Tuesday, 21 July 2020 09:18
After almost five days of fraught discussions, European Union leaders have agreed on a 750 billion euro (almost $858 billion) stimulus plan to help fund Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis. The deal would focus on providing funding across three pillars: creating reforms to help businesses rebound from the pandemic, rolling out new measures to reform economies over the long haul, and investing to help protect from "future crises." It would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in grants and loans to member states. The agreement came after days of deadlock and fractious talks that were described as some of the most bitterly divided in years. "We did it! Europe is strong. Europe is united," European Council President Charles Michel said at a press conference Tuesday. "This is a good deal, this is a strong deal, and most importantly, this is the right deal for Europe right now."
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:57
After 16 long and often painful years, fans of Leeds United have had double cause for celebration this weekend with a return to the top-flight of English football confirmed and the wrapping up of the Championship title, the club's first silverware in nearly 30 years. Since it last played in the Premier League, Leeds has tried 15 managers in a bid to restore it to its former glory days, but only the latest, a 64-year-old Argentinian with a reputation for eccentricity, hence his nickname "El Loco" (mad man), has succeeded. Marcelo Bielsa, who counts top coaches Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino among his admirers, is now a revered figure for fans of the northern England side, long a "sleeping giant" while sides across the Pennines in Manchester United and lately Manchester City have dominated the Premier League title race.
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:56
Lewis Hamilton took the F1 championship lead as he won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time on Sunday, leading from start to finish at one of his favorite circuits. The imperious victory, lapping arch-rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari on the way, was the 86th of his career and puts him firmly on course for a seventh world title at the end of a coronavirus-shortened season. Dutchman Max Verstappen claimed a remarkable second place, recovering his composure after a pre-race accident saw him lose control of his Red Bull on a surface made treacherous by rain and crashing into the barriers.
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:56
Chelsea will play Arsenal in an all-London FA Cup final after beating Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley on Sunday, aided by an error strewn goalkeeping performance from David de Gea. The Spanish international, drafted into the United team in place of Sergio Romero, who has played previous rounds of the cup, endured a nightmare evening in the semifinal. His first mistake came in the 11th minute of first half injury time as he allowed Oliver Giroud's flick to beat him at his near post to put Chelsea 1-0 ahead. Worse was to follow almost immediately at the start of the second as the excellent Mason Mount burst forward and shot from long range, seeing his effort squirm under de Gea's body and into the goal.
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:37
Mike Tyson is kicking off "Shark Week." The legendary boxer will go head-to-head with one of the ocean's top predators in "Tyson Vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef," which will also feature famed ring announcer Michael Buffer calling the shots. Tyson and the shark will square off underwater in the name of research, with the Discovery Channel saying in a statement that "no sharks were harmed (or bitten) in the making of this episode."
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:35
You may be right, Billy Joel, it may be crazy to have tossed out that piano. Video of the superstar musician playing a discarded piano on a sidewalk on Long Island, New York, has been making the rounds. A rep for Joel confirmed to CNN it indeed is the Piano Man in the video, but did not offer comment. The 71-year-old performer was captured on what appears to be a cell phone camera, playing a Ragtime-type tune on the piano out near the street.
Monday, 20 July 2020 07:34
The cast of "30 Rock" got back together on Thursday night, but unlike some of the higher-minded reunions mounted during the coronavirus pandemic, the stunt had an overt commercial motivation to it -- serving as an infomercial for all things NBC and its new streaming service, Peacock. Yes, the whole cast appeared -- under the guise of being recruited to do a reboot of the show within the show. But the content basically felt like the kind of promotional video that actors would be enlisted to shoot for an upfront sales presentation for advertisers, which is precisely what this was, just on a national platform. It was occasionally funny -- especially the outtakes at the end, for those who stuck around -- sporadically clever and more than anything, really strange.
Monday, 20 July 2020 05:10
Even though the heat of mid-summer is still upon us and the coronvirus pandemic continues, back-to-school season is right around the corner. With the possible exception of mask-wearing, no topic is generating as much debate as the reopening of schools. Everyone -- leaders at all levels of government, public health experts, child welfare advocates, pediatricians, parents and teachers -- has an opinion. As a doctor, a journalist and, perhaps most importantly, as a parent to three school-age children, it may come as no surprise that I've been thinking about this, too. School reopening has become politicized. It's a source of tension within this administration, pitting those who want society to get back to normal routines as soon as possible against its own public health experts, who want to take steps incrementally.
Monday, 20 July 2020 05:09
One challenge emerging during the Covid-19 pandemic has been how exactly to handle your own health care or doctor appointments — even just routine check-ups. Should you go to your doctor’s office or will a telehealth appointment work? And what if it’s urgent, or even an emergency? Closed offices and concerns about safety led many people to put off appointments, but what about now? And how long can they wait? We asked health experts to help guide how and when to handle your family’s health care needs and appointments.
Monday, 20 July 2020 04:39
President Donald Trump just offered a telling glimpse into his priorities as the coronavirus lengthens its trail of death and sickness. Not bothering to hide his indifference and contempt for science, the President made clear on Sunday that it's more important to him to be ultimately proven right about the pandemic than to reconsider his disastrous approach that is doing little to stop its deadly spread. Until then, America must endure crammed ICUs in virus-ravaged states, thousands more deaths and the prospect of cities slumping back into economically crippling lockdowns that crush hopes of a return to work and school with normal life as only a memory.