline,” Labour Office head Detlef Scheele said. “This will hit the labour market, but it won’t collapse,” Scheele said.
Activists urge 'Big Pharma' to be transparent on COVID-19 vaccine costs
GENEVA (Reuters) - Activists called on pharmaceutical companies on Thursday to be transparent about the costs and terms of providing COVID-19 vaccines, saying they must be available and affordable for all. FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado RuvicFrench drugmaker Sanofi and Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday they would supply 200 million doses of their COVID-19 candidate vaccine to the global COVAX vaccine facility backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the GAVI vaccine alliance. No company has shared information on research and development, clinical trials or manufacturing costs of potential COVID-19 vaccines, MSF said, adding this was vital for the public to assess prices set. Human Rights Watch, in a separate report, said governments funding vaccines with public money should be transparent about terms and conditions attached.
Hurricane Zeta slams Louisiana with high winds, 'life-threatening' surge
(Reuters) - Hurricane Zeta smashed into Louisiana on Wednesday with 110-mile-per-hour (175 kph) winds and what government trackers called “a life-threatening storm surge,” the third hurricane to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast state this year. Zeta’s extremely dangerous winds pummeled a stretch of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mississippi. Its storm surge will reach up to 9 feet (2.7 meters) from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the mouth of the Pearl River, in Mississippi. Rains of 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm) are expected from the Gulf Coast to the central Appalachians, the NHC said. Coastal and low-lying communities along the state’s Gulf Coast called for mandatory evacuations.
Kremlin, after French attacks, says wrong to kill but wrong to insult religion too
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin, commenting on recent beheading incidents in France, said on Thursday it was unacceptable to kill people, but also wrong to insult the feelings of religious believers. The Kremlin was commenting after a knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack at a church in the French city of Nice.
In Nepal's capital, sole crematorium for COVID victims becomes busier
A health worker inside a booth collects swap from a man as he takes a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kathmandu, Nepal October 9, 2020. “Initially there were not many, hardly five or six, and sometimes none at all for days,” Kharel said. Latest government figures show Nepal’s total cases stood at 162,354, including 887 deaths. The old, densely populated city of Kathmandu and its temple studded valley account for 44 percent of Nepal’s infections and more than one-thirds of deaths. Kharel waited grimly for more victims to arrive at the crematorium.
American jailed for bid to overthrow Vietnam government says he was kidnapped
“I was essentially kidnapped, myself and three others, taken off a bus,” Nguyen, the father of four daughters, said of his detention. Just hours before Pompeo was due to arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam’s foreign ministry released a statement saying Nguyen was released for humanitarian reasons. Nguyen declined to disclose further details of his imprisonment and release at Thu Duc Prison, saying it could affect the cases of other foreigners jailed in Vietnam. Vietnam has previously freed imprisoned political activists before the end of their sentences, provided they permanently leave the country. Nguyen’s release was not reported in Vietnam’s state media.
Democrats prefer 'scalpel' over 'jackhammer' to reform key U.S. internet law
President Donald Trump and top Republicans, angered by what they allege is tech companies’ censorship of conservative ideas, say the legal shield has outlived its usefulness. Democrats have also taken aim at the law because they claim it fails to tackle widespread misinformation and hate. But they argue the law is important to free speech online and want a more deliberate and moderate approach to reform. She has introduced legislation to remove tech companies’ liability protections if their algorithms amplify harmful, radicalizing content that leads to offline violence. “No matter the outcome of the election, I think Section 230 reform will be on the agenda next Congress,” Representative Eshoo said.
Huawei lawyers to question Canada border official in fourth day of Meng U.S. extradition case
(Reuters) - In a case dating back two years, lawyers for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on Thursday will resume questioning a Canada border officer who intercepted Meng before the federal police arrested her. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada October 26, 2020. Meng, 48, was arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 while on a layover bound for Mexico. The officer who arrested her, RCMP Constable Winston Yep, testified over Monday, Tuesday and part of Wednesday, before Kirkland took the stand. Soon after her detention, China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig on espionage charges.
TikTok owner ByteDance launches education technology brand Dali for China
BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing-based ByteDance announced a standalone education technology (edtech) brand Dali for the Chinese market on Thursday, becoming another major tech player looking to capitalise on the sector’s boom driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Logos of Bytedance, the China-based company which owns the short video app TikTok, or Douyin, are seen on a strap of an employee card, in Beijing, China August 13, 2020. The brand independence of Dali Education is just the beginning of a long journey.”Demand for education technology grew during the coronavirus pandemic as widespread lockdowns in China and school closures forced students to take online classes from home for many months. ByteDance entered into the education sector in 2016 by investing in edtech startups and also developing education products on its own. Eight-year-old ByteDance’s revenue mainly comes from its Chinese short video app Douyin and news aggregator Jinri Toutiao.
Knife attack in Nice leaves 3 people dead
Police at the scene of the attack in Nice | Valery Hache/AFP via Getty ImagesPARIS — Three people were killed and several others injured in a knife attack in the southern French city of Nice, according to the city’s mayor. The attack, which took place on Thursday morning in and around a church, is being investigated as a potential act of terrorism, Le Monde reported. A police operation was still underway as of late morning on Thursday but a suspect has been arrested, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said. The third victim was killed in a bar in front of the church, where she had taken refuge. Estrosi added that later on Thursday, Macron will travel to Nice.
EU eyes tighter grip on data in ‘tech sovereignty’ push – POLITICO
Breton's push was bolstered by the EU's top court stricking down Brussels' transatlantic data flows deal with the U.S., called Privacy Shield, in July because of fears over privacy. AdvertisementRestrictions on data flows are not the only rules in the act that indicate Europe's changing tack. The proposal includes requirements for providers of “data sharing services” and companies engaged in collecting data for “data altruism activities” to be legally established in the EU or EEA. "[Our stance] has not changed with the judgment, we believe in free data flows," Sauer said. Speaking at the same event as Sauer, James Sullivan, a key U.S. negotiator for a revived U.S.-EU data flows deal, said vocal backing of data sovereignty in Brussels was not helpful in keeping transatlantic data flows alive.
Xiaomi bucks trend of contracting China smartphone market in Q3: Counterpoint
REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/FilesSHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s smartphone market continued its steady contraction in the third quarter, with shipments declining 14% year-on-year, research firm Counterpoint reported on Friday. Xiaomi Corp was the only brand to see growth in the quarter, with sales in China up 8% year-on-year. Its overall market share rose to 11% from 9% in the same period last year. Apple Inc and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd both saw sales decline, breaking a growth streak that lasted several quarters. Their overall shares of the market, however, remained relatively stable, with Apple at 8% and Huawei at 45%.
IndiGo posts record quarterly loss on pandemic hit
FILE PHOTO: An IndiGo Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft takes off in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File PhotoBENGALURU (Reuters) - Interglobe Aviation Ltd, the operator of India’s largest airline IndiGo, reported its biggest quarterly loss on Thursday as travel curbs still in place to control the spread of the coronavirus hammered the aviation industry. The company logged a net loss of 11.95 billion rupees ($161.61 million) for the second quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a loss of 10.66 billion rupees last year. Revenue from operations plunged 66% to 27.41 billion rupees, the airline operator said. ($1 = 73.9430 rupees)
Man arrested in Jeddah after attacking guard at French consulate 'with sharp tool' - Saudi TV
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi man was arrested in Jeddah after attacking a guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate, Saudi state TV said on Thursday. Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Alison Williams Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
India's top airline IndiGo posts record quarterly loss on pandemic hit
REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File PhotoBENGALURU (Reuters) - Interglobe Aviation Ltd, which runs India’s largest airline IndiGo, reported its steepest quarterly loss on Thursday as pandemic-related travel restrictions continued to dent its operations. The global aviation industry has been among the worst hit by the pandemic and related travel restrictions. The company’s second-quarter net loss came in at 11.95 billion rupees ($161.61 million), compared with a loss of 10.66 billion rupees last year. IndiGo, which dominates the domestic market, said its total debt as of September stood at 254,194 million rupees, up 28% from last year. Revenue from operations plunged 66% to 27.41 billion rupees, the airline operator said on Thursday.
Panasonic beats forecasts, developing new battery cell for Tesla
TOKYO (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp said on Thursday it is working to develop a new battery cell for Tesla Inc based on the U.S. electric vehicle maker’s new cell format, as the Japanese company moves forward its decade-old partnership with Tesla. A man is seen next to Panasonic Corp's logo at Panasonic Center in Tokyo, Japan, February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/FilesTesla’s new battery cell — a larger cylindrical format called 4680 that can store more energy and is easier to make — is key to achieving the goal of cutting battery costs in half and ramping up battery production nearly 100-fold by 2030. “We are targeting a profit margin of around 5% at our Tesla battery business within two to three years,” he added. Panasonic’s July-September operating profit rose to 92.8 billion yen ($886.34 million), compared with 83.9 billion yen a year ago.
What You Can And Cannot Wear To Vote, According To Election Experts
It’s not even clear what exactly each states’ rules are surrounding what you can and cannot wear to cast your vote. But rules vary from state to state, and the inconsistencies create confusion and loopholes. “There have been issues just in the past few weeks about people going to vote early wearing a shirt that says Black Lives Matter, for example,” he said. If you show up on Election Day wearing the wrong thing and someone calls you on it and says you can’t be in this area, that could functionally undermine your right to vote. “The laws are concerned about undue influence, but it’s also a matter of respect for people around you.
India to bring new law for pollution control in Delhi and surrounding areas-minister
FILE PHOTO: Buildings are seen shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India, October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Anushree FadnavisNEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is set to introduce a new law for pollution control in capital city of New Delhi and the surrounding areas, federal environment minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters on Thursday. New Delhi and its satellite cities, which last year accounted for half of the dozen most-polluted cities worldwide, suffered the season’s worst air so far on Thursday, as dropping wind speeds trapped deadly pollutants. The minister didn’t provide details about the proposed law..
3 Dead In Knife Attack Near Church In French City Of Nice
VALERY HACHE via Getty Images French forensics officers arrive at the site of a knife attack in Nice on Oct. 29, 2020. Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city’s Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. Three people have been killed and several others wounded after a knife attack near a church in the French city of Nice. The attack comes while France is still reeling from the fatal attack earlier this month of French middle school teacher Samuel Paty. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
Is It Safe To Host Thanksgiving Dinner During The COVID-19 Pandemic?
To decrease the chances of transmitting COVID-19, experts advise planning a low-risk Thanksgiving celebration. There is no “ideal” number of guests, but Gorbach warned that as the guest list increases, so do the odds of transmitting COVID-19. Remember to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly when you’re away from home. Even outdoors, it’s still important to maintain social distancing and wear a mask, Nuño said. Practice social distancing, alwaysSkip the hugs and handshakes and encourage social distancing.
So Your Favorite Children's Books Didn't Age Well. Here's What You Can Do About It.
Many parents love reading with their kids; it’s a bonding experience — one that promotes learning and a love of storytelling. But what happens when you’re reading a beloved favorite from childhood with your kids only to realize it hasn’t aged so well? In the moment, I wondered, “How should I handle reading this and other books like it with my kid?”And I’m not alone. “Like many people, I have naturally gravitated toward books that I loved as a child or stories that are considered classics. LaNesha Tabb, a kindergarten teacher who also runs the successful Instagram Education With an Apron, explained how she talks to her kids about problematic books.
What Is The Internet Doing To Boomers’ Brains?
What it has not produced, however, is a satisfying answer to a simple question: What is the internet doing to our parents’ brains? Older Americans falling prey to internet conspiracy theories, in other words, could be just another side effect of American inequality. If younger Americans are digital natives, older Americans are digital refugees, drifting onto social media platforms slowly and haphazardly. Social media also amplifies what researchers call the “illusory truth effect” — the more times you hear something, the truer it seems. Keeping them from stumbling across conspiracy theories, however, only takes a government willing to regulate and social media companies willing to curate.
Three dead, others injured in suspected terrorist attack at French church
Three people have been killed and others injured in what police described as a terrorist attack at the Notre Dame basilica in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday. A man armed with a knife attacked people inside the church around 9 a.m. local time, killing a woman and a man, French police confirmed to NBC News. A third victim, another woman, ran from the church seeking refuge in a café, shop but was hunted down and killed, police added. The police confirmed that the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack and that the national anti-terrorist public prosecutor's department is now officially in charge of the investigation. Local police tweeted that there was an operation underway in the Notre Dame area in central Nice.
Volkswagen returns to profit as global auto markets recover
FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo, cars are lined up at a Volkswagen car dealer in Essen, Germany. German automaker Volkswagen says it returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to cost discipline and a rebound in global sales markets led by China after the lifting of the severe restrictions on activity in the early phase of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo, cars are lined up at a Volkswagen car dealer in Essen, Germany. German automaker Volkswagen says it returned to profit in the third quarter thanks to cost discipline and a rebound in global sales markets led by China after the lifting of the severe restrictions on activity in the early phase of the pandemic. A key driver of the rebound was China, Volkswagen Group’s single largest market, where sales rose 3% over the entire July-September quarter.
Health contractors vetted stars’ politics for US virus ad
Public relations firms hired by the Department of Health and Human Services vetted the political views of hundreds of celebrities, including Aguilera, Lopez, and Black, for a health education advertising campaign on the coronavirus outbreak. “I have ordered a strategic review of this public health education campaign that will be led by our top public health and communications experts to determine whether the campaign serves important public health purposes,” Azar told the subcommittee, which is investigating the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak . Because public health policy around the coronavirus pandemic has become so politically polarized, it’s unclear how well a confidence-building campaign from the government would play. And Trump has alienated much of the medical establishment with his dismissive comments about basic public health measures, such as wearing masks . Antony and Quaid were among just a few celebrities who were approved for the campaign, according to the documents.
Merkel warns Germans of a ‘difficult winter’ as virus surges
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech about German government's policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease at the parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans to expect a “difficult winter” as the number of newly reported coronavirus cases in the country hit a new high. ADVERTISEMENTMerkel told lawmakers that Germany is in a “dramatic situation” as it goes into winter, which she said would be “four long, difficult months. Merkel said democratic debate about the virus restrictions was important, but blasted some critics who have claimed the German government is exaggerating the threat of the virus. “Lies and disinformation, conspiracies and hatred damage not just the debate but also the battle against the virus,” she said.
Postcards From Americans: What Motivates People To Vote
Postcards From Americans: What Motivates People To VoteEnlarge this image toggle caption Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes LukeAfter the 2016 presidential election, photographer Katie Hayes Luke felt that media coverage of the 2016 election and the apparent surprise about the results indicated a disconnect between the public narrative and the voters' private views. In 2017, Hayes Luke started the project Postcards From Americans. Enlarge this image toggle caption Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes LukeEnlarge this image toggle caption Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes LukeKatie Hayes LukeEnlarge this image toggle caption Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes Luketoggle caption Katie Hayes LukeKatie Hayes Luketoggle caption Katie Hayes LukeHow long did you spend working on this project? Enlarge this image toggle caption Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes Luketoggle caption Katie Hayes LukeEnlarge this image toggle caption Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes Luketoggle caption Katie Hayes LukeEnlarge this image Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes Luketoggle caption Katie Hayes LukeAny interesting experiences you would like to share? toggle caption Katie Hayes Luketoggle caption Katie Hayes LukeEnlarge this image toggle caption Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes Luketoggle caption Katie Hayes LukeKatie Hayes LukeKatie Hayes LukePhotographer Katie Hayes Luke will continue to work on the project up until the 2020 presidential election.
Nokia profit up, new CEO pledges to boost 5G investments
HELSINKI (AP) — Telecom equipment maker Nokia has reported improved third-quarter earnings largely in line with expectations, but acknowledged it faced challenges in the race for new generation 5G networks. It pledged to invest more in those networks and said it would revamp business strategy under its new CEO. The Espoo, Finland-based maker of new-generation 5G mobile and other networks said Thursday that net profit for the July-September period was up 14% at 305 million euros ($358 million). ADVERTISEMENTHe said “more change is needed” within Nokia, which has played catch-up to China’s Huawei and Sweden’s Ericsson in the lucrative 5G market. Lundmark said Nokia would share details of the new strategy in December.
Pandemic Means Closing Time For Many New York City Restaurants And Bars
Pandemic Means Closing Time For Many New York City Restaurants And BarsEnlarge this image toggle caption Camille Petersen Camille PetersenNitecap, a bar in Manhattan's Lower East Side, did not have a big party to say goodbye. Nitecap was not able to do outdoor dining, so its revenue stayed low for months, and rent debts piled up. Some city restaurants have added year-round outdoor dining, others are serving indoors at 25% capacity. And, because the outdoor dining that had been keeping Pado afloat did not seem viable in winter. As debts keep piling up and winter approaches, restaurants in the city are up against stubborn math.
‘Worry isn’t going to get the election result that we want’: 5 things to do on Election Night instead of freaking out
A potentially longer-than-usual wait to find out this year’s election results doesn’t have to mean stress-eating, doomscrolling or impulsively moving around your money. Experts say the unprecedented, pandemic-induced surge in-mail voting could lead to some states’ vote counts stretching days or even weeks after Election Day. “Worry isn’t going to get the election result that we want,” Wright said. Plan election-night activities you know will be soothing, Wright said, whether they’re dinner with your family or a game night. “A version of this unfolds every election cycle: ‘Vote for me, or we will fall into the abyss.’ That’s never true, or it’s rarely true,” he said.
Heathrow boss hopeful of London-New York air bridge by Thanksgiving
The boss of Heathrow Airport has urged the U.K. government to speed up talks with the U.S. over creating a “pilot air bridge” in time for Thanksgiving on Nov. 26. Around 19 million passengers used Heathrow in the first nine months of the year, down 69% from 61 million in the same period last year. That compares with 19.3 million passengers who used Charles de Gaulle in the French capital, a 67% fall from the 58 million it had in 2019. Last week, Heathrow launched the U.K.’s first pre-departure testing facility, allowing passengers flying from Heathrow to Hong Kong and Italy to get rapid COVID-19 tests before checking in. In October, Heathrow raised an additional £1.4 billion in the global bond markets.
Coronavirus tally: Global cases of COVID-19 44.5 million, 1.17 million deaths and U.S. nears 228,000 fatalities
The global tally for confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 climbed to 44.5 million on Thursday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, while the death toll rose to 1.17 million. The U.S. has the highest case total at 8.9 million and deaths at 227,700. Brazil has the second highest death toll at 158,456 and is third by cases at 5.5 million. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll at 90,309 and ninth highest case tally at 906,863. The U.K has 45,765 deaths, the highest in Europe and fifth highest in the world, and 945,378 cases.
Alphabet Reports Earnings Today. Here’s What to Know.
Days after the Justice Department launched a landmark antitrust civil action against Alphabet, the company is set to report its third-quarter earnings Thursday after the close. Citi Research analyst Jason Bazinet wrote in a note to clients last week that the Justice Department suit casts a wide net and claims all of Alphabet’s search agreements are illegal. According to multiple reports, the payments to Apple totaled about $1 billion in 2014, and have evidently risen steadily since. In accounting parlance, the Apple payments are considered traffic acquisition costs, or TAC, which analysts watch closely. Of the analysts that cover Alphabet, 39 analysts rate the stock a Buy, and four have a Hold.
Here are five stocks to own for the 5G network buildout
Apple has finally rolled out 5G iPhones. This points to a multiyear effort to build actual working 5G networks. Here are five small-cap companies that Cuellar believes are primed to take advantages of “a good multiyear spending environment” for 5G network construction, sorted alphabetically. InphiInphi Corp. IPHI, -2.55% provides components for companies that make network equipment for telecommunications carriers and data center operators. Cuellar said Inphi’s management expects 5G spending by its customers to “ramp hard” in 2022.
At least two dead, several injured in knife attack in Nice, France
PARIS (AP) — French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice that killed two people and wounded several others at a time when French authorities are on high alert for extremist violence. The assailant was arrested after the Thursday morning attack at the Notre Dame Church and taken to a nearby hospital after being injured during his arrest, a police official said. He was believed to be acting alone and police are not searching for other assailants, the official said. The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said an investigation was opened into an attack with a terrorist connection. The prime minister rushed from the hall to head to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the attack.
Is England heading for another lockdown? Here’s what you need to know
The UK government is doing "everything" to avoid a full national lockdown but has not ruled out a short-term circuit breaker lockdown in England. “The very clear policy of the government is to do everything we can to avoid a full national lockdown,” housing minister Robert Jenrick told Sky News today. READ France will go back into a nationwide lockdown until December, Macron saysA circuit breaker, which is a two-to three-week lockdown, would ban households mixing and pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues would be forced to close. Jenrick said a circuit breaker lockdown would likely be "for a number of weeks" and need to be "repeated regularly". Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeated on multiple occasions that he wants to avoid a national lockdown, although he did not rule it out.
How a Biden Presidency Would (Slowly) Change U.S. Policy on China
Text sizePresidential candidate Joe Biden, were he to win the November election, would change U.S.-China policy, but not swiftly, Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer said in a press briefing. With Biden ahead of President Donald Trump in the polls, Bremmer predicted that a Biden victory would result in “a much greater normalization of high-level engagement with China” beyond trade. Like the U.S. public, the Chinese leadership is divided on a Biden presidency, he said. A Biden administration would try to form multilateral coalitions to contain China, said Gerald Butts, vice chairman of Eurasia Group. Biden would also reach out to China on climate policy, Bremmer said.
Pinterest projects 60% sales growth in fourth-quarter as ad sales rebound
The forecast, which the company termed an 'informal' one, compares to a 35% growth modeled by Wall Street analysts, according to Refinitiv data. Shares of the company, which also beat third-quarter sales estimates, jumped 28% to $63.05 in extended trading. Pinterest said it benefited as advertisers redirected spending to its platform following a social media ad boycott campaign that began in July. Monthly active users jumped 37% to 442 million during the third quarter. Pinterest's total revenue jumped 58% to $443 million, well ahead of analysts' estimates of $383.5 million.
Republicans used a Senate hearing to criticize tech CEOs for fact-checking Trump's posts before the election
ReutersSenate Republicans berated the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google on Wednesday, claiming that the tech companies discriminated against conservatives with policies against misinformation related to COVID-19 and mail-in voting. Instead, it focused on the tech companies' steps to fact-check false claims posted by President Donald Trump, which Republicans said amounted to censorship. Meanwhile, Democrats voiced concerns that tech companies would be too willing to bend to Republicans' wishes in the week leading up to the election. They further claimed that tech companies are primarily staffed by liberal-leaning employees — an assertion that Dorsey and Pichai denied but Zuckerberg said may be true. Democrats at the hearing slammed Republicans for their lines of questioning, accusing them of politicizing the hearing to pressure tech companies not to take action against Trump's posts.
Level Up Your Hosting Game With These 14 Genius Gadgets
Intimate dinner parties and cocktail hours have been our saving graces in a quarantine world, and it's making us appreciate hosting at home even more. But it's not always as effortless as we'd like it to seem. Luckily, there are some truly amazing gadgets out there that make hosting easier, more fun, and even more stylish. And whether you're typically the champion of 30-seat dinner parties or prefer a cozy date-night in for two, these tools will give any type of at-home gathering a boost. You're sure to love these entertaining must-haves—and they make great gifts for the other hostesses in your life!
Sexy Halloween costumes are 'almost unsellable': Here what's most popular (and unpopular) this season
The Joe Exotic Tiger Honey Costume, left, and the Joe Exotic Costume are top-sellers at 3 Wishes. (Photos: 3 Wishes)The "Tiger King"-inspired Sexy Joe Exotic Costume is popular this season. The Avengers: Endgame Black Panther Deluxe Child Costume based off Chadwick Boseman's famous character is popular at Rubie's Costume Company. (Photos: Rubie's Costume Company)Rubie's Inflatable Adult T-Rex Costume was a viral sensation in 2020. (Photo: Party City)Essential workers are popular inspirations this Halloween season, such as with this popular Girls Doctor Costume.
At Hearing, Senate Republicans Accuse Twitter, Facebook, Google CEOs of Censorship
A Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday about a U.S. law that shields internet companies from liability over content posted to their platforms — predictably — mainly provided a venue for GOP members to slam the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google for allegedly censoring conservative viewpoints and information. The execs of the three tech companies — Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai — appeared via teleconference before the Senate committee. In a combative exchange with Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked rhetorically, “Mr. Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee issued a report summing up an antitrust probe into four Big Tech companies: Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
WRAPUP 1-Britain pressed to follow French and German lockdowns as COVID rates surge
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has so far tried to avoid a nationwide lockdown, opting instead for a tiered system of local controls intended to tighten measures in affected regions while leaving others less restricted. Steven Riley, the author of the study, said the government should decide quickly if it wanted to follow France and Germany. "And sooner is better than later for these," Riley, a professor of infectious disease dynamics, told the BBC. However Housing Minister Robert Jenrick said he did not think it was inevitable that the UK would follow France and Germany in imposing nationwide restrictions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who addressed parliament on Thursday, said her government had moved quickly to prevent intensive care facilities being overwhelmed.
Credit Suisse Trails Peers as Key Businesses Miss Estimates
Net income dropped 38% to 546 million francs ($599 million), compared with expectations of 597 million francs, dragged lower by the key international wealth management and Swiss units. While the newly-formed combined investment bank did better, it still trailed Wall Street firms and peers such as UBS Group AG and Deutsche Bank AG in trading revenue. It also plans to pay a dividend of 765 million francs next year for 2020. Even so, earnings fell short of estimates at the Swiss Universal Bank and at the main wealth management business. The newly formed investment bank came in ahead of expectations as capital markets deal-making rose 40%, or 52% in U.S. dollar terms.
Apple earnings preview: All eyes on smartphone outlook after iPhone 12 debut
Consensus analysts are looking for service revenue to rise to $13.87 billion, from $13.16 billion in the third and $12.5 billion in the fourth quarter of last year. The company also launched new versions of the iPad and Apple Watch in September before the close of the fourth quarter. Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro — the first suite of 5G-enabled handsets from the company so far — at an event earlier in October, or about one month later than it typically releases its new phones each year due to disruptions from the pandemic. Promotional activity has also been more aggressive around the iPhone 12 than in previous cycles, likely as a bid to boost sales during the pandemic. In terms of Apple’s stock, Wall Street may stay on the sidelines to gauge the success of the iPhone 12 launch until early next year, when more data becomes available on its debut.
Knife attack at French church leaves 3 dead as country is on heightened terror alert
At least three people were killed and several were wounded on Thursday following a knife attack at a church in the French city of Nice, according to multiple reports. One of the victims, a woman, at the city’s Notre Dame Church was reportedly beheaded, according to Reuters. An investigation was opened into an attack by the French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office, reports said. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices with a butcher knife. The prime minister rushed from the hall to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the Nice attack.
3 dead in suspected terrorist knife attack at church in southern France
French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack Thursday that killed three people and injured several others at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. It was the third suspected terrorist assault in France since the opening last month of a trial in the January 2015 killings at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris and a kosher supermarket. The prime minister rushed from the hall to head to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the attack. The caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down members of the newspaper’s editorial staff in 2015. AdvertisementIn September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices with a butcher knife.
Pilot in fatal Hawaii plane crash had a history of taking risks, NTSB report says
There were also reports that describe repairs made to the plane after a previous accident in 2016. “He [Wagner] said he liked flying with Jerome since he seemed to fly consistent and predictable each flight, which he liked in a pilot,” the report said. The plane, which crashed on Oahu’s north shore on June 21, 2019, was the fourth of five scheduled skydiving trips that day for the plane and pilot. The plane went into a diving spin and the skydivers struggled to get out of the plane. AdvertisementIn the aftermath of the crash, the NTSB called on the FAA to tighten its regulations governing parachute operations.
Zeta barrels northeast after battering storm-weary coast
AdvertisementZeta weakened over central Alabama but its strong winds continued across portions of the state and the Florida Panhandle. The storm was about 65 miles (104 kilometers) west northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (96 kmh). Zeta is moving quickly toward the northeast at 39 mph (62 kmh). Signs outside bars and restaurants swayed back and forth in the wind and palm trees along Canal Street whipped furiously. On Tuesday, Zeta raked across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, toppling trees and briefly cutting power to more than 300,000 people but causing no deaths.
3 dead in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspected
“He cried ‘Allah Akbar!' over and over, even after he was injured,” said Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, who told BFM television that three people had died, two inside the church and a third who fled but was mortally wounded. “The meaning of his gesture left no doubt.”
10 shot, 2 fatally, Wednesday in Chicago
Rapheal D. Edwards was shot multiple times about 5:50 p.m. in the 8000 block of South Perry Avenue, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Earlier Wednesday, a 23-year-old man was fatally shot in Back of the Yards on the South Side. About 11:05 p.m., a 39-year-old man was shot and wounded in South Shore. The 18-year-old was shot in his upper back and dropped off at St. Bernard Hospital, police saidEarlier, a man was shot and wounded in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Six people were shot, one fatally, Tuesday in Chicago.
Cold and breezy start to Thursday
We begin Thursday cloudy, breezy and cold with wind chills in the 30s and 40s. Winds will be west-northwest between 15-20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph, before decreasing to 10-15 mph late this afternoon. Expect partial clearing and some breaks in the cloud cover later today with highs in the 50s. Full sunshine and more comfortable weather will return by Friday as temperatures warm into the 60s. The weekend will be dry and pleasant with highs in the 60s and 70s.
Meet the showman behind Las Vegas’ big new bet: Circa
(Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoCasino executive Derek Stevens on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at Circa, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoA life-sized Lego sculpture of casino executive Derek Stevens at Circa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoCasino owner Derek Stevens points to the display at the Circa Sportsbook on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in downtown Las Vegas. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoA view of Circa, the first from-the-ground-up casino built in downtown Las Vegas in 40 years, on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. It’s becoming a “rarity” to see that style of ownership amid widespread corporate control of Las Vegas resorts, he noted.
Ask a real estate pro: Can HOA fine me for removing 'Wear Your Mask’ signs?
Q: My condo association is fining me for flier removal and vandalism. They are accusing me of removing “Wear Your Mask” signs from our building’s main doors. I looked through our condo rules and documents and found nothing about flier removal. The condo president wants to make up some rules under his “emergency powers.” Can I be fined for this?
'La Solana’ estate, listed at $49.5 million, is one of most expensive properties for sale in Palm Beach
“It’s like going back in time when you walk through these rooms,” said Pohrer. “The house was originally built by Wyeth, but Fatio did an addition, and some of the stone was made in Addison Mizner’s shop, so it includes three of the most famous architects of the era. Nothing that we’re on the market against has this detail and this history.”
Ask Amy: Friend who is reeling needs soft place to land
"She may or may not be depressed, but she is certainly grief-stricken and reeling. It’s normal to feel heartbroken when your heart’s been broken. It’s also normal to pull away, because you feel like you won’t be good company, like you are a burden. Be patient with her. Let her know she doesn’t need to ‘cheer up’ for you: she can feel however she’s feeling for as long as she needs to, and you’re not going anywhere.
Mental health among Black Chicagoans a concern as suicide numbers rise
She’s an extrovert, and when Illinois shut down, she said, it was hard not to be able to see friends. With an underlying health condition, she felt a lot of fear when COVID-19 arrived in Chicago. Her job isn’t one she can do remotely, but she needed to be home with her children, ages 7 and 8, and help with remote learning, creating extra stress. And after all of this, she felt more pain watching the George Floyd protests and seeing, she said, how Black people like her were treated.
'Clean energy means everything': Long Islander raps about nuclear power
His recent music video "Bright Future" advocates for nuclear power as a solution to climate change. I put out a record called "The Rap Canterbury Tales" in 2004 — that's not really peer-reviewed, but it was academic rap. That was the first peer-reviewed rap. I'm going to use that for all of my stuff now. What's a line or two you're really pleased with?
Long Island weather: Rainy and windy
It could bring a quarter of an inch of rain per hour to Long Island on Thursday. "The heaviest period of rain looks to be for the afternoon and early evening," the weather service said. And by the evening, the weather service said, "Gusty northeast winds will develop, especially for eastern coastal sections where the winds may gust to 35 to 40 mph at times." Due to Zeta, the weather service said, "Gale warnings go into effect early this evening on a gusty northeast wind. "Friday night will likely be the first widespread freeze for much of the region," the weather service said.
3 dead in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspected
PARIS — An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, authorities said. In Nice, images on French media showed the neighborhood locked down and surrounded by police and emergency vehicles. The prime minister rushed from the hall to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the Nice attack. Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper's editorial meeting in 2015. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices with a butcher knife.
Home furnisher to move to Woodbury after HQ is bought by MTA for Third Track project
A designer and wholesaler of home furnishings, who sold its Bethpage building to make way for the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track project, wants to move to Woodbury, executives said. More than 170 employees would work there, according to president and co-owner Cary Kravet. The MTA wants to replace rented space nearby at 610 Hicksville Rd. "This office park is where we started on Long Island when we moved here in 1963," from New York City, he said. The move to Woodbury, estimated to cost $16 million, would keep Kravet on Long Island, said its real estate attorney Eric C. Rubenstein.
3 killed in knife attack at church in France; terrorism suspected
“He cried ‘Allah Akbar!’ over and over, even after he was injured,” said Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, who told BFM television that three people had died, two inside the church and a third who fled but was mortally wounded. “The meaning of his gesture left no doubt.”
Friendly’s testing ‘drive-up’ takeout model at one Connecticut location
The contactless system for purchasing takeout orders operates like a virtual drive-through, Friendly’s said in a press release. Customers can review a menu board and access Friendly’s Drive-Up Ordering digitally from a QR code posted on signage at select parking spots at the Vernon restaurant. Guests both order and pay on their mobile device, and the food is delivered to their car window.
Dentists could raise fees, exit family practices as pandemic keeps patients away
Millions of Americans are delaying dental appointments over concerns about coronavirus infection, and that's likely to trigger increased fees for patients, job cuts for workers and fewer family practices. “They’re a segment of the population that’s very cautious, and they’re waiting for COVID to pass, so to speak,” Vujicic said. The upshot is that family dental practices are struggling the most since they are unable to spread out the costs of PPE. Industry leaders and analysts say dentists are increasingly likely to sell their family practices to private equity companies or other investors. “To a lot of dentists that’s an attractive way to go,” said Brandon Couillard, a Jefferies stock analyst who tracks dental service providers.
Theodore Decker: In tumultuous times, suicide prevention can be a phone call away
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and estimates that in 2018 there were 1.4 million attempts. Or call the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445; the Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-294-3300; or the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255/TALK (1-888-628-9454 for Spanish speakers). The Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition works to increase suicide awareness and to bring hope and support to those affected by suicide. The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’sHospital aims to understand and prevent youth suicide. Many of their programs including their school-based suicide prevention program, Signs of Suicide (SOS), have a strong evidence base and are offered without cost to those interested.
3 dead, several wounded in knife attack in French church; terrorism suspected
The Associated PressPARIS — An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, authorities said. “The meaning of his gesture left no doubt.”In Nice, images on French media showed the neighborhood locked down and surrounded by police and emergency vehicles. The prime minister rushed from the hall to a crisis center overseeing the aftermath of the Nice attack. Those caricatures were published by Charlie Hebdo and cited by the men who gunned down the newspaper's editorial meeting in 2015. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices with a butcher knife.
You're sick. Are your symptoms COVID-19, the flu or a common cold?
Is it COVID-19, the flu or the common cold? Flu symptoms tend to come on more suddenly and are typically more severe than those for colds. COVID-19 symptoms commonly include a dry cough, fever or chills, and shortness of breath. Young children are more likely to have severe flu symptoms but are at lower risk for severe COVID-19, said Dr. Dane Snyder, section chief of Nationwide Children's division of primary care pediatrics. But one thing is for certain:It has never been more important to get your flu shot, Gonsenhauser said.
What will 2020 flu season look like? Hard to say, but COVID precautions may reduce spread
Trying to predict the flu season, even for experts with data and science at their fingertips, is generally as effective as staring into a crystal ball for answers on the future. “When you look at flu in the southern hemisphere, flu season is just ending there – New Zealand, Australia, Uruguay, the flu activity was very minimal. Flu season, he continued, has essentially not happened in the southern hemisphere because of precautions that people are already taking due to the coronavirus. Vaccine data from August and September from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed promise, he added, although it was early in the flu season. We don’t know and the predictions could go either way.”Roughly three weeks into flu season, OhioHealth hadn’t seen a case of influenza yet, Gastaldo said.
'Free' flu shots can actually carry a cost. Here's how to avoid the hidden expense
Despite signs and advertisements promoting free influenza shots, experts say the annual vaccine isn't always free to everyone. More: Getting flu shot is crucial this year, experts sayWithout insurance, a standard flu shot for someone ages 6 months to 64-years-old costs $40 and a higher dose shot available for senior citizens costs around $70. They may be able to get a free or discounted flu shot at a clinic run by one of central Ohio's health departments. Franklin County Public Health also offers a free flu vaccine to children and adults who are uninsured or underinsured. Walgreens Pharmacy tries to never turn anyone away because of the flu shot's cost, spokeswoman Rebekah Pajak said.
Multiple casualties in Nice 'terrorist attack,' local mayor says
At least two people have been killed in a knife attack in Nice, France according to local mayor Christian Estrosi who described the attack as …
Multiple casualties in Nice 'terrorist attack,' local mayor says
At least two people have been killed in a knife attack in Nice, France according to local mayor Christian Estrosi who described the attack as a "terrorist" incident. As featured on Multiple casualties in Nice 'terrorist attack,' local mayor says At least two people have been killed in the French coastal city of Nice during a knife attack the local mayor has described as a "terrorist" incident.
The Latest: Atlanta under 2nd ever tropical storm warning
“We just cleaned up our yard and decorated for Halloween, so now we have to do it all over again,” Becnel said. “But I think that’s mainly what it’s going to be is just cleaning up debris, tree limbs, trash.”Will Arute wasn’t so fortunate. It was pretty intense along the eye wall when it went through here. Luckily, it wasn’t worse. — Mackenzie Umanzor didn’t evacuate from D’Iberville, Mississippi, when she heard Hurricane Zeta would be coming through the area.
Brookhaven adopts first police drone response program in Georgia
Chula Vista police have credited the drone program with more than 275 arrests and 650 calls for service that ended up not needing an officer’s presence. Brookhaven estimates that a drone response costs roughly 10% of the cost of dispatching an officer and patrol vehicle. Ayana said drones will have access to about 70% of the city due to Federal Aviation Agency restrictions at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The program will also lessen the department’s reliance on DeKalb County police and the Georgia State Patrol for aviation support. Brookhaven police Chief Gary Yandura said it can take up to an hour for a helicopter to make it to the northern DeKalb city due to pre-flight checks and other logistics.
Trusting her instincts, Louisville musician battles months of delays for cancer diagnosis
Every woman on her mom’s side of the family had had breast or ovarian cancer, and every man had been diagnosed with prostate or colon cancer. Originally she'd planned to keep her cancer to herself when she was diagnosed Sept. 18. More:Retired JCPS counselor beat cancer once, but now she's learning to live with it againThe Louisville woman is a true entertainer and a storyteller. Kaelin never expected that book to have a third act where she turned up with her own cancer. Features columnist Maggie Menderski writes about what makes Louisville, Southern Indiana and Kentucky unique, wonderful, and occasionally, a little weird.
France ‘terror’ attack: Woman & man beheaded as 3 die in stabbing inside Nice church by killer ‘shouting Allahu Akbar’
A WOMAN and a man were beheaded in a suspected terror attack inside a church in France this morning, cops and officials said. Three people were killed in the bloody rampage which saw the knifeman storm the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, south of France. Armed cops then stormed Notre-Dame - the largest Roman Catholic church in Nice - and shot the suspected terrorist, wounding him. Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said the attacker kept shouting "Allahu Akbar" even after he had been shot - and said it has all the hallmarks of a "terror attack". Today's suspected terror attack is the third in little over a month.
Europe struggling with 2nd surge of COVID-19 case, and it may be worse than the 1st
Europe struggling with 2nd surge of COVID-19 case, and it may be worse than the 1st The continent now accounts for 46% of global coronavirus cases. Europe is now battling a second surge of COVID-19 cases, and many worry it could be worse than the first. In France, more than half of ICU beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Many European countries are global tourist destinations, and in the summer, after several months of nearly universal lockdown across borders, governments relaxed travel restrictions. Health journal The Lancet last week argued that, in general, countries are "much better prepared" now than when COVID-19 first hit.
Zeta Leaves Nearly 2 Million Without Power and At Least Two Dead After Slamming Gulf Coast
Storm surge flooded communities along the northern Gulf Coast. Storm surge flooded communities along the northern Gulf Coast. By 7 a.m. Thursday, nearly 2 million homes and business were without power across five states, according to power outage.us. The Sheriff's Office said it had received numerous reports of down trees, power lines and utility poles throughout the parish. 1/78 View of fallen power lines after the passage of Hurricane Zeta, in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, on Oct. 27, 2020.
FBI warns of "imminent" ransomware attacks on hospital systems
The alert said malicious groups are targeting the sector with attacks that produce "data theft and disruption of healthcare services." The cyberattacks involve ransomware, which scrambles data into gibberish that can only be unlocked with software keys provided once targets pay up. "We are experiencing the most significant cyber security threat we've ever seen in the United States," Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, said in a statement. U.S. officials have repeatedly expressed concern about major ransomware attacks affecting the presidential election, even if the criminals are motivated chiefly by profit. Increasingly, ransomware criminals are stealing data from their targets before encrypting networks, using it for extortion.
'Try again next time': my three visa rejections
I am a western visa rejection expert. You will better understand why your visa was rejected.”It is the same damn green paper they give to every rejected visa applicant. None of them even know about my visa rejection. She would not terrorise me about work documents when I’m travelling on a short scholarship visa. I think that’s maybe because I’ve been a visa rejection expert for so long.
The racist business model behind Uber and Lyft
Uber and Lyft want you to know they aren’t racist. Wow, that’s great that Uber and Lyft are providing so many job opportunities to people of color – but wait. Leandra Montiel, 34, joins a protest by Uber and Lyft rideshare drivers against California Proposition 22, in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/ReutersCalifornia tech companies like Uber and Lyft have “innovated”, or “forcibly mutated”, the traditional model of employment into a more exploitative (but “flexible!”) model than the one that existed previously. And again, despite working full-time hours, this diverse population isn’t getting full-time pay.
Man arrested after showering commuters with money from 30th-floor window
Chinese police have arrested a man after he scattered a “heavenly rain of banknotes” on commuters from his apartment window while allegedly high on methamphetamine. The police said in a statement he had been detained for taking drugs and was under investigation and receiving treatment. In 2017, also in Chongqing, a woman walked into traffic throwing bank notes behind her, prompting a police officer to pick them up as he followed her. Local media reported she told police she threw the 16,000 yuan (US$2,300) because she was in a bad mood. Last year a man who threw 100,000 yuan into the air after having a bad day at work asked for people to return his money.
Taiwan marks 200 days without domestic Covid-19 infection
Authorities thank public for helping to reach milestone, as cases surge in many countriesTaiwan has reached 200 days without any domestically transmitted cases of Covid-19, underlining its success in keeping the virus under control as cases surge in other parts of the world. Taiwan has recorded 553 cases of Covid-19 and just seven deaths since the pandemic began. While it has stopped domestic transmission, it continues to record new cases in people arriving from abroad. Authorities received notice from Japanese and Thai health authorities on Wednesday that three people who had recently left the country tested positive. Professionals with technical expertise led the Covid-19 response and messaging, including the former vice-president Chen Chien-jen, who is an epidemiologist.
Freed, then locked in: leaving a California prison amid a pandemic
“I was reflecting on my life, thinking about my next move and how I need to be accountable to my family,” Blackwell said. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Travelodge hotel where Blackwell stayed before moving into a transitional home after his release from prison. Photograph: Philip Cheung/The Guardian•••Blackwell is one of thousands of Californians released early from prison amid the coronavirus crisis. Court records show that almost 6,000 prisoners have been released early since July. Just over 1,500 people were released early from early-August to the end of September compared with 4,220 people the prior month, according to court filings.
Samsung expects hit to profit even after recent sales surge
Samsung has warned profits will slip in its current quarter amid rising smartphone competition, even as it reported record revenues for the three months to the end of September. Analysts said Samsung would likely be spending heavily on marketing to "try to take over Huawei's market share". Samsung is awaiting to see if it will receive a US licence to export chips to Huawei. Despite the strong quarter, Samsung warned its profits were likely to fall in the current three-month period, with demand from server customers set to weaken due to their large inventories. Samsung also pointed to rising competition in mobile phones, which it said could weigh on its profits.
Middle class students more likely to win preferred university place this year, research finds
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Covid toes: People infected with coronavirus may develop red and swollen feet which turn purple
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Bobby Ball: Cannon & Ball star dies aged 76 after Covid-19 diagnosis
"She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel."
Hurricane Zeta: At least one dead as record-setting storm lashes US Gulf Coast
At least one person has died after Hurricane Zeta crashed on to the US Gulf Coast shore. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110mph as a category two hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season. St Bernard parish president Guy McInnis said: "We received the brunt of Zeta, and Zeta gave us a good punch." On its way to the Gulf Coast, Zeta had hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, toppling trees and briefly cutting power to more than 300,000 people. This extraordinarily busy hurricane season - which included the destructive Laura earlier this summer - has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say is causing wetter, stronger and more destructive storms.
France: Aftermath of Nice 'terror attack'
Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerNice's mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted: 'Everything suggests a terrorist attack.'
The world enters a new age of radical uncertainty
Uncertainty is fundamentally radical. To survive radical uncertainty we also need to develop our “animal spirits.” Radical uncertainty cannot be coped with through computerized models or AI-driven forecasting. John Maynard Keynes wrote, “Thus if the animal spirits are dimmed and the spontaneous optimism falters, leaving us to depend on nothing but a mathematical expectation, enterprise will fade and die.” Keynes was discussing the affinity between animal spirits and uncertainty. Such animal spirits are distilled and refined by trial and error. This age of radical uncertainty demands spontaneous optimism to face the many challenges that come our way.
France knife attack live: Updates as terror attack in Nice leaves three dead and several injured
BreakingFrance knife attack live: Updates as terror attack in Nice leaves three dead and several injuredThree people are believed to have died in a suspected terror attack in or near a church in Nice, France.
