Over 50,000 Amazon shoppers love this skillet from Lodge - add it to your cart!
Over 50,000 Amazon shoppers love this skillet from Lodge - add it to your cart!
The singer performed some of her greatest hits during her "SNL" hosting debut.
On a recruiting trip to India’s tech hub of Bangalore, Alan Cramb, the president of a reputable Chicago university, answered questions not just about dorms or tuition but also American work visas. The session with parents fell in the chaotic first months of Donald Trump’s presidency. After an inaugural address proclaiming “America first,” two travel bans, a suspended refugee program and hints at restricting skilled worker visas widely used by Indians, parents doubted their children’s futures in the U.S.
Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, who made the company the giant it is today, has died at 78.
Sudan's move to normalise relations with Israel has laid bare deep societal splits, with some bashing it as a betrayal and others viewing it as a way to save the sinking economy.
NEW YORK -- The coronavirus has made a routine trip to the gym feel like a health threat.Many epidemiologists consider gyms to be among the highest-risk environments, and they were some of the last businesses to reopen in New York City in early September.Now gyms must comply with a long list of regulations. Checking in requires a health screening; masks are mandatory, even during the most strenuous workouts; only one-third of normal occupancy is allowed; and everyone must clean, then clean some more.At a Planet Fitness in Brooklyn, Dinara Izmagambetova, who wore a floral black face mask and had a sheen of sweat after completing a two-hour workout, said she was thrilled to be back in a gym. But safety measures had made it a less sociable experience, she said."I could ask someone" how to use a machine before the outbreak, Izmagambetova said. "Now I'm doing a lot of Googling."Despite all the safety guidelines, some fitness enthusiasts are reluctant to go back and many have adapted to virtual workouts and exercising outdoors. Sales of fitness equipment like kettlebells and Peloton bikes have skyrocketed as people brought their workouts home.Christopher Carbone plans to cancel his membership at a Planet Fitness branch near his home on Staten Island because of concerns about people who touch "the same equipment many times and excess sweat and breathing in range of others."Instead of going to the gym, Carbone will keep working out at home with a small set of hand weights.In normal times, gyms often served as places of solace, where fitness buffs and casual exercisers could sweat out the stresses of the day.Many former patrons are eager to return to their routines, and gym owners desperately need their business.But even as gyms have reopened, their future remains unclear. Some of them have had to shut down again after Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently designated parts of Brooklyn and Queens coronavirus hot spots.A Retro Fitness location in Rego Park, Queens, formerly in one of Cuomo's "red zones," expressed regret about closing on its Facebook page."We have done our best to stay open as long as possible to serve you," the post said, adding, "We support the city/county's decision as being in the best interest of our members, staff, and community to help curb the spread of Coronavirus."The gym was recently allowed to reopen as some restrictions were eased.Despite scientists' concerns, infection clusters connected to gyms in the United States have been relatively rare so far, though they have been reported in Hawaii and California."We're not seeing outbreaks tied to gyms as heavily as something like a bar or school," said Dr. Saskia Popescu, an epidemiologist from George Mason University.Still, a number of the 2,000 or so gyms in New York state and fitness centers across the country face a fight for life. At least one-fourth of the more than 40,000 gyms in the United States could close by the end of the year, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, an industry group. A study by Yelp said that more than 2,600 already had.Many of those that have closed are smaller, independently owned businesses that have fewer resources than large national chains like Planet Fitness, LA Fitness and Equinox.Marco Guanilo, who owns Momentum Fitness on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, said he had struggled during the long months he was closed, but that about 50% of his business had returned since he reopened.Still, he was $300,000 in debt, much of it from back rent payments he could not pay. Guanilo said that he thought his business would endure as long as he could stay open. The recent state-imposed closures have made him anxious."I'm scared of another shutdown," Guanilo said, "because that will put us under."While major chains may have deeper pockets, many are also in dire straits. Gold's Gym, 24 Hour Fitness and Town Sports International -- the parent company of New York Sports Clubs -- have all filed for bankruptcy.Planet Fitness, which has more than 2,000 locations around the world and 40 in New York City, has also faced serious challenges. Its revenue was down nearly 80% from the same period last year, according to the company's second quarter earnings reportDespite the bleak numbers, Chris Rondeau, Planet Fitness's chief executive, said the company has managed to weather the pandemic."Cancels are a little