Chicago mayor imposes curfew on city bars, restaurants and nonessential businesses as coronavirus cases spike
CHICAGO — Days after threatening to roll back restrictions on Chicago businesses if COVID-19 cases continue to spike, Mayor Lori Lightfoot followed through Thursday by imposing a 10 p.m. curfew on all nonessential city businesses.In addition to the curfew starting Friday, the city will again prohibit indoor service at traditional taverns and brewery taprooms without food licenses, and asked residents to cap any social gatherings at six people.With new daily cases in Chicago up more than 50% over just a few weeks ago and rates rising dramatically elsewhere in Illinois as well, Lightfoot cast th...
David Byrne nixes TikTok debut, unveils We Are Not Divided website and Spike Lee-directed 'American Utopia'
Winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe and multiple Grammy Awards seemed to come easily for veteran music maverick David Byrne, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 as the co-founder of the boundary-stretching band Talking Heads.But making his first TikTok dance challenge video? Or, rather, trying to make his first TikTok dance challenge video? Surprisingly difficult.So difficult, in fact, that the Scottish-born, New York-based Byrne recently abandoned what would have been his official TikTok debut. It had been planned to promote the launch last week of his new six-week online ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Countries at the UN Should be Bold, Principled on Philippines
Published in:Philippine Daily Inquirerhttps://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media_2020/06/202006un_hrc_geneva.jpgLast year in Geneva, Iceland put the Philippines in the hot seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council for its murderous “war on drugs.” The boldness of a small country with no axe to grind against the Philippine government – acting solely out of its commitment to human rights – elicited widespread admiration from rights advocates everywhere.Iceland wasn’t fazed by President Duterte’s popularity or by Malacanang’s threats. It simply stood against the brutality of the “drug wa...
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Sideline Chatter: What was NASCAR doing that day? Tire rotations?
Who needs the moon in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned with Mars?The sporting world lined up quite an impressive first of its own on Thursday — with the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and WNBA all playing on the same day.———Headlines— At Fark.com: “Padres’ Eric Hosmer suffers fractured finger. On the other hand, he’s fine.”— At TheOnion.com: “Monster truck chased down by torch-wielding regular trucks.”———Net Loss Dept.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic got defaulted from the U.S. Open after a ball he struck in anger hit a line judge.On the plus side, he was immediately credited with a one-hit shutout.———...
The Seattle Times
Southgate admits England lucky to see off Iceland
England coach Gareth Southgate admitted relief after their 1-0 win over Nations League qualifying opponents Iceland.Raheem Sterling's late penalty gave England victory as they started their Uefa Nations League campaign in Iceland - despite the hosts squandering the chance to rescue a point by missing an injury-time spot-kick.In an chaotic end to a largely dull encounter, Sterling looked to have secured three points for manager Gareth Southgate's side when he rolled in an 89th-minute spot-kick after his shot was handled by Sverrir Ingason, who was then sent off after receiving a second yellow c...
Mary Schmich: Is 2020 the worst year ever?
CHICAGO — 2020. Worst year ever.You’ve heard that, haven’t you? Maybe even said it. I hear it from friends and on social media, from commentators on the news. It’s the name of a podcast.I heard the phrase a few days ago when I stopped by the strip mall where I often go for coffee. The doors of most of the stores — Pottery Barn, West Elm, Best Buy — were shattered, casualties of the city’s overnight looting.In the North Side parking lot that morning, people were sweeping up glass while workers fastened boards on what had been doors and windows. In the middle of the parking lot, Darnell Crittend...
Captive beluga whales released into Iceland sea sanctuary
Reykjavik (AFP) - Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium have returned to the sea in an Icelandic sanctuary, conservationists said Monday, expressing hopes of creating a model for rehoming some 300 belugas currently in captivity.Little White and Little Grey, two 13-year-old females, left behind their previous lives entertaining visitors at the Changfeng Ocean World in June 2019 when they were flown to Iceland's Klettsvik Bay in the Westman Islands, in specially tailored containers.On Friday, they were moved from their landbased facility to care pools in the sea at Klettsvik Bay -- the firs...
How 12 countries – rich and poor – carried out elections during the Covid-19 pandemic
On Friday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that Hong Kong’s legislative elections will be postponed in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The city has seen a surge in infections in recent weeks, though recent polls suggest the pro-Beijing camp would also face a battering at the ballot box in September following a year of protest. In April, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly and association Clément Voule said in a statement that – despite the pandemic – democracy cannot be indefinitely postponed, adding that freedom of association and assembl...
Hong Kong Free Press
Vigdis Finnbogadottir, the world's first elected female president
Reykjavik (AFP) - When Vigdis Finnbogadottir assumed Iceland's presidency on August 1 1980, she made history as the first elected female head of state in the world, and four decades later the 90-year-old remains a role-model to Icelanders.With 16 consecutive years in office, thanks to three re-elections, the former teacher and theatre director holds the record for elected female heads of state and government, though Germany's Angela Merkel could match her next year."She paved the way for the rest of us," Katrin Jakobsdottir, the current prime minister, told AFP."I grew up with Vigdis as presid...
Will Ferrell's hidden college jibe
Will Ferrell incorporated a jibe about his old college rivals into 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga'. The 52-year-old actor studied sports broadcasting at the University of Southern California (USC) but a scene in the film features a small group of Americans in Arizona State University (ASU) clothing, which he admitted was a deliberate jibe at the "party school". Asked about the scene, he said: "That was Pac 12 fellowship right there. That was also a perfect party school to make fun of, because at USC, we're graduates of a fine academic institution now. "When I was there, maybe...