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Racked by fever, prone to fits of delirium, consumed by his last great passion – the liberation of Greece – Lord Byron lay on his sickbed. It was 18 April 1824. The great Romantic poet would be dead the next day.“I have given her [Greece] my time, my means, my health,” he is recorded as saying in a moment of lucidity. “And now I give her my life! What could I do more?”Byron’s death in Missolonghi, the malaria-ridden town where he had spearheaded the Greeks’ revolt against Ottoman rule, induced instant shock, convulsing the English-speaking world.The man who was “mad, bad and dangerous to know”, a celebrity of his day who was loved and loathed in equal measure, had spent a mere 100 days in the land whose freedom he had championed so vociferously.“The loss of this illustrious individual is undoubtedly to be deplored by all Greece,” its provisional government declared hours after the news filtered through. “But it must be more especially a subject of lamentation at Missolonghi, where his generosity has been so conspicuously displayed.”As Greece celebrates the bicentenary of its war of independence, a banknote unearthed by the Observer in the country’s state archives sheds new light on the poet’s fabled generosity. It also offers indelible proof of his commitment to the Greek cause.Note of exchange for £4,000 signed by Lord Byron. Photograph: General State Archives of GreeceIn the cheque Byron stipulates that £4,000 – roughly £332,000 today – be paid to Giovanni Orlando, a representative of the provisional government that, alarmed by the way the war was going, had approached the British peer for funds.The money was to go towards emergency needs – notably financing a fleet to defend Missolonghi from besieging Albanians. Both sides agreed it would be repaid against a much bigger loan to be raised in London where Orlando was headed.“Because of his fame, Byron was much forged,” said Dr Christine Kenyon Jones, who studied many of the poet’s manuscripts in the course of co-authoring a new study of Byron’s portraits, Dangerous to Show.“But it looks as if this is an original signature attached to the script of a clerk, which he seems to have impatiently corrected. Byron’s handwriting, like his personality, was fast and free, so there’s a contrast between the clerk’s careful hand and his own confident signature with its bold, open ‘B’ and characteristic flourish on the ‘n’.”That the document should have lain unnoticed in the country’s archives for so many years was extraordinary, she said.Byron agreed to the loan in Kefalonia, part of the British-run Ionian Islands where the poet and his coterie of fellow travellers had stopped on their way to Greece. The cheque, subsequently cashed in Malta, was taken in the form of silver Spanish dollars and transported in trunks to Missolonghi by the poet.The money was then used to fund fighting ships run as a commercial enterprise by profit-minded Greek islanders.“The demand came from the legislative body,” wrote Pietro Gamba, the Italian count who was with Byron throughout the ill-fated expedition and had witnessed the exchange in Kefalonia in N
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‘‘Oh I can’t be bothered,” say the people who, well, can’t be bothered to use SPF. I get it. The thought of adding another skincare step is exhausting. So I’m not going to preach – we all know the risk of skin cancer. However, I would like to throw in another reason to use sunscreen. Most skincare now has active ingredients that exfoliate, brighten, smooth, correct, etc. If you are using anything of the sort then your skin is more susceptible to damage from UV rays. This means, without sunscreen, the dullness, premature ageing, fine lines and pigmentation issues you think you are
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When the pandemic hit, self-employed customer care consultant Madeleine Fisher* saw her income evaporate. “My business predominantly works in the leisure, hospitality and non-essential retail sectors and they all closed, or they didn’t have any budget for customer care. I went into panic mode,” she says.As a limited company boss she had no government support to fall back on. The business owner decided to use almost a third of the £4,500 she had applied for under the government’s bounce-back loan scheme (set up to enable smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the pand
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In one respect, the punitive measures imposed on Russia last week by the Biden administration are an attempt to clean up the mess left by Donald Trump. On issue after issue, such as Russian meddling in the 2016 and 2020 elections and cyber-attacks and hacks of US government agencies and businesses, the former president failed to take prompt retaliatory action or any action at all.Trump cast doubt on Russia’s responsibility for these and other hostile acts, contradicting the findings of America’s intelligence agencies. He routinely declined to criticise Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, for his support for Syria’s murderous regime, the 2018 Salisbury poisonings and the persecution of the opposition activist Alexei Navalny.Why Trump behaved in such a fawning, servile way towards Putin, a malicious and unapologetic adversary of the US, is one of the great unsolved mysteries of his presidency. Like the mafia boss he resembles, did Putin have some kind of personal hold on Trump? Answers to this puzzle will hopefully emerge over time.What is certain is that Joe Biden, Trump’s successor, feels no such constraints. As Barack Obama’s vice-president, Biden led a vain bid to “reset” relations with Moscow. In the process, he gained what he said was a telling insight into Putin’s “soul”. He didn’t have one, Biden told him to his face at a 2011 Kremlin meeting. Putin reportedly took this as a compliment.Putin is evidently less happy about the latest sanctions, which include diplomatic expulsions, measures targeting companies involved in cyber-espionage and a ban on US banks buying new Russian sovereign debt. Moscow retaliated swiftly with expulsions of its own. It accused Britain, which publicly applauded the US moves, of lamely dancing to Washington’s tune.Explaining his action, Biden cited a long list of US grievances, most of which originated in the Trump era or before. But as Russia’s unrepentant reaction shows, it would be a mistake to think these problems belong to the past. Just as Putin tested Obama in 2014 with his illegal annexation of Crimea, for example, he now tests Biden with a renewed military build-up on Ukraine’s borders.If anything, Putin’s behaviour, judged from a western perspective, grows more aggressive. Whether or not he invades Ukraine, or incites more separatist violence in the Donbas, he has already succeeded, to
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Pet cameras and activity trackers are flying off the shelves. Demand for anti-chew sprays, automatic feeders and water fountains for pets has rocketed, and dog walkers and sitters are being inundated with inquiries.As lockdown restrictions ease, dog owners are snapping up products and services that will enable them to monitor and care for their pets while they are out at work.The recent boom in pet ownership means many “pandemic puppies” – pets who were acquired to provide companionship or family entertainment during lockdown – have rarely experienced being home alone, while older dogs have also become accustomed to having their owners around all the time.“A lot of these dogs are going to have separation anxiety when their owners go back to work,” said Debs Webster, owner of Woof Squad, a dog-walking service in Cheshire that specialises in small to medium dogs. As well as spending six hours a day walking dogs herself, Webster says she has had to hire two new walkers to meet demand from new clients. “I’m going to take on another person next month. I think by the time everyone goes back to work, my client base will probably have doubled.”Water fountains, such as this one from PetTech, are popular. Photograph: pettech.co.ukAt Deansford Kennels, just outside Kidderminster, Robin Depper is also experiencing an unprecedented increase in demand for his services. Bookings for kennel boardings have increased tenfold since March, he says, but following the pandemic he is now more focused on providing “doggie daycare”. “We have been inundated with inquiries for daycare services since people have started going back to work. I’ve never seen anything like it in the 37 years I’ve run these kennels.”At his paddocks in the countryside, dogs spend the day playing together and going for walks, so they “never feel lonely” without their owners. This kind of daycare is especially popular with new dog owners, he said, who want to be sure their dogs feel safe and “entertained” as they return to working outside the home.Other owners are turning to subscription services that provide music and TV programmes designed to help dogs overcome anxiety, loneliness and boredom while they are home alone. Spotify and Amazon Prime have started offering playlists and TV shows made specifically for pets, while the streaming service RelaxMyDog has seen an 18% rise in subscribers over the past six weeks. Nicknamed “Petflix”’ by users, RelaxMyDog takes dogs stuck in front of the TV on “virtual walks”, with the camera often positioned at the height of the dog and a soundtrack that is meant to help them “chill”.“Demand is certainly increasing as people prepare to go back to the office – especially among owners of ‘pandemic puppies’ who did not prepare well enough for the reality of pet ownership,” said founder Amman Ahmed. Business is also booming at PetTech.co.uk. “Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a 50% increase in demand for smart pet feeders, which are automatic feeders of dry food that people can control from an app,” said owner Michael Wainwright.Other popular products include water fountains, which provide the
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Campari Soda Aperitif, Italy (from £2.45, 9.8cl, drinkmonger.com; thedrinkshop.com; delicatezza.co.uk) Do some drinks work better alfresco than others? Obviously, that rather depends on where your fresco is going to be. First there is the portability question to consider: not an issue if you’re straying no further than your own garden or balcony; rather more important if you’re heading off to the place that has become the nation’s de facto pub, gym and living room for much of the past year: the humble local park. There is, at least, a whole lot more to choose from in the backpack or handbag cocktail genre than there was even a couple of years ago, a profusion of pre-mixed cocktails and hard seltzers that now ranges from novel creations such as the zesty, spicy “hard punch” of Punchy Whisky, Blood Orange, Bitters & Cardamom (4% abv, 25cl, £2.50, ocado.com) to established classics such as the exemplary Bombay Sapphire Gin & Tonic (6.5% abv, 20cl, £2.50, Tesco) or the stylishly dinky retro bottles of just-the-right-strength Campari Soda.Ökonomeierat Rebholz Riesling Vom Rotliegenden, Pfalz, Germany 2017 (£18.33, justerinis.com) After years of snootily looking down on any other form of packaging than the standard 75cl glass bottle, winemakers have finally conceded there may be occasions when a can better suits the needs of some of their customers, some of the time. The range available is still infinitesimal when set against the vast array of traditionally presented bottles, but wines such as The Uncommon pair of English sparkling wines (a white and a rosé, which both come in at £18.99 for 4 x 25cl cans at Waitrose), show that it is possible to have decent wines in this format. If portability isn’t really an issue, however, I’d much rather be free to choose from the full, glass-bottle menu and just pick the sort of wine that goes so well with the sort of weather that makes you want – rather than have – to socialise in the open air: a spring-sunshine-ready, floral, graceful, racy dry German riesling such as Ökonomeierat Rebholz Riesling Vom Rotliegenden.Marks & Spencer Low Alcohol Rhubarb & Ginger Cider (£1.50, 50cl, 0.5% abv, Marks & Spencer) No snootiness about cans in the world of beer, of course, although the craft revolution has brought something of a revolution to the presentation as well as the quality inside. Unthinkable, when I were a lad (and quite possibly drinking in the park) to find brews as stylishly presented not to say delicious as And Union Friday India Pale Ale (£2.20, 33cl, Waitrose) which has a wonderfully full but refreshing citrus-nudging-into-tropical fruit flavour and which comes out of a can that’s somehow reminiscent of the décor of a Berlin techno club. Not in a can, but in a perfectly portable 33cl glass bottle, the slightly pyschedelic packaging of Crafty Nectar No. 8 Rhubarb Cider (£19.95, 6x33cl, craftynectar.com), which blends in rhubarb juice from the “Yorkshire triangle” with pressed cider, seems to me to hit just the right warming-zingy note for those not-so-warm evenings outside, while M&S’s ginger-rhubarb combo, is a happy 0.5% abv alternative.Follow David Williams on Twitt
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What for you has been the most noteworthy event of the week? The Greensill lobbying rumpus? The eulogies to Prince Philip? Russian sabre-rattling in Ukraine? For some of us, these pale into insignificance alongside the pronouncement that when cricket’s newfangled competition, the Hundred, starts, the word “wicket” is to be replaced by “out” and that “batsmen” will become “batters” (the latter term is insidiously prevalent among some commentators already). Many people, from the great and the good to Simon Heffer, have commented on the Americanisation of the greatest of games. Indeed, not since Dennis Lillee walked to the wicket (I think I can still use the word in this conte
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The worm turns, the soil, too. Just me here and the robin, a choice companion, curious, eager, intent. Standing only a metre away – watching, waiting for anything wriggling.The plot earth has been compacted. The pathways trodden. The cold and wet have taken their toll. It’s past time for an intervention.This is sharp spade work, not a time for garden forks. I work quickly at firs, slicing off the shallow weed growth. Digging blade deep. Ideally there would be two of us here. A taller garden companion without a red breast and wings.The spade is a favoured tool from Implementations. A present to myself when we worked the first plot, about 14 years ago. Copper-bladed, a fierce friend, it cu
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The head of the Olympic movement will visit Japan in May as the nation struggles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases before the start of the Games, with Pfizer agreeing to supply extra vaccine doses to the country.Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, will attend a torch relay ceremony in the western city of Hiroshima on 17 May and meet prime minister Yoshihide Suga the next day, Kyodo News agency said on Saturday, citing sources close to the matter.Bach is expected to back Japan’s commitment to safely host the summer Games, Kyodo reported, which are due to start in late July after being postponed from last year because of the pandemic.“We are aware of president
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Won’t somebody think of the poor restaurant critics? Won’t anyone consider the plight of these hard-working, committed professionals, robbed this past year of their vital place in society? Week after week pre-pandemic, we pulled up to a thickly clothed table, ordered potentially nice things to eat at somebody else’s expense, and then returned to our desks to write sharply honed accounts of the great risks we had taken, carefully larded and barded with the most elegant of knob gags. Can’t at least a few of you take to your doorsteps to bang a pan? No? Oh.I’ll level with you. Throughout the pandemic, I’ve attempted to check my privilege, really I have. I’m afraid I’ve always ha
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Call the Midwife8pm, BBC OneWe’re back at Nonnatus House for the 10th series of this sedate BBC drama staple, now reaching 1966. A momentous year for more than just English football, we open with Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) deciding whether a nearby private clinic might help keep Nonnatus House afloat, while the birth of a baby boy with no legs below the knees leads Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) to worry that this could be another Thalidomide case. And Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) continues to reckon with her crisis of faith. Ammar KaliaClimate Change: Ade on the Frontline 8pm, BBC TwoEpisode two of Ade Adepitan’s series considering the horrors of the climate crisis – and what we
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The dilemma I have four lovely children, all now adults and left home. I rarely worry about my sons, but I constantly, constantly fret about my daughters, who both live in shared houses in distant cities.They are very good about keeping in touch, and sympathetic to my anxiety, but it is reaching unmanageable proportions. For example, if I look at WhatsApp, I might see that one daughter was on it, say, 30 minutes ago, but the other hasn’t been on it all day. I will then look to see when they were last active on Facebook. If she hasn’t been active on Facebook either, I will telephone her.I’m not sure when I became so anxious, probably when I joined WhatsApp and realised that I could tell
