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    When Tom Brady said at the beginning of the month that there’s a lot of “bad football from what I watch,” he probably wasn’t envisioning his Tampa Bay Buccaneers being square in the middle of that discussion near the midpoint of the season. The Buccaneers, who lost to the Baltimore Ravens 27-22 at home Thursday night, were one of 15 teams entering Week 8 at or within one game of .500, a large grouping of mediocrity that includes the Chicago Bears (3-4), Green Bay Packers (3-4) and both participants in Super Bowl LVI — the Los Angeles Rams (3-3) and Cincinnati Bengals (4-3). It’s not an unusually high number of teams huddled around .500 after seven weeks. The average at this juncture over the last decade is 13.2 teams with a high of 18 in 2017 and low of five in 2020. The average total points per game entering this week is 43.4, the lowest figure since 2010. Scoring matters to the NFL. Rules have been tweaked over the years to favor offenses. Higher-scoring games generally promote better television ratings....
    An Essex woman made 10 false rape claims against two men leading to 60 police investigations - which eventually found that the men were not in the area at the time. Cathy Richardson, 35, from Westcliff, made a series of allegations against two men between January and May 2021, and has now been sentenced to more than five years in prison. Essex Police bosses have slammed her actions, which they say had a 'huge impact' on the lives of the men she accused and resulted in wasted police time and resources. Police added that her false allegations have also done a 'great disservice' to real victims of sexual crimes. Cathy Richardson, 35, from Westcliff, made a series of allegations against two men between January and May 2021, and has now been sentenced to over five years in prison Richardson's allegations led to officers carrying out 60 investigations, with one of the men she accused being arrested and made to undergo forensic examination. As officers progressed their enquiries into Richardson's claims, they found that CCTV, phone data, and information from automatic number...
    A group of brazen brutes have been spotted ransacking a Wawa convenience store on Saturday night in Philadelphia's Mayfair neighborhood. Shocking footage from inside the stores shows employees staying behind a counter when a large group of what appeared to be mostly youths trashed the store, CBS reports. 'You're all stupid,' one of the people behind the counter could be heard saying as the group cheers, twerks and cackles, throwing cans and bags into the air. 'You're all ugly, stupid, broke,' the man adds, but the crowd continues to desimate the store, grabbing merchandise off the shelves and tossing it across the air. The incident comes weeks after stores in Phily's Center City were forced to close early after dozens of juveniles reportedly ransacked the area, including a number of Wawas.  A group of what appears to be juveniles ransacked the Wawa convience store in Philadelphia's Mayfair district on Saturday night (above) As they destroyed shelves, one delinquent could be seen standing on a counter and twerking As the ransacking continued, a man from behind a counter could be heard...
    There are more members of Congress over the age of 70 in 2022 than any year prior, a new chart shows. According to an analysis by Business Insider, the number of septuagenarians serving in the House of Representatives and Senate more than doubled across two decades. In 2002 just 8 percent were above 70, while today the share is 23 percent. And while nearly half the US population is under 40, just 5 percent of Congress falls under the same age range. The shocking data is a reflection of increasingly frustrated young voters who have been calling for generational change in leadership - all while leaders themselves are serving longer terms and awarding each other senior roles. Senators like Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein have signaled they have no plans to retire yet despite being just shy of 90 years old - an age that's higher than the average life expectancy for most Americans. They're just two of 21 members in their 80s.  But the gap hasn't always been so significant. The median age for a Congressional lawmaker grew 10...
    ARE you keen to get a dog but want to make sure you pick a breed that is well behaved? A vet has ranked 10 breeds from best to worst when it comes to pooches in her animal hospital. 4Vet Shannon ranked breeds from best to worst based on how well behaved they are her clinicCredit: @doctor_shannon / TikTok 4The vet put Shih Tzus as the top breed and said she's never been bitten by oneCredit: Rex On her list number one was most angelic, with number 10 being the hardest to treat in her clinic. TikTok user Shannon, who posts under @doctor_shannon, said the most impeccably behaved breed are Shih Tzus. She explained: “They are usually pretty good, I don’t think I’ve ever been bit by one. “I’m going to put them at one, they are probably the best ones.” Another dog she highly recommends is a Pitbull and she said she only has had a couple who are a “little nuts” but the rest are great. More on dogsPAWESOME Dog sales predicted to 'skyrocket' after Queen's death -...
    Twitter revealed the zero-day vulnerability that allowed a bad actor to compile a list of 5.4 million account profiles in December 2021 is now patched as of Friday. A zero-day vulnerability is a software flaw that is unknown to the parties responsible for the site and is live an open window for those lurking in the backend of the website. The vulnerability allowed the hacker known as 'devil' to scrape Twitter and collect phone numbers and emails associated with the millions of accounts that belonged to 'celebrities, companies and random people,' according to a post by the hacker on the dark web that says the collection was due to 'Twitters incompetence.'  The fix comes too late, as the hacker already uploaded the data to the dark web and was selling the accounts for $30,000 each – it is not clear how many have been bought, BleepingComputer reports. Scroll down for video  Twitter patched a flaw in its software that let a hacker compile phone numbers and email address associated with 5.4 million accounts Twitter disclosed in a security advisory Friday: 'In...
