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    Getty Jerami Grant guarding Danilo Gallinari. There’s been a lot of chatter of what the Los Angeles Lakers might do this offseason but a big focus should be to find some more 3-point shooting. There should be some intriguing options available to the team but it’s going to cost. Danilo Gallinari can leave the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason and it’s seeming likely he’ll want a change. While the Lakers really don’t need the size that Gallinari would bring, they’d definitely like his 38% career 3-point shooting. It may be a bit ambitious for Los Angeles to add him, but Dan Favale of Bleacher Report believes the two sides would fit: Danilo Gallinari’s potential value to the Lakers isn’t up for discussion. He’d be a big-time help. Shoring up the minutes without LeBron James on the court is at the crux of Gallinari’s utility. He doesn’t add too...
    Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob has spearheaded a plan to allow fans to safely attend games at Chase Center this upcoming season, but it won’t be easy to gain approval with the uptick of COVID-19 cases in California and across the country. The team submitted its plan to state and local officials a week ago to reopen the new arena at 50% capacity. The proposal called for every spectator to undergo a COVID-19 test. Attendees would be required to show proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours upon entering the arena. The proposed system could cost the Warriors about $30 million, a team spokesman said. “We’re going to lose a lot of money, but I think it’s the right thing to do,” Lacob told the Bay Area News Group. “I would never ever want to bring fans into a building that wasn’t safe enough for...
    SOUTH SHORE — Staffers at a South Shore co-working space have organized an art residency for creative Black mothers, providing financial and professional support to women looking to boost their artistic profile. The Wild Yams artist residency, named after a root used to support women’s reproductive health and inspired by a bell hooks book on Black women’s emotional health, is in its pilot phase at COLAB 7100 in South Shore. Art residencies rarely provide support tailored to the needs of working parents. Even fewer of them center Black parents, said Wisdom Baty, the director of development and community relations for the co-working space. Wild Yams exists to reward creative Black mothers for the value they bring to their communities through their parenting and their art, she said. “As [the residency] grows, I desire that there will be workshops that deal with mental health, financial stability and networking that connects...
    A leading progressive political action committee that once bashed Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy said Tuesday it will urge party unity around his “ambitious” platform if he defeats President Trump in the 2020 election. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee identified several Biden policies that have its support, including a $2 trillion investment in the development of clean energy jobs, an expansion of the Affordable Care Act and a plan backed by Elizabeth Warren to implement “green manufacturing.” “If Biden wins, the PCCC will be calling for party unity around the ambitious ideas Biden campaigned on,” the PCCC said in an email ahead of Election Day. FOX NEWS ELECTIONS 2020: SEE THE LIVE RESULTS HERE  VideoKnown for its support for progressive initiatives such as the Green New Deal and Medicare For All, the PCCC originally endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for president. The group backs some of the most outspoken...
    Democrats have ambitious plans if they take back the White House and Senate. Democrats have an ambitious agenda should they win control of the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate on Tuesday. The party is focused on lowering health care costs, rebuilding the country's crumbling infrastructure, and rooting out political corruption. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi laid out Democrats' top legislative priorities at a roundtable event with progressive media outlets last week.
    By GRANT PECK and CHRIS BLAKE, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — He was only 7 when he saw his first military coup. He was 15 during the second. Now 21, he is among those at the front of Thailand's growing pro-democracy movement pushing for sweeping political reforms. And because of his activities, Bunkueanun Paothong has been charged with crimes that could see him jailed for the rest of his life. “I took a stand I know that would be risky,” Bunkueanun said. “I stand firm in my principles and beliefs. Because it’s the right thing for me to do.” Fed up with an archaic educational system and enraged by the military's efforts to keep control over their nation, the student-led campaign that began earlier this year has shaken Thailand’s ruling establishment with the most significant campaign for political change in years. The protesters have three main demands: They want Prime...
    House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerTop Democrats introduce resolution calling for mask mandate, testing program in Senate Trump orders aides to halt talks on COVID-19 relief This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Md.) on Tuesday outlined a broad and ambitious legislative agenda for 2021, predicting Democrats will have unified power to move the party's priorities on issues as varied as health care, infrastructure, climate change and gun reform.  "I think we're going to deal with all of those — and more," he said on a call with reporters. First on tap, Hoyer said, would be another round of emergency coronavirus relief, which has stalled this month amid partisan differences over the size and scope of the next aid package.  Hoyer, echoing comments from President Trump just hours earlier, said he's hopeful the sides can unite in the post-election session to adopt another massive stimulus bill.  "It...
    He was only 7 when he saw his first military coup. Now 21, he is among those at the front of Thailand’s growing pro-democracy movement pushing for sweeping political reforms. Fed up with an archaic educational system and enraged by the military’s efforts to keep control over their nation, the student-led campaign that began earlier this year has shaken Thailand’s ruling establishment with the most significant campaign for political change in years.
    Recently, Ferrari revealed that they had figured out the right path for the team in terms of development. Since then, they have been bringing in some minor upgrades to their cars. From fighting for the top 10, Ferrari have now opened up that the team is ready to fight for the top 6 on the grid. Ferrari’s Head of Performance Development, Enrico Cardile, felt that Ferrari have the potential to fight for the top 6 now. “We already introduced a few small modifications to the car’s aero package in Sochi and added a few others at the Nurburgring,” he is quoted as saying by PlanetF1. “Only a couple of times this year have we been able to fight for a place in the sun on the second or third row, and our aim between now and December is to be consistently fighting for those places. “In Portimao, we will have...
    Since President Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement in 2017, largely eliminating regulation of greenhouse gas emissions at the federal level, local leaders have found themselves at the helm of emissions mandates. More than 450 U.S. mayors have pledged to continue honoring the Paris Agreement. And more than 1,500 local governments have moved to develop climate action plans and global greenhouse gas reduction targets.[ COMMENTARY: Fighting Climate Change and Inequality ]Still, more needs to be done, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution that examines how the 100 largest cities in the U.S. are addressing emissions reductions. "Overall, the leadership of about half of America's larger cities stands as an important counter to federal drift," according to the report from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank. " With that said, more ambitious and rigorous efforts are needed in order to make the nation's 'bottom-up' climate commitments more effective."Cities...
    Stan Van Gundy will take over as New Orleans Pelicans head coach, replacing Alvin Gentry 5 Discontinued Condiments Youll Never See Again Tesla reports record profit and maintains ambitious sales target Tesla reported by far its best quarterly profit Wednesday and said it still hopes to hit its target of half a million car sales this year. © David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images Tesla Inc. vehicles are displayed in a Tesla store in Colma, California, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. California will phase out sales of new, gasoline-powered cars by 2035 as part of its fight against climate change, Governor Gavin Newsom announced -- the first state to set an expiration date for the traditional automobile. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images The strong results and ambitious goal were good news to investors in the high-flying stock, which has gained more than 400% so far this year....
    New York (CNN Business)Tesla reported by far its best quarterly profit Wednesday and said it still hopes to hit its target of half a million car sales this year.The strong results and ambitious goal were good news to investors in the high-flying stock, which has gained more than 400% so far this year. Shares of Tesla (TSLA) climbed once again in after-hours trading on the earnings report.There had been doubts that Tesla could achieve its goal of delivering 500,000 cars to customers this year, given the shutdown of its plant in Fremont California earlier due to the Covid-19 pandemic ordered by local health authorities. It has delivered 319,000 cars in the first three quarters of this year.This is a developing story.
