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    New York Attorney General Letitia James has slammed Governor Kathy Hochul over her alleged failure to address the rising COVID-19 rates in the state. James, who announced her bid for governor just three weeks ago, argues that with rising cases rates in upstate New York, state leadership needs to 'take immediate action to bring the infection rates under control and help stop future surges before they happen'. 'State government is failing to act to address the COVID crisis in some of the most vulnerable communities in New York state - this past week, the 7-day average percentage of positive test results increased from 8.87 percent to 9.48 percent in Western NY. Rates are also above 8 percent in the Finger Lakes,' she said. The attorney general said it was 'troubling' that despite vaccine accessibility, some regions in New York are currently reporting hospitalization rates that exceed numbers from last year.  James said the government needs to take action: 'It is time to act now to save lives. Anything short of bold action is unacceptable.' New York Attorney General Letitia James (pictured) has slammed...
    Women have long assured their lovers that size doesn’t matter. Yet this week, scientists ruled that a specific number of inches are key to sexual satisfaction — just not in the way you think. A study found that wearing a pair of two-inch heels can boost a woman’s love life by helping to tone her pelvic floor. Researchers said that shoes of this height tilt the pelvis just enough to make the muscles in the area contract, keeping them in such good shape that it may lead to more powerful contractions during orgasm. But could your stilettos help lift more than just your love life? For, although we’ve long complained about their being uncomfortable, there are scientifically proved benefits to wearing heels — not to mention social ones. From good posture to getting a promotion, TANITH CAREY looks at how heels could improve your life . . . inch by inch. ONE INCH HEELS... FOR PERFECT POSTURE If you want to hold your head high, a shoe of just under one inch high may help — as The Crown star...
    In the waning days of summer 2016, I received a call from Tom Petty’s office. They were in the early stages of planning an expanded edition of Wildflowers, his 1994 multi-platinum album—a career high point, even for an artist of Petty’s pedigree—and wanted to know if I would be willing to fly to Malibu to interview the legend about the period. The album hadn’t come together, but there were lots of amazing archival photos and even unseen footage from the recording sessions. A documentary about the making of the album was definitely in the cards. Obviously, that interview never happened. Not long after that initial call, I heard that a new plan was in place. Petty would be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year ahead of the 2017 Grammy Awards, and a 40th anniversary tour, celebrating the Heartbreakers, Petty’s remarkable band throughout his long and illustrious career, would follow. Once that was complete, I was told Petty would be turning his sights to the expanded Wildflowers, and a tour, probably multiple nights at small theaters in major markets,...
    THE tallest woman alive towers over a Guinness World Records official who has to stand on a chair to confirm her 7ft 0.7in height. Rumeysa Gelgi, 24, said she hopes to use her lofty status to inspire others to accept themselves. 4The tallest woman alive stands at an incredible 7ft 0.7in, while Guinness World Records official has to stand on a chair to confirm her heightCredit: (C) 2021 Guinness World Records Limited 4Turkish Rumeysa Gelgi, 24, hopes to inspire others to accept themselvesCredit: (C) 2021 Guinness World Records Limited Her height is the result of a condition called Weaver syndrome, which causes accelerated growth. She mostly uses a wheelchair although she can walk with the help of a walking frame. Rumeysa, from Turkey, said: “Every disadvantage can be turned into an advantage for yourself so accept yourself for who you are, be aware of your potential and do your best.” It is her second world record after being named tallest teenager alive in 2014. Craig Glenday, editor in chief at Guinness World Records, said: "The category of tallest...
    BRITTANY Murphy's life and death will be explored during a two-night event called What Happened, Brittany Murphy? which will air October 14, 2021, on HBO Max. However, the late actress, who was just 32 years old when she died, is one of many celebs who have passed away due to drug overdoses at the prime of their careers. BRITTANY MURPHY 13Credit: Getty Brittany shot to fame as fresh-faced teenager Tia in the cult classic 90s movie Clueless. Brittany was found dead at her home in Los Angeles on December 20, 2009. The Los Angeles Coroner ruled her death was due to pneumonia, anemia, and drug intoxication due to prescription pills. In the new documentary, make-up artist Trista Jordan – who worked with Brittany on her last film, 2009's Something Wicked – reflected on the actress' concerning appearance in her final months. Trista said: "Her eyes were so sunken, and she just seemed so sad." Brittany's mother Sharon Murphy and late husband Simon Monjack confirmed on Larry King Live that the actress' final words were: “I’m dying. I’m going to die. Mommy, I love you.”...
