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    Google takes between 22% and 42% of all online ad spending that they facilitate on behalf of advertisers and publishers - up to four times as much as its rivals, a newly unredacted lawsuit reveals. The bombshell legal filing, unsealed Friday in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, sheds new light on the scale of just how dominant the company's stronghold over advertisements really is.  '[T]he analogy would be if Goldman or Citibank owned the NYSE [New York Stock Exchange],' one senior Google employee said, according to the lawsuit.  The revelation of the contents of the lawsuit comes as the Attorneys General of 16 states, led by Texas, and a string of companies accuse Google of utilizing its stranglehold over search engine marketing and the buying, selling and serving of online advertisements to increase profits for itself.  In this amended, unredacted version of the suit, the states claim that Google has taken actions to 'lock in' advertisers and publishers, leaving companies little choice but to use Google's own ad serves, as the tech giant controls the dominant...
    Moderate or vigorous physical activity is more than three times more beneficial to a person's health than walking, according to new research.  A recent study published in the European Heart Journal examined the exercise habits of 2,070 adults – the slight majority of whom were women – who participated in the Framingham Heart Study, using accelerometers. EXERCISE AND WEIGHT LOSS: WHY WORKING OUT MAY NOT HELP AS MUCH AS YOU THINK An accelerometer is a device that measures the vibration or acceleration of motion of a structure. Cardiopulmonary exercise tests – using a face mask or mouthpiece to measure oxygen intake and the carbon dioxide expelled – were performed from 2016 to 2019 on stationary cycles for comprehensive fitness evaluations. Participants also brought home accelerometers to wear around their waist for eight days after the study visit and accelerometers were worn at the recent study visits and at the prior visit eight years earlier, according to Dr. Matthew Nayor the study's lead author and Boston University assistant professor of medicine. Findings, the study's authors said, were largely consistent across the categories...
    We know that the time of day in which we eat food is important and affects the processes carried out by our body. This is suggested by numerous studies, which offer us guidelines on the best times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you wonder what is the best time for meals, the first thing you should know is that These are not fixed hours and it varies depending on the characteristics of each person. Our body digests food differently at different times of the day. The circadian rhythm, our physiological cycle that repeats every 24 hours, plays a very important role in the process of digestion, and in turn is also affected by our meals. For this reason, in order not to alter our circadian rhythm, it is recommended schedule meals in such a way that they do not interrupt the processes of our internal clock. In addition, experts also recommend maintaining a consistent meal schedule every day. Scientific studies link this practice with weight loss, increased energy, and a reduction in metabolic risk factors for...
    The Tampa Bay Times obtained 1,250 pages of emails between Fox News and Florida Governor Ron Desantis, which reveal the extent to which network producers worked to promote the potential 2024 presidential contender. One staggering statistic: in less than four months, between the 2020 election and the end of February, Fox News requested that DeSantis appear 113 times. That’s almost once a day for the governor, who was recently picked by CPAC attendees as the 2024 favorite among candidates not named Trump. Also of note are the interviews that DeSantis agreed to. He has an overwhelming preference for Fox’s prime time opinion shows, according to the Times, which obtained the emails through a records request: In the first six months of 2021, DeSantis had scheduled as many appearances with top Fox hosts Hannity (8 times), Tucker Carlson (6) and Laura Ingraham (7) as he had meetings with his lieutenant governor, Jeanette Nuñez (7), according to his public calendar. He is less fond of the network’s daytime news programs, and dodged interviews with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace —...
    Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images It appears that former President Barack Obama will be celebrating his 60th birthday with a much smaller affair than had been planned. According to The New York Times, the 44th president is canceling the massive birthday party he’d plan to host at his Martha’s Vineyard home due to public health concerns surrounding the delta variant of Covid-19. The former president has reportedly invited 500 guests and 200 party workers — including a “Covid Coordinator” and is requiring all attendees to prove that they have been vaccinated and have had a recent negative test for the potentially deadly contagion. But the party has now been “significantly” scaled back according to Hannah Hankins, a spokesman for Obama which was reported by the NY Times. Anne Karni reports for the NY Times: The party plans had been months in the making and many invitees had already arrived on Martha’s Vineyard when former President Barack Obama belatedly announced he was canceling his huge 60th birthday bash scheduled for Saturday. “Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past...
    America's biggest liberal news outlets have avoided reporting on the latest Hunter Biden scandal, amid claims he inadvertently used his father’s credit card to accidentally pay an escort $25,000. The United States' most popular left-leaning publications and news networks – including The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC – have made no mention of the story in the 36 hours since it was broken by the Post, and confirmed by DailyMail.com  On Wednesday evening, CNN host Jake Tapper did mention Hunter on his show - but only while discussing the president's son's paintings with Republican writer Kristin Soltis Anderson. Soltis Anderson blasted Biden for cashing in on his dad's name, and selling his artworks to anonymous buyers. But no mention was made of Biden's alleged payment to the sex worker with his dad's plastic.    This isn’t the first time mainstream media outlets ignored controversy surrounding the president’s son. They previously blanked a June 7 DailyMail.com exclusive about Hunter using the n-word, and have faced hypocrisy claims after running multiple stories on the alleged wrongdoing of Donald Trump's children...
