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    GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) - The World Health Organization wants to visit China "as soon as possible" to study the origins of the new coronavirus, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. "We are planning and hope to be on the ground as soon as possible," he told a news conference. (Reporting by Emma Farge and John Revill; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: vaccines, coronavirus, World Health Organization
    Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today that he hoped France would 'get rid of' Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, amid a long series of diplomatic spats between the two leaders.  Erdogan described Macron as 'trouble' and said France was 'passing through a very, very dangerous period' under his leadership.   'I hope that France will get rid of Macron trouble as soon as possible', Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul.  Turkey and France are embroiled in a serious of disputes including the fallout from Macron's defence of blasphemous Prophet Mohammed cartoons which caused outrage in the Muslim world.  Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pictured, said today that he hoped France would 'get rid of' Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible  Erdogan himself was the target of an offensive Charlie Hebdo cartoon in October after leading the condemnation of France over the Prophet Mohammed drawings.  Macron vowed to uphold free speech after a French school teacher was beheaded by a Chechen terrorist for showing the cartoons to his class.  France's defence of the cartoons made Macron a...
    The Pentagon reportedly hired retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, an advocate of getting troops out of Afghanistan, as a senior adviser to acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller. Macgregor's experience "will be used to assist in the continued implementation of the President's national security priorities," Axios reported, citing a Pentagon spokesman. Macgregor said that he would advise the president to move troops out of Afghanistan "as soon as possible" during a 2019 interview with Fox News's Tucker Carlson. The retired colonel also said that talking to the Taliban was "unnecessary" and that the U.S. Embassy should be removed from Kabul. "The nations in the region have an interest in the place," he said. "They want to have to deal with it. Let them deal with it." Macgregor advised a similar approach for Syria. Miller was hired after President Trump suddenly fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Monday. Trump has expressed his desire to have all troops pulled out of Afghanistan by Christmas. With Joe Biden the apparent president-elect of the United States, it is unclear whether the president...
    People urge for all votes to be counted during a demonstration outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center where votes are being counted, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia, following Tuesday’s election. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) The electoral college is trash. Full stop. That’s it, that’s the takeaway.  Beyond its racist origins and its patently undemocratic practice, we cling to this arcane institution not out of a sense of tradition, but because Republicans know they can’t win elections without it. Democrats, meanwhile, are reticent to ever take on American institutions even if it means their continued losses. Read More: Georgia audit to trigger hand recount of presidential vote White folks of both parties are happy to tend monuments to white male power that leave the rest of us without the ability to influence the electoral outcomes of the country we all live in. The electoral college is one such institution and must go if we are to honor the spirit of majority rule. There is no other office for which we use this two-step voting process and there is nothing to suggest that the office...
    California state officials plan to issue guidelines “as soon as possible” that would allow Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other theme parks to reopen after nearly seven months of coronavirus closures. California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly commented on efforts to finalize theme park reopening guidelines with the help of Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other industry stakeholders during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 6. “I’m not sure when those conversations will wrap up,” Ghaly said during the press conference. “I will tell you that they will wrap up as soon as we come to really hear the industry and understand some of the concerns. We continue to look at the data and information that we have. So, no promise of a specific date, but I will say as soon as possible.” Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California and other California theme parks closed in mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic and remain shuttered while they await reopening guidelines from the state. California tapped the...
    HE admits he is not exactly the biggest football fan in the Cabinet. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden feels more at home watching cricket — and usually on the telly. 3Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has vowed to throw his heart and soul into keeping every football club afloatCredit: Nick Obank - The Sun But he is the man tasked with saving our national game from the Covid crisis. And Mr Dowden has vowed to throw his heart and soul into keeping every club afloat, while getting fans back into grounds soon. He has drawn up a masterplan to reopen Premier League stadiums quickly once infection levels go down — and he believes there is “every chance” that will be quite soon. When it happens, he is unlikely to be in the stands cheering on a team. But he is as passionate as any die-hard fan about the return of match days and the survival of lower-league clubs. In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, he said: “I do not want to be in a situation where we lose clubs,...
