Kane Williamson showed few signs he has not played a test since March as the New Zealand captain posted a career-best 251 on the second day of the opening test against West Indies in Hamilton on Friday. Williamson's 22nd test century, and third double ton, made up almost half of New Zealand's first innings total of 519 for seven declared before the tourists reached 49 without loss in reply. John Campbell was on 22 and Kraigg Brathwaite 20 not out at the close of play at Seddon Park.
A number of hand sanitisers have been found containing less alcohol than described via online marketplaces which could leave people unprotected against coronavirus. The worst offending product was identified as the Klenzy Hand Sanitizing Gel, available for sale on eBay, a Which? It claims to have a 75 per cent alcohol content but actually containing just 10 per cent, according to tests by the consumer group.
A bilateral trade deal between Taiwan and the United States would reinforce U.S. support for the democratic island in the face of "unrelenting intimidation" from China, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has long angled for a trade deal with its most important diplomatic and military backer, and in August Tsai announced a relaxation on imports of U.S. pork and beef, removing a stumbling block.
Japan's core machine orders likely rebounded in October along with demand for Japanese exports, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, but a resurgence in coronavirus cases at home and abroad could dampen the economic outlook. Core machinery orders, widely considered an indicator of capital spending in the next six to nine months, likely rose 2.8% in October from the previous month, when orders fell 4.4%, according to the poll of 18 economists. But the highly volatile data due on Wednesday is expected to show core orders, excluding those for ships and electrical utilities, likely dropped 11.3% in October from a year earlier after falling 11.5% year-on-year in September.
Between April and September, when India's economy was in a "technical recession," FDI into the country rose 15% despite coronavirus. Nearly 60% of this FDI came into India's computer software and hardware sectors.
Airlines eager to fill premium seats left empty by the coronavirus crisis are making a beeline for the entertainment and energy industries, which still must get its workers to far-off places. Most companies have slashed spending on corporate travel, leaving airlines without a crucial source of revenue. While travel groups expect new COVID-19 vaccines to help revive future business traffic, sectors like sporting events, streaming and content creation are a rare bright spot for airlines in the hard-hit travel sector.
Investors worried about whether a looming government shutdown could slow U.S. stocks' recent surge can take comfort in history: markets have tended to shrug off shutdowns despite their potentially nasty economic impact. Since 1984, the S&P 500 has averaged a 1.3% gain during government shutdowns, having edged lower in only two out of the last 10 instances. The most recent shutdown, which lasted for five weeks, shaved 0.1% and 0.2% from real U.S. gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, respectively, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
British food banks are seeing more families needing their support as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forces struggling people to seek help, charities and volunteers say. The rise in those out of work has resulted in more people turning to food banks, which provide emergency food supplies to families in need. "I was working part-time as a cleaner for evenings, and then when COVID started, we had to quit because everything was closed and our offices, they're not opening until 2021 because people can work from home," said Vilma Tunylaite, 40, queuing at a food bank in southwest London.
On Thursday night, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah took aim at an unlikely target: Democratic politicians.You see, a number of Dem politicians of late have been caught telling their constituents to stay inside and avoid large gatherings while ignoring those rules themselves. Among the offending Dems were San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who attended a group dinner at the swanky restaurant French Laundry; California Governor Gavin Newsom, who was among a group of 12 people dining at French Laundry; and Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who made a video cautioning his fellow Austinites to “stay inside”—but recorded it from a vacation timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.“Oh man, come on! What is it with these Democrats?” asked Noah, before mimicking Adler’s message to the public: “This is your mayor here, telling you to stay home, and stay safe. Do the right thing… All my boys in the pool know what I’m talking about! Say what’s up, everybody!”“I’m sorry, man. Everyone has given up their lives and then you’ve got these politicians who are just hypocrites out here?” he continued. “What, you guys think corona respects your office too much to come after you? Because don’t forget: it got the president of the United States, it’s not going to be star-struck by Governor Hair Gel,” he cracked, throwing to a photo of Gavin Newsom.Kevin Sorbo Was Hercules. Now He Trolls Liberals All Day on Twitter.The comedian said that even though Republicans are going maskless in droves, and the Trump administration is going so far as to throw a series of indoor parties at the White House—despite a number of Trump administration members contracting COVID—he’s more disappointed in the Dem politicians due to their “hypocrisy.”“In a way, these Democrats are even worse than the anti-maskers because of their hypocrisy,” said Noah. “At least when those dudes break the rules they’re open about it.”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.
Police say the explosion at a water recycling centre in Avonmouth happened in a biosolid treatment silo, though the cause of the blast is unknown.
A chilly breeze whirls through New Delhi in the mornings and the sun is partly obscured by toxic haze, a marker of another winter in the Indian capital. The perpetually busy arterial highways that connect most northern Indian towns to this city of 29 million people now pulse to the cries of “Inquilab Zindabad” — “Long live the revolution.” Tens and thousands of farmers with distinctive, colorful turbans and long, flowing beards have descended upon the city's borders, choking highways in giant demonstrations against new farming laws that they say will open them to corporate exploitation.
Celebrities and opposition MPs have lobbied against the deportation of 36 jail prisoners to Jamaica.
Going wild? A radical green plan for Nottingham's unloved shopping centre. Could replacing empty shops with wetlands, woodlands and meadows offer a new model for cities?
The High Low goes out on a high – podcasts of the week. Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton bow out after four years hosting their hit show. Plus: fly-on-the-wall chats with Pharrell Williams, and an accessible look at the climate emergency
Pollutionwatch: toxic threat from wood burning and tyre dust. Swiss study analyses different sources of air pollution – the fourth largest risk factor for early death
Radical reassessment needed to hit net zero emissions by 2050, says NAO. Watchdog finds UK is projected to fail to meet targets aimed at achieving climate goal
The high street is doomed? Tell that to the people queuing outside Primark. We are rediscovering shopping as a social activity under Covid restrictions – but only the government can give retail a chance
‘He will be remembered as a hero’: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis on Chadwick Boseman. The late actor knew he had a terminal illness during the filming of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – and turned in an astonishing performance
Forrester said that companies have to do three things when it comes to handling employee data in this new landscape.
Analysis of online searches reveals the most popular companies Brits want to invest in.