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    When Dr Sandra Lee started an Instagram account in 2014 to showcase her work as a dermatologist, people were only mildly interested in how she administered Botox and tackled skin cancer. But after she posted a clip of a blackhead being squeezed, something almost all of us have done in the privacy of our own homes, people got very, very excited. As Dr Lee began posting other grotesque but strangely satisfying videos of extractions of squishy blackheads, removing whiteheads as hard as pebbles and excising inflamed cysts the size of small volcanoes, her career as a social media star, well, erupted. Seven years on, using the catchy nickname of Dr Pimple Popper, the 50-year-old has rock star status in the world of dermatology, with fans including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian — both self-confessed ‘popaholics’. Dr Sandra Lee (pictured), who boasts over 7.3 million YouTube subscribers and 4.4 million followers on Instagram, reflected on her career as a social media star  Dr Lee’s videos on her YouTube channel have been viewed an astonishing 1.8 billion times in total — she...
    Former President Barack Obama said Monday on “CBS  Mornings” that while change can’t come soon enough for some Americans tired of deferring their dreams, for others, it is coming “too rapidly.” Obama and singer Bruce Springsteen were promoting their book and Spotify podcast, both titled, “Renegades: Born in the U.S.A.” Co-host Anthony Mason said,  “Over a few days last year at Springsteen’s New Jersey farm, they talked about their different experiences.” On growing up in Hawaii, Obama said, “I’m experiencing my share of day-to-day ignorance and sleights. You get in an elevator and folks are looking nervous, or you walk by a car and locks go down.” Springsteen said, “That’s the American story, you know? When I was young, I felt voiceless. I felt invisible, and I think we’re in trouble and that a lot of people do feel very voiceless.” He added, “And Donald Trump was, you know, he had the cynicism and the carny ability to play on that part of our weakness. I think we’re going to be in a lot of trouble if you can’t find...
    An Afghan refugee who shared a photo of his meager food ration at Fort Bliss has divided the internet as some slam him as 'ungrateful' while others mocking the meal for resembling the now iconic, pathetic cheese sandwich from the disastrous Fyre Festival. Hamed Ahmadi, 28, is now living in a tent with 70 others at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, just days after escaping from Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Taliban rips through the country. But as more and more refugees arrive at the military base, which is already housing 4,000, resources are being stretched thin and food is in short supply. On Thursday, Ahmadi took to Twitter to share his evening meal; two tiny slivers of chicken, a few small chunks of cantaloupe and a bit of bread. The ration would have to last him 12 hours until his next meal. The tweet sparked strong reactions on both sides, with some furious that Ahmadi was criticizing the free food as a refugee and even called for him to be sent back to Afghanistan.   Hamed Ahmadi, 28, shared...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John is releasing an album of collaborations with artists from several generations and genres, including Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Stevie Nicks and Stevie Wonder. “The Lockdown Sessions,” a collection of 16 songs featuring John with artists from Dua Lipa to the late Glen Campbell, will be released on Oct. 22 by EMI Universal, the label announced Wednesday. The pandemic project was spurred by John having to pause his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour in March 2020, and by his Apple Music talk show “Rocket Hour,” through which he got to know many of the artists he would work with. The tracks were recorded with the artists remote from each other in some cases, together with safety precautions in others. John said it pushed him into very unfamiliar musical territory, dipping into hip-hop, country and electronic dance music, sometimes in the same song. “I realised there was something weirdly familiar about working like this,” he said in a statement announcing the album. “At the start of my career, in the late...
    A majority of young Americans are interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine but have concerns that have prevented them from doing so. Researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, created a text survey asking people aged 14 to 24 questions about the vaccine, whether they trusted it and whether they wanted to receive it. Three-quarters of participants said they were willing to get vaccinated against the virus. But when asked about their concerns, nearly half said they are worried about potential side effects. Others concerns included fears that the vaccine is not effective or safe and feared that the process was rushed.  Americans under age 24 are the least likely age demographic to have received the vaccine so far. The amount of young people hospitalized with the virus is rising, however, and health officials are pushing for more young people to get the shots to protect themselves. More than 40% of young people fear adverse effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. Only less than a third have no concerns about the vaccine what so ever For the study, published...
                      by Jon Styf  How is Tennessee’s economy doing? A lot of it is doing well when compared to the COVID-19 lows on many economic indicators such as employment, a new Sycamore Institute report shows. But other items are troubling, such as there being 40% fewer small businesses in Tennessee as of late June data than there were before the pandemic. That’s considering that 99% of private sector workers in the state work for small businesses, defined as companies of 500 employees or less. “There are a lot of things going on here,” said Brian Straessle, the Sycamore Institute’s Director of External Affairs. “There isn’t like one nice neat narrative of the economy right now.” The Sycamore Institute is a nonpartisan public policy research group that aims to inform policymakers and the public on complex policy issues. As of the end of June, Tennessee’s unemployment rate was at 4.9%, one percentage point lower than the national average and one percentage point higher than the number from pre-pandemic February 2020. Sycamore Institute Policy Director...