    When Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck married in a Las Vegas ceremony earlier this month, nearly 20 years after calling off their first wedding, it was a feel-good moment which seemed to prove the old adage that true love is worth the wait. With three failed marriages behind her, J Lo, 53, finally wed the man she calls her ‘soulmate’, saying: ‘Maybe you’ll find the best moment of your life in Las Vegas at twelve thirty in the morning in the tunnel of love drive-through with your kids and the one you’ll spend forever with.’ But while the world has been captivated by the romantic tale of ‘Bennifer’ – the nickname bestowed on the £300 million star and her Oscar-winning husband – the news has reopened painful old wounds for one man. Ojani Noa, Lopez’s first husband, today lives a world away from the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood spotlight. But he, too, was told by J Lo that he was the man she wanted to spend ‘forever’ with – and that, he says with a shrug, ‘was three...
    DESPITE their popularity, there is plenty of mystery surrounding the apex predators of the sea. From the number of species to how they track their prey, sharks continue to surprise researchers with new puzzling traits. 3There is still plenty of mystery surrounding sharksCredit: Getty 3Scientists are still finding new species of sharksCredit: Getty 3Sharks also have been found to have a sophisticated sense of smellCredit: Getty For starters, researchers are still discovering new species of sharks despite already identifying over 400 different kinds. "The deep ocean is so vast and we've spent so little time studying it, that it feels like every time a scientist goes out and does some fishing or trolling or even goes to a fish market in a little known place, they find a new species of shark," professor of marine biology Christopher Lowe told Live Science. Sharks are so adaptable that scientists continue to uncover new kinds in a variety of habitats, especially in deep waters. "Moreover, sharks can range greatly in size, from as small as a cigar (like the American pocket shark) to...
    by Clayton Fox   Since the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first vaccines for COVID-19 in late 2020, the government and much of the media have insisted that the medicines developed in record time are safe and effective. Those who raised questions about them have been routinely dismissed as conspiracy theorists. And yet an online database co-administered by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control has compiled more than 1.3 million reports of vaccine-implicated  “adverse events” running the gamut from mild to severe, including 29,000 deaths. Representative entries include: A 44-year-old male from California with a blood clot in the brain (CVST) five days after receiving Pfizer vaccine, dose unknown. A 31-year-old female from Pennsylvania with heart inflammation (myocarditis) two days after receiving Moderna’s booster. A 58-year-old female from California with blood clots in legs (DVT) after receiving Johnson & Johnson booster. She reported: “Day after booster on 11/16/21 my right leg was aching. 7 days later on 11/23/21 my sole of my right foot was very painful upon walking. This resolved 2 days later by 11/25/21. On day 11 (11/26/21) my ankle...
    A DELIGHTED shopper shared news of an incredible deal in Wilko's stores and parents can't wait to snap up the bargain for themselves. Savvy mum-of-three Katie White was thrilled that she'd discovered a selection of number cake tins for just £2 each. 1The mum shared details of the bargain cake tins onlineCredit: ExtremeCouponingAndBargainsUK/Facebook People were desperate to bag their own cake tins, ideal to make a kid's birthday extra special. Posting on Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, she said: "Number tins reduced to £2 in Wilko! In store only!" She posted a picture of a shelf of cake tins ranging from 0-9 and all at the bargain price of just two quid. Fellow bargain hunters were blown away by the savings and the post has gathered more than 3.1k comments. Read more on bargainsBARGAIN WOE I’m found a B&M bargain with a 10p teddy fleece sheet - but not everyone agreesWATER FAIL I snapped up a paddling pool for my tot… when it arrived I spotted my mistake One person said: "That's a great deal for cake bakers you...
    At least four people have been shot at a church north of Laguna Beach, in southern California. Orange County Fire Authority said it was on the scene at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, treating victims and taking a number of people to hospital.  'Deputies are responding to reports of a shooting at a church on the 24000 block of El Toro Road in Laguna Woods, Orange County.  A number of people have been shot at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods All manner of emergency vehicles could be seen outsider the church on Sunday afternoon   The Orange County Sheriff gave details of what was unfolding on Sunday afternoon on Twitter Multiple victims have been shot. More details to follow, PIO en route,' the Orange County Sheriff wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.  'We have detained one person and have recovered a weapon that may be involved.' The number of people hurt is not yet clear but it is believed to be at least four. A passing driver captured images of a number of a fire engines that...
    A startling 59 per cent of New Yorkers now say they would be better off leaving the city on the back of soaring crime rates and the high cost of living, according to a new poll.   The poll asked 840 registered New York City voters if they agreed with this statement: 'My family would have a better future if we left New York City permanently.'  The breakdown of poll respondents was 25 per cent saying they 'strongly agree' with the statement, while 34 per cent said they 'somewhat agree', or 59 per cent in total.  In comparison, just 15 per cent 'strongly disagreed' and 26 per cent 'somewhat disagreed' for a total of 41 per cent.   Crime was the leading issue on voters' minds, with 41 percent of respondents saying public safety was the most pressing issue, while 19 percent cited inflation and the high cost of living in New York.  The poll results come as figures show crime has risen 44 per cent since the start of 2022, despite Mayor Eric Adams' promise of a crackdown.   The Fontas Advisors and...