    The 2021 Arnold Sports Festival, one of the more prestigious bodybuilding competitions in the world, is underway this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Established in 1989 and named after Arnold Schwarzenegger, the event was slated to go off in March but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before playing host at the competition on Saturday, the event's namesake enjoyed a quiet and funny moment with former NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal that grabbed the attention of two of Schwarzenegger's sons. Hilarious: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 74, joked about Shaquille O'Neal, 49, towering over him in a photo taken at the 2021 Arnold Sports Festival competition in Columbus, Ohio After sharing greetings, Schwarzenegger, 74, had a photo taken alongside Shaq, and the obvious height difference didn't get past the Terminator. 'Great to see my friend @shaq in Columbus, although I don't know why he always insists on standing on a 2 foot box when he's with me,' the former California governor and bodybuilding champion joked. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrates son Patrick's 28th birthday... Arnold...
    Vlad Tenev, CEO and Co-Founder of Robinhood, in his office on July 15, 2021 in Menlo Park, California.Kimberly White | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Robinhood executives had a lot to talk about the week Reddit users were driving a historic short squeeze in GameStop. New documents in a lawsuit allegedly show internal conversations between executives panicking over how to meet financial requirements, debating the severity of a Reddit-driven short squeeze and contradicting the CEO's public statements. Plaintiffs in the claim, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida, allege they suffered damages when Robinhood enacted trading restrictions on Jan. 28 amid volatile activity in GameStop and other meme stocks. They are suing for damages, interest and attorneys' fees. Plaintiffs are also seeking class action status.VIDEO3:0203:02Robinhood's internal messages unveiled from January 28TechCheck"As a brokerage firm, we have many financial requirements, including SEC net capital obligations and clearinghouse deposits," the brokerage said in a Jan. 28 blog post addressing the trading restrictions. "Some of these requirements fluctuate based on volatility in the markets and...
    GONE at last! Thank God, bungling Education “supremo” Gavin Williamson is gone at last. For millions of mums and dads whose children’s schooling has been blighted by his cackhanded mismanagement, Williamson’s sacking was the highlight of BoJo’s reshuffle. 1Karate black belt Dominic Raab went in kung fu fighting to save his job but emerged bruised by Boris Johnson and demoted to Justice Secretary It eclipses even the titanic struggle between the PM and doomed Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Karate black belt Raab went in kung fu fighting to save his job but emerged bruised and demoted to Justice Secretary. It is a role that might actually suit his rather plodding skill set. Raab reportedly threw a “hissy fit” as he argued with the PM in his Commons suite for more than an hour. It was grossly unfair to ditch him after all he had done for Boris, he insisted. But his baton as Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, one of the top three offices of State, was passed to rising star Liz Truss as part of this diversity reshuffle. Ms Truss...
    Truth be told is one of the Apple TV series + it has the honor of being one of the platform’s flagships. But beyond that, it is one of the first television stories to analyze in depth the issue of contemporary morality. In its first season, Truth be told analyzed the implications of good and evil in our culture obsessed with communication. In the second, already available on Apple TV +, he dares to go further and reflect on what we believe to be real and fair. The combination is of enormous intelligence. Especially when it must stand on what seemed like a simple premise. Once again, podcaster Poppy Parnell (Olivia Spencer) returns to be the center of a story in which her research skills are everything. Unlike other series of the genre, the use of a relatively recent resource to understand the current view on critical issues is not effective. On its return, the series reflects once again on the possibility that a single voice is capable of being powerful. So much as to highlight the need...
    Beñat San José, Mazatlán FC coach, spoke about the match of day 3 of the Apertura 2021 of the MX League where they will face the Rayados de Monterrey led by Javier Aguirre, ensuring that La Pandilla has such a good squad that it is at the level of some European clubs. In a press conference, Beñat San José went further and assured that there are even teams that Rayados surpasses in terms of football level, also recognizing Javier Aguirre as a great coach who is highly respected in Spain. Also read: Yanet García takes off her blouse and poses as daring in a spicy photo “It is very similar to European clubs, even in better condition than some. They have a great team, complete in all its lines, diverse options and quite important individualities that can unbalance,” he said. Beñat San José compared @Rayados with European clubs. “They are very similar to European clubs, even in better condition than some. They have a great team, complete in all its lines, diverse options and quite important individualities that...
    Present, past still valid and future met at the female artistic gymnastics floor final Absent the top favorite before starting these Games, Simone Biles, the competition became more attractive and had almost all the elements that enrich a final. The only gymnast who could overshadow her, her partner Jade Carey, won. that the day before he had succumbed in the jump because he could not perform the first of his two elements when he was already flying through the air. Carey, who is coached by her father, had qualified for these Games through the World Cup, where she was the best both in jumping and on the ground. In this last device dominates an element that takes Biles’s famous triple-double a step further, a double backflip with triple twist. If Simone hits it with her body bunched up, Carey does it stretched out. Her value on the female code of punctuation is a K, a grade never achieved in gymnastics. The American, 20 I didn’t need to do it in the final to get the gold. I opted to...
