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    You are either in or you are out, the Queen once said. She was famously referring to Megxit and the flight of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the deprivations of royal privilege to the golden pastures of a new life in America. There, they would escape stuffy protocol and be able to monetise their royal connections — free at last to make all the empowering podcasts they wanted. So why, almost three years later, is everything so very much worse instead of being so much better? Relations have not improved between the Sussexes and the rest of the royals in the post-Queen world. It was clear that there was no forgiveness and healing for the warring factions as they gathered for the funeral of the Queen last week. For William and Harry there was no brotherly bonding over shared grief. For their wives there was only icy demeanour and averted gazes — the two women couldn’t even bear to look at each other. Warmth was noticeable by its absence. Condolences came there none. Relations have not improved between...
    A FRUSTRATED woman has told how her neighbour is refusing to clear the dirty water out of his paddling pool because it's "too gross." The anonymous social media user took to Reddit and shared a snap of the offending paddling pool, which she can see from her upstairs window. 2A woman has told how her neighbour is refusing to clear the dirty water out of his paddling pool because it's "too gross"Credit: Getty 2The water in the paddling pool is now brown and filled with mosquitoes, the woman claimsCredit: Reddit It appears to be filled with brown-coloured water, with a whole host of dead insects floating on top. Alongside the image, she penned: "My neighbours won't clear the dirty water in the pool. "And now I can see mosquitoes sitting on the water, reproducing." The woman went on to explain how she was so fed up of seeing the grim view from outside her window, she decided to talk to her neighbour about it - but was shocked by their response. READ MORE ON NEIGHBOUR ROWSFIRE WITH FIRE...
    (CNN)The pace of new monkeypox cases reported in some major cities -- and in the US overall -- has started to slow recently, but experts say it's too early to know if the trend will last. On Friday, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that she is "cautiously optimistic" about the downward trend, but warned that the overall case count is still growing. Monkeypox vaccine strategy shift yields more supply for some, hurdles for others"The rate of rise is lower, but we are still seeing increases and we are of course a very diverse country and things are not even across the country. So, we're watching this with cautious optimism," she said. Last week, there were an average of 337 new cases of monkeypox reported each day in the US, according to CDC data. That's a 24% drop from two weeks earlier -- a difference of more than 100 cases a day. A few factors are "working together to bend the curve," Walensky said, including vaccination, behavior changes and harm reduction messages "being heard...
    Amid a flurry of recent claims that prosecuting former President Donald Trump for various alleged crimes would be too dangerous for American democracy, progressive critics are pushing back forcefully to argue that the authoritarian threat will only increase if such lawbreaking is not held to account. On Tuesday, New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie delivered a cogent rebuke of the hands-off argument and declared that "fear of what Trump and his supports might do cannot and should not stand in the way of what we must do to secure the Constitution from all its enemies, foreign and domestic." His column followed opinion pieces in the Times by Damon Linker and Rich Lowry warning that the U.S. Department of Justice or others pursuing Trump could set a "dangerous precedent" and provoke future unwarranted probes of Democratic elected officials. Meanwhile, others have even proposed that President Joe Biden offer his 2020 opponent a pardon with the condition that he doesn't seek elected office again. The argument that "American democracy might not survive the stress" of investigating or prosecuting Trump, Bouie wrote, "rests...
    BOSTON — Steph Curry was brilliant, spectacular, and transcendent throughout Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but particularly so in the fourth quarter. He’s the main reason that the Warriors are heading back to San Francisco tied 2-2. But don’t forget that it takes two to tango, and Boston’s concurrent lackluster performance raises serious questions about their readiness to re-take the lead in these Finals. In a series that has provided so many twists and turns I’m getting motion sick, Game 4’s swing might tilt the series back into the Warriors’ favor irrevocably. After all, they know what to do when it’s all on the line. And the Celtics — for all their incredible qualities — don’t. With this now being a three-game series, there’s now no place for Boston to hide. Related Articles Golden State Warriors | Draymond Green not ‘thrilled’ about fourth quarter benching in Game 4 win Golden State Warriors | Kurtenbach: Steph Curry’s brilliant Game 4 should silence his haters forever Golden State Warriors | What the Warriors are saying after...
