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    Volunteers give out free rapid Covid tests at a DC fire station on New Year's Day.Stephanie Mencimer/Mother Jones Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Four days before Christmas, my son and I drove to the DC Costco and parked, but instead of going shopping, we walked down the hill and went into a nondescript DC government warehouse. There, we walked around thousands of boxes of Covid testing supplies to join a few dozen other vaccinated and masked DC residents who’d responded to the city’s call for volunteers to assemble Covid PCR test kits that people could use at home. We spent a few hours on the assembly line, folding up Labcorp baggies and instruction leaflets for the volunteers at the next table to stuff into packages and vacuum seal. Once they were quality checked, the kits went right out the door to city libraries, where residents could pick up two a day for free. After they swabbed their noses, residents could drop the kit into a library pickup box...
    Rob Lowe will celebrate 32 years of sobriety in May – and he’s never been more grateful. "I'm happy I lived the life that I lived because I have no regrets, but I was super ready to coach Little League, carve pumpkins on Halloween, read books and serve hot lunch on Wednesdays," the actor told People magazine in this week’s cover story. "I really, really loved every minute of it." "Up until I turned 26, I spent all my time investing in my career," the 57-year-old shared. "From 26 on, I've invested in me; my spirituality, my recovery, my marriage, my family. A lot of it has been, excuse me, f—ing hard. And no one has a perfect life... but I'm grateful for all of it." Lowe made his film debut in 1983’s "The Outsiders." The coming-of-age drama, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, also starred Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise and Matt Dillon. His further skyrocketed to fame with 1985’s "St. Elmo’s Fire," the Brat Pack flick that starred Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson. ROB LOWE CELEBRATES...
    A huge two-stone cat from Russia that is thought to be the world's largest is so big it is often confused for a dog. Kefir, named after the fermented milk drink, is an oversized Maine Coon belonging to Yulia Minina in Stary Oskol. She bought Kefir nearly two years ago as a kitten and says the pet is still growing. A huge two-stone cat from Russia that is thought to be the world's largest is so big it is often confused for a dog Kefir, named after the fermented milk drink, is an oversized Maine Coon belonging to Yulia Minina in Stary Oskol Yulia said: 'I could not even think that an ordinary baby can become so big. 'He not only grew up big in appearance, he is also very smart and always behaves calmly. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Narrow squeak! Piglets have a lucky escape when leopard... Owner is reunited with lost cat Barnaby who was missing for... Share this article Share 'The look is generally like that of a...
    Keanu Reeves is reportedly "somewhat embarrassed" about how much money he has, a longtime family friend recently told The Post.  The actor, who had a role in "Something’s Got to Give" may have around $315 million according to some estimates.  So, after being hit by a slew of tragedies, he’s made it a life mission to spread the wealth.  JEFF ROSS DETAILS BOB SAGET’S ‘STAR-STUDDED’ FUNERAL: ‘IT WAS FIRST CLASS’  Actor Keanu Reeves attends the Canadian Premiere of "The Matrix Resurrections" held at Cineplex's Scotiabank Theatre on December 16, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. The actor is reportedly charitable. ( Sam Santos/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Pictures Canada) "Keanu’s given away a lot of money and done a lot more for people than most will ever know," said the family friend. "He knows how lucky he is. Unlike many Hollywood mega stars, he never takes any of this for granted."  Although a December report that Reeves had donated 70 percent of his salary from the first "The Matrix" film to cancer research was debunked by the actor’s publicist, he is still one of...
    Or will he just be thrown to the lions? The Independent: What is a no confidence motion and what could it mean for Boris Johnson? Liberal Democrats have called for Conservatives to back vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson A motion of no confidence has been laid down by the Liberal Democrats as they seek to topple the Boris Johnson administration following a litany of claims of coronavirus rule-breaking in No 10. Here is a look at what the Lib Dems are proposing, what a no confidence vote entails and how it works. xPeople are saying “future prime minister” but I’m not sure there’s a need to wait.Give her a go now, Britons.pic.twitter.com/z2stpfB86X— Niall Stanage (@NiallStanage) January 18, 2022 NY Times: Omicron cases may be peaking in some U.S. states, but COVID-19 is overwhelming hospitals The United States is averaging over 790,000 new daily cases, a tally that includes an artificially low count on Monday, when many states did not release new data because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Deaths now exceed 1,900 a day, up 54 percent over the...
    DANI ALVES begged pal Lionel Messi to make a sensational return to Barcelona. And the legendary right-back has even told his former team-mate 'there is no better place' than the Nou Camp. 3Dani Alves is desperate to be reunited with Lionel Messi at BarcelonaCredit: AFP - Getty Brazil hero Alves told Tot Costa de Catalunya Radio via Sport: "Messi is the best player in the history of football. "It's strange to be here and not see him, to not have him in the squad. "Sometimes things don't happen as we dream. "I already told him that he is not going to be in any better place than here. He told me the same when I left. "It would be very good if Messi finishes his career here." Alves, 38, returned to Barca in November to play under former team-mate Xavi. Most read in SoccerWIN OR BUST Lionel Messi 'could quit PSG after one year if they don't win Champions League'TROPHY PUNTER Biggest FA Cup shocks revealed... with Oldham at 200-1 to beat Fulham in 2019FIT TO FLY...
