Mar 28,2021

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 260 with Led Zeppelin, Drake, Snoop Dogg.  UFC 260 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: Reebok deal ends with $39.3 million payout.  Top career coaches share the best tactics for post-COVID-19 growth.  Five things we learned from Saturday's Sweet 16 action in the men's NCAA Tournament.  March Madness odds, predictions: Gonzaga will roll.  'I can't believe this is happening': Travelers recount tales of getting stuck in Mexico after positive COVID tests.  My bosses changed their minds about working remotely for good – can they do that?.  ‘We’re paying attention’: Vigils, rallies planned in George Floyd’s honor ahead of Derek Chauvin trial.  'Girlhood,' by Melissa Febos book review.  Bowen Yang speaks out on anti-Asian hate on 'SNL' Weekend Update: 'Do more'.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  New York launches digital vaccination, testing passport app.  ‘40s child star Margaret O’Brien talks working with Judy Garland in ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’: ‘I just loved her’.  Why Oprah Winfrey probably didn’t ask Meghan Markle, Prince Harry about Prince Andrew: royal author.  Is paying off your mortgage early always the best financial decision?.  Maya Rudolph's Kamala Harris celebrates Passover on 'SNL'.  Nashville flash flooding triggered by record rainfall.  Atlantia to get sweetener in CDP-led consortium's bid for Autostrade stake: sources.  Hauliers face new COVID rules in England as Heathrow seeks holiday easing.  EU's Breton hopes vaccine push can boost Europe's summer tourist season.  Van Drew opponent was shot at, beaten by cops — then became one.  
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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 260 with Led Zeppelin, Drake, Snoop Dogg
       
While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well. See what the fighters from UFC 260 went with as their backing tracks in Las Vegas.
UFC 260 Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay: Reebok deal ends with $39.3 million payout
       
LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 260 event took home UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay totaling $164,500. UFC 260 took place at the UFC Apex. The full UFC 260 UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payouts included:* * * *Francis Ngannou: $30,000def. In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials. Full 2021 UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payouts:Year-to-date total: $1,923,5002020 total: $6,543,5002019 total: $7,370,5002018 total: $6,901,0002017 total: $6,295,0002016 total: $7,138,0002015 total: $3,185,000Program-to-date total: $39,346,500
Top career coaches share the best tactics for post-COVID-19 growth
       
She accepted the unplanned job loss, using it as fuel to forge a new path. As a career coach working with unemployed clients, Debra Wheatman, president and founder of Careers Done Write, learned that people need someone they can talk to candidly. Say, a college athletic coach for a recent college grad or a friend in software engineering if you work in advertising. Carolyn Kleiman, a career coach at ResumeBuilder.com, added that job seekers should spend an hour each day reading up on news in their respective fields. “Browsing the same big job board day after day is likely not going to yield the result you want.
Five things we learned from Saturday's Sweet 16 action in the men's NCAA Tournament
       
Four consecutive games on the first day of the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 meant college basketball fans could write off their Saturday and instead take a seat on their couch to watch the action from early afternoon to past midnight. ELITE EIGHT OR SENT PACKING:Winners and losers from the men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16SUNDAY'S PREDICTIONS:NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 gamesA look at what we learned from all the action:Finding other ways to winSome days shots are not going to fall no matter how good you've been all season. Their first 26 points in the second half came in the paint. The shots weren't falling for the Golden Eagles in the second half, but they kept firing from long distance to no avail. By season four, there were 27 wins and an NCAA Tournament berth.
March Madness odds, predictions: Gonzaga will roll
       
Gonzaga (-13) over Creighton: The Bluejays are fortunate to be here, following Greg McDermott’s racist remark, the team’s nosedive in the Big East Tournament and UC Santa Barbara’s missed game-winning layup in the first round. It also knows its best isn’t good enough to beat the best team in the nation. But don’t factor too much into the Big Ten’s collapse in a single-elimination tournament designed to cause chaos. Michigan proved all season to be the best team in the country’s deepest conference and the team’s elite two-way play has hardly diminished with the loss of Isaiah Livers. Oregon has no answer inside for the brothers, who are averaging a combined 29.5 points, 18.5 rebounds and four blocks in the tournament.
'I can't believe this is happening': Travelers recount tales of getting stuck in Mexico after positive COVID tests
       
Korey Mudd wasn't fazed by the cleaning crew outside his Mexico hotel room when he and his wife returned from the pool. Here's what COVID-19 has and hasn't changed about the Mexico vacation meccaDo you need a COVID test to fly? Test positive, and you can't fly home until you are cleared by a doctor or provide proof of a negative test. How many vacationers are testing positive for COVID-19 and getting stuck? Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky recounted the story of an unnamed constituent who went to Cabo San Lucas and tested positive.
My bosses changed their minds about working remotely for good – can they do that?
       
Last year, my employer said that I could work remotely permanently, but now that staff are returning to the office, they are saying I have to come back too. I’ve set up my life around the promise that I could work remotely. An exception would be if there were a collective bargaining agreement in place where they couldn’t be changed without mutual agreement. Assuming that isn’t the case, your best recourse is to try to make the case that you can be just as productive working from home. Your advice about not hiring someone who showed up to an interview smelling like pot shows how little you understand the health benefits of cannabis.
‘We’re paying attention’: Vigils, rallies planned in George Floyd’s honor ahead of Derek Chauvin trial
       
Local activists planned rallies and vigils Sunday to honor Floyd's life and draw attention to the case. In Derek Chauvin case, a weary city that wears George Floyd's face waits for an answerWho's on the jury? Russell said he watched most of jury selection over the last three weeks and planned to continue following the trial. Protesters – some chanting, drumming and holding portraits of Floyd – demonstrated outside the courthouse throughout the 11-day jury selection process, which concluded last week. Jury selection in the trial began in early March.
'Girlhood,' by Melissa Febos book review
       
The genius of a social structure is that you cannot see it; it is built to be invisible to you, this machine that compels you to perpetuate it. None of us were, or are.”Over the course of eight essays with poignant illustrations by Forsyth Harmon, Febos interrogates the strength, savvy and vulnerabilities of girlhood. “To hate my own body was to suffer from an autoimmune disease of the mind,” Febos writes. ADADNo longer holding herself responsible for what happened to her childish body, adolescent reputation and womanly psyche, Febos got free. GirlhoodBy Melissa Febos
Bowen Yang speaks out on anti-Asian hate on 'SNL' Weekend Update: 'Do more'
       
Bowen Yang, "Saturday Night Live"s first cast member of East Asian descent, spoke out against the anti-Asian hate happening across the country. "So things for Asians in this country have been really bleak for the past two weeks ... and all the weeks before that since forever," Yang, 30, said. ‘SNL’ LAYS INTO BIDEN FOR RECENT MISSTEPS – LITERAL AND OTHERWISE"If someone’s personality is punching Asian grandmas, it’s not a dialogue. I have an Asian grandma, you want to punch her, there ain’t no common ground, mama," Yang said. "Let me know when you get on your knees and scrub her feet while she looks at your phone.
New York launches digital vaccination, testing passport app
       
State officials have launched a digital pass New Yorkers can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. The Excelsior Pass will be accepted at major entertainment venues like Madison Square Garden and Albany’s Times Union Center. TEXAS COVID NUMBERS DECREASE 17 DAYS AFTER MASK, OTHER RESTRICTIONS LIFTEDThe app is similar to a mobile airline boarding pass and uses a secure QR code that can be stored in a smartphone or printed out. Officials said the technology doesn’t store or track private health data within the app. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCuomo announced Saturday that more than 8.5 million total vaccine doses have been administered across the state, including more than 1 million doses over the past week.
‘40s child star Margaret O’Brien talks working with Judy Garland in ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’: ‘I just loved her’
       
EXCLUSIVE: Margaret O’Brien still has fond memories of her beloved co-star Judy Garland. The pair worked together in 1944’s "Meet Me in St. Louis," a musical that told the tale of a turn-of-the-century family. FORMER ‘40S CHILD STAR MARGARET O’BRIEN RECALLS HOW HER MISSING OSCAR WAS RETURNED DECADES LATER: 'I'M LUCKY'"So of course he said, ‘This is terrible, we can’t possibly do that,’" the former ‘40s child star recalled. "But I went on to do ‘Meet Me in St.’ Louis’ and I loved making that movie. "Of course that’s what made it such a classic song.
Why Oprah Winfrey probably didn’t ask Meghan Markle, Prince Harry about Prince Andrew: royal author
       
EXCLUSIVE: One royal expert believes there’s a good reason why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t bring up Prince Andrew during their bombshell tell-all with Oprah Winfrey. "It could also be out of loyalty and respect for his daughter, Princess Eugenie, who is close to both Harry and Meghan. Markle described feeling so isolated and miserable inside the royal family that she had suicidal thoughts. The Duchess of Sussex also alleged that a member of the royal family had "concerns" about the color of her unborn child’s skin. Harry also told Winfrey the royal family cut him off financially at the start of 2020 after announcing plans to step back from his roles.
Is paying off your mortgage early always the best financial decision?
       
The sooner you eliminate mortgage payments from your monthly budget, the easier it is to fully achieve other financial goals. And with today's low mortgage rates, millions of homeowners have already made the financial decision to refinance their mortgage to lower their monthly payments or speed up their mortgage payoff. The benefits of having lower monthly mortgage payments can help bring some peace of mind to homeowners with variable income or other high monthly bills. Credible can help you compare mortgage lenders and discover the best refinance rates available today so you can lower your monthly payments and meet your financial goals. As today’s mortgage rates are near historical lows, making extra mortgage payments doesn’t have the same appeal when mortgage rates are similar to expected investment returns.
Maya Rudolph's Kamala Harris celebrates Passover on 'SNL'
       
New York (CNN Business) "Saturday Night Live" didn't open up with politics to kick off the latest episode of the NBC variety show, but Maya Rudolph's Kamala Harris still had her moment. Rudolph, the host of this week's "SNL" who has played the vice president multiple times, welcomed guests to a Passover meal. Rudolph's Harris said. "That's why it's time for 'A Kamala Harris Unity Seder.'" Rudolph's Harris introduced Martin Short as Doug Emhoff, the second gentleman.
Nashville flash flooding triggered by record rainfall
       
A flash flood emergency was issued Sunday morning in Middle Tennessee due to record rainfall. More severe weather is expected as this storm system pushes east. Meteorologist Allison Chinchar has the forecast. Source: CNN
Atlantia to get sweetener in CDP-led consortium's bid for Autostrade stake: sources
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )CDP, together with co-investors Macquarie and Blackstone, have been negotiating with Atlantia on Autostrade since last year to try to end a dispute triggered by the 2018 collapse of a bridge ran by Autostrade per l’Italia. The CDP is expected to decide on the revised offer for 88% of Autostrade at a board meeting late on Sunday. The new bid, yet to be finalised as talks continued, still values all of Autostrade at 9.1 billion euros ($10.73 billion) but makes some concessions, the sources familiar with the matter said. Both Edizione and another key investor, banking foundation CRT, said earlier this week the CDP-led bid appeared to be the best option for the sale of Autostrade. Atlantia’s board is expected to discuss the new offer at a meeting on Wednesday or Thursday, one source said.
Hauliers face new COVID rules in England as Heathrow seeks holiday easing
       
LONDON (Reuters) - Certain lorry drivers arriving in England will need to take COVID-19 tests in a bid to tackle the spread of any future variants, the government said on Sunday as Heathrow Airport lobbied for the easing of an overseas holiday ban from mid-May. “This is to ensure we keep track of any future coronavirus variants of concern,” transport minister Grant Shapps said. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested earlier this week that Britain might need to tighten restrictions on arrivals from France. Culture minister Oliver Dowden told Times Radio on Sunday a number of factors were being considered amid rising infections on parts of the continent. “We need to ensure that if there is international travel, it’s done in a safe way,” he said.
EU's Breton hopes vaccine push can boost Europe's summer tourist season
       
REUTERS/Manuel SilvestriPARIS (Reuters) - European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday that he hoped Europe will have a summer tourist season this year, supported by a ramp-up in its COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Breton, who heads the European Union’s executive’s vaccine task force, reiterated on RTL radio and TV channel LCI that the European Union should deliver 420 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by mid-July, enough to allow the bloc to reach collective immunity. “We have to shift to the next gear,” he said of the EU’s vaccination campaign. The EU has blamed big shortfalls of AstraZeneca doses for its slow vaccine roll-out, in a dispute that has created tensions with former EU member Britain. Breton reiterated that the EU will ensure that coronavirus vaccines produced by AstraZeneca within the bloc stay there until the company returns to fulfilling its delivery commitments.
Van Drew opponent was shot at, beaten by cops — then became one
       
Tim Alexander, a Democrat who served as a detective captain for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, launched a campaign in March 2021 to unseat Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew. | Tim Alexander for Congress New Jersey Van Drew opponent was shot at, beaten by cops — then became oneIn 2020, New Jersey Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew attacked his Democrat opponent, Amy Kennedy, for wanting to "defund the police." Kennedy, a native of the South Jersey district who’s from a local political family and who married into the famous national political dynasty, has not ruled out another run. Van Drew, his congressman, switched parties in late 2019 after he lost Democratic support because he refused to vote to impeach Trump, famously pledging his “undying support” during a meeting with the president at the White House. Despite his support for Kennedy, he said he was “disappointed” in how she handled herself during the campaign, including during her televised debate with Van Drew.
Derek Chauvin Trial: What To Know About The Charges, Jurors And More
       
Trial BeginsJury selection for Chauvin’s trial began March 9 and lasted roughly two weeks before wrapping up on Tuesday. 44 is a white woman in her 50s who serves as an executive of a nonprofit health care advocacy organization. 55 is a white woman in her 50s who works as an executive assistant at a health care clinic. 91 is a Black woman in her 60s who worked in marketing before retiring. 118 is a white woman in her 20s who is a social worker.
UK ministers reject Sanjeev Gupta's bailout plea - FT
       
FILE PHOTO: Liberty Steel's Sanjeev Gupta smiles outside the company's Liberty Steel processing mill in Dalzell, Scotland, Britain April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne(Reuters) - British ministers have rejected a request from mining magnate Sanjeev Gupta for a 170 million pound emergency loan to prevent his group, GFG Alliance, from collapsing, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. GFG, a holding company for Gupta’s assets, was the biggest recipient of financing from Greensill, a British financing company, which filed for insolvency last week. The British government wrote back to Gupta formally rejecting the request last week due to multiple concerns, the FT reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The conglomerate had been in talks with administrators of its former financial backer Greensill on a so-called standstill agreement.
Democrats Prepare To Push Biden For A $10 Trillion, Decade-Long Green Infrastructure Plan
       
“The THRIVE Act is the agenda that establishes the pillars for economic renewal in our country,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass. The White House’s infrastructure package is potentially less ambitious on the climate front, allotting just $400 billion for measures like green transit and research and development, according to The Washington Post. And it could include Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s $454 billion electric car proposal and the $1.1 trillion plan for greener public schools that Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) endorsed this month. “The infrastructure package should also be done in one bill, not two,” Alexandra Rojas, executive director of the left-leaning campaign group Justice Democrats, said in a statement. “Republicans have made it clear that they have no intention of working with the President on an infrastructure package.
Factbox:'Fallen Stars' from a day of bloodshed in Myanmar
       
He was shot dead by junta forces in Mandalay’s Chan Mya Thar Si Township, his family said. Bhamo Platform said security forces told her family to sign a document absolving them from responsibility in her death. Funeralgoers said security forces had opened fire at the ceremony on Sunday. Barricades had been set up in the area and security forces opened fire, although there were no protests at the time, they said. A neighbour said security forces took away his body in a blue plastic sheet.
Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more
       
Biden is taking the opposite approach of the Clinton administration to help the economy. Biden is taking the opposite approach of the Clinton administration to help the economy. White House aides are comparing the scope of Biden’s policy ambitions to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s after the Great Depression. The Biden administration is now challenging China, which never embraced the values of democracy as trade advocates once believed it would. But he sees the Biden administration as pursuing new policies to help workers.
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana
       
New York has failed in recent years to pass marijuana legalization, but a state senator said lawmakers have reached an agreement to legalize marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21. New York has failed in recent years to pass marijuana legalization, but a state senator said lawmakers have reached an agreement to legalize marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)Lawmakers reached an agreement late Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana sales in New York. At least 14 other states already allow residents to buy marijuana for recreational and not just medical use, and New York’s past efforts to pass marijuana have failed in recent years. ADVERTISEMENTThe legislation would allow recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, and set up a licensing process for the delivery of cannabis products to customers.
Bangladeshi protesters clash with police during strike
       
A Bangladeshi policeman kicks away a tear gas shell that misfired while trying to disperse activists of Bangladesh Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam, enforcing a daylong general strike in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)A Bangladeshi policeman kicks away a tear gas shell that misfired while trying to disperse activists of Bangladesh Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam, enforcing a daylong general strike in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 28, 2021. ADVERTISEMENTWitnesses said scores of people were hurt in clashes with police, which started after protesters set fire to a number of vehicles. At least four people were killed and scores injured Friday in clashes between protesters and security officials. In recent weeks, demonstrators in Muslim-majority Bangladesh had urged the Indian leader not to visit and criticized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for inviting him.
Paris doctors warn of catastrophic overload of virus cases
       
FILE- In this March 19, 2021, file photo, a nurse tends to a patient affected by COVID-19 virus in the ICU unit at the Ambroise Pare clinic in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. The sobering warning was delivered Sunday in a newspaper opinion signed by 41 Paris-region doctors. Since January, Macron’s government has instead imposed a nationwide overnight curfew and followed that with a grab-bag of other restrictions. ADVERTISEMENTBut with infections soaring and hospitals increasingly running short of intensive care beds, doctors have been stepping up the pressure for a full French lockdown. The doctors predicted that softer new restrictions imposed this month on Paris and some other regions won’t quickly bring the resurgent epidemic under control.
Coronavirus pandemic slowdown has made the oceans quieter, which has been good for whales
       
“It's probably the most popular activity for visitors, foreign and domestic,” Heimir Hardarson, captain at North Sailing, said. “Very mystical creatures,” he said, “floating around in their weightlessness.”Captain Heimir Hardarson takes whale watchers out on his boat in Húsavík, Iceland. But the global slowdown has actually been good for the whales, as human interference has decreased. He is studying how the quieter oceans have affected whales by measuring their stress levels through hormone samples. Carlo AngererHe acknowledged that animals are also affected by whale watching tours but said the experience helps motivate people to protect them.
With More Women In State Office, Family Leave Policies Have Not Caught Up
       
With More Women In State Office, Family Leave Policies Have Not Caught UpEnlarge this image Getty Images Getty ImagesA nameplate that reads "Mom Boss" sits on the desk of Michigan state Sen. Stephanie Chang's basement office in the capitol building in Lansing. Before this year, Chang was the only woman in the 184-year history of the Michigan State Senate to give birth during her term. Because McMorrow isn't an employee of the state of Michigan – rather an elected official whose pay is written into the state constitution — she doesn't qualify for parental leave. In Michigan, there is no actual parental leave policy for state legislators. These conversations about parental leave policies are new, according to Jean Sinzdak, the Associate Director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
Predictions for Sunday's NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 games
       
The Sweet 16 round in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is usually when March Madness becomes less mad and the true title contenders move on to the Final Four. In a season and a tournament setup like none we have seen previously, it seems logical that we should continue to expect the unexpected. But if things actually do go according to seed from this point forward, would that be just as unexpected? 1 Michigan vs. No. Follow colleges reporter Eddie Timanus on Twitter @EddieTimanusThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16 March Madness men's basketball predictions
A Late-Pandemic Boom Has Hit Australia’s High-End Markets
       
A three-bedroom oceanfront apartment on Main Beach Parade sold in January through Kollosche for A$5.6 million. “And then in Victoria, we’ve seen several Mornington Peninsula suburbs really taking off, which is definitely Covid-related. Forrest, in the nation’s capital of Canberra, is a standout on the newcomer A$3 million list as it is the only coastal neighborhood. In addition to its sought after warmer weather, Main Beach, is only a one-hour commute to Brisbane, Queensland’s capital city. Main Beach is geared more toward owner occupiers, as opposed to investors, and a lot of new product is being built there for downsizers.
CBS paid over $7 million for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle interview with Oprah
       
Talk isn’t cheap when it comes to Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. CBS is paying a license fee of between $7 million and $9 million for the rights to air Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, according to people familiar with the pact.
Secret-Strategy Funds Struggle to Win Fans in Their First Year
       
They merge the access and tax advantages of ETFs with the magic of active management, letting stock pickers deploy their investment playbooks without fear of front-running or copycats. Others thought the pandemic would compel investors to seek out active management for help navigating the rapidly changing market. “I think these will start to gather some real traction and raise some assets.”Price TagsOne issue that active nontransparent funds face are hefty expense ratios, especially since the industry overall is reducing costs. Although the average cost for an active equity ETF is 0.72%, some active funds, such as several from Avantis Investors, charge less than 0.30%. Another boost could come from mutual funds converting to a nontransparent ETF wrapper, though none have sought this yet.
Seniors Don’t Expect to Live With Their Kids if They Need Help. The Kids Aren’t So Sure.
       
Only 10% of seniors expect to move into their children’s homes if they need assistance in old age, but 31% of adult children expect their parents to move in if they eventually need help, according to a new survey, indicating that many seniors and their kids need to have a discussion about the future. An additional 22% expect to move into a senior-living facility, while only 10% expect to move in with their kids. Only 7% of seniors expect to need financial help from their children, while 69% don’t expect to need help and 24% are unsure. That confidence likely is one of the reasons 72% of seniors want their adult children to be only somewhat involved or not involved in deciding their future housing situation. Conversely, among adult children, 57% want to be either very involved or involved in those decisions.
On the Return to Abnormal: The Pandemic Has Changed Us, but It Shouldn’t Define Us
       
When the pandemic finally sputters out, this will be a changed country and we will be a changed people. The husband and wife have been vigilant in isolating themselves from other people since the pandemic began. “I don’t think I’ll ever feel safe,” our friend told us. I hope to return to a more normal life after I’m fully vaccinated next month. Yet I don’t think withdrawing from the world is the answer.
UK ministers reject Sanjeev Gupta's bailout plea: FT
       
The Illinois Board of Pharmacy told The Daily Beast it does not comment on investigations.“I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to steal from your job. When contacted by The Daily Beast, the board said it does not comment on investigations. Sounds like the beginning.”The backlash against Walker and Sparks’ crusade to uncover anti-vaxxer health-care workers on TikTok has been harsh. You can go to Google right now and pull up images about it yourself,” Stauffer told The Daily Beast. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Francis Ngannou ends Stipe Miocic's title reign with scary second-round KO
       
LAS VEGAS — The Francis Ngannou Era has begun, and it’s no shock what got it underway. Ngannou’s incredible punching power put an end to the reign of the greatest heavyweight in UFC history in emphatic fashion. He landed a massive left hand early in the second round that dropped Miocic. Ngannou dropped him again and then finished the fight with a devastating, scary and unbelievable powerfist from the top. Story continuesMiocic came back after losing the title to Daniel Cormier in 2018, beating Cormier twice to earn the moniker as the UFC’s heavyweight GOAT.
Pope Francis prays for victims of Indonesia attack
       
"We will make sure that everything stays in Europe until the company will come back to its commitments. "We have now in Europe 52 factories. (...) They are working extremely hard. This will make our continent probably the first continent in terms of vaccine production by the end of this year, giving us a capacity to produce between two to three billion doses. "Breton also said Europe should have vaccinated enough people in the summer, possibly around mid-July, to achieve a "global immunity" level.
Wine Prevents Dementia, But Scientists Aren’t Sure Why
       
Even if the transformation itself sneaks up on you under the cover of mundanity, well, most transformations are that way, aren’t they? Illustration by Stefhany LozanoGemini Sun & Gemini RisingYou know you have work to do. You can feel the flow of energy building up behind you and you haven’t been ignoring it, not exactly, and yet. It’s just the way life keeps happening — keeps stealing your attention and asking you to attend to everyone and everything else. Sometimes, the only way to feel a part of things, to feel a sense of connection, is to actively seek it out.
One dead, five wounded in stabbing at Vancouver library, suspect in custody
       
By Jennifer GauthierNORTH VANCOUVER, Canada (Reuters) - One woman was killed and five others were wounded in a stabbing at a public library located near a busy shopping area of a Vancouver suburb on Saturday, and police said they had the lone suspect in custody. The attack occurred in the early afternoon and investigators appealed for witnesses, especially those who had shot videos that later posted on social media. Video from the scene appeared to show a man injuring himself with a knife before being taken into police custody. While there was no report on his condition, Jang said that the suspect has a criminal record. "Know that all Canadians are keeping you in our thoughts and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured."
1 dead, six injured in stabbing attack at Canadian library
       
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A man went on a stabbing spree inside and around a library Saturday, killing one woman and injuring six other people in North Vancouver, British Columbia, authorities said. He said the man is in his 20s and has had interactions with police in the past. They then saw several victims within about 100 meters (yards) of each other, he said. “There was a man, there was an older woman, there was a younger woman, a mom — a random group of individuals in the wrong place at the wrong time," Mossop said. On Twitter, Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair expressed shock and sadness over the incident, calling it a “senseless act of violence.”
Suez Canal: Syria rations fuel as efforts to free ship continue
       
Satellite shows the stuck container ship 'Ever Given' on the Suez Canal, in Egypt, on March 27, 2021. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief, Osama Rabie, said on Saturday, that water had begun to run underneath the vessel. READ MORE: What Suez Canal blockage could mean for global tradeOn Friday, seven tankers carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) were diverted. The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. Built in 1869, the Suez Canal is used by around 50 vessels per day, according to Panjiva, the supply chain research unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Pope, on Palm Sunday, says devil taking advantage of pandemic
       
By Philip PullellaVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led Palm Sunday services in an almost empty St. Peter's Basilica because of coronavirus restrictions for the second consecutive year and said the devil is taking advantage of the pandemic. On Wednesday, the pope ordered cardinals and other clerics to take pay cuts to save the jobs of other employees. "The Devil is taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, desperation and discord," he said, adding that the pandemic had brought physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. In a small-scale version of a traditional Palm Sunday service, the 84-year-old pope and the cardinals processed to the altar holding palm fronds. The remainder of the pope's Holy Week services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter next Sunday, will also take place with a limited number of participants.
Coronavirus latest news: Moderna Covid vaccine to be introduced in UK from April
       
Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..A third covid vaccine - Moderna - will arrive in the UK next month, ministers have confirmed. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden clarified that April is the month when the Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in the UK. But complex relationships with neighbouring superpowers have pushed both countries to bet on home-grown coronavirus vaccines. 08:17 AM12-week vaccine schedule will be met, insists ministerCulture Secretary Oliver Dowden has insisted everyone will get a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine within 12 weeks of their first. 07:49 AMModerna vaccine could arrive in the UK 'later this month'Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has suggested Moderna vaccines could arrive in the UK "later this month".
Pope on pandemic's second year: Weariness, economic hardship
       
Traditionally, the pope leads a Palm Sunday procession through St. Peter’s Square in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists clutching olive branches and braided palms before celebrating an outdoor Mass. “For the second time we are living it (Holy Week) in the context of the pandemic," Francis said, with around 120 faithful, including nuns and a few families or couples, sitting far apart in the pews. Francis has long suffered from sciatica, and recently had a bad bout of the condition, which can trigger leg and back pain. Those measures include a nationwide ban on dining at restaurants or cafes and on travel between regions and towns. People are allowed only one holiday visit per day to homes of family or friends from April 3 to 5.
2 tugboats speed to Egypt's Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
The Suez Canal Authority’s chief declined to set a timetable for re-floating the ship and said the task remains “difficult.”The pile-up of ships is creating another problem for global supply chains already strained by the coronavirus pandemic. Moller-Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co. have redirected vessels around southern Africa. About 12% of global trade transits the canal and around 1 million barrels a day of oil.Highlights:Two more tugs will arrive at the Ever Given by Sunday, ship management company saysU.S. Once the Ever Given’s moved, there will be an assessment to determine whether it’s fit to leave the canal. Seven vessels loaded with 92,000 livestock that were supposed to arrive to Aqaba on March 21 are stranded.
9 First Stocks a New Investor Should Buy
       
InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSo, what are some great stocks to buy for your first portfolio? Lockheed Martin (LMT)Stocks to Buy: LMT stockSource: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.comDividend stocks are great opportunities for new investors. Stocks to Buy: 3M (MMM)MMM stockSource: JPstock / Shutterstock.comWhen it comes to high-quality stocks to buy, 3M checks off many of the boxes. Add in its other attributes (namely its status as a defense stock), and this remains one of the best stocks to buy if you’re a new investor. More From InvestorPlaceThe post 9 First Stocks a New Investor Should Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Large block trades that caused selling raises questions about cause
       
InvestorPlaceThe electric vehicle industry is at an inflection point, which means the same holds true for the EV charging industry. It’s therefore not surprising that EV charging stocks have been in limelight and are commanding premium valuations. Let’s discuss four electric vehicle charging stocks that are worth considering as the industry growth can last beyond a decade. Since charging becomes effectively free, these electric vehicle charging stations have garnered attention. TPG Pace Beneficial (TPGY) Source: Shutterstock TGPY is another SPAC that has entered into a business combination agreement with an EV charging company.
New trade representative says US isn’t ready to lift China tariffs
       
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. isn't ready to lift tariffs on Chinese imports in the near future, but might be open to trade negotiations with Beijing, according to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. As trade representative, Ms. Tai will need to deal with tough issues both abroad and at home. During her confirmation hearing, Ms. Tai said she would enforce the trade deal, although she didn't say how. She headed China enforcement at USTR during the Obama years and has a deep understanding of China trade issues. Ms. Tai isn't ready yet to discuss how her background might help or hinder.
Catcher Keibert Ruiz and pitcher Josiah Gray are Dodgers prospects ready for the show
       
Reaching the summit required the Dodgers tapping into their minor league system. As a result, the system is not considered as strong this year; MLB.com ranked the Dodgers’ system 14th and Baseball America pegged it at ninth. Talent remains in the minor league system, particularly in the lower ranks. The 23-year-old right-hander was considered the best pitcher at the Dodgers’ alternate training site last season behind an elite changeup. He spent 2020 at the team’s alternate training site and was invited to spring training.
UCLA vs. Alabama: Betting strategies for Sweet 16 matchup
       
Is Alabama that similar challenge? The Crimson Tide certainly have a Final Four-look about them after early-round work including the destruction of Maryland on Monday after blasting through the SEC and the conference tourney in Nashville. Fundamental matchups, however, do not suggest Mick Cronin’s team is at much of a disadvantage, especially on the perimeter, where Nate Oats has been able to use Bama’s length to his advantage. I like UCLA to stay within the number. Pick: UCLA +6.5VSiN, The Sports Betting Network, offers more expert sports betting content in a free daily email at VSiN.com/email.
Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing
       
National legislation favored by Democrats could counteract some state restrictions, but that too is no sure thing in a closely divided Congress. WASHINGTON (AP) — Court challenges to Republican-led election restrictions in Georgia and elsewhere face an uncertain road in a legal system that has grown more conservative in recent years. AdvertisementThe Georgia law was enacted less than three months after the state elected two Democrats to the Senate, handing the party control of the chamber. The Atlanta-based 11th Circuit includes Georgia, and the same court would handle any appeal of a trial court ruling. Congress could render the court fight virtually meaningless if it were to pass Democratic proposals that would, among other things, strike down hurdles to voting and revive the advance approval portion of the Voting Rights Act.
The things migrants carried — and dropped — as they crossed the border
       
These, too, are scattered along the trail by migrants, their footsteps quiet in the night after they’ve crossed the river. A child’s jacket and pair of pants left on the banks of the Rio Grande by migrants. Three plastic rafts used by smugglers to get migrants across the Rio Grande, later confiscated by Border Patrol agents. Backpacks, purses and a belt left by migrants on the path leading north from the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas. “I’m not here legally, but I’ve never done anything against this country.”A child’s shoe, in pristine condition, dropped by migrants after they crossed the Rio Grande near Roma, Texas.
Jim Boeheim snaps when asked about retiring
       
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got into a heated exchange with a reporter following his team's 61-56 loss to Michigan. Boeheim responded to a question regarding a possible retirement next year. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim got into a heated exchange with a reporter following his team's 61-56 loss to Michigan. Boeheim responded to a question regarding a possible retirement next year.
What a gambling app knows about you
       
Now he is on a hunt to know whether his favorite gambling app, Sky Bet, knew about his problems and still tried to hook him. He wanted to know if Sky Bet had profiled and targeted him even as he tried to quit gambling. As gambling apps explode in popularity around the world, the documents show how far one of the gambling industry’s most popular apps has adopted some of the internet’s most invasive tracking and profiling techniques. Gambling apps like Sky Bet make it as easy to wager as to order an Uber. But he said gambling companies were in a delicate position because their best customers might also have gambling problems.
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana
       
At least 14 other states already allow residents to buy marijuana for recreational and not just medical use, and New York’s past efforts to pass marijuana have failed in recent years. AdvertisementThe legislation would allow recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, and set up a licensing process for the delivery of cannabis products to customers. Adam Goers, a vice president of Columbia Care, a New York medical marijuana provider that’s interested in getting into the recreational market, said New York’s proposed system would “ensure newcomers have a crack at the marketplace” alongside the state’s existing medical marijuana providers. AdvertisementNew York would set a 9% sales tax on cannabis, plus an additional 4% tax split between the county and local government. Past efforts to legalize recreational use have been hurt by a lack of support from suburban Democrats, disagreements over how to distribute marijuana sales tax revenue and questions over how to address drivers suspected of driving high.
Editorial: Stop killers from getting their guns
       
We must squeeze the pipeline that pumped nearly 40 million new guns into America last year. First, we must limit the kinds of new guns being sold. Banning assault rifles is one route that could work, and we encourage Congress to pass a new and improved version of the 1994 assault weapons ban. In fact, gun manufacturers currently sell guns with fixed magazines to comply with California laws, and a product is available on the market to convert guns with a quick-release magazine to fixed magazines. Depending on the count, there are somewhere between 350 million and 450 million guns in America.
Gary Miller, businessman and Denver Post columnist, dies at 78
       
He also wrote a monthly column for The Denver Post that walked business owners through the intricacies of these kinds of transactions. Gary ran a business, Vail Capital Partners, that purchased property and built houses. The recession that hit in 2008 changed everything in the housing market, so that led the Millers to the Denver area and to Gary starting GEM Strategy. Eventually, he ended up sharing the knowledge he acquired during his decades as a businessman on the pages of The Post. “He was proud to write for The Denver Post,” Eileen said.
Drones vs. hungry moths: Dutch use hi-tech to protect crops
       
MONSTER, NETHERLANDS — Dutch cress grower Rob Baan has enlisted high-tech helpers to tackle a pest in his greenhouses: palm-sized drones seek and destroy moths that produce caterpillars that can chew up his crops. The drones instantly kill the moths by flying into them, destroying them in midair. We are targeting moths and we are taking out moths every night in an autonomous way without human intervention,” said PATS CEO Bram Tijmons. “I think they still need too many drones … but it will be manageable, it will be less,” he said. “I think they can do this greenhouse in the future maybe with 50 small drones, and then it’s very beneficial.”
Colorado health care workers grapple with burnout, trauma as pandemic stretches into a second year
       
But as days went by and spring turned into summer, Alderfer’s fear transformed into exhaustion after months on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But a year later, several Denver-care health care workers who spoke to The Denver Post said they feel forgotten and let down by the government and public’s response. Health care professionals have spent a year enduring trauma — and it’s still not over. But mental health professionals worry that the worst is yet to come, especially for health care workers who have experienced even higher levels of stress and bore witness to the most tragic moments of the pandemic. Mental health is still heavily stigmatized in the health care industry, and it is difficult for physicians to say they need to take time off of work, Olson said.
Free virtual tutoring now available to Colorado students from the founder of Khan Academy
       
As Colorado educators and parents work to address the impact of lost learning time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one company is offering the state’s students free virtual tutoring in subject areas of their choice. Schoolhouse.world, a nonprofit started by the founder of the online Khan Academy, recently partnered with the Colorado Education Initiative to launch free tutoring services in the state. Tutoring is limited to students age 13 and up, but the company hopes to expand to additional grades levels and subject areas soon, according to a release. Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, said that while his first platform is optimal for asynchronous learning, he wanted to develop one that focused on bringing human connection to the digital learning experience. Interested students can sign up at Schoolhouse.world and fill out a survey about their academic needs to gain access to sessions.
Metro district battle in Granby pits property owners against developers
       
Three property owners in the resort community that borders the former Silver Creek ski area in Granby are stuck in a legal battle over control of a metro district that puts the area’s future development into question. At issue is whether real estate developers who control metro district boards of directors can ignore property owners who want to serve on those boards and, instead, appoint their own allies. “The property has potential but requires substantial investment to move the project in the right direction,” said Matthew Rork, attorney for developer Granby Prentice Granby Holdings (GPGH). Upstep the three Granby Ranch metro district landowners – Lee Sprigg, John Gillogley, and Colleen Hannon. “That it can be so blatantly done, to disenfranchise property owners of their rights to any input.
Post Premium: Top stories for the week of March 22-28
       
That’s how long the horror lasted inside a King Soopers store in south Boulder this past Monday. Ten dead, including grocery store employees and shoppers, and a Boulder police officer who ran toward the gunfire. it’s a look inside the terror that Americans — and Coloradans in particular — know all too well, the mass shooting. And this time it happened in Boulder. — Matt Sebastian, managing editorFive don’t-miss stories from last weekPhoto of the weekSee more great photos like this on The Denver Post’s Instagram account.
How to get a Peloton-style workout without splurging
       
Capitalizing on this trend, Apple last year released Apple Fitness Plus, an instructional fitness app that is exclusively offered to people who own an Apple Watch, which requires an iPhone to work. The minimum prices of an Apple Watch and iPhone add up to $600, and Apple Fitness Plus costs $10 a month. Peloton and Apple Fitness Plus addressed many of the problems plaguing the free exercise content. For one, workouts were organized into categories by the type of workout, including yoga, strength training and core, and then by the difficulty or duration of the workout. And $10 a month is reasonable for Apple Fitness Plus, but only if you already have an Apple Watch and iPhone.
Former pill mill king gets 20 years in overdose death of West Palm man
       
George told the jury he coached some of his customers on how to score loads of painkillers with fake MRIs and exaggerated claims of suffering, without Klein's knowledge. But George also said Klein was well aware of what he signed up for when he went to work for the clinic part-time beginning in 2008.
Insurers are dropping homeowners left and right. Many will be forced to accept less coverage
       
It’s not clear how many policies are being non-renewed statewide, but the troubling trend is reflected in the rapid increase of customers fleeing to state-owned Citizens over the past year. Since April 2020, the company’s policy count has increased from 445,000 to 563,000 and is now growing by 4,000 policies a week. Citizens officials expect to have more than 700,000 by the end of the year, prompting a push by legislators and Citizens’ new chairman to make the company less attractive by raising premiums and cutting agents’ commissions.
News quiz: Test your knowledge of current events from the week of March 21
       
Children’s author Beverly Cleary, who made a name for herself by simply writing about the kids in her own neighborhood, has died at the age of 104. She may be best known for the character of the irascible Ramona Quimby. What job did she hold in the 1940s when she decided to write her first book about everyday kids?
Despite COVID restrictions, Blackhawks still enjoy food selection at this season’s team meals
       
Simply to replenish their caloric output, Hawks players regularly consume food quantities that would add many pounds to the average person. “We have meals pretty much all day, pretty much everything you can think of,” defenseman Connor Murphy said recently. “We have a full salad bar and pretty much any kind of food you can think of. Consider how frequently chicken appears among these Hawks’ go-to choices:• Carpenter: Salad, chicken with rice. • Alex DeBrincat: Salad, chicken with pasta.
Column: Georgia Republicans repress voting rights while Illinois Democrats repress voter choice
       
Many have expressed feelings that their congressional representative rarely, if ever, visits their part of the district and seems to only care about concerns of residents in the more urban sections of the 1st District. Over the years, resentment about representation may have hardened some of these suburban and rural constituents into enthusiastic GOP voters.
Church tower renovation in Whiting-Robertsdale honors late pastor: ‘He wanted to hear those bells ring in the truest of fashions’
       
“I just think it is such a neat way to remember him. I think I’ve just always heard the bells,” she said, adding she grew up a couple blocks from the church in Whiting. She said the tone now is very different from the original sound of the bell. Gajewski said she looks forward to hearing the original tone again.
Editorial: Arlington Park is for sale and likely on its final furlong
       
Horse racing’s fate could be seen as far back as 1997 when we wrote in an editorial: “The sport of kings appears destined to become just that. Tastes change, and not always for the better. The post parade and the photo finish are no longer any match for flashing lights and the splash of quarters into a tin pan.”
‘Saturday Night Live’: Maya Rudolph and Martin Short host Passover Seder as Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff
       
Although he started out shy, she encouraged him by telling him to pretend it was just the two of them. The lights lowered again, music flowed in and they exchanged romantic words. But soon enough it was time for the guests to arrive. The first was Aidy Bryant as Ted Cruz, because, as Rudolph’s Harris put it, the president encouraged her to reach across the aisle, so she started “at the bottom.”
Gun violence comes calling
       
Now, hours later, she was trying to make sense of a massacre that left 10 people dead in her hometown. And yet it does happen, with depressing regularity, in so many places that so many people call "here." As we watch these horrors and their aftermath unfold on television, we can see the similarities to our own lives. But while saying that mass shootings are vanishingly infrequent may comfort us, it does nothing to alleviate the trauma of those victimized by one. But society hasn’t taken the same persistent steps when it comes to shootings.
Readers respond: To fix problems, fix city government
       
But what is really weird and doesn’t work is our current form of city government. Portland is the only city our size in the country that has such a form of government. There is good news: Once every 10 years, Portland’s city charter is reviewed, and this is the kickoff year for that review. I look forward to robust and fact-based reporting in The Oregonian/OregonLive on the city charter review that’s underway. Updating the city charter cannot fix Portland’s broken parts now, but its outcome might set us on a better course for the future.
Oregon women’s basketball has a postseason battle cry to match its newfound identity entering Sweet 16 with Louisville
       
Oregon women’s basketball experienced peripety late during its 2020-21 season. But in the case of Oregon women’s basketball, the origin of a term you’re more likely to see on the SAT or in the Scripps National Spelling Bee is courtesy of Gordy Presnell. Oregon (21-7) beat South Dakota and Georgia to reach a fourth straight Sweet 16, where it’ll face No. RELATED: Oregon women’s basketball finally found an identity; how far can the Ducks go in NCAA Tournament? The Cardinals (26-3) play aggressive defense, much like Georgia, which forced 18 turnovers by Oregon but didn’t capitalize often enough.
New York lawmakers agree to legalize recreational marijuana
       
Lawmakers reached an agreement late Saturday to legalize recreational marijuana sales in New York. The legislation would allow recreational marijuana sales to adults over the age of 21, and set up a licensing process for the delivery of cannabis products to customers. Adam Goers, a vice president of Columbia Care, a New York medical marijuana provider that’s interested in getting into the recreational market, said New York’s proposed system would "ensure newcomers have a crack at the marketplace" alongside the state’s existing medical marijuana providers. New York would set a 9% sales tax on cannabis, plus an additional 4% tax split between the county and local government. Past efforts to legalize recreational use have been hurt by a lack of support from suburban Democrats, disagreements over how to distribute marijuana sales tax revenue and questions over how to address drivers suspected of driving high.
Thunderstorms expected across the Island today
       
Rain showers are expected throughout Sunday, with thunderstorms possible after 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Sunday’s high temperature is forecast to be 59 degrees and a low of 40, forecasters said. Total rainfall accumulation is expected to be between three-quarters of an inch and one inch. Monday will bring sunny skies, with a high near 50 and a breezy, northwest wind, and a low of 36. Tuesday will be sunny, but there is rain in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday.
Hartford police investigating two Saturday shootings
       
Upon arrival, the victim, Alton Veal, 30, of 665 Garden Street, Hartford, was located suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased, police said.
Editorial cartoons for March 28, 2021: Biden presser, mass shootings, Georgia election laws
       
Critics complained that Biden consulted his briefing book, which provides the gallery’s lead cartoon this week from Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The president was asked repeatedly about the flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the Southern border, another hot topic in this week’s editorial cartoon gallery. The week’s other big news story was a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, which claimed 10 lives. The shootings came on the heels of another mass shooting in Atlanta targeting women of Asian descent. Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.
Trust no one becomes cyber mantra after massive hacking attacks
       
You also have to put strict limits on the people already inside, thus the shorthand for the security model: "zero trust." The embrace of zero trust has occurred in part because of U.S. failures to prevent major breaches linked to Russia and China. But so far, more than a half a decade later, zero trust remains an aspirational goal across much of the U.S. government. Zero trust may not have blocked the hacks, experts said, but they likely would have limited the damage. But adopting a zero trust model can be costly and time consuming.
Opinion: Take small steps to liberation this Passover
       
And we are remembering that journey from slavery to freedom – through the parted Red Sea. On Passover we celebrate our liberation from slavery in Egypt. And there Moses’ people were, stuck between the looming Red Sea, and an onslaught of Egyptian warriors bent on returning them to slavery. According to Jewish tradition, G-d told the Israelites: Go ahead, walk into the Red Sea, and I will make it safe for you. Jackie Congedo is director of the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Mohamed Sanu agrees to one-year deal with San Francisco 49ers, per agent
       
Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu is signing a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, his agent, Mike McCartney, announced via Twitter. Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan was Sanu's offensive coordinator during the 2016 season, Sanu's first with the Atlanta Falcons. Sanu had 207 receiving yards on 26 catches with a touchdown in eight games for the Patriots in 2019. In four seasons in Atlanta, Sanu had 2,507 receiving yards on 225 catches. He had 1,793 receiving yards on 152 receptions in his first four NFL seasons in Cincinnati.
Oklahoma City's economy shows signs of recovery from COVID-19 collapse
       
That would leave Oklahoma City with employment still below pre-pandemic levels in 2019. A March survey by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber indicates many of those workers will return as long as COVID-19 numbers continue to decline. Vaccinations soon will be available to all in Oklahoma City, and current predictions suggest a return to some normalcy by summer. In the forecast prepared for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Evans and Long caution their forecast is not guaranteed. The shift in oil and gas and what that means for Oklahoma City moving forward hasn’t gone away.
Oklahoma City's hospitality market looking at slow recovery from COVID-19
       
A fragile travel and hospitality industry is hanging on to life and looking at a slow recovery just as Oklahoma City is opening up new attractions aimed at luring tourists and more business travelers. “March is always busiest month of the year for the hotel business,” Penner said. Oklahoma City flight cancellationsNow they’re waiting to see when business and tourist travel might resume. Both routes were hard-fought wins for Oklahoma City prior to the pandemic. Air travel in Oklahoma City broke records in both 2018 and 2019.
GMC Yukon SUV really shines
       
For GMC, its mid-scale models have a limited lineup but the ones it does have really shine. Our tester this week, a GMC Yukon AT4. This smaller-sized Suburban is a great option for consumers in the mid-large American SUV category. In the powertrain department, we have the familiar 5.3-liter Ecotec3 V8 engine, which might as well be Chevrolet’s go to in the economy V8 department. GMC YukonMSRP: $64,800As tested: $74,960MPG: 16 city, 20 highway, 17.2 as tested
Red Sox season preview: How Alex Cora’s group can return to playoffs in 2021
       
How will/can the Red Sox make the playoffs in 2021? After a disastrous 2020 season, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park this week to begin the 2021 season; expectations are low. There’s little doubt that this Red Sox team will be better than last season’s train wreck. But will it be enough for the Red Sox to return to the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 2018? Here are five things that need to happen for the Red Sox to make it to October:1.
Merkel's bloc dips in polls 6 months before German vote
       
BERLIN (AP) — A leading figure in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc has warned that there’s a growing “mood for change” in Germany, as surveys show voters losing faith in the long-time leader’s party six months before a national election. An opinion poll published Sunday by weekly Bild am Sonntage put the Union bloc’s support at 25%, just ahead of the environmentalist Greens with 23%. The center-left Social Democrats placed third, with 17%, according to the poll of 1,447 voters with a margin of error of up to 3 percentage points. “The situation is very serious,” Markus Soeder, the governor of Bavaria and a possible contender to succeed Merkel in September, told Bild am Sonntag. By Friday, just over 10% of the population had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4.5 % had received both doses.
Albania starts mass COVID vaccinations before tourist season
       
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania started a mass inoculation campaign Sunday ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week. Hundreds of people age 70 and above gathered at Tirana’s main Skanderbeg Square to get a jab in two big tents. “We are so happy.”Vaccination has proceeded slowly in the Balkan country since mid-January before the arrival of the Sinovac vaccine, with Albania receiving less than 100,000 Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik V doses. Albania, which has a population of 2.8 million, has signed contracts for a total of about 2.5 million vaccine doses from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V and Sinovac. The government is continuing to work on securing new vaccine contracts so the entire population can be fully vaccinated by early 2022.
For the Patriots, the lure of Jimmy Garoppolo intensifies heading into the NFL Draft
       
When it comes to Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots, the union has always seemed incomplete, a story with a cliffhanger, but no ending. That’s why any possibility of bringing Jimmy G back to New England gets the juices flowing in Patriots Nation and beyond. The Niners aren’t just going to gift-wrap Jimmy G and give him back to the Patriots. The only difference is the urgency for one of the top-tier quarterbacks lessens if Jimmy G becomes a reality. 4 to land either Trey Lance or Justin Fields if Jimmy G remains in San Francisco.
Path from Clinton to Biden takes U-turn on debt, trade, more
       
But the stock bubble in internet companies burst as the Clinton era ended. Factories quickly relocated to China, while assistance meant to retrain the newly unemployed never fully delivered as intended. They became more diverse, more likely to hold a college degree and more likely to live in an affluent city or suburb. That progression was easily overlooked until Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 on the promise of scrapping trade deals, declaring that the government had stiffed the public and vowing to return the country to a past blue-collar identity. “Democrats were slow to realize this, but Biden was not.
Did COVID-19 stress, uncertainty stall anti-smoking push?
       
