174 dead as tear gas triggers stampede to exit soccer match in Indonesia

“We have already done a preventive action before finally firing the tear gas as (fans) began to attack the police, acting anarchically and burning vehicles,” East Java police chief Nico Afinta said in a news conference early Sunday. More than 300 people were rushed to hospitals but many died on the way and during treatment, Afinta said. East Java’s Vice Gov. Emil Dardak told local Kompas TV in an interview Sunday that more than 100 injured people were receiving intensive treatment in eight hospitals, 11 of them in critical condition. Television reports showed police and rescuers evacuating the injured and carrying the dead to ambulances. Grieving relatives waited for information about their loved ones at Malang’s Saiful Anwar General Hospital. Others tried to identify the bodies laid at a morgue. In a statement, FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressed condolences on behalf of the global football community, saying “the football world is in a state of shock.” The statement did not mention the use of tear gas. Police conduct an investigation next to a torched vehicle outside the Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, East Java on Sunday.PUTRI / AFP – Getty Images Indonesia’s soccer association, known as PSSI, has suspended the premier soccer league Liga 1 indefinitely in light of the tragedy and banned Arema from hosting soccer matches for the remainder of the season. Indonesia is due to host the 2023 FIFA under-20 World Cup, with 24 participating teams. As the host, the country automatically qualifies for the cup. “Unfortunately, this incident has certainly injured our soccer image,” said Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali. Despite Indonesia’s lack of international accolades in the sport, hooliganism is rife in the soccer-obsessed country where fanaticism often ends in violence, as in the 2018 death of a Persija Jakarta supporter who was killed by a mob of hardcore fans of rival club Persib Bandung in 2018. Ferli Hidayat, the police chief of Malang, said there were some 42,000 spectators at the game Saturday, all of whom were Arema supporters because the organizer had banned Persebaya fans from entering the stadium in an effort to avoid brawls. Saturday’s game is already among the world’s worst crowd disasters, including the 1996 World Cup qualifier between Guatemala and Costa Rica in Guatemala City where over 80 died and over 100 more were injured. In April 2001, more than 40 people are crushed to death during a soccer match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Source link  More...

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Brazil votes in presidential election with Lula against Bolsonaro

Also in Rocinha, Manuel Pintoadinho, a 65-year-old metalworker, said he voted for Bolsonaro and didn’t blame him for tough economic times. “The pandemic ruined everything, inflation is really high,” Pintoadinho said. “It’s not his fault.” A slow economic recovery has yet to reach the poor, with 33 million Brazilians going hungry despite higher welfare payments. Like several of its Latin American neighbors coping with high inflation and a vast number of people excluded from formal employment, Brazil is considering a shift to the political left. Gustavo Petro in Colombia, Gabriel Boric in Chile and Pedro Castillo in Peru are among the left-leaning leaders in the region who have recently assumed power. There is a chance da Silva could win in the first round, without need for a run-off on Oct. 30. For that to happen, he would need more than 50% of valid votes, which exclude spoiled and blank ballots. Brazil has more than 150 million eligible voters, and voting is mandatory, but abstention rates can reach as high as 20%. An outright win would sharpen focus on the president’s reaction to the count given he has repeatedly questioned the reliability not just of opinion polls, but also of the electronic voting machines. Analysts fear he has laid the groundwork to reject results. At one point, Bolsonaro claimed to possess evidence of fraud, but never presented any, even after the electoral authority set a deadline to do so. He said as recently as Sept. 18 that if he doesn’t win in the first round, something must be “abnormal.” The two frontrunners have key bases of support: evangelicals and white men for Bolsonaro, and women, minorities and the poor for da Silva. Da Silva, 76, will vote in Sao Paulo state, where he was once a metalworker and union leader. He rose from poverty to the presidency and is credited with building an extensive social welfare program during his 2003-2010 tenure that helped lift tens of millions into the middle class. But he is also remembered for his administration’s involvement in vast corruption scandals that entangled politicians and business executives. Da Silva’s own convictions for corruption and money laundering led to 19 months imprisonment, sidelining him from the 2018 presidential race that polls indicated he had been leading against Bolsonaro. The Supreme Court later annulled da Silva’s convictions on the grounds that the judge was biased and colluded with prosecutors. Bolsonaro, who will vote in Rio de Janeiro, grew up in a modest family before joining the army. He eventually turned to politics after being forced out of the military for openly pushing to raise servicemen’s pays. During his seven terms as a fringe lawmaker in Congress’ lower house, he regularly expressed nostalgia for the country’s two-decade military dictatorship. His overtures to the armed forces have raised concern that his possible rejection of election results could be backed by top brass. Traditionally, the armed forces’ involvement in elections has been limited to carrying voting machines to isolated communities and beefing up security in violent regions. But this year, Bolsonaro suggested the military should conduct a parallel count of the ballots. While that didn’t materialize, the Defense Ministry said it will cross check results in over 380 polling stations across Brazil. Any citizen or entity is able to do the same, consulting a vote tally available at each station after ballot closure and online. Because the vote is conducted electronically, preliminary results are usually out within minutes, with the final result available a few hours later. This year, all polls will close at 5 p.m. Brasilia time (4 p.m. ET), regardless of areas that are in later time zones. Source link  More...