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By 2016, opioids had torn a piece out of Appalachia and the rust belt. The deep drop in life expectancy among white Americans without four-year degrees would no longer be ignored. OxyContin, Purdue Pharma’s highly addictive painkiller, helped elect Donald Trump.In Empire of Pain, Patrick Radden Keefe methodically and meticulously chronicles this tale of woe and crisis, indifference and corruption. His Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty lays bare the price exacted by the family’s drive for wealth and social mountaineering.The Sackler name came to dot the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, Tate Modern and the Louvre. They rose – others paid dearly.Keefe is a veteran writer at the New Yorker. His 2019 bestseller, Say Nothing, chillingly examined the convergence of youth, zealotry and destruction in Northern Ireland. He even solved the mystery behind a disappearance.Like Say Nothing, Empire of Pain is drenched in misery, this time the byproduct of OxyContin, the go-to drug for Purdue. Since 1999, opioid-related deaths have risen more than fivefold. By the numbers, opioids have killed more than 450,000 in the US in two decades.Keefe’s book builds upon The Family that Built an Empire of Pain, a 2017 long read. Empire of Pain is filled with firsthand interviews and takeaways from confidential and original documents. It is a chilling and mesmerizing read, “substantially built on the family’s own words”. Which is what makes it so damning.The Sacklers did not cooperate. Indeed, they sought to derail publication. Keefe raises the possibility he was placed under surveillance, an attempt to intimidate him and his family. Nonetheless, the Sacklers’ indifference and smugness rise off the pages like steam from a sewer.In one 1996 email, Richard Sackler, Purdue’s chairman and president, demands the company become as feared as a “tiger with claws, teeth and balls”. Asked repeatedly at deposition years later if Purdue played any role in the opioid crisis, he steadfastly answers: “I don’t believe so.”A cousin, Kathe Sackler, actually boasts that OxyContin was a “very good medicine” and a “safe medicine”. She also claims credit for co
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As terrible as the events were that played out on Capitol Hill on 6 January, Maria Ressa admits to feeling “a small amount of relief” about them. An ex-CNN bureau chief, and now the founder of her own news organisation, Rappler, she had spent the past two years sounding a warning about what she’d seen happen in her native country, the Philippines.There, a Facebook-fuelled tsunami of lies had assisted an authoritarian into power. And she had seen where that had led: to opponents of the state being killed in their homes or turning up dead in ditches. As a Filipino American with a foot in both countries – she calls herself “the first of the CNN hybrids” – she was perfectly positioned to warn America about what happens when a populist president is allowed to spread out-of-control lies across a vast, unregulated tech platform. “A lie told a million times becomes a fact,” she repeated again and again.So how did it feel to watch the lies become an actual insurrection? “I mean, it was Silicon Valley’s sins coming home to roost.” But it also meant that there now might finally be action. “I know this working for CNN for as long as I did, right? Until it’s picked up in the west, it doesn’t get attention. At least now everyone’s motivated to fight.”Ressa has
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America is about to revive an idea that was left for dead decades ago. It’s called industrial policy and it’s at the heart of Joe Biden’s plans to restructure the US economy.When industrial policy was last debated, in the 1980s, critics recoiled from government “picking winners”. But times have changed. Devastating climate change, a deadly pandemic and the rise of China as a technological powerhouse require an active government pushing the private sector to achieve public purposes.The dirty little secret is that the US already has an industrial policy, but one that’s focused on pumping up profits with industry-specific subsidies, tax loopholes and credits, bailouts and tariffs. The practical choice isn’t whether to have an industrial policy but whether it meets society’s needs or those of politically powerful industries.Consider energy. The fossil fuel industry has accumulated “billions of dollars in subsidies, loopholes and special foreign tax credits”, in Biden’s words. He intends to eliminate these and shift to non-carbon energy by strengthening the nation’s electrical grid, creating a new “clean electricity standard” that will force utilities to end carbon emissions by 2035 and providing research support and tax credits for clean energy.It’s a sensible 180-degree shift of industrial policy.The old industrial policy for the automobile industry consisted largely of bailouts – of Chrysler in 1979 and General Motors and Chrysler in 2008.Biden intends to shift away from gas-powered cars entirely and invest $174bn in companies making electric vehicles. He’ll also create 500,000 new charging stations.This also makes sense. Notwithstanding the success of Tesla, which received $2.44bn in government subsidies before becoming profitable, the switch to electric vehicles still needs pump priming.Internet service providers have been subsidized by the states and the federal government and federal regulators have allowed them to consolidate into a few giants. But they’ve dragged their feet on upgrading copper networks with fiber, some 30 million Americans still lack access to high-speed broadband, and the US has among the world’s highes
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When he was about nine or 10 years old, Devadatta Rajadhyaksha read the book The Adventures of Dennis, by Victor Dragunsky. Rajadhyaksha was mesmerized by naughty little Dennis, who kept grass snakes, lizards, and frogs in his pockets, made funny faces in front of the mirror, and liked to hop and skip. The book was originally written in Russian, but Rajadhyaksha read the book in his mother tongue, Marathi, as Dennis Chya Goshti. Rajadhyaksha is now in his forties, and the book is still a favorite. Now an accountant in Maharashtra in central India, Rajadhyaksha collects Soviet-era books translated into Marathi. He is active on a Facebook group that celebrates, preserves, and promotes the books, and he and fellow book lovers Nikhil Rane and Prasad Deshpande produced a documentary on Soviet books in Marathi titled Dhukyat Haravlele Laal Taare (Red Stars Lost in the Mist). “These books lit up our childhood,” Rajadhyaksha says. “At that time, we didn’t know they were from the Soviet Union, but their format and design made them irresistible.” The group has even collaborated with an Indian publisher, Lokvangmaya Griha, to reprint five Soviet-era books. Devadatta Rajadhyaksha and other collectors comb through used bookshops in pursuit of translations. Courtesy Dhukyat Haravlele Laal Taare Indians who grew up in the late 1970s, 80s, and 90s, love of Soviet-era literature is a binding force. Translated books from the Soviet Union were readily available and extremely affordable via book fairs and exhibitions staged by local distributors and book houses in small towns and bigger cities. Across the country, local publishers such as Navakarnataka distributed Indian-language versions of everything from Russian classics by the likes of Gorky, Chekov, Tolstoy, and Pushkin to books on philosophy and popular science, as well as textbooks covering mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering. Kids met the elderly Baba Yaga and various other characters in vividly illustrated children’s stories. The books had a wide reach, but precise publication numbers are hard to pin down. One estimate comes from America’s Central Intelligence Agency, which watched Soviet activ
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PC-104 is a standard computer form factor that most people outside of industrial settings probably haven’t seen before. It’s essentially an Intel 486 processor with lots of support for standards that have long since disappeared from most computers, but this makes it great for two things: controlling old industrial equipment and running classic DOS games on native hardware. For the latter, we turn once again to [The Rasteri] who is improving on his previous build with an even smaller DOS gaming rig, this time based on a platform even more diminutive than PC-104. The key of a build like this is that it needs native support for the long-obsolete ISA bus to be able to interface with a SoundBlaster card, a gold standard for video games of the era. This smaller computer s
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The teenager police say fatally shot eight people at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis this week legally purchased the two semiautomatic rifles he used even though the FBI questioned him last year after a disturbing warning from his mother, according to the local police chief. Agents interviewed 19-year-old Brandon Hole after his mother told the FBI that she feared her son might create a dangerous situation to attempt “suicide by cop.” Hole took his own life after the FedEx shooting. The teen was apparently not detained after questioning by the FBI last year. Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, said agents found no evidence of a crime. But Indianapolis police at that time confiscated a shotgun Hole had purchased some 24 hours earlier b
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Scott Morrison says Australia is in “no hurry” to reopen international borders, but vaccinated Australians may be able to travel for “essential” purposes in the second half of the year, with the possibility of quarantining at home on return.Just days after saying Australia would “have to get used to dealing with 1,000 cases a week or more” if the international border restrictions were lifted, the prime minister said on Sunday there was no rush to reopen Australia to the world.One of the early questions has been whether vaccinated Australians may be able to undertake quarantine at home, rather through the state hotel quarantine program.There are still more than 30,000 stranded Australians attempting to make their way home, which has created a flight backlog, with hotel quarantine spaces and reduced commercial flights limiting how many expats and returning travellers can get into Australia each week.The prime minister gave some indication there was the potential for Australians who have received their vaccinations to have a little more freedom.“If we can get in a position in the second half of the year Australians for essential purposes can travel and return to the coun
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U.S.|Indianapolis police chief says gunman bought weapons legally despite earlier warning.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/17/us/Indianapolis-gunman-weapons.htmlCredit...Jeff Dean/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesApril 17, 2021, 7:02 p.m. ETBrandon Hole, the 19-year-old who the police say fatally shot eight people at a FedEx facility on Thursday night, legally purchased two semiautomatic rifles he used in the attack more than six months earlier, according to the chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.In March of 2020, the police had seized a shotgun from Mr. Hole after his mother raised concerns about his mental state, records show. But, Chief Randal Taylor said, the fact that Mr. Hole was legally able to make the more recent gun purchases indicates that, despite his mother’s warning and the police seizure of a gun, the authorities had not deemed him subject to Indiana’s so-called “red flag” law, which bars people who are found by a judge to present dangerous risk from possessing a firearm.Under the state’s longstanding red flag law, the authorities have two weeks after taking someone’s weapon to argue before a judge that the person is unstable and should be barred from possessing a gun for a period of time. But Chief Taylor was unsure whether a hearing like that ever took place — even though the police never returned the shotgun they had seized last year.“I don’t know how we held onto it,” Mr. Taylor said in an interview on Saturday night. “But it’s good that we did.” However, the chief added, Mr. Hole went on to “legally purchase a much more powerful weapon than a shotgun.” On Saturday night, the police department an
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Taxpayers are continuing to fund Donald Trump’s court fight against a woman who accused him of rape — and her attorneys are arguing that the Justice Department’s involvement is both “wrong and dangerous.” Author and journalist E. Jean Carroll accused Trump in a 2019 book of allegedly raping her years earlier in a dressing room in a Manhattan department store. Trump slammed her as a liar, adding: “She’s not my type.“ Carroll sued him for defamation. In a highly controversial move, the DOJ stepped in to defend Trump against the defamation suit, claiming his denunciation of Carroll was part of his official duties. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, however, blocked the move, ruling last year that Trump’s insults had absolutely “no relationship to the official business of the United States.” Carroll’s attorneys had argued at the time that “only in a world gone mad could it somehow be presidential, not personal, for Trump to slander a woman who he sexually assaulted.” Federal attorneys challenged the decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the DOJ was again blasted in a brief filed with that court Friday on Carroll’s behalf. Carroll’s attorney Robert Kaplan again called Trump’s comments attacking Carroll purely personal, arguing that there was no legal basis to interpret them as falling within the scope of his official work. He accused the DOJ of attempting to establish a new rule that would create “categorical immunity
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Rangers investigating the savage mauling of a toddler by a dingo on Fraser Island have called for eyewitnesses to the attack to come forward.The two-year-old boy has wounds all over his body but will recover after a lone dingo repeatedly bit him early on Saturday.The boy had wandered away from the home he was staying at with his family.Neighbours in the residential area of Orchid Beach who heard the commotion and rushed outside may well have saved his life.Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are investigating the attack and want to speak to eyewitnesses.They haven’t been able to fi
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OpenSCAD is a fantastic free tool for 3D modeling, but it’s far less intuitive to use for non-programmers than mouse-driven programs such as Tinkercad. Powerful as it may be, the learning curve is pretty steep. OpenSCAD’s own clickable cheat sheet and manual comes in handy all the time, but those are really more of a reference than anything else. Never fear, because [Jochen Kerdels] had quite the productive lockdown and wrote a free comprehensive guide to mastering OpenSCAD. [Jochen]’s book opens with a nice introduction to OpenSCAD and it’s user environment and qui
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The NSW health department is investigating how three members of a family acquired Covid-19 while in hotel quarantine in Sydney.They were staying next door to a family with the virus at the Adina Apartment hotel.The three cases within one family had been previously classified as overseas acquired but were reclassified on Sunday after NSW Health determined the cases shared the same viral sequence as the family of four who were in the adjoining room.The families returned from different countries on different days, and NSW Health said the original family was believed to have been infectious betwee
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FILE - In this June 24, 1999, file photo, Dr. Charles M. Geschke, president, co-chairman and co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., delivers his keynote address about the future of workplace information on the final day of PC Expo at New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Charles "Chuck" Geschke, the co-founder of the major software company Adobe Inc., who helped develop Portable Document Format technology, or PDFs, died at age 81. Geschke, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Los Altos, died Friday, April 16, 2021, the company said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)FILE - In this June 24, 1999, file photo, Dr. Charles M. Geschke, president, co-chairman and co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., delivers his keynote address about the future of workplace information on the final day o
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Police have charged a man with murder after a fatal double shooting and a dramatic manhunt in Queensland.They say the pair, aged 23 and 37, were shot on Lower King Street at Caboolture, north of Brisbane, just after 5pm on Saturday.The two men, from Burpengary, were declared dead after being taken to Caboolture Hospital. Witnesses told police arriving on the scene they saw a man driving off in a Toyota Yaris. A manhunt for the gunman ended shortly after 7pm when a 24-year-old suspect was apprehended at a service station 80km away, in Cornubia to Brisbane’s southeast.Police picked up a Toyota Yaris at the service station.The three men were known to police and to each other, Detective Superintendent Ben Fadian told reporters on Sunday. “This is not a random incident,” Fadian said. “T