    A spokesman for Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said the Senator supports “moving forward as soon as possible” on confirming Nathan Simington, President Trump’s pick to replace Michael O’Rielly on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a crucial appointment that could tip the balance in the battle against Big Tech censorship. The FCC has five members — two Democrats, two Republicans, and the chairmanship, currently held by Ajit Pai. The regulatory body is a crucial force on matters related to internet policy. It will play a critical role in implementing President Trump’s push to narrow the legal protections enjoyed by social media companies, that currently allow them to censor their users for virtually any reason. The FCC is currently short of one commissioner, after Obama-appointed Republican Michael O’Rielly failed to secure the President’s support for renomination. O’Rielly had expressed skepticism about Trump’s challenge to Big Tech’s legal privileges, conflating their legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (that applies exclusively to tech platforms) with the First Amendment (that applies to everyone). To replace O’Rielly, President Trump has nominated Nathan Simington,...
    TODAY, new rules to stop the spread of coronavirus come into force. We have always said that our road to recovery, restarting the economy and returning to ­normal life is conditional — it relies on us continuing to control the virus. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3We must abide by 'rule of six' to return to normal life as soon as possibleCredit: Getty Images - Getty With infection rates rising, we must all ­continue to play our part to put the brakes on this virus and stop it from spreading. That is why, across England, the police will be enforcing a new rule of six for social gatherings. This will apply in any setting, indoors or outdoors, at home or in the pub. There are of course important exemptions — including for those in support bubbles, while schools and workplaces remain unaffected. These new rules are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. They will be able to disperse gatherings of more than six people and fine individuals...
    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican said Saturday it was “necessary and urgent” to return to in-person Masses as soon as anti-coronavirus measures permit. The head of the Vatican’s liturgy office, Cardinal Robert Sarah, said in a letter to bishops conferences that virtual liturgies, while useful, were no replacement for the real thing. He said physical presence by the faithful in churches was “vital, indispensable, irreplaceable.” While some Catholic priests claimed coronavirus lockdowns that shuttered churches infringed on religious liberties, Pope Francis has adhered to Italy’s strict lockdown. He halted all public Masses at the Vatican, livestreamed his morning liturgies during the peak of Italy's outbreak, and at one point even admonished priests who balked at the measures for their “adolescent resistance.” The Vatican said Saturday that Francis had approved Sarah’s letter to bishops conferences, which makes clear that government authorities cannot dictate liturgical practices. Francis had urged the Catholic faithful to obey anti-COVID measures, saying government authorities were responsible for public health. He was seen this week wearing a face mask for the first time, and has been using hand...
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Saturday it was “necessary and urgent” to return to in-person Masses as soon as anti-coronavirus measures permit. The head of the Vatican’s liturgy office, Cardinal Robert Sarah, said in a letter to bishops conferences that virtual liturgies, while useful, were no replacement for the real thing. He said physical presence by the faithful in churches was “vital, indispensable, irreplaceable.” While some Catholic priests claimed coronavirus lockdowns that shuttered churches infringed on religious liberties, Pope Francis has adhered to Italy’s strict lockdown. He halted all public Masses at the Vatican, livestreamed his morning liturgies during the peak of Italy's outbreak, and at one point even admonished priests who balked at the measures for their “adolescent resistance.” The Vatican said Saturday that Francis had approved Sarah’s letter to bishops conferences, which makes clear that government authorities cannot dictate liturgical practices. Francis had urged the Catholic faithful to obey anti-COVID measures, saying government authorities were responsible for public health. He was seen this week wearing a face mask for the first time, and has been using...