‘Saturday Night Live’ returns, acknowledges concern over churn

“Saturday Night Live” put the matters of cast turnover, the quality of its comedy, and concerns over its future front and center during its 47th season opener. The show’s cold open was a spoof of a streamed talk show hosted by NFL legends and brothers Peyton Manning (played by host Miles Teller) and Eli Manning (played by cast member Andrew Dismukes), “Peytoncast.” “Instead of football, we decided to check out the season premiere of SNL” Eli Manning said. The show has been the subject of high expectations and scrutiny after the exit of many of its most beloved cast members over summer. In a story about SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels last month, the New York Times counted the bodies: Gone are Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat and Aristotle Athari, the publication reported. A slate of four new cast members for the season made it vulnerable to ribbing by Teller’s Peyton Manning: “Let’s see what they spent the entire summer coming up with.” The siblings focused on SNL in real time, analyzing it as if it were a football matchup. It had a look at a sketch about the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago. Trump, played by James Austin Johnson, was depicted as a man at peace just before agents burst in. He said, “There’s no lawyers. There’s no FBI. I’m in my happy place.” The brothers criticized the performance of cast member Bowen Yang, noting that he’s now one of the more senior performers on the show. “He was supposed to step up this year, but you can tell the pressure’s getting to him,” Peyton Manning said. The football siblings went to a graphic to explain the show’s performance so far: 14 attempted jokes and three chuckles were listed. Jon Hamm joined the pair to note that new featured player Devon Walker has “really got something” when it comes to comedy. But Hamm and the hosts expressed disappointment when Walker entered the Trump sketch to portray South Dakota’s “Corn-bassdor,” the “Corn Kid.” “It’s Devon Walker’s first appearance on national TV, and they got him doing Corn Kid?” said Peyton Manning. A sketch had fun with pop star Adam Levine’s exposed direct messages to a model who is not his wife. The sketch came in the form of a television game show in which contestants, all men, could win $100 million by simply sending a “normal” Instagram DM to a woman. Of course, it couldn’t be done, with Mikey Day’s Levine serving as contestant and prime example of men who send women inappropriate messages. But one man was up to the challenge: Yang. Asked what his secret was, he said, “Being gay.” News segment “Weekend Update” featured Colin Jost and Michael Che as returning hosts. Che noted that Hurricane Ian this week brought loss and damage to Florida, a state led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, known for his opposition to the hypothetical teaching of critical race theory in public schools “It’s such a historic tragedy,” Che said of the storm, “that DeSantis won’t let them teach about it in Florida schools.” Meanwhile, Jost made fun of President Joe Biden’s public gaffes by quoting the 79-year-old president as asking for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to join him during Friday’s formal investiture ceremony for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. “Where is Justice Ginsberg,” he said. “Ruth, come on up here.” Dennis Romero Dennis Romero is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital.  Source link  More...

Iran grants furlough to American prisoner Siamak Namazi, lifts travel ban on his elderly father

Iran has granted a furlough to imprisoned Iranian-American Siamak Namazi for the first time in seven years, and lifted the travel ban on his elderly father, the U.N. secretary general and the family’s lawyer said Saturday. Iranian authorities gave Namazi a one-week, renewable furlough and he was reunited with his parents in Tehran, his lawyer Jared Genser told NBC News. “While these are critical first steps, we will not rest until the Namazis can all return to the United States and their long nightmare has finally come to an end,” Genser said in a statement. Siamak Namazi, a businessman who was arrested in 2015, is the longest-held Iranian-American prisoner in Iran. His father, Baquer Namazi, who worked for the United Nations before retiring, was also imprisoned and later released on a medical furlough, but he has remained under a travel ban. The U.N., the U.S. government and human rights groups say the espionage charges against both of them are baseless and that his detention is a violation of international law. Three other Americans are held in Iran as well as at least one legal permanent resident. “The secretary-general is grateful that, following his appeals to the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, our former colleague Baquer Namazi has been permitted to leave Iran for medical treatment abroad,” a spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said in a statement. “The secretary-general is also pleased to learn that Baquer Namazi’s son, Siamak Namazi, has been released from detention,” the spokesperson added.  The move came as negotiations on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran have stalled, according to U.S. and European diplomats.  Families and advocates of Americans imprisoned in Iran have called on the Biden administration not to allow their loved ones to remain behind bars even if the nuclear talks collapse, urging the White House to negotiate to secure the Americans’ release. Siamak Namazi recently issued an emotional appeal through his lawyer, saying the administration needed to do more to bring him and other Americans home. “Gambling the fate of U.S. hostages in Iran on the success of the nuclear talks is negligent & cruel. We must be freed first, & now!” Namazi said in tweets posted by his lawyer. Iran’s U.N. mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Dan De Luce is a reporter for the NBC News Investigative Unit.  Source link  More...

