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    by Natalia Mittelstadt   As voters, poll workers, and observers have voiced their concerns about issues they witnessed on Election Day in Maricopa County, Ariz., a review of the county’s history shows 10 years of election issues under various election officials. Numerous issues occurred at vote centers on Election Day in Maricopa County earlier this month, from election machine problems to hours-long lines, according to widespread reports. However, election issues are not unique to the 2022 midterms in Maricopa, as some began a decade ago. During the 2012 presidential general election in Maricopa County, key races went undecided for two weeks after Election Day as a result of “record numbers of provisional and early ballots” remaining uncounted after polls closed, according to the Arizona Republic. The outlet said that “Arizona was embarrassed on the national stage.” In the 2014 midterm election, despite a decrease in voter turnout, there were still days-long delays in counting early votes, attributable to most of the counties in Arizona stopping their count of early ballots between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. the Monday before an...
    A BRIT is said to have died in a day-long siege in Somalia after jihadi militants in suicide vests stormed a hotel. Mohamed Sayid Hassan Elmi, from Birmingham, was named locally by friends and reporters as among at least four dead at Villa Rose Hotel in Mogadishu. 1At least four people have died in the siegeCredit: Reuters Sporadic gunfire and explosions could still be heard after dawn on Monday around the hotel - located near the presidential palace in a heavily guarded area of the capital. "The terrorist gunmen are trapped inside a room in the building and the security forces are about to end the siege very soon... so far we have confirmed the deaths of four people," security official Mohamed Dahir said. "Several other people were wounded including government officials," he added. Witnesses described two massive explosions followed by gunfire that sent people fleeing the scene in Bondhere district. Read more world newsDEMO FURY BBC journalist 'beaten up' & arrested as China sends cops to crush protestsCOSTA TRAGEDY Family's grief as Brit dad & son missing...
    Star free agent Carlos Correa has been linked to the Chicago Cubs many times this offseason, but hope appears to be diminishing as more details come out. As the rumor mill keeps on turning, the idea of star free agent Carlos Correa joining the Chicago Cubs seems to become more like a distant dream. While it is possible the Cubs could land him considering they have a lot of payroll cleared up between Jason Heyward being cut and Willson Contreras likely leaving, there’s probably going to be a hard-fought battle with the Minnesota Twins, who have already made at least one offer. The Twins are expected to go full force to keep Correa around, as they should. He created a good reputation with his great defense and emerged as a leader on the team, and his decision to opt out was likely business based in an effort to maximize his earnings. The Twins are also expected to offer him a hefty contract to keep him in Minnesota, quite possibly one of the largest in club history. The deal could reportedly...
    When it comes to living with long COVID, there is no bright side, no good part, no silver lining. Trust me. I’ve been battling this chronic illness since early 2020, when people still called it “Corona” and everyone was making Instagram memes about a beer company. When COVID-19 first arrived on America’s unprepared shores, I was a New York City-based 31-year-old comedian with a promising career ahead of me. Then, in March 2020, I developed symptoms that at first weren’t connected to the original list health organizations gave us of a fever and cough. I was eventually sent to the ER where doctors told my family I had six hours to live. Spoiler alert: I did not die. Instead, I spent 99 days on a COVID ventilator in a medically induced coma, and half a year in the hospital, which as it turns out, is only slightly better than death. When I finally woke up months after being admitted, I was alone in a hospital with a “no visitor” policy, paralyzed from head to toe, voiceless and totally unable to...
    With less than a week to go until Election Day, the race to be New York’s next governor remains close, according to new polling. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul has a 4.8 percent lead over her Republican challenger, Rep. Lee Zeldin, 49.8 to 45 percent, according to a Real Clear Politics (RCP) average of polls released Wednesday, Nov. 2. Hochul’s lead has shrunk dramatically since August 2022, when a RCP average of polls showed her leading Zeldin by 18 percentage points, 53 to 35 percent. Yet another poll, conducted by the Trafalgar Group with likely voters between Oct. 27 and 31, actually shows Zeldin leading Hochul by less than one percentage point, 48.4 to 47.6 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percent. In the final days before the election, both campaigns were busy trying to rally as much support as possible with speaking events planned around the state. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Zeldin held rallies on Long Island, in Brookhaven, and Staten Island. “Thank You to everyone who came out to Brookhaven and Annandale!”...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1898, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “LONG ISLAND CITY, L.I. — The tour of Long Island being made today by Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Republican candidate for governor, is a novelty in campaigning on the island, no such direct appeal having been made to citizens of Long Island by a candidate for such a high office since the days when John A. King of Jamaica, a candidate for gubernatorial honors, addressed his fellow citizens of Queens County a short time before he was elected to the office over half a century ago. The trip is made by Colonel Roosevelt because Long Island is his home and in response to the requests of his friends and neighbors and it covers all the principal towns and villages in the southside division and the main line of the Long Island Railroad, and involves eighteen stops along the route and the addressing of twenty-three meetings in all … The rear of the train is liberally decorated with flags, it being arranged that the colonel should speak amid a bower...
