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Statues and monuments to be protected from ‘baying mobs’

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says the UK should ‘safeguard’ controversial statues and not ‘censor or edit’ the past (Picture: Getty)Historical memorials should not be pulled down in a bid to ‘edit or censor’ Britain’s past, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said.   Any attempt to remove heritage assets in England will now require a ‘considered approach’ including planning permission and consultation with local communities. The proposed legislation, due to be announced in Parliament tomorrow, follows the toppling of a statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol last year. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Jenrick hit out at attempts to erase part of the nation’s history ‘at the hand of the flash mob’ or by the decree of a ‘cultural committee of ...

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Liverpool v Manchester United: WWE star Zack Gibson dismisses Red Devils as serious title challengers

Gibson is a lifelong Reds fan (Photo: WWE)WWE superstar Zack Gibson doesn’t think Manchester United have what it takes to beat Liverpool and stay top of the Premier League. The NXT wrestler – who is part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament with his Grizzled Young Veterans partner James Drake – has backed his boyhood club to regain first place despite some solid results which have seen the Red Devils climb up the table. He exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘There’s only one prediction, isn’t there? Only one result – don’t listen to Killian Dain. Don’t listen to anything he tells you! ‘Liverpool are going up – this year’s ours to lose. United are so hit and miss still, they’re just riding their luck of one of these weird seasons where there’s been a couple of trip-ups. ‘I

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Wall Street is finally rewarding GM’s electric-vehicle surge — but Tesla has nothing to worry about (TSLA, GM)

Summary List PlacementIt's been an incredibly long time coming. A decade after returning to the markets following a government bailout and bankruptcy, General Motors' stock price is finally on the move.  An impressive presentation from CEO Mary Barra at CES last week, along with the unveiling of an entirely new delivery business, dubbed "BrightDrop," pushed shares above $50, their highest level since 2010. Not incidentally, GM also debuted a new corporate identity, with the famous capital G and M replaced by lowercase letters on a more environmentally conscious blue-green background. Say hello to the real "New GM." The automaking giant, number one in the US by sales, is investing $27 billion to launch 30 electrified vehicles by 2025. Some we already know about, such as the Chevy Bolt EV...

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Latest line: A good week for Arnold, bad one for Giants owner

Arnold Schwarzenegger Former Republican governor draws praise and national attention for comparing Capitol mob to WWII Nazis in Austria and urging GOP to accept election results. “I know where such lies lead.”               Charles Johnson Records show San Francisco Giants’ largest shareholder donated lavishly to fringe political candidates and QAnon conspiracy theorists, a move likely to lead to a backlash or boycotts in the Bay Area.               Derick Almena Founder of Oakland’s Ghost Ship collective, where 36 people died in a 2016 fire, is expected to accept a plea deal for nine years in prison. But he’ll get credit for time served, and finish under house arrest. ...read more Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News...

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‘Dad, are you going to die?’: Bay Area COVID health care workers face fear at home

In the overflowing intensive care unit at Valley Medical Center, Dr. Amit Gohil battles the coronavirus every day. He calls it the monster. When he goes home each night, his wife and three young children are waiting with monster fears of their own. “Hey Dad, are you going to die?” his 9-year-old son, Shaan, asks. “No, I’m not going to die,” Gohil reassures him. “Because COVID’s not going to get you, right?” “No, it’s not,” he says. “But it could,” the child says. “No. It won’t.” How much truth can you tell your children? he wonders. It’s one more worry. For medical professionals, from nursing assistants at elder-care homes to pulmonologists like Gohil at county hospitals, home during the pandemic isn’t always a place of refuge. These overworked and often overwhelmed health care workers hav

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Gary Neville picks Paul Pogba over Jordan Henderson in Manchester United-Liverpool combined XI

Paul Pogba has been given the nod ahead of Jordan Henderson in Gary Neville’s combined XI (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Gary Neville has somewhat controversially chosen Paul Pogba over Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson in a combined XI between the two sides. The rivals come up against one another this afternoon as United look to protect their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Only 12 months ago commentators would have been hard pushed to include a single United player in a combined XI up with Jurgen Klopp’s men. But it’s nearly a year to the day since United last lost away from home in the Premier League – ironically at Anfield in January 2020 – and the gap has been shortened between the two teams in the last year. It’s why Neville now believes a...