    A TATTOO artist has left the internet divided after showing off her client with pastel freckles. In a viral video on TikTok, Daisy Lovesick (@daisylovesick), from Brisbane, Australia, revealed one of her latest creations - tattooed freckles inked in various pastel tones. 5The Aussie tattoo artist has amassed almost 350,000 fans on TikTokCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 5Whilst some thought the pastel freckles were ''cute'', others were convinced Tilly would grow to regret their decisionCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk According to the Aussie artist, the client, Tilly, had flown all the way from Melbourne - a 2.5h journey - just to get their face covered in bright freckles. Demonstrating what Tilly looked like prior to the appointment, Daisy said that pastel freckles would be ''very much Tilly's vibe'', as they sat with an adorable colourful necklace and cheerful hair ties. ''When I map for a freckle tattoo, I map intuitively by eye,'' Daisy explained the process. ''I get my clients to smile, make faces, talk, watch themselves in the mirror and make sure everything is lining...
    West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is demanding a 'detailed briefing' from Secretary of State Antony Blinken on negotiations to return to the Iran Nuclear Deal, the conservative Democrat said on Tuesday.  In a letter addressed to Blinken, the centrist expressed his concern that one of the measures being discussed was the lifting of sanctions against Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which then-President Donald Trump blacklisted as a terrorist organization in 2019. He also slammed ex-President Barack Obama's original 2015 deal as a 'mistake.'  'While I support President Biden’s commitment to reengaging the Government of Iran in diplomacy, we should not reward Iran with sanctions relief before they demonstrate verifiable efforts towards curbing their malign influence holistically; including their nuclear ambitions, terrorism financing, and dual-use weapons development,' Manchin's letter began. 'I am particularly worried about reports that you might be considering removing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the State Department's Foreign Terrorist Organization list in the hopes that trade relations can be reestablished with Iran to assist with our energy crisis.  'Let me be clear. the IRGC is...
    Former Clinton pollster Mark Penn (pictured) said President Joe Biden's polls are 'dire' and claims he needs to 'pivot' to focusing on issues Americans care about to improve before the 2022 midterms A longtime former Clinton pollster said Wednesday it's 'clear' President Joe Biden needs to change his strategy to focus on what matters to Americans as his poll numbers continue to float in the low 40s. Stagwell Inc. Chairman and CEO Mark Penn told Fox News' America's Newsroom: 'People question some of the competence.' 'This is a dire situation calling for the president to do a pivot,' he added, claiming that in 'the generic horse race', Republicans are shown edging out Democrats by six points, according to his company's polling. 'So if they don't make a pivot and they double down, as they continually seem to be doing with the big tax and spend[ing] budget now, then I think the polls will be realized,' Penn told host Dana Perino. 'This is their opportunity to know in advance and they're not making the changes one would normally make to regain the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As Minnesota approaches the second anniversary of COVID’s arrival in the state, the virus continues its downward decline. Since reaching a peak during the omicron variant’s spread at the start of the year, weekly new cases, percent positivity rates, and other indicating factors of the virus’s spread have dropped each subsequent week. The most recent data shows the state’s percent positivity rate dropping below 5% for the first time since August. READ MORE: Bill With Bipartisan Support Would Eliminate Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Advanced Breast Cancer Screenings“If you look at the rates, at the percent positivity and what’s called the case rate, they are at a great level,” said Dr. George Morris, COVID-19 incident commander at CentraCare. As the virus approaches its two-year mark, Morris says he never initially anticipated Minnesotans would deal with it for so long. “These serial waves, repeated waves were not really anticipated,” he said. Instead, the virus has taken a trajectory similar to the 1918 influenza outbreak in America, a slow burn with a series of waves, each slightly less deadly but more...
