China reported a rise in new COVID-19 cases despite a flurry of recent measures to contain the latest outbreak in the northeast, with Heilongjiang province recording its biggest daily increase in new patients to date. Tens of millions of residents in Hebei province surrounding Beijing, the northeastern Jilin province and Heilongjiang have been put into lockdown in recent weeks amid what is the worst wave of new infections since March 2020. A total of 144 new cases were reported on Jan. 20, the National Health Commission said on Monday, matching the total reported on Jan. 14 and marking the highest number of daily infections since March 1.
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A scuba diver noticed a venomous octopus using camouflage to blend in with its surroundings in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria.This footage, shot by Jules Casey, shows a blue-ringed octopus slowly emerging from a selection of shells to reveal its true colors when a camera approaches.“This was the first time I’d ever witnessed this behavior,” Casey wrote on an Instagram post that featured the video. Credit: Jules Casey via Storyful
Trash collected from Mount Everest is set to be transformed into art and displayed in a nearby gallery, to highlight the need to save the world's tallest mountain from turning into a dumping site. Tommy Gustafsson, project director and a co-founder of the Sagarmatha Next Centre - a visitors’ information centre and waste up-cycling facility - said foreign and local artists will be engaged in creating artwork from waste materials and train locals to turn trash into treasures. “We want to showcase how you can transform solid waste to precious pieces of art … and generate employment and income,” Gustafsson told Reuters.
The NHL said the fine was in response to "player violations" of league protocols, including "social interactions among team members who were in close contact and who were not wearing face coverings," but did not elaborate on which players were involved. While not the maximum allowable fine under NHL protocol, the hefty figure could nonetheless serve as a warning to teams playing beyond the confines of last year's quarantined "bubble," with the league already rescheduling a number of games due to safety concerns since the season kicked off a week ago.
Spectators at the beleaguered Tokyo Games are not a "must have", senior International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said in an interview with Kyodo News on Wednesday. After postponing the Games last year because of the global coronavirus pandemic, Saturday marks six months until the rearranged Olympics are due to start on July 23. Organisers have said they will make a decision on whether spectators are allowed into venues in late February or March.
Various groups rallied at the Colorado Capitol building in Denver, on January 20, the day of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration.Footage captured by Lizzie Weiler shows a group chanting “f*** Donald Trump,” as well as listening to a speaker.“It was a collective group of all demographics, mostly celebrating Black Indigenous People of Color’s lives, and raising awareness of the oppression they have faced,” Weilder told Storyful. “It was also a message to the new President and Vice President to be people of their word. Speakers urged their crowd to be the difference, and to educate themselves, and to hold people in power accountable!” Credit: Lizzie Weiler/The Bold via Storyful
Twitter has locked the account of China's U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China's policies in the Xinjiang region, which the U.S. social media platform said violated the firm's policy against 'dehumanization'. "We've taken action on the Tweet you referenced for violating our policy against dehumanization, where it states: We prohibit the dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, caste, age, disability, serious disease, national origin, race, or ethnicity," a Twitter spokesperson said on Thursday.
The National Rifle Association is in a double-barreled legal battle for its future, moving forward with its bankruptcy case while fighting accusations it only sought Chapter 11 protection to avoid a potentially crippling lawsuit. Lawyers for the influential advocacy group told a federal judge Wednesday that the organization’s decision to declare bankruptcy, with plans to reincorporate in gun-friendly Texas, was not an attempt to dodge a lawsuit brought by the attorney general in New York, its current corporate home. “New York is a hostile environment for second amendment advocacy that’s no secret, and it’s no accident,” NRA lawyer Sarah Rogers told the bankruptcy judge, Harlin DeWayne Hale, at a hearing in Dallas.
The more contagious variant of the coronavirus discovered in Britain is spreading rapidly across Portugal, pressuring the health service at a time when authorities are scrambling to tackle the country's worst outbreak since the pandemic's start. Around 20% of new COVID-19 cases being reported are of the more transmissible variant, Health Minister Marta Temido told broadcaster RTP late on Wednesday, warning that number could reach 60% as early as next week. Portugal's daily COVID-19 cases rose 40% on Wednesday from the day before to a record 14,647, with the national health system on the verge of collapse without enough intensive care beds or human resources to treat coronavirus patients.