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The maker of this $220,000 camper van says interest tripled during the pandemic and its waiting list now stretches into 2022

ally Summary List PlacementBoulder Campervans, a company that recently skyrocketed in popularity nationwide, unveiled its latest $220,000 tiny home on wheels for a full-time #VanLife couple on January 1. Van life undoubtedly boomed in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic by becoming an alternative travel option as international trips and cruises started seeming less safe. While many customers now want camper vans for weekend warrior excursions in warmer weather, "Lucy" the van was built out for a couple that decided to live in the van full-time in Alaska. In total, this new four-seasons capable tiny home on wheels took three months to create. Despite the daily disruptions of COVID-19, this timeframe needed to build Lucy wouldn't have changed if it had been created pre-pandemic, Anna C

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Inside the world of a haute couture collector who has bought dresses that cost more than the average US home

Summary List PlacementOne day, Christine Chiu was speaking to a friend, telling her how much she loved an outfit she'd seen during a fashion show. It was a piece of haute couture, of course. Each one of those is unique, one-of-a-kind, and therefore can only be sold once. It's also usually quite expensive. Chiu had to get her hands on it. "I discovered later that [my friend] had changed her appointment time with the fashion house ahead of mine so that she could purchase it first," Chiu told Insider. "I learned quickly that all is fair in love and couture." Not every company can say it makes haute couture. In France, it's regulated by the Ministry of Industry, which chooses which brands are true emblems of the craft.  Read more: Inside wealthy kids' weird, pricey pandemic purchases, from ...

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Man crushed to death while moving file cabinet in Stockyards warehouse

Salem Davis died Jan. 15, authorities say. | File photoSalem Davis was pronounced dead at the scene at 4155 S. Packers Ave., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. A 42-year-old man was crushed to death Friday morning while he helped move a filing cabinet from a warehouse in the Stockyards on the South Side. Salem Davis was pronounced dead at the scene at 4155 S. Packers Ave., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. A supervisor told police they were lifting a filing cabinet through an opening in the building about 11 a.m. when a board propped against the wall fell and crushed the man, Chicago police spokesman Michael Carroll said. Davis was unable to be removed from under the board and was pronounced dead at the scene 20 minutes later, officials said. The...

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The world’s youngest self-made billionaire hopes to power every future self-driving car with a technology that Elon Musk says is ‘doomed’

Summary List PlacementOn December 3, pink confetti rained down upon yet another tech entrepreneur. Decked out in his own interpretation of CEO casual — a navy zip-up jacket over a button-down, dark jeans, and matching sneakers — the 6-foot-plus Austin Russell towered over the Nasdaq platform in Times Square, clapping and nodding as he rang the opening bell. He was on the mostly empty trading floor for the virtual IPO ceremony for Luminar, the self-driving-car tech startup that Russell founded at 17, eight years ago. Self-studying and tinkering as a teen put Russell, now 25, on the path to dominate autonomous cars, thanks to breakthroughs he made with lidar sensors. Russell's rise reads like a Silicon Valley myth. He was hacking at lidar — an innovative way for cars to see the world in h...

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One man’s stunning 200-car collection is headed to auction, along with these vintage pickups — see them all

Summary List PlacementRick Treworgy is the owner of more than 200 cars after decades of collecting, and that collection is about to hit the auction block. Are you down for browsing through 48 Corvettes? Or perhaps nine different vintage pickup trucks? Then you've found the place. Treworgy's collection will be offered at no reserve from January 22 and 23 at Mecum Auctions' Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car City 2021 event, taking place in Punta Gorda, Florida. It's a truly stunning array of American cars spanning the decades that Treworgy spent collecting them all. If pickup trucks are your thing, keep reading. There are some cool ones. SEE ALSO: REVIEW: The Jeep Gladiator pickup truck is a monster off road, but might be too beastly for its own good on the highway Car collector Rick Treworgy's...