    We’re less than a week from the NFL combine and less than three from the opening of free agency. What approach will new general manager Ryan Poles and coach Matt Eberflus take in rebuilding the Chicago Bears roster? The Tribune’s Brad Biggs reads the tea leaves in this week’s Bears mailbag. How are the Bears going to address the offensive line? Free agency or the draft? — @daniel11605 As much as general manager Ryan Poles talked about building a roster beginning with both lines, this is something to watch. We’ll need some clues to get a better idea of the direction the team will go first. To me, you have to start with evaluating the offensive linemen the team has under contract. Where do the Bears want to line up Teven Jenkins when they hit the field this spring? If the answer is left tackle, then maybe that position isn’t at the top of the to-do list when free agency opens next week. If the Bears believe Jenkins is best at right tackle or guard, do they believe...
    Harmony Montgomery, 7, has been missing since October 2019. The last time she was seen was at a house in Manchester, New Hampshire, after a 911 call had been made Police in New Hampshire are searching for a seven-year-old girl who was last seen two years ago after she was only just reported missing.  Harmony Montgomery was reportedly last seen in October 2019, when she was five-year-old said, Manchester Police confirmed this week.  A missing person's report of her disappearance was received just last week of December 2021.  Harmony is described as four-feet tall and weighs 50-pounds. She has blonde hair, and blue eyes and is said to be wearing glass due to being blind in her right eye. The last photographs taken of Harmony are from two years ago. 'Manchester police became aware of this this week, and I know people are going to say "Well here it is 2021, almost 2022, and nobody has seen this young girl since late October 2019. So what has happened in the last few years?" Fair question.  'That's why I'm here today. Because...
    Republicans are in poll position to reclaim the House of Representatives next year, according to new analysis from the respected Cook Political Report, which showed they have decisive edge in some of the critical midterm races. Three Democratic-held districts 'lean Republican' and two more are in the 'likely Republican' column,  while only one red seat currently leans blue in the report published on Thursday.  With district boundaries in 19 states still being finalized, it gives Republicans - who need to flip five seats to take the House - an early lead in handing control from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Kevin McCarthy. 'Still a long way to go, but Republicans have clear edge for control,' Dave Wasserman, a Cook analyst, posted on Twitter.  Two safe Democratic seats in North Carolina and Georgia have already effectively been colored red, because of new district lines. Republicans, led by Kevin McCarthy, are in poll position to reclaim the House of Representatives in next year's midterms, ousting Nancy Pelosi as speaker Latest analysis by the Cook Political Report of some key races shows more Democratic-held...
    The Santa Fe District Attorney investigating the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Alec Baldwin's Western movie Rust said neither the actor nor anyone else who was on set is clear of potential criminal charges until the probe concludes.  DA Mary Carmack-Altwies appeared to be responding to Baldwin's claim during his 90-minute interview with ABC this week that he was unlikely to face any charges and that he supposedly never pulled the trigger on the gun that went off in his hands, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.  In a statement released on Friday, Carmack-Altwies maintained that 'certain individuals may be criminally culpable for his/her actions and/or inactions on the set of Rust.' She also vowed to use her 'prosecutorial discretion to its fullest, including filing charges that are supported by probable cause.'  'Everyone involved in the handling and use of firearms on the set had a duty to behave in a manner such that the safety of others was protected, and it appears that certain actions and inactions contributed to this outcome,' Carmack-Altwies said....
    100 best TV episodes of all time Amazon Air founder has a new start-up that aims to take on FedEx and UPS by speeding up shipping How confident are you that the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday? Despite having to win a one-game playoff to advance to the Division Series, Los Angeles is the favorite at BetMGM to win the World Series. The Dodgers are +400 to win the World Series and become the first team to win back-to-back World Series titles since the New York Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000. There’s good reason why the Dodgers are the clear favorites despite the one-game Wild Card play-in. The Dodgers have a rotation stacked with Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler and Julio Urias and a bullpen that boasts Kenley Jansen and Blake Treinen. L.A. is also the only team capable of withstanding an injury to a player like Max Muncy, who was injured in the team’s final game of the regular season on Sunday, or Clayton Kershaw, who left Friday’s game against...
