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    PARIS -- April 15, 2022, marks three years since Parisians and tourists watched in horror as a massive fire engulfed the iconic centuries-old Notre Dame Cathedral.After more than two years of rescue and removal, the restoration is finally beginning. National Geographic is the only foreign media outlet given high-level access to the rebuild and captured this seismic effort with drone footage and photographs."A doctrine of historical restoration is that you rebuild things to the last documented state," said Robert Kunzig, senior environment editor at National Geographic magazine.It took more than two years after the fire just to remove the burnt timbers and other debris and to shore up the vaults and buttresses against a catastrophic collapse. Tomas Van Houtryve/National Geographic Kunzig, who spent months reporting on the rebuild, said architects are restoring the church exactly as Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc left it. In 1831, Viollet-le-Duc watched as a mob attacked Notre Dome, which was fortunately spared from the angry crowd's fire. Thirteen years later, he directed its first restoration, preserving the landmark for the world.This, however, means modern-day architects must...
    Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images Florida’s GOP senators are attempting to fix a problem that doesn’t exist, by requiring the national anthem to be played before professional sporting events. Florida Sen. Joe Gruters, head of the state’s Republican Party, introduced the bill on Tuesday. “This bill requires that the national anthem be played before games at professional sporting events at taxpayer funded venues, in writing,” Gruters said. “A failure to meet this contractual obligation constitutes a fault of the agreement, and may subject the team to a prohibition on future contracts and fines paid directly to the state. Failure to comply would allow the attorney general to intervene and enforce the provision.” This was the entire committee hearing. Only one question, from @FLSenatorTorres (D-Kissimmee), with a chuckle — “Who doesn’t play the national anthem now?” pic.twitter.com/IcCCMwcXNX — Evan Donovan (@EvanDonovan) January 18, 2022 One question was asked about Gruters’ proposed bill during the legislative session. That question came from Florida Senator Vic Torres (D-Kissimmee), who found the proposal to be hilarious. “Who doesn’t play the national anthem now?” Torres...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration will make 400 million N95 masks available to Americans for free starting next week, a White House official told CNN, the latest federal step aimed at reining in the US' Covid-19 surge. The masks -- which are coming from the Strategic National Stockpile -- will be made available at a number of local pharmacies and community health centers, the official said, adding that the program will be "fully up and running by early February.""This is the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in US history," the official said. The 400 million non-surgical N95 masks amount to more than half of the 750 million stored in the US' Strategic National Stockpile, a figure that tripled over the last year as the White House sought to boost reserves. The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recently advised that well-fitting respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health -- such as N95 masks -- offer "the highest level of protection" against Covid-19.The administration's step comes as the US grapples with an unprecedented surge in Covid-19...
    THE National Minimum Wage is the lowest legal pay rate for UK workers - but your rate depends on how old you are. Here are the rates for 2022 - and how much you'll gain when the minimum wage rises in April. 1 The National Minimum Wage usually rises in April each yearCredit: Getty Companies are even named and shamed if they don't pay the basic amount required by the law. The minimum wage in the UK last increased in April 2021, giving a pay rise to more than two million workers. And the minimum wage will rise again in April 2022. But what is it? We explain all you need to know. What is the National Minimum Wage? In 2015, the National Minimum Wage was rebranded as the National Living Wage. Both are different from the Real Living Wage - a voluntary minimum that some employers commit to paying, which is currently £9.90 or £11.05 in London. The first National Minimum Wage was set in 1998 by the Labour government. Before that no official rate existed, although...
    For months now, members of the opposition, such as presidential candidate Gustavo Pedro and Senator Gustavo Bolivar, have been in office They warned their followers about alleged irregularities in the registry-employed Congress and Presidential election counting software. This Tuesday, Bolivar himself, along with National Registrar Alexander Vega, announced that the counting software was ready. It may be audited by all political parties, in a room already prepared by the Registrar’s Office in view of the next election. You may be interested in: Committee for Colombia and a list of five candidates it will consult Through a live broadcast, Bolivar asked Vega about the latest software news. The official clarified to senators and Internet users that the software will not be run by third parties, but for the first time it will be the responsibility of the National Election Council and the Office of the Registrar. “The audit chamber already exists, each with its cubicles so that each party can carry out its audit and control the software on the day of congressional and presidential elections,” Registrar Gustavo told Bolivar. In...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The voting rights debate is reaching a climax in Washington D.C. But did you know that voter access is becoming a political flashpoint on Beacon Hill as well? It’s the issue propelling Boston NAACP President Tanisha Sullivan to run for secretary of state, promising in her announcement video this morning that “I’ll champion policies to protect, defend and expand voting rights here in Massachusetts and across our country.” READ MORE: 'I Feel Very Vindicated': I-Team's Call For Action Helps Man Cancel Billerica Gym MembershipIn an interview with WBZ News, she adds: “If they’re not going to get it done in DC, we have to lead on it.” The Massachusetts House let pandemic-era voting changes like mail-in and expanded early voting expire last month, despite their apparent popularity with the voters. Sullivan doesn’t see why. “Not only does it work, not only is it safe and secure, but voters appreciate it, we saw record voter turnout,” she says. READ MORE: Massachusetts To Provide Weekly At-Home COVID Tests For Students, Staff At SchoolsIncumbent Secretary of State Bill Galvin, who...
