Covid pushes New Zealand into Worst Recession in Years

Covid pushes New Zealand into Worst Recession in Years

New Zealand is in its deepest recession in decades, following strict measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic which were widely praised. The country’s GDP shrank by 12.2% between April and June as the lockdown and border closures hit. It is New Zealand’s first recession since the global financial crisis and its worst since 1987, when the current system of measurement began. But the government hopes its pandemic response will lead to a quick recovery. The nation of nearly five million was briefly declared virus free, and although it still…

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Gonzalo Higuain’s Exit from Juventus Confirmed as Inter Miami Move Looms

Gonzalo Higuain's Exit from Juventus Confirmed as Inter Miami Move Looms

Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain has left Italian champions Juventus after his contract was mutually terminated and is expected to join David Beckham’s Inter Miami club in the United States. The 32-year-old joined Juve from Serie A rivals Napoli for a Italian record fee of £75m in July 2016. At the time it was also the world’s third most expensive transfer. On Thursday, Inter Miami manager Diego Alonso said Higuain was “finalizing negotiations” with the MLS club. Last week Higuain was greeted at Miami Airport by Jorge Mas, who is one…

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Thai National Park Mails Trash Back to Tourists

Thai National Park Mails Trash Back to Tourists

If you litter in this Thai national park, your trash may just come back to haunt you. Well, not exactly haunt, but it’ll be shipped to your home as a pointed reminder that when out in nature, you better clean up after yourself. Authorities in the popular Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok will start sending rubbish back to litterers, Thailand’s environment minister said. Offenders will also be registered with the police. Visitors to the park have to register with their addresses, making it easy for rangers to track them…

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Mason Greenwood: Manchester United Asked for Forward to be Rested and not called up for England

Mason Greenwood: Manchester United Asked for Forward to be Rested and not called up for England

Manchester United asked for Mason Greenwood to be rested and not called up by England for Nations League duty, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Greenwood, 18, made his senior debut against Iceland on 5 September having made 50 appearances in all competitions for United last season. He and Manchester City’s Phil Foden were later sent home from the England squad for breaking coronavirus rules. “I tried my best to give him a rest over the summer,” said Solskjaer. “The club, we asked specifically and pointed out that he should have…

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Van Morrison to Release Lockdown Protest Songs

Van Morrison to Release Lockdown Protest Songs

Sir Van Morrison has accused the government of “taking our freedom” in three new songs that protest against the coronavirus lockdown. In the lyrics, he claims scientists are “making up crooked facts” to justify measures that “enslave” the population. “The new normal, is not normal,” he sings. “We were born to be free”. Speaking on Wednesday, the prime minister said the government was doing “everything in our power” to prevent another nationwide lockdown. “I don’t want a second national lockdown – I think it would be completely wrong for this…

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Coronavirus Testing: Simple Test Gives Results in 90 Minutes

Coronavirus Testing: Simple Test Gives Results in 90 Minutes

A rapid test can accurately diagnose a coronavirus infection within 90 minutes without needing a specialist laboratory, say scientists. The study by Imperial College London showed the “lab-on-a-chip” gave comparable results to current tests. The device is already being used in eight NHS hospitals to quickly identify patients who are carrying the virus. However, experts warn that the kit will not be a solution to the beleaguered Test and Trace programme. The device, developed by the company DnaNudge, can be used by anyone capable of taking a swab of the…

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Canada Tesla Driver Charged Over ‘Napping While Speeding’

Canada Tesla Driver Charged Over 'Napping While Speeding'

A Canadian man has been charged with dangerous driving for allegedly taking a nap while his self-driving Tesla car clocked up more than 90mph (150km/h). Police said both front seats were fully reclined, and the driver and passenger were apparently asleep when they were alerted to the incident in Alberta. When police turned on emergency lights and other vehicles moved out of the way, the Tesla Model S sped up. The 20-year-old driver from British Columbia is due in court in December. He had initially been charged with speeding and…

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An Alaska Dentist Who Extracted a Patient’s Tooth on a Hoverboard Sentenced to 12 Years in Jail

An Alaska Dentist Who Extracted a Patient's Tooth on a Hoverboard Sentenced to 12 Years in Jail

A former dentist who was filmed extracting a patient’s tooth while standing on a hoverboard has been sentenced to 12 years in jail, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Law. Seth Lookhart, 35, was convicted on 46 felony and misdemeanor counts in January, including medical assistance fraud, scheme to defraud, illegal practice of dentistry and reckless endangerment. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton sentenced Lookhart on Monday to serve 20 years in jail with eight years suspended, the statement said. That means Lookhart will serve 12 years…

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Kamala Harris Makes Trip to California as Wildfires Rage

Kamala Harris Makes Trip to California as Wildfires Rage

sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday returned to her home state of California for the first time as the Democratic vice presidential nominee as historic wildfires rage across the state. Harris was joined by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, and met with emergency officials. This was the senator’s first trip back to her home state since early March, campaign aides say, before the coronavirus pandemic halted all in-person campaigning and states put restrictions in place to stop the spread of the virus. The wildfires burning in the western part of…

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Manchester United: Will Old Trafford Side Push For Major Honours This Season?

Manchester United: Will Old Trafford Side Push For Major Honours This Season?

Manchester United European exploits meant they were granted an extra week before the start of their season, but the intervening period has done little to answer any of the questions hanging around Old Trafford in the build-up to their Premier League opener with Crystal Palace on Saturday. On the plus side, United are a Champions League team again. In his first full season as manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delivered a third-place finish – something United have bettered only once since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. It took the January…

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Heat ray ‘was sought’ Against Protest in Washington’s Lafayette Square

Heat ray 'was sought' Against Protest in Washington's Lafayette Square

Officers requested a “heat ray” weapon for possible use against protesters in a park next to the White House in June, a National Guard major has said. Military police allegedly asked the National Guard for the Active Denial System (ADS), which makes targets feel their skin is on fire. It happened before Lafayette Square was cleared of people protesting against the killing of black man George Floyd. The National Guard did not possess the heat ray and it was not used. Law enforcement officers are instead believed to have used…

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Alexei Navalny’s Aides Say ‘Nerve Agent’ Found on Bottle in Hotel Room

Alexei Navalny's Aides Say 'Nerve Agent' Found on Bottle in Hotel Room

Traces of the nerve agent allegedly used to poison Russian politician Alexei Navalny were found on a bottle in the hotel room where he stayed before falling ill, his team has said. Mr Navalny collapsed on a flight in Siberia in August. Germany says he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. It was previously thought that he may have been targeted at the airport.”Now we understand: It was done before he left his room to reach the airport,” a post on his Instagram account says. Mr Navalny, Russia’s most…

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Tour de France Stage 17: Miguel Angel Lopez Wins, Primoz Roglic Stretches Lead

Tour de France Stage 17: Miguel Angel Lopez Wins, Primoz Roglic Stretches Lead

Miguel Angel Lopez won stage 17 of the Tour de France as Primoz Roglic extended his lead in the race. Astana’s Lopez pulled clear of the other general classification contenders on the final climb of the day, beating Roglic into second by 15 seconds. The stage victory took Lopez into third overall, while Roglic moved almost a minute clear as his fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar came home third. Rigoberto Uran, who went into the stage in third, was almost two minutes back. Wednesday’s stage had begun without defending champion Egan…

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