    GHISLAINE Maxwell's relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is scrutinized in a new Peacock documentary. Maxwell is awaiting trial on charges she recruited teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse. 3Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York City in 2005Credit: Getty How can I watch Epstein's Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell The three-part docuseries Epstein's Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell dropped on the Peacock streaming service on June 24, 2021. Maxwell is accused of recruiting at least four females for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004. She faces 80 years in prison. The British socialite, 59, has failed to get bail multiple times and has been behind bars since July of 2020. Epstein died in August of 2019 while being held in a Manhattan federal jail. It is believed he took his own life. The docuseries provides a "thorough and straightforward and comprehensive look at the woman who grew up privileged and could have done anything with her life but wound up a fugitive and eventually behind bars after years of allegedly procuring victims for the hideous Epstein," according to...
    Blue Origin announced Saturday that the winning bid for a trip to space with Jeff Bezos topped out at $28 million, according to a press release Nearly 7,600 people registered to bid on an 11-minute trip aboard the “New Shepard” with Bezos and his brother, Mark, according to a Saturday press release from Blue Origin. (RELATED: Jeff Bezos Announces He’s Going To Space With His Brother) The winner also has to pay 6% of the price as a buyer’s commission, according to the New York Times. This means, in total, whoever won the auction will be paying around $30 million for the journey. WATCH: According to the company, the name of the person who won the auction will be released in about two weeks. The auction winner, Bezos, Mark, and a fourth astronaut whose name has not yet been released will be flying on the spacecraft, the Times reported. Blue Origin will donate the $28 million paid to Blue Origin’s foundation, “Club for the Future.” According to Blue Origin, the foundation seeks “to inspire future generations to pursue careers...
    In this article TGTVIDEO2:1702:17Trading Nation: Target earnings on deck — What to expectTrading NationTarget will be the latest big-box retailer to release quarterly results when it announces earnings before the bell Wednesday. That report comes on the heels of a blowout quarter from Walmart. Grocery and e-commerce sales helped that company beat on its top and bottom line. Earnings of $1.69 a share surpassed forecasts for $1.21. There's good news and bad news for Target heading into the report, according to Matt Maley, chief market strategist at Miller Tabak. The bad? Maley said the stock is prone to sell-offs when it gets this overpriced. "On a historical basis, the stock is definitely expensive. At one times sales, it's the same level it saw in 2005 and 2000, which was just before it saw a pretty significant sell-off," Maley told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Tuesday. In 2005, the last time the stock traded above 1.1 times trailing sales, it fell from a peak of $60 to a trough below $45 in 12 months, a more than 25% decline. It currently trades...
    Prince Michael of Kent, left, is accused of selling access to Vladimir Putin, right, for personal profit. Getty Images Prince Michael of Kent is Queen Elizabeth II's paternal first cousin. He used his royal status to sell access to Vladimir Putin, according to an undercover investigation. The prince is accused of charging around $14,000 a day to make representations to the Kremlin. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Prince Michael of Kent allegedly used his status as a royal to sell access to the Kremlin, according to a joint investigation by The Sunday Times and Channel 4's Dispatches. He is accused of selling access to Russia's Vladimir Putin for large sums of money and offering up his Kensington Palace home as a backdrop for a royal endorsement, the investigation said. Queen Elizabeth II's first cousin was filmed during a Zoom meeting with undercover reporters who posed as businesspeople from a fictitious South Korean company. The undercover reporters claimed they were working for a gold investment company that was seeking access to contacts in  Putin's regime to further...
    In 2020, MrBeast continued making outlandish and expensive videos. MrBeast/YouTube Former employees of Jimmy Donaldson, known as MrBeast, have alleged that he created a "hostile work environment," according to the New York Times.  Former editors for Donaldson told the New York Times that he was a "perfectionist" who made "unreasonable demands." Donaldson has over 60 million subscribers on his MrBeast YouTube channel. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Jimmy Donaldson, known as YouTuber MrBeast, has been accused by former employees of creating a toxic work environment. The New York Times reported that 11 people that worked for the YouTuber with over 61 million subscribers said that his "demeanor changed when the cameras weren't around" and "they described a difficult work environment." Donaldson exploded in popularity over the past four years due to his philanthropic videos, where he donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to content creators or everyday people. His business ventures, like the MrBeast Burger that sold over a million meals in three months, and his highly successful line of merchandise continue to grow his brand....
    Jake Paul. Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images YouTuber and celebrity fighter Jake Paul has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women.  The latest accuser said Paul referred to her as "jailbait" and groped her when she was 17. The allegations were reported on by The New York Times, which corroborated their claims. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Controversial YouTuber Jake Paul is under new scrutiny after two women accused him of sexual assault on social media.  After TikTok influencer Justine Paradise, 24, alleged online that Paul forced her to perform non-consensual oral sex on him, The New York Times' Taylor Lorenz interviewed three of Paradise's friends who corroborated aspects of her account.  The Times investigation into claims against Paul and Team 10, the influencer collective he organized and fronted starting in 2017, follows his long history of controversies. Paul, 24, who has more than 20 million YouTube subscribers and who has made waves as a professional boxer, is ranked by a recent Insider poll as one of the most-disliked influencers.  In an April 13 tweet, Paul...