    Fernando Alonso said at a press conference attended by Zoom Mundo Deportivo that after a few races of experience, he has realized that many of his rivals “do not respect the regulations and have no punishment for it.” After his aggressive exit in the qualifying sprint of Silverstone, highlighted the Asturian who has understood that certain lines can be crossed without obtaining a penalty. Fernando defends that he would like everyone to respect the rules, but since in general it is not done, he has decided to join this trend. “I have always been a clean driver and will continue to be for my entire career. Also, I think I’m one of the few who doesn’t have points on the license, to be honest. What I was referring to is that I felt a bit like an idiot, I said it in Austria, by respecting the rules. We try to talk to the race director and to always say or blame the things that other people do without much success or responses and that is strange, so...
    Ray-Ban Owner Makes Peace With GrandVision After Lengthy Spat 5 things to know before the stock market opens Wednesday Which legendary quarterback would have had the better career if they'd been drafted by their counterpart's team? Plus, the Jaguars' odds, Trey Lance's ceiling, the best concerts and hot wings, and more. We’re heading into what promises to be a lovely Fourth of July weekend here in the Northeast. Albert Breer is on vacation and I’ve decided to take some time away from ordering nonalcoholic craft beer and perfecting my Old Bay potato salad recipe to answer some questions from his stuffed mailbag. Let’s boogie … © Provided by Sports Illustrated From Myles Powicki (@MylesPowicki): How many Super Bowls would Tom Brady have on all of Aaron Rodgers’s teams and vice versa? Hey Myles, thanks for submitting this very interesting question. I talked to former Giants safety Antrel Rolle not long ago, and he was talking about how their three-safety look puzzled both Brady and Rodgers alike during their 2011 run to the Super Bowl. My point here is...
    Guards at one of Texas' largest migrant children's shelters have banned pencils, pens, nail clippers and tooth brushes because desperate kids were using them to try to commit suicide.  The children at Fort Bliss, Texas, which is just north of El Paso, are so distressed that some require 24 hour care from guards, according to a new damning report from CBS citing unnamed volunteers and workers that shed more light on the worsening border crisis. There are currently, 1,600 migrant teens at Fort Bliss but it can hold up to 10,000.  There are widespread complaints about the conditions there, with kids in court documents describing the food as inedible and their living conditions as cramped, with limited access to water.   Since President Biden took office and loosened the rhetoric on migrants coming to America, the number of dangerous, illegal border crossings have soared.  At the heart of the problem is a spike in the number of kids being sent alone because their parents think they'll get a better shot at staying in America if they are caught by Customs and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Hacked. Locked out. READ MORE: Man Shot During Attempted Carjacking In Gold Coast No access to years’ worth of family photos. Our story on a local Facebook hacking victim touched a nerve with people across the country, and now they’re telling us about their own struggles to regain access to their accounts. CBS 2’s Insider Tim McNicholas set out to learn why it is so hard to get control of your page again. One Hacker Way is the tongue-in-cheek address for Facebook’s California headquarters. But to hacking victims, the word is not so funny. “It’s just super-frustrating,” said Janelle Harrison. “Some of my friends there, you know, that’s the only contact information that I have,” said Yuriy Nemets. “I have friends and family members all over the world.” People from across the country started emailing us with their own hacking stories this week, after seeing our report on Heather Mack from the northwest suburbs – who was locked out of her account. “It’s so frustrated that I’m not able to speak to anybody at all in regards...
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) – With Tuesday, June 15, only two days away, many Californians are cheering, but mixed in with excited Southland residents are those that plan to take a more cautious approach to personal COVID-19 safety protocols. Businesses like Bruno’s Italian Restaurant are allowed, as of Tuesday, to open at fully capacity. Customers, as long as they are vaccinated can freely go into restaurants and other businesses without their masks as long as that falls under the establishment’s guidelines. READ MORE: At Least One Hurt When Car Slams Into Light Pole In Sylmar “We’ve been waiting for that for quite a bit. We’re excited to open up all the way,” Pantaleone Bruno, the restaurant’s owner, told CBSLA’s Rick Montanez. However, rejoining large crowds or going into spaces packed with other people is not the most exciting news where others are concerned. “At this time, we’re okay with it,” Chris Porter, a traveler from Chicago said, “because it’s summer and they have it under control and the majority of people over 65, the most vulnerable, are vaccinated.” Porter and her...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended many of his administration’s COVID-19 Executive Orders without the usual fanfare he’s become known for during the pandemic. Upwards of 180 COVID-19 directives that have been put in place by the governor during the pandemic by Cuomo were set to expire on Thursday, May 6, though many of those were quietly extended recently through Thursday, May 27, with others running through Saturday, June 5 under his orders. The extension of the Executive Orders come after some others were repealed by the legislature, including many provisions on businesses and restaurants. It is unclear whether they plan to repeal any others before they expire moving forward. When asked by CBS6 in Albany about why the extensions were not broadcast more widely, Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi replied with a statement saying “we’re working night and day for New Yorkers and I don't care one lick what the advocacy industrial complex says about that.” A complete list of Cuomo’s Executive Orders can be found here.  The Executive Order “continuing the temporary suspension and modification of laws...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- As life continues to reopen amid the pandemic in the Tri-State area, many people are hesitant to take off their masks in public.After 15 months of playing it super safe, society is now taking some big steps toward a return to normal.But for some, it's hard to let go of anxieties associated with reopening. Experts are offering advice for how to ease the nerves during Mental Health Awareness month.ALSO READ | Mental health and coping during the coronavirus pandemicThe CDC announced new mask guidance last week, including not needing to wear one when exercising outside."I think working out with a mask is the most challenging thing, so I'm really happy to no have to wear the mask while working out, it's great," Elisabeth Bernard saidBernard, 30, is vaccinated - but still keeping her distance."People don't automatically look at you and know whether or not you're vaccinated so it's important to be mindful of other people," she said. "I make sure that I stay and keep my distance from others to make them feel comfortable as well...