    He is seated right in front of you, his electric smile, gymnastic wit and spirited candor often tumbling into a generous laugh. Warren Sapp is clearly and enthusiastically here. But the mood is different when the conversation turns to his August visit to the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, for the 2022 induction ceremonies, an annual tradition that reunites dozens of pro-football legends voted into the hall over the decades. A game-changing defensive lineman whose agility redefined what men his size could do, Sapp was inducted in 2013, but his Canton visits remind him not so much of past glory but of his unpredictable future. “Every year I go back, there’s a couple [Hall of Famers] that aren’t there. And there’s a couple that ARE there, that AREN’T there. You understand what I’m saying?” he says. A Miami Hurricanes legend now living in Hollywood, Sapp believes the cost for his years in the football trenches is about to come due: He is convinced he has CTE, the progressive brain disease linked to repetitive head injuries. Sapp faces this...
    HAVING children is tiring, but one mum has revealed she is up every hour with her little boy due to a rare condition. Charlene Stewart's baby Blake has spina bifida, which affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth. 3Charlene Stewart's baby Blake has spina bifida - this was detected when he was just 16 weeks pregnantCredit: Media Scotland 3Little Blake has to be held up all the time by his mum and she has to check on him every hour during the nightCredit: Media Scotland Because of this, the mum-of-five has to hold her baby up for the majority of the day. It was discovered that Blake had the condition when Charlene, from West Lothian, Scotland, was 16 weeks pregnant. The 34-year-old was told that she could terminate her pregnancy, but she decided to go ahead, with Blake having surgery as soon as he was born. With spina bifida, the spine and spinal cord don't develop properly, leaving a gap and this is what the surgery fixes. Read more on spina bifidaLABOURS OF LOVE I'm a first-time...
    DOUGLAS Luiz has signed a new long-term contract with Aston Villa in a blow to Arsenal. The 24-year-old has finally put pen to paper, with his old deal running out in the summer. 2Douglas Luiz was beaming at the press conference announcing the new dealCredit: Twitter @AVFCOfficial 2Douglas Luiz signs long-term deal with Aston VillaCredit: Getty Luiz shared his delight on the new contract, saying: "I love this club, I love the people here, the staff, the players and I'm so comfortable." Fans have shared their support for the Brazilian international on Twitter with one calling Luiz "King of the Midlands" while another posted that it's "the best news this season". Arsenal made multiple bids for Luiz, hoping to seal a deal before the summer transfer window ended. With less than one year on Luiz's contact it was reported the club came back with a second offer of £23m on deadline day that was turned down. Read More Football NewsFOOTBALL LATEST Nkunku SIGNS £52m 'pre-contract agreement' with Chelsea, Wolves job latest They were expected to make a third bid in...
    One stat indicates the Kansas City Chiefs offense could be in for a long day against the Buffalo Bills in an exciting Week 6 matchup. If your schedule isn’t cleared for the late afternoon slate on Sunday, you need to do whatever you can to get it cleared. The Week 6 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs projects to be the best and most exciting game of the week. A rematch of the exciting 2020 AFC Conference Championship (38-24, Chiefs) and 2021 AFC Divisional Round (42-36, Chiefs), Kansas City has more or less been the deterrent to the Bills capitalizing on great talent over the last several years. This year, though, the Bills look more equipped than ever and ready to finally get past the Chiefs. One stat indicates the Week 6 matchup could be a long one for the Chiefs if they don’t rectify an issue, and fast.Chiefs offensive line has allowed a lot of pressureAs one Redditor pointed out, the Chiefs lead the league in hurried passes through five weeks (28). Credit to Patrick Mahomes,...
    AGING naturally is really beautiful, but that doesn't mean you can't try a few tricks to slow down the process a bit. It turns out there's one thing that most of us do everyday that's a huge no-no in the world of skincare, but luckily it's easy to fix. 2Michelle explained why spraying perfume on your neck is a no-noCredit: tiktok  Michelle Silva, 47, is a former model who is a skincare obsessive took to TikTok to share one of her many tricks and tips. The beauty fan explained that although perfume might smell amazing you should never spray it on your neck. She said: "Spraying perfume on your neck can cause premature aging and yes, wrinkles." This is because most fragrances contain alcohol, which can dry out your skin. Read more on beautyBIG IN BEAUTY Beauty fans are using makeup to create fake dimples & people love the resultsCOULDN'T MAKE IT UP Face powder that makes your pores disappear & it's under $10 And although dry skin might make you look more wrinkled it wont actually cause them. That...
    A sex and relationship therapist has revealed the five things every couple should to ensure their romance lasts, including prioritizing sex and waiting at least one year before tying the knot.  Dr. Emily Jamea, a self-proclaimed 'expert in love and libido' from Houston, Texas, shared some advice on how couples can keep their love alive in a recent TikTok.  In the viral video, which racked up over 2.4 million views, Dr. Jamea described some of the key tricks to making a relationship work, while sharing the five things she would 'never do as a relationship and sex therapist with over 15 years experience.'  Dr. Emily Jamea, an 'expert in love and libido' from Houston, Texas, shared the five things all couples should keep in mind if they want their relationship to last The therapist is known for sharing sex and relationship advice to her social media, revealing the surefire ways to keep the fire alive in your relationship @dremilyjamea #thingsiwouldneverdo ♬ original sound - Dr. Emily Jamea   How do you know if they're the one? Wait 'at least a...
