Alec Baldwin has said that George Clooney’s comments over the fatal shooting on the set of Rust “really didn’t help the situation at all.”
With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases predicted this winter, President Joe Biden on Thursday appealed for Americans to get their boosters and get behind …
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday warned that countries in the Asia-Pacific region need to strengthen healthcare services and focus on vaccinating their …
Chinese companies will have to disclose more information about audits and whether they are controlled by a government or else leave US stock markets, under a rule approved by American securities regulators.
One day after the first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was confirmed in California, five more cases were identified in New York along with two more in Colorado and Minnesota.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday published answers to a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Omicron variant of coronavirus …
Malaysia said Friday it has detected its first case of the new omicron strain of the coronavirus in a foreign student who returned to the …
BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after a broad rally on Wall Street as investors kept an eye on the spread of the new coronavirus…
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The jolt Taysom Hill provided for the injury-riddled, reeling New Orleans Saints against Dallas on Thursday night dissolved in a slew of…
Cam Johnson and Cameron Payne both scored 19 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to their franchise-record 18th win in a row, beating the Detroit Pistons, 114-103, …
A teenager accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school was called to the office before the shooting but “no discipline was warranted,” the superintendent said Thursday in his first extended remarks since the tragedy.
A low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm 'Jawad', the India Meteorological Department said on Friday.
The cyclonic …
Company executives are beginning to consider different permanent work models for their employees as the coronavirus pandemic, and the spread of the Omicron variant, destabilize …
The court was hearing a plea seeking emergency steps to control worsening air pollution situation in Delhi and the National Capital.
The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has called for the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for those who are above 40 …
Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday night's win over the Saints, in which the team played without him and five assistants, was "a great experience for us."
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Indian authorities issued an alert, shut schools and canceled trains in parts of the country on Friday as rescue teams braced for a…
Arguments before the Supreme Court this week signaled that the conservative-leaning bench may dramatically limit abortion rights in the United States.
Pope Francis has met the leader of Cyprus’ Greek Orthodox Church with the aim of further mending an ideological and political rift between the Catholic West and the Orthodox East that dates back nearly a millennium.
Jury selection moved forward Thursday in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright ’s shooting death, with a 10th juror …
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday more than a dozen arrests after a series of smash-and-grab thefts across the city in …
New York, which had lost eight straight in regulation, is winless in five games at UBS Arena, its $1.1 billion new home next to Belmont Park.
Julius Randle had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, but missed two free throws and had a turnover that led to LaVine's free throws.
India adds 9,216 new cases in the last 24 hours. Daily positivity rate (0.80%) less than 2% for last 60 days. Weekly Positivity …
WASHINGTON - China will cut to no more than 10 days the time required for approval of travel by US business executives its ambassador to the United S
Both chambers of Congress passed a bill Thursday to fund the government through Feb. 18 – 11 more weeks – narrowly avoiding a shutdown . The …
The Philippines on [Friday] rolled out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for adults.
Ever since the detection of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, parents of students studying in schools in Hyderabad are worried.
Japan's plan to release oil from strategic reserves in coordination with the United States and other consuming countries remains unchanged despite the recent drop …
Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma's position in the Indian Test team had become untenable due to prolonged run of poor form and more than …
The Philippines on Friday reported 544 new COVID-19 cases, the 10th consecutive day it recorded less than 1,000 new infections, data from the health department showed.
Biocon said that its subsidiary Biocon Pharma has received approval of its ANDA for mycophenolic acid from the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). …
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi demanded that the government should regulate the online gaming industry and impose a uniform tax on it.
Laura Ingraham slammed the Biden administration's performance on COVID-19 amid the push for vaccine mandates during her opening monologue on Thursday's " Ingraham Angle . …
The Gujarat health department on Friday informed that the samples obtained from the Zimbabwe resident's arrival in Jamnagar have been sent for laboratory testing …
President Joe Biden helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday while remembering those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and crediting the American people for his optimism.
The Philippines has administered some 90 million COVID-19 shots and fully vaccinated nearly half of its target population, government said.
New Delhi: Driven by the reopening of the retail, hospitality and education sectors after a long 18-20 months of pandemic-driven lockdowns, India saw a 26
The United States and the European Union held their second high-level meeting concerning China as the two sides attempt to foster a united policy to confront and work with the Asian nation amid growing tensions.
Amid the ongoing war of words between the TMC and the Congress, the ruling camp in West Bengal on Friday launched a fresh attack on …
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday informed the Lok Sabha that Punjab had reported four deaths due to shortage of Oxygen during the second …
Turkey’s beleaguered currency has been plunging to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro in recent months as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan …
French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the energy-rich Persian Gulf Friday, hoping to seal a major arms contract after this fall's Australian submarine …
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Bosnian police on Friday arrested seven people suspected of war crimes against civilians during the 1992-95 conflict in the Balkan country, …
Police in California said they have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection to the fatal shooting of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant.
A Chinese real estate developer warned Friday it might fail to pay off a $400 million bond due next week, adding to financial strains in …
A man who believes he’s a wolf trapped in a human body is focus of film about species dysphoria.
Eight years after he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Geoffrey Easterling remains astonished by the Confederate history still memorialized on the storied academy’s campus .
The state rested its case at Jussie Smollett's trial Thursday after key testimony from two brothers who said the former “Empire" actor plotted a racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago and paid them to carry it out.
President Joe Biden looked out over an audience of government scientists and framed his latest plan for fighting COVID-19 as an opportunity to at last put an end to divisiveness over the virus, calling the politicization of the issue a “sad, sad commentary.”
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and private broadcasting group Viacom18 on Friday entered into a multi-year partnership to live-broadcast NBA games and programming …
A total of 10 persons suspected to be infected with the Omicron Covid variant have been admitted to Delhi's LNJP Hospital.
The decision came after days of growing international pressure on the government to allow the journalist to attend the ceremony in Norway.
In his Netflix docuseries 'Coming Out Colton,' former Bachelor Colton Underwood explains what really led him to jump the fence during his season.
Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James is cleared to return to play after a brief stint isolated from his team due to the NBA's Covid-19 health and safety protocols.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Mangiapane and Milan Lucic scored on the power play, and the Calgary Flames won their fourth straight road game, 3-2 over the Los…
Lebanon’s information minister is expected to announce his resignation Friday, in a bid to ease an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf …
Cheri Burness' dog was the first to signal something was wrong with their tap water. He stopped drinking it two weeks ago. Then Burness started feeling stomach cramps. Her 12-year-old daughter was nauseous.
The Omicron coronavirus variant threatens to fuel soaring inflation in the United States by further pressuring supply chains and worsening worker shortages, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester …
A man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an intellectually disabled woman in an Arizona long-term health care facility was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday, according to prosecutors.
A Libyan court has ruled that a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi can compete in upcoming presidential elections, overturning a decision by …
The National Football League ( NFL ) announced Thursday it has suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown and two other players for violating its COVID-19 …
Indian rupee was trading in a narrow range in morning trade on Friday amid uncertainties over the global economic recovery in the wake of the …
Michael Coleman's house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling oil refinery whose sounds and smells keep him up at night and a massive grain elevator that covers his pickup in dust and, he says, exacerbates his breathing problems.
The Oklahoma government has sued the Joe Biden administration over its Covid-19 vaccine mandate for the military deeming the order unconstitutional while
The head of a U.N. team investigating atrocities in Iraq said that Islamic State extremists committed crimes against humanity and war crimes at a …
Near the two-year anniversary of his death, Juice WRLD's new posthumous song 'Wandered To LA' with Justin Bieber is here.
Ryan Graves and Tomas Tatar scored for New Jersey. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 33 shots.
Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser and the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, keeps saying that his critics are “really criticizing science because I represent science.” Maybe he even believes it. But it might be time for science to find another spokesman.
Australia would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes …
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jeremy Swayman made 42 saves, Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo scored, and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 Thursday…
District Attorney John Chisholm said an overworked assistant prosecutor set the $1,000 bail Brooks paid days before allegedly driving into a Christmas parade.
FMCG stocks were trading in red, with the S&P BSE FMCG Sector index decreasing 92.43 points or 0.67% at 13776.16 at 13:51 IST. …
Shares of Vodafone Idea (VIL) hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 14.34, after they rallied another 12 per cent on the BSE …
Eligible candidates can apply for the vacancies on the official website npcilcareers.co.in till December 27 upto 4.00 PM.
NMDC Ltd is quoting at Rs 145.05, up 2.44% on the day as on 12:54 IST on the NSE. The stock is …
Key equity indices further extended losses and hit fresh intraday low in mid afternoon trade. Banks, financial services and FMCG stocks dragged. The Nifty slipped …
Skipper has received new orders of Rs 300 crore for transmission and telecom towers from Power Grid Corporation of India and from various export markets.
P aul isn’t dead. That John and George are does not mean we should rename their band Paul McCartney & The Beatles. One senses that some …
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Sa isang online forum, sinabi ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire na nananatili pa rin ang banta ng COVID-19.
AksharChem (India) Ltd, DE Nora India Ltd, Zee Learn Ltd and Medicamen Biotech Ltd are among the other gainers in the BSE's 'B' group …
Unichem Laboratories has received ANDA approval for its Aripiprazole Tablets USP, 2 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, and 30 mg
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi has released the PG counselling schedule for INI CET January 2022 batch.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday underlined the need for converting Fintech initiatives into Fintech revolution to provide a low-cost and reliable payment system …
The preliminary EU report on glyphosate prepared by the Dutch, Hungarian, French and Swedish regulatory agencies fails to take account of the vast majority of recent studies published
Two-wheeler market leader Hero MotoCorp on Friday announced the expansion of operations in Argentina with the opening of its flagship dealership in Buenos Aires …
Visiting mid-major powerhouse Saint Mary’s managed to pull out a 60-58 victory on the strength of two free throws by junior forward Alex Ducas with just under a second left.
New Delhi [India], December 3 (ANI/Mediawire): The Times Group has always engaged with young minds through the pages of the Times of India.
A disturbance will cross the area overnight allowing for a chance of a rain and snow mix, but mainly for areas to the north along the Wisconsin state line.
The Supreme Court Friday refused to entertain the bail plea filed on health grounds by jailed businessman Rakesh Wadhawan, accused of money laundering in the …
India’s government plans to bridge the gaps in employment data by next year, with officials gathering details on the job status of about half a …
India and the US have achieved some "historic milestones" in their ties, despite the challenges posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19), New Delhi's top envoy …
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Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Friday said it has entered into a pact with Kemroc, a global manufacturer of attachments for excavators and backhoe loaders, …
Attacking Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the suspension of 12 Opposition MPs, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday said that the protest by the ruling …
Congress, RJD, CPI, CPI(M), NCP, DMK and AAP jointly gave suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha on Friday and demanded a discussion on …
Drug firm Morepen Laboratories on Friday said it has received approval from the US health regulator to market its anti-allergy drug Fexofinadine Hydrochloride in …
Reflecting the steady pace of business, bank credit rose by 6.97 per cent in 12 months ended November 19, 2021, according to Reserve Bank …
Women officers have been appointed on board major warships of the Indian Navy, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar said on Friday.
President Duterte should have some time to choose which of the remaining presidential contenders he would endorse, his acting spokesman said.
The fatal attacks occurred about two hours apart.
In a new set of directions to prevent further deterioration of air quality in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), the Centre's air …
The government on Friday sought Parliament's nod for gross additional spending of over Rs 3.73 lakh crore in the current financial year.
According to the military, Daulah Islamiyah's new amir Asim Karinda alias Abu Azim was a trained IED fabricator and bomb maker.
Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider …
Lamine Diack, the controversial former president of the International Athletics Federation, has died, his family said Friday. He was 88. “Yes, I confirm.
Specialty chemical company Aether Industries plans to file preliminary documents for an initial public offering of as much as Rs 1,000 crore next week, …
Indian banks have ceded the payment ground to financial technology companies, but it is time to “wake up!”, said Uday Kotak, managing director and …
Jaipur: Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif's rumoured wedding preparations are in full swing! The two are just a few days away from tying the knot at Six
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Consequent to the above-mentioned allotment, the paid-up capital of the company has increased from 25,03,43,252 equity shares …
Two passengers, who arrived at the Tiruchirapalli airport and Chennai airport from Singapore and the UK have tested COVID positive.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday called for a "collective global action" for effective regulation of ever-changing technology and tech-driven payment systems.
Glyphosate: EU Assessment Report Excludes Most of the Scientific Literature from Its Analysis By Claire Robinson, December 03, 2021 In total, 92% of the scientific studies published on the toxicity or ecotoxicity of the world’s most widely used pesticide were judged as irrelevant or unreliable by the RAR. Omicron Variant Sends Vaccine Makers’ Stocks Soaring, …
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bryce Pope had a career-high 24 points as UC San Diego got past Eastern Michigan 83-74 on Thursday night. Pope made 9 of 12 shots.
This further delays her anticipated debut, 'Pretty B*tch Music,' but in exchange, Saweetie promises plenty of collabs on the new project.
Indian Energy Exchange Ltd clocked volume of 24.58 lakh shares by 10:51 IST on BSE, a 5.39 times surge over two-week …
The United States is tracking enough indicators and warnings surrounding Russian military activity near Ukraine to trigger "a lot of concern" and Russian rhetoric appears …
Despite plenty of sunshine, it'll stay on the chilly side today.
Ashoka Buildcon added 3.58% to Rs 99.95 after the company emerged as the lowest (L-1) bidder for a Ministry of Road Transport & Highways …
SBI Mutual Fund (MF) sold 9,948 equity shares or 0.0424% stake of Prataap Snacks as on 1 December 2021.
Post transaction, SBI Mutual Fund …
J ustice Clarence Thomas gets it.
Justice Thomas made headlines in the arguments over the Mississippi abortion law. The back and forth with the Biden …
A demand was made in the Rajya Sabha on Friday to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the Uttar Pradesh Teachers Eligibility Test …
New Delhi: Smartphone maker Vivo is reportedly planning to launch its next handset Vivo V23 5G in the Indian market this month with a possibility of a Pro
Two bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday to extend the tenures of Directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate …
If you're bringing back "Annie," you better have a star who can shine like the top of the Chrysler Building .
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New Delhi: The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has mounted multifaceted and multiplatform information campaigns to deny accusations of forced labour, mass
The U.S. Postal Service says relief is coming to a Prince George’s County, Maryland, neighborhood that has seen its streets filled with hundreds of tractor trailers.
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party has held onto a seat in Parliament in a special election triggered by a lawmaker’s death. But the party saw…
BEIJING (AP) — China’s national men’s soccer team has replaced Li Tie as head coach with the country struggling to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
New Delhi: India has sent a proposal to Saudi Arabia and nine other countries for operating flights under the air bubble agreement, the government told
Have you bought a share worth Rs10,000 or more? There are more of them now and the total value of such companies--out of …
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Oil prices climbed on Friday, extending gains after OPEC+ said it would review supply additions ahead of …
Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was in Hyderabad recently to promote his recently released film 'Antim: The Final Truth'. He visited PVR cinemas
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Department of Justice's "ongoing investigation" into claims against the former New York governor is revealed in a contract between the current governor's office and a law firm.
In an embarrassment to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the country's embassy in Serbia on Friday shared a public message on its social media …
Citi Bike tries to keep up with New Yorkers’ new love of bicycling.
As companies are witnessing high attrition rates, an Advance Authority of Advance ruling states that GST can be levied on an employee for not serving …
LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of a controversial oil project near Scotland’s Shetland Islands, saying the project no longer makes economic…
As the Omicron variant heralds more uncertainty, international students weigh up their options.
The Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada rejected a grant request from Patanjali Kambhampati, professor chemistry at Montreal's McGill.
The actor is starring as the lead in BBC One’s 'You Don’t Know Me'.
FC Barcelona have an impressive shortlist of free signings they could make for next summer.
Milan Luthria’s remake of the Telugu film ‘RX 100’ stars Ahan Shetty and Tara Sutaria.
San Francisco: Artificial Intelligence (AI) researcher Timnit Gebru, fired from Google after sending an email of concern to her Ethical AI team, has set
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Charlie Munger told a conference Friday that markets are wildly overvalued in places and that the current environment is “even crazier” …
Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are "progressively getting worse" with drought, economic collapse, and displacement all pushing the population into.
Star Health will cut the offer for sale portion of its IPO after the offering received a tepid response in its subscription period ending yesterday, …
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Burger King is marking 64 years of its classic Whopper by slashing the cost to its original price.
After a stellar 9-3 start to the season, the Green Bay Packers appear to have one of the most desirable coaching staffs in the NFL.
Kenny Smith says Kemba Walker is a Ferrari and Tom Thibodeau doesn't know what to do with it after the hooper was pulled from the Knicks rotation this week.
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have reached a detente after weeks of hostility about high oil prices, with the OPEC+ cartel announcing a production …
A tooth sticking out of the nasal cavity of a man had obstructed his oxygen flow, resulting in prolonged difficulty in breathing.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Delhi government will install 1.40 lakh CCTV cameras in the city in the second phase of …
Airports in India are set to incorporate the facial recognition facility, Four airports will get the facility by March 2022.
New Delhi: Meta has announced that it is expanding 'Facebook Protect', its security programme for people that are more likely to be targeted by malicious
The alleged middleman warned that he would remain on a hunger strike till the United Kingdom government took action to ensure his release.
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Meta platforms owned Facebook India, said that the company gained Rs 9,326 crore during the FY 2020-21, which to gross revenue up by 41%.
SoftBank Group founder Masayoshi Son said that he believes in the future of India, which is going to be bright and he believes in the …
Beijing: Xiaomi is reportedly planning to announce its next major version of user interface (UI) 'MIUI 13' alongside the Xiaomi 12 smartphone soon.
Lifetime will run a "mini-movie" on Friday that is really a long-form advertisement from Procter & Gamble's Olay
The development of modern Dubai is highlighted in the Jameel Art Centre exhibition "Off Centre / On Stage."
Failure is neither glamorous nor desirable but experiencing it can be the catalyst for doing and achieving more than ever. What if your biggest failure turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to you? Following these seven steps can make that a reality.
New Delhi: As Apple and Google aim to control mobile app tracking on their respective platforms, the opt-out rate for mobile app tracking is expected to
‘We will discover how the commas shape the prose!’
San Francisco: Samsung is planning to launch its new premium smartphone 'Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G' in early January 2022 and now a new report has revealed
In a bid to strengthen its footprint in the renewable space, particularly solar energy, state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on Thursday signed …
The employees were eventually able to retrieve the papers.
India is reaching out to as many as 50–60 countries to leverage the stack it has built so that it can be used for the …
Karnataka Health department is worried about over 10 South African nationals, who have gone untraceable in Bengaluru, sources revealed.
‘I have no idea what time it is there’.
Gold prices rose on Friday but a more hawkish stance of U.S. Federal Reserve officials on stimulus tapering and interest rate rises kept the …
As Donald Trump's lawyers try to block the White House from releasing records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the former president faces a flurry of other investigations .
During his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh convinced Sen. Susan Collins that he thought a woman’s right to an abortion was “settled law,” calling the court cases affirming it “precedent on precedent” that could not be casually overturned.
Paul Thomas Anderson's “Licorice Pizza” has been named the best film of the year by the National Board of Review.
Kulsum Mustafa By Kulsum Mustafa Krishna Janmabhoomi suit-Thakur Keshavdevji Maharaj and others (Petitioners) Vs. Intezamiya Committee and others (Opp
At least 20,000 Amazon employees tested postive for COVID-19 last year—and the online retail giant claimed only 27 of those cases were contracted …
Even in a city hardened to senseless violence, the killing of Jacquelyn Smith was shocking.
The 54-year-old engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground was …
Para malaman kung eligible na sa booster shots, dapat lagpas 6 na buwan na mula nang makumpleto ang dalawang doses ng COVID-19 vaccines.
A diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment might worry an older adult, who could see it as a stepping stone to dementia. But a new study suggests one does not necessarily lead to the other.
Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday said it will launch an optional audio recording pilot program in three U.S. cities to enhance safety, allowing drivers …
India's policy on Taiwan is clear and consistent and it is focused on promoting interactions in areas of trade, investment and tourism among others, …
A nearly three-hour lockdown of the UN headquarters ended peacefully when an apparently mentally distraught mystery man holding a gun to his throat in …
Government this week abolished food processing center Northern Foods Corporation (NFC), according to a document that Malacañang released on Friday.
This peek-a-boo pipsqueak is best known for dazzling audiences with her magical harmonies, can you guess who she is?
A gangly pre-teen struggles with insecurity as he navigates the awkward stages of adolescence in this cute, clever cartoon reboot.
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Colton Underwood's friendship with Gus Kenworthy takes center stage in 'Coming Out Colton,' and you can listen to their first time meeting on a podcast.
The digger bee's quest to find a partner was filmed as part of the Discovery+ series "The Mating Game."
This is the second-highest position at the global economic body.
Federal Reserve policymakers on Thursday sounded sanguine about the economic impact of the latest COVID-19 variant, but flagged rising inflation in remarks that suggested …
Apple TV+’s Dickinson is all about Emily Dickinson’s (Hailee Steinfeld) legacy as a poet, so it’s only fitting that she would come face to …
Brazil’s northeast, long a victim of droughts, is now effectively turning into a desert. The cause? Climate change and the landowners who are most affected.
With ongoing supply chain challenges threatening to derail holiday shopping, some are looking for gifts on Facebook Marketplace, eBay and Craigslist. …
The U.S. Space Force plans to launch a cluster of experimental satellites known as STP-3, including a NASA laser communications spacecraft, into orbit Sunday morning from Florida.
College football conference championship games, the MLS Cup Playoffs and a PGA Tour golf tournament highlight the weekend sports schedule. The NFL, NBA, NHL and college basketball regular seasons also continue.
Franka Potente, who made her feature film directorial debut with "Home," in theaters and video-on-demand Friday, said she was inspired by the beauty and brutality that can exist within the same person.
Toby Stephens says his young-adult spy thriller, "Alex Rider," out Friday on IMDB TV, is family entertainment that also smartly addresses some mature topics such as wealth, power, corruption, technology and addiction.
Star Meagan Good and creator Tracey Oliver discuss their new Amazon Prime original series "Harlem," out Friday. Good plays a professor struggling with her career and love life with the support of three friends.
On Dec. 3, 2015, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced all combat roles in the U.S. armed forces would be opened to women.
Experts say cultivators need financial incentives to take up stubble management and must be encouraged to shift away from growing paddy.
Episode 7 brought out a more shameful side of Austin Dickinson
Where do subscription services come from? Well, the concept has been around for hundreds of years.
Amid rising violence in Oakland, Sheng Thao is proposing a new cash incentive to help recruit officers to the city's police department.
The omicron era has begun, and with it the same political arguments that have grown as tiresome and troubling as the coronavirus itself.
Joe Biden …
De Guzman on Friday said he would use his background on customs administration to fight corruption in the graft-ridden Bureau of Customs.
Have you considered looking beyond the four walls and sprucing up your outdoor spaces such as the backyards, patio, balcony or terrace? After all, your …
Randal Quarles, the former regulatory chief of the Federal Reserve , said on Thursday that U.S. regulators may “unnecessarily” hamper innovation around so-called stablecoins …
Mumbai: It seems like Bigg Boss 15 house has finally woken up after the wild card contestants -- Rakhi Sawant, Ritesh, Devoleena Bhattacharjee and Rashami
Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley examined recent legal setbacks for the Biden administration during an appearance on "The Ingraham Angle" on Thursday night.
Turley said …
Jens Stoltenberg NATO secretary-general has warned that the American-led military alliance should be ready for a worst-case scenario amid Russian preparations for a Ukrainian invasion
A Florida man who served as the music minister at a church is accused of fatally shooting his wife and two adult children, officials said.
Healthtech startup Cerebriu partners with Danish hospital.
Government said it had transparent metrics for tightening curbs and would not raise COVID-19 alert levels haphazardly over the Omicron variant.
Hyderabad: The decrease in age for Aasara pension has become more of an inconvenience to the aged and poor people than a relief. Officials of the Finance
Hindustan Zinc added 3.15% to Rs 343.65 after the company said that its board will meet on Tuesday, 7 December 2021 to consider …
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sold another 934,091 shares of the electric-vehicle maker worth $1.01 billion to meet his tax obligations related …
Japan must maintain its expansive fiscal policy until its economic recovery from the pandemic is on track and not dial back its ultra-loose monetary …
Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs has urged the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to postpone all the upcoming December matches following a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.
Sharon Weinstein: “It is especially important to gather in Brussels together with Christian parliamentarians . to encourage them to broadcast their voice in the international arena.” …
The concern over the new Covid-19 variant Omicron may delay the Reserve Bank of India’s plan to normalise the extreme accommodative monetary stance, which …
DIY and home improvement business Wickes has said customers are continuing to flock to stores although not at the same levels as at the height of the pandemic a year ago.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday reached out to the people from flood-affected YSR Kadapa district to provide reassurance of …
In a consensus decision aimed at protecting the world from future infectious diseases crises, the decision to call a special session of the World Health Assembly …
Israel has urged the United States to halt the nuclear talks with Iran immediately, accusing Iran of having begun to enrich uranium with advanced centrifuges.
The Automobile Association believes the error is part of a bigger problem.
At the conclusion of what clearly had been another frustrating first half for the Knicks, TV cameras caught Julius Randle and teammate Evan Fournier in …
Post a light drizzle, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more colder days for Delhi after it recorded the season's lowest maximum temperature …
The Chinese embassy here has confirmed that an energy project in Sri Lanka's northern province has been suspended
"Sino Soar Hybrid Technology, being suspended …
Maybe Nate Solder will be back with the Giants in the final year of his contract in 2022. Maybe he will sign a contract extension. …
Hyderabad: There is progress in the allotment of JNNURM housing units which were pending for many years. On the instruction of Chief Minister K
The Basti Dawakhanas, or neighbourhood clinics, network in Hyderabad and its suburbs will be expanded by the GHMC.
They’ve donned different names over the years — Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and simply Starship — but through it all, one title remains: Rock & Roll Hall of Famers.
The Rangers’ second power-play unit has just one goal through 21 games this season, scored by defenseman Jacob Trouba in the 4-1 win …
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Andre Blake shook his head at the photo that captured the Jamaican goalie carried off the pitch on the shoulders of his Philadelphia Union…
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The head of the most populous province in the Solomon Islands said the country would likely switch diplomatic ties back to Taiwan if the…
Edinson Cavani has expressed a desire to leave Old Trafford for LaLiga next summer, according to the Times. The paper says the Uruguay striker wants to play for Barcelona before his career ends, with the Catalan side able to sign the 34-year-old on a free transfer when his contract with Manchester United ends.
It was a chocolate biscuit that turned Masayuki Iwasa, a self-professed penny-pincher with a sweet tooth, into one of Japan's most scrupulous …
CAMDEN, ALA.—Madison “Skip” Nicholson retired from his job as a deputy with the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Department a couple years ago, but he never …
When Mala Gaonkar and Divya Nettimi open their hedge funds in 2022, some bankers and investors expect they could each start with $1 billion or …
"If your home is exposed from hurricane damage, hail, or wind and rain then enters through the vulnerable area, your homeowners insurance policy may cover any subsequent damage."
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Rocky Lombardi was looking for a new place to play football after deciding to transfer from Michigan State nearly a year ago. Northern Illinois, meanwhile…
On December 5 1921, the Football Association passed a resolution prohibiting women's soccer matches from being played in their stadiums. To mark the 100th anniversary on Sunday, Women's FA Cup Final is being played as part of a day celebrating the women's game their organization stymied for 50 years
Jalen Pitre stuck with his long-time commitment to Baylor while every other recruit bailed in the wake of a horrendous scandal. He was in a class all by himself…
Communist Party of China Sixth Plenum resolution has acknowledged that Beijing Cultural Revolution was a mistake according to a report
Nicole Kidman stunned in an elegant white dress at the premiere of 'Being the Ricardos' in New York.
An assailant randomly stabbed two men in separate attacks in Morningside Heights on Thursday night — leaving one of the victims in grave condition, police …
Citigroup Inc has applied for a securities license in China as the New York-based bank eyes a bigger presence in the world's second …
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — JoJo Wooden thought after he was one of the final cuts by the Arizona Cardinals during training camp in 1993 that his best avenue to…
Mike LaFleur was blunt when describing Zach Wilson’s performance against the Texans.
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In January 2020, the court had directed the administration of the Union Territory to publish all such directives.
So it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We're getting signs of snow, that for once isn't under Kat’s nose. But …
Saint Paul police are investigating the city’s 35th homicide of the year after a man was stabbed and killed on Thursday night. The Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call …
Mumbai: Marking legendary India's Test and ODI skipper Mithali Raj's birthday, Viacom18 Studios on Friday announced the release date for 'Shabaash Mithu',
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Nvidia's acquisition of British chip designer Arm is looking increasingly unlikely, according to Gartner semiconductor analyst Alan Priestley.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that lasted more than 100 days…
Shares of Grab Holdings tumbled on its first trading day on the Nasdaq, after completing the world’s biggest ever merger involving a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC.
Imprisoned Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny has paid a fine of 850000 rubles 11500 in a libel case involving a World War II veteran the press service
Clark County Schools Superintendent Jesus Jara usually sits to the right of school board President Linda Cavazos during trustee meetings. Lately, Jara’s seat has been vacant .