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The two countries said they would treat global warming “with the seriousness and urgency that it demands.”Credit...Chang W. Lee/The New York TimesApril 17, 2021, 9:42 p.m. ETSEOUL — The United States and China have agreed to fight climate change “with the seriousness and urgency that it demands” by stepping up efforts to reduce carbon emissions, a rare demonstration of cooperation amid escalating tensions over a raft of other issues.The agreement, which included few specific commitments, was announced on Saturday night, Washington time, after President Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry, visited China for three days of talks in which the negotiators managed not to be sidetracked by those disputes.“It’s very important for us to try to keep those other things away, because cli
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A crop-based power system coming out of Israel is significantly cheaper than batteries, but why isn’t anyone interested? (Credit Mogens Jacobsen) smithsonianmag.com December 2, 2013 As one of the most ubiquitous crops in the world, the potato is poised to feed the entire world.  Along the way, scientists discovered that the popular staple of many people's diets may also have potential to help power it
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The US and China are “committed to cooperating” on the pressing issue of climate change, the two sides said in a joint statement Saturday, following a visit to Shanghai by US climate envoy John Kerry.“The United States and China are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands,” said the statement from Kerry and China’s special envoy for climate change Xie Zhenhua.Kerry, the former US secretary of state, was the first official from president Joe Biden’s administration to visit China, signalling hopes the two sides could work together on the global challenge despite sky-high tensions on multiple other fronts.The joint statement listed multiple avenues of co
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months, dropping to levels that could trigger the federal government’s first-ever official shortage declaration and prompt cuts in Arizona and Nevada. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released 24-month projections this week forecasting that less Colorado River water will cascade down from the Rocky Mountains through Lake Powell and Lake Mead and into the arid deserts of the U.S. Southwest and the Gulf of California. Water levels in the two lakes are expected to plummet low enough for the agency to declare an official shortage for the first time, threatening the supply of Colorado River water that growing cities and f
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The US has ordered its non-essential diplomats out of Chad over fears of insurgent attacks on the capital, as early election results show president Idriss Deby is poised to continue his three-decade rule of the African nation.With armed groups appearing to be advancing on the capital, N’Djamena, the US State Department on Saturday ordered non-essential diplomats and families of American personnel to leave the country.“Armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad have moved south and appear to be heading toward N’Djamena,” the department said in a travel alert. “Due to their growing proximity to N’Djamena, and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential US government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline.”Four tanks and several soldiers
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I started blogging in December 2020. I wanted to collect my old stories, software and notes all in one place. I thought others may like the content and I was curious how popular it may be, so I setup Google Analytics to keep track of things.After a few months, I decided I did not need Google Analytics. It was really over-kill and had privacy implications for people who visit my blog. It also impacted the blog’s performance a bit.AlternativesI looked at a few alternatives that promised better privacy, but they too were over-kill for my needs and required either infrastructure to setup (which I do not want to maintain) or monthly fees. And JavaScript. Lots and lots of JavaScript.They all seemed so unpleasant.What metrics do I want?I started by thinking about what metrics I want. It’s pre
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CHICAGO (AP) — A prosecutor who implied in court that 13-year-old Adam Toledo was holding a gun the instant he was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer was placed on leave a day after a video showing the boy’s hands were empty was released to the public. “In court last week, an attorney in our office failed to fully present the facts surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx spokeswoman Sarah Sinovic said in a statement. “We have put that individual on leave and are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.” During an April 10 bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Adam when he was shot March 29, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy appeared to suggest that the boy was still holding the gun as Off
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The unit has also been implicated in the 2018 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England, on Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter.Credit...Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesApril 17, 2021, 8:31 p.m. ETThe Czech Republic on Saturday blamed a series of mysterious 2014 explosions at Czech ammunition depots on an elite unit of Russia’s military intelligence service — a group that Britain has linked to a 2018 attack with a nerve agent on a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England.Prime Minister Andrej Babis said at a Prague news conference that his government would respond by expelling 18 Russian diplomats, whom it had identified as spies. He said there was “clear evidence,” assembled by the Czech intelligence and security services, showing “reasonable suspicion”
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Following an onslaught of attacks, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has backed away from launching the extremist America First Caucus, at least for now. Though the lawmaker vowed Saturday in a tweet to push the “America First agenda with my congressional colleagues,” she’s not planning to launch the caucus “at this time,” a spokesperson for Greene told Forbes. An incendiary caucus platform statement that triggered an uproar was part of a “planning proposal and nothing was agreed to or approved,” spokesperson Nick Dyer told CNN. “The Congresswoman wants to make clear that she is not launching anything.” The previous day, however, Dyer had emailed the network to “be on the lookout for the release of the America First Caucus platform.” The document, first circulated
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Four of the eight people killed on Thursday night were from Indiana’s growing Sikh community.Credit...Maddie McGarvey for The New York TimesApril 17, 2021, 7:58 p.m. ETINDIANAPOLIS — For decades now, Sikhs have come by the thousands to Central Indiana seeking good jobs, quiet lives and affordable homes. Some became doctors or police officers, but many others worked as truckers or in warehouses, toiling overnight and out of the public eye to support their families.They were people like Jaswinder Singh, who was active at his temple and was excited about his new job. And Amarjeet Kaur Johal, a grandmother in her 60s who loved to watch Indian soap operas. And Amarjit Sekhon, who had two teenage sons. And Jasvinder Kaur, who planned to make her famous yogurt this weekend for a family birthd
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Posted Saturday, April 17th, 2021  I was inspired to write this post after reading a similar post called How to Write a Technical Book by SerHack. Not because there is something wrong with their post, but because I’d like to focus a bit more on what are your options, and also show how I like to work.During the last ten years, I have published six technical books about programming. Most of them are self-published works but I recently published Roguelike Development With JavaScript with Apress which is a traditional publisher famous for its programming books. My first popular book was Quick Guide for FirefoxOS Programming published a long time ago. I really like that it got featured in the Leanpub bestseller at the time, it made me really proud. Besides that, I’ve spent the last sixteen years working for a major publisher of Hindu Literature in English.I love this cover...The reason behind telling you all this, is because my comprehension about book writing has changed and evolved over time, and what I think is the best way to write a book today is not necessarily the same as my own choices in the past. Basically, I don’t want you to repeat my own mistakes.Let’s break down the publishing process into three broadly-scoped phases:preparation: in which you plan and prepare your dream book. This plan will fail.writing: this covers both writing and editing.publishing: the hardest part actually, publishing and marketing your book.Every book project will need to go through all of those phases, and the most important phase, the one that will actually cause your book to fail if mismanaged is the third one. People often overlook how important ma
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VideotranscripttranscriptGunman in Indianapolis Shooting Was Former Employee, Police SayThe police identified Brandon Scott Hole, 19, as the gunman who killed eight people and injured at least seven others at a Fedex facility late Thursday. Hole killed himself before the police arrived.“This individual has since been identified as 19-year-old Brandon Hole. FedEx officials have confirmed that Mr. Hole was a former employee at the facility and he was last employed in 2020.” “The only thing that I can tell you is he was found in a couple of police reports. That’s all that we have. One of those is from last year and one was from, I believe, 2013, possibly.” “We’ve recently identified him, so now the work really begins trying to establish some of that, and see if we can figure out some sort of motive in this, but we don’t have that right now.” “Detectives have served several search warrants at multiple locations and are continuing to gather evidence to determine the facts that led up to Thursday night’s incident.” “After everyone is identified, then we’ll certainly start working to see if there is anything that ties them together, ties them to the suspect, anything like that.”The police identified Brandon Scott Hole, 19, as the gunman who killed eight people and injured at least seven others at a Fedex facility late Thursday. Hole killed himself before the police arrived.CreditCredit...Jon Cherry/Getty ImagesHe appeared in the parking lot after dark — a hooded figure with a gun who immediately began spraying bullets in every direction.He stepped into the FedEx warehouse, a place where he had once worked, and continued shooting, “firing into th
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Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny risks cardiac arrest at “any minute” as his health has rapidly deteriorated, doctors warned Saturday, urging immediate access to Russia’s most famous prisoner.On 31 March, Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent went on hunger strike to demand proper medical treatment for back pain and numbness in his legs and hands.On Saturday, Joe Biden added his voice to a growing international chorus of protest at the treatment of the activist, describing his situation as “totally unfair”.Navalny, 44, was imprisoned in February and is serving two-and-a-half years on old embezzlement charges in a penal colony in the town of Pokrov about 100km (60 miles) east of Moscow.Navalny’s personal doctor Anastasia Vasilyeva and three more doctors, including cardiologist Yaroslav Ashikhmin, have asked prison officials to grant them immediate access.“Our patient can die any minute,” Ashikhmin said on Facebook on Saturday, pointing to the opposition politician’s high potassium levels and saying Navalny should be moved to intensive care. “Fatal arrhythmia can develop any minute.”Navalny barely survived a poisoning with the novichok nerve agent in August which he has blamed on the Kremlin. His doctors say his hunger strike may have exacerbated his condition.Having blood potassium levels higher than 6.0 mmol (millimole) per litre usually requires immediate treatment. Navalny’s were at 7.1, the doctors said. “This means both impaired renal function and that serious heart rhythm problems can happen any minute,” said a statement on Vasilyeva’s Twitter account.The doctors said he had to be examined immediately “taking into account the blood tests and his recent poisoning”.Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh, who accompanied him when he collapsed on a plane after the poisoning in August, said the situation was critical again. “Alexei is dying,” she said on Facebook. “With his condition, it’s a matter of days.”She said she felt like she was “on that plane again, only this time it’s landing in slow motion”, pointing out that access to Navalny was restricted and few Russians were aware of what was actually goin
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[Wayne Venables], like many of us, found himself sitting more than usual the past few months.  Armed with a Bluetooth-enabled under desk exercise bike, he quickly found the app to be rather sub-optimal and set about reverse-engineering the protocol of his bike. Custom GUI for the exercise bike The first step was to use some apps on his Android phone to reveal the profiles on the bike, which showed his particular machine used a Nordic Bluetooth UART. This meant the only work would be decoding the stream of bytes coming off the wireless serial port. Using Wireshark and Bluetooth logs on his phone, [Wayne] was able to correspond the various commands to points in the video. There were still a few bytes that he wasn’t able to identify, but [Wayne] had enough to whip up a quick .NET app that can start a workout and log it all to a database. The code for his app is on his GitHub. While [Wayne] doesn’t specifically name the bike he uses in this project, we tracked down the image he shows on his writeup to the Exerpeutic 900e. It appears to be discontinued but the reverse engineering approach should be usable on a range of Bluetooth-connected machines. This isn’t the first bike we’ve seen liberated by reverse engineering here at Hackaday. And we have a feeling
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U.S. federal investigators are probing an intrusion at San Francisco-based software auditing company Codecov that affected an unknown number of its 29,000 customers, the firm said, raising the specter of knock-on breaches at companies elsewhere.Codecov said in a statement hackers began tampering with its software - which is used across the tech industry to help test code for mistakes and vulnerabilities - on Jan. 31. However, the intrusion was only detected earlier this month when an astute customer noticed there was something off about the tool, Codecov said.Although the ramifications of the incident remain unclear, the breach drew comparisons to the recent compromise of Texas software firm SolarWinds (SWI.N) by alleged Russian hackers, both because the breach could have follow-on effects at many of the organizations that use Codecov and because of the length of time that the doctored software remained in circulation.The company says on its website that it has 29,000 customers including consumer goods conglomerate Procter & Gamble Co, (PG.N) web hosting firm GoDaddy Inc, (GDDY.N) The Washington Post, and Australian software firm Atlassian Corporation PLC. (TEAM.O)P&G, GoDaddy, and The Post did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Atlassian said it was aware of the situation and was investigating."At this moment, we have not found any evidence that we have been impacted nor have identified signs of a compromise," Atlassian said in an email.Codecov is used by "big enterprises, small companies and open source tools alike," said Dor Atias of Israeli source code protection firm Cycode.Subverting Codecov means "you can get a lot of data from a lot of big companies," he said. "It's a huge deal."Codecov said there was an ongoing federal investigation into the matter but declined to elaborate on its statement.The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity arm did not immediately return a messages seeking comment on Friday.Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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What do you do when your company finds itself at the centre of a controversy? Some companies draw up delicately worded apologies or at least look for convenient scapegoats, but Serco has taken the more traditional approach during the pandemic: stick to your position and insist there’s nothing to see here.The outsourcing company will be winning no popularity prizes any time soon, not least because of its role in the UK’s expensive test-and-trace programme. The National Audit Office said there was no evidence the £22bn programme had reduced rates of Covid-19 in England.Serco chief executive Rupert Soames, a grandson of Winston Churchill whose brother is former Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, has staunchly defended his company’s role, and said the test and trace team had done “bloody well”.The rewards for Serco for that and other work have certainly been generous. In March it revealed that Soames had been paid £4.9m for 2020. Shareholders were also happy, enjoying a £17m dividend payout after Serco doubled profits in 2020 as Covid-19 contracts boosted revenues.Labour leader Keir Starmer said the dividend payout was “outrageous”, and his frontbench colleague Rachel Reeves said the pay packets for Soames and chief financial officer Angus Cockburn were “typical of this government’s appalling waste during this pandemic”.Yet political anger has yet to be matched by any corporate backlash. Investors are expected to wave through both the dividend and executive pay at an annual meeting to be held virtually on Wednesday.That is not to say there are no rumblings of discontent in the City. Pirc, a proxy voting adviser, has advised its pension fund clients to oppose Serco’s pay policies. Pirc said Soames’s bonuses for 2020 were “excessive” at five times his salary. Soames was paid 61 times what his average employee earns, despite his pay falling by 5% compared with 2019.However, a US-based adviser, Institutional Shareholder Services, recommended that investors vote in favour, despite noting that Soames’s pay was more than three times the average chief executive package. By Friday, Serco had received about 70% of votes on the pay report, and 95