    A former McDonald’s worker has revealed that there is one menu item that fans can reportedly get for free: pickles. Batoul S, from Australia, who goes by the TikTok username @halalfoodsydney, posted a video earlier this month explaining "3 things you didn’t know about McDonald’s." MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEE REVEALS DIFFERENCE IN ROUND AND FOLDED EGGS IN VIRAL TIKTOK In the clip, she explains that she worked at McDonald’s when she was a teenager.  "Sometimes, when we used to say the ice cream machine was broken, it actually wasn’t," Batoul says in the clip. "But someone accidentally put shake mix into the ice cream mix." She continues: "Number two, if we were out of skim milk and we needed to go get another bottle, I’ve seen someone do this, they use full-cream milk." MCDONALD’S WORKERS REVEAL ‘LEAST ORDERED’ MENU ITEM: ‘NOT VERY WELL ADVERTISED’ Though the first two secrets Batoul reveals appear to be more focused on the specific McDonald’s location where she works, her final revelation appears to be more universal.  "And lastly, pickles are free, so you can actually go...
    The era of celebrities turning themselves into entrepreneurs is becoming an enduring one. Beyoncé has her fashion brand Ivy Park, Mariah Carey has her Irish cream liquor Black Irish, and now NFL star Tom Brady has thrown his hat into the ring with his new sportswear line aptly titled BRADY. And he appears as determined to succeed as a fashion entrepreneur as he is on the field. Brady began by enlisting 10 NCAA and newly drafted pro-athletes for the campaign for the collection including Freshman of the Year Shedeur Sanders, son of famed football player Deion Sanders, and Cade McNamara of Tom Brady’s alma mater, University of Michigan, and the first quarterback to beat Ohio State in a decade. Of course, bringing in top talent for his brand launch was to be expected, but he did not stop there. Brady went as far as to create his own Pantone color, Brady Blue. This bold blue tone was described by the brand as embodying “the brand’s founding principles to be the best you can be while inspiring fearlessness, resilience, and...
    In this article GM TSLA The southwest of England is famed for its dramatic coastline, verdant countryside and fresh seafood. If all goes to plan, another string could be added to the region's bow over the next few years: lithium extraction. In the county of Cornwall, efforts are underway to tap into the area's natural resources and establish an industry which could, one day, produce both renewable energy and establish a local source of lithium. Alongside its use in cell phones, computers, tablets and a host of other gadgets synonymous with modern life, lithium is crucial to electric vehicles and battery storage, two technologies with a big role to play in the planet's shift to a low and zero emission future. Examples of how this nascent sector could progress over the next few years include Geothermal Engineering Ltd, a company based near the Cornish town of Redruth specializing in the development and operation of geothermal projects. Alongside its planned renewable energy operations, GEL is also working on a trial project centered around the extraction of lithium from geothermal...
    Fox News contributor Lara Trump complained on Hannity Tuesday night that President Joe Biden is taking too many vacations. Some Republicans and reporters have criticized Biden for his frequent trips back home to Wilmington, Delaware, which is a 25-minute flight from Washington, D.C. “I’m old enough to remember when we had a president who worked all day, every day for the American people,” said Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law by way of Eric. “And by the way, he took no salary. Of course, I’m talking about president Donald Trump,” she said for anyone who could not figure that out. Of course, Trump famously spent much time away from the White House, often at properties he owned. During his presidency, he reportedly visited golf properties around 150 times while playing golf at least 298 times on those visits. On average, that’s one visit to a golf property every 10 days, and one round of golf every five days. Lara Trump then claimed Biden has been vacationing for a quarter of his presidency. “I remember when the press and the Democrats would go crazy if...
    Power is the ability to get what you want, even in opposition to others. In our two-party system, the party in power can pass legislation the other party may oppose. Democrats thought they were in power, but Biden’s inability to pass his Build Back Better legislation casts doubt on how much power Democrats actually have. In my state of Virginia, the governor in power has signed a raft of executive orders, including banning the teaching of “divisive concepts.” We see this as a normal and anticipated aspect of democracy. We want our party in power so they can pass the legislation we think is best. READ: Dan Crenshaw lashes out and gets heckled when a girl asks about his Jesus comment: ‘Don’t question my faith’ But we miss a crucial element in this understanding. The party in power has traditionally had authority as well. Power minus authoritySociologists talk about authority as the legitimate power that one group or individual holds over another. People are said to be in positions of authority when they can...
    Mike Tomlin let it be known what type of quarterback he hopes replaces Ben Roethlisberger on the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Ben Roethlisberger retiring from playing ball, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin knows exactly what type of quarterback he wants leading his team in the future: a mobile one. Tomlin, yet again, makes it clear he wants next QB to be mobile. "Man, quarterback mobility is valued." — Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) January 18, 2022 While Roethlisberger was every bit a dual-threat passer coming out of Miami (Ohio) 18 years ago, a nagging hip injury severely limited his once-impressive mobility. Fortunately for the Steelers, there are plenty of mobile quarterbacks out there. Pittsburgh can either trade for one, draft one or sign one in free agency this offseason. No matter who it is, Big Ben’s successor will have a near-impossible time filling his big shoes. While Tomlin’s future aspirations are clear, his way of landing a mobile quarterback remains shrouded in mystery at the moment. Should the Steelers sign a quarterback in free agency, draft a promising signal-caller out of college this...
    Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images https://www.mediaite.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Bono-Embarassed-By-U2.mp3 Bono is proving that you really are your own worst critic. Appearing on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast alongside bandmate the Edge, the Irish rockstar revealed that several aspects of U2 now make him “cringe.” “I’ve been in the car when one of our songs has come on the radio and I’ve been the color, as we say in Dublin, scarlet. I’m just so embarrassed,” he revealed. “I do think U2 pushes out the boat on embarrassment quite a lot, and maybe that’s the place to be as an artist — you know, right at the edge of your level of embarrassment.” Bono went on to share that he isn’t a fan of U2’s lyrics, saying, “I feel that on ‘Boy’ and other albums, it was sketched out, very unique and original material. But I don’t think I filled in the details.” “I look back and go, ‘God!’” he continued. While Bono admitted that many of his songs make him “cringe a bit,” he’s still proud of some of his hits. “The one that I can listen to the...
    Gadot in response to Whedon's claims said, "I understood perfectly." Anything else? In 2020, actor Ray Fisher — who portrayed Cyborg in "Justice League" — accused Whedon of "gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable" behavior toward the cast and crew during filming of the movie. At the time, he did not delve into the specifics of Whedon's purported behavior. Fisher — who is black — later went on to complain that Whedon used color correction to lighten his complexion. In the New York Magazine interview, Whedon insisted that he'd brightened the coloring of the entire movie. "Whedon was stunned," the report said. "He had given the whole movie a lighter look, brightening everything in postproduction, including all the faces. He said the claim that he had disliked a character’s skin tone ... was false and unjust." Whedon suggested that Fisher wasn't much more than a troublemaker, and that the Cyborg thespian was a "bad actor" in more than just one sense and a "malevolent force." Fisher...
    CNN’s Jeff Zeleny trivialized a momentous issue when he suggested to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki that “the voting rights failure” can’t be seen as anything but a “metaphor” for President Joe Biden’s first year in office. Psaki briefed reporters on Monday afternoon, one day ahead of the president’s first formal press conference of 2022. As is often the case with events that entice TV people who aren’t on the White House beat to parachute into the briefing room to secure a clip of their hot take bouncing off the press secretary, Zeleny dragged his Garth Algar-looking mug to the White House to say something stupid. “And heading into the president’s press conference tomorrow on the eve of his one year anniversary, he has long said that he would talk straight from the shoulder, I think is his words, and to give an honest assessment of things,” Zeleny prefaced, then asked, “What is your honest assessment of the last year of the Biden administration?” I’m gonna stop here for a second to point out what a tell this first part...
    A five-day destination music festival in Mexico that was canceled 'minutes' before it was set to begin because of newly-introduced COVID restrictions is being called the 'Fyre Fest' of 2022.  Departure Festival, produced by the company Pollen, was originally scheduled to run in Playa Del Carmen from January 6 through January 11, with musical acts like Black Coffee and Adam Beyer drawing in international festival-goers who flew in and booked stays at nearby resorts. But on January 6, the organizers announced that the first day of the festival had been canceled due to elements 'out of our control' in relation to the pandemic. The festival was still scheduled to go on the next day, but on January 7 — in what one prospective attendee said was 'minutes' before showtime — the organizers announced that the festival was being canceled altogether due to newly-introduced COVID-19 restrictions A five-day destination music festival in Mexico that was canceled 'minutes' before it was set to begin because of newly-introduced COVID restrictions is being called the 'Fyre Fest' of 2022 Departure Festival, produced by the company Pollen,...
    Got it, he's an asshole. NPR's Nina Totenberg has a long look at whether the Supreme Court justices get along as swimmingly as each of them claims in their off-the-court public appearances (spoiler: no) that has a few interesting little details, but probably most boils down to "Neil Gorsuch is insufferable and nobody likes him." Or, at least, something to that effect. But the real news being broken is the reason why Justice Sonia Sotomayor was phoning into oral arguments from her office rather than sitting on the bench with the other eight justices, and it's because Neil Gorsuch is an utter and complete lowlife. Not just insufferable, but a mean, malevolent asshole. Sotomayor has diabetes, a significant risk factor if she were to catch COVID-19. Totenberg reports that with that risk factor, she "didn't feel safe" sitting alongside unmasked fellow justices, so Chief Justice John Roberts asked the other justices to wear masks to the proceedings. They all agreed, except one: Neil Gorsuch, who sits next to Sotomayor on the bench, refused. That's what led to the spectacle earlier...
    FANS were horrified to see Derek Taylor's response to Jordan Cashmyer's death as the pair share a seven-year-old daughter, Evie. The 16 & Pregnant star passed away on Sunday, January 16 at the age of 26. 5Fans ripped Derek as 'cold' for his response to Jordan's deathCredit: Instagram 5The 26-year-old passed away over the weekendCredit: Facebook Derek shocked fans when he showed no sadness over the loss of his former girlfriend over the weekend. The reality star, who shared his seven-year-old daughter Evie with Jordan, gave an unexpected response after fans expressed their condolences on Twitter. “We didn’t lose anything,” he wrote back shortly. After many were stunned by his cold answer, he explained his position further on Monday. “[Genevieve] lost her mom 7 years ago. Whatever damage my daughter was/is going to suffer was set in place 7 years ago,” he asserted. “Genevieve is better off without her mother. Just as she has been her whole life. Jordan isn’t relevant to my daughters life all the sudden. We’re good over here.” Most read in The US SunPOOR GIRL Khloe...
