The match-up between the Ravens (6-4) and Steelers (10-0) was initially due to be played on Thursday as part of the National Football League's U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday slate of games but was rescheduled following several positive tests. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player, is among the players who have tested positive this week and will miss Tuesday's game.
Alex Albon accepted the blame on Friday after his heavy and expensive crash during practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix threatened to derail his future with Red Bull.
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Ferrari will support a freeze on Formula One engine regulations starting in 2022, team principal Mattia Binotto said on Thursday, which would enable Red Bull to use their Honda power units even after the Japanese manufacturer leaves the sport. Honda, which exclusively supplies Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri, is set to bow out of Formula One at the end of the 2021 season leaving the two outfits looking for a new supply. Red Bull's preferred option is to acquire the intellectual property of the Honda power unit and continue using it for its two teams.
The great, late drag queen Mertzy Jones had an expression: “Miss Too-Many Things is a mess in a dress.” For better and worse, that describes Miley Cyrus, an artist whose restless, genre-jumping eclecticism often sounds more like a kiddish cluttered mind with a dabbler’s sensibilities, rather than an ambitious experimental aesthetic. Luckily, that’s not such […]
Kiev-based Alina Gorlova vividly remembers the first time she saw the disputed region of Donbass, in the east of Ukraine and to the southwest of Russia. “I saw this nature in black-and-white,” she says, “because there was a lot of slag heaps in these industrial landscapes.” A graduate of the Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of […]
Ampleforth College has been banned from accepting new pupils after the Education Secretary ruled that efforts to improve safeguarding in the wake of a child abuse scandal have been “slow and insufficient”. The leading Benedictine school has been told it must “cease to admit” any more students by the Department of Education (DfE) as part of its policy to “safeguard the education and wellbeing of children”. It is rare for the Education Secretary to intervene in the running of a private school and the drastic move is only taken following a series of earlier sanctions. A damning report published by The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in 2018 found that leaders at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside hid allegations of "appalling" abuse against pupils as young as seven to protect the church's reputation. The two schools which are both linked to Benedictine monasteries were run at times by "secretive, evasive and suspicious" church officials who avoided reporting misconduct to police and social services, the report said. The inquiry found that sexual abuse spanning four decades at both schools was likely to be "considerably" more widespread than previously thought. Both must implement a “strict separation” between the governance of the abbey and the school, if safeguarding arrangements are to be free from “often conflicting priorities”, the report concluded. Allegations stretching back to the 1960s encompassed "a wide spectrum of physical abuse, much of which had sadistic and sexual overtones", it said. Ten individuals linked to the schools, mainly monks, have been cautioned or convicted over sexual activity or pornography offences involving a "large number of children". Officials at the DfE wrote to Ampleforth College on Friday explained that one or more of the independent school standards had not been met by the school. The letter notes that the school has shown “some willingness to improve” and has made progress and that it did meet all the independent school standards during recent inspections. It adds that since the arrival of a new headmaster in 2019, the school’s safeguarding arrangements have improved but said that “taking into account all the evidence...that progress has been too slow and has been insufficient”. A spokesman for Ampleforth College said: “We will be appealing this on the basis that we believe, and have been advised, that it is unjustified and based on incorrect information. “Given the very considerable steps forward that have been taken by the school to learn from the mistakes of the past and to put in place a robust safeguarding regime, a new senior leadership team, and a new governance structure that has effectively separated the Abbey from the College, we cannot understand why this decision has been taken, and we cannot understand why it has been published, given the appeals process is still open to us. “As far as we are concerned, we will continue to educate our students to the very high standards they are used to in a safe and supportive environment. We have lodged a complaint to Ofsted and await the outcome of that complaint."
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Belgium will let shops reopen from Tuesday, but keep other coronavirus curbs over the festive period, including limits on gatherings over Christmas and a ban on fireworks at New Year, the prime minister said. "If we loosen too soon, the numbers will shoot up and then it will be very difficult," Alexander De Croo told a news conference on Friday. While Britain will allow up to three households to meet at home over Christmas, Belgian households will only be able to be in close contact with one additional person.