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Google shifted more than $75.4 billion (€63 billion) in profits out of the Republic using the controversial “double-Irish” tax arrangement in 2019, the last year in which it used the loophole. The technology giant availed of the tax arrangement to move the money out of Google Ireland Holdings Unlimited Company via interim dividends and other payments. This company was incorporated in Ireland but tax domicil
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Dispute with Tencent scuppers project. Amazon has cancelled its Lord of the Rings MMO.Bloomberg reports the game, which was announced in 2019, was scrapped over a dispute between Amazon and Chinese mega-corp Tencent. Eurogamer news cast: the improvements the PS5 desperately needs In July 2019, Amazon's game development arm, Amazon Game Studios, revealed it was co-developing a new free-to-play MMO based on JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.Amazon was working with LA-based developer Athlon Games - a subsidiary of Chinese publisher Leyou Technologies, owner of Warframe developer Digital Extremes and Splash Damage. In December, Tencent bought Leyou, which forged contract negotiations over the Lord of the Rings MMO. Bloomberg said these negotiations led to a dispute that ultimately resulted in the game's cancellation.An Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg that after Tencent's acquisition of Leyou, "we have been unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time.""We love the Lord of the Rings IP, and are disappointed that we won't be bringing this game to customers."The Amazon team working on the game will be moved to other projects, Bloomberg said.Amazon's Lord of the Rings MMO was expected to come out at some point in 2022, and was set to be published by Amazon outside of China, according to disclosure documents filed as part of Tencent's acquisition of Leyou.The new game was going to be set prior to the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and was previously described as an "AAA experience" featuring "lands, people and creatures never seen before".The project was greenlit, according to Leyou Technologies, "in light of the resurgence of interest in The Lord of the Rings IP", which many took to be a reference to Amazon's upcoming $1bn Lord of the Rings television series.The cancellation is the latest setback for Amazon Game Studios, which is yet to release a game. In October Amazon canceled Crucible - five months after its release and four months after its un-release.In February, Amazon's ambitious MMO New World received its third delay, and is now expected in August.Bloomberg has a good report on why Amazon has so far struggled to make a successful video game, despite throwing millions of dollars at it.Tencent is
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There were seventy minutes gone in the 2021 Copa del Rey final when Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi did what Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi do, replicating the move they have produced a thousand times to round off a final that ended in familiar style. Alba’s pass, Messi’s finish, and Barcelona had the fourth goal of the night and their seventh Copa del Rey in 12 years. If Messi is to depart at the end of the season at least they can remember him like this, scoring twice and lifting his 35th trophy at the club. Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, meanwhile, lifted their first having sparked Barcelona into life with the first and second of a four goal burst early in the second half that ended what little resistance Athletic Bilbao could muster – which wasn’t much. So too did manager Ronald Koeman, who must have wondered how his team were not leading at the break, but was beaming by the end. Ultimately, they were just much too good, taking Athletic apart piece by piece. Rarely can a final have been so one-sided. There is room for optimism at Barcelona now, one trophy secured, a league title still to play for. Maybe even a future too, whether that is with Messi or with the men he would leave behind. For Athletic, by contrast, this cut deep. They have now lost two Copa del Rey finals here in a fortnight, five in 12 years, and six since they last lifted a major trophy in 1984. Four of those have been against Barcelona, in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2021. In each of those finals, Messi scored. And if defeat was always likely, they didn’t picture it like this, a destruction so complete, so comfortable. If defeat was always likely, a destruction so complete, so comfortable was not
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Home > Anti-Piracy > DMCA > After the RIAA had youtube-dl removed from GitHub last year, the platform decided to reinstate the YouTube-ripping tool, claiming that the industry group's takedown was unwarranted. However, users who forked the project weren't so lucky and according to a counternotice filed this week, GitHub isn't responding to informal restoration requests. There is probably a good reason for that. Last October the RIAA infuriated many players in the open source community by targeting YouTube-ripping tool youtube-dl in a DMCA takedown notice filed at GitHub. What followed was a broad backlash against the RIAA, the likes of which hadn’t been seen for many years. The music industry group’s claims of DMCA violations due to the software allegedly bypassing technological protection measures were met with intense criticism, including from the EFF. In a surprise move several weeks later, GitHub reinstated the youtube-dl repository after concluding that the code doesn’t violate the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions. In addition, GitHub sought to boost its standing with developers by placing $1m into a takedown defense fund. “We are taking a stand for developers and have reinstated the youtube-dl repo. Section 1201 of the DMCA is broken and needs to be fixed. Developers should have the freedom to tinker. That’s how you get great tools like youtube-dl,” GitHub CEO Nat Friedman explained. Dust Settles But The Fix Was Incomplete, Dev Says When the
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Once you have put a page on the Web, you need to keep it there indefinitely: Other sites may link to your page, so removing it will cause linkrot  and lost business opportunities as you turn away new users Users may have bookmarked the page because they want to go directly to a relevant part of your site instead of starting at the home page every time Search engines are slow in updating their databases, so they too will lead users astray if you remove pages Old content adds value to your site: some users will benefit from the old pages, so why not keep serving these customers? The first three reasons are really arguments why URLs must stay active forever : any URL that has ever been exposed to the outside world must continue to bring up something reasonable when people go to it. Because they will. It is common experience among webmasters that they keep getting hits on URLs that were put out of service several years ago. Even if you believe that the old page has zero value, the old URL should be supported and made into a redirect to the closest related page on the site. Value of Old Content Most old pages do have value for users, so I recommend keeping the pages themselves alive forever. Sure, new content is probably more valuable than old content, but there is more old content to choose from. As an example, consider a site that publishes new content on a weekly basis. After a year, this site will consist of 51 old editions and one new edition. Assuming that new content is ten times as valuable as old content, 84% of the site's value comes from old content . I still get about 50 visitors per week who follow the link to my site from an article about usability in The New York Times four months ago  (warning: access to the Times requires free registration). Adjusting for link click-through, this means that the newspaper provides extra value to many more readers simply by leaving this old article on their server. A great way to establish a reputation as a substantial online service of record. Another example is my 1996 article on the top-ten mistakes of Web design . As shown in the table, it is getting more readers every year: Year Page Views 1996 50,061 1997 72,454 1998 149,520 1999 226,320 2000 387,884 Admittedly, the "top-ten mistakes" Alertbox is somewhat of a Web classic, but the more average Alertbox columns also get most of their readers when they are "old." A typical Alertbox accumulates about 80,000 page views over time, only 20,000 of which are received while it is the "current" column. Users benefit from old content because: it may be intrinsically interesting and worth reading even when it's not news (say, a well-written essay) it can experience renewed interest due to later events (what did the new CEO of your main competitor do two jobs ago?) it can have historical interest (how did reviewers view Gone With
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Reports are emerging of Brazilian health workers forced to intubate patients without the aid of sedatives, after weeks of warnings that hospitals and state governments risked running out of critical medicines. One doctor at the Albert Schweitzer municipal hospital in Rio de Janeiro told the Associated Press that for days health workers diluted sedatives to make their stock last longer. Once it ran out, nurses and doctors had to begin using neuromuscular blockers and tying patients to their beds, the doctor said. “You relax the muscles and do the procedure easily, but we don’t have sedation,” said the doctor, who agreed to discuss the sensitive situation only if not quoted by name. “Some try to talk, resist. They’re conscious.” Lack of required medicines is the latest pandemic problem to befall Brazil, which is experiencing a brutal COVID-19 outbreak that has flooded the nation’s intensive care units. The daily death count is averaging about 3,000, accounting for a quarter of deaths globally and making Brazil the epicenter of the pandemic. “Intubation kits” include anesthetics, sedatives and other medications used to put severely ill patients on ventilators. The press office of Rio city’s health secretariat said in an email that occasional shortages at the Albert Schweitzer facility are due to difficulties obtaining supplies on the global market and that “substitutions are made so that there is no damage to the assistance provided.” It didn’t comment on the need to tie patients to beds. The newspaper O Globo on Thursday reported similar ordeals in several other hospitals in the Rio metropolitan region, with people desperately calling other facilities seeking sedatives for their loved ones. It’s unclear whether the problem seen in Rio remains an isolated case, but others are sounding the alarm about impending shortages. Sao Paulo state’s health secretary, Jean Carlo Gorinchteyn, said at a news conference Wednesday that the situation was dire in the hospitals of Brazil’s most-populous state. On Thursday, more than 640 hospitals were on the verge of collapse, with shortages possible within days, officials said. “We need the federal government’s support,” Gorinchteyn said. “This is not a necessity for Sao Paulo; it is a necessity for the whole country.” His state’s health officials sent nine requests for intubation medication to the Health Ministry over the past 40 days, according to a statement Wednesday. Its last delivery was enough to cover just 6% of monthly needs in the state’s public health network, officials told AP. Federal Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga, who took over the post last month, said Wednesday that a shipment of sedatives was expected to arrive in Brazil “in the next ten days.” It is the result of a contract signed with the Pan American Health Organization. He said two separate efforts to acquire medications on the international market are underway “to end this day-to-day struggle.” For many weeks, the ministry has also been facing logistical constraints on getting oxygen delivered to hospitals across the country. Queiroga said it remain
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Get in the moodIf you want to brighten your mood, John Lewis is launching an exclusive collection with label Kemi Telford. Created by Yvonne Modupe Telford in 2017, Kemi Telford’s mission is to make clothes that make women feel great about themselves, designed with bright and bold patterns, inspired by her Nigerian heritage, these beautifully crafted pieces, like this bold wax printed skirt will become a much loved addition to your wardrobe. Patterned skirt, £150, Kemi Telford, exclusive to John Lewis, from 21 April, johnlewis.com
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Ronnie O’Sullivan gave the returning Crucible fans a treat by firing three consecutive centuries to wrap up a first round win over Mark Joyce – but fears their overenthusiasm could wreck his bid for a seventh world crown.O’Sullivan revealed he was accosted on Saturday in a “nightmare” incident at a Sheffield city centre restaurant, and will now cut back his appearances in public in order to minimise the risk of being forced to withdraw due to a positive test later in the tournament.O’Sullivan, who said that two members of the restaurant’s staff had been forced to intervene, added: “Ninety-nine per cent of the people are fine but it’s just the odd one who was a bit boozed up
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Having an unstable teammate on a project I led. Long story short, they:(a) they tended to see things in terms of them being persecuted, and took critique of their work or approach deeply personally(b) tended to see things as us vs them, and not a two-way street, where both sides bore responsibility. And that sometimes crappy things happen with no malace.(c) resented other's success at the company, and thought that the 'successful' person was only successful because management supported them unfairly in a way my colleague was not supported. My colleague perceived themselves as a secret failure for not doing what the other person was doing. They also thought others telling them they were succe
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I started this post thinking it would be very technical and only appeal to an engineering type crowd, but it turned out the story here was about something else. Losing sight of what makes you happy, maybe. Or alternatively, how to create a really bad bonus incentive program. -Mad NedIn 1996, I was working for Digital Equipment Corporation, at the time the second largest computer company in the world. Today most people have never heard of it. I still find it amazing how quickly such a huge company could just vanish, seemingly without a trace. Digital, or DEC as it was popularly known, had a long, storied history in the computer world. It was a leader in the transition towards making small
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Brendan Rodgers says that the past week brought the lowest point of his mostly uplifting two-year tenure at Leicester. No doubt he felt like swearing when he heard about the illicit get-together at Ayoze Pérez’s house, which led to him omitting players such as the Spaniard and James Maddison from the critical Premier League game against West Ham, which Leicester went on to lose. Now Rodgers knows that defeat by Southampton in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final could trigger widespread use of the C-word.Failure to win at Wembley against a team who are 20 points below them in the Premier League would lead to accusations that Leicester are on the brink of another late-season collapse.That would no
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This is a simple project to track CVEs in the upstream linux kernel. Individual distro's (RHEL, Debian, Ubuntu, etc) often do a good job of tracking CVEs for their own kernels but this information is lacking for the upstream kernel. This project aims to help out with this void. The output was generated automatically through a set of tools that has not been fully tested or made public yet. How to see the data There are two ways to view/consume the data. The easiest is the web front end at www.linuxkernelcves.com. Here can you can view CVEs by stream or by CVE id. The second way is this github page. Here, the data is laid out in both JSON and text format. Linux Security Note Trac