    In this article GES BIG LIDOX VIDEO3:0303:03As retail sales surge, traders share their top under-the-radar stock playsTrading NationOngoing stimulus, the vaccine rollout and a reopening economy have consumers in a spending mood. Retail sales in March soared nearly 10%, the second best increase on record. Retail heavyweights like Amazon and Walmart aren't the only ones that could benefit. CNBC's "Trading Nation" asked traders what under-the-radar retail stocks they're watching. "We are looking at pent-up demand meets unsold inventory and that leads us to the liquidators," said Gina Sanchez, CEO of Chantico Global and chief market strategist at Lido Advisors. Sanchez said Thursday that liquidators like Ross Stores and TJ Maxx traded well during the pandemic with strong growth, and that has pushed up the valuations for these stocks. There is one stock that still offers "growth at a reasonable price," she sad. "Big Lots is an interesting name. They had actually very strong revenue growth last year," said Sanchez. "Their expectations are still extremely strong, but they're trading at 11.5 times forward earnings relative to an industry average of...
    Thousands of Germans have flown, or are planning to do so, to Mallorca to enjoy Holy Week despite the appeals from the German government its citizens to avoid travel. The Spanish airport manager (AENA) has foreseen that between March 26 and next April 5, Mallorca will register a total of 532 flights with Germany as destination or origin. Eurowings, for example, has flown to Mallorca 44 times from nine German airports this Saturday and Sunday, according to data provided by the company. This figure has meant a number of flights almost four times higher than the one registered the previous weekend, when it carried out 12 operations. Despite the fact that the airline has not offered exact figures of the passengers who have flown to Mallorca this weekend, a spokesperson has assured the DPA agency that the aircraft “They had a good number of reserves.” For its part, TUI has transferred to the island almost 2,000 package tour clients on 15 aircraft from from five German airports. As reported by a spokesperson for the operator to the DPA agency,...
    GETTING a good night's sleep may depend on the quality of your mattress. However, selecting the right one may be challenging, according to The New York Times. 4A DreamCloud mattressCredit: Eight Sleep What are the best mattresses to buy in 2021? Saatva, a privately held e-commerce company based in New York City, tops the list, according to the Buyer's Guide for best mattresses. Nectar Sleep is next on the list and offers the Best King Size, according to the Buyer's Guide. The rankings are based on BuyersGuide.org's expert reviews "and data-driven recommendations." 4Nectar SleepCredit: Nectar How should you choose a mattress? Selecting the right mattress for you is completely subjective - what will work for you will not work for someone else. "It’s also one of the most challenging, because a perfect match is highly individual," writes Joanne Chen in The Times. "We can’t pick a single best mattress. What our guides can do, however, is report on objective features, such as durability and construction, and provide unbiased first-hand impressions." 4SaatvaCredit: Saatva The author adds: "To shop successfully, you need to...
    New York : Reynaldo Figueroa Ardon Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office / Courtesy Reynaldo Figueroa Ardón allegedly pointed a stolen gun at the head of a Pennsylvania police officer and even pulled the trigger several times without success, according to the prosecution. The 20-year-old, a Vineland (NJ) resident, was approached by police in Whitemarsh Township Wednesday morning for a car break-in report, according to the Montgomery County (PA) Sheriff’s Office. At the scene, the officer demanded that he stop, but the young man refused. Then the policeman grabbed his arm, while Figueroa pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the officer’s head. Prosecutors say He pulled the trigger three times, but the gun did not fire because it was apparently not loaded. The police officer threw Figueroa to the ground and held him down until other officers appeared to arrest him, he reported. New York Post. He was detained at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, receiving stolen property, and illegal possession of a firearm....
    New York : Carbohydrates are not the bad guys in the story and they are necessary for the proper functioning of the body. Photo: Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels / Pexels Recently the relationship around carbohydrate consumption it has gotten a little out of control. And although there are succulent variants that belong to these food categories, in recent months they have made us hate them. However eIt’s easy to see where that love-hate confusion: carbohydrates are classified as the main source of energy in our body and after they are broken down into glucose or sugar in the blood. On the other hand, carbohydrates increase insulin, which makes our body retain fat and that is why they are often related to weight gain. And of course also because it is well known that not all types of carbohydrates are the same. In such a way that the best way to control the effects of carbohydrates in the body, will be to discover the best and worst times to consume them, it is also...