    In the United States, as millions of people are getting vaccinated and signs indicate the pandemic is easing, there is an excitement about the possibility of things going back to normal. Many people are looking forward to attending sports events and concerts and dining inside restaurants again. But for others, returning to normalcy provokes an uneasiness about what the new normal will look like. FILE - Diners eat in isolated rooms outside the Townhouse restaurant, in Birmingham, Mich., March 25, 2021. While many people are eager to discard this kind of protection, others will hesitate about the transition back to a new normal."Transitions are hard, especially after a collective trauma," Lucy McBride, a primary care physician in Washington, told VOA. "While planning for a post-pandemic life can feel comfortable, thinking about the future too much can also increase our anxious thoughts," said Kevin Antshel, director of the clinical psychology program at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, about half of adults are uncomfortable about returning to in-person interactions after the...
    Despite showing COVID-19 symptoms, many Americans continued to travel normally during the pandemic, according to a new study. Researchers from George Mason University reported that they found “no real change” in daily activity, travel, and contact with others during the pandemic, even from those who showed signs of potentially contracting the virus. A team from the university’s College of Health and Human Services tracked the movement patterns of nearly 200 volunteers who showed possible COVID-19 symptoms. Of those being evaluated, few did anything to limit their daily movements, even when displaying warning signs of the virus. “We could not detect any significant change of movement when people should self-quarantine,” Dr. Janusz Wojtusiak, who led the study, which was published in the Journal of Healthcare Informatics Research, said. 
“On the other hand, some people almost did not leave home since the beginning of the pandemic, while others move freely around.” Participants of the study used the Mason COVID HealthCheckTM to record symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection and GPS and WiFi data to provide information on how they move during the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After a state action on policing reforms, many are now looking to Congress to act. Several police reform bills are now law after Maryland state lawmakers earlier this month overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto, including increased transparency in police discipline files and establishing a statewide use of force. READ MORE: Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force Completes Over 200 Missions Some, however, want more community oversight. “They didn’t come forward with the bold responses, the bold legislative initiatives that the community cried out for,” said Rev. Kobi Little, Baltimore City NAACP. WJZ’s Paul Gessler: “Where do these reforms on the state level fall short or go too far in terms of what can or should be passed on the federal level?” “This is work in progress. We have to constantly work at doing better,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. Sen. Van Hollen on Monday said Congress needs to make accountability a priority and work to limit chokeholds and no-knock warrants. He is co-sponsoring the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act. Another bill would establish more alternatives...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Today,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated that data has shown that people who are fully vaccinated aren’t getting coronavirus at all, and data increasingly suggests that among the breakthrough cases of people who contract the coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated, “about a third of them, even if they get the virus, are completely asymptomatic and many of them have such low virus that they can’t transmit to others.” Walensky said, “So, we know that the vaccine, in real-world studies, is somewhere between 85, 95% effective. And some of the questions are, does that mean that you’re not getting sick or you’re not getting the virus? And people, the MMWR released data about a month ago that demonstrated that, with screening, we’re actually finding that people are not getting the virus at all. So what about those people who are breakthrough, who do get the virus? And increasingly, data suggests that about a third of them, even if they get the virus, are completely asymptomatic and many of them have such low virus that they...
    Tennis stars Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina have announced some really positive news for fans. The couple has declared their engagement on social media and will get married soon. other than for the two involved, it is a really pleasing moment for the fans too, especially since both Monfils and Svitolina have and will continue to entertain the tennis fraternity with their exploits on the court. It was not long when Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina had announced their break-up. This left the tennis world silent for a moment, as the move was quite sudden and unexpected. However, the two got back together a few days back and then quickly announced their engagement. The tennis fraternity is really excited about the news and extended goodwill and wishes to the pair on social media. Juan Martin del Potro, Caroline Wozniacki, and Sloane Stephens are some of the big names that congratulated the couple on social media. Read More: “She Said Yes”: Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina Announce Their Engagement   “Congrats Amigos!!!” wrote del Potro on Instagram.   “Congrats you guys!!!”...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Colorado got through its first day of vaccinations for everyone over the age of 16, and while some people were sharing ideas on how to get it, health experts were wondering how to get it to more people — and how to make more want it. “Young adults have pretty consistently have been less inclined to express willingness to vaccines,” said Glen Mays, a professor of health policy at the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz. READ MORE: CDC Announces New COVID-19 Guidance For Gatherings, Travel Ahead Of Easter Sunday There is still a lot of waiting and angling for a vaccine, even as the supply increases. “I’ve been trying to do it for probably at least a couple months now. It’s been hard to get and appointment,” said Riley Parker as she waited for her vaccine appointment at a Denver Safeway store. “I feel really positive about how things are going.” With vaccinations now open to younger people who are likely to be the most adept at booking appointments online, there are still many...