    After a 2020 in which American Airlines saw billions in losses, the company has gone from losing $100million a day at the worst of the pandemic to making $1million a day, according to a quarterly investor update on Tuesday.  Still, the nation's largest airline is projecting a $1.3billion operating loss for the entire second quarter period.  'While that is certainly a large loss, it is our smallest such loss since the start of the pandemic,' Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said. In 2020, the company saw a total operating loss of $10.4billion for the year. Overall, however, the company expects to break roughly even thanks to $1.4billion in federal pandemic aid.  The aid does not count towards American's newly regained profits.  News of the turnaround saw shares of American, which have jumped nearly 27% in 2021, rise 2% to $20.43 in extended trade.  American Airlines' turnaround comes as people are returning to the skies, with the airline reporting 44million passengers for its second quarter. Travelers are seen lining up at O'Hare airport in Chicago on July 2  RELATED ARTICLES ...
    A 5ft 4in teacher and her 3ft 7in husband have won the Guinness World Record for the couple with the biggest height difference.  James Lusted, 33, and wife Chloe, 27, who live in Wales, are standing tall in the record books because of their 1ft 10in height difference.    Guinness World Records has revealed the couple have the greatest height differential of a married couple in the different sexes/taller woman category. Pantomime actor TV presenter James, who has a rare type of dwarfism known as Diastrophic Dysplasia, met Chloe through mutual friends at a local pub. James Lusted, 33, and wife Chloe, 27, (pictured) who live in Wales, have the greatest height difference of any married couple according to Guinness World Records James who has a rare type of dwarfism known as Diastrophic Dysplasia, is 3ft 7in, meanwhile his wife is 5ft 4in. Pictured: Couple at their wedding  James admits that he doubted whether he would ever get married while growing up and longed to be the same as everyone else. Pictured: James and Chloe James and Chloe were married in...
    Lynn-Manuel Miranda is the director of a song that was written 20 years ago by converting it to the big screen Crazy rich Asians While Hollywood is finally opening up more for those who don’t hear more voices, in his view it offers a work more than ever. John M. Interview with Sue. On June 4, 2021 at 6:28 p.m. Updated at 7:14 p.m. Mark-Andre LucierPress John M. Sue had never heard of Lin-Manuel Miranda before. In 2007, while filming his first film in Baltimore, Step 2: Streets, One of the choreographers he worked with will be part of the original castIn height On Broadway. At the invitation of the latter, thank you for breaking one of the glass roofs in Hollywood Crazy rich Asians Went to see the show. Then nothing was the same. During a recent video conference interview I gave, the filmmaker said, “I was impressed by what I saw.” Press. Although I run a restaurant in a Chinese family in Northern California, I understood it...
    Kathryn Hahn told Insider she had to wear a cooling suit underneath her Agatha Harkness costume. Disney Platform Distribution Kathryn Hahn told Insider that she had to wear a cooling suit underneath her "WandaVision" costume. Hahn said that they were shooting scenes while the California wildfires took place. She said she would not have been able to shoot in her Agatha costume if it weren't for the suit. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Donning the witchy outfit for the first time was "a beautiful moment," Kathryn Hahn, who played Agatha Harkness in "WandaVision," told Insider. Although the costume looked great, it did have its downfalls. Hahn, who was speaking to Insider about her new partnership with cleaning brand 9 Elements, told Insider she was forced to wear a cooling suit underneath the many layers of Agatha's costume. This was "imperative" in order to film her scenes for "WandaVision" as they were shooting "at the height of the highest temperatures" while the California wildfires were taking place. "It was very hot. So I had to wear a...
    Aides to then-President Donald Trump secretly had their hair cut by two women who worked in a ‘black market barber shop’ inside a bathroom next to the White House in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been reported. The White House aides would book appointments with a pair of Asian-American haircutters who set up shop in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, according to the New York Post. One of the women cut hair while the other handled snacks and payment, which could total up to $70 - tip included. The ‘speakeasy’ was the only way aides could get their hair cut in Washington, DC, which imposed a lockdown that closed all barber shops and other nonessential businesses as coronavirus infections began to proliferate nationwide. The Trump White House maintained a 'black market barber shop' in a small bathroom inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building right next to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, according to a report Debbie Meadows (seen right with her husband, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in August 2020) recommended two Asian-American...
    Duque de Caxias Street, 158. Sao Paulo. It is early morning. With a door-breaking ram and assault rifles, shock troops try to force their way into a tightly packed room. Inside, a Clandestine party while Brazil lives overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. After several attempts, a burly agent gets slam open a hole in the rolling door of the business where his colleagues from the Garra group enter, the elite body of the Sao Paulo Civil Police that fights robberies and assaults. It seems like a spectacular operation against organized crime, but it is one of the many interventions that have been carried out for a month to put an end to the nights of partying of dozens, and sometimes even hundreds, of young people crowded together and oblivious to the health drama. “Police! Police!” They exclaim as they enter the Babel Lounge Club, where “all mouths meet”, according to one of the advertising brochures. Inside, fifty people are sitting on the floor in silence. The party is over. The light from the officers’ flashlights illuminates the now downcast...
