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42 pct workers won’t return to HCMC: survey

Forty two percent of workers do not plan to return to Ho Chi Minh City following the social distancing period, despite more attractive salaries, according to a survey.

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Couple who killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes jailed

Thomas Hughes will serve 21 years and Emma Tustin a minimum of 29 for the killing and torture of his son.

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10 finalists to compete in AmiananPop regional songwriting tilt today

The AmiananPop Festival, a new songwriting contest that hopes to shine a light on North Luzon culture and identity through contemporary music, will hold its grand finals and name its first ever winner in an online event today, Dec. 4.“The word ‘amianan’ means ‘north.’ So what we have are songs that are arranged in modern ways, but uniquely told using our beloved languages and dialects in the Northern regions (Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region). We aim to create a community of musicians from the North that will empower them to continue writing,” AmiananPop chair and cofounder Davey Langit said in a virtual conference.Vying for the titl

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Whitehall Christmas parties going ahead – but No 10 refuses to share details of ‘private’ events

No 10 has refused to share details of staff parties set to be held at Downing Street in the run-up to Christmas, insisting that any “private events” would not be publicly revealed. The Independent understands that staff Christmas parties will go ahead across Whitehall departments during the festive period – despite growing concern about the spread of the Covid omicron variant. The Home Office, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Education are among those in which individual teams will hold smaller parties – but there will be no departmental-wide events. A government source said there were no plans to cancel all the festive gatherings organised across Whitehall in light of the latest data on omicron, saying in-person events would be within current rules. It comes as Prof Peter Openshaw – a member of the government’s Nervtag group – said he would not feel comfortable attending a party as the “chances of getting infected were too high”. Asked by reporters if Downing Street would share plans for any staff Christmas party, the prime minister’s spokesman said: “Obviously, events that happen in No 10 that are private events – we wouldn’t inform you.” The No 10 spokesman added: “We obviously wouldn’t set out details of private functions in No 10 but, as I say, there will be festive events in the run-up to Christmas.” Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden said the Tories had no intention of cancelling its own Christmas drinks event for staff, and encouraged others continue with their celebrations. “I don’t intend to cancel it as chairman of the Conservative Party,” he told Sky News. “The message to people, I think, is fairly straightforward ... keep calm, carry on with your Christmas plans.” The Liberal Democrats said individual teams were holding their own Christmas parties, but there would not be a big event at party HQ. A spokesperson told The Independent: “A decision was taken some time ago to have smaller sit-down dinners instead of larger parties. We will continue to review this.” Labour said a planned Christmas event hosted by leader Sir Keir Starmer would still be going ahead. The debate over gatherings comes as scientists and medical groups continue to study the possible threat posed by omicron this winter. The British Medical Association (BMA) has said people should be encouraged to “avoid large groups” and meet outdoors where possible over the festive period. A study in South Africa has suggested that the variant has “substantial” ability to cause reinfection in people who have previously had Covid. But a CovBoost study found that booster jabs may well offer good protection in the face of the variant. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police have been asked to launch an investigation into Christmas parties held at Downing Street during last year’s lockdown while strict lockdown rules were still in place. In a letter to the force’s commissioner Labour MP Barry Gardiner said officers “should investigate the matter further to establish the facts and see if any laws might have been broken”. Met chief Cressida Dick had said earlier on Friday that she was not aware of any complaints against the prime minister’s office. “If I get a letter, I’ll read a letter,” she told LBC – shortly before Mr Gardiner shared his letter online. Read More Beauty advent calendars 2021: Our guide to this year’s top treats 13 best tech gifts to spoil a gadget geek this Christmas 10 best luxury Christmas crackers for dressing up your dining table Booking to open for accelerated booster jab rollout ‘no later than December 13’ PM under fire during reform debate for ‘stuffing’ the Lords ‘full of peers’ Civil servant ‘tried to take own life due to prolonged racial bullying’

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Study: Black, Asian Britons have higher COVID-19 death rates

LONDON (AP) — Almost two years into the pandemic, Black people and members of other racial and ethnic minorities in

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Stocks pull back on weak jobs gains

Friday kicked off with disappointing news as just 210,000 jobs were added last month, much lower than expected. Stocks initially opened higher before dipping into the red.

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Suspected Chinese hackers breach more US defense and tech firms

A suspected Chinese hacking campaign has breached four more US defense and technology companies in the last month, and hundreds more US organizations are running the type of vulnerable software that the attackers have exploited, according to research shared with CNN.

