Norway will likely need stronger restrictions to combat the latest resurgence in coronavirus infections, Minister Erna Solberg said in a televised speech on Sunday. "Ahead of us is another hill to climb, probably with tighter national measures before we can ease and then lift the restrictions," Solberg said. The Nordic country has maintained one of Europe's lowest rates of infection but a recent resurgence in cases has led to concerns that a third wave of the outbreak may be underway.
Russia's Andrey Rublev won his eighth career title on Sunday when he eased past Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics in the Rotterdam ATP final.
SAINT-CYR-L'ECOLE, France (Reuters) - Ireland's Sam Bennett won the opening stage of the Paris-Nice week-long race with a perfectly-executed sprint on Sunday. The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider was well positioned in the final stretch to beat French champion Arnaud Demare and former world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark. Australian Richie Porte, third in last year's Tour, abandoned after crashing with some 35 kilometres left.
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema struck an 88th-minute equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw at La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid on Sunday and keep his side in the title race. Luis Suarez had put the hosts in charge in the 15th minute, producing an ice-cool finish to beat Thibaut Courtois after a lung-bursting run forward from his own half by midfielder Marcos Llorente. The Uruguayan was denied a second goal later in the half by former Atletico keeper Courtois and early in the second period, while the Belgian also thwarted his compatriot Yannick Carrasco from point-blank range.
AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli is hopeful that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be fit to face his former side Manchester United in Thursday's Europa League last-16 first leg at Old Trafford. Ibrahimovic has missed Milan's last two matches with a muscle injury and watched on from the stands as his side earned a 2-0 win at Hellas Verona in Serie A on Sunday to close the gap on leaders Inter Milan to three points.
The Disneyland theme park could reopen as early as April 1 as new rules from California health officials in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic take effect and infections in the area around the park drop. Combined with other park closures around the world, Disney saw a massive shift in the mix of its revenue in 2020 as it launched its video streaming service. Disney has said it planned lay off 32,000 workers, primarily working in its Parks and Resorts division, due to the pandemic.
Iran has released British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from house arrest at the end of her five-year prison sentence, but she has been summoned to court again on another charge, her lawyer said on Sunday.Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, is seen here with her husband and daughter.She was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment.She served out most of her sentence in Tehran's Evin prison, but was released to house arrest last March during the coronavirus pandemic.On Sunday, the authorities removed her ankle tag.Iran's judiciary was not immediately available to comment about the release. Her family and the foundation deny the charge.Her lawyer, Hojjat Kermani, told an Iranian website a hearing for Zaghari-Ratcliffe's second case has been scheduled on March 14.In this case, she is accused of propaganda for participating in a rally in front of the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009 and giving an interview to the BBC Persian TV channel, he said.British foreign minister Dominic Raab welcomed the removal of Zaghari-Ratcliffe's ankle tag but said Iran continued to put her and her family through a "cruel and an intolerable ordeal."He said in a statement she must be released permanently so she can return to her family in the UK.
Three Palestinian fishermen were killed on Sunday when their boat exploded off the Gaza Strip, a blast that a human rights group said was likely caused by errant Palestinian rocket fire. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said the boat was two miles offshore when the shell hit and "completely destroyed it". "The center condemns the incident, which indications suggest mostly likely occurred as a result of resistance training," said the statement, referring to Palestinian militant groups.
As institutional appetite for bitcoin grows, "incumbent banks" will look for ways to satisfy that demand, a Goldman Sachs industry lead says.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrated on Sunday the sense of Commonwealth unity fostered by "a time like no other", just hours before a U.S. interview with her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan that could deepen divisions in the royal family. In a speech to mark Commonwealth Day, dedicated to the countries mainly from the former British empire that maintain links with Britain, the Queen welcomed the "deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual sustenance we enjoy being connected to others" during the coronavirus pandemic. For almost 50 years, the royal family has attended an annual Commonwealth Day service at London's Westminster Abbey in March, but it has been cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There can be few families who've been closer to the coronavirus pandemic than the Jocelyn family in England.Jacqui has been a nurse for 30 years, 20 of those in the intensive care unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.Now she's been joined by her 19-year-old daughter Ruby, a student nurse.Jacqui's spent much of the past year at the bedside of patients who were dying, but couldn't see their families because of government restrictions.But her own father ended up in her ward.Jacqui says he fought a good fight for three weeks, but eventually succumbed to the virus.She's full of praise for her colleagues she describes as "the most amazing you'll ever meet."And that's one of the reasons her daughter Ruby was inspired to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a nurse instead of pursuing a degree in business and economics.Ruby says her eyes were opened up by the work that's done in the hospitals. "I can't believe what I see day in, day out" she says.Ruby began her training in September and started helping out in the intensive care ward when her mother said she needed to get some experience "on the shop floor". What many of the patients need, she says, is a friendly face, and that's what she provides.
Thousands of people across France flocked to vaccination centres on Sunday as the government stepped up inoculations against the coronavirus to ease the load on hospitals and stave off further restrictions. French authorities have come under criticism for the slow vaccination rollout, which has so far targeted the most vulnerable only. About 3.58 million people of France's 67 million population have received a first jab compared to neighbouring Britain, which is nearing 23 million.
Walt Disney Animation's “ Raya and the Last Dragon ” earned an estimated $8.6 million from 2,045 locations in North America. The well-reviewed fantasy adventure, featuring the voices of Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran, is also available for Disney+ subscribers to rent and stream at home for $29.99.