The man said he was at the United Nations to drop off some papers.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah —A Utah man wanted by police was killed and two officers were wounded in a shootout in the parking lot of …
Clean Science and Technology jumped 5.03% to Rs 2,421.70, extending its winning run to fourth consecutive trading session.
On the BSE, 40,592 …
According to the office of the superintendent of police, Bhadradri Kothagudem, "On December 2, three village committee members
Australian Prime Minister's Special Trade Envoy Tony Abbott on Friday expressed confidence that India and Australia would meet the deadline of finalising the proposed …
Mas pinahaba pa ang facility-based quarantine period para sa mga pasaherong papasok ng Pilipinas, simula ngayong Biyernes.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 3 (ANI/PRNewswire): Aurionpro is pleased to announce landmark order win from High Court of Madhya Pradesh for the complete digitisation …
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Panipat (Haryana) [India], December 3 (ANI/BusinessWire India): GRM Overseas Limited (herein referred to as "GRM"), one of India's leading basmati rice exporters and …
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Dilip Buildcon announced that the project including six laning of Anandapuram-Pendurthi-Anakapalli section of NH-5 (new NH-16) in the State of Andhra Pradesh …
China's yuan strengthened against the dollar on Friday despite a weaker mid-point set by the central bank, as some analysts expected the Chinese …
Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala on Friday joined the Congress in the presence of state Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and party state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu …
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, AirAsia India on Friday introduced an in-flight safety manual in braille in collaboration with the Helen Keller Institute …
New York City on Thursday mandated that all workers at yeshivas, Catholic schools and other private schools must receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 20.
After a disappointing start to the tournament when they were stunned 4-5 by France, India lifted their game to qualify for their second consecutive semi-final.
A quarter and change into the season, the Knicks are so-so. They are win-one, lose-won, win-two, lose-two. They are sea …
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued to block graphics chip maker Nvidia’s $40 billion purchase of chip designer Arm, saying the deal would create …
Despite what the industry has taught us with platforms like TikTok and Instagram, you can still become your own publisher of content without sacrificing your own principles and culture by focusing on a community-first mindset, rather than a money-driven strategy.
The West Coast singer submits another record to join the collection of records that have made for a strong 2021 year.
Urgent studies to understand how effective Covid vaccines are against omicron have begun in a global collaboration that may yield answers in a few days, …
The Emalahleni local municipality in Mpumalanga has revealed that it owes Eskom over R5 billion for unpaid electricity.
Angel One jumped 3.79% to Rs 1,167.95 after the stock broker said its client base jumped 146% year-on-year to 7. …
Government is considering introducing vaccine mandates - but where do individual rights end and the right to health start? In this week's Friday Briefing, we examine the constitutionality of vaccine mandates and whether it places any limitations on human rights.
NASA announced on Thursday it has awarded $415.6 million to billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, stalwart contractor Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N) and venture-backed Nanoracks …
Autism may be more prevalent among American children than believed, a new U.S. government study shows.
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WTA President and CEO Steve Simon did not set out to lead the way for how sports should confront China when he announced that the …
Turkey's lira edged lower against the dollar on Friday after ratings agency Fitch revised the country's outlook to "negative" from "stable" over risks …
Robbie Williams biopic film 'Better Man' is to shoot in Australia in 2022 with Michael Gracey directing.
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South Korea is tightening recently relaxed restrictions on social gatherings as it grapples with its worst wave of the virus since the start of the …
Hard to find your footing with frothy metaverse all over the floor.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Shepherd and Andre Kelly combined for 45 points, 33 in the second half and California opened Pac-12 play with a 73-61 win over…
Many companies now offer specific COVID-19 travel insurance. As you plan your trip, here's what to look for while choosing a policy.
Nicholas Mitchell is sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after putting razor blades and screws in pizza dough at supermarkets in Maine and New Hampshire.
Traders in Nepal are facing delays and inconsistencies in import orders from China, leading to unprecedented monetary losses.
Despite China's assurances to increase the …
Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi described on Thursday the US decision to resume flights of F-16 fighter jets before the end of the investigation …
U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Pat Toomey on Thursday unveiled bipartisan legislation to impose mandatory sanctions against Iranian agents behind efforts to silence dissidents at home and abroad.
Nasa 15 pamilya ang apektado ng pagbaha sa Barangay San Jose sa Lope De Vega sa Northern Samar nitong Huwebes.
Vaccine demand in the Western Cape has shown early signs of increasing, following the announcement of the Omicron variant.
Oil marketing companies kept diesel and petrol prices unchanged across major Indian cities on Friday.
Accordingly, diesel and petrol prices in Delhi stood at Rs 86. …
Germany's outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel received the highest ceremony for a civilian as she bids farewell after 16 years in office. CNN's Bianca Nobilo reports.
Former Mossel Bay municipal manager Thys Giliomee has resurfaced as the DA's first choice for the Hessequa Local Municipality, despite him being fired amid sexual harassment and misconduct allegations earlier this year.
A stranded whale in Chile, a graffiti competition in Spain, an empty Christmas market in Prague, a lighthouse above Lake Superior,, a presidential campaign in Gambia, and much more
Diya Annapurna Ghosh’s movie stars Abhishek Bachchan, Chitrangda Singh and Samira Tijori.
Mumbai: Black is back! Bollywood divas -- Deepika Padukone, Tara Sutaria and Karisma Kapoor are turning heads by embracing the dark shade in their chic
Nashik city in Maharashtra has this week recorded the highest-ever single-day rainfall during December, the Met department has said.
Unseasonal rains lashed the …
Cordae continues his streak of impressive releases as he readies his sophomore album, 'From A Birds Eye View.'
Infinite Studios and Catchplay are to coproduce Indonesian horror series 'Losmen Melati'.
For the first time since late October, Nic Claxton is not found on the Nets’ injury report.
The big man will be available for Friday’s …
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — James Jean-Marie had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lift Portland State to a 63-55 win over Idaho State on Thursday night in a Big Sky…
Aziz Ansari reportedly shared the big news of his engagement to girlfriend Serena Skov Campbell at a surprise comedy show in NYC.
New Delhi: He describes himself as a 'Shiv bhakt' and a 'Muslim Jogi'. In his world, stories are not mere tales that entertain, but a tool to reinforce
Activity in India's dominant services sector continued to grow at a robust pace last month supported by a strong recovery in domestic demand, a …
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has begun pilot production of 3-nanometer chips, and expects to be producing
Police in Nevada said Thursday the identity of a 1980 murder victim was confirmed through new DNA testing, and are reopening the investigation into her death.
Hyderabad: Slamming the Telangana government over alleged corruption and misrule, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy on Thursday
Disney+ reboots Jeff Kinney's “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” in the form of a computer-generated film series with cartoon-like figures playing Greg Heffley (voice of Brady Noon) and his best friend Rowley Jefferson (Ethan William Childress).
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Inflation is surging. Supply chains are snarled. And yet economists predict that America's employers delivered another month of solid job growth in November …
CHICAGO (AP) — Trey Townsend had 22 points as Oakland narrowly defeated Illinois-Chicago 81-77 on Thursday night in Horizon League opener for both teams.
On Thursday, the state Public Employees' Benefit Program Board voted to charge unvaccinated workers up to $55 per month. It will go into effect July 2022.
Eighty House Republicans on Tuesday voted with Democrats to pass the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021 , which if signed into law would reportedly “modernize” …
A group of young people are being held in a facility that is supposed to cure them of their species dysphoria. That is their belief that they are animals and not humans.
The last time the defending 6A state champion Fremont Silverwolves lost a game, it was at the hands of Bingham in the 2020 6A title game.
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If all Tedeschi Trucks Band did was just rip out ace soul versions of classic covers, they would be an astounding live act. But Tedeschi, ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Derek Trucks, and the 12-piece band (rounded out by two more singers) do so much more.
Two fugitives from South Korea facing fraud charges in their home country were arrested in Taguig City, Wednesday.
Afghanistan is facing economic hardships after the takeover of the Taliban in August this year and its financial crisis has increased further.
Afghanistan's economy …
Carrying her pink paisley Fender Telecaster guitar, blues musician Sue Foley has spent decades on the road. As she heads to her latest tour dates, she points out her favorite travel destinations.
The party said it fears widespread violence if the voting takes place under the supervision of the West Bengal police.
At some point during an Islanders losing streak that has now stretched for nearly a month, coach Barry Trotz suggested that one way to get …
Here's a number President Biden should worry about: 45%. That's not just his approval rating, a new low, but it's the percentage of people who told Gallup pollsters that recent price increases are causing their family financial hardship.
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Chinese property developer Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd said on Friday it failed to secure the minimum 95% approval it needed from offshore bondholders to extend …
If big tech platforms are prohibited from acquiring start-ups, entrepreneurs will be disincentivized from building and investing in innovative products and services.
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Kuwait's armed forces remain prepared for any emergency, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah has said.
The addition of a wrong number to a Michigan high school basketball team's group chat led to an unforgettable FaceTime with NFL players.
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Today in History
Today is Friday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2021. There are 28 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
Three Karnataka Police officers have been suspended on charges of brutally assaulting a theft accused in custody, amputating his arm.
Although companies expected consumers to be thrifty, given subdued economic recovery, banks say consumer spending is recovering better than expected.
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Chinese steelmaking raw materials dropped on Friday, with iron ore and coking coal futures down more than 5% at one point, as production at steel …
Justin Theroux called Jennifer Aniston by nickname "B" as he thanked her for her new hair product line!
I had been burned too badly to believe in love. And yet, believe I did.
In the Legal Tender Cases, the Supreme Court reversed itself after two new Justices were appointed who favored the validity of paper money.
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"Hannity" host Sean Hannity said that President Biden is "clearly not well" in his opening monologue Thursday night. Hannity also criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci , …
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Aaron Carter cuddles his newborn son in a new photo following his split from Melanie Martin.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is casting skepticism in conversations with senators that the Build Back Better bill can pass the Senate this year, potentially delivering a blow to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's push to get the bill approved by Christmas, according to two sources familiar with the West Virginia senator's remarks.
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Dave Chappelle’s alma mater is standing behind its decision regardless of the outcome of the comedian’s fundraising effort to let donors decide whether the Duke Ellington School in D.C. should name its theater after him.
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Sitting high in the stand with a blanket covering his legs on a chilly night at Old Trafford, recently appointed Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick …
For the first time since 1978, Catholic Memorial is a Super Bowl champion. JC Petrongolo threw for three touchdowns while Kole Osinubi totaled three scores of his own as No. 1 Catholic Memorial outlasted King Philip, 42-18, to claim the Div. 2 title Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. The win gives the Knights (13-0) their first […]
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An Idaho state trooper narrowly avoided being struck by a crashing truck while helping a stranded driver, and it was all caught on dashcam video.
Jason Transue was trying to convince his daughter, 26-year-old Sativa Transue, to drive across Washington state for Thanksgiving last week, but she told …
The University of Delhi has deferred the release date of the third merit list for DU postgraduate admissions for the academic year 2021-22.
Brian Kelly took his talents away from South Bend, and immediately appeared to develop a southern accent.
The new LSU head coach stepped on the …
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Robertson scored 68 seconds in and added the go-ahead goal late in the second period as the streaking Dallas Stars beat the Columbus Blue…
United Airlines flew more than 100 passengers on a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D. …
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson's return to the court has been delayed because of soreness in his surgically repaired foot, the team announced.
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The California Teachers Association has been caught attempting to lure students into joining clubs that explore sexuality and gender identity with the intention of leaving …
JSW Steel announced that as part of the Company's overall efforts to restructure and consolidate its US Coal operations and holding structure, the following …
After the trash talk escalated to bottles being thrown, the groups had to be separated before the battle could continue.
Silicon Valley is raising the bar for robotic surgery as the technology looks to incorporate augmented reality and artificial intelligence.
The morning began with testimony from Paul Kane, the director of finance at Professional Children’s School in New York City.
Prosecuting attorney Andrew Rohrbach questioned Kane …
T wo professors — one from Yale University and the other from Renmin University of China — urge policymakers in Washington and Beijing to learn …
The California Public Utilities Commission approved the penalties for violations linked to the start of the 2019 Kincade fire, which burned more than 77,000 acres in Sonoma County.
Detroit Pistons game time, TV channel info, radio, score, live updates and analysis as Cade Cunningham and Jerami Grant face the Phoenix Suns.
T his year has, let’s not mince words here, sucked.
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In a video posted online, a person startles the the trooper by knocking on his window and then scolds him for sleeping.
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Man seen on-camera kicking an 84-year-old man out of a seated walker, makes a return to court after being let out on mental health diversion.
Video captured the trooper and a motorist barely escaping the violent crash by less than a second.
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Still no decision on the Texas fetal heartbeat case.
A&M Records co-founder Jerry Mass will be saluted by Sting, Sergio Mendes, Herb Alpert and others at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) announced its monthly business updates before market hours on Friday, 3 December 2021.
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Anton Lundell scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, and the Florida Panthers came back from three down for the second straight game to beat …
Here's the latest on student loans.
The personal and clinical information of about 400,000 patients of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) was stolen in October in a ransomware attack, the …
Daniil Medvedev maintained his perfect record at the Davis Cup Finals to put Russia into the last four.
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Alec Baldwin has said that George Clooney’s comments over the fatal shooting on the set of Rust “really didn’t help the situation at all.”
T he 63-year-old actor, who allegedly fired the fatal shot that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October, spoke to ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday (30 November) in his first interview after the incident took place. During the interview, when asked by Stephanopoulos about the comments made by Clooney, Baldwin said they were “misplaced” and unhelpful.
“Well, there were a lot of people who felt it necessary to contribute some comment to the situation, which really didn’t help the situation at all,” he said.
“If your protocol is you’re checking the gun every time, well, good for you. Good for you,” he added.
“My protocol was to trust the person that had the job. And it worked up until this point.”
In the interview, Baldwin also denied pulling the trigger of the gun. The shooting is currently under investigation, with a new search warrant suggesting how live bullets may have ended up on the film’s set. Clooney had last month strongly criticised the producers of Rust after the incident. During an interview on WTF with Marc Maron, he laid onto them.
“Why for the life of me this low-budget film, with producers who haven’t produced anything, wouldn’t have hired, for the armourer, someone with experience,” he had said, calling the situation “insane” and “infuriating”. Clooney also claimed to inspect guns he is handed on set every single time.
“I look at it, I open it, I show it to the person I’m pointing it to, we show it to the crew, every single take you hand it back to the armour when you’re done, and you do it again. Everyone does it,” the actor said. Clooney also addressed the instance when the assistant director of Rust called out “cold gun” on set signifying that the gun was safe to use.
“I’ve never heard of the term ‘cold gun’, they’re just talking about stuff I’ve never heard of. It’s infuriating.”
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With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases predicted this winter, President Joe Biden on Thursday appealed for Americans to get their boosters and get behind his plan to tackle the new omicron variant through wider availability of vaccines and shots, but without new major restrictions on daily life. Biden wants to require private insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests and he is tightening testing requirements for people entering the United States, regardless of their vaccination status. While some other countries are closing their borders or reinstituting lockdowns, the president said he would not at this time impose additional clampdowns beyond his recommendation that Americans wear masks indoors in public settings. Experts say the COVID-19 cases will continue to rise in the weeks ahead this winter, so we need to be ready, Biden said during a visit to the National Institutes of Health in suburban Maryland after a briefing with scientific advisers. He said his new strategy doesn't include shutdowns and lockdowns", and he hoped for bipartisan backing. My plan I'm announcing today pulls no punches in the fight against COVID-19, and it's a plan that I think should unite us, he Biden said. Legal challenges have held up Biden's vaccination-or-testing requirement for workers at larger employers, and that's led the president to urge businesses to impose their own mandates so companies can stay open without outbreaks. His administration has come to view widespread adoption of booster shots as its most effective tool for combating COVID-19 this winter. Medical experts say boosters provide enhanced and more enduring protection, including against new variants. Much remains unknown about the omicron variant, such as whether it is more contagious, makes people more seriously ill and can thwart the vaccines. Officials said Thursday that a second case of the variant had been confirmed in the United States. About 100 million Americans are eligible for boosters under current U.S. policy, with more becoming eligible every day. Officials believe that persuading the vaccinated to get another dose will be easier than vaccinating the roughly 43 million adult Americans who haven't gotten a shot. Go get your booster now, Biden said. Seniors are in the population most vulnerable to the virus, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will send a notice to all 63 million Medicare beneficiaries encouraging them to get booster doses, the White House said. The AARP will work with the administration on education campaigns for seniors. So far about 42 million Americans, about half of them seniors, have received a booster dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week broadened its booster dose recommendation to cover all Americans at least age 18, starting six months after their second dose of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna. Biden said the CDC is developing new guidance for schools in an effort to reduce or eliminate current quarantine requirements for those not fully vaccinated and exposed to the virus. That could include test-to-stay policies, in which those considered close contacts can continue to go to school but wear masks and undergo serial testing, in an effort to minimize learning loss and disruption. The rule that private insurers cover at-home testing is being drafted, and details remain to be worked out, officials said. People insured by Medicare and Medicaid would not be eligible, but the White House said as many as 150 million people with private insurance would see easier and cheaper access to the at-home tests. The administration said it is making 50 million COVID-19 tests free for older people and other vulnerable groups for pickup at senior centers and community sites. Beginning next week, Biden said, all travellers to the U.S., regardless of nationality or vaccination status, will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of boarding flights. That compares with three days now for those who have been vaccinated. The White House has shelved tougher options such as requiring post-arrival testing or requiring quarantines upon arrival in the U.S. The White House has not yet acted to require domestic U.S. travellers to be vaccinated or get tested. Officials believe such a requirement would be mired in litigation. We base our decisions on the advice of the health and medical experts, what's going to be most effective and what we can implement", press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday. Biden is extending his directive requiring masks on airplanes and other public transit, which had been set to expire in January, through at least the middle of March, the White House said. The administration is informing states that it has more than 60 teams available to help them or their municipalities address surges in cases and public health shortages heading into the winter.
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday warned that countries in the Asia-Pacific region need to strengthen healthcare services and focus on vaccinating their people, as the Omicron variant spreads globally and enters new regions. In a virtual briefing, Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the western Pacific, said that it is clear that this pandemic is far from over.
"I know that people are worried about Omicron. I understand. My message to you today is that we can adapt the way we manage this virus to better cope w/ future surges and reduce their health, social and economic impact", he said.
"We can adapt, so that #COVID19 has less impact on our lives in 2022, and we can start to regain - and hopefully retain - a sense of normality", he added. Omicron cases have now been reported in India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea, and new cases are being documented with each passing hour.
"People should not only rely on border measures. What is most important is to prepare for these variants with potential high transmissibility. So far the information available suggests we don't have to change our approach", he said during the virtual media briefing. South Korea on Friday decided to tighten anti-virus measures from next week amid a surging number of Covid-19 cases and an emerging worry about the potentially more transmissible Omicron variant. In India, after detection of the first two cases of Omicron infection in Bengaluru, the Karnataka Health department is now worried over 10 South African nationals, who have gone untraceable in Bengaluru. A total of 10 persons suspected to be infected with Omicron Covid variant have been admitted to Delhi's Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP). The new super-mutant Omicron variant of Covid-19 can increase risk of reinfection by three times as compared to other variants of concern such as Beta and Delta, according to a preliminary study by South African researchers.
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Chinese companies will have to disclose more information about audits and whether they are controlled by a government or else leave US stock markets, under a rule approved by American securities regulators. T he rule approved on Thursday by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) steps up a long-running stand-off between Washington and Beijing over how much information companies with US-traded shares must disclose. Companies that used an auditor in a foreign jurisdiction will be required to confirm they are not “owned or controlled by a government entity” there, according to the SEC. Companies also will be required to disclose additional information in annual reports. Trading prohibitions can be imposed on some companies, the SEC said. Other governments cooperate with US demands for more financial details from companies to prevent false reporting. But Beijing, citing security concerns, refuses to allow the US Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to review the work of Chinese auditors. Hundreds of Chinese companies have raised tens of billions of dollars in US financial markets, but their status is a matter of growing dispute with Beijing. The latest rule applies to audit firms the PCAOB is “unable to inspect or investigate”, the SEC said, a group that would be mostly Chinese. Separately, the US government earlier barred Americans from investing in the stocks, bonds and other securities of Chinese companies deemed to be linked to the ruling Communist Party’s efforts to upgrade its military technology.
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Dec. 2 One day after the first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was confirmed in California, New York reported five cases of the virus while additional cases were identified in Colorado, Minnesota and Hawaii, public health officials said Thursday. During a press conference Thursday night, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that two of the cases were reported in Queens, one was reported in Brooklyn, one was reported in Suffolk County and the fifth was identified in an unidentified borough as Hochul said the person lives in New York City and is a "suspected traveler case."
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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday published answers to a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Omicron variant of coronavirus in the wake of mounting concerns over its high number of mutations. The variant was first detected in November in South Africa and has since spread to dozens of countries including India. Two people in Karnataka have tested positive for variant so far. What is Omicron and what makes it a variant of concern (VoC)? Omicron is a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 and was first reported from South Africa on 24th November. The variant shows a large number of mutations, including over 30 on the viral spike protein, which is the key target of the immune response. Given the collection of mutations in Omicron, which earlier individually have been associated with increased infectivity and/or immune evasion, and the sudden rise positive cases in South Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Omicron as a Variant of Concern (VoC). Omicron’s official name is B.1.1.529, which conveys the evolutionary history of the variant. Can current diagnostics methods detect Omicron? The most accepted and commonly used diagnostic method for SARS-CoV- 2 Variant is RT-PCR. This method detects specific genes in the virus, such as Spike (S), Enveloped (E) and Nucleocapsid (N) etc to confirm the presence of virus. However, in the case of Omicron, as the S gene is heavily mutated, some of the primers may lead to results indicating absence of the S gene. This particular S gene drop out along with the detection of other viral genes could be used as a diagnostic feature of Omicron. However, for final confirmation of the omicron variant genomic sequencing is required. How concerned should we be? WHO declares a variant as a VoC for several reasons. Firstly, a rise in transmissibility or detrimental change in Covid epidemiology. Secondly, an increase in virulence or change in clinical disease presentation. Lastly, a decrease in effectiveness of public health and social measures or available diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics. It is important to highlight that Omicron has been declared VoC based on the observed mutations, their predicted features of increased transmission and immune evasion, and preliminary evidence of detrimental change in Covid epidemiology, such as increased reinfections. The definitive evidence for increased remission and immune evasion is awaited. What precautions should we take? The precautions and steps to be taken remain the same as before. It is essential to mask yourself properly, take both doses of vaccines (if not yet vaccinated), maintain social distancing and maintain good ventilation as far as possible. Will there be a third wave? Omicron cases are increasingly being reported from countries outside of South Africa. However, the scale and magnitude of rise in cases and most importantly the severity of disease that will be caused is still not clear. Further, given the fast pace of vaccination in India and high exposure to the delta variant, the severity of the disease is anticipated to be low. However, scientific evidence is still evolving. Will the existing vaccines work against Omicron? While there is no evidence to suggest that existing vaccines do not work on Omicron, some of the mutations reported on the spike gene may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines. However, vaccine protection is also by antibodies as well as by cellular immunity, which is expected to be relatively better preserved. Therefore, vaccines are expected to still offer protection against severe disease, and vaccination with the available vaccines is crucial. How is India responding? The Indian government is monitoring the situation closely and is issuing suitable guidelines from time to time. Meanwhile, the scientific and medical community is geared up for developing and deploying diagnostics, carrying out genomic surveillance, generating evidence about viral and epidemiologic characteristics, and development of therapeutics. Why do variants occur? Variants are a normal part of evolution and as long as the virus is able to infect, replicate and transmit, it will continue to evolve. Further, not all variants are dangerous and most often than not, we don’t notice them. Only when they are more infectious, or can reinfect people they gain prominence. The most important step to avoid generation of variants is to reduce the number of infections.
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Malaysia said Friday it has detected its first case of the new omicron strain of the coronavirus in a foreign student who returned to the country last month after visiting her family in South Africa. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the 19-year-old female transited in Singapore and arrived in Malaysia on Nov 19, where she underwent a COVID-19 test upon arrival. She was then bussed to her university lodging in northern Perak state with four others and placed under quarantine, he said. Results the next day confirmed the student was positive for COVID-19, he said. The bus driver and four others in the vehicle tested negative and were all quarantined, he added. Khairy noted that the student arrived in Malaysia before South Africa reported its first omicron case to the World Health Organisation. Following the discovery of the omicron strain, the ministry conducted genomic tests on 74 positive samples at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport between November 11 and 28 to detect the variant, Khairy said. Tests confirmed Thursday the student, who has since been released from a 10-day quarantine, had the omicron strain, he said. What is important is the individual fully complied with home quarantine. is fully vaccinated and was asymptomatic. We have done both automated and manual contact tracing and so far this case is contained", Khairy tweeted. Malaysia, like many other countries, has tightened restrictions following the discovery of the new variant. It has banned visitors from eight African nations and requires travelers flying in from high-risk countries to wear a digital tracker device throughout their quarantine. Much remains unknown about the new variant, including whether it is more contagious, as some health authorities suspect, whether it makes people more seriously ill, and whether it can thwart vaccines.
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Stocks were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after a broad rally on Wall Street as investors kept an eye on the spread of the new coronavirus variant and measures governments are taking to restrain it. Hong Kong slipped more than 1% while Tokyo edged lower. Shanghai and Seoul were higher while Sydney was nearly unchanged. Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Global Inc. said Friday it will pull out of the New York Stock Exchange and shift its listing to Hong Kong as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over tech industries. The Securities and Exchange Commission has moved to require that U. S. -listed foreign stocks like Didi disclose their ownership structures and audit reports, which could lead to some of them being delisted. In another blow for China’s troubled property sector, Hong Kong-traded developer Kaisa Group said it had failed to get the required approvals from bond holders to extend the deadline on payment on $400 million of 6.5% offshore bonds. It had wanted to have the new notes be due on June 6, 2023 at the same interest rate. The aim was to relieve financial pressure and the plan’s failure to go through raises the risk of a default. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.1% to 23,755.51, while the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo regained lost ground, gaining 1% to 29,029.57. In Seoul, the Kospi climbed 0.8% to 2,968.33. Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2% to 7,241.20. The Shanghai Composite index gained 0.8% to 3,604.05. In New York, Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company Grab fell 20.5% in its market debut Thursday, following a $40 billion merger in a special purpose acquisition company deal. The recent rebound may prove to be short-lived, Craig Erlam of Oanda said in a commentary.
“Early signs aren’t promising given the rate of case increases in South Africa and the fact that omicron is already popping up in numerous other countries,” Erlam said. Investors may be “hoping for positive news on the vaccine effectiveness against the new strain and taking advantage of these levels before it’s too late. If they don’t get the news they’re hoping for, we could see another sharp move lower.”
The S&P 500 rose 1.4% on Thursday, its biggest gain since mid-October, to 4,577.10. The Dow gained 1.8% to 34,639.79. The Nasdaq added 0.8% to 15,381.32, held back by a modest drop in Apple, which fell 0.6% after the iPhone maker reportedly warned suppliers that it is seeing weak demand ahead of the holiday season. The Russell 2000 jumped 2.7% to 2,206.33. Travel-related companies, which got hammered earlier this week as worries about the new coronavirus variant swept markets, rebounded Thursday. American Airlines climbed 7%, while Delta Air Lines rose 9.3%. Cruise line operators Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line jumped 9.2% and 7.7%, respectively. Boeing rose 7.5% after China’s aviation regulator cleared the airplane maker’s 737 Max to return to flying with technical upgrades. The market rebound comes as investors try to gauge the amount of damage the omicron variant of COVID-19 might inflict on the economy, and measures the U.S. and other governments are taking to restrain it. Trading has been choppy all week and, despite the latest gains, every major index is on track for a weekly loss. Countries have been imposing barriers to travel and stricter restrictions on businesses and people. Concerns about global restrictions potentially crimping economic growth joined worries over rising inflation, which has prompted the Federal Reserve to consider withdrawing stimulus measures sooner than expected. The yield on the 10-year Treasury was steady at 1.44%. U.S. crude oil prices rose after OPEC and allied oil-producing countries decided Thursday to stick to their plans to boost output via steady, modest monthly increases in oil releases, even as the omicron variant adds more uncertainty over the global economic recovery from the pandemic. Energy companies gained ground. Chevron rose 2.7%. Early Friday, U.S. benchmark crude oil had gained $1.27 cents to $67.77 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the standard for pricing international oils, gained $1.20 cents to $70.87 per barrel. The U.S. dollar rose to 113.34 Japanese yen from 113.06 yen late Thursday. The euro slipped to $1.1284 from $1.1300. Copyright
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The jolt Taysom Hill provided for the injury-riddled, reeling New Orleans Saints against Dallas on Thursday night dissolved in a slew of turnovers. Starting at quarterback for the first time this season, Hill passed for 264 yards and ran for another 101, but he threw four interceptions, including three on consecutive fourth-quarter series as the Saints lost their fifth in a row for the first time since coach Sean Payton was hired in 2006. Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins returned Hill’s last errant throw 29 yards for a touchdown to put the Cowboys up 27-10 with 2:52 left. They held on to win 27-17.
“I feel like we did some things really well tonight, and then we did some things really poorly,” Hill said. “Obviously, it’s tough to win a game when you turn the ball over four times. That’s obviously the thing that jumps out as disappointing.”