    Only one out of five voters said they would get a free coronavirus vaccine “as soon as possible” if one became available, the majority indicating they would “consider it” but ultimately wait it out. A CBS News poll found that the majority of voters would wait to get a vaccine for the Chinese coronavirus. Fifty-eight percent said they would “consider it” but ultimately “wait to see what happens,” whereas 21 percent said they would get one “as soon as possible,” representing an 11-point drop from the 32 percent who said the same in July. Another 21 percent said they would “never get one,” a four-point increase from the 17 percent who said they would “never get one” in July. Notably, a majority of Democrats, 63 percent, also indicated that they would wait it out, compared to the 25 percent who said they would get the vaccine immediately. That could have something to do with general trust in President Trump, as 47 percent of voters expressed trust in Joe Biden (D) to “make sure a safe vaccine is available,” compared to 34...
    BROWARD (CBSMiami) – With Broward’s COVID numbers on a downward trend, Superintendent Robert Runcie was cautiously optimistic at a board workshop Tuesday. “I want to open schools as soon as possible,” he said. “I consult with health officials daily.” Runcie said if current trends continue, they are looking at opening schools up in the fall. There will be an assessment in two weeks after the Labor Day holiday. There hasn’t been talk in a while about further lifting of restrictions in Broward because of recent virus spikes. But that could be changing if the infection and hospitalization rate keeps going down. Broward public schools are online only for the moment. Link Broward colleges are a different story, with schools like NSU send Broward College offering virtual and some in-person learning. Last week, Nova’s COO Harry Moon said there’s a lot of emphasis on sanitizing campus wide and rapid COVID testing is readily available. NSU dorms are open, but students said it’s only one student to a room. There are strict safety protocols in place, such as social distancing. “You have...
    Goodyear distances itself from viral image that drew Trumps ire Fast food brands we wish would make a comeback Big Ten spring football season could open in January as league pushes to start soon as possible MADISON, Wis. – Big Ten officials are working on a revised football schedule that could feature teams starting their season in early January. Why postponing the college football season to the spring would only create more problems Buckeyes Wire See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Why Michigan TE Nick Eubanks expects big things from Erick All SMG Report: Former LSU player Derrius Guice accused of rape by two former students WDSU New Orleans Tennessee will limit Neyland Stadium capacity to 25% WBIR-TV Knoxville Inside Al Roker’s early morning workout routine TODAY ‘Now or Never: South Florida Voters Share Opinions on Elections at the Polls NBC Miami Brevard Schools: Superintendent describes how schools will create social distancing Florida Today Notre Dame suspends in-person classes...
    United Nations, Aug 4 (EFE) .- The UN called on Tuesday all countries to give priority to reopening their schools as soon as they have controlled local transmission of the coronavirus, warning that prolonged closings pose the risk of ” generational catastrophe. “ “We live in a defining moment for children and youth around the world. The decisions governments and partners make now will have a lasting effect on hundreds of millions of youth, as well as on the development prospects of countries for decades” , his secretary general, António Guterres, said in a video message. Guterres presented a report prepared by the organization to analyze the impact of the closure of schools, institutes and universities and offer recommendations to policy makers. According to the analysis, the world was already experiencing an “education crisis” before the pandemic, with more than 250 million school-age children out of school and, in developing countries, with only a quarter of students high school finishing their studies with basic skills. “We are now facing a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades...
    The Washington Redskins reportedly will change the team’s name at the first possible chance. The Redskins are currently reviewing the team name, and there’s no doubt at all that there is going to be a change. Now, it sounds like the change could come at any moment. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) According to Bleacher Report, Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily reported that the team is looking to change the name “as soon as possible.” And here it is: the Redskins are undergoing a thorough review of the team’s name. And let’s be clear: There’s no review if there’s no change coming. Redskins on way out. pic.twitter.com/ZrS3cCvhMg — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 3, 2020 This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The Redskins are changing their name, and that’s obvious at this point. There’s no doubt at all the name is going to be different, and it might be different by the time the season rolls around.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Dwayne Haskins,...