Ian slows down as death toll from hurricane grows in Florida

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — The death toll from Hurricane Ian rose Saturday to more than 77 as one of strongest and costliest storms to ever hit the U.S. pushed northward from the Carolinas leaving in its wake a trifecta of misery — dangerous flooding, power outages and massive destruction. Ian, which slammed into Florida on Wednesday with 150 mph winds, was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone after marching across South Carolina and was expected to weaken even more as it moved later Saturday into south-central Virginia before rolling into the mid-Atlantic. The storm was still wielding maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. But the NHC also warned of potential flash-flooding both in urban and rural areas across the central Appalachians and the southern Mid-Atlantic region through the weekend as well as continued record river flooding across parts of Florida The 77 confirmed storm-related deaths were recorded in Florida, according to a tally by state officials and an NBC News count. And with rescue efforts ongoing and the floodwater receding in places littered with wrecked homes, local officials warned the death toll could still rise. At least 1,100 rescues have been made in Florida since Ian made landfall in the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference on Saturday. “There’s been a great outpouring of support and I’ve seen a lot of resilience in this community of people that want to pick themselves up and they want to get their communities back on their feet,” DeSantis told reporters. “We’ll be here and we’ll be helping every step of the way.” Rear Adm. Brendan McPherson, who commands the Coast Guard in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, told the Today Show on Saturday morning that power outages were complicating rescue efforts as people in affected communities without mobile phone service or electricity were temporarily cut off from the rest of the world.  A pedestrian carries an umbrella during hard rain in Charleston, S.C.Scott Olson / Getty Images “It’s one of the biggest challenges,” he said. “Immediately after this storm we had seek and find air crews looking for people needing assistance.” But, McPherson said, most of the areas that had been cut off in southwest Florida have now been accessed either by air or by urban search and rescue teams that went door to door by boat. In Florida, nearly 1.3 million homes and businesses were still without power early Saturday, three days after Ian hit the state. In Fort Myers, which early on bore the brunt of Ian, residents waded through knee-deep water and used canoes and rafts to salvage what possessions they could find from their flooded homes. “I want to sit in the corner and cry,” Stevie Scuderi told The Associated Press as she shuffled through her mostly destroyed Fort Myers apartment, the mud in her kitchen sticking to her purple sandals. “I don’t know what else to do.” In South Carolina, Ian’s eye came ashore near Georgetown, a small community along the Winyah Bay about 60 miles north of historic Charleston. The storm washed away parts of four piers along the coast, including two that link to the popular tourist town of Myrtle Beach. More than 62,000 customers did not have power. Phil McCausland reported from South Carolina, Leila Sackur reported from London, England, Corky Siemaszko from New York City. Phil McCausland is an NBC News reporter. Corky Siemaszko is a senior writer for NBC News Digital. Associated Press contributed. Source link  More...