    Kim Kardashian showcased her cleavage in an Instagram snap on Monday, as she urged her fans to always surround themselves with “people who are smart and ambitious.” Kim posed with two friends for the photo — lawyer Erin Haney and human rights attorney Jessica Jackson — whom she may have met on her high-profile journey to become a lawyer. Kim wore a gold and white maxi dress for the snap, which perfectly showcased her famous hourglass figure. The gown featured two thin black shoulder straps, securing it in place, and bared a significant helping of Kim’s iconic cleavage with a low, curved neckline. She wore her long dark locks in a high ponytail with some of her straight, sleek tresses falling over her right shoulder, and kept two thin strands out of the up ‘do to frame her face. Kim sat in the middle of her two friends with her...
    From the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiologist Melissa Haendel knew that the United States was going to have a data problem. There didn’t seem to be a national strategy to control the virus, and cases were springing up in sporadic hotspots around the country. With such a patchwork response, nationwide information about the people who got sick would probably be hard to come by. Other researchers around the country were pinpointing similar problems. In Seattle, Adam Wilcox, the chief analytics officer at UW Medicine, was reaching out to colleagues. The city was the first US COVID-19 hotspot. “We had 10 times the data, in terms of just raw testing, than other areas,” he says. He wanted to share that data with other hospitals, so they would have that information on hand before COVID-19 cases started to climb in their area. Everyone wanted to get as much data...
    (CNN)Two things happened in the last 24 hours that make very clear that ambitious Republicans believe that a) President Donald Trump is going to lose in 18 days' time and b) the time is now to lay claim to the I-always-told-you-he-was-a-danger-to-the-country-and-the-party title.1) The Washington Examiner obtained remarks by Sen. Ben Sasse during a tele-town hall event in which the Republican Nebraska senator was harshly critical of Trump, suggesting that the President "kisses dictators' butts" and has "flirted with White supremacists." (Sasse also blasted Trump for the "way he treats women and spends like a drunken sailor.") 2) The Washington Post ran a piece on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in which he says he cast a write-in vote for the late Ronald Reagan in the 2020 election. "I know it's simply symbolic," Hogan told the Post. "It's not going to change the outcome in my state. But I thought it was...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union should set a 2030 target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55%, from 1990 levels, to give industry the certainty needed to invest in clean technologies, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said on Thursday. "If we set a very clear and a high target of 55%, it effectively gives certainty to industry that there will be a guaranteed market for solutions and services and products," Karins told reporters on arrival for an EU summit in Brussels. Such investments could include clean transport and renewable energy, he said. (Reporting by Kate Abnett; Editing by John Chalmers) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    When the French Open 2020 commenced, almost everyone gave their verdict against Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard was on twelve Roland Garros title. Since this year’s French Open was delayed, Paris experienced adverse weather conditions, unlike in previous years. Paris was cold and damp in contrast to the warm summer afternoons the Roland Garros is expected to see. Novak Djokovic was the one everyone expected to clinch the title this year. These changing conditions posed as a threat to Nadal’s venture for his 13th title. Djokovic was in spectacular form coming into the French Open. Everyone expected Djokovic to lift the Roland Garros for the second time in his career. However, proving everyone wrong and overcoming every adversity, Nadal defeated Djokovic to claim the French Open. Read More- Novak Djokovic Reveals What Went Wrong at French Open 2020 Against Rafael Nadal Goran Ivanisevic on the ‘Rafael Nadal’ statement Djokovic’s coach Goran...
    Target’s ambitious metro-area expansion is a rare bright spot amid a gloom-fest of store closings and bankruptcies. The mass-market favorite is planting its bull’s-eye at the Cross County Center in Yonkers, where it has signed a lease for a whopping 130,000 square feet, gobbling up the bulk of 200,000 square feet left behind by Sears last year. The 40-year Target lease brings the occupancy rate of the 1.15 million-square-foot open-air shopping complex to 97 percent. The 15-building Cross County is also home to H&M, which just signed a 10-year renewal, as well as to Zara, Ulta and Blink Fitness. A familiar sight to motorists on the New York State Thruway and the Cross County Parkway, the center is not to be confused with the smaller Mall at Cross County next door. The publicly traded Target is on an expansion binge in the city as well, with new stores planned...
    London — Britain's Prince William has announced what Kensington Palace calls "the most prestigious global environment prize in history." The Earthshot Prize, a joint venture by the prince and a more than with the Bloomberg and Aga Khan Foundations, Queen Rania of Jordan and pop star Shakira, among other big names, is a multi- million dollar initiative with one mission: save the world. The mission is Prince William's, but he's enlisted some other heavy hitters, including renowned environmentalist Sir David Attenborough. With the Earthshot Prize, the future British king and his global alliance are offering the princely sum of almost $65 million over the next 10 years, to whoever comes up with the best ideas to solve five of the world's biggest environmental challenges by 2030. Sir David Attenborough on how to save the planet Sir David Attenborough on 60 Minutes 13:36 Every year from 2021 until 2030, the Earthshot...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)There's no solution to the climate crisis without China. President Xi Jinping just gave hope it might deliver one.But his pledge to make his country carbon neutral within 40 years — delivered late last month at the United Nations — will require nothing short of a revolution for the world's biggest polluter. The problem is that China's vast economy just isn't built for a dramatic pivot to green policy. It spent decades staking its ascent on massive infrastructure projects and manufacturing, building an economic engine that is now heavily reliant on dirty energy. The worlds methane emissions are at a record high, and burping cows are driving the riseThe country burns billions of tons of coal each year and uses hundreds of millions of barrels of oil — and analysts say that economic pressures caused by Covid-19 and tensions with the West are pushing China to spend more...
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark's prime minister on Tuesday pledged to spend $1.58 billion on new climate initiatives in response to calls from business leaders and politicians for quicker action towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The Danish government has said meeting its ambitious target of cutting emissions by 70% in 10 years is doable, but has faced headwinds for counting too much on technologies that take years to become commercially viable. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen defended her government's plans for targeted investment in new technologies such as carbon capture, green hydrogen, sustainable farming and plastic recycling. "Denmark must be a showcase for the world. But no one will follow us if our path is expensive, unmanageable and socially unjust," Frederiksen told parliament. The government proposed taking 10 billion Danish crowns ($1.58 billion) from the EU's Recovery Fund and from a coronavirus "war chest" announced in August and spending it on investment...
    HERTHA BERLIN are reportedly closing in on the free transfer for Mario Gotze whilst also in talks with a trio of Premier League stars. BILD claim that the Bundesliga side are desperate for midfielders and are discussing loans for Matteo Guendouzi, Moussa Sissoko and Marko Grujic. 3Mario Gotze could be set to seal a free transfer to Hertha BerlinCredit: PA 3Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi is closing in on a loan to the BundesligaCredit: Getty Images - Getty The report adds that Hertha has been making Gotze wait to decide whether he is still needed depending on their other deadline day incomings. The German World Cup Winner has been without a club since leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. The 27-year-old returned to Signal Iduna Park from Bayern Munich in 2016 - but fitness and health problems have prevented him from making the same kind of impact...
    The biggest moments in CMT Music Awards history Money myths you should forget you ever heard Next time it will be different, says ambitious teenager Fernandez PARIS (Reuters) - Having reached the third round on their French Open main draw debut, most teenagers might be content with merely pushing a two-time Grand Slam champion to the limit before losing. © Reuters/Susan Mullane Tennis: French Open Not Canada's Leylah Fernandez. The left-hander, who only turned 18 last month, came close to causing a massive shock on Saturday before going down 7-5 6-3 to 30-year-old Czech Petra Kvitova. She led 5-1 in the first set and failed to convert a couple of break points, before Kvitova found top gear to fight past the youngster who won the French Open junior title last year. Apart from a few double faults, the lightweight Fernandez did little wrong and Kvitova needed each and every...