    As indoor dining returns at 25% capacity on Monday, some L.A. County restaurateurs are racing to convert their makeshift offices and to-go assembly lines back into dining rooms this weekend. Others await higher vaccination rates and, after a full year of open-close whiplash, more instruction and time. It’s been one year since David Kuo seated guests inside Little Fatty, his Taiwanese dim sum restaurant in Mar Vista. Throughout the pandemic the chef-owner’s restaurant and its adjacent bar, Accomplice, turned to takeout to keep the lights on. To outweigh the cost of staffing servers, bartenders and a host, Kuo says he would have needed a 30-seat setup on the front sidewalk, and he didn’t have the space until he recently signed a lease on another adjacent building, which includes a 3,000-square-foot parking lot. Kuo is outfitting that lot for outdoor seating and readying three dining rooms. “We’re really, really excited,” Kuo said. “It’s kind of hard to put food in a box and send it out to a third-party driver, and that’s not our business model. We like hosting people, serving...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On the fourth day of jury selection in the trial of Derek Chauvin, lawyers for both sides agreed on just one more juror. A total of seven jurors have now been seated; that’s half of the 12 jurors and two alternates that are needed. Now, the biggest question is how the city’s settlement with George Floyd’s family could affect the Chauvin trial. READ MORE: Minneapolis City Council Approves $27M Settlement With George Floyd’s Family The court continued on with jury selection in the midst of learning of the historic settlement. Settlements like this typically come after a trial is complete. Analysts say this coming during jury selection could affect the case, and there could even be a motion for a mistrial. Defense attorney Joe Tamburino, who is not affiliated with the trial, says the timing of the settlement could change how the case moves forward. “What happens if mistrial motions are made saying because of the influence of this settlement being done now? What happens if there’s another change of venue motion?” Tamburino said. “I’ve never actually...
    Older people take priority in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns around the world, with hundreds of thousands spending hours online, enlisting the help of their children and traveling hours to distant pharmacies in a desperate attempt to receive the injection. But an uncalculated number of them are left behind because they are too weak or poor to defend themselves. The urgency to reach this vulnerable sector is growing as people of other ages and sectors take priority. Time is passing and many states are vaccinating 55-year-olds, so NGOs, churches and charities are trying to find isolated older people and get them vaccinated before they have to compete with a larger sector. The extreme imbalance between supply and demand for vaccines in most of the United States means that obtaining the vaccine is a game of chance. In Oregon, there are believed to be 750,000 people over the age of 65 and the demand is so high that the weekly dose allocation in Portland runs out in less than an hour. In the midst of such a frenzy,...
    Some see 17 colors, others only 8, others 3. This image from Twitter marks an optical illusion as interesting as it is viral. Remember the optical illusion in the photograph of that dress that divided humanity in 2015? Well, it seems that the viral phenomenon has just returned. In the form of a color palette. It is more or less the same controversy that we already saw before. Someone posted an image on a social network. Some see a certain range of hues and others perceive it differently. Obviously, as you might expect, this thing has fragmented the internet from multiple sides. So we couldn’t pass it up here at FayerWayer. « How many colors do you see? » It all started on Twitter, on the account @ 0UTR0EG0, who a week ago made an innocent post where he asked his followers how many colors they see. Since he only differentiated 3: How many colors do you see ???? i see 3 pic.twitter.com/IgEHtyzebZ – jade⁷???? (@ 0UTR0EG0) February 4, 2021 It took a bit of time but the controversy did not...