    Rumors flew after the Redskins announced they were conducting a “thorough review” of their name, that the team could perhaps come up with a new name before the start of the 2020 season. Now, a new report suggests that the name change could come very soon indeed. According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, sources within the organization say that the team “intends to select a new nickname as soon as possible.” As Fischer writes, a person bidding for a minority share of the team has received personal assurances that the name will be changed. Fischer also cites a “key business partner” who says that discussions within the organization have been “decisive.” Even going so far as to say that Owner Daniel Snyder, who once said that he would never change the name, has changed his mind and is throwing himself into the process of changing the name. It was learned on Friday, that FedEx, the title sponsor of the Redskins stadium, has said they will pull their name from the stadium unless the team changes the name by the end...
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepted his invitation to visit Mexico during a phone call between the two leaders on Monday morning. "He will not be able to join us in Washington, but he agreed to visit Mexico as soon as possible," Lopez Obrador said on Twitter, referring to his trip this week to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington. "We have a very good relationship." (Reporting by Diego Ore; writing by Drazen Jorgic) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are ready to walk down the aisle together, according to a new report. The couple is reportedly “keen to make it happen as soon as possible,” a source told Us Weekly. According to the outlet's insider, the pair was first leaning towards a summer wedding but because of the coronavirus pandemic are pushing it back to the fall. BLAKE SHELTON AND GWEN STEFANI WANT TO GET MARRIED ONCE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS OVER: REPORT Another source said that Stefani, 50, and Shelton, 44, also want two ceremonies: one in Oklahoma and another in Los Angeles. “Oklahoma gives the couple more privacy and the possibilities are endless for a wedding reception people will talk about for years,” the source said. “COVID-19 has turned their world upside down, as it has with so many families,” an insider explained to the outlet in June. “Gwen knows she is blessed and wants to have the wedding as soon as social distancing guidelines are lifted.” The two musicians have been in quarantine with Stefani's three sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 11, and Apollo, 6. For Shelton's birthday in June,...
    After the Minnesota legislature failed to send $841 million to local governments during its special session, five groups representing 853 cities asked Gov. Tim Walz to ship it through other means. Minnesota cities haven’t received the federal funding distributed to each state, 88 days after President Donald Trump signed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Bradley Peterson, executive director of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, told The Center Square in an email that his group preferred the legislature create the distribution formula so each party and region could submit input. Peterson encouraged Walz to distribute the money through the Legislative Advisory Commission according to the terms of Senate File 47. Under that agreement, counties would share $467 million, cities will get $350 million, and towns will receive almost $24 million. “While not perfect, we think the ‘deal’ that the legislature purportedly had was a pretty good compromise,” Peterson said. Peterson said cities need the money to support residents, local governments and local businesses impacted by COVID-19 and the...
    Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said she wants to retake the police precinct in the self-declared "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone," or "CHAZ," “as soon as possible.” “Ideally, we just need to get back into the building,” Best told local station KIRO-7 on Friday. “People are looking for a plan, but we want to make sure we modulate anything that we’re doing,” Best added. This week, decrying police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, demonstrators have turned part of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood into a protest center with speakers, drum circles and Black Lives Matter painted on a street near the police station. Police largely left the station after the chaos last weekend, when officers tear-gassed protesters and some demonstrators threw objects at them. Police sprayed tear gas just two days after the mayor and police chief said they were temporarily halting its use. “We don’t want to exacerbate or intensify or incite problems that are going to lead to harm to the officers or the people who are standing by,” Best told the station. “We know that several are armed. We want to make sure...
    (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is checking with senators to see if a bill to fix elements of the emergency small business lending program, passed overwhelmingly by the House last week, can pass the chamber unanimously, according to two aides.If all 100 senators give the bill the greenlight, it could move early this week, the aides said, as small business owners involved in the program have furiously lobbied lawmakers to make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program as the clock ticks on the ability for businesses to have their loans forgiven. "I hope and anticipate the Senate will soon take up and pass legislation that just passed the House by an overwhelming vote of 417-1 to further strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program so it continues working for small businesses that need our help," McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor, alluding to the potential for quick passage in the chamber. The program is a central element of the nearly $3 trillion federal effort to direct emergency funds in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century. While it got...
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