    Rudy Gobert, French power forward for the Utah Jazz, knows the North American staff very well and knows that it will be difficult to take the first place. Still, it will not be easy for United States since the evolution of basketball in other countries has been very great as in the case of Slovenia, France, Italy… Many teams with great players who can surprise. Rudy Gobert is clear that the United States knows they are the favorites for gold at the Olm Games
    San Franciscans chose to ditch the city at incredible rates in 2020. Polls indicate it’s due not to the coronavirus pandemic, but to steep drops in quality of life.
    They are idols, mass heroes whose work is the dream of the little ones and who, in addition, become referents off the field. Soccer is the king of sports and its players find in this context a very powerful lever with which to transcend the limits of sport, changing the rules of the game in sectors such as fashion. Brands like Budweiser understand the figure of relevance that great ball professionals become and the trends that inspire society with their clothing, always positioning itself on the side of these icons and promoting initiatives that unite fashion and sport. The way LaLiga Santander footballers dress already transcends all barriers and is a clear reference for him streetwear, who has always focused on sports such as basketball or skateboard. Scarves, T-shirts, sweaters, socks and sneakers are no longer only used to go to the stadium or touch the ball: now they are a clear reference of style from which urban culture is fed, a source of personal development from which the great creators emerge at a global level. Brands like Budweiser...
    Virginia and Kansas are reportedly ready to roll for the NCAA Tournament. Both programs had to pull out of their respective conference tournaments because of coronavirus issues, but neither informed the NCAA prior to the Saturday night deadline they couldn’t play in March Madness, according to ESPN. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Duke is also able to go for March Madness, but we all know they have no shot at getting an at-large bid.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Kansas Basketball (@kuhoops) It looks like both Virginia and Kansas caught a lucky break. When they dropped out of their conference tournaments, I think it’s safe to say fans were nervous. It looked like college basketball was trending in a bad direction. Now, they’re both ready to roll!   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Virginia Men’s Basketball (@uvamenshoops) However, it’s important to note any squad can still get pulled from the tournament if they can’t put five players on the court. It...
    Typically, what everyone always looks at when posting open positions in SP 500 futures each week is that of hedge funds. in other words, the position of large speculators according to the terminology of the publication. But there is another item that much fewer people talk about and no less important which is the position of the fund managers. A position that is almost always long. But their fluctuations also give us a lot of information. And right now the information is clear, despite what is said in some studies, they are not nearly as exposed to the stock market as they were before the pandemic. At least when it comes to these SP 500 futures, they obviously have a lot of other positions on a lot more things. Look at the graph. Ezints font Their exposure to the stock market is very far from where they were before the pandemic. This is good and bad, depending on how you look at it. Bad because they reduce the strength of the rises and good because...
    New York : This Saturday, Granit Xhaka, the Arsenal defender, He starred in the funny thing of the day, since a serious mistake cost his team dearly. What could have been a very simple punt ended with the goal against that equalized the cards in the final score of 1-1 between the Burnley and the Gunners. It was the 39th minute, with the score 0-1 in favor of Arsenal, when the defensive back of the London club became confident and began to play the ball in their large area, with the players of the rival team stalking them; However, the mistake was made by Xhaka, who wanted to send a pass to his side, but did not notice that on the way, at the height of the penalty mark, there was the attacker Chris Wood and What should have been a pass to the wing turned into a ball that smashed into the forward’s hip and bounced back towards the back of the net. Arsenal Football Club, ladies and gentlemen. #BURARS pic.twitter.com/sQAGwdkn4M – LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 6, 2021 The...
    Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Politicians like President Donald Trump and Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz are rightfully being condemned for their roles in inciting the violence in the Capitol last week. Five people are dead because they lied to their supporters about Trump losing the 2020 election, and lied that Congress had any ability to change that. In the wake of the horrific spectacle, another group bears responsibility: Fox News hosts and personalities who were also complicit in pushing the reckless lie that the 2020 election was fraudulent. Even more chilling footage has emerged from the deadly insurrection at the Capitol by Trump supporters on Wednesday. Based on a mountain of evidence, from eyewitness reports to countless videos, the motivation of the attack is clear: the rioters fervently believed the election was stolen. They believed that Trump won re-election, in a landslide as he has repeatedly claimed and that Congress was on the verge of certifying a stolen election. That belief is wrong. It is clearly false. Attempts to prove it have been shot down in court and sane...
    The other day, I was in a metro area Dollar Tree to stock up on Smarties (because, obviously, Smarties are good), when I saw him: the one guy in the store without a mask. The modest-sized outlet was fairly crowded — around fifteen to twenty customers and three employees desperately trying to handle the rush. The store appeared to be short-staffed, with just one checkout line open. Yet all the workers and everyone waiting to pay for items, as well as various folks in aisles, wore a facial covering. Some were cloth, others were made of disposable paper, and all but one were worn properly, concealing both nose and mouth. Even a woman energetically talking on a cell phone was masked, putting the lie to the canard about the voices of those so garbed being impossible to understand. Hell, the people in the parking lot could probably have picked out every word she spoke, loud and clear. The mask-free exception to this rule was, predictably, a man of a certain age — fifties, I'd say — and he wore a...
    At what we only can hope will stand as its peak moment of the pandemic, the state of Florida was home to 15,300 new cases of COVID-19. That was in mid-July. Not quite three months later, new cases have declined by 85 percent. This is encouraging news, viewed in that context. It is not an achievement, though, because we still are talking about more than 2,000 people falling ill with this debilitating and frequently deadly disease. This is not a time to do a choreographed touchdown celebration in the end zone of Hard Rock Stadium. That is not the plan presented Wednesday by Florida’s cartoon governor, Ron DeSantis. No, he wants the celebration to be in the stands. He told Miami talk host Andy Slater that he was removing restrictions on public gatherings and would allow the Dolphins to welcome a capacity crowd of 65,000 the next time they play an NFL game. MORE: NFL COVID-19 case tracker Slater amplified this by saying DeSantis’ spokesperson wished “to make it clear … all Florida stadiums were able to go full capacity.”...
    (CNN)Two things are clear about the alarming plummet in US relations with China: First, President Donald Trump and his team are deliberately stoking the flames, in a bid to revive his reelection campaign. Second, tensions between the world's most powerful nation and its rising rival may not be much better if Joe Biden is the next president.America's long policy of trying to shape China into a nation that plays by the rules of the global system and eventually democratizes is so 1990s. Twenty-first century China under President Xi Jinping sees itself on a historic mission to prove that its system of centralized, authoritarian control twinned with a powerhouse economy can best the Western order.After toadying to Xi for the sake of the US-China trade deal, Trump now appears to be getting tough: He recently closed China's consulate in Houston, accuses it of operating a vast spying network on US soil and has made Beijing a scapegoat for his own coronavirus missteps. And people in Biden's foreign policy orbit appear to agree with the current administration's hardline secretary of state, Mike...
    Chicago’s South Side already struggled with food deserts, but looters and rioters just made the problem worse for its low-income residents. Food deserts are urban areas where it is difficult for residents to find affordable or fresh, quality foods. Violence in the area over the weekend has exacerbated the problem, as looters cleaned out grocery stores, CBS 2 reported. One of the stores that was looted over the weekend was the Jewel-Osco on 75th. William Wright, a resident of the area, showed frustration over the damage done to the store. “It’s kind of a sad thing to think about,” he said. “I take my grandma here every Sunday.” “It’s not what you do. It’s how do you do it,” Wright added. “What did we accomplish, aside from take our property value down and embarrass ourselves?” The store was “ravaged by looters,” CBS reported, according to video that captured the aftermath of the riots. Now residents like Wright will have to find somewhere else to get groceries, though it will be difficult since many don’t know what stores haven’t been looted...
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