    A Mississippi restaurant owner is calling on President Joe Biden and Congress to reintroduce and pass the RESTAURANTS Act, saying it would reduce the unemployment rate in the restaurant industry amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We need Congress to pass the RESTAURANTS Act," Robert St. John, who owns New South Restaurant Group, told Ainsley Earhardt on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday. "If President Biden and Congress want to make an impact in the unemployment numbers, you can reduce that right now." CA RESTAURANT OWNER SAYS SHE HOLDS GOV. NEWSOM RESPONSIBLE AS BUSINESS STRUGGLES In a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled "Closing Time for Bars and Restaurants," St. John argues federal lawmakers need to prioritize restaurants before it’s too late. "Time is nearly up for my business and many others," he wrote. "It’s time for Congress to make restaurants a priority and pass direct aid." The RESTAURANTS Act is also known as the "Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed To Survive Act." The House passed the bill in October, but the bill did not pass in the Senate, despite bipartisan...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida is world famous for the beaches, great hotels, restaurants and exciting nightlife. But for the locals who live here, they may not realize all that’s around them. “We want our locals to enjoy what many others who travel thousands and thousands of miles to experience. They have it in their own backyard,” said Rolando Aedo, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is promoting Miami Temptations. It’s seven promotions at different times of the year – such as hotel deals, restaurants, entertainment. First up is health and wellness. “Our hotels are going to be putting together some great hotel packages,” Aedo said. “Our restaurants, because there are some meals that help promote health and wellness. And, of course, our spas.” More from CBSMiami.com COVID-Sniffing Dogs To Screen Fans At Miami Heat Games ‘It’s A Sad Place’: Mar-A-Lago Members Leaving Following Former President Trump’s Return Donald Trump Launches ‘Office Of The Former President’ In Florida Historic Virginia Key Beach is one of the local attractions that’s part...
    LIL Wayne is reportedly expected to be pardoned by Donald Trump today along with as many as 100 others, including rapper Kodak Black. The outgoing president may pardon several people on Tuesday during his last hours as Commander-in-Chief before leaving the White House the following morning. ⚠️ Read our Inauguration Day 2021 live blog for the very latest news and updates on Joe Biden's swearing-in 3Lil Wayne may be pardoned on TuesdayCredit: AP:Associated Press According to Fox News, sources close to the president claim an announcement on the batch of pardons would likely be made today. The outlet reported that rapper Lil Wayne is expected to be on the list. Lil Wayne pleaded guilty last month to possessing a loaded, gold-plated handgun when his chartered jet landed in Miami in December 2019. He faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison at a January 28 hearing in Miami. 3Kodak Black is also in the runnings to be parodned todayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Lil Wayne appeared to support Trump during last year’s presidential campaign when he tweeted a photo of himself...
    Despite repeated assurances that corrections officials have made progress in controlling spread of the coronavirus, California prisons are in the midst of a deadly surge. At least 46 inmates have died from COVID-19 since Dec. 25, along with two staff members. They include one of America’s most prolific serial killers, Samuel Little, and Officer George Solis, a husband and father of two who died on Christmas Day. “The prison system is not doing their part to keep them safe,” said Terressa Johnson, whose sister is an inmate at the women’s facility in Chowchilla, where there are more than 300 active cases. “In the last six months, it’s gotten worse.” More than 160 people have died in the prison system from causes attributed to COVID-19, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with nearly 44,000 infected. Since a crackdown on staff safety protocols in recent weeks, active infections have fallen by about half compared to a highpoint in December, when coronavirus cases topped more than 10,000. Still, the prison system has a rate of confirmed cases of 461 per...
    Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott take their kids out to Starbucks Retirement Planning at Midlife: 6 Tips for a Secure Future Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the public shouldnt judge one of his players for breaking COVID-19 rules to host a NYE party, as many have done the same © Reuters/Phil Noble Benjamin Mendy, Pep Guardiola. Reuters/Phil Noble Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has defended defender Benjamin Mendy for breaking COVID-19 rules to host a New Year's Eve party. The Spaniard added that the public should not judge Mendy because many others would have "done the same." "Of course it was not correct what he has done, but don't judge him too much," he said. "Maybe many people have done the same. It's easy to judge others." Mendy hosted a party attended by himself, three other members of his household, and three people who do not live with him, directly breaking local rules. City has opened an internal investigation into the incident. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the public...
    Benjamin Mendy, Pep Guardiola. Reuters/Phil Noble Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has defended defender Benjamin Mendy for breaking COVID-19 rules to host a New Year's Eve party. The Spaniard added that the public should not judge Mendy because many others would have "done the same." "Of course it was not correct what he has done, but don't judge him too much," he said. "Maybe many people have done the same. It's easy to judge others." City has opened an internal investigation into the incident. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the public should not judge one of his players who broke COVID-19 rules to host a New Year's Eve party because many people have "done the same." According to The Sun, French defender Benjamin Mendy hosted a small party with his girlfriend, niece, and nephew — all of whom live with him — as well as two friends and a chef at his Cheshire home on December 31. By inviting the friends, Mendy directly contravened local rules which prevent people from...
    Reuters December 26, 2020 0 Comments All many people want for Christmas this year is a simple hug, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth said in her annual festive message, saying it would be hard for those who lost loved ones to COVID-19 pandemic or were separated by curbs on social mixing. In her traditional pre-recorded Christmas Day address to the nation, the 94-year-old monarch repeatedly spoke of hope for the future whilst acknowledging millions of Britons would be unable to have their usual family celebrations this year. “Of course for many, this time of year will be tinged with sadness; some mourning the loss of those dear to them, and others missing friends and family members distanced for safety when all they really want for Christmas is a simple hug or a squeeze of the hand,” Elizabeth said. “If you are among them, you are not alone. And let me assure you of my thoughts and prayers.” The queen herself has had to eschew her traditional Christmas celebrations, and is spending the festive season quietly at Windsor Castle with her husband...