Takeda plans to supply 50 million doses of U.S.-developed coronavirus vaccine in Japan in 2021
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Panasonic interim net profit halves as coronavirus hits sales
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Japanese actor Kentaro Ito arrested in hit-and-run case
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Meet Rex: Adorable cat climbs off chairs backwards as it misses paws
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Prince William shares the recipe for his homemade Bolognese sauce
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Return of Tupperware: Revival in home cooking during Covid pandemic sparks a £26m surge
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Nice terror attack: Two beheaded, several wounded, attacker arrested, police source says
AdvertisementAt least three people have been killed - two of them beheaded - and several others stabbed in a terrorist knife attack inside a cathedral in Nice. The attack began around 9am just as Mass at the Notre Dame basilica - the largest Roman Catholic church in Nice - was getting underway. Police quickly swarmed the area, where they shot and arrested the attacker, who has been taken to hospital. The attack happened less than half a mile from where another attacker plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd in 2016, killing dozens. Emmanuel Macron led an emergency cabinet meeting on the attack, before leaving for Nice, where he is expected to arrive shortly.
Knifeman kills three in suspected terror attack at French church
French police at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in southern France on Thursday, when a knifeman killed three people. French anti-terror prosecutors have opened an inquiry into what the city's Mayor Christian Estrosi called an "Islamo-fascist attack." France has been on high alert for terror attacks since the January 2015 massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The trial of suspected accomplices in that attack is under way in Paris. - Tensions high -The attack comes just days after thousands rallied across France in solidarity with a teacher beheaded for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Midwest bears brunt of second wave, as US daily cases nudge 80,000
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Polish president backtracks hardline abortion stance
Polish president backtracks hardline abortion stancePoland’s president has said women should have the right to abortion in cases of congenitally damaged foetuses. The u-turn follows seven days of largely peaceful nationwide street protests triggered by a controversial court ruling that made terminations almost entirely illegal.
Germany imposes month-long partial lockdown
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As Russia Eases Its Border Restrictions, Who Is Able to Enter?
Countries whose citizens are currently allowed to enter Russia — and vice versa. Despite this, most foreigners are still not able to enter Russia, while foreign travel options for Russians also remain scarce. Starting Nov. 1, nationals and residents of Cuba, Serbia and Japan will be able to enter Russia if arriving on authorized direct flights. Which countries can Russians travel to? Countries that currently allow Russians to enter include Albania, Bahrain, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Morocco and Mexico.
Stalin Victims Commemoration Moves Online Due to Coronavirus
An annual commemoration held in honor of victims of Stalinist repressions has moved online Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic, its organizers have said. As many as 30 million are believed to have been killed during the Soviet-era repressions. The Memorial human rights group said on the event’s website that Russians wishing to commemorate the date could bring flowers to the monuments for victims of repression in their cities. Cities including St. Petersburg, Ufa and Rostov plan to commemorate the victims in-person on either Thursday or Friday, the Kommersant business daily reported. news On This Day Victims of Political Repressions Are Honored Read more
Another delivery worker dies on duty according to police
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Russia Sets Single-Day Records for Coronavirus Deaths and Infections
The latest record increase in infections smashes the previous single-day highs set last Friday and this Monday by at least 370 cases. Russia confirmed a new record of 17,717 coronavirus cases and 366 deaths Thursday as the second wave of the disease overwhelms the country's regions outside Moscow. Russia’s overall Covid-19 caseload now stands at 1,581,693, the fourth-highest in the world, according to the national coronavirus information center. The information center also reported 366 deaths from Covid-19 Thursday, breaking the previous records of 320 deaths on Tuesday and 346 deaths on Wednesday. Thursday's increase in deaths brings Russia’s overall Covid-19 death toll to 27,301.
Binational Couples Separated by Russia's Coronavirus Travel Bans Push for Change
Alexander, a German citizen, first met Anna on Valentine's Day during a break from his studies in Russia's grand imperial capital St. Petersburg. With no end to the pandemic in sight, these couples are calling on Russia to allow them to reunite. Complications for couples split between Russia and other countries are compounded by the various types of visas available. “I doubt that the Russian authorities will open the borders to all countries right now; it's not possible because of the Covid situation,” he said. “I believe that we'll continue to see borders opening to particular countries, like we’re seeing with Japan, Serbia [and Cuba] now.
Boeing’s China aviation business in the spotlight after Beijing announces sanctions on defence unit
Boeing on Wednesday reported its fourth straight quarterly loss and announced it would cut more jobs as the coronavirus pandemic and the grounding of its 737 MAX continued to hit its revenue.
Nice Church Attack: Three dead in knife attack in French church, woman beheaded
NICE: A knife-wielding attacker shouting "Allahu Akbar" beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack at achurchin theon Thursday, police and officials said. One of the people killed inside the church was believed to be the church warden, Estrosi said. Giving a toll that differed from figures from the police and French media, Estrosi said he could confirm that two people had died. The attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of middle school teacher Paty by a man of Chechen origin. It was not immediately clear if Thursday's attack was connected to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
Three dead as woman beheaded in knife attack at French church
NICE, France (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist incident at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police and officials said. Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, who described the attack as terrorism, said on Twitter it had happened in or near Notre Dame church, the largest in the city. One of the people killed inside the church was believed to be the church warden, Estrosi said, adding that a woman had tried to escape from inside the church and had fled into a bar opposite the 19th century neo-Gothic building. French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack. “The methods match, without doubt, those used against the brave teacher in Conflans Sainte Honorine, Samuel Paty,” he said, referring to a French teacher beheaded earlier this month in an attack in a suburb of Paris.
Knife attack in French city Nice leaves three dead, several hurt
Suspected assailant detained after carrying out attack, in which at least three people were killed, according to officials. An attacker with a knife killed at least three people and wounded several others at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, officials said, in an incident the city’s mayor described as “terrorism”. Estrosi tweeted: “I can confirm everything suggests this was a terror attack in the Notre-Dame Basilica,” in central Nice. A security officer in the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, October 29, 2020 [Eric Gaillard/Reuters] Thursday’s attack comes while France is still reeling from the killing of Paty, by a man of Chechen origin. French forensics officers arrive at the site [Valery Hache/AFP] It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider deeply offensive.
Multiple casualties in Nice 'terrorist attack,' local mayor says
(CNN) At least three people have been killed in the French coastal city of Nice during a knife attack the local mayor described as a "terrorist" incident. The attack took place in a church, the Notre Dame Basilica, on Thursday. The victims include one woman who was "decapitated" inside the church, Mayor Christian Estrosi said. Everything points to a terrorist attack," Estrosi said on Twitter Thursday morning. "At this moment, we have, without any doubt, two dead inside the church, in a horrible way," Estrosi said shortly afterwards during a press conference.
Nice attack: Three dead and several injured in suspected terror assault on church
Three people have been killed and several more wounded in a suspected terror attack in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday. The attack brings back terrible memories both for the people of Nice who have suffered other terror attacks in recent years, and indeed for the whole of France. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi was among the first to give details of the attack on social media. "I confirm that everything suggests this was a terror attack," he added. "I can only strongly condemn the cowardice of this act against innocent people," said Abdallah Zekri of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in a statement.
Typhoon, deadly landslides ravage central Vietnam
Soldiers used bulldozers searched in deep mud Thursday for landslide victims at two central Vietnamese hillside villages deluged during Typhoon Molave. Described by authorities as Vietnam's worst storm in 20 years, it dumped rain on the central provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai, triggering landslides. Rooves were blown off about 56,000 houses, Vietnam News reported, and power outages left 1.7 million Quang Nam residents in darkness. Downpours until Sunday were forecast to amount to 700 millimeters (28 inches) of rainfall and local media said further landslides were likely. Vietnam had already been reeling from two bouts of flooding and landslides earlier in October that claimed at least 130 lives.
Deadliest Shipwreck of the Year Claims at Least 140 Lives
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Polish president changes stance on abortion rights amid widespread protests
“It cannot be that the law requires this kind of heroism from a woman,” Duda said in an interview with radio RMF FM. Women protest against a near-total ban on abortion, in Gdansk, Poland, on Wednesday. The ruling effectively bans almost all abortions in a country that already had one of Europe's most restrictive abortion laws. That ruling has triggered huge nationwide protests, with young people heeding a call by women's rights activists to come to the streets to defend their freedoms. A woman protests against a near-total ban on abortion, in Gdansk, Poland, Wednesday.
Nice attack: Mayor says deadly stabbing points to terrorism
Mr Estrosi said one of those killed was the caretaker at the basilica. It later emerged that worshippers were inside the building at the time of the attack and that a witness had managed to raise the alarm with a special protection system set up by the city.
Three dead, several injured in knife attack at church in Nice, French police say
The man suspected of carrying out the fatal knife attack kept shouting "Allahu Akbar" even after he had been arrested by police, Mr Estrosi told reporters. One of the people killed inside the church was believed to be the church warden, Mr Estrosi said. ( Reuters: Eric Gaillard )"The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained, he is on his way to hospital, he is alive," he told reporters. Mr Estrosi said French leader Emmanuel Macron was due to travel to Nice in the wake of the attack. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
France knife attack in Nice: Live updates
The French Council of the Muslim Faith has condemned the knife attack in the city of Nice which left three people dead. “I strongly condemn the terrorist attack that took place near the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice. As a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims and their families, I call on the Muslims of France to cancel all the Mawlid festivities,” the council tweeted. Mawlid is celebrated by some Muslims to mark the birthday of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
China: Tibetan Woman Dies in Custody
Click to expand Image Lhamo © Private(New York) – Chinese authorities should investigate the death of a Tibetan woman in custody and release her wrongfully detained cousin, Human Rights Watch said today. “The death of Lhamo, a Tibetan herder, is the latest in a pattern of apparent torture and death in Chinese state custody,” said Sophie Richardson, China director. This is particularly true of Driru county, where local authorities crushed peaceful protests in 2013-2014, and restrictions on basic freedom are among the most severe in the region. A collective statement from UN human rights experts in June underlined the need for independent investigation of the range of human rights violations by the Chinese government. “Those officials cannot be relied on to investigate these violations, creating an urgent need for independent, international investigations by UN human rights experts.”
Three people killed in Nice knife attack
Suspect shot and injured by police after attack in church in southern French cityA man armed with a knife has killed three people – two women and a man – in a terrorist attack at a church in Nice on the Côte d’Azur. He said one of the female victims had been “decapitated” but he had no details of how the two others were killed. Estrosi said the whole of Nice was deeply shocked: “Before it was a school professor, this time the Islamo-fascist barbarism chose to attack inside a church. Thursday’s attack was a grim reminder of the killing of Father Jacques Hamel in his Normandy church in July 2016. The driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in France, was shot and killed by police.
Covid: Lockdowns return as Europe confronts second wave
Belgium, which has Europe's second-worst infection rate per capita, has reported its highest number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 since a peak on 6 April. There are 5,924 patients in hospital with the virus, 993 of whom are in intensive care. In a national address on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo described the situations as "critical".
Three dead as woman beheaded in knife attack at French church
NICE, France (Reuters) - A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist incident at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police and officials said. Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, who described the attack as terrorism, said on Twitter it had happened in or near Notre Dame church, the largest in the city. One of the people killed inside the church was believed to be the church warden, Estrosi said, adding that a woman had tried to escape from inside the church and had fled into a bar opposite the 19th century neo-Gothic building. French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack. “The methods match, without doubt, those used against the brave teacher in Conflans Sainte Honorine, Samuel Paty,” he said, referring to a French teacher beheaded earlier this month in an attack in a suburb of Paris.
Defying a Federal Court Order, Trump’s EPA Approves Continued Use of Toxic Weedkiller Dicamba
The EPA’s decision ignores an order in June by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacating the use of dicamba. In its opinion, the court cited the EPA’s failure to acknowledge the risks the chemical poses to conventional crops and the environment. “Protecting the pesticide industry has been a top priority of the EPA during the Trump administration,” said EWG President Ken Cook. Please select a donation method:Dicamba has been linked to increased risk of cancer and nervous system damage in pesticide applicators. A 2006 study by the National Cancer Institute found an increased risk of colon cancer for those who handle and apply dicamba to crops.
New Report Exposes Secret US Drone Strikes in Yemen
WASHINGTON - A new report from Airwars raises the question of whether the Trump administration has switched to using the CIA for strikes in Yemen in order to shroud US operations there in greater secrecy. Airwars documented at least 30 locally-claimed US drone strikes, including 11 in the past ten months. The US has not officially declared a strike in Yemen since mid-2019. The report found that US strikes and raids in Yemen since Trump came into office have killed at least 86 civilians, including 28 children and 13 women. Instead, officials confirmed that there is no functioning civilian casualty monitoring cell covering Yemen operations within the US Department of Defense.
Voting Will Not Save Us, But We Must Show Up Anyway
Black folks, queer folks, femme folks, folks who watched their families and friends lose jobs and healthcare during COVID, lose their lives to police brutality and incompetence. Voting doesn’t mean we accept the validity of our corrupt system or that our responsibility to change these systems comes once every 4 years. Voting doesn’t mean we accept the validity of our corrupt system or that our responsibility to change these systems comes once every 4 years. Voting will not solve everything and getting the “right” person in the White House won’t magically fix what has plagued this country since its beginning. Each of us must find our work and do it.”The work is voting.
Trump In A Nutshell: They Came For the Covid, But Stayed For the Hypothermia
Meanwhile, temps dropped to 31 degrees, MAGA hats weren't much help, and there were few masks in sight. At the rally, Trump said the U.S. was "turning the corner" on COVID, despite Nebraska cases hitting record highs and 500,000 new U.S. cases in the last week, but details, details. He also complained about the cold - "I'm standing here freezing" - and told his sheeple, "Get the hell out and vote." fumes and his hapless, frosty, often older supporters waiting in more lines for 30 buses to return them to their cars, almost four miles away. With Trump, we all end up abandoned in the cold and dark, trying to get home.
Between Chaos and Commonwealth
But not more accepting of our world’s systematic disparities of wealth and poverty — and corresponding distortions of corporate and political power. Centuries ago, in a flat-earth world, looking up to the great lords on their commanding heights may have seemed quite natural. Didn’t the sun, moon, and stars shine down from the sky and didn’t gods in heaven above dictate from mountaintops? What’s not so natural or comprehensible today: that this Babel of wealth, power, and knowledge should still survive intact. Yet today we need all the energy and skills, ideas and models, plans and images we can muster between us.
October 28, 2020 – Consortiumnews
The triumph of corporate and foreign interests over one of the most consequential decisions regarding China is likely to bedevil U.S. foreign policy for years to come, writes Gareth Porter. Read more ?
“Truth has a leftist bias”
You’ve probably heard that saying before. And I’ve seen it verified time & time again…Just as a recent example: my daughter (a sophomore attending- 100% remotely, at this time- Berkeley High), told me the other day how they managed to sneak some politics into her math class- where they illustrated a step function by presenting a graph of the minimum wage over time (which is constant until it jumps up when it gets increased, and then remains constant again until the next increase), contrasted with a function that varies continuously, illustrated by the minimum wage adjusted for the changing value of the dollar, over time (God I love Berkeley…)And now, there’s this…The above link will take you to a page created by web developer Dan Goodspeed, that has a graph- mesmerizingly animated over time- of the total number of COVID cases per million, broken down by state. The bars for each state are also color coded, in a spectrum ranging from intensely red (for heavily Republican states) to intensely blue (for heavily Democratic states). Early on in the pandemic, the distribution of red & blue in the graph is fairly random, as can be seen from the following 2 screenshots:However the graph becomes rather unmistakably stratified, as the pandemic progresses…Which perhaps isn’t too surprising, given that the reality of masks & social distancing being the most effective methods for reducing the transmission of the virus (in the absence of a vaccine or cure), isn’t going to change, merely because the deniers of science (a group strongly correlated with Republican affiliation) declare (with zero substantiation) otherwise. xI’d like to add one…What you say: “herd immunity”What I hear: “genocide”
Photo Diary: Maximo Park Archaeological Site, St Pete FL
Maximo Park is one of several parks in St Pete that preserve and protect Tocobaga Native American archaeological sites. :)The Florida Natives, like most pre-contact cultures, had no written language and left no history of their own. Another temple mound is preserved at Pinellas Point, in Indian Mound Park. There are Tocobaga midden mounds at Abercrombie Park and Jungle Prada de Narvaez Park. In nearby Manatee County is the Portavant Mound site and the Madiera Bickle Temple Mound complex.
Take Heart, America. Helping Humpday at Street Prophets Coffee Hour
HHday resides at the Street Prophets Coffee Hour, the intersection where politics and religion and faith and history and ethical values and art and serendipity conveniently meet and sometimes collide. When you take heart, you’re more able to deal with challenges like aging, illness, trauma, or conflicts with others. You’re also more able to take advantage of opportunities with confidence and grit... … Additionally, it takes heart to live in, live with, and live beyond times that are really hard. So, let’s all take heart and trust that our ship of state will soon be righted and back on course. Some need help with a one-time emergency.
Harvey Wasserman calls voter suppression, Pelosi scorches Trump, Trump abandon supporters & more
Trump’s voter suppression is real, as Harvey Wasserman explains. Nancy scorches Trump. Harvey Wasserman has choice words and advice on voter suppression. Pelosi scorches Trump: Stand up like a man and accept the will of the American people. Harvey Wasserman discusses the state of voter suppression in the latter days of Election 2020.
Post 11-3: how to keep up the attack?
Rally round the flag! The election won’t be over on 11/3, but like it or not the focus of all the pumped up Biden supporters islikely to a great extent aimed at a target that is, in their minds, finite: 11/3. Won’t the Pandemic’s inexorable rise in the US, just as Trump wants, begin to erode the ardent support post 11/3 for getting Joe in the White House and Don in the Dog House? Oh we'll rally round the flag, friends, rally once again,Shouting the voters cry for freedom,As we rally ‘cross the fruited plain, we'll gather at the pollsShouting the battle cry of freedom. And we'll fill the vacant seats of the Congress more and more,Shouting the victory cry of freedom.
Yeah, like not enough is going on, Hurricane Zeta heading to the Gulf Coast
Tracking for Hurricane ZetaWith all the political news coming to a boil lately, it’s easy to get distracted from local weather reports. But, yeah, there is another hurricane on its way to the gulf coast. From CBS News: Hurricane Zeta, a Category 2 storm, is expected to slam New Orleans with a direct hit on Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters said the hurricane will likely bring life-threatening storm surge and strong winds along the Gulf Coast. But I wanted to give space to those in the storm’s path to check-in and let everyone know you’re well and safe.
There is No Right-Wing Militia
Yes, we all need to vote and no, right-wing military groups aren’t going to take over. And there aren’t just police to confront these guys, there is a real militia, the National Gaurd, that can step in if these folks start shooting people. That well-regulated means a militia is controlled by the government for the good of the country. Where are these guys going to go? Does anyone think that they guys are going to drive enmass into such an area and start shooting?
Happy Oxi Day, darn those anti-fascists “Alors, c’est la guerre!” (Then it is war!)
x When writing my opening today saying we are currently in the midst of a coup, comparing Mussolini’s power grab - I hadn’t even realized today is Oxi Day. https://t.co/acpF5XFJMf — Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) October 28, 2020Ohi Day or Oxi Day (Greek: ???????? ??? ???, Epéteios tou Óchi [e?petios tu ?oçi]; "Anniversary of the No") is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on 28 October each year. Ohi Day commemorates the rejection by Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on 28 October 1940, the Hellenic counterattack against the invading Italian forces at the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian War, and the Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation. The Greek Resistance (Greek: ?????? ?????????, romanized: Ethnikí Antístasi, "National Resistance") is the blanket term for a number of armed and unarmed groups from across the political spectrum that resisted the Axis occupation of Greece in the period 1941–1944, during World War II. It is considered as one of the strongest resistance movements in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Will Republicans Melt In The Rain ?
European Model for Zeta Storm TrackCourtesy of WAPOHurricane Zeta may bring a burst of strong, damaging wind gusts to portions of Alabama and Georgia, with the storm maintaining its force as it spins far inland thanks to two factors: its rapid forward speed and interaction with the jet stream. There’s a potential for scattered to widespread power outages as far northeast as the Appalachian foothills, with Zeta’s core of strong winds remaining largely intact for more than 500 milesSo, with lots of early votes banked, the dems are getting an assist from mother nature in defeating the orange menace. I wonder if he will change his schedule to visit an area that has been ravaged this hurricane season ?
10/28: No video today, sorry; just a tweet.
I need the same picture, but with cats...Twitter is good for something, anyway...x THE VIDEO THAT MADE MITT ROMNEY CRY! Till then enjoy Olbermann Vs Trump #1 explaining Trump is a terrorist. 15 minutes: https://t.co/0QyxdL4lVcFastest 2 minutes: pic.twitter.com/8iQNAxVhSy — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 28, 2020Link to KO’s YouTube page. Note title and numbering updates for videos as of 10/25/20. These are published weekday evenings at 5:00pm Eastern time on YouTube, and I’m currently republishing them shortly thereafter.
Has Spelling Devolved into Spelynge?
In Tudor England no one seemed to bother much about spelling. Looking back at that time, we know they had more serious problems than bad spelyng or spelynge. (As you see, I still spell Internet with a capital “I.” “Capital, quite capital!” I can almost hear you saying.) One reason is that I’m trying to put off working on the three articles I’m supposed to write, the mss. I’m supposed to be editing, and the book chapter I’m supposed to upload on Friday night.
Democracy Means Listening to the Other Guy
I think that means is that we should make the attempt to listen to voices from the opposition. Donald tRump: Person, man, woman, camera, … uh … wait … I know this … Just a minute … Jared, get in here. Voting Update: At least 73.3 million people have already voted (143% of the 2016 early vote & 53% of the total vote in 2016). 27 states have already surpassed half of their total vote from 2016. Music for Resistingx YouTube Videox YouTube VideoMemaliciousnessAd(s) of the Dayx YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube VideoKeith Olbermann: The Worst Person in the Worldx THE VIDEO MITT ROMNEY DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEE!
What is your favorite Johnny Cash song?
I was lucky enough to grow up listening to Johnny Cash. My brother and sister had a 45 of “A Boy Named Sue” and that introduction caused me to seek out (As I still do) all the Johnny Cash songs that I can get my hands on. From his voice, his politics, to his songs, Johnny Cash was a first class man. I cannot disagree with them necessarily, as I never met a Cash song that I did not like. x YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube VideoAll of the above and many more have been my favorite Cash song at various points in my life...but currently my favorite is:x YouTube VideoHow about you, what is your current favorite song by Johnny Cash?
Kitchen Table Kibitzing 10
Now in my autumn years, I still like to put the blacklights in the windows for the kiddos. Cheap thrillsCheap plastic skeletons with glow paint, day-glo spiderwebs illuminated by blacklight and a couple of lasers bouncing around in the background work pretty well. spooookyMy plastic skeletons are getting old and breaking so I had to make internal frames out of coat hangers. Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Newcomers may notice that many who post in this series already know one another to some degree, but we welcome guests at our kitchen table and hope to make some new friends as well.
Trump creep Stephen Miller: Biden will "incentivize child smuggling
Top Trump aide claims Biden would encourage child trafficking, echoing baseless QAnon conspiracyDonald Trump adviser Stephen Miller, on behalf of the president’s re-election campaign, has claimed without evidence that Democratic candidate Joe Biden would “incentivise” child trafficking under his administration, if elected. (via @priscialva) https://t.co/ly6voiHjiI https://t.co/1m1wUu8F6Z — DJ Judd (@DJJudd) October 28, 2020x I'm sorry, but it's people like #StephenMiller that give things like Neo-Satanic Ritualism in Pedo-cannibalistic orgies a bad name! https://t.co/E2BZxPoWbS — politicallandscaping (@politicallands1) October 28, 2020x Stephen Miller must be so proud of himself. https://t.co/t0l3a5bm8w — Molly Wood (@mollywood) October 28, 2020With people like Miller and Trump it is all about projection. It is Trump and Stephen Miller who are trafficking children, many of them.
Bishop of church that triggered Charlotte super spreader: Keep coming to church, COVID be hanged
But something playing out in my hometown of Charlotte has done exactly that, and then some. A yearly convocation at a Charlotte megachurch has triggered the area’s first bona fide super spreader—and there is now overwhelming evidence that this was a criminal act. Earlier this month, the United House of Prayer for All People held a “holy convocation” at its flagship church in Charlotte, just north of downtown. And yet, according to these members, church leaders sat on their hands and let the gatherings continue. If this is even half true, then the United House of Prayer basically planted a dirty bomb in Charlotte—with my neighborhood as the epicenter.
Tim Curry & The Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast Reunite On Halloween To Help Flip Wisconsin Blue
Received this e-mail from actor Tim Curry on behalf of the Wisconsin Democratic Party:Right now, we can almost see blue skies through the tears… of the Trump presidency, of course. That’s why we’re doing the Rocky Horror Show — LIVE — this Halloween night — to help get out the vote in Wisconsin. This is a live, once-in-a-lifetime musical livestream event, featuring cast members both old and new. And we’re doing this for the most important cause right now — to end the Donald Trump nightmare by turning Wisconsin blue. RSVPPlease join us, it’ll be an absolute pleasure!
Mischief Night on Woozle Wednesday at PWB Peeps
Welcome to another edition of Woozle WednesdayHello Peeps, welcome to our little corner of Woozleville at the PWB Peeps [that’s Pooties (cats), Woozles (dogs), Birdeez (duh), and us Peeps of course]. But first, a bit of Woozleville history... for Peeps Mischief Night is mostly a thing of the past, for obvious reasons that we won’t go into. It became known by a variety of names including Devil's Night, Gate Night, Goosey Night, Moving Night, and Cabbage Night. [If you want to read last year’s Woozle Mischief Night diary, here is the link, for more history and regional differences from the UK, Canada, New England, and the Northeast U.S. Inaugural Woozle Wednesday Mischief Night Edition 2019]The woozles decided they wanted to put their own stamp on this day. After last year’s successful night of mischief, the Woozleville Community Events Committee decided to make Mischief Night part of the annual calendar.
I Got your Recall Petition Right Here, M*therF*cker!
It was with great pleasure that my lady friend and I dropped off four ballots at our local voting location here in Clark County, Nevada. I was irritated on the way in by some jerk with a bull horn just outside the legal perimeter with a recording that repeated over and over “Sign the petition to recall Governor Sisolak and open up Nevada. Sign the petition right here.” Right — let’s all get Covid. As soon as I was past the “perimeter” sign. I turned to the idiot with the bullhorn and shouted “I got your petition right here, motherfucker!” And gave him the classic double palm outward crotch shot signifying “right here!!”.
North Dakota has the highest COVID-19 death rate and lowest mask-wearing. Go figure
Masks work. But thanks to Donald Trump politicizing them, many people reject masks and boost the spread of the coronavirus around the United States. We’re in a third surge that is about to swamp the previous two, disastrous ones, and many of the people in affected areas are not willing to change their behavior for their own safety or for public safety. For instance, “North Dakota has the highest covid death rate per capita in the world right now,” the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s Christopher Murray told The Washington Post, yet data suggests that less than 50% of people there wear masks. When Dr. Deborah Birx was in the state on Monday, she told reporters, “Over the last 24 hours, as we were here and we were in your grocery stores and in your restaurants and frankly, even in your hotels, this is the least use of masks that we have seen in retail establishments of any place we have been.”
MFWOT Daily Update Thread
Police officers during a far-right demonstration in Berlin. Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open ThreadThis is a diary for those who continue to participate in the Mojo Friday diary throughout the week. You are welcome to join us
USA joins sad and sorry 700 club. Now among the world’s worst eight Covid-19 victim nations.
Chart showing the 20 nations worst-affected by the coronavirus pandemic at 28 October 2020. Data from worldometers.comYesterday the USA clicked over 700 deaths per million population from the coronavirus, joining just eight loser countries with that shameful record. The others are Ecuador (711), Chile (732), Bolivia (742), Brazil (744), Spain (758), Belgium (962) and Peru (1,036). The USA has surged ahead of most of the countries badly affected in the early months of the pandemic. It is intriguing to note that the worst-affected twenty nations include ten classified by the UNHRC as very highly developed (shown in red on the chart, above) and ten less advanced nations.
Shouting as a COVID-19 spreader risk, and three sobering scenarios. Spot the Trump implications.
Part of a long analysis of how COVID-19 propagates via aerosols. They don’t directly mention the ‘Trump shouting’ implications though. speaking in a loud voice releases 50 times more virus-laden particles than when we don’t speak at all. These aerosols, if not diffused through ventilation, become increasingly concentrated, which increases the risk of infection. The whole analysis of three scenarios (a social gathering in a private house, a bar, and a schoolroom) is a sobering read.
Kansas organization launches website aimed at using flashmobs to expose others to COVID
Well, ridiculous tropes and debunked science, combined with a commitment to expose others. I would like to note, the part about: “enjoy your shopping experience”, should likely read: “your shopping experience will be interrupted by a security guard and people booing you as you are ushered out of a store. “The mask mandate doesn’t make sense and takes away our right to make our own decisions regarding our health.”Hmm. I guess it’s just me, but my next question would be: “So, how do you feel about Roe V Wade”? “There is a cost to remaining silent on the mask wearing issue,” Harpe wrote.
Trump campaign literally leaves hundreds of supporters 'in the cold,' unable to leave Nebraska rally
The Trump campaign literally left hundreds of its supporters out in the cold on Tuesday evening. As reported in Newsweek and elsewhere:Backers of President Donald Trump were left stranded overnight, with several taken to hospital for hypothermia after an Omaha campaign rally ended in chaos. Trump’s rally was held at Eppley airport, with supporters transported in buses along an airport service road from parking lots approximately four miles away. As reported by the Iowa Starting Line:According to a Twitter account named “Omaha Scanner,” police officers located two groups of elderly Trump supporters shortly after the event ended who were struggling in the cold. We saw this: pic.twitter.com/DTRKnH5lkb — Aaron Sanderford (@asanderford) October 28, 2020x ??BREAKING—Elderly attendees at Trump’s Omaha MAGA rally being treated for *hypothermia* after AF1 departs.
Natives Turn Out in Record Number, Rev Up Actual Bus To Finish Trump in Arizona
In Kayenta, near Monument Valley and the Utah state line, fully one-third of the early ballots are coming from Navajos who have not voted in many years. The 25 paid field organizers of Northeast Arizona Native Democrats have been working to produce this turnout for many months. Of the first 11,800 early ballots returned in Apache County (Arizona’s far northeast which ironically includes the heart of the Navajo Nation), 7,732 have come from Democrats. The White Mountain Apache Tribe responded by creating a new bus line with twice-daily service between Canyon Day and Globe, the county seat with the nearest drop box for Gila County ballots. This doesn’t account for the fact that many county election officials, particularly in Democratic northeast Arizona, are behind in opening their mail.
Memes, mocking take over Twitter after Kim Kardashian West shares vacation photos on private island
Kim Kardashian West is a famous person. She is also a wealthy person and her extended family has been at the forefront of the “reality stars” entertainment economy for some time. It’s also Kim Kardashian West’s 40th birthday! On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian West put up a post of glamour shots showing a big crew of friends and family living it up in some tropical area. Of course, the tone-deaf, privileged, and ill-timed boasting Kardashian West was very quickly memed into the history books.
Storms in the south and melting ice in the north are emblems of a changing world
The National Snow and Ice Data Center has been tracking the extent of Arctic sea ice for decades. That heat results in more melting ice, and more heat, and … the result is an average extend of sea ice that has fallen over 40% in as many years. Initially, 2020 looked to be tracking second to the record low sea ice in 2012, but as fall began, something … different happened. Since this is sea ice, it’s melting won’t directly cause ocean levels to be higher. The melting ice has already fueled the destabilization of the polar vortex.
Secret History of U.S. Involvement in Brazil’s Operation Car Wash
The nature of the U.S. government’s role in the operation has also generated much public speculation and suspicion among many Car Wash critics. Car Wash task force is part of the former, which is led by the prosecutor general and is responsible for prosecuting crimes. All of this was facilitated by the Car Wash prosecutors and took place in their offices. In 2016, a Swiss court ruled that prosecutors had illegally shared bank data with Car Wash prosecutors. Pozzobon said that a Keppel lawyer had confirmed a trip to Brazil to meet with Car Wash prosecutors.
Vote for Veterans & Military Families Members for a New Generation of Public Office Leaders in 2020
The link page contains the2020 veterans and military family members for Public Office supported by Taking the Hill PAC, the only veterans organization - PAC or otherwise - in the country that is led and operated by veterans who are also former candidates for public office. It wasn’t that long ago that nearly 80% of those in Congress had served in Uniform. Today, barely one-in-five Members are Veterans and only one in nine have served in the post-9/11 era. What we’ve lost is that connection to a core value held by every Veteran and military military family member — a commitment to service that always puts “Country First.” With your help, we can change this. – Patrick J Murphy, Former Congressman & 32nd Under Secretary of the Army(Image by Taking The Hill Pac) Details DMCA#ElectMoreVets#VetsTakeTheSenate
QuickLink: "2068" --Massive Asteroid Apophis on Path for Earth Impact
Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"Wonderful work! An insightful, integrative adventure into what makes humans flourish. Rob Kall shows us that we know how to do this, that most of human history was about connection and that there are ways to make it happen again. He offers real solutions and practical suggestions for taking back the world for community, connection and well-being?away from hierarchy, exclusion, and destruction. Darcia Narvaez, Professor of psychology, Notre Dame, University, author of Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom
Germany, France Gear up for New Lockdowns as Virus Surges
Germany and France were bracing for new lockdowns Wednesday, as governments sought to stop the fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases that are beginning to fill European hospitals. French markets opened lower on expectations that President Emmanuel Macron will announce tough measures during a televised evening address to the nation. Doctors in France are calling on the government to impose a new nationwide lockdown, noting that more than half of the country's intensive care units are now occupied by COVID-19 patients and medical staff are under increasing strains.
Hospitals Are Reeling Under a 46 Percent Spike in Covid-19 Patients
The patient who died on Tuesday morning at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center was rolled out of her room under a white sheet. One nurse, fighting back tears, stood silently in the hall as the outline of the body passed by — one more death in an eight-month-old pandemic that has no end in sight. “Those moments, they hit the soul,” said Jodie Gord, a nurse manager who oversees a team of about 120 people at the hospital in Milwaukee. Aurora St. Luke’s is far from alone in coming under strain. Hospitals around the United States are reeling from the rampaging spread of the coronavirus, many of them in parts of the country that initially had been spared the worst.
Is the left organized enough to fight neofascism?
Marc SteinerManaging EditorMarc Steiner, interim co-Editor at TRNN, is a Peabody Award-winning journalist who has spent his life working on issues of social justice. He walked his first picket line at age 13 and at age 16 became the youngest person in Maryland arrested for Civil Rights protests, in the Freedom Rides through Cambridge. As part of the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, Marc helped organize poor white communities with the Young Patriots, the white Appalachian counterpart to the Black Panthers. Early in his career he counseled at-risk youth in therapeutic settings and founded a theater program in the Maryland State prison system. From 1993 through 1997 his signature “Marc Steiner Show” aired on Baltimore’s public radio airwaves, both WYPR – which Marc co-founded – and Morgan State University’s WEAA.
The Case for Abolition After Philadelphia Police Kill Walter Wallace Jr.
Protesters in Philadelphia mark a second night of calling for the abolition of police after two Philadelphia police shot and killed Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, while he was having a mental health crisis. Protesters took to the streets of Philadelphia for a second night on Tuesday to condemn the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. Cellphone video of the fatal shooting shows Walter Wallace Jr.’s mother trying to restrain him before he pushes her away and walks toward the officers, who then shot Wallace at least 10 times. AMY GOODMAN: One of the sons of Walter Wallace Jr. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Marc, along that line, how do you assess how the city of Philadelphia has handled this particular shooting now of Walter Wallace?
Reclaiming Possibility: A Rant Against Despair
Diane di Prima was an artist, an author, a playwright, an activist and much more. A professor I was friendly with introduced me to di Prima’s poem “Rant” when I was a freshman in college. As di Prima said,the ultimate claustrophobia is the syllogism the ultimate claustrophobia is “it all adds up”I know that claustrophobia too well. The restoration of possibility amid despair is an act of destruction paired with a call to imagine — which is a call to arms. So we charge into the breach if that is the only way forward, because possibility is worth it.
Google providing US Department of Homeland Security with tech platform for virtual border wall
According to documents published recently by the Intercept, Google is now working with the Trump administration on a high-tech surveillance project being developed at the US-Mexico border. The documents—related to a federal contract with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) division of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—show that Google is providing cloud services as part of the artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure for a virtual southern border wall. The Virginia-based Thundercat Technology is a shell company that specializes in reselling the information technology services of other companies in US government contracts. The DHS services contract—signed on Aug. 27—shows that Thundercat Technologies is providing “Cloud support services for INVNT team” of CBP. This document shows that Google’s AI platform and Internet of Things (IoT) cloud technology has been integrated with advanced camera imaging hardware.
Health systems in the United States are facing growing strains with the surge in COVID-19 cases
The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week. “Last week saw the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported so far. Twenty-five percent of the 1,385 COVID-19 patients are in the ICU. As of Monday, there are 173 COVID-19 patients admitted, with 29 in the ICU. Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, critical states for President Trump’s reelection bid, are all states where cases and hospitalizations have risen sharply.
Tens of thousands protest new restrictions on abortion in Poland
Since the end of last week, tens of thousands have been protesting in Poland against new restrictions on abortion. The mass protests were triggered by the decision of the Polish Constitutional Court to declare the country’s abortion regulations unconstitutional. As early as 2016, the ruling PiS party had proposed a change in the law to parliament, the Sejm, which provided for a similar restriction on abortions. With the almost complete abortion ban, the PiS is intensifying its attack on human rights and its authoritarian, extreme right-wing course. The SLD is the official successor party to the former Stalinist state party and, as a long-running party of government after the restoration of capitalism, has, like the PO, launched fierce social attacks.
Trump and Biden campaigns, Tropical Storm Zeta, California wildfires: 5 things to know Thursday
Remnants of Zeta to wallop eastern US with rain, windHurricane Zeta made landfall Wednesday near Cocodrie in Louisiana, with winds estimated at 110 mph, before weakening to a tropical storm early Thursday over central Alabama. Louisiana has had the worst of it this year, hit by two tropical storms and now three hurricanes. Zeta is the 11th tropical storm or hurricane to hit the U.S. this year, an all-time record high for the nation. It's also the fifth tropical storm or hurricane to hit Louisiana this year, an all-time record for the state. California wildfires: Progress but work remains to control blazesFirefighters are working to contain blazes in California Thursday as fires threaten upscale neighborhoods.
Coronavirus updates: 56 infected, 300 quarantine after New York 'superspreader' events; India surpasses 8M infections; 227K US deaths
India surpassed 8 million coronavirus cases on Thursday, moving closer to surpassing the U.S. for the most infections in the world. While daily infections have dropped to their lowest level this week, health experts are worried that a major Hindu festival and winter will increase the spread of the virus. Two "superspreader" events in New York, a wedding and birthday party, left 56 people infected with the virus and nearly 300 in quarantine. COVID-19 cases are surging: An American dies every 107 secondsThe U.S. set a record this week for new coronavirus cases over a seven-day period with more than 500,000 infections. Indiana could get some COVID vaccine next month, state health official saysThe first people in Indiana to receive the first coronavirus vaccine could be immunized as early as November, state health officials said Wednesday.
Opinion | The Floor of Decency
Until four years ago, there was what you might call a Floor of Decency. This was the basic minimum standard of behavior to be an accepted member of society. Because it was more or less taken for granted, a lot of us weren’t even really conscious of this floor. I vividly remember the moment in the last campaign when, for me, Donald Trump smashed the floor. Trump had already made fun of the appearance of his rival Carly Fiorina in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Kara Swisher Talks Big Tech Monopolies and the Google Antitrust Case with Lina Khan - The New York Times
It finally looks as if Big Tech may face some breakups. Lawmakers are interrogating tech C.E.O.s on Capitol Hill while the Justice Department pursues a landmark antitrust case against Google. For decades, tech giants have avoided such scrutiny — hiding behind the idea that their products are free, beneficial, even beloved. As a 28-year-old law student, Ms. Khan published a single scholarly article that greatly shifted America’s antitrust debate. Three years later, she remains an existential threat to companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple.
Hospitals being hit in coordinated, targeted ransomware attack from Russian-speaking criminals
The criminals have demanded a ransom ranging upward of $1 million to unlock the system, and some hospitals have paid, they said. The criminals, who operate out of Eastern Europe, are not targeting election-related infrastructure in this campaign, the analysts said. ADADBut the criminals behind that botnet, known as Trickbot, have mostly moved to a new set of infected computers, analysts said. “If they can do this to six hospitals, there’s no reason they can’t do this to a dozen,” he said. A cybersecurity firm arrived Wednesday afternoon at the hospital, Hottman said.
D.C.-area forecast: Zeta unloads drenching rain today, but weather turns sunny and crisp for Halloween
The heaviest rain may occur in the late morning and afternoon, when the core of Zeta’s remnants make their closest approach. At least one to two inches of rain are likely and a few pockets of flooding cannot be ruled out near streams and in poor drainage areas. Winds from the northeast may gust to 15 to 25 mph during the afternoon and even 30 to 40 mph into Southern Maryland. Lows in the low to mid-30s (upper 30s downtown) make it likely that frost will be scattered across much of the area. Winds abruptly shift to out of the north in the evening and are gusty through the night.
Stouffer's, the frozen food brand, is debuting a merch shop featuring its own clothing
Stouffer’s — a brand synonymous with the frozen-food aisle of your grocery store — is debuting a line of apparel that includes sweatshirts, T-shirts, and even a fanny pack that will enable fans to display their (clearly) overzealous love for frozen lasagna or macaroni and cheese. “Mac & Cheese is self-care,” reads one of the cheese-yellow shirts planned for sale. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs strange as it may seem, Stouffer’s is far from the only major brand to debut a merch store in the hopes of selling apparel. In recent months, McDonald’s has shored up its pajama offerings, while Chipotle added “Chips and Guac” sandals to its apparel line. Maybe most bafflingly, however, was Franzia’s announcement (yes, Franzia the boxed-wine company) that it had launched an online shop with swimsuits, necklaces and Franzia-dispensing backpacks.
Coronavirus mutation spread across Europe: report
Researchers studying the coronavirus and its genetic mutations revealed in a study a genetic mutation that originated in farmworkers in Spain may have contributed to the second wave in Europe, a report said. The Financial Times reported scientists are working to determine what role, if any, variant 20A.EU1 could play in disease's transmission or lethality. CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWThe report pointed out the study has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal. GET THE FOX NEWS APPEuropean Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, “We are deep in the second wave. I think that this year’s Christmas will be a different Christmas.”The Associated Press contributed to this report
Europe is currently the 'weak link' in the global economy: Harvard Kennedy School
Europe is currently the 'weak link' in the global economy: Harvard Kennedy SchoolBesides its coronavirus situation, Europe has been struggling with various structural issues "even in the best of times," says Paul Sheard, senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School.
Two dead after knife attack in Nice, France; Mayor says 'everything suggests' it was a terror attack
LONDON — A man armed with a knife on Thursday killed two people and wounded several others at a church in the French city of Nice, police have confirmed to NBC News. They added that the suspect had been injured by police and is now in hospital. The city's mayor, Christian Estrosi, tweeted that "everything suggests" it was a terror attack. The attack took place inside the city's Notre Dame church at around 9:10 a.m. local time (4:10 a.m. ET) and comes 13 days after French middle school teacher Samuel Paty was killed in Paris.
Building a refuge from homophobia in Brazil
Brazil has one of the world's highest rates of LGBT hate crimes, despite a reputation for sexual tolerance. The country recognised same-sex marriage in 2013 and hosts some of the world's largest gay pride festivals. Human rights groups including Amnesty International say homophobic violence is endemic in Brazil, where there were 326 murders in the community in 2014. Some Evangelical pastors, who are becoming increasingly popular in Brazil, have adopted overtly homophobic rhetoric.
Lloyds Bank third quarter profit boosted by home loan lending boom
REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoBritain’s biggest domestic lender reported pre-tax profits of 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) for the July-September period, well ahead of the 588 million pounds average of analysts’ forecasts. Lloyds set aside a further 301 million pounds to cover expected customer loan defaults, less than half the 721 million pounds analysts had expected. Net income for the first nine months of 2020 tumbled 17% to 10.8 billion pounds, with 3.4 billion pounds booked in the third quarter. Lloyds has granted around 1.2 million retail payment holidays on 69 billion pounds of lending to help ease financial pressure on customers hard hit by the pandemic. Around 73,000 borrowers are still benefitting from a first payment freeze, while around 142,000 customers have requested extended relief on 9.8 billion pounds of loans.
Swedish dialysis firm Diaverum targets IPO in November, sources say
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European buyout firm Bridgepoint is preparing to launch a stock market listing of its dialysis clinic operator Diaverum in Stockholm in November, assuming no major decline in broader stock markets, people close to the matter said. The company could fetch a valuation of more than 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in the long-anticipated deal, they added. Based in Malmo in southern Sweden, Diaverum ranks as the global no.3 dialysis clinic operator after Fresenius Medical Care FMEG.DE and Davita DVA.N. Last year, Diaverum signed a five-year dialysis contract with the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia, which the company hopes will boost its business and its valuation. While FMC and Davita trade at 9 and 8.5 times their core earnings, respectively, Diaverum is hoping for a valuation of at least 12 times.
Novartis buys Vedere Bio, whose founders helped blind mice see
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is pictured at the French company's headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison near Paris, France, April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File PhotoZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis is buying Vedere Bio, hoping gene therapy technology that has helped blind mice to see will produce similar results in people with inherited conditions that cause them to lose their sight. Novartis is paying $150 million upfront for the U.S. biotechnology company, with the remainder in milestone payments for a total of $280 million. Cambridge, Massachussetts-based Vedere Bio seeks to introduce light-sensing proteins via a shot into the eye of patients with so-called inherited retinal dystrophies and geographic atrophy, to treat them for vision loss that can lead to complete blindness. Vedere Bio’s founders include a pair of scientists at the University of California Berkeley, Ehud Isacoff and John Flannery, who inserted a gene for a light receptor into blind mice, helping restore their vision to levels of sighted mice.
