The worldwide coronavirus death toll surpassed 2 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as nations around the world are trying to procure multiple vaccines and detect new COVID-19 variants. It took nine months for the world to record the first 1 million deaths from the novel coronavirus but only three months to go from 1 million to 2 million deaths, illustrating an accelerating rate of fatalities. Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi) So far in 2021, deaths have averaged over 11,900 per day or one life lost every eight seconds, according to a Reuters tally.
The cumulative death toll from the coronavirus in France rose by 636 to 69,949 on Monday as the country added a three-day batch of retirement home deaths to the tally, health ministry data showed on Friday. France reported 280 deaths in hospitals, down from 282 on Thursday, and 356 deaths in retirement homes. National statistics institute INSEE said France's overall mortality rate in 2020 - inflated by the pandemic - was 9% higher than in the previous two years, with a total of 667,400 deaths from all causes, or 53,900 more than in 2019.
The National Weather Service (NWS) for Des Moines warned of “blizzard conditions” as many parts of Iowa were blanketed in snow on January 15.This footage, posted on Twitter by Dickinson County Emergency Management (DCEM), shows adverse weather conditions with low visibility in Dickinson County. DCEM warned against travel as strong winds and blowing snow created dangerous driving conditions. “In some areas, visibility isn’t too bad. In others, like here, it’s still very low…and changes rapidly,” the DCEM wrote.Some parts of Iowa accumulated more than seven inches of snow by Friday morning, the NWS reported. Credit: Dickinson County Emergency Management via Storyful
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The United States has told India it is unlikely to get a waiver on its planned acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems, raising the risk of sanctions similar to those imposed on Turkey for buying that equipment, people aware of the matter said. The Trump administration has been telling the Indians to drop the $5.5 billion deal for five missile systems and avoid a diplomatic crisis, saying New Delhi did not have a wide waiver from a 2017 U.S. law aimed at deterring countries from buying Russian military hardware. That position is unlikely to change under the Biden administration that takes over next week and that has promised an even tougher U.S. approach towards Russia, the people aware of the discussions told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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Vice President Mike Pence participates in memorial service for Chuck Yeager, the first person to break the sound barrier.
Missing nightclubs? Locator: Thessaloniki, Greece Taxi driver Konstantinos Bekios has decked out his ride with strobes and pumping music He calls it "taxi prive club" TAXI DRIVER KONSTANTINOS BEKIOS, 44, SAYING:"I saw that people were always stressed, sad, everyone was in a bad mood. I started to put on music - to turn up the volume, and I saw people enjoyed it, they were having fun, they were having a good time, even if it was a short route, they would get out happy, and that is how we started the 'taxi prive club'." Ioanna Karagiannidou is a return customer PASSENGER IOANNA KARAGIANNIDOU, 24, SAYING:"He has transformed the taxi in a way with the music, with the atmosphere, that when a customer, a person enters, such as me, it improves your mood in the first five minutes."
The United States announced sanctions on Friday against six Hong Kong or Chinese officials it blamed for implementing a new security law in Hong Kong, following the mass arrests of pro-democracy activists this month. Hong Kong police arrested 53 people on Jan. 5 in dawn raids on democracy activists in the biggest crackdown since China last year imposed a security law which opponents say is aimed at quashing dissent in the former British colony. The six people targeted for new sanctions include Frederic Choi, director of the national security division of the Hong Kong police, and Sun Qingye, a deputy to Zheng Yanxiong, who was appointed in July to head a new national security office in Hong Kong.
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This 12-year-old boy has set a world record for the most consecutive soccer ball touches in one minute while balancing a second ball on his head Location: Warri, Nigeria (SOUNDBITE) (English) FREESTYLE FOOTBALLER, CHINONSO ECHE, SAYING:"Nobody taught me but my father made an impact in my life by showing me some videos of Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Okocha and I picked up from there." Chinonso Eche has also become an online sensation with videos of his tricks attracting thousands of viewers He hopes his talents will turn into an international career
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday the government hoped to complete the vaccination programme for care home residents and workers by the end of month, acknowledging problems with infection rates in such settings. "Clearly we've got a problem there again, that's why we are working flat out to vaccinate care home workers and care home residents," he told a news conference, adding that around 40 percent of elderly care home residents had been vaccinated so far. "We hope to have completed care homes by the end of the month."
The California Public Utilities Commission challenged the outgoing Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to maintain its 2017 repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, court documents show. The California agency asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to throw out the FCC's order approved in October as "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion." The appeals court in October 2019 largely upheld the FCC’s repeal, but ordered the agency to reconsider the repeal's impact on public safety and other issues.
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As US president-elect Joe Biden prepares to be sworn into office next week, he’s assembling a team to lead some of the most important initiatives for the country. On Jan. 15, Biden tapped David Kessler as the new head of Operation Warp Speed (OWS), the federal funding arm that has been working with private companies like Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Novavax to manufacture and test Covid-19 vaccines at a breakneck pace. It’s a choice that could stand to boost public trust in federal vaccination investment and deployment.
There wasn't a whole lot of shopping going on in December...in store or online. Retail sales dropped in the United States for the third straight month, according to Commerce Department data released Friday. Total sales were down a weaker-than-expected 0.7 percent in December, while online sales tumbled 5.8 percent. The slowdown in retail spending came amid a new wave of job losses, looming expiration of jobless benefits at the end of December, and renewed measures to slow the health crisis. Consumers cut back on spending nearly across the board, with restaurants and bars among the hardest hit due to the shutdown of indoor dining closed in some states. Sales at electronic and appliance stores were also at the top of the sales decline. December's weak retail sales report adds further evidence of an economy that lost speed at the end of 2020. Things could change though in coming months. First of all, Congress did extend jobless benefits at the very end of the year, and also approved $600 stimulus checks - so that should immediately provide a boost. And there could be more to come. President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan this week, which includes direct relief to households and small business
“Tyger Tyger,” a thriller starring Dylan Sprouse that’s set during a deadly pandemic, has secured a distributor. Gravitas Ventures nabbed worldwide rights to the film and plans to release it in select theaters and drive-ins, as well as on digital platforms, on Feb. 26. Kerry Mondragon wrote and directed the movie, which was presciently filmed […]
There are a lot of reasons to like “Mank.” 1. It’s great filmmaking. 2. It has an irresistible backstory: David Fincher wanted to pay tribute to his late father, Jack, by directing his screenplay; 3. It tackles a well-known topic (Hollywood in the 1930s-‘40s) from an unusual angle. 4. It’s not what people expected, always […]
Hulu has promoted Candice Ashton to vice president, originals publicity. In her new role, the veteran communications exec will oversee publicity across series, film and documentaries. She will report to Hulu’s originals marketing chiefs — Barrie Gruner on series and Spencer Peeples on film and documentaries Ashton joined Hulu in 2016 as it was ramping […]