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An AppraisalShe was unforgettable onstage playing seemingly serene women who rippled with restlessness.Credit...Richard Hubert SmithApril 17, 2021Updated 5:14 p.m. ETSelfishly, my first feelings on hearing that the uncanny British actress Helen McCrory had died at 52 were of personal betrayal. We were supposed to have shared a long and fruitful future together, she and I. There’d be me on one side of the footlights and her on the other, as she unpacked the secrets of the human heart with a grace and ruthlessness shared by only a few theater performers in each generation.I never met her, but I knew her — or rather I knew the women she embodied with an intimacy that sometimes seemed like a cruel violation of privacy. When London’s theaters reawakened from their pandemic lockdown, she was supposed to be waiting for me with yet another complete embodiment of a self-surprising life.Ms. McCrory had become world famous for dark and exotic roles onscreen, as the fiercely patrician witch Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies and the terrifying criminal matriarch Polly Gray in the BBC series “Peaky Blinders.” But for me, she was, above all, a bright creature of the stage and in herself a reason to make a theater trip to London.More often than not, she’d be there, portraying women of wit and passion, whose commanding serenity rippled with hints of upheavals to come, masterly performances in masterworks by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Pinter, Ibsen, Rattigan and Euripides. Sometimes, she’d take you to places you thought you never wanted to go, to depths where poise was shattered and pride scraped raw.How grateful, though, I felt at the end of these performances, even after a pitch-bleak “Medea,” at the National Theater in 2014, which she turned into an uncompromising study in the festering nightmare of clinical depression. Granted, I often felt sucker-punched, too, maybe because I hadn’t expected such an ostensibly self-contained person to unravel so completely and convincingly. Then again, that was part of the thrill of watching her.ImageCredit...Richard Hubert SmithMost of Ms. McCrory’s fans felt sucker-punched by her death, I imagine. Aside from her family — who include her husband, the actor Damian Lewis, and their two children — few people even knew she had cancer. The announcement of her death was a stealth attack, like that of Nora Ephron (in 2012), who had also managed to keep her final illness a secret.I have great admiration for public figures who are able to take private control of their last days. Still, when I saw on Twitter that Ms. McCrory had died, I yelled “No!,” with a reiterated obscenity, and began angrily pacing the room.Damn it, Ms. McCrory had within her so many more complex, realer-than-life portraits to give us. Imagine what we would have lost if Judi Dench, Maggie Smith or Helen Mirren had died in her early 50s.ImageCredit...Stephanie Berger for The New York TimesLike Ms. Mirren, Ms. McCrory, at first glance, exuded a seductive air of mystery. Even in her youth, she had a sphinx’s smile, a husky alto and an often amused, slightly weary gaze, as if she had already seen more than you ever would.In the
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Virtual gaming platform Roblox is developing content ratings for games and easier-to-use parental controls, the company’s chief privacy officer Remy Malan told The Wall Street Journal. Half of Roblox’s audience of more than 30 million daily users are kids under 13, but the platform has struggled at times to contain sexually explicit content. Age-inappropriate games sometimes surface up on kids’ “recommended for you” lists, according to the WSJ. The platform’s current system restricts kids to specific games, but under the new system, parents would have more information about wha
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The first time I was paid to use Clojure was only two years after the language was released. Needless to say, it was at an early-stage startup. The idea behind Runa was that we’d do dynamic pricing for smaller online retailers, offering targeted discounts based on individual shopper behavior. In practice, we offered a fixed discount to anyone who abandoned their shopping cart. By treating a small percentage of customers as a control group, we could calculate our effect on the retailer’s sales, and take a cut. Our biggest problem was convincing retailers to let us control
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Sheffield United equalled the earliest relegation from the Premier League as their demotion was confirmed following Willian Jose’s first goal for Wolves.This ninth defeat in 10 league games mean United depart for the Championship with six games remaining, the same as Huddersfield Town two years ago and Derby County in 2007/08, after Willian converted in the second half for the first time in his 12th game for Wolves.United fought to the end, and had the better chances of a low-quality game, but their year of misery was compounded when Wolves broke to score just after Enda Stevens had had the clearest chance of the game.Wolves’ win at Fulham eight nights previously had given them the breathing space to no longer be considered part of any relegation battle. With Pedro Neto joining Jonny Otto in need of knee surgery and Rúben Neves missing in Covid isolation, this is no little relief for Wolves fans.Newcastle’s win over West Ham earlier in the day however meant that Sheffield United knew defeat here would confirm their relegation. After seven defeats in their previous eight games, and a raft of potential unwanted records, their demotion has been a long time coming but in many ways that meant the pressure was off.Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Willian Jose sweeps the ball past Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to open the scoring. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Pool/ReutersIn an even first half, Oliver Norwood did well to head Willy Boly’s deflected backheel against the underside of the crossbar in Wolves’ best chance after Willian José chested the ball down for the Ivory Coast defender, up for a corner.John Fleck, at the culmination of a fluent United build-up, dispatched a rising snorter of a shot just over the crossbar at the other end.Wolves were fortunate not to be reduced to ten men nine minutes before the interval however. Rayan Aït-Nouri and Rhian Brewster both went over the top of the ball as they went for a 50/50 but, while the former Liverpool striker was cautioned for his lunge, replays suggested the Wolves left-back had trodden on his opponent’s ankle.United chairman Prince Musaad Bin Khalid Al Saud, the son-in-law of club owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, had resigned for personal reasons on the eve of the game but it is not thought this would make any difference to the day-by-day running of the club.Paul Heckingbottom remains in interim charge in the dugout, having overseen four defeats since Chris Wilder’s acrimonious departure, but behind the scenes there is a sense of drift with decisions over next season still to be discussed despite the inevitability of United’s status.Kean Bryan reacts after the final whistle as Sheffield United’s defeat means they are relegated from the Premier League. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Pool/PAWolves have some serious questions to consider over the coming summer.The absence since November of Raúl Jiménez, not only their leading goalscorer but also most pivotal attacker, with a fractured skull has highlighted an over-reliance on the Mexican and neither Fabio Silva, the £35 million 18-year-old, nor Willian José, on loan from Real Sociedad, have convi
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Warren Gatland has revealed that Andy Farrell – his key lieutenant on the two previous British & Irish Lions tours – could still be added to the coaching staff for this summer’s trip to South Africa.Gatland named Steve Tandy and Robin McBryde – alongside Gregor Townsend and Neil Jenkins – on his coaching staff this past week after Farrell, Steve Borthwick and Graham Rowntree all made themselves unavailable. In Farrell’s case, ultimately he felt the need to stick with Ireland for their scheduled tour of the Pacific Islands and could not commit to a third Lions tour.There is considerable doubt over whether Ireland’s tour will take place, however, and with Gatland considering adding one more assistant to his staff at a later date, he admitted Farrell remains a possibility. This coming week the revised Lions itinerary is due to be confirmed, with Gatland revealing the series is set to stick with the three-Test schedule. The Lions are likely to begin the eight-match tour on the Highveld before heading to Cape Town for the first Test, with the South African government still hopeful crowds of up to 50% capacity will be permitted. The Lions would then return to Johannesburg to play the final two Tests.In a demonstration of just how important Farrell remains, when Gatland requested that his assistants each pick their 36-man squads before their first selection meeting last week, he also asked the Ireland head coach to do so.In the past Farrell’s remit has been defence – an area now covered by Tandy – but his experience would be invaluable against the Springboks. When asked if Farrell may yet play a role in South Africa, Gatland said: “Yeah it’s possible, it’s why we’ve left one of the spots open. Whoever it is, do we feel like we need someone else to come in, is it at the start of the tour, during the tour, before the Test matches take place? I haven’t been specific about a role but it’s something I want to have the possibility of being able to do if we feel there’s a need for it.”Meanwhile, Gatland has revealed discussions are continuing over ensuring all members of the Lions playing squad and staff are vaccinated before travelling to South Africa. The UK government’s target is for all adults to have been offered their first jab by the end of July, while the vaccination programme in Ireland is much further behind and the Lions are due to fly to South Africa on 27 June. Gatland does not want to be seen asking for “special treatment” but hopes to have everyone inoculated in the UK, including the Ireland players, before departure.“We’re working towards that if we can,” he added. “We know there are challenges. We’ve got to be conscious not to be seen getting special treatment but these are special times and circumstances and I’d like to think people see what we’re doing is important for the Lions but also from a safety perspective as well.”The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email.The Lions are set to resume negotiations with the Premiership clubs this coming week over the early release of players based in England once their seasons have finished. Without an agreement, those playe
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I recently saw an interesting die photo of an unknown chip on Twitter, so I did some analysis of it. Looking at the circuitry inside, the chip appears to be four comparators, probably in the ECL (Emitter Coupled Logic) family. This is a quick blog post to summarize my investigation. The die photo below shows the chip under the microscope. Regions of the silicon appear pink, blue, or yellow, depending on how the silicon was doped. The speckled regions are the metal layer on top of the silicon, wiring the circuitry together. Around the edges, the black bond wires connect the chip to the external pins. These wires are attached to the square bond pads. The die has four blocks of circuitry, one for each of its four comparators. Much of the die is unused, especially the large metal area in the middle. Because this chip's circuitry is relatively simple, it only uses a fraction of the available space. The chip with pins labeled. Click this photo (or any other) for a larger version. Photo courtesy of EvilMonkeyDesignz. The photo below shows the chip with its metal lid removed. Modern chips are usually in a black epoxy package, but this chip has a white ceramic package. The tiny silicon die is visible in the middle, with bond wires connecting the die to the lead frame, the metal connections to the chip's gold-plated pins. The metal layer on top of the die is visible, and can be matched with the die photo above. The semi-circular notch on the left indicates the orientation of the chip; the "P" is pin 1. The chip with the metal lid removed, showing the tiny silicon die inside. Photo courtesy of EvilMonkeyDesignz. The chip's components Transistors are the key components in a chip. This chip uses a type of transistor called the NPN transistor. The photo below shows a transistor as it appears on the chip. The orange and blue colors are regions of silicon that have been doped differently, forming N and P regions. The speckled areas are the metal layer of the chip on top of the silicon—these form the wires connecting to the transistor's collector, emitter, and base. Underneath the photo is a cross-section drawing showing approximately how the transistor is constructed. There's a lot more than just the N-P-N sandwich you see in books, but if you look carefully at the vertical cross-section below the 'E', you can find the N-P-N that forms the transistor. The emitter (E) wire is connected to N+ silicon. Below that is a P layer connected to the base contact (B). And below that is an N+ layer connected (indirectly) to the collector (C). The emitter, base, and collector can be distinguished on the die with careful examination. The base's region surrounds the emitter, forming a blue rectangle. The collector contact is larger and off to the side. Structure of an NPN transistor. Top: transistor as it appears on the die. Bottom: cross-section diagram. The other key components of this chip are the resistors. The photo below shows two resistors as they appear on the die. The resistors are formed from strips of higher-resistance P silicon, which appears blue in the die photos. The two ends of each resistor are connected to the metal layer. A resistor has higher re
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"Daughter from California" syndrome is a phrase used in the medical profession to describe a situation in which a long-lost relative arrives at the hospital at which a dying elderly relative is being treated, and insists that the medical team pursue aggressive measures to prolong the patient's life, or otherwise challenges the care the patient is being given. In his 2015 book The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, American doctor Angelo Volandes ascribes this to "guilt and denial," "not necessarily what is best for the patient."[1] The "daughter from California" is often described as angry, articulate and informed.[2] Medical professionals say that because the "daught
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The decision reverses Trump administration rules and allows scientists to use tissue derived from elective abortions to develop treatments for diseases including cancer and AIDS.Credit...Patrick Semansky/Associated PressApril 17, 2021Updated 4:56 p.m. ETThe Biden administration on Friday lifted restrictions on the use of fetal tissue for medical research, reversing rules imposed in 2019 by President Donald J. Trump.The new rules, disclosed by the National Institutes of Health, allow scientists to use tissue derived from elective abortions to study and develop treatments for diseases including diabetes, cancer, AIDS and Covid-19.The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the
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An upcoming feature in Chrome 90 will allow users to create a link to a section of a website that they’ve highlighted. First launched as a browser extension called Link to Text Fragment last year, Google has now added the feature within Chrome itself. The new feature is still rolling out to users; I wasn’t able to get it to work even after I updated to Chrome 90. But the feature works just like the browser extension did, according to a blog post from Google product manager Kayce Hawkins: Visit a web page, highlight the text you want to create a link to, right click, and select “copy link to highlight.” A URL ending in a pound sign (#) is generated, which you can then share with o
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Credit...Pool photo by Jonathan BradyApril 17, 2021, 4:28 p.m. ETShe was utterly alone.With coronavirus restrictions firmly in place, some of Queen Elizabeth II’s relatives sat in small family groups with children and spouses to mourn Prince Philip, her husband. But she sat alone at the end of a pew, and for many watching the proceedings from home, the sight of the newly widowed queen, who will turn 95 next week, was perhaps the saddest image of the day.“These pictures really bring home one of the horrible truths of the pandemic,” the British journalist Jane Merrick said on Twitter: “that there can be no tearful hugs with reunited family right at the time when you need it most.”One
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Pep Guardiola dismissed suggestions that he did not pay enough attention to the FA Cup after Manchester City’s hopes of winning an unprecedented quadruple of trophies were ended by Chelsea.Hakim Ziyech’s second-half goal was enough to take his club to a fourth final in the past five years as City failed to score for only the fifth time this season. Guardiola made eight changes from the side that defeated Borussia Dortmund in midweek to reach the Champions League semi-finals and saw his side struggle to create any real opportunities to equalise after falling behind, despite the best efforts of the substitute Phil Foden.The former City defender Micah Richards was among those pundits to que
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He rose to fame in the dance world with remarkable speed. His subsequent downfall, amid allegations of sexual misconduct, happened just as abruptly.Credit...Andrea Mohin/The New York TimesApril 17, 2021, 4:13 p.m. ETLiam Scarlett, a British choreographer who won early acclaim both at home and internationally for his ballets, died on Friday at his home in Ipswich, England. He was 35.His death was confirmed in a statement from his family that did not specify a cause.Mr. Scarlett, who was a dancer with the Royal Ballet in London before becoming its artist in residence in 2012, was suspended by the company in August 2019 in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct involving students at the R