bit higher, for sure," Rondeau said, but, he added, "people are joining at the same clip they were this time last year."Planet Fitness furloughed most of its employees during the pandemic, but about 85% of them have returned to work and no locations closed, Rondeau said.Across the country, states have imposed different regulations to reopen gyms safely. Most require occupancy limitations and at least 6 feet of social distancing, though some states mandate as much as 14 feet. Requirements for face coverings vary.Regulations differ even in the states neighboring New York: New Jersey only allows gyms to operate at 25% capacity, while Connecticut permits twice that.Before gyms in New York can reopen they must undergo an inspection over video with an official from the city's Health Department, showing that they have posted safety plans, have spaced machines apart and are using an up-to-code air filtration system.Fulfilling the requirements and stockpiling cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment can cost more than $10,000, a significant burden after months of inactivity.As of the beginning of October, the city had inspected more than 1,000 gyms, and only 11 had failed. Failing gyms can reopen once they fix the issues they were cited for. In-person inspections might begin in the near future, officials said.Popescu said she believed that "the virtual approach" to inspections "is frankly better than nothing, which is what many have done."Whatever the risk factor, gyms are certainly different these days.On a recent weekend at a large Planet Fitness branch in Brooklyn, a masked greeter asked clients whether they had coronavirus symptoms, then collected their contact information.Television screens flashed reminders to disinfect workout stations, and every other treadmill and elliptical machine was blocked out with yellow-and-purple signs that said, "We're practicing social fitnessing. This machine is not available for use." Even so, there were few people working out.One of them was Dana Fagan, a bookkeeper, 41, who said she was pleased by the precautions being taken."I'm cleaning more -- the whole thing is wet and I'm fine with that," she said about disinfecting the equipment. "You can never have enough."Guanilo's boutique gym normally offers group classes, physical therapy and individual sessions with trainers. The more controlled atmosphere at his gym, where patrons have individual sessions if they're not in a group class, appeals to people who are concerned about infection, like Joshua Rubin, a 38-year-old director at an accounting firm."There's not people wandering around using different machines," Rubin said. "There's only two to three of us at a time."Nearby, Jesse Damon, 46, stretched his arms while a trainer verbally guided him, keeping several feet away."They're very safe here, this is a private gym," he said, adding that he went to a gym in Wyoming during a visit in June and "it was a lot of 20-year-olds not wearing masks.''Fitness classes normally make up nearly half of Guanilo's income, but the city still does not allow them indoors because officials say they are too risky.While he was shut, Guanilo was able to recover some of his lost business through virtual sessions and group fitness classes in Central Park, which involved hauling hundreds of pounds of equipment on a hand truck.Guanilo's clients want him to succeed, but some are not comfortable returning. Richard Stanger, a 70-year-old business consultant, said he would not go back to Momentum Fitness until there was a reliable treatment for the virus."We all want life to return to normal, and normal to me would be working out with Marco," Stanger said. "And I'm hoping we get there, but I'm not optimistic that we can get there before the first of the year."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
“What we need to do is make sure that we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it’s therapies or vaccines or treatments to make sure that people don’t die from this.”
An explosive device killed at least three people on Sunday in the capital of southwestern Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province, despite heightened security as opposition political parties held a large open-air rally in another part of the city, local police said. The top leaders of an alliance of Pakistan’s major opposition parties have held rallies in two other cities this month as part of a campaign to oust the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan over his alleged failure in handling the country’s economic crisis. Two people were also wounded when the bomb, planted in a motorcycle, detonated Sunday afternoon in a vegetable market that had largely closed for the day, said Azhar Akram, a senior police officer in Quetta.
Jasper Blue singers say that Little Mix would never "switch off".
LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 25, 2020 / Compare-autoinsurance.
Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide. The Nov. 3 contests in New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana will shape policies in those states while the battle for control of Congress and the White House could determine whether marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Already, most Americans live in states where marijuana is legal in some form and 11 now have fully legalized the drug for adults — Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont.