    Image source: Fox News video screenshot Kelley added that Nelson also has been suffering emotional fallout stemming from the attack and that the victim's "mother cries every day; I speak with her on a weekly basis." He also said Nelson "is clearly a hero" for trying to help subway riders but that Wright roaming free is "very disheartening." "I never thought I'd say this, but at the end of the day, the MTA employees have a more dangerous job than the NYPD," Kelley added to Fox News. "At least [the NYPD officers] have weapons to protect themselves… our members don't."Anything else?A month after his alleged hate-crime sucker punch, Wright allegedly threw scalding coffee at two traffic agents in Manhattan, the New York Post reported. Police said Wright had been living at a homeless shelter and was the subject of three prior “emotionally disturbed person” reports, the Post said. He’s due back in court Nov. 3 in regard to the Nelson attack, the paper said.
    The New York Times notes that a four-day workweek has long been a topic of consideration. In 1956, then-Vice President Richard Nixon said he foresaw it in the “not too distant future.” Earlier this year, California introduced a bill that would make the official workweek 32 hours for companies with 500 employees or more. That bill was put on hold, reports USA Today. Critics argue a shorter workweek reduces businesses’ competitiveness, which is particularly troublesome in Europe, as many companies are already struggling to compete with competitors in other regions. Participants in the experiment seem optimistic that a four-day workweek can have positive effects in the long-term. Sharon Platts, Chief People Officer for Outcomes First Group, a participant in the test, said, “While it's still early days, our confidence in continuing beyond the trial is growing and the impact on colleague wellbeing has been palpable."
    ANTIOCH — Police here have released footage showing a 55-year-old resident firing at a police drone, a snipers’ nest where officers shot his gun, and the conclusion of the hours-longs standoff where police shot him 19 times, killing him. The videos, released through a records request by this news organization, depict the lengthy, violent Dec. 10 standoff that began with reports that Guadalupe Zavala was shooting at his neighbors, as well as pinecones and vehicles. One shot barely missed an 84-year-old woman standing next to her Christmas tree, while another whizzed passed the man who lived next door to Zavala. Zavala fired shots at police too, until an Antioch police sniper fired a round into his gun, disabling it. A short time later, Zavala’s home burst into flames, which engulfed most of the residence. Zavala ran outside, holding an object that police mistook for a pistol. When he ran towards a police armored vehicle, two officers shot and killed him. Including the two snipers, four officers fired their duty weapons during the day, but two — including Eric Rombough —...
    A WEDDING day is always one to remember, but one bride went the extra mile and decided to have a mega makeover straight after the ceremony. Her new look had the achieved result as it totally shocked her guests as she walked back into the reception to celebrate – and even the groom had no idea. 3The bride enjoyed a makeover in the middle of her weddingCredit: tiktok/@sallygrieshaber 3The secret transformation took place between the ceremony and receptionCredit: tiktok/@sallygrieshaber A wedding photographer called Sally Grieshaber shared how the bride planned the whole thing herself with her beauty team in the lead-up to her big day. She decided she wanted a brand new look and opted to chop her hair from long to a bob in between the ceremony and reception.  Sally, who can be found on TikTok at @sallygrieshaber, was there to capture the moment she sat down in the chair ready for her transformation, as well as the finished look. She uploaded a video where she explained she was “so stoked when the bride brought it up in the...
    All over the world, the rates of death and hospitalization from COVID keep dropping. But our successful mitigation of the worst outcomes of the 33-month-old pandemic belie a growing crisis. More and more people are surviving COVID and staying out of the hospital, but more and more people are also living with long-term symptoms of COVID. Fatigue. Heart problems. Stomach problems. Lung problems. Confusion. Symptoms that can last for months or even a year or more after the infection clears. As many as 21 percent of Americans who caught the SARS-CoV-2 virus this summer ended up suffering from long COVID starting four weeks after infection, according to a new study from City University of New York. That’s up from 19 percent in figures the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June. Compare those numbers to the recent rates of death and hospitalization from COVID in the U.S.—three percent and .3 percent, respectively. Long COVID is by far the likeliest serious outcome from any novel-coronavirus infection. And possibly getting likelier. The CUNY study, which is not yet...
    The impending US railroad strike could cost the nation $2 billion a day and spark chaos for hundreds of thousands of travelers as regional agencies plan for stoppages while Amtrak cancels all long-distance trains.  Railroads in Chicago, South California, and Virginia are preparing for service stoppages as early as Thursday evening ahead of the midnight shutdown on Friday spurred by a planned freight workers' strike.  It comes after Amtrak, the nation's cross-country railway system, canceled all planned trips, including those from Washington DC to Sanford, Florida, and the Silver Star from New York City to Miami. The company had previously said it was canceling several of its routes as two labor unions representing 60,000 engineers and conductors threatened to walk out of their jobs on Friday if their demands for safer working conditions are not met.  Karen Finucan Clarkson, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), said it was imperative that a deal be reached by Friday to avoid the disruption to the thousands who depend on the nation's railway system.  'We are truly hoping that we can run...