    Almost half of all New York Times employees say they don't believe they can express their views freely at the newspaper, according to a company survey.    A poll conducted among staff in December revealed negative responses to questions regarding company culture, the New York Post reported.  According to the report, only 51 per cent of NYT employees agreed with a statement claiming there is 'free exchange of views in this company; people are not afraid to say what they really think.'  A review of the findings found that those results were 10 per cent lower than the 'benchmark', or the average response to that question at other companies, according to the Post. 'Although the majority of us feel well-informed, many indicated that differing viewpoints aren't sought or valued in our work,' the report said.   About 49% of NYT employees did not agree with a survey statement claiming there is a 'free exchange of views in this company', according to The New York Post  'Relatedly, we saw some negative responses on whether there's a free exchange of views in the...
    New York : The wine is going through a burning moment. It is not only one of the alcoholic drinks most popular and beneficial to health (of course in moderation), its preparation is an art. Not in vain recently the proposals of artisanal and natural wines, are increasingly more novel and unbelievably delicious. In fact you may not have noticed, but Americans are drinking more wine than ever. A recent survey revealed a very relevant data about wine consumption: approximately the 75% of adults they drink wine. The reasons? Mainly because they like its flavor, it is the perfect pairing with food and simply because “Makes them happy.” The same survey reveals another curious fact: 42% of the people surveyed consider that drinking wine is healthy. And the first thing we must say is that of course wine is a drink that is associated with health benefits and largely due to its antioxidant power, is considered the drink recommended by the Mediterranean diet. Not for nothing has scientific research suggested that specifically the Red wine, brings benefits when...
    Perhaps it still does not have a particularly relevant number of users worldwide (things that are still growing) but we can say with little doubt that Clubhouse is currently the fashionable application. Clubhouse was born as an app to help the daughter of one of its creators, promoting voice over text, and its use has skyrocketed in recent weeks. The app created by Paul Davison and Rohan Seth, which is currently only accessible on iOS and by invitation, is gaining so much traction that it seems like Facebook is already developing something to try to occupy its niche. This is what the New York Times says: ‘it is said that Facebook is building a product to compete with Clubhouse’. Alternatives to Clubhouse and Substack According to the New York Times, Facebook is already working on the development of an application similar to Clubhouse, an app that would prioritize audio chats over text and that it would compete with the Clubhouse itself, increasingly on the rise. Zuckerberg himself has already made an appearance at the Clubhouse to chat about augmented reality...
    Snapshots of some of the American lives lost to COVID-19 13 hidden iPhone features youre sure to love in iOS 14 Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/7 SLIDES © Provided by Eat This, Not That! The Worst Times to Drink Wine, According to Dietitians In case you haven't noticed, Americans are guzzling more wine than ever before. In fact, a recent survey revealed that a whopping 75% of adults drink it, mainly because they like the taste, it pairs well with food, and it simply makes them happy. But interestingly, 42% of people seem to think that drinking wine is healthy, too. Research has suggested that red wine in particular may come with a number of health benefits when enjoyed in moderation. However, whether or not you reap those perks can depend on when you're sipping it—and experts say the worst times to drink wine may not be when you think. So, when is wine...
    Mugshot Is Richard Ramirez alive? Richard Ramirez was an American serial killer known as the “Night Stalker” who terrorized California in the 1980s with his crimes, which included murders and sexual assaults. Known as the “Night Stalker,” his reign of terror is chronicled in the 2021 Netflix series of the same name. Many fans of that show are wondering whether Ramirez is alive. What happened to the man known as the Night Stalker? Ramirez was one of American’s most baffling serial killers because he didn’t have a modus operandi when it came to victim type. He was not discriminate. He killed adult men and women and kidnapped and sexually assaulted small boys and girls. The Netflix series chronicles the recollections of the detectives who brought him to justice. However, Richard Ramirez is no longer alive. Ramirez died at the age of 53 in 2013, according to The New York Times. Here’s what you need to know:Ramirez Died of Cancer in a California Hospital MugshotRichard Ramirez According to The New York Times, Ramirez died in a hospital in...
    People protest against new anti-abortion laws near the ruling Law and Justice party headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. Czarek Sokolowski/AP Protests erupted in Poland this week after the government implemented strict limits on abortions. The ruling was made back in October, but past protests delayed its implementation until now. Access to the procedure has reportedly been declining in the devoutly Catholic country.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Thousands of abortion rights activists and their allies in Poland continued protesting Friday after the country abruptly implemented a strict ban on abortions Wednesday, months after the Constitutional Court made the initial ruling. In October, a top court in the country banned the termination of pregnancies with fetal defects, essentially eliminating almost all access to the procedure which already had strict limits. Now, abortions are allowed only in cases of rape or incest or if the mother's life is in danger, according to NPR.  Of the 1,100 abortions performed in Poland last year, 1,074 were because of fetal abnormalities, according to The New York Times. The...
