Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she's only getting busier as infections — and hospitalizations — surge before the holidays. The national organization says industry research tells them many people who put up an artificial tree last year plan to buy a real tree this year, and most are citing the pandemic as the reason.
Aguero, who joined City in 2011 and is their all-time leading scorer with 255 goals in all competitions, is out of contract at the end of the season and can speak to overseas clubs from January. The 32-year-old sustained a hamstring injury in their 1-1 league draw at West Ham United last month, a week after making his first start of the season following knee surgery.
Having left Manchester United with a bitter taste two years ago, a new social media-friendly Jose Mourinho has quickly rediscovered his spark at Tottenham Hotspur, but despite Spurs' fine form, the Portuguese coach remains grounded. Ahead of the trip to his former club Chelsea on Sunday, where he won three Premier League titles during two spells at the club, Mourinho, having lost his mojo after a difficult two years at Old Trafford, appears happy again in the capital. Instead, the man Mourinho singled out most for criticism last season -- Tanguy Ndombele -- is front and centre of the Spurs revolution, while an ostensibly happier Spurs boss has created an Instagram account where he is more willing to poke fun at himself and his players.
Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand, undeterred by arrest warrants and the possibility of violent attacks, staged another rally on Friday, poking fun at their critics and warning of the possibility of a military coup. The potential for violence was illustrated after their last rally on Wednesday, when in the hours after it ended, two men were reportedly shot and critically wounded. Although the incident remains murky and its connection to the rally unclear, it was a reminder that the student protesters are vulnerable, especially because of the passions they inspire among some of their opponents.
The Education Secretary broke the law by changing the rules on children in care during the pandemic, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The legal challenge was launched by Article 39, an advocacy group for children in care, after the Government removed and diluted a number of safeguarding measures for children in care in England. In total, 65 protective measures were disbanded via The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. However, Parliament was given no time to debate the changes; the Regulations were introduced on April 23 and came into force the very next day. In a judgement given on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal unanimously declared that the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, acted unlawfully in failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before making “substantial and wide-ranging” changes to legal protections for England’s 78,000 children in care. Giving the leading judgment, Lord Justice Baker, with whom Lord Justice Henderson and Lord Justice Underhill agreed, found: “It was manifestly in the interests of the vulnerable children who would be most affected by the proposed amendments that those agencies and organisations representing the rights and interests of children in care should be consulted. “ Allowing the appeal, the judges granted a declaration “that the Secretary of State acted unlawfully by failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner and other bodies representing the rights of children in care before introducing the [legal changes]” . Among the 65 safeguards included: timescales for social worker visits to children in care, six-monthly reviews of children’s welfare, independent scrutiny of children’s homes and senior officer oversight of adoption decision-making for babies and children. The protections in place for disabled children having short breaks and children in care sent many miles away from home were also affected. The ruling means that the Department for Education (DfE) will have to include the Children’s Commissioner and other organisations representing the rights and interests of children in care whenever he is consulting on changes to their legal protections. The vast majority of the protections were restored on September 25, following campaigning from the advocacy group. In the High Court, Mrs Justice Lieven had rejected the government’s characterisation such changes being “minor” and the simple removal of “bureaucratic burdens”. She said, “Regular visits to children, oversight by more senior officers over decision making and provision for independent scrutiny are critical safeguards to protect deeply vulnerable children in a field where errors happen with sad frequency and the consequences can be devastating”. However, it was Mrs Justice Lieven’s finding that the Education Secretary had not acted unlawfully in failing to consult organisations representing the rights, views and interests of children in care which Article 39 appealed. That has now been overturned by the Court of Appeal. The Telegraph understands that the DfE is disappointed by this judgment and consider any possibility of any legal next steps to reverse the findings. A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Protecting vulnerable children has been at the heart of or response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and our intention has always been to act in their best interests at every stage. “We took swift action to bring in temporary changes during a national crisis, all of which have now expired. We will continue working with the Children’s Commissioner and children’s charities to provide the best possible support to vulnerable children.”
The COVID-19 epidemic in Britain is shrinking slightly with the reproduction "R" number estimated to be below 1, hinting at the impact of England's second national lockdown in bringing infections down, government scientists said on Friday. Government scientists said the estimates were based on latest data up to Nov. 24, but that lags meant the impact of national restrictions introduced in England on Nov. 5 were only just being seen and could not yet be fully evaluated. "R estimates for England may continue to decline in the future and may be below 1 for all regions already," the Government Office for Science said in a statement.
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A country enters a technical recession if its economy contracts for two successive quarters. Data released Friday by the National Statistical Office showed industry normalizing faster than the service sector. Manufacturing grew by 0.6% in July-September after shrinking by a massive 39% in the preceding quarter, the report said.
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Locals in the tiny Austrian town of Fucking have had enough of outsiders sniggering and stealing their road signs, prompting the mayor of the municipality to announce a formal name change. For years, the village has had to suffer at the hands of visitors taking photos and stealing anything with its name on, with English-language media gleefully reporting their frustration. As of January 1st next year, Fucking, not far from Salzburg, will be known as Fugging. Franz Meindl is the mayor of -- you know where…. "The immediate neighbour to the town sign whose house number sign was stolen countless times, but you need such a sign. So she had one made and just let them spell it with two 'G's and since then he has had his peace." Shortly after news broke of the Fucking decision, the German mountain community of Wank released a statement to say it had no plans to follow in its footsteps.
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This Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, delivered what he said was an “important message for the children of Ireland” in parliament on November 26, confirming that Santa Claus would be exempt from any travel restrictions in place this Christmas.“We regard Santa Claus’s travel as essential travel,” Coveney said, meaning Santa would be exempt from the requirement to self quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Ireland. Santa will be able to come into Irish airspace, “and indeed … Irish homes,” the minister said, “without having to restrict his movement.”Coveney did request, however, that children stay in bed, to ensure social distancing as Santa was delivering their presents. Credit: Oireachtas via Storyful
Europe's ski resorts are desperately trying to salvage the new season amid the pandemic, but travel restrictions, the need for social distancing and disagreement among governments about whether to open at all mean they have a mountain to climb. During the first wave of infections last season, some ski centres became breeding grounds for the coronavirus, accelerating its spread across Europe. "If we (Italians) are the only ones not to open, it would be an economic disaster," said Michele Bertolini, who heads a lobby group for owners of local businesses like restaurants and ski rental shops in the small resort of Passo del Tonale in the Trentino region, near Austria and Switzerland.
Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian president whose re-election in August triggered massive opposition protests, says that he will step down if his country adopts a new Constitution. Belarusians have been protesting in the streets every weekend since the widely unpopular Mr Lukashenko was awarded a dubious landslide victory. His security forces have been dispersing and detaining peaceful demonstrators with gusto, fostering a deep resentment against his 26-year-long rule. In a strong indication that he might be considering an exit strategy, Mr Lukashenko during a hospital visit on Friday said that he would “not work for you as a president” if a new Constitution is adopted. Several weeks after the protests erupted, the beleaguered Belarusian leader floated the idea of amending the country’s main law to cut presidential powers and boost the country’s parliament.