New Orleans played the Cowboys without star running back Alvin Kamara — out for the third consecutive game — and also was missing injured starting tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk along with guard Andrus Peat. Payton turned to Hill in place of an ineffective Trevor Siemian after New Orleans lost 31-6 to Buffalo last Thursday in the Superdome, but the Saints fell to 0-5 since beating Tampa Bay and losing quarterback Jameis Winston for the season with a torn ACL on the same day. For three quarters, Hill gave the shorthanded Saints a chance. He connected with Lil’Jordan Humphrey for a tying 24-yard touchdown in the first half. He ran four times for 42 yards on the Saints’ first series of the second half, setting up a field goal that cut the deficit to 13-10. And after New Orleans fell behind 20-10, he leaped over safety Damontae Kazee on a dazzling 23-yard keeper that put the Saints in scoring range again. On the first play of the fourth quarter, though, he took a third-down sack that knocked New Orleans out of field goal range. Rolling out to his right with running back Ty Montgomery his number one option in the flat, Hill did not get rid of the ball before rookie linebacker Micah Parsons reached him.
“We were trying to run a naked (bootleg) with a run-pass option to the edge,” Hill said. “They zoned it off, so there was a guy sitting there with Ty. If I had to do it over again, I would have just thrown it at Ty’s feet.”
The interceptions followed in rapid succession. Hill’s hand was hit as he released the first one. He underthrew a corner route on the second one. He never saw Watkins on the final one. All his turnovers came after he hurt the middle finger on his throwing hand during the first half, requiring a splint for the rest of the game.
“It took a little getting used to,” Hill said. “Any time you put something else on a finger, the traction on the ball (is different), but it’s OK.”
Despite playing on a partially torn plantar fascia that sidelined him for the previous two games, Hill became the second Saints quarterback to run for 100 yards, joining Aaron Brooks. He had New Orleans on the verge of tying the score or going ahead late in the first half, but his pass to Kenny Stills on a corner route glanced off the receiver’s hands and was picked off by safety Jayron Kearse at the Dallas 5. Hill “played with a lot of heart, a lot of guts,” Payton said, adding that he thought Stills should have caught the pass that turned into Hill’s first interception.
“We had the perfect coverage look. That’s unfortunate,” Payton said. The Saints outgained the Cowboys 405-377, matched their 17 first downs and allowed them to convert only two of 13 third downs. The difference was the turnovers and one lapse on defense, when Tony Pollard raced 58 yards for a touchdown to give Dallas a 20-10 lead with 3:55 left in the third quarter.
“Giving up that big play, that’s crushing,” safety P.J. Williams said. “We didn’t get off blocks. We hold ourselves to a high standard, and that’s not it.”
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Cam Johnson and Cameron Payne both scored 19 points to lead the Phoenix Suns to their franchise-record 18th win in a row, beating the Detroit Pistons, 114-103, on Thursday night. Johnson and Payne sparked a stellar effort from the Suns bench, which finished with 48 points. Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Phoenix improved to 19-3 for the season. Phoenix won despite not having leading scorer Devin Booker for the first time this season. The two-time All-Star suffered a left hamstring injury in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. Phoenix shot 76 percent in the second quarter and led 69-51 by halftime. Payne had 11 points in the second quarter. The Pistons fought back in the third on a 17-0 run to get within 80-79 after a 3-pointer by rookie Cade Cunningham. It appeared that Detroit tied it at 82 moments later, but a 3-point shot by Hamidou Diallo was ruled to have come after the 24-second clock expired. Phoenix stopped the rally when Payne hit two free throws and Landry Shamet made a 3, enabling Phoenix to take a six-point lead after three. Detroit did get within five points in the fourth quarter a few times, the last with 2:57 remaining at 104-99 on Saddiq Bey’s 3-pointer, but Jae Crowder connected from behind the arc to keep the Pistons chasing. The Suns have not lost since Oct. 27, when Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer as time ran out for a 110-107 victory. Jerami Grant had 34 points for Detroit, which fell to 2-10 on the road. Cunningham — last year’s No. 1-overall draft pick — scored 19 points on 8 of 15 shooting.
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OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A teenager accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school was called to the office before the shooting but “no discipline was warranted,” the superintendent said Thursday in his first extended remarks since the tragedy. Tim Throne, leader of Oxford Community Schools, said Oxford High School looks like a “war zone” and won’t be ready for weeks. But he repeatedly credited students and staff for how they responded to the violence Tuesday.
“To say that I am still in shock and numb is probably an understatement. These events that have occurred will not define us,” Throne, grim-faced and speaking slowly, said in a 12-minute video. Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, for the shooting at the Oakland County school, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit.
“I want you to know that there’s been a lot of talk about the student who was apprehended, that he was called up to the office and all that kind of stuff. No discipline was warranted,” Throne said. “There are no discipline records at the high school. Yes this student did have contact with our front office, and, yes, his parents were on campus Nov. 30.”
Throne said he couldn't immediately release additional details. Sheriff Mike Bouchard has said Crumbley's classroom behavior was a concern on the day of the shooting. In his remarks, the superintendent said he was asking the sheriff's office to publicly release school video from Tuesday.
“I want you to be as proud of your sons and daughters as I am,” Throne said. Earlier Thursday, a prosecutor repeated her criticism of Crumbley's parents, saying their actions went “far beyond negligence” and that a charging decision would come by Friday.
“The parents were the only individuals in the position to know the access to weapons,” Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said. The gun “seems to have been just freely available to that individual.”
Four students were killed and seven more people were injured. Three were in hospitals in stable condition. The semi-automatic gun was purchased legally by Crumbley’s father last week, according to investigators. Parents in the U.S. are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, even as most minors get guns from a parent or relative’s house, according to experts. There’s no Michigan law that requires gun owners keep weapons locked away from children. McDonald, however, suggested there's more to build a case on.
“All I can say at this point is those actions on mom and dad’s behalf go far beyond negligence,” she told WJR-AM. “We obviously are prosecuting the shooter to the fullest extent. There are other individuals who should be held accountable.”
Later at a news conference, McDonald said she hoped to have an announcement “in the next 24 hours.” She had firmly signaled that Crumbley's parents were under scrutiny when she filed charges against their son Wednesday. Jennifer and James Crumbley did not return a message left by The Associated Press. The sheriff disclosed Wednesday that the parents met with school officials about their son's classroom behavior, just a few hours before the shooting. Crumbley stayed in school Tuesday and later emerged from a bathroom with a gun, firing at students in the hallway, police said.
“Should there have been different decisions made?" McDonald said when asked about keeping the teen in school. “Probably they will come to that conclusion.… I have not seen anything that would make me think that there’s criminal culpability. It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy.”
William Swor, a defense lawyer who is not involved in the case, said charging the parents would require a “very fact-intensive investigation."
“What did they know and when did they know it?” Swor said. “What advance information did they have about all these things? Did they know anything about his attitude, things of that nature. You're talking about a very heavy burden to bring on the parents.”
Just over half of U.S. states have child access prevention laws related to guns, but they vary widely. Gun control advocates say the laws are often not enforced and the penalties are weak.
“Our laws haven’t really adapted to the reality of school shootings and the closest we have are these child access prevention laws,” said Kris Brown, president of the Brady gun control advocacy group. In 2000, a Flint-area man pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison. A 6-year-old boy who was living with him had found a gun in a shoebox and killed a classmate at school. In 2020, the mother of an Indiana teen was placed on probation for failing to remove guns from her home after her mentally ill son threatened to kill students. He fired shots inside his school in 2018. No one was injured but the boy killed himself. In Texas, the parents of a student who was accused of killing 10 people at a school in 2018 have been sued over his access to guns. Meanwhile, dozens of schools in southeastern Michigan canceled classes Thursday due to concerns about threatening messages on social media following the Oxford shooting. Others planned to join them and close on Friday.
“We know from research and experience that learning is nearly impossible when students and staff do not feel safe,” Grosse Pointe Superintendent Jon Dean told families. Bouchard said no threats in Oakland County were found to be credible. Just to the north in Genesee County, a Flint teenager was charged with making a false threat when she recorded a video while riding a school bus and posted it online.
“If you’re making threats, we’re going to find you", Bouchard said. "It is ridiculous you’re inflaming the fears of parents, teachers in the community in the midst of a real tragedy.”
Suspect's Parents on Campus Hours Before Shooting, but 'No Discipline Warranted'
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The Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday set a new NBA record, but it’s one they no doubt wish went to someone else: Biggest ever loss. In an away game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Grizzlies’ home court, FedExForum in Memphis, OKC lost 79-152, a 73-point defeat that had basketball fans on social media howling — except, of course, for fans of the Thunder. With that humiliation, OCK breaks a record that stood for almost exactly 30 years, when the Miami Heat lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 140-88 point game — a 68 point loss — on Dec. 17, 1991. Unfortunately, it’s not the only such record the team has set in 2021. Back in May, the Pacers defeated OKC 152-95, a 57-point loss that stands as the all time worst home game defeat in NBA history. Memphis set a few records too, incidentally. The team established new franchise records for total points, field goal percentage (62.5 %)and bench points in a single game. In fairness, OKC’s star player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t play because he’s under concussion protocols. Still, ouuuch. But at least the Thunder were philosophical after:
Naturally, people had jokes to celebrate the ignominious milestone. Here are some of the better ones:
'73?!' -- Trae Young, Draymond Green and more chimed in after the Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies' historic blowout win
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A low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm 'Jawad', the India Meteorological Department said on Friday. The cyclonic storm is likely to reach the west-central Bay of Bengal off the coast of north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha by Saturday morning, the IMD said. It will then move north-northeastward along the coast of Odisha and adjoining Andhra Pradesh and touch the coast around Puri by December 5 noon, according to the weather department. Very heavy rainfall is likely to start in north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha by Friday evening. The intensity of rainfall is likely to increase on Saturday, it said. The low-pressure area had developed over the Andaman Sea on Nov 30. It intensified into a depression on December 2 and further into a deep depression on Friday morning. It turned in a cyclone on Friday noon, the IMD said. A red colour warning has been issued for Andra Pradesh's Srikakulam, Vizianagram and Visakhapatnam districts for Saturday. The red colour warning has also been issued for the Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha
The name of the cyclone -- 'Jawad' -- has been proposed by Saudi Arabia.
Cyclone Jawad: Deep depression likely to intensify into cyclonic storm today evening
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Company executives are beginning to consider different permanent work models for their employees as the coronavirus pandemic, and the spread of the Omicron variant, destabilize their latest return-to-office plans. With Omicron so new, companies are struggling to understand how the variant might affect their operations and profits. Most have taken a wait-and-see stance as they weigh how fast the variant may spread and its potential harmfulness, although Alphabet Inc's Google was indefinitely delaying its return-to-office plan around the world. Luxury toilet maker Lixil Corp's chief people officer, Jin Montesano, told the Reuters Next conference this week that the company has deviated from Japan's rigid work structure by dumping core working hours and morning meetings, and rethinking what the office should be.
"It's no longer the place to work. wherever you get work done is where you work", said Montesano during a panel discussion on the Future of Work. "What we want to do is reimagine the office."
Countries moved swiftly this week to impose bans or tougher testing rules on travel after the Omicron variant was first uncovered in southern Africa.
"We almost could compare it to a war situation", Philip Morris CEO Jacek Olczak said to Reuters at the conference. "Everyone pretends that things are getting normal, but it is not normal. We have all changed."
Dr. Neal Mills, chief medical officer for benefits consulting firm Aon Plc, said his team has been meeting with clients all week about possible new options.
"They are recognizing that they are going to need to revisit many of the decisions they've made. If this changes how effective treatments are, what is the level of risk the organization is willing to tolerate in bringing employees back in January?" he told Reuters. The World Health Organization said as more countries report cases, the new COVID-19 variant carries a "very high" global risk of surges. Scientists have said it could take weeks to understand its severity, although early indications were that most cases were mild. The prospect of a fast-spreading variant has raised fears of a return of the sort of restrictions that shut down a swath of industries in 2020.
"Companies at this point have created time lines for people to come back to the office and then delayed them so many times that what I'm hearing is they are looking to not commit until there's certainty", said Jeff Levin-Scherz, a managing director with benefits consulting firm Willis Towers Watson Plc. More than half of U.S. employers (57%) surveyed by Willis Towers Watson either require or plan to require vaccinations, in a poll released on Tuesday but which was conducted before Omicron was discovered. Additionally, the survey found slightly more than a third of employees were working remotely - and that was expected to drop to 27% in the first quarter of 2022. Wall Street banks, for instance, are not immediately changing their return-to-work plans, but like many industries are closely monitoring the situation. Global airlines are bracing for the possibility they could be forced to juggle schedules.
"We are in what I would call the uptick mode, but. there could be various concerns coming up at any time, and we need to adjust our schedules accordingly", Emirates Airline President Tim Clark said at the Reuters conference. Coca-Cola Co's CEO, James Quincey, said his company has learned throughout the pandemic.
"Each successive wave of lockdown had less of an impact on our business", he said this week at the Redburn CEO conference. "That adaptability and flexibility. makes us feel better."
COMPANIES IN LIMBO
Meanwhile, companies that operate in the United States are being squeezed between President Joe Biden's administration, which has pushed for companies to mandate vaccinations, and the courts. On Tuesday, two courts blocked the administration from enforcing mandates requiring millions of American workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden unveiled regulations in September to increase the U.S. adult vaccination rate as a way of fighting the pandemic, which has killed more than 750,000 Americans and weighed on the economy. The most sweeping regulation, a workplace vaccine-or-testing mandate for businesses with at least 100 employees, was temporarily blocked by a federal appeals court in early November. The orders had been seen as providing cover for companies to require workers to get vaccinated, and the court rulings leave them in limbo as they push to get workers back into workplaces. Of course, for some companies, the "office" is still preferred.
"Nearly two-thirds of my customers are men buying jewelry for their girlfriends, wives, grandmothers or children. And we know that men buying jewelry need help", Alexander Lacik, CEO of jewelry maker Pandora, said at the Reuters conference. To watch the Reuters Next conference please register at https: //reutersevents. com/events/next/
(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit, additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Aziz El Yaakoubi in Dubai, Siddarth Cavale in Bengaluru, Anna Driver in New York, and Sakura Murakami and Belen Carreno in Tokyo; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
Returning to office soon? Not so fast -- Experts say omicron likely to change back-to-work plans
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The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Delhi government to continue with construction work on hospitals, Live Law reported. The court had on November 25 re-imposed the ban on construction activities in Delhi and the National Capital Region in view of air pollution. The ban had been lifted by the Commission for Air Quality Management from November 22 as the pollution levels in the region had slightly reduced. At Friday’s hearing, the court, however, said that the permission was subject to the directions of the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region. The matter will be heard next on December 10. The court gave the direction in response to a petition seeking emergency steps to control the worsening air pollution situation in Delhi and the National Capital Region. The court had on Thursday given a 24-hour ultimatum to the Centre and governments in Delhi and adjoining states to take steps for curbing pollution levels. Delhi and its neighbouring areas have been grappling with poor air quality since Diwali, forcing schools to shut down and offices to allow employees to work from home. The Dehi government on Thursday announced that all schools in the Capital will be shut from Friday till further orders on account of high pollution levels.
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The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has called for the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for those who are above 40 years of age and at-risk people, informed an official statement issued by INSACOG on Monday. The body, in its bulletin on November 29, has said that those who are above 40 years of age and at high risk or high exposure may be considered as a priority for the booster dose.
"Vaccination of all remaining unvaccinated at-risk people and consideration of a booster dose for those 40 years of age and over, first targeting the most high-risk or high-exposure may be considered since low levels of neutralising antibodies from current vaccines are unlikely to be sufficient to neutralise Omicron, although the risk of severe disease is still likely to be reduced", INSACOG statement said. INSACOG also said "Genomic surveillance will be critical for early detection of the presence of this variant, to enable necessary public health measures. Monitoring travel to and from the known affected areas and contact tracing of COVID-19 cases with an epidemiological link to the affected areas has been implemented along with increased testing (with the sequencing of confirmed cases and possible SGTF based rapid screening)."
Earlier on Thursday, the Serum Institute of India (SII) has sought India's drug regulator's approval for the Covishield vaccine as a booster dose citing adequate stock of the vaccine in the country. The officials informed that the demand has been made due to the emergence of a new coronavirus variant 'Omicron'. The new Omicron variant was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South Africa on November 24. According to the WHO, its high number of mutations in spike protein could make it more transmissible than all previous strains. South African medical officials have reported the variant was found in fully vaccinated individuals and the cases are mild.
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-- Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy knew watching Thursday night's game from a hotel in Frisco, Texas, would be difficult. He just didn't know how difficult. The good news is McCarthy's Cowboys beat the New Orleans Saints 27-17 to end a two-game losing streak and open up more room over the Washington Football Team in the NFC East with five games to play.
"It was rough, I'm not going to lie", McCarthy told ESPN via phone after the game. "I'm proud of the guys and how it all turned out, but I don't ever want to do this again."
McCarthy was placed in COVID-19 protocols over the weekend after testing positive, and Dan Quinn took over the head-coaching role Thursday. Five other coaches, including offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant offensive line coach Jeff Blasko, and two players ( Terence Steele and Nahshon Wright) missed the game.
"Adversity win, ugly win, however, you want to define it, you have to have these wins, especially when you get to later in the year when you're playing teams that are trying to get in the playoffs or make a run", McCarthy said. "This is a great experience for us. Let's face it, this is today's NFL. You've got to be able to win with change."
The Cowboys had plenty of change. Quinn is normally in the coaches' booth for the game, calling defenses, but he was on the sideline Thursday. Tight ends coach Lunda Wells took over the offensive line responsibilities. Offensive assistant Chase Haslett worked with the tight ends. Vice president of player personnel Will McClay was on the sideline, as was consultant Ben McAdoo. Assistant head coach Rob Davis was on a headset for the first time with McCarthy out.
"One thing you've heard me say before is I love doing hard things with a group of people, and this was one of those moments", said Quinn, who was the Atlanta Falcons ' head coach for parts of six seasons and had a 2-3 record inside the Superdome. "We got great people to get the job done. We wanted to make sure Mike and all the guys who missed, let them know we got their backs. So honestly, that was the only thing I was nervous about. I didn't want to let him down. He's done a great job leading us, to how it's going to go down, the play style that we wanted. But it was just a cool win."
Quinn's defense contributed four takeaways, all interceptions, including a pick-six by defensive tackle Carlos Watkins. Running back Tony Pollard made it a two-score game in the third quarter with a 58-yard touchdown run, the longest run of his career and the longest scoring run since Ezekiel Elliott had a 60-yarder as a rookie in 2016. It was the culmination of a week that forced the Cowboys to adjust on the fly. McCarthy ran the meetings all week virtually, and he held his normal pregame meeting via the internet on Thursday. Players and coaches met virtually before and after practices leading into the game and had to grab their meals at The Star to go. With the three strength coaches in COVID protocols, the players did not have access to the weight room all week and had to work out on their own.
"This is one of those weeks where no job is not your job right now", Quinn said. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones had a funny line ready for Quinn after the game.
"I just told him with a win he's right there with Tom Landry", Jones said, referencing the Hall of Fame coach and Cowboys' all-time win leader. "He can now say he's head coached the Cowboys."
But Quinn will be glad to be back in the coaches' booth for next week's game against Washington.
"I'm hopeful that you guys won't see me again and I'll be back on the top here hopefully by the next game and Mike will make all the progress that we need to have him back on the field and a lot of other guys too", Quinn said. "We missed a number of guys today from the staff and a couple players as well, so hopefully this is hitting us with some time to see if we can get back and get back to our normalcy."
McCarthy said he is feeling much better and hopes to be back in the office early next week once he either posts two negative tests separated by 24 hours or reaches the 10-day quarantine. He just knows he does not want to have to watch his team play from afar again.
NFL playoff picture 2021 - Standings, bracket, scenarios after Cowboys-Saints, plus Week 13 outlook
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Indian authorities issued an alert, shut schools and canceled trains in parts of the country on Friday as rescue teams braced for a tropical storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal. The storm is expected to hit the coastline of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, then enter eastern Odisha and West Bengal states on Sunday with wind speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph), Indian Meteorological Department chief Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said. Scientists say severe storms are becoming more frequent in India and changing climate patterns have caused them to become more intense. Andhra Pradesh state relief commissioner Kanna Babu said fishing boats in both states have been ordered to return to harbor and thousands of rescue and relief teams are fanning out for recovery operations. Mohapatra also said that offshore oil drilling platforms in the region have been advised to suspend activities on Saturday and Sunday. The storm is expected to trigger heavy to very heavy rain over parts of Andhra Pradesh. On Friday, it was around 650 kilometers (470 miles) from Visakhapatnam, a key port city. In May, two storms hit India within 10 days, with Cyclone Tauktae killing at least 140 people across western states. Nearly 70 of the victims were on a barge that ripped free of its anchors and sank off Mumbai’s coast. In May last year, nearly 100 people died in Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm to hit eastern India in more than a decade. It flattened villages, destroyed farms and left millions without power in eastern India and Bangladesh. Some of the deadliest tropical cyclones on record have occurred in the Bay of Bengal. A 1999 super cyclone killed around 10,000 people and devastated large parts of Odisha. Due to improved forecasts and better coordinated disaster management, the death toll from Cyclone Phailin, an equally intense storm that hit in 2013, was less than 50, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Copyright
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Cyclone Jawad: Deep depression likely to intensify into cyclonic storm today evening
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Arguments before the Supreme Court this week signaled that the conservative-leaning bench may dramatically limit abortion rights in the United States. The decision whether to uphold Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban will determine the fate of the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe. In 2020, AP VoteCast showed 69% of voters in the presidential election said the Supreme Court should leave the Roe v. Wade decision as is; just 29% said the court should overturn the decision. Even so, polling suggests Americans have nuanced attitudes on the circumstances under which abortion should be allowed. While Americans likely won't know the high court's ruling until June, here's where public opinion stands on abortion before the pivotal decision. BIG PICTURE
Overall, when asking Americans whether abortion should be legal or illegal, a majority of Americans side with abortion rights. In June, a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed 57% of Americans saying abortion should be legal in all cases or in most cases, while 43% said it should be illegal in all cases or most cases. Relatively few Americans think abortion should be either legal in all cases or illegal in all cases. Most Americans have said for decades that abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances. A question asked by Gallup since the 1970s about when abortion should be legal consistently shows only about 2 in 10 Americans say abortion should be illegal in all cases. IN WHAT CASES
The June AP-NORC poll asked Americans whether abortion should be allowable if the woman’s health or the child’s health is seriously endangered, or if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. Most Americans say abortions should be allowed in all of those circumstances, including majorities of conservatives. The Mississippi law makes few allowances in the case of medical emergencies or “a severe fetal abnormality.”
But support for abortion rights declines significantly for a woman who does not want to be pregnant “for any reason." About half of Americans think abortion should be possible in that case. A MATTER OF TIME
Precedent established by the court has given states the ability to restrict abortion rights after the point where a fetus may be viable outside of the womb, or about 23 weeks. But in Wednesday's arguments, Chief Justice John Roberts called a 15-week ban “not a dramatic departure from viability,” saying "if it really is an issue about choice, why is 15 weeks not enough time?”
Similar to support for abortion rights in general, the June AP-NORC poll showed a clear majority — 61% — saying abortion in the first trimester should be legal in all or most cases; only 16% said abortion should always be illegal. After the first trimester, though, most Americans say there should be restrictions on abortion rights. While many still leave room for abortion in some cases, especially in the second trimester, majorities say abortion in the second or third trimester should usually or always be illegal. In the second trimester, about a third say abortion should usually — but not always — be illegal, and roughly as many say it should always be illegal. About a third say abortion should always or usually be legal. A majority — 54% — said abortion in the third trimester should always be illegal, and another 26% said it should usually be illegal. Just 19% said abortion in the third trimester should be legal in all or most cases. LEAVE IT TO THE STATES? While the high court's precedent established abortion rights throughout the United States, upholding Mississippi's law would give states the power to chip away at those rights. In arguments on Wednesday, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was appointed to the bench by former President Donald Trump, questioned whether the court should be involved in the abortion issue.
“Why should this court be the arbiter rather than Congress, the state legislatures, state supreme courts, the people being able to resolve this?” Kavanaugh asked. “And there will be different answers in Mississippi and New York, different answers in Alabama than California.”
Abortion would soon become illegal or severely restricted in roughly half the states if Roe and Casey are overturned, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights. Legislatures in many Republican-led states are poised for action depending on the Supreme Court’s ruling. The June AP-NORC poll showed Americans were closely divided over whether the federal government or state governments should have the larger role in making laws related to abortion, but leaned slightly toward national governance, 52% to 45%. POLITICAL AND GENERATIONAL DIVIDES
There are clear differences in abortion attitudes by partisanship and age. The poll finds 69% of Democrats but only 27% of Republicans say an abortion should be possible for a woman who does not want to be pregnant for any reason. Among Republicans, 43% of moderates and liberals say abortion should be allowable in that case; only 14% of conservatives do. More than half of adults under 60 think abortion should be possible if the woman wants one for any reason, but only 37% of those 60 and older say the same. Most Democrats — 81% — think an abortion should usually be legal during the first trimester, compared with 41% of Republicans. Among Republicans, 26% say an abortion in the first trimester should always be illegal. Majorities of Democrats think abortion should be allowable under at least some circumstances in the second and third trimesters, even if mostly illegal, while at least half of Republicans say abortion should not be legal under any circumstances. Majorities of Americans across age groups say abortion should generally be legal in the first trimester, but opinions diverge on the second and third trimesters. Close to half of adults 60 and older say abortion should be illegal in all cases in the second trimester, compared with about a third of adults ages 30 to 59 and about 2 in 10 of those under 30. About two-thirds of older adults say abortion should be illegal in all cases in the third trimester, compared with about half of adults ages 30 to 59 and about 4 in 10 of those under 30.
Few want Roe overturned, but abortion opinions vary widely
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Pope Francis has met the leader of Cyprus’ Greek Orthodox Church with the aim of further mending an ideological and political rift between the Catholic West and the Orthodox East that dates back nearly a millennium. A fter Archbishop Chrysostomos II greeted Francis, the two held talks behind closed doors on the second day of the pope’s three-day trip to Cyprus. They are later joining the Holy Synod, the highest decision-making body of the Greek Orthodox Church. Francis is scheduled to preside over an ecumenical prayer service with migrants later in the day. Although Cyprus comprises a tiny part of the Eastern Orthodox community with around 800,000 faithful, Cypriot church leaders point to the Mediterranean island’s role as the “gateway” to Christianity’s westward expansion owing to its proximity to the faith’s birthplace. Christianity first spread to Cyprus in 45 AD, when the Apostle Paul converted the island’s Roman governor, Sergius Paulus, while on the first stop of his first mission to spread the faith. The Cypriot Church was itself said to have been founded by another apostle, Barnabas. Francis has made Cyprus’ connection to the roots of Christianity a focal point of his visit. Cypriot Church leaders are keen to strengthen ties with the Holy See since minority Christian communities in nearby countries fear that their faith is under attack amid armed conflicts. Cyprus itself carries the scars of war. The nation divided along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup aimed at uniting the island with Greece. After the ethnic split, 170,000 Christians fled the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north, where churches, monasteries and other Christian monuments have been destroyed. Tens of thousands of Muslim Turkish Cypriots fled northward following the end of hostilities. The destruction of Christian places of worship is among the key issues that Archbishop Chrysostomos is expected to raise with Francis in hopes that the pontiff’s political muscle will help reignite stalled talks to reunify Cyprus. Upon his arrival on Thursday, Francis urged Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to resume the talks, saying threats and shows of force only prolong the “terrible laceration” the island’s people have endured for nearly half a century.
“Let us nurture hope by the power of gestures, rather than by gestures of power,” Francis told Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades and other government leaders at the presidential palace, located in the internally recognised, Greek Cypriot-led south. Prospects for unifying the island have rarely been as bleak as they are now. Turkish Cypriots, under their newly elected leader Ersin Tatar, changed their prerequisites for peace and demanded recognition of a separate state before any deal can even be discussed. Previously both sides had agreed – with a United Nations Security Council endorsement – that any deal would involve establishing a two-zone federation, with a Turkish Cypriot zone in the north, a Greek Cypriot one in the south and a single federal government regulating core ministries, including defence and foreign affairs. Acknowledging the delays in talks and the continuing suffering of Christians unable to return to their former homes in the majority Muslim north, Francis encouraged an initiative of the island’s Christian and Muslim faith leaders to promote reconciliation.
“Times that seem least favourable, when dialogue languishes, can be the very times that prepare for peace,” the pontiff said.