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Little Mix say they will support each other during hiatus: ‘It’s a lovely way to do it’

Little Mix have admitted their decision to take a hiatus from the group has been “terribly emotional” but pledged to support each other in their solo endeavours. In an interview on The Graham Norton Show that will air this weekend, the trio discussed the break they plan on taking after the conclusion of their 2022 Confetti tour. “We’ve still got the tour next year and a few other bits, but it’s been an 10 incredible years and we always said if we’re going to take a little break it would be on an incredible high, at our peak, so it seems like the right time,” Jade Thirlwall said. “We are family and love each other to bits, so what's lovely is that whatever we go off and do, we can support each other through it and celebrate each other – it's a lovely way to do it.” Leigh-Anne Pinnock, whose debut film, the festive romcom Boxing Day, is released today (3 December), said it was “time to spread our wings a little bit and do our individual things”. Little Mix, who formed on The X Factor in 2011, recently released a greatest hits album, Between Us, to mark the 10 years since they first formed. Earlier this year, they made history as the first ever female group to win Best Group at the annual Brit Awards. Last December, former member Jesy Nelson announced her departure from the group, citing the “toll” being in a girl band had taken on her mental health. She has since launched her own solo career with debut single “Bad Boyz”. “We're not talking any more,” she told Graham Norton of her relationship with Thirlwall, Pinnock and Perrie Edwards. “It is sad but honestly there is no bad blood from my side, and I still love them to pieces and genuinely wish them all the best.” Also appearing on tonight’s show are Spider-Man stars Tom Holland and Zendaya, The Witcher’s Henry Cavill, and actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It airs on BBC One at 10.35pm. Additional reporting by Press Association Read More Little Mix announce hiatus for 2022 11 of the most notorious feuds in music Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s co-star Aml Ameen praises her ahead of film debut ‘Why the Brit Awards ditching gender categories makes perfect sense’ Adele admits she ‘can’t stand’ shows like Love Island Marilyn Manson removed from 2022 Grammys Best Rap Song nomination

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Bullfrog and Kar98 Loadout Could Become New Sniper Support Meta in Warzone

This Bullfrog loadout from TikTok could shake up the Call of Duty: Warzone meta game.

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Sir Richard Sutton: Anne Schreiber describes attack to court

Sir Richard Sutton was fatally stabbed and Anne Schreiber was seriously injured in their Dorset home.

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27 Students in TN’s Dharapuram Test COVID-19 Positive, School Closed for a Week

State health department officials said that 374 swab samples were tested, out of which 27 tested positive.

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BJP MLA Smashes Coconut on UP Road for Its Inauguration, Breaks Road

When the MLA smashed a coconut on the road, what cracked was not the fruit but the newly built road underneath.

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Ben&Ben hopes to be with ‘Liwanag’ in 1st major concert this pandemic

For Ben&Ben, the thought of holding a major concert in the middle of a pandemic is “bittersweet.”“It’s sweet in a sense that everything we have been doing or creating has led us to this point. But we would have definitely loved our “Liwanag” (the fan club) and everyone who has been there with us since we started out to be with us in one venue,” Ben&Ben’s Paolo Guico said in a virtual conference for the nine-piece band’s digital show “Kuwaderno” tomorrow on the online content site KTX.Shot at the Araneta Coliseum, the concert is named after the group’s second studio album “Pebble House Vol. 1: Kuwaderno.” The 13-track collection is inspired

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Council of Europe to discipline Turkey over jailed activist

The Council of Europe said Friday it will launch disciplinary action against Turkey for refusing to free prominent activist and

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Ex-nurse gets 10 years in prison for raping incapacitated patient

The woman later gave birth at the Arizona clinic where she has been since she was a toddler.