    He started as a cook in the Michelin-starred Antonio Restaurant, and then quickly rose through the ranks to become head chef in just three years. “The opportunities are definitely better in Macau as many hotels, casinos and resorts have opened here,” said the 31-year-old. Last year, he was the given the task of opening Paulaner Brahaus, a franchised German restaurant in the former Portuguese colony. Tavares was on track to open in late January when the Covid-19 outbreak in China brought tourism to a standstill, disrupting plans and pushing back the opening of the 150-seat outlet by nearly a year to December. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. Tavares’ predicament and those linked to the city’s tourism industry show that Macau’s reliance on gaming, tourism and affiliated services is hurting its economy as it accounted for 70 per...
    China has unveiled its plan to build a heavy-lift carrier rocket that could fly astronauts to the moon. The new launch vehicle would be able to carry a 25-ton manned spaceship and lunar lander, the Chinese space authorities revealed.  Beijing aims to put a man on the moon by 2030 as part of its ambitious space exploration programme.   China has unveiled its plan to build a heavy-lift carrier rocket that could send astronauts to land on the moon as part of the country’s ambitious lunar exploration. The picture shows a prototype of the Chinese new-generation carrier rocket revealed in November 2018 The country first revealed a prototype of the new-generation carrier rocket in 2018. The file photo shows a Long March-5B carrier rocket at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 snaps 'selfies' on...
    Actor Kangana Ranaut on Thursday resumed her work after a seven-month-long hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The ‘Queen’ actor took to Twitter to share pictures of herself as she kicked off her work early morning and revealed to her fans that she is travelling to southern India for the shoot of ‘Thalaivi.’ “Dear friends today is a very special day, resuming work after 7 months, travelling to southern India for my most ambitious bilingual project THALAIVI,” she tweeted. Kangana Ranaut Shares Childhood Picture, Draws Comparison to Her Current Self “Need your blessings in these testing times of a pandemic. P.S just clicked these morning selfies hope you all like them,” she added. The biopic of late political leader J. Jayalalithaa is being helmed by AL Vijay. ‘Thalaivi’ has been written by ‘Baahubali’ and ‘Manikarnika’ writer KV Vijayendra Prasad and ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’...
    WWE Superstars often make the switch to Hollywood. WWE is kind of acting as well, so it is only obvious that the top ones would want to make the switch. After The Rock, John Cena, Dave Bautista, is WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns switching to Hollywood? Roman Reigns talks about Hollywood Reigns was the latest guest in the Complex Load Management podcast. He was the show’s first WWE Superstar. After a few questions, Reigns was asked if he is planning to make the shift. He revealed he was approached by many but could not make up his mind. “It was tough for me because I had opportunities come my way in the last 8 months but because I wasn’t working I felt weird about trying to take on other opportunities when the mainstream of my income wasn’t being taken care of. I was at home because of the pandemic. I...
    FULHAM are hoping to pull off a major coup by landing Tottenham target Milan Skriniar. Spurs have been in talks to land the Inter Milan centre back, 25, who is set to leave the San Siro. 2Fulham have joined the race to sign Inter star Milan SkriniarCredit: Getty Images - Getty Tottenham have been prepared to offer between £30million and £35m for the defender. However, Serie A giants Inter are holding out for fees of around £45m. Fulham have been in the market for a top-class centre-back all summer. Their problems at the bottom of the table have increased the pressure on manager Scott Parker. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   After the 3-0 loss to Aston Villa on Monday, Fulham co-owner Tony Khan apologised to the fans for the display. Khan also admitted he knew the heart of the club's defence is a...
    13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim has all of the necessary elements for the most confusing science fiction story imaginable. There’s time travel, lost memories, prophetic dreams, android doppelgängers, and a cast of more than a dozen characters each with their own perspective on events that span hundreds of years. It took me around 10 hours before I even had a slight grip on what was happening in its century-spanning mech vs. kaiju story. Yet despite this — or maybe because of it — I’ve been hooked. The narrative is so complex and filled with so many important revelations, that I found it hard to pull myself away. Playing 13 Sentinels is a bit like binge-watching an amazing sci-fi drama — except one where you have a huge amount of control over how you see the story. 13 Sentinels is the latest release from Vanillaware, a Japanese studio best known for its...
    Dangerous rate of speed: Two California wildfires explode in wine country, forcing thousands to flee Aldis $15.9 billion of annual sales in the UK and Ireland prove that its market share is growing — and the US is next in its sights Boateng joins Berlusconis ambitious Monza Kevin-Prince Boateng on Monday signed for Italian Serie B side Monza where he rejoins former AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi. © Daniel ROLAND Kevin-Prince Boateng, pictured in February 2018, during his season at Eintracht Frankfurt. In a statement, Monza said that 33-year-old former Ghana international arrives from Fiorentina on a deal "until June 30, 2021 with the option of renewal for the second year, subject to certain conditions". Boateng reunites with former Milan chiefs Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani, whom he played under between 2010 and 2013, winning the Serie A title in his first season. He returned to Milan in January 2016...
    MILAN (AP) — After coming close to two titles last season, Inter Milan has high hopes that its upgraded squad will end a 10-year wait for a trophy. Inter finished a point behind Juventus in Serie A and lost the Europa League final to Sevilla in manager Antonio Conte’s first season. During the transfer window, the Nerazzurri were among the most active by bringing in midfielder Arturo Vidal and defenders Achraf Hakimi and Aleksandar Kolarov among others. The signing of the 33-year-old Vidal — who played under Conte at Juventus — is considered a difference-maker. “He is a player of really high quality,” Inter forward Romelu Lukaku said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. “Last season we did very well but if we have to improve it’s in quality and experience. Two things that Vidal has. You don’t win so much and with different teams if you’re not a...
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled an "ambitious plan for an unprecedented reality" as his government laid out its new legislative agenda amid rising Covid-19 cases and a struggling economy. That expansive agenda includes new investments and initiatives to help the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic, with vows to support "people and businesses through this crisis as long as it lasts, whatever it takes". The four-pronged approach to the pandemic and the recovery was delivered on Wednesday by Governor General Julie Payette, the Queen's representative in Canada, in a Speech from the Throne. What are some of the promises? The speech follows a warning from Canada's chief public health officer that the country was at a "crossroads" because of the accelerating national count of Covid-19 cases. In the last week, an average of about 1,100 cases were reported daily, compared to 380 cases reported each...
    TODAY’S WORD — AMBITIOUS (AMBITIOUS: am-BISH-us: Having a desire to be successful or to achieve a goal.) Average mark 25 words Time limit 40 minutes Can you find 37 or more words in AMBITIOUS? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — OBVERSE obese observe over beer bore breve veer verb verbose verse verso erose ever robe rose rove seer sere serve sever sober soever sorb sore To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper...
    By GRANT PECK, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters were gathering Saturday in Bangkok for the most ambitious rally so far in a pro-democracy campaign that has shaken up the government and Thailand's conservative establishment. Organizers are predicting as many as 50,000 will show up and march over two days in an area of the capital historically associated with political protests. An estimated 10,000 people turned out for the last major rally on Aug. 16, and this time, opposition political parties are expected to join and mobilize supporters from other provinces. Demonstrators ignored a Thursday night plea from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to cancel the event, which he said risked spreading the coronavirius and derailing recovery of the battered economy. The core demands declared by the protesters in July were the dissolution of parliament with fresh elections, a new constitution and an end to intimidation of political activists. They believe...