    Averi Carlson of Lovejoy High School in Lucas, TX is the 2021-22 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year. Averi Carlson is not waiting to get her college career off to a fast start. There will be no second semester senior ditch days for Carlson who is already off to Baylor after graduating from Lovejoy High School in Lucas, TX in December. “I wanted to go ahead and get started in the program and get a semester in before the season actually started,” Carlson told FanSided. “They said it would be best for me.” Among the many traits Carlson possesses being coachable is one of them. There is also a relentless work ethic and drive that doesn’t seem to have an off switch.Gatorade National Player of the Year, Averi Carlson, should be a future Olympian“To get where I am today I took in as much as I can,” Carlson said. “Using practice, every touch can make you better.” That “every touch” philosophy helped Carlson earn the Gatorade National Player of the Year. She was dominant on the court becoming a four-time All-American setter while leading...
    The Georgia football program continues to be near the front of the line for Arch Manning’s high-profile 2023 commitment. While there were several other notable college coaches at Arch Manning‘s high school basketball game on Monday night, Kirby Smart and the Georgia football program had a tremendous presence in New Orleans. Smart was there in-person to watch the five-star 2023 quarterback prospect hoop it up for Isidore Newman. Joining him at the prestigious New Orleans private school includes offensive coordinator Todd Monken, offensive line coach Matt Luke and offensive assistant Buster Faulkner, who may receive a promotion with former wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton heading to Baton Rouge. While the Mannings have done a great job about not tipping Arch’s hand, is Georgia now the favorite to land the prized 2023 recruit over the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss and Texas?Georgia football: Will the Dawgs end up landing Arch Manning in 2023?With teams like Clemson and Texas not having great 2021 seasons up to their programs’ lofty standards, Georgia has quietly asserted itself in the Manning sweepstakes, possibly into pole position...
    Thousands of flights to the United States were canceled today, and more than 100,000 homes and shops were left without electricity after hitting the East Coast, and are now moving to New England and Canada, where more than 30 centimeters of snow will fall, meteorologists said. According to Reuters, more than 2,200 flights have been canceled or delayed, and at least 128,000 homes and businesses are without electricity from Georgia to the Maine website PowerOutageUs. More than 3,000 flights were canceled in the United States on Sunday. The National Weather Service has forecast 20-30 centimeters of snow in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, while the storm is moving towards Quebec and Ontario in Canada. The first snowfall in four years in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the Voice of America (VOA), today is a holiday dedicated to civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Authorities in eastern America are urging citizens not to go outside on icy roads. In North Carolina, media reports say two people have died after losing control of a vehicle in snow-covered areas. Traffic was light at...
    (CNN)Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country are approving a wave of new voting restrictions on virtually party-line votes that require only a simple majority to pass. The US Supreme Court has likewise decided the key voting rights rulings that helped trigger this surge of state legislation on a party-line, majority-vote basis over the past decade.But the announcements last week by Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona that they will not support exempting voting rights legislation from the filibuster means Congress can respond to these moves only with a bipartisan supermajority of 60 votes.Their decision effectively provides Senate Republicans a veto on whether Congress can undo the restrictions on voting advanced by their fellow Republicans in the states and GOP-appointed justices on the Supreme Court. And that means Democrats have little chance through this decade of preserving a national floor of voting rights. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz. (left), the King family (middle) and local activists lead a march to call for voting rights on Saturday, January 15, 2021, in Phoenix.Voting rights is the most dramatic...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Monday marks the 36th annual national celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and many may not know there are Chicagoans who helped make the holiday happen. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot spoke Monday to a local pastor who was part of the effort. Chicago Pastor Richard Redmond was a co-strategist for the committee to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday. READ MORE: No Communication With Firefighters Before Baby Was Found Dead Outside Fire Station; Could Baby Boxes Be A Last-Resort Option In Cases Like This?Le Mignot asked Redmond what he thought Dr. King would say about he effort if he were alive today. “I think he would say, ‘Thank you for believing,’” Redmond said. Pastor Redmond created the Mayor’s Office Dr. King Interfaith Breakfast in Chicago. He worked closely with then U.S. Rep. and then-future Chicago Mayor Harold Washington to make the dream of a national holiday to honor Dr. King and his legacy, a reality. “In recognizing Dr. King, this country would do itself honor – both here...
