Another 778,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week on a seasonally adjusted basis. That was more than the 735,000 initial jobless claims that economists were expecting, and it's also higher than last week's revised number of 748,000. It's the second straight week that first-time claims rose. This is the first time that jobless claims were up for two consecutive weeks since late July. The latest unemployment benefits figures were released by the Labor Department on Wednesday, a day earlier than usual because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
(CNN) "During the Trump Era, will men finally start acting like men again?" asked the right-wing Infowars site days after President Donald Trump's January 2017 inauguration. Women who seek equal opportunities, equal pay and reproductive rights, have always been the strongman's adversaries, no less than prosecutors, journalists, and the political opposition. The start of the Joe Biden presidency in January 2021, with Sen. Kamala Harris in the role of the first female vice president, offers an opportunity to start to repair the damage. In democracies, strongman leaders on the rise typically find favor after periods of progress on issues of gender, racial, and class equity, when anxieties about (White) male authority and status are at a peak.
With another uptick in Covid-19 figures observed this evening (20), total infections confirmed in Sri Lanka surpassed the grim milestone of 21,000. Department of Government Information confirmed that 294 more individuals linked to the Peliyagoda fish market cluster were tested positive for the virus. Following the new development, total infections registered by the Minuwangoda-Peliyagoda cluster have reached 17,730. Sri Lanka has recorded 21,261 infections since the first positive case was reported in March this year. Meanwhile, total coronavirus recoveries reported in the country increased to 15,447 earlier today.
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has seized a Sri Lankan boat along with 100 kg heroin sourced from Pakistan along with 20 small packets of synthetic drugs in an operation on the high seas off Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. The Indian Coast Guard issued a statement in which it said it has arrested six crew members in this connection and also seized five pistols from the accused. Initial investigation revealed that the contraband was transferred to the Sri Lankan boat from a Pakistani dhow from Karachi. Personnel deployed on Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship Vaibhav seized the Sri Lankan boat along with the contraband during anti-smuggling operations that began on November 17. “Joint interrogation of the arrested accused by all security agencies concerned is in progress,” the Indian Coast Guard said in a statement.
But then... surely Santa will not be leaving the crowded North Pole to fly around the world, potentially infecting everyone, will he? G/O Media may get a commissionThe North Pole has a mask mandateLook, I don’t want to get into a debate over whether there should be a national mask mandate (there should be), all I’m saying is that the North Pole does have one and it seems to be working:Dr. Greg Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, declared he had just gotten off the phone with the North Pole when he spoke Thursday with USA TODAY. It’s mandatory in the North Pole,” Poland said. And other safety measure are in placeThere are a lot of elves at the North Pole, but thankfully, Santa’s workshop is expansive, which has made proper social distancing feasible. Plus, these elves and other beings have lived at the North Pole all their lives; they’re used to a little crisp air.
Greg BarclayDUBAI: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) head Greg Barclay has been elected as the ICC’s new Independent Chairman after he comfortably defeated Singapore’s Imran Khwaja to succeed India’s Shashank Manohar on Tuesday (24). Khwaja, on the other hand, had the support of the Pakistan Cricket Board. The former Singapore cricket board chief is an advocate of increasing ICC events which will increase the revenue pool of associate nations. Barclay was a Director of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015 and is a former board member and chairman of the Northern Districts Cricket Association. He is also an experienced company director holding board positions with various New Zealand and Australian companies.
November 25, 2020 14:26 UTC
That said, the anti-COVID shots may have side effects, as Fauci detailed in an online Q&A Tuesday night. ShutterstockIf you've received a vaccine in the past, you've probably experienced a common immediate side effect. "That's what we're looking at in the clinical trial. And we have not seen any severe adverse events that we could relate to the vaccine thus far." He noted that every medical intervention carries a risk of side effects or adverse events.
November 25, 2020 13:01 UTC
The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) of Parliament is scheduled to meet online tomorrow for the first time, the Communication Department of Parliament said. COPE Chairman Prof. Charitha Herath said the Environmental Audit Report on water pollution of Kelani River is scheduled to be discussed online tomorrow. Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr H.S Munasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Industries W.A Chulananda Perera and, the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government J .J Ratnasiri are to be contacted online at this meeting. In addition, officials from the Ministry of Irrigation, officials from the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage, officials from the Board of Investment, officials from the Central Environmental Authority and the National Water Supply and Drainage Board are scheduled to attend tomorrow. “The purpose of using online technology is to minimize the number of attendees and to make the committee more efficient, as it operates in accordance with the COVID-19 Health Regulations and safety measures,” the Department said.