    BANGKOK – Protesters were gathering Saturday in Bangkok for the most ambitious rally so far in a pro-democracy campaign that has shaken up the government and Thailand's conservative establishment. Organizers are predicting as many as 50,000 will show up and march over two days in an area of the capital historically associated with political protests. An estimated 10,000 people turned out for the last major rally on Aug. 16, and this time, opposition political parties are expected to join and mobilize supporters from other provinces. Demonstrators ignored a Thursday night plea from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to cancel the event, which he said risked spreading the coronavirius and derailing recovery of the battered economy. The core demands declared by the protesters in July were the dissolution of parliament with fresh elections, a new constitution and an end to intimidation of political activists. They believe Prayuth, who as then-army commander led...
    “It’s getting hard to keep track of the bad news about the news right now.” MinnPost photo by Bill KelleySusan AlbrightThat’s how the Poynter Institute began its latest updating of press cutbacks, layoffs, furloughs and closings. It noted that both the Duluth News Tribune and the Forum of Fargo/Moorhead had cut to two print days a week and now use the mail instead of carriers — and that the Star Tribune “has had four days of furloughs in both quarter two and quarter three” for some employees. Those items were just a tiny part of an exhaustive nationwide list. For me, the pileup of bad news about the news is heartbreaking. During my career I have done stints at four metropolitan daily newspapers. Two of them have since died; the others are carrying on, but with much smaller newsrooms these days. Smaller staffs and tighter budgets don’t preclude terrific reporting. But with stronger...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A bold program to provide coronavirus testing to the tens of thousands of students and staff in the Los Angeles Unified School District is getting underway this week. Hollywood High Special Education teacher Shirley Woods conducts class remotely on Sept. 8, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) While all students are still taking online instruction, LAUSD announced Monday that it will begin testing all staff members who are currently teaching from their campus classrooms, along with their children who are in childcare programs at those schools. Once all students are back on campuses, the district plans on conducting about 40,000 tests per day. “Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary actions, and while school-based testing and contact-tracing efforts are unprecedented, they are necessary and appropriate,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday. LAUSD has close to 700,000 students and nearly 75,000 teachers and employees. The ambitious program, which was first...
    Feeling blue lately? New research shows people who set aside time to exercise are actually happier than those who don’t. Not only are they happier (75 percent vs. 25 percent), but they also report being more successful (74 percent vs. 26 percent), as revealed by the survey of 2,000 Americans who exercise at least once a week. Respondents were split by those who exercise one to three times per week and those who exercise four to seven times per week — and the results revealed some interesting differences. SWNS The survey, conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by OXIGEN, pH balanced water with electrolytes and boosted with oxygen, found those who exercise more often were also more likely to identify as ambitious (74 percent vs. 26 percent). COVID-19 has affected many aspects of Americans’ lives, including their workout habits and many admit to exercising even more now than they did before...
    TEN million daily Covid tests will be dished out to get Brits back to the footie, theatre and their mate’s house under new Government plans costing £100billion. The entire population of the UK could be tested in a week under Downing Street’s ambitious Operation Moonshot programme. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3The entire population of the UK could be tested in a weekCredit: Alamy Boris Johnson vowed to roll out new tests which can deliver results in just 15 minutes. He said a negative result would give Brits a “freedom pass” — allowing people to mingle like they did before Covid. He said: “Through that Moonshot of daily testing - everybody gets a rapid turn-around test in the morning, 15 minutes later you know whether you are infectious or not.” He added: “Our plan will require a giant, collaborative effort from government, business,...
    Daniel Cormier vs Brock Lesnar was one of the mega fights that came close to happening. Well, at least we had the two in the Octagon cutting a beautiful promo for their fight. With Cormier firmly retired, the fight goes into the books as one of the big what-ifs. However, DC isn’t ending his pursuit of Brock Lesnar just yet. Brock Lesnar has just finished his contract with the WWE. Consequently, there were rumors if the former UFC heavyweight champ will make a return to the promotion. While nothing is clear on that front as of yet, the possibility of a fight between Cormier and Lesnar would pique the interest of a lot of fans. When Ariel Helwani asked Daniel Cormier if he would be interested to break his retirement for a fight with Lesnar, DC replied negatively. However, that doesn’t mean he is not interested in a fight with...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia on Thursday accepted a $10 million grant to help it advance an ambitious election plan to buy counting equipment and spread satellite election offices and secure drop boxes around the city to absorb growing demand for voting by mail in November’s presidential election. The city’s election board, the Philadelphia City Commissioners, voted to accept the grant from the Chicago-based Center for Tech and Civic Life, whose donors include Facebook and Google. Accepting the grant comes as President Donald Trump’s campaign is suing to outlaw drop boxes — used in the primary in the heavily Democratic city of Philadelphia and its suburban counties where Trump lost badly in 2016′s election despite prevailing in Pennsylvania. Half the money, about $5 million, will go to equipment such as inserters, sorters, extractors, and scanners to speed up the counting of mail-in ballots, amid concerns that a presidential election result will...
    The pen, as the saying goes, is mightier than the sword. And modern computers, apparently: despite the leaps and bounds of technology, with tablet styluses and Wacom digitizers, ordinary pen and paper has survived to this day. But the $399 reMarkable 2 — the company’s new second-generation E Ink tablet — looks to challenge that assumption, offering an updated design, improved specs, and a better pen to try and give the centuries-old technology of paper some new digital flair. The original reMarkable was a unique device: a massive E Ink panel with a unique pen and the ambitious goal of killing traditional paper. It fell short in a few key respects, with the first-generation E Ink display unable to match the speed and reliability of paper. News Brig Score 7.5 out of 10 Good Stuff Enjoyable writing experience Excellent display Extremely thin ...
    EVERTON are reportedly closing in on deals for James Rodriguez and Napoli star Allan. Carlo Ancelotti is on a mission to bolster his squad after they finished in the bottom half of the table. 3Here's how Everton would look if Carlo Anceotti landed his top targets The Toffees have reportedly launched an offer worth £22million for Rodriguez. Everton and Real Madrid are said to be close to reaching an agreement over the deal. Rodriguez has just 12 months left on his current deal at the Bernabeu. And the Spanish side are prepared to offload him this summer as he has fallen out of favour. Ancelotti is keen to reunite with him after working alongside him at Madrid and Bayern. Should he sign for Everton, he could line-up in the midfield alongside fellow target Allan. Napoli are demanding a whopping £31.6million for the 29-year-old Brazilian....
    It’s been a few years since wireless charging technology began to make its way into the smartphone market. With the passage of time, it has become an almost mandatory feature of high-end phones and some of the accessories that go with them, however, there are still some challenges to be solved. And one of the great examples is AirPower, the famous multi-device wireless charging mat that never saw the light of day. When Apple announced this product as part of its strategy to keep freeing your phones and accessories from cables, dropped a date that was never met. And after leaving it in oblivion for a while, its cancellation was finally announced through a press release. However, it seems that the company never stopped working on it, and Bloomberg has confirmed that they are still working on a similar product, albeit with somewhat more limited features. According to this publication,...
    Google has confirmed it will not close its popular Google News service in Australia as its steps up its public campaign against paying for news content. The company posted an open blog to its website on Monday claiming the proposed legislation drafted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission requiring it to share revenue with media businesses was 'unfair' and 'unworkable'. 'Put simply, it's extremely one-sided and unfair - so unfair that no company should be be asked to accept it,'  it said. But Google admitted it was unable to withdraw from Australia like it did in Spain when forced to pay for news in that jurisdiction because the proposed law was so broad it would require the company to remove all global news by media firms and 'citizen journalists.' The ACCC has accused Google - which raked in $4.8 billion in revenue from Australia last year - of running a...