    Amtrak is canceling trips on several of its routes in preparation for a unprecedented strike by 60,000 railroad workers - a dispute that could lead to the first railroad strike in decades and likely hamper the country's already entangled supply chain. Starting Tuesday, the passenger rail agency is suspending service on three cross-country routes out of Chicago, going to San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, and Los Angeles, respectively, Amtrak said in a statement Monday evening. Service will also be disrupted for a route along a portion of one of those routes, the company said - between Los Angeles and San Antonio. Calling the changes 'initial adjustments' made 'in preparation for a possible freight rail service interruption' later the week, the move from the passenger rail comes as many of America's railroads have already stopped accepting shipments of hazardous and other security-sensitive materials due to the looming threat of a strike Friday. The cancellations are intended to avoid potential disruptions should tens of thousands of freight railroad workers walk out while the lengthy trips are underway.  The two railroad unions currently in talks...
    A TEENAGER spent $31,000 that was mistakenly deposited into his account on a BMW convertible and fast food during his shocking spending spree. The 18-year-old, who withdrew $20,000 in cash and made $5,000 worth of purchases with his debit card, was slapped with 10 years probation as a result of his illegal spending rampage. 2Steven Fields, 18, was sentenced to 10 years of probation after spending a $31,000 check deposited into his account by mistakeCredit: KTRK 2One of Steven's larger purchases on the spending spree was at a BMW dealershipCredit: Reuters Steven Fields, 18, benefitted financially when a Georgia bank teller deposited funds into his account instead of the account that belonged to a 70-year-old man of the same. Fields withdrew $20,000 in cash and spent $5,000 with his ATM card during the 2015 spending spree, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. According to authorities, the money was blown at a car dealership, multiple stores, and on fast food. When the bank called, Fields reportedly insisted the money was a direct-deposit inheritance from his grandmother. READ MORE FRAUDFREE MONEY?...
    BY the age of 73, it could be argued the new King has already completed, as Prince of Wales, a career of duty and service of such length he should be looking forward to a few years of well-earned rest. Yet he has just begun what is his greatest challenge. 5King Charles III, 73, has just begun what is his greatest challengeCredit: PA 5Charles reading the Queen’s Speech in MayCredit: AFP Not, as some have suggested, the role he has been waiting for all his life — rather the job he was ready to do when the time came. Nothing has been left to chance — all the long-established succession plans will now be put into action. The royal household is organised along military lines, with plans agreed months in advance by a close-knit team of advisers and staff. Accordingly, the new king’s life will be plotted hour by hour, as it has been since he was a young man. It means that no matter where he is, the King’s life can continue with maximum efficiency and minimum disruption....
    When I was a child, I dreaded autumn. My biological calendar could sense the first significant shift in day length in September of every year. The romanticized falling of leaves, yellowing of grasses and withering of wildflowers did not sit well with me. Those jaundiced colors were my warning signs that I would soon fall from joy. The school environment would make me wish for summer all over again. At home, the noisy household shifted. My mother had already finished most of her canning projects and the garden was now ending its peak fruit and vegetable productivity. There was less work in the garden, marking a shift in our focus to the commencement of school. We did not have backpacks in those days, all of our schools provided classroom textbooks, pencils and paper upon arrival. The new  school clothes were already in our closets and the picture day outfit, haircut and lunchbox checked off the list. We children were in soldier mode, ready for the new season. Watching the trees carefully, the cottonwood gave me the first clues. The roosters...
    QUEEN ELIZABETH II died peacefully aged 96 on Thursday, September 8, 2022, after being the longest-ever monarch to serve Britain - 70 years. Following the tragic news of Her Majesty's passing, the UK will now enter a period of national mourning. What is national mourning? National mourning is several days designated by the monarch or the government that honour a person that served their country and recently passed away. The UK started its 10 days of national mourning after Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen sadly passed away. Union flags are lowered and flown at half-mast on royal residencies, government buildings and military basis and some other buildings choose to follow this act of respect. Books of condolences are opened across British embassies across the world and other entities. 1The UK enters a period of national mourning following the Queen's deathCredit: EPA British sports, including the Premier League and the Championship, are set to be suspended. TV channels will not show comedy programmes while the Royal Mail and Transport for London confirmed that the strikes will take a pause. Read...
    Like the Queen, I once lived in what would turn out to be the last days of a long-lost world of seemingly unassailable privilege. She was my first cousin, just ten months younger than me. My father, the 16th Lord Elphinstone, had been born in 1869, exactly halfway through Queen Victoria’s long reign. My mother was the Queen Mother’s sister. Princess Elizabeth and I were in the last generation of girls from families like ours, who didn’t go to school but were educated at home by governesses. And we were more or less brought up together. We’d have annual summer holidays at Birkhall, a large house on the Balmoral estate. With her parents, then the Duke and Duchess of York, Elizabeth would also come for visits to Carberry Tower, my family seat near Edinburgh. Even in the 1930s, my mother was still receiving the cook every morning to discuss the day’s menus. The large staff ate in two separate dining rooms — one reserved for the senior members such as the butler, housekeeper, ladies’ maid and the head housemaid. The...
