How Masks, Hand Sanitizer and Covid-19 Have Affected the 2020 Election

first_img“The government has failed all the small businesses,” said Mr. Gil, who opened a gym in January but said the pandemic forced him to close. “I’m very disappointed,” he added. “I thought putting a real estate businessman in office would drain the swamp.”The coronavirus outbreak shaped nearly every aspect of the 2020 election, and only intensified as voters went to the polls. The United States shattered records in recent days, reporting more than 85,000 new cases a day, nearly double the caseload at the start of October. Deaths have increased slowly to more than 800 daily, more than in early July but far fewer than in the spring. Though the country is conducting more testing, that does not fully account for the increase in cases. In Michigan, another key swing state that Mr. Trump carried by a razor-thin margin four years ago, Democrats were focused on driving up turnout in Detroit. The pandemic was especially devastating for the city.“It hit us like an atomic bomb,” said Ronald Lockett, the executive director of the Northwest Activities Center, where there was a line out the door to vote on Tuesday.Mr. Lockett said he had the coronavirus this year, had to cut his staff during the pandemic, and had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because he had not been able to hold events. He cast his vote for Mr. Biden, he said, in large part because he hoped the former vice president would guide America out of the pandemic.“This election,” he said, “is going to determine the future of Covid.”Sarah Mervosh reported from Cleveland and Mitch Smith from Chicago. Reporting was contributed by Mike Baker in Portland, Ore., Julie Bosman in Kenosha, Wis., J. David Goodman in University Park, Texas, Manny Fernandez in Houston, Thomas Fuller in Oakland, Calif., Neil MacFarquhar in New York, Patricia Mazzei in Miami, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio in Detroit, Dionne Searcey in Omaha, Lucy Tompkins in Bismarck, N.D., and Michael D. Shear and Sheryl Gay Stolberg in Washington. David Sconzert, a poll worker, said he carefully considered whether to show up on Election Day at all. A cancer survivor, he said he tested positive for the coronavirus in early October yet feared he did not have the immunity that would prevent him from catching it again.“I almost called it off,” he said. “But then I just thought, ‘No. I’m taking a chance.’” In Virginia, voters’ temperatures were taken at some polling sites. In Wisconsin, the mayor of Wausau, a small city where cases are spiking and tensions are high, issued an order banning guns at polling places. And in Texas, an election judge did not wear a face covering, prompting accusations of voter intimidation and such intense heckling that the judge called the local sheriff to report that she felt unsafe.- Advertisement – The pandemic, which drove record numbers of Americans to cast ballots early or by mail, rarely strayed far from voters’ minds.“I just don’t want another shutdown,” said Rachel Ausperk, 29, a first-time voter who said she chose President Trump in Ohio, a highly contested state that reported more new coronavirus cases on Tuesday than on any day since the nation’s outbreak began more than eight months ago. The virus that has left millions of people out of work and killed more than 230,000 people in the United States will be one of the most significant challenges for the winner of the presidential race, and it loomed over every chapter of the election, down to the final ballots. In the last hours of campaigning, President Trump — who, regardless of the election outcome, will be in charge of the nation’s response to the pandemic for the next two and a half critical months — was at odds with his own coronavirus advisers and suggested that he might fire Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. told voters in a final pitch that “the first step to beating the virus is beating Donald Trump.” In a collision of two powerful forces shaping 2020, the virus was raging most ominously across political battlegrounds around the Great Lakes. Several swing states recorded records or near highs on Tuesday, including Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which have all announced more cases over the last seven days than in any other weeklong period during the pandemic.In Wisconsin, a prize eyed by both parties, more than 100,000 virus cases have been reported in the past month, and deaths and hospitalizations have spiked, leaving many to fear that worse news could be ahead.Voters who entered a polling location in Kenosha, Wis., first passed a handwashing station outside the front doors. Then there was a kiosk of free masks, wipes and hand sanitizer just inside the lobby. The room where they voted was a large, airy gymnasium with tables spaced at least 15 feet apart. Raven Payne, a 25-year-old first-time poll worker, had one job all day: sanitation. Dressed in a bright yellow vest, plastic gloves, a face mask and a face shield, she had a distinctly buglike appearance as she hovered around the room, swooping in to clean, wipe and scrub each booth in between voters.A mile away, about 40 people sick with the coronavirus were lying in beds at the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic. Across Ohio, more people are hospitalized with the virus than at any other time during the pandemic; around the country, more than 50,000 people were in a hospital with the coronavirus on Tuesday, up 67 percent from a month ago.When Americans found themselves voting in the middle of the 1918 flu pandemic, infections also surged in October, peaking around Election Day. After voters turned out for the midterm elections that year, deaths continued at a fairly high rate throughout November and into December. At the same time, some places were lifting restrictions on public gatherings and people were flocking to the streets to celebrate the armistice ending World War I, two factors that contributed to new infections. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. Some thought the virus — and all the precautions — was overhyped.“I don’t think it’s as big as they say,” said Ann Roth, a 57-year-old voter from Papillion in suburban Omaha, who cast her ballot for Mr. Trump. “People are going to do what they’re going to do.” – Advertisement – This year, experts are hopeful that the flood of mail-in voting and precautions at the polls will protect Election Day gatherings from becoming superspreader events. But with cases soaring nationwide and health officials overwhelmed, it may be difficult to determine in the coming weeks what effect voting may have had.The next few weeks are seen as crucial for controlling the pandemic, as colder weather forces people indoors and families gather around the table at Thanksgiving. Inside a community basketball gym in Cleveland, poll workers fastened on masks and sat down behind cardboard and plastic shields that encased them on three sides. Looking more like a row of bank tellers, they greeted voters, who were expected to give an electronic signature by slipping on disposable plastic finger shields and then guiding their hands under a narrow opening. Voter booths, spaced out around the gym, had been meticulously measured with a six-foot rope. If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. CLEVELAND — They voted from cars and at outdoor tables. They stood in lines spaced far apart. They strapped on masks and pumped sanitizer into their palms. All across America on Tuesday, voters cast ballots in a presidential election in which the uncontrolled coronavirus pandemic was both a top issue and a threat.As millions of Americans turned out to vote, the nation was facing a rapidly escalating pandemic that is concentrated in some of the very states seen as critical in determining the outcome of the presidential race. From Wisconsin to North Carolina, infections were on the rise as the nation barreled toward 10 million total cases.- Advertisement – No matter the outcome of the election, one person will be in charge of the nation’s Covid-19 response through the next critical period: Mr. Trump.The president, who was hospitalized for the virus in October, has largely shut down the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and in recent days downplayed the country’s spiraling cases, saying that the nation is “rounding the corner.”Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, issued an urgent plea on Monday for an “aggressive balanced approach that is not being implemented,” in a private memo that was earlier reported by The Washington Post.In many places, voters and poll workers took extraordinary measures on Tuesday to try to protect themselves. They wore American-flag-themed masks, used napkins to drop off votes in ballot boxes and even passed ballots with the help of salad tongs.“People just love the tongs,” said Tommy Nickerson, a ballot worker in Oakland, Calif., where workers in face masks used tongs to collect ballots from drive-through motorists. Across the street, people cast ballots at tables set up outside. Updated Nov. 3, 2020, 9:12 p.m. ET In Miami, Eddie Gil, 50, said that he, too, had been guided by concerns about the coronavirus and how it was being handled. He said he voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 but chose Mr. Biden this year, in part because of the president’s handling of the pandemic.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Job growth expected to have slowed in October, as rehirings drop off, layoffs increase

first_img“I do expect to continue to see gains in professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, and some hiring by retailers,” she said. “Food service will still have gains, but not as strong.”She said employers hired interns this summer, but there was not the normal transition from internships to actual hires that traditionally happens during the fall.November is usually the time when hiring ramps up for the holiday season. Retailers will not need as many workers as they normally do. There will be less travel, and the food service industry will not need to hire nearly as much for year end and holiday parties.“I’d love to be surprised on the upside, but the pace of employment gains are slowing, even though we’re still in the hole by 10 million jobs,” she said.Barclays economists expect 650,000 nonfarm payrolls were added in October, but the momentum in the labor market is slowing.“The goods side of the economy is doing okay,” said Michael Gapen, Barclays chief U.S. economist. “Factory output still needs to rise a little further to meet where demand is.”He expects good growth in manufacturing and construction employment. .“I would suspect of the 775,000 that we have in private employment, I would just look for a similar breakdown to last month, 10% of that or so may come from the goods side of the economy, and 90% from services,” he said.Gapen said the labor market could be hit by the spreading pandemic. “Presumably, there will be some restrictions on activities, but we’re not thinking states go back to lockdowns,” he said. Economists mostly expect job growth slowed in October, as the pace of rehirings dropped off and layoffs increased.Job growth was expected to total 530,000 in October, and the unemployment rate is expected to fall to 7.7%, according to Dow Jones. That number includes about a 150,000 decline in public sector jobs from the end of temporary positions for workers conducting the census.