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Business|Peloton Fights Back Against U.S. Warnings of Treadmill Dangershttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/17/business/peloton-tread-recall-child-death.htmlThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was aware of 38 injuries and one death related to Peloton’s Tread+ machine. The company said its product is safe.Credit...Roger Kisby for The New York TimesApril 17, 2021Updated 4:12 p.m. ETThe exercise bike company Peloton fought back on Saturday after a federal agency warned that those with children at home should stop using the company’s Tread+ treadmills.The agency, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, issued an “urgent warning” after reports of 38 injuries and one death linked to the machine, which was previously known as the Tread.The agency said those with small children at home should stop using the machine, warning that the Tread+ posed risks to children, including abrasions, fractures and even death.The commission said that at least one accident was believed to have happened while a parent was using the treadmill. Those who continue to use it should do so in a locked room inaccessible to children and pets, the agency said.The commission on Saturday also shared a video of a child who became stuck under the machine. After a few seconds, the child was able to get free and walk away.The commission did not share the age of the child who died or of those who had been injured.Joe Martyak, a spokesman for the commission, said it was continuing to investigate dangers related to the Tread+ machine.“Given the hazard patterns that have been reported involving children in homes with this product, the public health and safety warrant a warning of this nature,” Mr. Martyak said.Peloton pushed back on Saturday, saying that the commission’s warning was “inaccurate and misleading.” The company said in the statement that there was no reason for consumers to refrain from using the machine, adding that safety instructions should always be followed.Peloton acknowledged “a child died while using the Tread+” machine, adding that it was “shocked and devastated” to learn of the death. The company also reported that another child had sustained a
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Get to the chopper! — This is all experimental, so it's quite possible that Ingenuity will fail. Enlarge / NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a close-up taken by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard the Perseverance rover.NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA has resolved the issues with its Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars and is ready to fly. The space agency announced on Saturday that it will attempt to fly the small, 1.8kg helicopter early on Monday. The first flight is scheduled to take place at about 3:30am ET (07:30 UTC). It will take a few hours to relay data from the helicopter to the Perseverance rover, and then to an orbiting satellite and back to Earth. So NASA anticipates receiving the first data back from Mars some time after 6:15am ET. The space agency will begin a livestream at that time, sharing any photos and reactions from scientists and engineers as humans attempt to fly a powered vehicle on another world for the first time. NASA originally planned to fly Ingenuity about one week ago, but during a pre-flight test engineers encountered a problem. When the engineers sent a command to the helicopter to test the ro
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Imagine that everyone living in Chicago died of a deadly disease. The world passed this grim milestone on Saturday, according to the Johns Hopkins Covid-19 tracker, which has officially recorded 3 million Covid-19 deaths around the globe — roughly 300,000 more people than all the current residents of the Windy City. The number comes as some governments have begun ramping up vaccinations while simultaneously racing against outbreaks of multiple variants of the virus. As some may be beginning to sense an end to the pandemic, the virus still continues to spread at an alarming rate globally. Globally, new infections are up recently, according to the Associated Press, averaging more than 700,000 cases and 12,000 deaths a day. “This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic, where we have proven control measures,” Maria Van Kerkhove, one of the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 leaders, told the AP. The death toll is accelerating, as the world passed 2 million deaths just two months ago. Brazil is an outlier for its Covid-19 death rate, accounting for about 3,000 deaths daily, approximately a quarter of the global daily death count. The country’s alarming mortality rate can largely be attributed to President Jair Bolsonaro and his Health Ministry’s tepid response to the virus. The Brazilian president has consistently opposed lockdowns and only recently came around to accepting vaccines as a means of fighting the pandemic. In the US, the vaccination rate continues to grow, with 206 million doses administered as of Saturday, according to a Bloomberg report. But while wealthier countries may be eyeing a vaccine-facilitated end to the pandemic, less economically fortunate areas have been left waiting. Countries are vaccinating, but at different speeds Vaccinations are being administered in about 190 countries worldwide, but some, like the US and the UK, are well ahead of less developed nations. Of the 700 million jabs administered worldwide, 87 percent have gone to high-income or upper middle-income countries, according to comments last Friday from WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “On average in high-income count
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On an overcast day at Brisbane airport in early February, a plain white Airbus 319 with an Australian flag marking on the tail was waiting on the tarmac.Boarding the aircraft was Taryn O’Dowd, a New Zealand citizen who had lived in Australia for 32 years.As deportees climbed the stairs on to the plane, a Channel Nine TV crew that had been given access by former immigration minister Peter Dutton asked questions.“How does it feel to be kicked out of Australia?” the reporter asked one of them. Then later, “Our country doesn’t want you, are you excited to go home?”, before Dutton said: “It’s taking the trash out.”For O’Dowd, the indignity of having a bit part in the immigration minister’s political pantomime wasn’t the worst part. It was the injustice of leaving behind her 12-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son, who she will never be able to visit in Australia, that really stung.A Channel Nine crew questions non-citizens being deported from Brisbane airport in February. Photograph: Channel Nine“I don’t understand how they can take a mother away from their children,” O’Dowd says. “My crimes weren’t insignificant, but they weren’t that monumental. This is a life sentence for me.”O’Dowd was deported after she was jailed on a drug-related matter. Amendments to visa laws in 2014 required the cancellation of the visa of anyone who has received a prison sentence of 12 months.Before being deported, O’Dowd thought of herself as Australian above anything else.“I got to New Zealand and I don’t sound like a New Zealander so everyone thinks I’m an Aussie,” she says. “It’s like you don’t have a place in the world any more, everything that made you who you were is gone.As the drama unfolded on the Brisbane tarmac, Oliver* was sitting in a Brisbane prison. The 31-year-old New Zealand citizen was facing deportation at the end of his 12-month sentence for a drug-related charge, which meant his visa was automatically cancelled.Oliver, who has lived in Australia since the age of six, was set to join the ranks of many others who have been deported from a country they thought was their home.His mother, Christel, says the move
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Names: Jane and Jim BurnettYears together: 42Occupations: administrator and geologistIn 2017, Jane and Jim Burnett spent most of the year on opposite sides of the planet. He was in Malaysia while she was in New Zealand, both with busy jobs. Yet the distance didn’t stop them from speaking twice a day. “People would say, ‘What do you talk about?’” says Jane. “And I’d say, ‘All the stuff that’s going on every day.’ We’ve never run out of things to talk about.” Now both in their 60s and settled in Waikato in New Zealand, the couple have been together for more than 40 years and one of their greatest pleasures is still chatting to each other.They met in 1986 when they were part of a fencing club at the University of Natal in South Africa. She was 17, he was 20, and both v
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When the Australian soap opera Neighbours introduced its first non-white family in 1993 – the Lims from Hong Kong – their first major storyline was to be accused of eating another neighbour’s dog.Admittedly, the person doing the accusing was Julie Martin, a character known for being obnoxious, and described by the official Neighbours book as “unbearable”. Eventually, in a triumph for race relations, they were vindicated. After six weeks, they were written out. The dog, Holly, stayed around for five more years.Members of the Lim family, the first non-white characters on Neighbours. Photograph: Network 10Historically, Australian television – both scripted and not – has been overwhelmingly white and Anglo-Saxon, more so than the population.Recently, Indigenous actors Shareena Cl
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Nonessential shops are reopening, fans are returning to stadiums, and English football has developed an unhelpful monomania in the run-up to a major tournament, demanding long-considered plans be ripped up to satisfy some ill-considered primal urge to be excited. Everything, slowly, is returning to normal.General grumbling that Gareth Southgate is not a gung-ho maverick willing to shoehorn every eligible attacking player into one pulsating team of impossible genius has found a specific focus and, moreover, one who is young enough that this could run and run, far beyond this summer’s Euros.The Alexander-Arnold Debate is showing early signs that it could become a continuing saga to match much-loved classics such as the Lampard-Gerrard Question and England’s Long-Running Left‑Sided Problem.It doesn’t matter that Jürgen Klopp’s tone when pointing out the obvious – that England have a lot of very good right-backs – has already taken on a tone of baffled weariness. This is a debate that has seized the popular imagination; the pubs couldn’t have reopened at a better time to fan the conversation. Everything Trent Alexander-Arnold now does is inevitably filtered through the
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Opinion|Aleksei Navalny Needs His Doctorshttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/17/opinion/navalny-poisoning-prison-doctors.htmlVladimir Putin may be able to save his nemesis’s life. He must.The Editorial BoardThe editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom.April 17, 2021, 3:56 p.m. ETCredit...Armando Franca/Associated PressAleksei Navalny’s wife, doctor and colleagues have sounded an anguished alarm that the incarcerated Kremlin critic’s health is rapidly deteriorating and his heart could stop any minute. They and many other supporters of Mr. Navalny are demanding that his doctors be immediately allowed to see and treat him.The decision clearly rests with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he should promptly agree. It may well be that Mr. Putin would prefer to be rid of his most effective critic — Mr. Navalny’s current ordeal, it will be recalled, began when Kremlin goons tried to kill him with a military nerve agent, an attack he survived only narrowly.But Mr. Putin should understand that letting Mr. Navalny now perish in a labor camp would solidly confirm Mr. Putin as a “killer,” a characterization President Biden recently said he shares, and as a vengeful despot willing to go to any lengths against his critics. Mr. Putin has been around long enough to know how that would play abroad, and among Russians already showing fatigue with his increasingly authoritarian and open-ended rule.On Saturday, more than 70 prominent international writers, artists and academics — including Benedict Cumberbatch, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Orhan Pamuk, V
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For as much as we love reverse engineering projects, we have to admit that we almost passed up on this “kitchen bump bar” hack. Having never had the privilege of working in the food-service industry — well, there was that time working at Chuck E. Cheese’s, but that only lasted for one shift — we were unaware of what a bump bar is, and the whys and hows of hacking one to the point where it can play Doom. We’re glad we stuck with it, though, because [Kiwa]’s hack is pretty cool, and we got to learn a little about the technology of the modern commercial kitchen. Most fast food and family casual restaurants have what’s known as a “kitchen display system”, which relays orders from the wait staff to the kitchen. You’ve probably seen parts of the KDS, like the touch screens used by the wait staff to enter orders, or the screens dangling in the kitchen that display the pending orders. A bump bar is a small terminal used by the kitchen crew to review orders and move them around in the queue, or “bump” them, as needs dictate. The bump bar [Kiwa] dug into appears to be a model from the early 2000s and very sturdily built, as anything used in a kitchen would need to be. Hooked up to a monitor and a keyboard, [Kiwa] discovered that it booted right into an OS with all the familiar trappings of DOS. After a detour for a teardown and dumping the flash contents, [Kiwa] was able to boot it up and run Doom, albeit somewhat slowly. It also looks like he’s got
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Amazon Game Studios has canceled a Lord of the Rings online role-playing game, Bloomberg reported. The company announced the project with Leyou-owned Athlon Games back in 2019, and planned it to be a free-to-play game for PC and consoles. The game was to be set “at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe,” according to an announcement from Athlon at the time. But Leyou was acquired by Tencent Holdings in December, and contract negotiations between Amazon and Tencent later fell apart,
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Czech police said on Saturday they were searching for two men carrying various passports, including Russian passports in the names of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.The names matched those used by the two suspects in the attempted poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the Soviet-era nerve agent novichok in the English city of Salisbury in 2018. Russia has denied involvement in the attack.The Czech government had earlier said it was expelling 18 Russian diplomats identified by local intelligence as secret agents of the Russian SVR and GRU services that
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The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says that the country’s security services have clear evidence that officers of the Russian foreign military intelligence agency the GRU were involved in the explosion of 50 tonnes of munitions at a depot in Vrbětice in Moravia in October 2014 in which two people died.At an extraordinary news conference on Saturday evening the minister of the interior, Jan Hamáček, said that the Prague government was expelling 18 members of staff at the Russian Embassy in the city who had been identified as working for the country’
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Amarjit Sekhon, a 48-year-old mother of two sons, was the breadwinner of her family and one of many members of Indianapolis’ tight knit Sikh community employed at a FedEx warehouse on the city’s southwest side. Her death Thursday night in a mass shooting that claimed the lives of seven other FedEx employees — four of them Sikhs — has left that community stunned and in mourning, her brother-in-law, Kuldip Sekhon, said Saturday. He said his sister-in-law began working at the FedEx facility in November - after previously working at a bakery - and was a dedicated worker whose husband was disabled. “She was a workaholic, she always was working, working. She would never sit still unless she felt really bad,” he said. In addition to Sekhon, the Marion County Cor
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For one week in January 2012, Facebook deliberately made about 155,000 people sad, just to see if it could.Stated that bluntly, it's not hard to see why the company's study, which was published in the prestigious PNAS journal on 17 June, has elicited such a strong negative reaction.To be fair to the firm, it also made a similar number of people happy. The study involved examining Facebook profiles for evidence of "emotional contagion", trying to find out whether being exposed to specific emotions invokes that mood in readers. For some, that meant 90% of all "positive" posts were removed from their newsfeed for a week, rendering the social network a pit of despair. Even more so than normal.Adam Kramer, Facebook's data scientist who led the research, explained the company's motivations in a
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After the dust settles over the Greensill affair, I suspect we will find that the lack of judgment over David Cameron’s approaches to ministers is less important than the general failure to address what has become a casual approach to conflicts of interest amongst many in government and politics.My respected predecessor as chair of the public administration select committee, former MP Tony Wright, and I both produced a series of reports over 15 years about the failure of successive governments to manage the relationships between business and government in a more transparent way. There is nothing wrong with a private citizen wanting to make money, but we have a system that has allowed the lines between public service and private gain to become blurred. This is both shameful, and unfairly
