Restaurant owner Jean Avarello is struggling to understand why in the next few weeks the shops and theatres near him in the French city of Marseille will be allowed to reopen after a COVID-19 lockdown, but he has to stay shut. "That's not okay," Avarello said on Thursday as he took part in a protest in Marseille involving several thousand people from the restaurant, bar and nightclub sector against the government order to keep them shut.
Berlin is racing to open six mass vaccination centres capable of handling up to 4,000 people per day by mid-December, the project coordinator told Reuters on Thursday, as the city waits for authorities to approve the first vaccines. An empty trade fair hall, two airport terminals, a concert arena, a velodrome and an ice rink will be turned into six vaccination centres where it plans to administer up to 900,000 shots against the coronavirus in the first three months. Albrecht Broemme said plans envisage 3,000 to 4,000 people per day being ferried through each centre in the same way as shoppers are guided through IKEA stores in one direction.
The chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board has warned players on tour in New Zealand to obey COVID-19 protocols or the whole team risks being sent home. In a WhatsApp voice note sent to Pakistan players on Thursday, Wasim Khan said he was given a “final warning” by both New Zealand Cricket and its government after six Pakistan players tested positive for the coronavirus on arriving in the country. “They have told me straightaway that one more breach and they will send the whole team back,” Khan said in the two-minute message, recorded in the Urdu language, adding “it will be embarrassing" if this happens.
Italian actor and screenwriter Daria Nicolodi, who played the prying journalist Gianna Brezzi in the Dario Argento cult classic "Deep Red"(Profondo Rosso), and was herself a cult figure, has died. She was 70. The cause of her death, announced by her daughter Asia Argento and Italian news reports, was not disclosed. Born in Florence in […]
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England added Estonia and Latvia to its traveller quarantine list, meaning that from Nov. 28 people arriving from those two countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday. Shapps also said that a total travel ban on Denmark, announced on Nov. 7 in response to concerns over outbreaks of coronavirus on Danish mink farms, would be lifted on Nov. 28. The minister said Bhutan, Timor-Leste, Mongolia, Aruba and several Pacific island nations had been added to the safe travel list, meaning that people arriving from those countries from Nov. 28 will no longer need to self-isolate.
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The low-cost carrier FlyDubai began regular flights to Tel Aviv on Thursday, the latest sign of the normalization deal taking hold between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. FlyDubai flight No. FZ1163 landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport at 11:38 a.m. after a 3 hour, 20 minute flight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then met FlyDubai's CEO Gaith al-Gaith, who was aboard the flight.
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CAS said it had registered Coleman's appeal after he was banned for two years by the Athletics Integrity Unit's (AIU) Disciplinary Tribunal last month and is set to miss next year's Tokyo Olympics. "In his appeal to the CAS, Christian Coleman requests that the decision of the AIU Disciplinary Tribunal... be set aside and that the sanction be eliminated, or in the alternative, reduced," it said in a statement. The American sprinter said at the time of his provisional suspension that anti-doping officials had not followed procedure when he missed them after going Christmas shopping last year at a time when he had said he would be at home.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday the country faced a hard winter but that action taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus had prevented the NHS health service from being overwhelmed. "But to get there, we must first navigate a hard winter, when the burden on our NHS and cold weather favours the virus."
The World Health Organization on Thursday urged African countries to improve their capacity to vaccinate populations against Covid-19, warning the continent was still "far from ready" for mass immunisation.
Craftsman in a shop on Via San Gregorio Armeno, the Naples street famous for nativity scenes, was quick to add wings onto their figurines of the Argentine soccer legend after the announcement of his death. For Neapolitans, the Argentine soccer legend Maradona is more a god than an angel. But at least now he can join them at Christmas, watching over them in his Napoli number 10 soccer shirt. Nearby, a bar owner takes pride in a shrine dedicated to the legend, with a piece of Maradona's hair rotating in a glass cube as the centrepiece.