Hurricane Ian damage and recovery are set to make wealth disparities worse

Hurricane Ian has already caused at least 34 deaths, and early numbers suggest that financial losses could hit $40 billion. But these numbers tell only part of the story. What they don’t reveal is how Ian will lead to growing inequality, and heighten racial disparities. Research from across the United States shows that climate-related disasters have made our communities more unequal. Put another way, climate change is increasingly becoming a cause of inequality. Part of the problem is our existing recovery policies, which do not distribute post-disaster aid in fair or equitable ways. For example, Black households affected by disasters have often received less aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency compared with their white counterparts, and in communities that have gotten more FEMA aid, the racial wealth gap has grown.  More recovery dollars have been invested in white communities, which has helped housing values bounce back there. These disparities stem, in part, from different rates of post-disaster property inspections conducted by FEMA across racial groups, as well as the burden of the application process in applying aid. Overall, more recovery dollars have been invested in white communities, which has helped housing values bounce back there.  Typically, home values decline in the immediate aftermath of a flood. After Superstorm Sandy hit New York, there were large drops in home values for properties that flooded. Even properties that didn’t flood during the storm but were in nearby flood zones saw a significant decrease in values, demonstrating how the housing market can be quite reactive to climate-related disasters.  But the negative impact of disasters on home prices is not experienced evenly. Lower-priced homes see more precipitous drops in value, as do homes in higher-poverty neighborhoods and in neighborhoods with fewer white residents. And these values stay lower for longer. Losing home value can have devastating consequences. It leaves homeowners at greater risk of foreclosure and with less ability to borrow, which can even affect their children’s education, since many families rely on home equity to finance college. Ultimately, lowered home values mean less wealth to pass on to future generations. If Florida’s nonwhite communities see their home values lowered more steeply and for longer time periods than their white counterparts do, Hurricane Ian will exacerbate an already wide racial wealth gap. As home values are further affected by climate-related disasters, that will also shape who can most easily move away from vulnerable locations. Lower home values are associated with lower mobility, since they can make it challenging to pay off the existing mortgage and cover a new down payment. So homeowners in Florida’s most vulnerable Black and Latino neighborhoods will likely have less ability to sell and move after Hurricane Ian. At the same time, it’s likely that insurance premiums will increase, creating more financial strain and forcing households to make trade-offs in how they spend their money. When homeowners are underinsured or not insured at all, it also makes it incredibly difficult to repair a home with significant wind or flood damage. (In Florida counties in the path of Hurricane Ian, less than 48 percent of homeowners in the federally designated floodplain have flood insurance coverage.)  In general, residents who have higher valued homes are more likely to purchase flood insurance. This means many homeowners in disadvantaged neighborhoods are less likely to be insured and will have far fewer resources to repair their homes, another reason home values will remain low even if values in the broader community rebound.  This is what we found in Friendswood, Texas, a middle-class, majority-white suburb of Houston that flooded during Hurricane Harvey. We interviewed dozens of homeowners over the two years following the storm. Only about half of the flooded homeowners we spoke to had insurance when Harvey struck, in part because they had scant information about their risk.  As a result, some could not fund their repairs and were still living without floors or interior walls two years after the storm. These residents felt stuck relative to neighbors who had insurance.  Some wanted to move away from Friendswood — which they believed would flood again — but could not afford to. Indeed, homeowners whose home values rebound more quickly — again, those in whiter and wealthier communities — can more easily sell their homes and move away from vulnerable places. So as wealthier homeowners move into less vulnerable — and previously less desirable — inland communities, we may see more climate gentrification, with longtime residents of these safer locales displaced.  Put another way, the growing inequality spurred by disasters is multifaceted and long-term. First, there have been racial and class disparities in FEMA assistance and differences in the impact on home values. And then, there may be a second phase of growing inequality if more resourced households move away from vulnerable homes and push out less affluent residents in inland communities. Without changes to make current recovery policies more equitable, including strategic large-scale investments in managed retreat from vulnerable places, climate-related disasters like Hurricane Ian are increasingly going to be a cause of inequality, driving differences in wealth, mobility and vulnerability in future disasters. Source link  More...