    At least 359 United States-bound migrants, mostly from Central America, were found crammed inside a tractor trailer on a highway in the southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz. The shocking discovery was made Sunday around 3:30a.m. local time when Federal Immigration Agents pulled over the driver on road connecting the towns of connecting Coatzacoalcos and Veracruz before they proceeded to inspect the freight container, the National Institute of Migration said in a statement. The agents heard voices coming from the trailer box and pried its doors open, finding the migrants sitting alongside both sides of the cargo box while other individuals were spread across the floor sleeping beside each other. Mexican immigration agents found 359 migrants from Central American and South American being smuggled in a tractor trailer Sunday morning in the southeastern state of Veracruz. The agents were manning a checkpoint on a highway connecting the municipalities of Coatzacoalcos and Veracruz before they proceeded to inspect the freight container. The driver was placed under arrest while the migrants were taken in for processing A group of 359 migrants bound for the United...
    A Mexican national has been sentenced in Texas to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old family member from the time she was at least 10 years old, and possibly even younger. Lucio Delossantos-Narvaez, 53, was convicted in Lubbock on January 12 of continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child. On Thursday, Delossantos-Narvaez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after just 20 minutes of deliberations. Scroll down for video  Lucio Delossantos-Narvaez, 53, has been found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole  Prosecutors said during closing arguments last week that the victim was perhaps as young as eight years old when Delossantos-Narvaez would enter her room and molest her, reported Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The case against Delossantos-Narvaez began unfolding in 2019, when the victim's mother caught a glimpse of his reflection on a TV screen groping her daughter. Following his arrest, Delossantos-Narvaez was interviewed by...
    (CNN)More than 50 million across the Eastern US are under winter weather alerts early Monday as a massive storm system left its mark from Florida to Maine, generating tornadoes, freezing rain and heavy snowfall across the region.After causing widespread power outages and major road closures across the Southeast on Sunday, the winter storm will shift to bring heavy snowfall to the Northeast. Pittsburgh and Buffalo, New York, could see 8 to 12 inches of snow, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. More than a foot of heavy snow is also expected across the upper Ohio Valley through the lower Great Lakes region on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Significant icing and treacherous travel conditions slam the Southeast as thousands lose power in the bitter coldStrong winds could also lead to flooding along the coast from Virginia to Maine, Guy said. Buffalo could see wind gusts up to 45 mph Monday, while New York City may get 55 mph gusts overnight Sunday into Monday and some parts of Maine could see gusts up to 65 mph. As of early Monday...
    The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting a hostage situation at a synagogue in Texas, where authorities say the suspect may be motivated by the desire to free a Pakistani scientist who was convicted of attempting to kill US officers in Afghanistan. A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told CNN there were believed to be four hostages, including a rabbi, at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, just outside Fort Worth. Several hours into the standoff, Colleyville Police Sgt. Dara Nelson said one hostage had been released. There are no injuries at this time, Nelson said. “The FBI negotiators are the ones who have contact with the person in the building.” Nelson said. There is “no threat to the general public” at this time, Nelson added. The synagogue was livestreaming their Sabbath morning service on Facebook when the hostage situation began. The livestream appeared to capture part of the incident before it was removed. Law enforcement officials told CNN they reviewed the stream and are using it to gather clues on the incident and the individuals...
    “When a Hollywood performer, lacking distinction even as an actor can become a leading war hawk candidate for the Presidency, only the irrationalities induced by a war psychosis can explain such a melancholy turn of events.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., November 1967. As the nation prepares to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the heels of President Joe Biden’s voting rights speech and the GOP pearl-clutching that followed it, it’s worth remembering that venerated Republican deity Ronald Reagan opposed the King holiday right up until the day he signed it, and made no bones about it at a press conference the day the law passed. Then-President Reagan held a press conference on October 19, 1983, the day the U.S. Senate passed the law creating a federal King holiday by a veto-proof margin of 78-22. At that press conference, Reagan fielded several questions about Dr. King, the answers to which failed to cover the Gipper in glory. Then-ABC News White House correspondent Sam Donaldson asked Reagan about then-Senator Jesse Helms‘ smear of Dr. King as a communist sympathizer. “Do...
    A tsunami advisory was issued for the California coast Saturday morning. Here is what we know:What is the expected impact? Officials are expecting waves of 1 to 2 feet in parts of Southern California, but widespread inundation or flooding is not expected. However, it is expected to produce strong currents “that may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, moorings and coastal structures,” the National Weather Service said.What is a tsunami advisory? According to the National Weather Service, an advisory means that the “potential for strong currents or waves dangerous to those in or very near the water is expected or occurring. There may be flooding of beach and harbor areas. Stay out of the water and away from beaches and waterways. Follow instructions from local officials.” An advisory is less severe than a warning, which is issued when an event can cause widespread flooding. What should people at the beach do? Move out of the water, off the beach, and away from harbors, marinas, breakwaters, bays and inlets. Do not go to the shore to observe the tsunami. ...