    The number of people being taken into custody per day on the southern border has surpassed the number that Border Patrol agents saw at the height of the 2019 crisis during the Trump administration. Approximately 6,000 adults and children were apprehended by agents across the 1,950-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, a senior official said during a call with reporters Friday. During the busiest months of the 2019 surge, agents were seeing 4,500 people per day. The official said agents took an average of 5,000 people into custody each day over the past month, which over 30 days would equate to 150,000 people detected after illegally crossing the southern border. In February, agents saw more than 97,000 people come across the international boundary between land ports of entry where pedestrians and vehicles are supposed to come through. This is a developing story. News Border Crisis Border Patrol Biden Administration Joe Biden White House Law Enforcement Immigration Migrants
    A South Carolina model became one of Sports Illustrated's newest swimsuit models just months after she worked in a Queens medical facility as a registered nurse at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.  Maggie Rawlins, 28, answered the call for nurses in New York City at the end of March 2020 after a brief stint on the West Coast. 'I was working in LA, and I booked a flight back [to South Carolina] thinking it would be a month or so,' Rawlins, who has modeled for lingerie brand Intimissimi and secured the October cover of Elle Croatia, told the New York Post. Maggie Rawlins, 28, was tapped in December by Sports Illustrated
    Michelle Obama has opened up on the 'low-grade depression' she suffered at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown last year and how isolating with her family had given back some 'stolen moments' with her two daughters. In a wide-ranging interview with People, the former First Lady opened up on her pandemic year and the mental health struggles that came with it.  The 57-year-old said she suffered from 'low-grade depression', which she said was heightened by George Floyd's death in May last year.   'That was during a time when a lot of hard stuff was going on,' she said.  'We had the continued killing of black men at the hands of police. Just seeing the video of George Floyd, experiencing that eight minutes.  Michelle Obama opened up on the 'low-grade depression' she suffered at the height of the COVID-19 lockdown last year and how isolating with her family had given back some 'stolen moments' with her two daughters 'That's a lot to take on, not to mention being in the middle of a quarantine.  'Depression is understandable during these times....
    New York politicians on both sides of the aisle are speaking out against Governor Andrew Cuomo after he was accused of sexual harassment by a second former aide.    That aide, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett, came out on Saturday and said Cuomo told her he was open to dating women in their 20s and asked her questions about her personal life in June, at the height of the state's COVID-19 crisis. It comes after Lindsey Boylan, 36, claimed he asked her to play strip poker and kissed her on the lips without her permission when she worked for him in 2017. Cuomo, 63, said he 'never intended to act in any way that was inappropriate' with Bennett and his press secretary said Boylan's claims were 'false'. On Friday, the governor promised a review of the allegations by former federal judge Barbara Jones - who was appointed by Bill Clinton.   But prominent Democrats including state Sen Alessandra Biaggi, Lt Gov. Kathy Hochul and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie turned their backs on Cuomo and called for a 'truly independent probe'.  '@NYGovCuomo, you are a monster, and it is time...
    Nail 60 people cut this Saturday the AP-7 road at the height of the municipality of Sant Gregori (Girona), at kilometer 59.5 north. Sources from the Mossos d’Esquadra have explained that at 7.17 hours the police force has received the notice that several dozen people were on the road. In a preventive way, the Mossos have closed circulation heading south and make detours. The concentration has been called by La Forja – Gironès and SEPC Comarques Gironines, two pro-independence student unions and it is to protest the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel. “We have taken action”, the main banner of the protest has written. From the social networks of the unions themselves they assure that the concentration is “to defend the amnesty for all dams and political exiles. And independence as the only way! “
    A first-time mom who lives on a remote Alaskan island has opened up about how she had to quarantine nearly 800 miles away from her home for 10 weeks to give birth to twin daughters as the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cara Lestenkof-Mandregan, 27, and her boyfriend, John Melovidov, are from St. Paul Island, which is located off the coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea. She told Good Morning America that the village's 400 or so residents have to take a three-hour flight to Anchorage for specialized medical treatment.    The healthcare aide, who works at the island's only medical center, found out she was pregnant in 2019. She thought she would only have to fly to the mainland a few times before giving birth — but then she learned she was having twins.   Isolated: Cara Lestenkof-Mandregan, 27, and her boyfriend, John Melovidov, quarantined in Anchorage, Alaska, for 10 weeks before welcoming their twin daughters during the pandemic   Far away: Lestenkof-Mandregan is from St. Paul Island, which is located off the coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea, nearly 800...
    The 34th African Union summit took place via videoconference. It is a personal success for Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi who will succeed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. MEven if, due to a pandemic, the 34th summit of the African Union took place in the form of a videoconference, it nonetheless remains a personal success for Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi who will succeed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa . Arrived in Adis Ababa after a trip to Egypt punctuated by pharaonic projects, such as the construction of a new city off the overcrowded Kinshasa, the Congolese president was accompanied by a delegation of several hundred people who celebrated this return from the DRC on the African and international scene, 50 years after the presidency exercised in 1968 by President Mobutu Sese Seko.