From Broadway to the symphony, standing ovations now seem required

Returning to the theater after a pandemic-induced hiatus was something I wanted to stand up and cheer — until the very end of the performance, when all I wanted was the right to remain seated. Unfortunately, I quickly found out that the interruption of Covid-19 had done nothing to stop the wild proliferation of the standing ovation. As plays reopen for the fall season, I hope others will join me in standing up to the social pressure by staying seated.  Over my lifetime, the cultural norm of standing ovations has gone from rare to common, which makes it hard to acknowledge an actual masterpiece. Over my lifetime, the cultural norm of standing ovations has gone from rare to common, which makes it hard to acknowledge an actual masterpiece. The now ever-present standing ovation seems to be part of the performance rather than a mark of appreciation for it. Has there been a single “Hamilton” show that did not get an ovation? At the performance I went to in Chicago, we were on our feet as the last note rang out. It was a good performance, but not a great one. Indeed, it often feels as if the standing ovation is anticipated before the first line is spoken or the first note sung. Maybe it’s steep ticket prices that create a self-fulfilling prophecy; a performance has to be great to justify spending a week’s pay on a night out. Perhaps it just makes for a better selfie if you are standing at the end of a performance. Or it’s done unreflectively because performances can be staged in such a way as to manipulate this response. It’s also possible this phenomenon is an extension of the “everyone gets a trophy” culture. And if today’s audience grew up knowing only standing ovations, then this behavior can seem as appropriate to them as knowing not to clap between movements at the symphony feels to my generation.      .      Whatever the cause, it generates another problem: the requisite encore. Rarely does an encore feel spontaneous these days. Instead, it’s often planned as part of the program. At a classical music concert I attended recently, the soloist left his violin backstage during his bows as a clear sign that there would be no encore despite the demands of the audience. As we headed out of the theater, I overheard grumblings of disappointment that he had not acquiesced to the call for more. We don’t expect every sporting event to go into overtime in return for giving the teams a standing ovation, so I am not sure where this sense of entitlement comes from for the performing arts. I’m aware that by remaining seated it can appear as though I’m making a statement of displeasure or disappointment. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that I didn’t enjoy the performance or even think it well done. It just didn’t match my personal criteria for a standing ovation: an unforgettable experience of the highest caliber. I worry that my behavior comes across as snobby or unappreciative, perhaps even, dare I say, outdated. But in my (perchance old-fashioned) view, the unexpected is part of the mystique of live performance. I prefer to allow the performance to move me rather than knowing from the outset that a standing ovation is expected. And I worry about how this affects the performers themselves. How does the audience response affect their self-assessment? Do they appreciate knowing they will get a standing ovation from the get-go, or are audiences seen as less discerning? Are the performers less motivated to perform? Would the lack of a standing ovation serve as a wake-up call that the performance is slipping or merely be written off as a commentary about the audience? When I traveled to London in February 2020, moments before the pandemic put us all in front of our screens on a nightly basis, I had hopes that the ritualistic post-performance exuberance might not have made it across the pond. But at the first performance I saw there, a heartfelt production of the musical “The Prince of Egypt,” the crowd was on its feet as the last chord ended. Reluctantly, I joined in so that I could see the final bows, which were choreographed as part of the show. Two nights later, though, I unexpectedly found myself surrounded by a theater full of people who, like me, remained seated at the end of a show. I was at one of the first performances of Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt,” based on the experience of the British playwright’s family in Vienna from 1899 to 1955. The play ended suddenly, the stage went dark, and the audience, stunned by the power of the play, was silent for several seconds. Then, as the weight of the experience sank in, hands began to clap, tears were dried, and actors took their bows. The audience filed out quietly as we tried to regain our bearings. Ironically, the absence of a standing ovation that night added to how memorable an event it was. Because the content of the play is sober and dark, such a gesture would have felt like a celebration and been in poor taste. As I made my way back to my hotel, I wanted to tell everyone I saw on the Tube to go see it. But mostly, I wanted to reassure the actors. “You were great,” I wanted to tell them. “Please understand it was your forceful performance that kept us in our seats.” When I saw a recent advertisement for the opening of “Leopoldstadt” in New York in early September, it gave me hope that maybe Broadway would be importing a more discriminating approach to appreciating a performance. Until then, I remain in audience purgatory. Maggie Mulqueen Maggie Mulqueen, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is the author of “On Our Own Terms: Redefining Competence and Femininity.” More of her work can be found at drmaggiemulqueen.com. Source link  More...

Hurricane Ian death toll grows

At least 23 people in Florida have died from Hurricane Ian, state officials said Friday. The true death toll from the powerful Category 4 storm that devastated parts of the state could be higher. The number released by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission have been confirmed to be related to the storm after autopsies. Most of the 23 drowned. Local officials have reported other deaths from the hurricane that have not, as of Friday evening, been confirmed by the medical examiners commission. According to an NBC News count of reports from officials, there have been 34 deaths in Florida. Of the confirmed storm-related deaths, 12 were in Lee County, where the hurricane made landfall with 150-mph winds around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The people who died in Lee County ranged in age from 50 to 92, according to the state. One woman who drowned was found floating in seven feet of water, the medical examiners commission said.   In addition to the deaths in Lee County, four people died in Volusia County on the Atlantic Coast, according to the commission. One was a 68-year-old woman who was swept into the ocean by a wave Thursday. Three people drowned in Collier County, which is south of Lee County, according to the commission. Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management Division, said Friday that first responders initially conducted a search to find obvious victims and people needing rescue, and then returned for more extensive searches. More than 1.6 million electricity customers in Florida remained without power Friday, and utilities said some areas could see prolonged outages because of the devastation. On Sanibel Island, south of where the hurricane made landfall, four people were killed, Sanibel City Manager Dana Souza said Friday. It was not clear if they were included in the state count. The island was struck by a storm surge of between 8 and 15 feet, he said after touring the community earlier in the day. “We were all humbled by the amount of devastation that we saw across the island,” Souza said. Hurricane Ian is one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded to strike the United States. It then moved over the Atlantic Ocean and weakened, and on Friday hit South Carolina as a Category 1 storm. Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News. Source link  More...

