Yahoo Finance's Dan Howley joins Kristin Myers and Alexis Christoforous to break down what to expect from Apple's April 20th event.
Ronnie O'Sullivan started his World Championship defence with a 10-4 win over Mark Joyce on Saturday as fans were allowed back into sporting events in England for the first time this year. Six-time world champion O'Sullivan, 45, was playing on the first day of the tournament and despite a sloppy start he never looked threatened by Joyce as he entertained the reduced crowd. "It was really nice to have the crowd in because if there was no crowd I could have sunk even lower into my chair," O'Sullivan told the BBC.
Ireland held their own in the opening period but the rampant French crossed for five tries in the first half to obliterate the Irish, whose excellent recent performance against Wales was quickly forgotten. Ireland's error-prone handling and the concession of 20 penalties led to opportunities that were ruthlessly exploited by the French. Caroline Boujard and Cyrielle Banet both touched down twice as the French racked up eight tries in total, with Emma Hooban collecting the second of Ireland's tries as a late consolation.
Tributes for former Bad Boy Records artist Black Rob poured in on Saturday as the “Whoa!” rapper is being remembered as “one of the great millennium-era crime rap novelists.” “RIP Black Rob, one of the great millennium-era crime rap novelists, gruff but with Harlem slickness, who endured fire & brimstone to briefly reach the apex, before gravity and the law took hold. Of course, “Whoa,” which owned the world for a full year, the platonic tunnel banger,” wrote legendary rapper Biz Markie. The former Bad Boy Records artist died Saturday in an Atlanta hospital at age 51. Although the cause of death has not been released, the “Whoa!” rapper has had a series of strokes since 2015 and recently revealed that he had been homeless and suffering from kidney failure RIP Black Rob, one of the great millennium-era crime rap novelists, gruff but with Harlem slickness, who endured fire & brimstone to briefly reach the apex, before gravity and the law took hold. Of course, "Whoa," which owned the world for a full year, the platonic tunnel banger. pic.twitter.com/MURkLLdFYK — Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) April 17, 2021 “Lord knows i tried to get help …… I’m sad to say RIP to Black Rob …..,” wrote Power 105.1’s DJ Self. View this post on Instagram A post shared by DJ Self (@djself) “This hit my heart……. we will NEVER forget you brother! RIP BLACK ROB!” wrote singer and songwriter Mario Winans. Also Read: Black Rob, Rapper Best Known for Hit Single 'Whoa!,' Dies at 51 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mario Winans (@iammariowinans) And LL Cool J wrote: “Black Rob. A story teller. An MC. a gentleman every time I saw him. Rest in power my brother.” Black Rob. A story teller. An MC. a gentleman every time I saw him. Rest in power my brother. 🙏🏾♥️ — LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) April 17, 2021 Growing up in East Harlem, Ross started rapping when he was around 11 and joined his first rap group, Schizophrenics, at 22. At the time, he went by the name “Bacardi Rob.” He started working with Sean Combs’ Bad Boy label in 1996 and was featured on several of its remixes. His debut album, “Life Story,” was released in 1999 and rose to platinum status. But his landmark hit came the following year with the hit single “Whoa!” Here are some more tributes: Black Rob has passed away at 51 ⠀Sending our prayers and love to his family during this time 🕊🙏🏿 RIP pic.twitter.com/yqjahvoDSC — Power 105.1 (@Power1051) April 17, 2021 damn rest in peace Black Rob. we have to come up with a way to take care of our artists after the industry is done with them. — Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) April 17, 2021 R.I.P Black Rob — Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) April 17, 2021 Rest in power !!! https://t.co/9lIXl9C61S — N.O.R.E (@noreaga) April 17, 2021 Rest In Peace, Black Rob. pic.twitter.com/GowUKt1Ija — TIDAL (@TIDAL) April 17, 2021 THE BLACK ROB GOD BLESS YOU FOREVER BUBBA — The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) April 17, 2021 Gone too soon. RIP Black Rob 🙏🏾🕊 Prayers to his friends and family ❤️ #BETRemembers pic.twitter.com/evF5gBnRJS — BET (@BET) April 17, 2021 RIP to one of Bad Boy’s finest, storyteller supreme, Black Rob 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/2h5g7lvQnj — Skyzoo (@skyzoo) April 17, 2021 All this death in hip hop really SUCKS!!! R.I.P. DMX & Black Rob! I cant believe i just said that. Just dont sound right 😢 no time to grieve 1 death anymore X just died last week and BR dies today 🤦🏾♂️😢😭 — PETEROCK.COM (@PeteRock) April 17, 2021 Read original story Black Rob Tributes Pour in From LL Cool J, Biz Markie and More: ‘This Hit My Heart’ At TheWrap
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"These conditions include, but are not limited to, strengthened screening and monitoring of participants who are at high risk of a blood clotting disorder," the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) said. SAHPRA said on Wednesday that it had recently reviewed data from Johnson & Johnson's local research study immunising healthcare workers and found no major safety concerns. South Africa suspended the rollout of the J&J vaccine in the "implementation study" on Tuesday, after U.S. health agencies recommended pausing its use because of rare cases of blood clots in six people inoculated with it, out of some 7 million people who have received the shot in the United States.