Japan's Takeda to import 50 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, raises profit forecast
FILE PHOTO: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co's logo is seen at its new headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, July 2, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonTOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co 4502.T said on Thursday it would import and distribute 50 million doses of Moderna Inc's novel coronavirus vaccine candidate. Takeda will be responsible for securing regulatory approval for the vaccine, known as mRNA-1273, with supply starting in the first half of 2021, Takeda said in a release. The companies were previously in talks to supply 40 million or more doses of the vaccine in Japan. Takeda has also agreed to produce Novavax Inc’s novel coronavirus vaccine, aiming to make 250 million doses for use in Japan.
UK police could break up Christmas gatherings, warns minister
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick appears on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain October 11, 2020. Picture taken through glass. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - Police could break up large family gatherings at Christmas, Britain’s housing minister Robert Jenrick warned, as he said it was right that they enforce coronavirus rules on socialising. “Well that’s not something that anyone would want to see but it’s right that everybody follows the law and obviously the police have to do what’s necessary to enforce it,” he said on Times Radio when asked about Christmas celebrations.
Credit Suisse profit slides as wealth management fees fall
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at a branch office in Basel, Switzerland, March 2, 2020. A year earlier, Credit Suisse received a 327 million franc revenue boost from the sale of its InvestLab fund platform. Shares fell more than 5% in early trade, hitting a five-month low, as analysts noted disappointing wealth management revenue. At Credit Suisse, wealth management suffered from foreign currency moves and lacked one-off items such as the prior year’s InvestLab sale, without which revenue would have risen 5%. In international wealth management, covering clients outside Switzerland and Asia, bumper trading which has buoyed wealth managers throughout the pandemic failed to offset lower recurring commissions and fees, and falling net interest income.
Second national UK lockdown not inevitable, says minister
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick appears on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain October 11, 2020. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - A second national lockdown in Britain is not inevitable even though France and Germany have gone that way, said housing minister Robert Jenrick on Thursday. “I don’t think anything is inevitable,” he told the BBC, when asked if French and German lockdowns meant the UK would follow. He also said it was too early to say that the government’s tiered approach of regional lockdowns was not bringing down infection rates.
Elite sport to continue in France despite lockdown - minister
FILE PHOTO: French Junior Minister for Sports Roxana Maracineanu arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 7, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) - Elite sport will continue in France despite a nationwide lockdown announced by President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said. This is why I wanted to confirm to you that the continuity of the sport which is practiced as a profession is today assured,” Maracineau told a parliament session overnight. The Paris Masters tennis tournament is also due to begin on Monday. France will go back into a nationwide lockdown starting this week to try to contain the pandemic, which is threatening to spiral out of control, Macron said in an address to the nation on Wednesday.
Depleted Lazio endured 'surreal' two days, says Inzaghi
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Lazio - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - July 20, 2020 Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/File PhotoROME (Reuters) - Lazio, missing several players due to injury and a COVID-19 scare, endured a “surreal” couple of days when they travelled to Belgium for their Champions League match against Club Brugge, coach Simone Inzaghi said. Several players arrived on the afternoon of the game, which ended 1-1. “They were two surreal days but the team gave it all,” said Inzaghi. Sporting director Igli Tare said they might ask for Sunday’s Series A match at Torino to be postponed. “We’ll think about it but we’ll have to see the result of the next batch of tests,” he said.
Cricket Australia braced for $85 million revenue dip due to pandemic
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday it posted a A$45.9 million (25 million pounds) deficit in the last financial year and could see a A$120 million ($85.55 million) dip its projected revenue for the 2021 period due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “On current estimates, these factors could have a financial cost to cricket of up to A$120 million in FY21,” CA Director Paul Green told the AGM. India will arrive next month to play six short-form internationals followed by four tests in a blockbuster tour worth about A$300 million to CA. “Despite droughts, bushfires and the pandemic, we must remember that cricket in Australia has been extremely fortunate to largely complete the 2019-20 summer,” he said. “With our season already successfully underway we are incredibly optimistic about our future and ... look forward to delivering a safe and successful summer of cricket.”
BOJ cuts growth forecast but flags policy pause on recovery prospects
“There’s also plenty of room to expand the scale of easing for each element of our crisis-response programme,” he added. It also downgraded this fiscal year’s core consumer price forecast to a 0.6% fall from a 0.5% drop seen in July. However, the BOJ revised up its forecast for the next fiscal year to a 3.6% increase, against a 3.3% expansion seen in July. But he brushed aside market speculation the BOJ could allow yields to rise more by reducing purchases of super-long bonds. “We’re not thinking of discontinuing purchases of super-long bonds, or review the way we conduct our bond-buying operations under our yield curve control framework.”
EU says escalating Nagorno-Karabakh conflict 'unacceptable'
YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - The European Union said an escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was “unacceptable” and called for new peace talks as Armenia and Azerbaijan once more traded accusations of shelling in and around the mountain enclave on Thursday. Three ceasefires have failed to hold and civilians were killed on either side of the conflict on Wednesday. The EU executive urged the sides to return without delay to “substantive negotiations” on a peaceful settlement as last agreed in Washington on Oct. 25. The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Thursday it had suffered 51 more casualties, taking its military death toll to 1,119 since fighting erupted on Sept. 27. Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.
Samsung Elec sees profit decline on weak server chip demand after strong third-quarter earnings
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 005930.KS said on Thursday it expects fourth-quarter profit to fall due to weak server chip demand and rising smartphone competition, after posting its best quarterly operating profit in two years in the third quarter. Samsung said mobile chip demand would rise in the fourth quarter, as Chinese customers boost orders following U.S. restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], but server chip demand would remain weak due to large customer inventories. Operating profit in the July-September period jumped 59% to 12.35 trillion won ($11 billion) on the back of Samsung’s highest quarterly smartphone profit since 2014 at 4.45 trillion won ($4 billion). Revenue climbed 8% to 66.96 trillion won. Net profit rose 49% to 9.36 trillion won.
What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
(Reuters) - Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:Slideshow ( 2 images )France, Germany re-enter lockdown, second wave sweeps EuropeFrench President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown, as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before the winter. “The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated,” Macron said in a televised address. Britain believes that the vaccine, which Pfizer is co-developing with Germany’s BioNTech, could be ready to distribute before Christmas, the report said. A non-peer-reviewed study of more than 84,000 people who completed a study called the Great British Intelligence Test, led by Adam Hampshire, a doctor at Imperial College London, found that in some severe cases, coronavirus infection is linked to substantial cognitive deficits for months. Scientists not directly involved with the study, however, said its results should be viewed with some caution.
FTSE 100 edges higher on strong Lloyds Bank, Shell earnings
FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians leave and enter the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo(Reuters) - London’s FTSE 100 inched higher on Thursday after a three-day selloff as Lloyds Bank and Royal Dutch Shell posted upbeat earnings, although gains were capped by concerns over surging COVID-19 cases and as a stronger pound pressured exporters. The export-heavy FTSE 100 index .FTSE climbed 0.2% with oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc RDSa.L jumping 3% after posting a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and increasing its dividend. Both the indexes suffered their biggest one-day decline in more than five weeks in the previous session amid a sharp selloff in Europe as Germany and France introduced new lockdowns. Lloyds Banking Group Plc LLOY.L added 2.5% after the domestic lender posted a forecast-beating quarterly profit, boosted by a home-loan lending boom.
Merkel decries populists who say coronavirus is harmless
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a face mask as she attends a session of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Berlin, Germany, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio BenschBERLIN (Reuters) - Populists who purport the coronavirus is harmless are dangerous and irresponsible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, defending a circuit break lockdown announced on Wednesday that is aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. “It is only with solidarity and transparency that we will be able to confront the pandemic,” she told the Bundestag lower house of parliament, adding the pandemic was a challenge to the democratic system. “Lies and disinformation, conspiracy theories and hatred damage not only the democratic debate but also the fight against the virus,” she said during a speech in which she was at times heckled, adding this put human lives in danger. Merkel announced on Wednesday that Germany would impose an emergency month-long lockdown that includes the closure of restaurants, gyms and theatres to reverse a spike in coronavirus cases that risks overwhelming hospitals.
Fashion site unveils new and improved 'Zozosuit 2'
Online fashion retailer Zozo's body-measuring suit "Zozosuit 2" is seen in this still image taken on October 29, 2020 from animation. ZOZO via REUTERSTOKYO (Reuters) - Online fashion retailer Zozo Inc 3092.T on Thursday unveiled a successor to its "Zozosuit" body-measuring suit, one of a string of failed projects ahead of the exit of founder Yusaku Maezawa, promising greater accuracy through design and software changes. The fashion retailer said it is looking for partners and hopes to offer the suit within a year. Accurate and easy-to-use body measuring technology has become a holy grail for online fashion retailers trying to reduce returns. Zozo already distributes the “Zozomat”, which can be used to measure feet for customised sizing recommendations.
Credit Suisse profit slides as wealth management fees fall
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at a branch office in Basel, Switzerland, March 2, 2020. A year earlier, Credit Suisse received a 327 million franc revenue boost from the sale of its InvestLab fund platform. Shares fell more than 5% in early trade, hitting a five-month low, as analysts noted disappointing wealth management revenue. At Credit Suisse, wealth management suffered from foreign currency moves and lacked one-off items such as the prior year’s InvestLab sale, without which revenue would have risen 5%. In international wealth management, covering clients outside Switzerland and Asia, bumper trading which has buoyed wealth managers throughout the pandemic failed to offset lower recurring commissions and fees, and falling net interest income.
China premium car buyers drive VW back to profit
Witter said that because of market volatility the car maker would not issue a more specific full-year profit forecast. During the third quarter, VW’s performance was aided by a series of cost-cutting measures launched earlier this year. VW said its net liquidity rose to 24.8 billion euros from 18.7 billion at the end of the second quarter. Excluding one-time items, its third-quarter operating profit was 3.2 billion euros ($3.78 billion), down from 4.8 billion euros a year earlier. Revenue fell 3.4% to 59.36 billion euros.
Merkel warns of dramatic coronavirus situation
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a face mask as she attends a session of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Berlin, Germany, October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio BenschBERLIN (Reuters) - German intensive care units risk being overwhelmed in a few weeks due to a surge in coronavirus cases, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. “We are in a dramatic situation,” Merkel told the lower house of parliament a day after announcing a circuit-break lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.
Alfa Romeo extend Sauber F1 naming rights deal into 2021
FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Portuguese Grand Prix - Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal - October 23, 2020 Alfa Romeo Racing Team Principal Frederic Vasseur wearing a face mask during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo(Reuters) - Alfa Romeo will continue a naming rights deal with Swiss-based Sauber for the 2021 Formula One season, they said in a statement on Thursday. The Fiat Chrysler-owned brand has been a partner of Sauber since 2018, with the team renamed as Alfa Romeo in 2019. “The extension of our relationship with Alfa Romeo is a true statement of intent from both parties,” said team boss Frederic Vasseur in a statement ahead of the weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola. “Both parties always intended for this relationship to bear fruit in the long term: we have laid some solid foundations in the last three seasons and we aim to reap the rewards of this work in 2021 and beyond.”The team, currently eighth overall in the constructors’ championship, have yet to name their drivers for 2021. This year’s pairing is 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi.
Shell raises dividend as retail boost drives confidence
In a sign of renewed confidence, Shell said it would boost its dividend on an annual basis after it cut the payout in April for the first time since the 1940s. “We are starting a new era of dividend growth,” CEO Ben van Beurden told reporters in a call. Shell is planning a major restructuring as part of “a complete overhaul” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. “Very strong performance from Shell, handsomely beating our and consensus estimates,” Bernstein analyst Oswald Clint said in a note. Shell in July had cut the value of its oil and gas assets, including Prelude, by $16.8 billion in the second quarter after sharply lowering its price outlook.
UK doing everything it can to avoid national lockdown, minister says
REUTERS/Andrew CouldridgeLONDON (Reuters) - The British government will do everything it can to avoid putting the country into a second national lockdown and believes it can control the virus with tough local measures, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Thursday. “The very clear policy of the government is to do everything we can to avoid a full national lockdown,” he told Sky News. An Imperial College study published on Thursday showed how rife the virus was becoming, with cases doubling every nine days. Scientists say more drastic lockdown restrictions should be brought in sooner rather than later to counter its spread. The governments of Wales and Scotland have different restrictions and Wales is currently in a short lockdown.
UK police could break up Christmas gatherings, warns minister
FILE PHOTO: People wear face masks as they walk past a shop showing window with Christmas decorations amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Britain, October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Lee SmithLONDON (Reuters) - Police could break up large family gatherings at Christmas, Britain’s housing minister Robert Jenrick warned, as he said it was right that they enforce coronavirus rules on socialising. “Well that’s not something that anyone would want to see but it’s right that everybody follows the law and obviously the police have to do what’s necessary to enforce it,” he said on Times Radio when asked about Christmas celebrations.
Belarusian leader Lukashenko replaces his interior minister amid protests
FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting to discuss preparations for the 6th Belarusian People's Congress, in Minsk, Belarus October 27, 2020. Nikolai Petrov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) - Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko replaced his interior minister on Thursday, the Belta state news agency reported, as he faces mass protests calling for him to leave power. In a related move, Lukashenko named three senior figures with security backgrounds, including outgoing interior minister Yuri Karayev, as presidential aides. The reshuffle marked the latest move by Lukashenko to tighten his grip on domestic security in the face of demonstrations and strikes that have gripped the country for nearly 12 weeks since a disputed election. The new interior minister is Ivan Kurbakov, who has head of police in the capital Minsk has led the crackdown in the epicentre of the protests since the Aug. 9 election.
Shell ups dividend as retail boost drives confidence
In a sign of renewed confidence, despite the collapse in energy demand because of COVID-19, Shell said it would boost its dividend on an annual basis after it cut the payout in April for the first time since the 1940s. Shell is planning a major restructuring as part of “a complete overhaul” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. “We are confident that Shell can sustainably grow its shareholder distributions as well as invest for growth,” Shell Chairman Chad Holliday said in a statement. The results were driven by a record profit from Shell’s marketing division, which includes the world’s biggest retail network. Shell in July had cut the value of its oil and gas assets, including Prelude, by $16.8 billion in the second quarter after sharply lowering its price outlook.
France warns citizens to be cautious as anger seethes in Muslim world over cartoons
The French government, backed by many citizens, saw the beheading as an attack on freedom of speech, and said they would defend the right to display the cartoons. Macron called the teacher a hero, and he pledged to fight “Islamist separatism”, saying it was threatening to take over some Muslim communities in France. France’s foreign ministry on Tuesday issued safety advice to French citizens in Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and Mauritania, advising them to exercise caution. “You are forcing people into terrorism, pushing people towards it, not leaving them any choice, creating the conditions for the growth of extremism in young people’s heads. French officials have closed a Paris mosque they said was fanning anger over the cartoons.
UK rejects 'Britain First' trade policy, taking swipes at US and EU
A British ten pound banknote is seen in a photo illustration taken March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Illustration/FilesThe COVID-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on global supply chains, fanning global trade tensions as nations scramble for scarce goods and try to protect their own economic interests. Trade minister Liz Truss will set out the principles that underpin Britain’s future trade policy in a speech that takes aim at the damage caused by both protectionism and unfettered state-subsidisation. Britain is urgently negotiating a trade deal with the EU to avoid widespread disruption when a transition period of de-facto EU membership ends on Dec. 31. It has also put a U.S. free trade agreement at the top of its post-Brexit wish list.
Two dead in knife attack in French church, official says terrorism suspected
Slideshow ( 3 images )NICE, France (Reuters) - An attacker with a knife killed two people and wounded several others at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police said, in an incident the city’s mayor described as terrorism. Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city’s Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. The attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of French middle school teacher Samuel Paty in Paris by a man of Chechen origin. The attacker had said he wanted to punish Paty for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
EU says escalating Nagorno-Karabakh conflict 'unacceptable'
YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters) - The European Union said an escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was “unacceptable” and called for new peace talks as Armenia and Azerbaijan once more traded accusations of shelling in and around the mountain enclave on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Firefighters gather near near a burnt car, which was hit by shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the town of Barda, Azerbaijan October 28, 2020. Three ceasefires have failed to hold and civilians were killed on either side of the conflict on Wednesday. The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Thursday it had suffered 51 more casualties, taking its military death toll to 1,119 since fighting erupted on Sept. 27. Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.
Holograms: the solution for live lockdown gigs?
Video ModuleHolograms: the solution for live lockdown gigs? PostedIt’s live music, but the band is playing from a small studio on the other side of London. This hologram gig could be the future of safe and socially distanced live music. Rosanna Philpott has more.
Chinese spacecraft set for Mars landing in May: state media
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese spacecraft is expected to land on Mars in May, state-run media reported on Thursday, citing a space agency official. The spacecraft, which left Earth in July, is set to land in Utopia Planitia, a plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars, the China News Service reported, citing Liu Tongjie, spokesman for the Mars mission. Separate spacecraft launched by the United States and the United Arab Emirates this year are also en route to Mars, though only the U.S. one will attempt a landing. In 2003, China became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States. China has made space exploration a top priority in recent years as it tries to become a major space power by 2030.
Taiwan's UMC pleads guilty, fined $60 million in trade secret theft case
WASHINGTON/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Taiwan’s UMC has pleaded guilty to trade secret theft in the United States and will pay a $60 million fine in a case where it was accused of helping a Chinese state-owned chipmaker steal secrets from Micron Technology Inc. The fine is the second-largest ever in a criminal trade secret prosecution, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said. UMC, formally known as United Microelectronics Corp, China’s Fujian Jinhua and three individuals were indicted in 2018 for conspiracy to steal trade secrets from Micron. UMC added it never planned to, and did not transfer Micron trade secrets or any unauthorized third-party information to Fujian Jinhua. In late 2018, the U.S Department of Commerce added Fujian Jinhua to its so-called ‘entity list,’ in effect barring U.S. suppliers from selling to it.
ECB to signal more stimulus as second-wave recession fears grow
Those interventions added weight to calls for the ECB to signal even greater and longer-term support for the 19-member currency bloc’s economy, which has already suffered an unprecedented recession this year. At 0708 GMT, the euro stabilised against the dollar and euro zone stock futures pointed to a rebound after sharp falls on Wednesday. “We think that (French economic) activity could print closer to 20% below normal during this lockdown,” JPMorgan economist Raphael Brun-Aguerre said. All this is challenging the ECB’s view that the bloc’s economy will grow back to its pre-crisis level by the end of 2022. Still, once the ECB has unveiled fresh economic projections after its Dec. 10 meeting, it will likely extend and expand its 1.35 trillion euro Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme and improve funding conditions for banks.
UK police could break up Christmas gatherings, warns minister
LONDON (Reuters) - Police could break up large family gatherings at Christmas, Britain’s housing minister Robert Jenrick warned, as he said it was right that they enforce coronavirus rules on socialising. “Well that’s not something that anyone would want to see but it’s right that everybody follows the law and obviously the police have to do what’s necessary to enforce it,” he said on Times Radio when asked about Christmas celebrations.
U.S. Supreme Court deals blow to Republicans in Pennsylvania, North Carolina vote-by-mail fights
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt setbacks to Republicans by allowing extended deadlines for receiving mail-in ballots in next Tuesday’s election in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, states pivotal to President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. The Supreme Court already had rejected a prior Republican request to block the lower court ruling on Oct. 19. The conservative-majority court on Wednesday also rejected a request by Trump’s campaign to block North Carolina’s extension of the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots, in another key battleground legal loss for Republicans. The public health crisis has prompted an increase in requests for mail-in ballots as voters seek to avoid crowds at polling places. In their earlier decision, the justices, shorthanded after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, were divided 4-4, leaving in place the state court ruling.
Banks roll out robots as pandemic shakes up IT plans
LONDON (Reuters) - When banks were flooded with loan requests from businesses struggling with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, hastily built robots helped several lenders cope with the deluge. It is a pattern that has played out across banks globally, where technology changes that would usually take months were done in a matter of days. Global IT spend by banks is set to shrink by 1.7% this year to $200 billion, down from $203.5 billion in 2019, based on IDC data. “Banks are struggling to deploy new software,” David Buxton, chief executive of Arachnys, a startup that sells compliance technology to banks. McNamara said the pandemic was a factor in the decision as there was strong demand for the bank’s existing mobile app, which has added 700,000 users since the pandemic started.
Depleted Lazio endured 'surreal' two days, says Inzaghi
Soccer Football - Serie A - Juventus v Lazio - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - July 20, 2020 Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Massimo PincaROME (Reuters) - Lazio, missing several players due to injury and a COVID-19 scare, endured a “surreal” couple of days when they travelled to Belgium for their Champions League match against Club Brugge, coach Simone Inzaghi said. Several players arrived on the afternoon of the game, which ended 1-1. “They were two surreal days but the team gave it all,” said Inzaghi. Sporting director Igli Tare said they might ask for Sunday’s Series A match at Torino to be postponed. “We’ll think about it but we’ll have to see the result of the next batch of tests,” he said.
European Super League would destroy Premier League: Wenger
But Wenger, now FIFA’s head of global development, said the plans were aimed at eroding the Premier League’s “superiority”. “The other leagues tried to destroy the advantage the Premier League has. For them, the best way to tame that is to create a European League,” he told the Guardian. “That means to destroy the Premier League basically.”A Super League would see the top sides in Europe face off more regularly but Wenger said the real beneficiaries would be the club owners. And the European Super League is one way, maybe, to make more money.”
Cricket Australia braced for $85 million revenue dip due to pandemic
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday it posted a A$45.9 million deficit in the last financial year and could see a A$120 million ($85.55 million) dip its projected revenue for the 2021 period due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “On current estimates, these factors could have a financial cost to cricket of up to A$120 million in FY21,” CA Director Paul Green told the AGM. India will arrive next month to play six short-form internationals followed by four tests in a blockbuster tour worth about A$300 million to CA. “Despite droughts, bushfires and the pandemic, we must remember that cricket in Australia has been extremely fortunate to largely complete the 2019-20 summer,” he said. “With our season already successfully underway we are incredibly optimistic about our future and ... look forward to delivering a safe and successful summer of cricket.”
Credit Suisse profit slides as wealth management fees fall
The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at a branch office in Bern, Switzerland October 28, 2020. A year earlier, Credit Suisse received a 327 million franc revenue boost from the sale of its InvestLab fund platform. Shares fell more than 5% in early trade, hitting a five-month low, as analysts noted disappointing wealth management revenue. At Credit Suisse, wealth management suffered from foreign currency moves and lacked one-off items such as the prior year’s InvestLab sale, without which revenue would have risen 5%. In international wealth management, covering clients outside Switzerland and Asia, bumper trading which has buoyed wealth managers throughout the pandemic failed to offset lower recurring commissions and fees, and falling net interest income.
A post-election crisis could scupper Ivory Coast's economic gains
FILE PHOTO: The buildings of the central business district of Plateau are pictured ahead of the presidential elections in Abidjan, Ivory Coast October 27, 2020. Veteran investors in Ivory Coast, Francophone West Africa’s largest economy and the world’s top cocoa producer, are used to weathering turmoil. Investors say political unrest is compounding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and squeezing access to credit. Despite the investment of the past decade, analysts say Ivory Coast has not realised its full economic potential. The U.S. ambassador in Abidjan, Richard Bell, said he participated in a virtual roundtable earlier this year with U.S. companies interested in Ivory Coast.
Low oil demand hurts, but OMV refining beats expectations
The logo of Austrian oil and gas group OMV is pictured at the rooftop of its headquarters in Vienna, Austria May 12, 2020. Net profit dropped to 80 million euros from 457 million a year ago. The refining unit’s operating profit fell 28% to 335 million euros, but a 90% utilisation rate of its refineries helped beat expectations. OMV said commercial sales from its refining unit had fallen mainly because of low demand for jet fuel. Reflecting the pandemic impact, the group cut its 2020 refining margin forecast to around $2.5 from $3 per barrel.
Singapore firm invents coronavirus breathalyser with results in seconds
Slideshow ( 2 images )SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A company in Singapore has developed a breathalyser test for the new coronavirus which it says will enable people to know whether they are infected in under a minute. Breathonix is currently expanding its trial in Singapore and hopes to improve accuracy and get the green light to go commercial in the first quarter of next year. At US$20, Breathonix says its test would be 70% cheaper than PCR tests, although infected patients would likely still need the more sensitive PCR tests to confirm the diagnosis. After blowing into the device, it assesses the chemical compounds of the breath to determine whether or not a person is infected. A similar breathalyser is being tested by a hospital in France, although experts have warned the system may be too costly for widespread distribution.
Exclusive: AirAsia X to revise $15.3 billion debt reform plan to expedite talks with creditors - sources
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s AirAsia X Bhd plans to drop a local airport operator from its $15.3 billion debt restructuring plan to expedite discussions with creditors as its cash is running out fast, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File PhotoThe budget carrier is seeking to reconstitute the $15.3 billion of unsecured debt into a principal amount of 200 million ringgit ($48 million) and have the rest waived. The source said AirAsia X, the long-haul arm of AirAsia Group Bhd, has less than six months of cash left and has been looking to convene a meeting of creditors to vote on the scheme. Airport operator MAHB said on Sunday its attempt to recover debt from AirAsia X would not derail the airline’s scheme. Post restructuring, the airline plans to raise up to 500 million ringgit to restart the company, it said on Monday.
Woman feared decapitated in knife attack in French city of Nice
PARIS (Reuters) - A woman was feared to have been decapitated after a knife attack in the French city of Nice on Thursday, a police source said. French far-right politician Marine Le Pen, speaking to reporters at the French parliament in Paris, also mentioned that a “decapitation” had occurred in the attack.
Three dead as woman beheaded in knife attack at French church
NICE, France (Reuters) - A woman was beheaded by an attacker with a knife who also killed two other people at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police said, in an incident the city’s mayor described as terrorism. Slideshow ( 3 images )Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city’s Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack. The French anti-terrorist prosecutor’s department said it had been asked to investigate the attack. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
Pollution hangs over Indian capital as farm stubble fires rage
REUTERS/Anushree FadnavisAverage air pollution this month hit its worst in two years after farmers made an early start on burning crop stubble left in their fields after harvests. The index of overall air quality (AQI), measuring the concentration of microscopic particles known as PM2.5, which can be deadly, was at an eight-month high. Deteriorating air quality has already caused a spike in respiratory infections, doctors have said. Delhi’s government is working to clear the toxic air by restricting construction and other dust-raising activities, Environment Minister Gopal Rai has said. India’s capital is fighting air pollution just as the nation passed a grim milestone of 8 million coronavirus cases on Thursday.
Maruti Suzuki India quarterly profit rises as buyers return
BENGALURU (Reuters) - Maruti Suzuki India Ltd reported a small rise in second-quarter profit on Thursday, as the lifting of coronavirus restrictions brought back customers to the carmaker’s showrooms and also eased supply chain disruptions. The logo of Maruti Suzuki India Limited is seen on car parked outside a showroom in New Delhi, India, February 29, 2016. India’s largest automaker by market capitalization reported a net profit of 13.72 billion rupees ($185.55 million) for the three months ended Sept. 30. Analysts on average had expected it to post a profit of 15.04 billion rupees, according to Refinitiv data. ($1 = 73.9430 Indian rupees)
MMA fighters line up in Trump’s corner
The Trump campaign counts at least a dozen current and former fighters as top endorsers and surrogates, six of whom were featured at a Don Trump Jr. rally in Las Vegas earlier this month. Last month, former UFC champ Henry Cejudo – one of the most well-known Hispanic sports stars in Phoenix — spoke at a “Latinos for Trump” rally. A former Olympic gold medal wrestler, Cejudo’s appearance drew criticism because he’s the son of illegal immigrants from Mexico, whom the candidate has generally demonized. Rogan’s interview last week with rapper and presidential candidate Kanye West, a sometime-ally of Trump, racked up 7.9 million views on YouTube. Trump’s campaign revels in bashing the Hollywood and sports stars who support Biden and Black Lives Matter-related protests.
Attacks on Obamacare threaten coverage gains among minorities
“Having millions suddenly lose their health insurance seems very likely to have an adverse impact." Without health coverage, many would lose access to much-needed care for chronic health conditions — and become more vulnerable to serious complications from Covid-19. Losing Medicaid coverage would be especially hard on communities of color, which also have been disproportionately affected by layoffs during the pandemic. Biden also proposes lowering the Medicare age to 60, which would further reduce the uninsured gap, and doubling investments into community health centers. POLITICO Live is hosting "Beyond COVID-19: Closing the Racial Health Gap” on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.
45 Self-Evident Truths About Donald Trump
“Donald Trump is the host of his own show,” longtime Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf once told me. “Support Donald Trump in anything he says and does,” in Stone’s words. And he has slapped his surname on a practically never-ending sequence of duds and scams (Trump Ice bottled water, Trump Vodka, Trump Steaks, Trump magazine, Trump Mortgage, Trump University—for which he settled a class-action fraud lawsuit [in 2017] for $25 million). “Donald Trump is going to give ’em a good story.”“Donald Trump is an excellent storyteller. “He’s the same Donald Trump as the Donald Trump I knew when I was working with him,” former Trump Organization executive vice president Louise Sunshine, who worked for Trump for 15 years starting in the early ’70s, told me.
Latino voters targeted by abortion misinformation campaigns
"This is part of an ongoing campaign with far-right groups associated with the Catholic Church, focusing on pulling Latinx voters to the Republican side," Woolley said, adding that he saw similar misinformation in 2016 and 2018 likewise targeting religious Latino voters around abortion. But this year, the stakes are even higher, with Latino voters for the first time representing the largest group of minority voters in the country — an estimated 13.3 percent of all eligible voters, according to the Pew Research Center. Spanish-speaking populations are an especially important voter base in crucial swing states, like Texas, Florida and Arizona, where Latino communities are even larger than in the rest of the country. Democrats have expressed concerns through the campaign season that disinformation has been having a major impact on Latino voters, especially in states like Florida. "A lot of the misinformation being shared in Latinx religious communities are really partisan issues," Longoria said.
French police: 2 dead in knife attack near church in Nice
PARIS (AP) — French anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating a knife attack at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice that killed two people and injured several. The prosecutor’s office and national police said that an investigation was opened into an attack with a terrorist connection after Thursday’s stabbing. ADVERTISEMENTPARIS (AP) — French police say two people have been killed and several others injured in a knife attack near a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. The reason for the attack is unclear. The lower house of parliament suspended a debate on new virus restrictions and held a moment of silence for the victims.
'Group' Destigmatizes And Demystifies Group Therapy, Without Lessons
'Group' Destigmatizes And Demystifies Group Therapy, Without LessonsEnlarge this image toggle caption Avid Reader Press Avid Reader PressIn a moment not too long ago, I realized that the coronavirus pandemic was turning me into a bad girlfriend. Christie Tate's debut memoir Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life, though, stands out because it does not. Group is the tale of how group therapy saved Tate, and Tate only. Group centers on Tate's arduous struggle to name and embrace her desires, which she learned to do only with the support of her group. Tate sets a positive example by destigmatizing and demystifying group therapy, but she is careful never to present herself as an expert.
As Biotech Crops Lose Their Power, Scientists Push For New Restrictions
"Our insecticide sprays just plummeted, and there were guys who wouldn't have to treat at all," says David Kerns, an entomologist at Texas A&M University, speaking of cotton farmers. Bt crops are losing their power. They've been engaged in a long-running argument with the companies selling Bt crops, such as Monsanto, which has been acquired by Bayer. Even before Monsanto started selling the first Bt crops, independent scientists pushed the Environmental Protection Agency to limit the amount of land that farmers could devote to Bt crops. The company that owns the Vip3A gene — Syngenta — argued that such a prohibition wasn't necessary or fair.
Nokia shares slump on weaker-than-expected margin view
(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2020 shows the logo of telecommunications giant Nokia in Espoo, Finland. markku ulander/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesShares of Nokia NOKIA, -17.36% NOK, -4.48% slumped 13% in Helsinki after the telecom equipment maker lowered its 2020 guidance and introduced 2021 margin guidance below market expectations. Nokia said its third-quarter profit more than doubled to 203 million euros, while sales fell 7% to 5.29 billion euros. On an adjusted basis, Nokia’s earnings per share was steady at 5 eurocents.
Nokia shares slump on weaker-than-expected margin view
(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2020 shows the logo of telecommunications giant Nokia in Espoo, Finland. markku ulander/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesShares of Nokia NOKIA, -17.42% NOK, -4.48% slumped 13% in Helsinki after the telecom equipment maker lowered its 2020 guidance and introduced 2021 margin guidance below market expectations. Nokia said its third-quarter profit more than doubled to 203 million euros, while sales fell 7% to 5.29 billion euros. On an adjusted basis, Nokia’s earnings per share was steady at 5 eurocents.
Nokia shares slump on weaker-than-expected margin view
(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2020 shows the logo of telecommunications giant Nokia in Espoo, Finland. markku ulander/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesShares of Nokia NOKIA, -17.37% NOK, -4.48% slumped 13% in Helsinki after the telecom equipment maker lowered its 2020 guidance and introduced 2021 margin guidance below market expectations. Nokia said its third-quarter profit more than doubled to 203 million euros, while sales fell 7% to 5.29 billion euros. On an adjusted basis, Nokia’s earnings per share was steady at 5 eurocents.
Amazon’s business-loans boss joins London fintech TrueLayer
The former head of Amazon’s business-lending platform is joining TrueLayer, the London fintech firm providing open-banking technology to Revolut and Zopa, as its chief product officer. Ossama Soliman will manage TrueLayer’s product strategy and development across its product, engineering and design teams, the company said in a statement on October 29.
Countries that will give you a remote-work visa, and how to get to them
Some countries have taken notice and decided to capitalize on the opportunity by offering remote work visas to help attract those who can do their job from their laptop. Each country is paired with the length of the remote work visa and the cost of acquiring that visa. Estonia (1 year, $118)Estonia has launched a Digital Nomad Visa, allowing location-independent employees and digital nomads to live in the country for up to a year. Other remote work visa optionsCosta Rica, Germany, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Portugal and Spain are some of the other countries that offer various forms of long-term visas that allow you to work remotely. Croatia is also expected to issue a digital nomad visa, which would present an excellent option because of Croatia’s beautiful landscape and perfect weather in the summer.
Cakewalk3D lets your regular 3D printer decorate food
You’d have to be a real foodie to drop a few thousand dollars on a dedicated food printer, but what if you could transform a regular 3D printer into one for a fraction of that? If you have a supported cartesian 3D printer from Prusa, Creality and several other brands (listed here), you just need to find an appropriate design, prepare the ingredients, pour them into a special tube, install it on the printer and launch your project. To create a design, you can download the “3D slicer” software that creates a continuous path to avoid food-printing related flaws. Sample food materials include chocolate, meringue, vegetable puree, ketchup, guacamole and honey — anything with the correct viscosity. You can buy it as a ready-to-go kit, or save money by using your 3D printer to make a few parts yourself.
Pompeo Visits Sri Lanka as It Deepens China Relationship
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Sri Lanka against its tightening ties with China, as his tour of South Asia this week put a spotlight on the growing rivalry between the U.S. and China for influence in the region.
Shell Raises Dividend as Profit Beats Expectations
(Bloomberg) --Royal Dutch Shell Plc set out to woo disgruntled investors by raising its dividend and pledging to grow it steadily, just six months after slashing the payout. It also reported a larger-than-expected profit for the third quarter, lower net debt and strong cash flow, even as most of its divisions continued to be battered by the coronavirus. Shell’s dividend for the quarter will increase by 4% to 16.65 cents a share and grow annually thereafter, the company said in a statement on Thursday. Italy’s Eni SpA and Austria’s OMV AG lost money in the third quarter, while Repsol SA eked out a modest profit. Net debt fell to $73.5 billion, and Shell pledged to further increase shareholder distributions once that figure reaches $65 billion.
Philadelphia victim's family sought ambulance, not police
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a Black man killed by Philadelphia police officers in a shooting caught on video had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention, their lawyer said Tuesday. Police said Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was wielding a knife and ignored orders to drop the weapon before officers fired shots Monday afternoon. About 500 people had gathered at a West Philadelphia park Tuesday night and began marching through the neighborhood, chanting. The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management tweeted around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, cautioning residents in eastern Philadelphia to remain indoors. Police had previously said 30 officers were injured in the Monday night unrest, most of them hit with thrown objects like bricks.
Swedish dialysis firm Diaverum targets IPO in November, sources say
By Arno SchuetzeFRANKFURT, Oct 29 (Reuters) - European buyout firm Bridgepoint is preparing to launch a stock market listing of its dialysis clinic operator Diaverum in Stockholm in November, assuming no major decline in broader stock markets, people close to the matter said. The company could fetch a valuation of more than 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in the long-anticipated deal, they added. Based in Malmo in southern Sweden, Diaverum ranks as the global no.3 dialysis clinic operator after Fresenius Medical Care and Davita. Last year, Diaverum signed a five-year dialysis contract with the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia, which the company hopes will boost its business and its valuation. Smaller peers such as Sweden's Medicover, Italy's Garofalo or Saudi Arabia's Mouwasat trade at between 10.5 and 22 times.
Harriette Cole: He lied to me and left town, and now he’s proposing marriage
DEAR HARRIETTE: My ex and I broke up when I found out he hid a daughter from me. I’ve been secretly seeing someone from work for the past year, and this co-worker just told me that he loves me. I still love my ex and was just hurt, while he’s doing well and saying all the things I’ve wanted him to say. Did you and your ex ever talk about the situation after you left? Harriette Cole is a lifestylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an initiative to help people access and activate their dreams.
Dear Abby: Can I write and tell her the harm she’s causing her children?
DEAR ABBY: My brother “Brian” and his wife, “Laurel,” have an adult son, “Dick,” who dated “Crystal” for 10 years before they got married. Dear Abby: My husband seems to enjoy the dog’s ‘loving behavior.’ Is this normal? It also appears the way she’s acting is retaliatory, but the people who must get to the bottom of it are your brother and his wife. DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, my daughter, “Angie,” and her two children moved in with me after she and her husband separated. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.
Boston officials urge more residents to get COVID-19 tests. Experts say that message applies to the whole state
Boston has seen 19,986 confirmed cases over the course of the pandemic and 778 deaths, the city’s public health commission reported. AdvertisementBut at the same time that risk is rising, testing in Boston seems to be slipping. Still, half of Boston residents have never been tested for COVID-19, Martinez said. Boston lists 22 testing sites on its website, with additional mobile sites available in some neighborhoods on a rotating basis. Epidemiologists said that keeping close watch of cases is important to controlling COVID-19 throughout the state, not just in Boston.
French police: 2 dead, several injured in knife attack near church in Nice
PARIS (AP) — French police say two people have been killed and several others injured in a knife attack near a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. The assailant was arrested after the Thursday morning attack and taken to a nearby hospital after being injured during his arrest, a police official said. He was believed to be acting alone, the official said. She was not authorized to be publicly named.
Miss Manners: Am I selfish to expect a part in their wedding?
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am the heartbroken mother of my only son (and youngest child), who is to be married soon. Related Articles Miss Manners: Am I causing distress by asking to see my co-workers? DEAR MISS MANNERS: How do I address a sympathy card to a widow, whom I have never met, of a client? Miss Manners considers the extra time this will take to be well spent, and trusts that you will as well. Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.missmanners.com; to her email, dearmissmanners@gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.
Another COVID-19 casualty: Abramson Senior Care sells Horsham nursing home to N.J. for-profit group
Imperial, which is based in Lakewood, N.J., provided a statement on its purchase of the nursing home, which was part of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. “We will continue to put residents and caregivers at the center of everything we do and are focused on providing a seamless transition that that will have little impact on the lives of residents.”
Why some people are susceptible to conspiracy theories and how to protect yourself
The first may be understanding where these ideas come from. “Conspiracy theories tend to flourish in times of crisis,” says Karen Douglas, a social psychologist at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom who focuses on belief in conspiracy theories. Humans have an innate need for knowledge and certainty, to feel safe, secure and in control, and to feel good about ourselves and the groups we belong to, she adds. “When these needs are frustrated, conspiracy theories might seem to offer some kind of relief.” Rather than thinking that a worldwide pandemic can be sparked by one tiny pathogen’s random leap from animal to human, some might find it more comforting to believe the virus was man-made in a lab.
Holiday spending expected to decrease during the pandemic, survey shows
Personal electronics, which rank among the top five most popular industries each holiday season, have a good chance of remaining a popular purchase this year, the analysts with. More people have stayed home during the pandemic and entertained themselves with computers, phones, gaming consoles, and TVs, and the holidays could present an opportunity to upgrade what they have. Increases in subscription services, such as HBO, Hulu, and Netflix, could also grow.
French police: 2 dead in knife attack near church in Nice
PARIS (AP) — French police say two people have been killed and several others injured in a knife attack near a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice. The assailant was arrested after the Thursday morning attack and taken to a nearby hospital after being injured during his arrest, a police offical said. The reason for the attack is unclear. It comes as France is under high alert for terrorist attacks. The lower house of parliament suspended a debate on new virus restrictions and held a moment of silence for the victims.
Large Covid outbreak in China linked to Xinjiang forced labour
China’s largest coronavirus outbreak in months appears to have emerged in a factory in Xinjiang linked to forced labour and the government’s controversial policies towards Uighur residents. An official in nearby Kashgar told Caixin that the plant, Shuchang Garment, was a “satellite factory” for producing clothing, curtains and bedding. “Clearly, ‘industry-based poverty alleviation’ is not voluntary but mandatory. The outbreak in Shufu county is among the largest China has recorded in more than two months. Researchers say that while it is possible ex-detainees are working in the factory, there is no evidence to suggest so.
Harry Shearer: 'To say Trump is "beyond satire" is an admission of defeat'
It keeps the experience interesting.”Surely people are always asking him to say something in a voice from The Simpsons, I say, just about resisting doing so myself. Shearer is taking a break from his non-stop work schedule today to discuss a relatively new character for him: Donald Trump. Shearer says the coverage was “a real good example of – I’m sorry to sound like Trump – media misinterpretation”. Was that what sparked his interest in voice work? • The Many Moods of Donald Trump, by Harry Shearer, is out on 30 October.
Flu jabs: how to book one, and how it could protect you from Covid this winter
Millions are being urged to get a flu jab this year, as research suggests coronavirus is much more likely to cause death when the person also has the flu. What is the flu jab? Do I qualify for a free NHS flu jab? The NHS flu programme usually only covers the over-64s, pregnant women and people in care homes. You may also be able to get a free flu jab through your employer.
‘I regret voting for him': Ohioans hit by GM plant closure reflect on Trump
Photograph: Megan Jelinger/AFP/Getty ImagesLaid-off GM Lordstown workers still rail about that speech. He feels betrayed by GM’s decision to shutter the plant; he says the Lordstown workers were doing a “bang-up job”. Like many Ohioans eager to preserve manufacturing jobs, Green was irate that Trump called for boycotting Goodyear, which is based in Akron. After the Lordstown plant closed, Yakim, sturdily built with straight brown hair and a piercing gaze, transferred to the GM plant in Lansing, Michigan, driving four hours back to Ohio each weekend to visit his wife. “I told them voting has consequences.”After working at the Lordstown plant for 24 years, Adams also transferred to GM’s plant in Lansing, sharing an apartment there with a friend.
Shirley review – Elisabeth Moss gets under a horror writer's skin
But Stanley and Shirley, that pair of emotional vampire squids, set out to suck the life out of the youngsters. This is presumably to free up Shirley for her fictional destiny as witch/nerd, disencumbered of anything as banal as kids. But the more immediate problem is the way the film teasingly hints at something deliciously dark and destructive from both Stanley and Shirley. This film has come in for criticism for making Shirley childless — in real life, she had four children. Together, Moss and Stuhlbarg epitomise a very horrible masculine and feminine mystique.
Improbable's gaming tech used to help Government model spread of coronavirus
Gaming technology developed by British start-up Improbable has been used to help speed up the government's modelling of coronavirus infections. The London-headquartered business, which originally developed technology for multiplayer games, has been working with the Royal Society to model Devon’s 800,000-person population. The Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic project has been used to help Government advisors, including SAGE, better understand and predict the spread of the pandemic. Joe Robinson, the head of Improbable’s defence business, said Improbable’s modelling technology could be used to expand the software to predict the spread of the virus across the entire country, not just Devon. The Telegraph reported in June that the Ministry of Defence has spent more than £8.3m on Improbable technology.
Tech Hot 100: Time to make diversity pay
Across Europe the situation is even worse: 2.1pc and 0.4pc respectively, according to the VC firm Atomico. Until recently, few manufacturers seemed to notice or care that ever-bigger handsets were becoming too large for women to hold or use comfortably. Women are also nearly twice as likely as men to believe that they will have trouble getting a loan. That makes it all the more unlikely for women and people of colour to get the famous “warm introduction”. And, as investor and members’ club founder Debbie Woskow (No 49 on our list) has bluntly put it, “men back men”.
The world's best long-stay visas for remote working – and where to stay for the desk of dreams
A study by One Poll also shows that over half of UK office workers (51 per cent) are thinking about living elsewhere now or once the pandemic is over. Hotels, apartments and villas – in the UK and abroad – have become the new office, and a host of countries now offer new remote working visas for prospective long-stay tourists. If you're savvy, you can find deals that are cheaper than the rent you'd pay in a city. Airbnb, for instance, have reported that hosts are offering discounts on month-long stays with savings of up to 76 per cent. If you have the economic means, you can turn your 'working from holiday' into the trip of a lifetime.
Anger at Macron is palpable – it's not a case of too little too late, but too much too late
The country risks being “overwhelmed by a second wave that no doubt will be harder than the first”, he declared. Arguably, the second wave is already well and truly underway. I’m pretty sure only some of the ruckus was down to everyone ticking off phrases such as sans précédent in Macron Bingo. But jokes aside, this was the moment that collective fears built up over the past few months were realised. It’s not a case of too little too late, but too much too late.
One woman decapitated and two others dead in suspected 'terror' attack in Nice
A woman has been decapitated during a knife attack near the Notre Dame Basilica church in the French city of Nice, according to French media citing police sources. Reports say three people are dead and several others are injured. The French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has confirmed a police operation is underway. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, tweeted that one person has been arrested. Mr Estrosi also tweeted that he believed the attack was a terrorist attack.