Hurricane Ian strengthens, aim at South Carolina after Florida

Hurricane Ian came ashore near Georgetown, South Carolina, Friday afternoon, knocking out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses. Ian reached land at 2:05 p.m. as a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone about three hours after making the second landfall, but officials in both South Carolina and Florida warned that Ian and its aftermath pose grave danger. The hurricane pounded parts of Florida on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, devastating communities and leaving at least 21 people dead, with seven in Charlotte County. Florida’s Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie suggested the death toll could be higher. He said it was still to be confirmed whether many of those were related to the storm, however. Speaking after a briefing with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, President Joe Biden had also warned Thursday night that Ian could be responsible for “substantial loss of life” and end up being the deadliest storm in Florida’s history. “I spoke with the commissioners, and they are worried,” he said. Boats sit scattered in a woodland area and along the side of the road after being propelled by rising waters from Hurricane Ian near Fort Myers Beach on Thursday.Win McNamee / Getty Images More than 2.2 million customers across Florida were without power as of early Friday, with more than 400,000 customers in Lee County alone left in the dark. Striking videos and photos emerging from Florida have captured the level of devastation across the state, with some footage showing heroic rescues of people stranded in submerged cars and wading into floodwaters, while others portray the destruction left in Ian’s wake. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday, but strengthened again into a hurricane, according to the hurricane center. In addition to the warning of a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions, flooding rains are also likely across the Carolinas and southwestern Virginia. The center of the storm is expected to move further inland across the Carolinas on Friday night and Saturday, the hurricane center said. A crowd watches as power lines are repaired Thursday after several days without electricity in El Cerro, Cuba. Adalberto Roque / AFP – Getty Images In Cuba, residents continue to grapple with the aftermath of Ian, that knocked out power across the country in sweeping outages. At least three hurricane-related deaths were reported in the island nation as of earlier this week. One woman died after a wall fell on her, while another was killed by a roof that collapsed. Meanwhile, cleanup efforts are underway in hard-hit parts of the country. Chantal Da Silva is a breaking news editor for NBC News Digital based in London.  Minyvonne Burke is a senior breaking news reporter for NBC News. Source link  More...

Around £5BILLION lost every year to card fees on shops | Personal Finance | Finance

Some £5billion is being lost every year to Visa and Mastercard fees charged on every transaction, which have risen by 600 percent since 2014, say organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses. It has joined forces with the British Retail Consortium and others to launch the Axe the Card Tax campaign, which calls on the Treasury to back an investigation into rising fees. FSB chairman Martin McTague said: “Card fees are a significant burden for small businesses, but their impact is often hidden. Customers don’t realise that card processing companies take a bite out of every sale they handle.” Visa and Mastercard have also imposed additional charges on British companies accepting payments from the EU, which is expected to cost an additional £36.5million a year. Speaking to MPs last month, the two credit card companies said higher fees were justified by the greater risk of fraud in cross-border transactions, and the costs incurred by banks to prevent and detect such crime. It comes as campaigners issued a warning over the increasing number of cash machines charging for withdrawals. Lisa Ray of Later Life Ambitions, which represents more than 250,000 pensioners, said: “Even where there is an ATM that they can get to, more and more of them are charging a fee to withdraw money. “Pensioners on tight budgets should not be expected to pay to access their own cash.” The number of people paying for goods and services with cards or online banking rose during the pandemic but some shoppers are returning to cash to help manage their budgets during the cost of living crisis. Conservative MPs, including Andrea Leadsom and Paul Maynard, have urged ministers to ensure the Financial Services and Marketing Bill, currently making its way through Parliament, makes sure everyone has access to a free cash machine. Source link  More...

Free prescriptions: Britons could save hundreds on their medication bills with NHS scheme | Personal Finance | Finance

Another Twitter user @ladyv74766704 said: “I use the prepaid service for my medications and saved over £300 in one year” According to MoneySavingExpert.com, over one million people missed out on savings by not having a PPC in 2020-21. Before purchasing a PCC, Britons are urged to check if they are entitled to free prescriptions anyway and don’t have to pay at all. There are several groups in the UK who don’t have to pay the prescription charge and receive their medicine for free. People over the age of 60 years and under the age of 16 years are eligible for free NHS prescriptions. Source link  More...

Santander issues advice about how to avoid scams after man receives fake text | Personal Finance | Finance

The bank is also encouraging people not to be rushed into making a snap decision and to hang up the phone and call their bank using the number on the back of their card. Many Britons reported receiving a scam email recently purportedly from Santander, which features the bank’s red and white logo. The fake email has the title “We’re changing the way you log on to Online Banking”, and people have shared screenshots of the bogus message on Twitter. One person said on Twitter they had received the fraudulent email three times, which includes the message: “We’re making some changes to how you log on to Online Banking as a result of new regulation which affects the whole banking sector. Source link  More...