    How to watch the Republican National Convention: Time, channels and speakers Bucks put Magic on brink of elimination with big 4th quarter Tenet is super slick and ambitious but too confusing to be a great movie © Insider Insider © Warner Bros. Pictures Robert Pattinson and John David Washington are full of charm and charisma in "Tenet." Warner Bros. Pictures "Tenet" is Christopher Nolan's latest movie. It's about an intelligence agent tasked with saving the world from a villain with time-inverting technology. While it's a technical marvel, the movie is too confusing to keep up with and leaves you feeling uninvested in the stakes. The film, with a generic Russian villain, is also surprisingly dull and not as special as Nolan's past masterpieces like "Inception" and "Interstellar." "Tenet," which stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, is worth watching on the big screen, however, and may benefit from...
    Robert Pattinson and John David Washington are full of charm and charisma in "Tenet." Warner Bros. Pictures Insider "Tenet" is Christopher Nolan's latest movie. It's about an intelligence agent tasked with saving the world from a villain with time-inverting technology. While it's a technical marvel, the movie is too confusing to keep up with and leaves you feeling uninvested in the stakes. The film, with a generic Russian villain, is also surprisingly dull and not as special as Nolan's past masterpieces like "Inception" and "Interstellar." "Tenet," which stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, is worth watching on the big screen, however, and may benefit from repeat viewings. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Christoper Nolan's new movie "Tenet" will likely drag cinema-lovers back into movie theaters for the first time since February. On paper, there's probably not a better movie to get you back...
    “The figures are bouncing all over a minor bit … but we’re not likely to see 300 to 400 [new daily cases] once again in Victoria, not less than my watch.” Victoria claimed 208 new circumstances on Sunday, bringing the total variety of active instances to 4012, but Professor Sutton claimed he thought that figure would be in the mid-3000s beneath a overview of the definition of lively situations by federal health authorities. New situations nudged higher than 200 all over again for the first time in 3 days, but Professor Sutton stated the 7-working day moving regular was down and there was stabilisation in the range of active cases amongst healthcare personnel and in aged treatment. “I certainly hope we’re in double figures [at the end of stage four],” Professor Sutton explained. “If we’re in single figures, I imagine that would be bold, but it’d be great … so...
    MARLAND YARDE'S dream of chasing silverware at Sale is finally starting to come true. In October 2017, the England winger swapped the capital and Harlequins for Manchester, where he was sold a promise of trophies. 1 Marland Yarde is dreaming of silverware with Sale Sharks The third-placed Sharks are now six points ahead of fifth with eight games to go. But they face their strongest test of the run-in when they take on champions and Premiership favourites Exeter Chiefs tonight. Yarde told SunSport: "When I left Harlequins to come up north, part of the reason was because of the club's vision of what it would look like — and that is exactly where we are right now. "We play in a very low-key environment but it's a great place where you can go under the radar and focus on playing rugby." Sale are no longer dark horses and with the...
    Former Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett on Sunday sounded off on the criticisms of presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice president pick, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). MSNBC “Kasie DC” host Kasie Hunt asked Jarrett about a recent New York Times column, entitled, “The Undertold, Undersold Story of Kamala Harris,” which asks the question: “As a prosecutor, she can make you tremble. But as a trailblazer, can she make you cry?” Jarrett expressed disappointment with the column and asked if the same language would be used to “describe a man.” “When are we gonna say, ‘Well, are the men going to make us cry?'” Jarrett asked. “I think the question we put is this: Would you ask the same thing of a man? Would you use the same language, in the same way, to describe a man?” she continued. “This whole issue about whether women are mean or nasty...
    Peter Rawlinson joined Lucid Motors in 2013 as chief technology officer, a role he has maintained since being named CEO of the company in April 2019.Lucid DETROIT – It's been nearly a decade since Peter Rawlinson took the stage at the 2011 Detroit auto show to reveal the Tesla Model S sedan. There was a problem though. The car wasn't ready, so he instead showed the car's body shell.  "I was almost a laughing stock. I was derided," Rawlinson, who was the Model S chief engineer and vice president of engineering at Tesla, told CNBC. "No one took me seriously." The show came at an important time for Tesla, which needed to prove itself after going public at $17 a share and purchasing its current Fremont plant in California. "It's hard to relate to that time now. Tesla is the most valued car company in the world," Rawlinson said during...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — The largest county in the Bay Area unveiled its boldest and most aggressive plan to end homelessness on Thursday following success in reaching its 2015 goal to shelter the vulnerable population. “I think I would describe this community plan as necessary from the crisis we’re facing in our community,” said Destination Home chief operating officer Ray Bramson. Santa Clara county leaders said last year they had counted nearly 10,000 people who didn’t have a home and predicted that in the next five years as many as another 20,000 would become homeless. The plan, by Destination Home, is to house 20,000 people within half a decade as well as to address the factors that cause homelessness. Bramson said they also want to reduce the number of those who are on the brink of losing their home by 30% a year by expanding prevention services. Measure A, an...
    Stephen Colbert went deep Wednesday night on the big introduction of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate. And he had a lot to say about the “familiar ring” to President Trump’s attempts to attack her.  After playing a montage of the president repeatedly using the word “nasty” to describe the California senator, the Late Show host exclaimed, “Oh my god, how lazy are you?! You’re just repeating what you said about Hillary. You’re stuck in 2016. And that’s not fair! Why should you be the only one who gets to live in a time when you’re not president?”  From there, Colbert went on to reference a Daily Beast report that explained how Trump is still “workshopping” nicknames for Harris. “What a wonderful use of the commander in chief’s time,” he said, mocking Trump for working on his Mean Girls-style “burn book” instead of addressing the coronavirus crisis.  Then...
    A powerful Long March 5 rocket blasted off Thursday carrying a Chinese orbiter, lander and rover on a seven-month voyage to Mars, the second of three high-stakes missions to the red planet and one that, if successful, will put China on the front lines of interplanetary exploration. China did not announce the launch date or time in advance, but a notice to mariners warned of an impending flight and sure enough, the Long March 5 roared to life and streaked away from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island southwest of Hong Kong at 12:41 a.m. EDT (12:41 p.m. local time). China Xinhua News announced the launch a few minutes later on Twitter. China Thursday launched its first #Mars probe on a Long March-5 rocket from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on the coast of southern China's island province of Hainan pic.twitter.com/qTSqHUVzab— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) July 23, 2020...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s choice of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., to be his running mate could present some problems, former Education Secretary Bill Bennett told “Special Report" Tuesday. “I can't think of a time when the announcement of the vice presidential pick overshadowed the presidential pick and there may be some mischief here," said Bennett, who described Harris as “very ambitious” and questioned whether Biden will still be in his basement while his running mate fronts the campaign. BRETT BAIER SAYS BIDEN'S CHOICE OF KAMALA HARRIS WILL MAKE 'DIEHARD' DEMOCRATS FEEL 'AT EASE' FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to questions after the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) Bennett also disagreed with Sen. Amy Klobuchar's earlier statement that Harris had shown...
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images Joe Haden, #23, celebrates with Steven Nelson, #22, after an interception against the Arizona Cardinals in 2019. Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Steven Nelson wants to win the Super Bowl in 2020. That’s a given. But he has also set an ambitious personal goal for the coming year. That is, he wants to be recognized as one of the best cornerbacks in the entire NFL. It’s understandable if Nelson—who goes by the handle @Nelson_Island on Twitter—feels he’s underrated by NFL fans and media. It’s not that he resents the praise that is often heaped on Pittsburgh’s other starting cornerback, Joe Haden. In fact, Nelson believes that he and Haden are ‘like Batman and Robin.’ It’s just that the media sometimes downplays the contributions that he and Haden—not to mention slot corner Mike Hilton—make to the Steelers defense. In fact, one analyst recently said the Steelers seem...
