Monthly Archives جولای 2020

Bafta TV Awards 2020 – live:All the winners as Stath Lets Flats beats Fleabag and Derry Girls for Scripted Comedy award

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This year’s Bafta TV Awards were a strange, subdued affair thanks to social-distancing regulations – but there were some deserving and unexpected winners. Stath Lets Flats beat out tough competition in the form of Fleabag and Derry Girls to take home the Scripted Comedy award, while The End of the F***ing World won Best Drama Series.

The Best Mini-Series award, meanwhile, went to Chernobyl, and Glenda Jackson won Leading Actress for Elizabeth Is Missing.

The annual ceremony was broadcast on BBC One and was the first in its history to be held virtually.

Richard Ayoade hosted the event in a closed and socially distanced studio, with winners ac...

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In Canada, hockey’s return is a partial sign of normalcy during precarious times

Having an entire postseason tournament in Canada, where the sport is woven into so many aspects of life, is welcome for many Canadians. More than 4.3 million of them watched the two exhibition games involving Canadian teams Tuesday night, the most-watched exhibition games in the history of Sportsnet.

But even as most citizens here embrace the game’s return, they can’t do so in all the usual ways, with arenas closed to spectators and gatherings at bars limited by the country’s coronavirus precautions. And some see the accommodations made to the league in direct contrast with the national discipline that helped corral the virus.

Still, amid such widespread global uncertainty, the return of a cultural mainstay offers some comfort.

“I think with everything that’s gone on in the ...

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Did a third of the economy really vanish in just three months?

In other words, 32.9 percent is how much the economy would shrink if the business closures and spending cuts of the second quarter increased at a compounding 9.5 percent for an entire year, after adjusting for seasonality.

Think of what an apocalypse that would be. Annualization assumes the businesses closed this quarter would remain closed and that just as many more would close in the third quarter. And we’d expand the closures again in the fourth quarter and again in the first quarter of next year.

In other words, take the devastation you saw in the past three months and multiply it by four. That is essentially what annualizing does, though compounding means the actual math is a bit more complicated.

The Commerce Department’s affection for annualization does not stop at percen...

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Birmingham City appoint Aitor Karanka as manager on three-year contract

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Birmingham City have appointed Aitor Karanka as the club’s new manager, replacing Pep Clotet who departed earlier this month. The 46-year-old Spaniard has signed a three-year contract at St Andrew’s.

Karanka has previously managed fellow Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, leading the latter to the Premier League, but had been out of work since departing Forest 18 months ago.

Birmingham did not win a single league game from mid-February onwards, leading Clotet to depart at the start of July following a 3-1 defeat by Swansea City...

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Nats’ Tres Barrera, hit with 80-game suspension for banned substance, fires back with lawsuit

Then, at the end of last week, that suspension was officially issued under the Joint Drug Agreement between MLB and players’ union. Barrera, a 25-year-old catcher for the Washington Nationals, has now sued MLB, MLB’s commissioner’s office, the director of an anti-doping lab and two league-contracted labs in Utah and Montreal. Barrera is alleging that MLB’s test for DHCMT is “junk science”; that the levels found in his system do not quality as performance-enhancing; that the test results can’t conclusively determine when the substance entered his system; and that MLB’s arbitration process was ultimately unfair, since Daniel Eichner, the Utah lab director and an MLB-contracted expert, was the only scientist who testified.

Barrera requested an emergency temporary restrain...

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Should all American kids get a free school lunch? The pandemic might make that a reality

The Cares Act $600 unemployment benefit ended this week and moratoriums on eviction are lifting many places on Saturday. The first round of the Small Business Administration’s PPP loans expired at the end of June, as did the Pandemic EBT program, a debit-card benefit for food-insecure households. The Republicans’ Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act (the Heals Act) proposal unveiled this week did not expand the food stamps Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or extend Pandemic EBT.

The Agriculture Department put out a news release Wednesday trumpeting a SNAP benefit increase in fiscal year 2021 aimed at helping people “adjust to changing economic conditions and support Americans during tough times,” said Food and Nutrition Service Administrator P...

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Friday's transfer news: Man United poised to sign Raul Jimenez as Jadon Sancho agreement nears, Arsenal offered £9m Coutinho deal

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Follow the latest transfer updates live from the Premier League summer window as clubs look to strengthen throughout the summer ahead of the start of the new season. Manchester United look set to be one of the most active clubs of the window, with interest in Raul Jimenez, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish giving fans plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

United are understood to be ready to launch a move for Wolves striker Jimenez, while The Independent understands that Borussia Dortmund are ready and willing to come down to £60m in negotiations for England star Sancho...

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In Washington’s QB competition, the first pivotal step is learning to speak the language

So Rivera wanted a plan.

“I had one sheet,” quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese said in a video conference call with reporters Thursday. “Because it is not easy, but the steps aren’t hard. … There’s an urgency and there’s an on-the-clock mentality with a young guy that they have to share. If you have to drag them, it is not fun. But if they’re already up for the hunt, it is a lot better. Baker [Mayfield] was that way, these young guys in the building are that way, and that’s what encourages me.”

Zampese, whose father, Ernie, was one of the top assistants to Don Coryell in the late 1970s and ‘80s, was Cleveland’s quarterbacks coach in 2018 when Mayfield set an NFL record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie (27)...

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Uncertainty, anxiety and sleepless nights for the unemployed as Congress lets $600 benefits lapse

To many economists, the extra $600-a-week in unemployment benefits that Congress created in March, which help stabilize income for tens of millions of unemployed workers, is one of the main reasons that the financial crisis is not even worse.

Banks have not seen a deluge of defaults on consumer and corporate loans, personal debt is down, and some studies have shown that poverty rates eased compared to pre-pandemic levels, as a significant percentage of lower wage workers ended up collecting more on unemployment than they did at work.

But this benefits cliff is here, as most of the unemployed received their final infusion of the extra $600 from the federal government last week.

Workers will still receive payments from their home states, but the loss of the extra $600 will slash pay...

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Trump threatens Portland protesters with 'very strong offensive force'

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Donald Trump on Friday threatened protesters in Portland, saying federal police he sent there are ready to use “very strong offensive force.”

“If it doesn’t clear up, we’re going to do something very powerful,” the president said a day after he warned protesters there that he dubbed “terrorists” he is poised to send in National Guard troops.

“We have no choice,” he said, because “the left-wing extremists have spread mayhem throughout the streets of different cities.”

Mr Trump, trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in national and battleground state polls, the president in recent months has...

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