A New York City street artist altered signs in the 46th Street subway station, paying homage to America’s 46th president, Joe Biden, on the day of his inauguration, January 20.Adrian Wilson, who installed similar tributes in the past was behind the changed sign, which now reads: “46th Joe”. Credit: Adrian Wilson via Storyful
Substitute Everton scored for Gremio just four minutes after coming on against Atletico Mineiro on Wednesday, winning his side a crucial point in the 1-1 draw. Both teams still have hopes of winning Brazil’s Serie A, although Atletico looked the more likely victors in a scrappy match and led for most of the game after Hyoran put them ahead from the penalty spot in 32 minutes. However, Everton, who replaced Victor Ferraz with nine minutes remaining, grabbed a vital late goal in what turned out to be a frustrating night for both clubs.
European Union leaders will on Thursday seek to address the coronavirus pandemic's mounting challenges, from containing more infectious variants to the threat of border closures and the slow roll-out of vaccines across the bloc. The heads of EU institutions have urged the leaders to maintain unity and step up testing and vaccinations, though no formal conclusions are expected from the online video conference, the ninth since the pandemic began. The European Commission said on Tuesday that the 27 EU countries should have vaccinated at least 70% of adults by summer and needed to be genome sequencing at least 5% of positive tests to identify new coronavirus variants.
President Joe Biden's proposal for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package was based on an assessment of specific needs, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday, when asked about Republican objections about the total cost. Psaki said it was challenging to think about which components of the proposal could be eliminated since all were based on recommendations from economists and health professionals, but acknowledged that the final version of any legislation rarely looked exactly like the initial proposal. Biden, a longtime U.S. lawmaker was no stranger to congressional negotiations, and would be closely involved in the process, Psaki said, adding: "It's a conversation, and he is no stranger to the process of deal-making."
Jan.20 -- Moderna Co-Founder and Chairman Noubar Afeyan discusses President Biden's COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and its chances of success. He also talks about the shortcomings of the initial vaccine rollout. Afeyan speaks to Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."
Facing the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen told reporters ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship game that he's focused on being "the best version of myself." The 24-year-old was dogged by skepticism through the first two years of his career, finishing 23rd in passing yards in 2019 amid concern from experts and armchair analysts alike that he could become yet another former first-round pick who failed to live up to his potential. Allen charged into the 2020 regular season with four straight wins and wrapped up the year with 4,544 passing yards - the fifth most in the league - improving his completion percentage to 69.2% from 58.8% in 2019 and honing his reputation as one of the NFL's strongest-performing quarterbacks under pressure.
Newly sworn-in U.S. President Joe Biden had barely set foot in the White House before he got straight to work - signing more than a dozen executive actions on Wednesday addressing the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and racial inequality and undoing some of his predecessor's most high profile policies. "And, i thought, with the state of the nation today, it's no time to waste." Among the actions, he started the process of rejoining the Paris climate accord, and canceled the presidential permit granted for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. He moved to end a travel ban Trump put in place on some majority-Muslim countries and called upon his administration to strengthen the DACA program for immigrants brought to the United States as children. Biden also ordered the wearing of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings and on all federal lands and moved to end a national emergency declaration that was the basis for diverting some federal funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. While former President Donald Trump broke with tradition by skipping the inauguration, leaving early Wednesday morning for Palm Beach - he did stick to one modern-day ritual… leaving behind a letter for his successor. Without going into detail, Biden cast the letter in a positive light, saying he didn't want to say more until he'd spoken with Trump directly. "The president wrote a very generous letter. Because it was private, I won't talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous."
For years, legions of QAnon conspiracy theory adherents encouraged one another to “trust the plan" as they waited for the day when President Donald Trump would orchestrate mass arrests, military tribunals and executions of his Satan-worshipping, child-sacrificing enemies. QAnon followers grappled with anger, confusion and disappointment Wednesday as President Joe Biden was sworn into office. Others clung to the notion that Trump will remain a “shadow president” during Biden's term.
At least three people were killed, several were injured, and one person remained missing after an explosion destroyed a building near the Puerta de Toledo in Madrid, Spain, on January 20, officials said.Four floors of a building on Calle de Toledo were severely damaged by the explosion. Local news reports said the explosion was believed to have been caused by a gas leak and investigations were underway.Footage posted by Bomberos Madrid, the city’s fire department, shows crews stabilizing area buildings that were damaged in the explosion and surveying the blast site.According to Google Translate, the fire department said on Twitter, “We have worked all afternoon and part of the night securing the area, eliminating unstable elements from the adjoining buildings that were at risk of falling onto the public roadway.” Credit: Bomberos Madrid via Storyful