    Over the years, Switzerland’s Roger Federer has enthralled us with top-quality tennis. Back in the early 2000s, when he was first noted, he brought something different on the court. In his decorated career so far, the Swiss was the first man to win 20 majors. It’s astonishing to see a 39-year-old still looking to add to his tally. Federer called an end to his season this year after losing to Novak Djokovic during the Australian Open 2020. In a coinciding turn of events, tennis also came to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. Things all over the world got disrupted to a great extent. The entire world went into a lockdown due to the effects of the virus. The World Health Organization even termed this outbreak as a ‘pandemic’.  MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 30: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks past Roger Federer of Switzerland during change of ends in their Men’s Singles Semifinal match on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Roger Federer:...
    Dil Raju is one of the most popular producers of Telugu Cinema. He is the founder of the production house Sri Venkateswara Creations that was established 2003. The ace film producer has bankrolled some of the hit films of the leading actors and directors of Tollywood. Some of the popular projects include Dil, Arya, Bhadra, Bommarillu, Duvvada Jagannadham, Fidaa, among others. Dil Raju has turned 50 today and for this golden jubilee celebration Prabhas, Ram Charan, Vijay Deverakonda, Pooja Hegde, Pawan Kalyan and many other popular celebrities were seen in attendance. Tollywood Producer Dil Raju Ties The Knot Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Wedding Pics Go Viral. Dil Raju’s 50th birthday celebration was hosted at the producer’s residence itself, reports Telugu360. There are pictures of the guests doing rounds on social media in which one can see them posing for the shutterbugs against a lush green backdrop that has DR50 lighting on it. The midnight celebration was indeed a star studded affair and one just cannot afford to miss the pictures of the celebs who looked all chic for the bash....
    DENVER (CBS4) — On Friday, Gov. Jared Polis talked about how the coronavirus vaccine will be distributed in Colorado and said officials are working to make sure not a single vaccine will go to waste in our state. (credit: CBS) “The first batch that we are getting, we’ll have 46,800 of the Pfizer doses. And then, we believe, the first Moderna shipment, hopefully within a week or two after that, we’ll have 95,600 doses,” said Gov. Polis. Colorado officials are hopeful the state can get through the first phase of vaccinations this winter, and vaccinate the general population by the end of summer 2021 — but say it is dependent on steady shipments of vaccines from the federal government. “One of our priorities in this is to ensure that not a single dose goes to waste,” Polis said. Polis said facilities that receive the vaccine must administer it within 72 hours or the state will send it somewhere else. “It should never go to anybody to sit there, and it also, of course you know, expires. So we want to...
    The controversial ban on outdoor restaurant dining, part of an effort to break the back of California’s coronavirus surge, has clearly touched a nerve. Lawsuits have been filed seeking to overturn it in Los Angeles County. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri urged an end to the ban, tweeting, “We gotta keep Flavortown open for biz!” An L.A. County judge issued a rebuke of how the county issued its order. Restaurants have argued that public health officials have not provided evidence that outdoor dining spreads COVID-19 significantly and that they have taken precautions to make eating outdoors safe. They say they are being treated unfairly, especially considering that shopping mall remain open as well as many indoor businesses. Even top federal health officials have dueling points of view. The assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Adm. Brett Giroir, said on Fox News that “I don’t know of any data that says you need to shut down outdoor dining.” L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant said county public health officials must conduct a...
    Before Carol Broxton was able to inspire others, she needed a breakthrough that could put her on the right track. This is how the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship gave her a little big push that got her from student to mentor. There is no recipe for success. On the way to achieving your goals, there will be different paths to take, different advice to follow and many distractions that will try to derail you. But there are some stepping stones to getting where you want to go that will help you on your own chosen path. Take it from Carol Broxton. “Dream big, work hard, have discipline, don’t be distracted by others. You have to be determined. Write down what you want. That is something I did. Write it down. Believe in yourself.” Carol graduated from Florida A&M University in 2010 with a Pharmacy degree. She was one of the thousands of students that benefited from the Bright Futures Scholarship, a program created by the Florida Legislature, and primarily funded by the Florida Lottery, to assist students in pursuing post-secondary...
    (CNN)As baseball legend has it, in 1950, 13-year-old Kathryn "Tubby" Johnston asked her mother to cut her hair so she could don the uniform of the King's Dairy Little League team and play ball. After playing several games as a boy, by mid-season she let her coach and teammates know about her secret, but her prowess kept her safe at first base despite the jeers from opposing players and their parents. Amy BassJohnston came to mind when I saw the Miami Marlins tweet announcing "OUR gm," accompanied by a change to the team's profile picture: a close-up shot of Kim Ng, the team's newly announced general manager -- the first woman to take such a position in Major League Baseball. There were, of course, a handful of the usual garbage responses that often permeate Twitter when the subject is women and...most anything. But the overwhelming majority greeted the news with a sense of celebration and a resounding chorus of "It's about time!" that positions Ng as a long overdue pathbreaker, a baseball lifer who has worked as an executive...