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Yorkshire: Martyn Moxon and Andrew Gale among 16 departures in wake of Azeem Rafiq racism scandal

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have announced the departures of 16 members of backroom staff, including director Martyn Moxon and coach Andrew Gale. Moxon has been signed off work since November with a stress-related illness amid the fallout from the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal that has engulfed cricket. Meanwhile, Gale was suspended from duty last month pending an investigation into a historic offensive tweet sent in 2010. Moxon and Gale have now both left the club, along with the rest of Yorkshire’s coaching team. Moxon had served as Yorkshire’s director of cricket since 2007, while Gale took the first XI coaching reins from Jason Gillespie in 2016, having spent the previous seven years as Yorkshire captain. “We can confirm that Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket, and Andrew Gale, First XI Coach, have left the Club today (3 December), in addition to all members of the coaching team,” Yorkshire said in a statement on Friday. “A new Director of Cricket will be appointed imminently, alongside a new coaching team which is being recruited. “The backroom medical team, external services provided by Pavilion Physiotherapy Clinic, has also left the Club. An interim medical team is also in the process of being appointed. “We thank everyone who is leaving for their service. Further announcements will be made in due course.” Yorkshire’s new director and chairman, Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford, said the changes were in the best interests of the club as they look to move forward and try to re-establish trust in the wake of the Rafiq allegations. “Significant change is required at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and we are committed to taking whatever action is necessary to regain trust,” he said. “The decisions announced today were difficult to make, but are in the best interests of the Club. Without making important changes to how we are run, we cannot move on from the past to become a culture which is progressive and inclusive. “We want to make Yorkshire County Cricket Club a place for everyone, from all backgrounds. To do this, we need to rebuild our culture and instil positive values in everyone associated with Yorkshire. We are determined to learn from the mistakes of the past to become a Club which people can trust. “We are hoping to announce a new Director of Cricket in the coming days. We have a huge rebuilding job to do but we are confident that this heralds a step forward towards a brighter future”. Read More Ofgem launches review into energy network companies’ response to Storm Arwen Covid-19 infections rise in all UK nations – but no link to Omicron Army helps residents left without power for a week after Storm Arwen

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Parents of Michigan teen accused of school shooting could face own charges

By Brendan O'Brien and Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Prosecutors are expected to announce on Friday whether they will charge the

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Italian man tries to dodge Covid jab using fake arm

The man is so keen to get a vaccine pass he turns up with a plastic arm, but doctors aren't fooled.

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‘Some of London’s best dining exists outside of typical restaurants’: Wadadli Kitchen, Bar Flounder, Sonora and Cave Cuvee review

