In power for a year in spite of his opponents' hold over parliament, Orban, 57, has said he would undo a 40% pension hike ordered by the leftist PSD, which economists say could bloat the deficit to 11% of GDP and push Romania's credit rating to junk. He has pledged to halt efforts by leftist-led cabinets to sap court independence amid the judiciary's scrutiny of alleged corruption and misuse of funds - accusations the PSD denies. Orban has campaigned on a promise to bring the Black Sea state closer to the European mainstream following years of fiscal populism and political instability coupled with neglect of rundown infrastructure and public services.
Chelsea moved to the top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Leeds United 3-1 at home on Saturday, set on their way by a fifth goal in four days from Olivier Giroud. Giroud, 34, marked his first league start of the season - reward for his four goals in Chelsea's thrashing of Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday - by stretching to turn in a whipped cross by Reece James in the 27th minute. That cancelled out a fourth-minute opener for Leeds by Patrick Bamford, once on the Blues' books but who never made a first-team appearance.
As COVID-19 cases rise and hospital capacity continues to drop, both the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions have been issued a new stay-at-home order, which will take effect Sunday at 11:59 p.m. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the order was put into place because the intensive care unit capacity in both […]
Chelsea moved top of the Premier League after coming from behind to beat Leeds 3-1 on the night 2,000 fans returned to Stamford Bridge.
Power lines were downed causing outages in parts of Connecticut on December 5 as the first nor’easter of the season began dumping snow across New England.Power supplier Eversource said “heavy, wet snow” was weighing down trees and power lines, with outages mainly affecting eastern parts of the state.Roadways across the state were becoming slick, NBC Connecticut reported Saturday afternoon. State police had tweeted earlier that they were “responding to accidents all over the state,” and asked motorists to stay home if they can. Credit: @eweather via Storyful
Hundreds of soccer fans watched Northampton Town play Doncaster Rovers at the PTS Academy Stadium in Northampton, England, on December 5 after a monthlong lockdown was eased across the country.Video from fan Graeme Scott shows supporters chanting as players entered the field. “Nothing like being in the stadium to watch a game of football,” he wrote in a caption. “Ok the result wasn’t what we wanted but wasn’t it great to be back?”The first match since early March saw 1,164 people in attendance, which met the limit permitted for outdoor gatherings under Tier Two COVID-19 restrictions, according to the UK government. Credit: Graeme Scott via Storyful
Inter Milan wing back Achraf Hakimi bagged a brace of goals after Romelu Lukaku had opened the scoring in a comfortable 3-1 win over Bologna in Serie A on Saturday. Inter's third win in a week, with three goals scored in each game, left Antonio Conte's side second in the table with 21 points from 10 games, two behind AC Milan who face Sampdoria on Sunday. Inter, who appear to have recovered from a sticky patch in October, have won six and drawn three of their 10 matches so far, scoring an impressive 26 goals and suggesting that they can launch a serious bid for the title.
The family of Roald Dahl have quietly published an apology for his perceived anti-Semitism, saying his past remarks were “incomprehensible” to them. There has been ongoing controversy about the legacy of the children’s author after the re-emergence of a series of remarks about the Jewish faith in his final years. Mr Dahl, who died in 1990 at the age of 74, said in an interview just months before his death he was “certainly anti-Israel and I have become anti-Semitic”. More troublingly, he suggested in a 1983 interview with the News Statesman that Hitler did not pick up on anti-Semitism “for no reason”. It has now emerged that his family had published a statement in a corner of his official website apologising for the views he had expressed. It comes as several of Mr Dahl’s celebrated stories have made a return to the screen, including an animated adaptation of Matilda for Netflix and a version of The Witches, released this year. The streaming giant is also planning a spin-off series based on the Willy Wonka books, focusing on the Oompa-Loompas who work at his chocolate factory. The statement “regarding anti-Semitic comments made by Roald Dahl” was signed by the Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company, which manages the rights of the author’s characters and stories. It said: “The Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company deeply apologise for the lasting and understandable hurt caused by some of Roald Dahl’s statements. “Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked contrast to the man we knew and to the values at the heart of Roald Dahl's stories, which have positively impacted young people for generations. “We hope that, just as he did at his best, at his absolute worst, Roald Dahl can help remind us of the lasting impact of words.” There was reportedly no publicity surrounding the statement and no Jewish groups were informed of the move. The Roald Dahl Story Company addressed the discrete publication of the statement on Saturday night. “We loved Roald, but we passionately disagree with his anti-Semitic comments,” it said in a statement to The Sunday Times. “This is why we chose to apologise on our website, an apology easily found on Google.”
The Writers Guild of America has urged a federal judge not to intervene in the writers' 20-month boycott of CAA and WME, saying the court lacks authority to do so. The two largest agencies asked Judge Andre Birotte last month for an injunction that would force an end to the boycott. The agencies have effectively […]
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Romain Grosjean sat in a Haas Formula One car again on Saturday for the first time since escaping from a fiery crash with just burns to his hands during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Britain and European Union negotiators will meet in Brussels on Sunday in what the British team said was a final throw of the dice to clinch a post-Brexit trade deal. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Saturday, and instructed their teams to resume the talks in a last ditch attempt to bridge significant differences. Both sides acknowledge that time is running out to strike a deal before a transition arrangement expires at the end of the year and sources gave a pessimistic readout after Johnson and von der Leyen spoke on Saturday.
President Donald Trump has fruitlessly pressed Georgia’s governor to call a special legislative session aimed at overturning the presidential election results in that state. Trump made his request iof Gov. Brian Kemp in a phone call on Saturday, and the governor refused. The call took place hours before Trump is to appear at a rally in Georgia, where Republicans hope he will dedicate his energy to imploring their supporters to vote in two runoff elections Jan. 5.
“You don’t go through a hard couple of days after a long period of time, meet a stranger, and cut and run. Even if that person is Aubrey Plaza.”
Baltimore Ravens had at least four different strains of Covid-19 virus in their facility during a major outbreak involving 23 players, team president Dick Cass said Saturday.
In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth on Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2.
Chris Dixon's eyes welled up as he prepared to return to his seat. From Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium, Dixon has been coming to West Ham games across seven decades. “I never thought at my age I would get so excited about winning a ballot for a football match — it's been fantastic,” the 71-year-old Dixon said.
Team chief Toto Wolff praised George Russell and compared him to "a finance guy" because of his serious nature on Saturday after the young Briton qualified second for Sunday's Sakhir Grand Prix.
Lopez's performance of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is perfection.
Wegen Corona-Pandemie gilt in Palästinensergebiet nächtliche Ausgangssperre es | AFP | Saturday 12/5/2020 - 19:19 UTC+1 | 180 words Bethlehem lit up its Christmas tree on Saturday evening but without the usual crowds, as novel coronavirus restrictions put a damper on the start of Christmas festivities in the holy city. Palestinian authorities last week announced measures, including a night-time curfew, across the Israeli-occupied West Bank for 14 days to fight a "worrying spread" of the virus. Locals and pilgrims traditionally gather each year for the lighting of the tree in Manger Square, near the Church of the Nativity, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was born. But this year, only a small crowd of journalists was present due to coronavirus restrictions, an AFP photographer said. Carmen Ghattas, director of public relations at the Bethlehem municipality, told AFP that Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh had lit up the tree remotely from his office in Ramallah. The West Bank, with a Palestinian population of more than 2.8 million, has officially recorded 71,703 coronavirus infections, including 678 deaths. Israel has occupied the territory since 1967.