In the midst of the pandemic, normal resources like office flu drives aren't available, but there are plenty of other options to get a flu vaccine.
Canada is readying a new tax on foreign home buyers to help tamp down on speculative purchases from overseas, cited as a factor behind sharp rises in housing prices in some markets that have left many Canadians unable to afford homes. "Speculative demand from foreign, non-resident investors contributes to unaffordable housing prices for many Canadians," the government said in its Fall Economic Statement. "The government is committed to ensuring that foreign, non-resident owners, who simply use Canada as a place to passively store their wealth in housing, pay their fair share."
Several inches of snow fell in northeastern Ohio on Tuesday, December 1, local media reported.A winter storm warning had been issued for northeast Ohio and lake-effect snow was anticipated for the Cleveland area. More than 50,000 customers were without power as of 11 am on Tuesday, FirstEnergy said.This video from Toledo’s Point Place neighborhood shows that at least an inch of snow had already fallen by early Tuesday morning. Credit: @BrianTheBrachi1 via Storyful
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A family in Homer, Alaska, were surprised by a tender scene in their yard on Sunday, November 29, as a mother moose resting on the ground was nuzzled by her calf amid falling snow.Jennifer Gibson captured footage of the mesmerizing moment from her living room. Her seven-year-old son can be heard talking briefly before he’s hushed by Gibson and her husband for fear they may be disturbing the moose family’s “private moment.”Speaking to Storyful, Gibson said, “It was early in the morning, before the sun was up, and my family and I were having a quiet Sunday morning when we noticed the moose outside in our yard.”After spotting the animals, the family watched for approximately a “half-hour” through their living room window as the pair ate grass and played in their front yard. Later in the morning, two more moose showed up on their property and the mother chased them away, according to Gibson.She added, “I took many pictures and videos of these moose … It was a magical morning for us and a rare event to see the moose so up close and personal.” Credit: Jennifer Gibson via Storyful
Formula One driver Romain Grosjean expects he will need psychological help to deal with the traumatic memories of his horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Grosjean was trapped inside the Haas car's flaming wreckage but escaped in scenes that drew awe and admiration around the world. Grosjean was estimated to be inside the raging furnace for nearly 30 seconds but was lucid enough to figure a way out of a near-death situation.
Queen Elizabeth II, who has spent much of the coronavirus outbreak in self-isolation because of her age, will forego her traditional family Christmas, the royal household said on Tuesday.
Russian police arrested a man on Tuesday suspected of killing 26 elderly women, sometimes posing as a social worker to enter their homes before strangling them and stealing their valuables, law enforcement agencies said. Russia's RIA news agency and other state media said investigators believe him to be a serial killer known as the Volga Maniac who preyed on retired women living alone in twelve different regions in 2011-12, most of them near the Volga River. The Investigative Committee that handles probes into serious crimes identified the suspect as a metalworker named Radik Tagirov, 38, who was jailed for theft in 2009 and released in 2010.
Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen is describing the economic crisis brought on by the COVID pandemic as an “American tragedy” and warning that without quick action to address it, the damage will get worse. Introducing herself during a Joe Biden transition event where the president-elect unveiled his economic team, Yellen spoke about the “historic crises” of the pandemic and the economic fallout resulting from it, as well as the “disproportionate impact” it has had on “the most vulnerable among us.”
Facebook’s independent oversight board announced on Tuesday that it’s taking on its first six cases. The board, which Facebook created in response to criticism of its handling of problematic content, could overrule the social media company’s decisions to remove certain pieces of content from its platforms. It has received 20,000 cases since opening its doors in October. Three of the six chosen cases involved content that Facebook removed for breaking hate speech rules. The other three cases involved content removed from Facebook or Instagram for violating rules on nudity, dangerous individuals and organizations, and violence and incitement. The board has opened a week-long public comment period on the first cases, which will be reviewed by five-member panels. There is a 90-day deadline for decisions on the cases to be reached and for Facebook to act on them.