    Originally published on Jan. 17, 2022 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Chances are you have seen colorful boxes popping up all over your social media feeds in people’s tweets and Facebook posts. READ MORE: What Are The Rules For Cameras In Minnesota Courtrooms?They’re the answer boxes from a new internet sensation called “Wordle.” The rules are straightforward. Users try to guess the five-letter word of the day. They get six attempts. Green signifies a correct letter and location, while yellow means correct letter in the wrong spot. Once finished, users are encouraged to share their results. “I enjoy it. I think it’s fun,” said Aaron Frankl. “It’s just a really quick thing to do every day.” Scott Kinney finished Monday’s puzzle in two tries. It took Barbara Nelson four tries, her first time playing the game. “I feel very good about that,” Nelson said. Why is “Wordle” so popular? “Simplicity is the key to having success,” said Brandon Gains, vice president of MonetizeMore, a marketing agency that helps websites and apps build their business through advertising. The first...
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    ROME — The U.K.-based Guardian newspaper wondered aloud Tuesday why Joe Biden is one of the most unpopular presidents in U.S. history, calling his low esteem a “puzzle.” “Joe Biden ends his first year in office at a particularly bleak moment for a US president who promised competency and normalcy,” writes Lauren Gambino for the notoriously left-wing Guardian. “After winning more votes than any presidential candidate in American history, Biden is now – just 12 months later – one of the country’s most unpopular presidents,” Gambino asserts, noting that a Quinnipiac poll released last week found Biden with a “dire” 33 percent approval rating. As signals of his end-of-year blues, much of Biden’s domestic agenda “is stalled on Capitol Hill,” the virus is “once again raging out of control,” his vaccine mandate for large employers “was blocked” by the Supreme Court, inflation is at “a nearly 40-year high,” and diplomatic talks have “failed to pull Russia back from the brink of war with Ukraine,” the article contends. Biden only has a 36 percent approval rating, according to a new Trafalgar...
    Carbon discovered in Martian sediments by NASA's Curiosity rover has three plausible origins — including being a chemical trace of ancient microscopic life. This is the conclusion of Pennsylvania State-led experts, who said the carbon may also have come from cosmic dust or the ultraviolet breakdown of carbon dioxide. The bacterial theory involves methane, produced by microorganisms living underground, being broken down by ultraviolet radiation on reaching the surface. All three of these scenarios, the researchers explained, are 'unconventional', in that they are quite 'unlike processes common on Earth.' Curiosity landed on Mars on August 6, 2012 — and since has been roaming around Gale Crater collecting and analysing rock samples, relaying the data back to Earth. Carbon has been found in ancient Martian sediments from half-a-dozen locations, including one that comprised an exposed cliff. Scroll down for video Carbon discovered in Martian sediments by NASA's Curiosity rover (pictured) has three plausible origins — including being a chemical trace of ancient microscopic life Carbon has two stable isotopes — C¹² and C¹³ — with the ratio between the two offering insights...
    Getty Chris Rice has dedicated time to lifting up other people. Kaulig Racing President Chris Rice has a unique reputation. He is the NASCAR team executive that is always smiling and posting videos of his fitness journey. Rice doesn’t have to use his social media platforms for this purpose, but he chooses to do so as part of a mission to help others potentially make life-saving decisions. Rice provided some insight into his habit of posting these photos and videos during a sitdown with Heavy. He explained that it can often be hard to get up and show people his med ball slams, wall walks, or time spent on the Concept2 RowErg. These workouts are difficult, and he isn’t always happy. However, Rice continues to do so due to the belief that he might help someone make positive choices in their own life. If you stack a little progress together day after day, soon you’ll see how far you’ve come! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/VyP37cHLdS — Chris Rice (@C_Rice1) January 14, 2022 “I feel like if I can help one person,...
    THE great fairytales rarely involve a switch from the San Siro to the shadows of the Chiswick Flyover. But if Brentford agree a deal to sign Christian Eriksen, it would be the most intriguing and inspiring story of the transfer window. 6Brentford have offered Christian Eriksen the chance of a Premier League return We talk often about great comebacks being the essence of great sport. And yet we are not usually talking about a man ‘dying’ for five minutes on a football pitch, then turning up to play in the Premier League seven months later. Nobody who tuned in to watch Denmark versus Finland at last summer’s Euros will ever forget the traumatic hour which followed the Danish playmaker’s collapse, due to a cardiac arrest, as we waited to discover whether an elite 29-year-old athlete was still breathing. Those of us who were at White Hart Lane when Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba suffered a similar collapse in 2012 experienced chilling flashbacks. Of that 35,000 crowd falling so suddenly, and impossibly, silent. In the press seats that night we wrote pieces...
    Joe Biden's message and the promise he made to the American people from the beginning of his campaign for the presidency was that he was going to 'heal and restore America's soul.' Over and over again on the campaign trail, he spoke and pleaded with the American people in an effort to convey that he alone was the antidote to the divisive chaos of the Trump years.  He promised to be a president for all Americans and to usher us out of what was one of the most divided times in American history. We all know he hasn't done that. By any metric, America is becoming a worse place to live, work, and raise our children. The Fourth of July promise of freedom from Covid was little more than an ill-advised photo op. A new Gallup poll just released Monday shows that in 2021, Republicans went from a 9-percentage point deficit in party identification to a 5-point lead. It is the biggest advantage for Republicans since the 1994 'Republican Revolution.' Biden promised to be a president for all Americans and...
