Public health officials are sounding alarms and urging Americans not to travel and limit gatherings this holiday season amid a new surge in coronavirus cases. “Attending the parties will be a very personal choice,” said Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump's spokeswoman and chief of staff. “It is a longstanding tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic décor of the annual White House Christmas celebrations."
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The federal prison system will be among the first government agencies to receive the coronavirus vaccine, though initial allotments of the vaccine will be given to staff and not to inmates, even though sickened prisoners vastly outnumber sickened staff, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Officials at the federal Bureau of Prisons have been instructing wardens and other staff members to prepare to receive the vaccine within weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. The internal Bureau of Prisons documents, obtained by the AP, say initial allotments of the vaccine “will be reserved for staff.”
It took Oxford University's brightest minds decades of work to give them the expertise to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. The Oxford vaccinologists were exhilarated on Monday when drugmaker AstraZeneca, with whom they developed the shot, announced that it could be around 90% effective, citing data from late-stage trials. "It can only happen if extraordinary support is provided," Adrian Hill, director of Oxford University's Jenner Institute which developed the shot, told Reuters.
Deepspot, the world’s deepest swimming pool with a depth of 45 meters (about 148 feet), opened in Mszczonów, Poland, on November 21.Deepspot holds 8,000 cubic meters of water, which is nearly as much water as 27 Olympic-sized swimming pools, local media reported.The venue will serve as a training center for the army and firefighters, and it will also be able to accommodate visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, Euronews reported.The pool features manmade underwater caves, faux Mayan ruins, and a reproduction of a shipwreck, according to Deepspot’s website. Its facilities include a hotel with underwater views, a tunnel for spectators, a restaurant, and meeting rooms.The footage uploaded to Facebook by free diver Agnieszka Kalska and filmed by Marek Pasierbski shows Kalska’s first training session at Deepspot, where she was invited to test the pool prior to its official opening. Credit: Agnieszka Kalska (Freebody.eu) via Storyful
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First lady Melania Trump received the White House Christmas tree on Monday, November 23, kicking off a week of holiday traditions that also includes turkey-pardoning.The tree is an 18.5-foot Fraser fir from West Virginia farm Dan and Bryan Trees, according to a tweet from the first lady. “Since 1966, the arrival of the White House Christmas Tree has become an iconic holiday tradition,” the tweet read.The National Turkey Federation presented the presidential turkeys, Corn and Cob, on Monday, ahead of the White House pardoning ceremony on Wednesday. Credit: The White House via Storyful
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Spain is unlikely to make vaccination against the coronavirus compulsory, at least initially, health ministry sources said on Monday. Under Spanish law, vaccination is voluntary, although in some cases, such as an epidemic, the government could make it compulsory. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday that Spain would begin a coronavirus vaccination programme in January, covering a substantial part of the population within six months.
From Los Angeles California to Tulsa, Oklahama - Americans are flocking to airports for travel ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, even after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pleaded with them to stay home as the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the country. Karyn Bryan, Traveler at LAX: “There’s a lot more people here than I thought would be here." The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Monday that more than 1 million travelers passed through airport security the day before, making Sunday the busiest day at U.S. Airports since mid-March Dan Wapner, Traveler at LAX: “I’m 64 years old and I just wanna enjoy what we can enjoy while we can.” The number of U.S. air travelers is still down nearly 60% than the same date last year but Sunday was the second time in three days that the number of passengers screened topped 1 million. In an interview on CBS this Morning on Monday, Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University's School of Public Health said the potential impact of people traveling over Thanksgiving could be dire. "What I'm worried about is we're already seeing a surge in cases in large parts of the country. After every holiday over the past 6 months, we have seen another surge of cases. I'm worried that what we're going to see is a big bump and hospitals are already strained - and by Christmas time I think we're going to be in a lot of trouble with a lot of infections, hospitalizations and a lot of deaths." But as Americans are urged to stay home, ABC News has learned the White House is planning an indoor holiday gathering on November 30, hosted by First Lady Melania Trump, who on Monday received welcomed the Official White House Christmas tree. The upcoming celebration follows a series of White House events in recent months that have been linked to a rash of outbreaks. Asked about the Trump administrations plans, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said in an ABC News interview on Monday that holiday parties can be super spreader events. Adding that all Americans - even at the White House - should follow CDC guidelines and avoid large gatherings.
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The suspension of Confederation of African Football chief Ahmad Ahmad on Monday has thrown wide open the future leadership of the regional soccer governing body, with his ban from the game coming just months before CAF's presidential elections. Ahmad had already been endorsed by 46 of the continent’s 54 football associations and looked certain to be re-elected in March 2021 but the five-year ban, announced by FIFA's Ethics Committee, means there will now be a scramble for power. The ban comes after last week’s closing date for nominations for the CAF presidency and leaves the field devoid of any of Ahmad’s loyalists.
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"It's going to be almost impossible to survive at the end of the year." Restaurant Owner Gianfranco Sorrentino is expressing the fear gripping dining establishments all across New York City as the industry braces for the possibility of another shutdown of indoor dining. Rising COVID-19 infections have already prompted local officials to shut down schools and switch to remote learning… restaurants fear they could be next. NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio said recently that he expects the state to shut down indoor dining in his city within "a week or two" given the current rate of infections. The blow could be particularly hard for restaurants as they head into what is typically peak season, when families gather at restaurants to celebrate the holidays. IL GATTOPARDO RESTAURANT OWNER GIANFRANCO SORRENTINO: "I do understand that there is a problem with the safety of the people, that we should shut down, at least at the indoor. But only with outdoor, especially now that is cold, is getting through the winter and the with the delivery and pick up, especially here in Midtown, that is not a residential area, it's going to be very difficult." Restaurants have barely gotten back on their feet after being closed for indoor dining for six months, only allowed to reopen dining rooms in September with severely reduced capacity. Some patrons, while understanding the need to protect the public and limit virus spread, don't see why restaurants have to shut down after complying with all the new safety measures put in place. NEW YORK RESIDENT PAUL ROWE: "I believe there's a way to do it safely. And we shouldn't just shut them down." NEW YORK RESIDENT ZBIGNIEW CHRZANOWSKI: "I think if we take the measure, like measuring the temperature and social distancing, we should be safe." NEW YORK RESIDENT MAREK SKULIMOWSKI: "I think the staff of each restaurant can take a proper care to sit people properly or check them at the entrance, like at the airports, whatever. So, it needs to be reconsidered, I think." Any shutdown will have another negative effect on the local economy - more joblessness. At 13.2 percent in October, New York City's unemployment rate is nearly double the national average. And without any new federal stimulus in the pipeline to help soften the blow like it did back in the spring, there's a real fear among New Yorkers that there favorite restaurants might not be around when a number of promising vaccine makes it safer to dine in again.
Italy's top flight soccer league Serie A said on Monday it would tender the right to screen live matches for the 2021-2024 period on flights and ships travelling outside the country as part of a wider sale of its media rights abroad. More than half of Serie A revenues come from broadcasting rights, but the league lags the financial heavyweights of the English Premier League or La Liga in Spain. Serie A raised some 370 million euros ($438.08 million) each season from the sale of its broadcasting licences abroad under a three-year deal expiring next year, against some 1.6 billion euros per season raised by the Premier League.
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