Where to go pumpkin picking in the UK - A 2020 guide to Halloween fun, from Essex to Yorkshire
Helpfully, we’ve scouted out the best places across the UK to pick your very own pumpkins, just in time for Halloween...YorkshireFarmer Copley’s in West Yorkshire promises to present the UK’s largest pumpkin festival, from 21 October - 19 November. Wheelbarrows will be available for a £10 returnable deposit and you can find pumpkin prices on the website. Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract WF7 5AF; farmercopleys.co.ukShropshireThe Spookley Pumpkin Festival is coming to Apley Farm Shop on 10-31 October. For £3 entry you can pick from thousands of home-grown pumpkins, carve the spookiest of shapes and sample seasonal pumpkin dishes. And don't forget to buy your very own copy of the book ‘Spookley the Square Pumpkin’ and soft Spookley toy available in the Food Hall.
The ultimate winter survival guide for skin, from anti-ageing moisturisers to under eye cures
With the festive season spent predominantly indoors this year and heavily-stocked drinks trolleys and food platters at our finger tips, it’s inevitable that our skin will be put under significant pressure. In addition to this, drastic changes in weather over this period also exacerbate both dehydrated and dry skin issues: “the production of hyaluronic acid in the body declines as we age, and the effects of this can be even more noticeable during harsh weather changes, such as the appearance of dehydrated and dry skin during winter months,” says Dr Alexandrides. His advice? “Invest in a hyaluronic-rich product to retain moisture in the skin and use a ceramide (formed of lipids and fats) to create a protective barrier that locks moisture in the skins layers.”For those wanting to swiftly heed his advice, the following products will work to ensure your skin doesn’t bear the signs of an indulgent festive period or harsh winter. The hydrator
Travel latest news: Germany faces quarantine, with Sweden and Cyprus also at risk
Germany could lose its travel corridor in today’s UK quarantine list update amid a spike in Covid-19 cases. The country’s seven-day infection rate has now reached 106.4 per 100,000 people, up from around 60 last Thursday. In the last two weeks its infection rate has gone up by nearly 200 per cent." The country’s testing positivity rate has risen above four per cent, he said, which indicates widespread community transmission. Denmark could also be at risk with a seven-day rate of 106.5.
How does the coronavirus affect the heart? Covid Heart Coronavirus blood clots Heart
Even though it’s known as a respiratory virus doctors believe the coronavirus can directly infect the heart muscle and cause other problems leading to heart damage. The virus can also invade blood vessels or cause inflammation within them, leading to blood clots that can cause heart attacks. Clots throughout the body have been found in many COVID-19 patients. And some studies have found elevated enzyme levels and other signs suggesting heart damage even in patients with milder disease. One small study found evidence of the virus in the hearts of COVID-19 patients who died from pneumonia.
Thursday morning news briefing: France goes into second lockdown
President Macron warns Europe is being 'overrun'First Germany, now France... is Britain next? France will be plunged into a second lockdown tomorrow after Emmanuel Macron said Europe was being "overrun" by a second wave of coronavirus which would be "harder, more deadly than the first". Boris Johnson - who in March was accused of waiting too long before imposing lockdown - is under pressure from Labour to impose a national "circuit breaker". He will meet ministers to decide if regional lockdowns are necessary in November after his scientific advisers predicted 85,000 people could die in the UK during a second wave of the virus - twice as many as in the original spike. The ranking reveals that the total wealth of Britain's most successful start-up chiefs rose from £4.5 billion last year to £8.5 billion.
Rangers vs Lech Poznan live stream: How to watch Europa League fixture online and on TV tonight
Rangers will look to make it two wins from two in the Europa League when they host Lech Poznan on Thursday night. Lech Poznan lost to Benfica last time out in the group and have won only two of their seven Polish Ekstraklasa games so far this season. Subscribers can also stream the game via the BT Sport website or app. Nikola Katic is likely to miss out, but Rangers have few injury worries otherwise. Gerrard has a call to make up front with Alfredo Morelos in poor form, while Kemar Roofe is pushing for a start.
Light pollution: wasted energy seen from space
Because emissions come from so many sources, the exact amount of energy wasted on inefficient or unnecessary artificial light is difficult to estimate. But the International Dark Sky Association estimates that 35% of artificial light is wasted by being poorly aimed or unshielded. This equates, in the US alone, to about $3 billion per year spent on "making the sky glow".
Deadly stabbing attack in Nice - French media
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Typhoon Molave: Landslides leave at least 15 people dead in Vietnam
Soldiers and heavy machinery are being used to search for survivors in Vietnam after landslides triggered by Typhoon Molave killed at least 15 people. The landslides hit remote areas in the central province of Quang Nam late on Wednesday. Rescuers dug up eight bodies in Tra Van village in south central Quang Nam province where a hillside collapsed on houses. Image: Roads have been blocked by the landslidesForecasters have said heavy rain of up to 700mm (27.5in) will continue in parts of central Vietnam until Saturday. The typhoon left at least 16 people dead in the Philippines before blowing across the South China Sea to Vietnam.
Woman decapitated as three die in 'suspected terror attack' in Nice
A woman has been decapitated in a suspected terror attack in Nice, French police say. Three people have died and several others are injured after a knife attack reportedly took place near the Notre Dame church. Nice's mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted: "Everything suggests a terrorist attack." Je suis sur place avec la @PoliceNat06 et la @pmdenice qui a interpellé l’auteur de l’attaque. pic.twitter.com/VmpDqRwzB1 — Christian Estrosi (@cestrosi) October 29, 2020He added that one person had been arrested.
Coronavirus: India hits eight million COVID cases amid fears festival season could cause further spike
India has become the second country to record more than eight million coronavirus cases amid fears of a further spike due to a series of upcoming Hindu festivals - including Diwali. While nationally the daily infection rate is dropping, India's capital of New Delhi saw its worst day on record on Wednesday, with 4,853 new coronavirus cases - having managed to get below 1,000 per day last month. In August alone, the country added more than two million new cases, and in September another three million people caught the virus. On the worst day, there were 97,894 new infections - and the most deaths recorded in 24 hours was 1,275. The Indian government has promised to provide a coronavirus vaccine to 250 million people by July of next year.
Coronavirus: Meet the Czech volunteers helping out in hospitals amid COVID-19 surge
Czech healthcare staff under pressureAn estimated 13,000 medical staff have been infected with coronavirus, including roughly 8% of the country’s nurses, the president of the Czech Medical Chamber Milan Kubek told local media on Monday. Richard Smejkal, head of the Czech Red Cross’ Emergency Response Department, says the volunteers will ease the burden on the already beleaguered medical professionals. If basic care that doesn’t require hospitalisation can be provided at home, Smejkal says, this frees up more time for already besieged professional medical staff to concentrate on more pressing matters. Earlier this month, the Czech Medical Chamber asked Czech medical professionals working abroad to return home to help battle the second-wave spike. Almost two dozen US National Guard medical staff are also expected to arrive soon, while the government is in talks with Berlin about the arrival of 100 German medical staff, Reuters recently reported.
Sisterhood is found at the El Gouna Film Festival
The fourth edition of the El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) saw the launch of the 'Sisters in Film, Rawiyat' initiative. The Egyptian director made her debut feature-length documentary ‘A Present from the Past’ in 2016, but when it came to producing her second film, she lacked the backing needed to get her project off the ground. For many Arab female directors, the ability to get a second film commissioned is near impossible. “Because they (female filmmakers) are not able to find the right support, financially or mentally... they don’t manage to do their second film or third film. According to a 2016 study by Northwestern University, commissioned by the Doha Film Institute in Qatar, over a quarter of independent Arab filmmakers are female.
Tokyo reports 221 new cases of coronavirus Thursday
Tokyo confirmed 221 new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, marking the first time the figure topped 200 since Saturday, the metropolitan government said. Thursday’s figure brought the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases to 30,677 in the capital. On Wednesday, a total of 731 infection cases were confirmed across the country. The number of newly confirmed cases has been rising slightly since early this month, a health ministry panel of experts said Wednesday. By prefecture, the number as of Oct. 11 stood at 1.9 in Hokkaido, 0.75 in Tokyo, 1.04 in Aichi, 1.39 in Osaka, 0.96 in Fukuoka and 1.83 in Okinawa.
Local governments consider rating severity of bullying using AI
Nearly 30 local governments are planning to or are interested in introducing an artificial intelligence system designed to assess the seriousness of school bullying cases in hopes of better responding to them, a source close to the matter said Thursday. On top of 20 local governments who have already expressed an interest in the system, seven others are considering introducing it, the source said. The board of education was criticized for having failed to find a connection between a bullying case involving a 13-year-old junior high school student and his suicide in 2011. The high-profile case led Japan to enact a law the same year obliging schools to set guidelines to prevent bullying. “As there is always something in common in bullying cases, (the system) is a useful way not to overlook signs of bullying as it looks at the data objectively,” Hiwatashi said.
Nice terror attack: Two beheaded, several wounded, attacker arrested, police source says
AdvertisementAt least three people have been killed - two of them beheaded - and several others stabbed in a terrorist knife attack at a cathedral in Nice. Police quickly swarmed the area, where they shot and arrested the attack, who has been taken to hospital. The city's mayor, Christian Estrosi, tweeted: 'I am on site with the [police] who arrested the perpetrator of the attack. 'I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice.' The attack is thought to have begun around 9am before police were called, and arrested the perpetrator.
Two killed, several injured in knife attack in Nice
An attacker with a knife killed two people and wounded several others at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, French media and police said, in an incident the city's mayor described as terrorism. Advertising Read moreMayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. The attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of French middle school teacher Samuel Paty by a man of Chechen origin. The attacker had said he wanted to punish Paty for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
Roma Liberov Debuts New Film on Writer Andrei Platonov
Filmmaker Roma Liberov, renowned for his whimsical and moving literary-cinematic works, is releasing a new film on November 5. “The Innermost Man” is inspired by the life and prose of Andrei Platonov, one of Russia’s most paradoxical writers. Courtesy of PROVzglyad“A collective image of a survival strategy” In “The Innermost Man” Liberov fuses the elements of Platonov’s biography with the seven days of creation. “For me, the language of the writer always comes first,” Liberov told The Moscow Times. “In his new film, Liberov has found the most compelling visual language to make us feel both the Platonov’s prose and the Soviet realities that prompted this prose to emerge.
Nexon offers therapy to help employees overcome coronavirus blues
BUSINESSNexon’s healing center, “Hue” (Nexon)Nexon said Thursday that it is offering a therapy program to care for the mental health of employees who are experiencing emotional swings as the pandemic drags on.According to the South Korean game company, its psychotherapy program, “Reading My Mind,” which has been running since 2017, provides employees with therapy sessions where they can talk about stress they are experiencing around work, personal relationships and family.“Since March, Nexon expanded its therapy program to non-face-to-face platforms. Employees can participate in the therapy by phone or video. Also, the program offers late night or emergency sessions,” a company official said.According to Nexon, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 43 percent of participants have expressed psychological or emotional issues such as depression during sessions, up 12 percentage points on-year. Due to continued telecommuting and limits on outdoor activities, new topics have emerged such as loneliness and anxiety issues.“So many changes happened in our lives after the pandemic and more employees are expressing their psychological difficulties. Nexon will take care of the minds of its employees in different ways so that they can weather out this difficult time,” said Yang Eun-sook, the senior manager of Nexon in charge of “Reading My Mind.”By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
Samsung Biologics opens 1st overseas CDO at heart of San Francisco biotech hub
Biopharmaceutical firm Samsung Biologics unveiled its first research and development center for contract development in the biotechnology hub in southern San Francisco on Thursday. Samsung Biologics’ first US CDO operation will serve as San Francisco-based biopharmaceutical firms’ “next-door CDO partner,” chief executive Kim Tae-han said. Under the current blueprint, Samsung Biologics will set up new R&D centers in the eastern United States, Europe and mainland China. Samsung Biologics was founded in 2011 as a biotech venture of South Korea’s largest conglomerate Samsung. The announcement of the US CDO launch came three months after the COVID-19- triggered delay.
Genesis unveils design for new SUV GV70
yundai Motor‘s premium brand Genesis revealed the design for its new luxury midsize SUV GV70 on Thursday, which is scheduled to hit the market later this year.With the model’s name inspired by the initials of the brand Genesis and its “versatility,” the carmaker said the mid-size SUV was built with an elegant finish and a dynamic design -- the brand’s design philosophy known as “athletic elegance” -- which will differentiate itself from its rivals.For those seeking a more sporty option, the GV70 sport package was also revealed, which accentuates the athletic part of its design thanks to a dark chrome garnish and a special steering wheel.Senior Vice President at Hyundai Motor Company Lee Sang-yup said that the G70 retains elements of Genesis’ design DNA such as “two line” and “wing face,” but also has links to its Korean root.“We hope the interior design inspired by ‘the beauty of blank space’ which is traditionally appreciated in Korea, will present Genesis customers with a premium special experience,” Lee said.By Yim Hyun-su ( hyunsu@heraldcorp.com
Gmarket Global Shop to launch ‘K-products’ campaign “Mega G”
E-commerce retailer eBay Korea‘s online Korean goods shopping site Gmarket Global store will launch a sales campaign for a wide range of South Korean products including Korean food, Korean cosmetics and K-pop items starting Sunday, according to the firm.The campaign will continue until Oct. 12 in connection with eBay Korea’s Big Smile Day shopping event, which will see the prices of some of South Korean products on the platform slashed by up to 70 percent.Some of the latest albums from K-pop’s biggest acts will be available for a special deal, including BTS’ new album “BE (Deluxe Edition)” and Twice’s new album “Eyes wide open.”The company said that K-beauty brands have enjoyed a surge in sales recently thanks to its marketing efforts, including its own YouTube channel.Make-up brand Rom&nd enjoyed a 290 percent year-on-year growth in sales as of September, while Etude House and Jayjun enjoyed a 160 and 110 percent growth, respectively, according to its internal data.By Yim Hyun-su ( hyunsu@heraldcorp.com
[Advertising Awards] SK supports good influence of MZ generation
SK campaign is designed to make it easier for more people to understand and empathize with SK’s efforts to create social value. Targeting the MZ generation, this year’s OK! SK campaign actively collected the opinions of members of the MZ generation from the pre-planning stage. The relatively difficult concept of “social value” has been replaced with the word “good influence” tailored to the perspective of the MZ generation, making it easier for not only the MZ generation, but also various generations, to understand. SK campaign for more than 20 years since 1998.
‘Intergovernmental cooperation key to success in New Northern market’
The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Thursday it held a meeting with companies entering New Northern countries to discuss success factors and market entry strategies.The New Northern countries -- a term coined by the government -- are Russia, Moldova, Mongolia, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Georgia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.The meeting was attended by Yeo Han-gu, head of the Northern Economic Cooperation Committee, large companies such as SK E&C, Posco International and Hyundai Engineering, as well as medium-sized companies.“The New Northern regions such as Russia and Kazakhstan have a preconceived notion that the business environment is poor, and there are areas where the performance is not properly evaluated,” said KCCI Vice Chairman Woo Tae-hee.“It is very meaningful to share economic cooperation achievements and success factors in the New Northern region.”Yeo said, “The fields of cooperation with the countries are diversifying from energy and infrastructure such as plants, construction and shipbuilding to health care, agriculture and food industries. And, participating companies are expanding from large companies to startups and small and medium-sized enterprises.”“The government will spare no support to promote private economic cooperation with the New Northern regions.”Bang Sung-jong, head of SK E&C’s overseas infrastructure development business group, said public-private partnerships in emerging countries in the New Northern region are highly uncertain and they require a lot of time to win orders, citing the case of the Almaty Ring Road in Kazakhstan, worth 900 billion won ($794 million).“The key to success is maintaining a friendly network and sharing risks with the governments, multilateral development banks and construction companies.”By Shin Ji-hye ( shinjh@heraldcorp.com
How independent Singapore’s ‘Chinese-ness’ helped shape China’s great revival
Xi Jinping, right, with Singapore’s former prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2007. Photo: Xinhua
‘I regret voting for him': Ohioans hit by GM plant closure reflect on Trump
Photograph: Megan Jelinger/AFP/Getty ImagesLaid-off GM Lordstown workers still rail about that speech. He feels betrayed by GM’s decision to shutter the plant; he says the Lordstown workers were doing a “bang-up job”. Like many Ohioans eager to preserve manufacturing jobs, Green was irate that Trump called for boycotting Goodyear, which is based in Akron. After the Lordstown plant closed, Yakim, sturdily built with straight brown hair and a piercing gaze, transferred to the GM plant in Lansing, Michigan, driving four hours back to Ohio each weekend to visit his wife. “I told them voting has consequences.”After working at the Lordstown plant for 24 years, Adams also transferred to GM’s plant in Lansing, sharing an apartment there with a friend.
One person killed and several injured in Nice knife attack
One person has been killed and several others injured after a knife attack near a church in the southern city of Nice, French media have reported. The interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said a police operation was under way, while the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said the suspect behind the attack – which Estrosi said looked like a terrorist incident – had been arrested. More details soon …
France ‘terror’ attack – ‘Woman and man beheaded’ in mass stabbing at church in Nice, French media reports
A WOMAN and a man have been beheaded in a suspected terror attack outside a church in France, according to media reports. Several people were reportedly stabbed and a third person is also said to have died in the attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, south of France. 13 Cops seal off the area in Nice Credit: AFP or licensors13 A woman cries outside the church in Nice Credit: AFP or licensors13 Notre Dame church in Nice Credit: Goff Photos13 An armed police officer swoops on the scene Credit: Reuters13 Emergency services outside Notre Dame church in Nice Credit: ReutersArmed police are reported to have swooped and shot the suspect, who is reported to have been arrested. Actu17 cites unnamed sources that two of the victims were beheaded the attack. It comes amid heightened security fears in France amid the ongoing row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by Charlie Hebdo.
Two dead in knife attack in French church
NICE29 October 2020 14:35 ISTThe attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of French middle school teacher. An attacker with a knife killed two people and wounded several others at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, French media and police said, in an incident the city's mayor described as terrorism. Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. The attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of French middle school teacher Samuel Paty by a man of Chechen origin. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
Tropical Storm Zeta racing along after slamming into Louisiana as powerful Category 2 hurricane
A fast-moving Hurricane Zeta barreled northeast Thursday morning after ripping through Louisiana and Mississippi, where storm-weary residents were advised to stay indoors overnight while officials assessed the havoc the storm had wrought. The National Hurricane Center said Zeta was heading northeast at a rapid 31 mph. The National Weather Service Birmingham, Alabama office tweeted about them:Impressive winds from Zeta at our office tonight from Zeta. Tropical Storm Zeta covering most of Alabama early on October 29, 2020. Zeta weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 90 mph as it moved into southern Mississippi a few hours after landfall.
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Nice 'terror attack': Three people dead after woman beheaded in church, police say
The mass stabbing happened at the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice at around 9am just as morning mass had just started, with several others injured. Email webnews@mirror.com(Image: Twitter)"I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice." She said: "Attack at the Basilica of Nice: my first thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones affected by this horrible attack. (Image: REUTERS) (Image: khalid_pk/Twitter)The Notre Dame Basilica is a Roman Catholic church and is the largest place of worship in Nice. (Image: khalid_pk/Twitter)It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
Most Americans have been wearing masks since spring, the C.D.C. says.
Despite President Trump’s very public resistance to mask-wearing for much of this year, a newly released survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that a vast majority of Americans of all ages have been wearing face coverings since April. The data, released in the agency’s weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report, is roughly in line with other polls showing that most Americans report wearing masks, at least when they are inside stores. For example, Pew Research reported in August that 85 percent of 13,200 adults they surveyed said they wore masks in stores, up from 65 percent in June. In a National Geographic poll released early this month, 92 percent of 2,200 Americans surveyed said they always or sometimes wore a mask when leaving the house.
Two people dead following knife attack in French city of Nice
TWO PEOPLE HAVE died following a knife attack outside a church in the southern French city of Nice this morning. The suspected assailant was detained shortly afterwards the attack by security forces around 9am (8am Irish time), a police source said. “The situation is now under control,” police spokespersonFlorence Gavello said. Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter, “I can confirm everything lets us think this was a terror attack in the Notre-Dame Basilica,” in central Nice. French interior minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter that he had called a crisis meeting following the attack.
Second Night of Protests, Arrests Hit Philadelphia After Fatal Police Shooting of Black Man
Protesting and unrest continued throughout Tuesday night in Philadelphia as demonstrators chanted and demanded justice for Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was shot and killed by police on Monday. Over 1,000 people took to the streets of West Philadelphia during the second night of demonstrations and unrest. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, officers had responded on Monday afternoon to reports of a man with a knife. As Wallace “advanced towards the officers,” they fired “several times,” according to a statement by the Philadelphia police department sent to TIME. “We support and defend these officers as they too are traumatized by being involved in a fatal shooting.
Three dead in knife attack in French church, woman beheaded
Slideshow ( 3 images )NICE, France (Reuters) - An attacker with a knife killed three people, including a woman who was decapitated, at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police said, in an incident the city’s mayor described as terrorism. Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city’s Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. Police said two people were confirmed to have died in the attack and several were injured. French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
Three dead as woman beheaded in knife attack at French church
NICE, France (Reuters) - A woman was beheaded by an attacker with a knife who also killed two other people at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police said, in an incident the city’s mayor described as terrorism. Slideshow ( 5 images )Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened in or near the city’s Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack. The French anti-terrorist prosecutor’s department said it had been asked to investigate the attack. It was not immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.
Hope probe: UAE launches historic first mission to Mars
Hope probe: UAE launches historic first mission to Mars By Jonathan AmosBBC Science Correspondent Published duration 19 Julymedia caption The Hope probe successfully launched from a spaceport in JapanThe United Arab Emirates' historic first mission to Mars is under way, after a successful lift-off in Japan. The Hope probe launched on an H2-A rocket from Tanegashima spaceport, and is now on a 500-million-km journey to study the planet's weather and climate. ???? ????? pic.twitter.com/AsnkYINX2C — NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) July 19, 2020Why is the UAE going to Mars? image copyright MBRSC image caption Robotic probe: Hope has taken six years to developHow has the UAE managed to do this? image copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin image caption Surface features indicate Mars once had abundant flowing waterWhat science will Hope do at Mars?
Trump's EPA rewrote the rules on air, water energy. Now voters face a choice on climate change issues
Trump EPA officials argue the opposite, despite what scientists and activists say. The Trump Administration, Environmental rollbacks, climate change, and pollution Harvard research director talks about the effects of the Trump administration's environmental roll backs to Air pollution and climate change. He announced an environmental justice grant for Detroit and pledged a more community-oriented focus in a second Trump administration. Even though Massachusetts has strong clean water laws of its own, there are streams and water bodies that have traditionally fallen under federal protection. For decades, Ohio EPA sent teams of biologists out to water basins throughout the state to take a census of the wildlife.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Survival Rates Increase, and Not Just Because of Younger Patients
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Survival Rates Increase, and Not Just Because of Younger Patients In Europe, where countries are contending with a new wave of infections, unemployed young people face an especially tough path. At a New York hospital system where 30 percent of coronavirus patients died in March, the death rate had dropped to 3 percent by the end of June. Medical experts worry that the surges in cases around the country could roll back the improvements in mortality rates. “Do you ever notice, they don’t use the word ‘death,’ they use the word ‘cases’?” Mr. Trump said. The Marshall Islands reported its first coronavirus cases after two people who flew to a U.S. military base from Hawaii tested positive.
Florida man mauled by leopard after paying for ‘full-contact experience’ with big cat
A Florida man was mauled by a black leopard after paying the owner of a private animal sanctuary for a “full-contact experience” with the rare cat, a report said. Turner had paid $150 to “play with” the black leopard and “rub its belly” behind Poggi’s home, according to an FWC report. The animal charged Turner once he walked into the enclosure. One of Turner’s ears was ripped apart and his scalp was “hanging from his head” following the attack, the report said. Poggi, who is licensed to have the leopard, was charged with allowing full contact with an extremely dangerous animal.
Wave of ransomware attacks hobble 5 US hospitals as COVID-19 cases surge: FBI
BOSTON — Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking. Independent security experts say it has already hobbled at least five U.S. hospitals this week, and could potentially impact hundreds more. “We are experiencing the most significant cyber security threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, said in a statement. Sky Lakes acknowledged the ransomware attack in an online statement, saying it had no evidence that patient information was compromised. Increasingly, ransomware criminals are stealing data from their targets before encrypting networks, using it for extortion.
One tech giant is 'pretty attractive' despite Congress grilling: Morningstar
One tech giant is 'pretty attractive' despite Congress grilling: MorningstarThe most recent U.S. congressional hearing on tech giants is just a "sideshow", says Ali Mogharabi of Morningstar. He breaks down the outlook for Alphabet, Facebook and Twitter, and thinks only one of them is attractive at the current valuation.
Protesters clash with DC police for second night over fatal moped crash
Protests erupted in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday — for the second straight night — over the death of a Black moped driver who police said collided with another vehicle shortly after officers activated their emergency lights. PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT OUTSIDE WASHINGTON, D.C. POLICE STATION FOLLOWING DEATH OF 20-YEAR OLD KARON HYLTON“That f—ked up a cop,” the person who was apparently filming the incident said. NBC Washington reported that protesters threw various debris at officers and officers responded with percussion grenades. Fox 5 DC reported protesters chanted “Justice for Karon” as they made their way from the scene of the crash to a precinct. GRAPHIC LANGUAGE WARNINGThe Metropolitan Police Department said Karon Hylton, 20, had been operating the Revel Electric Moped without a helmet on the sidewalk and officers attempted to make a traffic stop.
Credit Suisse misses analyst expectations with a 38% fall in net profit
In the second three months of 2020, net income was 1.16 billion Swiss francs. Speaking to CNBC on Thursday, Thomas Gottstein, CEO of Credit Suisse, said it was a "decent quarter." Other highlights for the quarter:Net revenue dropped 2% to 5.2 billion Swiss francs from 5.3 billion Swiss francs a year ago;CET 1 ratio (a measure of bank solvency) reached 13% from 12.4% a year ago. Fixed income sales and trading revenues grew by 10% year-on-year, while equity sales and trading revenues increased by 5%. Shares of Credit Suisse are down by about 30% since the start of the year.
Nomura favors a global equity strategy pivoting toward Asia
Nomura favors a global equity strategy pivoting toward AsiaIn particular, China, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan have shown strong finances and greater control over the coronavirus situation compared to the rest of the world, says Jim McCafferty of Nomura.
U.S., Europe coronavirus trajectory looks 'fairly relentless,' says professor
U.S., Europe coronavirus trajectory looks 'fairly relentless,' says professorThere has clearly been a "failure" in community engagement and scaling up the public health response, says Dale Fisher, an infectious diseases professor at the National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
Migrants struggle through Balkans winter
We were thinking of a Balkans winter: minus 20 degrees Celsius and wind so strong that you have to walk backwards into it. Most migrants come from Syria and Iraq and they have only seen snow in the movies. After weeks and weeks of weather more like springtime than winter, a weather forecast on my phone got me packing my gear. I headed to the Serbia-Macedonia border, as down there migrants have to walk 10km in rough terrain before they can board a train in Serbia. Last year children made up a quarter of the one million migrants and refugees arriving across the Mediterranean in Europe, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF says.
Credit Suisse third-quarter net profit falls 38% as wealth unit misses
The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at a branch office in Bern, Switzerland October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/FilesZURICH (Reuters) - Credit Suisse Group AG on Thursday posted a 38% fall in third-quarter net profit, as a surge in investment banking failed to offset a slowdown in wealth management, while a one-off boost last year left this year’s figure looking flat. Profit reached 546 million Swiss francs ($601.98 million) in July-September. A year earlier, Credit Suisse received a 327 million franc revenue boost from the sale of its InvestLab fund platform. ($1 = 0.9070 Swiss francs)
Nokia cuts full-year profit forecast, sets new strategy
STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia cut its full-year profit forecast on Thursday even as the telecom network equipment maker’s quarterly underlying profit met expectations in its first earnings under new CEO Pekka Lundmark. It lowered its full-year profit outlook range by 0.02 euros to a midpoint of 0.23 euros per share. The company cut its 2020 operating margin forecast to 9% from 9.5% and for 2021 expects operating margin of 7-10%. Unlike Ericsson, Nokia has not won any radio contracts in the highly competitive Chinese markets. Nokia said its July-September underlying earnings were flat year-over-year at 0.05 euros per share, meeting the 0.05 euros consensus in a Refinitiv poll.
StanChart flags improved loan loss outlook after quarterly profit beats estimates
HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - Standard Chartered posted a smaller-than-expected 40% slide in third-quarter profit as it lowered its loan loss expectations linked to the coronavirus pandemic, adding that it believes client demand will increase next year. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File PhotoUnderscoring its improved earnings outlook, StanChart also said it may resume dividend payments when it releases full-year results in February. StanChart said the results reinforced its view that credit impairments would be lower in the second half of the year than the first, as lenders worldwide report loan losses stabilising. Lower provisions helped it report an underlying pretax profit of $745 million, above the $502 million average of analysts’ forecasts compiled by the bank. StanChart announced last month it would merge several businesses and cut its number of senior executives.
Novartis buys Vedere Bio to boost gene therapy
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is pictured at the French company's headquarters in Rueil-Malmaison near Paris, France, April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis NOVN.S is buying Vedere Bio to expand in gene therapy aimed at restoring sight, paying $150 million upfront for the U.S. biotechnology company, with the remainder in milestone payments for a total of $280 million. (This story corrects to show deal totals $280 million)
Peugeot maker PSA whittles down Faurecia stake as part of Fiat deal
FILE PHOTO: The logo of French car manufacturer Peugeot is seen at the 33th Auto Zurich Car Show in Zurich, Switzerland, Oct. 31, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannPARIS (Reuters) - Peugeot maker PSA Group PEUP.PA on Thursday said it had raised 308 million euros ($364 million) from selling about 7% of car parts firm Faurecia EPED.PA to investors, with proceeds due to be paid out to shareholders after it merges with Fiat Chrysler. The French carmaker had said earlier this week that it would sell down a chunk of Faurecia as part of the merger deal with Fiat FCHA.MI. Proceeds will be distributed to shareholders in Stellantis - their merged company, due to be created in the first quarter of 2021 - in cash, alongside a distribution-in-kind of PSA’s 39% remaining stake in Faurecia. ($1 = 0.8461 euros)
Exclusive: Major China state banks seen swapping dollars for yuan in forwards market - traders
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s major state-owned banks have been swapping U.S. dollars for yuan this week, traders said on Thursday, suggesting monetary authorities are trying to rein in the sharply appreciating currency. Two traders told Reuters they saw big state banks buying dollars in the onshore spot market during late night trading sessions to effectively prevent the yuan from strengthening too fast. “The swap market actions, along with recent policy moves, were all meant slow down the pace of yuan appreciation,” said one of the traders. State banks usually act on behalf of the central bank in the country’s foreign exchange market, but they could also trade on their own behalf. It lowered the reserve requirement ratio for financial institutions when conducting some foreign exchange forwards trading to zero earlier this month..
StanChart flags improved loan loss outlook after quarterly profit beats estimates
HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - Standard Chartered STAN.L posted a smaller-than-expected 40% slide in third-quarter profit as it lowered its loan loss expectations linked to the coronavirus pandemic, adding that it believes client demand will increase next year. FILE PHOTO: A logo of Standard Chartered is displayed at its main branch in Hong Kong, China August 1, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File PhotoUnderscoring its improved earnings outlook, StanChart also said it may resume dividend payments when it releases full-year results in February. Lower provisions helped it report an underlying pretax profit of $745 million, above the $502 million average of analysts’ forecasts compiled by the bank. StanChart announced last month it would merge several businesses and cut its number of senior executives.
Nokia cuts full-year profit forecast, sets new strategy
STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia NOKIA.HE cut its full-year profit forecast on Thursday even as the telecom network equipment maker's quarterly underlying profit met expectations in its first earnings under new CEO Pekka Lundmark. It lowered its full-year profit outlook range by 0.02 euros to a midpoint of 0.23 euros per share. The company cut its 2020 operating margin forecast to 9% from 9.5% and for 2021 expects operating margin of 7-10%. Unlike Ericsson, Nokia has not won any radio contracts in the highly competitive Chinese markets. Nokia said its July-September underlying earnings were flat year-over-year at 0.05 euros per share, meeting the 0.05 euros consensus in a Refinitiv poll.
Airbus sets quarterly cash goal, takes heavy restructuring charge
FILE PHOTO: A logo of Airbus is seen at the entrance of its factory in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, July 2, 2020. Analysts were expecting quarterly adjusted operating profit of 708 million euros on revenues of 11.439 billion, according to a company-compiled consensus. The company has shored up deliveries partly by striking storage agreements with airlines unable to put jets directly into service. But some industry sources said a new lockdown in France raised new questions about its ability to deliver jets. The loans have been ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization, leading to U.S. tariffs on European goods.
Vietnam troops hunts for survivors after typhoon kills 31
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam was on the hunt for survivors on Thursday after landslides triggered by Typhoon Molave, one of its strongest storms in decades, lashed a central region already reeling from weeks of heavy rains that have killed at least 160 people. At least 160 people have died and scores more were still missing, mostly in landslides, as a result of a succession of storms which have hammered Vietnam since early October. Molave hit the Philippines at the weekend and deaths there from mudslides and floods rose to 16 on Thursday. It damaged 56,000 homes in Vietnam and left millions without electricity, with heavy rain expected in the central region until Saturday. Images on social media showed villages overwhelmed by flooding, and roads filled with debris, toppled trees or blocked by landslides.
Japan's Takeda to import 50 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, raises profit forecast
A Takeda logo is seen in its research hub in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., November 26, 2018. Picture taken November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Julie Steenhuysen/FilesTOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co said on Thursday it would import and distribute 50 million doses of Moderna Inc’s novel coronavirus vaccine candidate. The companies were previously in talks to supply 40 million or more doses of the vaccine in Japan. Takeda has also agreed to produce Novavax Inc’s novel coronavirus vaccine, aiming to make 250 million doses for use in Japan.
Timeline: Key events in North Korea-U.S. ties since 2017
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea’s Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week’s U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in their high-stakes nuclear diplomacy thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump presidency. Following are key moments in U.S.-North Korea relations since Donald Trump came to office in January 2017. 2017July 4North Korea test-fires the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)July 28North Korea conducts another Hwasong-14 ICBM testAug. 8Trump warns North Korea might face “fire and fury”Aug. 29North Korea fires Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM)Sept. 3North Korea carries out its sixth nuclear test, claiming to have mastered hydrogen bomb technologySept. 14North Korea fires a Hwasong-12 IRBMSept. 19Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North KoreaSept. 21North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called Trump as a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard”Sept. 23U.S. B-1B bomber flies over the Korean Demilitarized ZoneNov. 29North Korea test-fires Hwasong-15 ICBM, capable of reaching the entire United States, and declares it has become a nuclear power2018Feb. 25North Korean official Kim Yong Chol expresses willingness for U.S. talks while visiting South Korea for the Winter OlympicsMarch 8South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s envoy delivers Kim’s invitation for Trump to visit North Korea; Trump agrees to meet KimMay 10Trump announces a June 12 summit with Kim in SingaporeJune 12Kim, Trump hold first summit in Singapore, agreeing to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in exchange for U.S. security guaranteesJune 19South Korea, U.S. announce suspension of joint military exercisesJuly 27North Korea returns remains of 55 U.S. soldiersSept. 9North Korea displays ICBMs at military paradeSept. 10White House unveils Kim’s proposal for second summitNov. 16Kim guides test of “cutting-edge tactical weapon”2019Jan. 1Kim says he’s ready to meet Trump but warns of taking new pathFeb. 28Trump
Nokia cuts full-year profit forecast, sets new strategy
STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia NOKIA.HE cut its full-year profit forecast on Thursday even as the telecom network equipment maker's quarterly underlying profit met expectations in its first earnings under new CEO Pekka Lundmark. FILE PHOTO: Headquarters of Finnish telecommunication network company Nokia are seen in Espoo, Finland July 26, 2018. It lowered its full-year profit outlook range by 0.02 euros to a midpoint of 0.23 euros per share. Unlike Ericsson, Nokia has not won any radio contracts in the highly competitive Chinese markets. Nokia said its July-September underlying earnings were flat year-over-year at 0.05 euros per share, meeting the 0.05 euros consensus in a Refinitiv poll.
Pompeo says China's treatment of Uighurs 'biggest threat to religious freedom'
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi as he arrives at Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 29, 2020. Courtesy of Oktavianto Dermawan/Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Handout via REUTERSJAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday described China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims as the biggest threat to religious freedom during an address to the youth wing of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama. Pompeo, who is visiting the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation as part of a regional trip to bolster trade and security ties, urged Indonesians to search for the facts regarding the treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.
Exclusive: Major China state banks seen swapping dollars for yuan in forwards market - traders
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s major state-owned banks have been swapping U.S. dollars for yuan this week, traders said on Thursday, suggesting monetary authorities are trying to rein in the sharply appreciating currency. FILE PHOTO: Chinese Yuan and U.S. dollar banknotes are seen in this illustration taken February 10, 2020. Two traders told Reuters they saw big state banks buying dollars in the onshore spot market during late night trading sessions to effectively prevent the yuan from strengthening too fast. State banks usually act on behalf of the central bank in the country’s foreign exchange market, but they could also trade on their own behalf. It lowered the reserve requirement ratio for financial institutions when conducting some foreign exchange forwards trading to zero earlier this month..
European Super League would destroy Premier League - Wenger
But Wenger, now FIFA’s head of global development, said the plans were aimed at eroding the Premier League’s “superiority”. “The other leagues tried to destroy the advantage the Premier League has. For them, the best way to tame that is to create a European League,” he told the Guardian. “That means to destroy the Premier League basically.”A Super League would see the top sides in Europe face off more regularly but Wenger said the real beneficiaries would be the club owners. And the European Super League is one way, maybe, to make more money.”
Australian scientists find huge new healthy coral reef off northern coast
It lies 40 metres below the ocean surface and about six kilometres from the edge of Great Barrier Reef. The discovery comes after a study earlier this month found the Great Barrier Reef had lost more than half its coral in the last three decades. Although the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef suffered from bleaching in 2016, Beaman said this detached reef didn’t display any evidence of damage. The Great Barrier Reef runs 2,300 km (1,429 miles) down Australia’s northeast coast spanning an area half the size of Texas. It was world heritage listed in 1981 by UNESCO as the most extensive and spectacular coral reef ecosystem on the planet.
Standard Chartered flags improved loan loss outlook after quarterly profit beats estimates
HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - Standard Chartered STAN.L posted a smaller-than-expected 40% slide in third-quarter profit as it lowered its loan loss expectations linked to the coronavirus pandemic, adding that it believes client demand will increase next year. FILE PHOTO: A logo of Standard Chartered is displayed at its main branch in Hong Kong, China August 1, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File PhotoUnderscoring its improved earnings outlook, StanChart also said it may resume dividend payments when it releases full-year results in February. Lower provisions helped it report an underlying pretax profit of $745 million, above the $502 million average of analysts’ forecasts compiled by the bank. StanChart announced last month it would merge several businesses and cut its number of senior executives.
AB InBev beer sales revive, but interim dividend scrapped
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch InBev ABI.BR, the world's largest brewer, reported a surprise increase in third-quarter beer sales on Thursday, although profits dipped and it scrapped its interim dividend. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Anheuser-Busch InBev is pictured inside the brewer's headquarters in Leuven, Belgium February 28, 2019. The clear outperformer was Brazil, the company’s second biggest market, where beer sales shot up 25% from a year earlier with government subsidies propping up consumer demand for its premium and new beers. Overall profits dipped because the pandemic made consumers shift from drinking out to purchasing in stores. The company said uncertainty and market volatility meant it would not pay an interim dividend this year after a payout of 0.80 euros per share in 2019.
Smith+Nephew quarterly revenue gets boost as elective surgeries recover
(Reuters) - Smith+Nephew SN.L said on Thursday revenue recovered strongly in the third quarter from the second, as hospitals managed to carry out more elective surgeries after the initial wave of coronavirus infections. The company, which makes orthopaedic implants and prosthetics, said sales fell nearly 4% to $1.2 billion (920.7 million pounds) in the three months ended Sept. 26, recovering from a near 30% slump in the second quarter.
ECB to signal more stimulus as second-wave recession fears grow
FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) are pictured in Frankfurt, Germany, July 8, 2020. Those interventions added weight to calls for the ECB to signal even greater and longer-term support for the 19-member currency bloc’s economy, which has already suffered an unprecedented recession this year. “We think that (French economic) activity could print closer to 20% below normal during this lockdown,” JPMorgan economist Raphael Brun-Aguerre said. All this is challenging the ECB’s view that the bloc’s economy will grow back to its pre-crisis level by the end of 2022. Still, once the ECB has unveiled fresh economic projections after its Dec. 10 meeting, it will likely extend and expand its 1.35 trillion euro Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme and improve funding conditions for banks.
Poland's daily COVID-19 cases could rise to 20,000 this week - government
FILE PHOTO: A health worker in protective suit waits for people at a test center in front of a hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Warsaw, Poland October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Kacper PempelWARSAW (Reuters) - Daily coronavirus cases could rise to 20,000 by Thursday or Friday, government spokesman Piotr Muller told public television. A full lockdown cannot be ruled out, although no decisions have been taken, Muller added. Poland reported a record 18,820 new coronavirus infections and 236 deaths on Wednesday.
BT nudges up earnings guidance after challenging first half
FILE PHOTO: A branded sign is displayed outside of a BT building in London, Britain January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File photoLONDON (Reuters) - BT BT.L, Britain's biggest fixed-line and mobile operator, said it had delivered a strong operational performance in the first half given the challenges of COVID-19 as it raised the lower limit of its earnings guidance for the year. The company on Thursday reported an 8% drop in revenue to 10.59 billion pounds and a 5% fall in adjusted earnings to 3.72 billion pounds, broadly in line with expectations. Chief Executive Philip Jansen said the performance had given it confidence to raise the lower end of its earnings outlook for the year from 7.2 billion pounds to 7.3 billion pounds, with the upper end staying at 7.5 billion pounds, and forecast earnings of at least 7.9 billion pounds for 2022/23. “In combination these factors will more than offset legacy product declines.”
New French COVID lockdown may have to go beyond December 1 - government adviser
FILE PHOTO: People watch French President Emmanuel Macron on a TV screen in a restaurant in Paris as the French leader addresses the nation about the state of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit TessierPARIS (Reuters) - France’s new national lockdown, aimed at curbing the resurgence of COVID-19, may have to be extended beyond its initial deadline of Dec. 1, government scentific adviser Professor Jean-François Delfraissy said on Thursday. President Emmanuel Macron said late on Wednesday that France might start to ease back lockdown measures once COVID infections fell back to about 5,000 per day from around 40,000 per day at present. “By December 1, we will not be at 5,000 contaminations per day. We will need more time,” said Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the French government on the pandemic.
Panasonic second-quarter profit beats estimates on boost from Tesla battery business
REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp 6752.T reported an 11% increase in second-quarter operating profit on Thursday, beating analyst estimates, helped by solid performance from its Tesla Inc TSLA.O battery business. Panasonic, the main battery cell supplier for Tesla Inc TSLA.O, posted profit of 92.8 billion yen (680.1 million pounds) for the July-September period, compared with 83.9 billion yen a year ago. The result overshot the 33.67 billion yen average of eight analysts’ estimates in a poll by Refinitiv. The company maintained its profit forecast for the year through March at 150 billion yen, down 48.9% from the previous year. Its automotive components business turned profitable, as its battery business for Tesla, including the joint factory in Nevada and its Japanese plants, generated profits on the back of brisk sales of Tesla electric vehicles.
Shell increases dividend after beating third-quarter forecasts
LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L on Thursday increased its dividend after easily beating third-quarter profit forecasts even as the energy company warned of "significant uncertainty" because of the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Filled oil drums are seen at Royal Dutch Shell Plc's lubricants blending plant in the town of Torzhok, north-west of Tver, November 7, 2014. Shell’s adjusted earnings in the third quarter fell 80% to $955 million (732.8 million pounds) but easily beat company-provided average analysts forecasts of a $146 million profit. “As a result of COVID-19, there continues to be significant uncertainty in the macroeconomic conditions with an expected negative impact on demand for oil, gas and related products,” Shell said in a statement. Shell said on Thursday it would reduce the number of its oil refineries from 14 sites to six “energy and chemical parks”.
Shell says it plans to shrink its refining portfolio to six sites
FILE PHOTO: A passenger plane flies over a Shell logo at a petrol station in west London, in this January 29, 2015 REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L plans to shrink its refining and chemicals portfolio from 14 to six sites including its Deer Park, Norco, Pernis, Pulau Bukom, Rheinland and Scotford sites, it said on Thursday without giving a precise timeframe. “The refining portfolio is expected to be transformed during the energy transition ... into six high-value energy and chemical parks integrated with Chemicals,” Shell said. “This is expected to be followed by further evaluation and decisions on assets that could result in the recognition of significant provisions and charges to earnings, some as early as in the fourth quarter 2020.”
Orange beats forecasts in third quarter, raises interim dividend
FILE PHOTO: The logo of French telecoms operator Orange is pictured in a retail store in Bordeaux, France, October 29, 2019. The earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation after leases (EBITDAaL) fell to 3.58 billion euros (3.25 billion pounds) over the July through September period, the Paris-based company said in a statement. Quarterly sales were up by 0.8% to 10.6 billion euros, also beating the consensus. The COVID-triggered crisis slashed nearly 150 million euros from core operating profit in the third quarter, as Orange received fewer lucrative roaming fees from summer travellers. Orange confirmed its full-year targets, including an expected drop of around 1% in core profit.
Shell increases dividend after beating third-quarter forecasts
LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L on Thursday increased its dividend after easily beating third-quarter profit forecasts even as the energy company warned of "significant uncertainty" because of the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Filled oil drums are seen at Royal Dutch Shell Plc's lubricants blending plant in the town of Torzhok, north-west of Tver, November 7, 2014. Shell’s adjusted earnings in the third quarter fell 80% to $955 million (732.8 million pounds) but easily beat company-provided average analysts forecasts of a $146 million profit. “As a result of COVID-19, there continues to be significant uncertainty in the macroeconomic conditions with an expected negative impact on demand for oil, gas and related products,” Shell said in a statement. Shell said on Thursday it would reduce the number of its oil refineries from 14 sites to six “energy and chemical parks”.