    Getty Images The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted millions of Americans to put plans, including weddings, on hold. As 2022 unfolds and, we hope, the worst of the pandemic is behind us, nuptials are expected to take place in record numbers. The Wedding Report, a wedding market research firm, projects there will be 2.5 million weddings this year, the highest number since 1984. That's up from 1.9 million in 2021 and 1.3 million in 2020. The average engaged couple is expected to spend $24,300 on their wedding this year. This big-ticket life event can be an opportunity for prospective spouses to make sure they are on the same page with their finances before they check off "married filing jointly" on their tax returns.More from Advice and the Advisor: What happens if you don't disclose crypto activity to IRS Why asset allocation matters when it comes to taxes 3 key reasons to keep your will and estate plan updated Money conversations inevitably crop up during wedding planning. They can include not only the couple but their parents as well. "Your money...
    President Joe Biden's approval number has dropped to the same low as former President Donald Trump's at the same point in their presidencies.  A year and a month into his tenure, FiveThirtyEight.com has Biden's approval rating average sitting at 41.6 per cent, while Trump's was 41.1 per cent during this week in February in 2018.    Trump's approval average lingered between the high 30s and low 40s throughout his one term. Biden, on the other hand, started out at 55 per cent approval, and never hit that number again since.  Trump dragged down the prospects for members of his party, with Democrats able to pick up 40 House seats in the 2018 midterm elections, gaining back the majority.  Republicans look poised to do the same under Biden, with a recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee document warning the party has 'alarming credibility' problems - with 66 per cent of swing voters in battleground states they have gone 'too far' on COVID.  President Joe Biden's approval number has dropped to the same low as former President Donald Trump's at the same point in their...
    They have gone from the state of complete strangers to the state of national stars, revealing that they are little geniuses running one of the most watched platforms at the moment, Covidbase Australia, Which are: Jack, 15, Wesley, 14, and Darcy, 15. Three friends who posted the following message on Twitter: “Boom! People aged 12-15 can now be vaccinated so we’ve all three got our first dose of Moderna vaccine and we thought it was the right time to tell you who we are.”Just below, a photo of the three, each raising the sleeve of his T-shirt to show small post-injection bandages, brandishing their vaccine cover. Boom! Get 12-15s Today the three of us run @Covidpeso, Jack, Wesley and Darcy, Moderna had our first dose of the vaccine. I thought it would be a good time to share who we really are. Thrilled that we will finally be included in our data! pic.twitter.com/SeIQFXPjGW – Covidbaseau (@covidbaseau) September 23, 2021 Within hours, they collected tens of thousands Likes, But above all a lot of amazing, incredible, disturbing comments that a gang...
    More than double the Americans in the U.S. say they identify as LGBTQ than they did a decade ago, a trend led by Gen Z adults, results from a new Gallup poll revealed this week.  A record 7.1 percent of Americans identify as straight or heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, a percentage which is up from 3.5 percent of Americans in 2012. It has been steadily increasing since the poll began.  The poll also found that 86.3 percent of Americans say they are straight or heterosexual, while 6.6 percent did not offer their orientation.   An estimated that a record 7.1 percent of all Americans now identify as LGBTQ A record 20.8% of Generation Z Americans now identify as LGBTQ, according to a new poll from Gallup published Thursday. Less than 3% of those born before 1965 do Gallup estimates from these results that within the entire US adult population, 4.0 percent of Americans identify as bisexual, 1.5 percent as gay, 1 percent as lesbian and 0.7 percent as transgender. The number of Americans identifying as bisexual is far higher among younger...
    THE hotel industry is full of secrets, from covering up for the guests and even protecting their own - they often keep their insider knowledge to themselves.  However, ex-hotel employee Janessa Richard has spilled the beans in a series of fun and candid TikTok videos.  10Janessa Richards has shared a number of videos talking about what it was like to work in a hotelCredit: @janessarichard/Tiktok Here, we have compiled together her top secrets she claims for hotels. YOUR ROOM NUMBER  10They will never say your room number out loudCredit: Getty - Contributor She firstly starts it off by claiming that they are legally not allowed to say your room number out loud.  Janessa says: “Which is why we will usually write it on an envelope, pass it to you and tell you "this is your room number". UPGRADE  10She also explains how to get a free upgradeCredit: Getty She claims that if the employee “likes you” they can upgrade you to a better room or suite at no extra cost, if there’s any available. Janessa adds: “Different hotel brands have...
