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Dancing On Ice 2022: Bez tests positive for Covid just hours after making iconic debut

Bez has had a positive Covid test (Picture: ITV)Dancing On Ice contestant Bez has tested positive for Covid just one day after making his debut on the ice. The Happy Mondays star, who is now isolating, has said he is ‘gutted to miss training’ but is looking forward to returning to the rink. ‘I’ve had a positive test,’ Bez told Daily Star. ‘I’m gutted because I’m going to be missing training but I’m looking forward to skating on the show again for Week Three and I’ll be tuning at home and cheering on my mates who are skating this weekend.’ An ITV spokesperson said: ‘We have stringent protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect the current guidelines.’ More to follow. Got a story? ...

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Clock’s ticking: Bears should try to wrap up general manager search this week

McCaskey said his strong preference is to hire a general manager first, then a head coach, but he’s willing to do it the other way around for the right candidate. | Provided by Chicago BearsThere’s a lot of work to do as the Bears prepare for free agency and the draft. The sooner they line up a general manager and coach, the better. The Bears missed an opportunity to get a head start on their busy offseason by insisting on riding it out all the way to the end with general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy. There’s no way anyone would believe they truly hadn’t firmed up their decision on those two until 8 a.m. the day after the season finale, especially considering the Bears were 4-10 in mid-December and special advisor Bill Polian was almost certainly deep into his review by that point

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Vote now: Bay Area News Group girls athlete of the week

Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from Jan. 10-16. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Morgan Cheli, Mitty basketball: The 6-2 sophomore guard had 37 points, 19 rebounds in three double-digit wins over WCAL opponents.Had double-double (18 points, 11 boards) vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral. Has offe

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Vote now: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

Welcome back to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances between Jan. 10-16. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Benjamin Asiaba, Valley Christian soccer: Scored two goals to lead the Warriors to a 3-2 victory over Serra in West Catholic Athletic League play. Valley ended the week 4-2-1 overall and 2-2 in the WC

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Business

COVID-19 positivity rate in Duval County at highest it’s been during pandemic

With the current spread of COVID-19, if you haven’t had the virus, you likely know someone who has it now or has in the past. According to the Florida Department of Health, Duval County’s test positivity rate has been 34% or higher the last two weeks — the highest it’s been during the pandemic. Some medical experts, like infectious disease specialist Dr. Mohammed Reza, believe that number doesn’t show the real picture of what’s happening. The reason: the number of people now using at-home test kits. “This number is lower than the viral load or the virus is circulating in our communities because of the home rapid testing that’s not being reported,” Reza said. Reza says even though the current variant, omicron, appears not as severe, more and more people are getting sick. Reza says that is ...

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Rio Ferdinand makes Wayne Rooney prediction amid links with Everton job

Wayne Rooney has won a lot of plaudits for the job he is doing at Derby (Picture: PA)Wayne Rooney has won a lot of plaudits for the job he is doing at Derby (Picture: PA)Rio Ferdinand cannot see Wayne Rooney turning down the Everton job if he is offered it, even though the Derby County manager would prefer to make the move in the summer. Rooney has been installed as one of the favourites to replace Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park after the Spaniard was sacked as manager on Sunday following a dreadful run of results. The former Manchester United, England and, of course, Everton striker has been impressing in the Championship with Derby, fighting valiantly against relegation despite a 21-point deduction to deal with. His old United teammate Ferdinand reckons Rooney would ideally ...

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2022 WNBA free agency: Our latest reporting

APAs the Sky’s roster stands now, coach/general manager James Wade has four contracted players: Candace Parker, Azurá Stevens, Dana Evans and Ruthy Hebard. Free agency is underway in the WNBA with qualifying offers and core designations able to be extended as clocks struck midnight on Jan. 1. The real action will begin on Jan. 15, when contract negotiations are allowed to start, and players can sign contracts on Feb. 1. As the Sky’s roster stands now, coach/general manager James Wade has four contracted players: Candace Parker, Azurá Stevens, Dana Evans and Ruthy Hebard. Unrestricted free agents Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley, Kahleah Copper, Stefanie Dolson, and Astou Ndour-Fall can enter into a contract with any team. Wade used the core designation on Copper, preventing her from...

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Councilman’s message to car clubs: Get off public property or buy your own place

Jacksonville leaders are speaking out about the ongoing controversy involving large car clubs around the city. These car clubs usually meet up in large parking lots late at night and do things like peel out and do doughnuts. Many times the activities leave tire marks and are so loud that residents can hear them from miles away. In one case, a parking lot near Beach Boulevard and Parental Home Road was left with approximately $60,000 in damage due to these car meet-ups. Sometimes crowds can number in the hundreds. News4JAX spoke with one of the clubs ‘904 Banditz’ over the weekend at a meet-up. Organizers said they don’t want to cause problems and hope the city can find a way to provide an outlet for these drivers. Many of whom are younger in age. RELATED: Local car group speaks following ...