    It took less than a half hour after the presidential election was called for President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday before Krish O’Mara Vignarajah tweeted her thoughts on what she expected from the incoming administration. “We will, day-in and day-out, hold the Biden administration accountable to its promises to immigrants, refugees, DREAMers, and the American people,” she wrote. “And together, we can and we will build a fair and humane immigration system that reflects our better angels.” As the president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Vignarajah was one of several immigrant rights leaders who decried President Donald Trump’s decision last month to cut the annual refugee limit to 15,000, the lowest ceiling in the history of the 40-year-old resettlement program — down from 30,000 in 2019 and 45,000 in 2018. The refugee limit was the latest in a four-year string of hard-line actions by the Trump administration to curb legal and unauthorized immigration to the United States, one of the areas where Trump has had more successes than failures in delivering on his campaign promises. With the election...
    The Halloween spirit is alive and well in Pet Midler. Not only did the actor create one of the greatest Halloween films of all time, Focus Focus, But every year, he hosts a Halloween party. Dubbing Hulawin, The event attracts a circle of her star-studded friends for a party that requires costumes. What to do this year, when the trick or treat was basically canceled and meetings of big people were a scary thought? Provide his Hulawine benefit of supporting the New York Reconstruction Project – an organization dedicated to creating lush spaces in unnoticed areas of the city – almost. Instead of a ghost and goblin-filled costume party in New York, this year Hulawine is a perfect cinematic product streamed around the world. Directed by Sean Palmer, the hour-long show turned out to be a documentary-style hunt for those three sister witches. Focus Focus. In the film, they rise from the dead before good and evil prevail, and they disappear again. The Wicked Trio is made up of Winifred Sanderson (played by a cupid-in-the-lipstick-Midler), Sarah Sanderson (played by wild-eyed...
    Bellator MMA decides to part ways with 28 fighters and three retire. It’s not just the UFC that makes massive sweeping roster cuts. On the day before Bellator 250, headlined by a mega-fight between Gegard Mousasi and Douglas Lima, it was revealed that Bellator had cut 28 fighters. Vinicius Zani, Joe Warren, Manny Vazquez, Adil Benjilany, Adel Altamim, Mihail Nica, Jeremiah Labiano, Chris Lencioni, Salim Mukhidinov, Richard Kiely, Ion Pascu, Tuko Tokkoa, Mateusz Piskorz, Kristina Williams, and Hatice Ozyurt. Related Story: 10 Biggest free-agent signings in Bellator history
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Slow down Patrick Mahomes and potentially park closer to the training facility. It’s as good of an incentive as any. It certainly worked out well last week when Denver coach Vic Fangio offered up his prime parking place at Broncos headquarters for a job well done. There may be a specific code to solving Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs’ high-powered offense. But good luck guessing it. “You’ve seen the scores — nobody has broken that code yet,” said Fangio, whose team hosts the Chiefs (5-1) on Sunday. So many weapons. So many wrinkles. So many things to defend. There’s now an added element with wily rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and more company arriving in the backfield with two-time All-Pro Le’Veon Bell. Don’t forget about tight end Travis Kelce or speedy receiver Tyreek Hill, either. The defending Super Bowl champs require intense concentration by the defense each and every snap. “They’re really a top-level offense. Everybody knows that,” Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell said. “It really makes us focus. We’ve got to be really...
    Even though Save Our Stages and the RESTART Act, efforts to provide emergency federal aid to entertainment venues, were introduced over the summer, they still haven’t passed. With many venues closing across the country and others in dire straits because of the pandemic, David Weingarden, vice president of concerts and events for Z2 Entertainment, teamed up with five other talent buyers nationwide to create a festival to support the National Independent Venues Association’s Save Our Stages advocacy and relief efforts for members of the independent music, comedy and arts community. “We needed to put something together, just seeing how things were going with Congress,” Weingarden says. “We all sort of needed to band together.” In the works for the past few months, Save Our Stages Fest (#SOSFEST) starts Friday, October 16, and runs through Sunday, October 18. The virtual festival, hosted by Reggie Watts, includes performances from 35 artists recorded live from more than 25 of the most storied independent concert venues across the United States. The Lumineers and Nathaniel Rateliff will perform from the Boulder Theater, which Z2 operates. Related Stories Foo...
    CNN’s Wolf Blitzer spoke with Dr. Sanjay Gupta Friday about failures in the U.S. covid response and the issue of mask-wearing in particular. Blitzer noted the number of covid cases in the U.S. has reached 7 million and asked if “it’s possible for the country to get back on track any time soon.” “I’m always an optimist, Wolf, but we’re clearly going in the wrong direction right now,” Gupta said. “We’re probably dramatically undercounting the number of people who are actually infected out there… I’m worried going into the fall, I hate to be the person that says that over and over again, but I think it’s important to point out that when people start to be indoors more, the weather is getting cooler, people are becoming more mobile, going back to schools, those are all things that were already going to increase the likelihood of the numbers going up.” Blitzer brought up one model estimating how many Americans could die between now and January, noting many “would be saved if simply everyone wore a mask.” “How many more...