- Advertisement – But Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, expects just 250,000 nonfarm payrolls were added in October. He said he expects there were 425,000 private sector jobs created, but another 175,000 payrolls were lost from the census and also state and local government jobs.“I think we’re close to stalling out. The odds of stalling out are pretty high, given the intensifying pandemic going into the Christmas buying season, and without fiscal support,” he said. “It will result in a weak number for retail employment.”Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, expects to see 325,000 nonfarm payrolls. She said the weaker growth has to do with an increase in layoffs, from airlines and other industries. She also anticipates less holiday hiring by retailers and other businesses, which could impact November’s employment picture.- Advertisement – That compares to 661,000 jobs created in September, and an unemployment rate of 7.9%. The employment report is released at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday.But while the consensus is for about a half million jobs, economists have a wide range of forecasts for October payrolls. Citigroup economists, for instance, expect 800,000 jobs were created in October.“We expect a solid increase of 800k nonfarm payrolls in October, consistent with a notable decline in continuing jobless claims even after accounting for a shift from regular state programs to federal unemployment programs,” the Citi economists noted. “The unemployment rate should fall further to 7.6% even with a potential modest increase in the participation rate.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

E.S. Reddy, Who Led U.N.’s Efforts Against Apartheid, Dies at 96

first_imgEnuga Sreenivasulu Reddy was born on July 1, 1925, in Pallapatti, a village in southern India about 90 miles north of Madras. His father, E.V. Narasa Reddy, ran a mining company that exported mica. His mother was a homemaker.His father was jailed for participating in Gandhi’s protest campaigns, and his mother sold her jewelry to raise money for Gandhi’s efforts on behalf of India’s lowest caste, the so-called untouchables. Enuga himself led a strike as a high school student.After graduating from the University of Madras in 1943, he intended to earn an advanced degree in chemical engineering in Illinois, but the shortage of ships immediately after World War II delayed his arrival in the United States until the middle of the semester.When he finally did arrive, in New York, he decided to stay in the city, deciding that he could better keep abreast of events in India from there. Having forgotten by then much of the math he had learned as an undergraduate engineering student, he switched to political science and earned his master’s degree in the subject from New York University in 1948. He continued his studies at Columbia University.He married Nilufer Mizanoglu, a translator of the poet Nazim Hikmet. She survives him, along with their daughters, Mina Reddy and Leyla Tegmo-Reddy; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.Utterly broke after a two-month U.N. internship, Mr. Reddy was hired by the then-fledgling United Nations in 1949 to conduct research as a political affairs officer. Mr. Reddy embraced that effort.“He had to face many obstacles and antagonisms, coming from the Western Powers mainly,” Mr. MacBride said, “but he had the skill, courage and determination necessary to overcome the systematic overt and covert opposition to the liberation of the people of Southern Africa.” – Advertisement – He also lobbied relentlessly for the release of Nelson Mandela, the imprisoned anti-apartheid leader who was finally freed in 1990 and then elected South Africa’s first Black head of state four years later.- Advertisement – In the late 1940s, he became active in the Council on African Affairs, a group led by Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Du Bois. It initially drew mainstream progressive support but faded after the government declared it a subversive organization in 1953 because some of its leaders had Communist ties.By then, India had gained its freedom from the British, a moment, Mr. Reddy said, that should have been the beginning of the end of colonialism.“I had a feeling that I did not do enough,” he said in the 2004 interview. “I did not make enough sacrifice for India’s freedom, so I should compensate by doing what I can for the rest of the colonies.” When he joined the U.N., he added, “that feeling was in the back of my mind.”After he retired in 1985, by then holding the title of assistant general secretary, Mr. Reddy wrote histories of the Black liberation and anti-apartheid movements and the links between India and South Africa.He was awarded the Joliot-Curie Medal of the World Peace Council in 1982. In 2013, he received the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo from the South African government, an honor named for the former African National Congress president-in-exile.When Mr. Reddy celebrated his 96th birthday last July, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, a South African organization opposed to racism and corruption, congratulated him for a lifetime of “working tirelessly in support of the liberation movement” and “forging an