New artificial-intelligence software for digital communications is in high demand with the pandemic reshaping the economy.
* There is no guarantee that Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine will be distributed in English care homes but the health service is working on a solution, an official said, as total UK deaths surpassed 60,000. * U.S. President Donald Trump said he would support a coronavirus relief bill, as lawmakers in Congress seek to hammer out an agreement to help Americans hit by the economic fallout before the end of the year. * Mexico's president said he hopes distribution of Pfizer's vaccine will begin this month, a day after the government said it had agreed to acquire 34.4 million doses.
It was a coach-player union that made the New York Jets excited about what could be. Adam Gase was the hotshot offensive guru, and Sam Darnold the young gun quarterback and face of the franchise. Instead, the Jets can only lament what should have been.
Labour MP Jo Stevens renews call for emergency online harms legislation to protect people from 'dangerous disinformation'.
Farmers demanding better pay have blocked a major highway in Peru for days, prompting truckers and motorists caught in nearly 10 miles (15 kilometers) of backed up traffic to pelt them with rocks on Thursday. Truckers complained that cargos were about to spoil and motorists complained of lack of food and water. Other protoests broke out north of Lima, with farm workers clashing with the police who used tear gas.
President Alexander Lukashenko's attempts to stifle opposition in Belarus through violent repression are no longer working, giving life to a popular uprising against his rule, leading human rights activist Ales Bialiatski said on Thursday. Bialiatski, founder of the organisation Viasna that supports political prisoners, spoke to Reuters in an interview in Stockholm, where he was due to pick up the 2020 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden's alternative Nobel Prize. Tens of thousands have been detained and leading opposition figures were jailed or driven into exile.
Now that it's clear Joe Biden soon will be president, the fight over automobile pollution and fuel efficiency standards is likely to peter out, and U.S. consumers should see a broader selection of electric and efficient vehicles. At a board meeting earlier this week, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a big industry trade association, recognized that change is coming. Alliance CEO John Bozzella said automakers are committed to working with the Biden administration, which will renew the fight against climate change and likely will undo gas mileage rollbacks under President Donald Trump.
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UK rebuked over failure to enforce Troubles court rulingsUK has not carried out effective inquiries into killings as required by ECHR, Council of Europe says
Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said they were willing to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus on television in order to ease any public skepticism over the safety of new vaccines. "I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science," Obama, a Democrat who left the White House in 2017, said in an interview with Sirius XM radio that aired on Wednesday. Bush, a Republican and Obama's predecessor, is willing to get a vaccine on camera once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval, according to Freddy Ford, Bush's chief of staff.
Direct payments aren't part of any of the proposals being discussed as a potential compromise to passing more coronavirus relief.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich—who has peddled wild election fraud conspiracies for weeks— faced widespread mockery on Thursday when he suddenly railed against conspiratorial pro-Trump lawyers Lin Wood and Sidney Powell as “totally destructive.”In an off-the-rails Georgia rally on Wednesday, Wood repeatedly called on Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to call a special legislative session to investigate President Donald Trump’s election loss in the state, calling on Kemp to be “locked up” if he does not do so. At the same time, he and Powell also urged voters not to vote for Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the Senate runoffs if they also don’t back his demands.“They have not earned your vote,” Wood said, calling for a boycott. “Don’t you give it to them. Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election, for god’s sake! Fix it! You gotta fix it!”While many conservative politicians and right-wing media figures had recently held out hope that Wood and Powell’s longshot lawsuits could overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory, the Trumpist lawyers’ call to Republicans to sit out the pivotal Senate races was a bridge too far. The Trump campaign now seeks to distance itself from Wood by painting him as a Democratic operative working against the president.Gingrich quickly joined Team Trump’s pile on and attempted to put the genie back in the bottle that he helped open just weeks ago.