The coronavirus was slow to come to Foster County, North Dakota, a community of just over 3,000 people in the eastern part of the state. When virus cases surged in the Northeast in the spring, the county recorded just one positive case. When national case counts peaked in mid-July, it had recorded just two more.But by Tuesday, about 1 in every 20 residents had tested positive for the virus. More than half of those cases were reported in the past two weeks.Most of the worst U.S. outbreaks right now are in rural places like Foster County. Where earlier peaks saw virus cases concentrated mainly in cities and suburbs, the current surge is the most geographically dispersed yet, and it is hitting remote counties that often lack a hospital or other critical health care resources.Since late summer, per capita case and death rates in rural areas have outpaced those in metropolitan areas.The total number of coronavirus cases and deaths in rural places remains smaller than those in cities because of the comparatively low population in rural areas. But the rural share of the virus burden has grown over time.Now about 1 in 4 deaths from the virus is recorded in a rural county. That stands in contrast to March and April, when almost every death was in a metropolitan area as the virus tore through the Northeast after early clusters in the Seattle area and populous parts of California.During the summer surge, rural outbreaks occurred more often than they had in the spring, but reported cases per million remained higher in cities and their suburbs than in rural counties.It was not until August, when the outbreak was receding from Sun Belt cities like Houston, Miami and Phoenix. that per capita rates of cases and deaths in rural areas surpassed those in metropolitan areas.Now, with the national case count and hospitalization rates approaching a third peak, none of the country's biggest hot spots are in a large city. Almost all the counties with the largest outbreaks have populations under 50,000, and most have populations under 10,000. Nearly all are in the Midwest or the Mountain West.Although the outbreak's geographic spread is expanding, many of the same kinds of places remain at risk for clusters of infections. In Norton County, Kansas, the hardest-hit county in the country relative to its population, all 62 residents of one nursing home have been infected with the virus, and 10 have died. A state prison in the county also has an outbreak.Hospitals across the upper Midwest and the Mountain West are also feeling the surge. Facilities are struggling with capacity, and in some cases residents are finding that the nearest hospital with available beds is hours away or in another state.Earlier this month, hospitals in North Dakota had to turn patients away. Bismarck, the state's capital, had one staffed intensive care unit bed available as of Monday.Overwhelmed by the record case numbers, North Dakota suspended its contact-tracing program this past week. New Mexico's governor, also seeing hospital beds fill up in her state, plans to put in effect new restrictions on restaurants, bars and retail stores.And Alaska, which is experiencing record numbers, provides a cautionary tale: Even with extensive testing and robust contact tracing, the virus is poised to thrive as temperatures drop and people move activities indoors.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
Kuwait's retail co-ops have pulled French products in boycott over the use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a French school class on freedom of expression whose teacher was then beheaded by an Islamist. The non-governmental Union of Consumer Co-operative Societies, which groups more than 70 establishments, issued the boycott directive in an Oct. 23 circular. "All French products have been removed from all Consumer Cooperative Societies," union head Fahd Al-Kishti told Reuters, adding that the move was in response to "repeated insults" against the Prophet and had been taken independently of Kuwait's government.
White supremacists and other like-minded groups have committed a majority of the terrorist attacks in the United States this year, according to a report by a security think tank that echoed warnings made by the Department of Homeland Security this month.The report, published Thursday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, found that white supremacist groups were responsible for 41 of 61 "terrorist plots and attacks" in the first eight months of this year, or 67%.The finding comes about two weeks after an annual assessment by Homeland Security warned that violent white supremacy was the "most persistent and lethal threat in the homeland" and that white supremacists were the most deadly among domestic terrorists in recent years.The think tank researchers found that the threats of violence were linked in part to this year's mass protests and confrontations with protesters from a variety of factions. The report said that "far-left and far-right violence was deeply intertwined" and that far-left groups, including anarchists and antifascist organizations, were responsible for 12 attacks and plots so far this year, or 20% of the total number, up from 8% in 2019.The report by CSIS, which describes itself as a nonpartisan center, found that far-left extremists most frequently targeted law enforcement, military and government facilities and personnel.The report highlighted several cases, including fatal shootings related to protests and the FBI's arrest of 13 men accused of plotting to kidnap the governor of Michigan, a Democrat. Those cases, along with President Donald Trump's denunciations of left-wing activists and his refusal at a presidential debate to condemn an extremist right-wing group, have repeatedly raised fears this year of politically motivated violence."Part of the issue we're seeing is with people congregating, whether it's for protests or other issues, in cities, is it has basically brought together extremist individuals from all sides in close proximity," said Seth Jones, the director of the Transnational Threats Project at the center. "We've seen people on all sides armed, and it does raise concerns about escalation of violence in U.S. cities."The report also linked the threat of violence to the country's charged politics, the coronavirus pandemic and its financial fallout. It warned that violence could rise after the presidential election because of increasing polarization, growing economic challenges, concerns about racial injustice and the persistence of coronavirus health risks.It said that if the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, wins the election, white supremacists could mobilize, with targets likely to be Black people, Latinos, Jews and Muslims. A Republican presidential victory could involve violence emanating out of large-scale demonstrations, the report said.There were some encouraging signs. The number of fatalities from domestic terrorism has been relatively low so far this year, compared with some periods of U.S. history.Five fatalities were caused by domestic terrorism in the first eight months of this year, compared with the past five years, in which total fatalities ranged from 22 people to 66.The study attributed the lower number of fatalities to effective intervention by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.The relatively low number of fatalities that resulted from a high number of terrorist incidents showed that extremists this year have wanted to send messages through threats and intimidation, the report found. Many of the incidents involved vehicles or weapons, so there was a high potential for fatalities, but "an apparent lack of will," it said.Of the five fatal attacks this year, the report attributed one in Portland, Oregon, to an activist affiliated with the loose far-left movement known as "antifa"; one in Austin, Texas, to a man described as a "far-right extremist"; one in New Jersey to an "anti-feminist"; and two in California to a man linked to the so-called Boogaloo movement, an anti-government group whose members seek to exploit public unrest to incite a race war.In an endnote, the researchers said they did not classify the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that killed two protesters in August, as a terrorist attack. They said that the person charged in the shooting, a teenager whose social media accounts showed strong support for the police, "lacked a clear political motive for the killings."Jones said the number of small, structured groups has increased over the past couple of years, as part of broader increase in organized violence recently compared to the 1960s and '70s, when attacks tended to be carried out by relatively decentralized extremists.A continued increase in organized violence in the United States, perpetrated by groups with sophisticated structures for training and fundraising, Jones said, would be "a very concerning development."Demonstrators were targeted in a large percentage of the attacks from both far-right and far-left groups, the report found.Bruce Hoffman, a professor at Georgetown University focusing on terrorism and insurgency, said the number of attacks directed against demonstrators was alarming."It is fundamentally concerning that Americans exercising their right to freedom of assembly and speech at protests are increasingly targeted," said Hoffman, who was not involved in the center's report. "I think all Americans have to find that worrisome. That's not our country."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
The Bulleit field in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico produced first oil last week.