Pope to meet Cyprus' Orthodox leader to strengthen ties
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Jury selection moved forward Thursday in the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged in Daunte Wright ’s shooting death, with a 10th juror seated ahead of opening statements next week. Kim Potter, 49, is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 shooting of Wright, a 20-year-old Black motorist, following a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Potter, who is white, has said she meant to use her Taser on Wright after he pulled away from officers while they were trying to arrest him, but that she drew her handgun by mistake. The 10th juror is a man who said he once wanted to become a police officer and participated in a police explorer program in high school but then changed his mind because he was afraid he “would end up having to use my gun.” He has worked in information technology for the last 20 years. He said he had a somewhat negative impression of Potter and that she should have had enough “muscle memory” to know which side of her body her Taser was on. Before his addition, the partial jury was two-thirds white, according to information provided by the court. One juror is Black and two identified as Asian. The court is only providing the race of the jurors at the end of each day’s proceedings. The 10th juror’s addition evenly split the panel by sex. One of the jurors who was seated the first day was recalled for questioning Thursday after Judge Regina Chu said he had expressed concerns that his identity had been revealed when he was first questioned. The jury is anonymous by order of the judge. The recall took place off camera and Chu didn’t announce any resolution when a livestream resumed. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday, though Chu said they could be moved up. Fourteen jurors—12 to deliberate plus two alternates—are needed. Attorneys and the judge have probed potential jurors for what they knew about Wright’s death and about their views of protests against police brutality that were frequent in Minneapolis even before George Floyd’s death. Each side has a limited number of peremptory strikes that can be used without requiring a reason. Prosecutor Matthew Frank on Wednesday used up his last two strikes, including one to dismiss a woman who described her fears about violence in Minneapolis, expressed trust in the police and said officers shouldn’t be second-guessed. Frank also used a strike to dismiss a man who said he was a hunter, gun owner and Fox News viewer, and that he hasn’t seen any evidence that police treat white and Black people differently. Potter, who resigned two days after she shot and killed Wright, has told the court she will testify. Body-camera video recorded the shooting, with Potter heard saying, “Taser, Taser Taser” before she fired, followed by, “I grabbed the wrong (expletive) gun.”
Wright was shot in Brooklyn Center as former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was standing trial 10 miles (16 kilometers) away for killing Floyd. Wright’s death sparked several nights of intense protests in the suburb. Jurors’ names are being withheld and they are not shown on the livestream of the trial. The most serious charge against Potter requires prosecutors to prove recklessness; the lesser only requires them to prove culpable negligence. Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of just over seven years on the first-degree manslaughter count and four years on the second-degree one. Prosecutors have said they would seek a longer sentence.
Mostly white jury nearly set for trial in Wright death
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The Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday more than a dozen arrests after a series of smash-and-grab thefts across the city in recent weeks where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen
Fourteen people were arrested in connection with 11 brazen robberies between Nov. 18 and 28, and all are out of custody, police Chief Michel Moore said. Most bailed out or met no-bail criteria, and one is a juvenile, he said. Moore added that Los Angeles, and California, saw a "rash" of the smash-and-grab crimes surrounding the Thanksgiving and Black Friday holidays. The crimes were all similar in nature, characterized by multiple suspects working together, destruction of property, assault on store employees, and caravans of vehicles parking close to high-end retail stores. The night before Thanksgiving, five people rushed into a Nordstrom store in Los Angeles and fled with several purses worth $25,000. The Los Angeles robberies are only a part of a recent wave of brazen thefts at luxury and department stores such as Louis Vuitton and Nordstrom that have coincided with a nationwide rise in organized retail crime. Chicago, New York, and the California Bay Area have all seen an increase in these types of crimes recently, Moore said. A majority of retailers said that stores are increasingly being targeted and that attacks have become more violent since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail association, headquartered in Washington, D.C. In total, Los Angeles saw 11 incidents of this type, in which $338,000 worth of property was stolen and suspects doled out $40,000 worth of property damage, Moore said. The chief said he was confident that police investigating the retail robberies had the support of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, who ran on a reform agenda and supports ending bail across the board for misdemeanor, non-violent and non-serious felony offenses. Gascón’s office said in a statement Thursday that those who commit smash-and-grab thefts will be held accountable.
“Our office has been collaborating with multiple law enforcement agencies and once all the evidence has been gathered, we will review the cases to determine what criminal charges should be filed,” Alex Bastian, special advisor to Gascón, said in the statement. “These brazen acts hurt all of us: retailers, employees and customers alike.”
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin last week announced felony charges against nine people for a series of thefts, and Bay Area prosecutors announced a joint effort to combat organized retail theft. In the Bay Area, the City Council in Walnut Creek this week approved an additional $2 million for policing after nearly 100 thieves wearing ski masks carried out a smash-and-grab mob robbery at a Nordstrom store in November. An estimated $125,000 in merchandise was stolen. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who has boasted of his criminal justice reform efforts, promised on Wednesday that the proposed budget he sends to state lawmakers next month will “significantly increase our efforts to go after these retail rings.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned robbers that the police department had extended patrols and strategic placements across the city.
"We will find you, we will arrest you, and we will prosecute you,” Garcetti said in a press conference Thursday.
14 people arrested for group thefts at high-end Los Angeles stores
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— Erik Karlsson scored 39 seconds into overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night, handing New York its ninth straight loss. Nick Bonino also scored and Adin Hill made 24 saves for the Sharks, who have won three straight and five of six. Timo Meier had two assists for his fourth multipoint game in the last five, giving him five goals and three assists during that stretch. San Jose, in the midst of its third five-game road trip this season, improved to 8-5-0 away from home.
“I like our road mentality and perseverance,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “We have to grind teams down to win. We don’t have Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. We have to manage the puck and manage leads.”
Mathew Barzal scored early for the Islanders and Ilya Sorokin stopped 33 shots. New York, which had lost eight straight in regulation, is winless in five games at UBS Arena, its $1.1 billion new home next to Belmont Park. The Islanders were playing for the first time since last Friday after having two games postponed due to the team’s COVID-19 outbreak.
“It’s a long time since we got a point, so we’ll take the point,” New York coach Barry Trotz said. “It’s a step in the right direction.… We’ve just got to worry about the process of playing better and better.”
In the extra period, Karlsson skated up on a 2-on-1 before passing to Meier, who cut from left to right across the front of the net but couldn’t get a shot off. Meier then passed the puck back from the right side across the front and Karlsson put it past Sorokin for his fifth of the season.
“I was screaming at (referee Dean Morton) because he didn’t call a penalty, but I kept my eyes on Timo and he made a perfect pass,” Karlsson said. “This time of year is a lot of grinding, lots of traveling, and everyone is helping each other out.… Today was a perfect example of that.”
Sorokin came forward to stop a shot by Alexander Barbanov 7:47 into the third period, and Hill gloved a shot by Barzal on a breakaway 10 seconds later to keep the score tied.
“Not a lot of their shots that came from the blue line got to the net,” Hill said. “We like playing those tight, defensive games. Our guys did a great job.”
The Sharks outshot the Islanders 14-7 and had ample chances in a scoreless and fast-moving second period. Sorokin had to make a flurry of saves in the opening minutes of the period. With the goalie down on the ice, Rudolfs Balcers tried to lift the puck over him, but it hit off Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson to keep the score tied. Sorokin stopped a slap shot by Karlsson and denied rookie Jonathan Dahlen midway though the middle period. He also gloved a high shot by Meier with 4:47 left in the period. Barzal got the Islanders on the scoreboard 1:04 into the game on the first shot for either team. He brought the puck up the right side, skated into the right circle and beat Hill up high on the blocker side for his fifth. It gave the Islanders their first lead in five games in their new arena.
“We had a really good start,” Trotz said. “We created a lot, put pucks in play, we managed the puck well. Then we gave up chances in flurries.… Our goaltender was outstanding during those flurries.”
Bonino tied it at 9:10 as he was standing in front of the net and redirected a pass from Dahlen from the right side with Sorokin out of position for his third.
“I think I said ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in that goal about three or four times,” Bonino said. “Getting that goal gives you some confidence and allows you to focus on your game.… My game is to keep it simple. The Islanders are obviously struggling. They score on the first shot and Hill was amazing after that.”
Anders Lee nearly gave New York the lead again, but his attempt in the final minute of the first hit off a goalpost. The Islanders got several players back from their COVID-19-related absences. Josh Bailey returned after missing five games, Lee and defensemen Adam Pelech and Andy Greene each missed four. Kieffer Bellows took part in practice but sat out, and defenseman Zdeno Chara skated on his own. Sharks forward Jonah Gadjovich left the game 3:11 into the first period after taking a shot by Dobson off his leg. Gadjovich was down for several minutes before being helped up and off the ice. Sharks: At the New York Rangers on Friday night. Islanders: At the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Karlsson scores in OT to give Sharks 2-1 win over Islanders
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— For the Chicago Bulls, DeMar DeRozan’s poise is as valuable as his points. He provided plenty of both after they blew a big lead at Madison Square Garden. DeRozan scored 34 points, Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each added 27, and the Bulls held on for a 119-115 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night. Those three were the only Chicago players to score in the fourth quarter, but it was just enough after the Knicks had erased a 21-point deficit to take the lead.
“It’s fun when we go out there and compete. We face adversity at times and it felt good when we come out of that on top,” DeRozan said. DeRozan scored 18 points in the fourth, including the Bulls’ final six. LaVine had given Chicago the lead by making two free throws with 53 seconds left after the game was tied at 111. Besides taking some of the scoring burden from him, LaVine said the 13-year veteran’s experience in big games is something the Bulls value.
“It helps our team tremendously, especially if we’re like, frantic,” LaVine said. “I think it just gives the whole team a sense of, like, a deep breath.”
Julius Randle had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, but missed two free throws and had a turnover that led to LaVine’s free throws. The Knicks (11-11) fell to.500 for the first time this season after starting 5-1. Lonzo Ball was 3 for 14, 2 for 10 on 3s, but the Bulls overcame that to beat the the Knicks for the second time in three meetings this season. The first two were in Chicago. Alec Burks, Evan Fournier and Derrick Rose all had 16 points for the Knicks, who were without starting forward RJ Barrett because of illness along with center Nerlens Noel because of a sore right knee. Then they lost another center when Taj Gibson was ejected in the first quarter. The Knicks led by two a little more than three minutes into the game and just minutes later the Bulls were running them off the floor. A 21-4 spurt made it 28-13 and six straight points toward the end of the first quarter made it 37-17. The Knicks, who were unhappy with the officiating in their two-point loss at Brooklyn on Tuesday, were irate with it during the quarter. Gibson was called for offensive fouls setting picks on consecutive possessions, jumping up screaming after the second and getting ejected. Less than a minute later, they lost what would have been a basket by Rose when Randle was called for an offensive foul.
“We started slowly. I thought there was frustration and so it’s hard to play when you’re playing frustrated and we can’t get wrapped up with that,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Sometimes there’s tough calls that go against you and that’s just the way it is.”
New York’s bigger problem was the Bulls, who kept a comfortable lead in the second that grew to 21 points and was 69-51 at halftime. But the Knicks outscored the Bulls 27-10 to open the third, cutting it to 79-78 when Mitchell Robinson dunked after consecutive 3-pointers by Immanuel Quickley. The Bulls recovered with back-to-back 3s by Vucevic and Ball and led 89-83 after three.
“That was not obviously a great quarter for us, but I do think DeMar’s presence — he never gets rattled — helps our group,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. Bulls: Donovan was chosen Thursday as the Eastern Conference coach of the month for October and November. Knicks: The Knicks had been 7-0 when Fournier made four or more 3-pointers. He was 4 for 10.… Quickley scored 15 points.… Another center, Jericho Sims, was also out with an illness. THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE
It was the first time the Bulls and Knicks both entered a matchup with each other at least 20 games into a season and both above.500 since April 2013, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Donovan said he spoke Wednesday to guard Coby White, who missed the game after testing positive for the coronavirus and being placed into the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He said the guard’s experience sounded similar to how it was for Vucevic when he missed seven games earlier.
“Just felt like he has a cold,” Donovan said. “I don’t know if his symptoms progressively get worse or not, obviously it was one day since we found out. But just in my conversation with him, he didn’t feel too bad.”
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India adds 9,216 new cases in the last 24 hours. Daily positivity rate (0.80%) less than 2% for last 60 days. Weekly Positivity Rate (0.84%) less than 1% for last 19 days. India's Active caseload currently stands at 99,976. Active cases account for less than 1% of total cases, currently at 0.29%; Lowest since March 2020. Recovery Rate currently stands at 98.35% with 8,612 recoveries in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 3,40,45,666. 64.46 crore tests were conducted so far. 125.75 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
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China will cut to no more than 10 days the time required for approval of travel by U.S. business executives, its ambassador to the United States said on Thursday, promising to turn 'an attentive ear' to concerns raised by businesses. Qin Gang, who arrived in the United States in July, told a dinner hosted by the U. S. -China Business Council that Beijing would also work to make COVID-19 testing more convenient and allow executives to work during quarantine. Qin said Beijing was adopting President Xi Jinping's direction on upgrading 'fast track' travel arrangements, a response to U.S. concerns about resumption of business travel announced after Xi met U.S. President Joe Biden last month.
'With the upgraded arrangement, the time needed for travel approval will be shorter, no more than 10 working days', he said. Qin said Beijing would share its specific workplan 'very soon' with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. He said Beijing was committed to implementing the spirit of the recent virtual summit of Xi and Biden, and injecting 'more positive energy into our relations.'
Qin called for strengthened co-operation in manufacturing, financial services and the energy sector. He also repeated Beijing's call for Washington to abolish additional tariffs imposed on Chinese goods by the administration of former President Donald Trump. Marc Allen, chief strategy officer for Boeing Co, welcomed the announcement of fast-track travel, and a separate decision by China's aviation authority to issue an airworthiness directive on the Boeing 737 MAX, which will pave the way for the model's return to service in China after more than 2-1/2 years. At the same gathering, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose Fernandez repeated a litany of U.S. complaints about China's business practices and stressed the need for a level playing field for U.S. companies. He reiterated U.S. concerns about human rights, including alleged forced labor, in China's Xinjiang region and highlighted U.S. government warnings to business about the risks of operating in Hong Kong. He told the business leaders operating in China they should keep in mind that they are 'not bystanders in the broader economic and strategic relationship.'
'Above all, please be mindful how your activities can affect U.S. national security and the fundamental values that we all hold dear', he said.
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Both chambers of Congress passed a bill Thursday to fund the government through Feb. 18 – 11 more weeks – narrowly avoiding a shutdown. The passages give President Joe Biden an ample of amount of time to sign the bill before funding was set to run out at midnight on Friday. The Senate voted 69-28 late Thursday to pass the short-term measure that the House approved hours earlier by a vote of 221-212 that was almost entirely along party lines. The measure gives Congress several more weeks to work on a longer-term funding plan covering the entire fiscal year. A group of Republican senators nearly forced a shutdown after they threatened to delay passage of the bill in the upper chamber. They wanted language preventing the use of federal money to carry out a Biden administration mandate on workplace vaccinations, but the amendment to do that failed 50-48. "I am glad that in the end cooler heads prevailed", Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. Y. , said Thursday of the vote to keep the government open. Some schools in Michigan will remain closed Friday due to threats of violence, after a 15-year-old shooter at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Michigan, killed four students and wounded seven others Monday. Though many schools are closing out of an abundance of caution, others mention safety concerns and reported threats. Oxford High School, meanwhile, is closed through the rest of the week. Pat Watson, the superintendent of Bloomfield Hills Schools, about 20 miles south of Oxford Township, wrote in a memo Wednesday night that the district and others nearby "have received numerous reports of threats of violence circulating on social media."
Confirmed U.S. cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus are likely to tick up on Friday as known instances continue to rise across the country. Five cases of the variant were identified in New York, state and city officials said Thursday. Cases of the variant have also been confirmed in California, Hawaii, Minnesota and Colorado. In Minnesota, health officials said a man began experiencing symptoms the day after attending the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Officials in New York said they were working to trace attendees of the convention, which was held Nov. 19-21 and drew about 50,000 people, according to event organizers. The omicron variant, first reported by scientists in South Africa, has been designated a "variant of concern" by global health officials, meaning it has the potential to be more contagious than prior strains or more resistant to vaccines. Inflation is surging. Supply chains are snarled. And economists still are predicting that America's employers delivered another month of solid job growth in November on the strength of steady consumer spending. Economists have forecast that employers added 535,000 jobs in November, nearly the same as October's gain of 531,000, according to data provider FactSet via The Associated Press. FactSet also forecasts the unemployment rate dipped from 4.6% to 4.5%. Beneath the headline figures on hiring and unemployment, though, lurks a potentially even more consequential question: Are more people who lost jobs to the pandemic recession finally coming off the sidelines to look for work again? Many more job-seekers are needed to help companies fill their open jobs and sustain the economy's growth. The omicron COVID-19 variant won't affect Friday's jobs report for November because the government gathered the data for it before that variant emerged. But omicron could exert an impact on the job market in future months. We don't want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing we need: Mariah. And that's a wish granted because the Queen of Christmas is in overdrive this holiday season. We've got Mariah songs, Mariah merchandise, Mariah at McDonald's and, now, a sequel to last year's "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special", which lands on the Apple TV+ streaming service Friday. Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson appeared in last year's special. This year, viewers can expect Khalid, Kirk Franklin and a "song that is a fan favorite that I didn't perform in the first Christmas special", Carey said. "I go all out every year, darling", she told USA TODAY. "I love the holidays. It's just my thing."
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The Philippines on Friday rolled out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for adults. Those eligible for a booster shot are individuals who have received their second dose at least 6 months ago or the single-dose Janssen vaccine at least 3 months ago, Health Undersecretary and spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier said.
"Iyong booster administration, iyong rollout ay magsisimula na for all 18 years old and above starting today", Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said in a virtual press briefing.
(The rollout for booster administration for 18 years old and above begins today.)
Government initially administered additional COVID-19 jabs to health workers, senior citizens, and immunocompromised individuals.
"Those who have completed their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines can be inoculated with the following brands (Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Pfizer) regardless of which vaccines taken in the first two doses", the DOH said. Filipinos who are unvaccinated and have yet to receive their second dose remain priorities, said Health Undersecretary and spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire. The country has fully vaccinated 68 percent of the elderly population, according to Cabotaje.
"Hindi pa rin sapat iyon, kailangan mapaigting pa ang pagbabakuna sa kanila", she said.
(It's still not enough, we still need to intensify our vaccination campaign for them.)
Local governments had extended the nationwide vaccination drive until Friday after some 7.6 million individuals were vaccinated from Monday to Wednesday. The Philippines will hold another run of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Days on Dec. 15 to 17, said Cabotaje, head of the National Vaccination Operations Center.
— With reports from Gillan Ropero and Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News
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Hyderabad: Ever since the detection of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, parents of students studying in schools in Hyderabad are worried. A few of them are claiming that the educational institutions are not adhering to COVID-19 norms and putting children at risk. The Hans India quoted Shivanghi, a parent, saying that most of the schools in Hyderabad are not sanitizing the premises regularly. They are not even checking the temperature of the students attending the classes on regular basis. Meanwhile, Mohammed Asif Hussain Sohail, president of Telangana Parents Association for Child Rights and Safety alleged that schools in Hyderabad are forcing students to attend the in-person classes to extract fees. By not following COVID-19 norms they are putting children at risk, he added. Recently, Telangana education minister Sabitha Indrareddy clarified that schools in Hyderabad and all other districts in Telangana will continue to run as usual. She has suggested the school managements to strictly adhere to COVID-19 norms. In the Sangareddy district of Telangana, 27 students have tested positive for Coronavirus in Mahatma Jyothirao Phule BC Welfare School, Indresham. Earlier, 46 students from the same district had tested positive for COVID-19. Yesterday, two cases of Omicron, a variant of COVID-19 that was detected first in a South African country, have been detected in Karnataka. Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (IMRC) confirmed that both persons had travelled to South Africa. Their contacts have been identified and are under monitoring, he added. Get the news updates on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. For all the latest Hyderabad updates, download our app Android and iOS.
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Japan's plan to release oil from strategic reserves in coordination with the United States and other consuming countries remains unchanged despite the recent drop in oil prices, industry minister Koichi Hagiuda said on Friday. Global oil prices have lost more than $10 a barrel since last Thursday when news of the Omicron coronavirus variant first shook investors. Japan's government said last week that it will release "a few hundred thousand kilolitres" in response to a U.S. request, though the details were still being worked out as it would entail some switch in the composition of the types of oil held in the national reserve.
"There is no change in our plan of releasing oil from reserves, as the sale will be done as a change in the type of oil, which we had planned to do", Hagiuda said on Friday.
"As for the timing of the release, we will continue to make preparations while keeping a close eye on developments in the international energy market", he said. Oil prices climbed on Friday after OPEC+ surprised markets by sticking to its plans to boost output slowly but also said it would review supply additions ahead of its next scheduled meeting if the Omicron variant hits demand.
"We believe that the OPEC+ decision was made with a certain degree of consideration for the position of consuming countries, but. we will continue to urge oil-producing countries to increase production", he said. Japan, along with the United States, has asked oil producers to boost crude output to help lower prices. The White House also said on Thursday it welcomed a decision by OPEC+ to incrementally increase oil output, but added that the United States has no plans to reconsider its decision to release crude reserves.
(Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma's position in the Indian Test team had become untenable due to prolonged run of poor form and more than anyone else, the two cricketers knew about it. However on Friday, the BCCI and the team management found an "exit route" which was honourable for both the distinguished senior cricketers as everyone associated wanted to be subtle while taking a tough decision, at least for this Test. Before the opening day of the second Test, the BCCI officially announced that Rahane, Ishant and, more importantly, Ravindra Jadeja are out of the match due to various injuries. In case of Rahane, he sustained what was described as a "minor left hamstring strain" while fielding on the final day of the first Test match in Kanpur. The Kanpur Test ended on November 29 and on the final day, Rahane was on the field for the entire duration of 90 overs, and at times sprinted towards the boundary. Hamstring niggles are believed to be the most painful as it tends to hamper movement and batting becomes an issue with restricted feet movement. On Thursday, the Indian team were training indoors at the Bandra Kurla Complex facility and the BCCI's official twitter handle posted a picture of Rahane batting with a wide grin. Playing through pain as one might say. On Friday, before the game, Rahane had a nice little jog around Wankhede (with the hamstring niggle) and then gave catching practice to the slip cordon where he would plonk his left foot and get power behind his throw for the catches. When PTI got in touch with a state team physio, he said: "Hamstring tear is something that depends on the Grade and if it is grade 1, you will be out for two weeks minimum and grade two would be between four to six weeks. But in case of niggle, you need to rest and not exert yourself.
"But with niggle, it's best advised not to bat as it can aggravate and become a tear."
While nobody is saying it openly but both for the team management and the BCCI, it was a catch-22 situation where they had no option but to drop an out of form man but also at the same time make it look more dignified. How can one drop a player on the basis of form after he was captaining in the previous game? Obviously, the team management had to find an escape route which doesn't make it awkward for a veteran of 80 Test matches. This also gives them a chance to select Rahane for the South Africa tour despite failure in 12 successive matches. In case of Ishant, everyone associated with Indian cricket knows that the "old workhorse" is past his prime. He had dislocated the little finger of his left-hand during the final day of the first Test in Kanpur. Normally, a CT scan or MRI report comes instantly and for the last 72 hours, the Indian team is in Mumbai. Even when bowling coach Paras Mhambrey spoke about Ishant's bowling lacking a bit of rhythm due to lack of game time, there was no information on his dislocation which is believed to have been clear by then. In this back-drop, it is to be seen whether Rahane is able to retain his vice-captaincy in South Africa or it goes to another senior player Rohit Sharma. For Ishant, even if he is able to regain his place in the side, whether he would make the playing XI in the presence of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna and Avesh Khan is a big question. The answer will be out soon but Rahane and Ishant's fans would hope that they haven't seen the last of two tireless servants of Indian cricket.
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MANILA The Philippines on Friday reported 14,977 active cases, the first time in a year and a half it fell below 15,000, data from the Department of Health showed. The figure is 0.5 percent of the country's 2,833,878 cumulative infections, based on the latest DOH bulletin. The last time that the number of active cases fell below 15,000 was on June 4, 2020 when the country recorded 14,996 active cases, according to the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group, citing DOH data adjusted for duplicate and reclassified cases. The country also reported 544 new COVID-19 cases, the 10th consecutive day it recorded less than 1,000 new infections. It is the third lowest figure so far this year, following 425 fresh infections on Tuesday and 500 on Wednesday. COVID-related deaths increased by 235, resulting in a total of 48,987 fatalities. This is the highest in 2 weeks or since Nov. 19 when 277 deaths were announced, according to the ABS-CBN IRG. The DOH also announced 734 more recoveries, raising the total number of recuperations to 2,769,914. Seventeen duplicates were removed from the total case count, including 13 recoveries, while 218 cases previously tagged as recuperations were reclassified as deaths after final validation, according to the DOH. Some 122 cases were found to have tested negative and have been removed from the total case count, it said. These cases are recoveries, the DOH added. The positivity rate was at 1.8 percent, based on samples of 32,908 individuals on Dec. 1, Wednesday. Two laboratories were non-operational on Wednesday while 3 others were unable to submit their data, the DOH said. The 5 laboratories contribute on average 1 percent of samples tested and 1.1 percent of positive cases. The intensive care unit (ICU) bed utilization rate in Metro Manila and nationwide was at 28 percent and 27 percent, respectively.
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Biocon said that its subsidiary Biocon Pharma has received approval of its ANDA for mycophenolic acid from the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). The product is indicated for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in adult patients receiving a kidney transplant and is available in 180mg and 360mg strengths.
"This approval further adds to Biocon's portfolio of vertically integrated complex drug products, the company said in a statement. Biocon is an innovation-led global biopharmaceuticals company committed to enhance affordable access to complex therapies for chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer and autoimmune. The company's consolidated net profit fell 18.3% to Rs 159.70 crore on a 5.2% increase in net sales to Rs 1,840.40 crore in Q2 September 2021 over Q2 September 2020. The scrip shed 0.11% to currently trade at Rs 366.85 on the BSE.
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Voicing concern over children getting addicted to mobile games, Rajya Sabha member and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday demanded that the government should regulate the online gaming industry and impose a uniform tax on it. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, he said these online games have now given way to gambling and betting. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked Ashwini Vaishnaw, who is Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, to take note of this issue.
“Consult the Law Ministry and do the needful. It’s a big menace,” Naidu remarked. Modi said the booming online gaming industry has become a big problem for the youngsters in this country.
“Online gaming is becoming a big addiction. I would like to highlight that this sector, like the crypto industry, certainly has a regulatory lacunae. So, I would urge the government to bring a uniform tax on online gaming. I urge the government to make a comprehensive framework of regulation for online gaming,” he said. If there are no regulations, Modi said it will be difficult to stop children from getting addicted.
“Crores and crores of youngsters have become addictive to online gaming. As it is online, it is very difficult to prevent kids from getting addicted. And now this online gaming has been converted into gambling or betting. And now there is a controversy whether it is a game of skill or it is a game of chance,” the BJP leader said. During the pre-Covid period, the BJP leader said, the weekly time spent on mobile gaming was 2.5 hours, while 11 per cent of total smart phone time was spent on gaming. However, during lockdown, the gaming time has increased to four hours. The BJP member said more than 43 crore people are into online gaming currently, and the number is projected to increase to 65.7 crore by 2025. The revenue earned by online gaming was Rs 13,600 crore and this is likely to increase to 29,000 crore in the year 2025. The number of mobile downloads have also increased, he added. Modi noted that many states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala had banned online gaming but it was struck down by high courts. He added that crores of people are playing games like Ludo Kings, Rummy, Poker, Dream 11. Get the news updates on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. For all the latest India updates, download our app Android and iOS.
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Laura Ingraham slammed the Biden administration's performance on COVID-19 amid the push for vaccine mandates during her opening monologue on Thursday's " Ingraham Angle."
Biden had claimed previously that he would not shut down the economy, but he would "shut down the virus."
"Now, how's that going? That whole shutting down the virus thing?", Ingraham asked.
"Let's look at the facts now, despite three widely available and free vaccines, along with employer and government mandates to force them on people, nearly 352,000 Americans have died with COVID thus far during Biden's first year in office. And while he didn't shut down the economy, well, his reckless agenda has flattened the curve on wage and GDP growth, inflation soaring."
Ingraham argued that Biden is looking to serve the press corps and not everyday Americans, saying the press want mask and vaccine mandates. For example, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski wondered, "Am I the only one that's going to wear a mask now, even after the pandemic?"
"Of course, on the COVID front, the constituency the White House is really trying to serve is the press corps from day one of the pandemic", Ingraham argued. "The press has urged lockdowns, school closures, mask mandates, any and all restrictions on our freedom. And now even as most Americans have moved on from COVID, they're still pushing Biden for more isolation of the unvaccinated", Ingraham said. White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked Thursday why the Biden administration hasn't opted for stronger COVID measures. She responded, "I would say that nothing is off the table – including domestic travel."
Ingraham said, "All actions are on the table. Think about that. Now what the media really want, and they always have wanted, is for us to look like Europe… Europe is quickly becoming its own COVID police state. Just yesterday, the Austrian government approved an extended 20-day nationwide lockdown. after they announced compulsory vaccinations for all. Meanwhile, Germany is imposing its own strict lockdown for the unvaccinated, and leadership there wants universal mandatory vaccinations."
"Now, with its dark history, Germany's tactics would make the old fascist proud. And don't think for a second that whoever is winding up Biden every morning wouldn't do the same here with all these controls if they could. But thankfully, America has a constitution that protects individual liberty. We have states that value freedom over false promises of safety, and we have federal judges who are one by one halting Biden's vaccine mandates."