    FULHAM have completed the loan signing of Leeds United forward Dan James after failing in a bid for Ben Brereton Diaz. Blackburn Rovers have rejected the Premier League club's offer to sign the Chile international as they hold out for around £15million. 2Daniel James has swapped Leeds for FulhamCredit: Rex 2Ben Brereton Diaz, who scored Blackburn's winner against Blackpool last night, was a late target for FulhamCredit: Getty The Cottagers, who saw Justin Kluivert's move from Roma collapse over a work permit have moved in the nick of time to complete a deal for James. The former Manchester United winger was also a target for Tottenham. The interest from Antonio Conte's side came as Spurs want to add another attacking option to their squad ahead of the hectic schedule this autumn. Games will now be coming thick and fast as the season goes into overdrive to accommodate the winter World Cup in Qatar. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news Aubameyang ARRIVES for Chelsea medical, Liverpool COMPLETE Arthur Melo loan Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag referred to this as part of...
    As the unofficial end of summer quickly approaches millions of people are expected to fill U.S. airports and highways over the long Labor Day weekend, and many Bay Area travelers are rightfully concerned about long lines, flight delays, and crushing traffic on scorching hot freeways. But local travelers could have dramatically different travel experiences depending on which of the Bay Area’s three airports they fly through. According to Hopper, a travel-booking company, San Francisco International Airport is among the top 10 best airports in the country for minimal delays. Meanwhile, Mineta San Jose International Airport and Oakland International Airport are ranked near the bottom, SJC at 44th and OAK at 48th out of 59 airports. But even SFO travelers should brace for delays amid a chaotic summer travel season that has witnessed increasing airport mayhem. Flight delays in August ranged from 17% of flights at SFO to 24% at SJC and 26% at OAK, according to Hopper. Around 5% to 7% of flights at each airport were delayed for over an hour. And this Labor Day weekend, travelers will have...
    (CNN)Many people dream of becoming an Olympian but only a handful ever make it. At age 23, Franck N'Dri became the first Olympic rower from Ivory Coast when he participated in the Tokyo 2020 Games. With guidance from his coach, Canadian former Olympic rower Timothy Turner, N'Dri was able to honor the ambition of his late father, a man who was a national kayaking champion. His father introduced N'Dri to watersports and continues to inspire him to become a better rower. "I have my father's face in my head when I row," says N'Dri. "He was always telling me that as long as you're rowing, as long as you're breathing, don't give up -- keep going until the end."The next generationNow, N'Dri wants other Ivorian rowers to be able to emulate his Olympic success. He says that one barrier to increasing participation in Ivory Coast is a perception that water sports are unsafe.Read More"Parents are very afraid of the water and [for] their children approach it," says N'Dri. Related story: These African athletes made history at Tokyo 2020To combat this,...
    TOM BRADY has detailed his reasons for missing eleven days of Bucs training camp. The seven-time Super Bowl winner, 45, was missing almost a fortnight as the Buccaneers prepare for the start of the new NFL season. 2Brady made his pre-season debut against the ColtsCredit: Reuters 2The quarterback was missing from training camp for 11 daysCredit: Reuters Brady had initially indicated that he was missing the time due to "personal reasons". Bizarre theories suggested that Brady had gone AWOL to perform on The Masked Singer. The conspiracy centered on the $375million deal he penned with Fox - who broadcast the show - during his short-lived retirement earlier this year. The GOAT took to Twitter to dispel those rumors last week - and has now revealed that he took time off to sort out "a lot of s***". Brady said: "Everyone has different situations they're dealing with and we all have unique challenges to our lives. "I'm 45 years old, man. There's a lot of s*** going on, so you just have to try and figure out life...
    BRITS have been urged to get out of their seats as new research shows we are sat down for over 12 hours a day. More than a quarter of adults believe they lead a sedentary lifestyle – with the average person sitting down for up to 40 hours a week. 1New research has revealed that Brits spend an average of 40 hours a week sat downCredit: Getty The new study found that 34 per cent of people think they need to be more physically active but struggle to do so. Of the 2,000 quizzed, 27 per cent admit they aren’t as active as they should be. But what's keeping us in our seats? The researched showed that 29 per cent cited a lack of motivation, while 28 per cent said tiredness was their biggest issue. Read more on exercise DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT I’m a PT - here’s the 10 exercises you need to get better at sexAB ALERT How many sit ups a day do I need to do to get abs? However, 26 per cent of people...
    Do you ever find yourself physically worn out after a long day at work, even if you've just been sat at a computer? Scientists have found out that there is a reason for this, as a toxic chemical begins to build up in the brain after it has been active for extended periods of time. The brain therefore shifts towards actions that do not require as much effort to avoid circulating this chemical, glutamate, any more. This manifests as a lack of desire to do work, or cognitive fatigue, claim the neuroscientists from Pitié-Salpêtrière University in Paris, France. Dr Mathias Pessiglione, who led the study, said: 'Influential theories suggested that fatigue is a sort of illusion cooked up by the brain to make us stop whatever we are doing and turn to a more gratifying activity, 'But our findings show that cognitive work results in a true functional alteration—accumulation of noxious substances—so fatigue would indeed be a signal that makes us stop working but for a different purpose: to preserve the integrity of brain functioning.' Scientists have found out that the reason...