    When news broke on March 25, 2015, that 32 people had been indicted as part of an investigation into a massive, illegal marijuana growing and distribution operation that was smuggling cannabis from Colorado to Minnesota, the puns started flying. The investigation — dubbed Operation Golden Gofer in reference to the drug-running term "gofer" as well as the mascot of the University of Minnesota, where some of the indicted individuals had attended college — made national headlines, but news of what happened after that was minimal. As former Westword staff writer Chris Walker kept looking at the case, however, he saw a Blow-like story of an epic drug-smuggling ruse, built on planes and skydiving aspirations, drama between longtime friends, and the black-market underbelly of Colorado's early cannabis industry. In The Syndicate, his podcast that debuts August 11, Walker jumps head-first into the story of Operation Golden Gofer, the characters behind the illegal...
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) attends Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) One of my favorite quotes is “Well-behaved women seldom make history” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I can remember as a little girl my mother sharing this quote with me and telling me that as I moved through life, I would face barriers and challenges because of my ethnicity and gender. My mother uses this quote to remind me that when I reach those barriers that it’s OK to push forward and continue to be and pursue the best expression of myself. Over the past few days, I have kept the words of Ms. Ulrich in my mind as I have watched an orchestrated media attack by those opposed to Senator Kamala Harris being selected as the vice presidential running mate for Joe Biden. Read More: In Ohio and nationwide,...
    Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Who will Biden pick to be his running mate? Clyburn: Biden needs VP pick who has 'a lot of passion' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Fauci gives his COVID-19 vaccine estimate MORE (D-Calif.), who is in consideration to be former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Three arrested in Twitter hack | Trump pushes to break up TikTok | House approves 0M for election security Wisconsin Republicans raise questions about death of Black Trump supporter Trump holds mini-rally at Florida airport MORE’s running mate, appeared to respond to criticism that she was “too ambitious” on Friday while speaking to an audience of young Black women.   "There will be a resistance to your ambition, there will be people who say to you, 'you are out of your lane,'" Harris said during a livestream conversation for the Black Women Lead...
    Scott Olson/Getty Images As some allies of former Vice President Joe Biden mount an effort to torpedo Kamala Harris’ chances at the running mate slot by citing her “ambition,” the California senator doubled down on the trait by telling a young Black women’s conference “I want you to be ambitious.” Senator Harris has been the favorite to complete Biden’s ticket for months, but there has been a serious internal push this week to knock Harris down in favor of contenders like California Congresswoman Karen Bass and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice. The themes of the campaign to hobble Harris have revolved around her lack of “remorse” — as former Senator and current VP task force leader Chris Dodd reportedly put it — for her contentious exchange with Biden at a June debate, and her “ambition.” Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell added to the din this week by positing Rep....
    Joe Biden is set to announce his running mate next week and there’s been plenty of hypothesizing over who he might pick. Kamala Harris has been seen as the frontrunner in this process, so much of that speculation has been aimed her way and the narrative that’s developed around her has been as disappointing as is predictable. Right now, there’s a conversation around Harris questioning whether she’s too “ambitious” to be considered. Too ambitious to be vice president, to hold one of the highest positions of power in the country, to be second in command to a 77-year-old man. According to a report from CNBC, a group of Biden’s close allies have launched a campaign against Harris, questioning her “loyalty” and claiming she would be too focused on eventually becoming president to be an effective vice president. As if anyone took the position of vice president for its own...
    Sen. Kamala Harris. Some of Joe Biden’s allies and top supporters are campaigning against Sen. Kamala Harris as a potential vice presidential pick because, get this: She’s too ambitious, and … they just find her somehow, mysteriously, sort of … well: “I don’t like her, and I don’t like the way she campaigned. She seems not loyal at all and very opportunistic,” someone identified only as a Chicago-based businessman told CNBC.  Gentlemen. When Kamala Harris was campaigning against the former vice president now running for president because ambition, her job was not to be loyal to Joe Biden. And no one in the history of ever has become a vice presidential nominee without having been ambitious. Yet somehow it’s women for whom this is a disqualifying charge. Go f’ing figure. Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon pushed back: xAmbitious women make history, change the world, and win. Our campaign is full of ambitious women going all out...
    What is the sound of one hand clapping? What would happen if I hired two private detectives to follow each other? The first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club. The first rule of becoming the president, if you’re a woman, is you absolutely cannot want to be the president.  CNBC reported that some “allies” of Joe Biden are “waging a shadow campaign” against veepstakes frontrunner Kamala Harris, on the grounds that she’s “too ambitious” to be the vice president because what she really wants is to be the president. That report came days after former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) dinged Harris because she wasn’t sufficiently remorseful after she’d bodied Biden in an early Democratic primary debate, and Politico referred to another black woman in Congress, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass, as “the anti-Kamala” since she supposedly “cringes at having her picture taken and is...
    “We are going to make historic investments,” assured the Democratic candidate for the White House, who wants to be the champion of the fight against climate change against Donald Trump to win in the election on November 3. When the Republican billionaire “thinks of climate change, the only word he thinks of is + a hoax. + When I think of climate change, I think + jobs. + Well-paid union jobs that will put Americans to work,” M said Biden in his stronghold of Wilmington (Delaware). This climate plan includes a program for the construction of low-energy housing, incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles manufactured in the United States, or the switch from the government fleet to electric vehicles. “These investments are a + win-win + for this country, creating jobs, reducing energy costs and protecting our climate,” he said. “Transforming the American electricity sector to produce electricity...
    Stefani Reynolds/CNP via Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.When Joe Biden announced in March that he would select a woman as his running mate, it was hailed as a milestone. At 77, Biden might not run for reelection or even finish his first term, but he could play an instrumental role in breaking the highest glass ceiling by making a woman his most likely successor. “I view myself as a transition candidate,” Biden told donors this spring: “You got to get more people on the bench that are ready to go in—‘Put me in coach, I’m ready to play.’ Well, there’s a lot of people that are ready to play, women and men.” Good for him.  Stories about Biden’s choice have put a longstanding sexist narrative back in the news: Ambitious women cannot be trusted.  But with the vice presidential selection finally...
    LEEDS boss Marcelo Bielsa is targeting Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero and Arsenal's Emiliano Martinez. The Whites, promoted back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence, have made signing a goalkeeper their top priority. 1Leeds are tipped to sign Manchester United reserve keeper Sergio Romero for their Prem campaign next seasonCredit: Rex Features Martinez in particular has been in stunning form for the Gunners since replacing the injured Bernd Leno. Bielsa's fellow Argentine Romero, 32, has also proved a very capable deputy when called upon to fill in for regular Old Trafford stopper David De Gea. Martinez, who is also an Argentine, had previously struggled for game time at The Emirates until this season. But having made such a big impression now, the 27-year-old could be tempted into a move to a club where he could become the established No1. Romero has also been very much on the sidelines...
    By Samuel McNeil and Aniruddah Ghosal | Associated Press BEIJING — China launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday in a bold attempt to join the United States in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet. Engines blazing orange, a Long March-5 rocket took off under clear skies from Hainan Island, south of China’s mainland, as space enthusiasts gathered on a beach across the bay from the launch site. “This is a kind of hope, a kind of strength,” said Li Dapeng, co-founder of the China branch of the Mars Society, an advocacy group. He watched with his wife, 11-year-old son and 2,000 others on the beach. Launch commander Zhang Xueyu announced to cheers in the control room that the rocket was flying normally about 45 minutes later. “The Mars rover has accurately entered the scheduled orbit,” he said in brief remarks shown live on state...
