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    My wife, Clare, and I are both in our 60s. Our children have grown up and left home so we thought that by now our lives would be slowing down. Yet we seem to be busier than ever. We talk about wanting to do less, but the fact that we can’t decide what to cut back on — fewer Zoom calls, fewer projects or fewer Instagram posts — suggests we are happy as we are. And that seems to be true of a lot of busy people. Although we moan about not having enough hours in the day to get things done (busy people like to brag about how busy they are), a recent study concluded that having more free time does not necessarily make people happier, while having lots of spare time can make us positively unhappy. The findings, from the University of Pennsylvania, were based on a questionnaire filled out by more than 21,000 Americans; they were asked to provide a detailed account of what they did during the day and to score their sense of wellbeing —...
    Driving an electric scooter is also subject to rules and obligations. While the General Directorate of Traffic works to establish a specific regulatory framework for personal mobility vehicles that, until now, is mainly established by municipal ordinances, it is important to remember that the use of an electric scooter also implies respecting traffic regulations and there are prohibitions, which also apply to cyclists, car drivers and motorcyclists, such as the use of headphones, use an electric scooter under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, or do it outside the spaces where their use is allowed. The DGT pointed out how the user of an electric scooter had been sanctioned with a € 1,200 fine, for a combination of infractions that show that Traffic agents are also controlling the users of personal mobility vehicles. File photo of the Xiaomi scooter. Scooters, prohibited on interurban roads The first offense committed by the user of the electric scooter was riding on interurban roads. The use of personal mobility vehicles is specifically prohibited, from January 2, 2021, by Royal Decree 970/2020,...
    Help or get out of the way. Biden criticizes governors in Texas and Florida over handling of COVID-19 Two delta-plus variant cases recorded in South Korea TOKYO – Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim might not have known exactly what it meant to Gianmarco Tamberi when he asked if the high jumpers could share a gold medal instead of competing in a jump-off to break a tie. © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Gianmarco Tamberi (ITA) and Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) share the gold medal in the men's high jump at the Tokyo Olympics. They both agreed, and Tamberi not only took his first career Olympic gold, he earned a bonus of more than $100,000. Italy has one of the more generous medal bonuses among those surveyed by USA TODAY Sports, giving its gold medalists 180,000 Euro, or roughly $213,000 – double what it gives its silver medalists. They’ll never know what might have happened in the jump-off, but the friends’ decision to share a spot atop the podium made a big impact on Tamberi. From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top...
    'We're going to reimagine what our economy and our future could be,' President Joe Biden told an audience in the Chicago suburbs. President Joe Biden pitched his proposed investments in families and education at an Illinois community college on Wednesday, telling residents of the swing district that what's good for families is also good for the economy. The president set out for the Chicago suburbs to bolster support for both his bipartisan infrastructure deal and a broader package that he expects will be passed with only Democratic votes. His message is one designed to resonate with suburban parents, college graduates and the working poor — a coalition that was key to Biden's election win last year. "There's a lot of work ahead of us to finish the job, but we're going to get it done," Biden said in a 30-minute speech that he self-deprecatingly suggested was boring but important. "We're going to reimagine what our economy and our future could be." Before the speech, Biden toured a metals lab at...
    People hold placards after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, in front of Hennepin County Government Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 20, 2021.Carlos Barria | Reuters There's the human cost of police misconduct. Unarmed Black Americans are killed by police officers with appalling frequency. For young Black men, police violence is one of the leading causes of death.  A year ago today, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for more than 9 minutes, murdering him. Throughout the course of the Chauvin trial, at least 64 people died at the hands of law enforcement nationwide. More than half of them were Black or Latino.  There's also the social cost of police misconduct. Many Black Americans feel fear when they see a police officer. Black parents have to have "The Talk" with their children because of that fear. Don't make sudden movements. Keep your hands at 10 and 2. Say "Yes, sir" and "Yes, ma'am." If you reach for something—do it...
    Apple’s new TV calibration feature, which uses the iPhone’s front-facing sensors to sense and tweak the output of the Apple TV, works with the company’s older streaming boxes, 9to5Mac reports. The new feature will arrive with tvOS 14.5, which is due to release “early next week” for the 2017 Apple TV 4K and 2015 Apple TV HD. Apple says viewers will see “much more accurate colors and improved contrast” after calibration. The calibration feature was announced alongside the new Apple TV 4K. It works by having you hold up the front of your iPhone to your TV, so it can sense how the screen is outputting different colors. If the phone’s light sensor sees that color is being outputted inaccurately, the Apple TV can adjust its output to compensate. The process only covers the Apple TV’s content, and won’t affect the TV’s built in apps or other devices it has plugged in. Apple promises “much more accurate colors and improved contrast” from the feature According to 9to5Mac, Apple TV HD and 4K owners can access the calibration feature via...