The Czech Republic's security row with Russia could influence a decision on whether Russia is invited to bid on building a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant, Industry Minister Karel Havlicek told Reuters on Saturday. The Czech Republic is expelling 18 Russian diplomats over suspicions that Russian intelligence services were involved in an ammunition depot explosion in 2014. The expulsions come as the central European country looks to start a tender for the construction of a new block at majority state-owned CEZ's Dukovany plant, with the question of inviting a Russian bidder having already split lawmakers.
The Czech government said Saturday it would expel 18 Russian diplomats identified by local intelligence as secret agents of the Russian SVR and GRU services that are suspected of involvement in a 2014 explosion.
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The person who experienced the very rare event has been treated and is recovering, Canada's health ministry said in a statement, adding that the person lives in the province of Alberta. Based on the evidence available, Canada still maintains that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh the potential risks, the statement said. Canada health authorities "will continue to monitor the use of all COVID-19 vaccines closely and examine and assess any new safety concerns," the statement said.
A dire economic crisis and the "subversive" nature of the internet were on the agenda Saturday and Sunday as a historic congress of the Communist Party of Cuba meets ahead of longtime leader Raul Castro's departure from power.
France will order a strict 10-day quarantine for all travellers coming from Brazil starting April 24, the prime minister's office said on Saturday, in a bid to prevent the spread of a coronavirus variant first found in the South American county. France decided this week to suspend all flights to and from Brazil. The measure will be extended until April 23, the prime minister's office said in the same statement.
The man accused of going on a shooting rampage at a Southern California business, killing four people, should not have been allowed to buy or own guns because of a California law that prohibits people from purchasing weapons for 10 years after being convicted of a crime. Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez was convicted of battery in 2015, which should have kept him from possessing or buying guns or ammo at stores that conduct background checks. Police say Gaxiola had targeted Unified Homes, the mobile home brokerage company in Orange, and had personal and business relationships with the victims.
Former Bad Boy Records rap artist Black Rob, whose given name was Robert Ross, died Saturday in an Atlanta hospital, Sean Combs’ Revolt announced. Ross was 51. Although the cause of death has not been released, the “Whoa!” rapper has suffered a series of strokes since 2015. Just last week, following the death of fellow hip-hop icon DMX, Power 105.1’s DJ Self posted a video of Ross looking frail as he lay in a hospital bed. “I don’t know, the pain is crazy, man,” he said in the short clip. “It’s helping me out, though, it’s making me realize I got a lot to go.” The video was captioned: “Let keep our prayers up Black Rob !!! Get well man Please people out there take care of yourself BR was one of the greats Had NY on his back like Whaooo.” Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2021 (Photos) According to Revolt, after the video surfaced, Ross revealed that he was homeless and battling multiple health problems, including kidney failure. Growing up in East Harlem, Ross started rapping when he was around 11 and joined his first rap group, Schizophrenics, at 22. At the time, he went by the name “Bacardi Rob.” He started working with Combs’ Bad Boy label in 1996 and was featured on several of its remixes. His debut album, “Life Story,” was released in 1999 and rose to platinum status. But his landmark hit came the following year with the hit single “Whoa!” His career hit a snag with legal troubles, including a 2004 charge of grand larceny for which he received a seven-year prison sentence; he was released in 2010. View this post on Instagram A post shared by DJ Self (@djself) Also Read: Felix Silla, Cousin Itt From 'The Addams Family,' Dies at 84 After performing at multiple concerts in Combs’ Bad Boy Family Tour in 2006, he suffered a series of health problems, including a series of strokes. In a 2015 interview on Sirius XM’s “Sway in the Morning,” Ross said he was taking 10 pills a day to keep his blood pressure in control. After Ross’ most recent hospitalization, entertainment manager Kal Dawson asked about his recovery. “It’s been up and down,” Ross answered. “I’m just trying to bear with this and do this, man. It’s been, killer. After I had my stroke, I had to re-memorize all my s—, all my lyrics. I didn’t know them, so that right there was the biggest challenge. Years. That took years, man. I been f—ing with this s—, struggling with this, with my baby moms, for years.” Read original story Black Rob, Rapper Best Known for Hit Single ‘Whoa!,’ Dies at 51 At TheWrap
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Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck is taking his talents from the world of sports to game show television as a “Jeopardy!” guest host, a source familiar with the matter tells Variety. Buck is set to be the show’s second sports-affiliated guest host, following Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ stint that ran from April 5 […]