    THE US military planned turning a 2,000mph nuclear bomber into a supersonic rival for Concorde, newly-released documents reveal. At the height of the Cold War, the US Air Force developed the XB-70 to be the largest and fastest jet ever to take to the skies. 4The XB-70 was meant to be the largest and fastest bomber ever madeCredit: U.S AIR FORCE The superfast war machine - known as the Valkyrie - was aimed at striking fear into the hearts of Soviet leaders. However, its rocketing budget also terrified those controlling the purse strings within the Pentagon. The state-of-the-art bomber was eventually shot down in the 1960s - not by missiles, but by its soaring development costs. Each production bomber was projected to cost an estimated $24.5 million, or $237 million today. Desperate to save face, the Air Force and contractor North American Aviation came up with multiple alternate uses for the XB-70. They included everything from launching intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to NASA space capsules. However, one eye-catching proposal for the Valkyrie - which could fly at 72,000ft - would...
    Activists protest outside the Supreme Court on March 4, 2020, as it hears oral arguments regarding a Louisiana law about abortion access. Caroline Brehman/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The Supreme Court issued its first abortion-related ruling since Justice Amy Coney Barrett took the bench in the fall, and it’s a win for abortion foes. The justices ruled to reinstate a federal restriction on medication abortion, one that requires women pick up the medication in person; the regulation had been temporarily lifted in July to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus. The Supreme Court’s timing couldn’t really be worse: The United States is experiencing a new horrible peak in the pandemic right now, as the United States has begun to average 3,000 deaths per day due to the virus.  Now, people seeking medication abortion will once again have to go in-person to a health center to pick up the medication and sign a disclosure form. The order was brief and unsigned, with Justices...
    (CNN)Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington, DC, last summer found themselves facing a massive show of force: military helicopters hovering over the city, National Guard troops patrolling the streets and tear gas filling the air.When a mob of President Trump's supporters broke into the US Capitol on Wednesday, they were confronted by a far smaller police presence -- and by the end of the day, far fewer of the rioters ended up in custody.DC police arrested more than five times as many people at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer than they did during the day of insurrection at the Capitol, according to a CNN analysis of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) data. And many of those arrested amid this week's unrest were detained on less serious charges. The stark disparity in arrests came even though more DC officers were injured during the Capitol mayhem, which left five people dead, including a police officer.The District's police made 61 "unrest-related" arrests on Wednesday, compared with 316 on June 1, when protesters and rioters filled city streets a week...
    A MUM-of-two who was months away from death after downing three bottles of wine a day and vodka has shared her incredible 10-step journey to recovery.  Justine Whitchurch, 47, quit drinking seven years ago after seeing the impact it was having on herself and her family - admitting even her own dad didn’t recognise her.  10The mum reckons she spent most of her 30s 'medicated' due to alcohol Credit: @jusswhitchurch/Instagram The mum, from Australia, says she spent most of her 30s ‘medicated from alcohol 24/7’.  In the six months before she quit, Justine would down three bottles of wine a day, as well as vodka shots, if she wanted to go ‘undetected’.  She told Femail: “I dropped 14kg in six months, my liver reading was around 2500 (it should have been 42), my triglycerides were so high I was a major heart attack risk, my platelet count was so low I had bruises from head to toe and my hair was falling out. “It got to the point where my dad saw me for the first time in months and...
    Patrick Mahomes decided to both back and troll Tyreek Hill at the same time on Twitter. The Kansas City Chiefs are 12-1, and that means everyone is having fun. Players making jokes on Twitter is all part of the excitement of being a Chiefs fan. Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes provided fans with a good laugh Thursday after Hill sent out a tweet in reaction to what he perceived as a slight. soooo https://t.co/6txeVddwTw — Ty Hill (@cheetah) December 17, 2020 Patrick Mahomes trolls his teammate in supportFirst it was Anthony Hitchens who chimed in to remind Hill he did not fit the specifications of the tweet from NFLonCBS. You 6’0 brah ???????? https://t.co/NoQeRTWts1 — Anthony Hitchens (@AnthonyHitchens) December 17, 2020 That was funny enough. But leave it to Mahomes to offer up a comment that could be taken as both supportive and as a huge troll. That man 5’8 don’t lie to him https://t.co/rYHrTSlyBv — Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) December 17, 2020 Several sources show Hill listed at 5-foot-10. So why he thinks he is under 5-foot-9...
    Airbnb is aiming for a valuation of up to $34.8 billion in its initial public offering, in what would cap a stunning recovery of fortunes after the business was heavily damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. In a regulatory filing Tuesday, Airbnb set a target share price range of between $44 and $50 to sell 51.9 million shares, which would pull in up to $2.85 billion at the upper end of the range. At the top of Airbnb's target range, the IPO will give Airbnb a valuation of $34.8 billion, nearly double the $18 billion Airbnb was worth in an April private fundraising round and above the $31 billion in its last pre-COVID-19 private fundraising in 2017.  Investors have signaled that they expect vaccines to soon put an end to the pandemic, and anticipate a surge of travel as normal life resumes next year.  Of the shares being sold, Airbnb founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk will together sell nearly $100 million worth of shares in the IPO launch. Co-founder of Airbnb Joe Gebbia stands...