Timeline: Key events in North Korea-U.S. ties since 2017
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea’s Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week’s U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in their high-stakes nuclear diplomacy thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump presidency. FILE PHOTO: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump talk in the garden of the Metropole hotel during the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam Feb. 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo/File PhotoFollowing are key moments in U.S.-North Korea relations since Donald Trump came to office in January 2017. 2017July 4North Korea test-fires the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)July 28North Korea conducts another Hwasong-14 ICBM testAug. 8Trump warns North Korea might face “fire and fury”Aug. 29North Korea fires Hwasong-12 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM)Sept. 3North Korea carries out its sixth nuclear test, claiming to have mastered hydrogen bomb technologySept. 14North Korea fires a Hwasong-12 IRBMSept. 19Trump threatens to “totally destroy” North KoreaSept. 21North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called Trump as a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard”Sept. 23U.S. B-1B bomber flies over the Korean Demilitarized ZoneNov. 29North Korea test-fires Hwasong-15 ICBM, capable of reaching the entire United States, and declares it has become a nuclear power2018Feb. 25North Korean official Kim Yong Chol expresses willingness for U.S. talks while visiting South Korea for the Winter OlympicsMarch 8South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s envoy delivers Kim’s invitation for Trump to visit North Korea; Trump agrees to meet KimMay 10Trump announces a June 12 summit with Kim in SingaporeJune 12Kim, Trump hold first summit in Singapore, agreeing to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in exchange for U.S. security guaranteesJune 19South Korea, U.S. announce suspension of joint military exercisesJuly 27North Korea returns remains of 55 U.S. soldiersSept. 9North Kore
UK doing everything it can to avoid national lockdown, minister says
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKayLONDON (Reuters) - The British government will do everything it can to avoid putting the country into a second national lockdown and believes it can control the virus with tough local measures, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Thursday. The minister added that the government kept everything under review but it wanted to avoid a second full national shutdown because of the damage it creates to livelihoods and the economy. “The very clear policy of the government is to do everything we can to avoid a full national lockdown,” he told Sky News.
UK COVID researcher says any lockdown should come sooner not later
FILE PHOTO: Love locks are seen on the High Level bridge with the Tyne Bridge behind amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Newcastle upon Tyne, Britain October 26, 2020. “I think we need decide to if we’re going to end up using those restrictions that have been brought in elsewhere in Europe today and yesterday. And if we’re if we’re going to do that, then we should think about timing. And sooner is better than later for these,” Riley, a professor of infectious disease dynamics, told the BBC. The spread of the coronavirus continues to increase across all parts of England with cases doubling every nine days, according to the new study by Imperial College.
Zeta weakens to a tropical storm: U.S. NHC
A man walks by Washington Garden's Apartments after Hurricane Zeta swept through New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn(Reuters) - Zeta has weakened to a tropical storm over central Alabama and additional weakening is expected on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The system is located about 25 miles (40 km) south-southeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), the NHC said. The hurricane and storm surge warnings have been discontinued for the Mississippi coast and Florida Panhandle.
Australian scientists find huge new healthy coral reef off northern coast
It lies 40 metres below the ocean surface and about six kilometres from the edge of Great Barrier Reef. The discovery comes after a study earlier this month found the Great Barrier Reef had lost more than half its coral in the last three decades. Although the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef suffered from bleaching in 2016, Beaman said this detached reef didn’t display any evidence of damage. The Great Barrier Reef runs 2,300 km (1,429 miles) down Australia’s northeast coast spanning an area half the size of Texas. It was world heritage listed in 1981 by UNESCO as the most extensive and spectacular coral reef ecosystem on the planet.
Banks roll out robots as pandemic shakes up IT plans
LONDON (Reuters) - When banks were flooded with loan requests from businesses struggling with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, hastily built robots helped several lenders cope with the deluge. It is a pattern that has played out across banks globally, where technology changes that would usually take months were done in a matter of days. Global IT spend by banks is set to shrink by 1.7% this year to $200 billion, down from $203.5 billion in 2019, based on IDC data. “Banks are struggling to deploy new software,” David Buxton, chief executive of Arachnys, a startup that sells compliance technology to banks. McNamara said the pandemic was a factor in the decision as there was strong demand for the bank’s existing mobile app, which has added 700,000 users since the pandemic started.
StanChart flags improved loan loss outlook after quarterly profit beats estimates
HONG KONG/LONDON (Reuters) - Standard Chartered STAN.L posted a smaller-than-expected 40% slide in third-quarter profit as it lowered its loan loss expectations linked to the coronavirus pandemic, adding that it believes client demand will increase next year. FILE PHOTO: A logo of Standard Chartered is displayed at its main branch in Hong Kong, China August 1, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby YipUnderscoring its improved earnings outlook, StanChart also said it may resume dividend payments when it releases full-year results in February. Lower provisions helped it report an underlying pretax profit of $745 million, above the $502 million average of analysts’ forecasts compiled by the bank. StanChart announced last month it would merge several businesses and cut its number of senior executives.
Panasonic second-quarter profit beats estimates on boost from Tesla battery business
REUTERS/Steve MarcusTOKYO (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp reported an 11% increase in second-quarter operating profit on Thursday, beating analyst estimates, helped by solid performance from its Tesla Inc battery business. Panasonic, the main battery cell supplier for Tesla Inc, posted profit of 92.8 billion yen ($886.34 million) for the July-September period, compared with 83.9 billion yen a year ago. The result overshot the 33.67 billion yen average of eight analysts’ estimates in a poll by Refinitiv. The company maintained its profit forecast for the year through March at 150 billion yen, down 48.9% from the previous year. Its automotive components business turned profitable, as its battery business for Tesla, including the joint factory in Nevada and its Japanese plants, generated profits on the back of brisk sales of Tesla electric vehicles.
Nokia cuts full-year profit forecast, sets new strategy
STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia NOKIA.HE cut its full-year profit forecast on Thursday even as the telecom network equipment maker's quarterly underlying profit met expectations in its first earnings under new CEO Pekka Lundmark. It lowered its full-year profit outlook range by 0.02 euros to a midpoint of 0.23 euros per share. The company cut its 2020 operating margin forecast to 9% from 9.5% and for 2021 expects operating margin of 7-10%. Unlike Ericsson, Nokia has not won any radio contracts in the highly competitive Chinese markets. Nokia said its July-September underlying earnings were flat year-over-year at 0.05 euros per share, meeting the 0.05 euros consensus in a Refinitiv poll.
Rainfall, strong winds threaten Vietnam coffee harvest
A man waits for coffee to brew at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kham/FilesTyphoon Molave, the most intense one to hit Vietnam this year, flooded low-lying areas in a key coffee-growing region and ripped some coffee cherries off the trees. “No estimation of the storm’s impact is available yet but continuous rainfall has prevented beans from turning ripe and ready for harvest,” one trader based in the coffee belt said. Meanwhile, prices of Indonesia’s Sumatran robust beans were unchanged from last week, traders said in Lampung province said, as harvest ended. “It’s very quiet this week because harvest has ended by the end of October,” a trader said.
Nagorno-Karabakh says its military death toll rises to 1,119
YEREVAN (Reuters) - The defence ministry of the Nagorno-Karabakh region said on Thursday 51 more casualties have taken its military death toll to 1,119 since fighting with Azeri forces erupted on Sept. 27. Fighting has surged to its worst since the 1990s, when about 30,000 people were killed.
Airbus sets quarterly cash goal, takes heavy restructuring charge
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Airbus is pictured at the entrance of the Airbus facility in Bouguenais, near Nantes, France, July 2, 2020. Analysts were expecting quarterly adjusted operating profit of 708 million euros on revenues of 11.439 billion, according to a company-compiled consensus. The company has shored up deliveries partly by striking storage agreements with airlines unable to put jets directly into service. But some industry sources said a new lockdown in France raised new questions about its ability to deliver jets. The loans have been ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization, leading to U.S. tariffs on European goods.
Arteta sorry to have left Saliba out of Europa squad
Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v Leicester City - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - October 25, 2020 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Pool via REUTERS/Will Oliver/Files(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said it hurt him to leave defender William Saliba out of his Europa League squad, a decision that looks to have backfired with the club face mounting injury problems at the centre back position. Saliba and Sokratis Papastathopoulos were not registered for the competition, and with Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and David Luiz all injured Arteta is left with Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Magalhaes as his only centre backs for Thursday’s match against Irish side Dundalk. “I feel really bad for William Saliba,” Arteta told reporters. “Because we had so many central defenders, we decided to leave him out of the squad, which was really hurtful for me to do.”Saliba, who spent last season on loan at St Etienne, has yet to make his Arsenal debut but Arteta said the French teenager is making steady progress in training. “He’s feeling a lot more confident around the place, his language is improving and he’s starting to understand much better what we’re doing physically,” he added.
Google steps up campaign against EU push for tough new tech rules
FILE PHOTO: An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O unit Google has launched a 60-day strategy to counter the European Union's push for tough new tech rules by getting U.S. allies to push back against the EU's digital chief and spelling out the costs of new regulations, according to a Google internal document. The proposal has triggered intense lobbying from U.S. tech giants and even some European tech peers worried about the impact on their business models. When asked about the document, Google said new rules should take into account that people and companies are asking more from tech companies, rather than less. The 18-page document also proposed enlisting as allies EU countries and European online companies such as Allegro, Trivago, booking.com, Zalando and REWE.
A post-election crisis could scupper Ivory Coast's economic gains
The buildings of the central business district of Plateau are pictured ahead of the presidential elections in Abidjan, Ivory Coast October 27, 2020. Veteran investors in Ivory Coast, Francophone West Africa’s largest economy and the world’s top cocoa producer, are used to weathering turmoil. Investors say political unrest is compounding the impact of COVID-19 and squeezing access to credit. Despite the investment of the past decade, analysts say Ivory Coast has not realised its full economic potential. The U.S. ambassador in Abidjan, Richard Bell, said he participated in a virtual roundtable earlier this year with American companies interested in Ivory Coast.
Japan automakers post 2.1% dip in Sept global sales
A staff checks a car parked outside of Toyota Motor Corp's showroom in Tokyo August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/FilesTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese automakers saw a 2.1% drop in global vehicles sales in September compared with a year earlier, the seventh straight month of declines, as the coronavirus pandemic continued to hurt demand even as factories and dealerships reopen. The country’s seven major automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co, sold a combined 2.3 million vehicles last month, according to Reuters calculations based on sales data released by the companies on Thursday. Total global production at Japan’s seven major automakers rose 1.2% year-on-year to 2.4 million units last month, compared with a 14% dip in August. Global demand for cars has been weak since March because of coronavirus lockdowns.
AB InBev beer sales revive, but interim dividend scrapped
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, reported a surprise increase in third-quarter beer sales on Thursday, although profits dipped and it scrapped its interim dividend. The logo of Anheuser-Busch InBev is pictured outside the brewer's headquarters in Leuven, Belgium February 28, 2019. The clear outperformer was Brazil, the company’s second biggest market, where beer sales shot up 25% from a year earlier with government subsidies propping up consumer demand for its premium and new beers. Overall profits dipped because the pandemic made consumers shift from drinking out to purchasing in stores. The company said uncertainty and market volatility meant it would not pay an interim dividend this year after a payout of 0.80 euros per share in 2019.
Wall Street sinks 3%, Dow at late July lows as pandemic surges
The sell-off accelerated during the session’s final minutes,with both the Dow and benchmark S&P 500 posting their biggest single-day declines since June 11. With just six days to the election, Wall Street's fear gauge .VIX spiked to its highest level since June 15. With Microsoft MSFT.O and Amazon.com AMZN.O, they weighed the most on the S&P 500. Of the 206 S&P 500 companies that have reported third-quarter earnings so far, about 83% have topped expectations, according to Refinitiv data. The S&P 500 posted one new 52-week highs and nine new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 15 new highs and 110 new lows.
Regeneron says its COVID-19 antibody treatment cut medical visits in trial
(Reuters) - Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc REGN.O said on Wednesday its coronavirus antibody cocktail - the experimental treatment that U.S. President Donald Trump received - significantly reduced medical visits in a trial of nearly 800 patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19. Regeneron said patients given the treatment, REGN-COV2, made around 57% fewer COVID-19 related medical visits than those given a placebo over a 29 day period. Last month, the company released early data from the trial showing the treatment reduced viral levels and improved symptoms in non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Trump has credited the Regeneron therapy for his recovery from COVID-19 and said he would push for emergency use authorization (EUA) of that treatment and others like it. The U.S. government agreed in June to buy up to 300,000 doses of the antibody cocktail for $450 million.
Trump’s ‘No Christmas’ Scaremongering About Biden Presidency Spectacularly Backfires
Twitter users have pointed out a major flaw with President Donald Trump’s scaremongering about how Democratic nominee Joe Biden would respond to the coronavirus pandemic if he won the 2020 election. Trump warned supporters at a rally in Goodyear, Arizona, on Wednesday that a vote for Biden would mean “no kids in school, no graduations, no weddings, no Thanksgiving, no Christmas, and no Fourth of July together.”“Other than that you’ll have a wonderful life,” added the president. Check out the video here:
Premium cars drive Volkswagen back to profit on China boost
The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on car in a showroom of a Volkswagen car dealer in Brussels, Belgium July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files(Reuters) - Volkswagen AG returned to profit in the third quarter as surging Chinese demand for luxury cars helped offset a 1.1% drop in vehicle deliveries due to the COVID-19 crisis. The car marker said its net liquidity improved to 24.8 billion euros, up from 18.7 billion at the end of the second quarter. Excluding one-time items, the company’s third-quarter operating profit was 3.2 billion euros ($3.78 billion), versus 4.8 billion euros a year earlier. VW said the adjusted operating return on sales in its automotive division fell to 5.4% from 7.4% in the year-earlier quarter, but rebounded from minus 5.8% in the second quarter.
Sanofi raises outlook as specialty care and vaccines lift sales
PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi raised its 2020 outlook for the second time this year after posting slightly stronger-than-expected third- quarter results on Thursday, helped by growth at its specialty care and vaccines units. Revenue in Sanofi’s vaccine arm was up 13.6% at constant exchange rates to 2 billion euros ($2.36 billion) in the third quarter, which it said was due to record flu sales. Sanofi had said earlier this year it would increase influenza vaccines production by 20% to meet a surge in demand even though shortages are already being felt in several European regions. Sanofi’s net income in the third quarter was up 9.4% at 2.3 billion euros ($2.72 billion) while revenue rose 5.7% to 9.48 billion. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected on average net income of 2.27 billion euros and sales of 9.75 billion.
UK doing everything it can to avoid national lockdown, minister says
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will do everything it can to avoid putting the country into a second national lockdown and believes it can control the virus with tough local measures, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Thursday. The minister added that the government kept everything under review but it wanted to avoid a second full national shutdown because of the damage it creates to livelihoods and the economy. “The very clear policy of the government is to do everything we can to avoid a full national lockdown,” he told Sky News.
Paris parks will stay open during new COVID-19 lockdown - government
PARIS (Reuters) - Parks will stay open in Paris during the new coronavirus lockdown, government spokesman Gabriel Attal told RTL radio on Thursday - unlike the last lockdown when they closed. Reporting by Jean-Stephane Brosse; Editing by Andrew Heavens Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
How does the coronavirus affect the heart?
How does COVID-19 affect the heart? Even though it’s known as a respiratory virus, doctors believe the coronavirus can directly infect the heart muscle and cause other problems leading to heart damage. The virus can also invade blood vessels or cause inflammation within them, leading to blood clots that can cause heart attacks. And some studies have found elevated enzyme levels and other signs suggesting heart damage even in patients with milder disease. Another, using heart imaging, found inflammation of the heart muscle in four college athletes who had recovered from mild COVID-19 infections.
Police warn of tougher action as thousands join abortion protests in Poland
WARSAW (Reuters) - Thousands took to the streets across Poland on Wednesday for the seventh day of protests against a court ruling that further limits the country’s highly restrictive abortion laws. Police warned demonstrators not to target churches again after some services were disrupted and buildings defaced in an earlier protest. The decision means only abortions due to incest, rape or a risk to the mother’s health remain legal, setting predominantly Catholic Poland far apart from the European mainstream. In a rare display of anger against the Church last Sunday, demonstrators in Warsaw, Poznan and Katowice disrupted church services and defaced church buildings. Some employers, including schools, announced a day off to allow people to join the protests.
ECB to signal more stimulus as second-wave recession fears grow
Those interventions added weight to calls for the ECB to signal even greater and longer-term support for the 19-member currency bloc’s economy, which has already suffered an unprecedented recession this year. “Lagarde needs to walk a fine line with openness to do more, without pre-committing,” Danske Bank economist Piet Haines Christiansen said. “We think that (French economic) activity could print closer to 20% below normal during this lockdown,” JPMorgan economist Raphael Brun-Aguerre said. All this is challenging the ECB’s view that the bloc’s economy will grow back to its pre-crisis level by the end of 2022. Still, once the ECB has unveiled fresh economic projections after its Dec. 10 meeting, it will likely extend and expand its 1.35 trillion euro Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme and improve funding conditions for banks.
Pompeo says China's treatment of Uighurs 'biggest threat to religious freedom'
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a bilateral meeting with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo, Sri Lanka October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka LiyanawatteJAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday described China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims as the biggest threat to religious freedom during an address to the youth wing of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama. Pompeo, who is visiting the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation as part of a regional trip to bolster trade and security ties, urged Indonesians to search for the facts regarding the treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.
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Short of medics as virus surges, central Europe sounds alarm
Health care worker attends to COVID-19 patients at an intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital in Kyjov, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. With cases surging in central Europe, some countries are calling in soldiers, firefighters, students and retired doctors to help shore up buckling health care systems. With cases surging in central Europe, some countries are calling in soldiers, firefighters, students and retired doctors to help shore up buckling health care systems. With cases surging in many central European countries, firefighters, students and retired doctors are being asked to help shore up buckling health care systems. Now, with the virus ripping through their hospitals, many health workers have been sickened, compounding the shortfall.
Sanofi lifts business guidance as profit grows
Sanofi SA said Thursday that net profit grew on year in the third quarter and that it has raised its business earnings per share guidance for the year. The French pharmaceutical major posted net profit of 1.95 billion euros ($2.29 billion) for the period, up from EUR1.77 billion the year prior.
Swisscom profit rises, backs 2020 view
Swisscom AG said Thursday that net profit rose in the third quarter and backed its full-year outlook. The Swiss telecommunications group--which operates landline and internet services provider Fastweb--said net profit rose to 431 million Swiss francs ($473.5 million) from CHF401 million in the previous-year period.
Sodexo swings to 2020 loss and scraps dividend
Sodexo SA on Thursday posted a loss for its full fiscal year, and said has it decided to not propose a dividend. The French food services and facilities company said net loss for the period ended Aug. 31 was 315 million euros ($370 million) compared with a profit of EUR665 million the previous year. Revenue declined 12% to EUR19.32 billion.
Fresenius profit fall less than expected
Fresenius SE & Co. said Thursday that net income before special items for the third quarter fell, while sales rose slightly, and backed its 2020 outlook. The German health-care company said net income before special items fell 4% to 427 million euros ($501.6 million), beating a Vara Research consensus of EUR418 million.
Nearly 2 years into early retirement, here’s all that I’ve gotten wrong
There’s a valuable lesson there that we can all apply to retirement planning. For those who think early retirees are different and early retirement is some panacea, I refer you to Mr. Money Mustache’s eloquently written post about his recent divorce. Doing so would allow me to test the waters of early retirement for a few years. More from Chris Mamula:I followed the path to FIRE — and learned that early retirement is the wrong goal2. Chris Mamula used principles of traditional retirement planning, combined with creative lifestyle design, to retire from a career as a physical therapist at age 41.
Telefonica narrows third-quarter loss
Telefonica SA said Thursday that net loss narrowed in the third quarter but its business continued to experience a significant impact from Covid-19 across markets. The Spanish telecommunications company said net loss in the quarter was 160 million euros ($188.1 million), from a loss of EUR443million the year prior.
FBI warns hospitals of 'increased and imminent' ransomware threat
US federal authorities have issued a joint cybersecurity advisory warning hospitals and healthcare providers that they’re in danger of being targeted by a ransomware attack. A number of providers in the US had fallen victim to cybercriminals taking their networks hostage in exchange for money in the past. It’s not a new scheme, but officials say they’ve received “credible information” of a “increased and imminent cybercrime threat” to the industry. The advisory was issued by the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). According to the authorities’ advisory, the attackers are using the Trickbot malware to deliver Ryuk ransomware to victims’ networks.
Scientists have discovered a new life-threatening disease that affects men, giving them fevers, blood clots, and inflammation
Sven Hoppe/Picture Alliance via Getty ImagesScientists have discovered a deadly genetic disease by working backwards: beginning with the genes, rather than the symptoms. The condition, called VEXAS after its key features, is an inflammatory condition that tends to cause symptoms including blood clots, fevers, and, in 40% of cases, death. Using that method, the scientists eventually identified three middle-aged men who all had the same mutations in a gene called UBA1. They later discovered 22 other men with the same mutations and similar symptoms, like blood clots and fevers. Story continuesThe researchers suspect VEXAS has only been found in men because it's linked to the X chromosome, of which men only have one.
Panasonic second-quarter profit beats estimates on boost from Tesla battery business
TOKYO (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp reported an 11% increase in second-quarter operating profit on Thursday, beating analyst estimates, helped by solid performance from its Tesla Inc battery business. Panasonic, the main battery cell supplier for Tesla Inc, posted profit of 92.8 billion yen ($886.34 million) for the July-September period, compared with 83.9 billion yen a year ago. The result overshot the 33.67 billion yen average of eight analysts' estimates in a poll by Refinitiv. The company maintained its profit forecast for the year through March at 150 billion yen, down 48.9% from the previous year. Its automotive components business turned profitable, as its battery business for Tesla, including the joint factory in Nevada and its Japanese plants, generated profits on the back of brisk sales of Tesla electric vehicles.
Prop. 24 is an easy ‘yes’ to protect internet privacy in California. But I’m a ‘no’ on Prop. 14
Bottom line: It would attempt to protect your privacy from the internet monster that profits off people’s personal data. It’s Proposition 14, which seeks to borrow billions — $5.5 billion in principal plus $2.3 billion in interest — to continue state funding for stem cell research. Advertisement“The same way that California led the country in cleaning polluted air.”Mactaggart became alarmed about the internet’s threat to personal privacy three years ago at a cocktail party. The result was passage of the nation’s toughest internet privacy bill, which took effect last year. “If we don’t continue the state funding, lots of facilities would have to close their doors,” says Sarah Melbostad, the Proposition 14 spokeswoman.
China's Robotaxi Services An Important First Step In Building Smart Transportation, Says Chinese Ministry
"We support cities and autonomous driving companies to accelerate the development and application of autonomous driving technology under the premise of ensuring safety," Wu Chungeng, policy research director at the Chinese Ministry of Transport, said at a press conference on Wednesday. In May Chinese transport minister Li Xiaopeng said autonomous driving would usher in new business models for the transport industry, reducing traffic pollution and increasing commute efficiency. Chinese self-driving companies such as Baidu, Didi Chuxing, WeRide and AutoX have all launched robotaxi services in different cities, offering commuters free rides in designated areas. Wu said the robotaxi services launched by Baidu and other autonomous driving companies were "running well" after being approved by local governments and that they acted as a trial for autonomous driving technologies in real-world traffic conditions. The current crop of services offer free rides but are in designated areas that are usually far from city centres.
Zeta barrels northeast after battering storm-weary coast
AdvertisementZeta weakened over central Alabama but its strong winds continued across portions of the state and the Florida Panhandle. The storm was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south southeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kmh). Zeta is moving quickly toward the northeast near 31 mph (49 kmh). Signs outside bars and restaurants swayed back and forth in the wind and palm trees along Canal Street whipped furiously. On Tuesday, Zeta raked across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, toppling trees and briefly cutting power to more than 300,000 people but causing no deaths.
Get the lead out of ammo
When the bullet mushrooms, it leaves lead fragments throughout the carcass — many of which are microscopic. For birds of prey that scavenge these gut piles and ingest the lead fragments, the death comes slowly and painfully, often taking weeks. Research by the North Dakota Department of Health documented that up to 87 percent of cooked game taken with lead ammunition can contain unsafe levels of lead. But that was the early 1970s, when there was little understanding of the impact big game hunting with lead ammo had on humans and the environment. In the 1980s we came to understand the impact of hunting with lead rifle bullets, and copper bullets became commercially available.
"Water is life." Infrastructure needs on Hopi Reservation
"Water is life." Infrastructure needs on Hopi ReservationFrom accessibility to arsenic contaminated water, the Hopi Reservation is facing water infrastructure needs for its people.
Rivers, clean air, imperiled species: How Trump's environmental rollbacks affect Arizona
In some cases, federal law is the final backstop for the preservation of the state's resources. That change left many creeks and washes unprotected under federal law throughout Arizona and other Western states. Species with large critical habitats, like the Mexican spotted owl, are particularly at risk, said Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “States frequently oppose protection of species under the Endangered Species Act not because they don’t need the protection, but because of economic considerations,” said Greenwald. “The Endangered Species Act was specifically enacted because states weren’t doing enough to protect species from extinction.
One killed, four injured in crash in Chatham: police
One man was killed and four people injured in a crash early Thursday morning in Chatham on the South Side. A 54-year-old man was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. Two women, 43 and 55, and the 35-year-old driver were also transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to Chicago fire department officials. The two women were in serious condition, while the 35-year-old was stabilized, the department said. Another man, 51, was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was also stabilized, the department said.
Dear Abby: Grandparents have no idea why they’re denied access to grandkids
DEAR ABBY: My brother “Brian” and his wife, “Laurel,” have an adult son, “Dick,” who dated a girl I’ll call “Crystal” for 10 years before they got married. It also appears the way she’s acting is retaliatory, but the people who must get to the bottom of it are your brother and his wife. DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, my daughter, “Angie,” and her two children moved in with me after she and her husband separated. I realize who Angie is involved with is her business and not mine, but I want nothing to do with him. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.
Ask Amy: Friend can be a ’constant in a sea of overwhelming variables’ during possible divorce
Dear Amy: I have a friend who is going through a really rough patch in her life; she’s facing possible divorce. She’s in therapy and marriage counseling, but she’s experiencing sadness and mental anguish, and is worried about the future. — Worried FriendDear Worried Friend: I shared your letter with poet Maggie Smith, whose wonderful new book: “Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change” (2020, Atria/One Signal) would be a good gift for your friend. Dear Amy: I have a very dear male friend (married) who has suddenly begun making inappropriate comments to me. (You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Myanmar leader Suu Kyi casts her vote in November elections
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi cast her ballot Thursday in advance voting for general elections that are taking place during a surge of coronavirus illnesses. The Southeast Asian country confirmed almost 1,500 new cases of infection on Wednesday alone. Suu Kyi, whose title is state counsellor, and the country's President, Win Myint, both wore masks and gloves as they voted in the capital Naypyitaw. Measures are being taken to ensure social distancing at the polls on election day, Nov. 8.
#ThrowbackThursday: Reaching new heights in Cowboy history
We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TheOklahoman_ and “Like” us at Facebook.com/TheOklahoman for more historical photos. — Linda Lynn, News Research Editor
How does the coronavirus affect the heart?
The virus can also invade blood vessels or cause inflammation within them, leading to blood clots that can cause heart attacks. Even though it’s known as a respiratory virus, doctors believe the coronavirus can directly infect the heart muscle and cause other problems leading to heart damage. And some studies have found elevated enzyme levels and other signs suggesting heart damage even in patients with milder disease. Another, using heart imaging, found inflammation of the heart muscle in four college athletes who had recovered from mild COVID-19 infections. There were no images available from before the athletes got sick, and therefore no way to know if they had pre-existing heart problems.
Short of medics as virus surges, central Europe sounds alarm
KYJOV, Czech Republic (AP) — Soldiers in Poland are giving coronavirus tests. American National Guard troops with medical training are headed to the Czech Republic to work alongside doctors there. With cases surging in many central European countries, firefighters, students and retired doctors are being asked to help shore up buckling health care systems. “I think if we continue to gain 20% a day, no system can withstand it." Now, with the virus ripping through their hospitals, many health workers have been sickened, compounding the shortfall.
India's coronavirus cases cross 8 million, behind US
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. India’s trajectory is moving toward the worst-hit country, the United States, which has over 8.8 million cases. The Health Ministry reported another 49,881 infections and 517 fatalities in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 120,527. Life in India is edging back to pre-virus levels with shops, businesses, subway trains and movie theaters reopening and the country’s third-largest state of Bihar with a population of about 122 million people holding elections.
Taiwan marks 200 days without domestic COVID-19 infection
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan hit 200 days without any domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, highlighting the island's continued success at keeping the virus under control even as cases surge in other parts of the world. Taiwan’s Center for Disease Control last reported a domestic case on April 12. Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has recorded 553 cases of COVID-19, and just seven deaths. While it has stopped domestic transmission, it continues to record new cases in people arriving from abroad. Taiwan has been pointed to as a success story in how to respond to the pandemic, especially considering its close business and tourism ties with China, where the virus first emerged late last year.
Polish president backtracks on abortion view amid protests
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's President Andrzej Duda said Thursday that women themselves should have the right to abortion in case of congenitally damaged fetuses, apparently breaking ranks with a conservative leadership that pushed a ban that has led to mass street protests. “It cannot be that the law requires this kind of heroism from a woman,” Duda said in an interview with radio RMF FM. He spoke after seven straight days of huge protests across Poland following a constitutional court ruling declaring it unconstitutional to terminate a pregnancy due to fetal congenital defects. The ruling effectively bans almost all abortions in a country that already had one of Europe's most restrictive abortion laws. That ruling has triggered huge nationwide protests, with young people heeding a call by women's rights activists to come to the streets to defend their freedoms.
>Ahead of election, tech giants get an earful on bias, warnings of limits
Senators grill social media CEOs Ahead of election, tech giants get an earful on bias, warnings of limitsWASHINGTON — With next week’s election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies’ social media platforms — and were warned of coming restrictions from Congress. Lawmakers of both parties, citing the companies’ tremendous power to disseminate speech and ideas, are looking to challenge their long-enjoyed bedrock legal protections for online speech. With worries over election security growing, senators in the Commerce Committee hearing extracted promises from Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai that their companies will take needed measures. Those measures could include blocking meddling by foreign actors or the incitement of violence to overturn the election results.
France, Germany impose new lockdowns to curb virus spread
BERLIN — France announced a full nationwide lockdown for the second time this year and German officials imposed a partial four-week lockdown Wednesday, as governments across Europe sought to stop a fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization says the European region — which includes Russia, Turkey, Israel and Central Asia, according to its definition — accounted for almost half of the 2.8 million new coronavirus cases reported globally last week. The U.N. health agency said virus-related deaths were also on the rise in Europe, with about a 35% spike since the previous week, as well as hospitalizations due to COVID-19. “We are deep in the second wave,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels. “I think that this year’s Christmas will be a different Christmas.”The European Union, Britain, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland alone accounted for 1.1 million cases over the past seven days, she said, “and we expect this number to keep rising in the next two to three weeks, and rapidly.”
The Latest: Zeta weakens into a tropical storm over Alabama
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans residents are left with a mess of storm debris on roads and lawns, some toppled trees and fences and power outages throughout the area after Hurricane Zeta. “We just cleaned up our yard and decorated for Halloween, so now we have to do it all over again,” Becnel said. “But I think that’s mainly what it’s going to be is just cleaning up debris, tree limbs, trash.”Will Arute wasn’t so fortunate. A large section of oak tree snapped as the eyewall passed over New Orleans and crashed onto his car and a corner of the second story of his home. He said it sounded like a bomb went off.
The Latest: Pakistan orders early closure of businesses
The Latest: Pakistan orders early closure of businesses shares emailA health official from the district office wearing protective gear, walks near a banner showing a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities have ordered all businesses, including restaurants, wedding halls and markets, be closed after 10 p.m. to contain a coronavirus resurgence that began this month. Also, authorities in the capital, Islamabad, asked police to arrest anyone violating social distancing rules by not wearing masks at public places. The government Thursday reported some of its highest single-day totals, more than 900 new cases and 16 deaths. Pakistan has reported 311,108 confirmed coronavirus infections, including 6,775 deaths.
Behind the fight over the rule that made the modern internet
Behind the fight over the rule that made the modern internetOAKLAND, Calif. — Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today. Those are the words President Donald Trump’s administration has challenged directly via executive order, one that would strip those protections if online platforms engaged in “editorial decisions.” The CEOs of the three internet companies face questioning Wednesday by the Senate Commerce Committee about Republican claims of anti-conservative bias. Beyond questioning the CEOs, senators are expected to examine proposals to revise long-held legal protections for online speech, an immunity that critics in both parties say enables the companies to abdicate their responsibility to impartially moderate content. Under the U.S. law, internet companies are generally exempt from liability for the material users post on their networks. Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act — itself part of a broader telecom law — provides a legal “safe harbor” for internet companies.
The Latest: Zeta weakens into a tropical storm over Alabama
... And it was a little bit of rain, a little bit of thunder, but really nothing too notable,” Umanzor, 19, said. “So then with Zeta, I didn’t personally prepare for it at all. The power went out, and outside, she could hear the sound of the roof of her shed coming loose. “You could hear the tin roof waving in the wind and the stronger the wind got. And there was a couple of snaps, lots of cracks of branches and trees falling.
London in Tier 2 lockdown: what are the new restrictions?
New restrictions banning different households from mixing indoors have been imposed in London to prevent rising coronavirus levels. The city had been rated "medium" (Tier 1) in the new three-tier system of local alerts for England. This put London with most of the country at the lowest end of the scale, meaning no new restrictions beyond the rule of six and the 10pm curfew. However, with infection rates rising towards the 100 per 100,000 trigger point, the capital is now placed in Tier 2 – meaning a ban on different households meeting indoors. Read more: Tier 2 lockdown rules for 'high alert' areas
Top US Covid expert Dr Anthony Fauci praises Victoria's attitude towards mask-wearing – video
Dr Anthony Fauci has praised Australia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying he ‘would like to say the same for the United States’. Speaking during a discussion with the University of Melbourne, Fauci celebrated Victoria’s approach to wearing masks, lamenting that ‘masks in the United States have almost become a political statement’
Tier 2 lockdown rules: what are the new restrictions for 'high' alert areas?
To "simplify" the rules, Boris Johnson has ushered in a new model of “Local Covid Alert Levels” in England which will work as a traffic light system. Under the system there will be three tiers - medium, high and very high. In areas with particularly high levels of infection pubs, gyms and casinos could be forced to closed in order to stop the spread. The Prime Minister said the new Covid alert levels were being introduced to "squash this virus wherever it appears". If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transportTier 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 are the rules?
Tier 1 lockdown rules: what you can and can't do in 'medium risk' alert areas
To "simplify" the rules, Boris Johnson has ushered in a new model of “Local Covid Alert Levels” in England which will work as a traffic light system. Under the system there will be three tiers - medium, high and very high. In areas with particularly high levels of infection pubs, gyms and casinos could be forced to closed in order to stop the spread. The Prime Minister said the new Covid alert levels were being introduced to "squash this virus wherever it appears". What are medium level/Tier 1 lockdown rules?
Coronavirus latest news: National lockdown similar to those in Europe needed to curb spread, warns government adviser
A national lockdown similar to those in Europe is needed to curb the spread of Covid-19, a government adviser has warned. Steven Riley, professor of infectious disease dynamics at Imperial College London, said the data from the React coronavirus study suggests "we need to think about changing the approach". "We're getting to the stage where we have to see prevalence go down," he said. "I think what our study shows is there would be genuine benefits to some kind of national policy. "If we're going to end up using those restrictions that have been brought in elsewhere in Europe today and yesterday, we should think about timing - and sooner is better than later."
What tier is my area in? Use our Covid lockdown map to check your postcode
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, warned that it was of "concern" that coronavirus was "heating up" in more of England, with infections spreading into more vulnerable age groups. Prof Van-Tam said: "This is a nationwide phenomenon now that rates are changing upwards across the UK." He also warned that the virus was now spreading from younger age groups into those aged over 60. "And this is again of significant concern... because of course the elderly suffer a much worse course with Covid-19, they are admitted to hospital for longer periods, and they are more difficult to save,” he said. According to the data from Public Health England, the rate of infection among people aged 80 and above in the North West rose from 40.5 to 72.8 per 100,000 in the space of four weeks.
How Britain's start-ups survived the Covid-19 pandemic
Not only that, but the relentless push of high-growth start-ups to expand internationally meant that work was distributed globally, among various lockdown regimes. What’s holding us back is a shortage of coders and technical talent.”'High quality founders are hotly contested'Not that it has all been smooth sailing. In April, during the greatest uncertainty, fears spread of a new credit crunch that would kill off many start-ups. “High quality founders with the beginnings of an idea have been able to raise money and been hotly contested,” says Hussein Kanji of Hoxton Ventures. “This tells you that it is a pretty vibrant market.”Today, says Burbidge, “funding volume and appetite is back to near pre-Covid levels”.
Girl, 14, arrested over murder of man in West Sussex
A 14-year-old girl has been arrested over the murder of a man in West Sussex. Emergency services were called to Russell Way in Three Bridges, Crawley at 9pm on Tuesday where they found a 24-year-old man with serious injuries, Sussex Police said in a statement. Police said a 14-year-old girl from Crawley was arrested in south London around 10.20pm on Wednesday on suspicion of murder. A 21-year-old man from London was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Anyone with information is asked to report online at sussex.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Parkhead.
Intermittent fasting could be an effective way to manage your lockdown weight
Is intermittent fasting back on the menu? But what’s the current state of the science on intermittent fasting? Well, it’s important to note that neither of these studies were large enough – or showed statistically significant enough results – to suggest that intermittent fasting comes with a serious downside. “I like intermittent fasting for some clients, even if I’ve not found it to be the magic bullet some claim it is,” says personal trainer Zack Cahill. My energy levels were solid, but I married it to going to sleep on time and doing more exercise.
Forget the crusty image of pre-fabs – these are cutting-edge eco friendly homes
For some, it’s one that is made in a factory, arriving on site on the back of a lorry, and put together in a watertight shell in a matter of days. Adventurous self-builders are harnessing so-called modern methods of construction to create the exact home they want, using Zoom to carry out consultations even through lockdown. They are far from the crusty image of the post-war pre-fab. With precision engineering in controlled conditions, components can be made to fit together exactly to create highly sustainable, draught-proof houses completely wrapped in insulation. Astrid Woloszczuk and her husband used this method to design and build their five-bedroom, 8,000 sq ft home in south-west London.
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. 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. However, preventing a national lockdown will depend on how effectively the Government can respond if the infection rate rises quickly in multiple areas of the UK. 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.
What the latest three-tier lockdown rules mean for you
Read more: Tier 1 lockdown rulesTier 2 (high level)This level reflects many areas currently under local restrictions. Read more: Tier 2 lockdown rulesTier 3 (very high level)This level will apply in areas where transmission rates are causing the biggest concern. Talks are underway between officials and local authorities to create a "plan B" to drive Covid-19 infection rates down if the current three-tiered lockdown system fails to work. Extra tier three-plus or potential tier four restrictions could mean restaurants and non-essential shops are forced to close. Under a distinct tier system created by the Department for Education, all educational institutions, including primary schools and early years settings, would be shut.
Pictures of the Day: 29th October 2020
Young students Elyana, Hafsah and Safa (L-R, all 7yrs) from Grace & Poise Academy prepare to receive medals after completing their year 2 primary ballet exams delayed from July due to covid19. Founded by Maisie Alexandra Byers, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance and Dr Sajedah Shabib, business director, Grace & Poise Academy is the world?s first ballet school bringing ballet to the Muslim community with the aim of providing supportive and inclusive spaces for young students
How we made it: Top tips from four successful tech entrepreneurs
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Women on HRT far more likely to develop breast cancer than previously feared, study finds
Women taking the most common form of HRT are at a far higher risk of developing breast cancer than previously feared, a new study has found. Previous research has shown that long term use of HRT tablets are linked with increased risks of breast cancer, mostly due to progestogens. But new figures, based on 20 years of data, shows the risk increased by nearly 80 per cent. Overall, a third of women with a breast cancer diagnosis and just under a third of women without had used HRT recently or in the past. This rose to a 79 per cent associated increased risk for combined oestrogen and progestogen therapy, compared to those who had never used HRT.
US ambassador to Jamaica insulted Twitter critics by saying they smoked ‘too much ganja’, report says
The US ambassador to Jamaica insulted Twitter critics by saying they smoked “too much ganja”, say reports. Ambassador Donald Tapia traded insults online after he was accused of interfering in the Caribbean country’s internal affairs, according to Reuters. The Trump administration has claimed that Huawei’s technology could be used to spy for China, which the company has denied. The controversy began when one Twitter user reminded the ambassador that, according to reporting by the New York Times, Mr Trump has a secret Chinese bank account, reported Reuters. Log in here Update preferencesMr Tapia replied with “Too much Ganga”, a misspelling of “ganja”, a common nickname for marijuana.
Hurricane Zeta slams into Louisiana as howling winds rage toward New Orleans
Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Louisiana as the storm’s Category 2-force winds battered homes and businesses on its path towards New Orleans. About 230,000 of the state's 300,000 people without power were concentrated in New Orleans' metro area as winds reached 177 kph (110 mph), the AP reported. Zeta strengthened to a Category 2 storm on Wednesday, with maximum sustained winds of up to 100 mph, expected to strike the New Orleans area on Wednesday evening. “Zeta is right at our doorstep,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said at a briefing on Wednesday. National Weather Service forecasts have predicted sustained winds of 74 mph to 110 mph, with higher gusts, along the Gulf Coast from the New Orleans metro area through coastal Mississippi.
Taiwan fighter jet crashes, fueling worries about aging fleet
A Taiwanese fighter jet crashed and its pilot was killed Thursday while training over the Western Pacific, highlighting concerns about the island’s aging military fleet at a time of increased pressure from China’s air force. The incident fuels mounting worries about the reliability of the older aircraft in Taiwan’s aging military fleet at a time of near-daily Chinese incursions into the island’s air defense identification zone. The crash is the latest in a series of such incidents to befall Taiwan’s military. The U.S. considered restarting production of parts last year to support Taiwan’s fleet, according to a report in defense publication Janes. Former President Barack Obama agreed to a $5.3 billion deal in 2011 to upgrade Taiwan’s existing fleet of about 140 F-16s.
Typhoon Molave: Landslides leave 15 dead in Vietnam
Soldiers and heavy machinery are being used to search for survivors in Vietnam after landslides triggered by Typhoon Molave killed at least 15 people.
Samsung reports profitable quarter but warns of weaker outlook
Samsung Electronics Co. warned earnings in the current quarter will decline, saying the strong growth in its mobile and memory business that helped third-quarter profits will ease amid intensifying competition and weakening demand. Samsung also forecast rising competition in mobile phones and consumer electronics and said it will have to boost spending on marketing. “We are seeing a correction in the memory chip market in 4Q but memory chip prices are expected to rise next year when hyperscalers start expanding their investment in servers.”Samsung Electronics shares have surged nearly 40% from their March lows. In consumer electronics, profitability is expected to weaken on growing competition and rising costs, despite solid demand,” Samsung said in the earnings release. With its main mobile and chip units set to slow, Samsung is looking to newer businesses to bolster growth.
Hawaii to exempt Japanese travelers from quarantine starting Nov. 6
David Ige said Tuesday travelers from Japan will be exempted from the U.S. state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine, starting Nov. 6, if they test negative for the novel coronavirus at designated hospitals within 72 hours prior to arrival. The travelers will still be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon their return to Japan. Hawaii has designated 21 medical institutions in Japan, including St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo, Shonan Kamakura General Hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture, Fujita Health University Hospital in Aichi Prefecture and Yamasaki Family Clinic in Hyogo Prefecture. RELATED STORIES Hawaii hopes to loosen COVID-19 restrictions for Japanese travelersHawaii has been gradually easing entry rules, with visitors from the U.S. mainland exempted from the 14-day quarantine since Oct. 15. Around 15,000 coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Hawaii.
Japan mulls extending travel subsidy campaign past January
The government is considering extending its domestic travel subsidy program beyond late January to continue support for the tourism sector amid the pandemic, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The government will look into drafting a third supplementary budget for fiscal 2020 as well as using reserve funds in the event that the campaign budget of approximately ¥1.35 trillion is used up, according to the sources. The travel campaign, which offers a 35 percent discount for hotels and package tour costs, began on July 22, although travel to and from Tokyo was initially excluded due to the high number of new virus infections in the capital at the time. Under the travel promotion program, bookings have been skewed toward luxury hotels rather than cheap ones, as guests take advantage of the discount. Calls have grown for the system to be improved as users have flocked to major travel booking sites, and small and midsized travel agencies were struggling to attract customers.
Ryukyuan dancer and tea master among new Japan cultural envoys
A tea ceremony master and a traditional Ryukyuan dancer are among six people chosen to represent and promote Japanese arts and culture abroad for fiscal 2020 and 2021, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Thursday. Tea master Sotatsu Ota, 63, along with Maki Shida, 50, who specializes in Okinawa’s traditional Ryukyuan dance, and four others, have been selected as Japan Cultural Envoys. Ota is known for his expertise in tea and wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets, and in the cultural aspects of Kyoto. Shida will present the Ryukyuan dance and Okinawan culture mainly in North America, it said. The four other cultural envoys are calligraphy performance artist Juichi Yoshikawa, 77, choreographer Akiko Kitamura, 49, flute musician Tosha Suiho, 41, and digital artist Yoichi Ochiai, 33.
'We have no choice': Desperate migrant family wanted to come to UK because asylum was 'quicker'
The first two times, they wanted to cross by train, and the last time they wanted to cross by boat. Two times they wanted to cross via train and the last time they wanted to cross by boat,' said Khalil. Mr Iran-Nejad (left) and his wife, Shiva, (right) with two rescue workers in a French migrant camp. The town of Sardasht, where the migrant family who drowned hailed from, was among those targeted – struck by poison gas dropped from Iraqi fighter planes. The migrant boat was spotted by Marbuzet, a pleasure boat.
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
Sept. 7— Saudi King Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the possible joint production of a Russian coronavirus vaccine, the Kremlin said. Russia counts only the latter in its official coronavirus death toll, which stands at 11,017. June 13— Russia more than doubled its official coronavirus death toll for April to 2,712 after changing how it classifies fatalities. — President Vladimir Putin has eased Russia’s “non-working” period imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus even as Russia emerges as Europe’s new coronavirus hotspot. — Russia's coronavirus information center will be headed by doctor and television presenter Alexander Myasnikov, BBC Russia reported.