In a separate survey of 1,000 adult smokers, Rigotti and her colleagues found about a third reported smoking more during the first six months of the pandemic. Alli Comstock of Los Angeles had been smoke-free for seven years when she lost her child care job last March because of the pandemic. Facing her first long-term stretch of unemployment, she started smoking again, out of a combination of boredom and anxiety. “It just felt like something else to do and it made me feel calmer,” said Comstock, 32, adding that she knows cigarettes, which contain the stimulant nicotine, don't help relieve anxiety. Research has linked other traumatic events to relapses among ex-smokers, including after the 9/11 attacks.
UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge
       
LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. With U.K. coronavirus vaccination rates outstripping those of European Union nations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is easing the stark “stay at home” message that has curtailed everyday life — and kept the virus in check — for almost three months. From Monday, it will be replaced in England with a message to stay local. People will be allowed to meet in groups of six outdoors and can resume outdoor sports such as basketball, tennis and golf. The other parts of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are taking broadly similar steps.
Film on undercover journalist baiting and exposing ISIS recruiter gets US release
       
In 2014 a French journalist took to social media in an attempt to bait and expose a Syria-based Islamic State recruiter. Establishing a connection with a recruiter turned out to be surprisingly easy, and it happened to be with a prominent figure. Now, ”Profile” has been picked up by Focus Features and is slated for a U.S. release, the studio announced. After confirming the film’s American release, Bekmambetov commented that its relevance is greater now than ever due to an online migration fueled by COVID-19. “The authorities, fearing the terrorists could trace my address and my identity, have twice asked me to change my phone number.
Nashville flash flooding triggered by record rainfall
       
Parts of Tennessee, including Nashville, were under a flash flood emergency early Sunday morning as a powerful storm system rolled through the region -- with reports of people clinging to trees and taking refuge in their attics to avoid the rising water.
Health-Care Workers Are Bragging on TikTok About Forging Vax Cards
       
Since Monday, Walker and Sparks have, combined, posted more than half a dozen TikTok videos calling out health-care workers who’ve talked online about forging or attempting to forge vaccine cards. Sounds like the beginning.”The backlash against Walker and Sparks’ crusade to uncover anti-vaxxer health-care workers on TikTok has been harsh. Reached by The Daily Beast, Stauffer admitted to writing the posts but denied she’d made eight cards. “When people hear that health-care workers are doing this, it undermines the faith the public has in these institutions and their ability to keep them safe,” Schaffner said. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
State Lawmakers Try to Curb Governors’ Coronavirus Powers
       
This week, legislators overrode Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto on a bill limiting his powers to make emergency declarations and barring cities and counties from issuing their own rules. A list of bills by the National Conference of State Legislators shows that the gamut of the proposals is both broad and inventive. Most proposals, however, are more straightforward attempts to give lawmakers a say, often by limiting the duration of emergency declarations and requiring legislative approval to extend them. The nonpartisan Uniform Law Commission is reviewing state emergency statutes to see if they need updating in light of the coronavirus crisis.
Philip Roth: The Biography by Blake Bailey review – definitive life of a literary great in thrall to his libido
       
The two great and lasting traumas of Roth’s life were his marriages. The liberations from these tortured relationships propelled the two great breakthroughs of Roth’s writing career. Bailey notes that his fictional selves, Nathan Zuckerman and the rest, often showed Roth in the worst possible light. “She’s a great adultress, but not a great mate,” Roth noted in a letter. “The same was arguably true of Roth,” Bailey suggests (that “arguably” is one of the few redundant words in his beautifully written book).
Demi Lovato is dancing with the devil on behalf of women everywhere
       
When the pop star Demi Lovato explains that she wants “to set the record straight about what it was that happened”, in her new documentary Dancing with the Devil, she is not messing around. Dancing with the Devil was the third documentary I had seen in the last month about a famous woman under unimaginable pressure, in unimaginable pain. Emerald Fennell, the director nominated for Promising Young Woman, has said she is “desperate” to attend, “but I’m not going to break the law by swimming the Atlantic. But Promising Young Woman came out in the US in December and was only last week given a UK release date, of 16 April. I have been refreshing a “when out in UK” search on three films languishing in transatlantic purgatory this year: Promising Young Woman, Ammonite, finally out this weekend, and Palm Springs, due on 9 April.
Boy finds fossil up to 500m years old in his West Midlands garden
       
A six-year-old boy has found a fossil dating back millions of years in his garden after receiving a fossil-hunting kit for Christmas. Siddak Singh Jhamat, known as Sid, said he was excited to find the fossil in his garden in Walsall after digging for worms. I was really excited about what it really was.”Siddak Singh Jhamat identified the fossil through a Facebook he is a member of. “The period that they existed from was between 500m and 251m years ago, the Paleozoic era,” he said. Vish Singh said: “Lots and lots of people have commented on how amazing it is to find something in the back garden.
Mel Giedroyc: 'I’ve never been one of the cool gang. It’s a good feeling'
       
Giedroyc loved every minute of the writing: “Hand on heart, I just want to write another one.”We rented a 70s flat for nearly two years. I don’t want people to think I’m saying: ‘Come on chaps, we’ve got nothing and it’s all great.’ But I wrote this in the winter of 2019, pre-corona. Growing up, money was never discussed but, “we always knew money was not the thing we should strive for”. It’s a good feeling.” Another good feeling is being the youngest of four: “I adore my siblings [Miko, a musician, Kasia, a diplomat’s wife, Coky, a TV director]. Invisibility…oh my God, that’s the best thing.”
True-crime fanatics on the hunt: inside the world of amateur detectives
       
Most members dedicate hours of spare time to the siteWebsleuths allows true-crime fanatics like Griffith to connect and collaborate with other amateur sleuths around the world. Over the years, a multitude of cases have been picked over by Websleuths members – and they have recorded considerable success investigating murders, missing people and unidentified-persons cases. RBI boasts nearly 444,000 members and uses “the power of Reddit to solve crimes/mysteries” and hunt down open-source clues. When he stumbled upon a hit-and-run case that RBI had solved, the forum seemed a natural place for his interests. At their best, they combine expertise, skill and knowhow from around the world for the common good.
Nigella Lawson’s How To Eat is a feast of favourite recipes and high camp
       
A still-warm yorkshire pudding is placed in a bowl. It is hard to describe this dessert as a recipe, although, of course, the yorkshire pudding demands one. It’s more of an idea and a bloody good one at that: normally you eat yorkshire puddings that way but you could, you know, try it this way. ‘There’s a gentle chorus of sighs’: yorkshire pudding with cream and golden syrup. How To Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food by Nigella Lawson is published by Vintage, £14.99.
High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'
       
Campaigners won an initial victory in the case last Thursday, when Mr Justice Swift granted their applications for a judicial review. These were Dido Harding, the Tory peer, as the head of NHS Test and Trace, Kate Bingham as the head of the UK’s vaccine task force, and Mike Coupe as director of testing at NHS Test and Trace. The test and trace system run by Harding has been widely criticised for being ineffective and wasteful. By contrast Bingham has been widely praised over recent months for her role in the UK’s successful vaccination programme. Mike Coupe was installed as director of testing at NHS Test and Trace.
'Lack of perspective': why Ursula von der Leyen's EU vaccine strategy is failing
       
Forging unity within the European Union is rarely easy for a president of the European commission but Ursula von der Leyen managed at least to bring together two strange bedfellows in recent days. As for Juncker’s intervention, sources close to the ex-president say his target was not Von der Leyen but instead the EU’s member states. It has been seen by many in Brussels as a reflection of the growing exasperation, both within the institution and the governments, of some of the member states at Von der Leyen’s performance. “We’re tired of being the scapegoat,” Von der Leyen said in a recent interview. Von der Leyen, he suggests, may have been guilty of letting Boris Johnson get under her skin.
Paloma Faith documentary branded both ‘depressing’ and ‘empowering’ by viewers
       
Fans are reacting to Paloma Faith’s new BBC documentary, which shines a light on the difficulties she faced after giving birth while trying to continue her career. Paloma Faith: As I Am shows Faith behind the scenes as she tries to care for her baby while setting out on a world tour for her 2017 album, The Architect. “The Paloma Faith doc is a depressing, but I fear quite accurate look at the mundanity of the big money pop world,” he wrote. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Paloma Faith: As I Am is available on BBC iPlayer now.
Jessica Walter, actress whose highlights included Play Misty for Me and Arrested Development – obituary
       
Jessica Walter’s meatiest role to date came in 1971 when she played the obsessive fan who brings deadly chaos to the life of Clint Eastwood’s DJ in Play Misty for Me. From 2009 until her death, Jessica Walter provided the voice of the hero’s mother in Archer, an adult animated series about misfit spies. In 2018 Jessica Walter accused one of her co-stars, Jeffrey Tambor, of harassment, bursting into tears during an interview with the New York Times. Jessica Walter, who described herself as not religious but “very Jewish in my heart”, married Ross Bowman, a stage manager and television director, in 1966; they had a daughter, who survives her, but they divorced in 1978. Jessica Walter, born January 31 1941, died March 24 2021
Musical notation branded 'colonialist' by Oxford professors hoping to 'decolonise' the curriculum
       
Musical notation has been branded "colonialist" by Oxford professors hoping to reform their courses to focus less on white European culture, The Telegraph can reveal. Academics are deconstructing the university's music offering after facing pressure to "decolonise" the curriculum following the Black Lives Matter protests. The Telegraph has seen proposals for changes to undergraduate courses, in which some staff question the current curriculum's "complicity in white supremacy". Professors said the classical repertoire taught at Oxford, which spans works by Mozart and Beethoven, focuses too much on "white European music from the slave period". Documents reveal that faculty members, who decide on courses that form the music degree, have proposed reforms to address this "white hegemony", including rethinking the study of musical notation because it is a "colonialist representational system".
Piers Morgan calls for end of 'cancel culture' in defence of free speech after disbelieving Meghan's interview
       
Morgan wrote that this was "ridiculous", since someone could not have a "lived experience" of racism when "the fact you're basing it on is false". "Sadly, this is where we've now arrived in society: the truth can be whatever someone decides it is, so Meghan Markle must be believed because it's 'her truth'. And if you don't believe her, you're a racist," he said. Most messages had been supportive, including those from Bear Grylls, Transport Minister Grant Shapps and even old foe Jeremy Clarkson. Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo had said: "I didn't know that disbelieving Meghan was a sackable offence.
Kimberley Garner wears criss-cross bikini as she enjoys a dip in the sea in Miami
       
And Kimberley Garner treated herself to some more relaxation as she took a dip in the sea during a trip to the beach in Miami on Wednesday. The swimwear designer, 30, showcased her gym-honed figure as she slipped into a black criss-cross swimwear set by her eponymous line. Kimberley has been sunning it up in Miami with her boyfriend since late December, after spending Christmas in Barbados. I see people in Tulum and all over going to parties and it doesn't feel right to me. 'I really think and feel for everyone home at the moment, it really sucks, please be brave, please be kind to each other.'
Campbell Hatton: Rickie Hatton ‘proud’ as son records debut win
       
Campbell Hatton recorded a win on his professional debut to emulate his father, Rickie Hatton, with a four-round points decision over Spain’s Jesus Ruiz in Gibraltar on Saturday. The 20-year-old is the son of British boxing legend Rickie, who also won on his professional debut in 1997 and was present at ringside. His father Rickie said afterwards: “I knew these [face] masks would come in handy because no-one could see me crying when the [crowd] were singing ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘There’s Only One Campbell’ Hatton. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“It’s a very proud night for me as a dad, very proud for us as a family.”
Dillian Whyte is ‘back on track’ and ready for ‘colossal fight’ with Deontay Wilder, says Eddie Hearn
       
Dillian Whyte could fight in America next after he took revenge on Alexander Povetkin with a fourth-round stoppage in Gibraltar on Saturday. Hearn told Sky Sports: “We called for the Deontay Wilder fight for a long, long time and he actually DM’d Dillian Whyte and told him he would never give him that fight. READ MORE“And now he got knocked out (by Fury) he is calling for the fight with Dillian Whyte so for me that is a stadium fight, a colossal fight. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Cristiano Ronaldo storms off after being denied late winner for Portugal in World Cup qualifier
       
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch and threw his armband to the floor after being denied an added-time winner in their World Cup qualifying 2-2 draw against Serbia. However, with no goal-line technology or VAR available in Belgrade his effort was not allowed. A furious Ronaldo was booked for protesting before marching off down the tunnel at the final whistle and hurling away his captain’s armband in disgust. But there are difficult times to deal with, especially when we feel that an entire nation is being harmed,” Ronaldo later posted on Instagram. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Jodie Foster says La Haine is the film she’s most proud of: ‘A movie I didn’t even make’
       
Jodie Foster has revealed she remains proud of the role she played in introducing America to French film La Haine. Speaking to The Sunday Times, the actor discussed her latest projects and career to date, including the films she is most proud of. However, she then said: “There’s a movie I didn’t even make, that I helped release in the US, called La Haine. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeShe told The Guardian last week: “It doesn’t feel like a white-saviour movie to me.
Lawyer who advised Trump on overturning election takes leading role in voting rights battle
       
The call came after Mr Trump became the first Republican to lose Georgia in close to 30 years, after Joe Biden was named winner of the state. The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Ms Mitchell is now leading efforts to create tighter state voting laws, while fighting Democratic attempts to expand ballot access at a federal level. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. However, Ms Mitchell, alongside many Republicans, argue that the bill encroaches on state control over elections and could give Democrats an unfair advantage.
Piers Morgan claims Sharon Osbourne was ‘bullied out of her job’ on The Talk by ‘woke cancel culture bulls***’
       
Piers Morgan has defended his friend Sharon Osbourne after she left US chat show The Talk following a racism row. Last week, Osbourne was engaged in a row in which she defended Morgan over his comments about the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “Bullied out of her job for defending me against an invented slur of racism because I don't believe a liar. In [the] Mail on Sunday, I'll tell MY truth about this woke cancel culture bulls***.”Osbourne herself has yet to comment on her departure from The Talk.
Channel Nine cyber attack disrupts live broadcasts in Australia
       
Assistant Defence Minister Andrew Hastie said access to IT and emails at Parliament House had been cut as a precaution. He said this was done in response to issues affecting an "external provider", without elaborating.
Myanmar: Airstrikes send villagers fleeing into jungle as military leaders 'party' on deadliest day of violence
       
Airstrikes that sent villagers fleeing into the jungle show the situation in Myanmar is "much worse", a humanitarian worker has told Sky News, as military leaders reportedly partied on the deadliest day of violence since last month's coup. Saturday's violence came as the leader of Myanmar's military junta, General Min Aung Hlaing, led a military parade in the capital Naypyitaw. Myanmar citizens are "living day after day amid increasing violence" with "people being beaten, people being shot" and now facing airstrikes, she added. The UN Security Council has condemned the violence but not advocated concerted action against Myanmar's military junta, such as a ban on selling it arms. Countries including Thailand, Russia and China sent dignitaries to a military parade in Myanmar on Saturday, Robbins said.
Isla Fisher looks stylish in a red polka dot dress as she steps out for a spot of shopping in Sydney
       
She recently relocated from Los Angeles to Sydney her husband Sacha Baron Cohen and her family. And on Saturday, Isla Fisher looked effortlessly stylish as she stepped out for a low-key outing in a red polka dot dress. The Australian actress appeared to be making the most of her weekend, as she was spotted shopping at an upscale lifestyle boutique in Sydney. Isla Fisher, 45, (pictured) looked effortlessly stylish as she stepped out for a low-key casual outing in a red polka dot dress in Sydney on SaturdayThe Wedding Crashers star showed off her natural complexion and appeared to be makeup free for the outing. If I give any quotes about them, that would haunt them'Isla and Sacha first met at a party in Sydney back in 2002.
Good news: Asteroid Apophis won’t hit Earth for at least 100 years, says NASA
       
An asteroid thought to be one of the most likely to pose a threat to Earth won’t collide with the planet for at least another 100 years, NASA has said. Apophis is named after a Greek god, enemy of the sun god Ra, and is associated with darkness, death and destruction. “A 2068 impact is not in the realm of possibility anymore, and our calculations don’t show any impact risk for at least the next 100 years,” said Davide Farnocchia of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. “With the support of recent optical observations and additional radar observations, the uncertainty in Apophis’ orbit has collapsed from hundreds of kilometers to just a handful of kilometers when projected to 2029. It will be visible to observers on the ground in the Eastern Hemisphere without the aid of a telescope or binoculars, NASA said.
Maya Rudolph reunites with SNL alums Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch as she hosts Saturday Night Live
       
Saturday Night Live returned from a three-week winter hiatus with Maya Rudolph, who is the fourth former cast member to host during the 46th season. Hugs: The footage showed Baby boomers without masks as they hugged loved onesJokes: Another quip was how Baby boomers got their first choice of vaccineWhile being questioned about the chance of a Destiny's Child reunion, she tries drinking a glass of water, then milk, which she spills on herself. 'Baby Boomers, greatest generation, got all the money, and now the vaccination. 'Two Silicon boys we're talking outside, two Silicon boys we're talking outside, talking outside,' he said. 'I need to be all over you,' Thompson tells her.
Iraq's Jewish community dwindles to fewer than five
       
More than 2,500 years later, in Ottoman-ruled Baghdad, Jews were the second largest community in the city, making up 40% of its inhabitants. Today, “one prays at home”, said a Baghdad resident knowledgeable of the city’s Jewish community, who also chose to remain anonymous. A turning point for Jewish history in Iraq came with the first pogroms in the mid-20th century. In June 1941, the Farhud pogrom in Baghdad left more than 100 Jews dead, properties looted and homes destroyed. ‘Normal life’ elsewhereDecades of conflict and instability — with the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, the invasion of Kuwait, an international embargo, the 2003 American invasion and the ensuing violence — completed the erosion of the Jewish community.
Elsa Pataky reflects on 'great night' with Chris Hemsworth and their A-list pals
       
Elsa Pataky and her husband Chris Hemsworth had the Internet abuzz on Friday night when they were spotted watching an NRL game in Sydney with their A-list pals. On Sunday, the Spanish actress, 44, reflected on a 'great night', sharing photos to Instagram of herself with Chris, 37, Rabbitohs owner Russell Crowe, and Isla Fisher. Famous gal pals: Elsa Pataky (pictured far left with Isla Fisher), reflected on a 'great night' at the rugby league in Sydney on Friday with her A-list pals. Pictured on the right is Idris Elba's wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba, Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson'Great night at the rugby with the Rabbitohs, Russell Crowe and good friends!' One photo saw Elsa, Chris and Russell, 56, on board a yacht on Sydney Harbour celebrating the Rabbitohs win 26 to 16.
Jane Seymour, 70, commands attention in an elegant red dress and shawl for dinner
       
And Jane Seymour displayed her ageless beauty on Saturday as she arrived at Sunset Strip in Los Angeles with her partner David Green. 'The best thing I have done is the 8/16 diet,' shared the Dr Quinn Medicine Woman star. 'My partner David lost 30lbs on the diet and so I thought I would try it and it has been working very well.' Telling her secrets: 'The best thing I have done is the 8/16 diet,' shared the 70-year-old Dr Quinn Medicine Woman starThe 8/16 diet requires her to eat within an eight hour window then spend the next 16 hours fasting. As far as her 8/16 diet, Jane says she is smart about how to fend off cravings.
Draya Michele turns heads in a see-through yellow mesh skirt as she steps out for dinner
       
Draya Michele turned heads when she stepped out for dinner in Santa Monica with her boyfriend Tyrod Taylor on Saturday. She put on a cheeky display in a see-through yellow mesh skirt as her and her NFL player boyfriend enjoyed a romantic date night. Stunning: Draya Michele turned heads when she stepped out for dinner in Santa Monica with her boyfriend Tyrod Taylor on SaturdayDraya showed off her signature curves in the statement fishnet skirt that synched in perfectly at her waist. Her boyfriend Tyrod Taylor kept things casual in a pair of black leather trousers and a 'Summer Land' hoodie. She later went on to enter into an on-off relationship with former NFL player Orlando Scandrick; the two were intermittently together between 2011 and 2019.
Leslie Mann gets into character for new Amazon series The Power
       
Leslie Mann was seen helping plane crash survivors on Sunday as she filmed scenes for the upcoming Amazon series, The Power, in East London. While sporting a plum-coloured wrap coat and grey beanie hat, she assessed the dissaray and plane crash remnants while tending to the victims. Back to business: Leslie Mann was seen helping plane crash survivors on Sunday as she filmed scenes for the upcoming Amazon series, The Power, in East LondonA white canvas, used to reflect light, was strategically placed by Leslie as the cameras followed her every move and she delivered a concerned expression. Some of the actors wrapped up in reflective blankets and floating aids as they portrayed plane crash survivors. The streaming service, Amazon, previously teased that the series will follow the cast in countries such as England, Moldova, Nigeria and the US.
Ne-Yo confesses his wife Crystal Renay nixed his plan to get a vasectomy
       
Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Renay are currently expecting their third child together, which they announced via Instagram in late February. And in an interview with TooFab, the 41-year-old hitmaker opened up about the prospect of having a fourth, as well the 'plans' for a vasectomy his wife passionately nixed. 'I am having one more [child] right now. As the discussion over their baby-making remains fluid -- for now, Ne-Yo has decided to keep an open mind on the family matter. Ne-Yo is pictured with Loraine Smith and his four children: Mason, Shaffer, Madilyn, and wife Crystal Renay Williams is holding Roman in March 2019
Simon Cowell heads out for lunch with partner Lauren Silverman and their son Eric in Malibu
       
He's been recovering well from his bike accident, which saw him break his back last year. And Simon Cowell appeared in good company as he joined his partner Lauren Silverman and their son Eric for a lunch date in Malibu on Saturday. The music mogul, 61, looked typically stylish as he teamed a grey jumper with white shorts during his casual outing. Socialite Lauren, 43, cut an equally chic figure in a knitted cardigan, a grey crop top and denim jeans. The insider also added that Simon would return to America's Got Talent at the end of the month to film the new series.
Issa Rae appears during the 52nd NAACP Image Awards' virtual red carpet
       
She walked away with the award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series during the 52nd NAACP Image Awards, which broadcasted on BET on Saturday evening. But despite the virtual nature of her appearance, Issa Rae made sure to bring the glamour as she modeled an ethereal gown from the comfort of her home. Adding to the glamour, the Insecure star, 36, sported a noticeable glow and wore her lengthy brunette tresses in a voluminous half up half down hairdo. Rae, rocking a dreamy pearlescent manicure, posed for her pre-show snapshots in the backyard of her home. Besides Issa, actresses Regina King, Marsai Martin, and Jurnee Smollett showcased their fashion sense during the 52nd NAACP Image Awards' virtual red carpet.
The Crown makers boast fifth season of Netflix drama will be 'juicy'
       
Makers of The Crown have boasted that the fifth season of the Netflix drama will be 'juicy' amid growing criticism of their portrayal of the British Royal family. Emma Corrin, 24, played Princess Diana in the fourth series of The Crown and is set to be replaced by The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki, 30, for the final two seasons. The sixth season of The Crown is is expected to cover Diana's relationship with Dodi Fayed and her death in August 1997. Emma Corrin (pictured right on screen) portrayed the late Princess of Wales in the fourth season of Netflix's hit royal drama The Crown. Corrin, who plays Princess Diana, has previously admitted that the controversial fourth series is 'fictionalised to a great extent'.
Courteney Cox reunites with fiancé Johnny McDaid for a food shop in Malibu after months apart
       
But Courteney Cox reunited with her partner after months of long-distance for a trip to the grocery store in western Malibu on Saturday. Earlier this month, Courteney shared a sweet St Patrick's Day tribute to partner Johnny as the couple remained miles away from each other. Resting her head against the Snow Patrol star's shoulder in the photo, Courteney wrote: 'My lucky charm. Courteney wrote: 'Happy St. Paddy's Day! Courteney and Johnny announced their engagement in June 2014 but later called off the engagement but remained a couple.
HRH Crown Prince Announces: “The Saudi Green Initiative and The Middle East Green Initiative” The official Saudi Press Agency
       
Riyadh, March 27, 2021, SPA -- “The Saudi Green Initiative and The Middle East Green Initiative:“, the two initiatives that are to be launched soon, aim to chart a path for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region in protecting the planet, by clearly defining an ambitious road map that rallies the region and significantly contributes to achieving global targets in confronting climate change.HRH the Crown Prince noted, as a leading global oil producer, the Kingdom fully recognizes its share of responsibility in advancing the fight against the climate crisis. Just as the Kingdom underpinned energy markets during the oil and gas era, it is going to become a global leader in forging a greener world.HRH the Crown Prince added, The Kingdom and the region face significant climate challenges, such as desertification, an immediate economic risk to the Kingdom and the region (USD 13Bn is currently lost due to dust storms in the region every year), Air pollution from greenhouse gases also is estimated to have shortened average Saudi life expectancy by 1.5 years. This is all part of the Kingdom’s efforts to promote public health and raise quality of life for its citizens and residents.HRH the Crown Prince noted, at a global level, these initiatives emanate from the Kingdom‘s leadership role towards common international issues, and a continuation of Kingdom’s efforts to protect the planet during its presidency of the G20 summit last year, in which a dedicated environmental declaration was issued, concept of Circular Carbon Economy were adopted, and the first environmental taskforce was established, alongside the launching of two global initiatives to reduce land degradation and protection of coral reefs.HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman concluded his statement by saying: “I am proud to announce the Saudi and Middle East Green Initiatives, but this is only a start.The Kingdom, the region and the world needs to go much further and faster in combatting climate change. Given ou
Megan Fox and beau Machine Gun Kelly attend the UFC 260 event in Las Vegas
       
And Megan Fox and her rapper-turned-punk beau Machine Gun Kelly were spotted looking as loved up as ever, while surveying the highly anticipated UFC 260 event in Las Vegas. Date night: Megan Fox and her rapper-turned-punk beau Machine Gun Kelly were spotted looking as loved up as ever, while surveying the highly anticipated UFC 260 event in Las VegasHer long brunette hair flowed down from a neat middle part in voluminous waves and she amplified her pout with a generous amount of nude pink lipstick. Megan and Machine Gun Kelly, born Colson Baker, were seated in the venue's VIP area, complete with lounge seating and a table to rest their beverages and belongings. Although it was unclear who Fox and Kelly were rooting for, Francis Ngannou of Cameroon delivered the perfect punch to solidify his victory over opponent Stipe Miocic. Machine Gun has a 12-year-old daughter from a previous relationship named Casie.
Diana's designer admits constantly dressing up was 'relentless' for Princess of Wales
       
A designer who dressed Princess Diana for ten years says she was the 'perfect client' throughout their friendship. It was through children's charity Barnardo's that Oldfield met Diana - who was president of the charity from 1984 to 1996. Oldfield previously explained how customers stopped buying from him when Diana stopped wearing his gowns. It means everybody looks at you as if to say "You're rubbish, we're not going to buy from you any more".' However during lockdown, the designer started a new business, re-employing his old staff and working from a new studio.
KUWTK: Kylie Jenner names her cameo in Cardi B's WAP music video the 'highlight' of her career
       
Kylie Jenner has revealed her appearance in the racy music video to Cardi B's song, WAP, was the 'highlight' of her career. During Thursday's episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the make-up mogul, 23, rocked a cut-out leopard print bodysuit as the camera crew gave a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of the 2020 music video. Command attention: Kylie Jenner has revealed her appearance in the racy music video to Cardi B's song WAP, was the 'highlight' of her career'This is Kylie's first day on set, it's her big Cardi B video debut.' The youngest Jenner sibling strutted in front of a green screen, with matching leopard print heels and a train to follow. Singer Cardi, 28, proceeded to introduce herself to Kylie who has having her make-up touched up from a set chair.
Duchess of Cambridge recycles Sézane Margeurite Blouse
       
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared effortlessly stylish as she recycled a Sézane blouse for a portrait inside her new photo book released today. It is not the first that she's worn her now out of stock Sézane Margeurite blouse, having previously teamed it with a wine coloured jumper for the Cambridge's Christmas card 2020 and with a Troy London jacket at an engagement in 2019. The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) recycled a Sézane Margeurite blouse and wine colour sweater for a photograph to accompany her new photo bookKate's photograph for her Hold Still project is believed to have been taken during the Christmas card photoshoot, as she is seen wearing the same minimalist make-up and subtle accessories. Fashion stylist Rochelle White, told Femail: 'I love that Kate opted for the wine colour jumper and frilly blouse under it. However, Kate has been know for recycling her garments and this jumper we have seen before on the family Christmas card in 2020.
Sharon Stone reveals her surgeon increased her breast size WITHOUT her consent
       
Sharon Stone has revealed her surgeon increased her bust by a full cup-size without her consent. Shocking: Sharon Stone has revealed her surgeon increased her bust by a full cup-size without her consent because he 'thought that I would look better''He had changed my body without my knowledge or consent.' While Sharon acknowledged the series could very well be 'true', she spoke highly of the director and recalled her positive experiences working with him starting at age 19. 'My experiences with Woody Allen were all wonderful, he was highly professional with me. I had a super professional and a particularly wonderful experience working with him.
Ioan Gruffudd's estranged wife Alice Evans steps out with Lady Victoria Hervey amid divorce drama
       
Ioan Gruffudd's estranged wife Alice Evans stepped out for lunch in Los Angeles on Friday amid her ongoing divorce drama. The actress, 49, sought support from her friend Lady Victoria Hervey, 44, as they engaged in conversation during a girls' day out. Fury: Last week Alice accused the actor of 'winding the s**t up me' as she posted a vitriolic video about their 'collaborative divorce' talksLast week, Alice accused Ioan of 'winding the s**t up me' as she posted a vitriolic video about their 'collaborative divorce' talks. 'At the moment we're doing something called collaborative divorce which is somewhere between a really kind way of doing divorce and a phenomenal scam. The TV and film star then insisted he misled her with collaborative divorce, adding: 'And then I read nothing is binding in collaborative, absolutely nothing.
Over 70s in poor health are facing ban on night time driving in licence shake up
       
Drivers over the age of 70 who suffer from poor health could be allowed to retain their licences if they stick to roads in their local area. New proposals being discussed by the DVLA and Driving Mobility would also see elderly motorists installing a tracker on their vehicle as part of a 'graduated driving licence' scheme. Edward Trewhella, chief executive of Driving Mobility, said that many elderly drivers tend to stick to their local areas anyway when driving, making short trips to carry out personal errands. At present, a driving licence expires when a motorist reaches the age of 70 and those who wish to stay on the road have to contact the DVLA. There are 5,525,452 drivers aged 70 and over holding a full driver's licence in the UK.
Police now questioning if missing Brit Sarm Heslop boarded her boyfriend's boat as he claims
       
Police officers investigating the disappearance of Sarm Heslop in the US Virgin Islands are now looking into whether she ever returned to her American boyfriend's boat. Tony Derima, a spokesman for the Virgin Islands Police Department said: 'Nothing so far actually confirms the couple went back to the yacht together that night.' He was similarly reluctant to talk about the night Heslop vanished when DailyMail.com caught up with him on shore Wednesday, stonewalling our questions by saying 'no comment' four times. While police confirmed they are scouring CCTV to understand whether Ms Heslop returned to the catamaran, DailyMail.com has learned of further possible stumbles in the inquiry relating to the video evidence. 'Sadly that's the Virgin Islands.
Welsh star Matondo takes aim at Instagram after racist abuse
       
Wales star Rabbi Matondo slammed social media platform Instagram for doing nothing after he and team-mate Ben Cabango were racially abused following the friendly with MexicoAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Rabbi Matondo slammed social media platform Instagram after he and fellow Welsh international Ben Cabango were racially abused following the 1-0 win over Mexico on Saturday. Matondo said it was ludicrous Instagram did nothing about racist abuse yet copyright restrictions meant he would have his account taken down if he posted images of the friendly with Mexico. "And it continues... another week of Instagram doing absolutely nothing about racial abuse," Matondo wrote on Twitter. The duo are the latest footballers to be racially abused on social media. Fred said last week "we cannot feed that culture" of racism after he was racially abused following his side's FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Leicester.
Syria Kurds launch security sweep, arrests in camp for IS families
       
"More than thirty women and men have been arrested" in a sweeping anti-IS operation in and around the Al-Hol camp, said Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "The purpose of this SDF operation is to degrade and disrupt Daesh activities within the camp to ensure the safety and security of camp residents," coalition spokesperson Wayne Marotto told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for IS. In a separate statement, the coalition said the Kurdish operation also aimed to "increase the ability for NGOs to safely provide the much needed assistance inside the camp". "We need to get the children home as quick as possible for both humanitarian and security reasons," De Pauw said. War in Syria has killed more than 388,000 people and displaced millions since the regime's brutal repression of anti-government protests in 2011.
Mega Wheels drive-through event to offer contactless car show content
       
As summer descends upon us, the itch to get out and enjoy car shows and events grow ever more… itchy. The Mega-Wheels Drive-Thru experience hopes to offer all the excitement of summer car events while remaining safe during the pandemic. As we are still in a pandemic, the event is completely drive-through, which means no contact with other humans. Specific displays will also be entered into a contest, and patrons can vote for specific vehicles to win prizes. To get tickets for the event, just log on to the Mega-Wheels website and book a time slot.
WADA seeks clarity over British Cycling testing claims
       
The World Anti-Doping Agency are to ask UKAD to clarify claims that they allowed British Cycling to privately test their ridersAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are to look into claims UKAD permitted British Cycling to undertake private testing of riders when one returned a test in 2010 containing a low level of nandrolone. The inquiry will focus on why British Cycling conducted its own private testing of riders after the positive test. WADA's code appears to compel UKAD -- not a governing body such as British Cycling -- to undertake such an investigation. The Mail on Sunday claims UKAD's then head of legal, Graham Arthur, informed the senior management team of British Cycling of the abnormal finding. "We are working with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate claims relating to private testing carried out by British Cycling in 2011," said a UKAD spokesman.
Opinion | Georgia’s shameful new voting laws are a product of GOP desperation
       
And, not to avoid the obvious, to suppress Black votes, because those ballots would not be cast to Republican advantage. It’s sick.”It’s also a product of GOP desperation to retain or regain power. Alice O’Lenick, chairwoman of the Gwinnett County election board, didn’t mince words about the need to tighten up voting rules in Georgia. “Politics is a zero-sum game, and every extra vote they get through unlawful interpretations of [the Voting Rights Act] hurts us.”A shot at winning. The new Georgia law stands as Exhibit A in the 2021 campaign to curtail voting rights but will not be the year’s last.
England bowl out India for 329 in ODI decider
       
England celebrate after taking the wicket of India's Rishabh PantAdvertising Read morePune (India) (AFP)England bowled out India for 329 in 48.2 overs after attacking half-centuries from Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya in the deciding third one-day international on Sunday. Pace bowler Mark Wood claimed three wickets while leg-spinner Adil Rashid took two after England opted to bowl in the decider in Pune. England need 330 to clinch the series at a venue where they chased down 337 in the previous ODI to go level 1-1. India started strongly with a 103-run opening stand between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan before Rashid removed the openers. Pant and Hardik counter-attacked with a flurry of boundaries as India crossed the 200-run mark inside 30 overs.
How to open a country in 90 days — a six-step plan to Fourth of July cookouts
       
Here, we propose a set of six interim goals for reducing the burden of COVID-19 in the U.S. over the next 90 days. Certainly, a widely expanded communications and behavior change campaign would be needed to reach this interim goal. This interim goal should be achieved immediately and kept in place until at least June 30. David Holtgrave, Ph.D., is the dean of the University at Albany School of Public Health and SUNY Distinguished professor. Ronald O. Valdiserri M.D., MPH is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Latest Attempt At Owning The Libs Backfires
       
Every time I think "she can't be that dumb" you come out and say something like this. You can't vote on the same day you register in GA - but you can get a gun. Now that I think about it, the GA and CO shooters both purchased theirs gun within days of the murders.
‘He’s toast’: GOP leaves Raffensperger twisting in the wind
       
Earlier this week, Rep. Jody Hice, a defender of Trump’s effort to overturn the election, announced he’s running with Trump’s endorsement to unseat Raffensperger. And the Georgia Republican Party isn’t exactly sitting on the sidelines. Brian Kemp, that removes the secretary of state as the state election board chair — to be replaced by a person approved by the state legislature. The law also gives the state election board the ability to suspend county election officials, who are replaced by an individual picked by the board. “In a Republican primary — like the Ohio Senate primary, for example — I suspect the challengers are going to be MAGA, or more MAGA, or mega MAGA.
Virginia House speaker calls for July marijuana legalization
       
Democratic Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn announced on Twitter that she will back an amendment to the bill with a July 1 legalization date. With that vote, Virginia became the first Southern state to vote to legalize marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia. “Governor Northam continues to have productive conversations with legislators and stakeholders on amendments to the marijuana legalization bill,” Yarmosky said in a statement. But some House Democrats had pushed for a legalization date in 2024, arguing that legalization without a legal market for marijuana could promote the growth of the black market. Chelsea Higgs Wise, executive director of Marijuana Justice, said she is pleased that Filler-Corn has thrown her support behind the July 1 legalization date.
Lauren Boebert says 'no gun laws' could've stopped Boulder shootings weeks after assault weapon ban was lifted
       
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday claimed "there are no gun laws" that could have stopped the Boulder mass shooting. However, an assault weapons ban that would have covered the weapon reportedly used by the suspect was lifted shortly before the shooting. Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday claimed "there are no gun laws" that could have stopped the Boulder mass shooting, despite a judge lifting an assault weapons ban in the area just days before the shooting took place. Boebert, a vocal gun rights advocate, was speaking after a gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Boulder on Monday, killing 10 people. Boebert was elected to Congress in January and has since drawn attention for her vocal gun rights activism, having made gun rights a frequent theme of her campaigning.
Former eBay security director arrested for harassing journalist with live cockroaches
       
Six former eBay employees have been charged with a bizarre stalking campaign against an e-commerce newsletter. According to an affidavit, the team was attempting to stifle negative coverage from the newsletter, as well as insults from an anonymous commenter. They created anonymous Twitter accounts to send insults and threats to the Massachusetts couple, then escalated this into in-person harassment. eBay apologizes to the affected individuals and is sorry that they were subjected to this,” the statement reads. eBay confirmed to The Verge that one was eBay’s then-CEO Devin Wenig.
Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi's visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train
       
Violence has raged on since Modi’s departure as anger has swelled over the deaths. On Friday, dozens of people were injured in the densely-populated capital Dhaka as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Activists with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a train in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, resulting in ten people being injured, a police official said. “They attacked the train and damaged its engine room and almost all the coaches,” the official told Reuters, declining to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media. Protesters also vandalised and burned several buses in Dhaka as they blocked many roads, a police official said.
Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train
       
The Islamist groups accuse Modi of discriminating against minority Muslims in Hindu-majority India and violence escalated rapidly during his visit. On Friday, dozens of people were injured in the densely-populated capital Dhaka as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Thousands of Islamist activists marched down the streets of Chittagong and Dhaka on Saturday in protest. On Sunday, activists with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a train in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, resulting in ten people being injured. “Police opened fire on our peaceful supporters,” Hefazat-e-Islam’s organising secretary Azizul Haque told a rally in Chittagong on Saturday.
Court fight against Georgia voting overhaul no sure thing
       
National legislation favored by Democrats could counteract some state restrictions, but that too is no sure thing in a closely divided Congress. Groups opposed to Georgia’s sweeping overhaul of election laws filed suit in federal court in Atlanta on Thursday, a few hours after Gov. ADVERTISEMENTThe Georgia law was enacted less than three months after the state elected two Democrats to the Senate , handing the party control of the chamber. The Atlanta-based 11th Circuit includes Georgia, and the same court would handle any appeal of a trial court ruling. Congress could render the court fight virtually meaningless if it were to pass Democratic proposals that would, among other things, strike down hurdles to voting and revive the advance approval portion of the Voting Rights Act.
Chinese digital art mocks Western criticism of labour conditions in Xinjiang
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - A digital illustration by a prominent Chinese propaganda artist mocking Western governments, media and businesses critical of labour conditions in Xinjiang has gone viral on China’s social media. A digital illustration titled "Blood Cotton Initiative" by Chinese artist Wuheqilin is seen in this handout image provided to Reuters March 28, 2021. Western governments and rights groups have accused authorities in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uighurs in camps, drawing fierce denials from Beijing, who says the camps are vocational training centres that help combat religious extremism. Earlier this year, BBC reported that women in the camps had been subject to rape, sexual abuse and torture. Entitled “Blood Cotton Initiative”, the illustration also refers to the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), an international group that promotes sustainable cotton production which said in October it was suspending its approval of cotton sourced from Xinjiang, citing human rights concerns.
Tugs, dredgers still struggle to free ship blocking Suez Canal
       
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Suez Canal salvage teams were alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge a massive container ship blocking the busy waterway, while two sources said efforts had been complicated by rock under the ship’s bow. Ever Given container ship is seen in Suez Canal in this satellite image taken by Satellogic?s NewSat-16 on March 25, 2021. At least 369 boats are waiting to transit the canal, Rabie said, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels. ‘POSITIVE INDICATORS’“There are positive indicators from yesterday and the day before yesterday,” Rabie told Egyptian state TV. About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal, which is a key source of foreign currency revenues for Egypt.
Vaccine Line-Jumping in the Philippines Is Getting So Bad That WHO Might Punish the Country for It
       
In a televised speech late Wednesday, Duterte himself acknowledged the conditions set by WHO and its COVAX Facility, ordering health authorities to investigate. The problem here is that we’re still in the first group [of health workers],” he said. Advertisement“We targeted healthcare workers and we’re strict with the screening, unless they duped us and pretended to be healthcare workers,” she said. But healthcare workers on the ground are losing patience and growing frustrated with the laissez-faire approach to line-jumping. Our vaccine supply is very limited for now and it’s not enough for healthcare workers in the country,” the doctor who shared the Instagram story screenshot said.
Protesters opposing farm laws disrupt Holi celebration in Canadian city
       
Tension flared up in the city of Edmonton on Saturday as a celebration of the Holi festival by the Indo-Canadian community was disrupted by protesters opposing the three farm laws passed by India’s Parliament. The protesters blocked the route that the car rally was to take, delaying the event for nearly three hours. However, organisers of the Tiranga Yatra, who asked not be named, said their event had no political motive or agenda. Recent car rallies by the Indo-Canadian community have been similarly disrupted, in some cases resulting in instances of violence. A Tiranga Yatra in Metro Vancouver on February 7, to celebrate Republic Day, resulted in protests outside the office of two of the organisers and also threats and intimidating phone calls.
Rape case involving major film star and senior politician reignites Serbia's #MeToo movement
       
In the show “Pressing” on N1 TV, Štajnfeld said that she did not report the rape because certain close friends in whom she confided implied that she might not be an innocent party. The mission of the film “Hold me right” was to direct attention towards the experience and position of the victim. Regarding the accusations lodged against him by Štajnfeld, Le?i? has said that he is prepared to report at the Prosecutor's office to answer the charges. Another claim against Le?i?After Danijela Štajnfeld's accusation against Branislav Le?i? became public, the journalist Hristina Stoiljkovi? came forward with a similar claim. Serbian pro-government tabloids are also having a field day gloating about an alleged rapist who is also an opposition politician.
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after Covid screening
       
If one overlooked the white face masks dotting the tightly packed crowd of music lovers, it was almost like pre-pandemic times in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi concert hall Saturday night. Five thousand rock fans enjoyed a real-as-can-be concert after passing a same-day coronavirus screening to test its effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at large cultural events. The only rule inside the show was the strict use of the high-quality face masks provided by the concert organisers. Things that nowadays aren’t that normal, sadly.”The show by the Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian had the special permission of Spanish health authorities to perform. Instead, concertgoers agreed public health authorities could inform Revollo’s team if they came down with coronavirus in the weeks after the concert.
Large block trades that caused selling raises questions about cause
       
FILE PHOTO: The Goldman Sachs company logo is seen in the company's space on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) in New York, U.S., April 17, 2018. Bloomberg and the Financial Times on Saturday reported thatGoldman liquidated more than $10 billion of stocks in the blocktrades. The Financial Times reported that Goldman toldcounterparties that the sales were prompted by a “forceddeleveraging”, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The Financial Times reported that Morgan Stanley sold $4billion worth of shares earlier in the day, followed by another$4 billion in the afternoon. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs declined to comment.
Mother of 6 Fatally Shot in Road Rage Episode, Police Say
       
A mother of six children was fatally shot in North Carolina during a case of road rage on Thursday as the woman and her husband were on a getaway trip, the authorities said. Officials said they responded around noon to a report of a person shot on Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., about 125 miles from Charlotte, N.C. She was taken to Southeastern Health in Lumberton, where she later died, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said. The couple celebrated their anniversary this week, Sheriff Burnis Wilkins of Robeson County said on Facebook. They were headed to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for a getaway, the sheriff said.
March Madness schedule, odds and TV info for Sunday's men's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games
       
At least one other Pac-12 team will join Oregon State in the Elite Eight as USC and Oregon square off. 13 Ohio 72-58 in second round; Gonzaga defeated No. 5 Colorado 71-53 in second round; Michigan defeated No. 14 Abilene Christian 67-47 in second round; Alabama defeated No. 3 Kansas 85-51 in second round.
March Madness schedule, odds and TV info for Sunday's women's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games
       
4 West Virginia 73-56 in second round; South Carolina beat No. 8 Oregon State 59-42 in second round. 6 Oregon vs. No. 3 UCLA 71-62 in second round; Maryland defeated No. 7 Alabama 100-64 in second round.
You can get a COVID vaccine at a cheesemaker in Wisconsin. No, really.
       
MILWAUKEE — The list of registered COVID-19 vaccine providers in Wisconsin features hundreds of hospitals, pharmacies, doctors and health centers — and some cheesemakers. 'Drillers and fillers' fight pandemic:Would you get a COVID-19 vaccine from your dentist? 'We're all in this together'Early Saturday morning, people began gathering outside an Organic Valley office building in Cashton, a tiny village in Monroe County. With COVID-19 safety signs reminding everyone to stay at least one cow apart, the crowd included a mixture of retirees, farmers, Organic Valley employees and others. Deciding to also offer COVID-19 vaccine shots at the clinics was a no-brainer.
How to watch U.S. men's soccer team vs. Northern Ireland: TV channel, live stream, start time, USMNT roster
       
First, coach Gregg Berhalter's senior team will play Northern Ireland in a friendly at Windsor Park in Belfast. Later in the day, the U-23 team will attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since 2008. On Thursday, the USMNT earned a 4-1 win over Jamaica at Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The USMNT - which is playing Northern Ireland for the first time since 1948 - is 7-0-1 in its last eight games. ETTV channel: FOX (Spanish language: UniMás, TUDN)Streaming:FOX SportsWho is on the USMNT roster?
Q&A with Rhett & Link: Battling YouTube sensations, keeping the team together and blood oaths
       
Rhett: Yeah, I do appreciate that when you say YouTube sensations, a lot of times it needs to come with a disclaimer. They watch YouTube endlessly and see those guys playing the video games and they're just screaming. But I think in the way you interact with a spouse, the most healthy relationships have high frequency but low amplitude conflict. We had these two rocks — one was a little rock and one was a big rock. And you could only speak if you were on the little rock, and then you could speak freely if you were on the big rock.
Netflix and Amazon gave daring Indian filmmakers hope. Now that's turning to fear
       
The program was Streaming content broke that mold becauseit was, until recently, unregulated by the government. "I am glad I did my film for Netflix because they did not dilute anything," said Narain, referring to her project "Guilty." must be " While activists have criticized these rules, the government said the video streaming servicesmust be " responsible and accountable " for their content. "Ram Setu" will "highlight our Indian heritage," said Vijay Subramanium, the head of content at Amazon Prime Video India, in a statement. But film writer Arpita Chatterjee, said it is too late to rein in the Indian filmmaking community now.
Howard Schnellenberger, college coach who built winning football tradition at Miami, dies at 87
       
AD“I was reluctant to take it because it was a graveyard for coaches,” Mr. Schnellenberger later told the Miami Herald. ADAfter profanely telling the owner to get off the sidelines, Mr. Schnellenberger later recalled, “He said, ‘You’re fired.’AD“I said, ‘You can’t fire me. You’ve got to wait until the end of the game.’ ”Mr. Schnellenberger later returned to the Dolphins coaching staff. Mr. Schnellenberger was a well-known figure throughout South Florida, a diverse region that united behind its football teams, if nothing else. That football team was able to do something the federal government, city and county tried to do and couldn’t: Bring the community together.”
Airbnb and Vrbo are overloaded with reservations
       
And that's good news for companies like Airbnb and its home sharing rival Vrbo, which is owned by online travel giantShares of Airbnb are up more than 20% this year following 2020's successful initial public offering , while Expedia has soared more than 30%. Consumers clearly want to start taking trips again, especially as more adults are vaccinated. "We've had a phenomenal recovery," said Vrbo president Jeff Hurst in an interview with CNN Business. The jobs recovery may be gaining speedThe US jobs report is the big event on the calendar next week. Capital Economics predicts that 700,000 jobs were added to the economy in March, which would be the best month since September.
Predictions for Sunday's NCAA Tournament men's basketball Sweet 16 games
       
The Sweet 16 round in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is usually when March Madness becomes less mad and the true title contenders move on to the Final Four. In a season and a tournament setup like none we have seen previously, it seems logical that we should continue to expect the unexpected. But if things actually do go according to seed from this point forward, would that be just as unexpected? 1 Michigan vs. No. 7 OregonWest RegionalTime/TV: 9:45 p.m., TBSThe round concludes with the second rematch, an all-conference affair from the surprising Pac-12.
'Bad Trip' secrets: How Eric André, Tiffany Haddish pranked people with real crashes, fake walls
       
It takes work to make the stupid pranks of "Bad Trip." Here's how "Bad Trip" pulled off its best pranks. He had a long, seething moment," says André, who needed the bouncer to sign a release form for "Bad Trip" to use the scene. However, "Bad Trip" stunt coordinator Charles Grisham flipped the film's pink Cadillac into the air on an Atlanta street during a controlled stunt. To pull that stunt off, Sakurai set up a believable gallery, with credible art pieces and invited guests.
'Last Call' star Jamie Kennedy talks cancel culture: 'There's no forgiveness anymore'
       
Comedian Jamie Kennedy doesn't understand why cancel culture is such a powerful force online. I mean, if we put a magnifying glass to everything in history, I will assure you with the new guard you can almost cancel everything. But the question is, do you believe a skunk can talk, and do you believe a skunk buys flowers for a cat?" Kennedy said he's "all about the convo" but admitted, "It's a scary time [and] at some point you've got to live, right? If you're in the moment, you'll never be false," Kennedy recalled.
Candace Owens: Democrats gaslighting with 'Jim Crow' election law claims; trying to 'import' new voters
       
On Friday, Biden called a new Georgia state election law "Jim Crow in the 21st Century." "They're using language, referring to things like Jim Crow," Owens told Levin. "Who was the party that implemented Jim Crow in this country? We'll give you free stuff like we gave Black Americans free stuff ... after Jim Crow ended, we're going to welfare-ize you'." She said the Democrats plan to "marry" the new migrants to the government: "like we married Black Americans to the government."
UK ministers reject Sanjeev Gupta's bailout plea: FT
       
FILE PHOTO: Liberty Steel's Sanjeev Gupta smiles outside their newly acquired Liberty Steel processing mill in Dalzell, Scotland, Britain April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne(Reuters) - British ministers have rejected a request from mining magnate Sanjeev Gupta for a 170 million pound emergency loan to prevent his group, GFG Alliance, from collapsing, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. GFG, a holding company for Gupta’s assets, was the biggest recipient of financing from Greensill, a British financing company, which filed for insolvency last week. The British government wrote back to Gupta formally rejecting the request last week due to multiple concerns, the FT reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The conglomerate had been in talks with administrators of its former financial backer Greensill on a so-called standstill agreement.
Factbox:'Fallen Stars' from a day of bloodshed in Myanmar
       
He was shot dead by junta forces in Mandalay’s Chan Mya Thar Si Township, his family said. Bhamo Platform said security forces told her family to sign a document absolving them from responsibility in her death. Funeralgoers said security forces had opened fire at the ceremony on Sunday. Barricades had been set up in the area and security forces opened fire, although there were no protests at the time, they said. A neighbour said security forces took away his body in a blue plastic sheet.
Putin: Russia to reach herd immunity to COVID-19 by end-summer - Ifax
       
FILE PHOTO: People rest on the Spit of Vasilievsky Island with the St. Isaac's Cathedral in the background on the first day of holidays ordered by President Vladimir Putin to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in central Saint Petersburg, Russia March 28, 2020. REUTERS/Anton VaganovMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he expected Russia to reach herd immunity to coronavirus and lift pandemic-related restrictions by the end of summer, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing his televised comments. Putin, who got vaccinated this week with a Russian-made vaccine, also said the only side effects he experienced were slight pain in his muscles the next morning and an uncomfortable feeling in the site of the injection.
Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny asks for painkiller injections: public commission
       
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny asked for help from a public commission to get access to painkiller injections for severe pain in his leg, the head of the commission said in a statement, published on Saturday night. Slideshow ( 2 images )Navalny was jailed last month for two and a half years on charges he called politically motivated. Members of a local Public Monitoring Commission, a semi-official body with access to Russian prisons, visited Navalny in his penal colony 100 km (60 miles) east of Moscow on Friday. The commission did not say if Navalny received the painkiller injections he asked for. Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev, who visited the politician the day before the public monitors, said he was not aware of his request for the painkiller injection.
Pope, on Palm Sunday, says devil taking advantage of pandemic
       
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led Palm Sunday services in an almost empty St. Peter’s Basilica because of coronavirus restrictions for the second consecutive year and said the devil is taking advantage of the pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis receives in audience members of the Vatican COVID-19 Commission in the Vatican March 26, 2021. “The Devil is taking advantage of the crisis to sow distrust, desperation and discord,” he said, adding that the pandemic had brought physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. In a small-scale version of a traditional Palm Sunday service, the 84-year-old pope and the cardinals processed to the altar holding palm fronds. The remainder of the pope’s Holy Week services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter next Sunday, will also take place with a limited number of participants.
EU's Breton sees similar summer tourist season to last year
       
FILE PHOTO: Tourists are seen at the Caffe Quadri at St. Mark's Square a day before Italy and neighbouring EU countries open up borders for the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak hit the country, in Venice, Italy June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Manuel SilvestriPARIS (Reuters) - European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday that he hopes Europe will have a summer tourist season “comparable to last year”, supported by mass vaccination against COVID-19. Breton, who heads the EU executive’s vaccine task force, reiterated on RTL radio and TV channel LCI that the EU should deliver enough COVID-19 vaccines by mid-July to allow the bloc to reach collective immunity.
Tugs, dredgers still struggle to free ship blocking Suez Canal
       
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Suez Canal salvage teams were alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge a massive container ship blocking the busy waterway, while two sources said efforts had been complicated by rock under the ship’s bow. Slideshow ( 5 images )Dredgers working to dislodge the stranded vessel have so far shifted 27,000 cubic metres of sand, to a depth of 18 metres, and efforts would continue around the clock according to wind conditions and tides, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered preparations for the possible removal of some of the ship’s cargo to help refloat it, SCA Chairman Osama Rabie told Egypt’s Extra News. “There are positive indicators from yesterday and the day before yesterday,” Rabie told Egyptian state TV. About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal.
Maharashtra imposes night curfew after record COVID spike
       
MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Authorities in India’s western state of Maharashtra imposed night curfews on Sunday to tackle a record surge in COVID-19 cases with the financial capital Mumbai reporting 6,123 new cases, the highest single-day spike since March last year. FILE PHOTO: A health worker uses an infrared thermometer to check the temperature of a passenger amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a railway station in Mumbai, India, March 21, 2021. Residential areas with five or more reported COVID-19 cases in the city have been ordered to be sealed off. India recorded 62,714 cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, the highest single-day tally since mid-October last year. ELECTION SEASONThe surge in COVID-19 cases in India comes amid a vital election season, as the eastern state of West Bengal and Assam started voting for state assemblies on Saturday.
Holy Sepulchre church opens on Palm Sunday as Latin Patriarch says 'We feel more hopeful'
       
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - In scenes very different from last year, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre was open to the public on Palm Sunday, allowing Christians to attend mass at the start of Holy Week on the site where they believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Palm Sunday commemorates the day the gospels say Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was hailed by the people, only to be crucified five days later. This year, Roman Catholics celebrate Easter on April 4 and Orthodox Christians nearly a month later, on May 2. Later the patriarch was expected to take part in a Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives to the Old City. The procession will take place under Israeli COVID-19 restrictions with a limited number of participants.
Senate faces a new post-tragedy quagmire as anti-Asian hate crimes rise
       
“We’ve already got a hate crimes bill,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Kim wrote that she was talking with her colleagues about hate crimes recording but that "we cannot legislate hate out of people’s hearts and minds." But she and other Democrats insisted they would not accept long-term defeat on either hate crimes or gun control legislation. "I don't think we have that kind of lobby" against fighting hate crime, Chu said. Blumenthal, who has long worked on gun reform, said that the Atlanta shooting illustrated how hate crimes and gun violence are inevitably intertwined.
An Open Letter To My Shelter Dog's First Owner
       
When I say “our,” I mean me and my husband ? but also you, our dog’s first owner. Less than a week after his fifth birthday, you left him at the shelter with the excuse that you were moving. A year later, I came into his life ? an innocent volunteer, whose intent was just to spend some time playing with dogs. Little did I know that he’d steal my heart almost immediately. Two weeks later, after receiving a clear bill of health, I couldn’t bear to take him back to the shelter.
'Things really are very bad' — Biden navigates cyber attacks without a cyber czar
       
Administration officials, including national security adviser Jake Sullivan, have been wary of the idea of a largely autonomous national cyber director role because of the power it would give to Congress in a key area of national security. Neuberger has clashed in the past with the top candidate for the national cyber director role, Jen Easterly, who also headed cyber policy for the Biden transition team. “They are like oil and water,” said one former national security official involved in the discussions, referring to Easterly and Neuberger. The former official said the transition team “tried to kill” the national cyber director provision — inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act — altogether. I hope they don't do that.”Wherever the White House lands on this, a decision needs to be made soon, experts said.
If Matthew McConaughey Runs for Office, Which Role Should He Reprise for the Campaign Trail?
       