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GOLDMAN SACHS: Buy these 25 stocks best-positioned to juice profits in 2021 as stimulus and vaccine progress spur economic growth

Summary List PlacementOne of the most important questions for investors in 2021 is how to bet on the ongoing economy recovery — even if its course looks uncertain right now. Goldman Sachs is giving its answer. Chief US Equity Strategist David Kostin says he expects success for companies with high operating leverage, or the companies that will experience proportionately greater growth in their profits as their revenues increase. That means they should benefit the most as economic activity increases. "Our high Operating Leverage basket has outperformed the S&P 500 by 9 pp (+18% vs. +9%) since November 9th when Pfizer-BioNTech released the surprisingly efficacious phase 3 vaccine results," he wrote in a note to clients. "Stocks with high operating leverage will likely continue to outpe...

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Mike Pence called to congratulate VP Harris… on Thursday, 2 months post-election

The anger towards Donald Trump for his fascism, authoritarianism and white supremacist BS has continued past his incitement of an insurrection on January 6th. If anything, the anger has grown. But something I don’t enjoy is the new “let’s give Mike Pence a cookie for showing a bare minimum of competence” thing. Before the insurrection, Pence held firm, consulted legal scholars and constitutional experts and he was able to successfully push back on Trump’s scheme to reject the Electoral College electors. That’s why Trump sent his MAGA terrorist army to kill Pence. But Pence rejecting Trump’s unconstitutional, undemocratic, fascist scheme doesn’t make him a hero. He literally followed the law, and if he hadn’t… well. Now people are insisting that Pence needs a cookie for calling Kama...

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Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry make Masters final predictions

John Higgins and Yan Bingtao meet in the Masters final (Picture: Getty Images)Both Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry believe John Higgins should have enough to beat Yan Bingtao in the Masters final on Sunday, but if the Wizard of Wishaw is not at his best, the Tiger will pounce. 45-year-old Higgins faces 20-year-old Yan in a clash of generations for the Paul Hunter Trophy and the top prize of £250,000. Few, if any, were predicting this final at the start of the tournament with both men pulling off upsets to reach this stage. Yan has downed Neil Robertson, Stephen Maguire and Stuart Bingham, all by the same 6-5 scoreline. Higgins edged out Mark Allen in round one, stunned Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter-finals and beat Dave Gilbert in Saturday’s semi. Hendry has been t...

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MAC is launching their first ever gender fluid line with Harris Reed

Harris Reed is the brains behind the collab (Picture: MAC)MAC Cosmetics brings out a range of limited edition collections each year, but this is the first time it has collaborated with a designer to unveil a gender-fluid collection. Harris Reed is the name behind the collab – an LA-bred but now London-based designer working with the likes of Harry Styles and Solange Knowles. MAC said the collection aims to be ‘a celebration of gender fluidity, unapologetic self-expression, acceptance and inclusivity’ – things that consumers are increasingly looking for in the products they buy. Muses for the colour story used in the limited edition pieces range from Renaissance paintings through to music icons David Bowie and Mick Jagger. There’s also a 70s feel, with MAC’s Director of Makeu...

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David Moyes sends warning to Chelsea and Manchester United over West Ham star Declan Rice

The in-demand midfielder has been heavily linked with a big-money move (Picture: Getty)David Moyes says West Ham have had no contact from either Chelsea or Manchester United over Declan Rice and insists the club will rebuff any attempts to sign the midfielder. The England international is enjoying another excellent season and has long been targeted by Chelsea, who released him from their academy as a teenager, with Frank Lampard keen to bring in a new defensive midfielder. In recent weeks, Manchester United have also emerged as suitors for Rice – who could be the perfect long-term heir to Nemanja Matic – but any deal would cost in excess of £70million. West Ham star Rice has continued to deliver consistently excellent displays (Picture: Getty)Rice gave another strong showing in...

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