    BRITAIN has passed the Omicron peak and experts reckon the end of the pandemic is now in sight. Infections and hospital cases are falling across the country — the first time both measures have dropped since the ultra-contagious Covid variant swept the UK at the end of last year. 6Experts believe that Britain has passed the Omicron peak and reckon the end of the pandemic is now in sight 6Dr David Nabarro, of the World Health Organization, said Britain could now see 'light at the end of the tunnel'Credit: AFP The World Health Organization’s Covid special envoy David Nabarro said Britain could now see “light at the end of the tunnel”. And Professor Paul Hunter, from the University of East Anglia, predicted that life could be back to normal by the summer. He said: “Covid will soon be just one of the causes of the common cold and will be a pain in the behind, maybe flaring up in winter. "We will need boosters for the most vulnerable but I can’t see widespread mask use or testing being warranted. “I...
    A marine biologist had a 'once in a lifetime encounter' when she captured footage of a rare blanket octopus twirling through the waters around the Great Barrier Reef. Jacinta Shackleton was snorkeling around the reef near Lady Elliot Island, located off the coast of Queensland, when she spotted the rainbow-hued creature. 'The colors in her cape were incredible and it was fascinating to watch the way she moved through the water,' Shackleton told Bundaberg Now. 'When I first saw it I thought it could have been a juvenile fish with long fins, but as it came closer I realized it was a blanket octopus and I was overjoyed and couldn't contain my excitement! 'Surely a once-in-a-lifetime encounter for me, so grateful!' Scroll down for videos  A marine biologist had a 'once in a lifetime encounter' when she captured footage of a rare blanket octopus twirling through the waters around the Great Barrier Reef The sighting was of a female blanket octopus and although Shackleton did not share its size, females can grow up to six feet long. Males, on the...
    THE Bachelor is taking a one-week hiatus from the 8pm slot on ABC tonight but is expected to return next week. Clayton Echard will continue looking for love on episode three of this season's The Bachelor on Monday, January 24. 1The Bachelor will not air tonight, January 17. Why isn't The Bachelor on tonight? As the NFL heads into week one of the playoffs, ABC will be taken over by the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams football game. This is the first time in the NFL's history that a game has landed on a Monday night, interrupting what was sure to be another exciting episode of The Bachelor. The show will return to ABC next Monday and will continue to keep its 8pm time slot for the rest of the season. The pause comes after the dramatic second episode featuring Hilary Duff who had the women organize a birthday party for a young girl during their group date. Most read in Entertainment'LONG LIVE SAD FROSTY' Rapper Sad Frosty who made popular songs with DC the Don dead at...
    EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) –  It’s the third Monday in January, and if you’re feeling down, you’re not alone. It’s a day that’s come to be known as “Blue Monday” because of a combination of seasonal challenges. READ MORE: Yonkers Police Officer Injured After Altercation With Armed SuspectCBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reports on what you can do to lift your spirits. The sun peaked out on this Blue Monday, a term coined years ago by a psychologist who, adding up the dreary weather, post-Christmas debt, and failed New Year’s resolutions, dubbed it the most depressing day of the year. Parents struggling with cooped up little ones wouldn’t argue. “It’s cold. On top of that, there’s COVID going on,” one person said. There was no science in picking the date but it made a point. “You get the winter blues. I personally like spring and summer,” one person said. “The holidays are over, everything is behind us now,” said another. “Especially we don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel yet.” Winter blues can impact moods and motivation for months....
    FORMER Everton star Victor Anichebe has blasted a potential Roberto Martinez return to Goodison Park as ‘some kind of joke’. Belgium boss Martinez, 48, is being lined up to replace Rafa Benitez six years after his own Toffees exit. 2Victor Anichebe does not want to see Roberto Martinez back at EvertonCredit: PA:Press Association 2Belgium boss Martinez is reportedly first choice to replace Rafa BenitezCredit: Getty Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, who axed Martinez in 2016 following a three-year stint, apparently wants the Spaniard back on Merseyside. And Martinez is reportedly keen on quitting Belgium for a second Everton spell, already sounding out Thierry Henry to become his assistant. But Moshiri’s decision to move for Martinez isn’t a popular one, with 85 per cent of 7,000 fans polled on Toffees TV saying they don’t want the tactician back. And one former player isn’t keen either. Anichebe, 33, spent just three months working with Martinez before he was sold to West Brom in 2013. And the ex-Nigeria responded to talk of Martinez returning to Everton by gasping: “I’ve heard Martinez has been linked....
    While the long-delayed return of Zion Williamson will help the Pelicans, his injury has revealed that their problems are much deeper than his absence. The New Orleans Pelicans season has been haunted by the absence of Zion Williamson. On media day, it was announced that he had suffered a foot injury but that the team expected him to be back by the regular season. However, the season is now halfway through and Zion has yet to appear in a game and no concrete timeline has been set for his return. With the underperforming Pelicans currently only 1.5 games out of the play-in picture, his presence could make a huge difference, but if one thing has become clear this season for New Orleans, it is that their issues go far beyond Zion’s injury troubles. The New Orleans Pelicans are currently 15-26 and it’s hard to find reasons for optimism. They are 25th in both offensive and defensive efficiency and are still in the playoff picture more because other teams have underperformed than because of anything they have done themselves. They have...
