President Donald Trump has raised roughly $170 million since his Election Day defeat, a sum garnered through a nonstop stream of solicitations that have falsely claimed the election was stolen while requesting contributions for an “election defense fund." Most of the money was raised in the days after the Nov. 3 election, according to a person familiar with Trump's effort who requested anonymity on Tuesday to discuss details of the operation. The amount, which approaches the sums Trump took in at the height of the campaign, offers yet another sign that he does not intend to leave the White House quietly and will remain a powerful force in Republican politics.
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"Captain Marvel" and "No Time To Die" star Lashana Lynch has wrapped principal photography on BAFTA and Olivier-winning Debbie Tucker Green's "Ear For Eye" at Kennington Studios. The film is an adaptation of Tucker Green's own acclaimed play, which was staged at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2018, starring Lynch. The play, and the film, […]
It will be the first outing for the Pacific islanders after scheduled group matches against France, Italy and Scotland were all cancelled after almost the entire squad and management were infected with COVID-19, days before their scheduled opening game last month. They have since spent their time cloistered in a motel north of St Etienne, first in isolation before returning to full training at the start of the week. “It was a great feeling to see the boys out on the field training, having fun throwing the ball around, even if the temperature was minus four degrees,” coach Vern Cotter told The Independent newspaper on Tuesday.
COVID-19 patients who received cancer treatments that suppress their immune system may remain contagious and able to spread the coronavirus for two months or more, according to a study published on Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that when patients have compromised immune systems, healthcare workers follow extra precautions such as wearing respirators instead of face masks and isolate patients for up to 20 days after symptoms appear. In the new study, researchers analyzed sputum and swab samples from 20 immunosuppressed cancer patients infected with the new coronavirus.
The head of Ofsted has warned that climate change activists are “commandeering” the curriculum to have environmental issues taught in a “quasi-religious” way. Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, said that if the teaching of climate change is not properly “grounded in science” children could end up taking an “emotional position” on the issue. Speaking at the virtual launch of Ofsted’s annual report, she said: “Increasingly we see efforts to commandeer schools and the curriculum in support of worthy social issues and campaigns. “In the last year many of these calls have been about environmental causes and against racism. “Climate change activists have called for new qualifications or more explicit alterations to the curriculum. They sometimes forget the importance of grounding climate change within the wider body of learning about science and about geography.” Ms Spielman went on to say that pupils must have a proper understanding of climate change that is rooted in science so they learn to make “rational decisions” about how to act. “If it is not grounded in science and there is no real understanding underneath it, it becomes a morality tale or something quasi-religious,” she added. The chief inspector also addressed calls to “diversify” the school curriculum to include more content that appeals to black and minority ethnic (BME) children. “The curriculum is there to serve many purposes, one of which is to make children feel represented but there are so many others,” she said. “Any review of curriculum it is important to stand back and say ‘what are all the things that people reviewing are trying to achieve and have we got a good balance that reflects all of those purposes?’ “I think my message would be don’t revise the curriculum in the context of a single issue or purpose, make sure that period reviews take all purposes into account.” Ms Spielman also used her speech to warn that school closures during lockdown had a "dramatic impact" on the number of child protection referrals. Local authorities are now more likely to be responding to "a legacy of abuse and neglect" after local safeguarding partners struggled to identify families in need of early support and protection amid the pandemic. Ms Spielman pointed out that school attendance among the most vulnerable children remains "stubbornly low" and the number of child protection referrals made to councils had still not reached pre-Covid levels. She raised concerns about the number of children who have not returned to school following lockdown because their parents have decided to home-educate them. A recent survey of local authorities suggests there are now more than 75,000 children being home schooled - a 38 per cent increase since last year. “It appears many parents have removed their children because of their fears about Covid rather than a genuine desire to home-school,” she said. A Department for Education spokeswoman said: "The safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable children has always been our focus, which is why we kept nurseries, schools and colleges open for those children throughout the pandemic. "We all owe a debt of gratitude to the teachers and support workers who have gone above and beyond to support vulnerable children since national restrictions were first introduced. It remains a national priority to keep full-time education open for all."