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The Gujarat health department on Friday informed that the samples obtained from the Zimbabwe resident's arrival in Jamnagar have been sent for laboratory testing to identify whether the Covid-19 patient has been infected with the new mutant Omicron or not. The Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), health department, Manoj Agrawal said, "The samples obtained from the 72-year-old person, who arrived from Zimbabwe, have been sent to the Biotechnological Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad. It will take at least 2 to 3 days for the results to arrive and ascertain whether the person was infected with the new mutant omicron or not. Right now there's no threat as far as the new variant of the Covid-19 is concerned and the government is fully prepared to combat the threat against the coronavirus and no changes have been made for the preparation of the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit."
A 72-year-old man tested positive for Coronavirus in the Morakda village near Jamnagar city of Gujarat. Following his return from Zimbabwe, an African nation and one of the 'at-risk' countries identified by the authorities and in order to ascertain if he is infected with the Omicron variant, the health authorities have sent his samples to Ahmedabad for genome sequencing. The man is believed to be a native of Jamnagar and has been living in Zimbabwe for many years. He arrived on November 28 to meet his father-in-law. After he got a fever, his doctor advised him to get an RT-PCR test done. As mandated, the private laboratory informed the health authorities that his report was Covid-19 positive. He is shifted to the isolation ward at the Guru Gobind Singh Government Hospital in Jamnagar. The authorities started contact tracing as per protocols. Two people have tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus in Karnataka. The new strain has been marked as Variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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President Joe Biden helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday while remembering those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and crediting the American people for his optimism. Biden also paid tribute to service members, thanking them for their sacrifices.
“We are a great nation because of you, the American people,” Biden said, joined on stage by his wife, first lady Jill Biden. “You've made me so optimistic.”
It was Biden's first time participating in the nearly 100-year-old tradition in the nation's capital. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, joined the Bidens. Singer-actor LL Cool J hosted the program, which featured performances by Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton, H. E. R. , Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LaBelle and Howard University’s gospel choir. The evergreen tree on the Ellipse, just south of the White House, was lit up in red and white lights. It is surrounded by smaller trees representing every U.S. state and territory and the District of Columbia. Students from across the country made the ornaments used to decorate the trees. The first National Christmas Tree lighting was held on Christmas Eve in 1923.
2021 National Christmas Tree lighting
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The Philippines has administered some 90 million COVID-19 shots and fully vaccinated nearly half of its target population, government said on Friday. Authorities on Thursday gave out some 1.1 million vaccine doses, which raised the total number of administered jabs to 90,259,621, said Malacañang acting spokesman Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles. The total included some 52.4 million first jabs and 432,901 booster doses, he said in a press briefing. Meanwhile, at least 37.3 million people have been fully vaccinated so far, representing 48.42 percent of the 77-million target population. Government aims to vaccinate 54 million by year-end, 77 million by the end of March 2022, and 90 million by end-June, Carlito Galvez Jr, who leads the inoculation strategy, said last week. The Philippines on Monday launched a 3-day drive meant to immunize 9 million people. The program covered at least 8 million people, the health department said, adding the figure is expected to go up as more reports from local governments come in. The country has not yet detected any case of Omicron, which the World Health Organization described as a "variant of concern."
With a report from Reuters
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Driven by the reopening of the retail, hospitality and education sectors after a long 18-20 months of pandemic-driven lockdowns, India saw a 26 per cent (on-year) growth in hirings in the month of November as compared to last year, a new report showed on Friday. Retail sector with 47 per cent growth picked up a strong pace in hiring, showing signs of recovery in the festive season, according to the latest Naukri ‘JobSpeak index.’
Another sector which traditionally benefited in the festive season was hospitality/travel (+58 per cent). In a bid to fall back to normalcy, schools are primed to reopen across the country and the education sector (+54 per cent) experienced a resultant uptick in hiring.
“Being two of the worst impacted sectors of the pandemic, the hospitality/travel and retail industry have stood out in their recovery. Riding the festive wave in the past few months, these sectors have grown by 63 per cent and 56 per cent annually from September-November 2021,” said Pawan Goyal, Chief Business Officer, Naukri. com. Hiring in metro and tier 2 cities recorded 39 per cent and 16 per cent average annual growth, respectively. Continuous growth of the IT-software and BFSI sectors have enabled metro cities to outperform their tier 2 counterparts in the annual growth charts, the report said. Among the non-metros, Ahmedabad (+61 per cent) witnessed maximum growth in November, followed by Coimbatore (+28 per cent). Hiring across all experience bands was positive as compared to the same period last year, with demand for senior professionals belonging to the 8-12 yrs (+37 per cent) bracket witnessing maximum traction, the report mentioned. Get the news updates on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. For all the latest Business updates, download our app Android and iOS.
Hiring activity grew by 26% YoY in November: Naukri. com jobs index
Dec. 2 The United States and the European Union held their second high-level meeting concerning China on Thursday as the two sides attempt to foster a united policy to confront and work with the Asian nation amid growing tensions. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and European External Action Service Secretary Stefano Sannino held the dialogue on China in Washington, D.C., producing a joint statement in which they expressed the importance of "maintaining continuous and close contacts" with one another as they manage their systemic rivalries with China as well as cooperate with it.
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Amid the ongoing war of words between the TMC and the Congress, the ruling camp in West Bengal on Friday launched a fresh attack on the grand old party, stating that it has gone into a "deep freezer" with opposition forces now looking up to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to fill the vacuum. The TMC, which had been inducting disgruntled Congress leaders in its fold, iterated in its mouthpiece 'Jago Bangla' that it was committed to fight the BJP. Referring to Prashant Kishor's latest tweet against the Congress, the article said it's not just the poll strategist but also Congress leaders themselves who are criticising the party leadership.
"The TMC has been saying this for a long time that the Congress is a spent force. They don't have the zeal to fight the BJP. The party is so bogged down by infighting that it hardly has time or energy to build an opposition. The UPA does not exist", the article titled 'Congress in deep freezer' said.
"The country currently needs an alternative front and opposition parties have given that responsibility to Mamata Banerjee. They are looking up to her to fill the vacuum. She is presently the most popular opposition face in the country", it said. Kishor, on Thursday, took to Twitter and said that Congress' leadership is not the "divine right" of an individual, especially when the party has "lost more than 90% elections in last 10 years", in an apparent dig at senior leader Rahul Gandhi. Banerjee during her recent visit to Mumbai had said that "UPA doesn't exist". The ruling camp of West Bengal, which is trying to expand its footprint nationally, has been up in arms against the grand old party over its alleged failure to counter the BJP. In a massive jolt to the opposition Congress in Meghalaya, 12 of its 17 MLAs, led by former chief minister Mukul Sangma, joined the TMC last week. The TMC, in its bid to enter Tripura's political arena in a big way, recently engaged in a bitter battle with the BJP during the municipal elections there. It is also gearing up to contest the assembly elections in Goa to pitch Banerjee firmly as the foremost anti-BJP opposition voice. Earlier, the TMC, in its mouthpiece, had termed the Congress as an "incapable and incompetent" party, and maintained that the Mamata Banerjee-led camp cannot be blamed for Congress leaders jumping ship. The ties between the Congress and the TMC got further strained after 'Jago Bangla' recently claimed that party supremo Mamata Banerjee, and not Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, has emerged as the face of the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Congress in ‘deep freezer’, oppn forces want Mamata to lead: TMC mouthpiece
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday informed the Lok Sabha that Punjab had reported four deaths due to shortage of Oxygen during the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. Replying to a question during the 'Question Hour' in the Lower House, he said that the Centre has written to 19 states thrice seeking the data of the deaths caused due to the shortage of Oxygen but only the Punjab has reported. The Minister also said that there had been a lot of politics on 'shortage of oxygen'. Explaining the issue, he further mentioned that there was an average requirement of oxygen use to 1400 MT in the country but during the second wave of coronavirus, the demand surged to 9000 MT, which was an extraordinary situation. But when the situation arose, the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi made all the possible measures to supply oxygen to the nook and corner of the country, Mandaviya said. He added that big empty containers were brought from abroad by the Indian Air Force and filled oxygen container by the Indian Navy ships were pressed into the service to bring oxygen to the country and we made adequate supply to all hospitals. The Minister also said the states should not refrain from providing proper data on Covid-19 deaths. "We have repeatedly appealed to the states to provide data, and 19 states responded that there was no death reported due to shortage of Oxygen. States respond to their respective HCs that there are no deaths, but they questioned the central government on the number of deaths in the country, the Minister further said.
"We have also asked the states to be prepared for further Covid-19 waves and assured that there is no Oxygen shortage this time, all Oxygen plants are operating at full capacity", Mandaviya said. The health minister also informed the House that the Centre has allocated additional funds to each district hospital to prepare themselves for the next wave of this pandemic. He also informed that the PSA plants set up under the PMCARE funds have been working in full capacity.
Only Punjab reported 4 deaths due to oxygen shortage: Mandaviya
Turkey’s beleaguered currency has been plunging to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro in recent months as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses ahead with a widely criticized effort to cut interest rates despite surging consumer prices. As a result, families are struggling to buy food and other goods and the Turkish lira has lost around 40% of its value since the start of the year, becoming one of the world's worst-performing currencies. Here is a closer look at the Turkish currency crisis and its impact on a country with eye-popping inflation:
WHAT IS GOING ON? Turkey’s Central Bank has cut borrowing costs by 4 percentage points since September, in line with Erdogan’s wishes, even though inflation accelerated to around 20%. Erdogan, who has been in power for some 19 years and has grown increasingly authoritarian, has long argued that high interest rates cause inflation, contrary to what economists generally say: that increasing rates will drive down prices. The rate cuts have raised concerns over the bank’s independence, while the country’s unconventional monetary policy has spooked foreign investors, who are dumping Turkish assets. And Turkish citizens are rushing to convert their savings to foreign currencies and gold to protect them from soaring inflation.
“People bring their savings and always want to buy dollars. When will it end, where will this go? They’re panicking", said Hulya Orak, a currency exchange office worker. “People are constantly in panic mode and are using money that’s under their mattresses."
As a result, the Turkish lira, which had barely recovered from a currency crisis in 2018, has been weakening to record lows against the dollar and the euro. It crashed to a record low of 13.44 against the American currency on Nov. 23 after Erdogan insisted there would be no turning back from his unconventional policies. On Tuesday, the lira plummeted again to an all-time low of 14 against the dollar after Erdogan reiterated that cuts would continue and amid signs the U.S. Federal Reserve would tighten credit for consumers and businesses as inflation rises. The lira recovered a bit Wednesday after Turkey's Central Bank announced it was intervening in the foreign exchange market to stem the volatility. HOW HAVE PEOPLE BEEN AFFECTED? With inflation running at more than 21%, according to government figures released Friday, the prices of basic goods have soared and many people in this country of more than 83 million are struggling to make ends meet. The independent Inflation Research Group, made up of academics and former government officials, puts the inflation rate at a stunning 50%. The devalued lira is driving prices higher, making imports, fuel and everyday goods more expensive in Turkey, which relies on imported raw material. Meanwhile, rents have skyrocketed and prices for home sales, mostly pegged on the dollar, are increasing. Every morning, long lines form outside kiosks selling bread a lira cheaper than in bakeries and shops.
“We are cutting down on everything,” Sinasi Yukselen said as he waited in line. “I used to buy 10 loaves, now I buy five. We’ve given up trying to buy meat.”
At a shopping center selling discounted goods in Ankara, Emine Cengizer said she wanted to buy her teenage daughter a winter coat but left empty-handed.
“If I buy the coat, we won’t have anything to eat for the rest of the week,” she said. Selva Demiralp, economics professor at Istanbul’s Koc University, says she's concerned about a possible brain drain.
“When your salary gap between what you can earn in Turkey versus what you can earn abroad widens so much, it’s just going to be very difficult for us to keep those highly educated white-collar people at home", she said. “And that’s that’s a major threat for the future of the country.”
WHAT IS ERDOGAN’S ECONOMIC POLICY? The Turkish president has been pushing for low borrowing costs to stimulate the economy, boost growth and exports, and create jobs. He has vowed to break the cycle of an economy dependent on short-term “hot money” lured by high interest rates. Economists say raising borrowing costs eases inflation, which has been surging worldwide as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic but is especially acute in Turkey because of the government's unorthodox policies. A devout Muslim, whose religion regards usury as a sin, Erdogan has described interest rates as “the mother and father of all evil.” He has fired three central bank governors who resisted lowering rates. In a further shake-up, Erdogan on Thursday appointed a new finance minister considered to be supportive of the push for low borrowing rates, leading to a slight decline of the lira.
“With the new economic model, we are pushing back the policy of attracting money with high interest rates. We are supporting production and exports with low interests,” Erdogan said this week. The Turkish leader has blamed the currency crash on foreign forces bent on destroying Turkey’s economy and says his government is waging “an economic war of independence.”
Demiralp, the economist, says the government is doing the opposite of what is normally done to tamp down prices.
“The central bank claims that by cutting interest rates, they’re going to contain inflationary pressures. The markets are not buying this story,” she said. Turkey is focused on growing the economy rather than controlling inflation, Demiralp said, “but I think even growth is highly questionable at this point because you are going to see more contraction coming as a result of the panic and uncertainty and escalating costs coming from this crisis.”
WHAT'S THE POLITICAL IMPACT FOR ERDOGAN? His early years in power were marked by a strong economy that helped him win several elections. Recently, soaring consumer prices have hurt his popularity, with opinion polls pointing at unease over his economic policies even among supporters. Last week, police broke up small demonstrations that erupted in Istanbul and several other Turkish cities by groups protesting the high cost of living. Dozens of people were detained. An alliance of opposition parties that have formed a bloc against Erdogan’s ruling party and its allies has been climbing in opinion polls. Members of the opposition coalition are calling for early elections and accusing Erdogan of “treason” for mismanaging the economy. Erdogan has refused to call early elections, insisting voting will take place as scheduled in 2023. He said this week that the government is working on programs that would create 50,000 new jobs and it is expected to raise the minimum wage.
“We are preparing to, one by one, take steps to comfort citizens whose purchasing power has fallen,” Erdogan said.
EXPLAINER: Turkey’s currency is crashing. What’s the impact?
French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the energy-rich Persian Gulf Friday, hoping to seal a major arms contract after this fall's Australian submarine deal debacle and to strengthen France ’s role in the region. The two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia comes a month before France assumes the rotating European Union presidency — and ahead of the French 2022 presidential election where Macron is expected to seek a second term. Returning from the Gulf with a contract to sell French fighter jets to the Emiratis, a deal that Paris and Abu Dhabi have discussed for almost a decade, would boost France’s defense industry after the collapse of a $66 billion contract for Australia to buy 12 French submarines. And the red carpet treatment Macron can expect from Gulf political heavyweights would present France as the EU powerhouse in the Gulf and Middle East since Britain’s exit from the bloc.
“Macron stands out among European Union leaders with his willingness to be in the spotlight, to drive the foreign policy and push things ahead,” said Silvia Colombo, an expert on EU-Gulf relations at the International Affairs Institute in Rome. But, primarily, Macron is pursuing French business interests, Colombo said. “He has a very clear idea that he has to go where the business community wants to be, where France can make economic gains.”
Macron’s keen interest in forging personal relationships with leaders like Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, and his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, Mohamed bin Salman Al Saud, makes him a welcome guest. Both Gulf leaders value a degree of pragmatism when discussing democracy and human rights – issues on which their countries have been heavy criticized by rights groups and European lawmakers — while pursuing business opportunities. France has deep ties to the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, particularly since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The UAE opened a French naval base in 2009 at Abu Dhabi’s Port Zayed. French warplanes and personnel are also stationed at Al-Dhafra Air Base, a major facility outside the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi that’s also home to several thousand American troops. Months after Macron was elected in 2017, he traveled to the UAE to inaugurate Louvre Abu Dhabi, built under a $1.2 billion agreement to share the name and art of the world-famous museum in Paris. In September, Macron hosted Abu Dhabi's crown prince at the historic Chateau de Fontainebleau outside Paris, which was restored in 2019 with a UAE donation of 10 million euros ($11.3 million). The UAE and France have also become increasingly aligned over a shared mistrust of Islamist political parties across the Middle East, and backed the same side in Libya's civil strife. A senior French presidency official who spoke to reporters ahead of the trip on customary condition of anonymity said Macron will “continue to push and support the efforts that contribute to the stability of the region, from the Mediterranean to the Gulf.”
Gulf tensions will be discussed, the official said, in particular the revived talks about Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, following the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement by President Donald Trump. Gulf countries have long been concerned by Iran’s nuclear ambitions and influence across the region, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
“This is a hot topic,” the French official said, adding that Macron discussed the issues in a phone call Monday with Iran's president. He will talk about the call and the issues — including the nuclear deal talks in Vienna — with Gulf leaders, who are “directly concerned by this subject, like all of us but also because they are (Iran’s) neighbors,” the official said. France, along with Germany and the U.K., thinks the 2015 nuclear agreement — with minor tweaks — is the way forward with Iran, analysts say. The UAE and Saudi Arabia have bitterly opposed the West’s negotiated deal with Iran.
“Although the Gulf countries did not like the West’s deal with Iran, the prospect of it falling apart acrimoniously is also bad for them and arguably presents worse risks,” said Jane Kinninmont, a London-based Gulf expert with the European Leadership Network think-tank.
“Their view has always been the West should have gotten more out of Iran before sealing the deal,” Kinninmont said. “But if the West walks away with nothing, the Gulf countries are beginning to understand that their security will not improve as a result.”
Macron visits Gulf seeking arms deal, stronger regional role
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Bosnian police on Friday arrested seven people suspected of war crimes against civilians during the 1992-95 conflict in the Balkan country, the security authorities said. The group were apprehended in the areas of the eastern towns of Bijeljina and Sokolac, a statement by the Bosnian security agency said. No other details were immediately available. The statement said the group will be handed over to the prosecutors. More than 100,000 people were killed in the 1992-95 War in Bosnia between the country’s mostly Muslim Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. The war ended in a U. S. -brokered peace agreement.
Bosnia police arrest 7 people on suspicion of war crimes
Dec. 3 Police in California said they have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection to the fatal shooting of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant. The Beverly Hills Police Department identified the suspect in a statement Thursday as Los Angeles resident Aariel Maynor.
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A Chinese real estate developer warned Friday it might fail to pay off a $400 million bond due next week, adding to financial strains in an industry that is struggling to avoid defaults on billions of dollars of debt. Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd., headquartered in Hong Kong, said it tried to renegotiate the debt due Tuesday but too few bondholders agreed to unspecified terms.
"There is no guarantee that the company will be able to meet the repayment obligations", said a Kaisa statement released through the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It did not say if there was a grace period before it would be declared in default, which can trigger requirements to repay other debt immediately. Some Chinese developers are struggling to reduce debt after regulators tightened limits last year on their use of borrowed money. That is fueling fears about possible defaults and turmoil in financial markets. Investors worry the biggest, Evergrande Groupe, its global industry's biggest debtor, might collapse with 2 trillion yuan ($310 billion) of debt. Chinese central bank officials have tried to reassure investors the financial system can be protected from Evergrande's problems. Economists say Beijing can step in to make sure there is adequate money in lending markets but wants to avoid sending the wrong signal by bailing out Evergrande or other developers. Kaisa said it would look at options including selling assets. The company says it has more than 17,000 employees, 310 billion yuan ($49 billion) in assets and activities in more than 50 Chinese cities. It has assets in real estate development, tourism, hotels, sea transportation and health. In October, a midsize developer, Fantasia Holdings Group, announced it failed to make a $205.7 million payment due to bondholders.
Chinese developer warns it might not pay $400 million bond
Jacob is a young man who believes he is a wolf mistakenly trapped in a human body. The premise of “Wolf” is just that simple and just that complex. Writer and director Nathalie Biancheri’s film explores the lives of those living as “the Other,” outside society’s norms. It requires commitment on the part of the actors and the audience. It’s a worthwhile investment. The first time we see Jacob (George MacKay), he is in the woods, crawling, romping, living as a wolf. Next his concerned parents are checking him into a treatment center for those with species dysphoria. One man believes he’s a squirrel, another a German shepherd. A woman believes she is a horse. Lurking around everywhere is a young woman who believes herself to be an angry parrot; she repeats everything the doctors say. The place is run by a man the patients call “the Zookeeper” (Paddy Considine). Recreation rooms are decorated like cheap outdoors knock-offs with fake trees, fake grass, a little plastic pool with rubber ducks in it. The methods are dubious in both practice and rate of success. A therapist (Eileen Walsh) convenes group therapies in which she demands that the patients identify as their human selves; it’s a struggle for most. Biancheri isn’t adverse to finding humor in some of the situations, but it’s never exploitative. Like the rest of the film, it’s organic. Jacob struggles to adjust. Quiet and reluctant to reveal any of his wolf personality in front of anyone else, he mostly observes at the beginning of his stay, and it’s not a pretty sight. The therapy sessions become increasingly ludicrous, then dangerous. Then he meets the Zookeeper. He is straightforward in his work. He is also a sadist. The Zookeeper’s treatment for the man who believes he is a squirrel is to force him repeatedly to try to climb a tree, until his fingernails fall off. You’re a squirrel, aren’t you? Then climb! For the girl who believes she is a bird, he has an assistant push her to the ledge of a second-story window: You’re a bird? Then fly. One day, Jacob meets Wildcat (Lily-Rose Depp), whose name describes who she believes she is. She’s been at the facility so long she serves much like a trusty would in jail. She has special privileges and knows her way around, but she can’t leave. She also has a set of keys. Wildcat and Jacob have an instant attraction of the opposites-attract variety. One night when he has sneaked out to the kitchen to literally howl at the moon, she pads with feline grace across the counters and stovetop, hisses and scratches him. You’ll get us caught, she says. She knows better places to indulge what they believe to be their true selves. The degree to which MacKay and Depp commit themselves to their roles is astonishing, in particular the ability to turn it on and turn it off when needed. MacKay, in particular, is vulpine in his movements when his wolf persona is guiding him. The way his shoulders rotate, the way he crawls, especially the way he growls and raises his back when about to attack – it’s all stunning. The film easily could have fallen into cheap camp, but doesn’t. MacKay and Depp make it easy to buy into the premise without judgment. Metaphors abound, but Biancheri doesn’t overplay her hand on that front. Still, the message is clear. “It’s not about surviving,” Jacob says. “It’s about surviving as myself.”
“Wolf” offers a searing look at the dangers of trying to prevent that. Three stars
out of four stars
Rated R; abusive behavior, sexuality, nudity, language
1 hour, 38 minutes
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Eight years after he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Geoffrey Easterling remains astonished by the Confederate history still memorialized on the storied academy’s campus — the 6-foot-tall painting of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the library, the barracks dormitory named for Lee and the Lee Gate on Lee Road. As a Black student at the Army academy, he remembers feeling “devastated” when a classmate pointed out the slave also depicted in the life-size Lee painting. “How did the only Black person who got on a wall in this entire humongous school — how is it a slave?” he recalls thinking. As a diversity admissions officer, he later traveled the country recruiting students to West Point from underrepresented communities. “It was so hard to tell people like, ‘Yeah, you can trust the military,’ and then their kids Google and go ‘Why is there a barracks named after Lee?’” he said. The nation’s military academies provide a key pipeline into the leadership of the armed services and, for the better part of the last decade, they have welcomed more racially diverse students each year. But beyond blanket anti-discrimination policies, these federally funded institutions volunteer little about how they screen for extremist or hateful behavior, or address the racial slights that some graduates of color say they faced daily. In an Associated Press story earlier this year, current and former enlistees and officers in nearly every branch of the armed services described a deep-rooted culture of racism and discrimination that stubbornly festers, despite repeated efforts to eradicate it. Less attention has been paid to the premiere institutions that produce a significant portion of the services’ officer corps — the academies of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marine. Some graduates of color from the nation’s top military schools who endured what they described as a hostile environment are left questioning the military maxim that all service members wearing the same uniform are equal. That includes Carlton Shelley II, who was recruited to play football for West Point from his Sarasota, Florida, high school and entered the academy in 2009. On the field, he described the team as “a brotherhood,” where his skin color never impacted how he was treated. But off the field, he said, he and other Black classmates too often were treated like the stereotype of the angry Black man — an experience that brought him to tears at the time.
“I was repeatedly in trouble or being corrected for infractions that were not actually infractions,” he said. “It was a very deliberate choice to dig and to push on certain individuals compared with other cadets — white cadets.”
Xavier Bruce, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1999 and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel during his 24 years of duty, said that for him, it was the ongoing slights directed at him as a Black man, rather than openly racist behavior, that cut deep.
“We just feel it, we feel the energy behind it, and it just eats us away,” he said. Some students of color have spotlighted what they see as systemic racism and discrimination at the academies by creating Instagram accounts — “ Black at West Point,” “ Black at USAFA ” and “ Black at USNA ” — to relate their personal experiences.
“I was walking with a classmate and we were both speaking Spanish when a white, male upperclassman turned around and said ‘Speak English, this is America,’” a 2020 Air Force Academy graduate wrote in one post. In response to the AP’s findings, a spokesman for the Department of Defense, Maj. Charlie Dietz, said the service academies make it a policy to offer equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. He said the DOD formed a special team in April to advance progress on diversity, equity and inclusion across the entire department, including the academies. West Point did not respond to repeated requests for comment, beyond reiterating the importance of diversity to its admissions process and to preparing cadets for leadership. Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, which sparked protests around the globe, a group of prominent West Point alums had released a 40-page letter urging the academy to address “major failures” in combatting intolerance and racism. “Though we are deeply disturbed, we hold fast to the hope that our Alma Mater will take the necessary steps to champion the values it espouses,” the letter said. An appendix offered anonymous testimonials gathered last year from West Point cadets about incidents they said went unaddressed by school officials. “I had a racist roommate that would call me the n-word and spit on me,” one cadet wrote. “I told the 4th Regimental Tactical Officer about it, and they did nothing.”
Shelley acknowledges West Point has become more racially diverse, but said the academy has significant work to do to retain and support students of color. In his class, he estimated about 35 Black students graduated — “some crazy low number,” he said. “And we started with a lot more.”
In a sense, the tributes to Lee that still dot the West Point campus illustrate the academy’s dichotomy: Cadets studying military history are taught that Confederate soldiers were no heroes, yet the references to Lee — a West Point graduate who later became the academy’s superintendent — remain. The latest annual defense spending bill mandated that the Defense Department survey all its military properties for references or symbols that potentially commemorate the Confederacy, including at West Point, which the commission overseeing the work picked as its first site to visit earlier this year. But the deadline to act on any recommendations is still more than two years away.
The U.S. armed forces were segregated until the mid-1950s, when an influx of fighters were needed for the Korean War. Now, the collected services applaud themselves for 200 years as “the greatest military force in history,” attracting men and women who represent all creeds, religions, races, ethnicities and sexual orientations. At the academies, integration happened much earlier, following the abolition of slavery. During Black History Month at West Point, honor is paid to Henry O. Flipper, a formerly enslaved man who became the academy’s first Black graduate in 1877. But the West Point that Flipper attended was rife with prejudice: His white classmates and professors refused to acknowledge his presence. Today, the academies are a growing pathway to officer status for Black cadets, 2019 data from the Under Secretary of Defense shows, with about 13% of Black active-duty officers commissioned through the five institutions, compared to 19% of white active-duty officers. Most students who enroll — about 60-70% — are nominated by U.S. senators or representatives from their home states as part of a system created in the 1840s to build a politically and geographically diverse officer corps. But today, the changed demographics of the U.S. mean the system gives disproportionate influence to rural congressional districts that tend to be whiter, the AP found. Only 6% of nominations to the Army, Air Force and Naval academies made by the current members of Congress went to Black candidates, even though 15% of the population aged 18 to 24 is Black, according to a report on the service academies released in March by the Connecticut Veterans’ Legal Center. Eight percent of congressional nominations went to Hispanic students, though they make up 22% of young adults, the report said. The diversity of nominations has improved slightly in the past 25 years, but the report noted that 49 Congress members did not nominate a single Black student during their time in office and 31 nominated no Hispanic candidates. In Texas, nominations to the service academics from senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn included 23% and 20% people of color, respectively — among the lowest levels in the Senate compared to the demographics of their state, where more than 60% of young adults are Black, Asian American, Hispanic or Latino. Cruz’s press secretary, Dave Vasquez, said the senator rejects that race should be factored in when selecting academy nominees and that names, race and other personal information are all removed before an external review board considers applications to Cruz’s office, selecting candidates “on objective merits such as SAT/ACT scores, GPA, and community-service involvement.” Cornyn’s office did not respond to a request for comment. Curtis Harris said he was awarded one of just three nominations to West Point out of more than 300 applications to his congressman. He graduated in 1978 and became the first in his family to rise to the officer ranks, initially becoming a platoon leader overseeing 35 people and equipment worth millions of dollars at the age of just 21. His uncles had enlisted in the Army and his stepfather was a Navy cook, but they had few options for advancement as Black servicemen, he said. West Point remains a point of pride for Harris: He hasn’t missed an Army-Navy football game in 40 years, and he helps review applications for nominations for U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York. He also visits high schools and junior high schools to encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. In a society where opportunity is not given out equally, Harris said, the academy provides the “ammunition” to be successful. Yet diversifying West Point is “not going to happen by itself,” he said. “I just think that particularly people of color should know that this opportunity exists.”