    Apple issued a pledge on Tuesday that seems to raise the bar on corporate carbon goals. The tech giant, which says it is already carbon neutral at corporate facilities, has committed to get to net-zero carbon throughout its chain of suppliers and in the use of its products by 2030. Apple’s plan is notable for the way it aims to do a lot on a relatively short timetable, said Lori Bird, director of U.S. energy for the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that focuses on sustainability. “It’s an ambitious target to try to do their entire supply chain in this period and it’s very important to do so,” she said. She also took note of the plan’s focus being mindful of racial and economic equity, something she can’t recall seeing to this extent in other companies’ plans. I don’t know of any other company as large and as...
    BEIJING -- China launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday in a bold attempt to join the United States in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet.Engines blazing orange, a Long March-5 carrier rocket took off under clear skies around 12:40 p.m. from Hainan Island, south of China's mainland.Hundreds of space enthusiasts cried out excitedly on a beach across the bay from the launch site."This is a kind of hope, a kind of strength," said Li Dapeng, co-founder of the China branch of the Mars Society, an international enthusiast group. He wore a Mars Society T shirt, and was there with his wife, 11-year-old son and 2,000 others on the beach to watch the launch.Launch commander Zhang Xueyu announced to cheers in the control room that the rocket was flying normally about 45 minutes later."The Mars rover has accurately entered the scheduled orbit," he said in brief...
    China launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday in a bold attempt to join the United States in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet. Tianwen-1 was launched on a Long March-5 carrier rocket from Hainan Island, a resort province off the south coast of the mainland, state media said. Livestreams showed a successful liftoff, with rockets blazing orange and the spacecraft heading upward across clear blue skies. Hundreds of space enthusiasts cried out excitedly on a beach across the bay from the launch site. It marked the second flight to Mars this week, after a United Arab Emirates orbiter blasted off on a rocket from Japan on Monday. And the U.S. is aiming to launch Perseverance, its most sophisticated Mars rover ever, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, next week. China’s tandem spacecraft — with both an orbiter and a rover — will take seven months to...
    The second of three high-profile Mars missions is poised for takeoff as early as Thursday, an ambitious attempt by China to send a sophisticated orbiter, lander and rover to the red planet in a major demonstration of the nation's growing space prowess. China did not announce the launch date in advance. But based on a notice to mariners in the offshore launch danger zone, liftoff of the Tianwen-1 spacecraft atop a powerful Long March 5 rocket at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island was expected between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. EDT Thursday. The flight comes on the heels of the successful launch of a United Arab Emirates Mars orbiter, called Hope, from Japan on Tuesday. Next up will be the launch of NASA's $2.4 billion Perseverance Mars rover from Cape Canaveral on July 30. An artist's impression of the Tianwen-1 lander and rover on the surface of Mars....
    Court experts: US youth "sorry" in police slaying trial Sporting KC scores early, advances with 2-0 win over RSL Publisher NeoText Launches with Ambitious Digital Slate © Courtesy of NeoText One of the minds behind Little, Brown’s acclaimed crime books imprint Mulholland Books is turning his attention to digital publishing with the launch of NeoText, a new company focusing on digital releases of genre novellas and narrative non-fiction, The Hollywood Reporter can reveal. The publisher was formed by Addictive Pictures’ Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder, alongside producer Jay Schuminsky. NeoText has an executive team that includes chief creative officer Eric Raab, a former senior editor at Tor Books; Edgar-nominated author and editor Allan Guthrie as editorial director; and director of narrative Nicholas Mennuti, a former NATO narrative consultant. NeoText marks the return to publishing for Schoenfelder, who had previously helped launch Mulholland Books in 2010, before forming Addictive Pictures, which...
    ROME (Reuters) - The European Union has agreed on an "ambitious" post-pandemic recovery fund that will allow the area to face the COVID-19 crisis with "strength and effectiveness", Italy's Prime Minister said on Tuesday. "We are satisfied with the approval of an ambitious relaunch plan, which will allow us to confront the crisis with strength and effectiveness," Giuseppe Conte said at news conference after a five-day long summit. The premier said that 28%, or 209 billion euros, of the 750 billion euros agreed at the European summit would be for Italy, of which 81 billion euros will be in grants and 127 billion euros will be in loans. (Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The aim of reaching an agreement between Britain and the European Union on future ties between the two by October is ambitious but achievable, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday. "An agreement on the basis of the Political Declaration is sporty but still possible," he said in a statement. (Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Riham Alkousaa) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - It is better for European Union leaders to agree an ambitious financial aid package for the bloc rather than to have a quick deal at any cost, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said on Sunday. "Ideally, the leaders' agreement should be ambitious in terms of size and composition of the package, broadly along the lines of what has been proposed by the Commission," Lagarde told Reuters. "From my perspective, it’s better to agree on an ambitious facility along these lines, even if it takes a bit more time. I would hope that the leaders agree on something that’s ambitious rather than fast." A financial aid package designed to lift Europe out of its deepest recession since World War Two hung in the balance at a summit on Sunday as leaders bickered over details for the third straight day, raising the risk that the package could be...
    Fahim Saleh was found dismembered in his New York apartment on July 14. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja Fahim Saleh, a 33-year-old entrepreneur, was found dismembered at his Manhattan apartment this week.  A founder of ride-share and delivery technology, Saleh had a mission to bring jobs and opportunity to developing country.  Saleh's social media gives the world an inside look at his tight-knit family, hobbies, and jet-setting lifestyle. His killing, which police have said looked like a "professional job," might have been financially motivated. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Fahim Saleh was in 5th grade when he launched his first "business." He and his young friend would sell candy they bought in bulk at the local dollar store on their school playground in upstate New York. After three weeks the school principal shut down their operation, but by that time they had already raked in $150, he recounted in...
    Carl Pope July 16, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) On Tuesday, Joe Biden embraced a 2035 phase out for fossil fuel power generation, committed his first administration to $2 trillion in climate solutions investments — triple the amount he had previously promised — and framed both with his strongest linkage yet of clean energy and a million new jobs: "When I think about climate change, the word I think of is 'jobs'." Biden's striking expansion of his climate ambition came at the end of a little remarked but extraordinary six weeks signaling a global shift away from fossil fuels — with, admittedly, a few stubborn outliers, including the presidents of Brazil and the United States. : Here a calendar of some of these events. It's a staggering global shift, in the midst of the worst tragedy of my lifetime, and it's getting almost no attention, understandably. But the fact that it's happening in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is...
    Arsenal need to be looking at bringing in “four or five players across the board”, claims Kevin Campbell, with the former Gunners striker adding Thomas Partey, Adrien Rabiot and Kalidou Koulibaly to an ambitious shopping list. Given that those at Emirates Stadium have rarely embarked on elaborate spending sprees, moves for some of the finest talent available in a European market appears unlikely. It could, however, be that Mikel Arteta is freed to freshen up his ranks with a couple of new additions. A move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey has been mooted, while Juventus star Rabiot has registered on the recruitment radar in north London since his days at Paris Saint-Germain. Napoli defender Koulibaly may prove to be out of reach for Arsenal, with the Senegalese centre-half wanted by top clubs across the continent – with talk of interest from the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and PSG...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota-based 3M is teaming up with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute Of Technology to develop a new rapid COVID-19 test that can be completed at point-of-care — and within minutes. On Tuesday, 3M announced that the accelerated research is now underway with a goal of a new highly accurate, mass-produced and low-cost diagnostic device that delivers COVID-19 test results in minutes. The test was selected by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) after a rigorous review by an expert panel. It was part of the government’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Tech (RADx Tech) program, which is an aggressively-paced COVID-19 diagnostics initiative from NIH’s National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. “We are excited to collaborate with Professor Hadley Sikes and the team at MIT. Our approach is ambitious, but our collective expertise can make a difference for people around the world, so we owe...