Political models: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Tom CottonDownside: Communities don’t always want rich white guys to save them. Political models: Madison Cawthorn, Sarah Palin, Bill ClintonDownside: One voter’s charm is another’s smarm. Political models: Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Chuck SchumerDownside: This personality screams Washington insider—not exactly a winning campaign slogan. Political models: Chris Collins, Tom DeLayUpside: Could sweet-talk potential donors out of a fortune. Political models: Pete Buttigieg, Ben SasseDownside: The smartest guy in the room is sometimes the least likable.
I Found a Rainbow At the End of My Hunt For a Vaccine Appointment
       
There was even a rainbow-y halo around that big moon, another lucky omen if you’re hungry for such things. He’s a co-creator of RainbowChase, an app that alerts users when nearby conditions are conducive to rainbow sightings. “The Hawaiians thought the rainbow was a path to a higher dimension, and in a real sense, it is,” says Businger. There are Earth-clinging rainbows (uakoko), standing rainbow shafts (k?hili), and barely visible rainbows (punakea). A vertical rainbow, or K?hili over Hawaii Photograph courtesy of Steven Businger/University of Hawai'i in ManoaUnfolded by rainbows are the faces of the flowers.
'An inflection point': Congress prepares for battle over massive voting rights bill
       
WASHINGTON — Congress is preparing for a heated battle over the way Americans vote, with the two parties set to clash over proposed federal election standards and Republican-led state restrictions. Republicans say Democrats are executing a power grab to remove necessary protections on the voting process and usurp authority from states. McConnell criticized the bill as "a grab-bag of changes" that go beyond voting rights. He highlighted a provision to restructure the Federal Election Commission, calling it a ploy to make it more partisan. The fightSome progressives believe they can make the voting rights bills a rallying cry to gut the 60-vote threshold, which Biden expressed openness to supporting on Thursday.
‘He’s toast’: GOP leaves Raffensperger twisting in the wind
       
Earlier this week, Rep. Jody Hice, a defender of Trump’s effort to overturn the election, announced he’s running with Trump’s endorsement to unseat Raffensperger. And the Georgia Republican Party isn’t exactly sitting on the sidelines. Brian Kemp, that removes the secretary of state as the state election board chair — to be replaced by a person approved by the state legislature. The law also gives the state election board the ability to suspend county election officials, who are replaced by an individual picked by the board. “In a Republican primary — like the Ohio Senate primary, for example — I suspect the challengers are going to be MAGA, or more MAGA, or mega MAGA.
Baylor, Arkansas meet in Elite Eight
       
3 seed Arkansas (25-6) vs. No. 1 seed Baylor (25-2)NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis; Monday, 8:57 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A ticket to the Final Four will get punched as Arkansas takes on another Power Five school in Baylor. Baylor earned a 62-51 win over Villanova in its most recent game, while Arkansas won 72-70 against Oral Roberts in its last outing. The Razorbacks are 4-6 when opponents score more than 76. TOUGH DEFENSE: Baylor has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25 percent of all possessions this year, the sixth-highest rate among all Division I teams.
Oregon State meets Houston in Elite Eight
       
12 seed Oregon State (20-12) vs. No. 2 seed Houston (27-3)NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis; Monday, 6:15 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A ticket to the Final Four will get punched as Oregon State is set to face Houston. Houston earned a 62-46 win over Syracuse in its most recent game, while Oregon State won 65-58 against Loyola of Chicago in its last outing. Houston has 38 assists on 74 field goals (51.4 percent) over its past three games while Oregon State has assists on 40 of 69 field goals (58 percent) during its past three games. STIFLING DEFENSE: Houston has held opposing teams to 57.5 points per game this season, the second-lowest figure among all Division I teams.
Pope on pandemic’s second year: Weariness, economic hardship
       
Traditionally, the pope leads a Palm Sunday procession through St. Peter’s Square in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists clutching olive branches and braided palms before celebrating an outdoor Mass. ADVERTISEMENT“For the second time we are living it (Holy Week) in the context of the pandemic,” Francis said, with around 120 faithful, including nuns and a few families or couples, sitting far apart in the pews. Francis has long suffered from sciatica, and recently had a bad bout of the condition, which can trigger leg and back pain. Those measures include a nationwide ban on dining at restaurants or cafes and on travel between regions and towns. People are allowed only one holiday visit per day to homes of family or friends from April 3 to 5.
UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge
       
Pubs, restaurants, theaters, hair salons and all stores selling nonessential items such as books and footwear have spent much of the past year closed. Pubs, restaurants, theaters, hair salons and all stores selling nonessential items such as books and footwear have spent much of the past year closed. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. Most nonessential businesses remain closed, along with pubs, restaurants, gyms, cinemas, theaters, museums and sports stadiums. While many European nations are seeing a new surge in the pandemic, Britain is counting on a rapid mass-vaccination program to help it end lockdown.
Merkel’s bloc dips in polls 6 months before German vote
       
BERLIN (AP) — A leading figure in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc has warned that there’s a growing “mood for change” in Germany, as surveys show voters losing faith in the long-time leader’s party six months before a national election. An opinion poll published Sunday by weekly Bild am Sonntage put the Union bloc’s support at 25%, just ahead of the environmentalist Greens with 23%. The center-left Social Democrats placed third, with 17%, according to the poll of 1,447 voters with a margin of error of up to 3 percentage points. “The situation is very serious,” Markus Soeder, the governor of Bavaria and a possible contender to succeed Merkel in September, told Bild am Sonntag. By Friday, just over 10% of the population had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, while 4.5 % had received both doses.
Albania starts mass COVID vaccinations before tourist season
       
Albania started a mass vaccination campaign trying to inoculate half a million people opening the way to a more relaxed incoming summer tourism season. Albania started a mass vaccination campaign trying to inoculate half a million people opening the way to a more relaxed incoming summer tourism season. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania started a mass inoculation campaign Sunday ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Edi Rama went to Turkey and brought back the 192,000 Sinovac doses. The remainder of the 500,000 Sinovac doses Albania is due to receive will come in two months.
Pablo Sandoval makes Braves' opening day roster
       
.ATLANTA (AP) — Kung Fu Panda has made the opening day roster for the Atlanta Braves. The team made a flurry of moves Saturday to complete its 26-man group, most notably promoting nonroster infielder Pablo Sandoval to the big league roster. The Braves hope Sandoval can return to the form he showed in 2019, when he hit .268 with 14 homers for the Giants. Adrianza claimed another opening on Atlanta's bench by hitting .412 in spring training, with two homers and a team-high 12 RBIs through Friday's game. Adrianza and Sandoval played their way onto the team with their performances this spring.
Emotions, Money, And What It Means To Be 'Financially Whole'
       
Emotions, Money, And What It Means To Be 'Financially Whole'Enlarge this image Photo Illustration by Becky Harlan/NPR Photo Illustration by Becky Harlan/NPRIt doesn't take an expert to know that money is so much more than dollars and cents. Hopes and fears, guilt and shame — they can all play a significant role in your financial life. Her book is a super practical guide to getting your financial house in order to achieve what Aliche calls financial wholeness. And so now I learned that I'm not saying no to brunch, I'm saying yes to Morocco. I'm not saying no to brunch, I'm saying yes to India.
'The Tree In Me' Is A Blooming Good Spring Read
       
'The Tree In Me' Is A Blooming Good Spring ReadEnlarge this image Penguin Kids Penguin KidsCould it be? And there is one picture book that keeps spring on our minds, even though there are still some dark and dreary days to go. Not a soft, gentle pink; not an Easter egg pink, but NEON PINK, and lots of it. Pink cheeks, pink flowers, pink trees, pink AIR. The Tree in Me is a picture book in the truest sense, but that doesn't mean the words aren't important.
Buddy ball bounced as Houston stymies Boeheim and Syracuse
       
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Buddy Boeheim carried Syracuse into the Sweet 16 with a masterful shooting stroke. The NCAA Tournament run for the 11th-seeded Orange ended on Saturday night in a 62-46 loss to No. It was also the fewest points scored by Syracuse in an NCAA Tournament game. Syracuse knew Boeheim would get plenty of attention -- mostly from Jarreau -- and it could lead to opportunities for others. “Jarreau is a really, really good defensive player and they helped, they were there to help him but he’s a really good defender,” coach Jim Boeheim said.
Did COVID-19 stress, uncertainty stall anti-smoking push?
       
Anti-smoking advocates are warning that the stress and disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed efforts to get more Americans to quit in 2020. Anti-smoking advocates are warning that the stress and disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed efforts to get more Americans to quit in 2020. But services to help smokers quit -- delivered via phone and online -- would seem well-positioned to withstand the disruptions of the pandemic. In a recent report, the coalition of anti-smoking counselors cited the pandemic and the drop in public awareness messaging. Smokers who called Minnesota’s hotline reported smoking more, but also said they were more motivated to quit because of COVID-19.
Pablo Sandoval named to Braves' Opening Day roster
       
Veteran corner infielder Pablo Sandoval has made the Atlanta Braves' Opening Day roster, as the team announced Saturday that it has selected his contract. The 34-year-old Sandoval, a two-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2012 World Series, signed with the Braves late last season after being released by the San Francisco Giants. Entering Saturday, Sandoval was hitting .375 with three doubles and four RBIs in 15 spring training games with the Braves as a non-roster invitee. In 13 seasons with the Giants, Boston Red Sox and Braves, Sandoval has hit .279 with 149 home runs and 628 RBIs. In 2020, Sandoval hit .214 in 34 games with the Giants and Braves.
Bruce, Sandoval on big league rosters, Maybin, Frazier cut
       
Texas committed to add pitcher Ian Kennedy and infielder Brock Holt, and Toronto told infielder Joe Panik he will be added. Anthony Kay pitched 2 2/3 innings for Toronto before departing with a lower right leg contusion. INDIANS 9, DODGERS 2Cleveland ace Shane Bieber struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings in his final start before opening day. WHITE SOX 8, ROCKIES 2White Sox ace Lucas Giolito struck out nine in 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Bruce, Sandoval on big league rosters, Maybin, Frazier cut originally appeared on NBCSports.com
Amid A Myriad Of Crises, Lebanon Now Confronts An Ecological Disaster On Its Shores
       
Enlarge this image toggle caption Ruth Sherlock/NPR Ruth Sherlock/NPR"It's too terrible. Enlarge this image toggle caption Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP via Getty Images Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP via Getty ImagesThe oil spill has already claimed victims. In neighboring Israel, the oil spill has been declared the biggest ecological disaster in years, with tar damaging more than 90% of the coast. Enlarge this image toggle caption Ruth Sherlock/NPR Ruth Sherlock/NPRA hampered responseIn Lebanon, where the oil spill comes after a year of myriad crises, the government has been unable to organize anything resembling a similar response. Enlarge this image toggle caption Ruth Sherlock/NPR Ruth Sherlock/NPREven with machinery like this, Dbouk worries they may not be able to thoroughly clean the beach.
Week in Review: Basketball Stars. Burger Heiresses, and Beleaguered Buyers
       
Week in Review: Basketball Stars. Burger Heiresses, and Beleaguered Buyers Shaq remodels and relists, why luxury buyers might have to compromise in hot markets, and the mansion that burgers built
U.S. Corporations Face Reckoning Over Prescription Opioids, CEOs Keep Cashing In
       
Corporations Face Reckoning Over Prescription Opioids, CEOs Keep Cashing InEnlarge this image toggle caption Bloomberg/Getty Images Bloomberg/Getty ImagesImagine you're part of a project that goes horribly wrong at work, causing a scandal, costing your company a ton of money, maybe even putting people at risk. Critics say that's happening right now with CEOs at big drug and healthcare companies tangled up in the opioid crisis. More than 450,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses since drug companies began making, distributing and selling large quantities of prescription painkillers. Now many firms face a tsunami of opioid lawsuits, have filed for bankruptcy, or find themselves on the hook for billions of dollars in settlements. In 2019, Landau led Purdue into bankruptcy and then last year his company admitted committing federal crimes linked to opioid sales.
'It's Hurtful': Trans Youth Speaks Out As Alabama Debates Banning Medical Treatment
       
So Hall is watching with alarm as the Alabama legislature advances bills that would outlaw hormone treatment for him and other trans youth in the state. Alabama is one of 20 states that have introduced bills that would prohibit gender-affirming medical care for trans youth. Hall and his mother, Carla Saunée, found a clinic in Birmingham that provides medical care to trans youth. The swift progress of the trans medical care ban through the Alabama legislature has caused anxiety for families like theirs. This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement calling bills that prohibit trans medical care, or that ban trans girls from women's sports teams, "dangerous."
This Week in Celebrity Homes: Serena Williams, Derek Jeter
       
This week in celebrity real estate: Serena Williams lists gated Beverly Hills, California, home for $7.5 million and Derek Jeter shaves $2 million off the asking price of his New York castle. Find more celebrity real estate stories from Mansion Global here
Advocates Disappointed By Biden's Sidestep Of Gun Legislation Given His History
       
He urged them to bring back an "assault weapons" ban and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee nearly 30 years ago, the last time Congress passed significant gun control legislation. Meanwhile, AR-15's and other similar weapons have become very popular, making Biden's new call for a so-called assault weapons ban even more politically challenging. It was named for James Brady, President Reagan's press secretary who was gravely injured in the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in 1994, and some who lost blamed the backlash to their vote on the semi-automatic weapons ban.
7 Marijuana Stocks Waiting for Biden to Make a Move
       
InvestorPlaceFor those beginning to invest, it may be hard to figure out which stocks to buy. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips 7 Risky Stocks Ready to Roll on Reopening So, what are some great stocks to buy for your first portfolio? Lockheed Martin (LMT) Source: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com Dividend stocks are great opportunities for new investors. 7 Risky Stocks Ready to Roll on Reopening So, why is this a great stock for new investors? Stocks to Buy: 3M (MMM) Source: JPstock / Shutterstock.com When it comes to high-quality stocks to buy, 3M checks off many of the boxes.
Les Wexner Trusts Sold Large Blocks of L Brands Stock
       
Trusts controlled by longtime L Brands leader Les Wexner and his wife, Abigail, have sold large blocks of the retailer’s stock. On March 22, Les Wexner gave 2 million L Brands (ticker: LB) shares from his personal account to a trust he and his wife control. The same day, the trust sold all 2 million shares, while two other trusts controlled by the Wexners sold another 1,050,000 shares. He is also the indirect owner of another 10.8 million L Brands shares that Abigail Wexler owns in her personal account. L Brands stock soared in 2020, more than doubling as earnings trounced estimates, while the S&P 500 gained 16.3%.
Holy Sepulchre church opens on Palm Sunday as Latin Patriarch says 'We feel more hopeful'
       
Stocks like Marriott are now trading right around pre-pandemic levels as investors pile into any turnaround play they can find. If you’re more bullish than the market, Marriott stock will be one to watch closely. Nordstrom (JWN) Source: Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com Higher-end retailer Nordstrom is a bellwether stock more than any of its retail peers. This is because a rather wide swath of retail stocks have been swept up by “meme stock” fever of late. Rather, Nordstrom has been a retail stock with a stock chart that more closely approximates the other reopening plays right now.
Scandal! Horror! Biden's press-briefing notes prompt rightwing outrage
       
Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPAJoe Biden’s first press conference has caused some strong reactions from the conservative side of the aisle after he was caught … reading notes. On Thursday night, Fox News dedicated considerable time covering just how long Biden took to hold his first press conference – 49 days! “New photos show cheat sheets used by Biden during his first press conference,” a New York Post headline read last night. His notes speak of how the US now ranks 13th globally in infrastructure quality in the world, down from fifth place in 2002. OF THE US.”And then there was the time he used cue cards to remind him to listen to shooting survivors.
Hilary Duff has given birth to a baby girl and her name is so sweet
       
The intimate snap shows Hilary in a birthing pool, surrounded by her two-year-old daughter Banks, her nine-year-old son Luca and husband Matthew Koma. https://www.instagram.com/p/CM7alyzDuP3/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_linkHilary also confirmed the name of her baby girl, captioning the black and white image, "Mae James Bair- We LOVE you beauty 3-24-21." Fans began speculating that Hilary had given birth when she shared a pretty big hint hours before officially introducing Mae to the world. Posting a picture of her daughter Banks in the bath, Hilary wrote, "I’m a big sister ....... marinating on how I feel about that!" Of course, Hilary was met with a tidal wave of love-filled comments after she told her followers the fantastic news.
Horse racing newsletter: Known Agenda wins Florida Derby
       
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2 dead, 8 wounded in shootings in "chaotic night" in Virginia Beach
       
Three people are in custody but another suspect is still at large on Saturday after three separate overnight shootings in Virginia Beach left two people dead and eight wounded. At least one shooting involved police, and a police officer was among those wounded. Update from @PaulNeudigate https://t.co/rFsX3vZBcD pic.twitter.com/mGxkXPn00r— Brendan Ponton (@brendanponton) March 27, 2021In news conference after the shootings, Virginia Beach police chief Paul Neudigate described it as a "very chaotic night in the beach." Additionally at some point during these incidents, a Virginia Beach police officer was struck by a vehicle and transported to a local hospital. A witness told CBS Norfolk, Virginia, affiliate WTKR that he heard "about 40 gunshots."
Honda agrees to sell British car plant to logistics giant Panattoni
       
TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda has agreed to sell its only British car plant at Swindon in southern England to logistics giant Panattoni, a company spokesman said on Saturday, as the new owner reportedly plans to make a large investment at the sprawling site. The Japanese automaker, which builds about a tenth of the 1.5 million car output in Britain, made the decision two years after it announced its intention in 2019 to cease production at its Swindon plant. The plant closer is expected to lead to 3,500 job losses. Panattoni said it was making a 700 million pounds ($965 million) investment in its logistics-related development, with the aim of creating new jobs, once Honda completes decommissioning of the plant that builds its Civic hatchbacks, likely next spring, the Financial Times reported earlier. ($1 = 0.7254 pounds)(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu and Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
Virginia Beach Police Chief Admits Cops Have No Idea if Black Man Shot by Officer Was Armed
       
But the circumstances of the second shooting, during which Lynch was killed, remain unclear. At this point, no.”Neudigate also could not say how many times Lynch was shot. And if anyone was hoping the bodycam footage could clear things up, the police chief said the camera was not on at the time of the fatal shooting. Story continues“There is no bodycam footage. There is an expectation [officers] activate the body camera.”Investigators had not yet interviewed the officer who shot Lynch, he said.
Mass Covid testing of lorry drivers entering UK delayed until April 6
       
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg - Chris Ratcliffe/BloombergCoronavirus Article Bar with counterThe mass coronavirus testing of lorry drivers entering Britain is to be delayed until Tuesday, April 6, in an attempt to minimise the risk of disruption to food and other supplies. The delay until April 6 will mean some 40,000 lorries will arrive in the UK before testing begins. Under the plans – revealed by The Telegraph on Thursday – all lorry drivers staying longer than two days will be required to have a Covid test within 48 hours and then every 72 hours. This would mean three tests on days two, five, and eight, at one of the 39 testing sites across the UK. The rules apply to all lorry drivers, UK and non-UK, bringing loads from any country apart from Ireland.
Still no motive in Boulder shooting: Victims' families, community 'desperate to know,' DA says
       
A motive has not been determined in the mass shooting that killed 10 people at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said Friday. It is also unclear why the specific King Soopers grocery store location was chosen, Herold added. Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty told reporters Friday, "I think the victims' families and the community are desperate to know the motive. PHOTO: Police officers secure the perimeter of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo., March 22, 2021, after reports of an active shooter. (Alyson Mcclaran/Reuters)Still no motive in Boulder shooting: Victims' families, community 'desperate to know,' DA says originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Joe Biden’s revolution of modest expectations
       
What has come over Joe Biden? Most important, perhaps, Biden has landed on a deceptively simple political strategy: He’s deliberately set modest expectations and then exceeded them. Case in point: the goals Biden set for the national vaccination program. He’s not FDR; he’s Joe Biden from Scranton, “putting one foot in front of the other and just trying to make things better,” as he put it at the news conference. But the Biden we’re seeing now, putting one foot in front of the other, is the most effective version of Joe Biden ever seen — and I’ve watched most of his career.
Colombia accuses FARC dissidents over car bomb attack
       
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia on Saturday accused FARC dissidents of detonating a car bomb in the town of Corinto in the country's Cauca province, which left 43 people injured, including 11 public officials, and caused material damages. The attack, which took place on Friday, was condemned by the government and a United Nations mission in Colombia. The attack was carried out by the Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, a dissident group of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Molano said. FARC dissidents reject a 2016 peace deal which ended the group's part in Colombia's armed conflict, which has left 260,000 dead and millions displaced. Government officials and the armed forces estimate there are between 2,500 and 3,000 FARC dissidents throughout the country.
Truck drivers entering UK likely to need COVID test, source says
       
LONDON (Reuters) -Truck drivers entering Britain from continental Europe are likely to need to take a COVID-19 test under plans being discussed by the government to contain coronavirus variants, an industry source said on Friday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested earlier this week that Britain might need to tighten restrictions on arrivals from France, including truck drivers, to defend against new variants that are spreading as part of Europe's third wave of the pandemic. Drivers would be tested at sites around Britain. Britain has banned foreign travel until at least May 17, although essential workers such as truck drivers have been allowed to cross borders to supply the country's food stores and manufacturing plants. The government currently encourages international drivers in the country for more than 48 hours to take a free test.
Op-Ed: My Hong Kong is now a paradise lost
       
A year later, I was caught by Chinese fishermen near Hong Kong after I had struggled for eight hours in the rough sea. When I finally stepped on the soil of Hong Kong on my third attempt, I believed I had reached paradise. Hong Kongers proudly proclaimed: “Hong Kong never sleeps!” My heart cheered: “Hong Kong is the pearl of the Orient!”My father was working in Taiwan’s customs office in Hong Kong when Mao took over China in 1949. But now, even as an American citizen, I dare not visit Hong Kong again. I’ve made many trips to Hong Kong after I left for America in 1975.
Mexico’s real COVID-19 death toll now stands at over 321,000
       
Mexico’s government acknowledged Saturday that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. The only way to get a clear picture is to review “excess deaths” and review death certificates. As of the end of December, excess death estimates suggested a total of about 220,000 deaths related to COVID-19 in Mexico. Excess deaths are determined by comparing the deaths in a given year to those that would be expected based on data from previous years. A review of death certificates found about 70.5% of the excess deaths were COVID-19 related, often because it was listed on the certificates as a suspected or contributing cause of death.
Buildings don’t design themselves
       
Last Sunday’s article about the new Somerville High School (“Gleaming High School rises in Somerville,” Metro, March 21), by John Laidler, made for good reading for this architect. I was disappointed, however, to read not a single mention of the architects or engineers. Buildings don’t design themselves — they take prodigious energy and creative work on the part of talented professionals to ensure that they skillfully accommodate complex functions, the physical context, and a sense of pleasure in appearance. Just as you wouldn’t discuss a book without mention of its author, or a painting without crediting the artist, please, in the future, be sure to connect buildings to their architects and consultants. They surely deserve credit for their work.
Rachael Rollins takes a brave stand
       
It is astonishing to witness the integrity, grit, and bravery evinced by Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins in her planned dismissal of tens of thousands of cases due to tainted evidence (“DA to drop charges in lab-tied cases,” Metro, March 23). The wrongful convictions based on this evidence amounted to crimes perpetrated by the Commonwealth against thousands of people, some of whom could still be in jail, all of whom have had their lives upended and reputations damaged by individual shenanigans and bureaucratic ineptitude. I applaud Rollins for her strong character and will to correct egregious wrongs. I have no personal interest in this, but I am glad she is our district attorney — such a breath of fresh air rising above the muck of our so-called justice system.
A refreshing look down the road at 65+
       
As a 76-year-old resident of Boston, I read with great interest Elizabeth Dugan’s article on understanding and building age-friendly communities (“How Mass. can become a living laboratory for aging,” Opinion, March 22). It is refreshing to see that someone is looking down the road as the over-65 population grows. There is a progressive organization, Beacon Hill Village, that has been enhancing the lives of seniors for years. It is a model for addressing needs and developing programs.
A New Federal Writers’ Project? Sure, but it’s not all clams and peanut butter!
       
David Shribman’s Ideas piece on the Federal Writers’ Project certainly reminds us of some of the great products of FDR’s New Deal (“Dreaming of a Federal Writers’ Project 2.0,? Ideas, March 21). But the Federal Writers’ Project was not as purely feel-good as Shribman describes. Massachusetts’ WPA Guide was the subject of a largely forgotten 1930s culture-war controversy that would be at home in today’s headlines … or on cable news. As unearthed by historian Christine Bold (“Writers, Plumbers, and Anarchists: The WPA Writers’ Project in Massachusetts”), the first Mass. Guide, written largely by underemployed academics, included a portrayal of the Sacco-Vanzetti case that elicited outrage from conservative critics.
UK eases lockdown but nervously eyes European virus surge
       
LONDON (AP) — Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new virus surge inundating its European neighbors. AdvertisementThe other parts of the U.K. — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — are taking broadly similar steps. While many European nations are seeing a new surge in the pandemic, Britain is counting on a rapid mass-vaccination program to help it end lockdown. Remaining restrictions are to end June 21, if the country isn't facing a new virus surge. “It’s really important that people who are vaccinated can remember that they aren’t completely protected,” he told the BBC.
Throw a lifeline for your neighbors
       
“A lifeline for households pushed to the edge” (Page A1, March 21) is a very good account of the dizzying amount of the hopeful help people will get from the American Rescue Plan. But we know that a significant number of us getting $1,400 stimulus checks don’t really need them if we’ve been getting a decent salary throughout the coronavirus pandemic. There are many local community-led relief efforts for COVID-19 across Massachusetts. All have special programs during the pandemic to donate to local mutual-aid relief groups in each area. A few funds to consider are the Massachusetts Undoc Fund to aid undocumented immigrants, Mass Redistribution Fund, food banks, and the 11 community foundations across the state.
Valet Living Part-Time Trash Collector in Dfw, TX
       
Part-Time Trash Collector Valet Living All throughout the Dallas/FTW area Valet Living is a national provider of numerous amenities to residential apartment communities, including doorstep trash and recycling pickup. Valet Living currently has openings for a Part-time Night Trash Collector in your local area. Pay is up to $15.00/hr
A touchless airport experience is at the fingertips of the battered airline industry
       
American Airlines customer assistance representative Rhonda Jameson assists a passenger using a kiosk to check in at DFW International Airport. American Airlines spent much of the past year installing new kiosks and refining menus to move customers through faster, Peterson said. Travis Evenson, an American Airlines customer experience senior project manager, demonstrates how airline passengers use a new mobile ID bag drop, a touchless technology at DFW International Airport. That eliminates the need to ever give a driver’s license or passport to an American Airlines employee. The touchless bag drop and lounge access technology is optional for American customers.
Oakland author Gabriela Garcia’s ‘Of Women and Salt’ connects immigrants’ stories
       
They feel authentic, which is why “Of Women and Salt” is one of the publishing world’s most anticipated titles this spring. A: I attended an exhibit in Havana a few years back that displayed some archival letters from Victor Hugo to Cuban workers and independence fighters in the 19th century. I became fascinated by that interplay between these literary giants at that time and Cuban workers and political movements. Another thing I was writing against was the trope of the sacrificing, suffering immigrant mother. “Of Women and Salt”By Gabriela Garcia(Flatiron Books; 224 pages; $26.99)Gabriela Garcia virtual discussion with Juli Delgado Lopera: 5 p.m. April 8.
How to Fix Baseball: Weighing in on infield shift, pace of the game, superstar reach and declining Black participation
       
By many measures, Major League Baseball is in a troubling slump. As the 2021 season nears, The Denver Post asked a panel of baseball experts what can be done to fix the game. Johnson: Allow the shift, but no players can be allowed out of the infield dirt. Last season, the average major league game took a record 3 hours, 7 minutes to complete, topping the old mark of 3 hours, 5 minutes in 2019. Why can’t MLB teams invest more into their own communities than they are doing now?
Ask Amy: Wife’s hoarding may bury the family
       
Dear Amy: My wife doesn’t discard anything! – Worried I’ll be BuriedDear Worried: Your wife might have a hoarding disorder. This probably did not come on overnight, and you likely adjusted to the conditions in your home as her hoarding behavior increased. Hoarding disorder is a serious malady with underlying contributing factors, and your wife needs professional treatment and lots of patience from you. (You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Nuggets journal: Aaron Gordon expects “beautiful” fit alongside MVP candidate Nikola Jokic
       
Given their aerial differences, it wasn’t surprising that Aaron Gordon was willing to go where Nikola Jokic wasn’t. Less than two days after the Nuggets swung big to acquire Aaron Gordon from Orlando, Denver’s latest leaper was already tickling himself at the possibilities. But what Denver’s management did in landing Gordon was, potentially, obtain the missing piece in the Nuggets’ title hunt. The first thing Nuggets coach Michael Malone thought when he learned they’d traded for Jerami Grant in the summer of 2019 was how significant an asset he’d be defensively. He’s unselfish, he’s a very good passer, rebounder, his 3-point percentages have increased,” Malone said.
Broncos Insider: On paper, Denver now has one of the NFL’s best secondaries
       
At safety, Paton held on to the Broncos’ two pillars, Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson. With Simmons, Jackson, Darby and Fuller as the defensive backs in the base scheme, Bryce Callahan will move to nickel back in sub-packages. Now, it’s up to the unit to turn its potential on paper into an elite performance in 2021. — Kyle Newman, The Denver PostIf you enjoy The Denver Post’s sports coverage, we have a new subscription offer for you! TV/RADIO: Here’s what sports are airing todayAsk the Expert+ Broncos Mailbag: Have a question about the team?
Dear Abby: My mother buys old-lady clothes for me, my teen daughters
       
DEAR ABBY: My mother keeps buying me (and my now-teenage daughters) clothes from a catalog for elderly women. — WINCING IN LANSING, MICH.DEAR WINCING: Do NOT tell your mother you and your daughters have been donating the clothes she orders for you. DEAR ABBY: I have meddling in-laws. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
Historic Las Olas would look vastly different after extreme makeover. That pretty median may disappear.
       
“I don’t like any of it,” said Ken Cooper, a resident of the Isles who lost a race for mayor last year. The whole project is insane. They wanted to take out 72 royal palms from the median between 15th avenue and the Las Olas bridge. They want to take out the black olives. If you take out the median and the black olives, you’ve just lost all the charm of Las Olas.”
See what could be coming on Las Olas
       
Plans are still in flux, but here are the recommendations of the Corradino Group, a consultant hired by Fort Lauderdale to help come up with a plan.
The state of baseball: The Grand Old Game needs fresh ideas
       
— The Associated PressMost-watched World Series GamesThe World Series is becoming less and less popular on TV. Game 6, 1980 (Phillies-Royals) – 54,860,000, Tues. night game on NBC2. Game 6, 1978 (Yankees-Dodgers) – 50,600,000, Tues. night game on NBC5. day game on NBC7. night game on ABC8 Game 5, 1982 (Cardinals-Brewers) – 48,990,000, Sun.
Opinion: Passing the Equality Act will make America stronger
       
During college, I became interested in military service and enrolled in an Army ROTC program. Since that day, I’ve been standing alongside other transgender service members and aspiring service members for the chance to serve this country. My dreams of military service are finally within reach, but this fight isn’t over. And over 80% of American voters support laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, like the Equality Act. Nicolas Talbott is an aspiring service member and transgender advocate who challenged the military's ban on transgender service members in federal court.
Letters: A tip to make traffic move faster: Green means GO.
       
No, the way to better move traffic through the Twin Cities is to watch the traffic lights and GO when the light turns green. How they were partners and neighbors to Native Americans on the Mississippi River well before the first steamboat, and before St. Paul was called Pigs Eye Landing. I started as liaison for both organizations concerning the then-nascent canoe program (Urban Wilderness Adventures) in the Mississippi River Gorge. Paul reaches for waterfront potential with a new nature center, Mississippi River Balcony, East Side River District” (March 21). Michael Lunde, St. Paul
On vaccinations, we’ve acted locally. Time to start thinking globally | Letters to the editor
       
Since I like history, I did read the story, but nevertheless I thought this would have been more suited to somewhere inside the paper, like page 18 or 27. But the real reason you ran the story, along with its placement, is that Sen. Mastiano supported President Trump and you wanted to smear him somehow with this bizarre attack on his academic career and, in so doing, also smear President Trump by association.
Meet the Authors | virtual appearances the week of March 28
       
Fletcher will discuss his theory with novelist and essayist Michelle Herman in a virtual event at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets for the event — presented by Gramercy Books and OSU’s College of Arts and Sciences — cost $5, or $32, which includes a copy of “Wonderworks.” To register, go to Eventbrite.com or gramercybooksbexley.com. He, along with co-author Glenn Plaskin, tells his story in the new book “On the Road Less Traveled: An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom.” Hajim will appear in a virtual event presented by Thurber House at 7 p.m. Wednesday. To register for the event or to purchase a book, visit thurberhouse.org. — Nancy Gilsonnegilson@gmail.comTo submit information for possible inclusion in this column, please email Becky Kover (bkover@dispatch.com) at least 10 days prior to the event.
Opinion: Actions, not empty words, needed to dismantle systems of oppression
       
Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson asked five guest columnists their thoughts on this subject. More:Political cartoonists react to violence against Asian AmericansAs an Asian woman born in India, raised in Georgia and who has lived in Ohio since 2012, I’ve also been impacted by these systems of oppression. We have a right to go about our daily lives – shop for groceries, go to work, walk around our neighborhoods – and feel safe. Everyone deserves to feel safe and to feel like they belong. Speak out when you see anti-Asian hate, and push for investments that lift up our communities so we can all feel safe, together.
Two Michigan private colleges excel at boosting minority enrollment
       
They gave me the best amount of money, so I ended up going there.”Butler’s enrollment is one example of Albion's success in increasing its minority enrollment. While Kalamazoo College has significantly improved its minority student enrollment, the school has struggled with retaining them. In 2012, its minority enrollment shot up to 28.74%, but in 2013 fell to 23.4%. A similar trend happened in 2014 with minority enrollment at 32.8% but falling to 27.2% the following year. In the past 10 years, Alma has increased minority enrollment by 13%, spokesman Tim Rath said.
Creative 'Duets': Artists on and off the autism spectrum team up for new OKC exhibit
       
For the exhibit, the nonprofit organization paired 17 neurodiverse artists who are on the autism spectrum with 17 neurotypical artists to create collaborative works of art. The exhibit will open during the Paseo Arts District's First Friday Gallery Walk and remain on view throughout April, which is Autism Awareness Month. We've been talking about it for a while, and it was interesting because to launch this in the middle of a pandemic really, really pushed the creative boundaries of our artists. "For the neurotypical artists, it was an opportunity for them to break down perhaps any misconceptions they had about people on the autism spectrum. Geddes, 18, who is on the autism spectrum, described Stone's work as "very creative and unique and very bright."
'I feel like Miss Phillis chose me,' Oklahoma poet says about award-winning book
       
Oklahoma poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers has been honored by the NAACP for her poetic 2020 biography of Phillis Wheatley Peters. "I feel like Miss Phillis chose me," Jeffers told The Oklahoman in an interview earlier this year. But it wasn't until I got to 'The Age of Phillis,' which is my fifth book of poetry, that I really began doing the scholarship. An English professor at the University of Oklahoma, Jeffers said she spent 15 years working on "The Age of Phillis." "When I was looking at this book, it was not just about Phillis Wheatley Peters and her life, but it was also how that intersected with the building of this nation.
Corrections workers deserve hazard pay
       
Kevin Stitt recently has publicly indicated support to determine whether to give hazard duty pay to teachers as an incentive for them to return to traditional classroom learning. However, the teacher’s union, Oklahoma Education Association, is not requesting hazard duty pay. However, I would like to shine light on the Department of Corrections and everything they have done throughout the pandemic. These courageous workers and staff have faced COVID-19 head on with no ability to not show up to work out of fear of the virus. We need to be thanking them for all they have done and show them support by presenting them with a hazardous pay incentive.
Opinion: Going 'Back to School' creates new challenges for life during a pandemic
       
Given the predominantly young and healthy populations of college campuses, it’s also unsurprising that these cases have resulted in a low incidence of serious illness and few deaths. In counties where college students make up at least 10% of the population, case averages for the last year have essentially mirrored what’s happened elsewhere. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention echoed this thinking when it updated its guidance on classroom spacing, saying that elementary school students and some middle and high school students could be spaced three feet apart in classrooms, so long as everyone donned masks. Of course, college students spend time in close quarters beyond lectures and seminars: In dorms, dining halls and elsewhere. But with universities opening the throttle – and college students behaving like college students – a clearer picture should emerge soon.
Opinion: Heaven on Earth is thriving Oklahoma children and families
       
For our kids, “I need you” can look a lot like “I hate you,” and that’s sometimes a hard-sell for our foster families. But, a family setting, a home like the ones so many Oklahomans have, is exactly what our kids need! We need Oklahomans to come alongside the Department of Human Services and the children and families we work with to serve, to be their heaven on earth. It isn’t easy work — for them, for their children, for the foster parents who serve them both — but it is so worth it! To learn more about Therapeutic Foster Care or apply to become a certified TFC foster family, visit beaneighbor.ok.gov, or call 1-800-376-9729.
Why Oklahoma's delegation isn’t telling the truth about broader voting rights
       
So why are our elected leaders not telling us the truth about an important piece of legislation? If 2020 taught us anything, it was that voting by mail is safe, convenient and has been used by those holding power for years. These grassroots efforts are threatening to Republicans who strongly oppose the 6-1 voting match in the bill for Congressional and presidential candidates. The program in the bill to match donations isn't funded by your tax dollars. We should be leading the way to expand and protect voting rights, yet every Oklahoma House member voted against H.R.
Texas' COVID numbers fall for the 17th consecutive day following reopening
       
Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to see a downward trend more than two weeks after the state scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. Texas COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, 17 days after it scrapped its mask mandate and allowed businesses to reopen at full capacity. 'The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything's fine - take off your mask, forget it. Tate Reeves who also ended the state's mask mandate this month. 'President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is 'neanderthal thinking,'' Reeves tweeted at the time.
Oklahoma and Publishers Weekly bestsellers for March 28, 2021
       
“Win” by Harlan Coben (Grand Central Publishing)2. “Ground Zero” by Alan Gratz (Scholastic Press)The Oklahoma best-sellers list, based on total number (book sales at Best (Books in Edmond, Brace Books and More in Ponca City, Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City and Magic City Books in Tulsa. “Win” by Harlan Coben (Grand Central Publishing)2. “Split Second” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)4. “The 20th Victim” by Patterson/Paetro (Grand Central Publishing)Associated Press
21 Oklahoma community health centers to get over $63 million in COVID relief funding
       
Community health centers across Oklahoma will receive over $63 million in funding to expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations. The funding is going to 21 community health centers in Oklahoma as part of the American Rescue Plan, President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, and will be awarded in April by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The money is aimed at bolstering existing COVID-19 efforts and allows health centers to use the funding to expand their capacity and deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at a higher risk for COVID-19. “Along with the nation, our COVID response message continues to evolve,” Variety Care CEO Lou Carmichael said in a statement. "This historic funding will help us continue to deliver preventative and primary health care services to community members at risk for COVID-19," said Dr. Lydia Nightingale, Variety Care's chief medical officer.
Indian criminal cases consume state, federal prosecutors
       
Many of the new federal charges involved state inmates whose convictions were overturned two weeks ago when the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the Cherokee and Chickasaw reservations had never been disestablished. Under federal law, major crimes involving members of tribes committed on reservations are prosecuted by the federal government. Though the state attorney general’s office argued strenuously that the Creek reservation did not exist, it effectively accepted in state court cases that the McGirt decision applied to the other members of the Five Tribes. • The attorney general plans to fight the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruling this month that overturned the state convictions of death row inmate Shaun Michael Bosse. “We are committed to assisting the victims of these violent crimes as their cases navigate through the federal criminal justice system.”
Opinion: Lessons learned from an Oklahoma business that pivoted, twice
       
That’s the Oklahoma story of the Malzahn family, Charles Machine Works (CMW) and the world-famous Ditch Witch brand. Charlie and his son, Ed, a graduate of Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State), recognized a new opportunity. Over the next 10 years, business incorporated as The Charles Machine Works, Inc. (CMW). Ditch Witch, the first mechanized, compact service-line trencher for laying water lines from the street to the house, was patented. In 2019, Toro acquired The Charles Machine Works for $700 million.
Connecting the Dots of History — Celebrating Kate Barnard
       
By Trait Thompson and Elizabeth M. B. BassFor The OklahomanOklahoma’s history is full of the stories of women making a difference. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we are focusing our attention on “Oklahoma’s Good Angel,” Kate Barnard. Her diary, housed in the collections of the Oklahoma Historical Society’s John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Research Center at the Oklahoma History Center, provides critical insight into her years as an advocate for those forgotten by society. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we look back on her life and legacy. They are Connecting the Dots of history to provide a better understanding of where we have been and where we are going as a community.
The Latest: No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies amid pandemic
       
———PELHRIMOV, Czech Republic — A year after the Czech Republic recorded its first death from the coronavirus, the central European nation paused this week to remember all the citizens who lost their lives in the pandemic. Few imagined in March 2020 that the country of 10.7 million eventually would have one of the world’s highest per capita death tolls. But it’s not just grim statistics that have torn the fabric of Czech life. There’s always a personal story behind each life lost. ———MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s government is acknowledging that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000.
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Migrant girls start arriving at San Diego Convention Center shelter
       
SAN DIEGO — Officials unveiled the San Diego Convention Center’s new migrant shelter Saturday, where 500 teen girls seeking asylum in the U.S. were expected to have arrived by the end of the day. The first group of migrant girls to be housed at the San Diego Convention Center arrived by bus Saturday evening. Up to 500 teen girls seeking asylum were expected to arrive at the convention center Saturday. A worker prepares food in a kitchen as officials tour the San Diego Convention Center migrant shelter, where unaccompanied kids seeking asylum in the U.S. will temporarily stay. Other partners include FEMA, the CDC and the company that operates the San Diego Convention Center.
Richmond neighbors: Obituaries for March 28
       
In loving memory of Frank M. Johnson, Jr. They say grief is easier to bear as time goes by, However it doesn't stop me from wondering why?
Oklahoma County jail inmate shot, killed after hostage situation
       
Oklahoma City police shot and killed an inmate at the Oklahoma County jail after a hostage situation Saturday night involving a guard. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office responded just before 4:30 p.m. after the detention officer was taken hostage. Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department officials asked for help from the Oklahoma City Police Department because the sheriff's office didn't have enough staff to enter the jail. “The inhumane conditions of the Oklahoma County jail are horrendous.”Dickerson joined others standing outside the jail earlier in the day, waiting for word of what happened. The control of the jail shifted to the Oklahoma County Jail Trust in July from the sheriff's department.
Troops open fire at funeral as Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup
       
Myanmar security forces opened fire on mourners gathered for the funeral of one of the 114 people killed the previous day, the bloodiest day of protests since the military coup on 1 February, according to witnesses. “People, including us, run away as they opened fire.“Two people were killed protests on Sunday in separate incidents elsewhere, witnesses and news reports said. One person died when troops opened fire overnight on a group of protesters near the capital, Naypyitaw, Myanmar Now reported. Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. “Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said in a statement.
Personalised number plates linked to Covid-19 banned by DVLA
       
Personalised numbers plates that refer to Covid-19 and the pandemic have been banned by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. Unique number plates can change hands for between £150 and £200,000 with some people viewing the most valuable ones as potential investments. Last year, the number plate 1NHS sold at the height of the pandemic for £120,000 at an online auction. “Backed by a massive government campaign, NHS plates are now collectors’ items and have a real value. Thirty years after selling personalised registrations, the Government revealed nearly six million private plates had been sold to motorists, generating around £2 billion for the Treasury.
5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after Covid-19 screening
       
The only rule inside the show was the strict use of the high-quality face masks provided by the concert organisers. Things that nowadays aren’t that normal, sadly.”The show by the Spanish rock group Love of Lesbian had the special permission of Spanish health authorities to perform. “Some of the musicians are crying over here.”Ticket buyers chose between three venues in Barcelona where they could take a quick antigen test on Saturday morning. Spectators a nderwent Covid-19 rapid antigen tests and were required to wear face masks. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/APInstead, concertgoers agreed public health authorities could inform Revollo’s team if they came down with coronavirus in the weeks after the concert.
And the brand played on: Bob Dylan at 80
       
“It’s gonna take a hundred years before they understand me!” Bob Dylan once claimed, “they” being the cohorts of fans, critics and Dylanologists who have dogged his tracks ever since Robert Zimmerman, chippy teen of Hibbing, Minnesota, became Bob Dylan, world-famous singer, songwriter, and pop’s most enduring enigma. Latham’s The World of Bob Dylan, to be published in May by Cambridge University Press, includes 18 professors among its 24 contributors. ‘If Dylan didn’t exist you’d have to invent him’: Q&As with the authors of four new Dylan booksAuthor of A Restless Hungry Feeling: The Double Life of Bob Dylan Vol 1 1941–1966, a newly rewritten early life of Dylan. Director of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies at the University of Tulsa, where the Dylan Archive is kept, and where the new Bob Dylan Center will open in 2021. Latham is co-editor of The World of Bob Dylan, which brings together leading rock and pop critics and scholars writing on Dylan.
Princess Eugenie got into trouble with royals for sharing behind-the-scenes palace photo
       
Princess Eugenie got into trouble with the Queen for sharing a photo of an "off-limits" area of Buckingham Palace. In June 2018, Eugenie posted a picture of her father Prince Andrew in Buckingham Palace. Eugenie told Vogue in 2018: "I recently got in trouble for posting a picture of Papa in a corridor of the palace that was off-limits to the public." Last week, Eugenie shared a new photograph of baby son August to mark her 31st birthday. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
When is Easter 2021 and why does the date change every year?
       
Unlike Christmas, the date of Easter is subject to change, as its date is determined by a lunisolar calendar. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world South Africa Nuns carry a cross during a silent march celebrating Good Friday in Durban. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Mexico Masked penitents prepare before the start of a procession, a part of Holy Week celebrations, in Taxco. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Philippines Penitents wearing masks, known locally as "Morions" take a selfie during the start of Holy Week celebrations in Mogpog, Marinduque. Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Hungary Hungary Reuters 2016 Easter celebrations around the world Philippines Resident portraying Roman soldier pulls up a nail on a foot of penitent Ruben Enaje in Pampanga, Philippines.
How Eighties pop stars saved Tina Turner from musical purgatory
       
It was July 2 1976 when Tina Turner decided her husband Ike had hit her for the last time. She had by this point suffered 16 horrifying years of his violent abuse, incessant infidelities and drug addiction. To the outside world, they were music’s golden couple, selling out shows around the world as the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. “I knew I was gone, I was flying,” Turner says in a new documentary on her life from Oscar-winning filmmakers Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. Though she had left Ike at last, she would still have a long fight ahead for her freedom.
The £1bn shocker: 10 years on, is The Book of Mormon too offensive to stage?
       
