T.R. Knight played the fan-favorite character, one of the five original interns at Seattle Grace, from 2005 to 2009
Quincy Guerrier had 23 points and 13 rebounds to help Syracuse spoil Niagara’s season opener with a 75-45 win on Thursday night. Syracuse announced less than a couple hours before the game that one of its players tested positive for COVID-19. Syracuse did not reveal which player had tested positive and indicated that, because of the new positive test, additional players would miss the game on Thursday night because of contact tracing.
There apparently are coronavirus vaccines around the corner. But convincing an American people to take them will prove a challenge, given that many don’t wear masks. A shot would be “a mask that hurts,” says Trevor Noah. So it is that three ex-presidents – Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – have offered […]
The world passed the grim milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as several nations planned to deliver much hoped-for vaccines early next year to break the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions. US President-elect Joe Biden said that on his first day in office he would ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days to help reduce transmission of the virus that is again surging in the country with the world’s highest number of deaths and infections.“I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask—not forever,” Biden said in excerpts of an interview to be broadcast on CNN later Thursday.But even as the latest positive news about a vaccine was announced, with the Moderna candidate showing it confers immunity for at least three months, several countries marked new Covid-19 records.The US, for instance, posted an all-time high of more than 210,000 new cases in a 24-hour stretch to Thursday evening, meanwhile notching more than 2,900 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.And Italy registered 993 deaths, topping its previous record of 969 earlier in the year when it was the first European country to be affected by the pandemic.To build trust in vaccines after they are approved, the 78-year-old Biden said he was willing to be vaccinated in public—following up on similar commitments from former US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.Biden also used the interview to say he had asked the government’s top infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci to join his Covid team and serve as a chief medical adviser.But in a sign of the difficult work ahead, California announced new statewide bans on gatherings and non-essential activities, as hospitals in the nation’s most populous state face being overwhelmed.Vaxx hackThe pandemic is showing little sign of slowing, with more than 10,000 new deaths recorded worldwide every day since November 24 – a rate never reached before, according to an AFP tally.As the world tires of economically crippling restrictions, attention has turned to the race for a vaccine.Britain on Wednesday became the first Western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine for general use, piling pressure on other countries to swiftly follow suit.But Fauci said Britain “rushed” its approval process.“In all fairness to so many of my UK friends, you know, they kind of ran around the corner of the marathon and joined it in the last mile,” he told CBS news.He later walked back his comments, saying he had “a great deal of confidence in what the UK does both scientifically and from a regulator standpoint.”Also on Thursday, a study showed that the Moderna vaccine, which was recently demonstrated to have 94 percent efficacy, causes the immune system to produce potent antibodies that endure for at least three months.In anticipation of such vaccines being approved, France announced that its vaccinations will be free and begin in January for one million elderly in retirement homes, February for 14 million at-risk people and spring for the rest of the population.France was also mourning the latest high-profile figure to succumb to Covid-19, former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, who died at the age of 94.Belgium’s government also said it intends to start vaccinating its most vulnerable in January.But the raised hopes didn’t only garner the attention of governments—IBM said Thursday that hackers are targeting the Covid-19 vaccine supply chain.The tech giant said it was “unclear” if a series of cyber attacks it uncovered against companies involved in the effort to distribute doses around the world had been successful.IBM could not identify who was behind the attacks, but said that the precision of the operation signals “the potential hallmarks of nation-state tradecraft”.‘Vaccine cannot undo damage’UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that even if vaccines are quickly approved, the world would still be fighting the pandemic’s aftershocks.“Let’s not fool ourselves. A vaccine cannot undo damage that will stretch across years, even decades to come,” Guterres said while opening a special UN summit on the virus.Guterres reiterated his call that vaccines be considered a “global public good” that are shared around the world.More than 180 countries have joined Covax, a global collaboration initiative by the World Health Organization to work with manufacturers to distribute vaccines equitably.A reminder of the pandemic’s society-altering effects came again Thursday with a landmark announcement from Warner Bros. studio, which said it will release its entire 2021 slate of movies on HBO Max streaming and in theaters simultaneously.But some British football supporters were given a reminder of pre-pandemic days as Arsenal welcomed a crowd of 2,000 for Thursday’s Europa League win over Rapid Vienna.It was the first time in 270 days that fans were back inside a Premier League ground.(AFP)
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A Texas high school football player charged onto the field and bowled over a referee Thursday night, angered after being ejected from the game. Senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron of Edinburg High School came running from the sideline area after the referee announced the ejection, slamming into the official during the first half of the zone play-in game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo. Duron was escorted from the stadium by police officers.
Icy waves were filmed lapping the shores of Lake Superior near the town of Ashland, Wisconsin, on December 3 as frosty weather swept the northern United States.This footage, shot by local photographer Cheryl Koval, captures the ice crystals bobbing on the surface of the largest lake in the Great Lakes system, glistening in the late fall sun.Despite the cold weather, the region is experiencing warmer-than-average temperatures due to a La Niña weather phenomenon.“Many of us might be thinking the latest weather is a bit odd for this time of year,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet.“La Nina climatology suggest that above average temperatures in the fall are typical, but followed by a quick pattern shift in December to chillier weather.” Credit: Cheryl Koval via Storyful
Financial markets' euphoric reaction to the recent COVID-19 vaccine breakthroughs and U.S. election results is pushing some currencies up so fast that rumblings have begun about a potential new FX war. Almost a decade after Brazil's finance minister likened Western central bank money-printing to economic warfare, some of the conditions that led countries to weaken their currencies then look to be forming again. Investors' growing eagerness to buy into risky assets gave emerging market currencies their best month in nearly two years in November, stretching a run of gains that started in June.
A Texas high school football player attacked an official after being penalized and ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
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Hopes that New Zealand Warriors might be able to play proper home matches for the entirety of next year's National Rugby League (NRL) season have been dashed and the club will again be based in Australia for at least the first four matches. The Warriors, the only non-Australian club in the NRL, spent five months of this year in a biosecure bubble in Australia to enable the season to be resumed and completed after the borders of both countries were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Indian shares edged up on Friday, ahead of a central bank decision that would potentially leave interest rates unchanged in the face of stubbornly high inflation and a slowing economic contraction. The NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.31% to 13,174.65 as of 0345 GMT, while the S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.29% at 44,763.11. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has already cut its key interest rate by a total 115 basis points this year to revive growth and cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The US government is discussing a deal with Chinese tech giant Huawei that could see its detained finance chief Meng Wanzhou allowed to return to China, the Wall Street Journal said.
At nearly the end of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ first joint interview since the election, the vice president elect told CNN’s Jake Tapper that “there couldn’t be a more extreme exercise in stark contrast between the current occupant of the White House, and the next occupant of the White House.” That almost goes without […]
The Pakistan cricket team has been denied the right to train while in managed isolation in New Zealand after eight members of the touring squad tested positive for COVID-19. Under exemptions granted to visiting sports teams, members of the 53-strong Pakistan team could have been allowed to leave their Christchurch hotel to train in small groups after the third day of their 14-day isolation period.
Solskjaer's position came under scrutiny after defeats by Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir last month, but four wins from five games sees them trail Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur by five points with a game in hand, and they need only a point to reach the Champions League knockout stages. "We recognise there's more hard work ahead to achieve the consistency needed to win trophies," Woodward said at a fans forum.
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Joe Biden will ask all Americans to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his term to stop the spread of coronavirus. The president-elect, who has frequently emphasised mask-wearing as a "patriotic duty", will also order masks to be worn in all US government buildings. The move marks a notable shift from President Donald Trump, whose own scepticism of mask-wearing has contributed to a politicisation of the issue.