    A Republican senator who grilled Dr Anthony Fauci over his financial disclosures - leading a frustrated Fauci to call him under his breath a 'moron' - has published the public health expert's federal records. The records show that Fauci - the highest-paid federal employee, who earns more than President Joe Biden - and his wife, the top bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health, have a combined wealth of $10.4 million. Fauci, 80, has lead the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and, if he continues until the end of Biden's term in 2024, will have made roughly $2.5 million as the president's chief medical advisor. Fauci's records show that he and his wife were paid $5,000 to attend a virtual awards ceremony in December 2020, and also have an interest in an Italian restaurant in San Francisco, Jackson Fillmore Trattoria. The restaurant did not make them any money, however, the disclosures show.  Roger Marshall, who represents Kansas, clashed with the 80-year-old on Tuesday. Marshall wanted to see Fauci's financial information; Fauci told him the documents were public....
    (CNN)As Covid-19 hospitalizations reach new highs, more states and health care systems are cutting back services and relying on National Guard members to fill gaps in staffing.The surge from the Omicron variant, which was first detected in the US just over six weeks ago, has left frontline workers in the medical industry and others at higher risk for exposure. As health care employees need time off to isolate and recuperate, the need to treat those with Covid-19 remains. In Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that hospitals will temporarily halt non-urgent procedures "so as much capacity and staff can be dedicated to emergent needs, the people who need this right now." Supreme Court blocks nationwide vaccine and testing mandate for large businesses, allows health care worker vaccine mandate to take effectMore than 155,900 Americans are hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data Thursday from the US Department of Health and Human Services, surpassing records set in last winter's surge. And hospitals are needing additional people to help provide care. In Wisconsin, National Guard members will be trained as certified nursing...
    National pro-life leader Jim Sedlak, 78, died Monday before the release of his report exposing more of the activities of abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood. In a press statement about Sedlak’s passing, American Life League (ALL) cofounder Judie Brown referred to her longtime friend and fellow advocate as “the #1 Enemy of the Evil of Planned Parenthood in America.” According to the statement, on the day he died, Sedlak, who served as ALL’s executive director, was expected to appear on a morning radio show to discuss ALL’s soon-to-be-released “2021 Planned Parenthood Facilities Report.” Dear friends and supporters of ALL. It is with sadness that we report the death of James W. Sedlak, executive director of ALL and founder of STOPP, International. From Judie Brown: pic.twitter.com/yRrLt8oGqX — American Life League (@AmerLifeLeague) January 10, 2022 “From the very first moment I spoke to Jim there was no doubt that he was an expert on the ways that people in grassroots movements could be most effective in fighting Planned Parenthood,” Brown shared, adding: He spoke from experience, and he always knew exactly what...
    On his podcast, Jon Stewart bashed what he called the “weird” ritual of standing for the National Anthem before sporting events. Stewart brought up the decades-old tradition of playing the National Anthem after an interview with Dallas Mavericks Owner Marc Cuban. Cuban put an end to the tradition during Maverick games in the 2020-2021 season. “It’s such a weird ritual,” Stewart said on The Problem With Jon Stewart podcast. “I’ve always thought about when Kaepernick took the knee and the whole thing was like, ‘You gotta stand for the anthem!’ Now I imagine like in living rooms, guys are getting nachos ready, and the fucking wings, and the anthem comes on and they all just have to–” (Stewart did a standing motion). “But like why is that?” Stewart questioned. “When the anthem comes on, you only have to stand if you’re there. But the transitive principle through the television. If it’s through the television you can do whatever the fuck you want. You can take a shit during the national anthem as a patriot. But if you’re at the stadium...
    Mattel has created a Barbie doll to honor the black American journalist Ida B Wells, who was born into slavery and famously helped to found the NAACP. Wells, who was born into slavery in Mississippi in 1862 during the Civil War, was a skilled writer who used her skills as a journalist to draw attention to the conditions experienced by African Americans in the South. She was an activist and researcher who battled sexism and racism across the late 19th and early 20th centuries, founding the National Association of Colored Women's Club and helping to set up the NAACP. Now, Wells is being honoured by Mattel as the toy company have created a Barbie doll of the prominent civil rights leader. Ida B Wells (pictured in 1920) was an activist and researcher who battled sexism and racism, who helped to set up the NAACP in 1909 Now, Wells is being honoured by Mattel as the toy company have created a Barbie doll of the prominent civil rights leader Announcing the news, an Instagram account for Barbie said the Ida B...
    Ethan Miller/Getty Images The Republican Party of Nevada sent the National Archives a fake electoral certificate following the 2020 election which declared former President Donald Trump the winner of the state, even though Joe Biden won it. KLAS reported the documents were sent in December of 2020, about six weeks after the presidential election. David Charns of KLAS reported: The Nevada Republican Party sent the federal government documentation certifying the election for former President Donald Trump, even though the state’s real electors for President Joe Biden had already done the same, documents obtained by the 8 News Now I-Team indicate. … As the I-Team reported in December 2020, the Nevada Republican Party’s six electors signed paperwork signaling their support for Trump in a symbolic ceremony devoid of any legal merit. The event in Carson City coincided with the actual state-sanctioned tally on Dec. 14, 2020. The certificate read, in part, “We, the undersigned, being the duly elected and qualified electors for president and vice president of the United States of America from the State of Nevada, do hereby certify [Nevada’s...