Among those photographed on the red carpet that night were Jeff Daniels, Ron Howard, Aaron Sorkin and Alan Cumming. The show they were there to see – The Book of Mormon, the debut stage musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the potty-mouthed animated sitcom South Park – was unquestionably the season’s hottest ticket, but it was also the riskiest prospect. In an April 2011 article for National Public Radio, Janice C Simpson took Parker and Stone to task for “indulging in cultural colonialism of the most insidious kind”. The Book of Mormon had its roots in Stone and Parker’s chance encounter in 2003 with Robert Lopez, the co-composer of the scabrous hit adult puppet stage show Avenue Q. Stone and Parker took Lopez on a field trip to Salt Lake City, but progress was fitful.
Piers Morgan admits he shouldn’t have stormed out of Alex Beresford debate on GMB
       
Former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has admitted he was wrong to walk out during a debate with his then-colleague Alex Beresford, during a heated discussion about Meghan Markle. The now-infamous incident saw Morgan defending himself over his comments about the Duchess of Sussex, as Bereford challenged him about his frequent criticism of her. Writing for the Mail on Sunday about his subsequent departure from the ITV breakfast show, Morgan claimed he was under considerable strain at the time. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. ITV announced Morgan had “decided to leave” Good Morning Britain on 9 March, shortly after Ofcom said it had launched an investigation under its harm and offence rules.
Stanley Tucci responds to losing out on ‘world’s sexiest bald man’ to Prince William, as Hollywood stars weigh in
       
Stanley Tucci has waded into the “world’s sexiest bald man” debate, after Prince William was crowned with the title via a dubious poll by a cosmetic surgery company. On Saturday 27 March, a study reported by The Sun claimed the royal had the most mentions alongside the word “sexy” out of all the world’s most famous bald men. However, the survey sparked a fierce reaction from pop culture fans, who began to list actors such as Stanley Tucci and Dwayne Johnson as more suitable candidates for the title. Read moreMeanwhile, Johnson wrote on Twitter: “How in the cinnamon toast f*** does this happen - when Larry David clearly has a pulse?!? !”The Independent has contacted a representative for Tucci to see if he would also like to demand a recount.
Bachelor star Bekah Martinez says she was sexually assaulted while out with her children
       
Bachelor star Bekah Martinez has posted a lengthy post after being sexually assaulted while out with her children. I’m mad,” Martinez wrote, as she revealed she had suffered a similar experience five years ago. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“I don’t care what you have to do to teach your sons to respect the people around them. She also received several messages of support from her fellow Bachelor alumni.
WADA investigating UKAD over British Cycling substance probe, claims report
       
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is investigating UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) for allowing British Cycling to conduct its own probe after a sample provided by one of its riders contained traces of a banned anabolic steroid, British media reported. A British rider’s sample from an out-of-competition test in late 2010 was reported to have contained irregular levels of nandrolone. Rather than UKAD undertaking the investigation itself as dictated by the WADA Code, the agency alerted British Cycling, who conducted its own internal investigation, the reports said. READ MORE“Some of the information provided to WADA on this is of significant concern,” a WADA spokesperson said. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Jude Bellingham earns Gareth Southgate praise for ‘humility’ and ‘thirst’ to improve with England
       
England manager Gareth Southgate has praised the “thirst” shown by Jude Bellingham to learn from the experienced members of his squad. Speaking ahead of the game, Southgate was asked if the teenager reminded him of a young Rio Ferdinand when he was called up as a training player to help the England squad prepare at Euro 96. Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. He’s just got to find that level and and play his game, and he should feel comfortable doing that.”PA
Tom Holland reveals body transformation for Spider-Man: No Way Home
       
Tom Holland has revealed the dramatic transformation he has undergone in order to film the third Spider-Man film, No Way Home. “I never post s*** like this but it's our last day so f*** it,” he captioned the photo. Tom Holland shared an update on his Instagram Stories (Tom Holland/Instagram)Last month, Holland revealed he plans on taking a break from acting after shooting No Way Home. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently scheduled for release on 17 December 2021.
Albania vs England live stream: How to watch World Cup qualifier online and on TV tonight
       
England take on Albania in their second World Cup qualifying on Sunday. Albania defeated Andorra 1-0 in their opening match while England crushed San Marino 5-0 at Wembley. Goals from James Ward-Prowse, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins and a Dominic Calvert-Lewin double ensured their qualifying campaign got off to an excellent start. The Three Lions will be focused on maintaining that winning start and keeping a clean sheet for the third consecutive match. “A lot of those chances were created by the good pressing and winning the ball high up the pitch.
Bahrain Grand Prix live stream: How to watch F1 online and on TV today
       
Red Bull will look to take the championship fight to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes after Max Verstappengrabbed pole in a thrilling qualification for the Bahrain Grand Prix. But all the talk is at the top of the grid in what promises to set the tone for the rest of the season. There are no guarantees, but the whole week the car has been working so well and been really enjoyable to drive. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. The race is live onSky Sports F1 and Main Event with coverage starting from 2:30pm GMT, while subscribers can watch a live stream on Sky Go, or by subscribing to Now TV.
Is Bahrain Grand Prix on TV? What channel is F1 on and when does it start?
       
There are plenty of narratives to follow as the 2021 Formula 1 season kicks off at the Bahrain Grand Prix. McLaren’s line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris is also exciting and the car has shown plenty of promise. There are no guarantees, but the whole week the car has been working so well and been really enjoyable to drive. Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Rugby Newsletter Live Rugby union coverage direct to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Rugby newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Stephanie Frappart becomes first female referee to officiate men’s World Cup qualifier
       
Stephanie Frappart reached another milestone on Saturday when she became the first female referee to take charge of a men’s World Cup qualifier during the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Latvia in Amsterdam. She also refereed the Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea in 2019, and the Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and the Netherlands the same year. READ MOREThe 37-year-old will be followed in taking charge of a men’s World Cup qualifier by Kateryna Monzul, who will officiate the clash between Austria and Faroe Islands on Sunday. Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Independent Football Newsletter Get the latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Football newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Albania vs England predicted lineups: Team news and more ahead of the World Cup qualifier
       
England travel to Albania for their World Cup qualifier on Sunday. The Three Lions got their campaign off to the best possible start, triumphing 5-0 over San Marino. Meanwhile, Albania defeated Andorra 1-0 in their opening qualifier. Gareth Southgate has reiterated how delighted he is to see the Three Lions “hungry” for success: "The whole team were hungry to play. Albania are a stubborn team though, so it might not be pretty.
Albania vs England prediction: How will World Cup qualifier play out tonight?
       
Albania host England in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Both sides got their respective campaigns off to winning starts with England crushing San Marino 5-0 while Albania topped Andorra 1-0. It was a fine performance from the Three Lions and it could have been more but for San Marino goalkeeper Elia Benedettini. Two goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin went with strikes from James Ward-Prowse, Raheem Sterling and debutant Ollie Watkins to secure the win. Gareth Southgate has reiterated how delighted he is to see the Three Lions “hungry” for success: "The whole team were hungry to play.
Is Albania vs England on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch World Cup qualifier
       
Albania host England in their World Cup qualifier tonight. Gareth Southgate’s side are looking to maintain their winning start after England defeated San Marino 5-0. Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the way, scoring twice along with goals from James Ward-Prowse, Raheem Sterling and Ollie Watkins to secure the win. Gareth Southgate has reiterated how delighted he is to see the Three Lions “hungry” for success: "The whole team were hungry to play. A lot of those chances were created by the good pressing and winning the ball high up the pitch.
Suez Canal latest: Attempts to free Ever Given fail
       
Two attempts to free the Ever Given were unsuccessful on Saturday despite hopes the high water level could give the efforts a boost as more than 300 vessels wait to use the canal. Two additional tugboats are speeding towards the stricken vessel, which has been wedged sideways since Tuesday. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, although shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
US and allies condemn deadliest day of violence by Myanmar forces
       
It came after news reports and witnesses said Myanmar security forces killed 114 people on Saturday, including some children, on Armed Forces Day — the bloodiest day of its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters since last month’s military coup. “As Chiefs of Defense, we condemn the use of lethal force against unarmed people by the Myanmar Armed Forces and associated security services,” read the draft statement. Read more:Diplomats from these countries have already condemned the bloodshed by Myanmar‘s military, making the statement largely symbolic. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Diplomats said eight countries - Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand - sent representatives to the Armed Forces Day parade, but Russia was the only one to send a minister.
Is Israel vs Scotland on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch World Cup qualifier
       
Scotland travel to Israel for their World Cup qualifier on Sunday night. Steve Clarke’s side earned a 2-2 draw at home to Austria as they twice came from behind to secure a point. Grant Hanley and John McGinn – whose goal came with five minutes remaining – ensured Scotland did not start their campaign with a defeat after a double from Sasa Kalajdzic. I think it will be a competitive group all the way through with a lot of twists and turns. I think Scotland could nick it.
Israel vs Scotland live stream: How to watch World Cup qualifier online and on TV tonight
       
Israel host Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Scotland football earned a hard-fought point at home as they tied 2-2 with Austria to open their qualifying campaign. A late goal from John McGinn ensured the Tartan Army avoided defeat, but Israel failed to do the same. Denmark defeated Israel 2-0 and the hosts will be desperate to bounce back in style against Scotland. I think Scotland could nick it.
Biden mocked on SNL as Trump to visit border soon
       
? Close Related video: Biden says he expects to run for second termDonald Trump has given yet another phone interview to Fox News, this time telling Jeanine Pirro he plans to visit the US-Mexico border “over the next couple of weeks” as the country faces a fresh immigration crisis following four years of “zero tolerance” policies under his leadership. His successor, Joe Biden, found himself accused of inaction on the issue on Saturday Night Live in a sketch in which he was portrayed as more interested in handing out stimulus cheques and allowing his German shepherd Major to savagely maul Kamala Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff. Elsewhere, Mr Biden’s secretary of state Anthony Blinken has hit out at China for its latest round of sanctions against American and Canadian officials, saying: “Beijing’s attempts to intimidate and silence those speaking out for human rights and fundamental freedoms only contribute to the growing international scrutiny of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang.”Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeRead more:
Ever Given: Sisi orders lightening of Suez Canal ship
       
Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has ordered preparations for lightening the cargo of the giant container ship grounded in the Suez Canal, the head of the canal’s authority told local media on Sunday. The Ever Given weighs roughly 200,000 metric tons and is capable of carrying 20,000 shipping containers. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeThe mammoth vessel currently has a queue of 150 ships both in front and behind it waiting to pass.
Japan to issue digital vaccine passport: Nikkei
       
Japan is set to issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, joining China, the EU and other countries that have adopted similar measures aimed at opening up overseas travel, the Nikkei reported on Saturday. In line with international standards, the certificate can be managed on a mobile app, allowing the carrier to present the proof of vaccination when boarding a plane or checking in to a hotel, the report said. PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
ICYMI: Hotdogs, hungry horses and orange skies
       
In our weekly In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) round-up video, we bring you a selection of stories that might have passed you by during the preceding seven days. This time we bring you volcanic fast food and orange skies, then barge in with hay for hungry horses.
Covid updates: Oliver Dowden says Moderna vaccine expected in April
       
He said an increase in the number of virus cases is "inevitable as we relax restrictions". Without the entire adult population being vaccinated "there is still potential for the virus to spread" he said. "The question is whether or not those increasing cases will translate into a large number of hospitalisations and deaths." He said the vaccine's efficacy so far was " excellent - and very encouraging" but "we have to be careful". He added that another national lockdown "would be a failure of public health policy" and that we had "all the tools in place" to avoid it.
UFC 260: Francis Ngannou claims heavyweight championship after STUNNING stoppage of Stipe Miocic
       
Francis Ngannou claimed the UFC heavyweight championship in devastating style on Saturday night, stopping Stipe Miocic with a series of ferocious punches early in the second round at UFC 260. Ngannou avenged his blowout loss to Miocic in 2018 by demonstrating everything he has learned in the ensuing three years during a dominant victory. The first UFC heavyweight champion from Africa flattened Miocic twice in the second. Speaking after the fight, Ngannou set his sights on a blockbuster showdown with iconic light-heavyweight fighter Jon Jones, who is moving up to heavyweight. In the Vegas cage, Ngannou had far too much for Miocic, the firefighter from Cleveland who is the most accomplished heavyweight champion in UFC history.
How Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather became close friends
       
Anthony Joshua was in Las Vegas to let his hair down when Floyd Mayweather offered to take him around his favourite landmarks and watering holes. It was on that trip where Joshua and Mayweather established their friendship, which could now extend to working together in the ring. 'I look forward to working with Anthony Joshua real soon, we communicate all the time, we talk all the time. Their first brush with each other came the following year at a meet-and-greet with fans before that trip to Las Vegas. 'On the day of the Pulev fight I got a FaceTime call at 1am,' Ghansa says.
U.S., Japan and South Korea eye foreign minister meeting in April: source
       
The United States, Japan and South Korea are arranging a meeting of their foreign ministers, possibly in late April, a diplomatic source said, with policy coordination on China and North Korea expected to be high on the agenda. If realized, it will be the first such meeting since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January. The source said their talks are expected to be held in the United States. The news of the plan follows Pyongyang’s recently resumed ballistic missile tests after a year-long hiatus.
Injured man assisted away from grenade blast in rickshaw in Myanmar
       
The man is applauded because he reportedly threw the live grenade away from a group of people who were not protesting.
On eve of coup, Pompeo rejected U.S. effort to declare 'genocide' in Myanmar: officials
       
Some State Department officials argued that punishing Myanmar for the army’s atrocities would push the country into China’s orbit. In a previously unreported effort, some State Department officials said they encouraged Pompeo to take a fresh look at Myanmar in a parallel process in mid-2020. Seeking accountabilityInside the State Department, officials were split on the genocide label for Myanmar, Reuters has learned. Pompeo considered the leak an attempt to pressure him into deeming the Myanmar atrocities a genocide, former officials said. Other State Department bureaus responsible for promoting human rights, religious freedoms and global criminal justice likewise lent their support to a genocide determination, U.S. officials said.
Japan, Indonesia defense chiefs opposed to assertive moves by China
       
The defense ministers of Japan and Indonesia on Sunday agreed to send messages to the rest of the world that the two countries will strongly oppose any action by China that could escalate tensions in regional waters. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi also told reporters after holding talks with his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto in Tokyo that they will urge China to refrain from trying to unilaterally change the status quo in the South and East China seas. On Myanmar’s situation, Kishi said they agreed to work closely toward the early restoration of a democratic government. The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Indonesia are scheduled to hold talks together on Tuesday in Tokyo. The so-called two-plus-two talks will be the second of their kind since December 2015.
Did Russian hackers force Australian TV station off the air for showing Putin investigation?
       
Security experts claim that 'Russian hackers' sought sought to stop Monday's episode of Under Investigation from going to air on Channel Nine. Pictured: Host Liz HayesSecurity experts claim that 'Russian hackers' sought sought to stop Monday's episode of Under Investigation from going to air on Channel Nine. President Putin snapped back by wishing his American counterpart 'good health' and recalling the Russian Ambassador from the United States. President Putin was due to be term-limited out of office in 2024 but last year won public backing to amend the constitution and pave the way for two more terms. President Putin who has already been in power for more than 20 years, would be eligible for two-more six year terms that would take him to 2036.
Video: Oklahoma corrections officer held hostage by inmate
       
Video: Oklahoma prisoner is shot dead after he took a guard hostage and stole his keys to free other inmates, who then livestreamed the harrowing incidentAn Oklahoma corrections officer was held hostage by inmates during an attempted riot at a detention center.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis learn to ride ponies
       
Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, who is three next month, have been following in Her Majesty's footsteps and have become avid riders, according to The Times. Pictured: Prince William with the late Diana at HighgroveIt is believed the monarch has taken special interest in the progress of her great-grandchildren and their parents are also 'keen' for them to learn to ride and help with grooming the ponies. This evoked memories of Prince William learning to ride as a child, after being given a Shetland called Smokey when he was aged four. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be keen for their son to continue learning how to ride. Prince William is said to be 'thrilled' that his children are embracing the hobby, after he was taught how to ride as a child by the Prince of Wales and the late Diana at Highgrove.
Race to free the Ever Given enters SIXTH day: Two tugboats speed to Suez Canal to join efforts
       
Two heavier tugboats sped to Egypt's Suez Canal on Sunday to join efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway. Workers planned to make two attempts to free the vessel on Sunday, coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. Asked about when they expected to free the vessel and reopen the canal, he said: 'I can't say because I do not know.' Berdowski said two large tugboats were on their way to the canal and are expected to arrive over the weekend. Pictured: Two boats are seen at the entrance of the Suez Canal on SundayThe Ever Given is wedged about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the canal's Red Sea entrance near the city of Suez.
NK paper stresses local economy as 'cornerstone' of national development
       
(Yonhap)North Korea's official newspaper on Sunday called for local economic development to achieve self-reliance in securing food and other key necessities, saying cities and counties are a "cornerstone" of the national economy. "Development of cities and counties are a major requirement for an improvement in livelihood of people," the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the ruling Workers' Party, said. "Just as the cornerstone should be strong for a house to be strong, development of cities and counties should precede the construction of socialism and prosperity of a nation," the paper added. They include a new five-year economic development plan with an emphasis on self-reliance, despite the global sanctions and the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stressed the role of local party officials in achieving balanced national development as he attended a workshop of chief secretaries of city and county committees of the party.
Philippines deploys air force jet over Chinese ships
       
Around 220 boats were first spotted earlier this month at the boomerang-shaped Whitsun Reef around 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Palawan Island, sparking a diplomatic row. But China, which claims almost the entirety of the South China Sea, says the flotilla is made up of fishing vessels sheltering from bad weather. "We are ready to defend our national sovereignty and protect the marine resources of the Philippines," Lorenzana said, repeating a call for the Chinese ships to withdraw. The resource-rich South China Sea is contested by several countries, including the Philippines and China. But the shift has failed to stem Chinese ambitions in the South China Sea, or unlock much of the billions of dollars of promised trade and loans.
How a Federal Agency Excluded Thousands of Viable Businesses From Pandemic Relief
       
The Small Business Administration refuses to give pandemic relief loans to people who have filed for bankruptcy, even if their businesses can survive. In Hidalgo County, Texas, for example, an emergency medical transportation company in bankruptcy sued after it was denied a PPP loan. Meanwhile, the SBA hastily published a rule explicitly barring companies in bankruptcy from participating in its pandemic relief program. “I’m not a wealthy person at all, but I have many millionaire friends who own businesses, insurance firms, architecture firms,” Shriner said. “These millionaires got money and money and money and money from the government, and they’re all driving on the golf course.
Biden looks into taking action on 3D printer guns, imported firearms
       
(Reuters) - President Joe Biden, weighing executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence following two mass shootings, said on Friday his administration is exploring whether he has the authority to take action on firearms made using 3D printers as well as on imported guns. Slideshow ( 4 images )While Democratic-backed gun control legislation faces an uphill battle in the U.S. Congress because of Republican opposition, Biden could decide to take executive action in certain areas without the approval of lawmakers. Biden also mentioned “these new weapons that are being made by 3D equipment that aren’t registered as guns at all. There may be some latitude there as well.”Often homemade, guns made using 3D printers have been a source of controversy. Biden said on Thursday passing new gun control measures in Congress is “a matter of timing.”
Tugboats sent speeding to Suez Canal to aid attempts to free megaship
       
A satellite image from Maxar Technologies showing the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, March 27, 2021. Two additional tugboats sped Sunday to Egypt's Suez Canal to aid efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway, even as major shippers increasingly divert their boats out of fear the vessel may take even longer to free. Workers planned to make two attempts Sunday to free the vessel coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Moller-Maersk, warned its customers that it would take anywhere from three to six days to clear the backlog of vessels at the canal.
Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race
       
Former President Trump Donald TrumpBiden's prediction on Afghanistan withdrawal spurs doubts Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Trump says he'll likely visit southern border soon MORE is already deeply involved in the 2022 midterm elections, headlining fundraisers and backing primary challengers, but he has yet to weigh in on one of this November's few races: the vote for Virginia's next governor. Trump lost Virginia to President Biden Joe BidenBiden's prediction on Afghanistan withdrawal spurs doubts Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Trump says he'll likely visit southern border soon MORE by roughly 10 points in November after losing it to former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Surgeon who treated Gabby Giffords after shooting launches House bid in Arizona President Biden, on special interest money are you more an 'Obama' or a 'Hillary?' Four years later, many of the candidates running in Virginia's Republican primary have thrown their arms around Trump and his policies. Indeed the party is already at working trying to tie the former president to the GOP contenders in the race. "The entire Republican field," the statement read, has taken "their complete embrace of Donald Trump a step beyond the far right extremism that has become the norm in the Virginia GOP."
Marijuana takes center stage in New Mexico special session
       
New Mexico lawmakers are embarking on an unusual legislative session that may focus entirely on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Successful legislation would extend legal recreational cannabis sales across the American Southwest, from California to the New Mexico state line with Texas, which still prohibits nonmedical pot. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Of 15 states with sanctioned recreational marijuana markets, New Mexico would become only the third or fourth state to make recreational cannabis legal through the legislative process, following in the footsteps of Illinois and Vermont. In Virginia, an approved legalization bill awaits the governor's signature.
Hong Kong says BioNTech vaccine probe finds no systemic flaws
       
Hong Kong likely to resume its inoculation drive next week, local media say, after probe into defective packaging rules out systemic errors. The suspension came as Hong Kong faced a sluggish take-up of vaccines due to dwindling confidence in China’s Sinovac vaccine and fears of adverse reactions. The latter is distributed in Hong Kong and Macau via a partnership between BioNTech and China’s Fosun Pharma, while BioNTech partners with Pfizer in markets outside greater China. It was not related to the cold-chain and logistical management of the vaccine and random testing of intact vials delivered to Hong Kong did not uncover any issue of leakage, it said. “The findings currently show that more than one million remaining vaccines in Hong Kong are safe to use and it should be individual cases that some bottles with defects were found,” Lam was quoted as saying.
Army fires at funeral as Myanmar mourns day of ‘mass murder’
       
There was no immediate comment from the Myanmar military. ‘Day of terror, dishonour’The violence came as the military staged a major show of might for its annual Armed Forces Day. The European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said that the 76th Myanmar Armed Forces Day “will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour”. Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin attended Saturday’s military parade in Naypyidaw, having met senior military leaders a day earlier. He also urged the global community to designate Myanmar’s military as a “terrorist organisation”.
Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 14 wounded
       
Police officers inspect the area near a church where an explosion went off in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia's Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding a number of people, police said. (AP Photo/Masyudi S. Firmansyah)Police officers inspect the area near a church where an explosion went off in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, March 28, 2021. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia's Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding a number of people, police said. Wilhelmus Tulak, a priest at the church, said he had just finished celebrating Palm Sunday Mass when a loud bang shocked his congregation.
Suicide attack rocks Indonesia church, several wounded
       
At least 14 people wounded after attackers detonate explosives outside a packed church during Palm Sunday Mass. The explosion took place on Sunday at a time the congregation was inside the church on the island of Sulawesi, just as the mass was ending. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Indonesia’s deadliest attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. An Indonesian policeman stands guard at the site of the explosion outside the church in Makassar [Indra Abriyanto/AFP]
Bowen Yang on 'SNL': 'Fuel up, do more' to fight racism against Asian Americans
       
Following a recent spate of violence against Asian Americans, "Saturday Night Live" comedian Bowen Yang made a call to action during a segment on this week's "Weekend Update." The bit opened with Colin Jost introducing him as an "Asian cast member" of the show, to which Yang responded: "Is that my official title?" More: Maya Rudolph brings her Beyoncé impression back to 'SNL' to sample hot wingsSounding aghast, Yang continued: "If someone's personality is 'punch an Asian grandma,' it's not a dialogue. I have an Asian grandma. Citing a Mandarin cheer that means "fuel up," Yang said: "I don't know what's helpful to say to everyone, but that's what I say to myself.
'There's nothing to be fearful of': Parents and activists are fighting to keep transgender girls in school sports
       
Russell said he’s worried about many ramifications resulting from current calls to exclude transgender kids, such as negative physiological, mental health and behavioral effects. The bills aiming to ban transgender women from women’s sports often don’t address transgender men who want to participate in men’s sports. Lawmakers claim transgender women have competitive advantages over cisgender women due to these physical features. The Women’s Sports Policy Working Group claims they aim to foster more inclusivity for transgender athletes by advocating for new guidelines for transgender women and girls. Tate Reeves cited Biden's protections for transgender people when he passed his state's ban on transgender athletes earlier this month.
NAACP Image Award winners reflect
       
NAACP Image Award winners reflectD-Nice, Issa Rae, Regé-Jean Page and Viola Davis talk about their work, after being named winners at the 52nd annual NAACP Image Awards.
Why going to church during Holy Week (and beyond) is good for your mental health
       
A recent Gallup survey found that those who have prioritized weekly attendance at worship services throughout the pandemic have emerged — not merely unscathed — but mentally improved. This lines up with historical research on mental health and church attendance. Broad-based evidence demonstrates that attendance at worship services is indispensable to a happy, generous and flourishing society. Despite the option of in-person attendance, most people still opt out. Ericka Andersen is writing a book about the importance of church attendance in the lives of women.
Overlooked No More: Kitty Cone, Trailblazer of the Disability Rights Movement
       
This article is part of Overlooked, a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. It wasn’t long after Kitty Cone had enrolled at the Mount Vernon Seminary in Washington that she felt the grip of discrimination. Cone walked with a cane, and the headmistress of the seminary, a private women’s school, began imposing strange rules that segregated her from the rest of the student body. For instance, she demanded that Cone bathe in a separate tub outside of the suite that she shared with three other girls. “I think she was worried about liability, looking back on it, because she gave me these prohibitions.”
Consumers filed 106 injury claims from COVID-19 vaccines, ventilators and hydroxychloroquine. Here's why none have been paid.
       
The 106 injury claims for vaccines, hydroxychloroquine and other COVID-19 treatments remained under medical review as of March 15, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Resources and Services Administration, the agency within HHS that runs the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program, provided data to USA TODAY showing injury claims for 20 types of COVID-19 treatments. 'Exactly the wrong way'Last March, former Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared all claims of injury from COVID-19 vaccines would be handled through the countermeasures program. The program, established in 2010, handles injury claims from vaccines and other treatments authorized during a public health emergency. “There’s ‘s never been any vaccine that has been placed under such careful scrutiny as these COVID-19 vaccines are going through."
Insurrection fundraiser: Capitol riot extremists, Trump supporters continue to raise money for lawyer bills online
       
As of last week, 10 of the Capitol rioters are still fundraising for legal fees on GiveSendGo, according to a USA TODAY analysis. Stripe told USA TODAY it does not comment on individual users. A USA TODAY reporter was able to make a $1 donation to Pezzola's fundraiser using Venmo, a payment app owned by PayPal. After being alerted by USA TODAY, Venmo removed the account. After being alerted by USA TODAY, Cash App removed the account benefiting Miller, but a new one soon popped up in its place.
His Plane Crashed in the Amazon. Then Came the Hard Part.
       
“I would never fly for wildcat mining again.”After this plane crashed, when it became clear help was not going to come from the sky, Mr. Sena, 36, started walking. For days, Mr. Sena walked only in the morning, using the sun’s position to head eastward toward the river. Mr. Sena knew that predators usually hunt near the water, where prey is abundant. But he was frequently besieged by packs of spider monkeys, which tried to destroy his precarious shelters. One afternoon about four weeks after the crash, when he gone three days without eating, a buzzing noise stopped him in his tracks.
Would the Pandemic Stop Paul Theroux From Traveling?
       
And Theroux agrees. Theroux seems aware of this, or at least of the notion that his way of writing about the world is fading. His new novel tells the story of Joe Sharkey, an aging North Shore surfer who resembles characters Theroux has gotten to know on the beaches near his home. For him, surfing was a way of life, an existence centered on catching waves, a commitment to the ocean. Theroux sees surfing as a metaphor for his own life.
On ‘S.N.L.’, Maya Rudolph Hosts a Unity Seder as Kamala Harris
       
This weekend, “Saturday Night Live” added one more question to the four that are customarily asked at a Passover Seder: Why wasn’t this sketch chosen as the cold open? You had to wait until just before midnight for the topical, politically themed satire that usually kicks off an “S.N.L.” broadcast — this one featuring the host, Maya Rudolph, in her recurring role as Vice President Kamala Harris. a Passover meal intended as a call for unity. “This has been a difficult year for all of us,” Rudolph's Harris said. And what better night to celebrate a new beginning than Passover — or as my adopted people call it, Pesach.”
For Them, New York City Will Never Be The Same
       
This is the new New York, and these are some of the new New York lives:Andrew S. Gonzalez, 31, was a chef and menu planner for a chain of restaurants in Qatar. “Families come, they say, ‘Thank you, thank you, it’s all I have to eat today,’” she said. An apartment rearranged by absence. “I work hard in a restaurant,” she said. It’s too hard, because I love my sister.”If the city has long had millions of stories, many of them have been changed, rearranged.
What to Know About the Trial of Derek Chauvin
       
What to Know About the Trial of Derek Chauvin Mr. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd. The jury in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin has been seated. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 1:11 - 0:00 transcript Final Juror Selected in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial The final member of the jury was interviewed and seated Tuesday for the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Judge denies motion to delay Derek Chauvin trial. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 0:47 - 0:00 transcript Judge Denies Motion to Delay Derek Chauvin Trial On Friday, Judge Peter A. Cahill of Hennepin County District Court, who is overseeing the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in the death of George Floyd, denied the defense team’s request for a trial delay.
A Volunteer Army’s Mission: Vaccinate Black People in the Rural South
       
Mississippi and Alabama are among the dozen states whose Republican-led governments have rejected Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. “Until we get a better system, we have to come up with these workarounds, but it gets really tiring,” Dr. Rayford said. “The options are increasing very quickly and pretty soon people are not going to have to go to a drive-through site,” he said during a news conference last week. But she added that the overwhelmingly rural composition of the state had made the task daunting given Alabama’s limited resources. Still, the logistical challenges remain stark in rural areas of the Deep South, where years of spending cutbacks and a lack of jobs have made life more difficult for the shrinking number of people left behind.
‘Beyond Comprehension:’ 10 Lives Lost in Boulder
       
To her children, Olivia, 24, and Pierce, 22, Ms. Murray was a fashion expert of a different sort, with a knack for designing their Halloween costumes. Ms. Mahoney, the news director for KAZU Public Radio in the Monterey, Calif., area, wrote on Twitter that she was heartbroken. “I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter,” she posted, noting that she is now pregnant. The son of Serbian refugees who had fled central Bosnia during the violence of the 1990s, Mr. Stanisic was born in the United States. His profile picture shows him in a blue cap and gown, posing with friends from his Lakewood, Colo., high school.
Suez Canal Live Updates: Crews Scramble to Free Ship as Economic Toll Mounts
       
Live Suez Canal Live Updates: Crews Scramble to Free Ship as Economic Toll Mounts Officials reported steady progress in dislodging the giant cargo ship blocking the crucial maritime route. A satellite image of tug boats and dredgers on attempting to free the Ever Given lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across Egypt’s Suez Canal, on Saturday. Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said that water had started running underneath the vessel. MEDITERRANEAN SEA Port Said EGYPT Suez Canal Sinai Peninsula EGYPT SUEZ GULF 25 MILES MEDITERRANEAN SEA Port Said EGYPT Suez Canal EGYPT SUEZ GULF 25 MILES MEDITERRANEAN SEA Suez Canal EGYPT EGYPT SUEZ GULF 25 MILES Salvagers are determined to free the vessel this weekend, but their best chance may be on Monday, when a spring tide will raise the canal’s water level as much as 18 inches, analysts and shipping agents said. Video The Ever Given container ship on Saturday remained lodged in the Suez Canal in Egypt, where it had been stuck since Tuesday.
D.C.-area forecast: Mild today with early showers and strong to severe late-day storms
       
Today (Sunday): Showers are likely this morning, with some thunder possible as well, as a warm front tries to push its way to our north. Winds turn gusty from the south during the afternoon, pushing afternoon highs to the upper 60s to mid-70s under mostly cloudy skies. Some storms could be severe with damaging winds near or past 60 mph, heavy rain and lightning, and a lesser chance of large hail or an isolated tornado. And winds still gust from the northwest around 30 mph before starting to diminish later in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-HighTomorrow night: Winds finally settle down heading into the evening and leave us with more tranquil conditions overnight.
Raised to identify as Black, Harris steps into role as a voice for Asian Americans amid rise in hate incidents
       
Duckworth told reporters that White House aides had pointed at Harris “multiple times” over the past year in response to lawmakers’ pressure. He is a co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group that has tallied 3,800 incidents of bias and hate directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders over the past year. Neera Tanden, an Indian American, failed last month to win Senate confirmation to lead the Office of Management and Budget. The absence of Asian Americans at the White House has been noticeable. ADRohini Kosoglu, a Sri Lankan American who serves as Harris’s domestic policy adviser, was the highest-ranking Asian American official in attendance, participants said.
Vaccines, Suez Canal, Passover: Your Weekend Briefing
       
Democrats see an opportunity to raise taxes on big corporations and the wealthy but do not agree on the details. And because Republican support is unlikely, they have no room for error in a closely divided Senate. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a critical Democratic swing vote, has signaled openness to making changes to the 2017 tax overhaul. Mr. Manchin is now at the center of the most important policy debates in Washington, most notably the one over the filibuster. Eliminating that voting mechanism would give Mr. Manchin even more influence in the 50-50 Senate, but he’s against doing so.
Ten Months After George Floyd’s Death, Minneapolis Residents Are at War Over Policing
       
Minneapolis was no exception: it saw a 25 percent increase in homicides, rapes, robberies and assaults. But zero in on the four neighborhoods surrounding George Floyd Square, the name given to the corner where Mr. Floyd died, and the story is far bleaker and deadlier. The area has become something of an autonomous zone, with barriers and signs calling it “the free state of George Floyd.” The police have stayed away for almost a year to avoid inflaming tensions. Residents and city leaders have tussled over the role that the Police Department’s depleted ranks have played in the violence plaguing the entire city. The City Charter allows for 888 officers, but there are currently 648 on active duty, city officials said.
Convicted child killer on the run for nearly 50 years may be captured soon, authorities say
       
Investigators are reportedly closing in on a convicted murderer of a 14-year-old girl who escaped from prison nearly 50 years ago, authorities said Saturday. Lester Eubanks is suspected to be in the Los Angeles area, an official with the U.S. Eubanks escaped from the Ohio State Penitentiary in 1973, according to City News Service. "We believe that he may have never left the Greater Los Angeles area," Deputy U.S. Siler said investigators know Eubanks has friends and associates in the Los Angeles area.
Alabama Shakes drummer Steven Johnson arrested on child abuse charges
       
A drummer for Grammy Award-winning band Alabama Shakes was arrested in Alabama last week on child abuse charges. Steven William Johnson, 35, has been indicted on charges of willful torture, willful abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise willfully maltreating a child under age 18, according to reports. Johnson also pleaded guilty in March 2020 to violating a domestic violence protection order in Limestone County, Ala., and was given a suspended sentence of a year in jail, with 24 months on probation. SAINTS STAR MARSHON LATTIMORE ARRESTED IN CLEVELAND: REPORTJohnson’s Alabama Shakes band members, who went on hiatus three years ago so the lead singer could pursue a solo career, have not commented on the arrest. He was booked into the Limestone County Jail with a bond set at $21,500.
A state program offers health coverage to seniors regardless of legal status
       
CHICAGO – While teaching music classes for children, Juan often used to find himself bouncing between health clinics to get treated for diabetes. At 67 years old, he’s now getting access to health insurance for the first time. Illinois is implementing a first-of-its-kind program to offer health care access to low-income immigrant seniors, whether they’re legal permanent residents who previously didn’t have access, or if they’re undocumented. Under federal law, Americans who lack legal status are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or "Obamacare" enrollment. Juan's family said the program has given them peace of mind when it comes to his health.
Biden wants to strengthen Medicaid, but Trump left major hurdles for him
       
The Biden administration hopes to quickly help those uninsured in Georgia, as well as in 11 other states, by providing incentives to expand Medicaid. Brian Kemp greets President Donald Trump as Trump arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on July 15. The Biden administration also has to figure out how to contend with the lawsuits that have blocked four of the waivers. They are suing the Department of Health and Human Services, which is now under the leadership of the Biden administration. Every day in her office, Kinsell said, she sees unmet health care needs that lead to disability and unemployment.
China tightens scrutiny over credit rating industry
       
REUTERS/Jason LeeChina’s credit rating agencies are urged to improve their credit rating models, strengthen corporate governance and bolster information disclosure, according to rules jointly published by five government agencies including the central bank and the finance ministry. Beijing has also deregulated the country’s credit rating market to global players such as S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings. But bond credit rating in China has long been a source of complaint for investors. Rules published on Sunday urge rating agencies to boost consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of credit rating, and build a quality inspection system using default ratio at the core. Rating agencies are also encouraged to install independent directors, and urged to take measures to avoid conflict of interest and strengthen internal control.
Pope leads scaled-down Palm Sunday service, says remember the downtrodden
       
In pre-Covid times, Palm Sunday, which marks the start of Holy Week and leads to Easter, tens of thousands of people would pack St. Peter’s Square holding olive branches and intricately weaved palm fronds in an outdoor ceremony. Instead, only about 120 members of the faithful participated in Sunday’s Mass, joining the pope and about 30 cardinals in a secondary wing of the huge basilica. Nearly everyone who took part in the Mass, except the pope and the choir, wore masks. The Vatican re-created the traditional Palm Sunday service, albeit on a much smaller scale, with the 84-year-old pope and the cardinals processing to the altar holding palm fronds. The remainder of the pope’s Holy Week services - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter next Sunday, also will take place with a limited number of participants.
Romanian police investigate death threats against prominent Jewish actor
       
FILE PHOTO: Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern, who portrays Virgin Mary in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ", answers questions during a press conference after the Romanian premiere of the movie in Bucharest April 16, 2004. REUTERS/Bogdan CristelBUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian police were investigating on Sunday death threats made against award-winning film and theatre star Maia Morgenstern and her children at the start of Passover celebrations. Police said they were tracking the IP address of the email sender. The ultra-nationalist party AUR was formed a year ago and surprised in a December general election to become the fourth-largest party in parliament. Romania was an ally of Nazi Germany until August 1944, when it changed sides, and hundreds of thousands of Romanian and Ukrainian Jews and Roma were killed in areas it controlled.
UK on track for second vaccine doses despite supply concerns - minister
       
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden walks outside Downing Street in London, Britain, March 17, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKayLONDON (Reuters) - Britain is confident second doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be administered on time without mixing jabs, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Sunday amid concerns over a slowdown in supplies. The European Union has also threatened to block vaccine shipments to countries such as the UK with higher vaccination rates. “We are confident that it won’t require mixing of vaccines.”Dowden also said that the government still expects the Moderna vaccine to arrive in Britain in April. “Should we get to the point where we have a surplus of vaccines, we’d make decisions on the allocation of that surplus,” he told Sky News.
DoorDash pushes back against fee delivery commissions with new charges
       
In the most comprehensive look at commission delivery caps, NBC News has found 68 localities that have passed such caps. NBC News found that DoorDash added supplemental local fees in 57 of the 68 locations that have fee caps, far more than have previously been reported. By 2019, DoorDash had become the country’s leading food delivery company, overtaking its rivals, including Grubhub and Uber Eats. Lobbying effortsAs the rush to implement caps appears not to have slowed, all three major food delivery companies have stepped up their lobbying efforts. Amy Healy, Grubhub's head of public affairs, said the commission caps were "exactly the wrong thing to do."
Former prisoners struggle to re-enter society. What happens when society moves online?
       
Later that day, he arrived at the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, a restorative justice non-profit that helps former prisoners get on their feet. The challenge he faced has been amplified in the past year as the Covid-19 pandemic has driven many more parts of life online. Now, everything is online, and the obstacles in the way of gaining access to those services are far greater. Burnett didn't realize John was struggling to use technology until he began to miss online appointments. She was looking forward to hearing about John's telemedicine appointments, but realized he didn't know that his phone had to be connected to WiFi or cellular service in order to call in.
Former 'Saturday Night Live' Cast Members Gather In Eerie Homage To 'The Shining'
       
Horror met comedy in a strangely affecting sketch with former cast member Maya Rudolph reminiscing with ghosts of “Saturday Night Live’s” past on a set staged to look like the hotel in “The Shining.”Former cast member Tina Fey played fictional early “SNL” writer Gloria Zellwig. “I was one of the first to have the idea that maybe the women could talk,” Fey told Rudolph. Fey explained that her character died of “perm cancer” (so “worth it,” she noted), and that she was now a ghost. But when Rudolph felt the face of returning cast member Rachel Dratch (who appeared to be “The Shining’s” woman in a bathtub), she got a poke in the eye because Dratch wasn’t a ghost. “SNL” veteran Kristen Wiig played both creepy twins from “The Shining.” Kenan Thompson rounded out the crew as Scatman Crothers, and Alex Moffat played the oily barkeep.
Tugs, dredgers continuing efforts to free ship stranded in Suez Canal: Authority
       
Slideshow ( 5 images )CAIRO (Reuters) - The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Sunday that tugging and dredging operations to free a grounded container ship blocking the waterway would continue around the clock, according to wind conditions and tides. Dredgers working to dislodge the stranded ship have so far shifted 27,000 cubic metres of sand around the ship to reach a depth of 18 metres, the authority said in a statement. The 400-metre (430-yard) long Ever Given became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal more than five days ago, halting shipping traffic on one of the world’s busiest waterways. As of Saturday, 321 boats were waiting to transit the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels. Shipping rates for oil product tankers nearly doubled after the ship became stranded, and the blockage has disrupted global supply chains, threatening costly delays for companies already dealing with COVID-19 restrictions.
Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon: Alex Salmond’s comeback raises ‘serious questions’
       
Sturgeon said in an interview with the Scotsman newspaper that Salmond's "ego" is stopping him doing the right thing | Jane Barlow/AFP via Getty ImagesScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there are “serious questions about the appropriateness” of Alex Salmond’s political comeback, after he announced the creation of a new pro-independence party that will compete with the Scottish National Party (SNP) he led for 20 years. Salmond — who left the Scottish parliament in 2016 — has been entangled in a public feud with his Sturgeon over her government’s handling of harassment complaints made against him. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the release of two separate inquiries into the affair cleared Sturgeon of breaking the ministerial code but also criticized her government’s conduct. Salmond has said he intends to move on from the issue, but has vowed fresh legal action against the Scottish government. Speaking at a press conference Friday, Salmond said that “strategic aims” of his new party, called Alba, “are clear and unambiguous — to achieve a successful, socially just and environmentally responsible independent country.”
Some hauliers arriving in England to face COVID-19 tests
       
LONDON (Reuters) - Lorry drivers arriving in England from outside Britain and Ireland for more than two days will need to take COVID-19 tests in a bid to tackle the spread of any future variants, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Sunday. Affected hauliers will need to take a test within 48 hours and one every 72 hours thereafter as part of the new rules. “This is to ensure we keep track of any future coronavirus variants of concern,” Shapps wrote on Twitter. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested earlier this week that Britain might need to tighten restrictions on arrivals from France, including truck drivers. Britain has banned foreign travel until at least May 17, although essential workers such as truck drivers have been allowed to cross borders to supply the country’s food stores and manufacturing plants.
What the prosecution and the defense are expected to argue at Derek Chauvin's trial
       
Chauvin faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd's death. Here’s what the prosecution and the defense are expected to argue when opening statements in the high-profile trial begin Monday. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was nonresponsive,” the complaint adds. Mr. Floyd’s active resistance required an escalation of force,” they wrote. “Combined with sickle cell trait, his pre-existing heart conditions, Mr. Floyd’s use of fentanyl and methamphetamine most likely killed him,” they wrote.
'Changed hearts and minds': Biden's funding offer shifts Medicaid expansion debate
       
The conversation around Medicaid expansion appears to be undergoing a new and dramatic shift in some of the holdout states, however. It’s expected that funding could cover the states’ Medicaid costs for that period. “We have over 400 studies showing why Medicaid expansion is a good thing,” said Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families. “Anytime a meeting was set up with the governor or his office, I was told if you bring up Medicaid expansion, the meeting is over,” he said. Ron DeSantis' office said he was opposed, declining health care coverage for approximately 800,000 people.
Libraries Are Key Tools For People Getting Out of Prison, Even During A Pandemic
       
And you had to go to the kiosk and I didn't know how to work the kiosk. We didn't know how to do it. When he got out he didn't know how to send a text. In prison libraries are known as safe welcoming places. Nicole Warren, a social worker with Fresh Start, says her meetings with her clients are meant to be confidential like at the doctor's.
The Latest: No crowds at Holy Week ceremonies amid pandemic
       
The government banned religious activities during the Holy Week as it enters into stricter lockdown measures starting next week while the country struggles to control an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. The government banned religious activities during the Holy Week as it enters into stricter lockdown measures starting next week while the country struggles to control an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is celebrating solemn Holy Week ceremonies for a second straight year without the usual throngs of pilgrims and tourists, kept away by pandemic safety concerns and travel restrictions. — Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims. — Mexico’s real COVID-19 death toll now stands at over 321,000.
U.S. 'horrified' by Myanmar violence, Blinken says after bloodiest day since military coup
       
The United States is “horrified” by the bloodshed in Myanmar, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday, after the country’s bloodiest day of protests since last month’s military coup. The violent crackdown on demonstrators by Myanmar’s security forces showed that the junta will “sacrifice the lives of the people to serve the few,” Blinken said in a tweet. Medics attend to a protester who was shot and injured when security forces opened fire on Saturday in Yangon, Myanmar. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsThe crackdown took place as Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade in the country’s capital. In contrast, security forces have allegedly used live ammunition for weeks against what have still been overwhelmingly unarmed and peaceful crowds.
Vaccines appear effective vs New York virus variant; super-spreader events drive variants
       
New York variant does not escape vaccinesAntibodies induced by the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and the antibody therapy from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals all are able to neutralize a coronavirus variant on the rise in New York, lab experiments show. The New York variant contains mutations - E484K, S477N and D235G - that experts feared might reduce antibody efficacy. The researchers exposed replicas of the New York variant to blood from recipients of either the vaccines or the Regeneron antibody combination used to treat infected patients. His team's new mathematical models, posted on Wednesday on medRxiv ahead of peer review, show that early super-spreader events infecting more than five people are critical to a variant's survival, while super-spreader events infecting more than 20 people are critical to its eventual predominance. Even a very infectious new variant usually needs a super-spreader event to help it overtake a current variant, Reeves explained.
Calls Mount To Boycott Coca-Cola After Home State Of Georgia Strangles Voting Rights
       
Awakening to a brilliant, bitterly cold morning, the party had reached the summit slope after eight grueling hours, with Harper in the lead. Everything kept turning black for Stuck as he choked and gasped, almost unable to get any breath at all. Composite image showing the front and back sides of a thermometer used by Hudson Stuck to record weather data during the Denali summit. The only question was who would be the first to claim its undisputed ascent.Attempts to summit Denali had begun not long after whites first came into the country. Amazingly, they made it to the lower North Summit, though as with Cook, not everyone believed their account.
Op-Ed: How the U.S. invested in the war on terrorism at the cost of public health
       
Today, with more than 540,000 COVID deaths, I hope we’ve learned the huge cost of allowing our public health structure to wither as we single-mindedly pursued the decades-long war on terror. The Affordable Care Act established the Prevention and Public Health Fund, with promised investment reaching about $2 billion annually by 2015. Since 2010, spending on local health departments has dropped by 18%, and at least 38,000 public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national public health agency, has been regarded as a bastion of international scientific expertise, but that doesn’t always translate into good on-the-ground public health work. The CDC and local public health departments need to be equipped with the same level of sophisticated tools provided to, say, airport screeners.
Op-Ed: Start atoning for past racism, L.A. — build a memorial to victims of the Chinese Massacre
       
One hundred and fifty years later, justice still eludes the 19 victims of the Los Angeles Chinese Massacre. The only public acknowledgement of the atrocity is a modest plaque embedded in the pavement on Los Angeles Street. A fitting memorial to the victims of the Chinese Massacre — and to anti-Asian violence in Los Angeles County more generally — is long overdue. With its resources and collective expertise, the Chinese American Museum in downtown Los Angeles should be central to the effort. By erecting a memorial there, Los Angeles would transform a site of trauma and tragedy into one of reconciliation and healing.
Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed
       
Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month’s military coup. At least 114 people were killed Saturday as security forces cracked down on protests against the Feb. 1 coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government, according to the online news service Myanmar Now. Similar tallies of the death toll were issued by other Myanmar media and researchers, far exceeding the previous highest death toll on March 14. Advertisement“A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting — not harming — the people it serves,” it said. The human rights group Amnesty International revived criticism that the international community was not doing enough to end the state violence in Myanmar.
Bridge: March 28, 2021
       
“No,” he said, “I just picked it up as I went along.”Becoming proficient at bridge is an extended process. Bridge has fewer prodigies than chess; if you’re like most players, you pick it up as you go along. He cashed the A-K of clubs, dropping the queen, and led to dummy’s jack but had no re-entry to his hand. When he led a heart to his jack, West took the ace — and two diamonds for down one. If the queen of clubs didn’t fall, then South would finesse in hearts.
Word Game: March 28, 2021
       
TODAY’S WORD — ASPIRED (ASPIRED: uh-SPIRED: Sought to accomplish a particular goal.) Average mark 43 wordsTime limit 60 minutesCan you find 59 or more words in ASPIRED? For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed. Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at kzsaxe@gmail.com.
Two tugboats speed to Egypt’s Suez Canal as shippers avoid it
       
SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — Two additional tugboats sped Sunday to Egypt’s Suez Canal to aid efforts to free a skyscraper-sized container ship wedged for days across the crucial waterway, even as major shippers increasingly divert their boats out of fear the vessel may take even longer to free. Workers planned to make two attempts Sunday to free the vessel coinciding with high tides, a top pilot with the canal authority said. On Saturday, the head of the Suez Canal Authority told journalists that strong winds were “not the only cause” for the Ever Given running aground, appearing to push back against conflicting assessments offered by others. Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, though shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage. Mediterranean Shipping Co., the world's second-largest, said it already had rerouted at least 11 ships around Africa's Cape of Good Hope to avoid the canal.
Op-Ed: Learning from the Nashville model of social change
       
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Nashville nonviolent movement modeled for the nation a community-centered approach to dismantling Jim Crow. Forged in the momentum of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955, the Nashville movement — with its lunch counter sit-ins — was inspired by the Rev. The effectiveness of the Nashville campaign was rooted in the intensive workshops on nonviolence that preceded the actual sit-ins. In Nashville, alliances forged among students, Black women and local clergy in SCLC’s Nashville affiliate energized the sit-ins. They are co-writing a book on the origins and impact of the Nashville movement.
Horoscopes March 28, 2021: Lady Gaga, change is all around you
       
4 starsVIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Pay attention to financial, medical and contractual issues before they escalate into something you cannot handle independently. 3 starsLIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Share your emotions and plans with someone you love. 3 starsSCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t share personal information, possessions or expenses. Don’t let uncertainty cause you to miss out on a good deal. Don’t let a change someone makes upset your plans.
ASK IRA: Can Heat simply ‘flip a switch’ for the playoffs?
       
Even during a recent interview, Tyler Herro said it’s all about the Heat preparing for winning in the playoffs when they get there. But the way the East is tightly packed in the middle of the conference, there are no guarantees. And keep in mind that the Heat, with Friday’s loss in Charlotte, already have lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Hornets. Otherwise, you have to win one or two play-in games to make it to the opening round. Considering the Nets, 76ers and Bucks are playoff locks in the East, it means competing for one of the three remaining guaranteed playoff spots.
A high likelihood that Florida will execute innocent people | Editorial
       
“Ending the death penalty comes down to one fundamental question, one question: Is it fair?” he said. “For the state to apply this ultimate, final punishment, the answer needs to be yes. Fair means that it is applied equally to anyone, no matter who they are. And fair means that we get it right, that the person punished for the crime did the crime. But we all know that the death penalty cannot meet those criteria.”
After 44 years, I’m grateful, weary and wary | Rosemary O’Hara
       
Midway though my career, I became an editorial page editor not because I wanted to write and edit informed commentary, but because I was intrigued by the community forum reflected on the opinion pages. While I may be remembered for editorials on Broward Health, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Broward Schools — or the exhaustive endorsements we offered in hundreds of local elections over the years — I am equally proud of having created the South Florida 100 feature you see every Sunday, which elevates the voices of so many interesting people.
A sun filled Sunday ahead
       
In the wake of Saturday’s cold front, Sunday will be breezy, dry and cooler. Winds will be out of the north at 10 to 20 mph. But we will see a south wind returning by Monday, which means warmer weather again Monday and Tuesday. Rain chances return as a stronger cold front arrives Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. There is a low chance of additional showers or thunderstorms at that time, followed by a drop in temperatures the rest of the week, But Easter weekend looks dry and warmer again.
Republicans don’t want Kamala Harris to succeed on immigration. That’s why she must
       
The migration crisis at America’s southern border has put the Biden administration in a sticky wicket. How could Trump’s ever-loyal vice president fix a problem his boss refused to own? But Harris’ biggest hurdle won’t be headquartered in Central America. They aim to demolish all Biden administration initiatives, and especially one that seeks a humane policy for handling desperate migrants who seek harbor. “At no point in her career has she given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat.”They don’t want Harris to succeed.
Doggie day care and indoor dog parks on Long Island
       
Best Bets Get the scoop on events, nightlife, day trips, family fun and things to do on Long Island. Vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date. COST: $33 daily; packages are availableFIDO FUN: Dogs play inside or out; there's a monthly "Puppy Bowl" dog party where participating pooches can have fun and score treats. COST: $25 daily; $15 for four or less hoursFIDO FUN: Play space is mainly indoors, there is an outdoor area as well. Vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date.
Walking paths on Long Island that are stroller friendly
       
Open dawn to dusk daily, nassaucountyny.gov, Searingtown Road, north of Long Island Expressway, Roslyn, 516-571-8113. VALLEY STREAM STATE PARK The walking paved trail is lined with trees and shrubs. Open dawn to dusk daily; Robert Moses State Park, parking field 5, Fire Island, nps.gov, 631-687-4780. CAUMSETT STATE HISTORIC PARK PRESERVE Paved paths for approximately 3 miles; open dawn and dusk daily; Caumsett State Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, parks.ny.gov, 631-423-1770. SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK Strollers are allowed on the boardwalk and along the paved paths around the park.
Biden goes for 'expectation' management when prodded about his future
       
Did anyone expect a different answer from President Joe Biden when he was asked last Thursday — barely nine weeks into his term — if he'll seek reelection in 2024? If at 78 he harbors reasonable doubts, Biden would have no incentive to say so. During his first solo White House news conference, Biden fenced with reporters in the conventional way. The question arose: "Have you decided whether you are going to run for reelection in 2024? Prodded again, Biden replied: "My plan is to run for reelection.
COVID-19 death toll may be higher due to people afraid to go to the doctor
       
Dr. Tochi Iroku-Malize, chairwoman of family medicine for Northwell Health and for the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell., on Thursday talked about some of the reasons people may have been afraid to go to the doctor during the coronavirus pandemic, which may have led to a death toll higher than originally believed. Credit: Barry Sloan
Spring is here, and weeds are already sprouting. Here’s how to get a head start on weeding to lessen the spread.
       