An energetic fox enjoyed some play time on a trampoline at a Minnesota sanctuary on November 21.Footage by Saveafox Rescue shows the fox, named Jagger, happily bouncing and running around the trampoline.According to the sanctuary, Jagger is a captive-bred red fox with a color mutation called ‘red marble’.“He was found wandering the streets in a state where pet foxes are illegal. When he went unclaimed he was transferred to us to find his forever home,” Saveafox told Storyful. “He is very sweet and outgoing!” Credit: Saveafox Rescue via Storyful
A convicted terrorist with close links to the Manchester Arena bomber could still be a hardened extremist, experts have warned, after it emerged that he is set to be released from prison without a parole hearing. Abdalraouf Abdallah, 27, was jailed in July 2016 after being convicted of helping people to travel to Syria to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). He was sentenced to nine years and six months in total and told he would have to serve five and a half years in prison and the rest of the term on licence. Having spent time on remand he has now completed the custodial element of his sentence and is expected to be released next week. But terrorism experts have warned that Abdallah could still be dangerous and should not be released until he has completed the full nine and a half years. While in prison Abdallah received a visit from Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people when he blew himself up during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. Dr Rakib Ehsan, research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, told the Telegraph: "Irrespective of his supposedly strict licensing conditions, releasing Abdallah — a man who has close links to the Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi — poses a clear threat to British public safety. "Given he was released automatically, without a parole hearing, we simply have no idea if he has been ‘deradicalised’ or remains a hardened fundamentalist. All this tells a story of a fundamentally flawed system for dealing with Islamist terrorists." The public inquiry into the Manchester atrocity has heard that Abdallah is a "witness with important evidence to give", but it is understood he has refused to cooperate. He is expected to be released under some of the most stringent conditions applied to a terrorist out on licence. These are expected to heavily restrict his freedom of movement, ban him from using the internet and ensure he only mixes with people who have been subject to approval by the authorities. Abdallah, who was born in Libya, grew up in the same part of Manchester as the Abedi brothers and in 2010 travelled to Tripoli to join in the uprising against Colonel Gaddafi. He was shot and paralysed and returned to the UK in order to undergo life saving surgery, although he remains in a wheelchair. An overhaul of the sentencing system around terrorism offences means there will be longer prison terms for those convicted of the most serious crimes with an end to early releases.
Health authorities covered up failings that led to a baby’s death and should be investigated by the police, an inquiry has found after 19 years. A string of errors were made by the care organisations which looked after Elizabeth Dixon between her birth and death in December 2001, just days shy of her first birthday. Her parents spent nearly two decades campaigning to uncover how she died after several inquiries, including by police and by Parliament, faltered and an inquest failed to call key witnesses. An independent inquiry was set up into the baby’s death in 2015 by Jeremy Hunt, then Health Secretary, headed by Dr Bill Kirkup, a former assistant chief medical officer for England. On Thursday, he delivered the excoriating findings of his investigation, which said: "Elizabeth's profound disability and death could have been avoided had basic clinical principles been followed.” It concluded that "there were failures of care by every organisation that looked after her, none of which was admitted at the time, nor properly investigated then or later". Instead, Dr Kirkup said, "a cover-up began on the day that she died". The investigation also found clear evidence that "some individuals have been persistently dishonest, both by omission and by commission,and that this extended to formal statements to police and regulatory bodies". Dr Kirkup has called for the Independent Office of Police Conduct to examine how Elizabeth’s case was handled. On Thursday, her parents, Graeme and Anne Dixon, from Church Crookham, Hampshire, welcomed the findings, saying: “We cling to the hope Dr Kirkup’s report will do enough to ensure that lessons are genuinely learnt and that these are put into practice and that there is an honest and robust commitment, set out in law, that there is no longer a place for deception or dishonesty by the professionals and organisations we all place our trust in.”
New Delhi [India], November 26 (ANI): Following its successful run over the past nine years, FICCI is organising the 10th Global Sports Summit - Turf 2020 on December 8 and 9.
Navigating the devastation of a world without Diego Maradona, the masses sought a collective embrace in the Argentine capital on Thursday. “You find some kind of consolation in this,” said Marcela Rodriguez, 52, tucked into the throngs who had come to pay their final respects to the football legend in Buenos Aires. “He was an ambassador. You go to another country and you say you’re from Argentina, it’s basically the same as saying Maradona. And that fills you with pride. So I’m going to remember him as a great man.” It has been an emotionally intense 24 hours in Argentina, already reeling from the economic impact of the pandemic, now on its knees over the shocking passing of one of its most prized possessions. Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He was 60. Argentinians sobbed, and papered over the pain with singing and dancing in the streets. Thousands spent the night at the famous Obelisk in Buenos Aires, migrating under cover of darkness to the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace, where Maradona’s body lay in wake. Fathers brought their daughters. Mothers clung on to their sons.
Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen broke down on Thursday when visiting a mink farmer who lost his herd following the government's order this month to cull all 17 million mink in the country to curb the spread of coronavirus. Frederiksen has faced opposition calls to resign and a vote of no confidence in parliament after an order by the government in early November, which it later admitted was illegal, to cull the country's entire mink population. The order was given after authorities found COVID-19 outbreaks at hundreds of mink farms, including a new strain of the virus, suspected of being able to compromise the efficacy of vaccines.
In “Superintelligence,” an average human being must convince a sentient AI program not to wipe out humanity. Lucky for all of us, the film “Superintelligence” is not entered as evidence that our continued existence is justified.It’s probably the most technically accomplished of the four theatrical features (to date) that Ben Falcone has directed with his wife Melissa McCarthy in the starring role, but this partnership continues to be an imbalanced one, at least in terms of results. Their collaborations (which also include “Tammy,” “The Boss,” and “Life of the Party”) constitute both her least-interesting movies as an actress and the entirety of his career as a filmmaker.As collaborators and co-stars, they can be hilarious together — in performance; once he steps to the other side of the camera, however, the magic they create as a team seems to dissipate. Neither of them gets much assistance from the screenplay by Steve Mallory (“The Boss”), which hinges the fate of mankind on a relationship between two people who, to paraphrase the witch from “Into the Woods,” aren’t bad, aren’t good, they’re just nice.Watch Video: Melissa McCarthy Apologizes as HBO Max Nixes Donation to Group With Anti-LGBT History: 'We Blew It'Carol (McCarthy), our protagonist, does want to good in the world; since stepping down from her exec position at Yahoo, she’s spent most of her time working for environmental and pet-rescue non-profits. When the computer program inside an educational toy achieves awareness and becomes Superintelligence, it selects Carol as the “most median” person alive to teach it about humanity; based on what it learns, it will either save the human race, subjugate it, or wipe it out entirely.Superintelligence originally has a somewhat theatening voice that sends Carol into a panic, so to calm her down, it starts talking like James Corden. That Corden himself is providing the voice could have been a mildly funny gag, but the film presses that button over and over again, to the point where characters have a conversation to remind each other about his Tony win for “One Man, Two Guvnors.” Rather than play on Corden’s ubiquity as a pitchman and TV talking head, the film merely exacerbates his constant presence.Also Read: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone to Teach Online Classes to Support Groundlings TheaterAnyway, Superintelligence buys Carol a Tesla (which it drives), overhauls her wardrobe, gets her a swanky penthouse, and establishes a two-billion-dollar foundation in her name — which is mostly forgotten by the movie and by Carol, despite her philanthropic bent. What the AI really wants is to observe her at her most human and vulnerable, so it sends her off to mend fences with her ex, George (Bobby Cannavale), a literature professor who’s days away from taking off to Ireland on a fellowship.As the U.S. government — aided by Carol’s buddy Dennis (Brian Tyree Henry), a Microsoft web-security expert — tries to take down the Superintelligence, “Superintelligence” spends most of its time on the exceedingly uninteresting saga of whether or not Carol and George get back together. Even when played by performers as dynamic as McCarthy and Cannavale, these characters can’t manage one personality between them. Altruism is a virtue, but it’s not an identity, and if we had a better idea who Carol was before meeting Superintelligence, or perhaps more of a backstory behind her world-saving ways, this movie might actually go somewhere or have something to say.Also Read: Melissa McCarthy Joins Hulu Limited Series 'Nine Perfect Strangers'McCarthy, even in her most forgettable movies, always manages to squeeze out some memorable moments, whether she’s enduring a ridiculous job interview or enduring a series of ludicrous couture creations in a trying-on-clothes montage. Henry finds little moments of absurdity throughout that make his scenes a highlight, and you have to give at least a little credit to any film that casts Jean Smart as the President of the United States.Otherwise, this is a production that is, at best, superaverage.Read original story ‘Superintelligence’ Film Review: Melissa McCarthy Is Humanity’s Last Hope in Superaverage Comedy At TheWrap