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Entertainment

How ‘The Power of the Dog’ Rebooted Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons’ Creative Partnership

On Season Two of “Fargo,” Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons carried 10 episodes of the 2015 FX series as a couple fending off a whole mess of trouble. By 2017, they were engaged. “We fell in love as creative friends first,” Dunst told me in Telluride. “We had a creative connection that bonded us. There was a lot of freedom whenever we did scenes together. It’s like a magic, magical feeling.” Their first son, Ennis, was born in 2018; Howard arrived nine months after the wrap of Jane Campion’s western noir “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix), which is a frontrunner for Oscars in several categories including Best Picture and Director. Dunst has snagged Critics Choice, Golden Globe, and SAG nominations ahead of a likely Oscar nod, which would be her first. In “Power of the Dog,” Dunst plays Rose, a

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EastEnders spoilers: Phil to go against Mitchell code and becomes an informant to stay out of prison?

Phil’s future is at stake (Picture: BBC / Kieron McCarron / Jack Barnes)Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) has a huge dilemma on his hands in EastEnders, after he was made a proposition that could result in him staying out of prison. The soap’s resident hard-man, as viewers know, is facing life behind bars for his role in the death of Vincent Hubbard (Richard Blackwood). Vincent memorably vanished without a trace over three years ago. At the time, he was in desperate need of cash, and thus he told a police man that he would give him information on the heist carried out in Walford earlier that year in exchange for money. The policeman agreed, but made it quite clear that he and his family would have to go into witness protection. Vincent attempted to get Kim to leave with him, bu

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Texas rabbi says he, 2 hostages escaped synagogue standoff

By JAKE BLEIBERG and ERIC TUCKER COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — The rabbi of a Texas synagogue where a gunman took hostages during livestreamed services said Monday that he threw a chair at his captor before escaping with two others after an hourslong standoff, crediting past security training for getting himself and his congregants out safely. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker told “CBS Mornings” that he let the gunman inside the suburban Fort Worth synagogue Saturday because he appeared to need shelter. He said the man was not threatening or suspicious at first. Later, he heard a gun click as he was praying. Another man held hostage, Jeffrey R. Cohen, described the ordeal on Facebook on Monday. “First of all, we escaped. We weren’t released or freed,” said Cohen, who was one of four people in the s

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Snooki and Jionni LaValle: Secretly Separated?

Snooki doesn't seem like the kind of star who keeps many secrets from her fans. During her years of Jersey Shore stardom, we've seen the Queen Meatball engage in all manner of drunken hijinks, and in confessional segments, she's shared detailed accounts of everything from her sexual escapades to her most painful UTIs. But for all her candor, there's one element of Snooki's personal life that she very assiduously keeps hidden from public view. We're talking, of course, about her marriage to Jionni LaValle. It's strange, right? All of the other Shore spouses are regulars on the show, and Snooki is an open book about every other aspect of her existence. But for whatever reason, she and LaValle keep their on-camera interactions to an absolute minumum. As longtime Shore...

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Three killed and six wounded in Abu Dhabi suspected drone attack

Houthi rebels have claimed the Abu Dhabi attack (Picture: Getty/@Auroraintel/Twitter/AFP/United Nations)Three people have been killed and six others wounded in suspected drone attacks in Abu Dhabi. Three fuel trucks exploded and a separate fire broke out near Abu Dhabi airport. Two Indian nationals and one Pakistani national were killed, according to police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility. Police said the fuel tankers exploded in the industrial Musaffah area near Abu Dhabi National Oil Company storage facilities, while the fire at the airport extension in Abu Dhabi was ‘minor’. Abu Dhabi police reported finding parts of a ‘small plane that could possibly be a drone’ at both sites, saying they could have caus...

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Joss Whedon Addresses ‘Justice League’ Controversies; Blames Gal Gadot Claims on Language Barrier

This year marks the five year anniversary of the release of “Justice League,” the Joss Whedon directed superhero movie that, after boiling the blood of DC fans upon release, saw the “Snyder cut” dropped onto HBO Max last year. The stars associated with the film have continued to talk about the struggles working with Whedon and making the feature, and now the disgraced director is coming forward. In a career-spanning interview with New York Magazine, Whedon attempts to tell his own story and combat allegations of abuse and toxicity that have followed him since a 2017 open letter was released by his ex-wife, Kai Cole. In the interview, Whedon discusses his time working as showrunner of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and simultaneously refutes allegations presented by former actors, including “A

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‘Sing 2’ Sweeps VOD Charts as ‘Don’t Look Up’ Loses Netflix #1 to Alyssa Milano Thriller ‘Brazen’

Between thundersnow and Omicron, it was a good weekend to check out movies at home. Amazon Prime debuted Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania,” skipping theaters to become (per the site) its #1 viewed movie (Amazon doesn’t provide a top 10). Meantime, Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” arrived on Apple TV after three weeks of limited theater play. “Sing 2” (Universal/$24.99) is still the #3 film in theaters this weekend and placed #1 at iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu. “Ghostbusters: Aftermath” (Sony/$19.99) took second place at all three. “Eternals” Marvel Studios The charts showed little variance, with 15 titles total on the three lists and a record seven films making all three charts. Two new films, both $19.99 PVOD releases debuted: “Eternals” (Disney) arrived 10 weeks after it

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