It took me until September to finally get a proper summer holiday this year. Usually this wouldn’t matter so much, thanks to balmy London evenings, social occasion-packed weekends and Guardian readers’ favourite pastime – wild swimming, also known as paddling around in stagnant inner-city water. But a combination of this summer’s abysmal weather and the knock-on burnout from what can only be described as a relentless year, left me seeking that holiday feeling wherever I turned. I finally got to spend 10 days lying by the Adriatic, soaking up the last of the summer sun and generally relaxing in ways I hadn’t been able to since early 2020. My sister finished her chemotherapy just before we left the UK, and watching her finally have the energy to spend endless hours swimming around hidden coves, and smiling genuinely for the first time since she was diagnosed, was a truly incomparable experience. It was like letting out a breath I didn’t know I’d been holding in, and I felt the heavy hand finally ease its metaphorical hold on my chest. While this feeling and it’s subsequent incomparable, incandescent joy cannot be replicated by any number of murky ponds, sticky beer gardens or piss-stained fields, I did seek out a few pockets in London over the early summer months that can whisk you away for a time, even if momentarily. My first international destination was the Caribbean by way of Hackney Wick. Legendary TV personality and chef Andi Oliver has opened Wadadli Kitchen – a dual purpose, year long-pop up hidden along the canal adjacent to Crate Brewery. Inspired by the Grenadian Ital Oil Down, upstairs at Wadadli Kitchen serves just two dishes; seafood boil and vegan boil. Both are served straight out of the pot and onto your table (palm leaves serve as “plates”), lathered in a scotch bonnet butter and set atop a healthy layer of flaky roti. This is food to eat with your hands. It’s almost intoxicatingly animalistic to rip open crustaceans, lifting them hungrily to your mouth, sucking juices off your fingers and leaving sauce from one side of your face to the other. It helps, as well, that the food is damn good. There is a subtle kick from the scotch bonnet and a deeply savoury tone. At the end of it all our table looked like some kind of deep sea massacre – prawn heads discarded, crab legs relieved of every last inch of meat, mussel shells tossed aside. It was such an anti-London experience, where so many restaurants are focused on appearances, dress codes and putting on an air of considered nonchalance. When washed down with some of Oliver’s infamous rum punch, you could be forgiven for thinking you were a million miles away. Just don’t drink too much – there is an axe-throwing spot next door and I’m sure a few wayward cocktails would send one flying straight into someone’s roti. Then it was off to the fish bars of Barcelona, via New York City at Bar Flounder in Netil Market. The brainchild of fishmonger Fin and Flounder (my favourite in the city, although I am a little biased – they got me through lockdown), the casual setup can be found in Netil Market, just around the corner from Broadway Market. Grab some turbot tenders – drowned in tangy, buttery, lightly spiced buffalo sauce, they are a masterpiece of a mouthful. Crisp batter makes way for the fleshy, meaty fish, while the buffalo sauce is an absolute kicker. You could just about eat it on its own with a spoon. The prawn burger is a classic, and everything you would want from this seafood mash-up – impossibly juicy patty, rubbery American cheese, luscious chipotle Mayo. I hoovered mine up in three messy mouthfuls. The salmon tartare comes in a ripped-open bag of Torres truffle crisps; I’m not really sure I need to say more here. There are others – I’ll be returning for the seafood rice – just don’t forget the vermouth. It is quite literally on tap, and softened with soda for suitable daytime drinking. Pulling up a hard-earned pew here is pretty close to a perfect lunchtime, and on a sunny day, doesn’t feel quite so far from the shores of the Balearic. Then go onwards to Mexico at Sonora Tacos. It’s a great trip actually – just next door to the Bar Flounder, you’ll save thousands in both air miles and dollars. Recently reopened after a short hiatus, the taqueria is owned by Mexican-born Michelle Salazar and partner Sam Napier, and is inspired by the food of the country’s northwest. It serves up some of the best tacos I’ve had outside of Mexico – both the fillings and the tortillas themselves, which inspired quick-fire sellouts every time they were listed for sale during lockdown. Grab whatever drink they’re serving that day – it could be a michelada (a beer-heavy take on a Bloody Mary) or a horchata (a rice or coconut-based drink topped with cinnamon) and head over to London Fields. It’s not quite the lime-scented coastline of north Mexico but your taste buds could pretend it is for a short moment. Finally, pop off to Paris courtesy of Top Cuvée’s new venture: Cave Cuvée on Bethnal Green Road. The Eurostar is lovely but it has nothing on the central line depositing you, slightly sweaty, just a 10-minute walk from the spot (or, alternatively, wander over from Netil Market itself and take yourself via Columbia Road for a quick Italian sojourn at Campania). Designed to evoke the sexy, underground atmosphere of Paris’s many wine bars, Cave Cuvée somehow manages to make a remarkable menu with the help of just two simple hobs. I cannot fathom how they produced such meltingly rich ham hock for the terrine, or what skill it requires to braise beans ’til they’re silken via such compact means. But this experience is all part of the holiday; food of wondrous origin, deceptively simple and seemingly conjured up through sheer belief. Bethnal Green might be the last place you’d expect to find a slice of Paris and yet here it is. Some of London’s best dining experiences exist outside of typical bricks-and-mortar restaurant settings, and get nowhere near the same amount of press – instead relying on word of mouth and the power of social media. But what is most special about street food joints and pop-up spots is the intangible joy of discovery. It offers the same feeling of stumbling upon a great restaurant down a cobblestoned lane while lost in some European city, or having one of the best meals of your life roadside in Bangkok. It allows for unparalleled inspiration, chefs being free of the rigid requirements imposed by menus and owners and increasingly impossible-to-meet bottom lines. London is one of the most exciting places to eat in the world, and no more so in your local market or from your local street food vendor. Bon voyage! Read More What are the new travel changes and how will rules work? Travel industry relief mixed with fury after government eases rules Which countries are on the green list?

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What time is I’m a Celebrity on tonight?