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Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani is denying claims that he had a conversation with the president about a possible pardon.The New York Times first reported Tuesday morning that Giuliani had a conversation with Trump “as recently as last week” about a potential preemptive pardon before the president leaves office. However, Giuliani tweeted in response that the conversation never happened.“Fake News. NYT lies again. Never had the discussion they falsely attribute to an anonymous source. Hard to keep up with all their lies,” Giuliani said.Also Read: Former Politico Journalists to Launch Playbook Newsletter Competitor (Report)Giuliani’s spokeswoman told the New York Times, “Mayor Giuliani cannot comment on any discussions that he has with his client.”It remains uncertain what Giuliani would be requesting a pardon for. Last year, he was investigated for business in Ukraine, as well as a plot to unseat the American ambassador in the country. Giuliani has also been a familiar face in Trump’s recent challenges to the 2020 election results, and worked to lead legal recount efforts in several states (though nearly all of the recounts found that Biden still won, sometimes by more votes than the prior count).Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, spoke to the New York Times about the Ukraine inquiry, saying Giuliani is “not concerned about this investigation, because he didn’t do anything wrong, and that’s been our position from day one.”Also Read: Everybody's Talking About James Woods in That 'Bats-' Rudy Giuliani Biopic From 2003Trump hasn’t addressed the incident publicly yet or indicated which way he might lean in pardoning Giuliani. The president is, however, notoriously liberal with issuing pardons, especially for close friends of the campaign or those who have done him favors in the past. Most recently, Trump pardoned Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor who was indicted for lying to federal investigators. That decision prompted pundits to assume Trump might grant clemency to other key members of his team as his time in office winds down, in an effort to protect himself from on onslaught of legal challenges.In a recent episode of his morning talk show, Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested Trump use the pardon to just excuse himself and his family of wrongdoing, though it’s not entirely clear if that’s how it works. “I assume that the power of the pardon is absolute, and that he should be able to pardon anybody that he wants to,” Hannity theorized.FakeNews NYT lies again. Never had the discussion they falsely attribute to an anonymous source. Hard to keep up with all their lies.— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 1, 2020Read original story Rudy Giuliani Denies He Asked Trump for a Pardon: ‘NYT Lies Again’ At TheWrap
An appeals court judge appointed by Trump, a Republican, on Friday ruled against his campaign's effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in Pennsylvania based on unsupported allegations of voter fraud. "Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy,” Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote on behalf of a unanimous U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals panel.
Netflix has picked up the workplace comedy series “God’s Favorite Idiot” from executive producers and stars Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy.The 16-episode series stars Falcone as mid-level tech support employee Clark Thompson who finds love with his co-worker Amily Luck (McCarthy) at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God. The series description also promises “roller skating, a lake of fire and an impending apocalypse.”Falcone is the creator of the series, and will executive produce with McCarthy via their On The Day production company.Also Read: 'The Prom' Film Review: Ryan Murphy Revisits a Midwest High School for a Musical Lesson in ToleranceMichael McDonald, who previously worked on McCarthy and Falcone’s TV Land/Paramount Network series “Nobodies,” will serve as a director and an executive producer.The project marks the sixth collaboration between the husband and wife duo after most recently working together on the HBO Max comedy “Superintelligence,” in which McCarthy starred and Falcone directed. Falcone also directed, wrote and produced the upcoming Netflix film “Thunder Force,” which recently completed production and stars Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer.More to come…Read original story Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone Set Workplace Comedy ‘God’s Favorite Idiot’ at Netflix At TheWrap