unshakable bond between South Africa and his homeland, India.” From 1963 to 1984, Mr. Reddy oversaw the U.N.’s efforts against apartheid first as principal secretary of the Special Committee Against Apartheid and then as director of the Center Against Apartheid.He campaigned for boycotts and other economic sanctions against the white South African government, which segregated and oppressed Black people and subordinated the country’s large population of Indian immigrants. The vast pool of Indian contract workers who had immigrated to South Africa starting in the late 19th century had found common ground with Black citizens as another oppressed minority there. India was among the first countries to join what became an international movement to isolate South Africa through commercial and cultural boycotts, and to exert economic leverage by pressuring corporations, universities, foundations and pension funds worldwide to divest themselves of holdings in South African companies. “There is no one at the United Nations who has done more to expose the injustices of apartheid and the illegality of the South African regime than he has,” Sean MacBride, a former U.N. commissioner for Namibia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, said of Mr. Reddy in 1985.In a 2004 interview for the book “No Easy Victories” (2007), Mr. Reddy, influenced by Gandhi’s strategy of nonviolent resistance to India’s British colonial rulers, explained the genesis of his interest in South Africa:“I was already interested in the anti-apartheid movement in the 1940s, when the struggle in South Africa took on new forms and Indians and Africans were cooperating in the struggle. During the Second World War, the United States and Britain talked about four freedoms in the Atlantic Charter, but those freedoms didn’t apply to India or South Africa.”- Advertisement – E.S. Reddy, an Indian-born acolyte of Gandhi who spearheaded efforts at the United Nations to end apartheid in South Africa, died on Sunday in Cambridge, Mass. He was 96.His death was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, who hailed Mr. Reddy’s “commitment to human rights” and his epitomizing “social solidarity.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Obamacare to face another Supreme Court test on Tuesday

first_img– Advertisement – If the court strikes down the law, more than 20 million Americans could lose the health care coverage they have received under its provisions. The health-insurance industry, which has built itself around the law for 10 years, could be upended.The spreading coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 230,000 in the U.S. since it emerged late last year and sparked a recession that has kicked millions off their health insurance, has amplified the stakes of the battle.A decision is expected by the end of June.Obamacare’s history in court- Advertisement – A demonstrator holds a sign in support Obamacare in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images The landmark health-care legislation known as Obamacare will face its third test at the Supreme Court this week before the most conservative panel of justices that have sat on the bench in decades.The top court will hear arguments on Tuesday in a challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.The case was the primary focus of Democrats during the confirmation hearings for Justice Amy Coney Barrett last month. Democrats warned that confirming Barrett, by providing the court a 6-3 majority of Republican-appointed justices, would effectively doom the legislation.- Advertisement –center_img The case was brought by a consortium of red states led by Texas, and is backed by President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice. California and other blue states are defending the law.The dispute will be argued just one week after the presidential election between Trump and President-elect Joe Biden. It illustrates the wide differences in policy proposed by the two men.While Trump has gone to court to scrap the law, Biden, who played a role in its passage, centered his health-care policy on preserving and strengthening Obamacare. If the court strikes it down, Biden will likely have few options to resuscitate a new version of it, and little time.Democrats are projected to retain control of the House of Representatives, but their path to a Senate majority is narrow, with control of Congress’s upper body appearing likely to come down to two special elections in Georgia that will be held in January.The top court has twice reviewed the Affordable Care Act, in 2012 and 2015, and both times considered it to be lawful. The upcoming case raises a new question about the constitutionality of the law’s individual mandate provision, which requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in the 2012 case known as National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. In that case, Chief Justice John Roberts disagreed with the Obama administration, which argued the mandate was a penalty — but Roberts upheld the provision as effectively being a tax.In 2017, Republicans in Congress, who have been gunning to eliminate Obamacare since it was first signed, set the individual mandate penalty to $0.Because the penalty is $0, Texas and the other red states have argued that it is no longer permissible as a tax. Further, they say, because the individual mandate is now unconstitutional, the entire law must be eliminated.A federal district court in Texas and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the red states and said the individual mandate is unconstitutional. The district court said that as a result, the entire law must fall, while the appeals court did not address the latter point conclusively.