    The average American has experienced 560 moments of worry about their immune health since the start of COVID-19, according to new research. The study of 2,000 Americans asked respondents how their mindsets and anxiety have changed since the beginning of COVID-19. Results found the average person was struck with worry four times a day ‒ that’s 112 times in a month. SWNS In fact, two-thirds of respondents admitted their immune health has been a “constant” source of concern since the rise of COVID-19. Four in five of the adults polled revealed the onset of COVID-19 has caused them to rethink their health priorities completely. Sixty-three percent are aiming to better incorporate fruits and vegetables into their diets while 57 percent want to exercise more. This was a significant shift, given that three in 10 could not correctly identify the function of the immune system, a key factor in one’s overall health, before the pandemic. The immune system protects the body from germs and cell changes that could result in illness. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of MitoQ, found...
    The average American has experienced 560 moments of worry about their immune health since the start of COVID-19, according to new research. The study of 2,000 Americans asked respondents how their mindsets and anxiety have changed since the beginning of COVID-19. Results found the average person was struck with worry four times a day ‒ that’s 112 times in a month. SWNS In fact, two-thirds of respondents admitted their immune health has been a “constant” source of concern since the rise of COVID-19. Four in five of the adults polled revealed the onset of COVID-19 has caused them to rethink their health priorities completely. Sixty-three percent are aiming to better incorporate fruits and vegetables into their diets while 57 percent want to exercise more. This was a significant shift, given that three in 10 could not correctly identify the function of the immune system, a key factor in one’s overall health, before the pandemic. The immune system protects the body from germs and cell changes that could result in illness. The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of MitoQ, found...
    The Raiders first acquisition in their hope to upgrade from 7-9 was the signing of Nick Kwiatkoski. He was signed before anyone else, the target of coach Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock to be the signal-calling extension of defensive coordinator Paul Guenther on the field for a unit that’s lacked cohesion, communication, speed and most everything else for several years. Which came as a surprise to Kwiatoski, who went from developmental player to a free agent target in four seasons with the Chicago Bears. “Initially going into free agency before everything picked up, I really had no idea what was going to happen,” Kwiatkoski said Monday during a zoom conference call. “I was just kind of playing it by ear. Then the Raiders reached out so early and the way they did, I just knew it was something where I knew I was wanted. It was a no-brainer for me.” The Raiders were serious, committing three years and $21 million with $13.75 million guaranteed, all for a 6-foot-2, 243-pound linebacker with 22 starts in 57 games in four seasons. They...
    IDYLLWILD, Calif. (KABC) -- Over the past five months, several people have gone missing after being last seen in the mountain communities near Idyllwild but the individuals have no obvious connection to each other.It's been one month since 73-year-old Rosario Garcia went missing after driving away from her Hemet home."Nobody has seen her, we've made so many fliers. We have updated the fliers so that way people know we are still looking for her," said Garcia's daughter, Margarita Zavala.Two days after Garcia went missing, her silver Nissan Altima was discovered stuck on a rock along the Sawmill trailhead near Idyllwild. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department conducted a search of the area but no other traces of her have been found.Zavala said her mother suffers from dementia and doesn't believe her mother drove her car to that location. She added that her mother was on her way to visit a relative on the day she went missing.Zavala's worry only grew more after learning her mother is not the only one who's gone missing in the mountain community since March."There are too...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of the suspects in mass attacks in the U.S. last year had experienced stressful situations, like losing their job, or had struggled with substance abuse or mental health issues, according to a Secret Service report released Thursday. The cases highlight the importance for law enforcement that people report suspicious or concerning behavior to head off potential attacks, officials said. The report, compiled by the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, examined 34 attacks that killed or injured three or more people in 2019. A total of 108 people were killed and 178 were hurt. Investigators found that nearly half of the suspects who had used guns had possessed them illegally, and about two-thirds of the people accused of committing the mass attacks had exhibited behavior that was concerning to others. About one-third of the attacks were motivated by some type of grievance, the agency said. “In these cases, the attackers were retaliating for perceived wrongs related to personal issues, issues in their workplaces, or domestic situations,” said Steven Driscoll, one of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of the suspects in mass attacks in the U.S. last year had experienced stressful situations, like losing their job, or had struggled with substance abuse or mental health issues, according to a Secret Service report released Thursday. The cases highlight the importance for law enforcement that people report suspicious or concerning behavior to head off potential attacks, officials said. The report, compiled by the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, examined 34 attacks that killed or injured three or more people in 2019. A total of 108 people were killed and 178 were hurt. Investigators found that nearly half of the suspects who had used guns had possessed them illegally, and about two-thirds of the people accused of committing the mass attacks had exhibited behavior that was concerning to others. About one-third of the attacks were motivated by some type of grievance, the agency said. “In these cases, the attackers were retaliating for perceived wrongs related to personal issues, issues in their workplaces, or domestic situations,” said Steven Driscoll, one of...
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