    Andrew Cleckley has been stripped of his license after the scandal in April A funeral director in Brooklyn has had his license suspended after dozens of decomposing bodies were found stored in U-Haul trucks outside his funeral home at the height of the COVID-19 crisis. The New York state health commissioner on Monday revoked the license and business registration of the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home and fined Cleckley himself $68,000 in civil penalties. In April, police responded to reports of a noxious odor and discovered two U-Haul box trucks filled with 30 to 40 bodies each, after Cleckley's funeral home reached capacity with more than 100 bodies inside. Cleckley, 41, says that the bodies in the trucks were the responsibility of other directors who were renting space from him, and that he was left out to dry by city and state officials who didn't do enough to help overwhelmed funeral homes.  'This was crazy. New York City, New York State did nothing to help us funeral directors,' he told the New York Times this week.  New York City police...
    More than a third of New York City firefighters and first responders with the FDNY likely caught coronavirus at the height of the pandemic's grip on the city, a new study reveals.  Scientists at New York University (NYU) assessed data on nearly every frontline worker at  the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and found that a large proportion had either tested positive or had had tell-tale symptoms of COVID-19.  Rates of infection among fire department first responders were about 15-times higher than coronavirus rates among the general population of the city - even when it was the global epicenter of the pandemic.  And COVID-19 may have pose a higher risk of turning deadly to firefighters, whose lungs are often already damaged by smoke damage.  FDNY firefighters and paramedics answered countless calls for coronavirus sufferers during the spring peak of the pandemic in New York City, and more than a third of them likely became infected themselves (file)  During more than two months of lockdowns in New York City, the usually bustling streets were eerily empty...
    A West Virginia registered nurse who traveled to New York City and Texas to treat coronavirus patients at the height of the pandemic and spoke at the RNC was arrested after allegedly shooting a woman during an argument.  Amy Thorn, 39, of Williamson, West Virginia, was arrested after she allegedly shot Jonda Whitt in the abdomen, while they argued Thursday at about 5pm, the Mingo Messenger reported.  Whitt was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Amy Thorn, 39, who spoke at the RNC (pictured), faces charges of malicious wounding after she allegedly shot another woman in the stomach during an argument Thursday evening RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Aeronautics professor, 75, with Parkinson's disease shoots... Dramatic moment cops arrest BLM gunman after 'he shot dead... Share this article Share Police told WCHS Whitt is doing well and recovering at the hospital.  A police investigation revealed that an unspecified argument broke out between the two women, which led to Thorn allegedly fearing for her safety and telling Whitt that she had a gun.  ...
    A giant man who stands 7ft 6ins tall and was bullied at school after growing to more than 6ft by the age of ten is now training to become the world's tallest cricketer. Mudassir Gujjar, 21, has already been picked up by his local cricket team the Lahore Qalandars and hopes to play on the world stage for Pakistan one day. The youngest of four siblings - three brothers and one sister - Mudassir was born to average height parents, father Hashim Mohammad and mother Parveen. Hashim is 5ft 6ins and Parveen is 5ft 3ins, and while they were happy with their son's height as a child - he stood tallest in the class - they sensed trouble when he reached 6ft before he left primary school. Mudassir Gujjar, 21, stands 7ft 6ins - well above his friends and family. By the age of 10, he was six foot, causing his parents to become concerned with his height Mudassir's father - Hashim Mohammad (left) is 5ft 6ins, while his mother Parveen (right) is 5ft 3ins. By the time he...
    President Donald Trump drove by cheering supporters in a motorcade on Sunday evening, waving from the back seat while wearing a black mask, and giving the crowd a thumbs-up. “We’re getting great reports from the doctors,” Trump said in an earlier video on Twitter TWTR, -1.24%  while standing, appearing upbeat. “This is an incredible hospital, Walter Reed. The work they do is just absolutely amazing, and I want to thank them all.” Trump, 74, was moved from the White House to Walter Reed medical center late Friday, the same day that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus. His medical regimen highlighted how the president is in a high-risk group for more serious illness from COVID-19. “ ‘Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days.’ ” — James Phillips, doctor of emergency medicine at George Washington University and attending physician at Walter Reed Fox News journalist Lou Dobbs tweeted his support for the president, if not his decision to leave...