“The individual mandate is unconstitutional because it can no longer be read as a tax, and there is no other constitutional provision that justifies this exercise of congressional power,” the appeals court said.The severability questionThe panel added that whether the mandate was “severable,” or could be separated from the rest of the law, was an open question.“It may still be that none of the ACA is severable from the individual mandate, even after this inquiry is concluded,” the majority said. “It may be that all of the ACA is severable from the individual mandate. It may also be that some of the ACA is severable from the individual mandate, and some is not.”Health-care activists are worried that the court, with a 6-3 majority, will finally scrap the law.“I’m really quite nervous,” said Wendell Potter, a former executive at the health insurance company Cigna who has spent a decade advocating for liberal health-care reforms.“There have been so many close calls, certainly when John McCain saved the day a few years ago,” Potter said, referring to the late Arizona GOP senator’s 2017 “thumbs down” vote on repeal of the individual mandate and other provisions of the law. “This threat now, with the change in the makeup of the court, is really unnerving.”Barrett, an academic for most of her career, has been critical of the Supreme Court’s reasoning in upholding Obamacare in the previous cases that have come before it, though she has not addressed the legal question in the present case. She said during her hearings that she would approach the case with an open mind.Views on severability, unlike the questions raised in the earlier cases, do not obviously split along partisan lines. Last term, three of the court’s conservatives suggested in a case unrelated to Obamacare that their views on severability could be favorable to Democrats in the health-care case.Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in an opinion joined by Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, wrote that courts should generally sever an offending provision from a broader law if the rest of the law can function independently. Kavanaugh wrote that it was “fairly unusual for the remainder of a law” not to be able to do so.“Constitutional litigation is not a game of gotcha against Congress, where litigants can ride a discrete constitutional flaw in a statute to take down the whole, otherwise constitutional statute,” Kavanaugh wrote.Andrew Bab, a partner at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and a co-head of its health care and life sciences group, said that another key factor for the justices to weigh will be the intent of Congress when it enacted the Affordable Care Act.Bab noted that the individual mandate was one part of Obamacare’s so-called “three-legged stool.”At the time that Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, Democrats argued the individual mandate was essential in order for two other aspects of the law to function: Its requirement that insurers provide coverage to those with preexisting conditions and subsidies to make insurance affordable.“How can Congress ever have intended, goes the argument, for the two legs of the stool to stand without the third leg?” Bab said.On the other hand, he explained, Congress’s decision in 2017 to lower the individual mandate penalty to $0 without scrapping the entire law cuts in the other direction.“Not only did the legislators seem to intend for the law to continue to operate, but it has continued to operate, and at least arguably, we haven’t seen the death spiral that was the reason behind the mandate,” Bab said.“These are not easy or sexy questions, and are not the kind of questions many scholars would spend a lot of time writing about,” he added.Because of Covid-19, Tuesday’s arguments will be conducted via telephone and streamed live to the public. They will begin at 10 a.m.The case is known as California v. Texas, No. 19-840. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Serbia vs Scotland: Ally McCoist thinks underdog tag can help Scotland | Football News

first_imgAlly McCoist thinks the underdog factor can work in Scotland’s favour in Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off in Serbia – a game he’s calling the biggest in 20 years.Scotland have not qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, but come into this crucial game on a fine run of form.- Advertisement – “The team is looking a lot better with some solidarity about them. Lyndon Dykes has given us a focal point. I’m the eternal Scottish optimist. I’m very hopeful although I do appreciate it’s a very big task ahead.”McCoist’s recollections are ones Scotland fans know all too well in the years since they last qualified for a major tournament in 1998.From the torment of defeats to the Netherlands and Italy in the mid-2000s to more recent woes, Scotland will be desperate to lay those shortcomings to rest, hold their nerve, and make history.McCoist remains the last Scottish player to score a winning goal at a major tournament when firing home a memorable strike vs Switzerland at Villa Park during Euro ’96. James McFadden started when Scotland were beaten 2-1 by Italy in 2007Image:James McFadden started when Scotland were beaten 2-1 by Italy in 2007 McCoist celebrates his winning goal vs Switzerland in 1996Image:McCoist celebrates his winning goal vs Switzerland in 1996 Those type of special memories haven’t been experienced by the modern-day Scottish international and that should be motivation in itself for this group, according to McCoist.