The Naval, Air Force, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard academies have generally become more diverse over the past two decades, according to data supplied by the four schools after the AP asked for 20 years of student body demographic data. West Point did not provide historical records, but Col. Deborah McDonald, the academy’s admissions director, said it is welcoming more and more diverse students, with 37% of the class of 2024 identifying as nonwhite. A decade ago, that proportion was more like 25%, she said. Non-white racial groups did not see appreciable changes at some academies. For instance, while the number of Hispanic cadets increased in the past two decades at the Coast Guard and Naval academies, Black cadets showed no noticeable increase during that time. In the class of 2000, there were 73 Black midshipmen in the Naval Academy -- and just 77 in 2020. At the Coast Guard Academy, there were 15 Black cadets in the 2001 class. And in 2021? Merely 16. According to the data provided to the AP, graduation rates between racial groups at the Naval and Coast Guard academies continued to show gaps. At the Naval Academy, for example, Black midshipmen still had the lowest graduation rate of any racial group at 74%, compared to the 2020 school-wide rate of 87%. And the Black graduation rate of 65% at the Coast Guard Academy between 2011 and 2020 lagged about 20 percentage points behind other racial groups. Only data from the Navy and Coast Guard was complete and detailed enough to look at graduate rate trends by race. Two of the five academies — West Point and the Air Force Academy — now have their first Black leaders. But Easterling, the West Point graduate, noted that the faculty there remains mostly white, meaning that students who “don’t see themselves, and don’t want to stay” can find it hard to ask for help. Greg Elliott said he often found himself in trouble as a midshipman at the Merchant Marine Academy and was asked to leave without graduating. He doesn’t blame the academy for his mistakes and he said he never faced overt racism, but he wonders if a more diverse faculty and student body could have changed his course by making him feel he belonged. He remembers a fellow Black alum telling him to just plow through with his head down and realize the academy was “a terrible place to be at, but it’s a great place to be from.”
Both Easterling and Shelley said they also saw signs of extremism during their time in the Army — for Easterling, it was a member of his unit wearing a symbol for the Three Percenters, an anti-government paramilitary group. Both said the academies — and the military — need stronger guidelines for recognizing and confronting language and symbols that suggest an extremist path. Kyle Bibby, a Naval Academy graduate who served for six years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer, said those who characterize white supremacism only as extreme behavior miss the insidious damage that casual racism and discriminatory attitudes can inflict.
“We view white supremacy as like, you know, somebody’s got the cross in the truck and they’re rolling to your crib to go burn it,” said Bibby, who co-founded the Black Veterans Project, which advocates for racial justice in the armed services. But the cuts are much more subtle, he said. At the Naval Academy, he said he once was told that he was “the whitest Black guy” one of his white classmates had ever met because of his skill at trivia games. Another white classmate, unaware Bibby was in earshot, remarked that he didn’t care that his sister was dating a Filipino guy but would “kill” her if she dated a Black guy. Timothy Berry, a former Army field artillery officer who graduated from West Point in 2013 and served as class president, said he never felt comfortable reporting racist incidents while at the academy, fearing it would draw unwanted scrutiny to him not being a “perfect cadet,” however minor his shortcomings might be. An inspector general’s report last year found the Coast Guard Academy had mishandled nearly a dozen race-based harassment allegations between 2013 and 2018 and also noted that harassment was underreported in part because of “concerns about negative consequences.”
Lt. Cmdr. Kimberly Young-McLear, a Black woman who taught at the academy from 2014 to 2019, said she herself faced years of harassment and retaliation on campus, which she has detailed in congressional testimony. She said she continues to hear from cadets, faculty and staff at the academy who are afraid to speak out about their negative treatment.
“They truly are reaching out because they don’t have anywhere else to turn,” she said. “This isn’t about cadets just whining and complaining. They’re going against a very powerful institution.”
Although the academies play a big role in the diversity of military leadership, some have argued that the pipeline begins even earlier, at the high school level. The Department of Defense sponsors Junior ROTC programs at high schools around the country where students can learn the values of the armed services, run drills and wear the uniforms. According to a 2017 study sponsored by the Secretary of Defense, the programs are often located at high schools with larger-than-average populations of students of color. Though it may not be an official recruitment program, Junior ROTC promotes the military branches as a pathway to excellence. Cadet handbooks for the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps all stipulate non-discrimination policies with regard to race and gender, and emphasize treating everyone with dignity and respect. But former Junior ROTC instructor Cardelle Anthony Hopkins said little was done after one of his students at Lake Brantley High School in Florida alerted him to social media posts by her fellow cadets making racist comments about Hopkins, a retired Black master sergeant. The language was crude and threatening: One comment said he needed to be “tar and feathered.” “No n------ in my corps,” read another. The students also created a fake Instagram account impersonating Hopkins that included posts making fun of cadets. And ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, someone posted a sign on his classroom door reading “Blood and Soil,” a white supremacist slogan.
“I was so intimidated even walking to my car. I’m thinking, I’m a grown man… I’ve never been this terrified,” Hopkins said. “In my entire 23 years in the military, I had never been called a n----- ever. And here I am being called that by my students.”
Near the end of 2019, Hopkins said he noticed a change in the types of students enrolling in the JROTC program. In one of his freshman classrooms, for instance, every white student wrote a message in support of President Donald Trump while working on an art project to decorate ceiling tiles, he said.
“I could see that these students were a different breed,” he said, noting that their behavior prompted the parents of one of his Black students to remove their daughter from the program. Hopkins said he complained about the harassment but that it wasn’t until other students went directly to Lake Brantley Principal Brian Blasewitz saying they knew who was responsible that administration officials acted to track down the two main students involved. Hopkins said the students eventually received four-day suspensions. Blasewitz told the AP that the incidents were taken seriously, but would not disclose any disciplinary measures. Hopkins contacted the officer then heading the Air Force Junior ROTC, who he said expressed sympathy but took no other action, other than saying Hopkins could request a transfer to a new school.
“We have roughly 120,000 cadets in Air Force JROTC alone,” Hopkins said. “This one colonel sitting in his office has the ability to put out a message to every last Air Force Junior ROTC school if he wants to that says ‘We will not tolerate anything like this’ and really get on top of this.’”
In an email to the AP, the current Air Force Junior ROTC director, Col. Johnny R. McGonigal, said the responsibility for addressing the incidents fell on the high school, writing that “the instructors are employees of the school and the school district is responsible for investigating and resolving disciplinary matters such as this one.”
Feeling defeated and isolated, Hopkins said his father -- a veteran and also a former JROTC instructor -- advised him to leave, telling him “there’s no reason to put yourself through this.”
After briefly holding the same job at another school, he stepped away from JROTC altogether and abandoned a lawsuit he had filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He’s joining a Tampa, Florida, high school as a teacher’s assistant -- a job that doesn’t capitalize on his more than 20 years of military experience. Hopkins said his ordeal leaves him unsettled about the future of the JROTC and, ultimately, the U.S. military.
“It just feels like a breeding ground for hatred,” he said of JROTC. “And it’s not being checked.”
‘We just feel it’: Racism plagues US military academies
The state rested its case at Jussie Smollett's trial Thursday after key testimony from two brothers who said the former “Empire" actor plotted a racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago and paid them to carry it out. After a three-day presentation of evidence, special prosecutor Dan Webb told the presiding judge Thursday evening that the prosecution was done. The defense began its case immediately, calling, among others, an emergency room physician who saw Smollett after the purported attack. Judge James Linn told jurors there would be no testimony Friday, saying he expected they would begin deliberations no later than Tuesday. The physician, Dr. Robert Turelli, testified he treated Smollett after he went to a hospital early on Jan. 29, 2019, telling Turelli he’d been attacked, punched and kicked. Turelli said Smollett had some bruises and scratches but no serious injuries. Before the state rested Thursday, Smollett’s lawyer worked to discredit the brothers’ accounts, suggesting they attacked Smollett because they didn’t like him, and tried to get him to pay them each $1 million not to testify that he staged the assault. Defense attorney Shay Allen suggested the brothers were motivated to accuse Smollett of staging the hoax because they disliked the performer — who is gay and Black — and then saw an opportunity to make money. Olabingo Osundairo's testimony echoed the account his brother, Abimbola Osundairo, gave on the witness stand a day earlier, including that Smollett wanted the brothers to douse him with gasoline and put a noose around his neck, and that Smollett gave them a $100 bill to buy the supplies and paid them with a $3,500 check. Olabingo Osundairo said Smollett told him he received hate mail at the TV studio in Chicago “and he had this crazy idea of having two MAGA supporters attack him", an apparent reference to then-President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.” Osundairo believed the plan was to publicize the attack on social media, not to involve police, he said. They opted to pour bleach on Smollett, Osundairo said, because he wasn't comfortable using gasoline. He said Smollett wanted his brother to do the punching, and that it should look like he fought back. Osundairo also addressed the defense contention that the brothers were driven by homophobia. He testified that he has nothing against gays and the jury was shown a photo of the siblings taking part in Chicago’s 2015 gay pride parade dressed as trojan warriors. Smollett, 39, is charged with six counts of felony disorderly conduct for making what prosecutors say was a false police report about the alleged attack on Jan. 29, 2019 — one count for each time he gave a report — to three different officers. The class 4 felony carries a prison sentence of up to three years, but experts have said if Smollett is convicted he likely would be placed on probation and ordered to perform community service. Olabingo Osundairo also denied a white person was involved, or that he and his brother even wore masks or makeup to make it appear they were white. In statements that were widely ridiculed because the brothers are Black, Smollett had said he saw pale or white skin around the eyes of one of his masked attackers. During cross examination, Allen asked Abimbola Osundairo, who worked as a stand-in on the Chicago set of “Empire,” if he tried to get a $5,000-per-week job as Smollett’s security and if after he was questioned by police and released he told Smollett he and his brother wouldn’t testify at his trial if they were each paid $1 million. Osundairo responded “No sir” to both. In follow-up questioning by Webb, Osundairo said he never thought Smollett would go to the police to report the fake attack as a real hate crime. He said Smollett told him that he wanted to use it to generate media attention, and that he has never lied to Chicago police. Olabingo Osundairo told jurors he talked to police without a promise of immunity or under any sort of favorable deal. He added: “It was simply just to get the truth out of what happened that night.”
Smollett's legal team needs to cast doubt on the brothers' damaging testimony, but it isn't easy. Abimbola Osundairo stuck with his story during cross-examination, while also denying he had a sexual relationship with Smollett or that he asked the actor to hire him. And much of what the Osundairos have told jurors about that night appears to be corroborated by video and other evidence. Smollett’s legal team asked Olabingo Osundairo about a previous felony conviction, which he testified was in 2012, for aggravated battery. As a convicted felon he cannot legally possess a firearm, but police found several guns when they searched their home after the alleged attack. Both brothers said the guns belonged to Abimbola Osundairo. The defense said the brothers lied about Smollett staging the attack to get out of trouble for possessing the firearms and heroin that was also found in the home. Abimbola Osundairo, an aspiring actor, said he and his brother agreed to their roles in the fake attack because he felt indebted to Smollett for helping him with his acting career.
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President Joe Biden looked out over an audience of government scientists and framed his latest plan for fighting COVID-19 as an opportunity to at last put an end to divisiveness over the virus, calling the politicization of the issue a “sad, sad commentary.”
And then he tacked on a political dig. Some people “on the other team,” he said Thursday, were threatening to hold up government spending and endangering the nation’s credit out of pique over vaccination requirements.
“Go figure,” he added. It was a quick aside in a Biden speech that otherwise struck a largely bipartisan tone. But it served as fresh evidence that after taking it on the chin for months, Biden and his allies are increasingly willing to hit back, casting Republicans as the true obstacle to the nation’s recovery from the pandemic. The president’s efforts to confront the coronavirus have long attracted a litany of fiery statements, legal challenges and more than a few barbs from his predecessor. But Biden was elected on the promise of depoliticizing the virus response and following the science, so responding in kind wasn’t seen as an option early on. Biden aides in the early months of his presidency pressed him to ignore criticism from Republicans, arguing that responding would further inject politics into the vaccination campaign and harm his all-out effort to get Americans to roll up their sleeves. But now, as public patience wears thin amid the emergence of the new omicron variant and as some GOP lawmakers have threatened to shut down the government over vaccine requirements, the White House and its allies are seizing on what they see as a political opening.
“It’s clear that Republicans have decided that the fate of the Biden presidency is tied to COVID,” said Democratic communications strategist Eric Schultz, who worked in the Obama White House. “And Republicans have chosen to be on the side of the virus.”
With most Americans now vaccinated, the White House is less worried about turning people off with such political talk. Biden aides now doubt that some of the stubborn holdouts -- more than 40 million adults -- will get a vaccine for any reason short of their employers requiring it, minimizing the risk of backlash. Biden did pop out a dig in August as some Republican governors moved to block mask mandates in schools.
“If you aren’t going to fight COVID-19, at least get out of the way of everyone else who is trying,” he said. “You know, we’re not going to sit by as governors try to block and intimidate educators protecting our children.”
More recently, Biden aides have grown more willing to openly condemn Republican lawmakers they view as obstacles to his efforts to control the pandemic.
“These supporters of the former president are advocating for shutting the federal government down so that 20% of the public who are refusing to get vaccinated or tested can be free to infect their coworkers, our children, filling hospitals — that is what they are advocating for,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at briefing this week. “They want to shut the government down in order to advocate for people to assert that on society. So, I don’t think that should be lost on us.”
Privately, White House officials have been even more direct, accusing Republicans of advocating policies that would extend the pandemic, close schools and cost more lives. Some Republican lawmakers, for their part, have pitched their opposition to the vaccine mandates as looking out for constituents being forced to choose between a shot and a job, although Biden’s order offers a test-out alternative for most private sector employees. The lawmakers are seeking legislation that would prevent agencies from receiving funding to enforce the mandates.
“I have heard from hundreds of Utahns, in recent days, who are concerned about losing their jobs — losing their jobs not just in general, not just in the abstract, but specifically due to these mandates,” said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Democrats are portraying the vaccine mandates as critical to protecting the health of Americans during a pandemic, describing the Republican efforts as “anti-vaccine.”
“How do they explain to the public that they are shutting down government because they don’t want people to get vaccinated?” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday when the fate of a government spending bill was uncertain. “Why don’t you go ask them? This is so silly.”
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that if Republicans were to block the funding bill, “It will be a Republican anti-vaccine shutdown.”
The Senate did later Thursday approve a stopgap spending bill to avoid a short-term shutdown after leaders defused the standoff over vaccine mandates. Biden’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has long been a strong point in his public approval ratings, but it has slipped in recent months as the delta variant raged and cases and deaths increased. More than 780,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19. An October AP-NORC poll found that 54% of Americans said they approved of Biden’s job on the pandemic, higher than his approval rating overall and much higher than approval of his handling of the economy, at 48% and 41%, respectively. Still, as recently as July, before the delta variant struck, 66% had approved of Biden on COVID-19 and 59% approved of his job performance overall. The White House seems increasingly intent on reclaiming the high ground on COVID. White House spokesman Andrew Bates on Thursday took to Twitter to play up a Chamber of Commerce statement offering support for the president’s contention “that no business should have to shut down this winter because of COVID-19.”
Bates tweeted, “Tough break for Republicans: like us, business is also opposed to the pandemic, and they similarly don’t want it to kill more Americans and jobs."
Biden, allies increasingly pushing back at GOP’s virus barbs
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and private broadcasting group Viacom18 on Friday entered into a multi-year partnership to live-broadcast NBA games and programming across television and over-the-top streaming. Under the agreement (commercial details and the duration of the same are not disclosed), Viacom18 will distribute live NBA games in English and Hindi on its channels like Vh1, MTV, Voot and Jio TV, the broadcaster and the association said in a joint statement. Beginning with the NBA's landmark 75th anniversary season in 2021-22, Viacom18, as part of the partnership, has enabled and supported by the Rise Worldwide, will provide live coverage of the association's regular season and marquee events in English and Hindi through its television channels Vh1 and MTV, and through its digital platforms Voot and partner Jio TV. Coverage will include weekly live games, NBA all-star, the NBA Play-in tournament, the NBA playoffs and the finals, it said adding the broadcasting group will also show daily highlights and create original NBA-themed programming across its network. Basketball is a sport that is increasingly gaining attention in the country and through this partnership, we not only want to make basketball a mainstream sport, but also build its lifestyle appeal among sports fans, Anil Jayaraj, the chief executive of sports at Viacom18, said. Over the course of this association, we will be initiating a heavily localised marketing outreach and consumer connect programme aimed at building fandom for the sport, Anshul Ailawadi, head of youth, music and English entertainment at Viacom18, said noting globally, basketball is more than a sport it is a lifestyle. Sunny Malik, head of global content and media distribution for NBA said, by offering a range of NBA programming on Viacom18 in both English and Hindi, we look forward to reaching and inspiring millions of new and existing NBA fans across the country. In September, the NBA had named Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh its brand ambassador apart from announcing a collaboration with the Lakm Fashion Week to celebrate the league's landmark 75th anniversary season. Viacom18, a 51:49 joint venture between Network18 owned by Reliance Industries, and ViacomCBS, offers multi-platform, multi-generational and multicultural brand experiences and entertainment through on air, online, on ground, in shop and through cinema. The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues -- the National Basketball Association, the Women's National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League. It along with the International Basketball Federation also jointly operates the Basketball Africa League. The NBA has established an international presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories in over 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in over 200 countries and territories on all the continents.
NBA, Viacom18 Set Multiyear, Multiplatform India Partnership
A total of 10 persons suspected to be infected with the Omicron Covid variant have been admitted to Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP). Talking to IANS, Dr Suresh Kumar, Medical Director, LNJP Hospital, which has been designated for the Omicron infection treatment, said on Friday, “We have admitted a total 10 individuals who are suspected to be of new Covid variant Omicron”. However, he underlined that ‘none of them has been identified yet ti have been infected with the Omicron variant’. He said that their genome sequencing reports are awaited. Kumar said that samples, which have been identified, will be sent for sequencing on the day itself (Friday). Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday had informed that eight samples were sent on Thursday for genome sequencing. However, their reports are also awaited. The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that two cases of Omicron have been detected in Karnataka. “Both persons had travelled from South Africa. Their contacts have been identified and are under monitoring,” said Dr Balram Bhargava, chief of the Indian Council of Medical Research. “All Omicron related cases are found to have mild symptoms so far. No severe symptoms have been noticed in Omicron infection in all such cases in the country and abroad,” said the Health Ministry. Union Health Ministry has said that Covid appropriate behaviour is the need of the hour. However, he added that no severe symptoms of the Omicron Variant of Covid-19 reported have been so far. He said that around 29 countries have reported 373 cases of Omicron Variant so far. Get the news updates on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. For all the latest Delhi updates, download our app Android and iOS.
12 Omicron suspects admitted to Delhi's LNJP hospital so far: Report
The Court of Appeals in the Philippines said on Friday that it would allow the journalist Maria Ressa to travel to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, overturning a decision by the government to block her from attending the ceremony. Ms. Ressa’s lawyer, Ted Te, filed the appeal last month for his client after the Philippines’ solicitor general said the journalist could not travel to Norway. The government called her a flight risk because her “recurring criticisms of the Philippine legal processes in the international community reveal her lack of respect for the judicial system.”
Ms. Ressa was awarded the peace prize in October along with Dmitri A. Muratov, a Russian investigative journalist, for “their courageous fight for freedom of expression.”
Ms. Ressa, the first Nobel laureate from the Philippines, is the chief executive officer of Rappler, a digital news organization that is well known for its investigations on disinformation and of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal five-year drug war. She is an outspoken critic of Mr. Duterte, whose government has filed seven criminal charges against her, including cyberlibel and tax evasion. The ruling on Friday came after days of growing international pressure to allow Ms. Ressa to attend the ceremony, which will be held in Oslo on Dec. 10. Earlier this week, the United Nations urged the Philippines to let Ms. Ressa travel to Norway, saying it was “very concerned” about the restrictions placed on her. The International Press Institute warned that blocking Ms. Ressa from the ceremony “ puts the Philippines in the company of some of history’s most repressive regimes.”
The last time a government barred a Nobel Laureate from collecting an award was in 2010, when China prevented the dissident Liu Xiaobo from doing so. The only other time that an award was not collected was in 1936, when the peace prize went to Carl von Ossietzky, a German journalist detained in a concentration camp by Nazi Germany. The Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, the leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar were also barred by their governments from attending, but their family members were allowed to collect the award on their behalf.
“We’d like to think that the Court of Appeals reached the resolution independently of any public opinion,” said Mr. Te, Ms. Ressa’s lawyer. “But the Court of Appeals is composed of human beings who are aware of what’s going on. So, of course, anything they read could possibly have an influence on how they think.”
Ms. Ressa is due to fly to Oslo from Manila on Dec. 8, according to Mr. Te. On Thursday, a coalition of groups from the Philippines made up of rights activists and academics called on the government to allow Ms. Ressa to go to Oslo because her presence in the ceremony is “symbolic, urgent and necessary.”
“This brings great honor and recognition not only to Ms. Ressa, but to the Philippines, Filipinos both present and unborn, and all journalists whom she represents through this award,” the group stated.
Court allows Maria Ressa to travel to Oslo to receive Nobel Peace Prize
"I thought that I found someone who could change me."
Few could forget Colton Underwood’s infamous fence jump on The Bachelor. After frontrunner Cassie Randolph self-eliminated because she wasn’t ready to get engaged, he melted down, ripped off his mic, and — in the most heavily teased moment of his season — flung himself over an eight-foot gate. Colton then evaded production and took off down a Portugal street. In his new Netflix docuseries, Coming Out Colton, the former NFL player sheds more light on what was going through his head that night. He came out as gay two years after his season aired, and the show documents his journey to accept and better understand his queer identity. But while on The Bachelor, he was still struggling with his sexuality and didn’t “want to be gay.” He says being on the show made him feel like he was “becoming more of a straight man.” And after his hometown beach date with Cassie, he felt like he’d finally found the “one really good girl” who could “change” him.
“The night that Cassie was leaving me on The Bachelor, there was a big part of me that was thinking, ‘If I can’t get there with you, then I definitely can’t with any other woman,” he explains on the series. Eventually, Colton did persuade Cassie to come back, and the two continued dating after he gave her his final rose. “After The Bachelor, our relationship was up and down and eventually we broke up and I started to spiral,” he says. Colton and Cassie announced their split after a year of dating in May 2020. Four months later, Cassie filed a restraining order against Colton. In court documents, she alleged that Colton was “stalking and harassing her,” sending “unsettling text messages,” and even placed a tracking device on her vehicle. A judge granted Cassie a temporary restraining order, but the former Bachelor contestant later dropped the case after she and Colton reached a private agreement.
“I was f*cked up. I was suppressing my sexuality so hard. I was taking medication daily to deal with depression and anxiety, and that made me a paranoid freak,” Colton says while coming out to his longtime friend Kassidy on Coming Out Colton. “I didn’t trust a whole lot of people, and I was trying to do anything and everything I could to protect a secret. I lost my mind, and I did some things, I said some things that I’m not proud of. That’s not me making excuses for what I did because I did f*ck up. I made mistakes, and I will take ownership in that.”
Later, while coming out to his dad on a fishing trip, Colton explains that the day Cassie filed the restraining order was the day he realized he could no longer pretend to be straight. “I knew she was my last straight relationship and I didn't want to let that go because I didn't want to have to deal with this,” he says. As he sets out tell the rest of the world that he’s gay, Colton’s dad warns him that people will think he’s coming out just to save face after his behavior toward Cassie. But Colton pushes back. "That's the furthest thing from the truth. If anything, the reason I'm coming out is because I'm ashamed and I'm sort of mortified of what got me to this position in the first place,” he responds. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Colton clarified that while he’s attracted to women, he doesn’t identify as bisexual. He says in Coming Out Colton that he thinks he was drawn to Cassie because he “felt comfort and safety with women who are a little more reserved and unsure and shy." Women who were more confident and brazen, like contestant Onyeka Ehie, intimidated him because he was “scared [that] if we ended up together, she would call me out on my sh*t."
Colton, who was open throughout his season that he was a virgin, was also happy that the show ended abruptly instead of with the usual fantasy suite dates and final rose ceremony. "I knew I was attracted to men but I felt like if I lose my virginity in the fantasy suite, is it going to please me enough to keep me wanting to be straight?" he recalls on Coming Out Colton. "Crossing that line was such a big deal because it would force me one way or the other and I didn't know which way that was going to be."
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James has provided negative PCR tests since he was scratched from playing Tuesday, the NBA said in a statement.
"James was originally placed in the Protocols on Tuesday, November 30 after a series of tests delivered conflicting results, including an initial positive test that was collected on November 29. Additional testing confirmed that he is not a positive case", the statement said.
"In accordance with the Protocols, and the consistent testing practice that has been in place since the 2019-20 Season Restart in Orlando, the sample that produced the initial positive test was re-run twice and returned one negative and one positive result on two different PCR instruments. As a result, James underwent additional testing on November 30, with one test returning a negative result and a second test resulting in a clinically inconclusive result."
If a player tests positive for Covid-19, that player could return if he tests negative twice consecutively for the virus at least 24 hours apart, the league's protocols stipulate. Otherwise, the player must isolate for at least 10 days following a positive test. James has stated publicly he received the vaccine despite being skeptical at first.
"Everyone has their own choice to do what they feel is right for themselves and their family and things of that nature", James told reporters in September.
"I know that I was very skeptical about it all. But after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited for not only me but my family and my friends", he said. "That's why I decided to do it."
James missed Tuesday night's road game against the Sacramento Kings. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said the team arranged for transportation to get James safely back to Los Angeles.
"Obviously, it's a huge loss", Vogel said Tuesday before the game. "It's disappointing. We just want the best for him right now."
The Lakers beat the Kings 117-92 without their star forward. James' next anticipated game is Friday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers.
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Andrew Mangiapane and Milan Lucic scored on the power play as the Calgary Flames won their fourth straight road game, 3-2 over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal, Jacob Markstrom made 40 saves and the Flames improved to an NHL-leading 10-2-2 on the road.
“Sometimes you need your special teams to produce, and the power play was able to get two and the penalty kill did their job again here tonight,” Lucic said. Alex Edler got his 100th career goal and Alex Iafallo also scored, but the Kings lost for the seventh time in eight games. Cal Petersen made 29 saves.
“I think it always comes down to little things, the little details in a game, little mistakes here and there,” Edler said. “Whether it’s getting the puck behind them, turning the puck over here and there. If you do that too many times, eventually you’re going to get punched.”
Tkachuk made it 3-1 at 4:54 of the second, with the Flames taking advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone, to get his 11th goal on a wrist shot from the right circle. Edler got the Kings back to 3-2 with 1:49 left in the period, scoring off the rush to pick up his first goal with Los Angeles after playing 15 seasons in Vancouver. The Flames used two power-play goals to take a lead into the first intermission after falling behind early. Lucic scored five-hole to put Calgary in front with 3:32 remaining in the period, getting a goal for the second straight game and giving him three in his past four outings. The Flames tied it 1-all with 8:41 left. Los Angeles couldn’t clear Mikael Backlund’s rebound, and he was able to find Mangiapane in the slot for a one-timer. Mangiapane leads Calgary with 16 goals, a league-leading 15 of which have come on the road, and his five power-play goals are tied with Tkachuk for most on the team. The second power-play unit contributed both goals, and Lucic likes the simple approach they are using.
“Go to the net, pick up loose pucks, find guys off the side of the net, and all that type of stuff. It’s worked pretty good for our unit so far, so we need to chip in when we can like we did tonight,” he said. Iafallo put the Kings ahead 4:30 into the game, tipping the puck under Markstrom’s glove as he had been preparing for a rising shot on Edler’s look from the blue line. It was Iafallo’s third goal in two games.
“They’re not going in offensively, so we’ve got to almost play perfect defensively. So we’re chasing our tail a little bit,” Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. WELCOME BACK
Darryl Sutter coached against the Kings for the first time since leading them to Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014. Sutter went 225-147-53 in six seasons with Los Angeles before he was fired as part of an organization overhaul following the 2016-17 campaign. Flames forward Trevor Lewis played against Los Angeles for the first time. Part of those two Cup-winning teams, he had 70 goals and 93 assists in 674 games during his 12 seasons with the Kings.
“It was big to get them the win,” Tkachuk said. “They were here for a lot of years and won some championships here and probably have a lot of great memories here, so, sure, this game feels a lot better and is special to them, but it feels better with the win.”
NO PLACE LIKE HOLE
Four of Lucic’s seven goals this season have come between the goalie’s legs.
“It’s a high-percentage shot. If you miss, it’s off the pads and it stays alive,” Lucic said. “I’d love to tell you how I set it up, but I don’t want the goalies to know what my thought process is.”