    Health officials recommend that anyone infected with the coronavirus isolate for at least five days. But for many, that timeline is becoming overly optimistic. The isolation period, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened in December from 10 days to five, is more a starting point than a hard-and-fast rule in California. According to the state Department of Public Health, exiting isolation after five days requires a negative result from a rapid test on or after the fifth day following the onset of symptoms or first positive test — a step not included in federal guidelines. But many people don’t start testing negative that early. “If your test turns out to be positive after five days, don’t be upset because the majority of people still test positive until at least Day 7, to Day 10 even,” Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, said during a briefing Thursday. “So that’s the majority. That’s the norm.” California With Omicron surging, California calls for stricter COVID isolation for infected people The state has issued...
    (CNN)Chinese forces took part in drills focused on land attacks and long-range airstrikes around Taiwan on Sunday, its military said, on what was expected to be the final day of extensive exercises rolled out in response to a visit to the island by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.The Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese military said on Sunday around noon local time that it "continued" live-fire drills in the waters and airspace around Taiwan "as planned.""The drills focused on joint fire land strikes and long-range air strike capabilities," the command said in a statement posted to its official account on the social media platform Weibo, without specifying whether the drills have ended.The exercises, planned to take place in six zones around the island, began Thursday and were scheduled to last until Sunday at noon local time in Beijing, Chinese state media reported. Does Taiwan have its own airspace? China sets military drills close to island after Pelosi visitTaiwan's Defense Ministry on Sunday said it detected multiple Chinese aircraft, naval vessels and drones operating around the Taiwan Strait that morning, in...
    The Aberdeen IronBirds had a long, but good day Friday. The ‘Birds finished Thursday’s continuation with a win, 7-6, over the Wilmington Blue Rocks and then after a 1 hour, 22 minute weather delay, won again, 6-3, in a seven-inning, High-A South Atlantic League game at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. In the second game, the ‘Birds (61-38 overall, 18-15 second half) went ahead in the first inning. TT Bowens doubled to the left-center field wall, plating Heston Kjerstad. Aberdeen starter Chayce McDermott, who was acquired in the Orioles trade of Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros, was sharp in an inning of work. Blue Rocks leadoff batter Ricardo Mendez reached base on catcher’s interference, but McDermott struck out the side in his Aberdeen debut. McDermott did not return to the mound after the delay. “Game 2, we only got to see McDermott for one inning due to weather and he was electric in his one inning of work. Struck out 3 of 4 batters he faced. Look forward to seeing him back on the mound,” Aberdeen manager Roberto Mercado...
    Getty Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs onto the field before an NFL game. The Dallas Cowboys are entering a pivotal season in many ways, and one of those involves the future of star running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott’s future in Dallas has been under scrutiny for much of the offseason, as the running back is aging and the Cowboys will hit a potential “opt-out” point in Zeke’s contract in 2022. Now, Pro Football Hall of Famer and legendary Dallas running back Emmitt Smith is adding his two cents. The three-time Super Bowl champion chatted with SB Nation recently and was asked about his stance on Elliott and how the Cowboys use him. “There’s no doubt… Ezekiel Elliott is our number one guy and should be the focal point of the entire offense. At the end of the day, I love Tony Pollard but Zeke is our 1-2-3 guy. The question becomes, how long can any man last in the league? Stephen Jones said it best, they don’t make ’em like they used to… Nowadays, it’s running...
    SWIMMING could be the best sport to relieve stress while walking could clear a mental block, experts have revealed. This Morning and The Sun GP, Dr Zoe Williams, has recommended movements you can undertake to help improve certain moods. 1Swimming can give you something to focus your mind on, helping to reduce stress levels,Credit: Getty She advises getting some fresh air by walking if you are having a mental block or feel unmotivated. Walking can help your heart to beat faster – providing fresh oxygenated blood to your brain, allowing you to think and focus better. The methodical movement of swimming can give you something to focus your mind on, helping to reduce stress levels, as well as releasing cortisol which can help to manage stress. But dancing can be used as a way of quashing feelings of worry or anxiety as the physical activity can release endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, which give you feelings of happiness. Read more on exercise FAT BUSTER A few minutes of exercise a day 'turns flabby adults into fat burning machines’ The...
    The image of Ian Happ and Willson Contreras embracing in the home dugout at Wrigley Field represented a moment of goodbyes for what appeared to await the Chicago Cubs All-Stars. That moment one week ago now becomes a reminder of the ups and downs leading up to the trade deadline, the uncertainties of the unknown. Both players thought that July 26 day was their last at Wrigley in a Cubs uniform. Yet Contreras and Happ will return with their teammates Friday for the Cubs’ next homestand. Despite the Cubs’ 6-0 loss Tuesday to the St. Louis Cardinals, a lightheartedness lingered. Contreras barely could keep a smile off his face after president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer did not trade him because of insufficient value in return. Happ, meanwhile, joked it was the media’s fault for making him think he would be traded: “All those stories and the cameras the last couple days at Wrigley, it’s all on you guys.” Happ understands his situation, however. His last year of team control in 2023 before free agency made him an attractive option...