Samsung Biologics’ San Francisco lab first step to wider overseas expansion
BUSINESSSamsung Biologics’ CEO Kim Tae-han speaks at the online press event on Thursday. (Samsung Biologics)Samsung Biologics announced the opening of its first overseas contract development operation site in the San Francisco Bay Area, Thursday.“We plan to continue our expansion into Boston, Europe and China. In 2020 and beyond, our next decade will be marked by global expansion. By 2030, Samsung Biologics anticipates 50 percent of its contract manufacturing deals will be extensions of the CDO projects.“We have become a champion CMO in 2020. Our development speed and cost competitiveness is unparalleled,” Kim said.By Lim Jeong-yeo ( kaylalim@heraldcorp.com
State human rights watchdog chief calls for protection of couriers
NATIONALA logistics center in Songpa, southern Seoul, emptied of workers on Tuesday in a strike over poor working conditions. (Yonhap)A public human rights watchdog on Thursday issued a message of condolences over the death of more than a dozen couriers here, and called for legislation to ensure better working conditions.Choi Young-ae, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea’s chairperson, said in a statement that the pandemic of the novel coronavirus exposed injustices experienced by workers in vulnerable sectors.“The demand for delivery services shot up due to the coronavirus situation, which led to an overwhelming workload for the couriers. Couriers are having to work longer hours in inadequate working conditions,” she said.Choi urged the lawmakers to legislate on worker protection, the related bills of which are still pending at the parliament.“Health and safety at work are the most basic rights that should be afforded to workers everywhere,” she said. “The commission will continue to strive for a safety-first work culture.”The Labor Standards Act does not recognize couriers -- who are “special contract” workers -- as employees, thereby denying them the rights outlined by the law.So far this year, 14 couriers have died from overwork and other unfair practices at work. According to the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, delivery workers often work seven days a week for a total of over 70 hours on average.By Kim Arin ( arin@heraldcorp.com
Seoul Fashion Week gives everyone a front seat
Miss Gee Collection is shown on live-streamed runway on Oct. 20 at the 2021 S/S Seoul Fashion Week(Seoul Design Foundation)The 2021 spring-summer Seoul Fashion Week ended Sunday, attracting some 670,000 views of the runway videos. Miss Gee Collection has participated in Seoul Fashion Week for the past 20 years. Aimons shows its latest collection through the digital runway for the 2021 S/S Seoul Fashion Week. Eight to 10 digital runway shows were released every day during the five-day fashion week. Holy Number 7 shows the new collection through the digital runway for the 2021 S/S Seoul Fashion Week (Screen capture of the digital runway show)“See Now Buy Now,” where the fashion brands sold their signature pieces every night after the digital runways, was a key feature of this season’s virtual Seoul Fashion Week.
Nexon offers therapy to help employees overcome coronavirus blues
Nexon said Thursday that it is offering a therapy program to care for the mental health of employees who are experiencing emotional swings as the pandemic drags on.According to the South Korean game company, its psychotherapy program, “Reading My Mind,” which has been running since 2017, provides employees with therapy sessions where they can talk about stress they are experiencing around work, personal relationships and family.“Since March, Nexon expanded its therapy program to non-face-to-face platforms. Employees can participate in the therapy by phone or video. Also, the program offers late night or emergency sessions,” a company official said.According to Nexon, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 43 percent of participants have expressed psychological or emotional issues such as depression during sessions, up 12 percentage points on-year. Due to continued telecommuting and limits on outdoor activities, new topics have emerged such as loneliness and anxiety issues.“So many changes happened in our lives after the pandemic and more employees are expressing their psychological difficulties. Nexon will take care of the minds of its employees in different ways so that they can weather out this difficult time,” said Yang Eun-sook, the senior manager of Nexon in charge of “Reading My Mind.”By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
Ruling party urges government to change capital gains tax plans
The ruling Democratic Party appears to be moving against the government over sensitive tax reform issues in response to a public outcry.Speaking on the Democratic Party’s official YouTube channel Thursday, party Chairman Lee Nak-yon hinted that the party would negotiate with the government to alter the proposed changes.“The comments are about the requirements of (being categorized as) major shareholders who are subjected to capital gains tax, to abolish the 300 million won (standard), and (the party) will ensure that you do not have to worry too much,” Lee said in response to comments regarding the planned changes.Under the changes, proposed to go into effect at the end of the year, investors with more than 300 million won ($265,000) worth of a company’s shares would be categorized as major shareholders, and as such would be subject to capital gains tax of between 22 percent and 33 percent on profits gained from selling their stocks after April 2021. At present, individuals holding more than 1 billion won worth of stocks are categorized as major shareholders.“The results will be made known within a few days, and the results will not worry you too much,” Lee said. Lee did not clarify whether the ruling party was currently in talks with concerned government organizations to address the issue.But at a separate event, also on Thursday, Lee said the party and the government would soon be reaching an agreement on “very hot issues concerning real estate and stocks.”While Lee did not elaborate, he has stated in recent days that the party will devise policies to address the concerns of homeowners who have owned one property and lived there for long periods.By Choi He-suk ( cheesuk@heraldcorp.com
Samsung Biologics’ San Francisco lab first step to wider overseas expansion
Samsung Biologics announced the opening of its first overseas contract development operation site in the San Francisco Bay Area, Thursday.“We plan to continue our expansion into Boston, Europe and China. In 2020 and beyond, our next decade will be marked by global expansion. By 2030, Samsung Biologics anticipates 50 percent of its contract manufacturing deals will be extensions of the CDO projects.“We have become a champion CMO in 2020. With the completion of our Plant 4, which is going to be ready for GMP operation by end of 2022, our total manufacturing capacity will be increased to 620,000 liters in a single generation. Our development speed and cost competitiveness is unparalleled,” Kim said.By Lim Jeong-yeo ( kaylalim@heraldcorp.com
Samsung's Q3 revenue surges to W67tr
Samsung Electronics posted a record-breaking quarterly revenue in the July-September period, buoyed by the strong performance of its device solutions and consumer electronics businesses, according to a regulatory filing Thursday.The South Korean information technology giant enjoyed a quarterly revenue of 66.9 trillion won ($59 billion), up 8 percent on-year and breaking the previous record of 65.9 trillion won set in 2017. The company’s operating profit spiked 58.8 percent to 12.3 trillion won from a year prior, the best figure since the third quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, its net profit surged 48.8 percent to 9.3 trillion won in the same period.In terms of profitability, Samsung Electronics yielded meaningful results, as the operating profit margin improved significantly to 18.4 percent compared to 15.4 percent in the previous quarter. Though chip demand from cloud and server companies weakened as they have already stocked up supplies to prepare for expansion amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the low demand was compensated by new releases of smartphones and game consoles, which also need chips. The staggering performance was possible as sales of the company’s strategic smartphones models -- the Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Z Fold2 -- jumped nearly 50 percent.
Dr Fauci praises Australia’s coronavirus response and Melbourne’s face mask rules
“If I were to use the word ‘shutdown’ the country or ‘lockdown’, I would be in serious trouble. “If you walk on the streets of Melbourne, 99.9% of people are wearing masks.”Fauci replied that America should adopt the same “mentality”. “I would like to say the same for the United States,” he said. “When you have a country like Australia, which is a gigantic island, it’s probably easier to contain in and out,” he said. “Whereas in the United States, that’s not the case.”
US looking for ‘new ways’ to cooperate with Indonesia
US secretary of state rejects China’s claims to South China Sea as he travels to Indonesia as part of five-nation tour. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the United States would find new ways to cooperate with Indonesia in the South China Sea and respected Jakarta’s efforts to safeguard its own waters while rejecting China’s “unlawful” claims in the area. China makes its South China Sea claims under the so-called nine-dash line, a vague delineation from maps dating back to the 1940s, which was declared illegal in a 2016 ruling at The Hague. “President (Jokowi) emphasised that Indonesia wants economic cooperation between the two countries increasing in the future, including extension of GSP facilities for Indonesia,” Retno said of Pompeo’s meeting with the Indonesian leader. Before arriving in Indonesia, Pompeo visited India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Arab Israelis, Palestinians protest Macron’s defense of Muhammad cartoons
Scattered groups of Arab Israelis and Palestinians demonstrated for a second consecutive day Tuesday against what they considered offensive remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron about Islam and depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Macron’s statements triggered a worldwide backlash, with some companies in the Arab and Muslim worlds calling for boycotts of French products. Many of the protests inside Israel proper have been organized by the Southern Islamic Movement. While the Islamic Movement has repeatedly condemned Macron’s remarks, the political group’s Arabic-language Facebook page did not contain a condemnation of the murder of Paty. A larger demonstration is being planned for Thursday in front of the French Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Ankhi Das Leaves Facebook India After Hate Speech Dispute
Das, one of the most senior Facebook staff members in India, was one of several people involved in internal conversations about whether posts by politicians violated Facebook’s rules, including on hate speech, and how to act. The post remained online for more than a year after the meeting, until TIME contacted Facebook to ask about it. (Facebook told TIME the post had been flagged as hate speech internally at the time, but did not explain why they had failed to remove it.) TIME also revealed that Facebook has commissioned a human rights impact assessment to consider the impact of Facebook on human rights in India. “I have decided to step down from Facebook after long service to its mission of connecting people and building communities to pursue my personal interest in public service,” Das said in a statement.
Muslim-majority countries protest, condemn France over Muhammad cartoons
Around 10,000 people rallied in Bangladesh's capital city, Dhaka, on Tuesday to protest France's president and his staunch support of secular laws that deem caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech. The demonstrations follow a gruesome beheading near Paris of a French teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class. Pakistan's parliament passed a resolution condemning the publication of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. "Allah sent the Prophet Muhammad as an ambassador of peace . Bangladesh's leadership, however, has not come out in criticism of France, as Turkey, Pakistan and other Muslim-majority nations have done.
Azerbaijan says 21 dead in Armenia attack near Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of killing 21 people and wounding dozens in a missile strike near the disputed region. Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of killing 21 people and wounding dozens in a missile strike near the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia on Wednesday immediately denied carrying out the attack, the second in two days that Azerbaijan says killed civilians in the Barda district close to the front line. Meanwhile, Ria Novosti news agency reported that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan confirmed the deployment of Russian border guards along the Armenian border with Nagorno-Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.
US Government Demands San Francisco Museum Return Allegedly Stolen Relics To Thailand
The U.S. government is demanding a San Francisco art museum return allegedly stolen religious relics to Thailand, a Justice Department statement says. The lawsuit says the relics were illegally exported to a private collector in the U.S. and were then donated to the Asian Art Museum collection. The collection was given to the city and county of San Francisco, which used the lintels in the museum. After a Thai consulate general saw the lintels at the museum in 2016, Thailand launched an investigation, the complaint says according to SF Gate. “For years we have tried to get the Asian Art Museum to return this stolen artwork to Thailand.
Tyson Foods workers to replace some federal inspectors at U.S. beef plant
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tyson Foods TSN.N said on Tuesday it plans in January to have company employees take on duties from more than a dozen federal inspectors at a large Kansas beef plant, after getting a U.S. government waiver. FILE PHOTO: The exterior of the Tyson Fresh Meats processing plant is seen in the Finney County town of Holcomb, Kansas, U.S. August 12, 2019. The total number of USDA inspectors at the plant will drop, although there will be more highly trained inspectors who do more complex work like monitoring animal welfare or meat testing, according to the agency. Tyson aims to eventually use cameras and computer imaging to evaluate carcasses, said Jennifer Williams, vice president of food safety. USDA inspectors were also infected.
Apple Developing Search Engine As Google Comes Under Antitrust Scrutiny: Report
Apple has ramped up development of its own search engine technology as antitrust U.S. and European Union regulators scrutinize Google, according to a Financial Times report. The Silicon Valley tech giant has subtly started the transition away from its reliance on the Google search engine, The Financial Times reported. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Google on Oct. 20 over the company’s alleged anticompetitive tactics, which bolster its search technology, according to The Wall Street Journal. Among the allegations, DOJ prosecutors said Google uses ad revenue to pay Apple billions of dollars to make Google the default search engine on Apple devices. “Although these firms have delivered clear benefits to society, the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google has come at a price,” the House report said.
Germany, France Imposing New Lockdown Restrictions As Coronavirus Cases Surge
Germany announced increased coronavirus restrictions Wednesday and France is expected to do the same as coronavirus cases in Europe spike, the Associated Press reported. Restaurants can serve take-out food and unlike the first wave of coronavirus restrictions, schools and stores will remain open. Germany reported 14,964 new daily cases Tuesday, a record number. The total number of confirmed cases in Germany is 449,275, the Associated Press reported. French President Emmanuel Macron is planning to host a televised address Wednesday following French doctors’ calls to impose new coronavirus restrictions.
‘Repeal Section 230!’: President Trump Criticizes Big Tech For ‘Suppression’ Of Biden Email Story
President Donald Trump attacked Twitter and other big tech companies Tuesday, tweeting that big tech has supplanted freedom of the press with “suppression of the story.”Trump’s tweet was posted as the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hold a hearing with the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google. So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on his company’s handling of the New York Post articles. Ted Cruz owned this.
‘I Will Not Tolerate Any Beard-Shaming’: Jack Dorsey’s Quarantine Look Steals The Show At Tech Hearing
If I wanted to be lied to by Jack Dorsey, I could just read his tweets. pic.twitter.com/uRQsPShLpO — Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) October 28, 2020Jack Dorsey’s beard is the least unwise part of his appearance this morning so far. — Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) October 28, 2020on a lighter note… jack dorsey’s beard?!? Reason senior editor Elizabeth Nolan Brown described Dorsey’s “Rasputin beard” as “awesome.” (RELATED: Chris Wallace Presses Gretchen Whitmer On Biden Business Dealings: ‘It Sure Sounds Like Influence Peddling’)I can’t be the only one who thinks Jack Dorsey’s Rasputin beard is awesome? Everyone tempted to mock Jack Dorsey’s pandemic beard/vibe: walk over to a mirror right now.
Dallas Police Respond To Absurdly Realistic And Graphic Halloween Decorations
Police in Dallas have had to respond to an incredibly bloody and realistic Halloween setup. According to the Dallas Observer, Steven Novak’s insane Halloween decorations have resulted in the police showing up to his house “multiple times.” (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)Why? (SLIDESHOW: This Blonde Bombshell Might Be The Hottest Model On The Internet)I’d also panic if I thought I’d walked into a mass murder situation. Then, I realized I’d walked into a very elaborate Halloween setup. — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) October 19, 2020Without a doubt, Novak has one of the greatest Halloween decorations setups that I’ve ever seen.
‘Who The Hell Elected You?’ — Ted Cruz Criticizes Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey For Censoring NY Post, Denying The Platform Impacts Elections
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz criticized Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday for censoring stories from the New York Post about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. As you know, I have long been concerned about Twitter’s pattern of censoring and silencing individual Americans with whom Twitter disagrees,” Cruz said. Why did Twitter make the decision to censor the New York Post,?” Cruz asked Dorsey. “Today, right now, the New York Post is still blocked from tweeting, two weeks later,” Cruz continued. The New York Post report alleges that Joe and Hunter Biden met with a Burisma executive in 2015.
Police Officer Killed In Cockfight After Blade Slices Femoral Artery
A police officer in the Philippines was killed by a rooster after trying to break up a cockfight, an official announced Tuesday. The roosters gaff, which is a sharp blade attached to the animals leg for fighting, managed to cut through Lieutenant Christine Bolok’s thigh and cut his femoral artery, according to BBC. Seven fighting cocks were confiscated, per the same report. “It was an unfortunate accident and a piece of bad luck that I cannot explain,” Apud said. Typically cockfighting was only allowed in licensed cockpits during Sundays and legal holidays, according to PNA.
Body Camera Footage And 911 Tapes In Walter Wallace Shooting Will Be Released
Authorities will release the body camera footage and 911 tapes involved in the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. “in the near future,” the Associated Press reported. Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said authorities would release the footage and tapes after speaking with Wallace’s family, according to the AP. When they arrived at the scene, they encountered a man with a knife who was told repeatedly to drop the knife, according to police. (RELATED: More Than 30 Arrested After Riots Erupt In Philadelphia Following Alleged Police Shooting Of Man With Knife)Protests and riots began within hours of the shooting. He had bipolar disorder and was in crisis during the time of the shooting, his family said, according to CNN.
Florida Man Who Killed Police K-9 Sentenced To 25 Years
A Florida man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for killing a police K-9, among other charges, FOX 13 reported. Circuit Judge Gilbert Feltel Jr. sentenced 19-year-old Jhamel Malik Paskel to 5 years for killing Fang, a policeK-9, and to 20 years for charges including armed carjacking and kidnapping, the report added. Paskel’s attorney asked the judge for leniency because Paskel was 17 at the time, FOX13 reported. Paskel also apologized, saying he is “a man ready to take responsibility.”“I would like to offer my apologies and condolences to Officer Herrera for not only the killing of his K-9 partner Fang, but his best friend,” Paskel said last week. Matt Herrera, the K-9’s partner, described the events leading to Fang’s death, according to the FOX affiliate.
Sen. Bernie Sanders Calls For Police Responsible For ‘Murdering’ Walter Wallace Jr. To Be Prosecuted By Justice Department
Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday on Twitter that the police “responsible for murdering” Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia should be “arrested, investigated, and prosecuted by the Justice Department.”Walter Wallace should be alive today, and our thoughts are with his loved ones. The police responsible for murdering him in front of his mother instead of getting him the medical attention he needed should be arrested, investigated, and prosecuted by the Justice Department. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 28, 2020“Walter Wallace should be alive today, and our thoughts are with his loved ones,” Sanders said in the tweet. The federal government is “looking into” the fatal officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday. Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw announced Wednesday that authorities will release the body camera footage and 911 tapes involved in the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. “in the near future.”
Tiger Allegedly Responsible For 8 Deaths Trapped In India
A tiger that has been blamed for the deaths of at least eight people was captured Tuesday near the village of Sindi in the Rajura and Vinur forest reserves in India by the Central Chanda Forest Division. The tiger — identified as RT-1 — had killed eight people and injured three in the Chandrapur district of India in the last 20 months, per MSN. “This time, we ensured that the door shut on the tiger as soon as it entered the trap … it (the door) got firmly stuck in the groove below,” Mundhe said. Had the forest department not been able to apprehend the feline, the tiger may have been killed due to growing political dissatisfaction with the situation, according to the Times of India. The tiger has been moved to the Chandrapur Transit Treatment Centre, and it will likely be moved to the Gorewada Zoo in Nagpur in the near future to undergo observation.
PHOTOS: The Aftermath Of Widespread Looting In Northern Philadelphia
People gathered at strip malls in northern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday morning to board up buildings and to clean up the aftermath of looting that occurred late Tuesday night. Looting occurred in seven districts, according to the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management. Around 1,000 people participated in the widespread looting, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. The owner of a Jiffy Lube on Aramingo Ave. told the DCNF that looters stole his tools from the shop. A neighboring auto shop manager said that looters cut the safe out of the Jiffy Lube and stole it.
‘Misleading The Public’: Backlash Builds Against NYT For Hyping ‘Anonymous’ Author Miles Taylor As ‘Senior Administration Official’
The New York Times faced a wave of criticism Wednesday for hyping former “Anonymous” author Miles Taylor, a former Homeland Security staffer, as a “senior” Trump administration official. Taylor, who revealed his identity Wednesday, wasn’t even an agency chief of staff at the time he wrote the op-ed. “I also didn’t realize the definition of ‘senior administration official’ could be *this* expansive,” noted Axios reporter Jonathan Swan. Journalists criticized the New York Times Wednesday for over-hyping the unnamed author of “Anonymous” — Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff to a former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. (RELATED: Former Homeland Security Staffer Miles Taylor Comes Forward As ‘Anonymous’)Donald Trump is a man without character.
Costco Pulls Milk Over Allegations It Was A Product Of Forced Monkey Labor
Costco pulled the popular Chaokoh coconut milk made in Thailand off the shelves after allegations surfaced that the company uses forced monkey labor. Monkeys are then responsible for “twisting heavy coconuts” until they fall off, all while chained to metal collars, per PETA. “No kind shopper wants monkeys to be chained up and treated like coconut-picking machines,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said, according to Fox Business. “Costco made the right call to reject animal exploitation.”Costco said “until Chaokoh stops using chained monkeys as coconut-picking machines” they will no longer purchase the milk, per the same report. (RELATED: Appeals Court Rules Against Monkey In Copyright Case)However, Theppadungporn Coconut Co., Ltd. (TCC), the manufacturer and distributor of Chaokoh, dismissed similar allegations four months ago, according to Fox.
Here Are The Biggest Public Health Policy Flip-Flops During The Coronavirus Pandemic
The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been the leading authorities during the coronavirus pandemic, yet they keep contradicting themselves.
Here’s How The Media Is Describing Violence In Philadelphia
Philadelphia police shot and killed Walter Wallace, Jr, on Monday and violence, riots and looting erupted in the city within hours, numerous sources reported. Much of the media has been reluctant to use terminology that would indicate rioting rather than protests with heightened tension, despite what has appeared to unfold in Philadelphia. Steve Keeley of Fox29 reported that 11 people were shot while looting, and “looters were shooting looters.”11 people shot while looting in Philadelphia so far since last night. The Philadelphia Inquirer said that “tensions flared between officers and demonstrators” while “scattered looting broke out.” “Police and demonstrators skirmished . The first day of “demonstrations and looting left shops damaged and at least 30 officers injured,” the article says.
Ivanka Turns Heads In Gorgeous Black Coat On Campaign Trail In PA
Ivanka Trump definitely turned heads Wednesday when she stepped out in a gorgeous coat while on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania. (RELATED: Ivanka Turns Heads In Gorgeous Yellow Plaid Skirt Suit)She completed the terrific look with loose hair, black pants and black high heels. In a post later shared on Instagram, Ivanka shared several pictures from the day as she reminded voters in the state that Trump was counting on the state to get four more years. “¡Gracias Miami!” Ivanka captioned her post showing her wearing a pretty short-sleeve white dress and heels, along with a handful of pictures from the events. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Oct 27, 2020 at 7:09pm PDTThe first daughter’s fashion sense is always on point as has been noted numerous times before.
Police Identify Airline Passenger Who Allegedly Urinated On Woman As North Carolina Pastor
Authorities have identified the person that allegedly urinated on a woman during her flight with Delta Airlines as a Pastor from North Carolina, the New York Daily News reported. The owner of the Loves Wins Ministries, Daniel Chalmers, from Raleigh, was seen urinating on a fellow passenger according to the New York Daily News. Beverly then began to scream, according to the police report, “She then noticed that Mr. Chalmers urinated on her and she started screaming”. “I’m a pastor, that is out of my character and I didn’t do it,” Chalmers told authorities. The pastor at first said he was not intoxicated, but then admitted to having “a few drinks” while on medication, according to the New York Daily News.
Girl Scouts Delete Social Media Posts Congratulating Amy Coney Barrett
The official Twitter account of the Girl Scouts of America deleted posts Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook that congratulated Justice Amy Coney Barrett for becoming the 5th woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court. This is not the place to debate partisan politics.”However, CNBC recorded several thousand comments, many critical of the Girl Scouts’ post. She does not support women’s rights at all.” A third woman wrote of Barrett: “She goes against so much of what Girl Scouts stands for — very disappointed in this. — Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) October 28, 2020“Earlier today, we shared a post highlighting the five women who have been appointed to the Supreme Court,” the post read. Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization.
Ep. 636 - We All Know Joe’s Corrupt
636 - We All Know Joe’s CorruptThe Michael Knowles Show | Oct 28th, 2020A whistleblower exposes deep corruption in the Biden family, “can I change my vote?” trends on Google, and a wife becomes a lesbian to stay married to her transgender husband.
Life during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia – Prague Blog
Czechoslovakia’s political decisions were dictated by the Soviet Union, and the country continued to rely on the Soviet Union even during the 1980s. Horáková, the only woman to be executed, was said to have organized a plot to overthrow the Communist regime. Farmers: Enemies of the StateFarmers, especially wealthy ones referred to as “kulaks,” were enemies of the Communist regime. Applicants were accepted into university if they had working class backgrounds, supported the Communist regime and had participated in Communist youth organizations. The mediaAlso controlled by the government, the media was a mouthpiece for the Communist regime.
Ep. 985 - Here's the Deal
985 - Here's the DealThe Andrew Klavan Show | Oct 28th, 2020The Biden laptop tells us what we always knew - Joe Biden is venal and stupid. The mailbag, however, is righteous and wise.
Jury acquits Pasadena man of murder, says he acted in self-defense on his property
Korwek told Dickinson he wasn’t welcome at his house. He testified he thought Dickinson was going to kill him after threatening to burn his house and hurt his mother-in-law. He called the police and told the operator he was armed. He told Dickinson the authorities had been alerted, that he was armed and said they could talk about things once he’d calmed down.
Yahoo Reporter Yells At Sick President: ‘Do You Think You Might Be A Super Spreader?’
When President Trump, who spent three days at Walter Reed National Medical Center after being diagnosed with COVID-19, left the facility on Monday evening, the national media was there, waiting. Do you think you might be a super spreader, Mr. President?” Yahoo! “Journalism today is yelling a question at the President, getting ignored, and then tweeting about it as if you’ve accomplished something. Every last one of them fighting for Twitter retweets over an unanswered, ridiculous question,” wrote one person on Twitter. Journalism today is yelling a question at the President, getting ignored, and then tweeting about it as if you've accomplished something.
Trump Has Condemned White Supremacists
You see these white supremacists coming out from under the rocks. So, contrary to Biden’s claim that Trump has “yet once to condemn white supremacy, the neo-Nazis,” in the course of two days, Trump did it twice. Trump, Aug. 15, 2017: I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally. Nor was that the last time Trump condemned white supremacy by name. But Biden went too far when he said Trump has “yet once to condemn white supremacy, the neo-Nazis.
Multiple People Stabbed Near Charlie Hebdo’s Former Office As Terror Trial Underway
At least four people have been stabbed near Charlie Hebdo’s former office in Paris on Friday, the site where an Islamic terrorist attack in 2015 left 12 people dead after the newspaper published images of the Prophet Mohammed. “Al Qaeda, the terrorist group, had recently issued new threats against Charlie Hebdo, which moved after the attack to highly secured offices elsewhere,” The New York Times reported. She blamed “an unreal level of hatred around Charlie Hebdo”. “Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, the two brothers who carried out the Charlie Hebdo attack, died in a shootout with the police north of Paris two days later. This story has been updated to include additional updates from today’s attack and additional background information from the 2015 terrorist attack.
Report: Murder Of French Teacher Leads To ‘Dozens’ Of Anti-Terror Raids, Arrests
A radical Islamist terror attack that left a French teacher dead has resulted in “dozens” of raids and more than 80 investigations into online “hate speech” tied to global terrorism networks and major terrorist organizations, including Hamas. It also seems to have exposed an extensive network of radical Islamists connected by the Internet. France’s interior minister told the Times of Israel earlier this week that authorities have conducted “dozens of raids” on evidence collected from Paty’s killer, 18-year-old Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov. “According to French newspaper Liberation, Sefrioui was known to French security services for his Islamist activities and anti-Semitic speeches,” the Times of Israel reported Tuesday. “French police on Monday raided the homes of ‘dozens’ of Islamist militants,” authorities said Monday.
USPS put to the test by Fox News ahead of 2020 election
Fox News put the United States Postal Service to the test ahead of the 2020 elections. Out of the 100 envelopes sent by producers in each metro area, 20 were addressed to a post office box in lower Manhattan that was monitored daily. In New York, envelopes were mailed from locations within almost 70 miles of the destination. The Dallas metro area had some of the best in-state performance, but the envelopes that were sent cross-country took twice as long to travel as the envelopes sent from Los Angeles. Two of the envelopes sent from Dallas were also returned to sender, despite bearing identical postage to other envelopes that were successfully delivered to the intended address.
Walter Wallace Sr. denounces violence, looting in wake of son's death
Walter Wallace Sr. denounces violence, looting in wake of son's deathWalter Wallace Jr.'s father spoke out against the events that unfolded following the death of his son, who was shot and killed during an encounter with police on Monday afternoon.
AOC Has Already Changed D.C. It Hasn’t Changed Her Much.
So the Democratic Party has a role to play in this problem, and it’s like we’re not allowed to talk about it. We’re not allowed to talk about anything wrong the Democratic Party does,” she said. “No one gets all of his or her way,” Congressman Gregory Meeks, Crowley’s replacement as head of the Queens Democratic Party, told me recently. “That’s a kind of project that a lot of people think is a waste of time, but I don’t think it is,” she said. “This whole primary,” she went on, referring to the one Biden and Bernie are in, “is going to be about the soul of the Democratic Party.
Ted Cruz Reams Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: ‘Who The Hell Elected You?’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) unloaded on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, slamming the actions that his platform has taken against conservatives. Cruz began his line of questioning by hammering Dorsey for claiming, without evidence, that Twitter does not have the ability to influence elections. Cruz noted that Dorsey’s response was “absurd on its face.”“As you know, I have long been concerned about Twitter’s pattern of censoring and silencing individual Americans with whom Twitter disagrees,” Cruz said. “But two weeks ago, Twitter … crossed a threshold that is fundamental in our country. WATCH:Following Twitter’s censorship of the New York Post’s bombshell reports two weeks ago, Cruz said that what the platform was doing amounted to election interference.
Billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is interesting in buying CNN, investment sources say
Billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is not in talks to buy CNN, despite speculation parent company AT&T could sell the network to offload massive debt. CNN is an asset that could be shed in the tough months ahead, analysts told Fox Business. While the reports were unconfirmed, Fox Business correspondent Charles Gasparino said the claims could be 'foreshadowing something might come in the future.' As well as seeking to get out of debt, AT&T is also thought to be reviewing the content production across its networks and is keen to shift away from anything 'controversial'. CNN declined to comment when contacted by the news station and AT&T told the network it has not received any interest from Bezos.
Is Jeff Bezos interested in buying CNN?
Rich Greenfield, a partner and media and technology analyst at independent research firm LightShed Partners, has tweeted in the past about the logic of Bezos buying CNN. “No one at AT&T has a problem with Turner Classic movies but they are worried CNN angers so many Republicans in Washington,” says one banker who has heard Bezos is interested in CNN. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREAnother factor in the banker-chatter of a CNN spinoff: The uncertain future of current CNN President Jeff Zucker. FOX Corporation is the parent company of FOX Business and Fox News. In order to cut costs, AT&T is also looking at a sale of DirecTV satellite continent distribution business, sources tell FOX Business.
A Year Inside the Black Lives Matter Movement
“Some people assume Black Lives Matter is a violent organization, and we didn’t want to give that impression. “Black Lives Matter is not a racist group; anyone can join. There’s simply no equivalence between Black Lives Matter and a hate group. We brought youth workers, we brought medical doctors, we brought healers, we brought alternative media, we brought lawyers.” They also brought signs, some of which said “Black Lives Matter.” (Abdullah says around the time they went to Ferguson, Justice for Trayvon Martin changed its name to Black Lives Matter.) Ferguson protesters were photographed holding the signs, and over time media began referring to the protests as Black Lives Matter.
Concerned about election unrest, Beverly Hills will close Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills luxury retail mecca Rodeo Drive will be closed to cars and pedestrian traffic on election day and the day after, a move the city’s police chief calls a “proactive approach” to possible protests. WATCH: Police Chief Dominick Rivetti shares a message about Election Week in the City of Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills has been the site of peaceful protests both by Black Lives Matter demonstrators and supporters of President Trump. In August, supporters of President Trump took to the streets of Beverly Hills and faced off with a small group of counter-protesters in a skirmish. Beverly Hills police used tear gas to break up large crowds of protesters on June 13.
WALSH: Black Lives Matter Isn’t Even Pretending To Care About ‘Police Brutality’ Anymore
Black Lives Matter and its allies have, in the last few months, almost entirely stopped talking about “unarmed black men” shot by cops. “They shot an unarmed black man!” was the cry. BLM is so desperate to find a reason to riot that they will take to the streets when armed black suspects are shot while charging at officers. They would rather cry out against the killing of an armed black man than an unarmed white man, like Daniel Shaver, who was shot while on his knees begging for his life. Black Lives Matter is not in the business of protesting police brutality, and never was.
‘Borat 2’ Babysitter Doesn’t Feel Betrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen, but Wishes She Were Paid More
The young girl, to the genuine concern of Jones, was led by her father to believe that women can’t drive and men have bigger brains. I haven’t seen it so I don’t know exactly what was cut out. No, I never thought about that because I didn’t know what kind of rights we had. It was a lie when he said that women can’t do this, girls can’t do that. Him, I don’t know.
‘Moral compass’ babysitter in ‘Borat’ movie feels ‘betrayed’
I’m thinking this is for real so I felt kind of betrayed by it,” she told The Post. Jones — who had never heard of Baron Cohen — was tasked with watching “Tutar,” who she was led to believe is 14 or 15 years old. “I was just kind of shocked and that it was that kind of movie,” Jones said, adding that she wished producers came clean earlier. Her pastor has said he believes Baron Cohen owes Jones an apology and to pay her better compensation for her role in the film. In the meantime, the pastor has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Jones, whom he calls the “moral compass” of the film.
Twitter, Facebook Censored Trump, Campaign 65 Times, Leave Biden Untouched
Twitter and Facebook have censored the president’s social media accounts and the accounts belonging to his re-election campaign at least 65 times. In contrast, the companies have not censored former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his campaign accounts. The Media Research Center’s Techwatch department analyzed two years of social media posts from Trump, Biden, and their respective campaigns. In addition, the Trump campaign was also suspended for sharing the controversial Hunter Biden emails story from the New York Post. FacebookFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a speech given at Georgetown University on Oct. 17, 2019 that Facebook would “continue to stand for free expression.” But since then, Trump and the Trump campaign have been censored on the platform five times.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: ‘We Haven’t Censored The U.S. President.’ Report Says Twitter Has Censored Trump 64 Times.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed during a Senate hearing on Wednesday that the platform has not censored President Donald Trump. A new study, however, claimed that Twitter censored the president 64 times and is “far and away the biggest offender” out of all the social media platforms. How many posts from Iran’s terrorist Ayatollah have you censored?” DORSEY: “Um.” BLACKBURN: “How many posts from Vladimir Putin have you censored?” DORSEY: “We have labeled tweets of world leaders. '”WATCH:Sen. Blackburn: "Looking at some of your censorings, you have censored Joe Biden zero times, Mr. Dorsey. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: "We have not censored the President.
Three Nuns Stand Right Behind Trump At Rally Wearing MAGA Masks
On Saturday, three nuns attended a rally for President Trump in Circleville, Ohio, and stood behind him in the front row wearing MAGA masks. President Trump’s Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortion coverage in Obamacare exchange plans. Speaking at the Al Smith Memorial Dinner at the beginning of October, President Trump stated:From the very beginning of our republic, Catholics have uplifted and enriched our nation beyond measure. And the great Al Smith, the original “Happy Warrior,” — that’s what he was; he was a happy warrior. I consider myself to be a happy warrior, but it’s not so easy in these times.
WATCH: Black Lives Matter Activists Reportedly Beat Journalist During Left-Wing Riots In Philadelphia
Black Lives Matter activists reportedly beat a conservative journalist in Philadelphia on Tuesday night as he was on the ground covering the crimes that they were allegedly committing. Blaze Media reporter Elijah Schaffer said that he was jumped by “Black Lives Matter protesters” after he went into a store to see what was happening inside. “BLM looters jumped our reporter @ElijahSchaffer while he was covering the riots in Philadelphia,” The Blaze wrote on Twitter. “Rite-Aid was one of 30+ stores completely looted in Philadelphia,” Schaffer wrote in a tweet that included a video. The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment.
‘Death To America’: Left-Wing Rioters Tag, Destroy Businesses During Widespread Looting
Rioters tagged a Bank of America with “Death to America” graffiti and destroyed numerous other stores during the second night of widespread rioting and looting in the Democrat-controlled city of Philadelphia, video shows. “A Bank of America’s windows were smashed and tagged with ‘death to America’ while a black person was still in it! Similarly, during rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, back in August, rioters screamed “Death to America” and burned the American flag. WATCH: A bank of America’s windows were smashed and tagged with “death to America” while a black person was still in it! Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.
Crenshaw Rips Twitter’s Dorsey: ‘Partisan And A Hypocrite’
Not a single Democrat Senator defended free speech or freedom of the press today.” He concluded, “This should terrify Americans.”Biggest take away from the big tech hearings: 1) Jack Dorsey is a partisan and a hypocrite. Not a single Democrat Senator defended free speech or freedom of the press today. Dorsey, is Donald Trump a world leader?” DORSEY: “Yes.” BLACKBURN: “Okay, so it would be important for world leaders to have access to your platform, correct?” DORSEY: “Correct.” BLACKBURN: “And so, why did you deny that platform via censorship to the U.S. president?” DORSEY: “We haven’t censored the U.S. president.” BLACKBURN: “Oh yes you have. How many posts from Iran’s terrorist Ayatollah have you censored?” DORSEY: “Um.” BLACKBURN: “How many posts from Vladimir Putin have you censored?” DORSEY: “We have labeled tweets of world leaders. And of course, for about a hundred years, foreign sources have been trying to influence U.S. policy and U.S. elections.
Girl Scouts Deletes Post Congratulating Barrett, Honoring All Women Of SCOTUS, After Backlash
The Girl Scouts of America has deleted a Wednesday social media post that congratulated Justice Amy Coney Barrett for becoming one of only five women in U.S. history to be appointed to the Supreme Court. In a statement on social media, the Girl Scouts explained that the post was deleted because it was viewed as a political statement, instead of as simply congratulatory. “Earlier today, we shared a post highlighting the five women who have been appointed to the Supreme Court. “Girl Scouts of the USA is a non-political, nonpartisan organization. We are here to lift up girls and women,” said Girl Scouts.
‘A Joyful Duty’: MAGA Mask Nuns Unapologetic For Supporting Trump Because Of His Abortion Views
The three purple-clad nuns who made headlines for appearing in MAGA masks behind President Donald Trump during his Saturday rally in Circleville, Ohio, maintained that they have a duty to support any president who opposes abortion. As The Daily Wire reported:On Saturday, three nuns attended a rally for President Trump in Circleville, Ohio, and stood behind him in the front row wearing MAGA masks. Two of the nuns clutched rosaries, and the third, standing between them, held out a copy of the Bible. During his presidency, Trump has proven to be one of the most staunchly pro-religion, pro-life presidents in history. They will change it.”Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is a practicing Catholic, has been rebuked by some Catholic clergy for his abortion views.
Big Tech Censorship Is Driving These Moms To Trump
The five other moms rolled their eyes, utterly not shocked that Big Tech was functioning as their all-knowing nanny again. If Big Tech’s censorship goal is to turn users into political lemmings, these moms with two to seven kids in tow and ranging from age 29 to 48 aren’t having it. “Big Tech censorship makes me feel like thought control and manipulation is the end goal,” one mom later messaged me. “To be honest, I didn’t believe censorship was happening until it happened firsthand to me,” one young Latina mom shared. She eventually felt that she had to “choose a side” and ended up choosing the party that was always on the wrong end of Big Tech “errors” and censorship.
3 Strategies For Dismantling Digital Totalitarianism In America
If Americans want to protect the free flow and exchange of ideas and dismantle digital totalitarianism in our country, we must act now. In other words: big tech companies are imposing digital totalitarianism on us, and we must take action to dismantle this tyranny and set ourselves free. Breaking Up Big TechFirst, the U.S. government should break up tech companies that have near-monopoly power. In his brilliant book “1984,” George Orwell warned us that this is how totalitarianism imposes mind control on people: by falsifying records and rewriting history. If Americans want to protect the free flow and exchange of ideas and dismantle digital totalitarianism in our country, we must act now.
DOJ’s Lawsuit Against Yale Is How To Win The Culture War
The U.S. Department of Justice has sued Yale for discriminating against Asians and white applicants in undergraduate admissions. This is an escalation on the culture war front and comes after a group of Asians sued Harvard University for discrimination. These are all ideas rooted in leftist critical theory, and in a normal world, these would be reason enough to not vote for him. Consider the Trump administration’s executive order banning critical race theory after the extensive investigations of a journalist named Christopher Rufo. Polls after polls have suggested that Americans disproportionately oppose any type of affirmative action and quotas based on critical race theory.
WATCH: Ted Cruz Slams Jack Dorsey For Twitter Censorship And Election Interference
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas slammed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for his company’s censorship of the New York Post and the bombshell Hunter Biden story published two weeks ago. Dorsey defended Twitter’s actions by continuing to echo the big tech company’s claims that the article violated their hacked materials policy. “Anyone can tweet, we are not blocking their post,” Dorsey claimed. Cruz, however, continued to grill Dorsey about Twitter’s censorship, saying that “Twitter’s conduct is by far the most egregious” of all the big tech companies. “The New York Post is not some random guy tweeting.
Second Night Of Looting, Vandalism Escalates In Philadelphia Following Fatal Police Shooting
Philadelphia suffered another night of violence, looting, and chaos Tuesday, just a week before the presidential election. I’m not sure what there is to loot at Chick-fil-a but rioters broke into one anyway at the BLM Philadelphia riot. 11 people shot while looting in Philadelphia so far since last night. Rioting in NYC tonight in support of the BLM Philadelphia riots. This had to do with the World Series not BLM — ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) October 28, 2020Car doing spins at a riot in Los Angeles caught on fire.
Chick-fil-A Looted Despite CEO Shining Boots For BLM
Keep up to date with our latest:People are noting the irony of a Chick-fil-A in Philadelphia being looted by rioters just months after the company’s CEO Dan Cathy shined a black rapper’s shoes in a pro-Black Lives Matter PR stunt. After targeting a local Walmart and Footlocker, looters turned their attention to Chick-fil-A, smashing into and damaging a branch of the food chain. A Chick-fil-A in Philadelphia was broken into and damaged. A few months ago the CEO of Chick fil A publicly shined a black man's shoes in order to demonstrate his wokeness. “I invite folks to just, to put some words to action here,” Cathy said as he shined Lecrae’s shoes.
New Study Sheds Light on Dark Matter
Dark matter makes up 85% of the matter of the Universe, but its existence shows up only on astronomical scales. The maximum entropy of dark matter has been detected in dwarf galaxies, which have a higher ratio of dark matter to total matter than have more massive galaxies, so it is easier to see the effect in them. Two dark matter particles could interact and disappear in a process which is highly improbable, but which would be characteristic of their nature. The probability of this collision depends on the density of the dark matter; the higher the concentration of dark matter, the higher is the probability that the particles will collide. The consequences of this result could be very important because they indicate that the dark matter has interchanged energy with itself and/or with the remaining “normal” (baryonic) matter.
Seven Mothers Forcibly Removed From School Board Meeting For Refusing To Wear Masks
Keep up to date with our latest:Video captured at a Florida school board meeting on Tuesday shows seven mothers forcibly removed from public property by Deland Police. Despite Volusia County allowing medical exemptions for mandatory mask orders, police told the women the school district rules force anyone on campus to wear a face covering. In fact, the meeting taking place in the footage was meant to decide whether or not to extend the mandatory mask policy. “We cannot be removed from a public place for not wearing a mask,” one mother told a school board member. After the pesky troublemakers were removed, the school board ultimately voted to make mandatory masks a permanent rule.
How long will it take to count all the votes?
Well, that is going to depend on how long it takes to count the votes, and that is going to be different for each state. You see, the truth is that counting mail-in ballots is much more tedious that running normal ballots through a machine. In Washington State, mail-in ballots received as late as Nov. 23 are still valid, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3. To give you an idea of how long it takes to count mail-in ballots, just consider what we witnessed in California earlier this year…Consider this year’s California primary, in which 5.8 million people voted for president. If it took California seven weeks to count a couple million mail-in ballots, how in the world is Pennsylvania going to count a similar number of mail-in ballots in just one week?
Cringe The Clown: Oregon Health Official Announces COVID Death Toll In Halloween Outfit
Keep up to date with our latest:While announcing the number of deaths in the state of Oregon attributed to COVID-19, a public health official decided to dress up as a clown. Dr. Claire Poche, a pediatrician and senior health adviser for the Oregon Health Authority, took off her face mask to reveal full-on clown makeup. In what resembled a scene from “The Joker” or an “SNL” skit, Poche said in a monotone voice, “Hello. “Sadly, we are also reporting three deaths today, bringing the statewide total for COVID-19-related deaths to 608.”After the somber message, Poche immediately put her mask back on. One Twitter user summed up the video perfectly, saying, “Oregon.
Twitter Joins Spotify In Denouncing Censorship Mobs
Have an important tip? Let us know. Email us here. Keep up to date with our latest:Alex Jones breaks down how the Big Tech tide of censorship is turning as Spotify and Twitter are starting to majorly back-pedal when it comes to “mob-driven” online censorship.
Plato’s Plane: Instagram Stars Fake ‘Private Jet Rides’ by Renting $34.99 Photo Studio
Keep up to date with our latest:In yet another example of the illusions of society, Instagram ‘influencers’ are renting a fake ‘business jet’ studio to take photos pretending to be traveling by private plane. An LA-based studio is renting the ‘private jet set’ to photographers starting out at $34.99 per hour, which includes a make-up station, strobe lights and even a mini fridge. Even more, the outside of the studio is built with real OSB chipboard, just like a real-life McMansion! On the other hand, faking your lifestyle through Instagram isn’t fulfilling because you’re not demonstrating that you have power over anything. Creating an illusion, however, isn’t power because people aren’t meant to value illusions, and that’s why so many of them feel alone and disconnected from society without quite understanding why.
Ocasio-Cortez Told GOP Lawmaker She ‘Won’t Be So Nice Next Time’ After Confrontation
And that was on full display this summer when a Republican Congressman accosted her on the steps of the Capitol. In case you missed it:Yoho defended himself and denied that he used offensive language, “Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of my language. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man. And when a decent man messes up, as we all are bound to do, he tries his best and does apologize.”
White House: Press Release Claiming Trump Ended the COVID-19 Pandemic Was ‘Poorly Worded’
The White House is attempting to clarify a press release issued by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) claiming President Donald Trump has ended the COVID-19 pandemic. During a Fox News interview, White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah argued Trump does not believe the pandemic has come to an end. But, what I would say is this, because of the president’s leadership we are rounding the corner on the virus,” Farah said. In the press release, the White House said the Trump administration took “decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease,” as IJR previously reported. During a rally in Florida on Friday, Trump told supporters the United States is “rounding the corner beautifully.”The United States is still seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases reported.