    Things only got harder from there. Bennett "reached countless crossroads and endured untold obstacles. At every stage, every time there was a decision to be made, he made the choice that kept the dream alive, even when it looked like the opposite would happen," Fox Sports' Martin Rogers wrote. The kid from Blackshear — which Rogers said is the "heart of Bulldogs country" — ran the scout team his freshman year and was way low on the depth chart. Bennett figured a stint playing for Jones County Junior College in Mississippi might help Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart take a more serious look at him, as the school has been a funnel for numerous Georgia players. When Bennett returned to Georgia a year later, Fox Sports said the team "kept recruiting over him." While he got the starting nod in 2020, he soon lost it to JT Daniels — and Bennett began the 2021 season as a backup. But when Daniels suffered an injury, Bennett was calling signals again and...
    Tamara Rojo is stepping down as artistic director at the English National Ballet after 10 years, leaving behind a colourful legacy of pioneering productions and accusations of favouritism. Described as 'the greatest dance actress of her generation' by the New York Times, Rojo, 47, assumed the prestigious role in 2012 after first joining the company as a dancer in 1997. Rojo, who will join the San Francisco Ballet as its first female artistic director, is credited with championing female talent, having created more than 40 works by women choreographers as well as staging visionary performances.  However there have also been controversies. Rojo, who was born in Canada to Spanish parents, found love with Isaac Hernandez, the ENB's lead principal dancer who is 16 years her junior.  Tamara Rojo is stepping down as artistic director at the English National Ballet after 10 years, leaving behind a colourful legacy of pioneering productions and accusations of favouritism. Pictured, Tamara with her boyfriend Isaac Hernandez, lead principal dancer at the ENB Rojo, who was born in Canada to Spanish parents, found love with Isaac Hernandez, the ENB's lead principal dancer...
    "Winter weather across the country and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases are compounding the already-dire situation facing the blood supply," Baia Lasky, medical director for the Red Cross, told The Hill in a statement. "Please, if you are eligible, make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the days and weeks ahead to ensure no patient is forced to wait for critical care." According to a previous report from the New York Times, the U.S. faced a critical shortage in March 2020 following the first wave of COVID-19 in the country. “This is the biggest challenge that I’ve seen in my 30 years in the business,” Chris Hrouda, president of biomedical services at the American Red Cross, told the Times in a December statement on the worsening shortage. “We simply like to keep three days of inventory,” he added. “We’re struggling to keep one day.”
    College football games became my emotional wrecking ball. The archaic notion that “men don’t cry” has been slowly pushed into the recesses of American culture for decades. But even before it was cool to be sensitive, you could easily make a grown-ass man blubber if his emotions were tethered to sports and a significant event within them. Perhaps no sport can demonstrate this effect better than college football. Every virile, alpha-dog, preening male sports fan goes through at least a handful of events in his life that bring him to tears. Try to hide it as they may, the clear salty ocular discharge and cracking of his voice will always take front and center. Mind you, not every sublime triumph or crushing loss will trigger these feelings. There’s a perfect storm that needs to occur to expose those raw emotions and draw out the inevitable flow of tears. For me, there have been several moments when I was unable to curb a demonstrative display of tears: Wayne Gretzky’s retirement game, seeing the great one skate the rink one final time...
    FOOTBALLERS... sometimes they're just like us. Former Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil showed what a regular guy he was by taking the Tube for a sightseeing tour before he left our shores for Turkey. 17 Mesut Ozil isn't the only footballer to take the TubeCredit: Instagram @m10_official But the German star isn't the first footballer to brave the rush hour crowd and take a trip on the London Underground. Messrs Dier, Eriksen and Zaha have all charged up their Oyster cards and got on a train. And there's an honourable mention for former Spurs manager Christian Gross who bragged about getting the Tube to his first press conference as Tottenham boss. A pioneer in these circles. MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRED DEVILS NEWS Ronaldo targeted by PSG in huge Messi link up, Martial to Sevilla LATESTTRANSFERS LIVE Mohamed Salah contract talks, Tottenham confident of signing TraoreFOOTBALL FEAST AFCON 2022 fixtures: TV channel, live stream and UK times from CameroonALGERIA 0 SIERRA LEONE 0 AFCON champions fail to impress in drab opening group game The German national team 17 Per Mertesacker looks thrilled...
    President Biden's Education Secretary Miguel Cardona apparently solicited the controversial letter from the National School Boards Association that said threats made by protesting parents should be taken as seriously as domestic terrorism, according to emails released on Tuesday. The NSBA, in an internal memo sent on October 12, revealed that they had held discussions with White House officials before sending the much-criticized letter to President Joe Biden.  Attorney General Merrick Garland later said the letter, setting out worries about threats, was the starting point for plans for a task force to protect members of school boards. Now, emails obtained by Parents Defending Education through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, suggest that Cardona himself was part of the process that led to its production. In an exchange on Oct. 5 email, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett wrote that the group's interim chief executive Chip Slaven 'told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cardona.' 'Should this allegation be true, it would reveal that this administration's pretextual war on parents...
