Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump, who won the White House in part by promising to "drain the swamp" of Washington political maneuvering, on Wednesday revoked his executive order barring aides and other administration officials from lobbying. The restrictions, imposed soon after he took office in 2017, had targeted the kind of insider culture the Republican Trump had campaigned against and blocked the kind of lucrative gigs that he had said makes politicians beholden to business interests instead of everyday Americans. In an executive order released overnight, hours before he was due to leave office, Trump withdrew the ethics order that had said his appointees would not lobby their own agency for five years after leaving, and would not lobby any government appointee for two years.
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The French skating federation said the ice dance world champions will skip the March 22-28 event in Stockholm, Sweden to focus on preparing for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Papadakis and Cizeron, who both contracted the novel coronavirus and recovered last year, are four-times world champions. "We have never known such a long time without competition," Cizeron said in a statement.
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Margao (Goa) [India], January 20 (ANI): ATK Mohun Bagan have dropped five points in their last two games in the Indian Super League (ISL). The Kolkata team lost against Mumbai City FC and drew with FC Goa which nearly cost them the second spot. However, as they prepare to take on Chennaiyin FC at the Fatorda Stadium on Thursday, coach Antonio Habas claims to have 'no added pressure' on him, despite results going against his side.
Stone is among the quickest bowlers in English cricket and made his test debut against Ireland in July 2019, but a succession of injuries throughout his career have stunted his progress, leaving him questioning his future. England coach Chris Silverwood suggested Stone could play in the second test against Sri Lanka and, if not, then during the four-match series in India that follows.
Sophie turns 56 on Wednesday and is likely to have a busy year as duties increase.
Altered Innocence has picked up U.S. rights to Fabrice du Welz’s dark contemporary fairytale “Adoration,” which premiered at Locarno Film Festival. A release is planned for summer. “Adoration” combines a violent thriller with a romantic sexual awakening story, capturing the teenage intensity of “amour fou.” It features rising stars Thomas Gioria (“Custody”) and Fantine Harduin […]
A small group of Japanese fans of Donald Trump took to the streets of Tokyo on Wednesday, shouting support for the outgoing United States president hours before his successor Joe Biden is sworn into office. About 120 people joined the march in central Tokyo, with participants waving American and Japanese flags and holding banners claiming Trump was "the true winner" of the Nov. 3 election. Democrat Biden won the election with 306 Electoral College votes to Trump's 232.
Traditional sea shanties and sea songs are doing the rounds on social media, and even making a dent in the UK charts, but what’s the story behind it all? Roisin O'Connor dives in
Yesterday afternoon this adventurous pup was tired and trapped in the cold water at Sterne Park in Littleton. People on shore did the right thing by staying off the ice and calling 911. A Firefighter quickly and safely provided a little help and thankfully the dog was ok. Littleton, CO – Government South Suburban Parks and Recreation Video credit South Metro Fire Rescue
Biden is to be sworn in as U.S. president shortly after noon (1700 GMT), taking over from Republican Donald Trump. "I look forward to working with him (Biden), and with his new administration, strengthening the partnership between our countries and working on our shared priorities: from tackling climate change, building back better from the pandemic and strengthening our transatlantic security."
March 2020 was when the coronavirus pandemic began spreading across most of Europe and October is the last month for which data for all 27 EU member states are available. Statistics from Eurostat showed that across the bloc, excess mortality - the increase in total number of deaths, from any cause, compared to that of previous years - peaked during the early rise of COVID-19 in April 2020 at 24.9%. Summer lulls began at different times across the region, before numbers rose again in autumn, and still further in November in all member states with available data.
Villagers from Kamala Harris's ancestral home in southern India made offerings of fruit, lit firecrackers and prepared hundreds of snacks in celebration of her swearing-in Wednesday as US vice president.
Britain will learn lessons from its COVID-19 response but it is not be a good use of resources to have an inquiry while the National Health Service (NHS) is under strain from a winter wave of infections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. "The NHS is under unprecedented pressure (and) the entire British state is trying to fight COVID to roll out the biggest vaccination programme in the history of our country," Johnson told lawmakers.
A Bitter Orange Tart with a base of “bashed ginger nuts”.
Chinese state media outlets have run a series of articles criticising Western COVID-19 vaccines in the past week, including Pfizer's, while touting China-made vaccines as safer and more accessible. The reports have come as China's vaccines, which are being rolled out to countries including Brazil, Indonesia, and Turkey, have faced criticism in the West for insufficient data disclosure. The Global Times, a tabloid published by the People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party, has published more than ten reports in the past week critical of vaccines and inoculation schemes in the West.
The village of Lacock in Wiltshire, which was used as a location for the Harry Potter movies, is as busy as it is in peak summer, despite the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in place.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that some fishermen had experienced problems exporting fish to the European Union, an issue he said had been compounded by a decline in fish eating across Europe due to restaurant closures. "It is, it is absolutely true that some British fishermen have faced barriers at the present time owing to complications over form filling," Johnson told parliament.