Trump Tells Rally-Goers He Is Immune To COVID-19: ‘I Will Kiss Every Man There and Kiss Every Woman There’
President Donald Trump said during a rally in Arizona that he is immune to the coronavirus and announced that he could jump into the crowd and “kiss every man there and kiss every woman there.”The president told the crowd, “People are getting better and you know you’re immune. During a rally the day before his Arizona speech, Trump said, “You see this crowd right here? I could jump right in. I could give every woman and every man, I’d even kiss the men, I could give every woman and every man right here a kiss and I wouldn’t catch it. But the Center for Disease Control’s website says that “cases of reinfection of COVID-19 have been reported but are rare.
Trump Campaign Hits Back On False White Supremacy Charge
The Trump campaign, on the issue of white supremacy and the false charge that the president is a racist, is hitting back hard. 38 times!” a Trump campaign official told media. “The Biden campaign continues to sow division and inflame racial tension by spreading this false narrative. “Antifa is bad.”At a town hall Trump said, “I denounce white supremacy, okay. I denounce white supremacy, I have, for years…You didn’t ask Joe Biden if he denounces Antifa.” Joe Biden will not denounce Black Lives Matter.
Law Professor Defends Trump, Comments on Barrett Future
John Yoo, a Berkeley Law Professor and noted conservative legal scholar has a lot to say about what’s coming up on the judicial docket for Justice Amy Coney Barrett. On the overall constitutional effect of the Trump presidency, he said, “As I argue in my book ‘Defender-in-Chief,’ Trump not only raised the Constitution as a shield against assaults on the legitimacy of his presidency. So far, the Supreme Court has placed a light hand on the shenanigans in the battleground states. Article I of the Constitution specifically vests in the state legislatures the right to set the ‘Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections’ and Article II gives the state legislatures alone the right to decide how to appoint presidential electors. If she were to demand that the courts protect the right of speech and religion above all, Barrett would make her most profound contribution to the Supreme Court and the Constitution.”This piece was written by David Kamioner on October 28, 2020.
Wild Brawl Erupts On Flight After Woman Refuses To Wear A Mask
CBS Lead National Correspondent David Begnaud stated that the brawl began after Payne struck 28-year-old Javier Lopez Cruz, another passenger on the plane. “Alfredo says during the flight, a young man was moving about the plane, switching seats and not wearing a mask. Flight attendants, according to Alfredo, instructed the man to stop switching seats & to wear his mask,” he tweeted. The flights attendants – Alfredo says – asked the women to stay seated a wear a mask,” Begnaud added. “1 man, Alfredo says, hit one of the women, who then started punching.
Gretchen Whitmer Slams Trump For Response To Plot To Kidnap Her - 'I Don't Think It's Funny'
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is still seemingly trying to blame Donald Trump for the kidnapping plot against her that was foiled by the FBI earlier this month, despite the fact that the president had nothing to do with it. In an interview with CBS News on Wednesday, Whitmer accused Trump of stoking a “mob mentality” toward public officials as she also baselessly suggested he had downplayed the kidnapping plot against her. “I don’t think it’s funny,” she said of the president’s rhetoric. And I think that Donald Trump knows that, and it’s not a coincidence, and he’s feeding it.”Not stopping there, she accused Trump of stoking a “mob mentality” and downplaying the kidnapping plot once again. “I do think that the enthusiasm will be revealed in the sheer number of people that are coming out to vote.”You can likely expect to see Whitmer continuing to use her kidnapping plot to campaign against Trump many more times in the week to come.
Are You Prepared For Post Election America? | Wayne Dupree Show
The Wayne Dupree Show Are You Prepared For Post Election America? | Wayne Dupree ShowCandidates often say a presidential contest is the most important ever, telling voters to act as though their life depended on it and the country’s future was at stake. Dozens of conversations with voters across the nation — from the West Coast to the Upper Midwest to the East — suggest that, this time, many people really believe it. “We’re hoping for the best,” said the Trump supporter. “We’re preparing for the worst.”
Stories from Children who Flee their Homes under Fire from Azerbaijan
Hot Zone Stories from Children who Flee their Homes under Fire from AzerbaijanThe Republic of #Artsakh is facing an existential threat from their Muslim neighbor Azerbaijan and it's patron, Turkey.
Hollywood Liberals Lose Their Minds Over Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation
The liberal elites of Hollywood came completely unglued on Monday after Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Judging from the tweets of Hollywood celebrities, however, you would have thought her confirmation was the end of the world. During a ceremony at the White House, Trump praised Barrett for the legal abilities that she will bring to the Supreme Court. ?? https://t.co/VtCcqN9AdB — Debra Messing?? (@DebraMessing) October 27, 2020Actress Amy Brenneman, best known for playing a judge on “Judging Amy,” tweeted that House Republicans “do not care about Americans, at all.”We knew this is who they are. She’s on the Supreme Court until the end of her days.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Gets Epic Smackdown by GOP Senator for Allowing Iranian 'Saber-Rattling' to Go Unimpeded
On Wednesday, the tech CEO, appearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, explained that, to his company, Iran’s “saber-rattling” does not violate its terms of service. “Speech against our own people or a country’s own citizens we believe is different and can cause more immediate harm,” he said. This from a company that routinely puts caution labels on tweets from President Donald Trump that are nowhere near the level of what Khamenei tweets, as Sen. Wicker pointed out to the CEO. “You routinely restrict the president of the United States,” Wicker charged. Meanwhile, the tweets from Iran’s Khamenei remain on the company’s platform with no action taken by Twitter moderators.
Trump's Vocabulary Is Larger Than Biden's, and His Twitter Account Proves It
A language-learning and research platform has analyzed the Twitter accounts of Donald Trump and Joe Biden and found that Trump’s vocabulary is 17.6% larger than Joe Biden’s. “Donald Trump’s vocabulary on Twitter (3,965 words) is 17.6 percent larger than Joe Biden’s (3,371 words),” said Daniel Wueringer, the founder of Lingo Ninja. “In our analysis, Trump’s vocabulary is smaller than the average politician, but by far not the smallest. In contrast, Joe Biden’s vocabulary is the fifth smallest out of the 76 Twitter accounts of the politicians we analyzed.” (Download an infographic.) A surprising outcome (for us) was that Trump’s vocabulary on Twitter is larger than Biden’s.
Manchester Massacre Inquiry: Security Could Have Stopped Bomber But Feared Being Branded 'Racist'
In is prepared statement to the inquiry, the Showsec security guard also said: “I felt unsure about what to do. “I was scared of being wrong and being branded a racist if I got it wrong and would have got into trouble. They use other means of profiling besides “race” but still manage to keep their citizens safe. The security guard feared the outrage mob as well as his own woke superiors and their reaction to what, under normal circumstances, would have elicited, at the very least, a “well done” from his bosses. If the security guard had performed his job as he was paid to do, the bombing may have been prevented and 22 kids would be alive today.
WATCH: Philly BLM Rioters Shout 'Get the F**k Out' to Jews, Call Them 'Synagogue of Satan'
In the name of Black Lives Matter, rioters and looters ransacked stores and brought mayhem to the City of Brotherly Love. In one particularly ugly incident, black rioters shouted at Jewish men who said they came out to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Yet the black men shout, “Get the f**k out, get the f**k out!”“You’re trash, cuz,” another rioter shouts. These Jewish men were not harassing the Black Lives Matter rioters, nor were they persecuting them. Black Lives Matter rioters in Philadelphia threaten, assault, and chase out Jewish residents claiming "you don't live here" and call them members of the "Synagogue of Satan."
Obesity: The American Health Crisis We Should Be Talking About
One recent tweet I saw compared South Korea's death toll -- 461 -- with that of the United States -- 232,000-plus and counting. South Korea's death rate is just 9 per 1 million people, while ours is 700 per 1 million people. One major factor complicating the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. is our obesity rate. America has the 12th highest obesity rate among 191 countries. Non-Hispanic Blacks have the highest obesity rate in the U.S. (49.6%), followed by Native Americans (48.1%), Hispanics (44.8%) and non-Hispanic whites (42.2%).
Healthcare Workers Embrace 2A During Pandemic
According to a new study by researchers at the New Mexico State University and the University of Toledo, healthcare workers were among those Americans most likely to purchase a firearm during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Robert Young, with Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, joins Cam to talk about the study's findings, as well as his own personal experience with colleagues and other medical professionals over the past few months.
A New Way To Track Actual Coronavirus Cases
Working with Arizona's COVID hospital admissions data has been challenging. It shouldn't have been a big deal, but the new reporting suggested Arizona's COVID hospital admissions were far greater than previously released data had indicated. The results of that test drive are shown in this chart showing Arizona's daily COVID ICU admissions chart. COVID-19 Data Dashboard. COVID-19 Data Archive.
Ideological Straitjackets Turn Citizens Into Subjects
The ideological mindset of mass political movements poses a threat to life, liberty, and property that has, if anything, grown more insidious. This conception denied altogether any intrinsic power of thought and thus denied any grounds for claiming freedom of thought. The first, technical knowledge, is “susceptible of precise formulation.” Practical knowledge, by contrast, exists only in use. Thus we are reduced from citizens to subjects. It takes practical wisdom honed by a sense of history to resist beguiling ideological snares that reduce reality to a slogan or a soundbite.
Food Stocks to Buy Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
Food stocks to buy amid the COVID-19 crisis feature household name companies whose products hold continuing appeal during challenging times. The food stocks to buy amid the COVID-19 crisis have shown sustained demand during a time of job losses and economic weakness. McDonald’s Ranks Among Food Stocks to Buy Amid the COVID-19Jim Woods, who heads the Successful Investing and Intelligence Report investment newsletters, as well as the Bullseye Stock Trader advisory service, has two food stocks that he recommends. The food stocks to buy amid COVID-19 include two grocery retailers, an iconic beverage maker and a fast-food chain known for its value menu. The post Food Stocks to Buy Amid the COVID-19 Crisis appeared first on Stock Investor.
Trump Blasts Big Tech Over Censorship as CEOs Testify Before Senate Committee
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects social media giants from being held liable for the content they publish. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020It’s amazing. It’s the biggest story and Big Tech, together with the Lamestream Media, isn’t allowing a word to be said about it. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2020Why isn’t Twitter trending Biden corruption? Zuckerberg and Dorsey will also testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 regarding their censorship of the New York Post's report on Hunter Biden's emails.
Dr. Fauci Doesn't See the U.S. Returning to Normal for Quite Some Time
The comments were made during a webinar on the global response to the Wuhan coronavirus hosted by the University of Melbourne. Although Dr. Fauci predicts a coronavirus vaccine may be developed in the next few months, he doesn't believe that people will be able to go about their daily lives for quite some time. Does Dr. Fauci anticipate a Joe Biden presidency and a dark future ahead? "I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps into the next year before we start having some semblance of normality," said Dr. Fauci. Dr. Fauci says his opinions have changed over time as more information has become available, so perhaps new information will change the doctor's thinking on this too.
DOJ: We're Monitoring the Philly Riots and Backing the Police
As Philadelphia braces for another night of rioting and violence, the Department of Justice is monitoring the situation and making it clear whose side they're on. The Department of Justice is closely monitoring the unrest in Philadelphia and elsewhere. To police departments across the country: You have the FULL support of DOJ. #Philly pic.twitter.com/cl0JcTZdEA — Aishah Hasnie (@aishahhasnie) October 27, 2020The inside of a looted Rite Aid in Philadelphia. pic.twitter.com/LNgAVMi5EF — Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) October 28, 2020Police in Philadelphia are being told NOT to arrest looters.
Why Ted Cruz Accused Twitter's CEO For Lying Under Oath Over Tech Censorship
For now, we'll see how their tense exchange carries over now that Cruz has accused Dorsey of lying under oath. What @jack told the Senate, under oath, is false. https://t.co/BDHRB8CEzy — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 28, 2020Jack Dorsey of Twitter just told Senator Cruz that anyone could now share the NY Post’s bombshell stories on Twitter. (@abigailmarone) October 28, 2020“What Jack told the Senate, under oath, is false. You can catch the full exchange here:Watch Senator Ted Cruz grill Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on alleged censorship https://t.co/HpEe9Mh8og pic.twitter.com/3g6XFbW0Y0 — CNET (@CNET) October 28, 2020Oh, and Dorsey also claimed they didn't censor President Trump.
If Trump Wins Pennsylvania Next Week, Blame the Riots
After Monday's shooting, West Philadelphia was the first to experience protests that turned into rioting and looting. The riots and looting that have been plaguing the nation are often taking place in swing states. The riots in Philadelphia are the latest to occur within Pennsylvania, following those over the summer. In northern Philadelphia, looters ransacked the strip malls, with Philadelphia police trying to keep up with the number of crimes being committed. pic.twitter.com/LNgAVMi5EF — Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) October 28, 2020If Trump wins states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, look no further than the riots that have torn through much of their cities and towns as a motivator to give him another term in office.
‘Can’t make this stuff up’! Guess why the Senate’s tech CEO hearing had to take a break
Zuckerberg built Facebook when he was 19 and now wants us to believe he doesn't know how to work a ZOOM call. pic.twitter.com/CwbILo4tnb — Francis Brennan (@FrancisBrennan) October 28, 2020Well, maybe Zuckerberg wasn’t in any big hurry to field questions from some of the senators. He can build Facebook but he can’t connect to a video chat… in the age of a pandemic when we have all been doing video chats since March? https://t.co/AQ9xF69qSD — Lauren Blair Aronson (@laurenblair88) October 28, 2020You can’t make this stuff up ??? https://t.co/i1GTmh4c32 — Ron Cates (@RCbeancounter) October 28, 2020Facebook uses a special line when giving testimony that could be damaging to the brand. pic.twitter.com/VacIeWi4uJ — Mike Nessen (@Mike_Nessen) October 28, 2020Tell him to turn it off and turn it back on.
BREAKING: Potential Explosives Found in Philadelphia During Violent Riots
As the city of Philadelphia faces violent unrest over a police-involved shooting that occurred on Monday, officials are reportedly investigating potential explosives found in a van, per local outlets. An influx of civil disturbance began after Philadelphia law enforcement officials shot and killed Walter Wallace, who reportedly charged at police officers with a knife and refused to surrender the weapon, officials said. Law enforcement is investigating the “suspicious equipment” thought to be explosives. #BREAKING : Phila Police discover van loaded with explosives, suspicious equipment at Logan Circle in Center City. pic.twitter.com/POctzhgBcH — Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) October 27, 2020Looters in Philadelphia are pulling up in cars and rushing into stores to grab as much as they can before driving away.
What a Shame: Girl Scouts Cowers to the Cancel Culture Mob
The Girl Scouts of America on Wednesday posted a tweet celebrating the new confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. In June, the Girl Scouts asked me to be in a panel and I pointed out it was entirely white. — Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) October 28, 2020Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization. https://t.co/OISTiNjqeu — Heather R. Higgins (@TheHRH) October 29, 20201) It’s bad/dumb for the Girl Scouts to delete a tweet honoring Amy Coney Barrett. Just reaffirmed my commitment to never support the Girl Scouts — cookies are overrated anyway.
‘I just want ONE name’: Sen. Mike Lee asks Facebook, Twitter CEOs to single out any high-profile liberals censored by their platforms – twitchy.com
During a Senate committee’s questioning of CEO’s from Facebook, Twitter and Google, GOP Sen. Mike Lee asked a fairly simple question for which there were apparently no simple answers:Tech CEOs struggle to name any high profile liberals censored by their platforms https://t.co/ePTJH6WURW pic.twitter.com/MECvyM3PEU. @SenMikeLee pressures Twitter, Facebook, and Google to name one high-profile liberal person or company, who has been censored. To no surprise, not a single name was given in response. #BigTechCensorship #Section230 pic.twitter.com/qWIyfuHE7N— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) October 28, 2020
SEEK HELP: CNN’s Ana Navarro compares Melania Trump to Fidel Castro
The always awful Ana Navarro was again awful, this time comparing First Lady Melania Trump to Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro:Great hire, CNN:You should really evaluate your life when this is what you're reduced to tweeting. LOL What a hack. — Janice ???? (@jannyfayray) October 28, 2020And does she really want to go there? Ana is someone who really shouldn't be attacking someone else's appearance. https://t.co/tZIZrSA81l — Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) October 28, 2020She really is:***
‘You must be new here’: Smug Politico reporter scoffs at ‘the idea that conservatives are silenced on social media’
— issie lapowsky (@issielapowsky) October 28, 2020Well, for what it’s worth, Twitter has slapped misinformation warnings on Donald Trump’s tweets before. So we’re going to let you decide just how tuned into reality Politico Playbook reporter Jeremy B. But the idea that conservatives are silenced on social media, where they often thrive, just doesn't stand up to scrutiny. But leaving aside the argument that Donald Trump is not technically a conservative, is White seriously suggesting that because Donald Trump has a far-reaching Twitter platform, there’s no such thing as anti-conservative bias on Twitter? That is, in fact, what he is suggesting:If “conservatives dominate on social media,” it’s only because they have to work so much harder than liberals to be heard and they persist despite social media overlords’ best efforts to clamp down.
Jim Treacher and Iowahawk skewer the media’s coverage of Trump’s Omaha rally
“We need at least 30 more buses,” an Omaha police officer just said, shaking his head at the chaotic cluster that is unfolding. — Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) October 28, 2020Some of the Trump supporters required medical attention in the freezing temperatures:Thousands of people left out in the cold and stranded in #Omaha, #Nebraska after a #Trump rally. pic.twitter.com/oIkmixaZt0 — Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Paul) October 28, 2020Things did finally get under control, of course:Officers reporting most parking lots are clear. — Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) October 28, 2020But why has this been a story ALL DAY? https://t.co/1VXvuYHVey — Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) October 28, 2020Note that some accounts dispute the severity of what went down:Incidentally, I spoke to someone who was at the Omaha rally last night.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw savages Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as ‘a partisan and a hypocrite’
As Twitchy reported, the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified before the Senate Wednesday, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey did not impress the Republicans in the room. Rep. Dan Crenshaw had his own thoughts to share on the hearing:Biggest take away from the big tech hearings: 1) Jack Dorsey is a partisan and a hypocrite. — Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) October 28, 2020The first point we already knew, but the second is frightening. And @jack blatantly lied to @SenTedCruz — Just thinking about (@RubyWilliams2) October 28, 2020It does terrify us………… — D Tawney (@tawney_d) October 28, 2020not ‘terrify’ it’s ANGER. They'll cheer it on right up until it comes for them, then they'll be shocked and won't understand how it happened.
‘Punked by a nobody’: Journo David Martosko says some in media should turn in their press passes after ‘Anonymous’ embarrassment
In other words, NOT exactly a “high level” member of the Trump administration. The New York Times obviously knew all this at the time they published his story, but it didn’t matter. Reporter David Martosko has this take on the situation:So everyone who breathlessly worshipped at the altar of Anonymous got punked by a nobody who never had any influence? — David Martosko (@dmartosko) October 28, 2020Editors who granted this guy anonymity as though he were a serious player with real juice in the administration should turn in their press passes. https://t.co/ulkfWphyZs — David Martosko (@dmartosko) October 28, 2020And interviewing Avenatti was also one of CNN’s favorite things to do!
Scientists discover 1,600 ft. tall coral reef in Australia
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 10:50 AM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020Scientists have discovered a detached coral reef in Australia which is reportedly taller than the Empire State Building. On Sunday, researchers used an underwater robot to explore the detached coral near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This is reportedly the first detached reef discovered by scientists in more than 120 years. Scientists from @SchmidtOcean and @jcu just made an exciting discovery: a reef taller than the Empire State Building. ? pic.twitter.com/l3bobMGlwE — Pattrn (@pattrn) October 27, 2020Researchers will continue to map and uncover the depths of the area through mid-November.
Victorian hologram keeps music in touch with lockdown audience
Picture taken October 15, 2020. Picture taken October 15, 2020. REUTERS/Stuart McDillOctober 28, 2020LONDON (Reuters) – Musicians are using an interactive hologram based on Victorian technology to reach fans in the locked down world of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s the closest you’re going to get to a virtual image, a virtual likeness of the real human being,” Musion director Ian O’Connell told Reuters. “It looks like all three of us are on stage playing at the same time but two of us are holograms,” Olsen said.
Panasonic second-quarter profit beats estimates on boost from Tesla battery business
October 29, 2020TOKYO (Reuters) – Panasonic Corp reported an 11% increase in second-quarter operating profit on Thursday, beating analyst estimates, helped by solid performance from its Tesla Inc battery business. Panasonic, the main battery cell supplier for Tesla Inc, posted profit of 92.8 billion yen ($886.34 million) for the July-September period, compared with 83.9 billion yen a year ago. The result overshot the 33.67 billion yen average of eight analysts’ estimates in a poll by Refinitiv. The company maintained its profit forecast for the year through March at 150 billion yen, down 48.9% from the previous year. Its automotive components business turned profitable, as its battery business for Tesla, including the joint factory in Nevada and its Japanese plants, generated profits on the back of brisk sales of Tesla electric vehicles.
Nvidia targets Arm’s customer network, CEO tells SoftBank’s Son
FILE PHOTO: Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang attends an event during the annual Computex computer exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu FILE PHOTO: Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang attends an event during the annual Computex computer exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan May 30, 2017. “I had to pay you an arm and a leg for it,” Jensen Huang told SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son in a pre-recorded conversation at annual conference SoftBank World. Son said he met with Huang four years ago in the garden of Son’s home in California. “I think in the next 10 years, you are the one Jensen,” said Son.
Coronavirus sweeps through Milan’s La Scala opera house
FILE PHOTO: A worker walks as Italy's La Scala opera house reopens to the public for the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, with new social distancing and hygiene rules, in Milan, Italy, June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo FILE PHOTO: A worker walks as Italy's La Scala opera house reopens to the public for the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, with new social distancing and hygiene rules, in Milan, Italy, June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo ScalzoOctober 28, 2020MILAN (Reuters) – The coronavirus is battering Milan’s prestigious La Scala opera house, with 18 singers and nine musicians testing positive for the disease, an official said on Wednesday. “All rehearsals have been suspended,” Paolo Puglisi, a union representative at La Scala told reporters. La Scala reopened in July after being shut for four months during Italy’s first wave of COVID-19.
Banks roll out robots as pandemic shakes up IT plans
“Bots allowed us to process a much higher volume of applications than we would have been able to do before. It is a pattern that has played out across banks globally, where technology changes that would usually take months were done in a matter of days. Global IT spend by banks is set to shrink by 1.7% this year to $200 billion, down from $203.5 billion in 2019, based on IDC data. “Banks are struggling to deploy new software,” David Buxton, chief executive of Arachnys, a startup that sells compliance technology to banks. McNamara said the pandemic was a factor in the decision as there was strong demand for the bank’s existing mobile app, which has added 700,000 users since the pandemic started.
Nokia cuts full-year profit forecast, announces new strategy
FILE PHOTO: A Nokia logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Espoo, Finland, May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins FILE PHOTO: A Nokia logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Espoo, Finland, May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ints KalninsOctober 29, 2020STOCKHOLM/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish telecom network equipment maker Nokia cut its full-year profit forecast on Thursday even as its quarterly underlying profit met expectations in the company’s first earnings report under new Chief Executive Pekka Lundmark. The company lowered its full-year profit outlook range by 0.02 euros to a midpoint of 0.23 euros per share. Nokia said its July-September underlying earnings were flat year-over-year at 0.05 euros per share, meeting the 0.05 euros consensus in a Refinitiv poll.
Pompeo to find ‘new ways’ to cooperate with Indonesia in South China Sea
Retno said she wanted a “stable and peaceful” South China Sea where international law is respected. Indonesia has repeatedly turned away Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels that have entered the North Natuna Sea. ECONOMIC COOPERATIONRetno said on Thursday she reminded Pompeo of the “free and independent” foreign policy of Southeast Asia’s largest country and called for greater economic co-operation. “President (Jokowi) emphasised that Indonesia wants economic cooperation between the two countries increasing in the future, including extension of GSP facilities for Indonesia,” Retno said of Pompeo’s meeting with the Indonesian leader. Before his visit to Indonesia, Pompeo visited India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Facebook video appears to show Texas man drinking minutes before fatal crash
OAN NewsroomUPDATED 4:20 PM PT – Wednesday, October 28, 2020A video shared on social media has shown a Texas man drinking behind the wheel minutes before a fatal crash. The footage posted on 47-year-old Camilo Morejon’s Facebook page appeared to show him drinking a bottle of beer with his girlfriend and two others while driving on Sunday morning near Houston, Texas. Minutes later, a surveillance video from a gas station showed him crashing into a truck. He killed all three of his passengers and seriously injured the truck driver. He is facing three counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.
Meet the 82-Year-Old Woman Known as 'Mom' Who's Been Caring for the Homeless for 30 Years
Some have given the 82-year-old the title to recognize her unusual generosity and giving spirit, as for more than three decades she’s been helping out the homeless in her area. “I’ve learned to be helpful for them and I’ve learned not to judge them,” she told People. Over the years, she’s worked with a variety of local groups who raise funds to help the homeless. “Or just a cup of coffee on the streets.”“If you see somebody out there holding a sign, ask them what they need. “Anybody can do it because it’s a very rewarding type of work that I do and I show compassion for the people.
COVID Patient Classified as Brain Dead in June Is Alive and Well
Inside the walls of Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, COVID-19 patient Tionna Hairston was declared a brain-dead woman in June. When the Winston-Salem Journal called what happened in between “miraculous,” I’m sure they likely meant it in a secular sense. “I didn’t pick up on it at the time because I thought she was just weak from the virus,” Peatross said. “The CT scan showed the one side of her brain not damaged by the stroke was damaged by her coding and the CPR process,” Peatross said. “The doctors told us her brain damage was so severe that she had a couple of days at the most.
Ted Cruz Blasts Twitter CEO: 'Who the Hell Elected You and Put You in Charge?'
I believe the three witnesses who testified before @SenateCommerce today collectively pose the single greatest threat to free speech in America. I focused my questioning on @Jack because, of @Twitter, @Facebook, & @Google, I believe Twitter’s conduct has been the most egregious. Cruz told Dorsey, “Let’s be clear, the New York Post isn’t just some random guy tweeting. The New York Post has the fourth-highest circulation of any newspaper in America. The New York Post is over 200 years old.
Trump Campaign Working with Law Enforcement After Bizarre Website Hack
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is working with law enforcement after its website was hacked Tuesday. “Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack,” campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh wrote in a Twitter post. The website has been restored.”Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack. @realDonaldTrump‘s campaign website has been hacked. Doing research for a climate change article and this is what pops up: pic.twitter.com/Kjc2ELSdAV — Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler (@ggreschler) October 27, 2020Parts of the campaign website appeared to be taken over by a scam to collect cryptocurrency, Tech Crunch reported.
Bobulinski Bombshell: Biden Brother Said Joe Got Away With It Using 'Plausible Deniability'
Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s family had no qualms about using the political influence of the Biden family name as long as it could maintain the fiction of “plausible deniability,” a former Biden associate told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night. As Fox News reported, that crucial portion of Carlson’s interview with former Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski came when Bobulinski was describing a 2017 meeting about a joint venture allegedly involving Biden, Biden’s son, Hunter, Biden’s brother, James, and the now-bankrupt Chinese energy firm CEFC. And maybe Joe Biden’s potential as presidential material, too. “I’m thinking about Biden’s family, like, ‘How are they doing this? Is the American public waking up to the idea that Joe Biden might be steeped in corruption?
Teacher Holds Student After Class, Lectures Him After He Picks Trump as His Hero
Seaman, a language arts teacher at the school, assigned the hero project to his eighth-grade class, asking them to cite sources. The student was seen on video mouthing that the teacher is wrong — and, actually, the student is probably more right than the teacher. “The student and teacher spoke about immigration policy in the context of providing evidence for why President Trump is a hero. According to WHDH-TV, the class then allegedly proceeded to verbally bully him, with the teacher doing nothing to stop it. In that case, at least, the teacher and school fully apologized and the staff underwent training to deal with sensitive situations like politics.
Watch Bobulinski Interview: Biden Rep Told Me I Would 'Bury' Them if I Told What I Knew
Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, told Tucker Carlson during an interview Wednesday he was warned he could potentially “bury” everyone involved in the Biden family’s reported foreign business dealings if he came forward with his account. During the interview, Bobulinski corroborated mountains of reporting that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was involved at a high level in Hunter Biden’s financial affairs. Joe Biden’s brother, Jim Biden, was also heavily involved in the Sinohawk business, according to Bobulinski. He said he was warned on the phone recently by Biden associate and lawyer Rob Walker of the potential ramifications of his coming forward. Do you believe Tony Bobulinski after seeing his interview with Tucker Carlson?
Mary Beth Brown: Will Christians Regret Voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris?
In sharp contrast, the record shows that Trump has proven to be a champion of religious freedom, the sanctity of life and Judeo-Christian American values. TRENDING: Biden's Worst Nightmare as 7,000 Cars Show for Trump Parade in Vital Swing State“We judge people based on objective facts. On their actions, their public record, their public statements, and certainly, Vice President Biden hasn’t left any doubt in anyone’s mind what his position is,” Cardinal Raymond Burke, a canon lawyer with the Catholic Church, said in August. Religious freedom was constantly under assault during the eight Obama/Biden years, and Biden vows to restore Obama-era policies. Harris asked the Supreme Court to not give Hobby Lobby an exemption because of its religious beliefs.
Big Tech Senate Hearing Delayed by Mark Zuckerberg's Ironic Gaffe
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee was forced to delay its Wednesday hearing with Big Tech CEOs because Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg experienced a technical difficulty. Zuckerberg was slated to deliver his opening statement last, following Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. I was just having trouble connecting myself,” Zuckerberg told the committee. 100% (656 Votes) 0% (2 Votes)Wednesday’s hearing was the latest grilling the Big Tech CEOs faced over alleged anti-conservative bias, The Associated Press reported. Republicans have accused the Big Tech companies of censoring conservative, religious and pro-life views on their platforms.
Judge Steps In After Dem Official Bans Open Carry at Polling Places
A Michigan judge on Tuesday blocked a ban on openly carrying firearms at polling places. Murray said the directive was more like a law of its own rather than an interpretation of existing state ordinances. “The Legislature has said: Here are the places you cannot carry a weapon,” Murray said during an emergency hearing in response to Benson’s ban. Benson’s ban was intended to prevent voter intimidation, The Detroit News reported. The judge wrote that voter intimidation is a criminal offense and that many polling locations, like churches and schools, already bar visitors from carrying guns.
Artificially sweetened drinks may be just as bad for your heart as sugary beverages
(STUDY FINDS) -- WASHINGTON — Sugary drinks are a popular target of health experts and even local governments. While many try to curb the public’s intake of sugar, a study finds a common alternative to these drinks may be just as bad. Researchers in France say artificially sweetened drinks also increase the risk for heart disease. Looking at data from the French NutriNet-Santé study, the study authors examined how artificially sweetened drinks impact cardiovascular health. Previous studies have linked sugary beverages to obesity and increased risks for cancer, diabetes, and even dementia.
Breast-tumor scan displays that which cancer cells 'feel' before disease becomes aggressive
(STUDY FINDS) -- MONTREAL, Quebec — Many people may equate breast cancer with finding a noticeable lump on a patient’s body. Researchers from McGill University say a new technique for examining cancer cells finds invasive tumors may only have a tiny and previously undetectable “hot spot” in them. Their study reveals what cancer cells are actually feeling inside a patient’s body as they become aggressive and potentially fatal. The Canadian team finds a tumor only needs a very small region of the cancer mass to stiffen for the disease to spread and form more growths. They’re hoping the study provides a new way to track the progression of aggressive cancers before they spread too far.
High school investigates coach for tweet criticizing gay marriage
(THE COLLEGE FIX) -- A public school district in Missouri launched an investigation into a coach and teacher at the school after he tweeted criticism of homosexual marriage. While the coach currently still works at the school, a former student wants to see the coach fired. Charles Glotta, a basketball, tennis and track coach in Fort Zumwalt’s school district, tweeted on October 3, in response to another tweet, “Never should have allowed gay marriage to start with. Marriage is between man and woman, plain and simple,” according to a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet. Glotta was responding to a tweet from actor Jeremy Leroux criticizing the Republican Party for its position on gay marriage.
'He peed on me!': Police ID pastor accused of urinating on female flier
(FOX NEWS) -- Police on Tuesday identified the man accused of urinating on a fellow passenger during a Delta flight earlier this month as a pastor from Raleigh. A police report obtained by the Winston-Salem Journal says Daniel Chalmers was arrested at the Detroit Metro Airport after the flight landed on Oct. 13. According to the report, a passenger named Alicia Beverly, told police she woke up on the plane around 2:45 a.m. to find a man urinating on her. Read the full story ›
Nancy Grace rips 'delusional' campaign to free Ghislaine Maxwell
(FOX NEWS) -- The friends and family of Ghislaine Maxwell have launched a movement to get the British socialite released from jail, citing her prison conditions and lack of vegan food options, according to reports. Maxwell friend and PR veteran Brian Basham has launched "Operation GGO" with the goal of having Maxwell released on bial from her Brooklyn cell, where she awaits trial on federal child sex trafficking charges, the Telegraph reported. Basham claims Maxwell has lost 25 pounds during her four months in detention and that she is on the verge of starvation because corrections officials won't respect the vegan diet she follows. Basham told The Telegraph that Maxwell's scale was removed from her cell after she complained about going 20 hours without food. Read the full story ›
Egypt president claims freedom of expression 'stops' when Muslims are offended
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, responding to a display of images in France of the Prophet Muhammad, said Wednesday that freedom of expression should stop if it offends the world's population of more than 1.5 billion Muslims. The history teacher, Samuel Paty, had shown his students caricatures of Muhammad that had been published in the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the French president needs a "mental health check." "We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values." We will always be on the side of human dignity and universal values.
7 of 9 mistakenly discarded mail-in Pa. ballots were votes for Trump, can be counted
(FOX NEWS) -- The Pennsylvania county where a worker is believed to have mistakenly discarded nine mail-in ballots has linked them to voters, meaning they are eligible to be counted. The incident occurred in Luzerne County, Pa., where the county manager said all of the mishandled ballots have been able to be verified, thanks to identifying information retrieved from them, according to the Wilkes Barre Times-Leader. Amid ongoing discussions with local and federal investigators, it was reportedly decided that the ballots in question could be returned to the county and sent through the official tallying process. Read the full story ›
20,000 mail-in ballots need to be redone due to barcode problem
By Andrew TrunskyDaily Caller News FoundationApproximately one-third the mail-in ballots in Tarrant County, Texas have been rejected by scanners due to a defect in their barcodes, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Heider Garcia, the county’s elections administrator, attributed the problem to the shop that printed that ballots, but assured that the ballots affected would still be counted, according to the Texas outlet. The county’s election board is preparing to copy the misprinted absentee ballots onto new ballots and then scan those instead, Garcia said, adding that the board would likely have to redo 20,000 ballots before Election Day. BREAKING: @tarrantelection administrator Heider Garcia says scanners are rejecting 1/3 of Tarrant County mail ballots as defective because of a barcode problem. Garcia said ballots must be recopied into new ballots by the ballot board under the election code.
Bed Bath & Beyond plans to scale back coupons in bid to boost profits
(CNBC) -- Soon, you might not be seeing as many Bed Bath & Beyond coupons showing up in your mailbox. For better or for worse, the big-box retailer is known for its frequent coupons, sent in the mail and via email, to lure customers into stores by promising 15% or 20% discounts off bedding and other home accessories. But in a bid to boost profits and be more competitive on pricing with competitors, the company is planning to scale that back. Read the full story ›
Dr. Scott Atlas demolishes Joe Biden's COVID lockdown claim
When Joe Biden claimed "no serious" doctor agrees with Dr. Scott Atlas' coronavirus strategy of loosening coronavirus restrictions for the healthy while protecting the vulnerable, the White House coronavirus adviser got the last word. Do you agree with Dr. Scott Atlas' strategy? They concluded that that while strict public health measures bring cases down, the number of deaths rise in the long run. The CDC last month issued new estimates that showed people under 50 years infected by COVID-19 have nearly a 100% survival rate. It broke down to a 99.997% survival rate for 0-19; 99.98% for ages 20-49; 99.5% for 50-69; and 94.6% for those over 70.
Trump’s COVID task force livid over White House’s "we ended COVID" report – HotAir
“It’s mind-boggling,” one official said of the White House’s assertion it had ended the pandemic. “There’s no world in which anyone can think that [statement] is true. One official said they are working 14-hour days to ensure communities and local officials in hot spots continue to implement strict mask and social distancing guidelines. Other officials said they are trying to ensure each state has what it needs to distribute a vaccine when the time comes. Another said they were “exasperated” with trying to manage the White House’s attitude toward the virus while also ensuring the rest of the administration shared the message that Americans need to continue to take steps to prevent community spread.
In the public’s eyes, 2020 has been about Trump — to his detriment – HotAir
Of those Americans whose top concern was related to partisanship, most were critical of the president, according to Morning Consult’s new technology that gauged whether sentiment expressed by 74,697 respondents was positive or negative. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) said something negative about Trump, compared with just 6 percent with regard to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Ten percent of people wrote something positive about the president, compared to 2 percent who said something affirmative about Biden. Taken together, those discrepancies — fairly steady week over week — reflect the extent to which the 2020 contest has been framed around Trump.
Mask mandates help control the rise in coronavirus hospitalizations – HotAir
Coronavirus hospitalizations are up across the board, both nationwide and in Tennessee. But they’re rising far more modestly in places that require masks. By the numbers: The Vanderbilt analysis compares Tennessee hospitals based on how many of their patients come from counties with mask requirements. In hospitals where at least 75% of patients are subject to a local mask requirement, COVID hospitalizations are at about the same level now as they were July 1. In hospitals where fewer than 25% of patients are subject to a local mask mandate, however, hospitalizations are more than 200% higher than their July 1 levels.
COVID-19 causes "chronic" cognitive deficits equivalent to brain aging 10 years – HotAir
A study of more than 84,000 people in the UK found that the virus left even those deemed recovered with “chronic cognitive consequences” that it compared to dropping 8.5 IQ points. “People who had recovered, including those no longer reporting symptoms, exhibited significant cognitive deficits,” the study published on MedRxiv said. “The deficits were broad, affecting multiple cognitive domains,” the researchers warned in the study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed.
Report: "Anonymous" author of 2018 anti-Trump op-ed is Miles Taylor – HotAir
Former DHS chief of staff @MilesTaylorUSA is the author of the NYT oped and book by “Anonymous” — more on CNN coming up
France imposes lockdown as Macron warns of overwhelming second COVID wave – HotAir
Why it matters: “(France has been) overpowered by a second wave,” Macron said in a national televised address Wednesday, noting the “new wave will be stronger and deadlier,” than the first. The announcement comes after the country saw over 36,000 new cases in the last 24 hours. Details: Though non-essential businesses, including bars and restaurants, will close, schools and factories will remain open. Macron said the measures come as an attempt to implement a “brutal break” to the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown will be eased once new daily infections fall back to about 5,000, the Guardian reports.
Is Twitter going full Resistance? – HotAir
For those who know the inner workings of Twitter, it was another sign of the rising influence of Gadde, the connected, liberal-leaning lawyer who has helped drive the company to more heavily regulate what users can say and post. Twitter’s new rules, from the ad ban to its deletion of controversial Covid-19 tweets, have rippled through Silicon Valley and caused huge blowback in American politics, where many—especially conservatives—now see Twitter as unfriendly territory. She has also helped put Twitter’s policy squarely at odds with Facebook, whose CEO Mark Zuckerberg had declared it wrong for private companies to “censor” politicians. Gadde was a lead architect of the policy approach that led Twitter to clamp down on everyone from everyday harassers to the Proud Boys to President Donald Trump, and she’s been out front in defending it, arguing that the shift makes sense as corporate strategy. Said Gadde in an interview by phone from her home in San Francisco in July, of the decision to ban political ads: “It wasn’t about anything other than, ‘This is the right thing to do for us as a company.’”
Three U.S. counties still haven't reported a case of COVID – HotAir
Every county in America has reported at least one case of Covid-19 — except for some of the smallest and most far-flung places in Texas, Nevada and Hawaii. The reach of the virus into rural and urban counties alike shows how the pandemic, once concentrated in metropolitan hot spots, has now left few of even the most remote communities untouched as a third surge of infections has firmly taken hold. Only three counties in the 50 states have never reported a Covid-19 case, according to a New York Times database — Esmeralda, Nev.; Loving, Texas; and Kalawao, Hawaii, a former leper colony on the island of Molokai. (County-level data is not available in some parts of Alaska.) Two of those are the least populous counties in the nation: Kalawao, with 86 residents according to 2019 census estimates, and Loving with 169.
China's real invasion of Taiwan has already started – HotAir
Compared to the CCP’s military jingoism and propaganda-spreading “wolf warrior” diplomats, the United Front works behind the scenes, often targeting wealthy individuals with transnational holdings to do the CCP’s bidding through persuasion, economic incentives, and blackmail, or by funneling money toward grassroots organizations that shape opinions about the party among Taiwanese, Hong Kong, and expat Chinese communities. Far more than an advocacy mechanism, United Front receives at least $1.4 billion each year from the CCP—the actual figure is likely much higher, as some budget details are classified. These funds may even outstrip the budgets for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security, fueling the primary engine for the party’s gray-area influence efforts at home and abroad. But it is in Taiwan and among the broader Taiwanese community where the United Front’s influence is most evident.
Scientists debate how much to lower the bar on COVID-19 vaccine potential – HotAir
Researchers debated how rigorously to test Covid-19 vaccine candidates at a public meeting Thursday of the FDA’s advisory committee on vaccines. “Simply preventing mild cases is not enough and may not justify the risks associated with vaccination,” said Peter Doshi, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, who detailed his concerns in an editorial in The BMJ. But vaccine experts say there are good reasons to focus on milder cases of Covid-19. Vaccines that prevent mild disease typically prevent severe disease, as well, said Dr. Arnold Monto, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and temporary chair of the vaccine committee.
What happened at Trump’s Omaha rally last night?
He held a rally last night at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska. “We need at least 30 more buses,” an Omaha police officer just said, shaking his head at the chaotic cluster that is unfolding. The #Trump rally ended around 8:45pm. pic.twitter.com/JYXCLypTQl — Jeff Paul (@Jeff_Paul) October 28, 2020The “Omaha Scanner” Twitter account was following police and EMT chatter all evening. — Omaha Scanner (@omaha_scanner) October 28, 2020#MedicalBranch of #TACAirIC reports at least 30 patient contacts and 7 patient transports to hospital.
More on the looting in Philadelphia last night (Update: NY Times reporter has thoughts on coverage)
Jazz wrote earlier about the looting that took place in Philadelphia last night. Already chaos and looting #Philly pic.twitter.com/3Pd1oOL4Qc — Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) October 28, 2020A Target store was broken into but police showed up and got the situation under control (1st clip). As you can see in the 2nd clip, the looters hit WalMart next:More looting at Walmart in Philadelphia, PA. Walmart and Target both got hit again after police left:Police have left the Walmart I previously posted and the looting has begun again. Orthodox Jews violently attacked by mob @ BLM protest last night in Philly.
NYC Mayor sued for being too tough on rioters
We’ve been covering all manner of stories out of New York City over the course of the pandemic and the rioting and skyrocketing violent crime rates. But the one thing I never expected to see was a lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio for being “too harsh” on the rioters. And yet that’s exactly what the New York Civil Liberties Union is claiming as they seek to take Hizzoner to court. The New York City Civil Liberties Union and the Legal Aid Society filed a lawsuit against New York City mayor Bill de Blasio (D.) and other city officials for their “unjustifiable” response to anti-police riots this summer. But when you join the ranks of those who are defying and shoving the police, well… bad things happen.
Gun sales being driven by… healthcare workers?
But there’s one little factoid out of all the gun sales data that had escaped my attention until this week. A significantly disproportionate percentage of new gun buyers come from the healthcare industry. Sixty-seven percent of people who reported buying a gun during the pandemic also reported being health care professionals. Why would healthcare workers be the first ones out of the gate and in line to purchase firearms? In increasing numbers, they have tended to be “younger, more urban, more female, and less white.” And that description lines up perfectly with the people that are represented significantly in the healthcare industry.
Vanity Fair gives AOC the puffiest of puff pieces
Today Vanity Fair published a profile of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez which has to be one of the puffiest puff pieces ever written. The entire thing from start to finish presents AOC as a uniquely talented candidate without any discernible flaws. Even with the media eagerly rolling out the White House red carpet for her, I don’t think she can get there on icon status alone. If she did make it to the White House the resistance to AOC would be every bit as strong as it was to Trump from day one. There’s just no way she breezes through this in the way Vanity Fair seems to imagine she could.
My "suburban mom" demographic is supposedly all in for Biden. But I'm voting for Trump. – HotAir
The virus has taken a toll on our children as well as our economy and physical health. Keeping our kids isolated at home learning behind a computer screen is a disaster. Inexplicably, some teachers unions are hijacking schools and refusing to help let kids back in the classroom. The union in my northern Virginia school district demands schools remain closed until at least August 2021. In July he said, “You don’t just have a partner in the White House, you’ll have an (National Education Association) member in the White House,” referring to his wife, Jill Biden.
I was pressured to abort my children. For my first baby, I gave in. – HotAir
I remember that week vividly. I was wearing my boyfriend’s oversize sweatshirt and tried to comfort my baby — and myself — as I walked around campus. And then walking through the doors of that abortion business, nothing felt right. I was still making up my mind, and I asked to view the ultrasound they performed to see how far along I was. I did not grow up in an actively pro-life household and I was urged by family, friends and medical professionals, to seek an abortion with my next two children.
US Election 2020: Trump campaign website is 'seized' by hackers
Donald Trump’s campaign website was briefly ‘seized’ by hackers Tuesday who claimed to have evidence that ‘completely discredits’ him as a president and proves his ‘criminal involvement’ in the manipulation of the 2020 election. Trump's website was back up and running by 7:45pm. Trump 2020 Communications Director Tim Murtaugh later released a statement on the system breach, assuring that no sensitive data had been compromised. 'Earlier this evening, the Trump campaign website was defaced and we are working with law enforcement authorities to investigate the source of the attack,' Murtaugh wrote. 'Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News https://babylonbee.com/news/twitter-shuts-down-entire-network-to-slow-spread-of-negative-biden-news via @TheBabylonBee,' Trump's account tweeted on October 16.