November 25, 2020 12:09 UTC
Today, each of Tarantino’s films nets hundreds of millions at the box office and the director has become a cultural phenomenon in his own right. You have to have this special kind of blood that you only see in Samurai movies,” Tarantino explained. 4 Sean Penn Inspired Death ProofDeath Proof is a bit of a departure from your standard Tarantino film. 2 Jackie Brown is Set in a Different Tarantino UniverseMost of Tarantino’s films are set in one universe, the Realer than Real Universe. Then there is the Movie Movie Universe, which includes Kill Bill, Natural Born Killers, and From Dusk Till Dawn.
November 25, 2020 09:12 UTC
Pubs face missing out on sales of 180 million pints over the festive period, bosses have warned, after the government eased lockdown for Christmas but banned families from visiting the pub together. According to guidance published on Tuesday, three households will be allowed to form 'Christmas bubbles' for five days over the festive period and visit each other's homes and stay overnight. 'Christmas Bubbles' will be allowed to gather in private homes, in outdoor spaces and in places of worship. 'Christmas Bubbles' will not be allowed to meet in hospitality settings like pubs and restaurants. Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, accused the Government of 'muddled thinking' over the exclusion of hospitality businesses from the relaxed Christmas rules.
November 25, 2020 09:00 UTC
The Redmi Note 9 series smartphones will debut in China tomorrow and alongside them, the company will also introduce a new smartwatch in its home country. The name of this new smartwatch by Redmi is currently unknown, but it's expected to be a rebranded Mi Watch Lite that was spotted on FCC last month along with its image and specs. The Mi Watch Lite sports a 1.41" color touchscreen and supports auto brightness. The smartwatch has a GPS chip on board, features a heart rate sensor for 24-hour heart rate monitoring, and packs a 230 mAh battery. We'll find out tomorrow if the new Redmi watch is a rebadged Mi Watch Lite or a different device entirely.
November 25, 2020 06:00 UTC
November 25, 2020 by Lahiru Pothmulla No CommentsState Minister Shehan Semasinghe said taxation on sanitary towels have not been increased and that it remains unchanged. The State Minister said, “Pre-budget a 30% “Custom Import Duty” (CID) was charged. Post budget CID is reduced to 15% and a CESS of 15 % is introduced. Therefore, taxation remains the same. As such, the government has not taken any measures which results an price increase of sanitary towels.”
November 25, 2020 05:03 UTC
The 13 officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) who were arrested for their alleged involvement with drug dealers, were further remanded until 7 December. The case was taken up before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court yesterday (24). Reportedly, Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihal dismissed the preliminary objections raised by the defence. During a previous proceeding, the defence had argued that the Magistrate’s Court has the authority to grant bail to the suspects in terms of the Poisons, Opium, and Dangerous Drugs Ordinance. Taking these submissions into account, the Chief Magistrate decided to dismiss the bail applications put forward by the defence and to further remand them until next month.
By Dimithri WijesingheThe Dilmah School of Tea will be offering virtual tea inspiration via their webinar for tea lovers around the world on 26 November 2020 from 3 p.m. to 3.20 p.m. (IST). The first in a 12-part series of 20-minute virtual sessions, Dilmah Tea will present to you the story behind your cup of tea. Speaking to The Morning Brunch, Dilhan shared that the Dilmah School of Tea, which has been recognised for reimagining tea and sharing inspiration with hospitality professionals since 2009, has decided to conduct these webinars for all tea lovers to present tea with the love, authenticity, and sincerity of a tea grower. The school offers a tea programme that seeks to inspire passion in tea through knowledge of the artisanal aspects of tea amongst hospitality professionals and consumers. The emphasis is on respecting tea while exploring the versatility of this natural herb in tea gastronomy, food pairing, and tea mixology.
Six PHIs for Covid-19 prevention duties at prisonsBy Sarah HannanUnderstanding the growing need to allocate extra Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) to the Department of Prisons, the Ministry of Health called in retired military PHIs to join its service, The Morning learnt. The volunteer cadre of the military allows its officers to retire after serving the military for a period of 12 years. Generally, we only have two PHIs allocated to the Welikada Prison; now, these PHIs will be assigned as per the requirement,” Rohana elaborated. The PHI cadre has about 50 such PHIs in total who completed the Public Health Inspectors Diploma Course and were delisted from the military. Although these PHIs will be assigned to the Department of Prisons, they will be included in the Ministry of Health payroll.