    The families of those murdered in the 9/11 terrorist attack are today celebrating the death of al Qaeda leader's Ayman al-Zawahi who was killed in a CIA drone strike. Al-Zawahiri, 71, Osama Bin Laden's fanatical deputy who helped mastermind multiple attacks including 9/11, was killed by two Hellfire 'Ninja' missiles whilst he stood on a balcony of his safe house in Afghanistan's capital Kabul this weekend. Former President George W. Bush's senior adviser Brad Blakeman, whose nephew - a first responder - was killed in 9/11 said Al-Zawahiri's death was 'a long time coming'. Blakeman's nephew, former Army medic Thomas Jurgens, was a New York court officer at the time and after the first plane hit the Twin Towers, he filled a jury van with first aid supplies and drove to the chaotic scene. But Jurgens died after the second plane hit and his body was never recovered.  Speaking of Al-Zawahiri's killing, Blakeman told Fox News: 'It was a long day in coming. It should have been done a long time ago if we had had the opportunity.' 'What really dismays me...
    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is ready for the MLB trade deadline to pass, as he’s been floated in rumors for years now. The Cubs haven’t made a substantial contract offer to Contreras since 2018 — two seasons after he helped lead Chicago to its first World Series in 108 years. Since then, it’s been pretty much a forgone conclusion that, at some point, Contreras would be traded away for prospects. Leave it to Chicago’s front office to wait until the last possible moment. Contreras remains on the team, and he is still contributing at a high level. The 30-year-old made the NL All-Star team this season and, despite a recent slump, is still slashing .252/.365/.453, and is one of the best backstops in all of baseball. But that doesn’t mean the small things don’t get to him.Willson Contreras impacted by Cubs trade rumorsContreras opened up to reporters following Sunday’s game, in which the Cubs lost 4-0 to the Giants. “To be honest, this is the first time in my career that I’m in this position,” Contreras said, per...
    Moments after Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants, Willson Contreras sat in the visitors dugout at Oracle Park when it hit him. He realized this was the Chicago Cubs’ last game before Tuesday’s 5 p.m. trade deadline. If, as expected, Contreras is traded, Sunday marked his final game with the only organization he has known since he signed as a teenager from Venezuela. So Contreras lingered, staring out at the field. He accepted hugs from teammates making their way into the clubhouse. And now all he can do is wait. “We’ll see what happens,” Contreras said afterward. “It’s going to be a long day. It’s been a long, long, long week. A long, long month for me. But I’m ready for this to be over with.” Less than 48 hours remain until Contreras’ immediate future is resolved. For now he is stuck in limbo: a Cub unless he is told otherwise. “To be honest, this is the first time in my career that I’m in this position,” Contreras said. “It’s not easy. I just want this to be over....
    Mother Jones illustration; Getty Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.The devastating events of May 24 in Uvalde, Texas, are still in some ways hard to fathom. For an unbelievably long hour and 13 minutes, legions of law enforcement officers at the scene failed to stop a gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers inside Robb Elementary School. Police eventually entered the classroom where the 18-year-old perpetrator was hunkered down amid the dead and dying and ended his life in an exchange of gunfire. The slow, confused, and ineffectual response undoubtedly worsened the toll, which included dozens of others injured and traumatized. That catastrophic breakdown remains subject to multiple state and federal investigations and the acute sorrow and outrage of the public. Such intense focus makes obvious sense—and yet, thus far, it has obscured another part of the story that is profoundly tragic. The Uvalde massacre never should have happened at all. It could have been prevented long before the perpetrator spiraled deep into crisis and...
    Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy spoke with the media for the first time in nearly three months Thursday on the second day of training camp practices at Halas Hall. It was a good opportunity to hear Getsy’s take on the progress quarterback Justin Fields has made running his new offense. On that, Getsy was both positive and realistic. “He’s come so far from where we started, for sure,” Getsy said. “We still have a long way to go though. “As far as like attacking the system and the knowledge of the system and what’s going on around him, he’s done a great job of that. Just getting the experience and those reps. The cool part about it is in a couple more days (on Monday) we get to put pads on, and this thing gets to be real. These helmet practices are great because you get timing and rhythm and stuff like that, but this game is a feel game, and the only way you get the real feel is if it’s the real thing. So these reps that...
    Minnie Miñoso’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday culminates a long and complicated journey to Cooperstown, N.Y., that few imagined would end this way. The former Chicago White Sox legend — who will join David Ortiz, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Buck O’Neil, Gil Hodges and Bud Fowler in the 2022 class — repeatedly was deemed unworthy from his original retirement in 1964 to his death at 90 in 2015. Miñoso was an afterthought in the minds of the Baseball Writers Association of America, which originally kept him out of the Hall during his years of eligibility. Early veterans committees shot him down as a viable candidate, as did a revamped veterans committee in 2003 consisting of Hall of Famers and those who had earned plaques in Cooperstown through broadcasting or writing about the game. (The Hall disbanded the 15-member veterans panel after Bill Mazeroski’s election in 2001, feeling it was too political.) But Miñoso, known as the “Cuban Comet,” still fared poorly with his peers, finishing with only 16 votes by the 85-man committee, which was tied...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Putting an end to youth violence. That was the focus of a day-long camp hosted by the Philadelphia Police Department and other community groups. Basketball is synonymous with Philadelphia, but as of late, so is violence. READ MORE: Truck Recovered In Hit-And-Run That Left Bicyclist Dead In West Philadelphia“I love my city, but no, I don’t feel safe,” 17-year-old Alyssa Heiser said. “I don’t feel safe sitting in a car or standing on a corner. No.” Alyssa took part in a day-long violence prevention day camp at Ben Franklin High School. The camp was hosted by the Philadelphia Police Department and the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Topics included self-defense and de-escalation. “A lot of people should realize that there’s too much violence going on,” 17-year-old Nasir Witherspoon said. “Too many people are dying out here for real for that that to be a regular thing in life.” While all the youth here are involved in the criminal justice system to some degree, the idea is that they take what they learned today and apply it to future...