“Clearly you want to do it for the country and the fans but I’d love to see them do it for themselves,” he said.“To represent your country at a major championship is magnificent. The memories I’ve got from World Cups and European Championships will be with me until my grave. I hold them so dearly.“We’ve had a generation of fantastic players like Darren Fletcher, Barry Ferguson, Scott Brown – boys like that – who haven’t made major finals and I’m gutted for them. So, I would be thrilled for the players and their families if they could do it.“It would be magic. What a boost it would be. We know how important football is.” Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Lyndon Dykes is hoping to be a hero as Scotland try to qualify for Euro 2020 – Advertisement – preview image Kick off 7:45pm Qualification for a first tournament since 1998 will give a ‘frustrated generation’ of Scotland fans, and the entire country, a lift says James McFadden They have put together four wins (one by penalty shoot-out) and a draw since August as Steve Clarke has galvanised the team to have this one last shot at qualification to the rescheduled European Championships, where England, Croatia and the Czech Republic would await them in Group D.Sky Sports has made this match of historic, national significance available free-to-air in recognition of the unique circumstances and the impact the pandemic is having on fans.McCoist thinks Scotland will relish being the underdogs.- Advertisement – 0:45 “I’d have bitten your hand off for an opportunity like this. There was a period where it looked like we wouldn’t get this chance and now we’ve got it. It’s great news.“We’re second favourites but I’ve been Scottish for long enough to know that being the underdog suits us.- Advertisement – Four years later, McFadden and Scotland were again left disappointed after losing 2-1 to Italy in November 2007 in the final stages of Euro 2008 qualification.“When I was playing and we would have these games, the Holland game I think I was 20, you just assume it is going to happen every campaign – you are going to get a play-off, you are going to get close.“And then you go to the Italy game, it turned into a one-off game. If we won that game we would have managed to qualify. It didn’t happen like that. He told Sky Sports News: “Without doubt, it’s the biggest game in over 20 years. And I’m pleased punters can watch it and get behind the team. I’m so pleased for everybody. Fingers crossed we can get a result. James McFadden, part of that generation that missed out on playing at major finals, echoed McCoist’s sentiments as he spoke from personal experience when he said these Scotland players cannot afford to pass up another golden opportunity at qualification.A young McFadden was breaking through when he was picked to start against the Netherlands in November 2003 by then-Scotland boss Berti Vogts.Scotland won the first leg at home 1-0 thanks to McFadden’s strike but were hammered 6-0 in the return tie to miss out on a place at Euro 2004. Highlights of the Euro 2020 qualifying play-off match between Scotland and Israel “There is a frustrated generation that haven’t seen Scotland at a major tournament. There are also the generations before that who are used to seeing Scotland and the disappointment of not reaching a major finals is there for everyone.“I just hope that the players can turn up, give it their best, and really play the way that they have been in the last three games, give us a good chance of qualifying and try and give the whole country a lift.” 4:27last_img read more

Aqua Expeditions returns to Amazon sailing in Peru | News

first_imgNewerAmerican Airlines to launch VeriFLY to customers As Aqua Expeditions steers positively into 2021, Aqua Nera, the company’s newest expedition vessel, will launch its much-anticipated inaugural voyage on April 3rd.She will grace the mystical Amazon river with unparalleled contemporary luxury and bold design aesthetic. The 20-suite river ship, custom-designed by award-winning Noor Design, built in Vietnam, is currently sailing the full length of the Amazon river to her home port of Iquitos, Peru after an epic 19,866 km journey across the world.- Advertisement – “We are excited to resume our operations and launch our newest ship Aqua Nera after months of travel bans. “Our team has used the past months wisely to refine our operations to the highest safety standards, so we will be at our very best to welcome guests back onboard. “Aqua Nera is positioned to be an innovative addition on the Amazon river, inspired by the Peruvian black water lagoons, combining refined elegance with contemporary design,” said Francesco Galli Zugaro, chief executive, Aqua Expeditions. Aqua Expeditions has confirmed the resumption of its Peruvian Amazon operations, with the first departure of Aria Amazon scheduled for December 18th.The move comes as travel restrictions in South America slowly lift. – Advertisement – OlderNH Hotels launches new Mobile Guest Service app Peruvian borders are now open, with flights from seven regional destinations in operation since October 5th, and international flights from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Jamaica back in operation since the start of the month.More than ever, health and safety remain Aqua’s number one priority for guests and crew alike. Strict safety protocols have been imposed by LATAM Airlines and Lima Airport, with all travellers into the country required to present a negative RT-PCR test certificate or an antibody test for Covid-19 issued no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight, along with a health electronic sworn statement, and an affidavit of health and geolocation authorisation.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