German authorities have uncovered a group of soldiers suspected of organising a chat group relating to anti-Semitism, right-wing extremism and pornography, according to a Defence Ministry document seen by Reuters. Many of the 26 soldiers belong to a logistics unit in Neustadt am Ruebenberge in northern Germany, the ministry said in a report to parliament dated Friday and first reported by public ARD television. In June, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer disbanded a company of the army's elite KSK special forces after recurring incidents involving far-right extremism.
Diego Maradona's death has triggered an outpouring of grief around the world. Now comes the scramble for a share of the soccer legend's complex financial legacy, ranging from his iconic jerseys to luxury cars, image rights and even an amphibious tank. Maradona, who died on Wednesday at the age of 60 from cardiac arrest, had four children in Argentina, one in Italy from his time at Napoli and three in Cuba when he settled on the island to undergo treatment to recover from his addictions, his lawyer Matías Morla has said.
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Norway will extradite a man to France who is suspected of taking part in an attack that killed six people in a Jewish restaurant in Paris 38 years ago, the government said on Friday. In 2015, arrest warrants were issued against three former members of the Abu Nidal Organization, a splinter group of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a source told Reuters at the time. The suspects were identified long after the attacks because of statements from other former members of the Abu Nidal group under a French judicial process that maintained their anonymity, the source said.
Cambridge University’s leaders have become embroiled in a free speech row with dons who are refusing to back a new rule requiring them to be “respectful of the diverse identities of others”. The Council of the 800-year-old institution has proposed a series of updates to free speech rules but academics have argued that the changes are “authoritarian”. Critics say the changes are “no doubt meant well” but the vague nature of their wording mean that they could be used to undermine academics’ freedom of speech rather than protect it. The Campaign for Cambridge Freedoms, a group of academics who oppose the changes, said: “The bottom line is that in future we might face disciplinary charges and even dismissal for mockery of ideas and individuals with which we disagree. “The University has no right to demand that we be respectful towards all beliefs and practices: on the contrary, we have a right, in some cases practically a duty, to satirize and to mock them.” The Council, which is chaired by the vice-Chancellor, is the executive and policy-making body of the university. Any changes it proposes to the rules must be approved by Regent House which is made up of Cambridge academics and senior administrative staff. The Council put forward a series of changes to the university’s free speech policy in June, and academics have managed to force a ballot on a series of amendments including that the phrase “be respectful of” is replaced with “tolerate”. Prof Ross Anderson, an expert in security engineering at Cambridge, told The Telegraph: “If you can discipline people for lack of respect, that undermines the freedom we have had for many centuries”. He said that if the university’s proposed amendments are passed, it means that the “HR department can stick its nose into academic disputes of which they have no understanding whatsoever.” Prof Anderson claimed that the impetus for the change to the free speech rules came from the “Stalinist left among the student union who like to ‘cancel’ people”. Dr Arif Ahmed, a fellow at Gonville and Caius and lecturer in philosophy, told the Times Higher Education magazine: “The problem with requiring ‘respect’ of all opinions and ‘identities’ is that ‘respect’ is vague, subjective and restrictive. “For instance, David Hume certainly wrote disrespectfully about the Christian religion. Am I being disrespectful to that opinion or identity if I teach or endorse his views? Who gets to decide?” Critics of the university’s proposed changes have also suggested an amendment to the wording which they say will make it harder to force university societies to disinvite speakers whose remarks may be controversial. Cambridge University said they are “fully committed to the principle and promotion of freedom of speech and expression” adding that they have a “long tradition of seeking to safeguard them”. A spokesman added: “The University Council received three amendments from members of the Regent House, the University’s governing body, each proposing changes to individual paragraphs of the revised statement, and agreed to submit them to separate ballots. “This is a matter for the Regent House to determine; the University has a democratic system of governance and this vote is an expression of that.”