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Boris Johnson will lose the trust of former Labour voters who helped put him in Downing Street unless he tackles the burgeoning sleaze crisis now threatening to engulf his government and the Whitehall machine, a leading Tory says today.The warning from Sir Bernard Jenkin, chair of the powerful Commons liaison committee, is evidence of mounting concern in Conservative ranks about the potential electoral damage to the Tory party, particularly in so called “red wall” seats, from any further revelations like the David Cameron lobbying scandal.Details of Cameron’s attempts to lobby Tory ministers on behalf of the Australian financier Lex Greensill have been followed in recent days by news that supposedly independent civil servants have been allowed to take on concurrent jobs in the privat
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Woof! monitors updates sent to a mailing list. Plug Woof! to a mailbox subscribed to a mailing list, and Woof! will monitor updates about user-significant changes, help requests, bugs, patches and new releases. Subscribers of the list can trigger Woof! by using specific words either in the subject (for patches) or in the body (for bugs). All updates (for bugs, patches, help requests and new releases) can be triggered by using specific X-Woof-* mail headers. Here are the triggers allows to manage bugs and patches: Confirmed in the body of the email registers a new bug. Fixed in the body of an email marks the bug in the same thread as fixed. [PATCH] or [PATCH x/x] in the subject of a new email registers a new patch. Applied in the body of an email marks the p
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Graphics Card Exposure Test Sometimes, your graphics card's details are exposed to the web. Yours are not right now, though, which is good. Try opening this page in different browsers – I found Chrome had much more information than Firefox, for example. The Code //Function to grab GPU data. const getGPU = () => { const ctx = document.createElement('canvas').getContext('webgl') const ext = ctx.getExtension('WEBGL_debug_renderer_info') return { card: ctx.getParameter(ext.UNMASKED_RENDERER_WEBGL), vendor: ctx.getParameter(ext.UNMASKED_VENDOR_WEBGL), } } //Put the GPU data into the web page. const gpu = getGPU() document.getElementById('graphics-card-test-output') .textConten
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Meghan Markle honored Prince Philip in her own way on Saturday, as the Duchess of Sussex was not cleared to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral at Windsor Castle. The duchess, who is far along in her pregnancy, was unable to travel to the U.K. on the advice of her physician. Though she couldn’t be there in person, a spokesperson for Meghan and Prince Harry confirmed to HuffPost that Meghan was watching the funeral from home. She also sent along a handwritten note to accompany a wreath that she and Harry commissioned for the funeral. Harry and Meghan chose florist and stylist Willow Crossley, whom they’ve worked with before for son Archie’s christening and their wedding reception, to design and make the wreath. The flowers used for the wreath all signified important times,
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level 1Am I the only psychopath that can't wait for this whole shit show to blow up?level 2the schadenfreude is gonna be so reallevel 2We're getting close. This morning, a friend of a friend texted a group SMS I'm on about how he finally bought bitcoin and dogecoin. He's a janitor.It reminded me about when in 2007 a college advisor I knew was trying to sell real estate on the side.level 2I've already got the popcorn waiting, fellow psychopathlevel 2A good friend of mine was talking about his grandma making money on DOGE.This crash is going to be deliciouslevel 2These people are cocky. Can’t wait for the crash.level 2What will you enjoy most about the crash!?level 2People are saying it’ll go to a buck. Some are saying 10. Either way it’s going to be awesome to watch,
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One month after revealing that one child died and others were injured in accidents on Peloton treadmills, the at-home exercise company is fighting a federal safety agency’s request that the company recall the products and has delayed the agency’s investigation into potential safety problems, according to officials familiar with the incident.The Consumer Product Safety Commission this week took the unusual step of issuing an administrative subpoena to require Peloton to disclose the name of the child who died and the family’s contact information so regulators can continue an inquiry into what went wrong, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.The previously undisclosed dispute between the nation’s product safety regulator a
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Federal regulators are urging Peloton to recall its Tread+ machine following reports of injuries, The Washington Post reported. "This doesn't happen with other treadmills," one official told The Post. The company has resisted the request, saying the device is safe if used properly. See more stories on Insider's business page. Federal regulators are pressuring the fitness company Peloton to conduct a safety recall its $4,295 treadmi
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NASA has rescheduled the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars helicopter to April 19th at 3:30AM ET, the agency announced Saturday. The four-pound helicopter that arrived on Mars on February 18th with its parent rover Perseverance has seen its first flight delayed a few times. It touched the surface of Mars on April 4th, and has been undergoing tests and checkouts. It survived its first night alone on Mars’ frigid surface, passing a first test of its independence from Perseverance. The craft was scheduled to take flight April 11th, but last weekend NASA said data from a high-speed rotor test showed the test sequence ended early, as Ingenuity’s computer tried to switch from pre-flight to flight mode The date was pushed back again after Ingenuity experienced a minor software glitch. Eng
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Media|Swiss Billionaire Is Said to End His Bid for Tribune Publishinghttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/17/business/media/wyss-bainum-tribune-bid.htmlHansjörg Wyss was part of a serious offer for the major newspaper chain that could have prevented it from being sold to the hedge fund Alden Global Capital.Credit...Taylor Glascock for The New York TimesApril 17, 2021, 2:56 p.m. ETThe Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss, who seemingly came out of nowhere last month to make a serious offer for Tribune Publishing, a major newspaper chain, has decided to take himself out of the bidding, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.Two of the people said the decision came about in recent days, after Mr. Wyss’s associates examined the Tribune’s finances as part of a due diligence process.
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The corporate income tax has been gutted. Raising rates and cracking down on evasion are sensible ways to come up with trillions of dollars.The Editorial BoardThe editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom.April 17, 2021, 2:42 p.m. ETCredit...The New York TimesAmerican companies and companies that make money in the United States are not paying enough money in taxes. Even as profits have soared, tax payments have declined. Fifty-five of the nation’s largest corporations — including FedEx, Nike and the agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland — paid nothing in federal income taxes in 2020, despite collectively reporting more than $40 billion in profits, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.The federal government lets companies avoid taxes by shifting profits earned in the United States to countries with lower tax rates. Every year, American firms, especially in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors, brazenly pretend to earn billions of dollars in microstates like Barbados, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, which are more than happy to play along. Companies and countries both profit, at the expense of the United States.American policymakers have rewarded this naked legerdemain with rounds of tax cuts, most recently in 2017, partly justified as necessary to induce companies not to cheat. The tax cuts have also been sold as magic fertilizer that will cause the economy to grow faster.This laissez-faire policy has crammed money into the pockets of wealthy shareholders while depriving the government of needed revenue. But
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No tagging — Italian chemists successfully tested their hydrogels on actual street art in Florence. Enlarge / A five-year-old boy with boxing gloves poses in front of a huge mural of himself in Denver, Colorado.Mention the word "graffiti," and many people's thoughts immediately turn to vandalism in the form of defacement of property. But there is also graffiti that rises above such negative connotations and qualifies as bona fide street art. Think of the commemorative murals created after the death of NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna; the Black Lives Matter logos painted on the streets in New York City, and along 16th Street in Washington, DC, last year amid ongoing protests; and the works of Banksy, Eduardo Kobra, and the countless other less well-known artists around the world, who embellish our streets with their work. Street art, in turn, is vulnerable to vandalism, posing unique challenges to those seeking to preserve these rather ephemeral creations. This week, a team of Italian scientists described its novel, environmentally friendly new method to safely remove defacing over-paintings on street art at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). "For decades, we have focused on cleaning or restoring classical artworks that used paints designed to last centuries," said co-author Piero Baglioni, a chemist at the University of Florence and principal investigator on the project. "In contrast, modern art and street art, as well as the coatings and graffiti applied on top, use materials that were neve
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2.47pm EDT 14:47 This might end up being a very bad night for Blades, but at least they haven’t just blown the chance to win an unprecedented quadruple. 2.37pm EDT 14:37 For Wolves, there are two changes for Wolves from their win at Fulham. Willy Boly is back after Covid-19. Joao Moutinho is selected in midfield as Ruben Neves is quarantined. Pedro Neto will be out for the foreseeable with a knee injury. Wolves (@Wolves) Here's how Wolves line-up for tonight's @premierleague fixture against @SheffieldUnited. #WOLSHU🐺📋 pic.twitter.com/G9rMPFnshd April 17, 2021 For Blades, Rhian Brewster, the big-money signing who really hasn’t worked out, gets a start as Ollie Burke drops out. John Lundstram, one of the stars of those bright and shiny early days in the Premier League is shunted out as Kean Bryan comes in. Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) Brewster & McGoldrick lead the line!Here's how the Blades line-up for today's game at Molineux.#SUFC 🔴 pic.twitter.com/ta6s4s0Qqw April 17, 2021 2.17pm EDT 14:17 The teams Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Nelson Semedo, Dendoncker, Joao Moutinho, Ait Nouri, Daniel Podence, Traore, Willian Jose. Subs: Hoever, Silva, Gibbs-White, Vitinha, Ruddy,Richards, Kilman, Otasowie, Corbeanu.Sheffield United: Ramsdale, Ampadu, Egan, Bryan, Baldock, Fleck, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens, Brewster, McGoldrick. Subs: Lundstram, Mousset, Lowe, Burke, Jagielka, Foderingham, Bogle, Brunt, Gordon.Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside) 12.04pm EDT 12:04
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Thomas Tuchel laid the trap and Manchester City walked straight into it, ending their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple. Outfoxed tactically, Pep Guardiola could not complain about losing to his friend for the first time in six matches. Chelsea were worthy winners and deserve their place in the FA Cup final after beating City with a deft counterattacking goal from Hakim Ziyech.This was no smash and grab from Chelsea. When City return to Wembley for the Carabao Cup final next weekend, they will be glad to find Tottenham there rather than Tuchel’s side. Clever and controlled, Chelsea outplayed City for long stretches and will be confident of winning their first trophy under Tuchel when they meet Leicester or Southampton in the final. For City it was an evening to forget, with their disappointment compounded by Kevin De Bruyne limping off with an ankle injury at the start of the second half.The level of tactical expertise on the sidelines ensured that both sides could not have been better prepared. The level was high from the start, the mood intense, and there was a constant sense that the slightest mistake would receive the severest possible punishment. Neither team were geared to wait and feel their way into the contest, summed up by City’s high press forcing Kepa Arrizabala
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As their theory of how to move past Donald Trump, G.O.P. insiders have the governor of Florida.April 17, 2021, 2:38 p.m. ETCredit...Damon Winter/The New York TimesAfter the Republican Party suffered a surprising (well, to Republicans) defeat in the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee famously commissioned an autopsy that tried to analyze how the party had fallen short. It made a range of recommendations, but they were distilled by the headlines — and the wishful thinking of certain party elites — into a plan for the G.O.P. to win back the presidency mostly by shifting left on immigration.Then, of course, Donald Trump came along and put that particular vision to the torch.After Trump went down to his own defeat, it was clear that there wouldn’t be a repeat of the autopsy. Not only because the last experience ended badly, but because Trump’s narrative would not allow it: To publicly analyze what went wrong for Republicans in 2020 would be to concede that the incumbent president had somehow failed (impossible!), that Joe Biden’s victory was totally legitimate (unlikely!) and that the party somehow might need to move on from Trump himself (unthinkable!).But just because there hasn’t been a formal reckoning, thick with focus groups and bullet points, doesn’t mean that G.O.P. elites don’t have a theory of how to fix their party’s problems in time for the next presidential cycle. It’s just that this time the theory is less a message than a man: Right now, the party’s autopsy for 2020, and its not-Trump hopes for 2024, are made flesh in the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis.The proximate cause of the enthusiasm for DeSantis is his handling of the pandemic, and the media’s attempted manhandling of him. When the Florida governor began reopening Florida last May, faster than some experts advised, he was cast as a feckless mini-Trump, the mayor from “Jaws” (complete with open, crowded beaches), the ultimate case study in “Florida Man” stupidity.A year later, DeSantis is claiming vindication: His state’s Covid deaths per capita are slightly lower than the nation’s despite an aged and vulnerable population, his strategy of seal
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Harlequins romped back into the Premiership top four with a crushing eight-try victory over Worcester featuring 15 points and another commanding performance from fly-half Marcus Smith. The Warriors will not enjoy the review of their defensive performance on Monday but a host of Harlequins’ England players past, present and future all caught the eye.Smith - on England’s radar for their summer tour - and Danny Care combined well at half-back, Joe Marchant was buzzing around at centre and Mike Brown was his usual feisty self but perhaps the most impressive performer of the day was the No 8 Alex Dombrandt, who time and again bulldozed his way through Worcester’s powderpuff defence.It was a significant response from Harlequins after Northampton’s high-scoring win over London Irish had moved them into the final play-off place on Friday. Given both sides’ upturn in form and how their attacking outlooks are suited to the firmer ground at this time of year, that is a tussle to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.Four of the tries came in the opening 11 minutes, which said everything about both sides’ ambition to play with conditions set fair and plenty about their attitude to defence. If the England attack coach Simor Amor enjoyed what he saw from the stands you imagine John Mitchell would have been tearing his hair out - if he had any left.Care scored the first, darting over in the left corner after a driving maul had taken Harlequins to within a couple of metres. Niall Annett responded for Worcester with a powerful finish from close range before Smith exchanged passes with Dombrandt and scampered under the posts. Worcester’s reply was again immediate - Ed Fidow bursting down the left, working well with Ollie Lawrence, before the ball was worked back into the middle of the field and the lock Joe Batley crashed over.Marcus Smith of Harlequins passes between Worcester Warriors’ Ollie Lawrence and Francois Venter. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesIt is surely a good thing to watch sides adopt a policy of trying to outscore their opponents, rather than simply keep them out, but there can be too much of a good thing and a number of Premiership matches, sinc