Steven Soderbergh was intentionally vague about whether nominees, presenters and guests will be wearing masks at this year’s Oscars, and that’s just one ingredient of the secret sauce that the producers are hoping will make this year’s awards show unique and unlike any awards show we’ve seen, one during a pandemic or otherwise. Soderbergh along with producers Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins for the 93rd Academy Awards discussed in a press conference Saturday how this year’s Oscars will “announce itself as being different” right from the start. And without giving away too many details, they clarified that the show will make do with “satellite hookups” in place of Zoom calls, and that by the end of the show, people “will be talking about how they made this happen.” Soderbergh said the hope for the show is to “get us out of this feeling that we’re trapped at home. We want to see something that does feel like a potential future.” Also Read: Oscars Song Contenders to Perform for Pre-Show, 'After Dark' Special Set for Post-Awards But as to the question of masks specifically, well you’ll just have to wait and see. “Masks are going to play a very important role in the story of this evening,” Soderbergh said. “If that sounds cryptic, it’s supposed to be.” There’s been some hand-wringing these last few weeks when it became clear that the Oscars would ask nominees and guests to attend the ceremony in person and that awards would not be handed out over Zoom. It led to the introduction of European hubs where international nominees could accept their prizes, and Soderbergh said simply that satellite hookups were a way for the producers to better control the image, and Zoom “doesn’t really fit” the image for what the producers are trying to achieve. That said, this introduced new technological hurdles that they’ve had to solve these last few weeks, but Soderbergh said that saying there would be no Zoom was “never about exclusion” or denying access to people who declined to attend the show. Rather, it was “about making it feel like it was part of a piece.” Also Read: Oscars: Andra Day, Maria Bakalova and More at TheWrap's Virtual Nominees Luncheon (Exclusive Photos) Collins and Sher talked about Soderbergh’s “manifesto” from the beginning of this process, and that’s culminated in the Academy touting this year’s broadcast as less of an awards show and more like a movie. They reiterated some details as to how they’ll make that a reality, including shooting in 24 fps, but also focusing on the shot composition, different over the shoulder shots and camera framings that aren’t strictly placing the person in the middle of the screen. He even touted that the work this year’s musical director, Questlove, will go a long way to making the show sound different and feel more cinematic. Sitting from the show’s space as the set is still being built, the producers touted just how beautiful a location it was and how there were no bad angles in the space. And he hopes that atmosphere will invite winners from the evening to open up and “tell a story.” “Emotion is up in your grill,” Soderbergh said. “It will be really intense.” This year’s show will bump the Oscar nominated song performances to the pre-show, which the producers said all the nominees were eager to participate in because it meant the songs could be performed in full rather than as part of a medley. Though every award will still be handed out on air, and the hope is that by the end, they’ll have provided a “template” for how other awards shows and film productions can hope to return to work. Also Read: Why Oscars Remain Big Money for ABC Despite Expected Record-Low Audience “People will see this show and feel like this is possible.” The producers were also asked about the decision way back last year to delay the Oscars by two months, and they agreed that what they’re doing today would have been “impossible” had they not made the shift. But because COVID is still a reality, they’re still cognizant of capacity issues and keeping the show safe, even if that means heavy hitters who usually are staples of the show won’t be invited. “Bog Iger won’t be there,” Soderbergh said, explaining the decision to limit the Oscars to just nominees, plus ones and the show’s presenters, and how even getting those people to the show has been an ever-evolving process. “It’s like building a plane while it’s in the air.” Throughout Saturday’s press conference, Soderbergh, Sher and Collins reiterated that next Sunday’s show will be an “optimistic” occasion and a celebration of movies, but it’s clear they’re taking chances we’ve never seen from an Academy Awards before. “It opened up an opportunity to try some things that haven’t been tried before,” Soderbergh said. “We want the show to have a voice.” The Oscars air on ABC on April 25. Read original story Oscars Producers Hint at How Masks and Satellite Hookups Will Make a Different Kind of Awards Show At TheWrap
New Delhi is facing an acute shortage of hospital beds as coronavirus cases spike higher. New Delhi chief Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that oxygen is in short supply. "The cases have reached 24,000 from 19,500 in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate is more than 24 per cent so, the situation is very serious and worrying. Now there is a shortage of oxygen and Remdesivir in Delhi."India’s capital is among the country’s worst hit cities. It has imposed a weekend curfew.The country itself is facing a second wave, and that is straining the health infrastructure. India recorded more than 200,000 cases for a third day on Saturday. The total number of cases of nearly 14.5 million is second only to the U.S.But despite reports of shortages of hospital beds and vaccination doses, religious festivals and election rallies continue on, and criticism is mounting over how Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is handling the crisis.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc on Saturday to provide additional supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to Japan this year, Nikkei reported. Pfizer confirmed in an email that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla met with Suga virtually to discuss vaccine supply on the last day of Suga's three-day visit to Washington. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the only one approved in Japan.