> Lin Wood and Sidney Powell are totally destructive. Every Georgia conservative who cares about America MUST vote in the runoff. Their dont vote strategy will cripple America> > — Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 3, 2020“Lin Wood and Sidney Powell are totally destructive,” he blared on Twitter. “Every Georgia conservative who cares about America MUST vote in the runoff. Their dont vote strategy will cripple America.”The ex-House speaker, however, didn’t mention how he helped embolden the “Stop the Steal” movement he is now actively trying to distance himself from—now that its adherents pose a threat to Republican control of the Senate.Just days after the election, when it was apparent that Biden was going to secure a decisive electoral victory, the current Fox News contributor called on Attorney General Bill Barr to send in federal agents to arrest election workers while saying election results in Pennsylvania should be tossed.Days later, he said Trump’s loss was due to a “corrupt, stolen election,” blaming it on a “left-wing power grab financed by people like George Soros, deeply laid in at the local level.” Gingrich invoking the liberal philanthropist and longtime right-wing bogeyman in a “rigged” election scheme coincided with Powell’s bonkers claim that Soros was involved in an international conspiracy to use Dominion voting software to steal millions of votes from Trump.In recent weeks, Gingrich has further upped his heated rhetoric about his belief that the election, especially in Georgia, was fraudulent and state-level Republicans were in on it. On Nov. 18, he called on Trump supporters to “physically” go to the Georgia governor’s mansion to prevent the state from certifying the election results. And earlier this week, he claimed Kemp and Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger—who has repeatedly debunked Trump’s election fraud lies—were “subsidiaries of Stacey Abrams” and are “doing things that are outrageous and illegal.”Following Gingrich’s tweet, journalists and media figures ridiculed the former speaker for trying to disown the “Frankenstein’s monster” that he helped create. Many joked that Hugo Chávez much have gotten to Gingrich, referencing Powell’s outrageous claim that the long-dead Venezuelan dictator was involved in the fantastical plot to use corrupt software to flip Trump votes to Biden.“Don’t listen to Newt! Chavez is stealing your votes,” national-security attorney Bradley Moss tweeted on Thursday morning.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.
One brand leading the way is FFORA, a fashion accessories brand that works on (and off) wheelchairs. “There is somewhat design bias that we don’t really talk about,” CEO Lucy Jones tells In The Know. “It was after speaking with a family member of mine who has cerebral palsy that it really dawned on me that accessibility is so often an afterthought to design.”
Police searching for missing British hiker Esther Dingley said on Thursday they had widened the search in the Pyrenees. Spanish and French authorities have been trying to track down the 37-year-old from Durham for over a week. The Spanish Civil Guard said they were scouring mountains surrounding the Pic de Sauvegarde where she was last seen on November 22 when she sent her partner Dan Colegate a picture via Whatsapp. From there she planned to walk between Port de la Gléré and Port de Venasque - a route of some eight miles - before hiking down from the mountains on November 25. When she was not seen for two days, Mr Colegate reported her missing on November 24, starting a huge search.
Formula E is in good shape and still attracting strong manufacturer interest despite BMW and Audi announcing their departures after next season, the electric racing series' founder and chairman Alejandro Agag said on Thursday. The Spaniard told Reuters he was talking to three other big car companies keen to enter the city-based championship. "Manufacturers come and go and make their decisions based on many different factors... some car manufacturers have been impacted very heavily by COVID," he said.
Greg Schiano isn't surprised Rutgers has not developed a rivalry with another team in its five-plus years in the Big Ten Conference. Looking at a map, one would have thought the Scarlet Knights might have generated something with either Maryland or Penn State. Rutgers (2-4, 2-4) is improving quickly in Schiano's second stint as coach and has a shot at beating Penn State (1-5, 1-5) on Saturday when the schools meet at SHI Stadium for a noon start.
Attorneys for the 15-year-old boy charged in a shooting at a Wisconsin mall that left eight people wounded plan to contest prosecutors' attempts to move his case to adult court. During a virtual court hearing Thursday, a Milwaukee County judge scheduled an in-person hearing on the matter for Feb. 16. Judge Brittany Grayson said she will hold another Zoom hearing in January regarding the defense request for more police reports in the case.
The FTSE 100 closed 26.88 points higher at 6,490.27 at the end of trading on Thursday.
Three Wessex Water workers and one contractor have died in major incident
Close contact services were forced to close for the second time on 5 November
High frequency data on employment across a range of industries has been weak, but for smaller firms suggests an outright loss of jobs in November, according to data and analysis from Homebase https://joinhomebase.com/data and UKG https://www.kronos.com/about-us/newsroom/update-us-workforce-activity. Indexes of job openings from employment site Indeed https://www.hiringlab.org and analytics firm Chmura http://www.chmuraecon.com/blog both rose last week.