    Coaches and players were both undoubtedly feeling a sense of pressure prior to Monday night’s national championship game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide in Indianapolis. One ESPN analyst did his best to try and convey how that pressure felt. “It might not matter to the players, right then, but to the coaches, them bootyholes are tight,” former Georgia linebacker and current ESPN analyst David Pollack said emphatically. The rest of ESPN’s pregame show laughed and agreed with Pollack’s unique assessment of Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and Alabama’s Nick Saban. “Them booties,” Pollack continued. “In practice, you’re around the coaches at practice…you can feel it, it’s palpable, man, it’s that week.” “The bootyhole’s palpable,” another analyst added after the camera panned away from the crew. Not exactly the type of analysis you expect to hear on the Disney-owned sports network, but when ESPN offers seven hours of pregame coverage ahead of college football’s national championship, the hosts are forced to dig deep for commentary. Defensive pressure made an immediate impact during the national championship game, with only...
    FOOTBALLERS... sometimes they're just like us. Former Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil showed what a regular guy he was by taking the Tube for a sightseeing tour before he left our shores for Turkey. 17 Mesut Ozil isn't the only footballer to take the TubeCredit: Instagram @m10_officialBut the German star isn't the first footballer to brave the rush hour crowd and take a trip on the London Underground. Messrs Dier, Eriksen and Zaha have all charged up their Oyster cards and got on a train. And there's an honourable mention for former Spurs manager Christian Gross who bragged about getting the Tube to his first press conference as Tottenham boss. A pioneer in these circles.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTRANSFERS LIVE Tottenham confident of sigining Traore, Barca want Chelsea's ChristensenRED DEVILS NEWS Ronaldo targeted by PSG in huge Messi link up, Villa victory REACTIONNO RON Why is Cristiano Ronaldo not playing tonight for Man Utd against Aston Villa?MAN UTD 1 ASTON VILLA 0 McTominay sends Rangnick's men into FA Cup fourth round17Credit: Handout - Getty Per Mertesacker looks thrilled to be on the...
    Alabama Crimson Tide lost to the Georgia Bulldogs in the National Championship Game. So, is the Drake curse to blame? The Alabama Crimson Tide looked to close out an eventful 2021 season with yet another win over the Georgia Bulldogs to win the National Championship. They certainly looked like they were on the verge of doing so, considering they held a 9-6 lead at halftime. Yet, it was the Bulldogs who hoisted the CFP National Championship trophy after they won 33-18. As is the case every huge championship game, everyone is wondering who rap star Drake picked to win. On his latest social media post, he included the hashtag “Roll Tide Roll.” The Drake curse lives on ???? pic.twitter.com/TVetI3umig — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 11, 2022 Alabama should of known they had no chance after this #NationalChampionship #drake pic.twitter.com/dTOzlmTe0k — Dennis (@Dennisrodfan8) January 11, 2022 Is the Drake curse to blame for Alabama’s National Championship loss? Well, Alabama fans will certainly believe that the Drake curse is real. The momentum firmly changed hands from Alabama to Georgia in the...
    Champions! The Georgia Bulldogs have been waiting for 40 years to celebrate another National Championship – now they’ve done it. Gear up, Champs. The Georgia Bulldogs are your National Champions! Monday night, the Dawgs took on a familiar foe – Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Just a few years ago it was the Tide celebrating – but tonight was a different story. The Bulldogs were a dominant team all season long, but a loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship had some questioning if they could pull out a win in the rematch. Not only did they win, but in the final moments the defense delivered the kill shot, delivering a pick-six with less than a minute remaining. It was fitting, considering how that very defense had led the Dawgs all year long. Now a 40-year drought is over. Congratulations to the Georgia Bulldogs and their fans. There’s just one thing left to do. Gear up. Like the champion you are. Here are some of our favorite items that have been released. FanaticsGeorgia Bulldogs Nike College Football Playoff...
    Stetson Bennett proved every single one of his doubters wrong, as he quarterbacked the Georgia Bulldogs to a College Football Playoff National Championship. Fate would have it that the ultimate underdog Stetson Bennett would lead the Georgia football team to its first national championship since 1980. Underrecruited out of high school. Having to wear a U.S. Postal Service cap at 7-on-7’s to stand out. Undersized, underappreciated, it did not matter. This 5-foot-11 signal-caller from Blackshear, Georgia made all of Dawg Nation incredibly proud on Monday night. The Mailman delivered on the biggest of stages whenever seemingly everyone in the country wanted him benched at halftime. All it took was four quarters for Bennett to become a living legend, as he slayed the dragon to do the impossible for Georgia. From walk-on to national champion at his home state school. It means everything to Stetson Bennett.#NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/TaRdSJF8sc — ESPN (@espn) January 11, 2022 Stetson Bennett IV laughs last, as the Georgia Bulldogs win a national title Bennett was a walk-on and had to go to junior college before returning to Athens. Buried on the depth...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Georgia wins first national title in 41 years, defeating Alabama 33-18 in the College Football Playoff championship. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Natalie Grant is performing the national anthem prior to the start of the 2022 National Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia. The 2021 college football season reaches its official conclusion on Monday night when the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs fight for the National Championship. Alabama will look to win their second-consecutive national title, while Georgia looks to get revenge not only for this year’s SEC Championship Game, but also the 2018 National Championship Game. As is the case for every big sports game, all eyes are on who will be signing the national anthem. So, who will be doing so prior to kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium? That will be Natalie Grant.Who is Natalie Grant?Grant is a nine-time Grammy nominee and a five-time Gospel Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, four of which came in consecutive years (2006-09). The singer and songwriter most recent album, No Stranger, was released in 2020 and is a candidate for a 2022 Grammy award in the Contemporary Christian Music Album category. Is Natalie Grant related to Amy Grant?No, Natalie Grant is...