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Safety regulators warned people with kids and pets Saturday to immediately stop using a treadmill made by Peloton after one child died and nearly 40 others were injured.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said it received reports of children and a pet being pulled, pinned and entrapped under the rear roller of the Tread+ treadmill, leading to fractures, scrapes and the death of one child.The commission posted a video on its YouTube page of a child being pulled under the treadmill. (Warning: this video may be disturbing to some.)New York-based Peloton Interactive Inc said in a news releas
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Jamie Vardy’s pre-match diet consists of a couple of cans of Red Bull but one of the Southampton defenders tasked with keeping the striker quiet at Wembley on Sunday relies on another fuel to give him wings: maté tea, a traditional South American drink. “It’s a very good thing, which hydrates you before the game and it also kind of wakes you up,” says Jan Bednarek. “You feel more energised, you feel fresher and it is a nice routine to relax. I drink it with Prowsey [James Ward-Prowse]. I used to drink it with Pierre [-Emile Højbjerg] and I think he still does even though he is at S
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The world of animation is as boundless as it is extraordinary, brimming with more classics than any one person could hope to see in a lifetime. The variety of animated films available across streaming, well ... not as expansive. But impressive nonetheless! When you’re not too busy catching up on the latest streaming releases to hit VOD this weekend, why not saddle up for some actual Saturday morning cartoons? We’ve combed through the most popular streaming services and cherry-picked 13 of our very favorite animated features. From Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress to The Road to El Dorado, and recent releases like Children of the Sea and New Gods: Nezha Reborn, there’s tons of exciting, bold, and medium-defining animation out there to choose from. Akira Where to watch it: Stream on Hulu Image: Funimation Let’s just cut to the chase here: Akira unambiguously slaps, full stop. Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 post-apocalyptic sci-fi epic, adapted from his influential manga series of the same name, is a certified “must-see” film for any discerning anime fan. The story of biker gang ne’er-do-well Kaneda and his best-friend-turned-psychic powered nemesis Tetsuo has loomed unconquerably vast over the collective imagination of Japanese pop culture in the decades since the film’s release. Japan was even originally planning on organizing the 2020 Olympic games around Akira’s iconic visuals (until COVID-19 happened). With a live-action Hollywood adaptation perpetually ensnared in production hell and a new Akira anime series currently in development, now’s as perfect a time as any to either revisit or experience for the first time one of the most indelible touchstones of anime cinema ever produced. —Toussaint Egan Atlantis: The Lost Empire Where to watch it: Stream on Disney Plus Image: Disney Atlantis: The Lost Empire was supposed to change the face of Disney animation, but it ended up quietly disappearing. Following plucky academic Milo Thatch who dedicates his life to finding the lost city of Atlantis, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a riveting adventure with a fun and colorful cast. It’s action-packed with a lot of humor and h
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The televised and live-streamed rite afforded Britons a chance to witness a seeming slight easing in the strained relations between Princes William and Harry.Credit...Pool photo by Hannah MckayApril 17, 2021Updated 2:07 p.m. ETLONDON — His coffin borne on a military green Land Rover that he had helped design, Prince Philip was laid to rest on Saturday at Windsor Castle in an austere, meticulously choreographed funeral that captured his steely role in Britain’s royal family and offered a solemn glimpse of its uncertain future.Queen Elizabeth II bade farewell to Philip, her husband, who died on April 9, two months shy of his 100th birthday, from solitude inside St. George’s Chapel. She was clad in a mask and kept at a distance from her children and grandchildren by pandemic social distancing requirements, which limited attendance to 30 people.Her grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry were separated as well, by one of their cousins, as they walked behind Philip’s coffin. This quirk of royal protocol dramatized the rift between the brothers that opened after Harry’s marriage to an American former actress, Meghan Markle.That wedding was held nearly three years ago in the same Gothic chapel on a similarly crystalline Saturday. It was both a joyful contrast and a poignant reminder of the turbulence that has enveloped the House of Windsor since its patriarch faded into retirement and a new generation of royals seized the limelight.There were glimmerings of a possible thaw between Harry and William as the brothers walked together after the funeral and spoke quietly to each other. But this was a somber occasion, a family convening in sadness to mark the death of a man
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The White House pulled back from its decision earlier this week not to raise the US refugee cap, pledging late Friday to accept more refugees than the historically low levels set by the Trump administration. Last year, Trump lowered the refugee cap to 15,000, the lowest number allowed into the US since the refugee cap was introduced in 1980. Immigration and refugee advocates had hoped for an ally in Biden, who pledged during his campaign to raise the cap, and proposed in early February to accept up to 62,500 refugees this year. But earlier this week, the White House broke that promise, placing blame on the former administration’s gutting of the refugee program, which is run by the Department of Health and Human Services. “For the past few weeks, [President Biden] has been consulting with his advisors to determine what number of refugees could realistically be admitted to the United States between now and October 1,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki in a statement on Friday. “Given the decimated refugee admissions program we inherited, and burdens on the Office of Refugee Resettlement, his initial goal of 62,500 seems unlikely.” The initial decision drew a strong rebuke from some Democratic lawmakers. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called the decision “shameful” in a tweet Friday. She and fellow Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) sent a letter to the White House Friday reiterating their call for an increase in the refugee cap.
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Iran has named a suspect in the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility that damaged centrifuges there, saying he had fled the country “hours before” the sabotage happened.While the extent of the damage from the 11 April sabotage remains unclear, it comes as Iran tries to negotiate with world powers over allowing the US to re-enter its tattered nuclear deal and lift the economic sanctions it faces.Already, Iran has begun enriching uranium up to 60% purity in response – three times higher than ever before, though in small quantities. The sabotage and Iran’s response to it also have further inflamed tensions across the Middle East, where a shadow war between Tehran and Israel, the prime suspect in the sabotage, still rages.State television named the suspect as 43-year-old Reza Karimi. It showed a passport-style photograph of a man identified as Karimi, saying he was born in the nearby city of Kashan.The report also aired what appeared to be an Interpol “red notice” seeking his arrest. The arrest notice was not immediately accessible on Interpol’s public-facing database. Interpol, based in Lyon, France, declined to comment.The TV report said “necessary actions” are under way to bring Karimi back to Iran through legal channels, without elaborating. The supposed Interpol “red notice” listed his foreign travel history as including Ethiopia, Kenya, the Netherlands, Qatar, Romania, Turkey, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.The report did not elaborate how Karimi would have accessed one of the most secure facilities in the Islamic Republic. However, it did for the first time show authorities acknowledging an explosion struck the Natanz facility.There was a “limited explosion of a small part of the electricity-feeding path to the centrifuges’ hall,” the TV report said. “The explosion happened because of the function of explosive materials and there was no cyber-attack.”Initial reports in Israeli media, which maintain close relations to its military and intelligence services, blamed a cyber-attack for the damage.The Iranian state TV report also said there were images that corroborated the account of an explosion rather than cyber-attack offered by security services, but it did not broadcast those pictures.The report also showed centrifuges in a hall, as well as what appeared to be caution tape, at the Natanz facility. In one shot, a TV reporter interviewed an unnamed technician, who was shown from behind – likely a safety measure as Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated in suspected Israeli-orchestrated attacks in the past.“The sound that you are hearing is the sound of operating machines that are fortunately undamaged,” he said, referring to the high-pitched whine of the centrifuges heard in the background. “Many of the centrifuge chains that faced defects are now under control. Part of the work that had been disrupted will be back on track with the round-the-clock efforts of my colleagues.”In Vienna, negotiations continued over the deal on Saturday with another meeting of diplomats from Iran and the five powers that remain in the deal, with expert-level working groups on sanctions-lifting and nucle
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The powerful producer of “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Book of Mormon” regrets “the pain my behavior caused” and says others will directly run his shows.Credit...Charles Sykes/Invision, via Charles Sykes/Invision/ApApril 17, 2021Updated 2:06 p.m. ETScott Rudin, a powerful Broadway producer facing renewed accusations of bullying, apologized Saturday for “troubling interactions with colleagues” and said he would step aside from “active participation” in his current shows.Rudin, who has won a raft of awards for prestige productions not only onstage but also in Hollywood, was facing renewed scrutiny over a long history of tyrannical behavior toward workers in his office following a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter. He made his apology in a written statement first given to The Washington Post.“After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active participation on our Broadway productions, effective immediately,” he said in the statement. “My roles will be filled by others from the Broadway community and in a number of cases, from the roster of participants already in place on those shows.”Rudin, a prolific producer of starry plays whose biggest Broadway success is the long-running musical “The Book of Mormon,” acknowledged the concerns about his behavior, without detail. Through a spokesman, he declined a request for an interview.“Much has been written about my history of troubling interactions with colleagues, and I am profoundly sorry for the pain my behavior caused to individuals, directly and indirectly,” he said in the statement. “I am now taking steps that I should have taken years ago to address this behavior.”Rudin has been dogged for decades by reports that he threatened, verbally abused, and threw objects at people who work in his office, but had continued to thrive in an entertainment industry with a long history of tolerating poor behavior by people who produce acclaimed art.The Hollywood Reporter article, coming at a time of intensified concern about abusive behavior in many sectors of society, described an assistant who said Rudin had thrown a baked potato at his head and an earlier incident in which Rudin allegedly smashed a computer monitor on a different assistant’s hand.Over the last week, some performers had begun to publicly express concerns about his dominant role in the industry. When Karen Olivo, a Tony-nominated star of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” which was not produced by Rudin, announced a plan last week not to return to that show when performances resume, Olivo called on others to speak up, saying, “The silence about Scott Rudin: unacceptable.”Rudin is known as a detail-oriented producer involved with every aspect of the shows he produces, from casting to marketing, and his statement Saturday did not explain what stepping back from active participation means, prompting immediate skepticism from some corners of the entertainment industry.The Actors’ Equity Association, a labor union representing more than 51,000 stage actors and stage managers, called on Rudin to release his former employees from nondisclosure agreements that in some instanc
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Nearly everything about the setting itself must have felt touchingly familiar. Just before 3pm the Queen took her usual place in the corner oak pew under the ancient banners of the Knights of the Garter in St George’s Chapel, Windsor – her family’s “home” church. It was a seat she had occupied countless times for Sunday communion, for christenings and weddings and funerals. Only this time, for what must have seemed the first time, her consort and husband, her “strength and stay” of almost 75 years was not sitting beside her. During yesterday’s funeral service for Prince Philip, the monarch remained steadfast as ever, head down, perhaps grateful for her black mask, with only t
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Mutate a copy of data without changing the original source Setup via NPM npm install immutability-helper --save This is a drop-in replacement for react-addons-update: // import update from 'react-addons-update'; import update from 'immutability-helper'; const state1 = ['x']; const state2 = update(state1, {$push: ['y']}); // ['x', 'y'] Note that this module has nothing to do with React. However, since this module is most commonly used with React, the docs will focus on how it can be used with React. Overview React lets you use whatever style of data management you want, including mutation. However, if you can use immutable data in performance-critical parts of your applic
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Almost exactly two years ago, Katie Boulter rose to the occasion to clinch a decisive victory in what was then the Fed Cup against Kazakhstan to end Great Britain’s 26-year absence from the top international group stages. It was an effort that came at great personal cost: the two three‑set matches Boulter contested resulted in a stress fracture in her back and a seven-month layoff that sent her ranking outside of the top 400.Boulter will hope this time round that another decisive victory while representing her country will be the catalyst for greater success. Once again, the 24-year-old marked herself as the difference maker by riding the pressure to seal a 3-1 victory for Great Britain
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To the alarm of Jewish leaders, Sarah Halimi’s killer will go unpunished because of his mental state, brought on by cannabis, at the time of the crime.Credit...Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA, via ShutterstockApril 17, 2021Updated 1:45 p.m. ETPARIS — The highest court in France has ruled that the man who killed a Jewish woman in 2017 in an anti-Semitic frenzy cannot stand trial because he was in a state of acute mental delirium brought on by his consumption of cannabis.Kobili Traoré, who has admitted to the killing and is in a psychiatric institution, beat Sarah Halimi, 65, before throwing her out the window of her Paris apartment to cries of “Allahu akbar,” or God is great, and “I ki
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Health|Can Covid Research Help Solve the Mysteries of Other Viruses?https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/17/health/long-covid-heart-research.htmlThe coronavirus may help scientists understand why some people with common viral infections develop severe complications, like heart damage or blood clots.Credit...Evgeniy Maloletka/Associated PressApril 17, 2021Updated 1:41 p.m. ETBarie Carmichael lost her sense of taste and smell while traveling in Europe. She remembers keeping a dinner date at a Michelin-starred restaurant but tasting nothing. “I didn’t have the heart to tell my host,” she said.It may sound like a case of Covid-19. But Ms. Carmichael, 72, a fellow at the University of Virginia
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Three weeks into her tenure as Boston’s acting mayor, Kim Janey has done something her predecessor did not: order the police to release documents about a leader accused of sexual abuse.Credit...Philip Keith for The New York TimesApril 17, 2021Updated 1:32 p.m. ETBOSTON — Three weeks after her swearing-in as acting mayor of Boston, Kim Janey was enjoying a sort of honeymoon, enacting feel-good policies like forgiving library fines and basking in the spotlight that came with her status as the city’s first Black and first female mayor.Though she had landed the position in part by happenstance — she was City Council president when her predecessor, Martin J. Walsh, was tapped to be secret
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