Disney, ESPN, and others dropped from Dish and Sling TV due to contract dispute

Dish and its Sling TV streaming service have dropped Disney’s package of channels after the companies couldn’t come to a contract agreement (via Deadline). In an announcement on its site, Dish says the Disney Channel, ESPN, FX, Freeform, National Geographic, and some local ABC networks are no longer available on its services after its contract expired early this morning. Dish blames the dispute on Disney, claiming the company demanded a $1 billion fee increase and “walked away from the negotiation table.” The satellite provider adds that Disney wanted Dish to include ESPN, ESPN2, and local ABC channels at an added cost in packages that don’t carry them. “Disney has exploited its market position to increase fees without regard for the public viewing experience,” Brian Neylon, Dish TV’s executive vice president said in a statement. “Clearly, Disney insists on prioritizing greed above American viewers.” In a statement provided to The Verge, Disney points the finger at Dish, stating the company “declined to reach a fair, market-based agreement” and that the “rates and terms” it’s asking for “reflect the marketplace and have been the foundation for numerous successful deals with pay TV providers of all types and sizes across the country.” As a result of the disagreement, the following channels will no longer be available on Dish or Sling TV: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, Disney Channel, Disney Jr., Disney XD, Freeform, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, ACC Network, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, Baby TV, Chicago, IL (WLS), Fresno, CA (KFSN), Houston, TX (KTRK), Los Angeles, CA (KABC), New York, NY (WABC), Philadelphia, PA (WPVI), Raleigh, NC (WTVD) and San Francisco, CA (KGO). Source link  More...

NASA’s Artemis I launch has officially been delayed until November

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Millions of women want to know the secrets to remain youthful and the beauty industry makes billions of pounds from products that claim to “reverse wrinkles”, “boost collagen” and “smooth lines” in a matter of weeks. The Body Shop, however, is taking a stand against the anti-ageing narrative in a bid to increase confidence and self-love. Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to the high street beauty company about their best-selling skincare range and they shared their tips for feeling good in the skin we were born in.  The Drops of Youth range is the brand’s best-selling skincare, with a bottle of the Concentrate selling every 20 seconds around the world.  But, The Body Shop decided to change the name of the range to Edelweiss, as part of the brand’s move to “go back to its activist roots” which involve “campaigning tirelessly on human rights and environmental issues as well as self-esteem”.  The brand also takes a strong stance on ageing: “If you didn’t want to get wrinkles you should have stopped smiling years ago.”  The global anti-ageing market is said to be worth £131billion ($140billion), so shifting the messaging behind their products wasn’t a decision they took lightly and Lionel Thoreau, Global Brand Vice President of The Body Shop explained this further.  READ MORE: Common make-up mistakes can ‘highlight wrinkles’ He said: “We are taking a huge commercial risk in changing the name of our most popular range, but it is worth it to stay true to our purpose.  “We are a change-making, B Corp, activist brand. It is our duty to ensure we aren’t sharing the wrong message. Everyone who uses our products has the right to feel powerfully, radiantly themselves.  “The Body Shop believes that ageing is a joy and a privilege, and our job is to lift people up, helping them age powerfully, rather than wish they were in a time machine.”  So what’s inside the new and improved Edelweiss products and how are they helping women’s skincare?  The new name for the range is inspired by the Edelweiss flower that is “found growing in brutal Alpine conditions against extreme wind, snow and rain”.  Despite its harsh conditions, the “resilient Edelweiss flower thrives [and] protects and repairs itself, thanks to its natural antioxidants, including Leontopodic acid, which is only produced when the flower is in distress”.  DON’T MISS…Meghan Markle & Sophie Wessex wore same outfit – one changed design [STYLE]Effective method to clean pillows without a washing machine [EXPERT]‘Cheaper and quicker’ method to make jacket potatoes without oven [VIDEO] The Body Shop revealed how “80 percent of daily skin problems are caused by environmental aggressors like pollution and dust, making skin look dull, dry and tired”.  Therefore, “the powerful natural protection systems found in Edelweiss make it the ideal skincare ingredient”.  “The properties of Edelweiss have also been shown to maintain skin barrier health, as well as smooth the skin’s surface, helping you keep a radiantly fresh face, whatever your age. That’s why Edelweiss is the beauty industry’s best-kept secret,” the brand commented.  But, for “optimum skin health” the Body Shop has teamed up with Psychodermatologist Dr Alia Ahmed who explained how “the skin and mind are deeply connected”.  She said: “The natural process of ageing can induce fear and anxiety, especially for women. We must change the narrative. Skincare shouldn’t fill anyone with dread, it should support self-empowerment and help us feel confident.”  READ MORE: Woman shares ‘magic wand’ facial treatment that changed her life Her top tips to help protect and enhance your skin inside and out:  1. Make inner reliance part of your skincare routine  “When you experience stress, cortisol is released into the body,” she explained. “The stress response alters the production and breakdown of collagen, proteoglycans and elastin, all of which are part of the skin’s building blocks. Without these natural skin supporters, you can quickly lose elasticity and firmness in your skin.  “Stress also affects your skin’s natural barrier, making it less effective when it comes to healing wounds or general daily repair. “Managing stress effectively and developing inner resilience should be a vital building block of your skincare routine – just like the Edelweiss flower thrives.”  2. Cultivate a good sleep routine  “When you’re sleep deprived, your body interprets that as stress,” she continued. “This kicks off a whole inflammatory response, which wreaks havoc with your skin.  “Night is when the stress hormone cortisol is naturally low, making it the perfect time for the body to repair all the damage you sustained during the day. Prioritise sleep and cultivate a good sleep routine.” 3. Self-love shows on your skin  “People can be really harsh on themselves about how they look,” the expert added. “Negative self-talk is a huge stress trigger which, once again, alters how you produce collagen, proteoglycans and elastin – the building blocks of skin.  “Cut the self-criticism when putting your Edelweiss products on and turn it into a mini self-love routine. Give yourself a loving face massage, fully enjoying the textures and scents of your wonderful skincare products.  “Not only does it aid circulation, it allows you to really tune into yourself. Self-love builds inner resilience and it shows up on your skin.” The Body Shop recommends cleansing first, then targeting the skin with concentrate then moisturising. Twice a week use an exfoliator.  As for what customers think about the Edelweiss Daily Serum Concentrate (£30 for 30ml), it’s been given a 4.6 percent out of five rating online.  CarPL wrote: “Absolute must-have serum! This is a great hydrator to provide you with 24 hr moisture against dehydration that can dull skin and cause premature ageing. A total game changer that is gentle and suitable for all skin types and doesn’t block my pores. Leaves my skin fresher, smoother, stronger and plumped. Love this serum!”  Vee said: “It works! Dull, dry, old skin to looking good, with less dryness, and a lovely dewy complexion. Have had lots of compliments. How nice skin looks. Good under make up or just bare skin. Only been using a couple of weeks so hoping wrinkle’s will in time be smoother. Good vaule as only need a smalll amount.”  Josh77 commented: “Smooth on the skin I’ve actually been told that my skin is looking different.”  Graciella said: “Nice texture, not runny and nice fresh smell. Personally, I felt like it didn’t do much more for my skin than what I’m already using. I guess it benefits some skin types, but not all.”  OliveOyl added: “I bought the Drops of Youth concentrate for years and loved it so much, but now this is no longer available I thought I’d try the Edelweiss. My initial thoughts were to do with the bottle itself… it feels cheaper than the Drops of Youth and the pipette doesn’t seem to ‘suck up’ the the serum as well as before. I have only used the serum for a week or so but have yet to be convinced. Not sure why Drops of Youth serum changed to be honest, it was amazing as was the face cream.”  Source link  More...