    MILLIONS of eligible low-income individuals and families will start to receive much-needed food stamps this month. More than 41.5million people rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to put food on their tables. 1Benefits are paid on a specific day each month, depending on your state The money is provided through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy food at authorized retail food stores. SNAP is the largest federal nutrition assistance program. Benefits are paid on a specific day each month, depending on your state. You must apply for SNAP in the state in which you live. Each state has a different application form and process. We outline when each state deposits SNAP benefits into eligible accounts. Most read in moneyHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited next weekBIG BOOST Cola cost of living boost of ‘$2,753’ to go out NEXT WEEK as calculator revealedCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsMORE MONEY IRS sending new ‘$3.6K stimulus’ check payments as...
    New York State and New York City saw some startling COVID-19 numbers Thursday, with the most deaths in one day since vaccinations begin, but both death and hospitalizations remain down from their 2020 peak. According to state data, 130 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 62 alone coming from New York City. That's the most since mass vaccination started, but still well below the record 816 who died in one day during the first peak in April 2020. As of Thursday, over 11,000 people are hospitalized, the highest number since the spring 2020 peak when the state was utilizing field hospitals.       'Wearing a mask, washing your hands, getting your vaccine, your second dose, your booster - we are not defenseless and these are things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy,' Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement. 'As we make our way through the winter surge, it is important to keep the wellbeing of others in mind,' Hochul added. 'Be mindful of how your actions impact others so we can...
    Senator Chris Murphy sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday to talk about gun control, and said that Democrats would have the votes for passing legislation if it weren’t for the fact that they don’t. In light of the horrific school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan, Tapper spoke to Murphy about what Democrats are doing with regard to gun legislation, something on which the party frequently fundraises and campaigns. “We have a Democratic House, a Democratic Senate, a pro-gun control president, Democrat,” said Tapper, setting the stage for the however. “No new gun regulations have passed, why not?” Murphy began his answer by saying that the American people only pay attention to the issues involved when there are shootings, even though “100 people every day are dying from gunshot wounds.” “The fact of the matter is, we have the votes in the House and the Senate for a universal background checks bill. We have a president who will sign it,” said Murphy, emphatically stating that his party does have the number of votes needed. “It’s the rules...
    Donna Hilliard, executive director at Code Tenderloin, said the non-profit group serving the homeless population is currently seeing more demand than it has ever seen.Source: Code Tenderloin Code Tenderloin, a nonprofit group serving the homeless in San Francisco, said it has about $7,000 worth of gift cards to hand out to those who need the extra financial assistance over the holidays. In recent weeks, requests from members of the community have poured in for food, clothing and gifts. Others are merely seeking Code Tenderloin's help to put a roof over their heads on a rainy evening. And those solicitations will likely only mount as the holiday season drags on, said Donna Hilliard, executive director at Code Tenderloin. "While everybody is going through their day-to-day, super excited about this holiday season, we have a whole community of folks who are stressed out," said Hilliard in a phone interview. "We're seeing more demand this year than we've ever seen." The dynamic that Code Tenderloin witnesses playing out in San Francisco speaks to a bigger wealth gap that has only accelerated during the...
    Paul McCartney has admitted he places The Everly Brothers in higher esteem than his former band The Beatles. The singer, 79, made the shocking remark in his latest book The Lyrics - while adding that the John Lennon had been heavily influenced by the late two-piece as well. He wrote: 'The biggest influence on John and Me was The Everly Brothers. To this day, I just think they're the greatest. And they were different. Shock: Paul McCartney has admitted he places The Everly Brothers in higher esteem than his former band The Beatles (pictured in 2021) 'You'd heard barbershop quartets, you'd heard the Beverley Sisters - three girls - you'd all heard that. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Astroworld performer Roddy Ricch will donate his 'net... Shirtless Matt James runs alongside Tyler Cameron as they... Get Back... in time! Paul McCartney recreates iconic Abbey... Ed Sheeran returns to the stage in New York City to... Share this article Share 'But just two guys, two good-looking guys? So we idolised them. We...
    Geraldo Rivera slammed Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Tuesday after a video surfaced of her blaming the police for the rising crime rate in Minneapolis during a town hall meeting. “What we must also recognize is that the reduction in policing currently in our city and the lawlessness that is happening is due to two things,” Omar said in the video.  “One,” she said, “is that the police have chosen not to fulfill their oath of office and to provide the public safety they are owed to the citizens they serve.” Later, she argued that this failure was “documented” and went on to say that “the Minneapolis Police Department is the most dysfunctional in our state and probably in the country.” These comments, Geraldo Rivera contended, were an “outrageous spin” as Minneapolis has seen a dramatic increase in violent crime since 2019. “Maybe the cops can’t do their job,” Geraldo suggested to his co-anchors on Fox News’ ‘The Five’, “because they burned down the precinct.” (RELATED: Minneapolis 3rd Precinct On Fire After Officers Evacuate Building Amid George Floyd Riots) Co-anchor Dagen McDowell...