    Coronavirus patients are filling up wards in French and Spanish hotspots where intensive care units could be 'saturated' within three weeks - but hospital cases nationwide are nowhere near the disastrous levels of March and April.   French hospital cases have risen by 28 per cent in a month, with 5,800 people currently being treated, while Spanish hospitals have admitted 10,800 people in four weeks - more than in the previous three months combined.  Older people remain the most vulnerable, with over-60s accounting for a majority of recent admissions in Spain and more than three-quarters of current hospital patients in France.  In crisis areas such as Madrid, Marseille and Bordeaux, some intensive care wards are at full capacity and emergency facilities are starting to spring up again as medics prepare for the second wave of cases.  Madrid called in the army today as parts of the city went into lockdown, while France's scientific council has warned of 'tough decisions' within days as the two governments wrestle with the new outbreak.  Britain's own rebound in cases has sparked fears that the UK...
    Emily Veach poses in Menifee, California, after her first night on the road. Emily Veach When most people with compromised immune systems were sheltering in place, Emily Veach, a 38-year-old woman with advanced cancer, embarked on a 2,400-mile cross-country road trip to move closer to family.  In some ways, her experience with a life-threatening illness and confronting mortality made her better prepared for the pandemic than many healthy people.  To keep herself safe while traveling, she packed and prepared her own food and drink, and camped out in friends' yards, and in one case, a barn.  The journey allowed Veach to reclaim independence in a time when both her health and the state of the world could feel out of control.   Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Americans didn't know much about the novel coronavirus in April 2020, but one message prevailed: Stay home — especially if you're older or have an health underlying condition, which could make you particularly vulnerable to serious disease.  But Emily Veach, a 38-year-old who has stage-4 breast cancer, took the opposite...
    Football : Little to his advantage in Sweden three days ago, Antoine Griezmann showed himself in a whole new light against Croatia on Tuesday night. And was rewarded with a highly symbolic goal. It was not a night like the others for Antoine Griezmann. Last Saturday, in Sweden, despite the victory of the France team (0-1) on the occasion of the 1st day of the League of Nations, the one who rarely had the opportunity to shine in the FC Barcelona in recent months, had also gone through the meeting like a ghost, punctuating his sad performance with a missed penalty, the third in a row in the selection. 31 goals in 80 caps Established without Olivier Giroud, sent to the sidelines, nor Kylian Mbappé, returned because of contamination with the coronavirus, but with Wissam Ben Yedder and Anthony Martial, the former player of the Real Sociedad this time made a much more successful copy. The native of Mâcon was able to regain a little confidence, in a period still so complicated. On the...
    A New Jersey nursing home where 17 bodies were found crammed into a tiny morgue at the height of the coronavirus pandemic has been hit by a lawsuit from the nephew of a resident who died from the virus.  Brian Roberts, whose uncle Albert Roberts died aged 76 in April after suffering complications from COVID-19, filed his lawsuit against the Andover Subacute Rehabilitation Center II in Lafayette Township on Tuesday.  The suit alleges that the facility failed to provided the legally required level of care to its 700 residents while fraudulently claiming that it was, according to CNN.  Andover II made headlines this spring after police discovered 17 bodies inside a morgue designed to hold four - prompting an ongoing investigation by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.   Brian Roberts, whose uncle Allen Roberts (pictured together) died aged 76 from coronavirus, is suing the Andover Subacute Rehabilitation Center II in Lafayette Township, New Jersey The Andover Subacute Rehabilitation Center II made headlines in April when 17 bodies were found crammed into a tiny morgue at the facility. Pictured: Medical...
    CBS Detroit – In World War II America stepped up as the arsenal of Democracy producing the munitions and supplies the allies needed during the war. During that time, Ford was among many companies tasked with taking it’s manufacturing know-how to the war effort. Particulary the long process of making bombers. With the help of Ford, a B-24 Liberator bomber rolled out of the hanger every hour at Willow Run. Credit: Amazon.com – Filmmaker Peter Berg When the Coronavirus Pandemic hit, while the world stopped, Ford went to work transitioning from making F-150s and Mustangs, to face masks, face shields, and respirators. Filmmaker Peter Berg, who is known for the film and TV series “Friday Night Lights”, “Lone Survivor”, and “Patriots” day teamed up with Ford Motor Company to produce “On The Line”. A documentary showcasing Ford Motor and UAW workers’ response to making vital supplies needed at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. In the film, Jim Baumbick who is the vice-president for Enterprise Product Line Management at Ford says, “Our plants were down. What’s also unique is we...
    The March on Washington on August 28, 1963, is one of the most transformative moments in civil rights history.  History often remembers the speeches of the men involved — Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream," and a young John Lewis addressing the crowd come easily to mind.    But on that momentous day, the women who were the unsung heroes of making the march happen — the leaders, visionaries, organizers, and ordinary foot soldiers — were denied any of the spotlight. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox One of those women was Dorothy Height, known as "the godmother of the civil rights movement." She was a member of the National Council of Negro Women and played a key role in organizing the march.  (L to R) Roy Wilkins, Floyd McKissick, Dorothy Height, A. Philip Randolph, Whitney Young, and Martin Luther King, Jr., the Council for United Civil Rights Leadership. National Park Service/National Archives for Black Women's History "I think there were so many things that women did that not only supported — but were active...