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Verizon will give Fios TV customers refunds over lost sports games during the four-month sports shutdown earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.“Verizon has reiterated its commitment to supporting Fios TV customers who were impacted by the reduction in live sporting events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Verizon worked with Regional Sports Networks who did not broadcast the full slate of live sporting events last season, and secured refunds from them.”Though the majority of sports leagues were able to start back up, the number of games was far fewer than they would have been in typical years. For example, the 2020 MLB season was drastically reduced from 162 games to only 60 this year, while the NBA and NHL had fewer cancelations. Those sports, especially during the regular season, play out primarily on local markets’ regional sports networks.Also Read: Daytime, Sports and News Emmys to Remain Virtual for 2021Verizon says customers will begin to see the refunds on their December bill, and will likely see further paybacks in early 2021.The sports calendar was upended by the pandemic, and some major events like the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament were canceled outright. Both the NHL and NBA completed their seasons in a bubble environment, though not every team was invited. The NBA season, which just concluded in October, is set to being next month, while the NHL is eyeing a New Year’s Day start for its 2020-21 season. Other top events like golf and tennis major tournaments and horse racing’s triple crown were held months later than usual.Though it’s finding itself in an increasingly dire situation, the NFL remains the one league that has largely played its normal schedule, though it canceled its preseason slate, which are the only games that air on regional networks.Read original story Verizon to Give Fios TV Customers Refunds for Lost Sports During COVID Shutdown At TheWrap
Antibiotics are a bigger public health risk than chlorinated chicken, experts warned, as they said imported meat risks worsening antimicrobial resistance. Countries including the US, Australia and New Zealand use more antibiotics on their livestock than the UK, either as a way to promote growth or as a preventative measure against disease. The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics, a group of organisations which includes the Royal College of Physicians, called on the government to match EU bans set to come into force in 2022. The EU is due to ban imported meat treated with antibiotics for growth promotion and the use of preventative antibiotics in domestic livestock. The group warned that the overuse of certain types of antibiotics threatens "last resort" drugs such as colistin, used to treat humans with infections that do not respond to other varieties. It said pressure could also be put on UK farmers to farm more intensively and use more antibiotics if they are forced to compete with cheaper imports. Overall, antibiotic use per animal is around five times higher in the US and Canada compared to the UK, and use in US cattle is about seven times higher, the report said. Author Cóilín Nunan said that intensive farming abroad led to greater use of both antibiotics and methods such as washing with chlorine. "Chlorination just enables you to run a system where there are lower standards, and the lower those standards are the more likely you are to get pathogenic bacteria including antibiotic resistant bacteria," he said. "In terms of the direct health risks from the use of chlorine on the chickens and the direct health risk to the future of human medicine through the overuse of antibiotics, the scale of that problem is clearly far greater." Separately, UK charity the Sustainable Food Trust wrote to Environment Secretary George Eustice saying it would be "completely irresponsible" for the government to allow the importation of animals treated with banned antibiotics. "Allowing the importation of meat produced in ways not allowed here would be a major slap in the face for British farmers and a seriously backward step in the fight against antimicrobial resistance," said policy director Richard Young. A government spokesman said: "This government has been clear that we will not compromise on our world-leading environmental protections, animal welfare and food standards. "The UK already prohibits the use of artificial growth hormones in both domestic production and imported products – and this will continue after the transition period. "We will also continue to operate robust controls on the medicines that can be used for all animals, including food-producing ones, to protect animal and human health and the environment."
As Canada rolls out additional spending to support its economy during a second wave of the coronavirus, bond investors are giving Ottawa "the benefit of the doubt," expecting a historic budget deficit to be slashed once the pandemic subsides. The Liberal Party government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau projects that the budget deficit will shrink to C$25 billion ($19.3 billion) in 2025-26, less than 1% of GDP, after surging to an expected C$382 billion this year, as emergency aid mostly ends and the economy recovers, a fiscal update showed on Monday. A credible deficit reduction path could help keep Canada's borrowing costs low and reassure credit rating agencies.
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Rassie van der Dussen and Faf du Plessis shared a record fourth-wicket partnership for South Africa in the third and final Twenty20 international against England at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday.
Germany military intelligence has opened an investigation into eight civilian employees of the armed forces suspected of belonging to the far-right "Reichsbuerger" movement that denies the existence of the modern German state. "We don't tolerate enemies of the constitution in the Bundeswehr," Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday, referring to the armed forces. The tip-off leading to the investigation came from the military, she added.