“Philosophically, any plant growing where we don’t want it may be considered a weed,” Yiesla said. However, certain species of plants are most likely to be problematic in gardens and are commonly recognized as weeds. They often have long growing seasons, sprout easily in poor or disturbed soil, tolerate a wide range of conditions, and reproduce prolifically. Most plants that are considered weeds in North America came from Eurasia and have few natural enemies here.
Nominations open for Chicago Tribune’s 2021 Top Workplaces
       
A year ago, workplaces were operating on the fly, responding to events over which they had no control and putting programs in place to address health, safety, equity and inclusion concerns. Are those changes sticking this year? How is the definition of workplace changing and how are organizations helping employees thrive?
Long Beach searching for new city manager as Gayden nearing end of her contract
       
Long Beach is seeking a deputy city manager to take over the city’s top management post when Donna Gayden leaves at the end of her contract this summer. She said she wants to prepare a successor to take over the city’s management team and finances when she moves on. The city is looking to make the deputy city manager a full-time position. Gayden is the city’s fourth city manager in two years since taking over from Jack Schnirman. Gayden said the city has reduced spending by $2.5 million while adding $2 million to the city’s general fund balance.
The Onion Tree in Sea Cliff faces a year of coronavirus challenges — and emerges stronger
       
A year after that first dinner, I returned to The Onion Tree. The Onion Tree opened for business on March 6, 2020, and was instantly busy. The eclectic menu was better received in Sea Cliff than it had been in Oakdale. The Village of Sea Cliff stepped up too, closing Sea Cliff Avenue for outdoor dining, first on Fridays and Saturdays but, eventually, from Thursday to Sunday. "It’s our one-year anniversary but it feels like years that we’ve had The Onion Tree,'' she said.
Cuomo controversies strain his relationship with Biden
       
Andrew M. Cuomo provided him with a sounding board, telling Biden about his father Mario’s regrets about not running for the White House. When Cuomo faced a challenge from progressive activist and actress Cynthia Nixon, it was Biden who delivered a more than 45-minute speech endorsing Cuomo at the state’s 2018 Democratic convention. Two days later, in a sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos, Biden took his response further, saying Cuomo should resign if state Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation confirms the sexual harassment allegations. "President Biden, I would assume, would agree with, as a result of that, [Cuomo] should resign." "I mean he's got not only the sexual harassment allegations, but the nursing home allegations, and these new revelations about COVID testing and preferential treatment for his family.
Residents launch effort to restore beauty of Mastic Beach waterfront
       
Once upon a time, almost a century ago, real estate developers ran ads in New York City newspapers promoting the joys of spending summers in bucolic Mastic Beach. But the decades passed and Mastic Beach became a typical suburban community. Spery and others formed the Mastic Beach Conservancy, a community effort to clean up a waterfront ravaged by pollution and Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. Brookhaven Councilman Dan Panico said the conservancy’s mission aligns with the town’s goal to revitalize Mastic Beach. "There’s so much potential in Mastic Beach.
Developer seeks variance to build 17 homes at Owl Hill estate in Smithtown
       
An Amityville developer is seeking a variance from Smithtown zoning officials to build 17 houses at Owl Hill, a Fort Salonga estate near Sunken Meadow State Park that town officials once hoped to buy and preserve. The site is zoned for 1-acre lots, but leaving that land undisturbed would yield just two lots, Smithtown environmental planner Allyson Murray said in an interview last week. Two smaller lots, designated for workforce housing, would be located off Fort Salonga Road to the north. Vincent Trimarco Sr., a lawyer representing Owl Hill LLC, said Friday that his client’s cluster design yielded no more lots than area zoning permits. Owl Hill was designed by Henry K. Murphy, an architect best known for his work in Asia in the early 20th century.
Q&A: Michael-jon Pease, first executive director of St. Paul Parks Conservancy, wants to raise $5M
       
After eight years as Park Square’s executive director, he joined the St. Paul Parks Conservancy in September as its first executive director and only full-time paid staffer. What is a parks conservancy, exactly? Like a Friends of the Library group, a park conservancy can take all kinds of forms. Supporters and dignitaries cut the ribbon on the revamped Rice Park on June 11, 2019, in downtown St. Paul. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)An adorned "the Source" stands in the fountain at Rice Park in downtown St. Paul on June 11, 2019.
Lagging in COVID-19 vaccinations, Hartford steps up campaign to reach city residents
       
Cruz, from the Hispanic Health Council, says she still sees plenty of hesitancy — but also plenty of people who only need a nudge. One employee, she said, told her that he didn’t want to get vaccinated out of fear he’d be used “as a guinea pig.” She didn’t tell him to get vaccinated, only that she had gotten her shot and that doing so would help life return to pre-pandemic normal. Just like that, he changed his mind.
Experts: U.S. death toll related to virus is higher than the estimated 550,000
       
Most were from COVID-19, but 33% of those nationwide, and 22% in New York, were attributed to a cause other than COVID-19, researchers estimated. Frederick worried that "we may see some sliding back" in recent improvements in life expectancy for some cancers because of the pandemic. There was a: 63% drop in breast cancer screenings 64% drop in colon cancer screenings 67% drop in cervical cancer screenings. "We call those deaths of despair," said Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of the Mineola-based Family and Children's Association. COVID-19 meant that people were isolated from in-person contact with mental health professionals and friends and had difficulty coping, he said.
April tasks | a monthly guide to things to do inside and outside the home
       
The Columbus DispatchA guide to things to do inside and outside next month. For outside• If fertilizer was applied in October or November, make one application in late April or early May. • If you use weed-control products, apply pre-emergent weed control about the first week of April to reduce crab grass, barnyard grass and other annual grassy weeds. • Clean windows. Wash windows early in the morning or on a cloudy day.
Joe Blundo, So To Speak | Volunteers offer a hand clearing felled trees after ice storm
       
McCarty lives off a country road in the hills above the Ohio River in Lawrence County, the southernmost in Ohio. “A multifaceted event that really challenged us,” said Mike Boster, Lawrence County’s emergency management director. You could hear big trees coming down but you couldn’t see them.”McCarty was fortunate — he had a generator and none of the downed trees fell close to his house. The recovery effort in Lawrence County has been a team event: first responders, the National Guard, volunteers, power company crews, local officials, neighbors. Lawrence County has a couple of hundred other property owners — many of them elderly or disabled — still awaiting help clearing trees, Boster said.
Home gardeners can sprout new skills through monthly gardening program
       
The Ohio State University Extension master gardener volunteer program will offer home gardeners a chance to learn new skills for the gardening season through a monthly workshop. The program, filled with volunteers who educate interested residents in horticulture, will offer coffee and gardening expertise once a month starting April 3 through Oct. 2. Sessions will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday mornings at the Franklin County office of OSU Extension on the university's Waterman Farm, Kunz-Brundige Extension Building, 2548 Carmack Road. Several sessions will be hands-on or outdoors in the Waterman Farm garden. For more information, contact the Franklin County Office of OSU Extension at 614-866-6900.ehopkins@dispatch.com@Earl_Hopkins1
Plant Primer | Mini monstera
       
The Columbus DispatchMini monstera, Ginny philodendronLight: bright indirectHeight: 6 to 12 feet (vine)Spread: 18- to 24-inchUSDA Hardiness Zones: 9b to 12Origin: southern Thailand and MalaysiaSmall plants for the home are all the rage, and a cutie is the mini monstera (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma). The plant is not a true monstera or even a philodendron; however, are all in the same family, aroids (Araceae). The mini monstera has dark-green, split leaves about five inches long. Mini monstera is a vine and uses aerial roots to cling to trees and rocks in their native habitats. Find mini monstera in the bridge when exiting the Pacific Island Water Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Salt Fork, Seneca Lake will be ready when health orders are lifted
       
"We do not have any special activities planned through May 31," said Adam Sikora, Salt Fork State Park manager. "The park continues to adhere to the governor's current orders regarding masks and social distancing," said Matt Steffen, manager at Seneca Lake Park. Outside, Salt Fork Park offers visitors 7,229-acres of recreational opportunities that include modern cabins, a large family and primitive campgrounds, hiking trails, marinas, a golf course, and Salt Fork Lake for boating and fishing. Salt Fork Lake offers an abundant fishing opportunity with sizable populations of largemouth bass, crappies, bluegills, walleyes, and muskellunge. For more information, contact Salt Fork State Park, 740-439-3521 or Seneca Lake Park at 740-685-6013.
Opinion: Actions, not empty words, needed to dismantle systems of oppression
       
Opinion and Community Engagement Editor Amelia Robinson asked five guest columnists their thoughts on this subject. More:Political cartoonists react to violence against Asian AmericansAs an Asian woman born in India, raised in Georgia and who has lived in Ohio since 2012, I’ve also been impacted by these systems of oppression. We have a right to go about our daily lives – shop for groceries, go to work, walk around our neighborhoods – and feel safe. Everyone deserves to feel safe and to feel like they belong. Speak out when you see anti-Asian hate, and push for investments that lift up our communities so we can all feel safe, together.
Technology has made online 'sweetheart scams' easier than ever
       
“These scammers prey on loneliness and tell you what you want and need to hear.”What’s commonly known as “sweetheart scams” are far from new. They travel a lot, maybe say they’re in the military, in construction, often something that takes them out of the country. Technology — phone apps such as the encrypted WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — has only made the scams easier. “We have to help the world understand that the world online is not safe,” said McGuiness, a 67-year-old from Florida with a background in internet and computer technology. Read more: Westerville man sent to prison for role in $3.4 million online dating scamHow it worked: Columbus man pleads guilty to money laundering as part of online romance scamAfter her husband died in 2010, the lost and lonely widow soon met a man online.
Biology: Intellectual property rights key to fighting COVID-19, but might come back to bite
       
Steve RissingFor The Columbus Dispatch USA TODAY NETWORKWhen it comes to defeating SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, intellectual property rights protections oppose insights of evolutionary biology. Patents and international accords protect intellectual property rights of inventors. The pharmaceutical companies using this new NIH technology are also applying for patents for COVID-19 vaccines they developed using it. Many in the developed world argue that denial of intellectual property rights will stifle innovation and our ability to confront the next pandemic. And to do that, we may have to waive intellectual property rights to molecular biology technology, including patents held by the U.S. government.
Opinion: It is time to 'rock the boat' and make waves in the name of ending racism against Asian Americans
       
More:Column: Here is how to be an antiracist in OhioI received the same messages that many Asian Americans internalize from their families. More:Column: Budget, plans for 2022 will occupy lawmakers in 2021Actions may include supporting Black-, Asian, and Asian American-owned restaurants, businesses and organizations. To my fellow Asian Americans, I see you. The call to action for Asian Americans is clear: If enough of us rock the boat, we can make waves. Kills touch nerve for local Asian and Asian American womenStacey Diane Aranez Litam is an assistant professor of counselor education at Cleveland State University.
Letters: Influence of money in politics, gun reforms and Columbus' climate plan
       
We want Ohio to support this initiative and to ratify this amendment when it is passed by Congress. Can Smart Columbus, the lead agency for this goal, come up with more solutions for public and private charging infrastructure? Columbus should consider how increasing plan goals in key areas can also support the regional economy. Mark Levy, ColumbusMisleading headline about Boy Scouts showed biasThe March 3 article, "Scouts' plan to exit bankruptcy deemed ‘woefully' inadequate," referred only to the Boy Scouts of America and not the Girl Scouts of the USA. John Stark, SunburyColumbus continues to shower developers with tax breaksAgain Columbus politicians award developers with unfair tax breaks (Wednesday article, "City gives tax break to data center").
NFL draft diary: Former Ohio State RB Trey Sermon on transitioning to pre-draft training
       
Trey Sermon strung together some of the best rushing performances in Ohio State history while leading the Buckeyes to last season’s College Football Playoff championship game. Sermon also will take part in Tuesday’s pro day at Ohio State. He has agreed to provide The Dispatch with a draft diary, as told to OSU beat reporter Joey Kaufman. In his first entry, Sermon looks back on his final game as a Buckeye and the start of his professional career. Still to this day, I’m thinking about the national championship game because it meant so much to me.
Gardening | Ohio victory garden program to offer free vegetable seeds to gardeners
       
Many gardeners declared that these new or expanded vegetable gardens were victory gardens in the fight against this new enemy called coronavirus. The program, titled Let’s Grow Ohio, will provide free vegetable seeds and educational programming designed to help gardeners and would-be gardeners plant vegetable gardens this spring and summer. Gardeners can find more information about the Ohio Victory Garden Project at the Ohio Victory Garden weblog at u.osu.edu/ohiovictorygardens. The Ohio Victory Garden project was piloted last fall with the development of fall victory gardens at the Bexley Community Garden and at OSU’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. These victory gardens were used to demonstrate the productivity of fall and winter gardening for central Ohio gardeners.
Opinion: 'There are those who benefit from divide-and-conquer policies that see Asians as “forever foreigners'
       
Such violence has been on rise since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but it has a long history in America. The recent slaughter of six Asian/Asian American women and two others in the Atlanta area was horrific and devastating. It is widely acknowledged that this number reflects only a fraction of the racist incidents Asian Americans have faced. RELATED GUEST COLUMNSOpinion: Actions, not just empty words needed to dismantle systems of oppressionOpinion: Asian Americans long discriminated against, long fighters for rightsOpinion: 'I don’t feel safe.' Pranav Jani is Director of the Asian American Studies Program and Associate Professor in the Department of English at The Ohio State University.
Five pressing issues as Ohio State men's basketball navigates the offseason
       
There’s no sugarcoating how the season ended for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. But lessening the wear and tear on others during the gauntlet of a Big Ten season makes this need hugely important. Ohio State basketball:If Buckeyes all return, 'it'll be pretty hard to beat us,' E.J. Buckeyes basketball:Often unsung, Ohio State senior CJ Walker quietly gives peace of mind to BuckeyesThere are two primary in-house options. Ohio State forced a turnover on 14.7% of its defensive possessions, its lowest mark in the KenPom era that dates back to the 1996-97 season.
The Mailbox | This cowardly social-media bullying of athletes must desist
       
What is wrong with these people who feel they must destroy this young man through faceless social media? Fausto J. Garofalo Jr., ColumbusEditor: On Friday, March 19, the Ohio State men’s basketball team lost to Oral Roberts and was bounced from the NCAA Tournament. Wrap the entire matter up in one weekend, eliminate the “mad,” and protect the safety of our athletes. Editor: I’m happy OSU lost, but not for the reason you might think. John Watson, via emailJohn: The real trick here is how you introduced the Black Lives Matter movement into a discussion about basketball players kneeling in protest.
Visual arts | Exhibit at the Riffe Gallery a virtual presentation of artists' resourcefulness
       
Nancy GilsonSpecial to The Columbus DispatchOne of the best current virtual art exhibits demonstrates not only the resourcefulness of artists during pandemic times, it also celebrates the role of artists in building and fostering human togetherness. Happily, that virtual incarnation is strong and includes images of the full exhibit enhanced by information about the artists and their work. Indeed, the artists in this exhibit go well beyond working solo in their own studios. They teach, they operate galleries and they create community projects and spaces for other artists to work in. A variety of virtual events surrounding the exhibit also are scheduled.
Bestsellers | The latest list from the American Booksellers Association
       
The Columbus DispatchThe latest list from the American Booksellers Association:NONFICTION1. "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse," Charlie Mackesy3. "Caste," Isabel Wilkerson4. "This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism," Don Lemon10. "Four Hundred Souls," Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain (editors)14.
Book review: 'The Hospital' explores the state of rural health care
       
Margaret QuammeSpecial to The Columbus DispatchJournalist Brian Alexander examines the dire state of health care in the United States by focusing on one small hospital in northwest Ohio. Community Hospital and Wellness Centers is the largest employer in largely conservative Bryan, a city of 8,500 about 50 miles west of Toledo. As a small, independent community hospital, it is, Alexander says, "part of a dying species," because many local hospitals have either been absorbed by regional health systems or gone bankrupt. Interwoven with the hospital drama is context about the American health care system — if "system" is not too generous a word — in general, including the devolving state of health insurance, the competition for business among giant health care groups, price-fixing by drug companies, and the relationship between economic class and wellness. While not exactly a subtle critique, the book raises alarming questions about where health care is headed, and does so in the context of an absorbing story of one small hospital in a state of rapid transition.
Restaurant reflections | Readers share fond memories of dining destinations of yore
       
When we invited readers recently to share stories set in their favorite bygone Columbus restaurants, they responded with tales of fateful meetings, embarrassing miscues and funny conversations. It figures prominently in Tom Duncan’s memory of a Wehrle High School prom night. Because Wehrle called other schools to verify that prom dates were old enough, Duncan’s friend recruited two Walnut Ridge High School juniors to pretend they would be the dates. After obtaining the treasured signature, Mom told me I couldn’t keep the cloth napkin since it was owned by the restaurant. I asked her if she had ever asked John how he got the scar on his cheek.
From the editor: We're grateful for the work of longtime reporter, sports editor
       
Brian White, formerly sports editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale and other newspapers, will become the Dispatch sports editor this week. White, an Ohio native and Ohio State University graduate, recently had worked with NBCSports.com as sports editor and then MSN.com as managing editor for sports. He was hired onto the sports staff full time in 1984, then promoted to high school sports reporter in 1988. He became assistant sports editor in 1995 and was named sports editor in March 2003. When you asked us questions, Ludlow and others on the news staff acted on your behalf to get answers from the governor or health officials.
Opinion: Asian Americans long discriminated against, long fighters for rights
       
Racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is nothing new and existed long before I started educating others about it more than 30 years ago. Never mind the shooter targeted three Asian businesses and killed six Asian American women. That’s why while 60% of humans are Asian, AAPI account for only around 6% of the U.S. population. Kills touch nerve for local Asian and Asian American womenOpinion: It is time to 'rock the boat' and make waves in the name of ending racism against Asian AmericansStephen Kyo Kaczmarek is Columbus State Community College English professor. Kaczmarek is proudly Asian American and the co-author of "Business Communication: Building Critical Skills."
Michael Arace: RIP Granville Waiters, beloved giant of the East Side
       
Granville Waiters was 6 feet, 11 inches and 240 pounds of sunlight on the East Side. “Financial consultant, that’s what he did,” said Dave Barker, 83, an East Side guy who is the unofficial ambassador for Ohio State basketball alumni. Lee Williams played on Hayes’ first national championship team in 1954, and played professionally. Underwood:“’They did more for the East Side than I did,’ Granville said. “I said, ‘Granville, you are the epitome of hard work, dedication, staying the course and doing the right thing.
Letters to the editor
       
Climate change accountabilityA recent column by Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel to the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, takes issue with the idea that oil and gas companies should pay any of the costs associated with climate change. Meanwhile, consumers and businesses are already paying for the costs of climate change. Taxpayers across the country, including in Massachusetts, pay tens of billions every year in damages from hurricanes, wildfires, droughts and flooding made more destructive by climate change. Just like the tobacco executives before them, oil and gas CEOs decided to pour their efforts into misinformation campaigns about the science of climate change instead of addressing the harm their product was causing. We need them to fly but there are now no adequate substitutes for jet fuel, so it makes sense that they can pay firms in other industries to reduce emissions by buying their permits.
Syria forced to ration fuel as stricken ship keeps Suez Canal blocked
       
"We cannot set a specific date for the ship to float, it depends on the ship's response." Around 9,000 tons of ballast water have been removed from the ship, Rabie said, with the dredging taking place during low tides while 14 tugs worked during high tides. Rescue teams managed to temporarily restart the rudder and propellers on Friday night before a low tide stalled their efforts, he said. Two additional tug boats are expected to arrive by Sunday to help in the refloating efforts, according to the technical manager of the ship, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. Rabie said the reasons behind the accident remain unclear.
We asked kids what they would do free the ship in Suez Canal
       
The paralyzing effect of the stricken Ever Given container ship on global traffic became clear on Sunday as nearby Syria, already scarred by years of war, imposed fuel rationing to safeguard dwindling oil supplies.
Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed
       
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Today in sports history: March 28
       
In 1992, Christian Laettner hits a 15-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer to give defending champion Duke a 104-103 overtime victory over Kentucky and a fifth consecutive Final Four trip. See more sports moments from this date:
Vaccines haven’t cured loneliness in New York nursing homes
       
(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) — Vaccines have begun saving lives in New York’s nursing homes, but they haven’t yet cured another crisis caused by the pandemic: loneliness. Persistently high rates of COVID-19 have left the majority of the state’s nursing homes off limits to visitors, despite relaxed guidance meant to help reopen them. The federal program to vaccinate nursing home residents has helped drive down COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes nationwide. Federal and state guidance allows compassionate care visits, but families in New York and elsewhere say nursing homes don’t always allow them. But many New Yorkers with relatives in nursing homes say their loved ones can’t wait for companionship.
In and out of lockdown: the most uplifting and surprising videos from the past year - video
       
As many countries faced restrictions and lockdowns to battle the coronavirus pandemic, communities adapted in surprising ways, with some of the most uplifting moments being filmed and shared across the world. From concerts for plants, to animal roaming empty streets, here are some of the most memorable videos from 12 months of fight against Covid-19
Tom and Jerry review – wearisome live action adaptation
       
The long-running feud between cat and smart-aleck mouse gets a new platform in this feature-length adaptation of the Hanna Barbera cartoon. The backdrop is a swanky Manhattan hotel, which is set to host the wedding of the year. The approach, a marriage of cluttered live action with madcap 2D animation, owes an obvious debt to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but has more in common with the wearisome and unfunny Garfield: The Movie. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as Kayla, an opportunist who cons her way into a job using a stolen résumé. It’s astute casting – Moretz’s habitually overblown acting style seems slightly less jarring when juxtaposed with rampaging cartoon elephants.
Coronavirus latest news: Moderna Covid vaccine to be introduced in UK from April
       
A third covid vaccine - Moderna - will arrive in the UK next month, ministers have confirmed. More than than 500,000 doses of Moderna are due to arrive in the first batch, the Mail on Sunday reports. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden clarified that April is the month when the Moderna vaccine is expected to arrive in the UK. Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the data on the Moderna vaccine was very promising. When asked on BBC Breakfast on Sunday if the Moderna vaccine could open the door to people under 50 being vaccinated, he said: "We examined the data from Moderna which looks very promising.
Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo storms off pitch after being denied clear winner for Portugal
       
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch and threw his armband to the floor after being denied an added-time winner in their World Cup qualifying 2-2 draw against Serbia. The Juventus forward thought he had scored at the death as although his angled shot was cleared by defender Stefan Mitrovic, television replays appeared to show the ball crossing the line. However, with no goal-line technology or VAR available in Belgrade his effort was not allowed. A furious Ronaldo was booked for protesting before marching off down the tunnel at the final whistle and hurling away his captain's armband in disgust.
Brilliant British hotels with half-term availability
       
That most glamorous of riverside hotels, Cliveden, still has a couple of rooms available this half-term, but if the price point proves a problem, row on down to The Runnymede on Thames. Better still, families can hire one of the hotel’s three boats for a day on the river. Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, a mock-medieval mansion near Arundel, is great fun for families with its castle-style corridors, stone staircases and “secret” underground tunnel. More modern diversions include a pool and spa complex (with family times) plus a giant jenga set. The hotel can organise beach picnics, otherwise stop by the Thomas Heatherwick-designed East Beach Cafe for a beer­-battered fish sandwich.
What does CHIS mean? Your essential jargon buster to all the Line of Duty acronyms
       
Yes, some of the law-enforcement lingo in blockbuster BBC hit Line of Duty can be a little impenetrable to us civilians. He’s to be applauded for never dumbing things down for the audience, instead trusting us to learn the ropes as the series progresses. Vicky McClure, who plays DI Kate Fleming, calls the process of learning her dialogue “lines of duty”. Actor Martin Compston, who plays DS Steve Arnott, says: “I think Jed sometimes just does it to torture you. ARUArmed response unit, like the squad headed by Sgt Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays) in series three.
Comeback king Terunofuji wins Spring tourney
       
Sekiwake Terunofuji earned his third career championship in emphatic fashion on Sunday, shoving out ozeki Takakeisho to win the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament with a 12-3 record. Terunofuji fought his way back from the brink, and survived an effort by Takakeisho to pull him down by the arm before savagely thrusting him out. Terunofuji had entered the meet looking to secure repromotion to ozeki, but went well beyond the minimum standard of 33 wins over three straight tourneys. “I was just taking it one day at a time (in my comeback), training hard every day. His 13-2 record made him the third wrestler in history to win a championship while fighting from the makuuchi division’s lowest rung.
Majority of police say they have seen evidence go missing, destroyed or contaminated, report finds
       
Three quarters of police officers say they have seen evidence lost or destroyed, as a report reveals negligent forces are "the blind leading the blind." Two thirds had seen evidence stored incorrectly, often directly impacting the outcome of their investigations. A third said that they were unable to launch an appeal against someone’s conviction because of missing evidence. For the most serious cases, such as murder, evidence should be kept for 30 years before it is reviewed. Statements given to researchers from Inside Justice and Northumbria University revealed that officers in UK forces are aware of the poor practice.
The best traditional hot cross buns for 2021
       
Everyone can appreciate the joys of a classic hot cross bun – filled with vine fruit and ideally with a delightful citrus aroma – which makes the challenge of achieving the perfect balance a hard one. This year’s offerings range from dark and glossy domes to much paler bakes, and from heavily fruited numbers to those that major more on spices. There are those that have immediate curb appeal, thanks to their plump, fluffy domes or neatly piped crosses, but only a few nail the holy grail of elements that make a toasted bun a memorable treat that you'll want another bite of straight away. Read on to find out which were flops, and which were fantastic this year. Aldi Specially Selected luxury hot cross buns
Video: Moment ABC newsreader is taken off air after shouting 'f**k off'
       
Video: Worrying moment ABC newsreader is taken off air after shouting 'f**k off' twice while struggling to complete rambling live broadcastWorrying moment ABC newsreader is taken off air after shouting 'f**k off' twice while struggling to complete rambling live broadcast.
Video: Mila Jovovich switches places with her daughter in funny TikTok
       
Video: Milla Jovovich and her daughter Ever Anderson, 13, hilariously IMPERSONATE each other in new TikTok videoMila Jovovich switches places with her daughter in funny TikTok. The 'Resident Evil' star took to TikTok to share a hilarious post of her in which she pretends to be the daughter while Ever pretends to be the mom.
European jihadists' children 'at risk of radicalisation'
       
Thousands of European nationals -- mainly jihadists' widows and children -- have been driven out of former IS stronghold Baghuz over the past two yearsAdvertising Read moreBrussels (AFP)The children of European jihadists left trapped in a Syrian camp after their fathers' defeat on the battlefield now face radicalisation in their turn, a Belgian expert warns. Belgium has been one of the main sources of foreign fighters who travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight under the banner of the Islamic State jihadist group. - 'New tension' -But researchers estimate that there may be 40 Belgian children in the camps. "At one point the children turned on us and called us kufar, infidels, and started to throw stones," she said. "We need to get the children home as quick as possible for both humanitarian and security reasons."
[News Focus] Seoul mayoral by-election campaign revolves around real estate plans
       
Oh Se-hoon of the main opposition People Power Party said last week that he would lift restructuring and redevelopment regulations within a week if he is elected as Seoul mayor. Residents in Yeouido and Apgujeong -- expensive Seoul residential districts where outdated apartments have long been awaiting redevelopment -- have hailed Oh’s pledges regarding real estate redevelopment. The city council dominated by the ruling Democratic Party of Korea is not expected to pass bills like Oh’s deregulation schemes. “In case of pending large-scale projects to rebuild apartments in Gangnam, redevelopment plans will not be only led by the public agencies,” Park said in an interview. Park Young-sun, the ruling Democratic Party’s candidate for Seoul mayor, holds a street campaign in Jungnang-gu, northern Seoul, Saturday.
Bora fury over Gent-Wevelgem Covid exclusion
       
Advertising Read moreParis (AFP)German cycling team Bora say they are angry after becoming the second team to miss out on Sunday's big race in Belgium due to Covid. Bora followed Trek-Segafredo into the quartine bay late Saturday but while Trek went voluntarily, a doctor's ruling excluded Bora from the Gent-Wevelgem classic, who had wanted to take part anyway. A GP from the region can block an entire team in one of the largest one-day races in the world," Bora manager Ralph Denk said. Denk accepted that one of his riders had tested positive and that he and his teammate should have been excluded, but not the entire team. "The team has decided to withdraw from Gent-Wevelgem whilst we do further testing before we can safely return to competition," the team said.
US-China relations: Beijing’s plan for aviation supremacy faces bumpy ride as American export controls show no signs of easing
       
China’s plan to accelerate development of its aircraft industry could be disrupted by tensions with the US. Photo: Xinhua
Recovering k?kako population not out of the woods yet
       
North Island populations of the kōkako have recovered significantly in the last 20 years, said Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan at an event marking the milestone. Recovery efforts over more than two decades have seen the iconic North Island k?kako brought back from the brink of extinction. Protection of the species began in the late 1990s, after the k?kako dropped to as few as 1000 individual birds scattered across the North Island. “There are now 2000 breeding pairs of this secretive forest bird across the North Island, up from just 330 pairs when recovery efforts began,” Allan said. “This is a true conservation success story, and a massive testament to the individuals, iwi and community groups who have worked alongside the Department of Conservation (DOC) to rebuild the population.
Optimism but concern as megaship still stuck in Suez
       
The Italian-flagged Carlo Magno and the Dutch-flagged Alp Guard were in the Red Sea en route to the Suez Canal, the ship-tracking websites said. Billions of dollars of cargo are now stalled at either end of the Suez Canal and each passing day results in millions of dollars in losses for Egypt and commercial enterprises around the world. Several notes of optimism were struck on Saturday, including from Suez Canal Authority chief Osama Rabie, who told a news conference that the megaship could be afloat by Sunday night. Hopes have been pinned on the spring high tide expected to start Sunday night. "If they don't manage to dislodge it during that high tide, the next high tide is not there for another couple of weeks, and that becomes problematic," Plamen Natzkoff, an expert at VesselsValue, has said.
Britain's stately homes struggle to survive with Covid restrictions
       
He compared stately homes to businesses in the hospitality industry and said "we are all suffering unnecessarily". Historic Houses, which represents 1,500 privately owned homes around Britain, wants the government to ensure it is keeping to scientific advice and not unnecessarily burdening struggling stately homes. He said stately homes were looking at a "stored up crisis" with rot and damp that had permeated many houses. The cost has been harsh, not just for the homes but for the 34,400 employed by houses with ticketed visitors or for weddings and conferences. Courtenay said Powderham would be reopening its gardens "as soon as we can", explaining that very few stately homes run a surplus.
Mozambique urged to ‘move in swiftly to protect civilians’ after jihadists seize town
       
Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa Director of Human Rights Watch, speaks with FRANCE 24 on March 27, 2021 about the jihadist insurgency in Mozambique. "We are calling on the Mozambique authorities to move in swiftly to protect civilians," said Dewa Mavhinga, Southern Africa Director of Human Rights Watch, speaking with FRANCE 24. As a result of this, it is difficult to get the precise numbers of civilians affected," Mavhinga added. "It is an indiscriminate attack targeting unarmed civilians," said Mavhinga. "The authorities must swiftly intervene.
Warren presses Yellen to ramp up BlackRock oversight
       
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth WarrenAmazon tangles with Warren on Twitter Founders would roll their eyes at Warren's filibuster claim Sanders, Warren and AOC can lift Dems in 2022 midterms MORE (D-Mass.) During a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Warren urged Yellen — the former chair of the Federal Reserve — to put the massive asset manager under strict supervision before the next time financial markets buckle. ADVERTISEMENT“Does, potentially, a $9 trillion investment company pose some risk to the American economy if it should fail?” Warren asked Yellen, arguing in favor of BlackRock’s systemic importance. “Designation is what is what gives the Fed its increased oversight power,” Warren said. Progressives have largely been pleased with Biden’s picks for key financial posts, including several that were aides to Warren.
Migrants waiting at the US-Mexico border have been photographed wearing shirts that say 'Biden, please let us in!'
       
Migrants at the US-Mexico border were seen wearing shirts pleading for Biden to let them in. The shirts read "Biden, please let us in" and mimic the design of Biden's campaign advertisements. Immigrants are gathering at the border, with an unprecedented number waiting to be let into the US. Migrants at the US-Mexico border were spotted wearing shirts that read "Biden, please let us in!" while gathering en-masse in Tijuana, kneeling and praying for US border officials to let them in.
Oakland To Provide $500 A Month In Guaranteed Income To 600 BIPOC Families
       
Oakland Resilient Families, the name of the program, will provide $500 a month for at least 18 months to the families who can spend the money on anything they want to. “We believe that guaranteed income is the most transformative policy that can achieve this vision and whose time has come,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. But Sonoma State University Economics Professor Dr. Robert Eyler thinks we are still far from a national guaranteed income. None of the money for Oakland Resilient Families will come from taxpayers. Jesus Gerena, CEO of the Oakland-based Family Independence Initiative, which is a partner with the city on the project, said $6.75 million has been raised for Oakland Resilient Families.
Bolsonaro: Brazil's president ordered to pay damages to journalist
       
Mr Bolsonaro, a right-wing president who has been in office since January 2019, has a history of animosity towards journalists who have been critical of his administration.
Troops fire at funeral as Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup
       
(Reuters) - Myanmar security forces opened fire on Sunday, witnesses said, at people gathered for the funeral of one of the 114 people killed the previous day, the bloodiest day of protests since the military coup on Feb. 1. One person was killed when troops opened fire overnight on a group of protesters near the capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar Now news reported. Fighting erupted on Sunday between another armed group, the Kachin Independence Army, and the military in the jade-mining area of Hpakant in the north. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy. “Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said in a statement.
Spate of trampoline accidents in Japan spark call for safety measures
       
Trampolines are seen at a facility in Osaka Prefecture on March 18, 2021. (Mainichi/Koichi Kirino)OSAKA -- Serious injuries from trampoline accidents in Japan have sparked calls for the national government to create safety guidelines. The national government should instruct facility operators to take thorough safety measures." A bulletin board displays recent injury records at a leisure facility in Osaka Prefecture on March 18, 2021. Masato Ishida, a public relations commission member at the Japan Gymnastics Association, said: "Serious accidents can be reduced if people can land safely.
UN in 'serious negotiations' with China about letting observers into Xinjiang province: Antonio Guterres
       
"I hope that they will reach an agreement soon and that the human rights high commissioner will be able to visit China without restrictions on limitations." China has denied all reports of human rights abuses in the region, claiming that the camps are vocational training centres needed to fight extremism. For us, it's important for the mission to take place to be a mission that has unlimited access to what the Human Rights Commission wants to visit," Guterres said. There are about 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong and Canada has expressed concern about a crackdown on democracy in the region. Guterres told CBC News that the UN continues to call on China to respect human rights in Hong Kong.
Suicide attack rocks Indonesia church, several wounded
       
At least 14 people wounded after attackers detonate explosives outside a packed church during Palm Sunday Mass. Two suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Indonesia’s deadliest attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. An Indonesian policeman stands guard at the site of the explosion outside the church in Makassar [Indra Abriyanto/AFP]
Makassar explosion: Worshippers wounded in Indonesian church bombing
       
"Whatever the motive is, this attack cannot be justified by any religion because it only does harm to other people," he said.
Oatmeal yes, eggs no: Gaps emerge in U.S. anti-hunger push for children
       
Trips to the grocery store became an exercise in triage: yes to oatmeal, no to fresh fruit and eggs. “I definitely had a lot of depression last year.”McCann, 39, found out about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program in October, after it had expired. Slideshow ( 4 images )Much federal aid is filtered through state governments, and caseloads have varied considerably from state to state. Likewise, participation in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program rose by 74% in Indiana between February and September and dropped by 37% in Mississippi. The state mailed those cards to schools for families to pick up, but 60,000 of them were sent back unclaimed.
14 TV shows with exceptional soundtracks to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar
       
A good TV show can be made more memorable by a great soundtrack. A good OST can become a part of the show’s narrative and be used as a way to propel the story ahead. If you happen to love both music and watching TV, then take a look at our list of TV shows that have exceptional soundtracks and add them to your watchlist (and playlists). Money Heist (2017)An Italian folk song about fighting fascism became popular globally 200 years after its inception thanks to this Spanish heist drama. ‘Bella Ciao’ became the focus point for the massively hit Netflix series and launched thousands of covers and parodies online.
Blue Lamé geometric jacquard shirt dress
       
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The 5 Key Dos And Don’ts Of Wearing SPF
       
British Vogue asked dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting for the five key dos and don’ts of SPF – so you can absorb that much-needed vitamin D with confidence. Do: Choose a broad spectrum SPFTo protect skin against both UVA and UVB light – both of which cause damage to the skin – broad spectrum SPF is a must. “What’s really crucial when we’re talking about a good skincare routine is blocking the daily UVA rays which are present all year round,” explains Dr Bunting. UV light is a known entity that not only causes premature ageing but also cancer, and they are both proven without a shadow of a doubt. Both of those things are highly preventable,” Dr Bunting says.
Holi 2021: How to protect your skin and hair before you play
       
But if colours are part of the plan for you this year, it is best to prep your skin and hair before you play. How to prep for Holi before you play“Avoid facials, waxing or threading or laser treatments in the week preceding Holi. Before you play, slather your skin, body and hair with a barrier cream or oil to prevent colour from sticking. To protect your body skin from colour, wear clothes that cover most body parts. How to get rid of the Holi colour from your skin and scalpDr Pai suggests against scrubbing or over-zealously washing the skin as that could cause tears or micro-injuries in the skin, which can promote infection, acne or rashes.
5 fitness lessons you need to learn from Priyanka Chopra
       
As she tries different workouts to find one she really likes (swimming and skipping are her current favourites), here's what you can learn from her fitness routines now. Find a way to workout, even when you travelChopra is always on the go, and her travel schedule means that a regular gym workout may not always be possible. I learnt it really really well in school and then I learnt it even better during Mary Kom, so I try to get my cardio in my skipping. Find a cardio workout that serves as a stress-busterFor Chopra, her usual gym regimen involves cardio and resistance training (squats are a common addition to her repertoire). Also read:5 cardio exercises you can add to your workout routine if you hate runningThese benefits of skipping will make you want to pick up your rope againCurious about Priyanka Chopra’s beauty routine?
5 common mistakes you make that could be impacting your sleep
       
If the statistics are anything to go by, good quality sleep is less easy to come by nowadays. Drinking alcohol (and caffeine)Are you aware that even just a glass of wine can impact the quality of your sleep? “Alcohol is a sedative so while you might lose consciousness quicker upon getting into bed, you’re not actually falling asleep quicker,” says Maja Schaedel, clinical psychologist and co-founder of The Good Sleep Clinic. “One of the problems I’m seeing a lot during lockdown is that clients eat their dinner earlier then get peckish later on,” she says, advising against this for good sleep. A common problem among her clients, having a nap (wherever it may be) reduces “sleep pressure” (or the mounting movement throughout the day towards sleep) which means that when one goes up to bed, you’re wired or can’t sleep.
‘House Of Gucci’: Everything We Know So Far About Lady Gaga’s Patrizia Reggiani Biopic
       
Patrizia Reggiani at the funeral of her husband, Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci. © Luca Bruno/AP/ShutterstockRead more: ‘The Crown’ Season 5: Everything You Need To KnowWhat is the plot of Ridley Scott’s ‘Gucci’ biopic? In 1972, Patrizia Reggiani, an Italian socialite, married Maurizio Gucci – the 20-something grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci. Who will star in Ridley Scott’s ‘Gucci’ biopic? © Ipa/ShutterstockWhen will Ridley Scott’s ‘Gucci’ biopic be released?
Kylie Jenner’s Latest Manicure Combines Every Single Nail Trend Into One
       
On March 24, Jenner revealed her latest manicure (from right-hand nail artist Chaun Legend) on TikTok and Instagram Stories… and we’re not even sure where to begin describing it. First thing’s first, this look is painted on what appear to be gel extensions or acrylics in the lengthy, rectangular shape Jenner’s long been known for. Each nail has a multi-colored retro swirl design that’s only on the tips — and each nail’s swirl pattern has a different color scheme. Instead of dipping her brush straight into the polish, she drags the brush through it, going in different directions to fully saturate the bristles. Read Next: Meet The Nail Artist Extraordinaire Behind Dua Lipa’s Maximalist ManicuresOriginally published on Vogue.com
Egyptian Swimmer Farida Osman Qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics By Winning Gold at the ISCA Finals
       
Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman has earned a spot in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by winning a gold medal at the International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) finals. Held in the US, the four-day tournament saw Osman participate in three of its events and winning the gold medal in all three of them. The 26-year-old won gold in the 50 meters butterfly event with a time of 26.08 seconds and later went on to also win the top spot in the 50 meters freestyle. However, it was winning gold in the 100 meters butterfly event that led Osman to secure her place in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. In doing so, Osman nearly matched her lifetime best from the 2016 Summer Olympics by finishing within .01 seconds from it.
Confidence, ageing, and why a holistic beauty approach can include aesthetic tweakments, according to Gwyneth Paltrow
       
In 2021, pure and holistic beauty has a more inclusive meaning, according to Gwyneth Paltrow, Academy Award-winning actress, entrepreneur, mother, and founder of lifestyle brand, goop. Whether it’s through mental, physical, or spiritual well-being, I want people to feel empowered to make their own choices, without judgement,” says Gwyneth Paltrow on authenticity. That’s one of the many reasons underscoring my partnership with Merz Aesthetics.” You may know them better for their suite of aesthetic treatments including skin tightening, dermal fillers and non-invasive anti-ageing injections, however Merz Aesthetics is the world’s largest dedicated medical aesthetics business. A post shared by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow)On confidence “When I was younger, I was a lot less confident. And so I really believe in a great skincare routine, of course, using Merz Aesthetics to help a little bit here and there, and drinking a lot of water.
How It Feels To Navigate The Dating World When You’re Non-Binary
       
© NineSince coming out as non-binary, I haven’t really dipped my toe back in the dating pool. When we have such strict lines, gay men are attracted to “men”, straight men are attracted to “women”, people like myself slip between the cracks. Men like men or men like women, that’s it. Personally, I don’t really have a clear idea yet on what non-binary romance looks like, or feels like. I’m not a man, and I’m not a woman, but I am a human.
“I Still Believe In Every Word We Chanted”: 10 Years On, Waad Al-Kateab Shares Her Memories Of The Syrian Revolution
       
As for so many, the pandemic has upended our lives: schools are closed; we must work at home; we’re isolated. A virus has us under siege, and I am reminded in a way I didn’t expect of life in war-torn Syria. I was 20 years old and a student at the University of Aleppo when everything changed for my country. Enormous crowds gathered in Assi Square in Hama; hundreds around the giant clock in Homs; thousands of students – myself among them – at Aleppo university. Suddenly, millions of us were fighting together for a new way of life, protecting each other, beating with one heart.
What Has Biodiversity Got To Do With Fashion?
       
But we’re also facing another crisis when it comes to biodiversity – the variety of living species on our planet. “Biodiversity and these functioning ecosystems provide us with the fresh water we need, it provides us with the food we eat. “About 30 per cent of the solution to climate change needs to come from nature.”Read more: Repairing Your Clothes Can Be Revolutionary, Here’s How To Do It RightWhat impact does fashion have on biodiversity? Thankfully, the fashion industry is slowly waking up to its impact on biodiversity. More than 200 fashion brands have committed to restoring biodiversity as part of The Fashion Pact, including a commitment to supporting zero deforestation and sustainable forest management by 2025.
How To Style A Vintage Or Vegan Leather Jacket Like A Model
       
This is Vogue’s guide to wearing vintage and vegan ‘leather’ jackets now, with a little help from our favourite model friends. Embrace longline© Acielle / Style Du MondeOur key takeaway from Paris’s street style round-up? Don’t shy away from the drama of a calf-grazing vintage leather silhouette. © Gianluca SeneseThe vegan ‘leather’ blazer you already own is still it© Acielle / Style Du MondeThere’s literally nothing to dislike about a cruelty-free ‘leather’ blazer (foremost the practical pockets), but the right cut is key. © Acielle / Style Du MondeShirting© Acielle / Style Du MondeChances are you already own a cruelty-free ‘leather’ shirt.
Lil Nas X Has Precisely Zero Tolerance For The Homophobic Backlash To His Epic “Montero” Video
       
As music videos go, it hardly gets more seismic than Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”. It sees Lil Nas reinterpret Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” in his own magnificent style. Naturally, certain sections of the internet (namely, the ones still trying to get over “WAP”) had some thoughts on this, but Lil Nas is having none of the homophobic backlash. In response to claims that his video is part of a “system” intended to corrupt American youth, the Georgia native responded on Twitter: “There was no system involved. The agenda to make people stay the fuck out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.
Most DEI efforts fail. Here are 4 strategies to ensure they don’t
       
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) rose to prominence in the 1960s , driven by Civil Rights legislation. Now, as racial awakening has brought DEI back into focus, it’s hard to find a U.S. company that hasn’t prioritized diversity and inclusion over the past year. While each era helped advance the national conversation, change has been limited, especially at the top of the corporate ladder. Why progress has been so incrementalAlongside the renewed focus on diversity hiring, there’s a silent undercurrent pushing in the other direction. These employees start to receive fewer opportunities, less exposure to senior executives, and fewer chances to learn and improve.
June Shannon Reveals Health Diagnosis, Says She Could "Die Within 6 Months"
       
The reality star opened up about her ongoing health condition during a scene with her sister, Jo “Doe Doe” Shannon, on the March 26 episode of WeTV’s Mama June: From Not to Hot. “I’ve seen the walker thing in some of your video thingies,” Doe Doe said to June, bringing up her very public substance abuse issue and asking:“So is it because of the drugs?”This would make some sense, wouldn't it? Shannon has said she spent $1 million on drugs and blew off her children for many months as a result of this addiction. “I am to a point that I’m a stage 3,” June told Doe Doe. As the episode aired, in fact, June took to Twitter to share additional details about her health status.
10 Brands and Organizations Rocking TikTok Marketing
       
Did you know that TikTok is set to reach 1.2 billion average monthly active users in 2021? Download our guide, created with Student Beans, for an inside look at what it takes to create content that engages, entertains and converts Generation TikTok.
3 Maximizers to Help You Make the Most of Your Wealth in Retirement
       
Accumulating money for retirement is one thing; getting the most out of that money is another. You want to be sure you can maximize the wealth you have amassed so that your dreams of retirement — whatever they might be — are realized. Let’s take a look at three retirement maximizers that can help you do that: Make a plan Retirement represents a substantial life-transition event. You can explore financial tools designed to help mitigate risk, such as principal protection, income protection or both. That person should be able to assist you in putting these wealth maximizers into action, helping you achieve a more confident and carefree retirement just like you dreamed about.
Supporting the Covid-19 vaccine rollout with extra-strength glass
       
Corning produces Valor Glass vials, a primary mode of delivery for vaccines as part of the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed. — but his participation in the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program positioned him well. Kurz says that Corning was the perfect place to bring his operations skills, with its 170-year history in glass production. Valor Glass offers multiple improvements over conventional borosilicate vials by chemically strengthening the glass with molten salt. For Kurz, his pride in glass manufacturing is clear.
Cuomo's VIP tests may have violated state law. But who should investigate?
       