    A lawyer who was pepper-sprayed Sunday by Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler publicly apologized for his conduct surrounding the confrontation, The Seattle Times reported Thursday. Cary Cadonau, 48, of Portland, Oregon, approached Wheeler and a colleague unmasked after the pair were seen leaving a restaurant and began video-taping the encounter, according to police, The Seattle Times reported. The mayor had been dining with Sam Adams – a former Portland mayor who served from 2009 to 2013 – and was on his way to his car as Cadonau approached him and began accusing Wheeler of dining without wearing a mask, the report added. Wheeler became concerned for his safety and developing COVID-19 after the man got close to his face while filming him with his phone, shared The Seattle Times. (RELATED: ‘Concerned For My Personal Safety’: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Blasts Man In The Face With Pepper Spray) The mayor warned Cadonau to “back off” and that he was carrying pepper spray, according to the report. When Cadonau failed to heed Wheeler’s warning, Wheeler pepper-sprayed the lawyer in the eyes, according...
    Chad Wheeler. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of felony domestic violence. According to a police report obtained by The Seattle Times, Wheeler was accused of saying, "Wow you're alive?" after the woman he assaulted regained consciousness. On Wednesday, the Seahawks released a statement condemning Wheeler's actions and saying he was no longer with the team. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Seattle Seahawks backup offensive tackle Chad Wheeler was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of felony domestic violence. According to a police report obtained by The Seattle Times, police responded to a call from a woman who was locked in a bathroom following a "physical fight" with her boyfriend. Per the Seattle Times: The victim had called 911 to state that she was being "killed." Police were advised that she had suffered a dislocated arm and was bleeding. According to the report, when officers arrived they could hear screaming from inside the apartment, and after forcing their way in they heard more screaming from a...
    Price is often one of the most important factors for consumers when choosing a supermarket to purchase. However, although it is fundamental, it also takes into account “the cleaning, the assortment of products or the attention of the staff“, highlights the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU). Therefore, the organization has conducted a survey of almost 6,000 members to find out their opinions and find out which are the food establishments best valued by customers, especially considering that the coronavirus pandemic has modified shopping habits. What are the reasons for choosing an establishment? In the first place, the main reason why consumers choose a certain establishment is the proximity or ease of access. Thus, 31% of those surveyed choose the supermarket “when being close to home or on the way to work”. 22% of the people surveyed choose it for the quality of the products and food, 20% for prices and 17% for the availability of products. In this sense, “almost two thirds usually go shopping in their car, although there are many differences: to Condis, 80% of customers...
    Supporters of President Donald Trump take over balconies and inauguration scaffolding at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty A news article claiming that a facial-recognition software company found evidence of 'Antifa' pretending to be Trump supporters at the Capitol riot was false, according to a report. The facial recognition company XRVision told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the article originally published in The Washington Times making the claim was not true.  Unsubstantiated rumors that the riot on Wednesday was caused by left-wing protesters posing as Trump supporters have continued to spread online.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A news article from the conservative Washington Times falsely claimed that a facial-recognition software company had evidence of "Antifa" protesters pretending to be Trump supporters sieging the US Capitol, the company said.  Pro-Trump rioters entered the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday afternoon, forcing Congress to evacuate and leading to vandalism and looting of congressional offices. The Washington Times posted an article after the rioting claiming that...
    Police car stock photos fhm/ Getty Images A Canadian taxi driver took a passenger to the police station when he refused to wear a mask or follow COVID-19 regulations, the Times Colonist reported. The driver called 911 just after 1 a.m. on New Year's Day to report that the man was drunk and not keeping his hands to himself. Officers met the man at the cruiser outside the station and he was fined nearly $700. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A cab driver in British Columbia, Canada, took a drunk passenger directly to the Victoria police station after he refused to wear a face mask or follow COVID-19 safety measures, police told the Times Colonist. The passenger was acting belligerently and repeatedly tried to touch the taxi driver's face, the paper reported. The driver called 911 just after 1 a.m. to report the issue. When the taxi arrived at police headquarters, officers met it outside, according to the Times Colonist. The man, who at first refused to leave the cab, was taken into custody and fined...
    China will open its 500-meter (1,600 foot) telescope to the global scientific community starting on April 1st, China’s Global Times reported. The “Sky Eye” parabolic dish is the world’s largest Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) used for spotting pulsars and other energetic astronomical targets. It will also be used occasionally to search for alien life. Foreign scientists will be able to submit applications to China’s National Astronomical Observatories online, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. After review, observation times will be doled out starting on August 1st. Around 10 percent of observation times will be allotted to global astronomers this year, according to FAST’s chief engineer Jiang Peng.