NOTES: Mangiapane also had an assist on Lucic’s goal for his fifth multipoint game. Mangiapane had scored two goals in each of his first four.… Edler has seven goals and 33 assists in 69 games against Calgary.… Viktor Arvidsson had two assists in his 400th career game, giving him two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak. UP NEXT
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Flames hand Kings their 7th loss in 8 games
Lebanon’s information minister is expected to announce his resignation Friday, in a bid to ease an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Minister George Kordahi told local TV stations Al-Jadeed and MTV Thursday night that he intended to step down, weeks after televised comments he made that were critical of Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen sparked the crisis. In response, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador and banned all Lebanese imports, which used to bring in about $240 million a year. Kordahi had refused to resign over the comments made before he assumed his Cabinet post, prolonging the crisis. Kordahi had said the war in Yemen was futile and called it an aggression by the Saudi-led coalition. Yemen’s war began with the 2014 takeover of Sanaa by the Houthi rebels, who control much of the country’s north. The Saudi-led coalition entered the war the following year, determined to restore the internationally recognized government and oust the rebels. Lebanon is sinking deeper into an economic crisis, the worst in its modern history. The country’s financial meltdown, coupled with multiple other crises, has plunged more than three quarters of the nation’s population of 6 million, including a million Syrian refugees, into poverty. The Saudi measures have caused anxiety particularly among the many Lebanese who work in Gulf countries, and added to the country's economic woes. It is not clear whether Kordahi’s resignation Friday would placate Saudi Arabia enough to reverse the decisions. At the root of the crisis is a years-old regional rivalry with Iran, and Saudi unease about the increasing clout of Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group. Lebanon has been caught in the middle. Its relations with Saudi Arabia, a traditional backer of the small Mediterranean country, have been steadily worsening over the past years. Kordahi's expected resignation later Friday comes ahead of a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Macron backs Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government and had taken the lead among the international community in helping the small Mideast country, a former French protectorate.
Lebanon minister to resign in bid to ease crisis with Saudis
Cheri Burness' dog was the first to signal something was wrong with their tap water. He stopped drinking it two weeks ago. Then Burness started feeling stomach cramps. Her 12-year-old daughter was nauseous.
“It was just getting worse every day,” said Burness, whose husband is in the Navy. Their family is among hundreds of military families living near Pearl Harbor with similar complaints after the Navy's water system somehow became contaminated by petroleum. The problems have afflicted one of the most important Navy bases in the world, home to submarines, ships and the commander of U.S. forces in the Indo-Pacific region. The issues may even threaten one of Honolulu's most important aquifers and water sources. The Navy said Thursday that tests had identified petroleum in its Red Hill well which taps into an aquifer near the base. Rear Adm. Blake Converse, Pacific Fleet deputy commander, told a town hall meeting the Navy took this well offline on Sunday because it was nearest well to affected housing areas. Converse said the Navy will flush clean water through its distribution system to clear residual petroleum products from the water. This process, followed by testing to make sure it the water meets Environmental Protection Agency drinking standards, could take four to ten days, he said. The Navy will investigate how contaminants got into the well and fix the well, he said. The crisis comes after the Navy on Nov. 22 said a water and fuel mixture had leaked into a fire suppression system drain line in a tunnel at a massive fuel storage facility 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) inland of Pearl Harbor. The Navy said it removed about 14,000 gallons (53 kiloliters) of the mixture, and said the liquid hadn’t leaked into the environment. The Navy said so far it's received calls about a fuel odor or physical ailments from 680 homes in Navy housing and 270 in Army housing on the Navy's water system. The Navy water system serves 93,000 people. In the days after Thanksgiving, Burness’s daughter felt so sick she didn’t want to eat any leftovers, including potatoes, turnips and carrots that had been boiled in water.
“‘I don’t want you to have to throw out food because I know it’s expensive, but I can’t eat this Mom,’” Burness said her daughter told her. On Sunday, Burness started seeing comments on social media from military families saying their tap water smelled like fuel. She didn’t smell it, but people told her to turn on her hot water and check. She did and smelled it too. She told her family not to drink the water and not to wash their hair and face with it. She ordered private water delivery for $120 a month. They family has mostly been eating off of plastic and paper plates and eating out. On Monday, when she gave her dog some bottled water, he immediately drank a full liter's worth and then drank two more liters over the next 12 hours. The Navy has since starting distributing bottled water. The Navy said Marines would set up showers and laundry facilities connected to clean water. The Army said it would help affected families move to a hotel or a new home. The Navy is working on a similar program. The Navy is also setting up dedicated medical clinics. Burness said her stomach cramps are about 85% better, but not fully. Her daughter's nausea has improved. But they are both now complaining of breathing issues. Burness has been frustrated with the Navy's response, which she believes has been dismissive of families' concerns. She pointed to a Monday email from the commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam that told residents the Navy was testing water samples but it had no immediate indication the water wasn't safe. His email said he and his staff were drinking the water.
“All they had to do was say; ‘We see that there’s a problem, we don’t know what it is and we’re going to do whatever it takes to find out and fix it.’ That’s all they had to do. And instead, we got: ‘Nope. Looks good. Smells fine. Bye',” Burness said. Navy Region Hawaii, which oversees all Navy installations in the state, said the commander's email was sent when “numbers of concerns were still very low.”
“Since then, the Navy has aggressively increased sampling, testing, communication to families and others impacted, as well as started response teams of experts to address the issues we all are facing,” the command said in a statement. The Nov. 22 tunnel leak was only the latest involving the Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility, a complex of 20 underground fuel tanks built during World War II. Environmentalists and Honolulu's municipal water utility have expressed concerns about these aging tanks since the Navy disclosed one of them leaked 27,000 gallons (102 kiloliters) in 2014. The tanks sit 100 feet (30 meters) above an aquifer that supplies about a quarter of the water consumed in Honolulu, prompting concerns that leaks could contaminate one of the city's most crucial water sources. This is the same aquifer tapped by the Red Hill well where the Navy just detected petroleum. Last month, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and other environmental groups called on the government to shut the tanks down. Burness said her experience has shaken her confidence in the military. During her decades as a military spouse, she's always believed in doing whatever it takes to support “the mission.”
“This has destroyed all of that,” she said. “I have zero confidence at this point, and I think this has shown that they cannot be trusted with anything.”
Fuel in tap water alarms Pearl Harbor military families
The Omicron coronavirus variant threatens to fuel soaring inflation in the United States by further pressuring supply chains and worsening worker shortages, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester told the Financial Times.
"If it turns out to be a bad variant it could exacerbate the upward price pressures we've seen from the supply-chain problems", Mester told the paper in an interview on Thursday.
"The fear of the virus is still one of the factors holding people back from re-entering the labour force", Mester said, adding that there was a risk that if the new variant were more virulent than Delta the people who have lost or quit their jobs during the pandemic would continue to stay at home. Earlier this week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said that the U.S. central bank needs to be ready to respond to the possibility that inflation may not recede in the second half of next year as most forecasters currently expect.
"We have to entertain the risk that those persistently high numbers of inflation could become more embedded", Mester said.
"It's really about giving us the optionality to make moves on the interest rate path."
Mester added that said she would support at least one rate increase next year, and that two might be "appropriate". Still, the economy is better at dealing with these variants, she said, adding that demand side effects have eased, but supply side effects remain. Mester will have a vote on the Fed's policy-setting committee in 2022.
(Reporting by Radhika Anilkumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Kim Coghill)
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Nathan D. Sutherland, formerly a licensed practical nurse who was caring for the woman, was accused of impregnating her in 2018 while she was in a vegetative state at the facility, prosecutors said. She shocked employees by giving birth at the facility in December 2018, with one telling a 911 dispatcher, "We had no idea she was pregnant."
In January 2019, Sutherland was arrested after a sample of his DNA matched the baby's, police said. Sutherland pleaded guilty in September to sexual assault and abusing a vulnerable adult, court records show, at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix, where the victim had been living for years. The woman had been a patient at Hacienda since 1992 due to significant intellectual disabilities as a result of childhood seizures, her family told CNN, and has since left the facility. Sutherland will be placed on lifetime probation and required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said in a statement.
"The sentence imposed was the maximum allowable under the agreement and took into consideration numerous aggravating and mitigating factors, including the vulnerability of the victim and the position of trust held by the defendant", Adel said. "This sentence honors the wishes of the victims in this case."
CNN has reached out to Sutherland's attorney for comment. After the sexual assault was revealed, Hacienda HealthCare said it was making changes to ensure the safety of its patients, including new security cameras and retraining for staff members on abuse and neglect protocols.
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A Libyan court has ruled that a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi can compete in upcoming presidential elections, overturning a decision by the country's top electoral body to disqualify him. A court in the southern province of Sabha on Thursday ruled in favour of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, Libyan media outlets reported. For almost a week, the court had been unable to convene to hear the appeal after the building was surrounded by armed men who prevented judges from entering. Last week, Libya's High National Elections Committee had disqualified him, citing past convictions linked to using violence against protesters. The candidate had appealed the ruling. The first round of voting is meant to start on Dec 24, though a number of divisive issues need to be resolved before then. It remains unclear whether any further legal challenges could be made to Seif al-Islam's candidacy. In a Twitter post late Thursday, he thanked the judges for risking their personal safety, saying they had done so in the name of truth. He also thanked his family and supporters. The election comes after years of UN-led attempts to usher in a more democratic future and end the country's civil war. Libya has been wracked by chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Over the past decade, the oil-rich nation had been split between a government in the east, backed by powerful commander Khalifa Hifter, and a UN-supported administration in Tripoli, aided by western-based Libyan militias. Each side has also had the support of mercenaries and foreign forces from Turkey, Russia and Syria and different regional powers. Seif al-Islam had been sentenced to death by a Tripoli court in 2015 for using violence against protesters in the 2011 uprising against his father, though that ruling has since been called into question by Libya's rival authorities. He is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity related to the uprising. The upcoming vote faces many challenges, including disputes over the laws governing the elections and occasional infighting among armed groups. Other obstacles include the deep rift that remains between the country's east and west and the presence of thousands of foreign fighters and troops. Libya is currently governed by an interim government that was elected by Libyan delegates after UN-led talks in Geneva in February. Several other high-profile figures have filed their candidacy documents, including Hifter, and the country's interim prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah. In recent days, local courts have been looking into several appeals against candidates. Also Thursday, the country's high election commission said that armed men had attacked four different polling stations in the town of Azizia and one in the capital of Tripoli. The commission said they stole or destroyed over 2,000 voting cards, that eligible voters are expected to carry on the election day.
Libyan court says Gadhafi’s son can run for president
The National Football League ( NFL) announced Thursday it has suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown and two other players for violating its COVID-19 protocols. The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), the labor union representing NFL players, carried out a joint review with the NFL over recent allegations that Brown, as well as safety Mike Edwards and former wide receiver John Franklin III, had misrepresented their vaccination status. The review “supported those allegations and found that the three players violated the protocols,” according the NFL statement released Thursday. Brown and Edwards have each been suspended without pay for the next three games, the league announced. Meanwhile, Franklin, who is a free agent, is not eligible to play in the next three games if signed by a club.
“All three players have accepted the discipline and waived their right of appeal. The suspensions are effective immediately,” according to the NFL statement. In a statement obtained by NFL Network, Sean Burstyn, a lawyer representing Brown, said that Brown “is vaccinated and continues to support the vaccine for any person for whom it is appropriate.”
“The NFL made its determination and instead of going through the drawn out and distracting process of challenging the outcome, Mr. Brown wrapped this up promptly and he will make [the] most of this time by treating his ankle injury.
“Mr. Brown will be motivated, well rested, and in the best shape of his life” upon his return, Burstyn said. The NFL’s review that led to its decision suspending Brown came after the Tampa Bay Times reported in November it had received screenshots of text messages that appeared to show Brown trying to acquire a fake vaccination card. In response, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the same day issued a statement saying there were no irregularities found when team personel reviewed all the vaccination cards it received from players.
“We appreciate the League’s timely handling of this matter and recognize the importance of the health and safety protocols that have been established,” the Buccaneers said in a statement Thursday. “We will continue to implement all league COVID-19 protocols.”
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Indian rupee was trading in a narrow range in morning trade on Friday amid uncertainties over the global economic recovery in the wake of the emergence of Omicron. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 74.98 against the dollar. It touched an early high of 74.96 and a low of 75.01 in initial deals. The rupee on Thursday settled at 75.02 against the US dollar. Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading at 96.16. The rupee has been under pressure over the last few trading sessions as the detection of the new coronavirus variant Omicron re-ignited growth concerns and hurt risk appetite. Besides, unabated foreign fund outflows weighed on investor sentiments, traders said. Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Thursday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 909.71 crore, as per exchange data. Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures advanced 1.44 per cent to USD 70.67 per barrel. On the domestic equity market front, BSE Sensex was trading 98.53 points or 0.17 per cent lower at 58,362.76 while the broader NSE Nifty declined 25.55 points or 0.15 per cent to 17,376.10.
Rupee trades in narrow range in early trade against US dollar
RESERVE, La. — Michael Coleman's house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling oil refinery whose sounds and smells keep him up at night and a massive grain elevator that covers his pickup in dust and, he says, exacerbates his breathing problems. Coleman, 65, points to the billowing smokestacks just outside his backyard. “Oh, when the plants came in, they built right on top of us", he said. “We was surrounded by sugarcane, and now we’re surrounded by (industrial) plants.”
The oil company offered him a buyout, but Coleman rejected it. “I’m waiting for a fair shake", he said in an interview on the front steps of the home he has lived in for more than 50 years. In the meantime, he copes with high blood pressure, thyroid problems and other health issues that he attributes to decades of pollution from his industrial neighbors, a Marathon Petroleum refinery and a Cargill grain depot. St. John the Baptist Parish, where Coleman lives, is part of an 85-mile stretch from New Orleans to Baton Rouge officially known as the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor, but more commonly called Cancer Alley. The region contains several hotspots where cancer risks are far above levels deemed acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Michael Regan visited Coleman and other area residents on a five-day “Journey to Justice” tour that highlighted low-income, mostly minority communities adversely affected by decades of industrial pollution. A Toxics Release Inventory prepared by EPA shows that minority groups make up 56% of those living near toxic sites such as refineries, landfills and chemical plants. Negative effects include chronic health problems such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension.
“I’m able to put faces and names with this term that we call environmental justice", Regan said at a news conference outside Coleman’s ramshackle home, where a blue tarp covers roof damage from Hurricane Ida.
“This what we are talking about when we talk about ‘fence-line communities’ — those communities who have been disproportionately impacted by pollution and are having to live in these conditions", Regan said, gesturing to the grain elevator in front of him and refinery behind. In nearby St. James, Regan met with Brenda Bryant, whose neighborhood is surrounded by oil storage tanks and a hulking refinery.
“We are actually sandwiched in. And I’m the meat", Bryant told Regan, who assured her that she and others he met with “will have a seat at the table" as officials develop solutions for long-ignored communities. A former environmental regulator in his native North Carolina, Regan has made environmental justice a top priority since taking over as EPA head in March. As the first Black man to lead the agency, the issue "is really personal for me, as well as professional',' Regan said in an interview.
“As I look at many of the folks in these communities, they look just like me. They look just like my son, and it’s really tough to see them question the quality of their drinking water',' he said. Historically marginalized communities like St. John and St. James, along with cities such as New Orleans, Jackson, Miss., and Houston will benefit from the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law signed by President Joe Biden, Regan said. The law includes $55 billion for water and wastewater infrastructure, while a sweeping climate and social policy bill pending in the Senate would pump more than twice that amount into EPA programs to clean up the environment and address water and environmental justice issues. While legislation can help, Regan acknowledged that decades of neglect and widespread health problems among mostly Black and Brown communities won’t be solved overnight. Loose permitting requirements for industrial sites, along with exclusionary zoning laws and housing practices, have long funneled racial and ethnic minorities into areas near toxic pollutants at rates far higher than the overall population. At a congressional hearing in October, oil company executives sidestepped questions about whether refineries and other facilities are more likely to be located in low-income and minority communities.
“We’ve got oil refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and we’re very proud to be community members there", Shell Oil President Gretchen Watkins told Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo.
“Your profit-driven choices threaten my life, the lives of my family, my neighbors, and our communities every single day", Bush responded. In Louisiana, a recent inspector general’s report faulted EPA for failing to protect St. John, St. James and other parishes from chloroprene and ethylene oxide, toxic chemicals used in industrial processes.
“If EPA, the federal government, the state government, the local governments had been doing things correctly, we wouldn’t be here,″ Regan said in St. John. “There’s obviously a problem with the way we have implemented our laws. And quite frankly, there may be a problem with existing law."
Environmental injustice is not limited to the South, and Regan has also visited hard-hit areas in cities such as Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles, as well as brownfields and tribal areas in North Dakota.
“For the first time we’re not questioning whether or not these environmental injustices exist,” he said. “We are actually acknowledging that they do. We need to give these individuals a voice and talk about what we’re going to do to solve these problems moving forward.''
More immediately, Regan promised that EPA will use its enforcement power to ensure a former DuPont petrochemical plant near Coleman’s home complies with federal regulations on emissions of chloroprene and other harmful chemicals. The facility is now owned by Japanese conglomerate Denka.
“We have enforcement authority that we’re taking a very close look at to bring the facility in compliance — not just this facility, but all the facilities across the country who have been non-compliant, who have not honored the agreements that we have to be good neighbors and protect these communities", he told residents in St. John.
“The message here to these communities is, we have to do better and we will do better", Regan said. SCHOOL WITHOUT WATER
Regan's first stop on the tour was at Wilkins Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi, where students are forced to use portable restrooms outside the building because low water pressure from the city’s crumbling infrastructure makes school toilets virtually unusable. The pressure was so low on the day Regan visited that the school was closed. The next day, more than a dozen Jackson schools were closed because of a lack of water. As the father of an 8-year-old, “my heart was broken today", Regan told The Associated Press. “It’s very frustrating to see the disruptions they face."
Fourth-graders brought to the school to meet with Regan spoke of their own frustrations. Kingston Lewis, 9, said he doesn’t like going outside to use the restroom in a mobile trailer.
“It takes a lot of learning time throughout our day, and it has an unpleasant scent sometimes when you go outside", he told Regan. Principal Cheryl Brown called the school’s dependence on portable toilets “degrading” and “inhuman at all levels." Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba called the water outages ”a cycle of humiliation within our community” and an example of “what it looks like for our children when we fail to provide."
Lumumba said in an interview that his impoverished city needs about $2 billion to fix its water infrastructure, but expects to receive far less from the infrastructure law and other federal spending. The majority Black city often “fails to get its equitable share of resources that funnel through the state” and its Republican governor and GOP-controlled legislature, he said. AMERICAN DREAM OR ‘NIGHTMARE’? Regan also visited Gordon Plaza, a New Orleans neighborhood built on the site of a former toxic landfill, and the creosote-contaminated Kashmere Gardens neighborhood in Houston. Gordon Plaza was designated as a Superfund site in the 1990s, but dozens of mostly Black families still live there, waiting for a buyout, and many feel forgotten. A 2019 report by Louisiana State University found that the city’s Desire section, which includes Gordon Plaza, had the second-highest cancer rate in the state. During a walking tour, neighborhood residents gave Regan a T-shirt as they urged him to remember their community’s name. They cheered when he said the words “Gordon Plaza” had reached the White House. “You have my commitment that the EPA will partner with you all to solve this problem,” he said. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has pledged $35 million for Gordon Plaza, but residents have heard promises before.
“You’re trying to live out the American Dream — which turns out to be a nightmare — and you can’t get justice, you know,” said resident Earl Smothers.
“It’s environmental racism,″ resident Lydwina Hurst told Regan. Still, Hurst said she appreciated Regan’s visit and is hopeful residents will finally get the help they need. Beverly Wright, executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, a New Orleans-based group that hosted Regan at several Louisiana sites, said the problems Regan witnessed are “generational battles" with no easy solution. Still, she’s optimistic that “the wheels are aligning” to finally address problems that have festered locally for decades.
“I think putting a face and a name on these problems makes it personal", Wright said. “When you can taste the chemicals in your mouth and smell the toxins downwind, it’s a lot more difficult to ignore."
EPA head tours embattled communities, says help on the way
The Oklahoma government has sued the Joe Biden administration over its Covid-19 vaccine mandate for the military, deeming the order unconstitutional while asking the court to block its enforcement. A complaint filed on Thursday by Oklahoma named President Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and a long list of federal officials and agencies as defendants, arguing that the vaccine mandate, namely for the state's National Guard branch, violates the US Constitution and has no legal basis.
"The president unilaterally has issued this diktat without any semblance of a congressional authorization", state officials said, adding that none of the statutory provisions invoked in Biden's executive order "even remotely empower the president to issue a vaccine mandate or, really, a mandate of any kind."
Moreover, the complaint goes on to state that, by seeking to strip the Oklahoma National Guard of federal funding over non-compliance with the vaccine requirement, the Biden administration "is trying to disarm the State of Oklahoma from protecting itself, its territory, and its citizens."
"This mandate ensures that many Oklahoma National Guard members will simply quit instead of getting the vaccine, a situation that will irreparably harm Oklahomans' safety and security", it continued. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt previously sought an exemption from the immunization rule, but was rejected by the Pentagon, with Secretary Austin warning that troops' continued refusal to be vaccinated "may lead to a prohibition on the member's participation in drills and training" and could "jeopardize the member's status in the National Guard." The request came after the Oklahoma Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Thomas Mancino, told his own soldiers that they would face no consequences for dodging the jab, kicking off a battle with the federal government which will soon be heard in court. More than a dozen other states have also challenged various aspects of the multi-faceted vaccine mandate, which applies to federal workers and contractors, military personnel, as well as all employees at companies with more than 100 workers, among other sectors. The latter requirement for businesses, which was to be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has been rejected in the courts, though the Justice Department is now seeking to reverse the decision. Pentagon responds to Oklahoma National Guard's vaccine exemption request
Governor, AG sue Defense Department over vaccine requirement
The head of a U.N. team investigating atrocities in Iraq said that Islamic State extremists committed crimes against humanity and war crimes at a prison in Mosul in June 2014, where at least 1,000 predominantly Shiite Muslim prisoners were systematically killed. Christian Ritscher told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that evidence collected from mass graves containing the remains of victims of executions carried out at Badush Central Prison and from survivors shows detailed preparations of the attack by senior Islamic State members followed by an assault on the morning of June 10 that year.
“Prisoners captured were led to sites close to the prison, separated based on their religion and humiliated,” he said. “At least 1,000 predominantly Shiite prisoners were then systematically killed.”
Ritscher said the investigators’ analysis of digital, documentary, survivors and forensic evidence, including Islamic State documents, has identified a number of members from the extremist group, also known as IS or ISIL, who were responsible for the crimes. As a result of the investigations, he said the U.N. Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq has concluded that IS committed “crimes against humanity of murder, extermination, torture, enforced disappearances, persecution and other inhumane acts” at Badush prison as well as the “war crimes of willful killing, torture, inhumane treatment, and outrage upon personal dignity.”
Islamic State fighters seized Iraqi cities and declared a self-styled caliphate in a large swathe of territory in Syria and Iraq in 2014. The group was formally declared defeated in Iraq in 2017 following a three-year bloody battle that left tens of thousands dead and cities in ruins, but its sleeper cells continue to launch attacks in different parts of Iraq. In May, Ritscher’s predecessor Karim Khan told the council that investigators had found “clear and compelling evidence” that Islamic State extremists committed genocide against the Yazidi minority in 2014. He also said the militant group successfully developed chemical weapons and used mustard gas. Ritscher hailed the “landmark moment” two days ago that saw the first-ever conviction of an IS member for the crime of genocide at the regional court in Frankfurt, Germany. The 29-year-old Iraqi was also convicted of crimes against humanity, war crimes and bodily harm resulting in death over the death of a 5-year-old Yazidi girl he had purchased as a slave with her mother and then chained up in the hot sun to die.
“We now have the chance, collectively, to make such prosecutions the norm, not a celebrated exception,” Ritscher said. “In cooperation with Iraqi authorities and those of the Kurdistan region, together with survivors and with the support of this council, we are building the evidence that can deliver meaningful justice for all those who suffered from ISIL crimes in Iraq.”
Ritscher said evidence collected relating to the Badush prison attacks underlined the detailed planning by IS in carrying out their atrocities. The extremist group’s approach “is seen even more clearly in two other key lines of investigation that have accelerated in the last six months: the development and use of chemical and biological weapons by ISIL, and the financial mechanisms through which it sustained its campaign of violence,” he said. The team’s evidence also “shows that ISIL clearly identified and then seized chemical production factories and other sources of precursor material, while also overtaking the University of Mosul campus as a hub for research and development,” Ritscher said. The extremist group’s program became more sophisticated and investigators have identified more than 3.000 victims of IS chemical weapons attacks as well as its use of rocket artillery projectiles containing a mustard sulfur agent, he said. In his next briefing to the Security Council, Ritscher said he will present the team’s findings on ISIL’s use of chemical weapons including the crimes it committed. He also stressed the critical importance of bringing the Islamic State’s financiers and those who profit from the group’s crimes to justice. Ritscher said investigators have uncovered the inner workings of the IS central treasury and a network of senior leaders who also acted “as trusted financiers, diverting wealth that ISIL gained through pillage, theft of property from targeted communities and the imposition of a systematic and exploitative taxation system imposed on those living under ISIL control.”
He said the team recently shared information with the Iraqi judiciary on the use of money service businesses by the group “as key facilitators of their financing,” and it looks forward to expanding this kind of cooperation.
UN says Islamic State committed war crimes at Iraqi prison
December 8, 2021 marks two years since the world lost Juice WRLD to an accidental overdose. Two days following this sad anniversary, his estate will drop Fighting Demons, his second posthumous album, and fans got a taste today (Dec. 3) with “Wandered To LA.” In the new song, Juice (born Jarad Higgins) teams up with Justin Bieber, both confronting their demons as they sing about drug use and mental health.
“I wandered to LA hopin’ to explore, little did I know, I’d find a little more,” he sings. “Love at my hotel room door, from the bed to the hotel room floor.” Later, he touches on substance issues and mental health. “Maybe it’s the love, maybe it’s the drugs, maybe it’s because my girlfriend is the plug,” he sings, later adding, “She loves drugs, she goes hardcore, she’s hidin’ from the truth, inside of the rug. you see the ghost on her front porch, you see the blood at her front door.”
“Wandered to LA” comes three weeks after “Already Dead,” the first single from Fighting Demons. That was a song fans were demanding for years. Juice WRLD first previewed the track on his Instagram in 2018, per Genius. After his passing in 2019, some thought the song had been lost. However, in March 2021, Lil Bibby – the manager of Juice’s label, Grade A Productions – tweeted a snippet of the track, along with the message, “I will find it and it will be on the album.” A few months later, Juice’s co-manager Peter Jideonwo confirmed that the track had been discovered. “Bibby found Already Dead! ! ! ” he posted to Instagram. “The song is most likely going to be on the album. This is the song everyone wants and now, we will finally get it.”
Two years since Juice WRLD’s accidental overdose, “Already Dead” showed an artist struggling with mental health and substance issues. “ You can see the pain in my laugh,” he raps on the chorus. “Demons comin’ back from the past / Feelin’ like I’m ’bout to relapse / Voices in my head / All I can hear them say / Is everyone wants me dead / Bitch, I’m already dead.”
Fighting Demons — once thought to be called The Party Never Ends — is the follow-up to Juice’s first posthumous album, 2020’s Legends Never Die. Juice’s mother, Carmela Wallace, announced on Nov. 11 that the album would arrive in early December, shortly after the two-year anniversary of his death. “There was nothing Jarad ‘Juice WRLD’ Higgins enjoyed more than delivering new music to his millions of fans around the world,” she said in a statement, per Rolling Stone. “He left behind an astonishingly deep catalog of music that will ensure his fans will have new songs to listen to for years to come. Jarad was always searingly honest about his struggles and through his musical genius, he articulated what was on his heart and mind vividly through his art. He never gave up and his friends and family never gave up on offering their support to him.”
2021 will close out with more Juice WRLD. HBO announced the release dates for the new slate of films in its Music Box series, per Pitchfork. This round of documentaries will cover Alanis Morissette, DMX, Kenny G, Juice, and Robert Stigwood, the man behind Saturday Night Fever. Juice’s documentary, Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss, will premiere on December 16. It will be the last documentary to air, following Jagged (Nov. 18) DMX: Don’t Try to Understand (Nov. 25), Listening to Kenny G (Dec. 2), and Mr. Saturday Night (Dec. 9).
Juice WLRD ‘Wandered To LA’ With Justin Bieber In Search Of More On His Latest Posthumous Track
ST. PAUL, Minn. Kirill Kaprizov had two goals and an assist as the Minnesota Wild kept rolling with a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Ryan Hartman had a goal and two assists, and Rem Pitlick and Dmitry Kulikov also scored for Minnesota, which has won five games in a row and is the NHL’s highest-scoring team since Nov. 2 with 64 goals in 15 games. Hartman scored on his 10th shot of the game and his line with Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello combined for 16 shots.
“The looks they had were incredible,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “Yeah, (Hartman’s) obviously feeling it and the line was real good. They didn’t cheat the game. They weren’t staying in the offensive zone. They weren’t staying on too long. They weren’t cheating in the offensive zone. They didn’t blow zones. They played the right way and they had a tremendous amount of looks, obviously.”
Kaapo Kahkonen made his second straight start in net for the Wild and finished with 29 saves. Ryan Graves and Tomas Tatar scored for New Jersey. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 33 shots.
“We got smoked on the compete, there’s no doubt,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “First goal, went around us. Net front, we got beat. They won the compete game, there’s no doubt.”
With Hartman’s surprising breakout and Kaprizov on a scoring tear in his second NHL season after winning the Calder Memorial Trophy, Minnesota is no longer the defensive-minded team of the past. The Wild entered the day fourth in the league in goals per game and have scored at least four in 12 of the past 15. Minnesota’s 33 points are the best start in franchise history after 23 games.