GOP worries Trump may hurt Georgia Senate battle

first_img– Advertisement – Republicans are concerned that President Donald Trump‘s refusal to concede the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden could have negative consequences in the battle over control the U.S. Senate, Axios’ co-founder Mike Allen told CNBC on Friday.“The conversations I have, Republicans are very worried that this foot dragging is going to hurt the real next fight,” Allen said in a “Squawk Box” interview. Instead, Allen added, they to “keep the eye on the prize, which is the two Georgia runoffs on Jan. 5.”- Advertisement – A GOP victory in only of those contests, Allen noted, would mean that Republicans would hold onto their Senate majority. Should Democrats win both Georgia seats, splitting the Senate down the middle, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would end up holding the tie-breaking vote.“It’s very possible Republicans win both of those seats,” said Allen, a veteran Washington journalist who co-founded Politico before going on to launch Axios in January 2017. “They only need one for Mitch McConnell to stay the majority leader, but Republicans don’t want the distraction of money and attention from the president not conceding.”On Thursday, Allen reported in his widely read morning newsletter that Trump was considering launching a digital media company after his presidency, with the intention of rivaling Fox News. While Trump has leaned on the conservative friendly cable channel to reach voters, Allen said Trump has become increasingly upset with the network, evidenced by Thursday’s flurry of tweets and retweets pitching alternatives to Fox News.- Advertisement – Republicans currently hold a 50-48 seat advantage in the Senate, according to NBC News projections. The two openings are in Georgia, where the race between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock is going to a runoff on Jan. 5, because neither candidate secured 50% of the vote in last week’s general election. Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff also look like they are headed to a runoff, but NBC News has yet to make an official call.The races carry significant implications for policymaking in Washington because two Democratic victories would give the party control of the Senate — along with the House and presidency. Republican pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC earlier this week that they are “the most important Senate elections in modern times.”Trump has yet to concede the presidential election to Biden, after various media organizations, including NBC News, projected the Democrat as the winner on Saturday. Trump’s campaign has been pursing a flurry of election-related lawsuits in states related to the voting process or the vote counting. Additionally, despite the president’s baseless claims, there is no evidence that widespread voter fraud occurred to advantage Biden.- Advertisement – “The president is seriously looking at is a direct-to-consumer play … where he would connect directly with his fans out there, who would pay a monthly fee,” Allen told CNBC. “Whether he starts something himself or works with an existing player like Newsmax or another conservative player, the idea is to connect directly with those fans, and let’s face it. The president needs money and he will have time. This addresses both of those.”last_img read more

‘Black Panther 2’ Will Not Use CGI Double for Chadwick Boseman

first_imgBoseman died in August at age 43 after a private struggle with colon cancer. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV,” a statement shared via Twitter at the time read. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Intent on finding another way to honor him. Chadwick Boseman will not appear in Black Panther 2 in the form of a CGI double following his death.“No. There’s only one Chadwick and he’s not with us,” Victoria Alonso, who is an executive producer at Marvel Studios, told Argentinian newspaper Clarin, per The Wrap. “Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to history and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, really.”‘Black Panther 2’ Will Not Use a CGI Double for Chadwick Boseman Following His DeathChadwick Boseman as T’Challa in “Black Panther.” Marvel/Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock- Advertisement –center_img Nevertheless, Alonso hopes to pay tribute to the late actor’s legacy and the franchise he helped create. “Because Chadwick was not only a wonder of a human being every day for the five years that we spent together, but it also seems to me that as a character what he did elevated us as a company and has left his moment in history,” she said. “I know that sometimes two months go by or three months go by in production and you say, ‘Well, it was a long time.’ But it is not a long time. We have to think carefully about what we are going to do and how and think about how we are going to honor the franchise.”Marvel confirmed a Black Panther sequel was in the works in August 2019. Filming had not yet begun at the time of Boseman’s death.The 42 star made his debut as T’Challa in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and went on to reprise the role in 2018’s Black Panther, 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.- Advertisement –last_img read more