“Austrians’ relationship to skiing is deeply emotional. For many it is a birthright and national pastime, given that more than half of their country is mountainous, and they take pride in the Austrian role in developing the sport. So despite a third national lockdown that took effect on Saturday, the country decided that ski resorts could remain open, but only for residents of Austria.”
“Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the US’ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated during a Monday interview that surging #COVID19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths were largely due to the US’ “federalist approach” to handling the respiratory illness. ”
“Markle has been accused several times this year of breaching protocol that requires the royal family to remain neutral on political matters. Earlier this year, the Duchess called on US citizens to vote in the 2020 presidential election in order to “make a change.” She also reportedly cast a ballot herself – a move unprecedented for UK royals.”
SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — The Orange County Health Care Agency Thursday reported 3,490 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and one additional fatality, bringing countywide totals to 138,310 cases and 1,782 deaths.
An ambulance is seen Dec. 16 outside of UCI Medical Center in Orange. (Photo by Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Health officials also reported a new record-high hospitalizations, with 1,893 COVID-19 patients hospitalized — a jump of 30 from Wednesday. Of those hospitalized, 405 were being treated in intensive care units — also a pandemic high.
George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and author, expressed his gratitude Wednesday for being among the group of presidential pardons and commutations as President Donald Trump’s term in the White House comes to an end:
Papadopoulos had been charged with making false statements during FBI special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into accusations of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia
“Thick black smoke could be seen rising from the Lipa tent camp near the Croatian border that currently houses 1,200 migrants. Residents were seen running away in panic but there were no immediate reports of injuries.”
Officials and a security source in Bangui said earlier on Monday that Rwanda and Russia had sent troops and supplies: The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the opposition and armed groups were trying to destabilise the situation with the help of external forces:
“The Eighth Season of the Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship (F4F) has successfully concluded, amassing over one million participants from 104 countries of different genders, nationalities, and physical abilities. The programme even broke a new Guinness World Record by gathering the most participants on a football/soccer video hangout.”