    The National Guard has reportedly been called to Los Angeles to help overwhelmed county workers dispose of bodies due to a spike in coronavirus cases. Hospital morgues have become filled as private mortuaries are running out of space, according to The Los Angeles Times. The National Guard is now helping workers move corpses into storage at the L.A. County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner, according to the report. As conditions worsen in the state, doctors, nurses and paramedics are also being forced to make decisions as to who gets care and at what level, according to the report. “No one would believe this is in the United States,” Scott Byington, a critical care nurse at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood said, according to The Times. “Everyone is doing what they can do. It’s not that anybody is slacking. It’s just that it’s too overwhelming for everyone.” Byington said on a recent shift, a sick patient had to be treated in the ER hallway because the hospital had run out of space. Unfortunately the patient did not survive, according to...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly said in a phone interview that he has been deliberately changing his public statements regarding the COVID-19 pandemic because he didn’t think people were ready to hear his true beliefs, according to the New York Times.  Fauci has been slowly increasing the number of Americans he says need to be vaccinated for the U.S. to reach “herd immunity” in public statements, the New York Times reported Thursday morning. He reportedly told the Times he has done so “partly based on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.” Dr Fauci’s estimate for reaching herd immunity has been steadily inching up, @nytimes’ Donald McNeil Jr reports. Fauci told us at last week’s @CNBC #HealthyReturns that it may be 75-85%. https://t.co/j18nUYZ3cV pic.twitter.com/hIKewMAFim — Meg Tirrell (@megtirrell) December 24, 2020 Earlier on in the pandemic, Fauci had said the United States would need 60 to 70 percent of people to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity, according to the Times. He cited higher numbers...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will review a proposal to convert office buildings in Midtown Manhattan into apartments, as commercial landlords warn the exodus of office workers from the district looks increasingly permanent. The Real Estate Board of New York, whose members include nearly every major landlord and developer in the city, is proposing dramatic changes to zoning rules in Manhattan's last dedicated office district, according to the New York Times. Cuomo's office would say only that he would review the idea, while a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed the proposal. 'City Hall is always looking for sensible, equitable ways to deliver more housing,' said the spokesman, Bill Neidhardt. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will review a proposal to convert office buildings in Midtown Manhattan into apartments In October, only 10 percent of Manhattan office employees had returned to the workplace after fleeing in the pandemic, according to a survey RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Manhattan apartment vacancies climbed to 16,145 in October -... New York loses $1.4BILLION in tax revenue...
            by Chuck Ross  An English-language newspaper controlled by the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda department paid U.S. media companies nearly $2 million for printing and advertising expenses over the past six months, even amid heightened scrutiny over Beijing’s disinformation efforts in the West. China Daily paid The Wall Street Journal more than $85,000 and the Los Angeles Times $340,000 for advertising campaigns between May and October 2020, according to a disclosure that the propaganda mill filed this week with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). China Daily also paid Foreign Policy magazine $100,000, The Financial Times, a U.K.-based newspaper, $223,710, and $132,046 to the Canadian outlet Globe & Mail for advertising campaigns, according to the filing. The Beijing-based outlet paid several newspaper companies a total of $1,154,666 for printing costs, including $110,000 to the Los Angeles Times, $92,000 to The Houston Chronicle and $76,000 to The Boston Globe. Overall, China Daily spent more than $4.4 million on printing, distribution, advertising and administration expenses over the past six months, according to the FARA filing. China...
    The Japanese Emperor’s daughter, Princess Aiko, was passed over for the throne in favor of the Emperor’s brother, according to Japan Times. Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino “formally declared first in line to the throne on Sunday,” is the younger brother of the previous 60-year-old Emperor Naruhito, who took over following his father, Emperor Akihito’s, abdication last May, according to Japan Times. Japan formally proclaims Crown Prince Akishino heir to throne https://t.co/bM7cl6L4OE pic.twitter.com/TqshGLHef3 — Reuters (@Reuters) November 8, 2020 Princess Aiko, emperor Naruhito’s 18-year-old daughter, will not be entitled to the throne according to 1947 Imperial House Law, which states that only “males in the paternal line can ascend to the throne.” (RELATED:‘Four More Years’: Japanese Trump Supporters Bused Into Scranton Area, Wave Trump Flags And Chant) The ceremony was “initially planned for April 19” but was postponed by the government, due to the “state of emergency” following the Covid-19 pandemic, Japan Times reports. The number of guests was “significantly reduced from the 350 expected” to only “46 guests,” which included “adult members of the imperial family.” It lasted “roughly 15-minute”...
    (CNN)The Texas police officer charged with murder after killing Jonathan Price outside a convenience store shot him four times in the torso, according to the probable cause affidavit released by the Hunt County District Clerk on Wednesday.Wolfe City Police Officer Shaun Lucas said he was responding to a report of a disturbance and a possible fight in progress Saturday at approximately 8:30 p.m. at a Kwik Chek store.The entire interaction is captured on a body worn camera, and details of the video are cited in the affidavit. Texas officer charged with murder after shooting a 31-year-old Black man who tried to intervene in a dispute, attorney saysS. Lee Merritt, the attorney for Price's family, said Price, a 31-year-old Black man, was intervening in a domestic dispute and was never violent before Lucas shot him."The situation was resolved before law enforcement arrived, according to witnesses," the attorney said. "Why this officer still felt the need to tase and shoot Jonathan is beyond comprehension."Read MoreAfter arriving at the store, Lucas was greeted by Price, who came very close to Lucas and asked...