    RANDOLPH, N.H. (AP) — The trial for a commercial truck driver charged with negligent homicide in the deaths of seven motorcycle club members in New Hampshire is set to start more than three years after the 2019 crash that devastated the region’s close-knit biker community and exposed flaws in state driver record keeping. Volodymr Zhukovskyy, 26, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide, manslaughter, reckless conduct and driving under the influence in the June 21, 2019, crash. He has been in jail since then. The jury was selected this week and is scheduled to visit the crash scene along a busy two-lane highway in northern New Hampshire on Monday. The trial, delayed because of the pandemic and defense problems with finding a crash reconstruction expert, is expected to begin Tuesday and last for several weeks. “It’s been a long, long, long three years,” said Manny Ribeiro of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, made up of Marine Corps veterans and their spouses. “We all feel the same way. We all just want it to be over...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS13) — Sam Long’s major league moment came in an empty Oracle Park. There were no fans, no organ playing, no one standing 60 feet, 6 inches away from him digging into the batter’s box. The AAA call-up had arrived on an off day and just needed to throw the ball around before his Major League Baseball debut with the San Francisco Giants. READ MORE: Man, Woman Dead After Report Of Shooting In Modesto-Area Home; 1 Other Person Hospitalized“I showed up to the field on the off day, about two hours before our flight to Texas, and Alex Wood comes up to me and asks if I want to play catch,” he remembers. “I said ‘yeah, let’s go’ just because I wanted to see the field.” “So I walk down the tunnel and Mike Murphy was down there doing something, and for some reason this sticks out in my head but once you hit the bottom of the staircase you’re at sea level,” he continues. “And so, when he told me that that’s when it sunk in like ‘Oh...
    FOOTBALL club doctors "have an in-depth read" of a players medical history before a transfer move is completed. The summer and winter transfer windows see clubs part with thousands if not millions of pounds to land players to improve their squad. 2Pogba undergoing his medical tests ahead of a return to JuveCredit: Getty 2Players undergo physical exams and testsCredit: Getty Transfers are a long and complicated process involving a lot of people. Agents, scouts, coaches and managers are all involved in the process. But one of the most important people involved in finalising the transfer are the players and the doctors who conduct the medical. A medical can make or break a deal, as seen with Loic Remy's proposed move to Liverpool in 2014. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Neymar offered to Man City, Lewandowski's first day at Barca, Tielemans news And former first-team physio at St Johnstone and Shamrock Rovers, Fearghal Kerin, has given an insight into the extensive process. Speaking to JOE, Kerin revealed: "When an agreement is reached, the club's physio would contact the potential selling...
    CURLING your eyelashes can instantly upgrade your look and transform your face. But if you're not prepping your eyelash curler before using it, you're missing out on some lasting power. 3UK-based YouTuber Helin Doski shared her three-step routine for fabulous lashesCredit: YouTube 3She has a method for pulling the lashes so they all fall inside the lash curler, which she explains step-by-step – plus another trickCredit: YouTube UK-based YouTuber Helin Doski shared her three-step routine for fabulous lashes. "You don't need to do that much," she says. "I can't believe people really don't be knowing this." She pulls out her Shiseido eyelash curler, $23, which she says is her favorite. "This trick is gonna keep your lashes curled for as long as possible," she says. read more: eyelashesSUPER SERUM We put this season’s eyelash serums to the testLASH OFF I’m an eyelash tech - this is the grossest thing I’ve seen when doing lashes First, she says: "We're gonna heat up our lash curler. "Think of it like you're straightening your hair or curling your hair. Always use a...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1916, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Although the shark scare has subsided a bit along the New Jersey coast, and the hunt has been practically abandoned in Matawan Creek and Raritan Bay, incoming ships report today that the ocean seems alive with sharks. Yesterday a school of sharks was reported in Ambrose Channel in lower New York Bay. Two big blue sharks were captured off Staten Island yesterday by W.H. Kinlock of New Brighton. Both were eighth feet long and were caught with steak as a bait. It took an hour to pull each of them into the boat. The captain of the British steamer Merioneth, which arrived today from Gibraltar, said that five days ago he sighted sharks and had seen them every day after. He said they were all from eight to ten feet long and were traveling in large schools. The American steamer Charles Beatty got in last night and brought a report that the ocean seemed alive with sea tigers. Captain Beatty said that he had never before seen so...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A New Jersey police officer who endured a grueling battle with COVID visited his ship of hope on Saturday. Manchester Township Officer Antonio Ellis spent 45 days in intensive care, including 30 days in a coma. He was transferred to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in South Philadelphia near the SS United States and the ship became an inspiration. On Saturday, he walked on that ship for the first time. Ellis says the SS United States is now a part of his history. A non-profit is leading the effort to save and repurpose the ship.