Section 74 of the state Public Officers Law makes clear that no public officer can use their position to obtain "unwarranted privileges or exemptions" for themselves or others, including family members. The VIP testing program at the least raises the question of whether it is in line with Public Officers Law, government-reform advocates said. By law, JCOPE is extremely limited in what it can say publicly about potential investigations. Sen. Todd Kaminsky, a Long Island Democrat who is a former federal prosecutor, said he believes state law is intentionally written in a way to limit who can investigate impartially. In this case, Cuomo appears to have violated the public officer's law, said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause/NY.
COVID: Remember how we segregated smokers? It could be a lot worse for the unvaccinated
       
Smokers and non-smokers mingled easily in offices, hospitals and bars — wherever people tended to gather in clumps large and small. According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, 62% said unvaccinated people should not be allowed to travel on airplanes. Furthermore, 55% believed that unvaccinated people should not exercise in public gyms, sit in movie theaters or attend concerts. When it came to avoiding those who could cause them potential ill, non-smokers had it much easier than the vaccinated will. Stadiums and arenas may provide VIP-only entrances, allowing the vaccinated to pass safely to their “Vaccinated Only” seats down front.
Russia’s Putin pumps up the swagger in swipes at Biden
       
Cue a state propaganda blitz with 68-year-old Putin portrayed as a dynamic leader with years ahead of him and 78-year-old Biden as a doddering has-been. Biden made Putin seem powerful, facing down an external enemy, instead of trying to cocoon himself from the pandemic. The basic mode is anti-Western and it’s not the first time, or last time, it is used.”ADADAn editorial in the business paper Kommersant predicted that “thanks to Biden” Putin’s United Russia might win every seat in Russia’s parliament. “Joe Biden seems to have launched a major theme for uniting society around Vladimir Putin ahead of the September Duma elections,” it said. But Gaaze said this ideology had limited appeal and that Putin’s era of political invulnerability was showing signs of fatigue.
Carter Kieboom sent to minors as Nationals’ roster comes into focus
       
The club selected the contracts of veterans Hernán Pérez and Jordy Mercer, solidifying their spots on the Opening Day roster. ADADTo make room for Mercer and Pérez on the 40-man roster, the Nationals designated infielder Jake Noll for assignment. The Nationals again gave Kieboom a chance to win the third base job. If Harrison becomes a regular, the five-man bench is Mercer, Pérez, catcher Alex Avila, first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and outfielder Andrew Stevenson. The Nationals have 29 players left in major league camp, and among them are pitchers Rogelio Armenteros and Seth Romero.
Rehabbing Yankee Justin Wilson starts throwing again
       
TAMPA — Justin Wilson began throwing again Saturday after being shut down with shoulder tightness following his removal from an outing on Monday. “I got all the way to 90 feet and felt really normal,’’ said Wilson, who added he was doing about “75-80 percent” of his program. “I’m not sure it’s set in stone either way,’’ Wilson said. “Every time I finished a pitch [Monday], it wouldn’t necessarily grab, but I had discomfort in there,’’ said Wilson, who summoned the training staff following the 20th pitch of Monday’s outing. Jameson Taillon threw live batting practice to stay on schedule and Boone said it went well.
Buddy and Jim Boeheim’s dream season comes to sad end
       
The college basketball world has awakened to the fact that Jim Boeheim is especially dangerous as a double-digit seed, and when Buddy Boeheim morphs into Buddy Buckets, he is that much more dangerous. Buddy Boeheim was 3¹/? the April 7, 2003 night when his father had Carmelo Anthony by his side and beat Kansas at the Superdome. Buddy and Jim Boeheim Getty Images (2)And so Jim and Buddy Boeheim, the 62-46 losers, will have to watch Houston play Oregon State in the Midwest Region final for a berth in the Final Four. Jim Boeheim: “He just stayed with him every place he went.”Buddy Boeheim: “He’s a great defender. One of them belonged to Buddy Boeheim.
What Deivi Garcia thinks about his Yankees demotion
       
TAMPA — After learning he’d been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees starter Deivi Garcia said he’s confident he’ll get back to the majors before too long. “I’m going to focus on my job and if I stay healthy, another opportunity is gonna come, just like last year,’’ Garcia said through an interpreter. “It’s up to me to stay with my work and doing what I need to do,’’ Garcia said. Part of that will be refining his delivery, which Aaron Boone said had become too “rotational” during his recent outings, when Garcia struggled with his command. Garcia said he dealt with a similar issue last season and was able to work on it while still in the minors.
FOX News Rundown EXTRA: Former California Governor Gray Davis on CA Election Recalls and Being Recalled
       
California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing an election recall over coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Organizers say they’ve gathered more than 2-million signatures for the effort to move forward. Former California Governor Gray Davis joined the Fox News Rundown this week; Davis was recalled in 2003 because of his handling of the state’s energy crisis. The former recalled governor shares his experience on being recalled as governor and what he’s learned from it. During his interview he defended Newsom and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and explains why he thinks the recall effort will be an uphill battle for organizers.
Cuomo aides receive subpoenas in sexual-harassment investigation
       
Andrew Cuomo of inappropriate behavior about their interactions with Ms. DeRosa, the women and their lawyers said. Investigators asked about how Ms. DeRosa interacted with her, said Ms. Liss, who worked at the state Capitol in 2014. Three former female aides and two current female aides have accused Mr. Cuomo of sexual harassment or inappropriate workplace behavior. In December, Lindsey Boylan, a former administration official, became the first woman to accuse Mr. Cuomo of sexual harassment. Ms. DeRosa was part of a close circle of aides who drafted a letter that referenced Ms. Boylan’s personnel records and called people to ask questions about her, said the people, including some who spoke with Ms. DeRosa at the time.
Bangladesh violence spreads after Modi visit, attacks on Hindu temples, train
       
COX’S BAZAR (Reuters) - Hundreds of members of a hardline Islamist group attacked Hindu temples and a train in eastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police and a local journalist said, as violence spread across the country in the wake of a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a gathering before flagging off the "Dandi March", or Salt March, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence, in Ahmedabad, India, March 12, 2021. Modi arrived in Dhaka on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s nationhood, and he left on Saturday after gifting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina some 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine shots. The Islamist groups accuse Modi of discriminating against minority Muslims in Hindu-majority India and violence escalated rapidly during his visit. On Sunday, activists with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a train in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, resulting in ten people being injured.
Second Gentleman Martin Short Nuzzles 'Kamala Harris' At An 'SNL' Unity Seder
       
After Rudolph cooed that Short, another “SNL” veteran. was her “load bearing wall” who’s “always on top of my basement,” Aidy Bryant’s Ted Cruz popped up for the seder. Cruz blamed his daughters for scraping Emhoff’s Prius parked outside, and brought Israeli flag cupcakes to the do. “I see serial killer on the side, and bait and tackle shop owner in the front,” she noted. “You may think I look insane, but I assure you I’m the most normal looking girl in Bushwick,” she explained.
China's Sinopec raises 2021 capital expenditure by 23.8%
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, better known as Sinopec, plans a 23.8% increase in capital spending to 167.2 billion yuan in 2021 following recovery of oil prices and energy demand as the COVID-19 epidemic subsided. Sinopec expects to spend 66.8 billion yuan on upstream exploration focusing on shale gas development in southwest China and construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in coastal areas, up from 56.4 billion yuan last year. The company on Sunday also reported a 42.9% drop in net profit to 32.92 billion yuan last year, the lowest since 2015, as the pandemic dented fuel consumption amid months-long lockdowns. That just beat analysts’ forecast for net profit of 32.3 billion yuan, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Its crude oil production was 280.22 million barrels in 2020, down 1.4% year-on-year, and natural gas output at 1,072.3 billion cubic feet, was up 2.3% from 2019.
US, European defense chiefs condemn violence in Myanmar
       
The defense chiefs of a dozen nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, issued a joint statement Saturday calling for an end to violence by the military against unarmed civilians in Myanmar. The violence took place on Armed Forces Day, which commemorates the resistance against Japan during the Second World War. Russia and China have so far not commented on the recent violence in Myanmar. U.N. Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said in a statement that if the Security Council cannot act, then an international emergency summit on Myanmar should be held immediately. “Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” Andrews added.
Chinese digital art mocks Western criticism of labour conditions in Xinjiang
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - A digital illustration by a prominent Chinese propaganda artist mocking Western governments, media and businesses critical of labour conditions in Xinjiang has gone viral on China’s social media. The digital art by the artist who goes by the name Wuheqilin, referring to a one-horned Chinese mythical beast, shows two figures with white pointed hoods interviewing a scarecrow in a field of cotton and Black slaves. One of the journalists holds up a microphone with a logo that looks similar to “BBC News”. Western governments and rights groups have accused authorities in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang of detaining and torturing Uighurs in camps, drawing fierce denials from Beijing, who says the camps are vocational training centres that help combat religious extremism. Earlier this year, BBC reported that women in the camps had been subject to rape, sexual abuse and torture.
Myanmar junta leader condemns 'violent acts' on Army Day
       
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- For years China has sought to draw moral equivalence with the West over human rights, insisting that other countries have no standing to criticize its policies. While H&M hasn’t commented over the recent uproar, on Friday a statement on forced labor in Xinjiang was no longer accessible on its website. The announcement came after Lacoste didn’t respond to his requests to clarify its stance on “all global social-media platforms,” according to the agency. “And this could push China and the U.S. -- and even China and the West -- further away.”(Adds online shopping show on Xinjiang cotton in fourth paragraph. )For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Nike Accused Of 'Using Disability' To Hype New Hands-Free Sneaker
       
Nike Accused Of 'Using Disability' To Hype New Hands-Free SneakerEnlarge this image toggle caption Nike NikeCooper Lewis wears his Nike FlyEase sneakers, which are designed to be quick and easy to get into, every day. So Lewis was really looking forward to the latest in the product line, the GO FlyEase, Nike's first completely hands-free shoe. toggle caption Cooper Lewis and Gabriel RiaziStephanie Thomas, founder of the disability fashion website Cur8able, understands the frustration that Lewis and his husband have with Nike's marketing strategy. Thomas has three criteria for disability fashion: Is it accessible to wear? "And that'll make Adidas, that'll make Puma, that'll make everybody be like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed
       
Anti-coup protesters run around their makeshift barricade they burn to make defense line during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, March 28, 2021. Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month's military coup. (AP Photo)Anti-coup protesters run around their makeshift barricade they burn to make defense line during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, March 28, 2021. Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month's military coup. (AP Photo)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month’s military coup.
Why Iran experts are skeptical about the significance of Tehran's new deal with Beijing
       
China and Iran struck a deal on Saturday that will last for 25 years. On the surface it seems meaningful; in exchange for a steady supply of oil, Beijing agreed to invest $400 billion in Iran, The New York Times reports. But there's skepticism among Middle East experts about whether it actually signals a significant new phase in Tehran-Beijing relations. "The framing that Iran is pursuing a unique relationship with China, that opens it to dependency, is incorrect," Batmangehlidj tweeted. More stories from theweek.comWhy conservatives should hate Georgia's voting restrictionsThe Republican surrender to gun violenceIs Biden setting Harris up to fail?
Support for Merkel's party falls further in poll, Greens closing in
       
He repeated false claims that the election was stolen, while also portraying insurrectionists as harmless fuzzballs to Laura Ingraham on Fox News. They claimed that “no reasonable person” would believe the conspiracy theories spun by Powell. This puts to lie the whole “seriously/ literally” shell game that has been going on for the last five years. For example, a February poll from the University of Houston found that 83 percent of Texas Republicans believed there was widespread election fraud. She was also considered to be part of an “elite strike force” of Trump lawyers (as Trump tweeted, a “truly great team”).
Expelled from US at night, migrant families weigh next steps
       
Several migrants, who gather each day along the stone benches that line the square, were detained and loaded into waiting vans. Eleven of the migrants, each one a member of a family group, were accepted into the country and sent to a migrant shelter. The right to asylum is not negotiable,” Salvador said.Confusion over the border closure extends to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. (A later leg of that trip to Guatemala was postponed after ash from an erupting volcano closed the international airport. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Myanmar coup: US 'horrified' by deadliest day since military takeover
       
Protests took place in 40 towns and cities, including here in YangonThe US has said that it is "horrified" by the killing of scores of anti-coup protesters in Myanmar on Saturday. Saturday was the deadliest day since last month's military takeover. The EU delegation to Myanmar said Saturday - officially Armed Forces Day - would "stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour". The lethal crackdown against civilians - including children - came as protesters defied warnings and took to the streets in towns and cities. The latest violence took the number killed in the suppression of protests in Myanmar since the 1 February coup to more than 400.
Suspected suicide bombing at Indonesia church
       
Each option was evaluated for its effectiveness in tackling climate risk and its impact on monetary policy. Back to the FT (my emphasis added): Global warming has shot up the agenda of major central banks in the past year. Arguments for devastation typically claim that extreme weather (like droughts, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes) is already worsening because of climate change. Late last Friday, he ousted the governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, Naci Agbal, replacing him with Islamist ?ahap Kavc?oglu. To understand the revolving door that faces Turkey’s central bank governors, we must understand what makes President Erdogan tick.
All 8 Highest-Yielding S&P 500 Stocks Are Beating The Market
       
Over the course of generations, penny stocks have always attracted speculators for their low price and high profitability potential. But because of the lack of predictability, penny stocks are more casinos than proper investments. Of course, with pharmaceutical penny stocks, it’s really anyone’s guess where this ultimately ends up. 8 SPACs That Are Worth a Gamble Like any pharmaceutical penny stocks you find, you’ll want to be ultra-careful. That’s because these “penny stocks” are frequently the playground for scam artists and market manipulators.
Boucher sentenced to life in prison
       
Richard Boucher of Kingston was sentenced on Jan. 30 to life in prison without parole for the 2010 murder of James Tigges, District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz announced. Prosecutors said that on a night in May 2010, Boucher showed up to a party at 7 Cortelli Court in Plymouth and began drinking beer that belonged to Tigges and Jackson Duncan. As Tigges and Duncan were leaving the party, Boucher followed them outside and shot at them, according to Cruz’s office. Tigges died after being shot four times; Duncan was left paralyzed. Boucher, who is now 21, was tried in Plymouth Superior Court in Brockton and convicted on Jan. 25 of first degree murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
1939: They battled on the field, then went off to war
       
Needham quarterback Larry Arra and Wellesley halfback Meryll Frost were opponents in 1939 when the teams played to a 13-13 Thanksgiving Day tie at Wellesley’s Hunnewell Field. Meryll Frost bore the scars of war when he returned to Dartmouth in 1945. And then, Arra, Frost, and coach Claxton went off to war. The three Arra brothers, Larry, Ray, and Charlie, were teammates on the Needham Merchants semi-pro team, also coached by Phil Claxton, for whom Claxton Field in Needham is named. Played this year for the Massachusetts Pirates of the National Arena League and is an assistant football coach at Wellesley High.
Watch Maya Rudolph play Beyoncé, Kamala Harris, and more on ‘SNL’
       
And having them here in the place where I grew up is so special,” Rudolph said. “And it has me thinking about the new kids in the cast just starting out. “Saturday Night Live” alum Maya Rudolph returned to her old stomping grounds as host for the second time this weekend, reprising her roles as megastar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Vice President Kamala Harris . “Every time I come back to ‘SNL,’ I never want to leave,” Rudolph said. And if you’re just vice president — ”AdvertisementBut Rudolph cut him off before he could finish, saying, “Oh no, that won’t be enough.”Watch more sketches from the night:Shannon Larson can be reached at shannon.larson@globe.com.
Ask Amy: Why should he be allowed to say offensive things about women?
       
Dear Amy: I am a widow in my early 70s, dating a widower (also in his early 70s) for the past two years. In the past, when I noticed he would make sexist remarks, I would bristle a bit but let it go. If I switch the gender, it would seem creepy to comment on men who are our children’s age to him. Please, hear me out.”Dear Amy: My wife doesn’t discard anything! You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Used 2017 Mazda Mazda6 Touring
       
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Horoscope for March 28, 2021: Leo, you’ve got a green light for love; Scorpio, handle career matters with delicacy
       
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Widen your sphere of influence in the week ahead. CANCER (June 21-July 22): During the upcoming week, you may have the enthusiasm and desire to add creative touches to every project. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Love might be your favorite four-letter word in the upcoming week. You may shine in the reflected light of a loved one’s success and enjoy heightened romantic thoughts in the week ahead. Your home could be the center of dynamic activity in the week ahead.
Pandemic has driven Columbus home values way up, but some neighborhoods, cities benefit more
       
Sure, the pandemic has sent home values jumping throughout the Columbus area. A Dispatch examination of more than 60 central Ohio cities and Columbus neighborhoods found that homes in inner-city neighborhoods have risen the most during the pandemic, despite fears that the virus would push buyers to the suburbs. In the South of Main neighborhood, home values rose 32%; in Driving Park, 34%; in Milo-Grogan, 28%; and in South Linden, 43%. Despite the health of urban real estate, Downtown Columbus saw values rise 6.4%, the smallest bump in all of the Columbus region. jweiker@dispatch.com@JimWeikerCompare home values across Columbus neighborhoods
Columbus moved quickly to create assistant police chief posts after Andre Hill shooting
       
Later that night, hours before his demotion, Quinlan sent the commission a proposed organizational chart showing three new assistant chief posts. This new assistant chief would not directly supervise any deputy chiefs, according to the chart. The other two assistant chiefs proposed by Quinlan's chart would directly supervise deputy chiefs: one would oversee "patrol operations" and supervise three deputy chiefs, while the other would become boss to two deputy chiefs, those over investigative services and support services. The three-member Civil Service Commission held a special meeting Feb. 17 and approved the new "assistant chief" job classification. 9 spokesman Keith Ferrell declined to speak with The Dispatch about how the city created the new assistant chief posts.
Editorial: Holocaust history threatened by ignorance
       
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in the camp, which has turned my life into one long night,” Wiesel added a few pages later. On the next page: “We’re on the threshold of death.”One million, mostly Jewish men, women and children, were murdered at Auschwitz. Duxbury’s high school football team used Auschwitz as an audible at the line of scrimmage to change a play, among other anti-Semitic play calls. Or, has teaching history become such a low priority we’re filling the country with ignorance? It’s a warning to middle school and high school teachers everywhere that history can’t be lost on young minds.
Antrim Lake trout release set for this week
       
Dave GolowenskiFor The Columbus DispatchSometime this week, a batch of 10- to 13-inch rainbow trout raised especially for such an occasion will be liberated in Columbus’s Antrim Lake. Waterfowl updatesHunter feedback received by the wildlife division has led to a few changes in the proposed waterfowl hunting dates for the coming season. The proposed changes were given to the Ohio Wildlife Council, an eight-member panel of citizens, during its March 17 meeting. Stamp winnerA painting of canvasback ducks by Sean Johnson of Louisville, Ohio, is top choice in this year’s Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition. The 2021 wetlands stamp features a drake mallard by Adam Grimm, who grew up in Elyria and schooled at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Opinion: Killings leave Asian and Asian American women feeling unsafe
       
Six of the victims of the shooting were women of Asian descent. But the triggers are everywhere: the popular constructions of Asian women as willing and submissive sex objects and real-life encounters with unwanted sexual advances. More:I'm 'afraid to leave my house': Asian women are living in fearFor those of us who are immigrants, they also come from systems of patriarchy back in our countries of origin. Having experienced a host of misogyny across continents, I was heartbroken to see the hurt in our young women of Asian descent here at OSU. But the killing of these six Asian women, all of whom worked at massage spas, touched our nerves: They were brutally murdered, even though they simply had been diligently living their lives.
No longer a mystery, Pedro Santos expected to be one of Crew's top contributors
       
“He's been unbelievable the last two years with what he's produced.”Before 2019, Santos wore out his welcome with fans by scoring only one goal in his first 39 games. It was the evidence Porter needed to know Santos was a weapon on the wings that he could build around. However, with Zelarayan coming in and moving Santos back to the wing, there was still a question of whether Santos could replicate his 2019 season or if it was a one-off, flash-in-the-pan season. His father died in the middle of the 2019 season, prompting a return to his native Portugal. Last season, Santos was one of two starters to miss the MLS Cup final because of COVID-19.
Blue Jackets, Patrik Laine both running out of time to turn things around
       
Patrik Laine once scored five goals in a game on the only five shots he took. That season is relevant now because Laine is ice cold again — this time for the Blue Jackets, who acquired him and Jack Roslovic in January for center Pierre-Luc Dubois. “When you’re a player who’s used to scoring goals, getting points, expecting a lot from yourself, it’s the worst situation you can have when you’re not producing. Asked whether the Jackets’ attempt to turn him into a power forward was hindering his offensive output, Laine didn’t exactly squash the notion. He’s looking for more from his players, starting with those who’ve done things like score five goals in a single game.
Whether mourning a loved one or a lost job, central Ohioans share tales of COVID's effects
       
Sater-Wee joined the Facebook group Survivor Corps, whose 160,000 members share medical tips and information and support one another. 'My brain felt like that Jerry Seinfeld episode, `Bizarro World'Melissa Martin wants people to know that the COVID-19 symptom of “brain fog” is real. Martin, 60, is a professional clinical counselor and therapist who had been hired for a new job in December 2020. “My brain felt like that Jerry Seinfeld episode, `Bizarro World,’” said Martin, who lives in Hilliard during the week and in Wheelersburg, in Scioto County, on weekends. She said she is sharing her story because she wants people to understand that brain fog is a real thing.
In memoriam: Funeral notices, March 28, 2021
       
CRAMER, AudreyOn January 12, 2021 Audrey Cramer passed away at the age of 79 from Covid pneumonia. Audrey was a loving wife, proud mother of three children, and joyful grandmother of four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She attended Jefferson Park Elementary School, Mansfeld Junior High and Tucson High School. She met Kurt Cramer the way a lot of young Tucsonans did in the 50's: On a typical night, they were out driving down Speedway "cruising". A down-to-earth woman with a generous heart, she will be forever missed by her family and friends.
Mahaleris: Maine’s Golden pulls off political high wire act
       
When it came time to vote on the massive $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine’s Second Congressional District faced a dilemma. The Second District is classic Down East New England. Last November, Democrat Golden comfortably won a second term even as Donald Trump carried the district for a second time. When Golden voted with the GOP and against his party’s COVID package, the backlash from progressives was swift and intense. During Trump’s first impeachment, Golden voted “no” on one of the two articles of impeachment, the only member of Congress to do so.
Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed
       
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets Sunday to press their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after security forces killed more than 100 people in the bloodiest day since last month's military coup. Protests were held in Yangon and Mandalay, the country’s two biggest cities, as well as elsewhere. At least 114 people were killed Saturday as security forces cracked down on protests against the Feb. 1 coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government, according to the online news service Myanmar Now. Similar tallies of the death toll were issued by other Myanmar media and researchers, far exceeding the previous highest death toll on March 14. The Saturday killings by police and soldiers took place throughout the country as Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade in the country’s capital, Naypyitaw.
Shanna Swan: 'Most couples may have to use assisted reproduction by 2045'
       
Shanna Swan is a professor of environmental medicine and public health at Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York City, studying fertility trends. If you follow the curve from the 2017 sperm-decline meta-analysis, it predicts that by 2045 we will have a median sperm count of zero. This means that most couples may have to use assisted reproduction. It has happened with different phthalates, BPA and flame retardants and it is unacceptable. If it says “BPA free” it probably doesn’t have BPA.
Chile imposes lockdowns to fight new Covid wave despite vaccination success
       
Despite mounting the world’s fastest per-capita Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Chile has been forced to announce strict new lockdowns as it plunges deeper into a severe second wave of cases which is stretching intensive care capacity. More than 80% of the country’s 19 million inhabitants, including all residents of the capital, Santiago, have been put under a strict lockdown that prevents them leaving the house even to buy groceries or pharmacy supplies. Its cumulative death rate relative to population remains far below that of Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina. Chile continues to outstrip other countries in the region: its rate of 49.19 vaccination doses per 100 people is well above Brazil’s 7.79, its closest competitor. In early March, the Chilean government was even able to donate 20,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine to Ecuador and Paraguay.
Yinka Shonibare: ‘You don’t want the next generation to be full of hate'
       
The British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare makes work – often in sculpture, painting and tapestry – that looks unflinchingly at race, class and colonialism. You don’t actually realise the importance of those things until they get taken away suddenly. But I didn’t know that he had a huge collection of African art. But ironically, of course, Picasso is far better known for African art than the Africans themselves. I don’t think it’s actually changed a lot.
Protest laws move UK towards paramilitary policing, says former chief
       
A former police chief has warned that new protest laws move Britain dangerously in the direction of “paramilitary policing” and that UK ministers are “flexing their muscles via their police forces” like repressive regimes around the world. Police chiefs will be seen as the arbiters of what is and is not allowed when it comes to protest. Fahy, the former chief constable of Greater Manchester police and former vice-chair of the police chiefs’ body, said the proposed protest laws were a mistake and posed a danger for policing. The policing of protest can cause long-term damage.”Fahy added: “Policing is not always about the majority, sometimes it is about protecting rights of the minority. “It is wrong to claim these measures will stop people from carrying out their civic right to protest.
Stalin statue site reveals chilling remains of Prague labour camp
       
Now archaeologists have unearthed a haunting new finding close to the site of the infamous statue – the remains of a former forced-labour camp used to house workers press-ganged into building it. Foundations of the camp, previously unknown to Prague historians, were discovered during a dig. It is not known if any former inmates are still alive, although Hasil says he has obtained contact details of some relatives. “Virtually anyone could be sent here.The real goal was to tear these people, dangerous to the communist regime, from social ties to their surroundings and isolate them. The monument quickly became a liability after Nikita Khrushchev, Stalin’s successor as Soviet leader, denounced his predecessor’s crimes.
Browning breaks 17-year 100m Olympic drought by almost cracking 10 seconds
       
Olympian-in-waiting Rohan Browning can taste more seismic breakthroughs after storming to third on the Australian men’s 100m sprint all-time rankings at the Queensland Track Classic. Chasing 10.08 for an automatic Olympic qualifier, the Andrew Murphy coached sprinter delivered and can begin plotting for the Tokyo Games. An Olympic Qualifier for @Rohan_Browning running 10.05 at the Queensland Track Classic making him the 3rd fastest in Australian history! It was Bissett’s second Olympic qualifier and for her training partner Hall the personal best time gave her another feather in her cap to go with her 1500m qualifier. Brooke Stratton was a comfortable winner in the women’s long jump but left a little deflated after her best leap of 6.63m fell short of the 6.82m Olympic qualifier.
The UK professor, a fake Russian spy and the undercover Syria sting
       
A more sceptical academic than Paul McKeigue might perhaps have wondered if the emails flooding into his inbox from “Ivan”, a purported Russian spy, were too good to be true. Ivan appeared to share many of McKeigue’s own personal obsessions, particularly his desire to discredit investigators who compile evidence of war crimes committed in Syria. But McKeigue was not writing to a Russian spy, or even a man called Ivan. The CIJA collects documentary evidence from Syria so that war criminals can be held legally responsible for atrocities. “We knew they would not just go after the organisation but the leader, Bill Wiley, and they would say: ‘He’s a spy.
Long evenings, new freedoms – how to make the most of your extra hour
       
To mute the mongers of lockdown gloom, for just a second, let’s remind ourselves that things are getting better. Tomorrow, lockdown restrictions start to ease. My love for the endless night began in 1993. A veteran road tripper aged four, the endless night was now tangled in my DNA. Evenings are back to how they should be: light.
Asteroid Apophis will not hit Earth for at least 100 years, Nasa says
       
Nasa has given Earth the all clear from the chances of a much-feared asteroid hitting the planet - at least for the next 100 years. The US space agency had previously identified the Apophis asteroid as a major risk to Earth after its discovery in 2004. Scientists had predicted the asteroid could hit Earth in 2029 and 2036 but later ruled out the possibility. But for more than 15 years, astronomers feared there was still a possibility the Apophis could hit the planet in 2068. Now Nasa has announced that a new analysis of the asteroid revealed humans do not need to worry about the asteroid for decades to come.
The tragic life of Randolph Churchill, trapped in his father’s shadow
       
In April 1929, Randolph Churchill warmed up a crowd of 2,000 at one of his father Winston’s election rallies. His father proudly forecast that Randolph would prove the third Churchill in a row to scale the high reaches of British politics, eclipsing the two William Pitts. He had, in his own words, “imbibed politics in his mother’s milk” and sat in from an early age on much of his father’s political life. Randolph was 19 when Winston put an arm around him before confiding that he probably owed his success to his father’s early death. Josh Ireland’s Churchill & Son turns the volatile relationship between Winston and Randolph into a compelling tragedy, but one which casts valuable new light on the outsized human dimensions of both men.
'Biden' sake riding wave of presidential success in Japan
       
It was around April 2019 when Tadatsugu Inoue of the Mii no Kotobuki sake brewery noticed the name of future U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden appearing more regularly in the news, providing his business with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In 2019, the brewery shipped 120 bottles of Hojo Biden to the U.S. through a Tokyo export company, but orders dried up soon after. “I think there are folks who think it is amusing to give this sake as a gift,” Inoue said of the product that has “Hojo Biden” written in English on its rear label. Inoue only expects to expand the base of sake lovers at home and abroad into the future. “It is not easy to get people who have never drunk sake to try,” he said.
Divorce brings financial woes to 40% of affected children in Japan
       
A recent survey by Japan’s Ministry of Justice showed that 40.5% of people who as minors went through a parental divorce or separation said they experienced financial difficulties after the event. The proportion of respondents who lived with the mother after their parents’ breakup came to 78.6%, according to the survey. It was the first time for the ministry to conduct a survey on the impact of parents’ divorce and separation on children. Meanwhile, only 16.8% said the absent parent paid such support properly, while 14.9% said such money was only paid for a while after the breakup. Asked whether they had someone to talk to when their parents went through divorce or separation, 43.7% said they had nothing they wanted to talk about.
Louvre gives art lovers plenty to smile about as it puts entire collection online - for free
       
Art lovers will now be able to get their fix despite lockdowns and travel restrictions after the Louvre launched an online platform featuring its entire collection. The world's most visited museum has put more than 480,000 pieces on show - including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The website showcases artworks from collections at the museum's eight departments, ranging from Islamic art and Renaissance sculptures to Egyptian antiquities. The interactive site will allow visitors to explore the museum room by room and is available in French, English, Spanish and Chinese. The museum itself remains closed to visitors due to the pandemic and planned renovation works.
Suez Canal: Another day and container ship still stuck in waterway
       
The Ever Given is stubbornly refusing to be moved after getting stuck across the canal earlier in the week.
Video: The Suez Canal remains blocked by an enormous cargo ship
       
Video:A giant container ship remains stuck sideways in Egypt's Suez Canal for a fifth day as authorities prepare for fresh attempts to free the vessel and reopen the crucial world shipping waterway.
Watch live: Pope Francis delivers Palm Sunday Angelus
       
Pope Francis is to lead the Palm Sunday celebration from the Vatican City on Sunday. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week before Easter. Like the previous year, the celebrations have been scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. Half of Italy's regions reentered lockdown in mid-March following a spike of infections blamed on the spread of new variants. The rest of the country will also be put under lockdown for the Easter holiday next week.
Japanese female financial analysts urge change in male-dominated profession
       
With the gender gap still large among financial analysts in Japan, women who have blazed a trail in the male-dominated profession are calling for changes in the industry’s punishing workstyle as well as an end to what they see as society’s deep-rooted bias. Among some 27,000 people who hold the Certified Member Analyst designation of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan, only 7.9% were women as of late January, according to the association. As of 2016, meanwhile, women made up just 9.0% of those recognized as Chartered Financial Analysts in Japan, a certification given internationally by the CFA Institute in the United States. The percentage of female CFA holders stood at 31.3% in China, 21.6% in France and 16.4% in the United States. Analysts in Japan often work from early in the morning until late at night to monitor financial market movements and hold meetings across different time zones.
Violence breaks out in fresh Bangladesh protests
       
After a third day of protests, Islamists and police clashed in Bangladesh, with at least a dozen people reported injuredAdvertising Read moreNarayanganj (Bangladesh) (AFP)At least a dozen people were reported injured in clashes between police and Islamist demonstrators in Bangladesh on Sunday, the third day of protests against the visit of India's Hindu-nationalist leader. At one new protest in Narayanganj just outside the capital Dhaka, Hefazat supporters chanted "action, action, direct action" as they blocked the key highway linking Dhaka with the port city of Chittagong. The Islamist group has a nationwide network, and it has held large protests in the past demanding that Bangladesh introduce blasphemy laws. As Bangladesh celebrated independence, human rights groups criticised the government for what they described as growing authoritarianism, including forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. Other groups -- including students, leftists and other Islamist outfits -- had also staged protests against Modi's visit on Friday and Saturday.
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
       
— Russia has accused the United States of targeting its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine by pressuring Brazil to reject it, the jab's developer said Monday. Feb. 25— Guatemala became the latest country to authorize Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab's developers announced Thursday. Feb. 24— The Egyptian Drug Authority gave emergency authorization to Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the jab's developers confirmed Wednesday. Feb. 19— San Marino became the latest country to authorize Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, the shot's developers announced Friday. — Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has been certified and approved for mass use in Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan's state coronavirus commission announced Wednesday.
Irish captain Coleman seeks the calm after the Luxembourg storm
       
Luxembourg's win -- just their sixth in World Cup qualifiers -- is probably their finest result since they drew 0-0 with France in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Toulouse. A win for the Irish would at least give former Ireland Under-21 boss Kenny his first win in 11 games. "The only thing we can do is keep your head down, keep going through the storm," he said. One of those was Kevin Kilbane, a key player in the team that reached the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup going out to Spain on penalties. Arguably Ireland's most embarrassing defeat was neatly summed up by the legendary Irish television commentator George Hamilton in his sign off.
Palau president visits Taiwan to open travel bubble
       
Whipps will meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, attend a Palau tourism promotional event as well as visit shipbuilding and aquaculture companies, Taipei's foreign ministry said. He is set to return to Palau on Thursday with a group of 110 Taiwanese tourists on the first of weekly vacation flights. The travel bubble is partly due to Palau's special relationship with Taiwan. Whipps told CNA he had rebuffed Beijing's overtures to switch recognition after he won the presidential election last year. "We value the relationship that we have with Taiwan and nobody should tell us that relationship should be severed."
In troubled Sahel, memories of a cinematic golden age
       
He shot around 140 films over his long career, including many in West Africa and particularly the Sahel state of Niger. "He is the grandfather of cinema in Niger," said Moussa Hamidou, the country's first sound producer, who worked on all of Rouch's films. Governments across the Sahel are more focused on combatting the brutal jihadist insurgency, which first emerged in 2012, than cultural pursuits. Rouch responded that he was "trapped between two colliding worlds", referring to his native France, and the Sahel countries it colonised. None said they had seen Rouch's film before either, a sign of his dwindling cachet.
Indonesia: Several injured in church suicide bombing
       
A Catholic cathedral in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province was rocked by a suicide bombing on Sunday, police said. The blast, in the city of Makassar, wounded 14 people including church workers and worshippers, officials said. The congregation had been inside the church at the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan told Reuters. Priest describes bombingFather Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told local media that the suspected bombers tried to enter the church grounds on motorbikes, but had been stopped by a security guard. In 2018, a dozen people were killed when a family of suicide bombers blew themselves up at churches during Sunday services in the second-biggest city Surabaya.
Pakistan is one of lowest emitters, says Foreign Office
       
The Pakistan government came under criticism from the Opposition as Prime Minister Khan was not invited to the climate-related summit. The Foreign Office (FO) in an overnight statement said that Pakistan is committed to addressing climate change. “Pakistan, despite being among the top ten countries affected by climate change, is one of the lowest emitters – with less than one per cent of the global emissions,” it said. Several Pakistanis took to various social media platforms to express surprise at the exclusion of Pakistan from the summit, particularly when the country is among the nations most affected by climate change. “Climate Change is one of the defining challenges of our times that can only be countered through inclusive, cooperative and forward-looking policies,” the FO said.
Suspected suicide bombing at Indonesian church wounds 14 people
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two suspected suicide bombers attacked a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, officials said. The congregation was concluding their mass inside the church on the island of Sulawesi when the attackers detonated at least one device outside, police said. Authorities were looking into which radical networks the bombers came from and whether the attack was linked to recent arrests of suspected militants, national police spokesman Argo Yuwono said. Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told Indonesian media that a suspected bomber tried to enter the church grounds on a motorbike, but had been stopped by a security guard. Indonesia’s deadliest Islamist militant attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.
UK plans to offer 3.7 million Covid-19 vaccine jabs to Republic – report
       
The UK is reportedly planning to offer 3.7 million jabs to Republic, partly to help ease lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland, as prime minister Boris Johnson faces calls to begin donating vaccines or risk hoarding supplies. Repsonding to the report, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden said the UK did not “currently have a surplus” of coronavirus vaccines. The government responded that it will share “the majority of any future surplus” vaccines with the Covax pool “when these are available”. 100 million surplus doses Sir Jeremy said the UK will have contractual access to at least 100 million surplus doses once the entire population is vaccinated, which he said “won’t be of use in the UK”. A UK government spokesperson said: “The UK has played a leading role in championing global access to coronavirus vaccines.
Some Mexicans Travel To U.S. For COVID Vaccines As Their Country's Rollout Stumbles
       
The quest for shots comes as Mexico struggles to secure and distribute vaccines against COVID-19, with the country's confirmed deaths from the disease now surpassing 200,000. David Gutiérrez Inzunza, a Baja California state public health official in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, said the state has been hit hard by the coronavirus. He has been struggling to get vaccines and fielding lots of complaints of foreign nationals "jumping the line." "To make sure that the folks here in Texas are getting vaccinated before we can continue caring for others and our neighbors." In addition to the vaccines administered nationally, the U.S. has large stockpiles of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which it hasn't authorized for use yet.
Suicide attack rocks Indonesia church, several wounded
       
At least 14 people wounded after attackers detonate explosives outside a packed church during Palm Sunday Mass. Two suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Indonesia’s deadliest attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. An Indonesian policeman stands guard at the site of the explosion outside the church in Makassar [Indra Abriyanto/AFP]
Prince William Named 'World's Sexiest Bald Man,' According to New Study
       
The Duke of Cambridge beat out Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jason Statham and Michael Jordan for the titlePrince William Named 'World's Sexiest Bald Man,' According to New StudyPrince William has added another title to his rank. The royal's search results beat out Mike Tyson, Jason Statham, Pitbull and Michael Jordan, who completed the list's top five men. "There are quite a few bald public figures we can feast our eyes on," a spokesperson for Longevita said, according to the outlet. One actor who wasn't mentioned on the initial list, however, also began to trend on Twitter in response as well — Stanley Tucci. "What did Stanley Tucci do to deserve this disrespect," one user tweeted as another added, "this is gross stanley tucci erasure."
France not complicit in Rwanda genocide, says Macron commission
       
France bears the burden of “heavy and damning responsibilities” in the Rwandan genocide but was not complicit in the slaughter, according to the findings of an official commission set up by Emmanuel Macron. “The Rwandan crisis ended in disaster for Rwanda and in defeat for France,” the report states. “But is France complicit in the genocide of the Tutsis? The Rwanda commission report follows a recent dossier submitted to the Elysée by the historian Benjamin Stora on the French military’s role in the Algerian war of independence. Macron will hope the contents of the Rwanda report will ease relations between Paris and Kigali in the run-up to a visit he is aiming to make later this year.
SNL: Maya Rudolph Returns to Host
       
Maya Rudolph, who starred on Saturday Night Live as a cast member from 2000 to 2007, last hosted the NBC series back in February 2012Maya Rudolph is back in Studio 8H! Later in the show, Rudolph reprised her role as Vice President Kamala Harris for a "Unity Seder" sketch for Passover. Former SNL cast member Martin Short made his debut as Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff as Chloe Fineman portrayed his daughter Ella Emhoff. https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/1376023965299277824 Image zoom Credit: NBCThe latest episode of SNL marked Rudolph's second time as host. Prior to that, Rudolph starred on the NBC series as a cast member from 2000 to 2007.
90 Day Fiancé Stars Loren and Alexei Brovarnik Reveal the Sex of Their Second Child
       
said Alexei and Loren, who announced their second pregnancy exclusively with PEOPLE90 Day Fiancé Stars Loren and Alexei Brovarnik Reveal the Sex of Their Second ChildLoren and Alexei Brovarnik are about to add another member to their family. The 90 Day Fiancé stars, both 32, revealed the sex of their second child on Saturday after announcing their pregnancy last week exclusively with PEOPLE. The couple posted a video on Instagram, in which Alexei kicked a soccer ball that exploded into blue powder. Meanwhile, Loren shared a mirror selfie of her baby bump in a cute white dress after the reveal, writing, "Here we go again! 90 Day Fiancé Stars Loren and Alexei Brovarnik pregnant second child Image zoom Credit: Loren BrovarnikThe parents-to-be met on her birthright trip to his native Israel, and they tied the knot in September of 2015.
This Wireless Bra Is So Comfortable, Shoppers Forget They’re Even Wearing It — and It’s on Sale
       
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Why Ellie Goulding Waited Until She Was '30 Weeks Pregnant' to Announce Her Baby News
       
It still feels strange to say those words out loud," said Ellie Goulding, who turns to friends Princess Eugenie and Katy Perry for adviceWhy Ellie Goulding Waited Until She Was '30 Weeks Pregnant' to Announce Her Baby NewsLast month, Ellie Goulding announced that she's pregnant with her first child. And more recently, the Grammy nominee, 34, revealed in an interview with The Telegraph why she waited until she was "30 weeks pregnant" to announce her news after finding out herself in August. ellie goulding and caspar jopling Image zoom Credit: David M. Bennett/GettyThe "Anything Could Happen" artist, who married art dealer Caspar Jopling in August 2019, admitted that she had not thought about motherhood before finding out she was expecting. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Image zoom Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie, Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling | Credit: James Devaney/WireImageBut now, Goulding has found the support from her massive fanbase (she has 14.3 million Instagram followers) to be overwhelming in a positive way. RELATED VIDEO: Ellie Goulding Is Pregnant!
Kate Middleton Uses 'Power of Photography to Create a Lasting Record' of COVID Lockdown for First Book
       
The Duchess of Cambridge has written a foreword for a new collection of pictures that captured the U.K. during the COVID pandemicKate Middleton Uses 'Power of Photography to Create a Lasting Record' of COVID Lockdown for First BookKate Middleton is getting into publishing! Hold Still book Image zoom Cover of Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 | Credit: National Portrait GalleryCan't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? The new book will be available online and in U.K. bookshops starting May 7 — exactly one year after the photography project was first launched. Net proceeds will be split between mental health charity Mind, which Kate and husband Prince William have long supported, as well as the National Portrait Gallery. In another public display, one of the images from the exhibit, which was run along with the National Portrait Gallery, was made into a giant mural in Manchester.
Chadwick Boseman's Wife Accepts His Posthumous NAACP Image Award with Emotional Call to Action
       
On Saturday, the late star won the outstanding actor in a motion picture award for his role in Netflix's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which was one of his final projects. Boseman also won the NAACP Image Award in the outstanding supporting actor category during Friday night's event. He also received two nods when both movies were nominated for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. (Boseman previously won a SAG Award in this category in 2019 for Black Panther.) And on March 15, Boseman received his first-ever Oscar nomination for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Suez Canal live stream: Watch- Syria 'rations' fuel as Ever Given ship no closer to moving
       
Suez Canal live stream: Watch- Syria 'rations' fuel as Ever Given ship no closer to movingAdded: 28.03.2021 8:03 | 12 views | 0 commentsTHE CONTAINER ship blocking the Suez Canal remains wedged despite the vessel's Japanese owners hopes it would have been freed last night. Here's how to watch the action live.
Real legacy of Arab Spring is 'dramatic' rise in child soldiers, according to UN
       
Real legacy of Arab Spring is 'dramatic' rise in child soldiers, according to UNAdded: 28.03.2021 6:36 | 11 views | 0 commentsTHE real legacy of the Arab Spring is a "dramatic" rise in child soldiers, according to International United Nations Watch.
Conflict fear: Beijing outguns US in 'war games' simulating Taiwan invasion
       
Added: 28.03.2021 0:49 | 21 views | 0 commentsCHINA'S splurge on defence spending and military arms has caused US officials and experts to raise concerns they will not be able to defend Taiwan in a war.
Kim Jong-un threat: North Korea to launch massive ballistic missile sub 'in near future'
       
Kim Jong-un threat: North Korea to launch massive ballistic missile sub 'in near future'Added: 27.03.2021 23:21 | 24 views | 0 commentsA North Korean shipyard is ready to launch a deadly new ballistic missile submarine, US intelligence has reported.
UK to send EU harsh warning in last-ditch bid to stop export ban- 'Taxpayers paid for it'
       
Added: 27.03.2021 22:04 | 27 views | 0 commentsBRITAIN is preparing to send the EU a warning that it needs to take into account millions of pounds were spent by UK taxpayers to help create the AstraZeneca vaccine, in a last-ditch attempt to stop the bloc's export ban, according to reports.
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Tornadoes, thunderstorms batter the South
       
Tornadoes, thunderstorms batter the SouthAdded: 28.03.2021 4:17 | 23 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comMore severe weather was forecast through Sunday in parts of the region. More in www.nbcnews.com »
How Georgia's new 'Jim Crow' voter suppression law could backfire for Republicans
       
How Georgia's new 'Jim Crow' voter suppression law could backfire for RepublicansAdded: 28.03.2021 10:17 | 3 views | 0 commentsThere’s also the chance that this attempt to restrict voting could backfire for Republicans.
Why some people are secretly dreading the end of quarantine
       
Why some people are secretly dreading the end of quarantineAdded: 28.03.2021 10:17 | 8 views | 0 commentsWhen the merry-go-round of our lives stopped last spring, some people felt comfortable with the pace of life for the first time. Now the ride is starting again.
Suicide bomber targets Palm Sunday mass at Indonesian cathedral
       
Added: 28.03.2021 9:17 | 13 views | 0 commentsThe first batch of churchgoers was walking out while another group was coming in when the blast happened, said Wilhelmus Tulak, a Catholic priest.
New York on the verge of legalizing recreational cannabis
       
New York on the verge of legalizing recreational cannabisAdded: 28.03.2021 7:17 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe proposed legislation would legalize cannabis for adults over the age of 21 and create equity programs for people disproportionately affected by the drug war.
Asian American official shows his military scars during meeting, asks 'Is this patriot enough?'
       
Asian American official shows his military scars during meeting, asks 'Is this patriot enough?' Added: 28.03.2021 7:17 | 17 views | 0 commentsLee Wong, chairman of the West Chester, Ohio, Township Board of Trustees, condemned anti-Asian violence during an unscripted moment that has gone viral.
Comic-Con announces in-person Thanksgiving convention
       
Comic-Con announces in-person Thanksgiving conventionAdded: 28.03.2021 5:17 | 21 views | 0 commentsSource: news.usni.orgThe superhero convention in San Diego was forced to take a break because of the Covid-19 pandemic. More in www.nbcnews.com »
Oklahoma inmate fatally shot after corrections officer held hostage
       
Added: 28.03.2021 4:17 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe prisoner used the jailer's keys to free others being held on the 10th floor of the county jail in Oklahoma City, an official said.
AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heard
       
AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heardAdded: 28.03.2021 0:09 | 21 views | 0 commentsWorkers who label content and help computers understand language want their own voices to be heard.
Green Homes Grant scheme to insulate houses axed
       
Added: 28.03.2021 10:17 | 7 views | 0 commentsHomeowners were invited to apply for grants to insulate houses but the scheme is being suddenly ended.
Easter celebrations set to rival Christmas
       
Easter celebrations set to rival Christmas - even down to the treeAdded: 28.03.2021 0:03 | 21 views | 0 commentsSource: www.godfatherstyle.comEaster trees and garden furniture are being sought out by shoppers keen to make the most of lockdown easing. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Facebook freezes Maduro's page over Covid claim
       
Added: 27.03.2021 18:18 | 6 views | 0 commentsVenezuela's president will not be able to post for 30 days for disinformation over a herbal remedy.
Covid: Rapid home test kits to be available for workers
       
Covid: Rapid home test kits to be available for workersAdded: 28.03.2021 0:02 | 22 views | 0 commentsFirms in England with more than 10 employees that are unable to provide on-site testing can apply.
Calls for economic boycott grow after Georgia adopts voter restrictions
       
Added: 28.03.2021 10:17 | 7 views | 0 comments"I think all things should be considered on the table," said LaTosha Brown, cofounder of the group Black Voters Matter.
Union creates hotline for disgruntled Amazon staff
       
Added: 28.03.2021 0:00 | 25 views | 0 commentsUnite urges workers to come forward to voice their complaints about hours, pay, targets and breaks.
Earth Hour 2021: Turn off your lights, use COVID lessons to heal planet
       
Earth Hour 2021: Turn off your lights, use COVID lessons to heal planetAdded: 27.03.2021 23:12 | 21 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comThe annual night rite asks folks to kill the lights for an hour to promote environmental awareness. This year, it's also asking us to put lessons from the pandemic to good use. More in www.cnet.com »
Gmail and other Android apps crashing on phones: Here's Google's simple fix
       
Gmail and other Android apps crashing on phones: Here's Google's simple fixAdded: 27.03.2021 23:05 | 25 views | 0 commentsAn update to Chrome and WebView should resolve the issues.
UFC 260 Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou: Start time, how to watch or stream online, full fight card
       
UFC 260 Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou: Start time, how to watch or stream online, full fight card
What's your 2020 tax return status? How to track it and your refund money with the IRS
       
What's your 2020 tax return status? How to track it and your refund money with the IRSAdded: 27.03.2021 21:15 | 25 views | 0 commentsDue to the IRS quickly processing stimulus payments, your tax refund might be delayed this year. If you've already filed your 2020 tax return, here's how to track down your payment.
Save up to 85% on a slew of video games this weekend
       
Save up to 85% on a slew of video games this weekendAdded: 28.03.2021 2:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsGames like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Just Cause 3 are GeForce Now-compatible, but you don't need GFN to play them.
When will my stimulus check arrive in the mail? Track your payment to your home 2 ways
       
When will my stimulus check arrive in the mail? Track your payment to your home 2 waysAdded: 28.03.2021 2:18 | 6 views | 0 commentsSource: www.woohome.comIf you haven't received your stimulus payment by direct deposit at this point, start looking in your mailbox instead. We'll tell you what to look for. More in www.cnet.com »
Nonfilers and stimulus checks: 6 things to know if you don't usually file taxes
       
Added: 28.03.2021 2:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsIf you're exempted from filing taxes, do you need to do anything to get your third stimulus check? How do you claim a missing payment? We'll tell you what you need to know.
Best monitor under $200 you can get for 2021
       
Best monitor under $200 you can get for 2021Added: 28.03.2021 2:18 | 23 views | 0 commentsA second (or third) monitor can make working from home much more productive. You don't have to pay much to get a decent one from Dell, LG, BenQ or others ASAP.
COVID-19 vaccine passports: How they could clear travel for takeoff
       
COVID-19 vaccine passports: How they could clear travel for takeoffAdded: 27.03.2021 23:41 | 20 views | 0 commentsSource: wpaperhd.comAdvocates say documentation that proves your COVID vaccination could create a bright future for post-pandemic travel, but others worry about privacy and discrimination. More in www.cnet.com »
Best VPN service of 2021
       
Added: 27.03.2021 23:30 | 22 views | 0 commentsLooking to maximize your security and anonymity online? Of course you are. A virtual private network can help.
March Madness 2021 streaming: Game times and how to watch the Sweet 16 today
       
March Madness 2021 streaming: Game times and how to watch the Sweet 16 todayAdded: 27.03.2021 23:25 | 25 views | 0 commentsThe NCAA men's basketball tournament continues on CBS and TBS, and you don't need cable to watch.
New stimulus bill doesn't just send 1 check. It comes with 3. Here's every way you get money
       
New stimulus bill doesn't just send 1 check. It comes with 3. Here's every way you get moneyAdded: 27.03.2021 23:15 | 23 views | 0 commentsThe massive COVID-19 relief package has three ways you and your family could get direct payments from the government. Here's every way you benefit.
Lil Nas X Claps Back at Critics After NSFW "MONTERO" Music Video Sparks Backlash
       
Lil Nas X's latest music video has gotten many people fired up, but the rapper can take the heat and dish out some of his own. The 21-year-old Grammy winner clapped back at critics of...
Falcon and Winter Soldier episode 2 recap: New Captain America ratchets up the tension
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:18 | 20 views | 0 commentsSam decided to give up the shield, so now he has to deal with someone else taking up the mantle in the Disney Plus Marvel Cinematic Universe show.
No third stimulus check: 9 possible payment problems and what to do
       
No third stimulus check: 9 possible payment problems and what to doAdded: 28.03.2021 6:17 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comIssues with direct deposit? Or something more serious? Here are possible reasons your stimulus check hasn't arrived, when your friends' and family's payments have. More in www.cnet.com »
When will your $3,600 child tax credit check arrive -- and how often?
       