    Georgia football fans are hoping their long national championship drought is coming to an end. Though the Georgia football program is one of the very best in the country, it has been well over a generation since the Dawgs last won a national title. On Monday night, Kirby Smart and the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs will face the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide for all the marbles. This is the second meeting between these two SEC powers this season, as well as the second time these two rivals will meet for a national title in the College Football Playoff era. Georgia had its heart broken by Alabama on 2nd-and-26 in January 2018. So how long has it been since Georgia last won a national championship in college football?Georgia football: When was the last time the Dawgs won a national title?Not since Herschel Walker was a freshman have the Dawgs won a national championship. This was the last time Georgia navigated a season to perfection. Though they had close calls vs. Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida, Georgia was able to secure its second...
    Where is the 2022 National Championship Game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide being played on Monday night? Everything in the 2022 college football season has come down to this: A rematch between Georgia and Alabama in the CFP National Championship Game. The last time they met, the Crimson Tide took down the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game. That one was played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This time, the face-off will take place in another NFL stadium but in much more neutral territory. The 2022 National Championship Game is at Lucas Oil StadiumLucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana is the venue for this season’s national title game. The stadium the Colts call home previously hosted Super Bowl XLVI between the Giants and Patriots in 2012 and the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2021. The Final Four has also been staged there twice. This is the first time the college football national champion will be crowned in Indianapolis. Alabama is seeking to add to its wealth of national championship trophies. Nick Saban has won six of...
    Georgia football fans enjoying the city of Indianapolis ahead of the CFP National Championship game got into trouble for barking too loudly. When Georgia football clinched their place in the CFP title game, restaurant owners in Indianapolis should have realized their city would be overrun by Bulldogs fans. And when Bulldogs fans gather, they bark. That’s what happened at St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis on Sunday night when a group of Georgia fans started a celebratory chant.Barking Georgia football fans got the cops called on themThey are calling the Dawgs in Indianapolis landmark St. Elmos I cant take you people anywhere ???? pic.twitter.com/ml6eV4uZGZ — Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) January 10, 2022 Of course, this wasn’t Athens, so when the large group of people started chanting and barking in unison, someone called the cops on them. The cops showed up pic.twitter.com/woCYb2wxxF — Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) January 10, 2022 It doesn’t look like anything more happened. The police arrived and calmed things down. Those fans will get to cheer and bark to their heart’s content on Monday night when...
    This is prime time for Monarch butterflies, whose 1,800-mile round-trip migration path flutter along the West Coast each winter from Mendocino to San Diego. The graceful orange and black butterflies congregate in eucalyptus, cypress and pine groves, clustering in branches and flitting in the sun-warmed air. You can see them at Pacific Grove’s Monarch Sanctuary, at Santa Cruz’ Natural Bridges State Beach, Pismo Beach’s Monarch Grove and so on down the coast. Pacific Grove’s butterfly sanctuary scored the top spot on a list of the best places in the U.S. to see butterflies of every variety, published in Martha Stewart Living, which also included butterfly gardens, museums and sanctuaries across the country. Also on the list: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and its climate-controlled pavilion, which is home to 300 butterflies from nearly every continent from South America to Asia. The butterfly center at Georgia’s Callaway Gardens flit about a glass-enclosed conservatory. And some 200 species of butterflies frequent Texas’ 100-acre National Butterfly Center. Here’s the list: 1. Monarch Sanctuary, Pacific Grove 2. Butterfly Pavilion, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.Related Articles ...
    Monday’s night’s National Championship Game is a much-anticipated event. Georgia and Alabama have gone head-to-head in the SEC for what seems like a lifetime. Georgia fans are hoping (and some I am sure praying) for the win, while Alabama fans are confident in their long legacy of National Championship victories.   There is a third team however that will take the field Monday that will certainly win. Their team colors are black and white. They are the first on the field and the last off the field. And while there are times in this team’s football career they feel as if they can never win with fans, coaches and players, they are always right. Their ruling always supersedes anyone else’s opinion. It is the officiating team.   This team will be in Lucas Oil Stadium, but they will not be motivated by the 100,000 fans. They will be on the field, but they won’t be swayed by the players or coaches. They will be on television, but they will not...