    This is a rush transcript of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on January 13, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST: Good evening and welcome to TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT. There was lot going on right around the time of the last presidential inauguration. So, you may have missed that on his very first day as President, Joe Biden ordered Federal law enforcement and Intelligence agencies to prepare a review of how the administration should fight terrorism.By last June that report was complete. It concluded that after more than 20 years, Islamic terror is no longer the greatest threat to this country. Instead, the agencies declared that domestic political extremism is quote, "The most urgent terrorism threat the United States faces today."That's a very stark assessment. So you have to ask, who exactly are these terrorists who threaten us so urgently and they're not who you might expect.The report did not even mention the BLM riots, the deadly BLM riots that have just taken place. There wasn't a word about...
    DEAR HARRIETTE: I started a new job, and I am having a bit of difficulty acclimating to working remotely in this new position. Harriette Cole  For starters, my company is midsized, but it seems huge when I am meeting people via Zoom. It is hard to remember who is who and to build a rapport with people when everything is formal and distant. I was thinking it could be a good idea to organize a virtual cocktail hour after work one day to get to know each other. I don’t want to be presumptuous, though, as the “new kid.” How should I handle this? Social Organizer DEAR SOCIAL ORGANIZER: I like your idea. Take it to your boss and inquire as to whether they like it, too — as a team event. It could play out in different ways. Inviting the whole team that you work with directly could work, or perhaps a subset. If you choose a small group and build from there, you may not even need to involve your boss. The other thing you can do is...
    THE colder winter months might not provide us with enough sun to achieve that bronzed look - but that doesn't mean we have to leave the house pale. A fake tan whizz, Xanthe Haden, has gone viral after sharing a trick for achieving a sunkissed complexion in minutes - and all you need is one product. 4Xanthe shared the video on TikTok where it's since seen over 3.7 million viewersCredit: TikTok/@xanthehaden ''It literally saves my life like all the time,'' she said, before revealing this is the ultimate hack for when you want to go out but haven't tanned yet. ''I've been using this product for this reason and I swear, it's a gamechanger.'' The secret weapon, she revealed, is the cult favourite Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED ''I'm not joking, this stuff, once it's on, it just does not rub off and it doesn't go all nasty like instant tan does. ''If you get it wet, it will just stay where it is.'' Xanthe then also shared her quick...
    When the Department of Justice indicted members of the Oath Keepers last week for their role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, there was one Republican official who might have taken more notice of the arrests than others. Frank Eathorne, who was revealed in a leak last year to be one of 191 Wyoming-based members of the far-right militia group, was in Washington for protests on Jan. 6. But Eathorne is no rank-and-file fringe crank. He is the sitting chairman of the Wyoming Republican Party. That role has made him one of the more influential Republican officials in the country. Eathorne is presiding over what is perhaps the GOP’s highest-profile primary battle of the 2022 election: the MAGA-fueled campaign to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) for her unrelenting criticism of former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. And rather than remain neutral, Eathorne has been one of the top figures fighting to defeat Cheney. He has appeared frequently in conservative media to denounce her since her January 2021 vote to impeach Trump for inciting the riot, which kicked...
    There was no one happier than ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith after the Dallas Cowboys were eliminated in the Wild Card Round. Sunday, Jan. 16, was an absolutely terrible day if you were a Dallas Cowboys fan. Coincidentally, it was a fantastic day if you do not like the Cowboys. With lofty expectations thrown their way, Dallas fell massively short of accomplishing their championship goals, as they lost 23-17 to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card Round. Perhaps there was no one happier that the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs than ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. That was evident, as he posted his traditional video of laughing at Dallas for losing a game. I TOLD Y’ALL!!!!!!! ???????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/fGBDtaXJr8 — Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 17, 2022 Stephen A. Smith laughs after Cowboys lose to 49ers in playoffs There have been plenty of heartbreaking playoff moments for Dallas in recent years, but this one might be the worst of them all. Dallas overcame a 23-7 deficit to have a shot at winning the game in the closing seconds. Down 23-17,...
    An Upstate New York school district has come under fire over a homework assignment asking middle schoolers to translate the phrase 'You are Mexican and ugly' into Spanish. Administrators at Williamsville Central School District, the largest suburban school district in Western New York, ultimately issued an apology to sixth graders at Mill Middle School in Buffalo after they were handed an assignment which required them to translate sentences from English into Spanish, according to CNN.  'You (friendly) are Mexican and ugly,' one of the sentences on the worksheet read. 'You (politely) are pretty and American,' another within the same assignment read. Parents of students took to social media to hold the administrators responsible while expressing their horror over the offensive sentences.   'Shocked at this Spanish homework assignment in Williamsville Central School District loaded with such blatant racism,' Allison Wainick, a school district parent, said on Twitter. 'Can we even begin to unpack all that is wrong here? Who is developing this curriculum & where is the oversight?' 'You (friendly) are Mexican and ugly,' one of the sentences on the worksheet, pictured, read....