    Christopher Bell: I ‘want to be a factor’ The best breakfast burrito in every state Hey, Robinhood traders: These ‘non-bubble’ stocks can also be good bets for you © Courtesy Everett Collection DEEP DIVE Load Error Momentum trading is all the rage, at least on Reddit boards and on the Robinhood trading platform. But the principles of long-term investing haven’t changed. If you have a diversified strategy and stick with it, you are likely to have good compounded returns over the long haul. There are always people who are new to investing. And to trading. For those who are only thinking about price momentum or volatility, the lessons of long-term investing might seem boring, but they can also make you a lot of money. Why not learn about a non-trading approach that has proven to be profitable over the decades? Three professional investors gave examples of long-term investments during interviews. These selections are based on analysis of financial health, growth prospects and valuation of stocks against things that can be measured as well as estimates, such as earnings,...
    Can body positivity and weight loss go hand in hand? Getty/Luis Alvarez The debate around "health at every size" was recently reignited by a Cosmopolitan UK feature called "This is healthy" featuring various body shapes and sizes. Research suggests healthy habits lower mortality risk regardless of BMI, but a meta-analysis of 72 studies found abdominal fat was linked to higher mortality risk. For some people, attempting to lose weight damages their mental health, but it's possible to do so safely. Health and weight aren't perfectly intertwined, and the lack of nuance on social media is unhelpful. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Over the past decade, the body positive movement has grown, encouraging people to love themselves as they are, regardless of whether they fit a body ideal widely perpetuated in western society. Body positivity (which was created by plus-size Black women and stemmed from the fat activism movement which gained momentum in the 1960s), anti-diet, "health at every size" — there are various growing camps of people loudly championing self-love online. At the same time, discussing...
    The South African coronavirus variant may slip past parts of the immune system in as many as half of people infected with different versions in the past, scientists fear. Researchers say that a mutation on a specific part of the virus's outer spike protein appears to make it able to 'escape' antibodies. Antibodies are substances made by the immune system that are key to destroying viruses or marking them for destruction by white blood cells.  South African academics found that 48 per cent of blood samples from people who had been infected in the past did not show an immune response to the new variant. One researcher said it was 'clear that we have a problem'. Professor Penny Moore, the researcher behind the project, claimed people who were sicker with coronavirus the first time and had a stronger immune response appeared less likely to get reinfected. Antibodies are a major part of the immunity that is created by vaccines – although not the only part – so if the virus continues evolving to escape from them it could mean that...
    (CNN)Search and rescue teams are scouring the stormy waters of the Java Sea, hunting for the wreckage of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182.At this early stage, Indonesian officials still don't know why the Boeing 737 suddenly plunged from the sky within minutes of take-off. Hours after the plane crashed Saturday afternoon, authorities began the grim search for the 62 passengers and crew who were on board.While it is too soon to speculate on what caused the Sriwijaya Air disaster, and it should be noted that the airline has a solid safety record with no onboard casualties in four incidents recorded on the Aviation Safety Network database, for me it brought back an uncomfortable memory, which speaks to the wider problem of aviation safety in Indonesia.The Indonesia Rescue team find part of a Sriwijaya Air plane on January 10, 2021. One morning in October 2019, some other airlines canceled their departures from Kalimarau Airport amid poor weather. Initially, my colleagues and I thought we'd got lucky when our Sriwijaya Air went ahead, and airport workers ushered us onto our 55-minute domestic flight...
    HOLIDAY bookings in the UK are booming as Brits are keen to get a staycation for the summer ahead of the lockdown restrictions being eased. From July 4, hotels, pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen across England as the government eases the current measures put in place since March. 15Holiday homes across the UK can still be booked for a bargain during the summer monthsCredit: Alamy A number of hotels have already reported a surge in bookings, resulting in being sold out until after the summer holidays. Hoseasons, who specialise in luxury lodges, said they were taking bookings every 11 seconds just hours after the announcement, according to Sky News. Simon Altham, chief commercial officer of Awaze UK who owns Hoseasons, said they were expecting to see some interest but didn't expect the "record day". While there are still lots of deals to be found, many are being booked up quickly, especially as a number of tour operators and holiday rentals offer additional price protection in case trips cannot go ahead. It is also worth noting that while Scotland...