    FC Barcelona – Bayern Munich Before facing Bayern in Lisbon Quique Setién. FC Barcelona Quique Setién, coach of Barça, spoke in the preview of the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Bayern Munich. The Cantabrian trusts the options of his own against the Bavarian team. “We arrived well. It is a game that we are waiting for and for which we have worked well. We have prepared it well. It is a satisfaction to have Dembélé already in the squad. He will be ready to participate if we consider it appropriate. He has been without power for almost a year. participate, but we have the illusion that he can participate and do well. “ “We know the potential of the rival. We will try to minimize their strengths. They are potentially extraordinary, but so are we. I think it will be an even game, with alternatives for both. We sure have a lot to say in this game.” “It will be important to have the ball because it will allow us to defend less time without it. That would...
    Newly declassified CIA documents reveal that at the height of the Cold War, the United States planned to develop a fleet of bird-like drones in Area 51 that would be capable of spying on the Soviet Union.  Code-named Project Aquiline, the nuclear-powered drones were designed to stay in flight for up to 30 days at a time and would have been the nation's first uncrewed intelligence collection platform.  The plans for the 12 drones, which would have acted as robotic spy planes and couriers for secret payloads, never came to fruition, according to the recently unsealed documents.  It is not known why the plan was abandoned.   Project Aquiline aimed to create nuclear-powered drones that could fly for up to 30 days at a time to spy on the Soviet Union in the late 1960s and were aimed to look like birds The drones began to be developed by the CIA in late 1968, the files state, as part of plans to improve collection of information on the capabilities and intentions of U.S. adversaries.  Throughout this decade, the intelligence agency...
    A New York City ER doctor who killed herself at the height of the coronavirus crisis told friends she felt she 'couldn't help anyone' and was 'embarrassed' when she suffered a breakdown because of mental health stigma in the medical community. Dr. Lorna M. Breen, 49, the medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, committed suicide in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 26. Her tragic death came just weeks after she recovered from coronavirus and days after she was discharged from a psychiatric ward following a mental health episode. Breen's devastated family, friends and colleagues spoke out about her shock suicide to the New York Times and told how they believe it was triggered by her traumatic work in a Manhattan hospital during the pandemic.  They say the talented doctor should be included in America's coronavirus death toll because she was indirectly killed by the effects of the outbreak.   Dr. Lorna M. Breen, 49, (pictured) the medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, committed suicide in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 26  Anna Ochoa,...
    THE jail where Ghislaine Maxwell is being held was accused of a massive coronavirus cover-up at the height of the pandemic, it has been revealed. The disgraced British socialite has been sent to the tough Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.   ⚠️Click here for the latest news on Ghislaine Maxwell 4Ghislaine Maxwell has been accused of being part of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking schemeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4The Metropolitan Detention Center where Ghislaine Maxwell is being held in BrooklynCredit: Reuters News of the prison's past comes as Maxwell faces decades in prison on charges of identifying, befriending and grooming multiple girls for a global sex trafficking ring – including one victim as young as 14. The lock-up has been accused of destroying medical records as part of a deliberate effort to obscure the number of incarcerated people infected with the coronavirus and to avoid providing them adequate care. The allegations were contained in a report released at the end of April by a medical expert who toured the facility April 23 as part of a court-ordered inspection. Dr Homer Venters – former medical...
    Bob Woodward, the investigative journalist most famous for his original reporting on the Watergate scandal in 1972, was apparently going to publish a story exposing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as being an anonymous source in his 1999 book Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate.  Kavanaugh gave Woodward juicy behind the scenes details about Ken Starr's investigation into Bill Clinton in 1998, while serving as a lawyer on Starr's team.  But then Kavanaugh publicly denied ever being a source for Woodward's book in a letter to the Washington Post in 1999.   During Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court in 2018, Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, left, wanted to expose Kavanaugh, who gave an account for his book, right The fact that Kavanaugh had lied on record enraged Woodward, who was prepared to expose the judge using evidence that he had indeed contributed to the 1999 book. However, just as the story was about to run in 2018, the Washington Post decided not to publish.  Woodward's story would have revealed how Kavanaugh publicly denied his account of the...
    Two weeks ago, the men and women of the NYPD were being hailed as heroes. As first responders in the war on the coronavirus, they and their FDNY brothers, the EMTs, doctors, nurses, bus drivers, subway workers and essential personnel who kept the city open were applauded for their courage in helping to keep New York running during the lockdown. This was done at no small risk to themselves and their families. Six NYPD members contracted the virus and died; thousands more became sick. New York City is the epicenter of the disease, leading the nation by far in COVID-19 infections and deaths. Each encounter with a civilian or even another co-worker could expose a cop to the disease. Yet the cops reported to work each day, climbed into their radio cars and patrolled the streets of this city, as they do every day. They did their job. And it’s a job that cannot be done from home, as so many others were able to do. There is no way to telecommute to a person in need, a lost child...
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