When will your $3,600 child tax credit check arrive -- and how often? Added: 28.03.2021 6:17 | 20 views | 0 commentsIf you qualify for the 2021 child tax credit, you could receive multiple payments. Will they be monthly? When will the first check arrive? Here's what we know so far.
Stimulus checks still delayed for SSI, SSDI, veterans: What's happening now, key details to know
       
Stimulus checks still delayed for SSI, SSDI, veterans: What's happening now, key details to knowAdded: 28.03.2021 4:00 | 21 views | 0 commentsNew information about stimulus checks for Social Security recipients has emerged. So when will checks start to arrive? Here are the details revealed by the IRS, SSA and more.
Best checking accounts for April 2021
       
Added: 28.03.2021 3:35 | 20 views | 0 commentsFrom branch access to ATMs to "monthly maintenance" fees, we break down everything you need to know to pick the best checking account.
UFC 260 Miocic vs. Ngannou: Start time, how to watch or stream online, full fight card
       
UFC 260 Miocic vs. Ngannou: Start time, how to watch or stream online, full fight cardAdded: 28.03.2021 2:32 | 21 views | 0 commentsUFC 260 is just about to start. Here's everything you need to know...
‘Bad Girls Club’ cast member Deshayla Harris among Virginia Beach shooting victims: reports
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:59 | 8 views | 0 commentsAuthorities in Virginia Beach, Virginia, have identified the two people killed and three people arrested in connection with three separate shootings Friday night in the city’s Oceanfront area.
San Francisco to pay 'essential' artists $1,000 per month basic income in pilot program amid pandemic
       
San Francisco to pay 'essential' artists $1,000 per month basic income in pilot program amid pandemicAdded: 28.03.2021 6:41 | 8 views | 0 commentsSan Francisco plans to start paying 130 local artists $1,000 a month starting in May through the fall in a pilot program.
Piers Morgan writes about Meghan Markle debacle, rails against cancel culture, 'woke brigade'
       
Added: 28.03.2021 6:08 | 13 views | 0 commentsPiers Morgan is railing against cancel culture and "woke" liberals in a lengthy account appearing in the U.K.'s "Mail on Sunday" newspaper.
Francis Ngannou becomes new UFC heavyweight champ after Stipe Miocic knockout
       
Added: 28.03.2021 5:27 | 9 views | 0 commentsFrancis Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic in the second round of UFC 260 to become the new heavyweight championship on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Houston's defense locks in, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAs
       
Houston's defense locks in, beats Syracuse 62-46 in NCAAsAdded: 28.03.2021 5:31 | 7 views | 0 commentsSource: www.houstonchronicle.comQuentin Grimes scored 14 points while Houston's defense locked down on surging Buddy Boeheim, helping the Cougars beat Syracuse 62-46 on Saturday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament More in www.foxnews.com »
Why Julia Stiles Still Loves Her Old Movies As Much As You Do
       
For some stars, reflecting back on their first film roles--the parts they accepted when turning down a job wasn't exactly an option--is entirely cringe-worthy, an exercise in humility.
Bad Girls Club Star Deshayla Harris Killed in Virginia Beach Shootings
       
Bad Girls Club alum Deshayla Harris died in one of the three separate shootings that occurred in the Virginia Beach resort area on March 26, E! News can confirm. She was 28. According to...
Kylie Jenner's Sexy White Outfit Will Remind You of Sharon Stone's Iconic '90s Look
       
It seems Kylie Jenner has a basic instinct for looking fabulous. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star appeared to channel Sharon Stone from the '90s thriller after she was spotted...
Akim Aliu: 'We have to make sure this sport is for everybody'
       
Akim Aliu: 'We have to make sure this sport is for everybody'Added: 28.03.2021 7:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: www.tsn.caRacism took a toll on Akim Aliu early in his life, and he is determined to bring about change in ice hockey. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
UFC 260: Francis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic to capture heavyweight title
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsFrancis Ngannou knocks out Stipe Miocic in the second round to capture the undisputed UFC heavyweight title in Las Vegas at UFC 260.
Cuomo aides receive subpoenas in sexual-harassment investigation
       
Added: 28.03.2021 9:53 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe New York state attorney general’s office has subpoenaed dozens of officials in the Cuomo administration, including his top aide, requesting that they produce documents as part of an investigation of sexual-harassment accusations against the governor, according to people familiar with the matter.
Virginia girl's shocking shooting death leads to arrest of teen suspect
       
Virginia girl's shocking shooting death leads to arrest of teen suspectAdded: 28.03.2021 9:26 | 4 views | 0 commentsA juvenile suspect was reportedly arrested on Saturday following a manhunt connected to the fatal shooting of a Virginia middle school student.
Tennessee flash flooding traps residents in homes, on roads, prompting rescues: reports
       
Tennessee flash flooding traps residents in homes, on roads, prompting rescues: reportsAdded: 28.03.2021 9:11 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comMajor flash flooding overnight in central Tennessee was leaving numerous people trapped by rising waters, according to reports. More in www.foxnews.com »
‘SNL’ lays into Biden for recent missteps – literal and otherwise
       
‘SNL’ lays into Biden for recent missteps – literal and otherwiseAdded: 28.03.2021 8:35 | 7 views | 0 commentsThis weekend's "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at President Biden -- about his stumbles on the stairs leading to Air Force One and on last week's first news conference since taking office.
TikTok’s goblin-inspired fashion trend gains mainstream attention
       
TikTok’s goblin-inspired fashion trend gains mainstream attentionAdded: 28.03.2021 9:00 | 4 views | 0 commentsAnother fashion subculture is gaining traction on TikTok for its interesting take — this time on goblins. More in www.foxnews.com »
Today in History for March 28th
       
Added: 27.03.2021 22:57 | 17 views | 0 commentsHighlights of this day in history: An accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant; Former President Dwight Eisenhower dies; The Spanish Civil War ends; Maria von Trapp of 'Sound of Music' fame dies; Singer Reba McEntire born.
Rally in Los Angeles against Asian hate crimes
       
Added: 27.03.2021 22:41 | 14 views | 0 commentsHundreds of demonstrators rallied in Los Angeles on Saturday to demand an end to the surge in anti-Asian hate and violence in the United States.
Migrant families share what drove them to leave home and what awaited them at the border
       
Migrant families share what drove them to leave home and what awaited them at the borderAdded: 27.03.2021 22:41 | 12 views | 0 commentsMigrant families in shelters, in both Texas and Mexico, describe what drove them to leave their homes and what awaited them here at the border.
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg: Defeat 'embarrassing' says Irish skipper Coleman
       
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg: Defeat 'embarrassing' says Irish skipper ColemanAdded: 28.03.2021 9:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsSeamus Coleman describes the Republic of Ireland's 1-0 World Cup qualifier defeat by Luxembourg as a "horrible and embarrassing night".
Six Nations 2021: France 23-27 Scotland highlights
       
Added: 28.03.2021 8:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsWatch highlights as 14-man Scotland come from behind to clinch a dramatic first win in France since 1999 and dash the hosts' hopes of claiming the Six Nations title.
Miami Open: Johanna Konta beaten by Petra Kvitova in third round
       
Miami Open: Johanna Konta beaten by Petra Kvitova in third roundAdded: 28.03.2021 8:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsSource: www.rediff.comBritain's Johanna Konta is overwhelmed by Czech ninth seed Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Miami Open. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Six Nations 2021: Late Duhan van der Merwe try seals dramatic Scotland win in France
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:16 | 6 views | 0 commentsDuhan van der Merwe scores his second try for Scotland in the 85th minute to seal a dramatic 27-23 victory - a first Six Nations win in France since 1999.
AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heard
       
AI: Ghost workers demand to be seen and heardAdded: 28.03.2021 0:09 | 10 views | 0 commentsWorkers who label content and help computers understand language want their own voices to be heard.
Here are the jurors who will decide if Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in George Floyd's death
       
Here are the jurors who will decide if Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in George Floyd's death
New York to legalize recreational marijuana; vote expected within days
       
New York to legalize recreational marijuana; vote expected within daysAdded: 28.03.2021 5:02 | 12 views | 0 commentsTop New York lawmakers announced a deal Saturday to legalize marijuana, clearing the way for a vote in the coming days.
Classified US military war game set to take place as concerns about threats posed by China and Russia increase
       
Added: 28.03.2021 0:16 | 15 views | 0 commentsThe "enemies" will have fictional names, but when hundreds of US military personnel around the globe log on to their computers later this summer for a highly classified war game, it will be clear what a major focus of the scenarios will be -- how the US should respond to aggressive action and unexpected moves by China and Russia.
'This affects all of us': Marches, rallies against Asian hate crimes see widespread participation
       
'This affects all of us': Marches, rallies against Asian hate crimes see widespread participationAdded: 27.03.2021 23:20 | 16 views | 0 commentsPeople united across the country this weekend against crimes targeting Asian Americans. Marchers gathered in cities like New York and Washington.
NASA: The latest in space exploration
       
Added: 27.03.2021 23:16 | 15 views | 0 commentsThis special special edition updates the latest in space exploration, including the Artemis moon launch, 30 years of the Hubble telescope and more.
Bodycam shows officers berating 5-year-old boy
       
Bodycam shows officers berating 5-year-old boyAdded: 27.03.2021 23:16 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: www.westernjournal.comA police department in Maryland has released body camera video that captured two of its officers berating a 5-year-old boy who had walked away from his elementary school, calling him a "little beast" and threatening him with a beating. (March 27) More in rssfeeds.usatoday.com » Police Tags: Maryland
Suez Canal: Effort to refloat wedged container ship continues
       
Added: 28.03.2021 5:16 | 11 views | 0 commentsTugboats will renew attempts to dislodge the Ever Given from the canal on Sunday.
Debris from SpaceX rocket lights up US skies
       
Debris from SpaceX rocket lights up US skiesAdded: 28.03.2021 4:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsThe lights streaking across US skies on Thursday stunned onlookers. But this wasn't a meteor shower.
Kenya's Mike Sonko: The rise and fall of Nairobi's ex-governor
       
Kenya's Mike Sonko: The rise and fall of Nairobi's ex-governorAdded: 28.03.2021 2:00 | 10 views | 0 commentsMike Sonko was elected governor of Kenya's capital despite a criminal past - and now faces more legal woes.
Earth Hour: Cities around the world turn lights off
       
Earth Hour: Cities around the world turn lights offAdded: 28.03.2021 4:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.ibtimes.co.ukFamous landmarks around the world have been switching off their lights to raise awareness of environmental issues. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Myanmar coup: US 'horrified' by deadliest day since military takeover
       
Myanmar coup: US 'horrified' by deadliest day since military takeoverAdded: 28.03.2021 0:46 | 12 views | 0 commentsInternational leaders condemn the military after Saturday's violence - the deadliest since the coup.
India coronavirus: The high-risk young demanding Covid jabs
       
Added: 28.03.2021 0:29 | 11 views | 0 commentsCancer patients who are under the age of 45 are struggling to get Covid jabs in India.
Hunting rare birds in Pakistan to feed the sex drive of princes
       
Hunting rare birds in Pakistan to feed the sex drive of princesAdded: 28.03.2021 0:22 | 11 views | 0 commentsA glimpse into the closed world of hunts for houbara bustards, thought by some to be an aphrodisiac.
NFL draft: Josh Imatorbhebhe's vertical leap sets record (video)
       
In Thursday’s Hot Clicks: a ridiculous pro day performance from Josh Imatorbhebhe, the Rangers’ rout of the Flyers and more. With the combine canceled because of the pandemic, Imatorbhebhe didn’t get a chance to officially surpass Sensabaugh’s record leap, but he had the attention of scouts. When Albert Breer asked people in the know earlier this month who would have won various combine events, Imatorbhebhe was the clear pick for the vertical leap. To put Imatorbhebhe’s athleticism in perspective, his vertical is also higher than the record set at the NBA combine by former Memphis guard D.J. The video of Imatorbhebhe’s leap speaks for itself.
BYU basketball: Jesse Wade gets stuck in elevator at tournament hotel
       
On Wednesday, junior guard Jesse Wade got stuck in a hotel elevator while trying to meet his teammates for dinner. If you’re looking for a team to pull for in the tournament, maybe the Cougars are the one. The best of SIHere's the top seeds in the men’s NCAA tournament most at risk of an early exit. These are the 10 teams most likely to win the men’s tournament. ... Women’s basketball players and coaches are calling out the NCAA for disparate training facilities in the two tournament bubbles.
Classified US military war game set to take place as concerns about threats posed by China and Russia increase
       
Added: 28.03.2021 0:17 | 18 views | 0 commentsThe "enemies" will have fictional names, but when hundreds of US military personnel around the globe log on to their computers later this summer for a highly classified war game, it will be clear what a major focus of the scenarios will be -- how the US should respond to aggressive action and unexpected moves by China and Russia.
Coronavirus: Search after people flee Dublin hotel quarantine
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:57 | 6 views | 0 commentsTwo people remain missing after leaving a quarantine hotel on Saturday, but a third has been found.
Coronavirus: Search after people flee Dublin hotel quarantine
       
Added: 28.03.2021 7:57 | 5 views | 0 commentsTwo people remain missing after leaving a quarantine hotel on Saturday, but a third has been found.
Makassar explosion: Worshippers wounded in Indonesian church bombing
       
Added: 28.03.2021 6:44 | 6 views | 0 commentsPolice say suicide bombers attacked the church during a Palm Sunday service in Makassar.
Randy Moss: Hall of Fame WR reveals story behind Lambeau moon
       
In a 2005 wild card game between the Vikings and Packers, Hall of Fame Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give his team a 31–17 lead. Moss said he had suffered a hamstring injury during the regular season and was unable to play the Packers in their first meeting of the season. Order SI's Drew Brees Retirement Tribute Issue HereMoss was unable to appear in the second regular season matchup as well because of the lingering hamstring injury. To this day, Moss didn't think he deserved that hefty of a fine. The Lambeau moon still lives in infamy as one of the most disrespectful touchdown celebrations, but knowing the full story, it was a revenge game for Moss.
Drew Timme mustache: Gonzaga star sports new facial hair
       
Gonzaga forward Drew Timme sported a brand new look before his team faced Norfolk State in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Sunday. Earlier in the season, the 6'10" star sported a mustache that he would accentuate after a highlight play. Say what you will about his facial hairstyle, but the 70s look works well when it's with dominant play. Timme scored 10 points in the victory as the Bulldogs advance to the round of 32. More NCAA tournament coverage:
March Madness 2021: Indiana's 10 teams out as state hosts tournament
       
In this weekend's Hot Clicks: Indiana's 10 men's teams go winless as the state hosts the entire tournament, Brad Stevens insists he's not taking the Hoosiers' job and more. Three of the state’s 10 teams reached the 2010 tournament and combined for seven wins, five by Butler, who played two Final Four games six miles from their campus. Andrew Nelles/USA TODAY SportsEleven years later, in the first-ever NCAA tournament hosted entirely by one state, the state’s 10 men's teams combined for zero wins. With Purdue’s loss to North Texas on Friday night, the state finished with an 0–1 record. And with the loss, it will be the ninth straight tournament without an Indiana team in the men's Final Four after Butler’s back-to-back appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Tony Hawk emotional after landing final ollie 540 (video)
       
Tony Hawk retired from competition in 2003, but he can still nail a handful of tricks that few others can. On Thursday, Hawk shared a video of him doing what he said was his "last ever ollie 540." "This one meant a lot to me," Hawk wrote on Twitter. "But they've gotten scarier in recent years, as the landing commitment can be risky if your feet aren't in the right places. Hawk's latest feat comes just a few months removed from when he shared with the world him landing a 720.
Drew Brees signs with NBC to call Notre Dame games, work in NFL studio
       
Now retired NFL quarterback and newly hired NBC football analyst Drew Brees spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon about his new gig. Brees will call Notre Dame games with Mike Tirico, work in studio for Football Night in America and help with the network’s Olympics coverage. But NBC isn’t paying Brees just to call Notre Dame football games. The assumption is Brees will move into the Sunday Night Football booth at some point to replace Cris Collinsworth. Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Stitcher.
Alex Honnold recalls taking phone call while rock climbing
       
Alex Honnold is a renowned rock climber who is known for climbing El Capitan — a rock formation that is about 3,000 feet tall — without any artificial aids for support or rope. However, he's like anybody else who needs to take phone calls and eat lunch. While on the Pat McAfee Show, Honnold recounted a time when he was rock climbing on a "rest day" in Yosemite National Park. "You definitely do have moments like that where you're like 'oh I'm still up here and I still have a long ways to go.'" Free Solo, which followed Honnold's journey over two years to prepare to climb El Captain, won an Oscar in 2019.
Tyson Alualu re-signs with Steelers, backs out of Jaguars deal
       
Report: Tyson Alualu Backs Out of Deal With Jaguars to Re-Sign With SteelersDefensive end Tyson Alualu has reportedly had a change of heart and is re-signing with the Steelers after agreeing to terms with the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Alualu, who was drafted by the Jaguars in 2010, originally planned to return to his first NFL team but within the last 10 days, some things have changed. The 33-year-old Hawaii native was planning on making a trip to Jacksonville but couldn't travel because he tested positive for COVID-19, according to Pelissero. His Steelers teammate and four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Cam Heyward seemed to be all smiles after hearing the news. Alualu only missed one game for the Steelers in 2020.
This Is Mathematically the Most Hectic Men's Sweet 16 Ever
       
Monday's men's tournament featured two second-round upsets of high seeds, as Oregon defeated Iowa and USC blew the doors off of Kansas. After Sunday’s surprises, we’re left with what is officially the most Cinderella-laden Sweet 16 in NCAA tournament history. (Both of those teams lost in the Sweet 16, but No. This year’s Sweet 16 is noteworthy for another reason: It’s the first time in the history of the 64-team men's tournament that Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina have all missed out on the Sweet 16. It’s a funny coincidence that, as Gasaway points out, this off-the-wall tournament immediately follows the one that featured the chalkiest Sweet 16.
Blake Griffin Dunks for First Time Since 2019 in Nets Debut
       
In Monday’s Hot Clicks: Blake Griffin proves he can still dunk, Oral Roberts heads to the Sweet 16 and more. Yes, Blake Griffin can still dunkShortly after he signed with the Nets, ESPN’s Malika Andrews asked Blake Griffin whether fans would see any “vintage dunks” from him in Brooklyn. About a month after that final dunk, Griffin underwent surgery on his left knee—which he has had operated on several times since breaking his kneecap on the eve of his rookie season. When he returned to start this season, he was largely ineffective and appeared sapped of the athleticism that made him a No. Griffin didn’t look like a superstar in his Nets debut on Sunday, but he did throw down a long-awaited dunk.
Al Horford: Thunder shut down veteran in favor of younger players
       
8 seed, the team has reportedly decided to sit veteran forward Al Horford for the remainder of the season in order to get younger players more minutes, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Horford, 34, plans to remain with the team for the rest of the year to train but won't appear in any of Oklahoma City's final 28 games. Horford has two additional years and $53 million remaining on his contract, and the Thunder will try to work out a trade this offseason. Shutting Horford down now will protect the veteran from injury and preserve his trade value this offseason. The Thunder own 34 draft picks—17 in the first round and 17 in the second—from now through the 2027 NBA draft.
Maple Leafs' Alex Galchenyuk Got Help From Auston Matthews in the Offseason
       
After his first multi-point game in over a year, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk shared some details about his private off-season workout with Auston Matthews back in December. Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk met Auston Matthews back in December as the two skated in a private session that included Galchenyuk's father, Alex Sr., and Boris Dorozhenko, the ice hockey coach credited for much of Matthews' development. 3 pick from the 2012 NHL Draft has put in with the Toronto Maple Leafs' development staff has paid off. "You can't ignore Galchenyuk's contribution to both those goals," Keefe said. "What a really great team does is they pick guys up and they picked me up tonight and I'm really, really proud of the boys."
The Hockey News Prospect Podcast: Connor Bedard is a Star and Cole Sillinger Interview
       
How does Connor Bedard's start compare to Connor McDavid's 15-year-old season? is Luukkonen capable of leading the Sabres long-term? All that and more, plus an interview with 2021 NHL draft prospect Cole Sillinger. Courtesy of the Sioux Falls StampedeThis week on the Prospect Podcast with Steven Ellis and Ryan Kennedy:- Three prospects to watch right now- Comparing Connor Bedard to Connor McDavid- NCAA tournament: Who are some of the top prospects to watch? - Is Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen going to save the Sabres in the future?
Oral Roberts Proves Worthy of a Place in History Despite Defeat
       
Other than Oral Roberts, his scholarship offers were from the service academies. “I just didn’t hit it.”The Oral Roberts run was over. DELLENGER: Oral Roberts Is the Unlikely School to Spark March's Wildest CelebrationThe other No. From the 7:14 mark of the first half until the 7:00 mark of the second, Oral Roberts led the game. The fact that this game was close enough to bemoan a play here or there is a testament to the Oral Roberts run.
UConn vs Iowa was much more than Bueckers vs Clark
       
There will be people on the floor besides freshmen phenoms Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. UConn bested Iowa, 92 to 72, in a game that was played closer than its final score indicated. But they had kids who barely average scoring and they were hitting threes, they almost doubled the number of threes that they average … Was it a good game for ABC? Was it a good game for women’s basketball? It offered a reminder that there is room in the women’s game for more than just one story.
Oregon State's improbable March Madness run continues
       
With three seconds left in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals against Oregon State, Bernard went to the line for two free throws. It's meant to be.”Preordained or not, none of this Oregon State run has been flukish. 8 Loyola for the final 25, Oregon State has been no-doubt better than everyone it has faced in this tourney. “I don’t know if it gave us more life or threw them off-guard a bit,” said Oregon State senior guard Ethan Thompson. Oregon State watched Porter Moser’s offense slice up Midwest Region top seed Illinois last round.
Cristiano Ronaldo storms off, throws armband after denied goal
       
Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the field and threw off his captain's armband before the final whistle blew after his last minute goal against Serbia in world Cup qualifying was ruled no good. Ronaldo tapped the ball in and it rolled past the goal line before a defender slid to swipe it out. But the referees ruled the goal as no good. Ronaldo was convinced his late strike had crossed the line, which would've handed Portugal the victory—and replays showed he was correct. Ronaldo is eight goals away from breaking Iran striker Ali Daei’s men's international scoring record of 109 goals.
Mitchell Robinson injury: Knicks center fractures foot vs Bucks
       
Knicks center Mitchell Robinson fractured his foot during Saturday night's game against the Bucks, the team announced. While defending Bucks center Brook Lopez, Robinson was able to intercept a lob pass but fell awkwardly on his foot in the first quarter of the game. Robinson has appeared in 30 games this season for the Knicks and started 28 of them. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference at 23–22 but every team between the fourth and eighth seed are within one game of each other. With only two other centers on the current roster, the Knicks will have a gap to fill going forward.
UFC 260: Miocic vs Ngannou results, highlights and analysis
       
Francis Ngannou dominated Stipe Miocic in every facet, crowning himself the new UFC Heavyweight Champion with a second round knockout in the main event of UFC 260. In addition to Ngannou winning the heavyweight title, the card also likely signaled the end of Tyron Woodley’s UFC career. ****HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT: STIPE MIOCIC VS. FRANCIS NGANNOU -- 12:08 AM ETThere is a new undisputed champion in the heavyweight division. ****WELTERWEIGHT FIGHT: VICENTE LUQUE VS. TYRON WOODLEY -- 11:41 PM ETIf this was Tyron Woodley’s UFC farewell, it was certainly memorable. ****A battle of heavyweights is the prize fight at UFC 260, as Stipe Miocic defends the Heavyweight Championship against top-ranked contender Francis Ngannou.
Baylor basketball reminds us it's a true national title contender
       
Editor's Note: Welcome to Morning Madness, SI's daily newsletter during the NCAA tournament. Baylor shot just 2 of 12 from three in a mucky first half, in which neither team managed a fast-break point. (By Pat Forde)USC boasts the most talented player left in the men's tournament. (By Jeremy Woo)The legend of Max Abmas began long before he was draining threes in the men's NCAA tournament for Oral Roberts. Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Houston men's team will be the first team in NCAA tournament history to face four double-digit seeds in a single tourney.
The 13 Best Noise-Canceling Headphones and Earbuds (2021)
       
Shaking off the world and sinking into a new album can feel like a train ride through the countryside … unless you're sharing that seat with two young toddlers. Below are the best noise-canceling cans and buds you can buy, handpicked and tested by the Gear team here at WIRED. Be sure to check out our other guides, like the Best Wirefree Earbuds, Best Workout Earbuds, and Best Wireless Headphones. Updated March 2021: We've added the Apple AirPods Max, Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, and Jabra Elite 85t. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off).
50 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Kitchen Accents
       
While we’ve rounded up the best accents for your bedroom, bathroom, and living room elsewhere, here we’ve done some digging to find a wealth of stylish and fancy-looking kitchen décor ideas that are surprisingly affordable. Below, you’ll find gussied-up basics and restaurant-worthy accessories to spruce up your kitchen, regardless of your cooking prowess. While all of the things on this list are available on Amazon, we’ve found some of them elsewhere, too, for those who like to shop around. $29 at Amazon BuyKikkerland Toucan Kitchen Shears $10 now 10% off $9 It would be enough if these kitchen shears just looked like a toucan. Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us.
Saturday Night Live season 46, episode 15 recap: Maya Rudolph
       
Maya Rudolph hosting 'SNL' Image zoom Maya Rudolph hosting 'SNL' | Credit: NBCI am joined tonight by former SNL cast member Patrick Weathers. Let's jump into the fray and see what Rudolph, and tonight's musical guest Jack Harlow have to offer! It is so excellent seeing season 10 cast member Short back on the show, especially since Rudolph worked with him on their own (ill-fated) variety show. Next up: Bowen Yan, who Jost introduces as the "Asian cast member." The short ends with Rudolph in a photo of the original cast — spooky and brilliant way to wrap this up.
Regé-Jean Page, Viola Davis, and more win big at 2021 NAACP Image Awards
       
Regé-Jean Page, Viola Davis, and more win big at 2021 NAACP Image AwardsThe Regé-Jean Page train just keeps on rolling. The Bridgerton star was among the big winners at Saturday's 52nd NAACP Image Awards ceremony, earning the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series award for his performance on Netflix's steamy series. Her late Ma Rainey costar Chadwick Boseman also continued his awards season dominance, picking up Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture posthumously. WalkerOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic SpecialBlair Underwood, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. WalkerKey of Life AwardDr. Kizzmekia CorbettJackie Robinson Sports AwardStephen CurryOutstanding Literary Work - FictionThe Awkward Black Man - Walter MosleyOutstanding Literary Work - NonfictionA Promised Land - Barack ObamaOutstanding Literary Work - Debut AuthorWe're Better Than This - Elijah CummingsOutstanding Literary Work - Biography/AutobiographyThe Dead Are Arising - Les Payne, Tamara PayneOutstanding Literary Work - InstructionalVegetable Kingdom - Bryant TerryOutstanding Literary Work - PoetryThe Age of Phillis - Honorée JeffersOutstanding Literary Work - ChildrenShe Was the First!
The Best Roller Skates, According to Roller Skaters
       
To find the best roller skates, we asked RousHer and eight other experts — including pro roller skaters and skating choreographers and instructors — about their favorites. $299 at Moxi Skates BuyBest roller skates for beginnersMoxi Skates Beach Bunny Roller Skates $229 $229 For beginners, three of our experts suggested going for this less expensive pair of Beach Bunny skates from our best-overall brand. $249 at Moonlight Roller BuyBest roller skates for rink skatingSure-Grip White Fame Roller Skate From $180 Bell, Heiden, and Bravo told us about the Fame skates from Sure-Grip. $220 at Derby Warehouse BuyBest roller skates for street skatingMoxi Skates Jack Boot Roller Skates From $279 If you know you want to get serious about street skating, investing in a high-quality, durable boot is a must. $129 at Pro Skater Place BuyBest roller skates for roller derbyAntik AR2 Roller Skates $649 Roller derby skates are designed with agility in mind and typically have a lower-cut boot and more padding than rink or street skates.
Unreleased Woody Allen CBS Sunday Morning Interview to Stream on Paramount+
       
Photo: Gari Garaialde/Getty ImagesThis morning, almost two weeks after HBO concluded its four-part docusieres Allen v. Farrow, CBS Sunday Morning announced that they will air their own special on “the career and controversy surrounded filmmaker Woody Allen,” featuring a sit-down interview with the director himself, on Paramount+ Sunday, March 28. According to the network’s press release, Sunday’s CBS Sunday Morning: The Woody Allen Interview, anchored by Lee Cowan, will be comprised of an unaired Woody Allen interview from 2020, a 2018 CBS This Morning interview with Dylan Farrow, and a report from Erin Moriarty on “controversial artists and their art.” Cowan reportedly sat down with Allen last July to discuss the director’s memoir Apropos of Nothing, which was published on March 23 of last year. The interview, CBS notes, is “the filmmaker’s first in-depth television interview in nearly three decades.”In her 2018 interview with Gayle King, Farrow reiterated her claim that Allen molested her in 1992 and denied being coached by mother Mia Farrow, Allen’s then-girlfriend. And how will CBS Sunday Morning tie these threads together? Apparently, Moriarty will take a deep dive into “the challenges the public faces when respected artists are alleged — or discovered — to have acted in a morally questionable manner.” Allen has repeatedly denied abusing Farrow, most recently calling HBO’s Allen v. Farrow a “shoddy hit piece” in a joint press release with his wife, Soon-Yi Previn.
How to Watch UFC 260 Online: Live Stream Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou on ESPN+
       
One of the most anticipated UFC matchups of the year takes place tonight, as Stipe Miocic faces off against Francis Ngannou at UFC 260, streaming live on ESPN+. UFC 260 airs live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas tonight Saturday, March 27, 2021. How to Stream UFC 260 Live OnlineUFC 260’s main event pits Miocic vs. Ngannou in a heavyweight championship title bout. How to Live Stream UFC 260 Online FreeThere isn’t a way to stream UFC 260 online free, though current ESPN+ subscribers can watch the UFC 260 prelims for free. UFCUFC 260 Fight Card, Predictions, OddsTonight’s UFC 260 main card pits the current UFC heavyweight champion Miocic against the number one contender Ngannou, in a widely-anticipated rematch.
The Attico Wants to Join You at the Beach
       
MILAN — The Attico continues to expand its product offering. The Milan-based brand founded by Gilda Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini is entering the world of beachwear with the “State of Nature” capsule collection. “Summer is our favorite season and we really had a desire to create our own swimsuits,” said Tordini. The Attico, which is mainly known for its bold and flamboyant cocktail and evening attire, in February launched its first genderless streetwear capsule, called “Life at Large,” which is available at around 200 global retailers. See also:Beachwear, Resort Retail Weather Coronavirus StormEXCLUSIVE: Swimwear Brand Solid & Striped Expands Into ActivewearThe Swimwear Industry Floats Along
Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon Pay Tribute to Beverly Cleary
       
Beverly Cleary! — Judy Blume (@judyblume) March 28, 2021Rest well Beverly Cleary. May she Rest In Peace ?? pic.twitter.com/DLBK4XLLsS — Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) March 27, 2021Loved Beverly Cleary!! Beverly Cleary inspired generations of children from around the world, and she will be greatly missed. https://t.co/CK5wnMXOCc — Rep. Kurt Schrader (@RepSchrader) March 26, 2021Mourning the loss of the Portland icon Beverly Cleary, with the irrepressible Ramona Quimby, and her neighbor Henry Huggins, at the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in Grant Park.
$1M Worth of Beyoncé’s Property Stolen Out of Storage Units
       
Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesBefore you ask: yes, the gowns were affected. According to TMZ, storage units rented by Beyoncé’s production company Parkwood Entertainment were reportedly burglarized twice earlier in March, with the culprits making off with more than a million dollar’s worth of the singer’s belongings, including “expensive handbags and dresses.” Per TMZ, “the missing items from the first heist all belong to Queen Bey.”Following the initial theft, which reportedly targeted three storage units, three more units in the same storage facility were broken into less than a week later, allegedly by the same people. Among the second haul was “handbags, kids toys, and photos belonging to one of Beyoncé’s stylists.” According to TMZ, there have been no arrests in the crime, but if Beyoncé’s entire Black Is King wardrobe shows up on TheRealReal, that’s going to be a huge tip-off.
Maya Rudolph’s Beyoncé Fully Melts Down on YouTube Hot Ones
       
If your whole deal is being cool, calm, collected, and sexy, do not go on Hot Ones. Hosted by Sean Evans, it’s a YouTube interview show designed to break down celebrities’ barriers by feeding them extremely spicy chicken wings. Of course, while we would all love to see the actual Beyoncé sit down behind a giant glass of room temperature milk for a chat, she never will. Well, let Maya Rudolph’s Beyoncé demonstrate in Saturday Night Live’s version of Hot Ones, featuring Mikey Day as a surprising convincing Evans. “I know that now, you bald bitch,” Beyoncé shouts.
Maya Rudolph’s Monologue Remembers SNL as The Breakfast Club
       
While we were hoping for a musical monologue tonight, Maya Rudolph warmed our hearts instead, inviting this year’s freshman class of SNL performers Andrew Dismukes, Punkie Johnson, and Lauren Holt to the stage to teach them about her Saturday Night Live experience. Turns out, it was pretty much exactly like John Hughes’ 1985 high school dramedy The Breakfast Club. I was so nervous; I couldn’t look anyone in the eye,” Rudolph claims. So, good luck to you, Chirpy, Little Dee Dee, and Calista Vagina. Hopefully Lorne has taught you an important lesson about high school by assigning you a season of Saturday Night Live for your Saturday detention.
‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Bowen Yang Joins ‘Weekend Update’ to Say ‘Do More’ to Stop Anti-Asian Racism
       
Bowen Yang joined the March 27 “Saturday Night Live” “Weekend Update” segment to tell the audience to “do more” to stop anti-Asian racism. Yang did not address this, but he did say he has recently found posts with action items online and wanted to share some of those with the audience. I have an Asian grandma, you want to punch her, there ain’t no common ground, mama,” he said. “Let me know when you get on your knees and scrub her feet while she looks at your phone. Now come meet us there.”“Saturday Night Live” airs live coast-to-coast Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.
UFC 260 results: Sean O'Malley blasts Thomas Almeida with violent KO sequence
       
At UFC 260, O’Malley (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) put on a striking clinic for two rounds before he blasted Thomas Almeida with a violent knockout sequence late in Round 3. The bantamweight bout was part of the UFC 260 main card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. With less than two minutes left in the round, Almeida moved in and ate a short left hand that sent Almeida tumbling. He has not won a fight since he defeated Albert Morales at UFC Fight Night 100 in November 2016. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
Tina Turner HBO doc explores trauma of abuse, makes a case for her Rock Hall induction this year
       
With her signature sequins, voluminous hair and throaty growl, Tina Turner became an unlikely rock icon at age 44 when she released "Private Dancer," her 1984 solo breakthrough. Featuring hits "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "I Can't Stand the Rain," the exhilarating album was a stark departure from her work in the '60s and '70s as one half of Ike and Tina Turner, her R&B duo with ex-husband/music partner Ike Turner. Wanting to be sensitive to her trauma, the directors relied heavily on archival footage and audio of Tina discussing Ike, who died in 2007. And that obviously became the story of Tina Turner." She's happy, she's content – she's not somebody who needs to be a star and have attention."
Jon Jones says absent 'some bread' from the UFC, Derrick Lewis can have next title shot
       
Jon Jones spent the immediate aftermath of the start of Francis Ngannou’s heavyweight title reign making his case on Twitter to be next in line for a title shot. Less than two hours later, though, the former light heavyweight champion took his foot off the proverbial gas pedal and said Derrick Lewis (25-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC) can get the first shot at Ngannou – provided the UFC doesn’t meet Jones’ financial requirements. “It’s OK, Derek (sic) can have the fight,” Jones posted in response to a Twitter user saying UFC president Dana White was using Lewis as leverage against Jones. Jones vacated his light heavyweight title in 2020 and announced a move up to heavyweight. “If I’m Jon Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I start moving to 185,” White told MMA Junkie.
Houston’s defense is at its suffocating best in bouncing Syracuse to advance to Elite Eight
       
On Saturday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Sampson guided the second-seeded Cougars to a height the program hasn’t reached in decades. 11 Syracuse from the tournament with a commanding 62-46 win in the Sweet 16, sending the Cougars to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984. The Cougars’ defense, one of the best in the nation, ensured nothing came easily for the Orange. But the collective highlight for Houston was its defense, which held Syracuse to a season-low scoring output. Houston entered this matchup with the second-best scoring defense across Division I, giving up 57.9 points per game, and Syracuse fell victim to a stifling effort.
1976 Hoosiers understand Gonzaga’s quest for perfect season
       
Corey Kispert API asked Buckner if he could recall Knight’s message before the perfect season began. You don’t think about national championship. If you think about that, you’re gonna get beat.”Crews and Buckner differ over whether the Hoosiers felt pressure before and during the tournament. “He was saying how you’ll remember this the rest of your life, you’re gonna remember your teammates the rest of your life,” Crews said. “Being the last one doesn’t take away the fact that you’re undefeated and you’re national champion.
Knicks’ Derrick Rose thrives in first game back after COVID-19
       
On a night when the Knicks were without their best player and lost another key starter minutes into the game, Derrick Rose made his long-awaited return. The rhythm is going to come, it’s going to take some games, but my wind was good,” Rose said. “I was doing my conditioning along with whatever the trainers wanted me to do for an entire week. Before his COVID-19 scare, Rose was averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 assists in 24.6 minutes across 10 games for the Knicks since being acquired from the Pistons in a trade Feb. 8. The Knicks improved to 8-3 with Rose in the lineup Saturday night.
Francisco Lindor’s Mets spring training surge hits new level
       
Observations from the Mets’ 8-3 spring training victory over the Astros on Saturday. continued with a 3-for-3 performance Saturday in the Mets’ exhibition win. Spring slogJeff McNeil went hitless in three at-bats and is batting .116 this spring. McNeil, batting mostly in the sixth spot, has posted a .525 OPS. Sunday’s scheduleMike Montgomery is the Mets’ scheduled starting pitcher for their game in Jupiter, Fla., against the Marlins.
‘SNL’ lays into Biden for recent missteps – literal and otherwise
       
This weekend's "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at President Biden -- about his stumbles on the stairs leading to Air Force One and on last week's first news conference since taking office. "This week kinda felt like Biden on those stairs," Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost joked about recent events while showing a photo of Biden tripping on the stairs at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland prior to a flight to Atlanta. Jost also applauded Biden about "how well he breakdanced," as a repeating video of the fall played to 1990s song "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)." Fellow co-host Michael Che gave a "shoutout to Fixodent" after noting Biden's news conference lasted more than an hour. — SNL's Michael CheThe show also repeatedly joked about the "cheat sheets" Biden was seen using during his appearance before reporters, first with a graphic on Weekend Update that showed a notecard that said "You=Joe Biden."
TikTok’s goblin-inspired fashion trend gains mainstream attention
       
The niched aesthetic is called "goblincore," and the hashtag dedicated to it has more than 285.6 million views on the short-form video app. In fact, one of the most popular goblincore videos on TikTok comes from TheWondersmith, a ceramist who made an impressive snail tea pot with matching cups. For example, the most liked goblincore video comes from a 20-year-old TikTok user named Dill, who showed off their soothing bookbinding skills. The video has more than 2.9 million likes and 10,000 comments from TikTokers who love Dill’s artwork. Goblincore overlaps with other subcultures that have similar aesthetic features like fairycore (306.5 million views), vulture culture (85.7 million views), crowcore (15.9 million views), elfcore (4.6 million views) and dragoncore (387,600 views), according to trending TikTok hashtags.
The Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal moved slightly, but a poor tide stopped its progress
       
The fifth day of the salvage operation illustrated the technical and weather challenges facing the international team seeking to dislodge the Ever Given from the eastern bank of the canal and stave off a global economic calamity. Both are scheduled to arrive on Sunday in the canal, said the ship’s technical manager, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. Also unclear on Sunday was the reported arrival of a U.S. Navy team of dredging experts to assist in the operation. Naval Fifth Fleet spokesperson, said nothing had changed since U.S. Central Command made an offer to help on Friday. The ship is owned by a Japanese company, operated by a Taiwanese firm, its crew is Indian, and it sails under a Panamanian flag.
Virginia girl's shocking shooting death leads to arrest of teen suspect
       
A juvenile suspect was reportedly arrested Saturday afternoon following a manhunt connected to the shocking fatal shooting of a Virginia middle school student. Lucia Bremer was shot multiple times on Friday, forcing a nearby high school in Henrico County, Virginia, to be placed on a temporary lockdown. The eighth grader was taken to a hospital where she died of her wounds, the Richmond Times-Dispacth reported. The suspect was reportedly last seen fleeing the shooting before the manhunt began. VIRGINIA TEEN GIRL DEAD AFTER SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES NEAR HIGH SCHOOL; SUSPECT AT LARGE, REPORTS SAY"Detectives worked tirelessly throughout the night to follow up on leads provided by our community partners," Henrico police said while announcing the arrest Saturday.
Tennessee flash flooding traps residents in homes, on roads, prompting rescues: reports
       
Major flash flooding overnight in central Tennessee was leaving numerous people trapped by rising waters, according to reports. Accounts included reports of emergency responders assisting people at apartment complexes and drivers traveling along flooded area roadways. Other alerts were in effect until 7 a.m.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Major flash flooding is occurring with numerous roads, interstates and homes flooded with water rescues ongoing!" On Saturday afternoon, a powerful storm in Lexington, Tennessee, caused significant damage, the newspaper reported. A tornado had been warned for the area but it wasn’t immediately clear if a tornado had actually struck.
Covid vaccines mean the end of quarantine is in sight. For some, the view doesn't look so good.
       
People with social anxiety, introverts and others who find the “normal” expectations of life stressful woke up to a world that more closely resembled the one of their dreams. People with social anxiety, introverts and others who find the “normal” expectations of life stressful woke up to a world that more closely resembled the one of their dreams. While there’s been a very real increase in substance abuse during quarantine, mostly overlooked is the fact that others took this opportunity to get sober. “There is so much pressure to be around people and no one seems to understand that doesn’t make me happy,” she explained. Nudging reluctant people who’ve grown accustomed to, and even prefer, living in quarantine back into society requires understanding.
Georgia's 'Jim Crow' voter suppression bill is now law. Here's how Democrats can fight back.
       
On Thursday, Georgia Republicans passed restrictive changes to the state election process. Brian Kemp immediately signed a bill into law that President Joe Biden accurately labeled "outrageous," "un-American" and "Jim Crow in the 21st Century." The new law also restructures the authority of the State Election Board. There’s also the chance that this voter suppression law could backfire for Republicans. State law allows for the casting of ballots and the tabulation of ballots to be observed by members of both parties.
30-year-old self-made millionaire shares 5 quick ways to make money
       
A few years ago, Kyle Taylor was like many people in their 20s, saddled with debt and making uneducated financial decisions. To encourage himself to get out of his financial mess, he started a blog about his journey. The blog "was just my way of sharing what I was doing to pay off my student loan debt and hold myself accountable," Taylor tells CNBC. Here are a few key money tricks that helped Taylor go from broke to millionaire:1. Earn cash back from online shoppingFor purchases you make every month, start buying them online using a rewards site like eBates or Mr.
UK has planned for second COVID-19 vaccine doses, says minister
       
FILE PHOTO: A woman receives an Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination centre at Cwmbran Stadium in Cwmbran, South Wales, Britain February 17, 2021. Geoff Caddick/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Britain has planned to ensure second COVID-19 doses are administered on time, culture minister Oliver Dowden said on Sunday amid concerns over supplies due to friction with the European Union. “In all of our planning, we have factored in getting that second dose of the vaccine,” he told Sky News. When asked about a Mail on Sunday newspaper report that the Moderna vaccine would be deployed in Britain for the first time in mid-April, Dowden said: “We do expect Moderna to come later this month.”
Trade union calls for Deliveroo UK riders strike to highlight IPO risks
       
FILE PHOTO: A courier for food delivery service Deliveroo rides a bike in central Brussels, Belgium January 16, 2020. Insurer Aviva for instance highlighted a lack of rights for riders as an investment risk as the company might be forced to change its business model. The case sought to secure rights such as the UK minimum wage for riders, but the court ruled riders were self-employed. “Investing in Deliveroo means associating yourself with the exploitative and unstable business model,” IWGB President Alex Marshall said in a statement, adding the strike was planned for April 7, to coincide with the IPO. Deliveroo said job satisfaction levels among its 50,000 self-employed riders in Britain was at an all-time high, and that the flexibility they had was a big attraction.
Sinopharm needs trial results to decide if COVID-19 vaccine needs booster shot: executive
       
FILE PHOTO: A health worker counts used vials of Sinopharm's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Karachi, Pakistan February 11, 2021. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/File PhotoBEIJING (Reuters) - China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) will need to assess results from overseas Phase III clinical trials to decide whether its two-shot COVID-19 vaccine should be followed by a booster shot, a company executive said on Sunday. Regulators and vaccine developers are looking at whether booster doses are necessary amid concerns that emerging variants of the new coronavirus might weaken protection of vaccines designed against older strains. The answer should be based on the results of future phase III clinical studies,” Zhang said. Antibodies triggered by two COVID-19 vaccine products from Sinopharm both have “pretty good” neutralising effect on variants found in Britain and South Africa, Zhang told a news conference, citing results from lab tests using blood samples taken from clinical trial participants.
Philippines Catholics brave COVID-19 threat to celebrate Palm Sunday
       
MANILA (Reuters) - Dozens of Catholics in the Philippines braved the threat of coronavirus on Sunday to attend a mass outside the Baclaran Church in Manila to celebrate Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of the Holy Week. Wearing face masks and observing physical distancing to protect themselves from COVID-19, they waved their palm fronds as the priest sprinkled holy water on them. Religious gatherings will be banned from Monday until Easter to comply with stricter quarantine restrictions the Philippine government reimposed in the capital and nearby provinces to slow the sharp rise in COVID-19 infections. At the St. Peter Parish in Quezon City, candles were attached to empty pews to represent parishioners taking part in Palm Sunday celebrations outside the church or online. The Philippines is battling a renewed surge in infections, including those of the new and more transmissible variants, prompting the government to tighten existing curbs in the capital and nearby provinces.
Indonesia president condemns church attack as "terrorism"
       
FILE PHOTO: Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview with Reuters at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Willy KurniawanJAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian president Joko Widodo strongly condemned a suspected suicide bomb attack outside a church that wounded 14 people in the city of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi on Sunday. In a video broadcast, he described the attack in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population as an “act of terrorism”, and urged people to remain calm, saying the government would ensure that everybody can worship freely, “without fear”.
Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims
       
Bookseller Jaromir Vytopil, left, appoints the youngest schoolchildren to the order of readers at a library in Pelhrimov, Czech Republic, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2020. Some 25,000 have been killed by COVID-19 in the hard-hit Czech Republic. Some 25,000 have been killed by COVID-19 in the hard-hit Czech Republic. On March 22, 2020 and for some days to come, the Czech Republic reported daily COVID-19 deaths in the single digits. According to Johns Hopkins University, the Czech Republic has the world’s second-highest mortality rate after the microstate of San Marino.
Suicide bomber targets Palm Sunday mass in Indonesia, at least 14 injured
       
MAKASSAR, Indonesia — A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia's Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding at least 14 people, police said. The attack came as Indonesia was on high alert following the arrest of Aris Sumarsono, known as Zulkarnaen, the leader of Jemmaah Islamiyah in December. He said that police were investigating whether they were linked to a local affiliate of the banned Jemaah Islamiyah network or were acting independently. A court banned Jemaah Islamiyah in 2008, and the group was weakened by a sustained crackdown. Police said the father was the leader of a local affiliate of the Islamic State group known as Jemaah Anshorut Daulah.
Green Homes Grant scheme to insulate houses axed
       
Household insulationA much-promoted grants scheme to help householders in England insulate their home is to be scrapped within days. The Green Homes Grant (GHG) reached just 10% of the 600,000 homes the chancellor promised would be improved. But the GHG scheme, which launched in September in a bid to tackle that, has struggled from the start. First announced last summer, the GHG scheme was extended in November for another year until the end of March 2022. 'Staggering ineptitude'Ed Matthew, from climate change think tank E3G said: "The end of the government's flagship green homes scheme is a tragedy that was avoidable.
'SNL's' Bowen Yang Offers Incredibly Powerful Message Against Asian American Hate
       
“Saturday Night Live” cast member Bowen Yang began his bit on “Weekend Update” against Asian American attacks all attitude and eye rolls, but ended with a powerful message to “fuel up” and keep moving — together. Yang first dinged co-anchor Colin Jost for introducing him as the program’s “Asian American cast member.”Jost responded: “That’s how you told me to introduce you.”“I set your ass up. “Things for Asians in this country have been bleak for the past two weeks — and all the weeks before that since forever,” he noted. He said he didn’t know what to say to help change “how insanely bad things are. If someone’s personality is ‘punch an Asian grandma,’ it’s not a dialogue.
Trump Downplays Capitol Riot, Claims Trump Loyalists Were 'Hugging and Kissing' Cops
       
The GuardianAnalysis: Timothy Hale-Cusanelli was one of dozens of former or current military members investigated or charged in connection with the insurrection Rioters supporting Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington DC on 6 January 2021. Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, a US army reservist, is – according to court documents – an “avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer”. Photograph: Jane Rosenberg/Reuters Hale-Cusanelli was charged with seven crimes, including obstructing congressional proceedings, in connection with the 6 January attack. Prosecutors said that on 14 January a confidential source used a listening device to record a conversation with Hale-Cusanelli. Thomas TJ Robertson and Jacob Fracker in the Capitol in the Capitol on 6 January.
GSK and Vir seek emergency use of COVID-19 therapy in United States
       
When the trauma is caused by people, as in a mass shooting, the impact can be profound. The rate of PTSD in mass shootings may be as high as 36% among survivors. That means humans can learn fear and experience terror through exposure to the trauma and fear of others. People in the vicinity of a mass shooting may see exposed, disfigured, burned or dead bodies. Every time there is a mass shooting in a new place, people learn that kind of place is now on the not-very-safe list.
VP to focus on border diplomacy; no immediate plans to visit
       
Harris has no plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border region “in the near future,” spokeswoman Symone Sanders said Friday. Sanders said Harris will go to the border at some point but emphasized the diplomatic nature of the vice president's role. “The vice president is not doing the border,” Sanders told reporters on a flight to Connecticut, where Harris was promoting the administration's COVID-19 relief package. He tweeted out photos of dozens of minors, wrapped in foil-like space blankets, lying on the floor of crowded Border Patrol facilities. It is not unusual to see increases in migrants coming across the border at this time of year and the Border Patrol has faced similar situations in the past, the official said.
Makassar explosion: Worshippers wounded in Indonesian church bombing
       
No group has said it carried out the attackAn explosion outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar has wounded at least 10 worshippers. Militant Islamists have attacked churches in the past but no group has yet said it was behind the bombing. A priest at the church, Father Wilhemus Tulak, told Metro TV that security guards had tackled one suspected bomber. Makassar Mayor Danny Pomanto said that if the explosion had happened at the main entrance, it could have led to far more casualties. Gomar Gultom, head of the Indonesian Council of Churches, said the attack on people celebrating Palm Sunday was "cruel".
Derek Chauvin trial: Why role of TV cameras could come into focus
       
One of those cameras will be trained on Derek Chauvin, the former policeman accused of killing George Floyd in custody. Mr Chauvin could be jailed for decades over the 25 May, 2020 death of Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man. Court TV believes its coverage of The People vs Derek Chauvin will uphold both of those constitutional rights. Having relaunched under new ownership in 2019, Court TV sees the Chauvin trial as more than a throwback to those glory days. The Chauvin trial, she added, is "a return to our mission, our mission is to give people a front-row seat to justice".
Balky sign-ups complicate virus vaccinations for blind, deaf
       
In Alabama, Donte Little helped 20 blind and deaf people who had trouble signing up for vaccinations and getting to a clinic for shots. Add deafness or blindness on top of it and it’s that much more of one,” said Little, who is visually impaired and directs a regional center for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness estimated in 2008 that about 40,000 U.S. adults were both deaf and blind. This can be a significant barrier,” said Weinstock, director of public relations at Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf. Robert Jaquiss, who is blind, experienced problems firsthand when he tried to get an appointment for a shot in Missoula, Montana.
Government accused of collecting 'blood money' on Gaddafi’s UK assets at 'stormy' MPs' private meeting
       
One of the problems was identifying “honourably” all of the many victims of IRA Libyan Semtex who might benefit. - Dominic Lipinski/PA WireA Government spokesman said: “The UK Government has profound sympathy for UK victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA terrorism, and for all victims of The Troubles. They also forget to mention that, under Mr. Shawcross' terms of reference, publication was always at the discretion of the Foreign Secretary. From his testimony before the ongoing Inquiry on Wednesday, it is clear that Mr. Shawcross is frustrated too. Mr. Shawcross revealed to the Inquiry that he could reveal very little for fear of breaching his "contract" with the FCDO.
GSK and Vir Submit Covid-19 Antibody for FDA Authorization
       
BenzingaGlobal chip shortage is severely impairing automakers, as evidenced by an announcement from Chinese EV maker NIO Limited (NYSE: NIO) Friday. The stalling comes due to a shortage in semiconductor supply, the company added. As a result of this development, Nio lowered its vehicle deliveries forecast for the first quarter from 20,000-20,500 vehicles to 19,500 vehicles. Increasing demand from sectors leveraging the "work-from-home" and "study-from-home environment" in the aftermath of the pandemic has exerted pressure on the chip supply chain. Traditional automakers, including General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), have announced production cuts at their North American plants, citing the issue.
How defunding the police backfired in Minneapolis, the city which sparked George Floyd protests across the world
       
Residents in George Floyd Square in Minneapolis want the zone reopened to the outside world - Chandan Khanna/AFPVisitors to the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis must walk past concrete barricades and makeshift checkpoints to reach the site where the 46-year-old took his last breath with his face pressed to the asphalt. Signs marking the entrance to the birthplace of a global racial justice movement read: “You are now entering the free state of George Floyd” and “cops not welcome”. A volunteer mans the perimeter of George Floyd Square - Rozina SaburEarlier this month a 30-year-old volunteer was shot dead, and cars with broken windows line the streets. Story continuesAt the barriers to George Floyd square activists sit in the graffitied checkpoint stalls with small heaters and kettles, peering out from plastic windows to ensure no police officers gain entry. George Floyd Square has become a makeshift memorial to the racial justice movement - Chandan Khanna/AFPBut the signs of criminal activity are clear to see.
Pregnant women 'didn't have the data' – until now: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, even for babies, study shows
       
COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at protecting pregnant women and likely provide protection for their babies as well, according to a new study. Earlier studies suggested the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna would be safe and effective. Large-scale clinical trials intentionally excluded pregnant women, leaving them to wonder whether to get the shots or not. Their study wasn't the definitive clinical trial some pregnant women have been waiting for, but it's pretty close, other OB-GYNs said. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: COVID and pregnancy: Vaccines safe, protect moms and babies: study
Las Vegas nonprofits unite to help those in need amid pandemic
       
Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoSous-chef Nila Samano prepares food for Meals on Wheels at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoGustavo Ramirez prepares food for Meals on Wheels at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoQuincy McGee prepares food for Meals on Wheels at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoServer Rafael Castellanos delivers a meal through an opening in plexiglass at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhotoThe overnight shelter at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas Thursday, March 25, 2021.
What we know about the case of a Dover woman allegedly killed by her surgeon husband
       
Here’s what we know about the allegations against Ingolf Tuerk, who is accused of killing 45-year-old Kathleen McLean. By Feb. 3, Tuerk was physically abusing McLean, she told Dover police. McLean obtained a restraining order but changed her mindTuerk was charged in February for two attacks against McLean and released on personal recognizance, which Pomarole revoked Monday. McLean obtained a restraining order against Tuerk, and on Feb. 7 she filed for divorce, documents show. On May 2, McLean said she did not want to pursue criminal charges and asked that the restraining order against her husband be vacated.
Fighting for fairness in vocational tech school admissions
       
Last week, the Vocational Education Justice Coalition advocated for a lottery system to help right the wrong that even the department is acknowledging. “It’s not perfect, but it’s better than what we’ve got.”Currently, schools — and most of them are regional vocational technical schools, reporting to their own regional governing boards — look at grades, attendance, disciplinary history, and recommendations. AdvertisementNew Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, who was one of 23 mayors to raise the issue of vocational education admissions with the board of education last year, said, “We need something that is more fair, more transparent, more neutral. While vocational education programs have advanced at most schools to match the needs of our changing world, admissions procedures haven’t. As long as seats are limited, fairer admissions policies at public vocational schools are essential.
John Sullivan leaves camp for birth of his son
       
Vikings center John Sullivan left training camp to be with his wife for the birth of their son on Tuesday. Vikings center John Sullivan left training camp to be with his wife for the birth of their son on Tuesday.
Tanya Roberts dies at 65 after premature death announcement
       
UPDATE: Actor Tanya Roberts, known for playing Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film “A View to a Kill” and Midge Pinciotti on “That ’70s Show” between 1998 and 2004, died Monday night after it was prematurely reported by many outlets that she had died on Sunday night. She was 65.
Woman fatally hit by vehicle in suburban Justice
       
A 64-year-old woman was fatally struck by a vehicle Friday in suburban Justice. Deborah Paris was struck by a vehicle about 6:30 p.m. at 83rd Street and 88th Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy conducted Saturday ruled her death an accident, the medical examiner’s office said. Paris lived in Justice, the medical examiner’s office said. Justice police were not available for comment Saturday afternoon.
Dear Abby: They called me horrible names. My husband says I need to let it go.
       