High school students in the United States should be able to receive COVID-19 vaccinations by the autumn, with younger students likely to be cleared for vaccinations in early 2022, top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday. Fauci said he expected the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue relaxed guidelines for people who have already been vaccinated within "the next couple of days," but urged continued vigilance on mitigation measures for the over 80% of Americans still awaiting shots. "We want to get those death levels of the virus very, very low, and then we'll have a much, much easier time to safely pull back" on mitigation measures.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it would take a "masterpiece" for him to figure out how to solve his side's crisis after a sixth consecutive home defeat as relegation-threatened Fulham won 1-0 at Anfield on Sunday.
Centrist Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, a pivotal vote in the U.S. Senate, on Sunday advocated making the procedural maneuver called the filibuster more "painful" to do, with Democrats concerned about Republicans obstructing President Joe Biden's legislative agenda. Some Democrats have advocated eliminating the filibuster to prevent Republicans from blocking Biden's initiatives. White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield made clear on Sunday that the president is not calling for ending the filibuster.
When lawyers asked Donald Trump more than a decade ago to identify who estimated values on some of his signature properties, he shrugged and pointed to his longtime accountant, Allen Weisselberg. “I think ultimately probably Mr. Weisselberg,” he said, testifying in 2007 in a defamation lawsuit he brought against a journalist, a case that hinged on whether Trump had inflated the value of his business empire. A judge dismissed that suit, but Trump’s comments illustrate the challenges now facing Weisselberg, 73, as he comes under scrutiny in Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s investigation into whether the former U.S. president and his Trump Organization committed financial crimes.
Spectacular goals either side of half time earned AC Milan an important 2-0 victory at Hellas Verona on Sunday, as Stefano Pioli's side closed the gap on rivals Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A standings to three points. Without injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was watching from the stands, Milan went ahead in the 27th minute when Rade Krunic fired a stunning free kick into the net -- the Bosnian's first league goal for Milan.
Despite strong reviews and a No. 1 opening at the box office, Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” has failed to join “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Tom & Jerry” among the films to earn a $10 million-plus opening weekend during the pandemic, instead earning an estimated $8.6 million opening from 2,045 locations. By comparison, “Tom & Jerry” opened last weekend to $14.1 million, adding $6.6 million this weekend to take the No. 2 spot and earn a 10-day total of just under $23 million. The lower-than-hoped opening for “Raya” comes after Cinemark refused to screen the animated film without renegotiated terms, as it was released in both theaters and as a premium video on-demand release for $30 on Disney+. “Tom & Jerry,” along with the rest of Warner Bros.’ 2021 slate, is being released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, but Warner Bros. has agreed to give theaters a larger cut of admissions for those films because of the day-and-date release strategy. Also Read: Will Reopened NYC Movie Theaters Lead to Box Office Recovery (and Blockbusters' Return)? The lack of availability for “Raya” at some major theater chains also slightly diminishes how much studios can learn from this weekend’s box office data about audience interest in coming back to theaters as major cities begin to allow theaters to reopen. The good news is that four films in this week’s top 5 grossed over $1 million, causing this weekend’s overall grosses to reach $25.2 million according to industry estimates. That’s a 14% increase from the $22 million seen last weekend. This weekend, approximately 60 theaters in New York City reopened for the first time in nearly a year, including 13 locations owned by AMC Theaters, which did screen “Raya.” Other theaters in NYC will open later this month, as they need more time to find staffing and update theaters and concession stands to meet COVID-19 protocols. Those that have opened are required to adhere to a 25% auditorium capacity limit, though industry lobbyists are currently trying to raise that limit for theaters with recliner seats, which already have a very low capacity. Movie theaters in San Francisco have also been given the green light to open with 25% audience capacity, and industry insiders tell TheWrap that there is optimism that Los Angeles theaters will be able to reopen later this month as well. The best-case scenario for theaters is that the COVID-19 vaccination process, combined with continued social distancing, prevents another infection surge from delaying the reopening process, allowing theaters to take advantage of a full summer blockbuster release calendar to rebuild the box office starting with “Black Widow,” which is set to release only in theaters on May 7. Also Read: Alamo Drafthouse Files for Chapter 11, Movie Theater Chain Sells Assets to Altamont and Fortress While “Raya and the Last Dragon” hasn’t performed as well theatrically compared to other pandemic-era family releases, it is enjoying very strong critical and audience reception with a 95% Rotten Tomatoes score and an A on CinemaScore. Overseas, the film grossed $17.6 million — including $8.4 million in China — for a global total of $26.2 million. Disney, like other studios, has not made data on PVOD sales available. Behind “Raya” and “Tom & Jerry” on this weekend’s charts was Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking,” which opened at 1,980 locations for a $3.8 million opening. Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, the sci-fi thriller has a 24% Rotten Tomatoes score and a B on CinemaScore. Focus Features’ “Boogie” takes the No. 4 spot with a $1.2 million opening from 1,252 locations, earning a tepid reception with a C+ on CinemaScore and a 46% Rotten Tomatoes score. Finally, Universal’s “The Croods: A New Age” hangs on for another top 5 weekend with $780,000, giving the DreamWorks film a domestic total of $53.6 million after 15 weekends in theaters. Read original story ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Flies Low at Box Office With $8.6 Million Opening At TheWrap
England rigidly stuck to their policy during their 3-1 series defeat by India, opting to rest multi-format players at different stages of their tour to help them cope better with the challenges of living in strict bio-secure environments. Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes were among those who missed parts of the series against Sri Lanka and India.