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It started as a normal play during Thursday night’s football game against the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. With just about five minutes till halftime, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was looking to make a game-changing move when he was sacked and thrown to the ground.  Quarterbacks are often taken down by players on the opposite team, but they almost always get up —Tagovailoa did not.   Instead, he stayed on the ground in visible pain with his fingers clenched up in front of his helmet. His teammates and coaches surrounded him as he was stabilized on a stretcher and carted off the field. For seven minutes, players, fans at Paycor Stadium and millions across the country watched in horror.  The 24-year-old was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further evaluation after sustaining head and neck injuries. It was later announced that Tagovailoa was conscious and had movement in all his extremities.  The game continued after Tagovailoa was taken off the field but it no longer mattered who won — instead questions of why Tagovailoa was allowed to play in Thursday’s game took over social media. Medical staff tends to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins after an injury during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Sept. 29, 2022, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Getty Images Tagovailoa was suffering from a sore back and was listed as questionable for most of the week ahead of the game after he was hurt during last Sunday’s 21-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills.  While the quarterback said it was a back injury, he was seen shaking his head and immediately stumbled to the ground before being held up by a teammate.  He returned in the second half that Sunday after the Dolphins say he passed concussion protocol.  Last Sunday’s incident prompted the NFL and National Football League Players Association to jointly review the extent of his injuries and if the Dolphins followed proper concussion protocol last Sunday.   “Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time that player is ruled out of the game without even thinking,” CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation Chris Nowinski told “CBS Mornings” co-host Nate Burleson.  Nowinski, a neuroscientist, said that the Dolphins put Tagovailoa’s life in danger and failed to protect him.  “This is a failure by everybody. This is a failure by the medical team. This is a failure by the independent medical team on Sunday. This is a failure by the coaching staff. The problem is all these failures, none of them are going to be punished. The person who is punished here is Tua,” Nowinski said.  The results of the joint investigation between the NFL and the NFLPA have not yet been released but Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel is adamant that the Dolphins followed proper protocols last Sunday.  “If there’s any sort of inclination that someone has a concussion, they go into concussion protocol, and it’s very strict. As long as I’m the head coach that will never be an issue that you guys have to worry about,” McDaniel said.   Trending News Source link  More...

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