    Attorney Benjamin Crump speaks alongside members of Dijon Kizzee's family. Stefanie Dazio/AP Dijon Kizzee, a Black man killed by Los Angeles police last month, was hit with 15 bullets, according to the results of an independent autopsy announced Tuesday during a press conference. The autopsy found that seven of those bullets hit Kizzee from behind, his family's attorneys said. The police shooting of Kizzee represents just one of many interactions between law enforcement and Black people that demonstrators are pointing to examples of police brutality. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An independent autopsy found that Los Angeles police shot Dijon Kizzee with 15 bullets, killing him, family attorneys announced Tuesday during a press conference.  Two Los Angeles County deputies fired 19 times at Kizzee, a Black man, according to county investigators. The new autopsy found that 15 of those bullets hit him, and seven of those shots hit Kizzee from behind, the attorneys said. Kizzee, 29, was riding a bike last month around a Los Angeles neighborhood when two deputies passing through in a car tried...
    A MASSIVE asteroid three times the size of Big Ben will make a close approach with Earth this weekend, according to Nasa. The space rock is travelling at over eight miles per second (14km/s) and will make its close approach on Sunday morning. 2 Known as 2010 FR, the object is not expected to hit our planet and poses no threat to Earth. It'll fly by at a distance of roughly 4.6million miles (7.4million km), according to Nasa's Near Earth Object tracker. That's about 19 times the distance from Earth to the Moon, which may sound a long way, but is relatively close in space terms. Nasa considers anything passing within 120million miles of Earth a Near Earth Object (NEO). 2The asteroid is not expected to hit our planet and poses no threat to EarthCredit: Getty - Contributor Thousands of NEOs are tracked by scientists to monitor whether they're on a collision course with our planet. One small change to their trajectories could spell disaster for Earth. Sunday's NEO is up to 885ft (270m) across, according to Nasa, making it...
    (CNN)A US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization for blood plasma to treat Covid-19 is on hold, but could still be issued in the near future, Dr. H. Clifford Lane, deputy director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The New York Times. Researchers hope this old-fashioned treatment will work for coronavirus The hold came after a group of federal health officials -- including National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and Lane -- stepped in to argue the emerging data on the treatment was too weak, the Times reported Wednesday, citing two senior administration sources."The three of us are pretty aligned on the importance of robust data through randomized control trials, and that a pandemic does not change that," Lane told the Times.CNN reached out to the FDA and was told "per policy, we are not able to comment on whether or not we will take any action regarding emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma."First Covid-19 vaccine trial moving at a good clip, but officials still "very concerned"The treatment...
    Crystal Cox/Business Insider Women who use marijuana during pregnancy are one and half times more likely to have a child with autism than those who don't.  The study, involving more than a half million women, follows past research suggesting pot use is linked to lower birth weight.  While the study had flaws like being unable to show cause-and-effect, the authors say it suggests pot use should be recommended against during pregnancy, just like alcohol is.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Using marijuana during pregnancy is linked to 50% greater chance of having a child with autism, according to the largest study of its kind.  The study, published in Nature Medicine on Monday, reviewed data from more than a half a million women in Ontario, Canada — about 3,000 of whom reported using cannabis during pregnancy and about 2,200 of whom reported using cannabis and no other substances.  They found that 2.2% of women who used marijuana had children with autism compared to 1.4% of women who did not use cannabis but had similar characteristics, like age,...
    Iranians, some wearing face masks, walk along a street in Tehran on June 3, 2020. AFP/Getty Images The number of people who have died with COVID-19 in Iran is far higher than the government has publicly admitted, according to figures leaked to BBC Persian.   These figures say 42,000 people had died with the virus as of July 20. The official figure the same day was 14,405. The official number of cumulative infections was also far higher in the leaked figure than the official one. Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, has been accused of covering up its coronavirus cases since early in the pandemic.  It is now deep in a resurgence of the virus that the BBC figures show is even worse than had been reported before.  Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The number of people who have died with COVID-19 in Iran is nearly three times the official figure, according to an investigation by the BBC.  The government’s count of infections...
    A school district in southwest Georgia is set to become one of the first in the country to resume in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Jefferson school district is set to begin in-person classes Friday even as most districts across Georgia have either postponed their start dates or elected to reconvene completely online, The New York Times reported. For some families, however, most concerning is not that the district is reopening, but that administrators have “strongly encouraged” students to wear masks instead of explicitly mandating them. The decision has created a microcosm of the debate that the United States has witnessed over masks in recent months. In response to the absence of a mask mandate, two seniors at Jefferson High School created an online petition calling for them to be made mandatory which has collected over 600 signatures as of Tuesday, according to the New York Times. In response, a competing petition calling for masks to be optional has garnered over 200 signatures, with some signers leaving comments accusing the debate of being politicized. “Only liberals get rona and...
    A Pentagon consultant and astrophysicist told the New York Times that he reported to the Department of Defense about “vehicles not made on Earth. The Pentagon could soon publish publicly findings on unidentified aerial phenomena he’s been studying, according to a new report published in The New York Times. While the Pentagon has previously stated that it “dissolved a once undercover program to investigate unidentified flying objects (UFO), the effort is still ongoing, “but the program was simply” renamed and hidden within the Office of Naval Intelligence, “according to the Times. Perhaps more explosively, at least one Pentagon consultant and subcontractor, astrophysicist Eric Davis, who has worked with these government programs since 2007, told Times reporters that he “delivered a classified briefing to a Defense Department agency as recently as March on recoveries from vehicles not manufactured on this Earth,” Davis said. , who after examining some of the materials, concluded that “we could not make them ourselves”. While some, like Davis, have said that unidentified aerial vehicles (UAV) they’re probably aliens, others, including some elected officials, have suggested...