    Kamala Harris appears to be making some distance between herself and her boss Joe Biden as the president struggles with record low poll numbers and multiple crises plaguing the country.  When Biden picked Harris to be the first female and woman of color to be vice president he strongly indicated she would be an equal partner in his administration. In recent months, however, it appears the 2020 rivals-turned-running mates have drifted apart as Harris appears ot have taken on lower-profile and less controversial tasks, mostly to promote the president's agenda.  In the Biden-Harris administration's first nine months Harris has participated in 486 public and private events.  But the number of open press events she has done with the president has already fallen sharply from 18 in the short month of February to just one each in September and October - marking September 11 and the anniversary of Martin Luther King's memorial dedication.  A former Harris adviser told the Los Angeles Times said despite their public show of unity that Biden and Harris still remain divided by a lack of trust. They said...
    NOUGHTIES pop group tATu look totally unrecognisable as they reunite 20 years after topping the charts. Russian music duo Lena Katina and Julia Volkova are best known for their songs All The Things She Said and Not Gonna Get Us. 6tATu's Yulia Volkova, left, and Lena Katina, right, first hit the charts in 2002Credit: Getty 6Julia looks like a completely different person to when she shot to fameCredit: Instagram 6Lena is now 37-years-old and a mother-of-oneCredit: Instagram The pair - who weren't afraid to kiss each other on stage - formed their group in 1999 and continued to make records until they decided to pursue solo careers in 2011. Now 10 years on and the girls have decided to join forces again and will be back on stage in Spring 2022. Lena, 37, told her 266k followers on Instagram: "The official tribute to TATU will take place in the spring of 2022." And fans couldn't contain their excitement. One commented: "It's just like a dream, I can't believe it, I'm so excited now ????????." Another...
    Who have broken the record? A team of Swiss scientists from the Center for Data Analysis, Visualization and Simulation (DAViS) of the University of Applied Sciences in Graubuenden, who used a supercomputer to calculate the mathematical constant pi to a new world record level of precision, reaching 62.8 trillion figuresaccording to a press release (the previous record revealed “only” 50 trillion figures). This irrational number, whose first digits are pi, whose first 10 digits are 3.141592653, is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle, with an infinite number of digits after the decimal point. This makes determining that number an impressively difficult and time-consuming feat. Swiss scientists spent 108 days working on this calculation, and they did it 3.5 times faster than the previous record set in 2020. by Timothy Mullican from the United States (and which took eight months to process the calculation). Researchers have not revealed the exact numbers involved in the additional 12.8 trillion digits, as they are waiting for the Guinness Book of Records to certify their achievement, but they say the...
    Whether you're texting someone who you haven't messaged in a long time or there's a new addition to your phonebook, unexpected interactions with the wrong person can catch us all out.  Cracked has rounded up a selection of wrong number text exchanges from around the world that have gone viral, from lovelorn suitors to people arguing with their mothers - or so they thought.  For instance, one individual received a message saying 'Mom wants you to call her', which resulted in a lenghty conversation, only to discover that the text was from someone they didn't know.  Elswhere, a singleton was left disappointed to find they'd been given a fake number, but at least the stranger replied so they weren't left hanging.   Cracked has rounded up a selection of viral text exchanges from around the world, including an individual in the U.S, who had a lengthy call with their mother after receiving a text message from a stranger  Hit redial! One person, whose location is unknown, admitted to being baffled by a text message they received that explained...
    Vaccine hesitancy among American adults plummeted during the early months of 2021, new study suggests. Researchers team from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania analyzed online survey data from more than five million participants.   Around 25 percent of adults were hesitant at the start of the year, gradually falling to 17 percent by May.  The biggest drops were among black and Hispanic populations - decreasing by as much as half - and people with a high school education or less.   However, there were not strong geographical of political indicators in people who dropped their hesitancy, the researchers found. Vaccine hesitancy dropped by 33 percent from January to May 2021. The largest falls were among black and Hispanic Americans and those with only a high school education or less The data, which was published as a pre-print on medRxiv.org, and pending peer-review before it can be published in an accredited journal, comes as America struggles to get its remaining unvaccinated population jabbed. Despite the overall decrease in the hesitant population, researchers are still concerned. 'What's concerning is there is a...
    Team USA is the biggest at the Tokyo Olympics. Getty/Jamie Squire There are 206 nations, territories, and principalities, and 10,305 individual athletes competing at the Tokyo Olympics.  13 nations have just two athletes in their team, while the largest team is the United States with 613. Below, Insider has ranked every nation at the games based on its number of athletes.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    Americans say they are 'thriving' in record numbers as the country continues to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.  Gallup released its latest Life Evaluation Index on Wednesday, which showed that 59.2 percent of Americans who responded described themselves as 'thriving' in June, with other options being 'struggling' and 'suffering'. In over 13 years of Gallup's measurements, that's the highest amount of respondents to ever say they were 'thriving'. The previous high came in September 2017, when 57.3 percent of Americans said they were 'thriving', while the previous low came in April 2020 when 46.4 percent said the same. While the survey doesn't look at reasons behind the rising number of happy Americans, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, easing of lockdown restrictions and strengthening economy likely play a big part.  A new Gallup poll shows 59.2 percent of Americans say they are 'thriving,' the highest mark in the history of the survey and a significant jump from the depths of the COVID pandemic The number remained above 50 percent for several years, but started dropping precipitously when the pandemic began, hitting...
