Enjoy this household discussion about getting a treat before dinner. The ending is hilarious!
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It's the best day of the year to buy one of these popular kitchen gadgets for less.From Esquire
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.
Riders showing their horses at elite equine events have long tried to impress judges by doing anything they can to prevent their steed looking scruffy. From braiding their mane to plaiting their tail, prize-winning horses competing in equestrian must look their most presentable. But now the fashion for trimming the whiskers on horses to create a smooth and clear side profile for aesthetic reasons has been banned by the international governing body. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) this week ruled that any riders who practice trimming the muzzle of horses - other than for welfare reasons - will face instant disqualification from next year. It comes after rising discontent for the tradition by campaigners who branded it "cruel" for depriving the animals of an extra sense. Their whiskers, or ‘vibrissae’, grow on horses' noses and eyes and have nerve connections, which help them feel what’s in front of them in much the same way as cats and rats. “Horses are notoriously poor sighted in their immediate vicinity, their eyesight is designed to see in the distance and look for predators but it isn’t very good close up so they use the whiskers to feel for food and surfaces,” said Lucy Grieve, President of British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and an ambulatory vet at Rossdales, in Newmarket. Ms Grieve said that trimming whiskers left horses “unsettled” and “stressed” and that there had been reports of horses - following the removal - that appear “quite clumsy for a few days, and bump their head into a side door or knock their nose into the manger as they go to eat their food.” Ms Grieve said that people tend to trim whiskers for one of three reasons; to look tidy, because it was a perceived competition requirement or because it was what they were taught to do. She added: “There’s no excuse for putting aesthetics and vanity and cosmetic reasons ahead of the horse’s welfare. It’s been a fashion.” Welcoming the decision, Jan Rogers, Director of Research & Policy at the Horse Trust explained: “There are people who believe that it’s more pleasing to the eye to have a more clean horse - if you take them off you’ve got a smoother outline of the head. “For example, it’s important at a show to present yourself at your best - there are people who feel that taking off those whiskers and those hairs gives a smoother appearance.” Ms Rogers added that taking away the whiskers - particularly on the eyelids - could risk the animal hurting itself. “They have them on their upper and lower eyelids and they provide tactile feedback and that will elicit the blink response, so if you take the whiskers off they could potentially then not blink and the eye could become injured.” World Horse Welfare, whose President is the Princess Royal, said the move was “a great step forward” The charity’s CEO, Roly Owers said: “I think people who have done it in the past haven’t realised that there is a role for whiskers to play but actually I think we’re getting to a stage now where ignorance is no excuse. “This understanding has been around for a while and especially FEI top level sport needs to be taking the lead.” The FEI currently has 138 national members and the new rule, which was passed unanimously during the federation’s general assembly on Monday [SUBS 23 ], will apply to all its events including the World Equestrian Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. From July, horses who have had their sensory hairs removed, unless for veterinary reasons, will be disqualified from FEI events. The wording states that horses are not permitted to compete in FEI events “if the horse’s sensory hairs have been clipped and/or shaven or in any other way removed unless individual sensory hairs have been removed by a veterinarian to prevent pain or discomfort for the horse.” It adds: “Areas of hair that must be clipped, shaven or removed to allow veterinary treatment are exempt from this rule." The change follows France, Germany and Switzerland who have all already banned the practice to some degree.
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.
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Iran was swift to blame Israel for the assassination of its top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Indeed, eliminating targets in their cars is believed to be the hallmark of Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, which deployed the tactic on several Iranian nuclear scientists between 2010 and 2012. But the timing of the attack also raises questions about US involvement, coming just weeks after Donald Trump is said to have sought options to strike Iran over its nuclear programme. While reports suggest Mr Trump, who withdrew the US from the 2015 accord that curbed Iran's nuclear activity, was dissuaded from a military strike, this may possibly be one of the alternatives presented to him. The news of Trump seeking military options to strike Iran was followed by reports of American B-52 bombers being sent to the Middle East to “reassure allies” and the Israel Defense Forces being put on high alert in the event of an Iranian retaliation. Around the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked on a historic, albeit “secret”, trip to Saudi Arabia to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. The surprise meeting represents the hardening anti-Iran alliance in the Middle East that Mr Trump has worked hard to shape during his time in office. It is also, perhaps, a signal to the incoming Joe Biden administration. Mr Biden is currently in the middle of his transition process. If this is Mr Trump's last act to bring Iran into line, it could also be seen as an attempt to sabotage any future diplomacy between the US and Iran. President-elect Biden has already suggested returning to the nuclear deal if Iran promises strict compliance. Iran began breaching aspects of the nuclear accord a year after the US re-imposed punitive sanctions on the country. Mr Trump on Friday retweeted several reports highlighting the assassination. For many, Mr Fakhrizadeh had the Sword of Damocles hanging over him after being name checked by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a May 2018 presentation on files secretly stolen by Mossad that detailed Iran’s nuclear program. Mr Netanyahu gave Mr Fakhrizadeh a high profile that should have also brought him protection. So the fact that a hit squad could take him out will raise urgent questions about the weakness of Iran’s internal security. While his death is a blow to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, they doesn’t hinge on one man. In practical terms, though, this will shake Iran’s internal security establishment as now many will be fearing who could be next. This assassination comes just days after Iran engaged in a prisoner swap for three Iranians who were part of a foiled plot to assassinate Israeli diplomats in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012. That plot was in revenge for the series of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists around that time. Iran will be expected to retaliate again. The world will be watching closely - as will Mr Biden. Holly Dagres is a fellow at the Washington-based think tank, the Atlantic Council, editor of its IranSource and curator of The Iranist newsletter
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.