Ian Taylor has helped bring the America's Cup to life for TV viewers since 1992 but he is slightly worried that the secret designs and sheer speed of the boats for next year's regatta may have left his computer graphics company in the dark. "We're testing all the data and software from next week," Animation Research's Taylor told Reuters by telephone from Dunedin. Animation Research's graphics have been credited by sailing commentators with helping the casual fan follow the event, with the package showing real-time animations of racing.
Maine has already denied the bizarre allegations as having ‘no validity’
Recently retired pro handed Europe-based, part-time position
Twitter spent most of the day on Thursday trying to predict which Saturday Night Live cast member would portray the latest unbelievable election “witness” to emerge from Rudy Giuliani’s “hearings.” The consensus seemed to be Kate McKinnon, but she would likely have trouble playing both Giuliani and Melissa Carone.Either way, it was Jimmy Kimmel who got the first late-night crack at Carone during his monologue Thursday night.“Cousin Rudy is at it again,” the host said. “There is some crazy stuff going on right now that most people probably aren’t even aware of. The nuttiest of the nutty Trump nuts are showing up to what they’re calling ‘election hearings’ and all the looneys are coming out of the bin.”“Last night we were introduced to a new character in the Trumperverse, a woman named Melissa Carone—no relation to the virus,” Kimmel joked. “And I say character because I’ve watched this clip around 14 times now and I am still not convinced she’s a real person.”Stephen Colbert Tears Into Trump’s ‘Impotent’ Facebook SpeechAfter playing the video of Carone complaining about how many times she’s been “threat-end” for coming forward, Kimmel said, “This woman, who it seemed like she was even making Rudy Giuliani nervous, believes this nonsense that even Trump doesn’t actually believe. She spent most of her time accusing the Democrats of stealing the election by attacking Republican politicians.”Then, following another clip in which the “witness”—whose allegations of voter fraud were previously ruled “not credible” by a Michigan judge—appeared to be slurring her words, he asked, “What are the odds she’s wearing a ‘Rosé All Day’ tank top under that scarf?” And then, to add insult to injury, “Watch your back, Judge Jeanine!”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
There was confusion over who would get the jab first.
China's exports and imports are expected to rise at a faster pace in November, helped by strong demand and coronavirus-related disruptions at factories in other countries, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. Booming sales of fridges, toasters and microwaves to households across the locked-down world have helped propel China's mammoth manufacturing engine back to life, super-charging demand for key metals like steel, copper and aluminium, after a sharp slump early in the year. China's trade surplus is expected to have narrowed a bit to $53.5 billion in November from $58.44 billion in October, according to the poll.
Country diary: these confident corvids live life on the edge. Gwennap Head, Cornwall: Once extinct in the county, choughs have made a comeback on the wind-blasted Cornish coast
For a man obsessed with winning, President Donald Trump is losing a lot. The president and his allies continue to mount new cases, recycling the same baseless claims, even after Trump’s own attorney general declared the Justice Department had uncovered no widespread fraud. "This will continue to be a losing strategy, and in a way it's even bad for him: He gets to re-lose the election numerous times," said Kent Greenfield, a professor at Boston College Law School.
The monetary policy committee also decided to retain an accommodative policy stance at least for the current financial year and into the next year to revive growth on a durable basis, Governor Shaktikanta Das said in an online briefing. The key lending rate of the RBI or the repo rate was left unchanged at 4% while the reverse repo rate or the key borrowing rate stayed at 3.35%.
The Queen's beloved dorgi Vulcan has passed away, according to reports. Of her famous and somewhat iconic dogs, the monarch now has only the ageing Candy remaining. News of Vulcan’s death of “old age” comes days after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lost their nine-year-old dog Lupo.
The president-elect says Brian Deese will put a focus on climate, but some environmentalists are skeptical of his ties to Wall Street
Media companies must defend coverage of George Pell case, judge rules. Prosecutors argued media companies breached suppression orders surrounding Cardinal George Pell’s guilty verdict, which was later overturned
Paula and Anthony Hunter spun off their catering service into a restaurant serving Italian food with a “touch of soul” right before the coronavirus hit. Now, hit with a recent statewide order closing restaurants to indoor dining until mid-December, the couple is hoping for another round of federal aid to hang on until a vaccine arrives. “Just a few more months, you know, get us through this,” said Paula Hunter, who owns the Black Italian restaurant along with her husband.
Three out of five firms will not be arranging work bashes this year, according to research by jobs site Glassdoor. "There is significant support though for a work party of some sort in 2021, regardless of the occasion, when the pandemic is losing momentum and people can safely socialise again."
Located smack in the middle of Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, Dignity Kitchen offers an array of mouthwatering Singaporean fare — from piping-hot laksa (noodles in a spicy coconut milk broth) to fragrant slices of chiffon cake flavored with the essence of pandan leaves. “It’s important to help the disabled or the disadvantaged people, because they are at society’s bottom of the pyramid,” said the restaurant’s founder, Koh Seng Choon, a sprightly 61-year-old Singaporean entrepreneur who launched the restaurant in January. Koh first came up with the concept in his hometown of Singapore, but later decided to do the same in Hong Kong after the city’s government invited him to open a branch.
Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday started sending a first group of more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. The 1,642 refugees were boarding seven Bangladeshi naval vessels in the port of Chittagong for the trip to Bhashan Char, according to an official, who could not be named in accordance with local practice.The island was once regularly submerged by monsoon rains but now has flood protection embankments, houses, hospitals and mosques built at a cost of more than $112 million by the Bangladesh navy.Located 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the mainland, the island surfaced only 20 years ago and was never inhabited.The United Nations has also voiced concern that refugees be allowed to make a “free and informed decision” about whether to relocate to the island in the Bay of Bengal.The island’s facilities are built to accommodate 100,000 people, just a fraction of the million Rohingya Muslims who have fled waves of violent persecution in their native Myanmar and are currently living in crowded, squalid refugee camps.On Thursday, 11 passenger buses carrying refugees left Cox’s Bazar district on the way to the island, where they are expected to arrive after an overnight stopover, a government official involved with the process said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.He said “a few thousand” refugees were in the first batch. Authorities in Cox’s Bazar did not say how the refugees were selected for relocation.(AP)
Within hours, the 90-second clip was being shared on news sites and conservative YouTube accounts, offered as apparent proof that illegal votes were being smuggled in after polls closed. Prominent Republicans, including Eric Trump, one of the president's sons, amplified the falsehoods on social media. In other videos, photos and social media posts, supporters of President Donald Trump, and most notably the incumbent himself, have raised doubts about the outcome based on problems that did not occur.
The president-elect also said "more than several" Republican lawmakers had called to congratulate him privately, even if they've avoided doing so in public.
Southeast Asia's Grab has told employees the ride-hailing and food delivery company is well placed to make acquisitions as it talked up its strengths after a report that it was close to a merger with rival Gojek. For its part, Gojek's leadership in its own note to staff said it was "very well capitalised", had enough runway to grow its business for many years and had "no pressing reason" to do the sort of deal being referred to in the media. The notes issued to their employees on Thursday come on the heels of a Bloomberg report that the two firms have made substantial progress in merger talks.
Bangladesh begins moving Rohingya families to remote island. Operation to move 2,500 families begins despite safety concerns and lack of consent from refugees