    Queen and Joni Mitchell secured spots one and two at the top of iTunes greatest albums chart on July 4, decades after they first spun on record players or played from cassette tapes.    Queen's Greatest Hits (1981 UK Edition) was released on October 26, 1981, and is still at number one as of Monday afternoon.  Mitchell's Blue came out June 22, 1971 and sat at number two for about a day before dropping one place when it was dethroned by 45-day chart-topper SOUR by Disney actress-turned-singer Oliva Rodrigo. While the original releases of Queen's and Mitchell's albums are the ones taking over iTunes, both have had re-releases to coincide with their respective 40th and 50th anniversaries.  Queen and Joni Mitchell secured spots one and two at the top of iTunes greatest albums chart on July 4 with their decades-old albums 'Greatest Hits' and 'Blue' Queen's 'Greatest Hits (1981 UK Edition)' was released on October 26, 1981, and is still at number 1 on iTunes Mitchell's 'Blue' came out June 22, 1971 and sat at number 2 on the...
    THE hotel industry is full of secrets, from covering up for the guests and even protecting their own - they often keep their insider knowledge to themselves.  However, ex-hotel employee Janessa Richard has spilled the beans in a series of fun and candid TikTok videos.  10Janessa Richards, an ex-hotel employee, claims their top secretsCredit: Getty Here, we have compiled together her top secrets she claims for hotels. YOUR ROOM NUMBER  10They will never say your room number out loudCredit: Getty - Contributor She firstly starts it off by saying that they are legally not allowed to say your room number out loud.  Janessa says: “Which is why we will usually write it on an envelope, pass it to you and tell you "this is your room number". UPGRADE  10She also explains how to get a free upgradeCredit: Getty She also points out that if the employee “likes you” they can upgrade you to a better room or suite at no extra cost, if there’s any available. Janessa adds: “Different hotel brands have different policies when it comes to upgrading their...
    Fallen Capitol cop Brian Sicknick's mother and partner said that there were 'tense moments' during their meetings with GOP senators before they ultimately blocked any commission to investigate the Capitol riot on Friday. Gladys Sicknick and Sandra Garza told CNN that they met with a number of unnamed GOP senators to plead with them to back an investigation into the January 6th riot. Officer Sicknick died of natural causes after suffering two strokes according to the medical examiner which were not related to any injuries he might have sustained during the riots. Gladys Sicknick and Sandra Garza told CNN that they met with a number of unnamed GOP senators to plead with them to back an investigation into the January 6th riot. 'They were very charming,' Sicknick said, 'and they knew what they were doing, they knew how to talk to us.' 'It was tense, and we just made believe everything was fine, and we were very nice to them. For the most part,' she added. Officer Sicknick died of natural causes after suffering two strokes according to...
    Have you ever wondered why some people get served at the bar first, we might just have the answer. A Reddit thread saw people discuss the different phrases and codes used in bars to discuss customers. 2Have you ever heard of an 86 or 200?Credit: Getty Several people, not all bartenders, claim to have heard hundreds of different codes used. This is supposedly anything from letting others know if something has run out (86), or if there are customers waiting (200). But not everything can be said out load, as topics may require a little bit of discretion. U/joshintheuk wrote: “A while ago I was told of a 'bartenders code' which consisted of various numbers that were used to represent things on the bar either secretly or quickly between staff.” 2The 'bartenders' code' is used far and wide - and each one is differentCredit: Getty He claimed the bartenders code consisted of numbers such as “50” which means catch, or “700” which refers to an attractive customer. Josh then asked other members of the Reddit community to share their...
    A small number of COVID-19 patients have mystified the medical field after they reportedly developed gigantic tongues, according to KHOU 11. The COVID-19 patients developed macroglossia, a condition that causes the tongue to enlarge and prevents patients from eating or talking, according to KHOU 11. Houston doctors have attempted to understand the causes of this condition. Dr. James Melville, from the UTHealth School of Dentistry, explained that patients who survived COVID-19 had inflammatory cells in their tongue tissue, which makes some people more prone to macroglossia. “I think it has a lot to do with where the virus is attaching itself and the body’s immune response to it,” Melville told KHOU 11. Melville, who performs surgeries to heal those affected by macroglossia, said he has heard of nine patients, each of which were intubated at the hospital, with this rare condition. Health care workers use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine on a Covid-19 patient who is having difficulties breathing in a Covid-19 holding pod at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, California on January 11, 2021....