30 Officers Injured in Anti-Police Protests in Philadelphia
At least 30 police officers were injured in Philadelphia on Monday night—including one sergeant who was hit by a truck—while responding to anti-police riots. Unrest broke out in West Philadelphia after police fatally shot a black man who, they say, had brandished a knife while running toward officers. Footage captured by a bystander shows two officers telling Wallace to drop a knife before Wallace ran toward them. The scene in Philadelphia last night reflected similar incidents in other major U.S. cities following the death of George Floyd in May, which sparked months of violent anti-police protests. Police officers in some major cities are now leaving the force in record numbers, citing anti-police sentiment in local city governments and fears for their safety.
DID THE ECONOMIST AID A CHINESE COMMUNIST INFLUENCE OPERATION?: On Oct. 26, the Washington Free B…
DID THE ECONOMIST AID A CHINESE COMMUNIST INFLUENCE OPERATION? :On Oct. 26, the Washington Free Beacon published a hard-hitting investigative article exposing a truly appalling and destructive example of communist China’s long-term war on free societies, in this case using influence and information as weapons. The Free Beacon detailed The Economist magazine’s years of “sympathetic” coverage of China’s Huawei Technologies company. Then the report connected information to a kind of influence by documenting the magazine’s profitable business relationship with the notorious corporate giant. The Free Beacon noted The Economist did not acknowledge that economic relationship for nearly a decade.
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MEET THE B-17 OF BUGS: It’s the Bombardier Beetle and it has a swiveling “turret” of two rapid-fire machine “guns” like the famous Fortress of WWII. That turret also has something to say about Intelligent Design. I’m looking forward to the appearance of G model, with the chin turret!
Meet The B-17 Of The Bug World, The Bombardier Beetle
One thing you don’t want to do if you encounter a Bombardier Beetle is give it the idea that you are threat to it. Because you don’t want to be sprayed by this little beast’s machine guns. Machine guns on a bug? The bug has only two guns whereas the Fortress had, depending on the model, between 8 and 11 defensive machine guns. Check out the right sidebar.
VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: This Bud’s for You, Racist. Insanity Wrap needs to…
VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: This Bud’s for You, Racist. Insanity Wrap needs to know: When did beer become racist? Answer: When it became profitable for an otherwise-useless white “scholar” to peddle a book claiming it is. Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.
Health Care Workers Help Drive Gun Surge, New Study Says
Sixty-seven percent of people who reported buying a gun during the pandemic also reported being health care professionals. "America now has more job opportunities in health care," Khubchandani said. "Almost 15 percent of Americans today have a job in health care. He also noted recent real-world examples of health care professionals lining up at gun shops to purchase guns. The researchers designed the survey, a web-based, cross-sectional study based on responses from 1,432 adults, to include all sorts of different health care professionals from doctors to home health care assistants and physicians' assistants.
What do 10 *million* stars look like?
Behold, a vista of our galactic center:Zoom In A small section of a huge survey of stars near the center of the Milky Way, the full-resolution image nonetheless has 10 million stars in it. Zoom In A subsection of the survey image (near the center top) shows stars in a cluster near a dense pocket of opaque interstellar dust. But that is only a small fraction of the entire survey created, which is something like 10° x 20° and contains 250 million stars. Earlier, I said this image can help you understand the scale of the number of stars in the Milky Way. 400 billion is a vast, vast number.
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:Two tenured professors at different universities are in hot water after participating in the Scholar Strike, a national action meant to call awareness to police brutality against Black people. For several days, Moore told The Chronicle, she thought she was going to lose her job. Both Moore and Thomas say their decisions were well within their rights under academic freedom, and believe they shouldn’t face professional consequences for what were pedagogical decisions. Two scholars, Kevin Gannon and Anthea Butler, came up with the Scholar Strike in the wake of this summer’s protests against racism and police brutality. Inside Higher Ed, Professor Suspended for Scholar Strike Participationhttps://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/10/faculty-joined-a-day-of-action-to-protest-racial-inequality-now-2-are-in-hot-water.html
SpaceX begins public beta testing of Starlink constellation at $99 a month
Last night, SpaceX invited some early users to join public beta testing of its Starlink program, which aims to provide global internet coverage from space. To join the beta test, called Better Than Nothing Beta, users must purchase all of the Starlink ground equipment for $499 and then pay a $99 monthly fee for active service. Additionally, SpaceX has rolled out a Starlink app that will help beta users set up their systems. With the public beta program, things seem to be far less secretiveOver the summer, SpaceX rolled out private beta testing of Starlink, though participants of the program had to keep quiet about it. During a launch of a batch of Starlink satellites, SpaceX claimed it had seen data speeds up to 100 Mbps.
Vitamin deficiencies linked to respiratory conditions, including COVID-19
Research has linked vitamin D, in particular, with boosting immune system function, and being deficient in the nutrient has been found to increase a person's risk for severe COVID-19. For the new BMJ study, researchers explored whether consuming the vitamins from either diet or supplements is linked to the prevalence of respiratory complaints. None of the adults with respiratory complaints reported taking a vitamin C supplement, which researchers said makes it impossible to determine any associations with respiratory conditions. Similarly, vitamin D intake from supplements, but not from diet, was associated with fewer respiratory complaints, the researchers said. "Our findings are consistent with the hypothesis that supplementation is critical to ensuring adequate vitamin D status is maintained and potentially indicate that intake of vitamin D from diet alone cannot help maintain adequate vitamin D status," they wrote.
Ted Cruz rips Jack Dorsey over censorship of Post’s Hunter Biden bombshell
Sen. Ted Cruz teed off on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the social-media giant’s censorship of The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden, in a stunning rebuke during Wednesday’s Big Tech hearings on Capitol Hill. “Can the New York Post post on their Twitter account?” the lawmaker pressed. “Let’s be clear: The New York Post isn’t just some random guy tweeting. The New York Post has the fourth-highest circulation of any newspaper in America. The New York Post was founded by Alexander Hamilton,” he scolded Dorsey.
White Castle employees, meet Flippy the Robot
Photo : Miso RoboticsIt has been 105 days since we learned that the robots had infiltrated White Castle. AdvertisementAfter allowing Flippy to stage at one of its restaurants, White Castle has announced plans to adopt some of Flippy’s siblings from their creator, Miso Robotics. The restaurant chain will be deploying them in 2021 at ten additional locations to steal jobs the hearts of customers . Let’s take a look at some of the fine work Flippy’s been doing on the line:Flippy hard at work cooking friesLook at it go! Flippy has grown so much since it was first introduced two years ago at Pasadena Caliburger ( and was quickly fired for sucking at its job) .
Asymptomatic Cases of Coronavirus Seem to Lose Antibodies Sooner, Study Finds
Asymptomatic coronavirus sufferers appear to lose detectable antibodies sooner than people who have exhibited COVID-19 symptoms, according to one of the biggest studies of its kind in Britain reported on Tuesday. Overall, samples from hundreds of thousands of people across England between mid-June and late September showed the prevalence of virus antibodies fell by more than a quarter. James Bethell, a junior health minister, called it "a critical piece of research, helping us to understand the nature of COVID-19 antibodies over time". The study involved 365,000 randomly-selected adults administering at home three rounds of finger prick tests for coronavirus antibodies between June 20 and September 28. "This very large study has shown that the proportion of people with detectable antibodies is falling over time," said Helen Ward, one of the lead authors.
SpaceX launches public beta test of Starlink Internet service
A SpaceX Faclon 9 lifted off Saturday from Cape Canaveral AIr Force Station in Florida, carrying 60 Internet satellites into orbit. Photo courtesy of SpaceXSpaceX is moving forward with beta testing of its Starlink satellite network. File Image by SpaceXOct. 27 (UPI) -- SpaceX has launched public beta testing of its Starlink communications satellite program that aims deliver high-speed Internet globally, particularly in underserved areas. AdvertisementThe initial Starlink service is called "Better Than Nothing Beta," according to multiple screenshots of an email, CNBC reported. The company rolled out private beta testing over the summer for which users had to agree to keep their experience confidential.
Angela Merkel’s executive power-grab
Germany’s Social Democrats have remained quiet for months as their coalition partner, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, have tackled this pandemic. Social Democrats are fed up with how the federal government has relied on decrees and executive orders during the epidemic, rather than using the proper legislative procedures. Spahn’s advisers have drafted an update to the Infection Protection Act — which has already given the minister vast executive authority since the early stages of the pandemic. Lawmakers and legal experts in Germany are increasingly concerned that parliaments are losing their legislative power because governments are pushing for inappropriate executive authority. Courts are increasingly involved in stopping executive measures because they argue that these measures are either too vague or outright unconstitutional.
Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Studies Showing Waning Coronavirus Antibodies
It is normal for levels of antibodies to drop after the body clears an infection, but immune cells carry a memory of the virus and can churn out fresh antibodies when needed. “Some of these headlines are silly,” said Scott Hensley, an immunologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Declining antibody levels after the acute infection has resolved “is the sign of a normal healthy immune response,” Dr. Hensley said. “It doesn’t mean that those people no longer have antibodies. It doesn’t mean that they don’t have protection.”
Chicago sisters accused of stabbing employee 27 times after being asked to wear a mask
Two Chicago sisters were denied bail after allegedly stabbing a store clerk 27 times over the request to wear a maskA man was stabbed multiple times after asking two women to wear masks. Jessica and Jayla Hill (Credit: Chicago Police)Jessica allegedly taunted the employee as a “b- – – -” and said he had gotten “f- – – – – up” by the sisters. The Hill sisters were both treated for minor wounds at St. Anthony Hospital while the victim was treated at Mount Sinai Hospital. In June, a Walmart employee in Florida was shoved after they asked a customer to wear a mask. The post Chicago sisters accused of stabbing employee 27 times after being asked to wear a mask appeared first on TheGrio.
'Anonymous' Anti-Trump Author Outs Himself as Former DHS Chief of Staff. Here's What We Know.
The man, who also wrote a book, A Warning, under the name “Anonymous,” is former Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff Miles Taylor. “Donald Trump is a man without character. It’s why I wrote ‘A Warning’…and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. It’s time for everyone to step out of the shadows,” he said in a tweet with a link to his statement. My statement: https://t.co/yuhTgZ4bkq — Miles Taylor (@MilesTaylorUSA) October 28, 2020“Make no mistake: I am a Republican, and I wanted this President to succeed.
Study: Loss of smell in COVID-19 far more common than thought
Loss of smell is common in COVID-19, but fewer people say they have this symptom than objective tests reveal, a new study finds. In fact, about 77% of COVID-19 patients who were directly measured had smell loss, but only 44% said they did, researchers found. "Objective measures are a more sensitive method to identify smell loss related to COVID-19," said study co-author Mackenzie Hannum, a postdoctoral fellow at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. For the study, the researchers reviewed previously published studies on COVID-19 and loss of smell. Senior author Danielle Reed, associate director at Monell, suggested that "measuring people for smell loss may become as routine as measuring body temperature for fever."
WATCH: Oregon health official announces COVID-19 death toll dressed as clown
A senior Oregon health official donned a clown costume prior to announcing the daily death toll from coronavirus. Claire Poche, a senior official of the Oregon Health Authority, made the announcement dressed in a red tie, polka dot shirt, bright yellow pants, and a full face of clown makeup. Oregon’s public health authority had their MD dress up like a clown and announce COVID deaths. “Sadly, we are also reporting three deaths today, bringing the statewide total for COVID-19-related deaths to 608,” she somberly continued in heavy contrast to her attire. I'm sorry but who at the Oregon Health Authority thought this was a good idea?
Pro-Trump rally in Beverly Hills shows True Diversity
They love this country and they support President Trump. It was not simply an assembly of old, white men, as the left often attributes to the majority of Trump supporters. Covering the Freedom Rally in Beverly Hills, a weekly Trump rally in Beverly Hills that’s grown to one of the largest regular pro-Trump events in Los Angeles. Here is another article brought to you by Law Enforcement Today regarding people celebrating their support for President Trump. The current world record according to Guiness Book of World Records was achieved in Malaysia in 2014 and had a recorded 1,180 boats.
China chooses landing site for its Tianwen-1 Mars rover
China has apparently chosen a primary landing site for its Tianwen-1 Mars rover ahead of the spacecraft's arrival at the Red Planet in February 2021. Related: Here's what China's Tianwen-1 Mars mission will doA portion of Mars' Utopia Planitia impact basin, as photographed by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. China's Tianwen-1 Mars rover will touch down in a section of Utopia Planitia in 2021. McEwen added that he's not aware of any evidence suggesting that there may be water ice at or near the surface of the Tianwen-1 landing site. (240 kilograms) solar-powered Tianwen-1 rover will investigate the surface soil characteristics and potential water-ice distribution with its Subsurface Exploration Radar instrument.
1,000 Looters Turn Philly Retail Zone into "Total Loss"
In the second night of unrest in Philadelphia after the Monday shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. by police, police say 1,000 looters descended on retail stores in the Port Richmond neighborhood. Police told CBS Philly that the area was "a total loss." Philadelphia County's District Attorney Larry Krasner has reportedly charged dozens of suspect with felony burglary related to Monday's looting. Despite the prosecutions a Fox29 reporter tweeted that police were ordered not to arrest looters Tuesday night. Extremely frustrated officers, both patrol&commanders told me overnight they were”ordered to NOT arrest looters just disperse them”.
Some conservative speech may become illegal after the election
By making lawsuits over speech easier, the BE HEARD Act would radically increase this censorship based on fear of lawsuits. And an appeals court dismissed a racial harassment lawsuit over a professor’s racially-charged emails about immigration, citing the First Amendment. Judges have questioned the constitutionality of harassment rules that penalize workplace speech about religion that does not really harm the complainant. And many progressive judges will likely ignore any First Amendment problems with the BE HEARD Act. But according to judges, all these things logically weigh against a finding of workplace harassment under current federal law.
Tony Bobulinski And The Compromised Biden Family
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Hey There, Big Tuna. A Monster 360-Pound Fish Was Netted in Orange County
This certainly deserves the buggy-eyed emoji. A 361-pound tuna fish was captured off the Orange County coast, becoming the largest captured off fishing fleet vessels since 1958, according to Newport Landing Sportfishing in Newport Beach. The big tuna was caught sometime between Sunday and Monday afternoon on an overnight trip. A whopping 11 Bluefin Tuna were caught aboard the vessel hosting 24 guestsEven the smallest weighed what a full grown adult would -- weights ranged from 160 to 361 pounds. Giant Tuna Sets Record in Orange CountyThe biggest tuna was professionally weighed, Newport Landing Sportfishing in Newport Beach said.
France Decides to Fight Islamism with ... Islamists
The solution to radical Islam, Macron believes, lies in tighter control over mosques and charities. Yet while more militant anti-Islamists might consider Macron's measures a step in the right direction, his "ambition to form and promote . It really should be more obvious to policymakers that Islamists are not good partners in the fight against Islamism. Training programs explaining to local officials the various violent and nonviolent strains of Islamism active across France are also recommended. Attempting to reform French Islam itself is bound to fail, and will distract from more urgent and necessary efforts.
Spanish Doctors Stage First Walkout In 25 Years To Protest Government's New COVID-19 Order
Doctors across Spain have walked out on Tuesday in what media outlets have called the first medical strike to rock the country in 25 years. Doctors complained that the new law violated their rights, and compromised the standard of care for patients, as doctors would end up working in an area they weren't specialized in. The strike will continue indefinitely, with doctors set to continue striking on the last Tuesday of every month until a deal has been reached. "The Health Ministry hasn’t even dignified us with a meeting to try and get us to call off the strike," he told Spanish health journal iSanidad. Doctor's strikes in Spain follow similar demonstrations in India during the early months of the pandemic as physicians dealt with unprecedented harassment from the public.
Hurricane Zeta Takes Aim At Louisiana Coast Wednesday Afternoon
Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm of a very active Atlantic hurricane season, is aiming for the southeast Louisiana Coast Wednesday afternoon. NHC expects a life-threatening storm surge for areas situated along the northern Gulf Coast by Wednesday afternoon, with the highest flooding around the Mouth of the Pearl River and Dauphin Island, Alabama. Hurricane conditions are expected later today for "portions of the Hurricane Warning area between Morgan City, Louisiana, and the Mississippi/Alabama border," NHC said. Torrential rainfall is expected for the central U.S. Gulf Coast into Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, Southern to Central Appalachians, and the Mid-Atlantic States through the end of this week. #Zeta could produce flash flooding across portions of the central Gulf Coast, Ohio Valley, and Mid-Atlantic states through Thursday.
What The Hunt Brothers Can Teach Us About Gamma Squeezes
Any fool can run a printing press.” – Nelson Bunker HuntA year ago, the phrase “gamma squeeze” would have caught many of Wall Street’s most astute investors off guard. It won’t be long before the shoeshine kid tells the Bank President about his gamma squeeze exploits. A Gamma squeeze is just the latest innovation in centuries of market manipulation schemes. The “Gamma Whale,” which many think is Soft Bank, provides a lesson on how a gamma squeeze operates. Like the Hunt brothers, the Gamma trade squeeze relies on the banks to lose money.
One Bank Asks How Historians Will Judge A Second Round Of COVID Lockdowns
As Reid continues, asking a question he first posed back in July, "it will be very interesting to see how the history books score this response. For comparison, 54.7% of Pennsylvania is under 45 and while we don’t have an centenarian count for this state, for the US it is 0.03% of the population. Will vaccines be effective for those we are trying to protect the most. Could we have acted more like parts of Asia, which seem to have cut the virus off at its source or was this unrealistic in the West? Was Sweden the most sustainable template or unrealistic for most larger economies?
NSA Dodges Questions About Controversial "Backdoors" In Tech Products
Edward Snowden's whistleblowing campaign exposed the National Security Agency in 2013 for having "backdoors" into commercial technology products. According to Juniper, in 2015, a foreign adversary used the NSA's backdoor in its equipment. The NSA told Wyden's aides in 2018 the Juniper incident was a "lesson learned." Reuters cites one of the clearest examples of the NSA working with private tech firms to build backdoors:"... NSA's approach involved an encryption-system component known as Dual Elliptic Curve, or Dual EC. What this all suggests is that Snowden's revelations of NSA's spy tools really didn't change the agency's practices over the last seven years.
Uber Sued For Firing Minority Drivers Who Get Poor Service Ratings From Customers
Yes, in today's "woke" environment, not performing your job well is no longer an acceptable means for being terminated. That's why former driver Thomas Liu is suing the ride-hailing giant, claiming that there's bias in the way the company fires minority drivers - which is the same way it fires all drivers: based on customer ratings of their service. Liu's lawsuit points out that Uber's policy is (gasp) to deactivate drivers who have a rating the company deems to be unsatisfactory. And also, that doesn't affect a driver's rating...) or "asking in an unfriendly manner" where he was from. “Customer discrimination is not an excuse for employers to discriminate,” Liu's lawyer said, seemingly unaware that customers "discriminate" by where they get the best service in all industries across the country.
"God Of Chaos" Accelerates Towards Earth With 2068 Impact Date
This means the asteroid's speed is increasing because of thermal radiation from the sun. "They show that the asteroid is drifting away from a purely gravitational orbit by about 170 meters per year, which is enough to keep the 2068 impact scenario in play," Tholen sad. The asteroid's size and proximity to the Earth have resulted in NASA categorizing it as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid." NASA scientists are aware of the asteroid's track could shift from now till the potential impact date. If, for whatever reason, the asteroid strikes Earth in 2068, its potential impact would be the equivalent of 880 million tons of TNT, making it 65,000 times more destructive than Hiroshima.
Roughly Half Of Americans Will Do Most, Or All, Holiday Shopping Online This Year: Survey
As millions of Americans prepare for the holidays, retailers are wondering what the traditional Black Friday shopping stretch is going to look like, now that the CDC has effectively declared sales unsafe. Despite this, consumer expectations remain high as the reopening brings in the sense of normalcy and a return to routine. This report delves into the excitement around the big day and the increasing shift towards online shopping. With major retailers like Amazon and Target holding their mega sale just a month prior and several others jumpstarting holiday sales early, Black Friday seems to be slowly losing its clout as the official kickoff day for holiday shopping. Despite the changes, how excited are Americans about the big day, and different will it be this year amid the pandemic?
Nurses Were 36.3% Of All COVID-19 Healthcare Worker Hospitalizations This Spring: CDC Study
In general, healthcare workers have accounted for about 6% of total adults that have been hospitalized due to Covid. 36.3% of these hospitalizations have been nurses or Certified Nurses Assistants. It also revealed that 90% of healthcare workers hospitalized due to Covid-19 had underlying conditions, such as obesity. The analysis didn't differentiate whether or not the healthcare workers caught Covid-19 as part of their job duties, or within their respective communities. The CDC stated: "Healthcare workers can have severe COVID-19-associated illness, highlighting the need for continued infection prevention and control in healthcare settings as well as community mitigation efforts to reduce transmission."
Drudge Alternative Citizen Free Press Mysteriously Disappears From Bing, Yahoo, Duck Duck Go — Updated
The Drudge Report alternative Citizen Free Press, which has racked up 75 million page views in October so far, mysteriously disappeared from search results on Bing, Duck Duck Go, and Yahoo on Wednesday. Citizen Free Press raised the alarm on Twitter about an hour after the disappearance. CFP gets 15,000 visitors per day thru Bing.https://t.co/OSZ71JQ0Ch@bing pic.twitter.com/hvRC77fUbB — Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) October 28, 2020“For BING to suddenly remove Citizen Free Press from search results — 7 days before the election — certainly raises some questions. As of Wednesday evening, the link to Citizen Free Press (citizenfreepress.com) still does not appear on the Bing search results. Citizen Free Press will weather the mysterious disappearance from Bing, Duck Duck Go, and Yahoo, whether or not Microsoft does indeed fix the problem.
Horrific Night of Violence and Looting in Philadelphia -- Police Powerless To Bring Order
The City of Philadelphia descended into near anarchy on Tuesday night, with large sections of the city in total chaos as major chain stores were looted of all their contents. The night of violence came just over 24 hours after Philadelphia police shot and killed a black man with a knife as he advanced upon them. Videographers who are veterans of street protests such as those in Porttand and Seattle expressed real fear for their own safety, and did not remain with the crowds doing the looting. pic.twitter.com/xOKsigSx2Q — robertklemko (@RobertKlemko) October 28, 2020BREAKING: Wal-Mart is being looted for a 2nd time by BLM rioters in Philadelphia They are looting 15+ stores over a 4 block radius. pic.twitter.com/gmcsebGLDJ — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 28, 2020The inside of a looted Rite Aid in Philadelphia.
Forcing Transgenderism on Your Child Is Child Abuse, Period.
If you do manage to have transitional surgery, you’re 19 times more likely to resort to suicide according to studies. It’s sad that her child will have to undergo this nonsense, especially since it’s based on bunk science. Therefore, identical twins have the same skin color 100 percent of the time. But in the largest study of twin transgender adults, published by Dr. Milton Diamond in 2013, only 28 percent of the identical twins both identified as transgender. Gender dysphoria is a very real mental disorder, but pushing it on someone, especially a child, is not only cruel but unnecessary.
Jack Dorsey Lies to Ted Cruz in Senate Hearing on Twitter's Election Interference But Will the Senate Do Anything
The pivot men in this circle jerk are Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Jack Dorsey of Twitter. This is Ted Cruz going at Jack Dorsey. For the record, everything Senator Cruz says in his opening statement is true. This is Senator Cruz’s grilling of Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. Jack Dorsey is either a pathological liar or an out-of-touch dupe.
Thoughts On The Walter Wallace Police Shooting
Philadelphia is dealing with civil unrest following the police shooting of Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old black man. Shaka Johnson, an attorney representing Wallace’s family, told Fox 29 that the man had been experiencing mental health issues. “My prayers are with the family and friends of Walter Wallace. The footage shows that the officers continually told Wallace to drop his knife. If Wallace had mental health problems, they likely drove him to act in an aggressive manner.
PODCAST: Latest Breakdown of Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania With RedState
Duke is back with “Bourbon On The Rocks 1019” and RedState contributors Scott Hounsell and Brad Slager join him and talk about these topics. *How Michigan and Pennsylvania are doing. *What is going on in Florida. *Who will win next Tuesday. * Also why Florida Man prevented the Governor of Florida from voting.
Is New York Using Anti-Semitism to Expand Its Assault on the First Amendment?
The governor of New York threatening the Orthodox community. The mayor of New York threatening the Orthodox community. NYPD uses a “parking complaint” as an excuse to enter an Orthodox Jewish home. Police officers enter PRIVATE HOMES to find Jewish gatherings in Monsey, New York: “We came because we had a vehicle parking complaint. This virus has allowed would-be totalitarians everywhere to find a “public health” exception to the First Amendment.
Disney Considers Suing Newsom, Moving Jobs out of California, as Newsom Doubles Down on Closures
Before getting to WDW Pro’s listing of actions Disney could take, a pause to appreciate their intro to the story. Theme parks all over the world are shut down. America and China enter into a soft cold war, risking your multi-billion dollar investment in Asian theme parks should you say one wrong thing. Iger was tasked with getting the NBA to Walt Disney World in order to keep WDW profitable. Yep, that pretty much sets the stage for where Disney was as the execs awaited Newsom’s theme park reopening guidelines.
WATCH: Jewish Men Trying to Stand in Solidarity with Philly Rioters are Harrassed, Assaulted and Chased Away
BREAKING: Wal-Mart is being looted for a 2nd time by BLM rioters in Philadelphia They are looting 15+ stores over a 4 block radius. A group explained to three men — two of them wearing yarmulkes — “We don’t need no solidarity. The nation of Amalek is long gone, but they live on as the internal enemies that we each battle on a daily basis. Black Lives Matter? Furthermore, Black Lives Matter™, so far as I can tell, also isn’t focused on the lives of a particular race but rather a broad scope including Marxism, gender politics, and the dissolution of the family.
LinkedIn's new tool helps users make a career change through overlapping skills
LinkedIn launched a new tool aimed towards helping recently unemployed Americans make a career change. LinkedIn users can also identify skills that they would need to build to make the career pivot they want. The feature also shows the popularity rate for a specific career transition, and helps users connect with people in the field they are interested in through LinkedIn. According to LinkedIn, the new tool can help food servers make the transition to a customer service role. The tool identified retail, inventory management, merchandising and others as common skills, and highlighted customer service, Microsoft Office, sales operation and others as skills to build.
In Miss., a love story in the time of coronavirus
In Miss., a love story in the time of coronavirusWith US coronavirus cases surging, the AP Road Trip team met a Mississippi man longing for his wife, hospitalized with COVID-19 for four months. This is a love story. But also a story of the virus, who it strikes, and who takes it seriously.
Today in History for October 29th
Today in History for October 29thHighlights of this day in history: 'Black Tuesday' on Wall St. as the Great Depression begins; Osama bin Laden admits ordering the Sept. 11th attacks; Suez crisis heats up Mideast; McKinley assassin executed; John Glenn returns to space.
Best Buy just dropped a surprise Black Friday 2020 Sale and these are the best deals
Best Buy just dropped a surprise Black Friday 2020 Sale and these are the best dealsBest Buy's savings events start now. When does Best Buy Black Friday start? What time does Best Buy open on Black Friday? The best Best Buy Black Friday dealsTVsFrom Samsung to TCL, Best Buy has got it all. (Photo: Reviewed.com)Speakers and soundbarsCheck out major deals on speakers and soundbars as part of Best Buy's Black Friday extravaganza.
FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system: At least 5 hospitals have been hit this week
Ransomware is an increasing threat to U.S. healthcare and has already cost hospitals tens of millions in recent years. At least five hospitals were hit with the ransomware attacks this week, the federal agencies said. "CISA, FBI, and HHS have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers," the advisory said. 'Willing to pay':Hospitals hit hardest by ransomware attacks, study saysThe aggressive offensive by a Russian-speaking criminal gang coincides with the U.S. presidential election, though there was no immediate indication it was motivated by anything but profit. Universal Health Services, one of the nation's largest health providers, was struck last week.
How Poland’s New Abortion Law Became Such a Flash Point
Tens of thousands of Poles have been marching for almost a week to protest a new high court ruling that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, blocking major roads and bridges and chanting anti-government slogans. The protests began Thursday over the ruling that tightened what was already one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. But they have increasingly turned into a broader expression of anger at a right-wing government that opponents accuse of hijacking the judiciary and chipping away at the rights of women and minorities. On the sixth day of protests, tens of thousands of people poured out of their homes and offices in a nationwide strike. The night before, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the deputy prime minister and leader of the ruling Law and Justice party, urged his conservative supporters on Facebook to “defend Poland, defend patriotism” and “defend Polish churches.”
Fauci says COVID-19 vaccine could be available by January
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, told the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday that a COVID-19 vaccine might be available in the U.S. as early as January. Fauci said the five companies that are working on vaccines probably won’t be ready with their data until December. “Could be January, could be later,” Fauci said of the vaccine’s timeline. “As we continue into the cool months of the fall and soon the cold months of the winter we’re starting to see something going in the wrong direction,” he said. “We should have been way down in baseline in daily cases and we’re not.”The U.S. has seen more than 226,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.
Man arrested for vandalizing Queens cars with Black Lives Matter graffiti
A man was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly tagging cars with Black Lives Matter graffiti in Jackson Heights, sources said. Heriberto Torres, 56, of Queens, allegedly admitted to vandalizing several cars in the neighborhood because of his affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement, police sources said. Torres was connected to the crimes by a tattoo of a woman on his forearm, which was first spotted by investigators in surveillance video of the vandalism, sources said. More than 50 vehicles in the Queens neighborhood have been targeted with graffiti, sources said. Torres was charged in several of the acts of vandalism with criminal mischief and making graffiti, sources said.
Police say van containing explosives found in Philadelphia
A van containing explosives was found in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, as the city remains on high alert over days of unrest stemming from the police shooting death of Walter Wallace Jr., according to a report. The van was found at Logan Circle in the Center City neighborhood, WPVI reported. Police fired 14 shots at Wallace, though police have not said how many times he was hit. The officers involved in the killing have been taken off the street as the shooting is investigated. On Wednesday, Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said the department will release bodycam footage and the audio of 911 calls made in connection to the fatal shooting.
Marymount College offers NYC campus as early voting site to ease crowds
The elections agency underestimated the number of voters who would flock to early voting sites starting last weekend. Marymount Manhattan College president Kerry Walk committed to offering space at her campus for an early voting site after being approached by state Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, who represents the UES. “I spoke today with Dr. Kerry Walk, the President of Marymount Manhattan College, and asked her for assistance,” Seawright said. Walk stepped up immediately and informed me that Marymount Manhattan College can host early voting on the college campus on Saturday, October 31st, and Sunday, November 1.”Seawright then asked Commissioner Townsend for her support to add Marymount as a supplemental early voting site. The BOE added nine hours to the schedule from Friday through Sunday to try to reduce long lines at the 88 early voting sites.
UK police chiefs warn COVID rule-flouting Christmas parties will be broken up
Police chiefs in the UK warned that family holiday gatherings may be broken up if they flout coronavirus restrictions. Top cops in the counties of West Midlands and Merseyside said officers will intervene if they get reports of COVID-19 rule-breaking over the festive period, The Daily Mail reported. The West Midlands are currently under Tier 2 restrictions, meaning people can’t mix with anyone outside their own households or “bubble” indoors. Jamieson also warned people against holding large gatherings inside during the upcoming Hanukkah and Diwali celebrations. Jane Kennedy, the police and crime commissioner in Merseyside, which is currently a Tier 3 region, said she would also probe reports of illegal gatherings over Christmas.
Nets honor Basquiat, a Kevin Durant favorite, with new alternate threads
But the late artist is still impacting the Brooklyn borough where he was born and the Nets now play. And their latest “City Edition” jersey will fete Basquiat, a 1970s street artist who made the transition to galleries before dying at 27. Nets star Kevin Durant has cited Basquiat as someone who inspired him; now he’ll don a Basquiat-inspired uniform. Durant talked with Overtime CEO Dan Porter about studying various giants in their field, and cited Basquiat. Earlier this month, photos appeared online of the Nets’ retro-style 1990s vintage New Jersey uniforms from the Kenny Anderson-Derrick Coleman-Drazen Petrovic era.
Top-ranking US Space Force officer tests positive for COVID-19
A top-ranking officer in the US Space Force has tested positive for COVID-19, the Air Force said in a statement Wednesday. “The Department of the Air Force continues to follow established DoD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention policies and guidelines for COVID,” the statement says. “Measures include temperature testing, social distancing to the greatest extent possible, the wearing of masks when social distancing is not possible, and contact tracing and quarantining, if needed,” it adds. The Space Force is a division of the Air Force that was created in 2019 to maintain “mission ready space forces” for warfare in space, according to the US Defense Department. As of Tuesday, the Air Force had recorded a total of 8,741 coronavirus cases among their military employees.
Idaho mayoral candidate, coffee shop manager dead in suspected murder-suicide
A mayoral candidate in Idaho and a woman who manages a local coffee shop were found shot dead in a possible murder-sucide last week, a report said. Jared Murphy, 28, a police officer running to be mayor of Bellevue, and 34-year-old Ashley Midby died of gunshot wounds last Thursday at a cafe on the city’s Main Street, police told the Idaho State Journal. Midby managed Coffee Corner, where they were both found, the report said. Investigators did not reveal who they believe the murderer is, but said it appears the two knew each other. Murphy, a police officer in the nearby city of Hailey, unsuccessfully ran to be Bellevue’s mayor in 2018, the report said.
Ask Amy: Friend who is reeling needs soft place to land
I try to remind her of the joys in life and encourage her to take a mental break now and then. I didn’t need anyone to “fix” it for me; I just needed people to be with me through it. Dear Amy: I have a very dear male friend (married) who has suddenly begun making inappropriate comments to me. I am also married, and his wife is a good friend. I want to tell him to stop, but don't want to ruin our friendship in any way.
Miss Manners: Groom’s mother wants to contribute more than money to the wedding
While you should expect your son and his fiancee to be grateful for your financial generosity, Miss Manners does not see the connection between that and your question. ADDear Miss Manners: How do I address a sympathy card to a widow, whom I have never met, of a client? Miss Manners considers the extra time this will take to be well spent and trusts that you will as well. New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on washingtonpost.com/advice. You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website, missmanners.com.
Carolyn Hax: To summarize, you want to exclude her because she’s disabled?
My husband's family is local, and my family is not. — HostHost: I think this is a no-brainer, if we cut the question down to its basic elements: You want to exclude your disabled in-law for being disabled. AD— AnonymousAnonymous: If that’s what Host really wants, then that’s what Host needs to say. Carolyn: I didn't agree to it right away because I am afraid she will say yes and then get overwhelmed. It’s imperative that you’re inclusive — and it’s also important for your sister-in-law to know when to step away to a quiet place when she’s overwhelmed.
Coronavirus live updates: Fauci expresses support for national mask mandate amid record-setting coronavirus infections
Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, appeared to call for a nationwide mask mandate for the first time on Wednesday in a series of interviews with the CNBC and the Journal of the American Medical Association. “We haven’t,” Smith interrupted, before going on to ask Fauci if it was time for a national mandate. “You know, yes,” Fauci replied. President Trump has resisted calls to issue a nationwide mask mandate, something that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has said he would do if elected. He emphasized that getting 90 percent or more of the population to wear masks could be a key to avoiding future lockdowns.
'Medicated' Halloween edibles resembling name-brand candy prompt Indiana State Police warning
Parents in Indiana have been warned to be extra vigilant with any Halloween candy given to their young trick-or-treaters this year. In a recent Facebook post, the Indiana State Police shared photos of seized holiday edibles featuring packaging that resembles that of actual name brands -- but with the word “medicated” printed on the wrapper along with cannabis symbols. “Parents, here is an example of what to look for in your child's Halloween candy this year,” the post reads. THIS IS THE 'WORST HALLOWEEN CANDY,' ACCORDING TO NEW SURVEY“These are not official Mars products as they were not created nor supported by the company,” a company spokesperson confirmed for Fox News. Aside from marijuana-related edibles and any other potential candy tampering, parents and children will have to deal with the coronavirus pandemic this Halloween.
Oregon health official dresses as clown to announce COVID-19 death toll
This is no laughing matter. A senior Oregon health official is going viral for dressing up as a clown to announce the latest coronavirus death toll. Claire Poche, a senior health adviser for the Oregon Health Authority, wore white and red face makeup along with a red tie with a polka dot shirt in the somber video announcement. “As of today, there have been 38,160 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, with 390 new cases being reported today,” she started her virtual presentation after introducing herself. “Sadly, we are also reporting three deaths today, bringing the statewide total for COVID-19-related deaths to 608,” she said.
Live Updates: Hurricane Zeta battering Gulf Coast; At least 1 dead
Hurricane Zeta continues to batter the Gulf Coast and produce life-threatening storm surge, as well as, strong winds over southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi. At least one person has died, a 55-year-old man who was electrocuted by a downed power line, according to a Louisiana coroner. The storm knocked out power to thousands and threatened to push up to 9 feet of seawater inland in a region already pounded by multiple storms this year. Zeta made landfall Wednesday evening near Cocodrie in southeastern Louisiana as a Category 2 stormFollow below for more updates on Hurricane Zeta. Mobile users click here.
Live Updates: Philadelphia imposes curfew after 2 consecutive nights of violence
Philadelphia imposed a citywide curfew Wednesday after two nights of unrest that saw violent clashes between demonstrators and police. The curfew will run from 9 p.m.to 6 a.m. Thursday. Businesses were notified in a message from the city managing director's office. Follow below for more updates on the unrest in Philadelphia. Mobile users click here.
Girl Scouts delete social media post congratulating Amy Coney Barrett on Supreme Court appointment
The Girl Scouts of America deleted a social media post on its official Twitter and Facebook pages Wednesday evening congratulating Amy Coney Barrett on her appointment to the Supreme Court. "Girl Scouts of the USA is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization," the statement added. "When other conservatives trashed Girl Scouts for leftist ideas, I defended it,” she added. Those of you bashing the organization, please remember there are conservatives that support Girl Scouts too. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe post congratulating Barrett is not the first time the Girl Scouts has shown support for female figures in the political arena.
Asian credit 'stays positive', but risks remain: BlackRock
Asian credit 'stays positive', but risks remain: BlackRockThe rise in coronavirus cases, the delay in an additional U.S. fiscal stimulus package and the upcoming U.S. election give us some reason to be cautious, says Neeraj Seth of BlackRock.
This 32-year-old's start-up is helping thousands of Malaysians find work during the pandemic
"In one weekend, we trained the equivalent of a month's worth of workers," Chia told CNBC Make It. Pandemic readyUnder the pandemic, the six-year-old company has seen its network of gig workers — known as GoGetters — almost double to 20,000 amid surging demand for casual work. Francesca Chia, co-founder and CEO of Malaysian on-demand work platform GoGet. Protecting gig workersStill, gig work platforms are not without their critics due to the perceived lack of protection they offer workers. "We always wanted to make sure that people didn't start associating gig work to low protection.
At least one dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast
Waves crash over Lake Pontchartrain as Hurricane Zeta makes landfall on October 28, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. "Guys, we received the brunt of Zeta, and Zeta gave us a good punch," McInnis told WDSU-TV. Zeta had top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph) as a Category 2 hurricane at landfall and is the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season — with over a month left to go. Tropical storm warnings were issued as far away as the north Georgia mountains, highly unusual for the region. New Orleans was in the warning areas of six previous storms that veered east or west this season.
Sony shares pop on strong outlook. One analyst predicts it could rise another 50%
A man walks past the logo of Japans Sony displayed at the company's showroom in Tokyo on October 28, 2020. KAZUHIRO NOGI | AFP via Getty ImagesSINGAPORE — Shares of Sony surged in Tokyo on Thursday, a day after the Japanese electronics giant raised its annual profit forecast. Sony shares in Japan were up 6.3% in Thursday afternoon trade even though Japan's broader index, the Nikkei 225, was lower by around 0.3% On Wednesday, Sony raised its forecast for its annual operating income by 13% to 700 billion yen (approx. It came as the firm announced a operating profit of about 317.8 billion yen (around $3.04 billion) for the three months ended Sept. 30. Jefferies Asia's Atul Goyal told CNBC on Thursday that he's "extremely bullish" on Sony.
Samsung reports bumper profits but warns of slump ahead
Analysts polled by data provider Refinitiv had predicted 11.1 trillion won ($9.8 billion) in operating profit. Samsung said sales for the third quarter rose about 6% to 67 trillion won ($59 billion). Smartphone sales for the quarter were 29.81 trillion won ($26.3 billion), up 6% from the same period last year. It added that it also expects smartphone sales to decline and marketing costs to increase because of the competitive market environment. Rival smartphone maker launched its highly anticipated iPhone 12, its first 5G enabled device, this month.
Analysis: Two words describe the Senate's latest Big Tech hearing: Worthless and petty
For many, the testimony of Big Tech CEOs may evoke a similar feeling. There will be no damning self-incrimination on camera that leads to a dramatic and wholesale reversal of fortunes for Big Tech. Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai if an employee who had criticized her had been fired. Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson read out a tweet that had identified itself as satire and had falsely claimed Johnson had strangled a dog. "Republicans can and should join us in addressing the real problems posed by Big Tech," Markey said.
Committee to Hold Hearing with Big Tech CEOs on Section 230
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?,”at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28. The hearing will examine whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has outlived its usefulness in today’s digital age. Witness es:Mr. Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer, TwitterMr. Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer, Alphabet Inc., GoogleMr. Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer, FacebookHearing Details:Wednesday, October 28, 202010:00 a.m.Full Committee HearingThis hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream.
Kim Kardashian West's clueless birthday party (opinion)
She is at work on a book about how women are conditioned to compete with one another. (CNN) Kim Kardashian West, you may have heard, turned 40 this week. To celebrate, the television personality threw herself a big party on a private island and invited along a few dozen friends. As part of the celebration, she shared the event with her 190 million and 67 million followers on Instagram and Twitter, respectively, because sharing is what Kardashian West does. Kardashian made a point to note that her friends were asked to quarantine for two weeks before the event.
El Paso hospitals at breaking point amid rise in coronavirus cases
Critical Covid-19 patients are being airlifted from El Paso to other cities in Texas. The county judge has imposed an overnight curfew and a mask mandate to control the spread.
UK rejects 'Britain First' trade policy, taking swipes at U.S. and EU
A British ten pound banknote is seen in a photo illustration taken March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Illustration/FilesThe COVID-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on global supply chains, fanning global trade tensions as nations scramble for scarce goods and try to protect their own economic interests. Trade minister Liz Truss will set out the principles that underpin Britain’s future trade policy in a speech that takes aim at the damage caused by both protectionism and unfettered state-subsidisation. Britain is urgently negotiating a trade deal with the EU to avoid widespread disruption when a transition period of de-facto EU membership ends on Dec. 31. It has also put a U.S. free trade agreement at the top of its post-Brexit wish list.
EU arms itself against U.S. and others in trade disputes
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Yves HermanBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will arm itself with potential punitive tariffs against the United States and other rivals if they take advantage of World Trade Organization paralysis and refuse to settle trade disputes. The move allows any WTO member unhappy with the finding of a lower-level WTO panel to launch an appeal into a void, leaving a case in legal limbo. Under the plan, the European Union would be able to take retaliatory action based on a WTO panel finding if another country tried to block a final settlement. The new EU law will extend to possible trade measures for services and for intellectual property rights and could also be used in disputes over bilateral trade agreements, such as the deal the EU is trying to strike with Britain.
Pictures of the decade: Part one
Below is a selection of some of the best Reuters pictures taken between 2010 and 2019, accompanied by the photographers' comments. As responders dealt with the aftermath, Eduardo Munoz found a young girl being treated for a head wound. Surrounded by royal well-wishers, Dylan Martinez took the picture from the Queen Victoria Memorial in front the palace. Story Goran Tomasevic won first prize in the 2014 World Press Photo spot news stories category with pictures of rebel fighters in Syria preparing for an attack on a military post. For part two of Pictures of the decade click here.
Marvell nears deal to buy Inphi - WSJ
(Reuters) - Marvell Technology Group Ltd MRVL.O is nearing the acquisition of Inphi Corp IPHI.O with the deal valued at about $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported here on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Airbus sets quarterly cash goal, takes heavy restructuring charge
FILE PHOTO: A logo of Airbus is seen at the entrance of its factory in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, July 2, 2020. The European planemaker, which is slashing jobs to cope with collapsing air travel demand, also took a 1.2-billion-euro ($1.42 billion) restructuring charge that drove it to an operating loss despite a better-than-expected underlying quarterly operating profit of 820 million euros. The underlying or adjusted operating profit marked a 49% drop from the same period last year, while revenues fell 27% to 11.2 billion euros. Analysts were expecting quarterly adjusted operating profit of 708 million euros on revenues of 11.439 billion, according to a company-compiled consensus. However, the announcement came as France and Germany, where Airbus has its main factories, announced new restrictions to try to contain a resurgence of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Banks roll out robots as pandemic shakes up IT plans
LONDON (Reuters) - When banks were flooded with loan requests from businesses struggling with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, hastily built robots helped several lenders cope with the deluge. It is a pattern that has played out across banks globally, where technology changes that would usually take months were done in a matter of days. Global IT spend by banks is set to shrink by 1.7% this year to $200 billion, down from $203.5 billion in 2019, based on IDC data. “Banks are struggling to deploy new software,” David Buxton, chief executive of Arachnys, a startup that sells compliance technology to banks. McNamara said the pandemic was a factor in the decision as there was strong demand for the bank’s existing mobile app, which has added 700,000 users since the pandemic started.
Pompeo to find 'new ways' to cooperate with Indonesia in South China Sea
JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said Washington would find new ways to cooperate with Indonesia in the South China Sea and respected Jakarta’s efforts to safeguard its own waters while rejecting China’s “unlawful” claims in the area. Retno said she wanted a “stable and peaceful” South China Sea where international law is respected. ECONOMIC COOPERATIONRetno said on Thursday she reminded Pompeo of the “free and independent” foreign policy of Southeast Asia’s largest country and called for greater economic co-operation. “President (Jokowi) emphasised that Indonesia wants economic cooperation between the two countries increasing in the future, including extension of GSP facilities for Indonesia,” Retno said of Pompeo’s meeting with the Indonesian leader. Before his visit to Indonesia, Pompeo visited India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.