    Democratic National Committee staff announced this week that they are unionizing, joining the Service Employees International Union. Former Rep. Donna Edwards counted the union cards as management voluntarily recognized the union. “Throughout this process, our aim has been not only to improve the lives of current and future staff at the DNC, but to ensure our staff, no matter where they live, are protected and given the resources they need to thrive in their careers and succeed in our mission to elect Democrats up and down the ballot,” said DNC staffer Alison Goh, a leader of the organizing effort, in a statement. DNC Executive Director Sam Cornale said, “I am inspired by the incredible DNC team, and that’s especially true today as they live the values we hold dear as Democrats.”  ● State efforts to curb porch theft have another potential victim: Delivery workers. ●  x140 sanitation workers at Republic in Georgia are unionizing with the Teamsters at the same time. https://t.co/IZ8gajDvPN— The Valley Labor Report (@LaborReporters) January 6, 2022 ● How the pandemic made hotel housekeeping more difficult—and disgusting, Hugo Martin...
    A spokesman for the former president of Kazakhstan said on Saturday that he was still in the capital, dismissing rumors that Narsultan Nazarbayev had left the country. Aidos Ukibay said on Twitter that Nazarbayev was in “direct contact” with current President Qasim Zhomart Tokayev, who has so far been considered an insert for his pioneer. Nazarbayev Ukibayev wrote that “everyone around the President of Kazakhstan must unite and ensure the partition of the country to overcome the current challenges”. Pointing to unconfirmed reports that Nazarbayev had left the country, he called for the spread of “deliberately false and speculative information”. The 81-year-old former president, after an unexpected resignation in 2019, was declared the “national leader” and largely retained executive power. The beginning of the struggles, Captured the whole of Kazakhstan this week, has not yet been made public and has not commented on what is happening. As reported, Struggle against rising liquid gas prices It started Sunday in Zhanaozen in the southwest of the country. In the days that followed, however, protests engulfed the whole of Kazakhstan, and political...
    (CNN)Zoo animals take a snow day, skiers rescue a lucky dog from an avalanche, and rule-breaking partyers are grounded in Cancun. These are the must-watch videos of the week.A wild snow dayJUST WATCHEDWatch: Giant panda at National Zoo face-plants into fresh snowReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWatch: Giant panda at National Zoo face-plants into fresh snow 00:47Animals at the Smithsonian's National Zoo enjoyed the first snowfall of 2022 in the Washington, DC, area, including an adorable panda that was seen face-planting in the snow.Daring dog rescue JUST WATCHEDSee the incredible moment skiers find dog buried under avalancheReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHSee the incredible moment skiers find dog buried under avalanche 01:23A skier in Colorado with a GoPro on his helmet captured this touch-and-go moment following an avalanche that buried a dog under snow.Read MorePlane partyers groundedJUST WATCHED'Completely irresponsible': Trudeau slams partying passengers in viral videoReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCH'Completely irresponsible': Trudeau slams partying passengers in viral video 02:00A group of people seen dancing, drinking and vaping maskless aboard a flight to Cancun were stranded in Mexico after their return flight to Canada was scrubbed...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Up to a foot of snow is forecast for parts of Massachusetts on Friday. Here are the latest snowfall totals from the National Weather Service, Rob Macedo, the SKYWARN Coordinator for the National Weather Service in Taunton, and WBZ-TV Weather Watchers. 6:30 AM Westwood 8.5 North Weymouth 7.0 Franklin 7.0 Randolph 6.0 Braintree 5.3 Natick 4.5 Lexington 4.1 Hopkinton 2.5 Sturbridge 3.9 Westborough 3.7 Grafton 1.9 Acushnet 1.5 New Bedford 1.5 Fairhaven 1.3 Falmouth 1.0 Mashpee 1.0 Bourne 1.0
    "Certain dates echo throughout history, including dates that instantly remind all who have lived through them where they were, and what they were doing, when our democracy came under assault," Harris said. "Dates that occupy not only a place on our calendars, but a place in our collective memory: December 7th, 1941, September 11th, 2001, and January 6th, 2021."
    WASHINGTON -- Vice President Kamala Harris was inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters on Jan. 6, 2021, when a pipe bomb was found outside the building, a White House official confirms to ABC News.She was then evacuated.The news was first reported by Politico."On that day I was not only vice president elect, I was also a United States Senator. And I was here at the Capitol that morning, at a classified hearing with fellow members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Hours later, the gates of the Capitol were breached," Harris said in remarks Thursday morning. "I had left, but my thoughts immediately turned, not only to my colleagues, but to my staff, who had been forced to seek refuge in our office, converting filing cabinets into barricades."Both the DNC pipe bomb and another placed outside the Republican National Committee were discovered after the vote counting had started - at 1 p.m.It's still a mystery to federal officials who planted them.MORE: Still a Jan. 6 mystery: Who placed the pipe bombs the night before the Capitol attack?The FBI has done over...