The 2021 series of I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! is well underway. You can catch up on the latest antics in Wales in the next episode, which will air on ITV on Friday 23 December from 9.00pm until 10.00pm. Celebrities participating in the latest series include Frankie Bridge, who is best known for her time in pop group The Saturdays, and regular Good Morning Britain co-host Richard Madeley. Madeley was taken to hospital after he felt “unwell” in the early hours of the morning (25 November) last week, however, and could not return due to Covid rules. Soap star Danny Miller (Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale) and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Philips are also on the series. Ant and Dec have returned to present I’m a Celebrity, which will run into December. Last year’s season was won by Giovanna Fletcher, whose husband, McFly star Tom Fletcher, is currently one of the favourites to win this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. You can read our review of the first episode of I’m a Celebrity 2021 here and see the full line-up of contestants at this link. While the series usually takes place in the Australian wilderness, for the second year running, showrunners have been forced to adapt due to the pandemic. That means the show is being filmed in the ruins of Gwrych Castle in Wales, a 200-year-old medieval castle that some believe is “haunted”. Read More I’m a Celebrity odds: Latest predictions on who will win 2021 series I’m a Celebrity 2021 cast: Full line-up of contestants, from Frankie Bridge to Richard Madeley I’m a Celebrity 2021: Does the winner get any prize money?

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Democrats await decision on whether immigration can be in Build Back Better

Democrats in the Senate have for the third time tried to use a technical procedure to try to include immigration provisions in President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act, putting everything on the line for what could be the last attempt to try to pass some sort of overhaul of the nation's immigration laws before the new year.

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Oxford University members suspected of having Omicron variant

Two people at the University of Oxford are suspected to have the Omicron variant of Covid-19. A university spokesperson confirmed that the pair are currently in quarantine after testing positive for the virus. “The individuals are now isolating in line with government guidance and their close contacts have been notified and are also isolating,” they continued. “The university is working closely with the public health authorities and following their advice.” Meanwhile, the first case of the mutant strain has been confirmed in Wales in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board area. The Welsh government said the case is linked to international travel. Officials say they are “prepared to respond rapidly to emerging variants of concern and intensive investigations and robust public health action are being taken to slow any spread”. The public has been urged to follow steps “which keep us safe”, with the government calling for people to take up the offer of a vaccine. At the University of Oxford, several changes have already been made to its health guidance in response to the Omicron variant based on advice from its clinical academics. “There are no further changes to the University’s health guidance at this stage, or any additional actions that students or staff need to take,” the spokesperson said. “We are continuing to encourage the whole community to follow all university and government health advice to reduce the risks of Covid-19.” Covid infections continue to rise in London which has the highest number of Omicron cases in the country. So far 15 people have been infected while the Delta variant remains the UK’s dominant mutation. Read More Malala celebrates graduation at London restaurant as she poses for pictures Kate praises pupils learning about early years development of children Treat prospect of future pandemics like defence threats – former vaccine tsar

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Emphasis on Bangladesh's sustainable and equitable growth, not a rapid one

Dhaka, Dec. 3 -- Bangladesh needs to be cautious for sustainable economic growth as rapid growth is quite common among developing countries, but it is rarely sustainable and equitable, experts said citing studies. Economic growth studies show that episodes of rapid growth are quite common among developing countries. China has seen one of the highest increases in income inequality along with high economic growth since its embracing of the market economy and is only now clamping down on big businesses. Wahiduddin Mahmud said in his keynote speech titled "Enabling Environment for Economic growth: Some Country contexts for Bangladesh'' on the third day of the three-day BIDS international conference on development in Dhaka on Friday. Japanese growth has been remarkably equitable. Japan followed its business model tied to workers' welfare and loyalty - the so-called "Japanese ethos". Bangladesh is also now cited as a country producing billionaires, which means we are achieving high economic growth, but it also means that growth has become increasingly unequal. Besides, an immediate concern is the challenges to be faced in the post-LDC era. Most of our trade competitors have already become part of one or more regional free trade arrangements (FTAs). Negotiations of FTAs take a long time and a lot of expertise. Another important country context for Bangladesh is its extreme land scarcity; the proportion of total land area that is not already used for habitation and production activities is the lowest among all countries (forget the island states like Singapore), he read. That makes it extremely difficult to have urbanisation and industrialisation without impinging on agricultural land or whatever environmental resources like forests and water bodies we are left with. If we become even a high-middle income country, we shall have to imagine an environmentally sustainable configuration of land use where we shall be producing GDP per square kilometre that will be higher than most of today's industrialised countries. That could be another research agenda for the BIDS, he emphasised. nsrafsanju@gmail.com For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comThe Financial Express

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'Snog who you wish': UK cabinet split on Xmas parties

As the Christmas party season gets underway in Britain, Boris Johnson's government is struggling with mixed messages on Covid-19 while

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Oregon police seek clues in poisoning of eight wolves

Conservation groups call the deaths a "huge setback" for Oregon's endangered wolf population.

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