    May 15, 2021 at 9:25 p.m. Image source,E.P.A. Picture with text, Taiwanese people line up to test new crown pneumonia virus. Taiwan’s new crown pneumonia epidemic has worsened. Taiwan’s executive chairman Xu Jenshang held a press conference on Saturday (May 15) to announce the need for “big, strong and immediate and standardized” measures to control the epidemic. Taipei and the city of New Taipei are prohibited from gathering more than 5 people inside the house and 10 people outside, from the next level to the third level. As of Friday (May 15) there are 180 new local cases and five imported cases. This is the number of cases registered in a single day. All Taiwanese leisure and recreational areas, fitness centers, etc. should be closed, temples should stop selling incense and related religious activities, and churches should implement measures such as social exclusion. Image source,Reuters Picture with text, Taipei citizens rushed to the supermarket to buy daily necessities. Image source,Reuters Picture with text, China Airlines cargo pilots are believed to be the source of the explosion. Taiwan has been able...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Multiple police departments told the Daily Caller News Foundation that recruiting officers is not an issue, but budget constraints have limited their ability to increase manpower. Almost a year after George Floyd died during an arrest where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes resulting in nationwide civil unrest and the defund the police movement, most police departments say they still have a sufficient number of candidates but lack the funding to recruit them. “The Minneapolis Police Department, like every department, has seen a drop in application numbers over the last several years,” Minneapolis Police Department Spokesperson John Elder told the DCNF. “Whereas we have seen a reduction in applications, we still have ample qualified candidates who wish to be Minneapolis Police Officers and Cadets [and the department’s] recruitment efforts are ongoing.” The Minneapolis Police Academy managed to get every recruit to graduation despite civil unrest and demands to cut their department’s funding in June 2020, the DCNF reported. Elder told...
    (CNN)A new wave of Black women are breaking barriers as they ascend to mayoral seats in cities with deeply rooted histories of racism and inequality. On Tuesday, Tishaura Jones will be sworn in as the first Black female mayor of St. Louis after winning the election earlier this month. Her victory came just two weeks after Kim Janey was appointed Boston's first Black female mayor following the resignation of Marty Walsh, who is now the US Labor Secretary. Janey recently announced she would run for a full term in this year's mayoral election. With the ascension of Jones and Janey, there will be a historic high of nine Black women serving as mayors of the nation's 100 largest cities. Other major cities led by Black women include Atlanta, San Francisco; Chicago; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; New Orleans; Washington, DC; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Political observers say the growing number of Black female mayors signals they are gaining electoral strength and appealing to voters in races that have been historically won by White men. They say Black women have proven they are...
    SINGER Max George has told how he experienced his first serious mental health episode after The Wanted had a No1 hit. Max, 32, recently disclosed he had been struggling with depression since 2010. 5Max George has told how he experienced his first serious mental health episode after The Wanted got a number one hitCredit: Rex 5The Wanted singer, 32, recently opened up about struggling with depression since 2010Credit: Getty The boy band’s debut single All Time Low topped the chart that year. Max told the latest edition of Hello! magazine: “It doesn’t matter what you do or who you are, you can literally have everything you want, but as success happened, mentally I was breaking down. “My first proper episode was when The Wanted went to number one. "I’d achieved everything I had ever wanted but I couldn’t handle how it exploded so fast.” 5The boy band's first single All Time Low topped the chart that yearCredit: Rex Features 5Max, who took part in Strictly last year, said 'My first proper episode was when The Wanted went to number...
    New York : A group of nurses from New York took to the streets again, this time to honor dozens of health professionals who lost their lives after a year of pandemic, but also to demand the approval of the legislative bill “Safe personnel for a quality hospital care ”, which would require the incorporation of more staff to critical areas of the State health system. This Thursday members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) met at Greeley Square in Manhattan, to raise a slogan: “Many patients died from COVID-19 because there were not enough bedside nurses on the front line.” The complaint of these health professionals, especially those who serve in the poorest neighborhoods, is that while the number of patients that ideally should be attended by a single nurse, would be four to five depending on the areas, but many of them must be in front of more than six and up to eight sick at the same time. Judith Cutchin, a NYSNA board member, explained that in public hospitals in the Big Apple, the...
    Performances in comic book movies that should have gotten awards love Things you should never buy at Costco, Sams, or BJs I have good news, Mets fans! I know, Mets fans aren't always used to hearing good news, but on this lovely Monday, the team announced something fans have been asking for. New York is officially bringing back their black jerseys. © Provided by CBS Sports The jerseys have a base color of black with blue writing and an orange and white shadow behind the blue. Take a look: We have worked with and thank MLB and NIKE for their help in the return of black jerseys for a limited number of games later this summer; replica jerseys will be available at retail in time for the holidays. We’ll have further information in the weeks ahead.— New York Mets (@Mets) March 29, 2021The team's official Twitter account posted that they have worked with MLB and Nike to make the return happen. The black jerseys will be featured for a limited number of games this summer, according to the announcement from...
    New York : If you are a frequent traveler of the lines C and F from the Subway, you have most likely realized that you need more time to get to your destinations. But as they denounce elected leaders of the Big Apple and the Transit Workers Union (TWU), these delays could be longer, since the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to maintain the cuts in service on these routes, despite the fact that the number of passengers tends to increase, while the city tries to recover of the pandemic. “We support the legal actions of TWU, to reverse all the service cuts made last summer on these lines due to the pandemic. The number of passengers has grown. So the question is how can social distance be maintained with such few wagons operating“, Claimed this Tuesday the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams at a demonstration in front of the station W4 in Lower Manhattan, accompanied by councilors, union leaders and user committees. This pressure action against the MTA comes after TWU union leaders filed a lawsuit before the...