    The Malayalam movie Ayyappanum Koshiyum, helmed by the late screenwriter – director Sachy, features Prithviraj Sukumaran and Biju Menon in the lead roles. It was his last project that turned out to be a hit at the box office. This successful film is also getting a remake in Hindi and its rights has been acquired by Bollywood actor-producer John Abraham. This Malayalam movie, which was released on February 7, 2020, was Sachy’s second directorial project after Anarkali, which also had Prithviraj and Biju in the lead. Sachy’s film Ayyappanum Koshiyum is now available on Amazon Prime and you can watch it right away if you haven’t watched yet! Ayyappanum Koshiyum Director Sachy Passes Away at 48: Nivin Pauly, Vishnu Vishal and Netizens Express Grief Over The Tragic News (View Tweets). There were many who rushed to watch this Malayalam film, Ayyappanum Koshiyum, the day it hit the theatres. In case you missed watching this movie in cinema halls, you could watch it right away on the streaming platform Amazon Prime Video. Yes, this film is now available online. Besides Ayyappanum Koshiyum,...
    People have taken to social media to share images of the heartwarming statues that enhance their local area.   Historian and author James Barr, from London, encouraged Twitter users to share monuments they believe 'enhance their surroundings' in a thread. His plea comes after a number of 'racist' monuments were torn down in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. On Friday, statues in Parliament Square - including those of Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi - were boarded up to prevent them being targeted.  People from across the world shared images of their favourite statues in the thread. Some posted snaps of the stone tribute of Hachikō, a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno's death.  Others cited statues of Paddington Bear that can be found around London; one sees him sat on a bench eating a sandwich in Leicester Square while another shows the character at Paddington Station.  A monument to Chekhov's dogs in Moscow also received praise as people agreed...
    Rep. Val Demings (D-Fl.), is insisting people who are racist should deeply consider their professional paths before deciding on long-term careers in law enforcement — and multiple other fields, for that matter. During an appearance on “The View” Monday, the former Florida police chief, who has more than 27 years of law enforcement experience, insisted you cannot be racist and hold positions that require fairness and unbiased opinion. Not only did she stress that racism cannot exist in law enforcement, Demings — a veteran law enforcement official and a potential vice presidential contender for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — also argued that it cannot exist in education, housing, or decisions that determine fair employment and wages. “You can be a racist if you want to. You just shouldn’t be in the police department. You shouldn’t be an educator. You shouldn’t decide who gets housing. You shouldn’t decide who gets jobs and wages,” Demings said.See Demings’ remarks below: Demings also noted the importance of reform, policy changes, and police departments reflecting the diversity of residents in the communities they serve....
    Ice-T — who stars in a new movie about racism on the police force, “Equal Standard” — told Page Six that he thinks “Law & Order” has aired so long because “it’s tried to be as fair as it can possibly be … You have got the black gang bangers, but you have also got the black judge, you’ve got the black attorney,” the hip-hop star who’s starred for more than 20 seasons on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” told us. But he also acknowledged that on the hit, “I am wearing Gucci. Mariska [Hargitay] is wearing designer clothes. Cops can’t afford to do that, so in a way we romanticize that job when it’s not that romantic.” “Equal Standard” also stars rapper Treach. Ice-T recently supported “Law & Order” guru Dick Wolf’s move to fire a producer who posted threatening online messages about protestors.
    Tons of celebrities turned up at protests across the country over the weekend and Shemar Moore is no exception. The S.W.A.T. star opened up about being bi-racial and how he feels about the ongoing unrest as folks continue to band together to demand justice. “I am half Black and I am half white. But I am proud to be Black, but I am also proud to be white,” he said during a speech recorded by Love & Hip Hop Hollywood‘s Moneice Slaughter. “I understand what it is to be treated like a n*gga when I don’t have my fame and when I’m in the wrong place at the wrong time, and nobody knows who I am. Then I’m just a n*gga in the street. I’ve been thrown down on the sidewalk in my lifetime. I understand what it is. I haven’t gone through the George Floyd situation. I have not gone through that, but I know what it is. But I’m not gonna denounce the other side of me, because I’m looking at humanity.” READ MORE: Shemar Moore tearfully announces death...
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