    The FBI have sparked fury after they appeared to dismiss a terror attack at a Texas synagogue as not being targeted against Jewish people. FBI Special Agent Matt DeSarno spoke on Saturday after British terrorist Malik Faisal Akram, 44, took four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas and held them for more than 10 hours before he was shot dead by agents.  'We do believe from our engaging with this subject that he was singularly focused on one issue, and it was not specifically related to the Jewish community. But we're continuing to work to find motive,' DeSarno said. Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss took issue with the FBI statement, and warned that wherever Jews were attack, the entire community felt the affects - especially in the wake of rising anti-Semitic attacks in recent years.  'They are us. There's no distinction. Anywhere they are in danger, we are,' Hausman-Weiss, the founding rabbi of the Congregation Shma Koleinu, said Sunday morning. FBI Special Agent sent a statement on behalf of the FBI that claimed terrorist Malik Faisal Akram's orders were...
    Contributing to the advancement of knowledge is something that all scientists want. But for that, their findings need to be verified by other scientists. This verification is done through a co-review process, one of the pillars of the scientific process mentioned by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in the film “Don’t Look Up”. If you’ve seen Adam McCoy’s “Don’t Look Up” movie, you may have noticed that Professor Randall Mindy and his doctoral students, Kate DiBiaski, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, have questioned the peer review of the scientific process. The mission, implemented by BASH, is the largest company that has vowed to stop the “planet-destroying” comet from destroying life on Earth. But what exactly is the peer review process, and to what extent is it an important tool for choosing the best work to save the world? Peer review is the process by which scientists evaluate the work of other scientists who are one of the key pillars of science. This evaluation can occur at various stages of the scientific process, but it often occurs when scientists who have...
    New York (CNN)Dr. Mehmet Oz has gone from one of the country's most recognizable TV personalities to a polarizing Republican Senate candidate — and his primary campaign is exclusively targeted to Fox viewers.CNN research found that Oz has done 12 Fox interviews since announcing his candidacy for an open Senate seat in Pennsylvania in late November — a rate of one of every 4 days — and none with any other outlets, including CNN or MSNBC. Oz has notably appeared on Sean Hannity's show seven times. A profile of Oz by New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi mentioned the two became friends at the start of the pandemic, sometimes talking on the phone at 3 or 4 AM. Dr. Ozs show will end in January as he seeks US Senate seatWhen Nuzzi couldn't connect with the Senate candidate through his media relations team, she took a different route, calling him on his wife's cell phone directly. His wife, Lisa Oz, answered, and after trying to hang up, inadvertently kept Nuzzi on the line for 4-and-a-half minutes. The short conversation, in...
    THERE'S no "right" way to announce your pregnancy - but if you're worried about stepping on anyone's toes, you'd be better off avoiding any kind of special occasion. But one couple were so convinced that their family would be thrilled by the news that they chose Christmas for the special moment. 1The couple gave each family a framed picture of their sonogram for ChristmasCredit: Getty Posting on Reddit's Am I The A****** forum, the dad-to-be's brother explained how they do a gift exchange every year to avoid overspending. This involves all family members putting suggestions into a Google Doc with a limit of $20 [£14.60] per person. He wrote: "My sister-in-law Kelsey, 34, and my brother Kyle, 30, both signed up to be on the list. "They asked to go last because they had something special they wanted everyone to open together." FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Once everyone had unwrapped all of their other presents, the couple asked the family to turn to their identical gifts. He said: "Kelsey and...
    WHEN a child misbehaves, a common question asked by their parents is "why did you do that?" But, according to psychotherapist Jen O'Rourke, that's the very worst thing you could ask. 2Psychotherapist Jen O'Rourke has explained why you should never ask "why" of a child who misbehavesCredit: Tiktok/@jenorourkemft "Quick tip," she began in a recent TikTok video. "This is the one question you should not ask your child when they have misbehaviour.  "It’s one of the first questions they tell us not to ask a child in a therapy session when working with a child.  "The question is ‘why?’" She went on to explain the reasons for not asking why, adding that often children don't know why they did something. "So when we say, ‘Why did you hit your sister?’ your child can’t say, ‘Well I was feeling a little disregulated and a little tired today and I couldn’t control my impulses.’ "They might say, ‘I don’t know’. And then you push more for why. Most read in LifestyleROYAL CRISIS Beatrice will not have to take...
    THERE’S NOTHING worse than getting out of a relaxing bath or shower, wrapping your towel around you and then it falling down. None of us want to give our family members or partners a shock when our towel falls down, right? 3If you are fed up of tying a towel around you and it falling off just seconds later, then this is one for youCredit: tiktok/celineeve1 Well, fear not, your towel will never fall down again with this clever hack. 22-year-old TikToker Celine Eve from Australia has shared her simple trick for tying your towel and we can’t believe we’ve been doing it wrong for this long. She uploaded the video with the caption ‘Not me acting like I did something’. She said: “I was today years old when I learnt how to tie a towel that doesn’t come undone.” Celine was in shock that it’s taken her 22 years to figure out how to tie a towel properly, but some of us are far older and had no clue. In the video we see Celine showing us how to...