Five individuals in Vice President Mike Pence's orbit have tested positive for the coronavirus, including his chief of staff Marc Short and political aide Marty Obst. "Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for COVID-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process," Devin O'Malley, press secretary for the vice president, said in a statement Saturday. Sunday morning, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that in addition to an outside political ally of Pence's four of his staffers have tested positive.
And it's all for a good cause.
(Bloomberg) -- Libya’s push to almost double crude output could gain momentum as rival sides prepare for a new round of talks aimed at ending a nearly decade-long conflict that has ravaged the OPEC member.The United Nations said Sunday that political talks targeting a deal on a “unified governance framework” for the North African country are to begin Oct. 26 via video conference. Face-to-face meetings would kick-off in Tunisia on Nov. 9.The UN announced the discussions two days after Libya’s state-run National Oil Corp. said daily crude production would rise above 1 million barrels in the next four weeks, now that the last of the nation’s ports have reopened.Increased output and exports are critical for an economy hammered by fighting between the UN-recognized government in Tripoli, headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and his eastern rival, military commander Khalifa Haftar. Libya holds Africa’s largest crude reserves.The goal of the political talks “will be to generate consensus on a unified governance framework and arrangements that will lead to holding national elections in the shortest possible timeframe,” the UN’s acting envoy, Stephanie Williams, said in a statement. Rival Libyan military leaders signed a permanent cease-fire agreement last week after discussions led by the UN mission to Libya. Along with the political and military track, they’re also holding economic talks. Williams commended al-Sarraj’s “courageous announcement” of his intention to step down and expressed hope he would stay on until “the way forward” is decided. Al-Sarraj had said he would quit by the end of October.A degree of stability is essential for Libya to sustain the increase in its oil production over the past few weeks. The NOC said on Friday that it lifted force majeure -- a clause in contracts allowing deliveries to be suspended -- at the eastern ports of Es Sider, Libya’s biggest export terminal, and Ras Lanuf. It’s safe now to restart operations after months of shutdowns because foreign fighters involved in the country’s civil war have left the areas, the company said in a statement.Resuming ProductionThe Al Nafoura and Amal fields, which feed Ras Lanuf and have a combined capacity of around 90,000 barrels a day, have already restarted, people familiar with the matter said. The El Feel, or Elephant, field is scheduled to resume production in a week, according to a person familiar with the matter.The rapid resumption of Libya’s production following a truce has added pressure on crude prices, just as a resurgence of the coronavirus saps demand for energy. Brent crude dropped 1.6% to $41.77 a barrel on Friday, extending its decline in 2020 to 37%.Libya pumped less than 100,000 barrels a day before Haftar lifted a blockade of oil facilities in September. Daily output reached 560,000 barrels last week and would rise to 800,000 within a fortnight, the NOC said. The company won’t be able to pump at last year’s levels of around 1.2 million barrels a day due to damaged infrastructure and budget constraints, it said.If Libya’s daily output rises to 1 million barrels as quickly as the NOC says, that will add to the challenge for the OPEC+ producer alliance, which is trying to curb global crude supplies and bolster prices. The coalition of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and partners including Russia meets next month to decide on policy.OPEC+ is weighing whether to delay a plan to ease production cuts in January. Even its worst-case analysis of the market didn’t anticipate such high Libyan output until late 2021. Libya is exempt from production curbs due to its strife.(Updates throughout with UN saying political talks to start Monday.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
A man in New Jersey is accused of stealing a police car and leading officers on a wild chase from New Jersey into NYC overnight.
Briton is clear of Michael Schumacher.
"It is a contagious virus just like the flu," Meadows said.