    New York : The ticket matched all five numbers, but not the Mega Ball number. Photo: Scott Olson / . A Mega Millions lottery ticket that was awarded $ 1 million in Rhode Island was not claimed by the buyer and expired this Wednesday, a lottery spokesperson said Thursday morning, according to AP News. Rhode Island Lottery spokeswoman Nicole Mineau said it is not uncommon for a ticket to go unclaimed and that, when a ticket expires, the money goes to the state general fund. The winning ticket purchased at the Season’s Corner Market in the town of North Smithfield on March 14 of last year. The ticket matched all five numbers, but not the Mega Ball number. The winning numbers for the drawing on March 17, 2020 were 20, 27, 28, 58, 59 and the Mega Ball number was 25. –You may also be interested: Visa and Mastercard postpone rate increases until next year due to the pandemic
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    In recent weeks, as we already told you, we have detected an increase in SMS that impersonate parcel companies to install a malicious virus and thus obtain our personal and / or banking data. However, false alarms are also moving through WhatsApp and social networks that warn that if you dial a number they will charge you for the calls of others or they will steal your data, but be careful! do not believe it, because, in the latter case, they are nothing more than hoaxes that have been moving for years and that generate alarm again from time to time. An example of this is the message for which you have been asking us in recent weeks through our chatbot (+34 644 229 319) that ensures that “they call you by phone saying they are from the Technical Service of Telecom, or Telefónica”, they ask if you have tone dialing “and they ask you to dial” 90 # “on your phone, to turn it into a receiver and charge you for calls. It is a hoax that has been...
    “Do not be scared if strange things happen” warn the parents of Halo while looking for a solution. Over the past two weeks, Destiny 2 players have been getting naughtier than usual. At this point, no one is surprised when a new bug appears to become invincible or leave the map, but double the number of participants that they can enter a raid or quadruple the participants of a dungeon is to another level. It is, as you can imagine, a recently discovered glitch that is being fully exploited … and that Bungie you’re in no rush to fix – in fact, we’re encouraged to give it a try while it’s still active. On the table, the trick It is absurdly easy to execute: an organized squad joins another at the end of the countdown that precedes the start of each activity and both enter it together, always respecting the limit of 12 players that they can physically fight in each room. Those who arm themselves with patience to find the exact moment share on networks and YouTube the absolute...
    For Fernando Vazquezfvazquez@cronica.com.ar A 44-year-old man was found executed by a bullet in the face in front of a house, in the Buenos Aires town of Presidente Perón. For the homicide, the police officers detained an individual who, it is said, committed the crime after a violent fight between neighbors. The spokesmen of the judicial department of La Plata revealed to chronica.com.ar that the unfortunate victim was identified as Carlos Bogado, 44 years old. The murdered man was identified asCarlos Bogado, 44 years old. According to what was stated by the informants, the incident occurred during the early hours of this Monday on 118th Street, between Gregorio de Laferrere and 119, where the members of the Patrol Command (CP) of President Perón, following a call to the number 911 emergency telephone number, they arrived at that place, at which time they located the deceased, who was lying bloodied and face up, in front of a home. Thanks to the various information provided by the people of the mentioned neighborhood, the public servants arrested the murderer, called...
    The number of Californians currently hospitalized and being treated for COVID-19 has dropped to less than half of what it was at the peak of the winter spike. And there was a clear point at which California dramatically turned the tide: Every day since Jan. 12, hospitals in the Golden State have reported fewer COVID-19 patients than the previous day. That’s five straight weeks of declines. The steep drop is illustrated in this chart of day-over-day changes in the total number of patients confirmed to have COVID-19 in California hospitals, according to data published daily by the California Department of Public Health. When Dr. John Swartzberg,looked at the chart, “the biggest smile came over my face,” said the professor emeritus of infectious disease and vaccinology with the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. As of Feb. 15 there were 8,459 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized, down significantly but still nearly four times the state’s low-water mark in October. Hospitalizations rose quickly from that fall lull of around 2,000 patients to 10 times that in just two months. Over 21,000 patients were...
    Fifty years ago, on February 5, 1971, Apollo 14 mission landed on the moon. In addition to the equipment to try to determine the internal structure of our satellite and measure the composition of the lunar atmosphere, the astronauts took away a golf club, a 6 iron, and some golf balls. The next day, astronaut Alan Shepard was able to do what no one had done before: practice his swing on the moon. His first shots did not go well, skimming the top of the ball and sending it just a few feet, but on the third swing, he hit the ball, which flew off a fairly low trajectory. Shepard managed to hit a second ball, and claimed that he had flown “miles and miles and miles.” No more was ever heard of those balls. Up to now. An image retouching specialist named Andy Saunders he was the one who digitally enhanced the archival footage from the Apollo 14 mission and used it to estimate the exact spot where the golf balls stopped. “Now we can determine quite accurately...
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