“We’re having a great time,” Hartman said. “But we’re playing the right way and that’s why it’s happening. We’re playing underneath the puck. We’re playing smart defensively.… Overall, the way we’ve been playing is how we want to play and we’re getting off to leads which is a nice change.”
All four lines have contributed to the inflated goal totals, none more so than Kaprizov and Hartman’s pairing. Zuccarello returned to the right side Thursday after missing two games with a hand injury. Kaprizov started the scoring against the Devils midway through the first period as he got the corner on Graves and drove the net. Controlling the puck on his backhand, he quickly switched to his forehand and beat Blackwood. The 24-year-old Russian added his eighth goal of the season 2:28 into the second to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead. Kaprizov has six goals and 11 assists in his past eight games.
“Yeah, we just went out there, played our game, tried to play hockey, try to create opportunities for each other and have fun,” Kaprizov said through a translator when asked about his line. “It wasn’t anything in particular that we did, just went out there and played.”
Pitlick, a rookie claimed off waivers from Nashville in October, scored his fifth goal in the first. He entered play tied for eighth among rookies in scoring. The Devils, who have lost three of four, got back within reach with two goals in the second to make it 3-2. Graves scored his second of the season on a big slap shot from the point just 24 seconds after Kaprizov’s second goal. Tatar scored for the fourth time in six games on a breakaway as Dougie Hamilton passed ahead to spring him. Hamilton had two assists in the game.
“A little bit of life and then we give up the next one,” Graves said. “I think we just have to do a better job of managing the game.… Everyone can look within and there’s things that we can all do to make the game a bit easier. We’re making the game kind of tough on ourselves right now.”
Kulikov, the former Devil, restored Minnesota’s two-goal advantage with his second of the season in the second. Hartman added his 13th goal in the third. He’s tied for eighth in the league in goals.
“Our defense is better than that,” Ruff said. “Our defense probably had as tough a night as I’ve seen them.”
New Jersey announced that goaltending coach Dave Rogalski was placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Minnesota forward Frederick Gaudreau missed his second game while in COVID-19 protocol. Devils: Play their second game of a back-to-back Friday in Winnipeg.
Devils’ poor play continues in ugly loss to Wild
Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser and the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, keeps saying that his critics are “really criticizing science because I represent science.” Maybe he even believes it. But it might be time for science to find another spokesman. It’s not necessary to bear Fauci any ill will — to think he has anything other than the best interests of Americans at heart, let alone to credit Lara Logan’s demented suggestion that he can be likened to Josef Mengele — to wonder whether his public statements are doing more harm than good at this point. He arguably served a valuable function at the outset of the pandemic by explaining the situation, and offering reassurance, to those many Americans who had no confidence in former President Donald Trump. Fauci can’t do the same thing for those many Americans who have no confidence in Biden, though, since they tend not to put much stock in what the doctor has to say either. It’s hard to imagine that any of the vaccine-hesitant are waiting for one more Sunday-show appearance by Fauci before they will (as they almost all should) get shots. And there are plenty of other doctors and scientists who can and do speak with knowledge and insight about new developments in the pandemic. Fauci has also dealt some blows to his own credibility. His journalistic defenders concede only that he is not “perfect,” but the truth is more disturbing than that. The lead exhibit in the anti-Faucists’ case is his flip-flop on masks: He discouraged their use early in 2020 but then became an evangelist for them. The change wasn’t the result of any new scientific finding about the efficacy of masks. He has subsequently emphasized that he wanted to ensure that health-care workers didn’t run out of masks. But what he said was that they were ineffective. At best, his explanation suggests that he was misleading the public for what he thought was its own good. It’s not the only time he has tailored his remarks about COVID-19 to elicit a desired reaction from the public, or said so. He issued steadily increasing estimates of the vaccination rate needed to achieve herd immunity, and said that he did so partly to encourage more vaccination and partly because polls indicated the public was growing more confident in the vaccines. Whether or not it’s justified — or at least excusable — this kind of manipulation is self-undermining. Obviously it’s not science, considered either as a method or a body of knowledge, that has compelled Fauci to say what he has said about masks and herd immunity, and his decisions should not be immune from criticism because he “represents science.” While arguing with politicians, he is being demagogic himself. But the attitude he has expressed is merely an exaggerated form of one that pervades the public-health world and has great influence beyond it. How many times has “following the science” been presented as an adequate answer to the challenges of COVID-19? Science has produced nearly miraculous vaccines, but it can’t tell us to take them, since it can’t compel us to care about our own or other people’s health. It certainly can’t tell us how to proceed in the presence of doubt. It can’t settle how to judge trade-offs, whether they involve eating steak (the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines forbid medium-rare) or setting policies related to COVID. What we need from the public-health bureaucracy right now is not hectoring about our behavior or lectures about the value of science. It’s action; especially making rapid antigen tests cheap and widely available. That’s the kind of mission that requires great contributions from experts. Very little of it has to be done on television. Ramesh Ponnuru is a syndicated columnist.
Fauci calls out Fox for its silence after host compares him to Nazi doctor
Australia would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes hands in election s early next year, the opposition leader said on Friday. Center-left Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese set climate policy as a battle line at election s expected to be held between March and May. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was widely criticized at a U.N. climate summit in Scotland last month over his conservative government’s target of reducing Australia ’s emissions by only 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030. It was the same target Australia adopted at the Paris summit in 2015, while other wealthy countries have pledged far deeper cuts in a bid to contain global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius. Albanese said a change of government would mean Australia would be able to attend the next international climate and “not be in the naughty corner.”
Australia’s economy was similar to Canada’s and Labor's goal was similar to the Canadian target of reducing emissions by 40% to 45% by the end of the decade.
“We think that we’ve got absolutely the balance right because one of the things that I wanted to make sure is that we have a policy that doesn’t leave people behind, that supports industry, that supports jobs,” Albanese said. But Morrison said Labor’s target would increase electricity prices and cost jobs.
“We’re on our way to net zero by 2050,” Morrison said. “We’re not on our way to drive people out of their jobs and force up their electricity price.”
Morrison’s coalition was narrowly re-elected in 2019 when Labor promised to cut emissions by 45% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050. The government has also recently adopted the net zero target. Morrison was a Cabinet minister in 2014 when a newly elected government repealed Australia’s 2-year-old carbon tax. Government climate policies since have rejected any measures that would make polluters pay for their emissions.
Australian opposition promises deeper emission reductions
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jeremy Swayman made 42 saves, Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo scored, and the Boston Bruins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 Thursday night. Swayman’s shutout was his first of the season and third of the rookie’s NHL career. After stopping 26 shots over the first two periods, Swayman was heavily tested in the third. Among his best saves in the final frame came when he denied Matt Duchene from the slot with the Predators on a power play. He also stopped Colton Sissons’ redirection with around three minutes left, preserving Boston’s second win in three games.
“It was fun to watch,” Swayman said of his team’s effort. “Guys were taking pride in the defensive zone and also in the offensive zone. I had the best seat in the house watching them work, play together, a lot of talk out on the ice.”
Juuse Saros made 31 saves for Nashville, which has dropped two of three.
“I thought both goaltenders played very well,” Nashville coach John Hynes said “They had some looks and (Saros) came up with some big saves for us. But they found a way to put two in and we didn’t.”
DeBrusk scored the first goal at 14:38 of the opening period. With the Bruins on a power play, he snapped a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Saros and just underneath the crossbar on the short side.
“I think that Jake played pretty good tonight,” Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco said. “He had a good game and hopefully he can build off of that, too. Like we said before, we want Jake to help our team any way possible, and he helped it with a big goal tonight.”
Boston has scored four power-play goals over the last three games in 10 opportunities. Carlo added on 30 seconds into the second. Former Predator Erik Haula forced a turnover inside the Nashville blue line and sent a pass to Carlo in the high slot. He skated to his right and beat Saros with a slap shot on the stick side. SMITH RETURN
Bruins wing Craig Smith played his first-ever road game in Nashville on Thursday. Smith played the first 661 games of his NHL career with the Predators, the team that drafted him in the fourth round (98th overall) in the 2009 Draft. During a first period media timeout, the Predators played a tribute video featuring Smith’s on and off ice accomplishments during his time in Nashville. At the conclusion of the video, players from both teams tapped their sticks on the ice and boards, and Smith skated to center ice thanking the cheering Bridgestone Arena fans. With Brad Marchand sitting out the second of his three-game suspension Thursday, the Bruins sewed an assistant captain’s A on Smith’s jersey for the game. Smith signed with the Bruins as a free agent prior to the start of last season. HALL 700
Taylor Hall skated in his 700th career NHL game Thursday. After stints in Edmonton, New Jersey, Arizona and Buffalo, Hall is in his first full season with the Bruins. ZBORIL HURT
Boston defenseman Jakub Zboril left the game at 4:46 of the second period due to a lower-body injury after being hit into the right boards in the neutral zone by Nashville’s Tanner Jeannot. Zboril was helped off the ice and did not put any weight on his right leg when exiting. The Bruins announced that he would not return to the game due to a lower-body injury. NEW THREADS
The Predators revealed their navy Stadium Series jersey prior to Thursday night’s game. The Predators wore navy-colored jerseys as their dark jersey from the time they entered the league in 1998 until they switched to the current gold at the start of the 2011-12 season. WHAT’S NEXT
The Predators host the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Boston returns home to host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
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Swayman, Bruins shut out Predators
In a hearing in front of Milwaukee's county judiciary committee Thursday, District Attorney John Chisholm said the man who allegedly drove his car into the crowd at a Waukesha Christmas parade was out on bail in the days before the incident because an assistant in his office set the bail before evaluating the man's full case. Chisholm said if they had evaluated the full risk assessment of Darrell Brooks Jr., his bail would have been higher than $1,000, according to The Associated Press. Brooks allegedly drove his car into the Nov. 21 parade, killing six and injuring over 60, with no motive given as of yet. He had multiple cases pending in the county's court system, both for endangerment involving incidents threatening or harming family members. The first occurred in July 2020, when Brooks allegedly fired a gun at his nephew. The trial was initially scheduled for February, but prosecutors delayed it as they were dealing with a backlog of cases, causing them to reduce his bail from $7,500 to $500 for not being able to provide a speedy trial. Brooks posted the bail in March. He was charged with endangerment again for allegedly hitting the mother of his child with his car Nov. 5, which is when Chisholm said the mistake occurred. If the assistant prosecutor who set the bail had seen that Brooks was called a "high risk" to re-offend, his bail would have been set higher than $1,000. Brooks posted the bail Nov. 19, just two days before the parade. Chisholm said to move quickly through the county's backlog of cases, the assistant prosecutor saw Brooks's previous $500 bail and doubled it for a second offense. Chisholm told the committee that the assistant prosecutor handling a domestic violence case against Brooks had been on the job for only two-and-a-half years, and was handling two dozen other felony cases and a jury trial when Brooks' case fell to her. He said the assistant doubling the bail showed how overwhelmed his office has become since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
"That is a decision on its face. that I believe was inappropriately low given the context of what we knew about the defendant", Chisholm said. "That's human error. It set in motion a chain of events that resulted in a tragedy. Again, I'm not trying to lessen our responsibility for that, but that's it. In essence, that's what you had here, a young (assistant district attorney) trying to do the best she could under tough circumstances and she made a mistake."
The prosecutor who handled his initial appearance, listed in court records as Carole Manchester, still sought the $1,000 cash bail. Chisholm's office has taken heat for setting bail at $1,000, with critics saying he essentially enabled Brooks to attack the parade. Chisholm, a Democrat, has pushed for ending cash bail, saying it's not fair to poor defendants. He wants to implement a new system in which only violent offenders are jailed until trial. That's left him walking a fine line between angry residents who hold him at least partly responsible for the carnage at the parade and progressives looking to reduce incarceration rates. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said at a news conference Thursday that his administration is helping Chisholm investigate what happened.
"I caution people not to jump to conclusions, but there is one conclusion that is obvious: that (Brooks) should not have been out", Evers said. "But we are looking forward to the conclusion to the investigation."
County supervisors pressed Chisholm during the hearing Thursday. Patti Logsdon told him that he needs to get tougher on criminals and keep them all in jail until their cases come up. Steven Shea asked him what he's supposed to tell constituents who feel Milwaukee County's courts are a "revolving door putting violent criminals out on the street."
Chisholm and the county's chief judge, Mary Triggiano, responded by painting a picture of a Milwaukee County court system that has been limping along since the pandemic struck. Triggiano noted that the county is dealing with a backlog of 1,600 felony cases and 3,100 misdemeanor cases. Chisholm said the jail has a capacity of 920 inmates and is currently housing about 890, including 175 awaiting trial in homicide cases and 100 awaiting trial for first-degree sexual assault alone.
"In this particular case, the (assistant district attorney) didn't make a decision just in a vacuum with lots and lots of time to assess it", Chisholm said. "It doesn't excuse it, but it puts it into context when you're dealing with high volume triage, trying to sort what the most serious offense is, just trying to get the case in the system and move on to the next one, sometimes errors are going to occur."
DA who released Waukesha suspect ahead of tragedy says it was the result of human error by an overworked staffer
FMCG stocks were trading in red, with the S&P BSE FMCG Sector index decreasing 92.43 points or 0.67% at 13776.16 at 13:51 IST. Among the components of the S&P BSE FMCG Sector index, GRM Overseas Ltd (down 4.99%), Parag Milk Foods Ltd (down 2.96%),Eveready Industries India Ltd (down 2.79%),Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd (down 2.06%),Venkys (India) Ltd (down 2%), were the top losers. Among the other losers were Gokul Agro Resources Ltd (down 1.99%), Zydus Wellness Ltd (down 1.87%), Indo National Ltd (down 1.74%), ITC Ltd (down 1.62%), and Varun Beverages Ltd (down 1.52%). On the other hand, Prataap Snacks Ltd (up 6.1%), S H Kelkar & Company Ltd (up 5.32%), and Globus Spirits Ltd (up 5%) turned up. At 13:51 IST, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 522.74 or 0.89% at 57938.55. The Nifty 50 index was down 128.3 points or 0.74% at 17273.35. The S&P BSE Small-Cap index was up 168.73 points or 0.6% at 28496.37. The S&P BSE 150 Midcap Index index was up 7.68 points or 0.09% at 8791.93. On BSE,1861 shares were trading in green, 1303 were trading in red and 153 were unchanged.
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Shares of Vodafone Idea (VIL) hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 14.34, after they rallied another 12 per cent on the BSE in Friday’s intra-day trade. The stock has surged 32 per cent so far the week. The stock of telecom services provider crossed its 52-week high level of Rs 13.80 touched on January 15, 2021, and in the process is quoted at the highest level since June 2019. Till 03:02 pm; a combined 874 million shares changed hands on the NSE and BSE. The stock trades in the futures & option (F&O) segment, which has no circuit limits. In comparison, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 1.3 per cent or 744 points at 57,717. According to CNBC-Awaaz report, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has started releasing bank guarantees (BGs) of Rs 20,000 crore issued by Bharti Airtel and VIL. Meanwhile, in past two weeks, the market price of Vodafone Idea was zoomed 44 per cent after the company increased its prepaid tariff by 20-25 per cent from November 25, 2021. On November 23, VIL hiked its prepaid tariff plans by 20-22 per cent across the board and 25 per cent in base entry level voice (2G plan), similar to Airtel. The company said the new plans will start the process of average revenue per unit (ARPU) improvement and help address the financial stress faced by the industry. VIL opted for deferment of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) and Spectrum installments for 4 years. The deferral of spectrum dues will result in liquidity of around Rs 589 billion over a period of 4 years (around Rs 147 billion annually), the company said in investor presentation. VIL further said it is in discussion with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to determine the final amount of AGR in line with the Supreme Court (SC) order. The reduction in bank guarantees will reduce the bank’s exposure to VIL and help in various ongoing discussions with banks and other lenders. The digital transformation, enhanced customer experienced and partnerships to drive cash generation, it said.
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Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited ( NPCIL) has commenced the online application process for recruitment to various posts of Paramedical, Stipendiary Trainees (Cat I & II), and Non-Technical at NAPS. Eligible candidates can apply for the vacancies on the official website npcilcareers. co. in till December 27 upto 4.00 PM. The recruitment drive is being conducted to fill up a total of 72 vacancies. Here’s direct link to the notification. Age Limit: The minimum age limit for the posts is 18 years, whereas 21 years is the minimum age for the post of Assistant Grade 1 and Steno Grade - 1. The upper age limit for the post of Stipendiary Trainee (ST/TM) (Cat - 2) is 24 years, 25 years for Stipendiary Trainee / Scientific Assistant (ST/SA) (Cat - 1), Pharmacist/B, and Technician/B, 28 years for Assistant Grade 1 and Steno Grade - 1, and 30 years for Nurse - A. Educational Qualification:
Nurse–A: Nursing and mid-wifery (3 years course) or BSc (Nursing). Stipendiary Trainee/Scientific Assistant(ST/SA) (Cat-I) Pharmacist/B Diploma with not less than 60% marks in Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics Engineering recognized by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development. The diploma in Engineering should be 03 years duration after SSC/HSC. Pharmacist/B: HSC (10+2) + 2 years Diploma in Pharmacy + 3 months Training in Pharmacy + Registration as a Pharmacist with Central or State Pharmacy Council. Operation Theatre Assistant (Technician/B): HSC (10+2) in Science with minimum 60% marks + One year Certificate Course of Operation Theatre Assistant. Stipendiary Trainee (ST/TM) Operator (Cat-II): HSC (10+2) or ISC (with Science subjects) with not less than 50% marks in Science and Mathematics individually. Stipendiary Trainee (ST/TM) Maintainer (Cat-II): SSC (10 years) with minimum 50% in Science subject and Mathematics individually and 2 years ITI certificate in relevant trade (Electrician/Fitter). Assistant Grade-1(HR)/Assistant Grade-1 (F&A) /Assistant Grade1(C&MM): Any Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50% marks in aggregate from a recognised University / Institution. Steno Grade-1: Any Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50% marks in aggregate from a recognised University / Institution. Here’s direct link to the application portal. The applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of written examination and interview round. For more details, candidates are advised to visit the official website here.
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NMDC Ltd is quoting at Rs 145.05, up 2.44% on the day as on 12:54 IST on the NSE. The stock is up 35.75% in last one year as compared to a 30.6% spurt in NIFTY and a 71.65% spurt in the Nifty Metal index. NMDC Ltd is up for a third straight session in a row. The stock is quoting at Rs 145.05, up 2.44% on the day as on 12:54 IST on the NSE. The benchmark NIFTY is down around 0.5% on the day, quoting at 17315.4. The Sensex is at 58144.83, down 0.54%. NMDC Ltd has risen around 1.9% in last one month. Meanwhile, Nifty Metal index of which NMDC Ltd is a constituent, has risen around 4.76% in last one month and is currently quoting at 5405.05, up 0.4% on the day. The volume in the stock stood at 197.78 lakh shares today, compared to the daily average of 99.6 lakh shares in last one month. The benchmark December futures contract for the stock is quoting at Rs 145.5, up 2.39% on the day. NMDC Ltd is up 35.75% in last one year as compared to a 30.6% spurt in NIFTY and a 71.65% spurt in the Nifty Metal index. The PE of the stock is 3.96 based on TTM earnings ending September 21.
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Key equity indices further extended losses and hit fresh intraday low in mid afternoon trade. Banks, financial services and FMCG stocks dragged. The Nifty slipped below 17,250 level. Media and realty stocks bucked broader selling pressure. At 13:30 IST, the barometer index, the S&P BSE Sensex, dropped 655.49 points or 1.21% at 57,805.83. The Nifty 50 index tumbled 178.15 points or 1.02% to 17,223.25. The broader market outperformed the main indices. The S&P BSE Mid-Cap index rose 0.01% while the S&P BSE Small-Cap index gained 0.45%. Buyers outpaced sellers. On the BSE, 1,778 shares rose and 1,423 shares fell. A total of 147 shares were unchanged. Broader Market Gainers:
Indian Hotels Company (up 4.35%), Aditya Birla Capital (up 3.73%), ICICI Securities (up 2.99%), Tata Communications (up 2.21%) and 3M India (up 2.21%) were top gainers in Mid Cap space. Ramco Systems (up 20%), Neogen Chemicals (up 16.43%), Indian Energy Exchange (up 6.33%), Amber Enterprises (up 5.87%) and Happiest Minds Technologies (up 5%) were top gainers in small cap space. Numbers to Track:
The yield on 10-year benchmark federal paper rose to 6.364% compared with 6.352% at close in the previous trading session. In the foreign exchange market, the rupee edged lower against the dollar. The partially convertible rupee was hovering at 75.095, compared with its close of 75.02 during the previous trading session. MCX Gold futures for 4 February 2022 settlement rose 0.32% to Rs 47,553. The US Dollar index (DXY), which tracks the greenback's value against a basket of currencies, rose 0.12% to 96.273. In the commodities market, Brent crude for February 2022 settlement rose $2.1 or 3.01% to $71.77 a barrel.
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Skipper has received new orders of Rs 300 crore for transmission and telecom towers from Power Grid Corporation of India and from various export markets. New Order Details:
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- Also Secured New order of Rs 115 crore of Transmission Towers from Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) projects. YTD order inflow & strong bidding pipeline:
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P aul isn’t dead. That John and George are does not mean we should rename their band Paul McCartney & The Beatles. One senses that some viewers of Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back Disney+ documentary, of which I am not one, come away thinking “I’ve got a feeling” Paul was, to borrow a phrase that Billy Preston applied to John, “Boss Beatle.”
“ Get Back confirms that McCartney was not only the chief creative genius of the Beatles — it’s a dizzying miracle when he starts noodling around with the chords for ‘Let It Be’ and ‘The Long and Winding Road’ on consecutive days — but also its chief executive,” Kyle Smith writes @ National Review Online. Get back, get way back from that television. During peak Beatles, John stood out as the peak Beatle. Did Smith listen to Herman’s Hermits or Peter and Gordon rather than The Beatles during this period? The best singles, the best B-sides, and the best album tracks — “ Nowhere Man,” “ Norwegian Wood,” “ In My Life,” “ She Said She Said,” “ Tomorrow Never Knows,” “ Rain,” “ Strawberry Fields Forever,” “ A Day in the Life,” “ All You Need Is Love ” — from Rubber Soul through Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band all came to life primarily through the creative genius of John Lennon. This film looks at a period during which John had checked out and Paul had become Alpha Beatle. On the band’s final two albums, Paul unquestionably dominated. John offers an occasional gem — “Across the Universe” and “Don’t Let Me Down” come to mind — but the Fab Four circa-1969 did increasingly look like a dress rehearsal for Paul’s solo career. To extrapolate Paul’s dominance in this moment upon the entirety of The Beatles misses something even if an eight-hour documentary seems to miss nothing.
“ Get Back is so exhaustive and thorough in trying to present a fair picture of the sessions that it should put to rest any notion that McCartney was a tyrant who drove the others out of the band; the breakup was primarily caused by Lennon and McCartney’s dispute over whether the band’s manager should be Allen Klein, who handled the Rolling Stones,” Smith, who blames Lennon here, writes. Come again? McCartney’s dispute involved not just Lennon but George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Not for the last time did three guys outvote one guy in a band. The special circumstance here, unmentioned in Smith’s piece, revolved around McCartney’s choice for manager: Lee Eastman (ironically an altered last name that morphed from Epstein). If The Beatles really broke up over the choice of management, as Smith maintains, then the fault over the band’s dissolution falls squarely on the guy who wanted his father-in-law to run the group and not the guy who sided with his two other bandmates in thinking this a colossally bad idea. Of course, so much else influenced the breakup. And, of course, John, Paul, George, and Ringo composed The Beatles. They all mattered. Give us both enough alcohol, and I can make a convincing case that Ringo ranks as the most important member. Sober assessments do not put John ahead of Paul or Paul ahead of John. Chris Richards of the seems on to something in arguing that our present’s penchant for rebooting another’s past means that The Beatles (or reboots of The Lion King on Broadway, The Equalizer on TV, and even b-pictures such as Nightmare Alley on the silver screen) smothers today’s creative output. But he loses readers in his admitted hot-takism that “the Beatles are overrated.” The fact that every decade or so the public goes Beatlemania over The Compleat Beatles or the Beatles Anthology, or that a Beatles greatest hits package released in the early years of this century ranked as the bestselling album of that decade (What music from the 1920s dominated the charts in the 1960s?) affirms Richards’s point about retromania as it undermines his point about their reputation surpassing their greatness. Andy Meek most closely arrives at the truth in his piece at BGR. com.
“Decades later, Peter Jackson gets hold of the original footage,” Meek sums up of the conventional wisdom surrounding this documentary. “He restores it and re-assembles it into a new package — a three-episode, six-hour docuseries streaming now on Disney+. And, voila. Fans around the world feel like the story now has a better ending. That the bandmates weren’t at each other’s throats 24/7. That the breakup was sort of blown out of proportion. Because here, here is visual proof. Lindsay-Hogg must have gotten it wrong. Only, everybody is forgetting one thing. There’s still 50 hours of additional Beatles footage, people.”
Jackson, in this eight-hour epic, wants us to forget about a crucial 35 minutes: Let It Be. Ian MacDonald in Revolution in the Head rightly calls the album “a fiasco” and describes the recording as “dispiriting sessions.” Unfortunately for Disney, 60 hours of footage does not exist for Revolver or Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. So, they work with what footage they possess, essentially remaking Michael Lindsey-Hogg’s Let It Be for the same reason The Beatles themselves actually issued a rebooted Let It Be a few years ago: the original disappointed. The album’s failure —that word used here mostly in terms relative to its aspirations but also to the band’s catalog — most conspicuously announces itself in Phil Spector’s orchestration drowning “The Long and Winding Road” and “Across the Universe” with sappy strings (here, and not with Klein, Lennon erred terribly). A project predicated on a live sound ended up overproduced, or, in the case of “Dig It” and “Maggie Mae,” unfinished numbers better left unproduced. While few casual Beatles fans travel the full journey of Peter Jackson’s lengthy “Lord of the Ringos,” the ones who do undoubtedly come away with an impression of something monumental rather than a middling Beatles album containing a few gems. Disney makes little girls imagine themselves princesses and little boys think not Everest but Space Mountain the peak worth conquering. Hollywood cannot convince that Let It Be marks a great moment in a great band’s history or that the end came more happily for The Beatles than it did for their fans. And this happy ending, perhaps desired by Ono and McCartney to rewrite their deserved or undeserved bad guy roles, strikes as entirely unnecessary. The Beatles, a pop-culture force even greater than Disney, already gave fans a happy ending. It’s called Abbey Road. The band reconvened later in 1969 to reunite with George Martin to make their best album. It allows an eclipsed George to shine with two of his most brilliant tracks, “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Ringo, for the only time, gives a drum solo on a Beatles record. Many listeners for the first time hear a synthesizer. The side-two medley, largely a creation of Paul, lyrically explains to bereaved Beatles fans, “Once there was a way to get back homeward/Once there was a way to get back home/Sleep pretty darling, do not cry/And I will sing a lullaby,” and sonically serves up the personalities of Paul, George, and John in sequential guitar solos. The bassackwards release of the penultimate and final albums make this happy ending not as neat as a Disney production. But Beatles fans know they got it right at the end. And they know this not by watching documentaries but by listening to music. Why not take Mother Mary’s advice and let it be?
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Kahit bumubuti na ang kalagayan ng bansa pagdating sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19), nagpaalala ang Department of Health sa mga employer na mas mabuti na munang mag-virtual Christmas party sa ngayon. Sa isang online forum, sinabi ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire na nananatili pa rin ang banta ng COVID-19.
“Bagama't bumababa ang numbers sa bansa, kailangan isipin na nandiyan pa rin ang COVID virus at maari pa ring ma-infect at makainfect,” ani Vergeire. Pero aminado siyang may mga magtutulak na gumawa ng in-person Christmas party. Ngayong pinapayagan na ang mga Christmas gathering sa ilalim ng Alert Level 2, nagpaalala si Vergeire na may paraan para maiwasan ang hawahan.
“I advise employers to require only fully-vaccinated to attend parties, that you will hold it in open space, face mask and physical distancing should be followed", aniya. Imbis din aniya na buffet style, dapat set meal na ang ibigay sa mga pupunta para maiwasan ang hawahan.
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“The link for the portal will be activated only for eligible candidates on ‘MyPage’ accessible by logging in using the credentials that have been used for filling completion of application form and other processes related to INI CET,” the notice said. Moreover, the information brochure and other details for first, second and Open round of seat allocation will be uploaded separately. Here’s INI CET Counselling 2021 schedule. The INI CET 2022 for the January session was held on November 14 (Sunday). Through INI CET 2022, admission will be given in postgraduate courses [MD, MS, DM (6 yrs), MCh (6 yrs) and MDS] at Institutes of National Importance (INI) for medical education namely, AIIMS-New Delhi and other AIIMS, JIPMER-Puducherry, PGIMER-Chandigarh, NIMHANS-Bengaluru.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday underlined the need for converting Fintech initiatives into Fintech revolution to provide a low-cost and reliable payment system to the masses. Speaking at the InFinity Forum, he said technology is bringing a big shift in finance, and mobile payment last year exceeded ATM withdrawals. Fully digital banks without any physical branch offices are already a reality and may become commonplace in less than a decade, he said.
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