    Melanie McFarland July 13, 2020 9:00PM (UTC) The flurry of Black Lives Matter statements from Hollywood studios, networks and media conglomerates has attracted criticism from people within and outside the industry pointing to the dismal track record many of these companies have with regard to honestly valuing inclusion. Audiences can see the lack of diversity in front of the camera for themselves, but it doesn't take much digging to discover an overall lack of people of color in decision-making positions behind the camera, whether on set or in executive offices. Among the major networks CBS has long been perceived as a top offender in this regard. But on Monday morning the network publicly stated its commitment to changing that image. : According to the network's press release, CBS intends to allocate a minimum of 25% of its future script development budgets to projects created or co-created by Black people, Indigenous people...
    The first of three international missions to Mars gets underway Tuesday when a Japanese H-2A rocket boosts a United Arab Emirates spacecraft known as "Hope" into space for a seven-month voyage to the red planet. It will be the first interplanetary mission ever attempted by an Arab nation. A little more than a week later, China plans to launch its Tianwen 1 mission, sending its first orbiter and a surface rover to Mars while NASA presses ahead with launch of the agency's $2.4 billion Perseverance Mars rover, equipped with a small drone-like helicopter, on July 30. All three will reach their target in 2020. The three missions are taking advantage of a planetary launch window that only comes around once every 26 months when Earth and Mars are in favorable positions in their orbits around the sun. This year's launch window closes in mid August, and any spacecraft delayed past...
    Port Clinton, Ohio’s J.R. Majewski painted his large, oddly-shaped yard in support of President Donald Trump’s re-election. Majewski has turned his Bay Township home’s yard red, white and blue once again. Last year, he painted a massive “Betsy Ross” American flag in honor of our troops. But this year, Majewski turned every inch of it into a Trump 2020 “Keep America Great” banner. The ambitious homeowner originally intended to paint the National League of Families POW/MIA flag across his lawn, but ran into trouble with the massive amount of black paint required. Instead — and encouraged by local veterans — Majewski turned approximately 120 gallons of biodegradable chalk-based blue paint into a beacon of support for the POTUS. “You see and hear a lot from the president on his support of the military. New weapons, new equipment, new technology — all of those things matter,” he told the Port Clinton News...
    House appropriators don’t intend to substantially increase NASA’s budget, potentially jeopardizing the agency’s plans of sending astronauts back to the Moon by 2024. Today, the House Appropriations Committee released its latest funding bill for fiscal year 2021, detailing the budgets for all commerce, justice, and science agencies in the US. The bill would give NASA a total budget of $22.63 billion for next year, the same amount the agency received for 2020. However, it’s nearly $3 billion less than the $25.2 billion the Trump administration called for in the president’s budget request — a hefty amount intended to fund an ambitious lunar return. NASA has been very vocal about its goal to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon as part of the agency’s Artemis program. And NASA has a very tight deadline to make that happen. In early 2019, Vice President Mike Pence challenged...
    This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. I made a bold declaration: In the year I turned 50, I’d leave my North Carolina home and visit 50 places around the world I’d never seen. Then the Universe said, “Hold my beer.” I never expected that a pandemic would crash my intended year of travel. But then again, I never expected to be on such a journey in the first place. Three years ago, my marriage of 23 years was over, I’d just left a successful career as a TV news producer to start a content creation business and my daughter, Sidney, was becoming a teenager. All the expectations I had for my life were shaken up like a snow globe and I was watching the pieces fall, uncertain where they’d land. Life felt out of control. Mile Marker 50 was my solution. I’ve lived long enough to see how...
    Alexander Hamilton was a revolutionary and military leader, a Founding Father, first secretary of the treasury of the United States, and subject of the smash-hit Broadway musical Hamilton. But the show, which paints him as an opponent of slavery, is now facing calls for it to be 'canceled' for glossing over his own involvement in the trade. While Hamilton saw the evils of slavery first-hand growing up in the West Indies and advocated powerfully against slavery later in life, he often side-lined these views in order to win the approval of wealthy benefactors and advance his career. His two main benefactors were George Washington and Philip Schuyler, both of whom owned slaves. Hamilton helped the Schuyler family buy slaves, and helped run companies which profited from slave labor.  Even when he did denounce slavery in 1796, having been forced out of politics, some argue he was cynically using it as a...
    By Clara-Laeila Laudette MADRID (Reuters) - The coronavirus outbreak has highlighted serious weaknesses in Spain's social security system and a failure to address the plight of the poorest people, a U.N. expert said on Monday. "Spain’s social protection net was utterly inadequate before COVID-19, but the pandemic has since exposed just how deeply it is failing people," Philip Alston, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said in a report on a fact-finding mission he made to Spain this year. Alston said millions of Spaniards who were unable to work had to struggle through delays, glitches and other difficulties to access government support during the lockdown. Alston, whose mandate ended in April, praised the government for adopting a national minimum income scheme in May, calling it an ambitious and impressive achievement, but said it was just the first of many urgently needed measures. Spain launched...
    The Anlaufs went to Costco only to try to find toilet paper and other pandemic supplies last March. They ended up finding something else, too. “The shed,” Jaime Anlauf says, “was an impulse purchase.” That Costco impulse is now a tiki bar in the family’s Woodbury back yard. “Our summer trip got canceled,” Anlauf says. “So we decided, ‘We’ll have the vacation in our yard.'” The Anlaufs are trending — many of us are making our yards the destination during this safer-at-home summer. The Outdoor Trend Report for 2020 by Wayfair Professional — the online home store’s program for business customers — gives clues into what we are buying … or at least what we might be considering buying: The search term “rattan garden furniture” has increased by 401 percent compared with last year, according to the report; also this summer, with more of us staying home to eat and...
    The Governor of the Bank of Spain, Pablo Hernández de Cos, has presented the conclusions of the 2019 annual report with an eye to the economic crisis derived from the covid-19 health emergency and its future effects. Among its main conclusions, it stands out that the economic level prior to the coronavirus is not expected to be reached until the end of 2022. “Economic activity has been gradually recovering in recent weeks, but this will not prevent a very sharp drop in GDP in the whole of 2020. In recent weeks, the progress that has occurred in the context of the de-escalation process arranged by the The Government has allowed a certain recovery in activity and employment, which is expected to continue and accelerate in the coming quarters, however, the magnitude of the drop in activity registered in the first half of the year will imply a very sharp...
    A stack of 60 SpaceX Starlink satellites float in orbit above the Earth.Source: SpaceX To fund its Martian ambitions, SpaceX intends to transform the Earth—blanketing the planet in ubiquitous internet coverage beamed down from a tight-fitting mesh of thousands of satellites. CEO Elon Musk expects this "Starlink" service to eventually generate $30 billion per year. In space, construction is advancing smoothly. SpaceX has already become the world's largest satellite operator, managing more than 500 satellites and counting. That's a fraction of the thousands it intends to launch, but enough for the system to reach Air Force cockpits and connect Musk to Twitter. The company intends to start beta testing in North America this summer. On the ground, however, SpaceX still has work to do. It has yet to unveil hardware to connect a customer's home to the satellites flying overhead. The company will also need a network of ground stations...
    BENFICA are in talks with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino over a shock move to the Portuguese giants, claim reports. The Lisbon side are ready to make a seriously huge financial investment to make the Argentine their next manager. 3 The Record front page reporting Benfica are in talks to make Mauricio Pochettino their next boss They are ready to axe Bruno Lage after 18 months in charge, despite him guiding the side to three points behind leaders Porto in the Primeira Liga table. Poch, 48, was sacked by Spurs in November, just five months after guiding the side to their first ever Champions League final. Portuguese sports newspaper Record claim Poch is in talks with Benfica. 3 Former Southampton and Espanyol boss Pochettino had wanted a move to a Premier League club but it is thought he is now keen on a switch to the continent having been out...
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