    Hundreds of people kneel on the street with their hands up during a protest in Seattle on May 31, 2020. Not related to the police probe or the judge's order. Lindsey Wasson/Reuters Five Seattle news outlets have been ordered to turn over unpublished videos and photos from a May 30 racial-justice protest to the city's police department, according to The Seattle Times. A judge ruled that the media were not protected by a state shielding law, and sided with police who argued that the materials are "critical" to their case, the paper reported. The Seattle Times newspaper and local TV stations KIRO 7, KING 5, KOMO 4 and KCPQ 13 will now have to hand over their pictures and footage, both published and unpublished, to the police. Police will now be able to use the images in their investigation into suspected arson and firearm theft on May 30, but not in connection with any other investigations, The Seattle Times said. The media outlets contested the case, saying it compromises their independence and their ability to cover protests safely,...
    (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to give security services more powers to stop foreign interference in Britain, The Times newspaper reported. The government is preparing to push ahead with a new counter-espionage legislation, the newspaper reported, adding that the new laws could introduce a "register of foreign agents" modelled on the approach in the United States and Australia. Failure to comply will result in imprisonment or deportation, according to the report. The Times article comes as the British government failed to find out whether Russia meddled in the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union, according to a parliamentary report released on Tuesday. The long-anticipated report by the British parliament's intelligence and security committee found that Russia had tried to influence a separate referendum in 2014 when voters in Scotland rejected independence. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Marguerita Choy) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    A majority of Seattle’s city council backs a plan put forth by advocates that would defund the police department by 50%. Three council members added their support to the proposal Thursday, meaning that seven of the nine now back the idea, according to the Seattle Times. This comes after Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan pointed out that Seattle’s “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” caused “a staggering 525 percent spike in crime as a result of the violence that swept through,” the NY Post previously reported. Council members Lisa Herbold, Dan Strauss, Andrew Lewis, Tammy Morales, Kshama Sawant, Teresa Mosqueda and M. Lorena Gonzalez are on board with the advocates’ push to defund the police department. They have promised to move quickly, although Durkan has requested the council members slow down, the Seattle Times reported. The proposal was set up by Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now, according to the Seattle Times. A Wednesday presentation indicated the two new groups want the department’s 2021 budget reduce by 50%. The proposal also demands a 50% cut for the police department’s remaining budget in 2020....
    Bear populations have been growing all across North America, bringing them in closer and more regular contact with humans each year.  That trend is putting bears at far greater risk than humans, according to a new study from the University of Alberta, led by Clayton Lamb. Lamb and his colleagues tracked 2,669 grizzly bears across British Columbia between 1979 and 2019 and found that the mortality rate for bears who lived near humans was 7.5 times higher than it was for those that lived in the wild. A new study found that bears that lived close to towns and cities had mortality rates that were 7.5 times higher than those that lived further into the wild According to the team, only one in 30 grizzly bears that lived in regions with frequent human contact would live to be 14-years-old, roughly middle aged for bears. In wild areas with less frequent human contact, 26 out of every 30 bears made it to 14 years-old, according to a report in Inverse. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Coronavirus — A study published by the Yale University points to the confirmed number of deaths from coronavirus in the United States being substantially less than the true figure. Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, research has revealed that there is a excess deaths in the statistics and that can be attributed to COVID-19. Differences between official and actual figures may be due to discrepancies in counts of the states of the country. In these months, there have been 122,300 excessive deaths in the United States, of which 95,235 have been attributed to COVID-19. However, doctors consider that there have been some deaths in which the virus has been an indirect cause, since this disease especially affects the circulatory system, and there has been an increase in heart attacks and strokes. Likewise, many people do not go to the emergency department for ailments that can be fatal, like a heart attack, and so they perish. Experts do not risk offering a specific death toll, but they do argue that is higher than the official. Meanwhile, the...
    Scientists now say they know the best material for DIY face masks. The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a heated debate over the efficacy of DIY masks made of materials commonly found at home. Now, a new study published in the journal Physics of Fluids on Tuesday claims to have found the optimal homemade mask design. Researchers compared four makeshift face-mask styles, which they considered accessible options for most: a bandanna tied over the nose and mouth; a loosely folded handkerchief; a cone-style commercial mask; and a fitted, sewn mask made of two layers of quilting fabric. Much to the delight of many an American grandmother, the quilt fabric performed best as a protective shield against respiratory droplets. “While there are a few prior studies on the effectiveness of medical-grade equipment, we don’t have a lot of information about the cloth-based coverings that are most accessible to us at present,” said study author Siddhartha Verma, assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University in a statement. see also Experts now want us to wear face masks amid coronavirus pandemic To mask or...
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