DEAR ABBY: I have meddling in-laws. My husband insists on being around them, and we argue because I want our 9-year-old son to have only limited contact with them. DEAR ABBY: My mother keeps buying me (and my now-teenage daughters) clothes from a catalog for elderly women. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
How a family-owned bookstore in Palo Alto has stayed open through the pandemic
       
With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on retailers across the country, and as the store celebrates its 85th anniversary, Bell’s Books has suffered, too — but Faith Bell isn’t ready to call it quits yet. Q How did Bell’s Books get its start? The man who owned the store wanted to open a branch for Stanford students in Palo Alto but he couldn’t make it work. With us at least the books don’t rot on the shelves so it helps because these businesses have very small margins. We don’t need to become a nonprofit, we don’t need donations, we just need people to buy books.
Longest-serving bookseller among 25,000 Czech virus victims
       
“People like him form the heart of the town,” Milan Pavlicek added. Vytopil used to leave his family's home in a nearby village on his scooter at 7 a.m. On the way, he stopped to have a coffee and to read newspapers. “What was shining from him was an appetite for life and an effort to give people what he knew well, and that was the books," Marie Vytopilova recalled. But he praised the people who visited his store for their choices and if needed, offered recommendations. “Many times, I laughed and called him a walking encyclopedia,” his wife said.
Wales lockdown rules: What are the latest 'stay local' restrictions?
       
Wales has taken a further step out of lockdown, with the 'stay local' rule being lifted on Saturday, Mar 27. People living in Wales are now allowed to travel anywhere in the country, although leaving or entering the country is not prohibited, except in permitted circumstances, until Apr 12 at the earliest. "Stay local will be lifted, and for the next 2 weeks people living in Wales can travel around Wales – this is to help keep the virus under control. All other shops, including all close contact services, will be able to open from Apr 12. The Welsh Government formally reviews Covid-19 regulations - including school closures - every three weeks, with the next review due by Apr 12.
The lawyer who took on Chevron – and now marks his 600th day under house arrest
       
On Sunday, Donziger reached his 600th day of an unprecedented house arrest that has resulted from a sprawling, Kafkaesque legal battle with the oil giant Chevron. Chevron has never paid up, claiming “shocking levels of misconduct” and fraud by Donziger and the Ecuadorian judiciary. Despite lengthy attempts by Chevron, which bought Texaco, to block the case, the action ultimately went to trial and resulted in a historic judgement against the oil company. Chevron has “captured” the judge, Donziger said, and now the oil company seems omnipresent in his fate. Shortly before his house arrest, in the summer of 2019, Donziger toured some villages in Ecuador, discovering some people he’d previously met had died of cancer.
Scotland lockdown news: latest Covid rules and level of restrictions
       
Ms Sturgeon has also confirmed that from Apr 26, pubs will be able to stay open outdoors until 10pm but indoors only until 8pm. Travel within all of mainland Scotland will be allowed and self-catering accommodation can open their doors from this date. Communal worship has also been allowed to resume as of Mar 26, with 50 people initially being allowed into services. Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. It comes as Scotland will have around 500,000 fewer vaccine doses in April, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.
India vs England, third ODI: live score and latest updates from Pune
       
The issue of rotation is nuanced and difficult in Covid times but essentially Test cricket came second this winter, playing in the IPL seemingly non-negotiable. This week Telegraph Sport revealed that the ECB is willing to offer IPL franchises stakes in the Hundred in return for Indian players adding stardust to the competition. The Twenty20 series was less about the result, more towards building to the World Cup which is why the lack of experimentation with the team was strange. England are on firmer ground in the ODI series, their run chase on Friday was a splendid six-hitting exhibition that provided a reminder of their brilliance at batting in the 50-over format. It was impressive to watch, Ben always wants to be as involved in the game as much as he can.
Covid lockdown roadmap: the key dates for when restrictions will end and what rules will change
       
Four reviewsThere are four reviews that have been commissioned that sit below the roadmap. It will see whether with vaccine certificates and testing the border can be more open than it is now. However there is no guarantee the current rules, which bar anyone from travelling overseas for holiday, will be lifted after the review, meaning summer holidays abroad are not guaranteed. A third review will look at Covid vaccine certificates being used domestically. It will attempt to work out when it is safe for large events to be held again.
Wada launches investigation over GB rider's 2010 drug test
       
Neither British Cycling nor Ukad would comment on Saturday night on the test, which returned positive for a metabolite of nandrolone. But a Ukad spokesperson did offer guidance on the testing process in general, suggesting the test would have been below the threshold above which it would investigate. However, the Mail on Sunday claimed that Ukad, armed with the tip-off, then authorised British Cycling to carry out private testing on four riders, which may have been a breach of Wada code. The emergence of the sample is likely to lead to further searching questions for both Ukad and British Cycling, coming hot on the heels of Dr Richard Freeman’s medical hearing. A Wada spokesperson said: "We have asked our independent Intelligence and Investigations Department to look into this matter and contact UKAD."
What you can and can't do from Monday March 29 as lockdown rules start easing
       
As the Easter holidays begin, the Government has allowed limited changes to lockdown rules to allow families to reunite. Social contactPeople will be able to meet outdoors either in groups of six or as two households as of Monday. This includes meeting in private gardens as the Government attempts to make it easier for friends and families to get together over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. A number of restrictions remain in place to limit movement, including guidance against people staying away from their main residence overnight. Campsites and self-contained holiday accommodation remain closed until at least Apr 12, after the Easter holidays.
Will the U.S. end its ambiguity over Taiwan?
       
I was perplexed because I could not find any request to Japan after watching the whole Senate hearing. He said, “The most dangerous concern is that of a military force against Taiwan. McMaster told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he saw no reason for the new Biden administration to change the U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” concerning Taiwan. Naturally, in his hearing, Aquilino was asked about the benefits and risks of such a policy change. That will also be when Tokyo should think seriously about Japan’s options to deal with a Taiwan contingency, which could come sooner rather than later.
China’s go-it-alone five-year plan
       
To meet the challenges ahead, China is banking on its 14th Five-Year Plan, which was officially approved at the recent meeting. The phrase “Five-Year Plan” might conjure thoughts of production targets and coal, steel or grain quotas. That is why the new Five-Year Plan includes binding targets not only for military spending, but also for grain production, investment in research and development and digital-sector growth. What the Five-Year Plan does not include, for the first time ever, is a target for overall GDP growth for the period. The new Five-Year Plan aims to abolish or ease restrictions in small and medium-size cities, and introduce a points system in large cities.
Japan remade its supply chains after catastrophe. Here’s what it learned
       
As global supply chains buckle under COVID-19 stress, those in Japan remain sturdy, free of inflationary pressures and fitful economic activity. The automatons’ bodies are still made in Japan but robotics investment is rising in China where Fanuc makes some parts. In 2019, inventory-to-sales ratios for general and electrical machinery in the U.S. was 1.8 months to 1.4 months. But Japan’s goals are clear: protect the supply chains, at all costs. Anjani Trivedi is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering industrial companies in Asia.
Notebooks activate brain more than gadgets, Japanese study shows
       
A Japanese team has said that writing in paper notebooks leads to stronger brain activity when recalling schedules than using tablet terminals or smartphones. In the team’s experiment, 48 people aged 18-29 were divided into three groups — users of paper notebooks, tablet terminals with special pens, and smartphones. They were asked to answer questions on two-month schedules they read from written conversations and recorded on the notebooks or devices an hour before, while undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging examinations. But parts of brains related to memory and language processing grew more active for users of paper notebooks than the other two groups. The experiment was conducted in a joint research program with JMA Management Center Inc. Their study was published on the Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience international journal.
What did poor Scots do to deserve the awful Sturgeon and Salmond?
       
In SNP Scotland, free speech and free opinions are an increasingly expendable commodity – and not just on independence. It is sad when this happens to any country but to see it happen to a country with as bold a history of intellectual rigour as Scotland is tragic. What did the poor Scots do to deserve these two going at it hammer and tongs until May? This brave and beautiful country deserves better. But in the meantime, those of us south of the border may well concur with the words of the commentator Dennis Kavanagh: “Scottish politics hasn’t been this much fun since Macbeth.”
Welcome to the woke age of cinema - where 'historical dramas' peddle revisionist lies
       
Well, Jamestown or Dickinson alone might not change the course of historical understanding. Take The Crown and Bridgerton, both watched by tens of millions of Netflix subscribers last year. The Crown was based on living characters and real events that most people dimly recognised, so it appeared to be history. The year 1619 is indeed a terrible and important one, but it’s not where American history starts – and ends. Nearly 30 million people watched the latest season of The Crown in the week after it launched, while 82 million saw Bridgerton.
How defunding the police backfired in Minneapolis, the city which sparked George Floyd protests across the world
       
Visitors to the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis must walk past concrete barricades and makeshift checkpoints to reach the site where the 46-year-old took his last breath with his face pressed to the asphalt. Signs marking the entrance to the birthplace of a global racial justice movement read: “You are now entering the free state of George Floyd” and “cops not welcome”. The world is set to revisit the death of Mr Floyd this week when the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who kneeled on his neck during his final moments, begins. His death not only triggered a hot summer of protests but also calls to "defund" the police that have reverberated across the US and as far as the UK. The four-block intersection where Mr Floyd died - renamed George Floyd Square - is now a test case, with concrete barricades and a regular swarm of activists manning an "autonomous zone", effectively barring police from the area.
Suicide bomber targets Mass in Indonesia, 14 wounded
       
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding at least 14 people, police said. The attack came as Indonesia was on high alert following the arrest of Aris Sumarsono, known as Zulkarnaen, the leader of Jemmaah Islamiyah in December. He said that police were investigating whether they were linked to a local affiliate of the banned Jemaah Islamiyah network or were acting independently. A court banned Jemaah Islamiyah in 2008, and the group was weakened by a sustained crackdown. Police said the father was the leader of a local affiliate of the Islamic State group known as Jemaah Anshorut Daulah.
Coronavirus: Search after people flee Dublin hotel quarantine
       
The 'high-risk' list is subject to change at any time, and currently mainly comprises countries in South America and Africa, although Austria is also on the list.
COVID-19: Entire concert audience fast-tested for virus ahead of show in Barcelona
       
No social distancing was in place for the performance, but masks were required, in a first for Spain.
5,000 people attend Barcelona rock concert after taking Covid-19 rapid tests
       
People wearing protective masks attend a concert at the Palau Sant Jordi, the first massive concert since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, March 27 2021. Music fans in Barcelona hugged, danced and sang along at a sold-out rock concert on Saturday night after taking rapid COVID-19 tests in a trial that could revive the live music industry in Spain and beyond. Advertising Read moreSome 5,000 fans at the show for Spanish indie band Love of Lesbian had to wear masks but social distancing was not required in the Palau Sant Jordi arena. "It will be safer to be in the Palau Sant Jordi than walking down the street," concert co-organiser Jordi Herreruela told Reuters earlier on Saturday. Barcelona, Spain Love of Lesbian Concert ...5000 persons...no mask...no social distancing #tonight pic.twitter.com/HamGNR1vTx — Nicole Elisei (@EliseiNicole) March 27, 2021Pre-concert testing at three Barcelona locations was carried out by 80 nurses wearing full personal protective equipment.
Young talent called into Wallabies training squad ahead of France Tests
       
Australia coach Dave Rennie has named 14 uncapped players in a young-looking training squad for a three-day camp next monthAdvertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Fourteen uncapped players will join the first Wallabies training squad for 2021, coach Dave Rennie announced Sunday, as the side begins preparations for planned Tests against France in the summer. The 40-man squad will attend a three-day training camp on the Gold Coast next month in preparation for the international season kick-off in July. Among the notable uncapped players in the squad are Australia sevens star Tim Anstee, who joined Super Rugby AU's Western Force this season, and former Junior Wallabies hooker Lachlan Lonergan. Three hookers who played during last year's Tests -- Folau Fainga'a, Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Jordan Uelese -- were omitted from the squad. Rennie said it was "a position we need to create more depth in" but stressed the squad was not a Wallabies team, which will be selected in June.
England win toss, bowl in ODI decider against India
       
Captains Virat Kohli, right, and Jos Buttler bump fists after the toss in the deciding ODI in PuneAdvertising Read morePune (India) (AFP)England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and elected to bowl in the deciding third one-day international against India on Sunday. With the series level at 1-1 in Pune, England have made one change from their previous win when they chased down 337 on Friday. "Very proud of the performance the other day, and it showed our passion," Buttler said at the toss. England are looking to finish the tour on a high after losing the Test series 3-1 and the Twenty20 series 3-2. Virat Kohli said he would have bowled first if he had won the toss in his 200th international match as India captain.
Indonesia cathedral rocked by Palm Sunday suicide bombing
       
Advertising Read moreJakarta (AFP)An Indonesian cathedral was rocked by a suicide bombing on Sunday with body parts littering the chaotic scene as Christians inside celebrated the start of Holy Week. "The bike was destroyed and there are body parts... We're still collecting parts and trying to identify the sex of the perpetrators." Makassar Mayor Mohammad Ramdhan said: "There are many body parts here at the church compound as well as in the street." Churches have been targeted in the past by extremists in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation. In 2018, a dozen people were killed when a family of suicide bombers blew themselves up at churches during Sunday services in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya.
With the Left set for victory, Ecuador’s democracy is under attack
       
But faced with this progressive threat, there are growing concerns that some – both inside and outside Ecuador – are pursuing undemocratic means to prevent a left victory. In one worrying turn, Ecuador’s third-placed candidate Yaku Perez recently endorsed a call to annul the first-round results and for Ecuador’s military to intervene in the electoral process to stop a left victory. Not only have anti-democratic events across the region shown what could happen, but there has been widespread political persecution of the Ecuadorian left itself in recent years. This has specifically targeted Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president from 2007-2017, and his wider political movement. This may go beyond fake news and further turn Ecuador into a fake democracy to prevent a left victory.
Amazon stole tips from delivery drivers, FTC says. E-commerce giant will pay $62 million to settle case.
       
The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that Amazon didn’t pass on tips to drivers for more than two years, even though it promised shoppers and drivers it would do so. The FTC said Amazon didn’t stop taking the tips until 2019, when the company found out about the FTC’s investigation.
Former political candidate inserts himself into the case of a missing girl and ends up a murder suspect
       
Jonelle Matthews, right, was one of the first missing children featured on milk cartons across the country. It may or may not have something to do with the Jonelle Matthews case. It charged that "he took Jonelle Matthews from her family home …" and "shot Jonelle Matthews during the course of the kidnapping." But the indictment suggests that he might have, because he "demonstrated intimate familiarity with the neighborhood where Jonelle Matthews lived." Mayor John Gates: I think they did a stellar job, and I commend our district attorney for prosecuting the case.
China To Crackdown On Illegal Yangtze River Sand Dredging – gCaptain
       
by David Stanway (Reuters) – China has launched a crackdown on illegal sand mining (dredging for sand used in construction) operations on the Yangtze river, which have affected shipping routes. Sand mining in the river and its connecting lakes and tributaries has also affected shipping routes and made it harder for authorities to control summer floods. Local authorities have been ordered to draw up plans to regulate sand mining more effectively, and to ban or restrict operations in sensitive regions. They must also crack down heavily on illegal mining and take action against illegal gangs involved in the business. Sand mining is believed to have lowered the bed of the Poyang Lake – a Yangtze river flood outlet and one of the world’s largest sources of sand used in construction – by at least 20 metres (60 feet).
Taliban threatens to target foreign troops if deadline not met
       
The Taliban has threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops in Afghanistan if they did not meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw. If the May 1 deadline was not met, the Taliban would be “compelled to … continue its Jihad and armed struggle against foreign forces to liberate its country”, the group said in a statement on Friday. Roughly 7,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan rely on the US for logistics and security support. Germany extends missionEarlier this week, Germany paved the way for its troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline. The German government has warned that a premature withdrawal of NATO troops could jeopardise the intra-Afghan peace talks, adding that NATO troops would need to prepare for Taliban violence if they stay beyond the end of April.
Britain’s ‘brutal’ cuts to overseas aid put African science projects in peril
       
“My reaction was one of bitter disappointment, grief and disbelief that Britain could do something this brutal,” Etale told the Observer. Time is the one thing we don’t have when it comes to climate change,” he added. Chris Trisos at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is tracking how climate change will affect different species. Armed with a Flair grant, his team has developed ways to track how climate change will affect different species each year for the rest of this century. “We were about to start a new project to forecast how climate change will affect wild harvested food plants,” Trisos said.
Suicide attack rocks Indonesia church, several wounded
       
At least 14 people wounded after attackers detonate explosives outside a packed church during Palm Sunday Mass. Two suicide bombers detonated explosives outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Indonesia’s deadliest attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists. An Indonesian policeman stands guard at the site of the explosion outside the church in Makassar [Indra Abriyanto/AFP]
Suspected suicide bombing at Indonesian church wounds 14 people
       
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week, the country’s national police said. The congregation had been inside the church on the island of Sulawesi at the time of the explosion, police said, just as the mass was ending. Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told Indonesian media that a suspected bomber tried to enter the church grounds on a motorbike, but had been stopped by a security guard. Boy Rafli Amar, the head of the country’s National Counterterrorism Agency, described Sunday’s attack as an act of terrorism. Indonesia’s deadliest Islamist militant attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.
France not complicit in Rwanda genocide, says Macron commission
       
Report says France did not do enough to halt the 1994 killings but found no evidence of complicityFrance bears the burden of “heavy and damning responsibilities” in the Rwandan genocide but was not complicit in the slaughter, according to the findings of an official commission set up by Emmanuel Macron. “The Rwandan crisis ended in disaster for Rwanda and in defeat for France,” the report states. “But is France complicit in the genocide of the Tutsis? The Rwanda commission report follows a recent dossier submitted to the Elysée by the historian Benjamin Stora on the French military’s role in the Algerian war of independence. Macron will hope the contents of the Rwanda report will ease relations between Paris and Kigali in the run-up to a visit he is aiming to make later this year.
5-year-old boy allegedly detained, handcuffed and threatened by Maryland police
       
a male officer can be heard saying to the boy in the video. A female school employee held the boy's hand and said she would ride in the police car with him back to school. A female officer who is also on camera, says: "Does your mother spank you? At one point, the female officer said he should be put in a crate. Montgomery County Public Schools Board President Brenda Wolff and Superintendent Jack Smith said in a statement Friday, "Our heart aches for this student ...
Bellator 255: Pitbull vs. Sanchez 2
       
Bellator 4d agoBellator· March 24, 2021 4:20 pm ·Patricio Freire ultimately will go down as one of the best fighters in Bellator history thanks to his dual-champion status.
Twitter reacts to Sean O'Malley's brutal knockout of Thomas Almeida at UFC 260
       
Twitter reacts to Sean O’Malley’s victory over Thomas Almeida at UFC 260Sean O'Malley successfully rebounded from his first loss on Saturday when he beat Thomas Almeida at UFC 260. O’Malley (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) showed a return to form with a third-round knockout victory over Almeida (21-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) in their featured bantamweight bout, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Check below for the top Twitter reactions to O’Malley beating Almeida at UFC 260.
Video: Justin Gaethje demonstrates how to counter a calf kick
       
Calf kicks have become a major topic of discussion in MMA, and Justin Gaethje believes he knows just the way to combat them. Known for devastating leg kicks himself, Gaethje has both dished and been on the receiving end of some brutal kicks throughout his wars in the cage. In a recent video courtesy of “Full Reptile,” Gaethje shows his training partner how to turn away from a calf kick and make an opponent pay on the counter. Both men came out firing with low kicks, but Gaethje was able to eventually get a read on Barboza’s timing by dodging them. In the finishing sequence of the fight, Gaethje walked through Barboza’s kicks without absorbing any significant damage and threw a perfect overhand right to knock him out in Round 1.
Lights out! Fighter lands KO punch at the exact second arena's power goes out
       
But when something like what happened March 13 in Orlando, Fla., comes along, it’ll stun even the most seasoned MMA viewer. However, it was two-fight amateur Kathleen Nelson who stole the show against Laura Dotter. Seconds – if not milliseconds – after Nelson landed the finishing punch, the lights in the arena went out. So if you do nothing else, Kathleen Nelson, you have a highlight for eternity. I think Nelson has to change her nickname to “Lights Out” now, right?
Relive James Krause's stirring pep talk that inspired Grant Dawson to last-second KO at UFC on ESPN 21
       
James Krause wasn’t about to let Grant Dawson’s biggest opportunity to date slip away. At the end of Round 2, Krause didn’t sugar-coat things for Dawson, who was having a hard time implementing his game plan of taking Santos down. Though two of the judges had Dawson ahead heading into Round 3, the first two rounds were competitive and difficult to score. A fired-up Krause let Dawson know that he needed to show a sense of urgency by getting the finish and that’s exactly what the Contender Series standout did. Take a listen to Krause’s incredible corner advice for Dawson courtesy of BT Sport.
Twitter reacts to Vicente Luque's thrilling submission of Tyron Woodley at UFC 260
       
Vicente Luque extended Tyron Woodley’s skid on Saturday with a win in the UFC 260 co-headliner. Luque (20-7-1 MMA, 13-3 UFC) put the name of a former UFC champ on his resume when he earned a first-round submission victory and handed Woodley (19-7-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) his fourth consecutive loss in the welterweight co-main event, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Luque beating Woodley at UFC 260.
UFC 260 results: Vicente Luque submits former champion Tyron Woodley
       
The welterweight contender submitted former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the first round of their short, but wild fight. The welterweight bout was the UFC 260 co-main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Woodley started aggressive with a big overhand right and pressed Luque against the cage. Before the loss to Luque, Woodley lost his title to current champ Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns and former interim champ Colby Covington. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
Video: Jorge Masvidal joins Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren press conference via FaceTime
       
It seems Ben Askren just can’t escape former foe Jorge Masvidal. The former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder had a brief visit from Masvidal during Friday’s pre-fight press conference promoting his boxing bout against YouTube star Jake Paul. Masvidal, who’s trained with Paul in the past, answered FaceTime call in the middle of the press conference, and had a message for Askren. “It doesn’t bother you that you got knocked out in five seconds?” Paul said. “I don’t think you’re allowed to throw knees in boxing, Jake,” Askren said.
UFC 260 video: Alonzo Menifield crushes Fabio Cherant with Von Flue choke
       
The light heavyweight submitted Fabio Cherant with a Von Flue choke to close out the preliminary card of Saturday’s UFC 260 event in Las Vegas. It was a quick and easy performance by Menifield (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC). From there, Cherant attempted a guillotine choke that set up the Von Flue choke. Menifield took down Cherant, gained side control, and locked up the choke to finish the fight seconds later. Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
Francis Ngannou wants Jon Jones next – and has no urge for Stipe Miocic trilogy
       
At UFC 260 on Saturday, Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) beat Stipe Miocic by second-round knockout to win the title. Within moments, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is preparing for a move to heavyweight, sent out a barrage of tweets that angled for the fight. “Obviously, Jon Jones makes more sense for me,” Ngannou told MMA Junkie at a post-fight news conference. If Jon Jones doesn’t come to heavyweight, the division has to move. Even though the series is 1-1, starting with Miocic’s January 2018 decision win over Ngannou, Ngannou said he has no urge for a third fight so soon.
UFC 260 bonuses: The new champ is among the $50,000 winners
       
The UFC handed out four $50,000 post-fight bonus awards at UFC 260 – including one to a new champion. The four bonus awards came from the top three fights on the card with two “Performance of the Night” winners and a “Fight of the Night” honor – leaving fighters like Jamie Mullarkey and Alonzo Menifield short of an extra $50,000 from the prelims (officially, anyway). Check out the post-fight bonus winners below.
UFC 260 results: Prospect Miranda Maverick outpoints Gillian Robertson
       
Miranda Maverick continues to prove why she’s regarded as a bright prospect in the UFC women’s flyweight division. The 23-year-old picked up her second UFC win when she outpointed Gillian Robertson to a unanimous decision at UFC 260. The women’s flyweight bout was part of the UFC 260 main card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. In the first round, Maverick controlled most of the action. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
Video: Marc-Andre Barriault opens UFC 260 with TKO, stops Abu Azaitar with 4 seconds left
       
Marc-Andre Barriault got his first official UFC win Saturday when he battered Abu Azaitar to a late stoppage in the opening fight at UFC 260. After an exhausting back-and-forth first two rounds to start the middleweight bout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Barriault (12-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) took a commanding lead on Azaitar (14-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the third round. Barriault rained down punches and elbows from various dominant top control positions, cut Azaitar open and had him teetering on the verge of a stoppage. Related UFC 260 discussion threadCheck out the replay of the stoppage below (via Twitter):The victory was a crucial moment in Barriault’s career. … See you soon.”Gallery UFC 260: Best photos from Las Vegas view 46 images
UFC 260 results: Jamie Mullarkey KOs Khama Worthy in 46 seconds to open pay-per-view
       
Jamie Mullarkey promised not to let his third UFC fight be decided by the judges, and he more than lived up to that with a 46-second finish. Mullarkey (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) opened Saturday’s UFC 260 main card on pay-per-view at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas with a quick knockout of Khama Worthy (16-8 MMA, 2-2 UFC), putting him in the promotion’s win column for the first time. The lightweights opened the fight with striking exchanges, and before they could even get warmed up, Mullarkey planted a perfect shot across Worthy’s chin. He gave credit to “The Ultimate Fighter” winner Ross Pearson for the boxing that got the job done, and said he knew when he landed on Worthy, the fight would be over. “That’s a shout out to Ross Pearson, my man back home.
With Khabib in corner, Abubakar Nurmagomedov earns dominant UFC 260 win
       
With his brother Khabib Nurmagomedov in his corner, Abubakar Nurmagomedov picked up his first UFC victory Saturday. At UFC 260, Nurmagomedov (15-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) dominated a fellow promotional sophomore, Jared Gooden, on the feet and on the ground en route to a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). UFC 260 took place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Prior to UFC 260, Gooden lost a unanimous decision to Alan Jouban this past November. Up-to-the-minute UFC 260 results include:
UFC 260 discussion thread
       
LAS VEGAS – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC 260 event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. You can discuss the event here. Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC 260 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below. Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET for the main card.
Frank Mir: Steve Cunningham 'tougher' boxing debut than Antonio Tarver
       
LAS VEGAS – Frank Mir calls Steve Cunningham “an even tougher fight” than Antonio Tarver for his professional boxing debut next month. The matchup with Cunningham came together just recently after Mir’s originally scheduled opponent Tarver was forced to withdraw. As far as boxing IQ, Cunningham is better than I, but Tarver has even more.”The opponent might be different, but Mir said his mentality toward his boxing debut hasn’t changed. “I’m making my debut in the boxing discipline and I’m facing someone who is a former champ,” Mir said. “As far as debuts go for guys going into boxing, this is probably one of the most difficult ones.
Daniel Cormier: Francis Ngannou should 'blitz' Stipe Miocic for best chance to win at UFC 260
       
Daniel Cormier feels Francis Ngannou needs to end the show early if he wants to get ahold of UFC gold. The former two-division UFC champion turned commentator sees Ngannou’s (15-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) best chances of dethroning champion Stipe Miocic (20-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) being early in the fight. 1 (with Miocic) was the anomaly,” Cormier told reporters, including MMA Junkie, on Friday following the UFC 260 weigh-ins. “I honestly believe that it plays to Francis early,” Cormier said regarding the smaller octagon. Since the first fight, Miocic lost to Cormier and then came back to beat him twice to seal a grueling trilogy.
Flyweight contenders Joanne Calderwood, Lauren Murphy to square off at UFC 263
       
At UFC 263 on June 12, Joanne Calderwood and Lauren Murphy are set to square off in what could be a title eliminator. Murphy (14-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) currently rides the longest winning streak of her UFC career. Meanwhile, Calderwood (15-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) alternated losses and wins over her most recent four outings, though she’s won four of six. In 2020, Calderwood was booked to challenge women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko in June. At UFC 257 in January, Calderwood returned and defeated former title challenger Jessica Eye via unanimous decision.
UFC 260 live streaming watch-along with MMA Junkie Radio on SportsCastr
       
UFC 260 takes place Saturday with a heavyweight title fight atop the bill, and MMA Junkie Radio’s “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” will host a live streaming watch-along via SportsCastr that kicks off at 9 p.m. In the main event, champion Stipe Miocic will take on Francis Ngannou in a rematch of a January 2018 title fight won by Miocic. UFC 260 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+. Here are the seven fights included in the watch-along:Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou – for heavyweight titleVicente Luque vs. Tyron WoodleyThomas Almeida vs. Sean O’MalleyMiranda Maverick vs. Gillian RobertsonJamie Mullarkey vs. Khama WorthyFabio Cherant vs. Alonzo MenifieldJared Gooden vs. Abubakar NurmagomedovBe sure to check back and follow @MMAjunkie, @MMAjunkieRadio and @SportsCastrLive on Twitter to be notified when the guys go live.
Video: A history of faceoffs between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou before UFC 260
       
Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou are set to run things back at UFC 260. Their fight will be a rematch from January 2018, when Miocic won a unanimous decision to retain his title at UFC 220. Before they go at it a second time, take a trip down memory lane by watching all of their faceoffs – from before UFC 220 to the UFC 260 weigh-ins – in the video above. UFC 260 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
Greg Hardy calls for fight vs. Tai Tuivasa, predicts an 'ass load of bombs and broken faces'
       
In need of a fight, Greg Hardy has a name in mind. Ass load of bombs and broken faces, is it just me?”Hardy (7-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and Tuivasa (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) faced different fates in their most recent outings. It was Hardy’s first career stoppage loss and snapped a two-fight winning streak. As for Tuivasa, he’s riding a two-fight winning streak. The back-to-back victories came on the heels of a three-fight winning streak.
'I would do a homicide on you': Highlights from wild Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren press conference
       
LAS VEGAS – The first press conference between Jake Paul and Ben Askren was as outrageous as expected. For roughly 25 minutes on Friday at The Venetian, Paul and Askren verbally sparred ahead of their boxing match. “This is the f*cking fight game! This is the f*cking fight game, you p*ssy ass b*tch!” Paul yelled at Askren in the opening minutes. “This is the f*cking fight game!
Photos: Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Triller Fight Club press conference
       
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After COVID-19 put pursuit on hold, France's David Bear eager for UFC opportunity
       
In order to continue his pursuit of martial arts, Bear, a welterweight, did something that seemed a little bit backward. Signed to Cage Warriors, Bear is eager to return to the promotion’s cage – or perhaps the UFC’s, should an offer come first. “(Cage Warriors) are wanting me to fight on their big card in June,” Bear said. “I would be extremely proud to fight in France for the UFC, or Cage Warriors,” Bear said. “I love fighting for Cage Warriors, but I believe I’m very close (to the UFC),” Bear said.
Twitter reacts to Francis Ngannou's title-winning KO of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260
       
It was revenge for Francis Ngannou in the UFC 260 headliner as he finally claimed heavyweight gold from Stipe Miocic. After losing the original meeting in January 2018, Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) got redemption over Miocic (20-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) with a second-round knockout victory to become the new champion in the title rematch, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Ngannou’s title victory over Miocic at UFC 260.
Video: UFC 260 post-event press conference live stream on MMA Junkie
       
LAS VEGAS – UFC 260 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex, and you can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMA Junkie after the night of fights concludes. Expected to take part in the press conference are UFC president Dana White, main event title fighters Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, and at least the co-main event winner between former welterweight champ Tyron Woodley and Vicente Luque. The full UFC 260 post-event news conference will be available on YouTube in the video above.
Dana White questions Jon Jones' desire to fight Francis Ngannou, 'Show me the money' demand
       
LAS VEGAS – If Jon Jones calls, the UFC can get him the Francis Ngannou matchup. It’s just a matter of Jones reaching out, according to UFC president Dana White. At the UFC 260 post-fight news conference, White questioned Jones’ tweets, especially a one-liner that simply read, “Show me the money.”“If I’m Jon Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I start moving to 185,” White told MMA Junkie. Jones publicly criticized the UFC’s negotiations, while White said that Jones wanted “an absurd amount of money” to fight Ngannou. “If Jon Jones really wants the fight, Jon Jones knows he can get the fight.
Jon Jones reacts to Francis Ngannou's title win at UFC 260: 'Show me the money'
       
Jon Jones had something to say to the new UFC heavyweight champion. Jones, the former light heavyweight champion ,was on Twitter on Saturday to react to Francis Ngannou’s knockout win over Stipe Miocic in the UFC 260 main event. Jones, who’s considered by many to be the greatest fighter in MMA, vacated the 205-pound title to move up to heavyweight. “And him moving up is going to be a good thing and it’s a challenge that I will take and put it on my record. I’m ready.”Below are Jones’ reaction tweets (some already deleted) to Ngannou’s title win:
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UFC 2hr agoUFC· March 28, 2021 1:25 am ·Dana White says talk is one thing, but action is another. The action Jon Jones needs to take if he wants the Francis Ngannou fight is to pick up the phone.
Here are the jurors who will decide if Derek Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in George Floyd's death
       
Over about two weeks, lawyers for the prosecution and defense quizzed potential jurors about their knowledge of Floyd’s death, their opinions of Chauvin, and their attitudes about police, racial injustice, and the protests and rioting that followed Floyd’s death. Quote iconShe said she believes her community improved because of the massive protests that took place after Floyd’s death. Activists: Floyd's death spurred global change George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police set the nation ablaze. Referring to the protestors who lashed out after Floyd’s death, she said, “maybe they felt they were never heard. The organization might bear a small measure of responsibility for the rioting after Floyd’s death, he said.
Oklahoma City police shoot and kill inmate who took officer hostage
       
Associated PressOklahoma City police officers fatally shot an inmate who took a correctional officer hostage at a county jail Saturday, authorities said. Officers had tried to deescalate the situation at the Oklahoma County Detention Center, but authorities fired their weapons after the suspect held something against the neck of the hostage, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said during a news conference. Officials did not give details about the officer's injuries, but Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley said, “I'm just glad the detention officer wasn't more seriously hurt.”The inmate had overrun the officer while medications were being distributed, officials said. Authorities did not immediately release the names of either the inmate or the officer who had been taken hostage. As the incident unfolded, demonstrators went to the jail to protest how inmates are treated within the facility, KOCO-TV reported.
Bill Walton should enjoy this Pac-12 rivalry showdown
       
Walton was the one, after all, who suggested the mathematical impossibility that five Pac-12 teams would make the Final Four. But the fact that all five Pac-12 teams with an NCAA invite won a game — and only Colorado didn’t win two — supports his belief. “Conference of champions!” Walton has said repeatedly this year, probably also even when the microphone was turned off. But they stole the Pac-12 championship from us.”An explanation: The teams played once this season, and USC won by 14. It barely mattered in truth: Both teams lost before the conference tournament finals, and both teams made the NCAA field with ease.
Nets’ Big 3 reunion starting to come into focus
       
The Nets, despite having been the NBA’s best team for most of the past two months, still haven’t been at their best. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are expected to be reunited soon. And the victories they’ve managed while shorthanded have buoyed the Nets’ confidence that they’ll get far better. “Knowing how great they are, it does give the guys confidence that we’re only going to improve when they come back. We have a great environment and guys really genuinely enjoy being a part of this and have proven that they have value even if when those guys come back their roles aren’t as big.
Mets’ pitching experiment works in spring training test run
       
The test came against a seasoned Astros lineup that included stars Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman at the top of the order. The veteran Barnes fired a perfect first inning before the left-hander Lucchesi entered and controlled the next 4 ²/?, allowing one run. “There’s a lot of good things that happened with Barnes and Lucchesi,” Rojas said after the Mets won 8-3 at Clover Park. The situation is new for the 27-year-old Lucchesi, who has never been used behind an opener. “I’m all about the Mets,” Lucchesi said.
Calls for PGA and MLB to boycott Georgia following voting reform law
       
Civil rights groups are calling for major sporting events to be moved from Georgia, after the state’s GOP-led government passed an election reform bill that Democrats say will restrict voting rights. The law imposes new rules on absentee voting — including requiring a photo ID and shortening the remote-voting window. The National Black Justice Coalition is among the groups calling on pro golfers not to tee off in the Peach State unless the “restrictive” law is repealed. Tony Clark, Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, told the Boston Globe that his union wants to discuss a possible venue change with the league. “Players are very much aware of the Georgia voting bill, which places restrictions on voting that some believe will make it particularly difficult for black voters to reach the polls,” Clark reportedly said.
Michigan-Florida State battle full of interesting relationships
       
1 seed Michigan (22-4) versus No. 4 seed Florida State (18-6) in an East Region semifinal early Sunday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Hamilton coached Howard in 2000-01 with the NBA’s Wizards, before Hamilton returned to the college ranks and eventually built Florida State into a perennial March contender. “We understand that Florida State is looking to spoil our goals and our dreams. 8 seed LSU and Florida State dispatched fifth-seeded Colorado.
‘Bad Girls Club’ cast member Deshayla Harris among Virginia Beach shooting victims: reports
       
The other fatality was identified as Donovon Lynch, 25, of Virginia Beach, WAVY-TV of Portsmouth, Virginia, reported. They were identified as Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, of Chesapeake; Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Beach; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach, according to WAVY. The suspects were being held at the Virginia Beach City Jail, pending further legal action. According to TMZ, Harris appeared on the season of "Bad Girls Club" that was titled "East Meets West." Last July, season 8 cast member Demitra ‘Mimi’ Roche, 34, also died from causes that were not immediately disclosed.
SNL invites Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris and Martin Short’s Doug Emhoff to host a Passover Seder
       
During “A Kamala D. Harris Unity Seder,” she would ask four questions: “How’s school? And, what’s with that haircut?” In the spirit of the holiday, Rudolph’s Harris continued, she had reached across the aisle and invited several Republicans to the Seder — starting “at the bottom,” with Aidy Bryant’s Ted Cruz. “Such a fun, solvable problem.”Moffat’s Biden brought along his retrained dog, Major, who attacked Short’s Emhoff until being “spooked” by someone else. When Rudolph’s Harris worried her Seder wasn’t actually bringing people together, Short’s Emhoff quoted “Dayenu”: “It would have been enough. On a more serious note, Yang added: “I can’t address any of this without bringing up class, or gender, or imperialism.
Cheniere and Shell oil tankers change course to avoid Suez Canal as ships divert routes
       
In this article BG.SPIPSARDSA-GBLNGA dredger attempts to free stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground, in Suez Canal, Egypt March 26, 2021. Suez Canal Authority | ReutersCompanies are scrambling to reroute shipping vessels to avoid the logjam at the Suez Canal, including at least two U.S. ships carrying natural gas for Cheniere and Shell/BG Group, according to data provided by MarineTraffic and ClipperData. For Europe-bound ships coming from Asia, going around Africa instead of through the canal can add up to seven days to a ship's journey, he said. Both tankers changed course in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean before diverting to go around the Cape. "The vast majority of U.S. crude exports avoid the Suez Canal, heading either to Europe or around the Cape of Good Hope to Asia instead," Smith explained.
Covid cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued even as vaccinations increase
       
Covid-19 cases are rising and hospitalizations have plateaued in the U.S. even as the country set a new record for coronavirus vaccine doses administered in one day on Saturday. More than 3.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered on Saturday, according to tallies recorded by the CDC. Saturday's total broke the previous record for most Covid-19 vaccine shots given in one day set on Friday with 3.37 million doses reported. More than 140 million Covid vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S. as of Saturday, according to the CDC. President Joe Biden on Thursday set a new goal of administering 200 million coronavirus vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office.
What those in power need to consider about gun control
       
As America once again grapples with another shooting tragedy, NBC’s Joshua Johnson asks what can be done to fix the issue of gun violence.
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New-look Magic aim for win against LakersThe Associated PressThe short-handed Los Angeles Lakers will try to squeeze out another win against a rebuilding franchise when they host the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. Playing their fourth straight game without stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers ended a four-game losing streak with a 100-86 win against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Like the Cavaliers, who bought out two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond on Friday, the Magic traded their three best players on Thursday in a major rebuilding move.
Snatched, Vaxed Or Waxed: 'Saturday Night Live' Goes Spring Break Bonkers
       
The “Saturday Night Live” cast cut free of politics for a change to morph into a wild crew of Miami Beach spring breakers on a TV game show for the cold open. The host of the faux dating show for “hot, infected singles” was Cece Vuvuzela (Maya Rudolph). The program was sponsored by Spirit Airlines, offering $10 flights to Miami Beach. “You guys know no one partying in Miami is vaxed,” Vuvuzela piped up. Gardner revealed she was “anti-vax.”Fineman headed out with Mooney to Club Syph packed with 2,000 people chirping: “Pepper balls sound fun!
Equal pay Activist Lilly Ledbetter on Gender Inequality and the Wage Gap
       
President Biden and First lady Dr. Jill Biden marked National Equal Pay Day at the White House this week. The date of the event, March 24th, is a symbolic representation of how far into the year a woman must work to match what a man made the previous year. Equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the first bill former President Obama signed into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, spoke to NBC’s Joshua Johnson about how the country can address the gender pay gap.
Lufthansa unit Swiss could announce more job cuts: CEO
       
ZURICH (Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa’s unit Swiss could announce additional job cuts in the second quarter as the pandemic crimps air travel, its chief executive told Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick. Last October, Swiss announced 1,000 job cuts through attrition over two years. The company has about 9,000 staff“From the 1,000 announced positions, we completed 500 of the job cuts through the end of 2020,” Dieter Vranckx told the newspaper. “How many additional positions we will potentially have to cut is something I can answer only in the second quarter. “That’s why non-vaccinated people need to be allowed to fly,” he said “That’s why testing is so important.”($1 = 0.9389 Swiss francs)
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Familiar faces, new places as Blazers face RaptorsThe Associated PressThere will be some familiar faces in different places Sunday night when the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Toronto Raptors in Tampa. The teams completed a trade Thursday, with the Raptors sending Norman Powell to the Trail Blazers for Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood. In his debut with Portland, Powell scored 22 points Friday in a 112-105 victory over the host Orlando Magic.
UK variant hunters lead global race to stay ahead of COVID
       
The Cambridge University microbiologist understood that genomic sequencing would be crucial in tracking the disease, controlling outbreaks and developing vaccines. Genomic sequencing is essentially the process of mapping the unique genetic makeup of individual organisms — in this case the virus that causes COVID-19. Behind that growth is a system that links the science of genomic sequencing with the resources of Britain’s national health care system. ADVERTISEMENTThe importance of genomic sequencing became obvious late last year as the number of new infections began to spike in southeastern England. But COG-UK’S work, combined with Britain’s size and high number of cases, have made it the world leader in sequencing COVID-19.
White House watching China closely on forced labor after U.S. firms pressured
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday criticized China for profiting from human rights abuses and said it was watching the issue of forced labor closely after U.S. and other international companies came under attack from Chinese consumers for committing not to use cotton from China's Xinjiang region. "The international community, in our view, should oppose China's weaponizing of private companies' dependence on its markets to stifle free expression and inhibit ethical business practices," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. She was responding to a question about reports China was exerting pressure on companies that had committed to not using products made with forced labor. "I would expect that (the departments of) State and Commerce will have more to say on this later today." (Reporting by Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis)
Lufthansa unit Swiss could announce more job cuts: CEO
       
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- A global semiconductor shortage has upended the supply of everyday devices from smartphones to gaming consoles to tech-dependent cars. It triggered a 6.7% drop in General Motors Corp. shares over three days last week. Daiwa Securities cited the chip shortage in downgrading the stock and cutting estimates for this year and next. Shares of Apple, for example, didn’t react in November to the impact of the shortage, and they’re up more than 5% since then. Most semiconductor companies should report strong results for the first quarter and give good guidance for the second, said Janardan Menon, an analyst at Liberum Capital Ltd.“This is all great news for the semiconductor vendor,” Liberum’s Menon said by phone.
Man dies after being punched, hitting head on sidewalk in Queens bar fight
       
The WeekCNN's Sanjay Gupta appeared taken aback in a new interview as former CDC Director Robert Redfield shared his "opinion" on the origins of COVID-19. Gupta spoke with Redfield as part of a new CNN documentary about the COVID-19 pandemic, and the former CDC chief revealed he thinks it's likely the coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab and was possibly already being transmitted in September 2019. "If I was to guess, this virus started transmitting somewhere in September, October in Wuhan," Redfield said. He noted, though, that "other people don't believe" this Wuhan lab theory, and "science will eventually figure it out." Indeed, Gupta said on CNN while setting up the clip, "This was extraordinary."
U.S. envoy to Afghanistan heads to Turkey and region to push talks to end conflict
       
“The locomotives are now full force and the ship is starting to operate its machines,” Hend Fathy Hussein, a spokeswoman for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, wrote on Facebook. “[B]ut it hasn’t been floating yet.”Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a press conference on Saturday that he “could not say” when the ship might be free. Hundreds of ships wait in the Red Sea as the Ever Given remains lodged in the Suez Canal. Mahmoud Khaled/AFP via Getty The BBC reported that 14 tugboats are aiding in Saturday’s refloating efforts. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
Iran, China sign strategic long-term cooperation agreement
       
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and China on Saturday signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement addressing economic issues amid crippling U.S. sanctions on Iran, state TV reported. The deal marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia singed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions. It comes on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Iran. Reportedly, Iran and China have done some $20 billion in trade annually in recent years.
Police: 2 dead, 3 arrested in Virginia Beach shootings
       
Three men ranging in age from 18 to 22 have been arrested and face charges that include felonious assault and reckless handling of a firearm, Virginia Beach police said in a statement on Saturday. A firearm was found “in the vicinity” of the shooting, later Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate said during a news conference Saturday night. A Virginia Beach police officer was also struck by a vehicle, authorities said. They were identified as Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, of neighboring Chesapeake, Virginia; Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Beach; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach. Police said they are being held in a jail in Virginia Beach.
Mexico’s surprising role in sparking the US Civil War
       
Like the United States, Mexico was founded on two competing principles — liberty and property. In 1837, Mexico’s Congress prohibited slavery across the nation. Within a year, war broke out between Mexico and the United States. We cannot understand the coming of the Civil War without taking into account Mexico and the slaves who reached its soil. This essay is adapted with permission from her book “South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War,” published by Basic Books.
It might be time for Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court
       
Among the 115 justices who have served on the Supreme Court , none have been Black women. AdvertisementSo with an impossibly small Democratic margin in the Senate, Biden may now have his best chance to make history, diversify the court, and hold onto a liberal seat — except there are no openings on the court. At 82, Stephen Breyer is now the high court’s oldest justice. Among those being mentioned are Ketanji Brown Jackson, a US district court judge in Washington and a former Breyer law clerk; and California Supreme Court justice Leondra Kruger, who served as a deputy attorney general in the Obama administration. As the midterms approach, the debate about whether Breyer should retire will only intensify, as will broader conversations about abandoning lifetime tenure for justices.
Asian Americans, many for the first time, are giving children and elderly parents ‘The Talk’ on how to protect themselves from hate
       
Now many Asian Americans, for the first time, are having similar conversations with their children on how to gird themselves against a wave of anti-Asian sentiment, violence, and bullying. One Korean-American mom’s TikTok video — complete with flash cards “stop,” “Asian,” “hate” — has gone viral. Generations of Asian Americans have been raised to work hard, get an education, and quietly assimilate. Today, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing community of color in Greater Boston and in the country.) The burden of “The Talk” has been placed on generations of Black families — and now Asian Americans.
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, on play of forward Phil Kessel
       
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, on play of forward Phil KesselArizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, on play of forward Phil Kessel after Saturday's hat trick.
Coyotes forward Phil Kessel, on his team's 20 goals in five games
       
Coyotes forward Phil Kessel, on his team's 20 goals in five gamesArizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel, on his team's 20 goals in five games.
Man shot in Roseland attempted robbery
       
A 48-year-old man was shot in an attempted robbery early Sunday in Roseland on the Far South Side. He was standing outside about 12:40 a.m. in the 10500 block of South Michigan Avenue when a person approached him and demanded his money, Chicago police said. The man refused and reached for the armed suspect’s handgun, according to police. The gunman fired a shot and struck the man in the knee before fleeing the scene, police said. The man self-transported to Roseland Hospital in good condition, police said.
Killer’s death may close book on horrific Eastern Plains story
       
His death will probably forever end the investigations into the disappearances of as many as 17 homeless men from metro Denver recruited to work on the McCormick Ranch on the Eastern Plains by Mike McCormick and his father in the 1980s. “At this point there were only two suspects in the McCormick Ranch murders and they are now dead,” said District Attorney Bob Watson of Kit Carson County, who reopened the McCormick Ranch murder investigation in 2005. Mike McCormick was later charged with killing Donoho when detectives found discrepancies in his story. She said the families were saddened by the woman’s death but happy that Mike McCormick was no longer walking around free. “I always felt he was responsible for those deaths, but I couldn’t prove it,” she said of Mike McCormick.
Q&A: When’s the best time to get vaccinated after an infection?
       
Mine said to wait 90 days until getting vaccinated. My sister, who was hospitalized for covid, was told by her doctor to wait 90 days plus 14 days because she received antibodies in the hospital. In terms of timing, people should wait until they’ve recovered from a coronavirus infection before getting vaccinated. Earlier guidance for patients with prior infections was to wait 90 days, Ramey said in am email. “If you have that innate immunity for 90 days, probably best to get it (a vaccination) sometime before that 90 days is up,” Weismiller said.
Conor McGregor could fight on Las Vegas Strip this summer
       
Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)UFC president Dana White has big plans for his organization in Las Vegas this summer. The tentative plan for the event would be to have superstar Conor McGregor headline the card against lightweight contender Dustin Poirier, though the fight is not yet signed. UFC events have been taking place at the Apex facility in southwest Las Vegas.
Versace vestments: What one Richardson man is exposing about clerical dress in the age of Instagram
       
The world just met an Insta-famous social media influencer in Richardson who is calling out religious leaders for their over-the-top fashion choices. Kirby has continued to post anonymously, even using a pseudonym when The New York Times wrote about him in 2019. One of