    Comedian Pete Davidson appeared as Joe Biden from an alternative universe during Saturday Night Live's cold open. Davidson appeared without a t-shirt and his chest covered in tattoos.  During a sketch which referenced the latest Spiderman movie in which all three actors who have played the comic book character over the last 20 years appeared, Davidson's Biden showed up to tell the audience that they were living in the 'bad universe' while he had come from 'the real world.'   'Everyone on Earth is better off in the real world, except one man named Pete Davidson. Your world is maybe more fun for him,' he joked with a smirk.  Pete Davidson, left, appeared as a second President Biden from an alternative universe, a nod to Spider-Man's 'multiverse' concept with James Austin Johnson  The sketch show returned for its first show of 2022 with new cast member for this season, James Austin Johnson, playing Joe Biden urging people to stop seeing Spider-Man ‼️‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/czPQ796lsO— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) January 16, 2022 The sketch show returned for its first show of...
    Eric Greitens, Former Missouri Governor, Navy SEAL, and current U.S. Senate candidate, warned Breitbart News Saturday listeners that “the left is actively trying to destroy our country” through attacks on our fundamental rights. LISTEN: Breitbart News Saturday opened the show discussing recent polls that shows Greitens is up by 20 percent in his Senate race. Greitens attributed his commanding polling lead to his campaign’s America first rhetoric. I’m the MAGA candidate in this race. I’m the America first candidate in this race. I came out, and we went down to Maricopa County to investigate election integrity. I was the first person in the country to say that when I’m in the Senate, why I’m voting against Mitch McConnell because we need strong America first leadership. We’ve called nonsense on all of the leftist lies about January 6. And so the people of Missouri recognize that we’re the America first candidate. Boyle asked Greitens why he came out against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on the campaign trail. It’s really simple, Matt. the American people, all of your loyal listeners, need...
    One Kentucky judge has found a special way to make his mark on the military’s sexual assault problem: He’s trying to force a man convicted of sexual assault to join the military. “One in 16 women and one in 143 men are estimated to experience sexual assault within DoD. At the service academies, one in six women and one in 29 men experience sexual assault,” according to a RAND Corporation report. “Estimates for sexual harassment are one in four women and one in 16 men.” It’s a problem that’s drawn a lot of attention, though a recent push to change how crimes are handled in the military got watered down in Congress. But when Brandon Scott Price was convicted of second-degree sexual assault, Judge Thomas Wingate gave him a suspended sentence, under orders to enlist. “If you don’t enroll in 30 days, you can report to the Franklin County Regional Jail,” Wingate told him. “You are under the gun, young man. You gotta do it.” It’s bad enough on the surface: Let’s send a sexual predator to a setting that has a...
    A MAKEUP artist has warned against using the sponges that come with many concealer pens, admitting they are a hotbed of germs and bacteria. So, to avoid the spreading of such bacteria, some people are taking the sponge off their concealers. 3John Henry Paterson took to TikTok to try out a hack involving removing the sponge of a concealer penCredit: Tiktok/@johnmua 3"This is so smart," he commented after removing the spongeCredit: Tiktok/@johnmua Makeup artist John Henry Paterson took to TikTok to share a video of a woman pulling off the sponge from her Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser. "So I take the sponge off mine - it usually comes with a sponge but the sponge soaks up literally everything," she explained. Responding to the video, John said: "This is so smart - oh my god. I’ve got a brand new one and I’m going to rip the sponge off, just like she did." Opening the packet, he then pulled the sponge off, before exclaiming: "That was so easy, just twist up as much as you need…...
    CHRIS Evert is a retired American professional tennis player. She achieved a lot of success during her stellar career. 2Chris Evert was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Who is tennis star Chris Evert? Born on December 21, 1954, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chris Evert was a professional tennis player who retired in 1989. Currently aged 67, she has an estimated net worth of about $16million. The former American world number one has been married three times. Her first marriage was with John Lloyd, from 1979 to 1987. Most read in SportDJOKOVIC UPDATES Serb 'had VALID MEDICAL EXEMPTION', returns to immigration hotelRED DEVILS NEWS Ronaldo EXCLUSIVE, injury LATEST, Pogba eyed by PSG, Napoli ace targetedTRAGIC PASSING Former Dallas Cowboys player passes away in prison at 43 before trialgabon 1 Ghana 1 Tetteh given red card AFTER full time following Allevinah late equaliser Her second marriage was to Andy Mill, from 1988 to 2006. Her final marriage was to Andy Mill, from 2008 to 2009. Currently, Chris has three children: Alexander James, Nicholas Joseph, and Colton Jack. What did she acheive during...
    MUMS and dads - be prepared to be insulted. A school reception worker has offered her candid opinion on what your kids' names REALLY mean. And she's brutal. 3Penelopes are sweet - but forgetfulCredit: Tiktok/theschoolofficelady Because while some names are obviously controversial (earlier this week we told you about little baby Lucifer) others seem pretty, well, nice. Alas, it seems we were wrong. Manda Dee, who is also known as The School Office Lady on TikTok, has uploaded a variety of videos sharing her insights into baby names. And it's bad luck if your kid is called Paisley, Penelope, Daniel, Jack, Olivia or many, many, more names. "Paisley is super cute... from far away," she said. "But she's a hot mess. "Hayden is running someone's life. I don't know if it is the teacher's or yours - you've gotta tone it down, you've gotta stop spoiling that child. 3Xander's parents wanted a girl, she claimedCredit: Tiktok/theschoolofficelady 3She was brutal about the name PaisleyCredit: Tiktok/theschoolofficelady Most read in LifestyleTHE MOPE SHOW Harry 'miserable' as new life in US 'far from what...