An educational non-profit organization in Florida has turned trash into a festive light display to help raise awareness about how the waste people produce affects the world’s oceans.Footage shared by Beaches Go Green on November 28 shows its beautiful Octopus Garden, a single-use-plastic awareness art installation, at this year’s annual Deck the Chairs event at Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach.According to Beaches Go Green, 15,318 single-use plastic beverage bottles were used to make the display’s octopus arms, while a Repreve fabric made from 90% recycled bottles was used for the head, and more than 700 single-use plastic bags were used to create the jellyfish seen in the installation. Credit: Beaches Go Green via Storyful
NATO must significantly broaden its scope to help deal with climate change, future pandemics and terrorism while focusing on new security threats from China, a new high-level report commissioned by the military alliance said on Tuesday. Seen by some as a Cold War relic until Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation found new purpose in its military modernisation but now needs to "play a larger part in an international order", said the 67-page report that was presented to NATO foreign ministers. "NATO must adapt to meet the needs of a more demanding strategic environment marked by the return of systemic rivalry, persistently aggressive Russia, the rise of China," it said.
A lawyer for Donald Trump on Tuesday urged a federal appeals court to halt a lawsuit accusing the U.S. president of exploiting his family name to promote a marketing scam targeting poor and working-class people. The lawyer, Thomas McCarthy, told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan the plaintiffs were "done in by the allegations of their own complaint," and that their proposed class action concerning the multi-level marketing company American Communications Network belonged in arbitration. Four plaintiffs, including a hospice worker, accused Trump, his adult children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka and an affiliate of their family company of promoting ACN in exchange for millions of dollars in secret payments from 2005 to 2015.
President-elect Joe Biden introduces members of his economic team in Wilmington, Del.
Christmas wasn't just a time to be merry for Gino Esposito, it was a job. With a thick waist and long gray beard, Esposito is a professional Santa Claus who dresses up to hear children's Christmas wishes at shopping malls in Rio de Janeiro. "It's sad," Esposito told Reuters at the newsstand he runs, decorated with pictures of proud Christmas appearances.
The Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines could be approved in a matter of weeks, but who in the United States will get them first?
French rescuers had to go to extremes to evacuate a man suffering from morbid obesity from his flat on Tuesday, after he was immobilised in his home following an accident last year. Some 50 rescuers and a crane were used in the operation in the southern city of Perpignan. Estimated to weigh between 250 and 300 kilos (550 lbs to 660 lbs), the man, identified as "Alain P." had been unable to move from the floor after falling out of bed a year ago.
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The baby chevrotain, born on Nov. 10, is the size of a large matchbox and weighs around 100 grams. The species is characterised by its small stature, spindly legs and mouse-like head, and the birth is of particular significance because there are only a dozen chevrotains in European zoos and just one male. “For the first time ever in the history of any species of mouse deer, an actual birth was filmed and then the first moment of life of the baby,” Radoslaw Ratajszczak, the head of Zoo Wroclow, told Reuters. Chevrotains are facing extinction due to hunting and to palm oil plantations in their native home.
Vaccines do more than just protect against the disease they were designed for. They also have so-called non-specific effects that can improve overall health.
In the wake of the UK's ban of Huawei 5G equipment, it has released a strategy for vendor diversification that focuses on a controversial technology called Open RAN.
China's embassy in Australia said politicians there had "misread" a tweet showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the tweet posted by China's foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, "truly repugnant", and called for an apology. On Tuesday the tweet was pinned to the top of Zhao's social media account, and China's Global Times newspaper, known for nationalistic views, interviewed the Chinese artist who created the image.
Argentina rugby skipper Pablo Matera said he was "deeply ashamed" Tuesday as he was stripped of the captaincy and suspended along with two other players over racist tweets.