Rose Lavelle scored against the Netherlands again, Kristie Mewis scored in her first appearance for the United States in six years and the U.S. women won a rematch of last year's World Cup final by the same score, 2-0, on Friday. The older sister of starter Sam Mewis came in as a second-half substitute and scored in the 70th minute. It was Kristie Mewis' second goal for the team, after her first in 2013.
President Donald Trump's announcement in May of plans to develop a Covid-19 vaccine by year's end is near realization -- despite a setback among one of the six candidates that the US supported.
A Utah woman used social media to raise money for an elderly veteran who took a delivery job to help pay for repairs to his home.Jen Cantwell Weiss from Ogden shared footage on November 15 showing a delivery driver struggling to get up the steps of her home as he dropped off groceries. “I didn’t watch this video til after he was already gone, or else I would have gone out to help him,” she wrote on Facebook. A relative of the man saw the footage and put him in touch with Weiss.Weiss discovered the man, named Larry, is a veteran who suffered a stroke earlier in 2020 and had to relearn how to walk. Weiss shared his story on Facebook, saying he took the delivery job to pay for repairs to his roof, and appealed for people to help him with the costs.Weiss posted his Venmo information and the donations started to roll in, she said. “I have been in touch with him and he is overwhelmed with gratitude,” she wrote on Facebook. “He did NOT ask for any help, but I love that people are touched by his story and want to help lighten his load a bit.”Larry told local media that the donations covered his roof repairs and he no longer had to do deliveries.Weiss shared an update on Facebook, saying Larry and his wife “requested that rather than continuing to donate to him, you donate to Toys for Tots or your local food bank. He says he has received more than enough and feels there are so many others out there who need the help more than he does.”“He expresses his heartfelt gratitude for everything people have sent,” Weiss wrote. Credit: Jen Cantwell Weiss via Storyful
If nothing else, 2020 has been an exciting year for fans of midcentury modernist master Richard Neutra. A bumper crop of his greatest works -- many of them astonishingly well-preserved -- have come up for sale, architectural treasures located everywhere from Palm Springs to Connecticut, and from Santa Monica to Montecito. Just in time for […]
Schools will give priority to pupils in Year 11 and 13 if they are forced to close in the New Year, the latest Government guidance has said. Education settings have so far remained open during the second wave of coronavirus and full closures as seen at the beginning of the pandemic are highly unlikely, according to the Department of Education (DfE). But under new contingency plans published on Friday, ministers will consider future closures on a case-by-case basis, with priority for in-person teaching being given to older pupils, vulnerable students and children of key workers. DfE said that while all primary pupils would be permitted to attend even if the contingency plans are imposed, students who will sit exams next summer would be among few students allowed to access in-person secondary education. “Where the contingency framework is implemented, secondary schools should only allow vulnerable children, children of critical workers, pupils in years 11 and 13 and other pupils due to take external exams this academic year, to attend,” the guidance says. The advice states that “high-quality remote education should be provided for all other pupils”. The same suggestions are made for students in middle schools, while boarding school students who cannot return home would be educated in their boarding houses. “Any restrictions on education would only be as a last resort and may only be initiated following a ministerial decision,” the guidance adds. It comes as the DfE has banned rota systems in the event of further closures, an idea first proposed by education secretary Gavin Williamson in August. Rotas were initially mooted the week before schools reopened full-time in September as part of prospective ‘four-tier’ lockdown regulations. However the department has now said that “schools should not put in place rotas” despite demands from teaching unions in light of the numbers of staff and students who have had to self-isolate.
A little boy was seen holding flowers outside the cemetery in Bella Vista, Argentina, where legendary soccer player Diego Maradona was buried on November 26.Earlier in the day, mourners swarmed the hearse transporting Maradona’s coffin during a funeral procession on the streets of Buenos Aires near the nation’s presidential palace, known as the Casa Rosada.Videos filmed by Instagram user @soldiez_ show riot police in the street outside Jardin Bella Vista, the cemetery where Maradona was to be buried, as a crowd gathered to celebrate the star’s life and pay their respects.Maradona died on November 25, aged 60, from cardiac arrest in his home in the Buenos Aires suburb of Tigre. Credit: @soldiez_ via Storyful